Perhaps You Are Wondering?

Why in the world the title of this blog and why the nasturtium photo?

I keep finding in my journey with God that there are treasures all around in plain sight. Will I take the time to slow down, look and listen? Once when going to the garden to pick nasturtiums I was stunned by the snail inside the flower and the sunlight through the plant. Ran into the house to get my camera, hoping the snail would stay put. It did!! Thus the banner photo. One of those wonders you cannot forget. What if I had been in such a hurry that I missed the snail? What if I were so preoccupied that I blew it off. These years after that photo, I would have been sad I had not captured it on film. And you would not have enjoyed it with me. Yep, “Slow down,” says the snail. Soak in the unexpected grandeur of the light. Then pick and enjoy the fragrance of the nasturtiums.

And why did I plant nasturtiums? When we were first married we lived in an apartment in Oakland, California on Alcatraz Avenue. There was an old-fashioned driveway right outside the window where we ate our meals. In the green area down the middle someone had planted nasturtiums.

No,  that is not our old driveway in the photo. Just showing you an example of a “ribbon driveway.”

Then Bob remembered the song below from New Christy Minstrels. This predated Tiny Tim and you have to listen all the way through to get the nasturtium reference.

So nasturtiums have held a special place in my heart since  1970 when we were married, memories of my husband singing me the song, and also since I found that snail. Not to mention, that they are also edible!! Hope you have a few in your salad soon!

Well, I have done it!

I am starting a second blog to share with you my poetry, stories and longer spiritual experiences. Research shows that most people want to read something that is short. The post about the doors and change had lots of photos. I will try to keep this blog, Treasures in Plain Sight, short. My new blog is called Stand & Tip. When I get it up and running there will be a link to it under the Menu. I might send out invitations like I did on this blog. I would delight to read your comments.

I hope you are laughing and have fun with what I’ve written so far. Below is a photo of Bob learning to take selfies at the Koran Conservatory during the butterfly show.


A Theme So Simple

Years ago while driving to New York with our family I heard this song on a then new recording from Twila Paris. It pierced me to my core. So simple, yet so piercing. It describes a yieldedness I try to maintain in my everyday life. I found this recording on YouTube with a video I love. The great blue heron is one of my favorite birds and she is featured! I hope the words will lead you, too, to a deeper commitment to His plan for you!


Summer Heat

Seems with the unrelenting heat and humidity in Cincinnati this summer, we are all tired of summer. I came across this journal entry from April, 2018. Perhaps it will refresh your soul?


Each twig is crusted with snow this April morning
The junco never looked so lovely
Jumping from branch to branch he blends
With grays and whites of early spring
That looks more like winter

The white hyacinths in full head of flower
Are also topped with a snow cap
It is a wonder their stems can hold such a load
The more sensible daffodils
Just bow and then rise with the thaw

Birds changing branches cause snow loads to
Plop to the ground
The birds are often unseen
Discerned only by lumps of falling snow
As temperature rises there are more plops than visits

The people generally complain
About the hold winter seems to have upon us
But I find the snow preferable to
Long rainy days of cold and wind
Nothing else paints a landscape quite so lovely

Soon I will be transported
By airplane and car to the height of summer
Days in the 80s and 90s
Sun, sand, shells and warm breezes
This morning I say good bye to winter
With a nod to her majestic painting

I am off to the Convent!

I am excited to be going to the Convent of the Transfiguration for a long personal retreat. The green marble floor is in the sanctuary as you approach the high altar. The colorful window is in St. Mary’s sanctuary area. I look so forward to the quiet as I rest in Hilaritas and listen for the voice of my Lord. I might blog from there, but I will likely use the time to read, rest, listen and advance in the Kingdom.

We traveled to Florida once on my birthday and saw the same figure of Christ as they have at St. Mary’s in a larger version at a church there. I am constantly astounded by the ways the Lord blesses me. 109A2AAA-90D4-4236-A55C-1ACE3475A8C41DFA9A98-9399-4284-A3FA-D4070A7FE12D

Tuesdays with Prayer Group

We have had an Intercessory Prayer Group that meets at our church for over a year. This group has become closely knit and deeply involved in lifting each Pastor, Elder, Ministry team leader and Missionary on behalf of our church.

We opened this experience to Church members once a month and have had limited success. Here is a sampling showing three of the groups on a night where we had five.55F47F57-7424-4E21-839E-B545D360193A We are considering opening the experience to the Church members every week. Pray the congregation responds with vigor and interest.

The County Fair

It would not be summer without a trip to the Fair! Saw Bob’s friend, Amanda, who told us all the events her children have entered animals in for judging. I could not keep all the events and times straight! We passed on the funnel cakes since there were no grandkids with us to help eat it! The “red velvet” funnel cake actually looked like strawberry vomit on a plate.

This year we saw the piglet and wiener dog races. What a hoot! Here is the girl-child lining up the doggies in their gates. It was too fast to get a video. Every adult watching laughed out loud!