Saturday, January 8, 2011

My Way Home and Psalm of the Week

 On my way home from school each day, after I round the last bend of road that has lake beside it,
I come to this curve. There is a junction here.  The road to the right leads to several homes/farms.
 Right before this junction there is a 'pull off' spot where I can park the car
 and know I can get out and still be safe.
Yesterday afternoon (Friday) it had begun to snow which is what I've been waiting for, so I could
take winter pics of this area.   (I've featured it before.)
 The first picture was taken from my car; the rest are taken from outside the car. 
This picture better shows the junction and how there is a pull off for a car.  I could have used
S. Etole's special gloves here as my hands got cold quickly, but my gloves were too bulky to wear.

Here is a close up of the barn.  It is set on the edge of a hill right before the hill slopes down into the road.
On a small plot beside and above it is a pasture area where four horses graze.  I tried to get good pictures
of the horses, but those came out blurry.  (The spots are snow and at some point, I probably should
have wiped off my lens!)

This is on the other side of the road--the side where my car is parked.  This is the sweet cabin I've featured
before.  Whoever built it tucked it into a nook of that hill and it certainly looks peaceful and sheltered.

 These hay bales are what is kept on the far side of the pull off and I would venture is the reason
there is a pull off here.  But then I don't know much about farms, farm animals, hay, etc.

 To the right of the cabin, nestled between the hill behind the cabin and another one that butts into it,
are these buildings and animals.
 Below is a view on the other end of the building.
 I tried to put into perspective where I park, where I'm standing, where the hay bales are, and where the
buildings are in the distance.  I used my close-up feature to get the other pictures.

Last is the picture of the way from which I came.  The sign in the bottom right-hand corner turns into a diamond shape when there is high water.  The warning (High Water) is now hidden because the sign is closed. 
But someone goes around and opens all these signs during heavy rains.  This area floods and becomes impassable quite quickly.  Our school district shuts down for floods  as well as snow issues.

It was a good week, especially for the first week back after a holiday.  The end of the nine week period
and midterms are looming ahead, so the students are paying attention.  A lot of them don't want their grades to plummet---not all, but most of them care.

I spend more time reading and writing in devotion time on Sat. mornings, thus getting to the computer later; then I fixed a big brunch for hubby and me this morning.  Therefore, it became afternoon before I could get the camera downloaded and this written.

Here is the End of the Week and Beginning of the Weekend Psalm.

Psalm 67

1. God Be merciful and gracious to us and bless us and cause His face to shine upon us and among us.
Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
2. That Your way may be known upon earth, Your saving power (Your deliverances and Your salvation) among all nations.
3. Let the peoples praise You [turn away from their idols] and give thanks to You, O God;
let all the peoples praise and give thanks to You.
4. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You will judge the peoples fairly and guide,
lead, or drive the nations upon the earth.  Selah!
5. Let the peoples praise You [turn away from their idols] and give thanks to You, O God;
let all the peoples praise and give thanks to You! 
(This is repeated almost like a chorus or refrain).
6. The earth has yielded its harvest [in evidence of God's approval]; God, even our own God,
will bless us.
7. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall reverently fear Him.

Blessings to you!


  1. cute cat relaxed

    your pictures look so serene.

  2. lovely snow images,
    drive with care..

    i would be too scared to drive on such icy road...

  3. Love these beautiful photos (and your crazy cat), and I needed this psalm today. Thank you for the refreshment.

  4. It's so beautiful! You did a great job of showing your area and the Psalm was perfect.

  5. I enjoyed seeing your world - especially covered with beautiful snow. I love the barn shots and the snow-covered hay bales. As you can tell, I like farm scenery.

    Hope you have a restful weekend, Beth!

  6. Such a beautiful wintry scene ... and yes, my gloves would have served you well. {they were a Christmas gift this year}

  7. The pictures are beautiful Beth. They remind me of the little town we lived in when we lived Upstate NY. There is something so peaceful about a snowstorm. Everything gets so quiet. I actually find myself missing it sometimes.
    I'm glad school went well this week. I so admire the work you do. It is totally out of my league.
    I think those of you who teach are gifted in a very special way.
    Thank you for the Psalm. I could just "live" in the Psalms. They seem to fit every circumstance so perfectly.
    Have a blessed Sunday.

  8. Love these pictures -- so peaceful and idyllic. You have a beautiful spot there to admire on the way home from work each day!

  9. Your photos are like an illustration for a story, beautiful.


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