Week 17, 2022

April 30th, 2022


Mild and pleasant spring weather is here. Winter clothes are put away until next year, and the shorts and flip flops have returned. Warm days and cool nights are the norm. Rain has been hit or miss, and we are really keyed in to the rain forecast since we don’t irrigate our garden. There’s something satisfying about depending on nature in this way.

Many new birds have been identified this week as summer migration is well underway. New birds identified by eye or ear include: Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, Orchard Oriole, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and a few more. New wildflowers also, some growing in unusual and out of the way places.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Woodland Stonecrop
Shooting Star
Wild Geranium

Down On The Farm

On Thursday I took the day off work and we worked hard to plant the majority of our vegetable garden. The soil was just right, rain was in the forecast, and most importantly, there was no chance of frost in the extended forecast.

We planted 1,000 row feet of field corn, 200 tomato seedlings, hot peppers, cucumbers, watermelon, okra, summer squash, and cantaloupe. Still left to go in the ground are green beans, sweet potato slips, and then in mid-summer we’ll plant fall crops for winter storage.

Best Thing We Ate

Perhaps slightly unfair since Riley and I were the only ones to enjoy it, but we went to the local diner for lunch this week and had a nice time catching up about life. Riley is a remarkable young lady.

From Family Worship

We considered Chapter 13 of the Westminster Confession of Faith this week on the topic of sanctification, or the process that is at work in Christians to be more and more conformed to the image of Christ over time. This can be a slow and sometimes discouraging process, but the supreme encouragement is that God is faithful and that by His grace alone we will see “the regenerate part overcome”.

Other Happenings

A tragedy occurred yesterday morning when our dog, Anya, was struck by a passing vehicle. She popped right up and ran off, but hasn’t been seen since. We searched and searched for hours yesterday, with no sign of her. We’ll keep looking today, but have reason to fear the worst.