GENESIS 1:28 ON 1/28

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God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”  – Genesis 1:28

Babies are a sign that God has not given up on us.  There’s not a more happy occasion than expecting a child into your family.  God gives His blessing for us to procreate and He gives us a blessing to rule over every living creature that moves on the ground.

As we are to be responsible and good parents, we are also held accountable for the way we rule over animals.  Just because God’s given us dominion, it’s not a license for us to abuse God’s precious creation in any way.angels-for-jack

Is Jack a lucky donkey, or what?  The poem talks about a wet summer day…  but I feel such compassion for the poor fur babies who are kept outdoors in the cold and snow.  Yes, I know they have fur, but…

You’ve seen the ads for the ASPCA I’m sure.  Why are those so much more difficult to watch in the dead of winter?  I literally have to flip the channel, they break my heart so badly.  I guess you could say the ads are a success if they have that effect on me.  I just believe it’s so very sad that the ads have to exist at all.  What’s wrong with people that they would abuse helpless animals?  That kind of rule and dominion was not our Maker’s intention.  Not even close.

Is there a special reservation in a hot place for one who abuses animals?  Well, that’s not for me to say, but I’d say the odds are good there probably is.

In today’s verse, we see that God thinks babies are good in families, and animals are good in families too.  Dominion however, most assuredly does not mean ruling with cruelty.  If your fur babies are cold, please take them in the house.  Be kind to babies – the human variety and fur variety.  🙂

 

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REPTILE AWARENESS DAY

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http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/

Are you aware of reptiles?  I like to admire most of them from a distance…  no offense intended to anyone who owns them.  I do think that reptiles are some of God’s most beautiful creatures, so today I thought it might be nice to post some pretty photos.  My knowledge of reptiles would almost fill a thimble, so we’ll just let the pictures do the talking.crocodile-580612_1280

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God definitely has good taste!  🙂

NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY

TL 9-4 NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY

http://www.nationalwildlifeday.com/

According to the Bible, animals point to God as creator, as love, as designer and artist.  They are a gift to man.  To be around wildlife lowers blood pressure (unless you are being chased by an angry lion), and causes us to feel more relaxed.

I remember the day Lucinda wrote this first poem.  I had read that baby zebras are called DAZZLES which made me chuckle.  When I think of something that dazzles, my mind goes more toward a disco ball from the 1970’s than to a baby zebra!  Well, it turns out I wrote a poem that talked about dazzles and she did too.  For some reason, I can’t find mine – LOL.  But here’s Lucinda’s poem, Dazzles, and Ducklings.

TURTLE JOE'S STORYYELLOW WARBLERCRITTERS GREAT & SMALLGOD'S NATUREFEATHERS ON A BIRDI love animals…  domestic and wild.  Once in a while, a photo of wildlife inspires me to write a poem or some other piece.  God has created such a diverse group of animals for us to enjoy and care for.  How could we not take a moment today to celebrate the magnificent world we live in?

https://www.facebook.com/nationalwildlifeday

Make sure you stop by and LIKE their facebook page.

I grew up watching Mutual of Omaha’s WILD KINGDOM.  Ah…  I see hands raising all over – you did too!  Wasn’t that a great show?

I never missed an episode!  Animals fascinate me.  The Creator obviously has a wonderful sense of humor and admires diversity in His creation.  We humans should take a cue from Him and start appreciating and admiring the differences in other human beings.  I heard a few AMENS I think.

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.  – Martin Buber

If you have a wildlife reserve or zoo in your area, maybe today would be a good time to visit, while the weather is a little cooler in most places, yet not too cold yet.  Of course, here in Wichita, we have the Sedgwick County Zoo.  It’s tempting to schedule a visit today – it does sound like fun.

Wildlife doesn’t always mean animals that live in the jungle.  Our turtle JOE lives in our lake, but he’s wild.  I wouldn’t dream of trying to trap him and take him in the house.  Our warbler flew in one morning when I was sitting out on the deck trying to concentrate.  What a noisy bird, but God had a message to convey, and if I had not heard the bird, I may not have taken the photo and the poem would not have been written.

Whether you get to go to a wildlife refuge, zoo or a park close to your house, observe God’s creation – think about how different every animal looks.  How some are big and slow while others are tiny and quick!  There is an endless supply of entertainment when you sit and watch animals…  or sometimes even people.  God takes such good care of us and I guess He wants to make sure we are not bored.  🙂

 

NATIONAL MOTH WEEK

TL 7-23 thru 7-31 NATIONAL MOTH WEEKMost of the moths in our part of the country are not as pretty as the photo on today’s banner.  Ours tend to be fuzzy little dark brown critters and nothing as pretty as their cousins the butterflies.  insect-626199_1920

This week we pay homage to the humble little moth, a creature that God made and apparently wanted to save and saw to it that a couple made it to Noah’s ark.  What are the differences between butterflies and moths?  moth-butterfly-differences

http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-butterflies-and-moths/

http://nationalmothweek.org/

Moths make up the order Lepidoptera, one of the major groups of insects. There are over 150,000 species of moths!  They live around the world, inhabiting forests, meadows, fields and human houses.  Since they destroy certain fruit and crops, they are classified as pests.  Moths can range in size from smaller than a pencil tip to bigger than a songbird.

Moths are usually active at night and rest during the day in a preferred wooded habitat.

So they aren’t just the drab little brown creatures that hang around our porch light and cling to our screens at night in the summertime.  Who knew?  I didn’t know there were folks out there interested in raising them.

The beautiful Luna moth does not have a mouth — so cannot eat — and will live only for about one week, with the singular purpose of mating!  There’s a small group of moths called “bird dropping” moths.  Yep – it’s because that’s what they look like when they are at rest.

Here’s a resource for anyone who wants to know more about moths.  It was written with the beginner in mind and is easy to understand.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/peterson-field-guide-to-moths-of-northeastern-north-america-david-beadle/1104512944

Did you know that moths like beer?  The Nature Conservancy writes, “Nothing attracts these guys like beer.  A tip from our scientists:  Mix a paste of beer, brown sugar and banana.  Paint it on some trees, kick back and relax, then check back in the evening with your flashlight to see the multitude of moths you’re sure to attract.”

 The next time you are outside and see the moths gathered by your porch light or clinging to your screen door, think about some of the fun facts you’ve learned here.  🙂

 

 

NATIONAL FROG MONTH

TL APRIL IS NATIONAL FROG MONTHAccording to fairy tales, these rather slimy creatures turn into a prince when you kiss them…  um…  I don’t know that to be a fact, but I do know that they sing out loud and strong after it rains here in Wichita!  Sometimes we refer to a heavy rain here in Kansas as a toad strangler…  but it doesn’t really hurt the frogs.  They still croak in sweet harmony when the rain is over.YOU MATTERIt’s so easy to take the sounds of nature for granted.  We hear the frogs croak, the birds chirp and the wind rustling the leaves on the trees – but do we stop to thank God for any of it?  I admit I don’t always…  but once in a while I sit outside and just take it all in, and I have to close my eyes and say a little prayer of thanks to God – I thank Him for my sense of hearing and for the familiar sounds that let me know that everything is okay in my world.Linda - Quote - Frog Jumping Day-screenshot

I’m so thankful that I grew up in the country…  we didn’t have a pond close by, but we had very deep ditches, and every year I got to watch the little tadpoles swimming around.  It seems like a simple childhood activity, but those are some of the happiest memories I hold dear today.children-767034_1920tadpoles-338627_1920It was really great to visit my grandparents on the farm in the spring…  the frogs and tiny tadpoles in their pond were fun to watch – and there were more of them.  sunbeam-292987_1920

I love to watch the little baby animals in the springtime, don’t you?  New life…  new experiences…  new hope!

Of course, we know the acronym for F.R.O.G. – it is FULLY RELY ON GOD!    Let’s keep that in mind today as we appreciate His creation – frogs! FULLY RELY ON GODBABIES IN THE SPRINGTIME

If you have children, make sure they get to see something other than the screen of their new phone.  Show them the babies of springtime…  show them the tadpoles swimming around in the pond.  The wonders of nature and the way God set things up – are amazing for kids of all ages!  I hope that today you will slow down and sit down outside…  close your eyes and take it all in.  🙂

 

FESTIVAL OF OWLS WEEK

A WISE OLD OWLMarch 7-11 is Festival of Owls Week.  These wise old birds are amazing to watch – and hear…  hold your ears!  I used to hear these barn owls often when I stayed with my grandparents.  If you don’t know what it is, it sounds downright creepy.  If you think owls just say WHO… WHO…  then you’ve never heard a barn owl.

https://youtu.be/JDmRmRb2OpE

Barn owls don’t usually live long lives.  In North America the oldest known barn owl in the wild lived to be 11 years old.  In Holland, a wild barn owl lived to be 17 years old.  In England, a captive female barn owl was retired from breeding at 25 years old.

Wow... you humans sure look weird!
Wow… you humans sure look weird!

 

Flying and screeching... screeching and flying.
Flying and screeching… screeching and flying.
I lost my tree... dang it - I LOST MY TREE!
I lost my tree… dang it – I LOST MY TREE!
Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.
Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.
I'm a barn owl - in a barn. Go figure.
I’m a barn owl – in a barn. Go figure.

Now we hear the WHO…  WHO from the eagle owl.  Can you believe those eyes?  They are absolutely gorgeous and captivating.

https://youtu.be/ynl-L8L3Ui8

The Eurasian eagle owl lives in mountain regions and other relatively remote places.  It’s a nocturnal predator, hunting for small mammals but also birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and large insects.

Wow... you humans sure look weird.
Wow… you humans sure look weird.
Get my good side...
Get my good side…
Soar and hoot... hoot and soar.
Soar and hoot… hoot and soar.
Every move you make, I'll be watching you...
Every move you make, I’ll be watching you…
I know I look good.
I know I look good.

 

And yesterday, I saw this post on twitter: https://twitter.com/planetepics

 

I came home, pulled back the curtains and saw this beautiful animal. Looks like I’m headed to Hogwarts!
I came home, pulled back the curtains and saw this beautiful animal. Looks like I’m headed to Hogwarts!

I don’t know who specifically came home to find this little cutie, but I just had to share this.

Enjoy this wonderful poem by Lucinda Berry Hill.

GRAMMIE AND OWLS

Many people in the 1970’s collected all things owls.  I also knew some who collected elephants (something about luck in the home) – but owls represent wisdom.  For fun, I wondered how many photographs of owls I could find on common everyday things.  Here’s what I came up with:

I could use a symbol of wisdom first thing in the morning - for sure!
I could use a symbol of wisdom first thing in the morning – for sure!
It's an owl necklace watch! Here it is closed.
It’s an owl necklace watch! Here it is closed.
Here it is open.
Here it is open.
Here's a little owl writer and music lover.
Here’s a little owl writer and music lover.

How about owl origami?  Give it a try – it’s really fun!

http://www.origami-fun.com/origami-owl.html

We all agree that owls are cute – albeit scary…  sharp beaks, talons and stares with no blinks…  don’t you wonder what they’re thinking?  Maybe we really don’t want to know.  🙂

ADOPT A RESCUED GUINEA PIG MONTH

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Most of us don’t think twice about adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, but have you ever thought of pairing your children with guinea pigs?  March is ADOPT A RESCUED GUINEA PIG MONTH, sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Petfinder.com.  Hundreds of guinea pigs are relinquished to shelters each year when their owners decide they no longer want them or cannot care for them.

Also known as cavies, guinea pigs are gentle and make good family pets, especially for children over six years of age.  As with all other pets, small children should be supervised by an adult while handling a guinea pig.

Some people don’t believe guinea pigs live very long, but the truth is they can live up to 10 years, so the decision to adopt one must be made carefully with that in mind.  Guinea pigs require daily care including feeding, watering, cage cleaning, exercise and companionship.  They even need a bath on occasion, as it happens.

Look what I saw on facebook a few days ago!  How cute is this:12670936_1168559033162005_4254414093432641719_nMy young friend Vincent has two guinea pigs – and yes, they are taking baths!  Don’t they look happy to be so well cared for???  🙂SUCH GOOD CARE

There are 13 breeds of guinea pigs, differing in hair types, colors and markings.

https://youtu.be/Ft6mR0WVZAQ

The adoption process is not unlike that of adopting a dog or cat.  It involves completing an application and paying an application fee.

What does a guinea pig need to be happy?  They like to play and can jump as high as a foot, so the enclosure should provide a minimum of 7.5 square feet for one guinea pig.  If you use a wire-bottom cage, make sure you cover the bottom with wood, grass mats or some smooth surface to protect their little feet.  Never use a glass aquarium enclosure because there is not good ventilation.  Keep the cage away from direct sunlight, drafts and extreme temperature changes.  Line the cage with bedding for the baby to snuggle down in – such as sawdust or wood shavings.

Get your baby a toy, such as a little box for him/her to hide in.  I always had one of those plastic balls for mine to roll around the house in too – they like to move!  Make sure you follow them around the house though, so they don’t accidentally go to the edge of a stairway or somewhere else they could get into mischief or get hurt.

Feed your guinea pig quality timothy hay at all times.  In addition, provide fresh, quality commercial pellets made especially for guinea pigs every day.  They require daily vitamin C, which rabbit pellets don’t contain.  Fresh vegetables and clean fresh water should also be provided daily.  The water should be provided in an inverted bottle that attaches to the enclosure.

Guinea pigs’ teeth grow continuously.  They need to chew to keep their teeth the proper length.  Provide a piece of wood to gnaw on.  It should be a pesticide-free tree branch or an unpainted piece of wood that has not been chemically treated.

Brush your baby daily to keep his/her coat smooth and remove loose hair.  This brings us back to the tub time…  lol.