As the title says, it IS a beautiful day here, as so many days are. I never know just what I will write, or how long it will be until it's done, but I think this entry will be fairly short. I would like to begin with a quote that I received in my Passport America Newsletter today, if I can copy/paste it into my blog.
"We must begin by learning what it means to have enough......to feel gratitude for having been born on a planet so rich in nature and gratitude for the water that makes life possible. If you open your eyes you will see that the world is full of so much that deserves our gratitude. When you have become the embodiment of gratitude, think how pure the water that fills your body will be. When this happens, you, yourself will be a beautiful shining crystal of light."
-Dr. Masaru Emoto, Messages from Water
I thought this was a wonderful and inspirational statement. I hope it will inspire gratitude in all of you who read this. I am always astonished by complainers, who see only what is lacking in their lives and fail to see all the wonder and beauty around them. Almost all of us has so very much to appreciate in our lives.....for most of us, we woke up this morning, and we can see, hear, smell, feel and taste things around us. Most of us have some money in our pockets, and food in the refrigerator. Most of us have clean water to drink and to shower in. Most of us have friends, family, maybe even a spouse or partner who loves us to share our days with. We have freedoms that can only be dreamed of in many parts of this world. If we are wise enough to accept Him, we have a God who loves us and has already forgiven our sins. He promises us eternal salvation if we just ask it of Him by truthfully accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. How awesome and amazing is that? He doesn't promise us all our days will be perfect, because we have free will and WE choose how we spend our days. I guess that is why we can't blame HIM if things go wrong some days. He doesn't promise to grant all our wishes, for which I am TRULY grateful! He has a much better plan for us than what WE may think we need or want. We have only to pray and ask Him what we need. For all of this, I am truly filled with gratitude.
Yesterday Donna & George came here to visit us for the day. Since her birthday is just a few days away, we made it a birthday party for her. We got a wonderful chocolate fudge cake and Jim made home made ice cream for dessert. We served BBQ pork sandwiches and potato salad for lunch. We enjoyed some Pink Moscato wine with it. So delightful.
We had a lovely day. Donna wasn't sure where we would be next month so she brought us our birthday gift yesterday. It was a video called Animal Miracles. She said that maybe after we watched it we could lend it to her so they could see it too. I said we could watch it now, and we did. It was an amazing collection of 14 animal stories that surely did involve miracles. Donna and I needed tissues as some were real tear jerkers for us. But all were remarkable stories of the love between animals and humans, and the miracles that are possible with faith and love. I will watch them again for sure. Before they left, George was complaining of aches and pains everywhere, so I fitted him with magnetic bracelets on both wrists and on one ankle. He scoffed at the idea that they would do anything for him, but I am sure that he will see the difference in a very short time. We both KNOW what they have done for us.
We are really enjoying our new screen room when it's not too hot outside. We often have breakfast, or at least morning coffee outside, and then late afternoon or evening we like to sit outside after it cools off a little. People often stop by to ask us about it. It was much easier to set up than the old one was. We have decided next time not to put out the RV awning as the side arms of the awning affected where we could set the room. Without the awning side arms, we can line up the screen room door with the RV door, and make it easier to get in and out of it. But it was the first time, and we have learned from this experience. I'm pretty sure that next time we WILL put the outside refrigerator in the screen room too. The dogs are happy with it, and Millie loves just walking through the doorways which are only secured by magnets which release easily!
The pictures are not great, but it was great to see this parade of geese, with their young going by. Dave Lyons, the manager here at Wilderness Lakes, said the baby ducks are smaller and more vulnerable, so their parents will keep them in safer areas of the park until they are bigger.
I told Dave about our dog Willie developing a red rash on his underarms and chest that I thought might have been caused by what they spray here to keep the weeds down, and he said that could be true, but that if they didn't spray, the whole place would be overrun with weeds. We took Willie to the vet here in Menifee last Tuesday, and back for a follow-up appointment this past Monday. Today it finally seems to be clearing up. Thank God. He isn't scratching anymore either, so the pills must be working. YAY!!!!
We hope all of you are enjoying warmer the weather, as summer progresses. There are many wonderful places in this country to visit and historic places to see. Next week I am hoping to visit the Lavender Festival in Cherry Valley (between Yucaipa and Beaumont). Maybe Donna & George can meet us there! When we go back up to Silent Valley later this month, we also hope to visit the Historic Gilman Ranch and Wagon Museum in Banning. Please enjoy America, and remember to take drinking water with you when you go on your outdoor adventures. One more very important message: PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN, PETS OR OLDER FAMILY MEMBERS IN CLOSED VEHICLES, EVEN FOR A FEW MINUTES. Even when it may not seem very hot, the heat inside a closed car can climb in almost no time at all. As for pets left at home when you go out for a while, remember to leave them PLENTY of fresh drinking water, and provide fresh air or air conditioning so they don't get over-heated. Thank you and have a great week!