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Find your “Peace”

Batman says:

“Peace” has a multitude of meanings (look it up yourself) and often we forget what it can mean to us as people.

I like to think of it as the most unstressed, relaxed, calm and happy feeling. The kinda feeling one gets walking in a brisk wind along a vacant beach where no signs of humanity intrude. Or snuggling in a favorite chair and getting lost in a good book where the story carries you away. Or sitting outside after dark in a quiet place watching the stars migrate across the heavens. Peace to me is that content feeling, that place where I’m not distracted by man’s noisy need to control everything and be heard all the time. Walking around photographing pretty things with Peach, holding hands and just being, not having to speak to know that you are happy just being together. Taking sunrise pictures while at work to send to my “pretty girl” Peach to let her know I always think of her.

There are many other things that help me find peace, wandering around outdoors is one of my favorite ones. Think I mentioned before Peach and I like to hunt, trap, fish and generally wander the woods, always have. Getting into a blind an hour before the first hint of light, lets things settle. Night creatures are headed home and the dawn patrol are waking up. I get settled, squirm around, and finally settle comfortably and wait. It is a wonderful world deep in the woods away from man’s intrusion that slowly reveals itself. Owls, sing their haunting hoots and purrs and crackles, and shuffles in the bushes made by mice, opossums, raccoons and others add to the suspense. Still too dark to make out any real detail, I close my eyes and just listen to nature’s symphony slowly give its first performance. Birds flit quietly from their homes into the bushes, still not quite ready to play their tune. Usually the first animal I can actually see and identify are squirrels, as they slink around and find seeds and acorns to nibble on and sometimes stash buried in thousands of secret spots. They too are still silent, not wanting to break the silence of the morning, and then it happens. Somewhere, could be close, could be far away, the first bird clears its throat and to my surprise it’s the gobble of a turkey. Unless you have heard one in the wild you haven’t heard a real turkey, folks. Then the other birds perk up, and soon there’s music all around in the form of this bird and that, each seeming to try to outdo the other. Sometimes a squirrel interjects it’s voice into the symphony but mostly they are too busy eating and chasing each other around.

This continues for 30-45 minutes then settles to infrequent chirps from birds, and solitary songs as the sun breaks the horizon. Then the squirrels slink off and up into the trees and begin their turn at calling to each other and clattering and chattering away, trying to drown each other out.

All the while, I sit (sometimes, when I’m really lucky Peach joins me) and listen and watch silently. Letting the sounds from the animals that God created wash over and through me. As it does I can feel tension and stress piled on from the week of work and strife, slowly start to break up. The longer I stay the more I find my “Peace”, the kind of feeling that is hard to explain, but everyone knows when it happens. For a time, no worry no fear no pain no insecurities nothing, just “Peace”. It’s what I expect to feel every day in heaven when my time is up here. Till then I have found a way to find true “Peace” and be as God intended us to be, happy, content and blessed to be alive and in God’s masterpiece. Those of you whom hunting offends, I do not apologize for being a hunter, God made us that way, I do think there is a reason for me being one, but to be honest the actual taking of game has become much less important to me over the years than it used to be, I still do take game but if I let something pass sometimes, it does not bother me as it once did.

Finding “Peace” means many things to many people, but to me it’s meaning is as described above, and none of it would be possible without God’s input and my Peach’s companionship. Once a week or more if I’m lucky, I slip away to one of these places and “breathe the free air” and feel my “Peace” seep into my tired body to enliven me for another week.

I truly hope each and every person can find the kind of “Peace” that they need at a time when they need it most and it does for them what they need. Everyone needs a cleansing of their minds to function as God meant. Folks, He watches us, He listens to us and He gives us ways to reboot, for me it’s through “Peace”

Hope this ramble makes some kinda sense to someone that needs it, if not *shrug* makes sense to Peach and I 😬

“Right Peach, makes sense to us right? Peach? Peach?…not funny”

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My Pretty Girl

This is not a traditional post, it’s just something I threw together a couple years ago for my beautiful Peach to have pretty pictures and a beautiful sound to listen to, It’s a video with beautiful music by Jon Henrik Fjallgren called Daniels Joik or Yoik

Sit in a quiet place and watch and I think you will be transported to places in your past that make you smile.

“Love you my Pretty Girl till the end of all time”

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Peach & Patience

Batman Says:

As the career of a long term Police Officer heads towards its end, I find myself making plans (man plans, God laughs, He likes good jokes too, I just know it) as what we shall do upon retirement. I listen to the stories and plans of others who have moved on, all want to “see other countries” or “exotic places”. So I come up with ideas, and this is where Peach’s patience comes in.

Plan 1 buy a small pull behind camper and drag it all over this beautiful country we live in, visiting places and photographing things of interest and beauty. Generally having a moving house for a month before returning to home base to chill before the next adventure. There are bazillions of options of campers / travel trailers whatever you call them and the options are endless. Peach and I have never been fancy people, we have simple tastes and we have decided between two makes, and we will be attending an RV show this summer to get a closer look and see what we think. Great idea, let’s do it! But wait…

Plan 2 tent camping, can do the same thing and don’t have to drag the camper all over the country. Just outfit the truck with some cooking stuffs, coolers, chairs and bikes, load the tent up and off we go, same plan, different ‘moving house’. There are tons of things for tent campers to make them comfortable and cozy and we actually enjoy camping this way. Ok so that’s what we are gonna do, tent camping and driving all over seeing the country…..

Plan 3 😬, Basically follows along the lines of plan 2 but we add a pontoon boat. Before you go there, I have heard it before “the two best days are when you get your boat and when you sell it”. We have had boats and loved them, they were and still are something we like to do, but being older (none ya), the pontoon boat is an ideal vessel for Peach and I, we can put it in the water early, and it’s a stable platform to photograph those mysterious sunrises, as well and drop a line in the water and catch who knows what. Here’s the kicker, the basic 20′ size can hold up to 10 people (based on weight so unless they are children it will cut down the amount), and for Peach and I this is perfect, we can take our oldest son and his family out and have a great time (time with the 5 grandkids to boot) cruising, fishing, or just goofing off. Peach and I head to the Florida Keys at times, we can drag it down there and again have an awesome platform for loads of fun. Ok, this is the one, let’s do that…

Plan 4…

Can you all see where this is going? I am so scatterbrained, and have so many things I want to do with Peach, that my concrete plans change every few days, minutes, seconds..

All the while my beautiful Peach smiles and agrees, with the patience few have (I do get the “look” sometimes, you know, the “you are changing your plans again” look. But she never fusses or complains, she just goes off and tries to focus on making my latest great “plan” a reality. I hope before long to actually settle on a plan, commit to it and bring it to reality, till then I will keep coming up with “plans” and I’m sure Peach will keep smiling and being patient (I hope so anyways).

“Peach, how about we do this….”

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Mystery of Sunrise

Batman Says:

It starts as the darkest part of the night, then barely perceptible it begins. The darkness lightens, tantalizingly slow at first, then if all is right, color starts to erupt from below the horizon like dragons fire spewing forth. It continues to grow and strengthen impossibly bright and the glowing red orange ball we call the sun breaks the horizon pouring forth its warmth and light. 

I have always been fascinated by sunrises, dawn skies with their promise of new beginnings with brilliant colors one day, dull and gray the next, and a myriad of in between looks that keep us guessing. Attached are a few sunrise pics we took over different times, hope y’all enjoy them, and get up early with a cup of coffee (glass of juice, whatever), settle into a comfy spot and watch the dawn light rise like a phoenix displaying Gods handy work for all to see

All these are as they were seen, we don’t tinker (means muck with) the photos by filtering or brightening them.

God created them, we figure that’s good enough.

No Peach I did not put all the sunrise photos in one post thank you very much”

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Nights

Batman Says:

Nothing profound here (not that I’m ever real profound) just pictures we have taken at night, trying to learn the camera…enjoy

“Hope y’all enjoyed them as much as we enjoyed shooting them in the wee of the morning”

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Nature’s Beauty

Batman Says:

Starting a series I think, it will be a few of the pictures Peach and I took/take of what we consider interesting or pretty things and or places.

Each of these pics were taken either by myself or Peach, and we have such similar tastes and styles relating to photography it’s as if Peach took them as I was contemplating the exact picture or vice versa. There are so many beautiful things to see if we would just stop and take notice, there is beauty in every corner of this good earth, and Peach and I will tromp along and try and get it on camera, to share with everyone.

Sit back, close yours eyes, then open them to the world we all see, but not all take the time to notice…

Every place, every critter, every thing, has a story, we just need to open our minds and hearts to hear the stories and see the beauty.

Hope Y’all enjoy these as much as we have taking them.

Yes I know you told me to charge the camera batteries Peach, I forgot”

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Coffee

Batman Says:

Elixir of life coffee is. I’m sure in Heaven there is always a super fresh pot of coffee perking away, it’s aroma filling the air like so much scented candy.

I love coffee, and I think that it in its plain form, maybe with creamer is an awesome drink. Straight black can be bitter if not done right, sugar added used to be the only way I would drink it, tastes and people change. As long as it’s hot and somewhat fresh I’ll fill a cup.

I do not frequent “coffee shops” with their 14,000 different ways to murder coffee, Starbucks, besides being over priced, does not like gun owners, and their coffee really isn’t that good. I have had coffee at a few mom and pop shops and I have waited in line laughing to myself at other places while some millennial orders a drink contaminated with so much junk it barely has room for coffee in it and therefore cannot really be compared to “coffee”. The other reason I sometimes go into these places is to watch the server/clerk/whatever they are called, faces go blank and freak when I order a “coffee”, my own little joke to humor myself.

At home we have a French press (after 15 years our old black and decker coffee maker finally kicked the bucket). Interesting coffee tool the French press, boil water in a kettle let it cool just off the boil, pour it in the press over grounds, stir, let set 3-4 minutes, then slowly press it. Pour into cups and consume the goodness. New coffee maker will be gotten soon, but till then, this is pretty cool to use. Haven’t decided on what kind yet but it will be something simple with a timer (waking up to fresh brewed coffee smell is divine).

Here ya go Peach, fresh hot Black Rifle Coffee Company….Coffee

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Hummingbirds

Batman Says:

Hummingbirds, cool little creatures that buzz around almost always unnoticed by us clumsy humans. Beautifully colored feathers, wings beating 900 bazillion miles per hour (don’t go there, they beat really fast). One of those funny little birds that does it’s job (pollinating) without a care what we think.

I, for one, think this is an excellent attitude to have. Imagine if more people were focusing their attention on what they were doing, instead of worrying about what everyone else was doing. I mean think about it, if we are honest with ourselves, we would realize that we probably are worrying about other people’s job performance, their personal lives, how they dress, or their opinions, about 90% of the time. It bothers us how others do things, don’t do things, say things or not, voice their opinions or not, when instead, we would be more productive and be happier if we only worried about ourselves. I’m not talking isolationism, I’m talking about paying attention to your wants and needs, instead of being upset that “Bob or Susan” got a raise or promotion when they “never do anything”. Focus on you, the right people will know who does what eventually, and if not, I bet you will still be happier, concerning yourself with your stuff, instead of others.

Be like the hummingbird, eat drink and be happy just being you.

Yes Peach I know I need to refill the bird feeders…”

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Reset

Peach says:

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” — Revelation 21:5

This morning after realizing my husband woke up ahead of me and was on a mission to make us delicious breakfast and coffee (he is SO taken, Y’all!), I headed to the bathroom to take my medicines and brush my teeth. Like I tend to do, I got distracted, I decided to reach under the sink and pull out the new tube of toothpaste and give it to him, and I would keep the older one. (It’s a really weird married thing we do! 🤣)

Imagine my chagrin, when I find instead, a cabinet full of soaking wet towels, wash cloths, and everything else you can imagine. From out of date medicine to three curling irons, two of which I didn’t know I had! Ollllld make up. Really, really old! Lol.

So, I brush my teeth, and then realize I can’t use my sink, because IT’S LEAKING! It was early, Y’all and I had not had my coffee or anything! So, I go to my husbands sink, and it’s clogged! With MY HAIR! How? I have absolutely NO idea! I don’t use his sink! And the timing?! What the…? I finish my teeth, I clean out his drain. I take out all the soggy stuff from under my sink. Realize most things can be thrown away. Go eat breakfast and have coffee with my Honey. And head back to clean out under the cabinet, then make room for Batman to come inspect what was causing the leak. It wasn’t long before he figured it out AND repaired it! He is just the best!! (If more men understood how sexy to women being able and willing to get in those uncomfortable spaces and figuring stuff out and getting it done is, there would be a WHOLE LOT less ‘players’ and a whole lot more MEN! I’m just saying! And then EVERYONE would be a whole lot more content in life!!) Then I was able to arrange a greatly reduced amount of things in our freshly cleaned cabinet. Ta da!

I have not enjoyed the ‘Rona drama in the least. It’s everything I don’t like. Which has made this post hard to write. But, every time I am convinced I can’t take another day, week or month (shudder) of this mess, my spirit says, ‘Be still, be still and KNOW that He is God. Watch and see. Wait.” Not the media. Not the politicians, not the annoying, cloying social media people telling us how well behaved they are to ‘follow the rules’ and be home, to wipe their groceries, ‘Can’t you be more like them?’ implied throughout, (can you hear my eyes rolling up in the back of my head?), etc., nope, no one but the Lord, will ultimately have His purposes prevail in this.

It’s a fallen world, and He’s a GOOD God. He didn’t cause this, but, He KNOWS how to bring His purposes out, and when we, His people pray and seek Him, and ask Him to have His way, in all of it, He will.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” — Romans 8:28.

People misconstrue this verse at times. All are called, not all answer, or love Him. Not all things are good, but The Lord can work them ALL together for our good. Like fine wine, these things take time!

You may well be wondering what our leaky bathroom sink has to do with the ‘Rona, I don’t blame you! When we were in the early stages of this somewhat of a thing, I started seeing a thread here, and a thread there, and felt like I was perhaps watching the beginnings of a work of The Lord. The kinda thing, where I’m not sure, but, I think He’s up to something. And it began to remind me of something.

Before they shut down salons where we are at, my former Co-Pastor and best friend, more like a sister really, friend for life, was putting that much needed color on my hair, and I asked her what her thoughts were on all this, and immediately she said “Reset”. She repeated it, “Reset, it’s definitely a reset.” And I was like “Yeah, of course it is! That makes so much sense to things I’ve been seeing and hearing and sensing!”

After I left, and continuing since then, I started remembering how when I was growing up, I was largely in charge of cleaning and cooking. Mom studied for college and then once graduated, she and dad each commuted an hour each way to a nearby large city for work.

But, every so often, Mom would take on a project. A large project. And it would be something of a production. Stuff everywhere. Messy. Projects are like that. They are a process. They often look worse, than before you start, right up until the time you finish! Then, all is clean and orderly, WITH the desired improvements. So better at the end!

But, the process! Smh. Always made me anxious. To this day, I sort of shun ‘projects’ because of that disorder, so necessary to accomplish the desired end.

It’s the MAKING of all things new that can be uncomfortable, sometimes stressful. Maybe even painful, depending on what’s getting remade.

Over and over in the Bible, we see a pattern of fresh starts, clean slates, new opportunities, resets. We also see the devil trying for something bad, real bad, and the Lord taking it and working it into His ultimate purpose for good, and bringing provision, restoration, promotion, healing. The Lord knows what we need! He knows we get off track!! He knows when it’s time to help us get back on track! He’s a multitasker!

When I first started cleaning out under the sink. It was a flat mess! It was gross! It looked much worse than it did with the cabinet shut, and all the messy siting in its soggy state. Once the leak was fixed, the whole underneath cleaned, many things thrown out (what was I thinking with some of that stuff?) and then everything that remained put back in its newly assigned spot, it was SO much better!

I know the ‘Rona is bad. Nothing good about it. I also know, it’s definitely been a disruptive force, things are shifting, people are getting fresh perspectives, people are having time to spend together and some are NOT having time to spend together. ALL of it is instructive. All of it is an opportunity for us to clean out under our leaky sinks. The leak turned out not to be a big deal. And it caused me to review my highly questionable storage choices! I am very pleased with the results!

People are getting grace periods in their finances, having time to take care of life stuff, that they often lack the time and energy to deal with in our normal hustle world. Some are forced out of work and re-assessing where they want to be in life. This pause can be an incubator for a new future for a whole lot of people. It’s often hard, really hard, to do the challenging work to prepare and qualify for the job you really want, when you are so immersed in your daily or nightly grind. This time can be the birthing point of many new career/life choices for people!

Businesses, schools, churches, families, maybe even the medical community, or county, city, state and federal governments, are all getting the opportunity, to take what was meant for bad, and turn it for good, as God may direct and make them able. Let’s pray for that!

My prayer then, is Lord, leave no stone unturned in this virus, let Your good purposes prevail! Inspire, provide, protect, lead and guide, separate, banish, restore, repair, heal, unite and line up ALL Your purposes, Your people, Your priorities for Your glory and our good!! Help us to hear and heed You! To not be distracted! Help us to wake up and be alert and focused and purposeful and lined up according to Your leading. Let our hearts be tender to You and our minds sharpened with Your light! Let us all be about building lives that carry You to others!! Not building empty lives that contain the world. Help us learn everything You are teaching and bless Your name as we go! Help us reset according to YOUR purposes! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Thank you for coming by! Please like or comment! We really appreciate you taking time here! God bless you and yours!

Peach

Remember, we don’t have to have a potentially deadly virus for a reset! In Christ, every moment that we need one, we can have one! And EVERY morning is gift of new mercies, fresh grace, a reset!!

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassion’s fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.” — Lamentations 3:22-23

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Pretty Days

Batman Says:

Peach and I have taken lots of photographs over the past few years, and it has got me thinking about what defines a “pretty day”.

To me, every day that comes around, be it sunny and bright, rainy and gray, blinding snow, hurricane blown wind and rain, all have a pretty aspect. The are all something God allowed to form for one of his purposes.

Peach and I have captured a few of what we call pretty days on camera and I’d like to share a few here with you. Some you may have seen before others maybe not, all are special to us as it is time spent together photographing God’s creations, enjoy and please comment if you like or dislike, it’s how we learn.

God paints the pictures, Peach & I do our best to capture them to share.

Each day we are blessed to be a part of, be it stormy weather or clear skies, leaves an indelible mark on each of us, savor the moments you have, stop and look around, dance in the rain, the days are created for us to use, don’t waste them with “we’ll see, or I can do it later, or It’s too hot, it’s too cold”. Do what you can to enjoy the moments, and reflect upon those gone on ahead who are waiting for us.

“Pretty Days” to us is more a state of mind than an actual kind of day, hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoy taking them and sharing them.

Y’all get outside and breath the clean air would ya…

“I’m comin Peach, hold your horses..”

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