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Fog and Faith


It was foggy this morning when I went out for my daily walk.  The fog was mostly in the valley, so as I descended the hill it became more and more dense.  I was reminded of a time when I was a child.  I was out in the middle of a large field and I could walk to a place where I could see no landmarks.  It looked like there was a large frosted glass bowl placed down over me.  It was the same view in all directions, just grass and fog.  And this got me thinking about faith, how sometimes we can’t really see where we’re going but just need to take one step at a time.  When shapes eventually start to emerge through the fog we can begin to take corrective measures as necessary.  But without those first steps we will not know where we are heading.  We need to step out in faith.

It seems I live much of my life in faith mode.  I trust a chair to hold me when I sit in it; I trust gravity to keep me from launching into space.  I trust the sun to rise in the morning and the stars to appear at night.  I trust certain people for their wisdom and friendship.  But most of all I trust in a great God, the creator of the universe, the One who loves me and cares for me.

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Critters from the Knitting Bag

Back at the beginning of the summer, Six Loose Ladies, the yarn shop where I volunteer ordered some cute animal patterns from Knitting at Knoon.  They are of safari animals which I thought I needed to make since part of our family is headed to South Africa next year to live.  There are 4 different kinds: Simba (lion), Punda milia (zebra), Twiga (giraffe), and Tembo (elephant).  And they’re cute!  Here are the front and back views.

More Critters in the Road

Today was snail day…  and wooly bear day.  But there were a few other exciting things along the way as well.

First the snails.  There were lots of them, ranging in size from about 3/4″ to a tiny 3/8″.  They all looked the same, just different sizes.  This was a little one.

And then the wooly bears.  They all had pretty wide brown bands between the black ends.  I’m trying to remember if the folk lore on that means we’re in for an extra severe winter or a mild one.  After reading some info at this site, it seems that the width of the band may be more indicative of the previous winter – more brown hairs = older caterpillar and hence a milder winter the previous year.  If that’s true, it makes sense.  We had a very mild winter with little snow last year.

Along with those fun little critters there was also this teeny tiny red eft.  I wonder how he will survive the winter.  Will he be able to dig down deep enough to keep from freezing or to crawl far enough to find a safe haven for riding out the cold?  I hope so.

And then today’s most exciting find: this red-bellied snake.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before.  Apparently they are secretive and quite small; this one was pencil thin and only about 8″ or so.  I thought it was dead when I came upon it as it was stiff when I tried to move it out of the middle of the road.  But when I turned it over to get a look at its underside, it resisted and righted itself.  I did manage to get it to the side and I hope it was able to warm up adequately there, out of harm’s way.

And while we’re at it, I’ll show you a garter snake I saw the other day.  This one was bigger, about 12-14″, and quite mobile and aware.  A little nudge from my foot was all it took to get it off to the side.

I love the amazing things I find in the road.  They vary with the seasons – all so different and beautiful.

Inky Caps

These beautiful inky cap mushrooms appeared overnight in the yard a few days ago.  They disappeared three days later as the caps totally dissolved away.  The tallest one stood about 10″.  You can read more about these kinds of mushrooms here.


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