Penny the Traveling Clothespin Doll shares her adventures at home and abroad.

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It has been such a pretty view to see this flower filled fence-line outside our windows this summer.  The shady arbor and birdbath attract a lot of birds.




This video below shows the birds happily splashing in the birdbath, I couldn’t believe how many kept coming!  I was taking it from an upstairs window so you can’t hear their chatter, too bad.

Morning Bathtime…



Ruby Kitty enjoys touring the flowers.  (She likes to find bugs in them.)



Truly sunny sunflowers.




These are autumn crocuses.  The green leaf rosettes show up in the spring then die back.  All is silent until suddenly in the fall these giant purple beauties come bursting through.




Its a joy to stop and smell the roses.










In our backyard are beautiful, succulent, sweet red raspberries, all hanging there free for the picking.

Yum, yum!

But there was something else here to admire as well…




A pair of monarch butterflies were sitting on these leaves resting on a dewy morning.




Penny got up close to chat a bit about where they came from and where they were going.




Beautifully made works of art.




With a little help, Penny was able to get a good number of berries picked.

Hmm, I wonder what all these raspberries are destined to become?

Any suggestions?




A zebrina flower collected for herself a dewy drink.




The lavender has a strong sweet smell, and delicate little blue flowers.

Its a “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow” moment.






Nesting in this post refers to the sport of hunting up bird’s nests.  After a mighty wind storm Penny and I found this lovely, tidy little nest on the ground beneath the elm tree.  How sad that some faithful mother bird lost this nest that she so carefully built.  But what a thrill for us to find it and get to examine it closely.  What a lovely job she did!




Fine horse hairs line the inside, and on the outside some curly twigs add artistic interest.  It is fascinating that God put into these birds to know how to do this.  I enjoy many crafts, but creating a masterpiece like this is far beyond my skill level!




Down inside our dairy barn the barn swallows have a whole community of mud nests attached up near the ceiling beams.  Penny and I found one of these fallen on the barn floor.  Ah, a new type of nest to explore!




Inside, the nest is made of flat grasses from the loose hay around here.  Outside it is daubed with mud, and here is the flat side where it had been attached to the wall.




Ohh, and here is the feather bed insert that fell out!




Princess Penny wonders if she can have this feather bed in her room.




A pretty place on our farm is the wisteria arbor Dad built for me.  It is all in bloom now and smells so heavenly!  (Pardon all the weeding and cleaning up you see that still need to be done around here this spring.  And yes, we are hanging our laundry here for the time being until we can relocate our clothesline poles from where we used to have them.)




Here is what I wanted to show you.  A humble, sweet little mourning dove has built her nest here.  I am happy to say that this one is fully in service and has not fallen down.




If I were a bird I would love to have a nest here in this beautiful place.  I enjoy walking gently under this nest and peering up to find that steady dark eye of hers on me.  When I have to hang the laundry I am so regretful that she often flies away in fear, though I try to be as slow and careful as can be.  Do not be afraid, Dear, I want you to enjoy your nest here and know that you are safe.  It is curious to me how small her nest looks under her, not as big and roomy as a robin nest.




No, Penny did not fall out of this tree.  She wanted her picture taken next to it so you could see how she found a tiny tree just her size.  When you are little, finding something just your size is a rare and special joy.  This stray cottonwood is growing in the middle of a hay wagon out behind the barns.  A funny place for a tree for sure.  Yet it is delightful to find surprises in unexpected places, isn’t it?

Have you found any unexpected natural wonders showing up under your nose lately?




Wow, the weather has been so very cold lately, but on this sunny afternoon Penny decided to brave the elements and sit in a chilly snowbank enjoying the view.




The winds blowing snow off the barn were blasts of frigidness!




Here’s dreaming of summer days all hidden away for now…



Gratefully contemplating the rest and confidence we have available from above:



Dear restless heart, be still; don’t fret and worry so;
God has a thousand ways His love and help to show;
Just trust, and trust, and trust, until His will you know.

Dear restless heart, be still, for peace is God’s own smile,
His love can every wrong and sorrow reconcile;
Just love, and love, and love, and calmly wait awhile.

Dear restless heart, be brave; don’t moan and sorrow so,
He hath a meaning kind in chilly winds that blow;
Just hope, and hope, and hope, until you braver grow.

Dear restless heart, repose upon His breast this hour,
His grace is strength and life, His love is bloom and flower;
Just rest, and rest, and rest, within His tender power.

Dear restless heart, be still! Don’t struggle to be free;
God’s life is in your life, from Him you may not flee;
Just pray, and pray, and pray, till you have faith to see.

–Edith Willis Linn



“Cold nose warm heart,”  an embroidered book bag gift from a friend with a sweet message.




One of the special thrills of summer at our home is the activity of the hummingbirds.  We have a total of 6 active feeders, all set in crucial places where we can view them from the comfort of our living room, or other frequently used windows.  This way we see them up close and can get a good look at them without scaring them away.  But even in the kitchen dooryard we joke that you must duck when they swoop by as they think they own the place.




 At the end of July we noticed an added flurry of activity, it seemed that their favorite feeders needed refilling everyday as mobs of hummingbirds were draining them as fast as they could.




Oh dear, that is a sign that they are fueling up to head south.  It seems way too soon, already!




But what a delight it was to see them so active and so thickly congregating on the feeders!   In this next picture can’t you almost hear the zipping and swooshing as they all hurry hurry to get a turn at the feeder?




 In the picture below is the greatest number I caught in one photo at the busiest feeder.

How many do you count?   – And there were more hummingbirds around!




Now here is an video so you can see and hear them in action!  Wow!

Watch for the flick of their tongues…



 There is a star magnolia tree here beside this feeder and its knobby branches are full of places for the hummers to perch.  Its a treat to see them up close and sitting still.




Or going about their business of preening and grooming and looking about at the world.




I caught this male on video at a favorite perch outside our pantry window where no feeder is, just a bare branch he thought was about right for someone his size.  I was amazed at how busy he was – scratching, cleaning, combing and preening himself, this is fascinating to watch!  (I took this video from inside a closed window so the noises you hear are chicks scratching about in a cardboard box.  Penny has photos of those to post soon.)



 “Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.”  Psalm 40:5