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

Archive for June, 2014



June gives us such a flush of the most beautiful flowers, Penny and I thought we’d go into the yard and capture some in photos for your viewing pleasure.




The mock orange bush fills our yard with the most heavenly aroma.

I think of these flowers as bridal flowers because we picked huge bunches of them for my brother’s wedding.  Congratulations on 7 years of marriage, Tim and Jessica!




And now for a cheery chat with a smiling pansy.




Bleeding heart, it sounds so sad, but is such an elegant flower.




Peek-a-boo, I see you!!




A bouquet of my favorite poppies.




Our garden would not be complete without the whizzing little hummingbirds that zoom in and out and chatter and squeak.  They don’t seem to mind who is nearby.  I am glad that Mom has so many feeders, and places them right outside our windows so we can see the activity so close up.




Chives and pink columbine.  I didn’t realize that so many of my pictures were pink.  I wish I had captured some more of the blues and purples for this “visual bouquet.”




Peonies are so gorgeous!




An explosion of soft pedals.




You may not recognize this unusual flower.




That is the blossom of a tulip poplar tree.  Quite a work of art, isn’t it?

Next is the beauty of the draping wisteria on our arbor.  Another very fragrant place!




So much life and beauty.





All creation has a language,

Words to say what must be said.

All day long the heavens whisper,

Signing word in scarlet red,

Amber rays and crimson rainbows,

Twinkling stars and flashing light,

Punctuate the heavens’ statement:

“God is glorious, perfect, right,

God is glorious, perfect, right”


All day long the sun proclaims it,

Like a Bridegroom dressed in white,

Coming from His tent to greet them,

All His guest feel His delight.

Words of love and warmth He whispers,

Warning all who hear His voice,

“Oh, be glad and share My table

Dance and celebrate . . . rejoice!

Dance and celebrate . . . rejoice!”


All creation sings His praises,

Earth and heaven praise His name,

All who live come join the chorus,

Find the words His love proclaim.

the song “Anthem” by Steve Green.     Words and music by Gloria Gaither and Michael W. Smith.







Earlier this spring, when I was out in the alpaca shed doing my chores, a mound of straw I had just stepped on began squeaking and squealing at me.  Greatly mystified, I dug into the loose straw and found a snug little nest buried deep down in a warm place.  A nest of little wild bunnies!




They were so snug and warm all cozied together with their mother’s soft fur lining the nest.   And quite perturbed that I was interrupting their snooze.




What an amazing little being;  so soft and warm, so alive and perfectly formed.




He looks quite tame and drowsy in this picture, but I had to be careful as they would be quick to spring away from me.  I had to scurry after them and return them to the safety of their nest.




Awe, Penny makes a good gentle little mother.


In other newborn news, I found a robin’s nest on the antique threshing machine.




With a perfect little ledge where Penny could perch and gaze into the smooth round interior and count the pretty blue eggs.  The robins here have fledged by now.  I enjoy finding the egg shells around the farm where the mother birds carry them off and drop them elsewhere so no one can trace where they came from.  Robins are such a friendly bird to have around the home.  I like to hear their conversational “chuck, chuck, chuck” and other songs.





All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia!   Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!
O praise Him, O praise Him,
Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!
…Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness.
O praise Him,  Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One! 
O praise Him,  O praise Him,
Alleluia,  Alleluia,  Alleluia!
—  St. Francis of Assisi  1182-1226