It's been rather hot and dry here which is unusual for early summertime in southwest Washington. Everything is so dry which is likely why the folks here in the foothills decided to forego fireworks on the 4th. Honestly. There wasn't a single "boom" on the nights leading up to or following Independence Day. I guess we weren't the only ones concerned about potentially starting a forest fire which is something to be thankful for. Another thing worth noting and giving thanks for is the fact that we got a wee bit of rain Friday morning (yesterday) as well as this morning. Nothing measurable, I'm sure (our rain gauge broke and needs to be replaced), but I welcomed and celebrated the cool, freshness of the air by sipping morning coffee on the front porch...
Each of the above images were captured from the same location...just sharing the view from here. :)
Reading: I'm slowly making my way through the Bible with no plans for finishing within any set time period...tried that before and always met with failure. True Beauty is seven chapters of wisdom and encouragement regarding the pursuit of, well, true beauty. Beauty not as defined by popular culture, Hollywood, or the magazines that line the grocery checkout, but rather beauty as illustrated by the character of God himself expressed through His awesome creation and redemption.
Beauty: Morning glories -- the first blossom! Honeysuckle in bloom, wave petunias, alyssum, day lilies, a single stem of lavender. a grazing deer, a stormy sky, rain drops...
With wishes for a happy Saturday,
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