Not even a glitch: life in paradise

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What do you think when you’re far away?
Do you pray to God for just one more day?
Do you feel the breeze while closing your eyes
Feeling blessed for each moment in paradise?
If only, if only it could always be so
Then joy through your heart would always flow.
You’d say in all times this life is rich
No problems,  no worries, not even a glitch.
Well God brings the bliss and that’s for sure
He brings the bliss and some manure.
He brings a shovel to clear the stall
And lots of flies that dot the walls
Then rain and hay and extra hands
That ease the work and make you glad
Yes glad you find in work or play
When finding God in every day.
Knowing Him through pain and tears.
Knowing Him in all your fears.
Knowing He knows, yes knows it all
That He’ll pick you up whenever you fall.
Yes, be glad when there’s nothing you lack.
But gladder still when God’s got your back.

Saved the best til last: final Tahoe treasures

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The last full day of exploring and treasure hunting took us around the north shore of Lake Tahoe and into the heart of Reno, Nevada, where we haggled a beat up Stradivarius viola and case dated 1739 from a fiesty antique dealer.  We haven’t a clue as to its true value but it makes beautiful sounds.  When I take it to a reputable music store I’ll let you know what I found out.

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Here are the awesome discoveries we found on our tour around Tahoe’s north shore.

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Flowers, Sagamore Bridge, Cape Cod Canal, Plimouth Plantation

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Our last vacation day was going to be a ferry trip to Nantucket island.  Again, a lifelong dream of mine.  But we had a late start and discovered the round trip alone would take 4 hours of our time.  That and our late start became the deciding factors for creating plan “B” which turned out to be the most awesome and  wonderful day ever!!!  We set out looking for antique row and ended up visiting a gorgeous farm and jams store.  It had a lovely pond, a small reptile zoo and wonderful gardens.  As our search progressed we stumbled upon an enormous bridge spanning the Cape Cod canal. This canal, built between 1933-1935 is the widest canal on the planet.  It shortened the trip around the Cape from 3 days to 30 minutes!  It was in exploring the jetty next to the mouth of the canal we met several new friends that helped fill in the blanks on the history of the region.  Then,  finally as we were overlooking a bluff we met a skateboarding girl that suggest we check out The Plimouth Plantation. The visitor center provided tours of an actual indian village, a pilgrim village, a craft center and a replica of the Mayflower.  All areas were staffed with real indians and people dressed and in character of the period.  It was phenomenal!

Cape Cod adventures

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We met a sweet couple in an antique store yesterday.  She was raised in Maine on lobsters.  Louis  and Gorgine inspired us to buy a  whole lobster at the fish market.  The market cooks and breaks the shell for us.   Ken thought we should give this crustacean a name but I couldn’t get so chummy with my intended dinner.  The rest of the day we explored the surrounding community, beaches, and shops.  Everywhere we went the people were delightful!  The day ended with our lobster feast.  Yum!

The Hide

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Here is a wall of gorgeous fern mixed with what appears to be very healthy bougainvillea. Behind it, however, is a hide. A dark hut made of the branches from both plants. Where the sun touches both thrive. As it grows farther out the branches lose their leaves and flowers. It has become a hide. A place where all sorts of hidden things can take refuge. If there was a gardener tending there would be pruning and exposure to the light. And the dark places to hide would dissolve in the light. Sometimes I prefer the hide. The shadowy cool hide invites me to rest and be the bystander. Jesus says I can rest in Him. He casts a large shadow and I can rest in His sufficiency. Nice.

Psalm 91:1

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Psalm 91  1HE WHO [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].