old magic


Today was dentist day for two of my children.

I wrote a list of things to do and I only have one more to cross off.

There is homemade chicken soup simmering on the stove.

The house is quiet…..


“Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds, your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths.  You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.  How precious is your unfailing love, O God!  All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.”  Psalm 36:5-6


One of the joys of life for me personally is when I manage to get outside for a walk through the woods and the field up by our house.  I never know what I might see, but always with a hopeful heart, the sign of my hope is the ever-present camera around my neck.

Sometimes it’s simply the way the sun shines through the trees, or the beauty of a pattern in the bark of a tree.  Other times it might be a butterfly or a moth, an interesting insect, or bubbles in the stream.  Once I saw a porcupine way up in a tree top.

Today I saw a flock of bluebirds.  Seeing them brought me right out of my thoughts and into the challenge of trying to get a decent picture.

I tried to send as much of a “I’m your friend” vibe as I possibly could but they were still suspicious.




I also saw a woodpecker, a cardinal, and a flock of juncos.  I’m thankful to live near a place where there is running water and plenty of wild seed and berries for the birds.


I collected this lovely little nest out of the bushes and briars.  I love the way paper birch bark is used and wrapped round and round the nest.  And after a season of fall and winter, all the old nests have filled with berries and seeds.


I left this one in the briars.  But see how it’s all filled up?  Nature’s own bird feeder.


I sat under a tree for a little while to listen to the water and pray.


And then I walked back home to feed the hens and gather (3) eggs.


I put the nest in a vase of baby pink carnations.


Grace surprised me by coming home after school because she’s feeling under the weather. I gave her pain meds, hot tea, a warmed up corn bag, and a blanket.  She put her robe on and snuggled up with a book, and is now currently sleeping peacefully.


I stopped by the library today to return books.  I discovered three LM Montgomery books in the discard/withdrawn pile, free for the taking.  Since I already have copies of these I would like to offer them to one of my blog readers….I only ask that whoever wants them doesn’t already have them and also has not read them.  You are in for a treat!

email me at goodtobe.home@yahoo.com.  I’ll need your address and will mail them to you book rate ASAP.  If there is more than one request, the first person to contact me will receive them.

The books have been claimed!  I’ll post more free books if and when I come across them.


“Oh, the old magic had not gone.  The world was still full of it.”  Anne of Ingleside

5 thoughts on “old magic

  1. I have never seen a bluebird in real life before! How pretty! I use my corn bag several times a day. Hope she gets better. Thoes are great books. I really enjoyed them.
    Thankyou for the psalms today. I find a walk and praying helps me alot. Have a blessed day:) Christina

  2. Those bluebirds are so brilliantly blue! …and the nests are beautiful. You are indeed blessed to live in such a beautiful place. I love your eye for beauty. I hope I never take for granted the beauty where we live right now, and your appreciation of nature spurs me on to look at my place with new eyes. You are a blessing. Never doubt the impact your life has on your readers.

    I’ve never read past the first ‘Anne’ book, but I have all of them on my kindle, and plan to read them all while on my hike! I so loved the first one. I read it for the first time as an adult, and it was so uplifting. Made me want to see the world with her eyes, too.

    I hope dear Grace is feeling better. She is blessed to have such a great Mom to take care of her.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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