Another week has passed - cannot believe we are almost at the end of January! Is this how quickly 2011 is going to pass? It must be that I'm getting older.
Another week of reading the bible each morning. Now that I've reached 'the Samuel's' it is a lot easier even though the biblical names still get me! They are so difficult to pronounce - even silently! I usually have to read them aloud to get the 'gist' of what they sound like. They sure were a blood-thirsty mob back in those days - going to war with neighbours almost for the sake of it without any really good reason. I'm so glad we don't operate that way these days. But it's easy to see that God had a hand in it all and David honoured Him in everything he did (well almost - discounting his discretion with Bathsheba) - but I run ahead of myself. I've only just begun that part of David's story this morning so I won't comment any further.
At my usual weekly bible study (which doesn't commence for 2011 until next week) the title of the booklet we will be using is "Bold I Approach" (Tony Payne Matthias Media) the why and how of prayer. I'm looking forward to this study as prayer is something I always seem to struggle with. Not the actual praying, but the words to say.
Have been doing a little more stitching on my WIP "Daisy Girl" recently and I'll include a pic of my progress. I've also begun a little 'Dimensions' piece which is a bicycle with a huge bunch of flowers on the handlebars - just something quick as a bit of a change from working on linen which I find fairly tedious these days. I haven't a pic of that one yet but will do that soon.
I've just come home from an appointment at my optometrist. My eyes tested OK with no real change in prescription for my specs from last test 12 months ago but there seems to be something going on in my right eye which is causing my vision to not be great. My GP thought it might be blocked tear ducts and I've an appt to see a specialist at the end of the week but after this mornings check up, it's possible it may not be the cause of my problem. The machines which are used these days to take photos of the eye are absolutely amazing! Fancy even being able to get a pic of the film across the eyeball and from that to be able to see the depth of tears formed at the base of the eye. My problem may simply be 'old age' with the old eyelids sagging somewhat and changing the shape of both the eyeball and the opening to the tearduct. Isn't it amazing what technology can do these days?
Anyway I'll know more after Friday when I see the specialist.
A few days ago a baby Noisy Miner bird came to the birdbath. No mum or dad nearby that I could see - its the first time I've seen such a baby attempt by itself to go adventuring this way. It had a marvellous time flapping in and out of the water. I couldn't resist taking a photo of the cute little thing. Oh yes - instead of feeding the lorikeets grained bread recently, I've started putting out sunflower seeds for them. I was getting really aggravated by the Indian myna birds which were stealing it all the time and causing damage to the native birds as well. Since I've been using the seed, the mynas have shuffled off to a certain extent but we've been getting visits from some huge white sulphur crested cockatoos. They are big birds with an awful screech and all the little lorikeets are really quite afraid of them. They also do a lot of damage to any fruit or vegies they can swipe at the same time so I don't encourage them. Here is a pic of one having a good feed of the seed before I shushed him away! There's also one of a colourful bug I found on one of the eucalyptus trees recently.
All for now!