Hello friends! How has life been lately?
I’ll admit, life hasn’t exactly been picture perfect lately. In fact, there are days when it’s downright difficult. But then there are things like classical music, or messages from friends, or a little brother’s giggle (that definitely means he’s getting into trouble), or a Bible verse shedding light on a hope you never noticed before, and you realize you have so many things to be thankful for.
So, life hasn’t been picture perfect. But that’s not going to keep my from sharing pictures. 😁
Among the many things that make me happy, stick bugs are one. 🙂 I pretty much turn into a child again, every time I see one. “Oh, look a stick bug!!” Anyway, this one invaded our house somehow, and I attempted to scare it back out using paparazzi tactics. I’m just going to tell you right now, it didn’t really work.
Another wonder that I experienced this year was sleeping underneath the stars. We celebrated Sukkot last month, and I decided tents were overrated, and that I would rough it in this:
That is a cot/tarp burrito, in case you were wondering. Well, that first night, it rained. I stayed out as long as I could, and was actually staying dry! However, with the rain pounding on my tarp, and me realizing I would probably get no rest, I found the limit to my stubbornness and made a dash for the house.
My brother actually did rough it, and afterward, I kinda wished I had too… but oh, well. 😋
Anyway, for the rest of the week, I was able to lay there, and enjoy the stars, and constellations I didn’t know the names of, and a handful of shooting stars throughout the week, and it really makes you feel small to lay there on a cot, looking up at a haze of stars that goes on forever. I highly recommend. 😊
In other news, I shot a gun for the first time this Sukkot. Some dear friends had us over to shoot at their range. I’ll admit, I’ve always had a healthy fear of guns. Anyway, while shooting at targets was fun, and definitely felt cool, I couldn’t help but feeling like Mike Wasowski:
(Not to be controversial, haha. I also have second amendment bumper stickers on my saxophone case. 😜)
But I got some great pics!
What I learned along the way: Never get in a gunfight with my eleven year old sister. She hit the targets dead on pretty much every time.
All in all, it was a good Sukkot. It was nice to spend time with family (and friends) together in the Sukkah and around the campfire (and on the shooting range).
We set up our Sukkah Israeli style on our back porch, which made eating in it a lot easier, since it was right outside our kitchen. My sister was the only one who actually slept under it. But hey, I’m not complaining. I got to sleep under the stars.
Well, in other news, the Maidens‘ family recently had us over to help butcher chickens. (I was instructed specifically to write about this experience, so listen up. 😜 [Except for any vegans following this blog. Walk on.]) I haven’t been involved with butchering in years, so it was almost like my first time.
I stood around awkwardly for the first few minutes, getting my bearings before I put on an apron and then stood around some more as I was giving a step-by-step tutorial on how to gut a chicken, and clean a gizzard (which is actually a delicacy in certain parts, I learned).
Well, I figured I might as well get my hands dirty, and was recruited to clean the gizzards. I also helped pluck off some of the excess feathers, and *ahem* “power wash” the chickens after they had been gutted (and yes, the Maiden’s were right, the knob was finnicky and I might have accidentally sprayed a few people along the way 😬).
After our lunch break, I really got my hands dirty as the Maidens patiently guided me through the process of gutting a chicken. They were afraid I would never look at them the same again. On the contrary, butchering is hard work, and I salute with the utmost respect.
Well, in the end, I gutted two chickens, and by then the work for the day was done. We scrubbed our hands, packed up, my little sister became a vegetarian (😜), and thus ended the journey in butchering! That is… until next time.
My dog has been growing up. She’s a sweetie, but maybe a bit spoiled. I was trying to take a selfie with her while my sister was snacking. But she had eyes only for the food, and I was trying not to laugh.
I seem to have a knack for chaotic selfies. And they kinda represent my life right now. Things aren’t always picture perfect. But hey, don’t take yourself too seriously and you can always laugh afterward. That’s my philosophy. 😂
So that’s a little bit of my life. Let me know what you’ve been up to lately! What’s your favorite way to camp out? Have you ever befriended a phasmid? What is something you’re thankful for? I’d love to know!
Until next time, stay lionhearted!