Tag Archives: Alabama life

Counting Cows Devotional Thought

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my dad practiced counting cows.

Yep, he had about 75 head–that’s cattle farm terminology for 75 cows and calves– that he counted whenever he drove the tractor down the field road, over the railroad tracks, and through the gate.

Then he would start counting cows.

counting cows devotional thought: Black Angus cow and barn
Black Angus cow.


See, if he was missing one, that could mean that a cow had taken off somewhere to have a baby, or a coyote could have taken one, or any of a dozen other reasons.

Point is, you can bet Dad would be searching for the lost bovine if one went missing!

The Bible has a similar story that Jesus tells in Lk. 15:4 (KJV).

“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”

Jesus says that if a shepherd loses one sheep, he would leave the 99 in search of that one.

That’s how important you are to Jesus! He wants every last one of His children to be saved!

“…Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”(I Timothy 2:4 KJV)

Isn’t it nice that God wants all of us safe in His fold?

counting cows devotional thought: Labrador retriever protecting calf
This calf was deserted by his mom, and our dog took over its care.

The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band

The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band Alumni Weekend. At the last minute, Princess Buttercup, one of her pals, Lefty, and I acquired tickets to go watch the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band! Oops! I meant to say that we got tickets to go watch the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide beat the University… Continue Reading

The Sunny Sunflower Field

The other day, I drove past this beautiful field of Sunflowers in a sunny field in the country near Athens, Alabama. Love!!! What southerner doesn’t love sunflowers? I surely do! There was a sign that said something like: You pick–Saturdays mornings! The field was near Isom’s Orchard, one of my favorite roadside farmer’s market that… Continue Reading

Happy Southerners Share their Plants

One of the things that southerners do best is to share plants. I ran into a very generous lady yesterday who gave me a ton of plants to install at Sweetgum House. Here we have purple basil (yummmmmm), variegated Privet, dill, and a type of weeping willow. My friend told me that the Privet is… Continue Reading

Pin or Pitch: Heart-friendly Salad Recipes

Here are some recipes that I tried this week in an effort to prep heart-healthy meals for Lefty, Princess Buttercup, and myself. I went to the American Heart Association’s website to see what they had online. Their Black Bean Salad looked okay, but I used the recipe from Allrecipes.com for mine. It definitely was a… Continue Reading

How Nature Praises God

Trees rustle in Morning’s strong wind. Sway high above, into bright, blue Sky– Pale green against bright blue. Leaves sing their rustling song. Clouds quickly scatter, Until Sky is clear. The Birds sing. The Trees sing. I sing. By: SLR   . This morning is a beautiful spring day. The sky is a clear blue.… Continue Reading

My Lovely Garden

Here it is, Everyone…(drum roll)…… My garden at Sweetgum House! Okay. That’s not entirely true. I ‘fess…Actually not true at all. All of these fantastic flowers/herbs are at the Huntsville Botanical Garden! And that is the real, true truth. Continue Reading

Gardening Galore!

As promised, I’m posting all the plants that I bought at Bennett’s Nursery . I love working with herbs. I like to have them around for their scent, their looks, and I like cooking with the real deal. I could have cried (really, I promise you that I nearly did!) when I found out that… Continue Reading