Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year Blessing, Update and Haiku Poems

This lovely New Year image was custom made for me by my dear friend,
graphic artist Jackie Peeler. You can see more of her work at http://designexcellence.me/

Happiest New Year wishes to you and yours! I pray that this year will bring you closer to our Lord, to those you love and to the goals you hold most dearly.

Happy New Year 2017 Haiku Poems
Happy New Year to
you and yours! I hope that you
have your best year yet! 

May you always feel
treasured, loved, blessed and sure of 
God's great love for you

I'm still praying for direction and for the first time in ages, have no concrete plan for the year ahead. Maybe that's what God is telling me. Be still and listen. Be more open to His spontaneous direction. I don't know for sure. But I do know He loves me and He loves you! May He bless you beyond your wildest dreams!

Related posts:
2015 New Year blessing: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2015/01/happy-new-year-free-gift-for-you.html
2014 New Year butterflies: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/01/happy-new-year-blessings-butterflies.html
2013 New Year blessing: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/01/happy-new-year-haiku-and-blessing.html
2012 New Year blessing: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/01/two-new-year-haikus-inspired-by-god-and.html
2011 New Year poems: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-years-prayer-haikus.html

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! And an Update

Merriest Christmas wishes from my home and heart to yours! I love celebrating the birth of our Savior, the greatest gift of all time! May the joy of knowing him fill your heart with love and peace!

You may have noticed that I've been on a long break from the actual blog but I'm still active on the blog's Facebook page if you'd like to catch up there. I also occasionally post to Instagram.

As we close out 2016, I'm prayerfully considering my path for 2017. There may be some big changes! Regardless of where God leads me, I hope and pray that you are happy, healthy and walking in peace with our Lord. May God bless you and those you love!

Note: Cat photos by me and are, clockwise from top: the Sandman, Braveheart and Baby Cat. Photo of my husband Ben and me by Joshua Otte. I designed the card on Shutterfly. This is not a sponsored or paid post. All opinions are my own.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Autumn Asters, Honey Bee and Capitol Columns at US National Arboretum

Honeybee on purple aster: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday! Asters are one of the joys of autumn. I think this honey bee would agree.
Asters and field foliage: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This week at the U.S. National Arboretum the purple autumn asters are in full bloom. 
Capitol columns with autumn color: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The area by the capitol columns is a great place to view them.
Autumn aster field and foliage: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The asters contrast nicely with the autumn foliage of nearby plants.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you this autumn and always!

Related posts:
Autumn bonsai tree foliage: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2015/10/autumn-bonsai-flowers-and-chrysanthemum.html
2013 Autumn bonsai foliage: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/11/autumn-bonsai-exhibit-at-us-national.html
Fall foliage at USNA: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/11/fall-foliage-at-us-national-arboretum.html

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cooper's Hawk for Wild Wednesday

Cooper's Hawk: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy wild Wednesday! I'm excited to share what I think are our first Cooper's hawk photos.
Downward stare: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2016
Used with permission
My husband spotted this beauty, called me over and we got to enjoy its majestic presence for a few minutes before it flew off.
Wild bird gaze: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2016
Used with permission
This is one beautiful wild bird! I love seeing local wildlife up close. It's a true blessing.
Hunting hawk: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2016
Used with permission
Hearty thanks to my husband for spotting the bird and sharing his photos with us here! And thank you for visiting! May God bless and keep you!

Related posts:
Wet wild birds: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/07/wet-wild-birds.html
Catbird and Robin: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2015/06/catbird-and-robin.html
Eagle festival: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/03/eagle-festival-photos.html

Friday, October 21, 2016

Grasshopper on Golden Chrysanthemums

Green grasshopper yellow flowers: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday! This neat grasshopper and I surprised each other when I was photographing our golden yellow chrysanthemums last week. The insect took off before I could get a second shot but one is better than none.

Thank you for visiting! I hope this autumn finds you well. May God bless you!

Related posts:
Pretty insects on flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/03/pretty-insects-on-giant-red-zinnias-and.html
Tiny bee on cosmos: https://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/09/big-fat-raindrops-on-beautiful-flowers.html
Yellow finch on black eyed susans: https://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/08/yellow-finch-feeding-on-black-eyed.html

Friday, October 14, 2016

Delightful Dahlias in Early Autumn

Red dinner plate dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday and welcome to this bonus edition of "this week in my Maryland garden!" Often by this time of year all of my dahlias have been killed by frost but this year they're still blooming and I thought that was worth celebrating with a blog post.
Peppermint twist dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I'm not sure of the actual name of this cute red and white bicolor dahlia but I think of it as my peppermint twist.
White and yellow dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 This pretty yellow and white bicolor dahlia isn't perfectly formed but it is still beautiful.
Burgundy dahlias: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 This burgundy dahlia plant has been producing beautiful flowers steadily since early spring.
Mr. Optimist bicolor dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I believe this is a Mr. Optimist bicolor dahlia. It started out with yellow tipped red petals and then faded to this pretty sunset color scheme. I think I cut it over a week ago and it's been in a vase by my computer ever since. The yellow came out more as the red faded. 

I feel blessed to have dahlias still blooming in mid-October here in Maryland. It is delightful.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you!

Related posts:
Summer dahlia: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/09/bright-summer-flowers-dahlia-tithonia.html
Sunset dahlia: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/06/bee-balm-sedum-sunset-dahlia-coreopsis.html
Raindrops on dahlia: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/09/big-fat-raindrops-on-beautiful-flowers.html

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Two Feral Kittens in a Puffy Bed

Snuggling cuteness: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy wild Wednesday! The wildest things in our home are these two feral born kittens, Braveheart and the Sandman. These cute sibling cats totally love each other. They eat together, play together, groom each other and sleep together. So sweet!

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you and those you love!

Related posts:
Wrestling kittens: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/08/cute-kittens-wrestle-and-surrender.html
Yawning kitten with big tongue: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/06/cute-kittens-yawning-and-cuddling.html
Tiny kittens: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/05/braveheart-and-sandman-our-new-kittens.html