2017: Page 237

Page 237 began early and will likely end late with a whole lot of goodness in between.  I began the day extra early so I could get the building cleaned and ready to go before sunrise.  Being a Friday I knew it would be a late day getting the building cleaned and ready for Sunday, so I wanted to take a little time to relax in between the early and late shifts of work.  I took my kayak down to Potato Creek and was greeted by two baby deer when I first drove onto the property.  When I got to the boat ramp to put my kayak in, there was a horse roaming around the parking lot.  The ramp is somewhat near the horseman’s campground, so I suspect somebody’s horse got tired of the late night campfire talks. 🙂  There was also a bald eagle waiting for me so I took a few photos of him before unloading my kayak.  After parking my truck and putting the kayak on the water, I noticed a second bald eagle had shown up to join the first in watching the sunrise.

It was fun to just float and take pictures of the sunrise and the various wildlife that call the lake area home.  There was one area along the shore where the birds were very plentiful and flying about with a happy song.  Today’s photo is one of them as he posed for me as I floated by.  As the kayak floated into the brush hanging over the lake, I discovered why the birds were so  happy to be there — bugs!  The air was thick with flying insects in the brush and over the water so the birds were happy to have found an all-you-can-eat buffet.  After taking a few hundred photos, I loaded my kayak back on the truck and made my way back to work.

Late morning and early afternoon was spent finishing up the mowing.  Once the mowing was done, I headed out to a late lunch/early dinner to take a break before starting the evening cleaning and building prep.  After eating I went through some of the photos from the day and then cleaned one end of the building before sitting down to write today’s page.  Once the page is written, I will finish up the other end of the building before calling it a day and heading home.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • I am thankful to have some flexibility of time when I know I have work that needs done at both ends of the day.
  • Being able to relax when needed helps to make a long day not seem so long.
  • I never get tired of seeing wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Some things are such a surprise that I don’t even think about how much of a surprise it was until much later — I mean, really, an unattended horse roaming the parking lot?
  • God wants me to trust Him to provide for me just as He provides for the birds of the air.
  • I still enjoy mowing.  It is easy to see the work that was accomplished.
  • Incorporating prayer into my cleaning routine helps the time to seem to pass much more quickly.

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