Sunday, October 9, 2011

Southwest Cottage Nature Living

The interesting part of cottage living in the Southwest is the surrounding nature. For instance, I'm amazed at how easily a cactus can break yet quickly show new growth. Awhile back I found a bird's nest in my cacti garden. I never did see any birdie babies. The weight of the nest loaded the branch down so much that the branch fell. Not many days after new growth began where the branch had broken off from. I wish some of my other garden plants would grow so easily and without any water like this one does. Occasionally, I get my gloves on and grab the garden clippers and cut the weeds out of the cacti garden. Lately, however, I've let the little garden take on the wild appearance of its normal Southwestern arid nature. That's the beauty of it - though I really do need to clean it up a bit and remove the fallen branch.

Fallen Cactus
New Growth

Outside my fixer upper cottage this morning I found this black feather:
"He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler." Psalm 91:4
Later in the morning I was reading my Bible and read Psalm 91: 4 about how God will cover us with his feathers. After I read the verse I wondered if the wind had already blown away the feather. I took my camera and went to find it. The feather was still there in the same spot I'd first seen it. A single feather, a reminder of how God takes care of us.
If you've visited my blog much, you've learned that I blog about cottage life. That can include decorating my cottage fixer upper (some day, hopefully, we will finally have it "fixed up") and enjoying the nature that surrounds my cottage like:
  • My pet dog
  • The stray mama cat that's already had three litters
  • Kittens
  • Gardening
  • Tomato Garden
  • Roses
  • Flowers
  • Cacti
Pet lovers, I'm having a funny pet story contest if you'd like to join. The winner will receive a pet toy for her pet. I would love to hear your funny stories about your pets. Let your pet loving friends know about the contest.

1 comment:

jeanne said...

Your post is so much fun to read. Thank you for visiting me on PS. I am a day late but Sat. is always the busiest day for me.

The cactus nest is surprising. I don't know much about living in the SW. Finding the feather and your thoughts about it is a blessing.

I do have pet stories to share. I must think of the best one. Smile.
Is there a special day for these stories? I'm thinking.
XO, Jeanne