Last night's sunset was so beautiful, I couldn't resist sharing a few pictures. It is the same cloud but looks different in different lighting. It turned pink as the color faded and darkness came on.
On Saturday and Sunday night we had the blessing of seeing beautiful sunsets. The first was seen as we were traveling home from a visit with relatives in Greensboro. We had a really nice time with them, but I didn't get any pictures while we were there, only on the way home. Here is what we saw in that first, beautiful sunset.
The second beautiful sunset we saw was on the way home from church last night. Pictures show the clouds to the west and the clouds to the south. It is interesting that they were so different in different parts of the sky.
What will you be doing at 105? Would you be able to remember a prayer you learned when you were 5? or recite something you learned in high school? Will you still be able to praise God with music? The lady in this video did all these things. I hope my mind is filled with good and godly things when I am old.
I discovered by accident that, if I combined 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin C (ascorbic acid powder) in about 3 or 4 ounces of chlorinated water, that the water will turn yellow just like it does when water testing drops are used.* The big difference is that it takes the baking soda and vitamin C longer to show the reaction. So, I decided to try a little experiment.
The information that comes with Brita water filters claims that the filters take the taste and odor of chlorine out of the water and that they reduce the amount of chlorine in the water. The chart that comes with it shows by what amount the chlorine is supposed to be reduced.
Does it work? To find out, I took one glass and put tap water in it, another and put Brita filtered water in it, and another and put bottled spring water in it. The bottled spring water came from Walgreens and is the "Nice" brand. In each glass I put about 3 ounces of water and mixed in about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of ascorbic acid powder. Then I set them aside for about 24 hours.
Now for the results. Here they are, right to left! On the right is the tap water - quite yellow, almost an orangish pink. (It looks pinkish when it is held up to the light.) In the middle is the Brita water - slightly yellow. On the left is the bottled spring water - still perfectly clear after 24 hours. You can try this at home with your own water. You only need clear glasses or clear containers, a little water, baking soda, ascorbic acid powder, and a little patience. It would be interesting to see what you come up with.
*Please note. I'm not suggesting that this is a chlorine detection technique. I simply noticed that this reaction happens in chlorinated water and thought it was interesting. It would also be fun to find out if other people came up with the same results.
Sunday was such a fun day. Earlier this year, our church had put together a special offering to give to our song leader, Mr. Brubaker, and his wife as they headed off to Switzerland to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They were very appreciative and had a wonderful time.
But the church had another surprise in store for them this Sunday night.
Around 5:00 p.m., we headed out the door to go to church. However, we did not get underway as quickly as we expected. We opened the car door, and what should we find but fire ants all over the front! They were on our seats, on the edges of the car doors, between our seats, on the dash board, just everywhere up front though I didn’t see any on the floor board on my side of the car. So, Christy went back in and got the bug spray. We used the “natural” spray that we spray right on us so that the car would not smell too bad. After all, we had to breathe the stuff in all the way to church. Thankfully it is only toxic to bugs, not humans.
Finally the population of fire ants had pretty much dwindled away and we were ready to head out. As I was getting in the car, I happened to think, “When we get to church, we are going to smell like bug spray.” Soooo, Christy went back into the house and found some old towels which we used to cover the seats. There were still a few ants straggling around, and I did get a few bites but I am not allergic to them. Thankfully Christy did not get any bites because she is quite allergic to them. At church we asked a friend if we smell like bug spray, and she said “No,” so the towels must have worked pretty well.
After the meeting was the fun surprise. There was a card shower with well over 100 cards and some gifts. Also, there was a big, beautiful cake. When everyone was done eating, the Brubakers had to stand and get lots of pictures taken. Mrs. Bru said it felt like her wedding day again! We were glad that they got to have such a nice surprise.
On Friday, June 21, our friend Bekah got married. Hers was a simple but very nice wedding. The ceremony took place outside next to a barn. Seats were wooden benches on top of logs. Some material was tied to the inside edges of the benches to look like streamers. Small bouquets of fake sunflowers adorned the edges of the back benches.
The food was set up in a little side building. There were strawberries, cup cakes, chocolate covered pretzels, chicken nuggets, pickles, and more. I could not see what was on the other table. Beverages were served in pint sized canning jars. Drinks included iced tea, lemonade, and water.
There was a nice quilt for all the guests to sign. Also, there was a honeymoon jar. It was a gallon glass jar suspended from the ceiling of the barn with a string.
The bridesmaid dresses were pretty blue, and each bridesmaid held a bouquet of yellow and white flowers. The groomsmen wore blue jeans and bright yellow shirts with blue and white ties. Pastor Surrett, Pastor Ogle, and the bride’s brother wore blue jeans with white shirts and blue and white ties.
To symbolize their unity, the bride and groom planted a tree. Each one had taken soil from their parent’s yard, and they put the soil in a large container and planted the tree in this soil.
This couple's wedding was very pretty and such a blessing. I pray they will always love each other and love the Lord as long as they live and that their love and life together will thrive and grow like the tree they planted.
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled.
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