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Bindweed, and Other Stuff I’m Working On.

The big devil in my garden is hedge bindweed.

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It is literally EVERYWHERE. If I didn’t spend time continually pulling it, by the end of summer, I would have no garden, just a massive pile of bindweed. It winds up everything, pulling it down the ground and smothering it.

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Yep, that’s definitely not a currant flower….

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The only hope I have is that permaculture books say that if your soil improves enough, it goes away on it’s own. It certainly can’t be smothered under mulch, black plastic, or paving stones. The neighbor sprays his with roundup, and it laughs in his face as it pretends to die, then springs up from the ground again with the strength of ten men.  Supposedly, if you keep pinching it off at the ground every time it sprouts, it will eventually grow weak and die…but I simply have too much of it and too much garden. It would be full time job to pinch it all.

Recently, however, I discovered there are two kinds of bindweed. One is field bindweed (which, if you can believe it, is the “bad bindweed”). That bindweed is non-edible, but, as I discovered, hedge bindweed is actually an edible plant, with several nutritious benefits. I doubt I’ll eat it myself, but as my rabbits have always made a beeline for it, whenever they get out in the yard, I’ll now be feeding it to them. It will make me feel a little better, to have an actual use for the fiendish stuff! A British vet actually says it makes wonderful bunny fodder; those lists that have bindweed listed as a poisonous plant to bunnies are referring to field bindweed, so just make sure which kind you are growing before you feed it.

It’s actually been a wonderful summer so far here – not hot like usual, and enough glorious rain to keep everything watered. The past few years have been abnormal for the PNW: upper eighties temps, and no rain whatsoever during the summer. I hated that with a passion; I’m a true Washingtonian – there is nothing I love more than a summer rain! It is so fantastic to be outside in a summer rain, and smell the green, and feel everything all fresh and crisp!

But since there has been rainy days, I’ve kept up with my crocheting, which is normally just a winter activity for me. I’ve put aside the baby blankets, though, and am just making infant hats. Lots and lots of adorable little hats! So much fun to make.

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I also made the most beautiful egg bread yesterday. I do love making bread!

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Favorite YouTube Channels

Today I thought I’d show you a few of my personal favorite YouTube channels. First up is Dutchsinse. I LOVE this guy – he’s truly brilliant. You know how great scientific discoveries happen? There is the established “science” that everyone knows is true, and then there’s one maverick voice giving a contrasting opinion. Gravity exists. Germs are what cause disease. The earth travels around the sun. The earth is round. These guys are mocked, cursed, and often destroyed…but eventually, science comes around to the correct view.

Can earthquakes be forecasted similar to weather? Up until very recently, science said no. But Dutchsinse has been saying yes for eight years. Using only a commercially available program that lists earthquakes from approved governmental sources (USGS, EMSC, GeoNet) he tracks earthquakes across the globe, and proves they follow certain patterns across the globe. It’s fascinating, especially since science has now said that forecasting earthquakes IS possible, and they are currently testing out their theory – a theory which, might I say, is pretty much EXACTLY what Dutchsinse has been doing all along! The kicker for me is that the theory fits hand-in-glove with what the Bible says is true of earthquakes, that is absolutely the final authority for me. Check out his most recent video below:

Much love, Dutch!

In homesteading, my favorite guy is Justin Rhodes of Abundant Permaculture. He’s doing it right, folks – especially the way he’s raising his kids.  Love this recent video of his:

I’m totally getting a guard goose in the spring…if I’m still here on earth.

Next up is Jack Hibbs. This guy is amazing. Every single sermon of his is funny, humble, fascinating, and deeply passionate and insightful.

Then there is Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel. Current middle eastern events and Bible prophecy, from a Jewish believer in Christ, and a former officer of the IDF.

And then there’s J.D. Farag. He’s a pastor is Hawaii who gives the most joyful and enthusiastic Bible Prophecy updates I’ve seen. A true man of God.

And lastly, here’s one from my own YouTube channel…my corgi Dexter getting a good head scratchin’.

A Garden Ramble

Sometimes I amuse myself in the garden. I like my garden moles. I like them even more when I move a hedgehog statue into one of their holes…

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I’ve been busy planting more things in the chicken yard. My mom read me an article that said the one thing that really improves a chicken’s wellbeing is not being able to see the entirety of their run at any given moment…they like having little nooks and corners to explore. My yard definitely fits that ideal!

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I should take you on a video tour sometime – would you like that? It’s basically a very long L shape along the east and south sides of my yard.  They sometimes spend weeks just in one particular end – and then they’ll spend a week at the opposite. It’s like they have vacation homes!

The Rex rabbit kits will be 10 weeks old this Saturday, and are such a lively bunch. I moved them out of the Bunny Barn colony at eight weeks because I bred one of the does (Thistle) and wanted to give them their own space to finish growing out.  Thistle has since had a litter of four very healthy kits! This colony system is really working out well.

Inside the house, I finally got my sourdough “mother” going so I can bake bread.

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I used Maryjane Butters’ book “Wild Bread” and I highly recommend it! Packed with info, cool pictures, and the easiest method of making a mother I’ve ever seen. One bit of warning, she does want you to buy $70 worth of brand-name bowls, etc, to get started, but you definitely don’t have to. I used what I had at hand, and it worked perfectly fine. So far I’ve made pancakes and waffles, and both were excellent. Sunday, my mother will be strong enough to try bread!

And I’ll end this with a few beauty shots of things growing in my garden. This is a water clover, growing in one of my pools.

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And these are calendula flowers. I love growing these intermingled with my vegetables because they attract bees, are so bright and colorful, and are edible themselves!

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There Are No Dead People in Heaven

What do you think of, when you think of heaven? I was shocked to discover that the majority of people (including Christians, who should know better) believe it is a somewhat boring place, where everyone sits around on puffy white clouds, playing harps. Somewhat like this:

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No wonder people are so much more interested in living here, on earth. Too bad they fail to understand completely what heaven really is.

To begin with, there are no dead people in heaven. The dead people are here on earth, walking around, completely unaware they are lacking life. Jesus said, “I am come, that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” If you don’t know Christ, you are already dead.  The unsaved breath, walk around, eat, and believe they are alive. But in truth, they are actually the “walking dead”.

But once you have accepted Christ’s free gift of life, you are transformed into a living soul. You cannot, will not, die. People also have a misunderstanding of what death is. Death is not that moment where we pass from this world into the next. That’s just a doorway. That’s like saying we have died every time we walk out of our house into our garden. No. True death is the absence of true life…and true life can only be found with God.

Dead people don’t go to heaven.  Dead people continue on to eternal death. Living people go to heaven, the place of eternal joy and life. The Bible doesn’t tell us very many details about heaven, probably because if we really understood what it is like, we’d never be able to bear living here. The most wonderful, most beautiful place on earth is a filthy slum compared to heaven. The most happiness we’ve ever felt here on earth is horrible despair compared to the joy of heaven. It’s indescribable.

When I went looking for images, I couldn’t find anything to picture heaven.  But the people who think it will be an endless “church service” of harp music and hymns are wrong. The God who created this world is not a God who could possibly be boring or uncreative when it comes to preparing a place for us to enjoy. As someone said once, it took Him six days to create this world…and He’s been working on Heaven for two thousand years! It’s going to be ALL the things we love here, in their most perfect fulfillment.

I couldn’t find anything to picture heaven, but I found some pictures that, for me, capture a tiny fraction of what I know it will be like. Color, beauty, love, truth, perfection, joy, and always, perfect love in the presence of my Savior.

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And no fear. Absolutely never, ever, any fear.

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I cannot wait to ride those horses and hug those lions….

Maranatha, Lord Jesus. Come soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome Experience!

First, if you haven’t seen this story about a woman and a rescued bumblebee becoming friends, watch this:

And now for my story. I was out in the garden today, and I saw a huge bumblebee sitting on the ground, not moving. I touched it, and discovered it was alive, but obviously very weak. Thinking of the above video, I picked it up (which took a bit of courage as it was HUGE) and brought it over to some comfrey flowers. It immediately stuck out its feeding tube, and started eating. So I spent a few minutes moving my hand around from flower to flower. After maybe five minutes, as it seemed stronger, I decided to put it on a clump of flowers and leave it…but after it drank from the last flower, it turned around to face me, and stretched out its legs toward me! When I put my hand out to it, it immediately stepped onto my fingers. Sweet little thing….I sincerely believe it knew I was helping it! So I carried it around to more flowers…until it suddenly revived, buzzed its wings, and flew away. It would probably have died if I hadn’t found it, and I’m so glad I did.

Butterflies, Rainbows, and First Pears!

First of all…the pears! I planted this tree about four years ago, and this year, it not only bloomed for the first time, but it’s also setting quite a lot of fruit. It’s a Seckel, a miniature pear.

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Really happy to see this. I hope the squirrels don’t eat them all…the squirrels are becoming a major problem for my entire neighborhood. They are destroying everyone’s garden, eating everyone’s fuit, nesting in attics, and actually chewing off one neighbor’s house siding! They are literally just rats with fluffy tails, and one neighbor is going to try shooting them with a bb gun. I have my doubts he’ll manage to hit any, much less control the problem, and I suspect I’ll need to start treating this overpopulation of squirrels like I do when I have an overpopulation of rats. People….if you wouldn’t put food out for rats, don’t feed the squirrels, either. They are not “cute” when they start eating your house siding right off your walls!

What is cute is a mama hen, teaching her chicks to roost for the first time.

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Sansa has had it with nest boxes…she and her chicks now roost every night. They still snuggle underneath her, however!

We don’t have many butterflies in my area apparently – because I hardly ever see any, despite my garden being filled with flowers for them. One variety we do see occasionally is the Western Yellow Swallowtail. It normally flits through at top speed, and about the time I see it, it’s gone.

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Yesterday, it not only stuck around for several moments, it allowed me to get REALLY close with my camera! Such a gorgeous big one, too…it was fully four inches across.

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It felt like a gift from God.

Also a gift…when I got off work last night at 8pm, there was a rainbow waiting for me. It was so strange, because I’ve never seen a rainbow before when it wasn’t raining, and not only had it been sunny all day, but the skies looked like this:

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There was just one little patch of darker clouds over to the southeast, and a rainbow. By the time I got home, the skies surrounding the bow were darker still, there was only a little bit of the rainbow left:

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Thank you, Lord, for the promise of what’s past…and the warning of what’s to come.

What in the World is Going On?

In the nineteenth century, Queen Victoria once asked her Prime Minister: “Mr. Disraeli, what evidence can you give me of the existence of God?” After thinking for a brief moment, the PM replied, “The Jew, your Majesty.”

This is as true now as it was then. The mere existence of the Jew – and of Israel – is an absolute miracle. Israel was destroyed as a nation in 70 A.D., and just as the Bible foretold, the Jewish people were scattered throughout all the nations of the world. The Bible also predicted that 2/3 of them would be killed, and afterward, the remnant would be re-gathered back to their land, and the nation of Israel would be reborn in a single day. For hundreds of years, this was believed to be impossible, and proof that the Bible couldn’t be trusted. No nation, in the history of the world, has EVER been destroyed as Israel was, and yet was reborn.

But then the holocaust happened, and 2/3 of the European Jews were killed, and a remnant of them returned to their historical land. In their absence, it had become a desert swampland, completely undesirable. Mark Twain, when he visited the area, said “a desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action…we never saw a human being on the whole route…there was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of the worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”

Fast forward around 150 years. The Bible said that when the Jews returned, their nation would be reborn in a single day – and it was, on May 14th, 1948. The Bible also said that Israel would bloom and grow green, and “fill the face of the world with fruit”. From being barren, Israel is now the leading supplier of fruit to Europe!

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Bible prophecies have been proven, over and over again, to be 100% accurate, 100% of the time, but there are still many prophecies left to be fulfilled. These remaining prophecies are ALLcoming to pass, right now, right in our time.

Very soon now, Damascus is not only going to be a ‘heap of ruins’ but will be so completely ‘taken away from being a city’ that no one will ever live in it again. Will Israel finally be threatened enough to wipe Assad out with a nuclear weapon? We’re on the brink of that, today, right as I write this. And once Damascus is gone, will the prophecies of Ezekial 38-39 be immediately fulfilled, when most of the nations of the world (notably including the current alliance of Russia, Turkey, and Iran named in the prophecy) gather together against Israel and seek to destroy her? The remaining nations will not attempt to stop this, they will merely accuse Russia and the others of coming to ‘take a spoil’ of Israel’s riches of gas and oil.

Fortunately for Israel, God in on her side, and will always rise up to protect her. Yesterday, Israel was attacked by rockets fired from Syria. Israel shot down four of the rockets. The rest landed in back in Syria! When the nations gather against Israel in the near future, however, God’s intervention will be immediate and undeniable. There will be a great earthquake, “and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep place shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I (God) will plead against him (the leader of Russia) with pestilence, and with blood, and I will rain upon him…and upon the many people with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. And thus…they will know that I am God.” So many of the enemy will die that Israel will be burying the dead for seven months.

This sounds very similar to the description of coming destruction upon the world in Revelation 6:12: “And…there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood…and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And (all peoples on earth) hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and the rocks, Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is come and who shall be able to stand?”

Before this day of wrath, God has promised to save all those who trust in Jesus Christ as their savior out of the world. He gave us a HUGE list of prophecies and future events, and told us that “when these things begin to happen, look up” for He will be returning to take us away. In the movies, the “rapture” as it is commonly known, is a sudden but secret event, where millions of people just suddenly vanish up to heaven, leaving no sign of what happened. I believe it’s going to be a lot more dramatic than that. I believe that when we go, God’s wrath will immediately fall upon the evil world. There will be seven years of increasingly terrible events: wars, and famines, and disease, and blatantly supernatural happenings. Most of the world will die, or be killed. Only a tiny, tiny remnant (including the Jews) will be left at the end, when Jesus returns again to put His feet back on the world He created. And when He does return, those of us who he took away earlier will be with him. Oh, God, how I look forward to this! To watch Him wipe away the curse of the this world and restore it to its perfect state. To help him rule it, sitting upon His throne with Him, kings and queens over all creation.

Very, very soon – quite possibly even this year, judging by how quickly ALL the Bible’s prophecies are being fulfilled, these things will start to come to pass. The true, born-again believers in Christ will vanish away, never to die, never to feel any grief or pain ever again, never to feel anything but incredible joy and pleasure, and those who chose to refuse His free gift of salvation will be plunged into the worse horror the world has ever known. It won’t be too late, even then, so if you’re reading this and you don’t believe it’s true, I hope you’ll remember these words when you see it happen with your own eyes. I hope you’ll recognize it, for what it is, and not fall prey to lies of the world, and the false reassurance of the world leader who is to come. Instead, I hope you’ll turn to a Bible, and read the book of John.

Check out these prophecies for yourself:
Hosea 4:3✔️ here’s a link for the mass animal deaths worldwide
http://www.end-times-prophecy.org/ani…
Acts 2:17✔️ visions and dreams (youtube rapture dream you’ll see thousands of them or end time dream)
Acts 2:19✔️ wonders in the heavens
Acts 2:20✔️ blood red moon tetrads, eclipses
Jeremiah 25:31✔️ (youtube strange sounds in the sky worldwide)
Daniel 12:4✔️ knowledge increase
2 Peter 3:3✔️ scoffers saying “where is the promise of his coming?”
2 Timothy 3:1-5 ✔️ perilous times.. Describes the times we see right now.. The character of people
Joel 2:28✔️
Mark 13:7-8 ️✔️wars and rumours of wars, earthquakes
Luke 21:11✔️ earthquakes and pestilences
Luke 21:25✔️ – distress of nations, rivers raging, blood red moon tetrads, unscheduled blood red moons, star of Bethlehem shone June. 30. 15 for the first time in 2000 years, revelation 12 sign was seen in the heavens Sept. 23. 17, Aug. 21. 2017 full solar eclipse
Zechariah 12: 1-3✔️ Nations gathering against Israel.. Look at resolution 2334
Matthew 24:10✔️ many will be offended perfect example of today and the political correctness agenda

Matthew 24: 33-34 Israel became a nation in 1948. The generation that saw Israel become a nation will certainly not pass.

Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 all coming to pass as we speak.

Isaiah 17:1 is soon to be fulfilled and when it does it will most likely be the catalyst that brings about the Ezekiel 38 war.
Ezekiel 38 forming
Psalm 83 forming
Mark of the beast technology.
Peace talks
Wars and rumors of wars
Talks about rebuilding temple:
– Search for eligible priest for 3rd temple
– Animal sacrifice to begin soon
Freak lightning and hail storms
HUGE sinkholes
One world religion agenda – interfaith movement. Muslims, Jews, and “a form of Christianity” praying to “same god” in Sept. 2016 for one week in Jerusalem.
New world order agenda

The ten plagues of Moses have made a comeback in 2016:
Waters to blood✅
Frogs✅
Gnats or lice✅
Swarms of flies✅
Animals die✅
Boils✅
Hail✅
Locusts✅

Those are just SOME of the prophecies coming to pass before our eyes

Jesus IS coming…and it WILL be within our lifetime. As for me, I’m looking up with greater and greater anticipation – I am so ready to leave this broken and destroyed earth behind!