Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Sunny Tales

Our temperatures are climbing steadily.
Yesterday recorded 41.5*C up in the 100s F
its 6* above normal for March.
I have to confess that Easter is not my
favorite season of the year -physically speaking
because it is the harbinger of heat.
Strange thought - but I wish Easter took place
in Oct/Nov or even Feb.
But keeping weather aside I rejoice in
the power and glory of
Christ' s resurrection.
That is the foundation of our faith.
Don 't get me wrong.
Easter is the glory of our faith.

Sheeba needed a cooling bath,
so she got one today.
Although she can' t understand what all the fuss is about.
My Jimmy hated baths
and used to cry softly
when I washed him.
By the way the Japanese have invented a washing machine for dogs.
I saw it on TV.
Maybe its on YouTube.
Sheeba sunning her tail on the porch (veranda).
I don 't know if people in hot/tropical countries
have noticed this phenomenon.
If you have a dog of European descent, he/she
will like to sun themselves during spring
and summer, no matter how hot
it is. Its their inbuilt instinct
passed on to them from their forefathers.
My Judy (German Spitz) used to sun
herself in the baking front yard in
the blistering June sun.


We harvested aubergine/eggplant and beans.
Mama is setting them aside to distribute
to needy people.
Like this poor goat lady
who comes to collect grass and greens
for her goats.

Fresh mulberry from our tree.
They are very juicy and sweet.
I avoid sugary things otherwise
I would have made mulberry jam.
Fantasy- could rear silk workms on the
mulberry.
!!!

Like humans nature also has
its highs and lows.
Some tress are drying up
and littering the ground below them
with dead leaves and dry pods and seeds.


While other vegetation is thriving






Our Easter Lillie's are coming up.


In the highs and lows of life its good to remember



17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Habakkuk 3 (Old Testament)

Encouragement I received from Joni Erickson Tada today

Your spiritual life must not hinge on your commitment to Christ. That only sets you up for defeat. Rather, glory in his commitment to you. Daily come to him in spiritual want and leanness. Acknowledge moment by moment that he is the one whose arms are underneath you as you rise to the mountaintop, and he is the one who preserves you as you descend the other side.* * *

10 Fertilize my soul:

Dick said...

41.5 degrees, oh my, I won't even think of it. A washing machine for dogs, I can't imagine but I suppose it's true, Japanese are smart, lol.
Nice pictures.

monsoon-dreams said...

amrita,
yes,the climate is getting worse each day.sunburn was never heard of in kerala,but this time it is different.how i wish to visit your home and people !i know everything thats happening there,even sheeba seems so familiar.

madison said...

Beautiful pics of your flowers and veggies. Hubby was talking about the high temps and how it's been making him feel not so great. The high temps are early this year, aren't they? I know hubby was over there this time last year and I don't remember him talking about it being so hot at this time.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Amrita:)

So many interesting things you have covered along with lovely photos.

First thing about the weather. You remember a few weeks backs you were talking about cold weather and now it is getting hot. This is clearly God's way of teaching us that we have to adapt to changes to survive. Everything in this world changes and we have to keep changing also and adapt as fast as possible.

Only God never changes. HE is the same at all times. So clinging to God is the only way to salvation and satisfaction and everlasting happiness. When people cling on to any other thing in this world including property, relationships,fame, name, maoney etc., they are in for a disappointment.

I read with interest your write up on dogs and how they react to sunslight.

You have mentioned about how trees are shedding their leaves in summer. I have also thought of that. In fact, I am gathering some photos to make a post on the same subject.

Easter is indeed a wonderful feast. In India, it comes at a time when the climate is getting hot but in colder countries I suppose the climate will be just fine.

As you rightly said Easter is the foundation of our faith. It give us hope of everlasting life and eternal happiness.

God always loved mankind. Even after HE drove out Adam and Eve for diobedience out of the Garden of Eden, HE didn't give up on human beings. He sent numerous prophets to save mankind and bring them back to HIM. But they consistently refused. Finally HE sent HIS only begotten SON Jesus to save us from everlasting death and give us eternal happiness.

Your post was so wonderful that it opened up my mind towards various things.

Don't worry about hot climeate. I am also facing the same and hoping that the monsoon will break out soon.

Have a nice day Amrita:)
Joseph

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

Dogs out here will sunbathe if they live through a rattlesnake bite. It does something to their internal thermostat.

Over 100 is just MISERABLE. It's too early for that. Where you live reminds me of when I lived in Tucson, Arizona -- the heat was terrible, horrible, unending, terrifying, so upsetting! Months of not a single cloud, everything parched, birds dead on the ground, swooned while trying to fly to shade. Ugh! It is better here but not by much.

How kind of your mother to give that good food to the poor!

I hope the Australian scientists are right and a mini ice-age is beginning. Let it begin soon!!!

Kathryn said...

Thank you for sharing! :)

I'm sorry it is so hot already. Wish i could send some cool air to you.

I so enjoy your pics & stories. Hope Sheba is comfortable after her bath.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Furry nice pikhs!

Of khourse, I liked Sheba's the best!

We saw the doggie washing machine on our news - SILLY!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

John Cowart said...

"Your spiritual life must not hinge on your commitment to Christ. That only sets you up for defeat. Rather, glory in his commitment to you".

This is just what I needed to hear this morning.

Thanks.

John

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Your posts area always complete. If we will liken them to food, they are like the lauriat food course of the Chinese that they serve one at a time or a bacchanalian feast of extravagant food. Nothing is lacking and everything is included. Yes, I saw the washing machine for dogs on TV as invented by a Japanese. But they fit to small dogs only and the dogs look pretty scared by the experience, lol. You have lovely flowers in your garden and abundant fruits in season. You are blessed by the Lord by the fruits of your labors for the Lord and His kingdom. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

Gerry said...

Sounds like your weather will soon be very like ours will be in Phoenix, extremely hot, 110 degrees are more in the hottest summer months, but this winter has been exceptionally rainy and cool. We have only had one or two what you would say are hot days so far this year. And waking up to rain every few days is also extremely unusual, so I believe we should enjoy this very much while we wait for the inevitable, heat! Other places like in my hometown in Utah will be delightfully moderate in the summer after around 4 feet of snow or more this winter, unusual precipitation there, too. I enjoy your comments on what is going on in India as you write, what is growing, you are a good blogger!