Today I celebrated Dia de Muertos by baking a cookie in honor of my Grampa Stanley. He was a super strong stallion but at the same time he was very kind and gentle. One day when Gramma Mare was teaching me about the fruits of the spirit she read aloud Galatians 5:22-23: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control...." After reading those words she looked up at me and said: "Sven, those words describe your Grampa Stanley." Gramma Mare also told me that Grampa Stanley would always give her a sugar cookie on her birthday and say: "You are the sweetest mare in all the world." So today this sugar cookie reminds me of a very special stallion, my Grampa Stanley! :-)
Till the soil.
Plant the seedlings.
Provide water, warmth and light.
Enjoy the beauty
through spring & summer.
Discard in the fall.
Four little ones arrive
just as the leaves begin to fall.
Now that's a miracle!
This morning I came upon my friend, Bumbie, as he was drinking some marigold nectar. After breakfast, he said he was going to the barbershop. Can you guess what kind of haircut he was going to get? He said he wanted a "buzz-cut." :-)
Did you know that "Bumble bees’ wings beat 130 or more times per second.
That ability, combined with their large size, enables the bees to perform a unique service, “buzz pollination” (vibrating flowers until they release pollen), that helps plants produce more fruit. The insects’ size also allows them to generate heat, so bumble bees can fly earlier and later in the day, as well as to cooler, higher altitudes, than can honey bees."
Take a moment to take in the idea of 130 or more beats of their wings per second, the "buzz pollination" process, their ability to generate heat.... Now that's a miracle!
Be sure to click on "Bumble Bees" to learn more at the National Wildlife Federation's Blog.
I had a very pleasant dream last night. As smiley faces floated above my head, I heard Gramma Mare singing the first part of Ephesians 4:32a - "Be kind and compassionate to one another . . ." Then to my surprise, I heard on the barn radio this morning that today is World Smile Day. As described on the World Smile Day website, this is a day to do an act of kindness to help someone SMILE. So let's all "giddyup" and make some horses/people smile. :-)