Oh the garden kitty. Do you have one too? Poppycat has been with us since we adopted him as a kitten five years ago. At this point he's kind of our mascot. He can gentle and loving, or arrogant and bratty. I'll never forget the last hour we spent on the farm. The moving trucks had left. The house had been locked up. The tears had been shed. And Poppycat wasn't quite as ready to leave as us. He led us on a wild goose chase trying to catch him so we could finally head to the new place. I laugh now, but talk about stress! Oh Poppy you do bring adventure to our lives. That's the nature of cats, is it not. Whatever his mood, I sure do love the guy, and hope he's with us for a long time. Sophia noticed him limping this morning. I'm not sure what happened, but let's pray for a quick recovery.
I can't imagine being on the farm right now and so far away from the rest of our family. I'm grateful we are back in North Central Illinois. This truly has been the strangest year of my life... and let me tell you, I've lived through some odd ones. Thank goodness for the garden, loved ones and, of course, my newfound faith in God. This season of life would be so much harder and devastating if I were still seeking redemption at the alter of deception. I praise God for being saved.
On the garden front, there is so much in bloom right now and that is something worth celebrating too. The dahlias have captivated me this year, but those Teddy Bear sunflowers are running a close race. This is my second year growing them, and I just think they're the bees knees. Just look at the adorableness! Almost as cute as Poppycat... almost.
My garden may not be big this year, but I still walk through it, tending and loving it, at least three times a day. I pick bouquets for myself, neighbors and love ones. It's the least I can do to brighten someone's day, especially during this time of paranoia and fear-based living. I'm not down with it folks. I don't like it. Not one bit. And I have to be intentional about focusing on the good and truth. It's there. Deception is there too. It's a good time to sharpen the ax of discernment, eh? I think Poppycat would agree.