Hosted by Cindy Rice
Group active since Fri, Aug 14, 2015

This group is for bird lovers & watchers, featuring birds,and all gods creatures,, and we can wander away from gods creations from time to
But birds and animals are the focus of this group if you are a person who gets excited when your favorite birds have returned from a long winter elsewhere..or a long summer elsewhere...then this groups for you...if you love watching your squirrels, coons, wild turkeys, etc...then this is the group to share your experiences with..and we can share about our experiences about other animals as well..:)
After checking out other groups and their descriptions and rules, I realized I hadn't included any I do want this to be a very fun loving group..sooooo...with that in mind..I expect all members of this group to be polite and respectful at all times...if ya have to wonder or question yourself about writing it here...??? Don't write it here...any behavior that I deem Inappropriate or disrespectful will be this group once is all you get...I am the easiest person to get along with...let's keep it that that I've got that out there...let's have fun and maybe even learn some things along the way...I would also like to point out that I appreciate each and every one of my group members...thank you...:)

J. White Harris
Yesterday at 10:05 AM

God Created Lightning Bugs

What is the deal with lightning bugs? I mean, here is this rather ordinary looking flying insect, but wait ... it has a glow-in-the-dark rear end! What was God thinking?

I'm sure science has all kinds of explanations about how this fluorescent fanny is useful for mating and other stuff, but why did God choose to make the lightning bug glow? I wonder if, when God was creating all the animals and everything around us, he came up with the idea of the lightning bug and said, "The kids are gonna love this."

We know that God loves us enough to create all the things we need to survive, but does God love us so much He created some things just to make us smile?

Just seeing lightning bugs takes me back to those warm summer nights of my youth. I'd be running around the yard with my empty Mason jar, racing toward the flashing lights all around me. I can still feel the joy and hear the laughter echoing through my memories. Lightning bugs were as much a part of summer as fireworks, fresh tomatoes, home made ice cream, and big ice-cold slabs of juicy watermelon. (I also have a theory of why God made watermelon seeds the perfect size to spit, but that is another story.)

God created so much diversity in this world, much more than is needed for mere survival. He made all of this for us, and I believe He wants us to enjoy it.

We can get so busy surrounding ourselves with man-made goods that we don't notice the living tapestry God has laid out all around us.

I guess lightning bugs do have a purpose after all. They are a reminder of a creative God who loves us so much, He'd even paint the rear end of a bug ... just to see us smile ...

God Bless,

J. White Harris
Wednesday at 12:00 PM

A Dog's Prayer by Norman Harris

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of mine.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though you had no home, I would rather follow you. Through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest–and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

Joey Wolf
Tuesday at 4:55 PM

the pelican's are back!

been seeing LOTS of migratory birds over head this week! geese are flying all directions....don't know what's up with that. yesterday am i saw a huge flock of pelican's fly over, and the largest flock of turkey's feeding on the way home yesterday eve. we saw about 1/2 that many again today! we also had to slow down for a Bald Eagle that was feeding on a dead raccoon in the middle of the road this am. The bird feeders are SRO! I suppose the natural food supply is depleted by now. Spring is coming, these are all signs, the earth is beginning to wake back up!

J. White Harris
Tuesday at 10:19 AM

Wherever Love Is

Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.

Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I'm easy to find. I am wherever there is love.

Love, God

Joey Wolf
Jan 3, 2017

visit Annoyances and Off the Wall Discussions for......

a neat article on hedgehogs....."It's 2fer Tuesday" is the title

Joey Wolf
Jan 3, 2017

pop over to Tried n True Recipes for......

a nice article on feeding hummingbirds in the winter....i'd share it here, but can't figure out how to do it. if you are blessed to have them in the winter, help them out a bit.

refilling and laying in birdseed today....looks like it's gonna get cold again! the squirrels are hanging upside down on the tube feeder emptying it out this am. got to pick up some suet cakes too

Cindy Rice
Dec 27, 2016

Happy belated Christmas everyone..

Out temps are not very warm don't forget to feed your birds..and those of you that had a real Christmas tree instead of a fake one..don't burn it, don't bring it to the dump or cut it up , etc, etc..just put it outside..the birds will use it for shelter against the weather.... we heave ours off the deck and across to the bank opposite, our deck ..we have for the last few years..the birds do use it..and I'm sure they are grateful..I know this is the time of the year when they tell you not to feed your birds..but..this is the time of the year that they actually need the food, as food is scarce this time of year..:) your feathered friends will enjoy their new year too with a little good and consideration..:)

Happy holidays everyone..
I've got to feed my birds tomorrow

sallye bates
Dec 25, 2016


Have a magical day filled with the wonder and joy of this Christmas season.

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