Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My uncle collects Farmall tractors. These are some of them.

Inside one of them was this little surprise.

Mama Robin has been hard at work!

Here is the cool "thingy" that attracts the flies before the apples form, keeping them from laying their (eggs?) in them. It's a red plastic ball that gets smeared with some VERY sticky stuff. My uncle scrapes it off when it's full of flies and adds more sticky stuff. I'm not good at remembering the names of things, so I don't recall what the sticky stuff is called. It comes in a can that looks like PVC cement, and has a brush attached to the lid to apply it with, just like PVC cement. But it's not. It's something else. Sticky something that works! Uncle said that two years ago he was embarrassed to even give the apples away, they were so full of brown spots. Last year, when he started hanging these sticky balls up in the trees, he had beautiful apples. Very few of them were damaged. I'm definitely keeping this in mind for the future!

And last, the tree that grows Dr. Pepper! I took this picture, and went to find my uncle to see what the cans were all about. I thought he was going to say there was something in the cans that either repelled or attracted something. Nope. He just wanted to say he had a tree that grew Dr. Pepper! He was also wearing a Dr. Pepper hat and T-shirt. I think he likes Dr. Pepper!


  1. Nothing beats a Farmall! Very cool info about the apples!!

  2. Hey, find out what that sticky ball is in the apple tree, will you? I want to use it for the flies in my chicken house!


  3. Hey Mama Pea, that's a great idea! I'll let you know as soon as I can.
    Erin- I think my uncle will want to adopt you now. A girl who likes Farmall tractors! ;)

  4. Oops!! I meant Chicken Mama. You know me and names...