The stars were stunning this evening and offered a fantastic view from the hot tub. As I let my gaze wander I saw Venus in the distance. While keeping watch for shooting stars an epiphany of sorts came to mind. While I was in such a peaceful moment, I still wanted more. Venus wasn’t enough. I wanted to see shooting stars too. Why couldn’t I just be satisfied with the view up above? This reminded me to be grateful for what I have and to appreciate those precious moments without spoiling them by wanting more.
Roadside America has a great website for locating “out of the way” small tourist sites. After checking out the places nearby, we decided to go see the James Buchanan Birthplace Pyramid.
History was difficult for me in school and hopefully the methods of instruction have improved. History would have been easy for me to learn if I had learned about families living in different time periods. So every time I get the opportunity to learn a little history, I’m grateful for the opportunity. And now I learn the way that is best for me which isn’t the way curriculum for schools is written.
I’m always fascinated by the stories of families from the past. Harriet Lane, the niece, of President Buchanan has quite a story. She lost her parents at the age of 11 and then went to live with her uncle. She enjoyed a successful stint as the “First Lady” while her uncle served as the president . She married at 36 and during the next 18 years of her life, she lost her uncle, her two sons and her husband.
Capturing a picture of Papa bird was on my agenda today. Started planning for the shot around 7:00 am. After determining feeding habits, the camera was put away until the moment of the shot. Finally, around 6:30 pm, I was set up to take the shot. And then…….I waited, I waited, I waited. He teased as he flew within millimeters of the birdhouse and then took off again over and over again before he finally perched. And I just patiently waited, waited, waited. As I was ready to give up, he landed. A few seconds later I was able to get a shot of. My patience was rewarded!!
Well, we have arrived at our first destination and already had an encounter with our first wild animal sneaking into our RV! And as you can see, Dexter saved the day.