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Mukilteo Birding

October 23 2017 birding journal
Ray spilled a little bit of chicken scratch and the Junco’s were having a party outside of my kitchen window. A flash of blue drew my gaze to the fence where my old friends, the Steller’s Jays sat in the sun.

I’ve loved Steller’s Jays since our days in the mountains when they used to pull my newly sprouted peas out of the ground just because they could. These are birds who just want to have some fun. All I had to do to save my pea crop was to put up my pole bean tee-pi while it was still too cold for beans and hang a mesh bag of peanuts from it. It was fun watching them working peanuts out of the mesh (If you try this at home, make sure the mesh is just big enough for the peanuts to come through but not so big that the birds get their heads stuck in the bag.) Problem solved.

In the midst of memory lane, Ray joined me at the kitchen window. After watching our visitors for a little while, he asked if I would like to drive down to the beach to do a little birding. He didn’t have to ask twice. We grabbed cameras and binoculars, leashed up Rudy and we were off.

Bomber 4 The summer of 2017 we spent many evenings at the beach near Mukilteo just to enjoy the sunset while we walked the dogs, all because of my wanky hip. The paved path is level, the parking is free and there was always something interesting to see. Driving down the winding lane that leads to the beach, I started feeling that pain of not having Bomber with us… again. Thought I had put that to bed, but there I was, tears seeping out. It didn’t last long, but we did make a decision to walk on the beach instead of along the walk way. It was lovely but there were not many birds. On the water we could see California Gulls and Cormorants (they were too far away to know what kind). There wasn’t much. Rudy kept the crows away. We have always encouraged him to chase crows out of the garden, so when he spots one anywhere, he is off! A small flock of sparrows flit around the brush that grows near the fence. There was also a small bird who flew by with a flash of pale yellow belly teasing us but not letting us get a bead on her (from the camera, not a gun scope).

Standing on the rip-rap, watching a couple of sea lions who came up to look around, I saw two Spotted Towhees on the rocks. That was fun. After chatting with a couple of other dog walkers we loaded ourselves back into the truck and started back up the road that leads home. We couldn’t help but notice a two ladies standing at the edge of the road with their cameras aimed at an old dead tree. We knew right away what they were getting a picture of, one of the Bald Eagles that hangs near the waterfront. Great final find!

Debs in Everett, WA who spent some time praying through Psalm 54 this morning.


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Sometimes life is like that

I love to do research. I like taking notes, chasing a down a word or idea to find out what the author means, how the word interacts with the text, how it affects my life. Often, when I am done with my research I like to move on to the next project. It takes a lot of discipline for me to write a report or essay when I am done with the study part. It takes even more discipline for me to edit that first writing, type it up and post it. Then there are always the embarrassing bloopers I find when I read the essay on line. More editing. Sometimes life is like that.

Yesterday, after doing all my research on the section of Ephesians I was working on, I needed to sit down and write it out. When I was still a teacher I gave myself permission to skip this step because of limited time. I’m not a teacher any more. So there I was, in my fresh clean office, staring at a blank page. Now what? Sometimes life is like that.

There was prayer. There was coffee and a favorite pen (favorite today anyway, a girl needs variety), and that clean, blank page. It reflected nothing back at me, it gave no inspiration, it just waited for me. Sometimes life is like that.

I am surrounded by books in my office, books that were once blank pages. Part of the space is pantry space where most of the food is simple, waiting for my decision to make something wonderful from dry beans, simple tomato sauce or barley. It isn’t enough to find a recipe or to soak the beans (I do love my Instant Pot), I have to heat up the stove, rub herbs in my palms to release their essence and decide if that scent goes with this scent to effect the outcome. My space is full of color, bits of paper, stuffed animals, drawings and pictures, multi colored files, gel pens, ink pens, pencils. They are nothing until they decorate and highlight an idea. Everything has potential but it is only potential until something is created. Even the gray of pencil lead or the dull yellow of pasta has potential, but first it has to be sharpened and scraped on paper… or dropped in to a boiling pot of water to soften. Sometimes life is like that.

It is true, I’ve been fired from a job that I loved. The person who fired me is someone my husband and I love. It was horrible, I felt shame. There were those moments when I wondered if I had been better at my job if I could have kept it. There were moments of thinking, I never want to see those people again! Then a moment later I would be praying for them with grace that only the Almighty could fill me with, I want the school to thrive! I want the staff to minister. I want a ministry! My life has become like a blank page.

Thank you to all of you who have sent me messages, asking if I’m ok. Some of you expressed your rage at the school and Christian people in general (I am one). You helped me work through what I was feeling and let it go. Some of you told me that you have gone through these things and assured me that it gets better. The ice cream was wonderful Ray! I am especially thankful for the prayers. That was HUGE!

Once I decided on a verb and a noun my page quickly filled up with an essay that almost wrote itself. I say almost because I was prepared for this. It was satisfying. Now I just need to type it up and post it. I’m ready for the next idea to chase, a new adventure. Sometimes life is like that.

Debs …just breathing, waiting on the Almighty, thinking of a noun and a verb. August 23, 2017

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Office Ready

Office/Pantry/Library got some long overdue attention. I got the school out of my space. I can hardly believe how dedicated to fun and efficient for school the place had become. Two trash loads of just paper work (and I have not even gone through my files yet.) With everything I took down or threw away I felt like my life was coming back. I hurt a little (ok, a lot) and there is still more to do, but it’s a great start.

August 22, 2017

Today there is a study in Ephesians to finish, and the view outside of my window, YUCK. I’ve got to tidy up the deck. More clean up in the garden (there is a BERRY big mess!) Some amazing smelling apples to bake. AND it’s Taco Tuesday!

It’s gonna be a great day.

Debs…. survived the Eclipse, August 22, 2017


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Does God really love me?

It is the day of the great American eclipse. Serious fog is blocking my view in Everett, Wa. We cannot see across the valley, never mind seeing to the sky.

The dogs are acting a little weird, at least Rudy is. He is jumpy and acting like he either hurts or will be hurt. He doesn’t want to eat. It’s hard to watch. Coincidence? Of the many details I prayed for last night, one of them was that the Almighty would take care of my dogs if Scott Clark is correct and the rapture of the church takes place this year on the Feast of Trumpets. That is so exciting! Yet, while I write that thought my eyes turn to the warm body with the faithful eyes who is tightly cuddled next to me. What will become of my dog?

3March 26, 2017 (18)I know that there are animals in heaven. Y’shua returns from heaven on a white horse. Surly there is a place for Rudy and Bomber too. I will trust Him, whose eyes are on anonymous sparrows.

My title isn’t really my question. I KNOW the Almighty loves me. I’m actually a little overwhelmed by that fact after a very brief study of Ephesians 1:5-6.

In Love YHVH predestined us to adoption as sons through Y’shua haMashich to Himself according to the kind intention of His will to the praise of the glory of His grace which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

My pre-study starts with 5w’s and an h. I’ve already looked at some word studies during my overview. (I was well trained by Kay Author’s Precept Ministries a long time ago) Looking at the question of when this this passage took place, the enormity of the little phrase, “before the foundation of the world” began to sink in.

Y’shua is famous  for telling us that He is going to prepare a place for us. John 14:3 But it occurs to me that I was “predestined to adoption… before the foundation of the world. My take on this is that, like we know Y’shua is doing, the Almighty prepared a place for us. To prepare a place for us agrees that he already chose us “before the foundation of the world.” Y’shua paid my price with his blood, YHVH accepted the payment and raised Him from death. Y’shua returned to the Heavenly realm to ‘prepare a place’. Now we are simply waiting for Him to come again and receive us to Himself.  I’m not sure which direction this study will go, but “In love” is how it is speaking to me today. Are you ready?

Aug 20 2017 Eph 1 3-4 Par ici et par la Speaking of the Ephesians study, the 2nd lesson has been posted. I loved what the Almighty was speaking to me. It was almost hard to keep up it came so fast. Pour a cuppa coffee, then click here “Who are you?” Ephesians 1:3-4 I promise it is not as long as the 1st lesson I did. It will give you something kewl to do while you wait for the eclipse to pass over.

Debs in Everett, WA 8/21/2017

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Coming up for air


Grin, some little girl made the cone into a wild flower vase, #DogWalk at Mukilteo

Well that was bad. Sinus infection on the right side of my face that was so painful I couldn’t function for a week. Then I felt better on Wednesday (today is Friday)… for about 23 minutes before the sinus’ on the left started to swell. My mouth is raw from mega doses of vitamin C. I woke up this morning at 1 AM and realized that I feel fantastic! Hallelujah!

Since I couldn’t get back to sleep I posted the Ephesians Bible study that I was working on before the head crush came. It is full of typo’s that I need to edit but it is up. If you like, you can click here: Ephesians 1:1-2


The beach at Mukilteo on the Edge Water Side. Sunset Dog Walk

Stress, why can’t I just talk myself out of it? I remembered to pray for my former supervisor. He is prone to crones disease when he is stressed. I was very worried about him and prayed often for his health. But honestly, I thought I was OK, that this was going to be good for me (not working for the school anymore). But I had a difficult time just letting it rest. I felt so ashamed. That was wrong but it was there.


The Washington Olympic Mountains and the Mukilteo ferry dock from Edge Water

The Almighty had given me direction last spring. Put in your notice. But not wanting the school to be burdened with the need to find more teachers who will work full time for $800 a month (we are a ministry not a business… at least we keep telling ourselves that, and watch as God supplies our every need) I chalked up my notion to put in my notice to end of school exhaustion. Maybe I could have saved myself and my supervisor a whole load of misery if I had listened to that still, small voice instead of being a team player… and seriously, no one at school thought I was a team player. Lesson learned. I’m finally getting a tiny spark of feeling good about tomorrow. It’s time to get back to work, my work, my life

Debs, August 18, 2017

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 Just in time!     New Flamingos to help ease my pain.

One more step toward the new adventure Ray and I have been dreaming of.  I was fired from my job to make room for someone younger. I’m sure there were other reasons, I’m a bit of a Maverick, but that was the reason I was given. They want someone younger. OK

Other then feeling rejected, other then being embarrassed about something that is out of my control, I could still feel the hand of the Almighty in this. I actually intended to put in my notice last spring, but when another, long time teacher retired, I decided that this was not the best time to lay this on my school. After talking to Ray, I committed my head to two more years at school, then I would put in my notice; then we would put rubber to the road and start our adventure. I should have listened to my heart. It would have saved me and my supervisor this humiliation. Now what?

I’ve written a daily meditation/study on the book of Ephesians for this year. I think I’ll start posting it. I’d like to still have an income, but YHVH has always provided for our every need. I do not know what I will do tomorrow, but tonight Ray bought four different kinds of organic ice cream! I’ll figure out tomorrow, tomorrow.

Debs; 8/11/17

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The Decision Has Been Made

Changes are coming to The Toy Box.

It will be a slow transition, but it is coming. We are fixen to sell our urban farm and hit the road. Being an American Gypsy has always been a dream, now we have decided to do it. We have two years to make the transition. There are moments that I am completely overwhelmed. There are times when I am dancing for joy.

Today, just walking the dogs seems precious. I will not walk this walk through the seasons again… once we go.

787 days from today, April 19, 2017 To Launch Day, June 15, 2019

2 more years of school, 2 more gardens… unless something changes.

Debs at The Toy Box Suburban Farm… Soon to be the Toy Box Life (humm, that could change)

Everett, Washington

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