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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ July 20, 2014

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{Pretty} and {Happy}

I have such trouble separating the {pretty} from the {happy} each week, and today I'm not even going to try.  Beauty gives me joy, which isn't exactly the same thing as saying pretty things make me happy, but we'll just go with it, okay?

We are still getting settled in to our new living space.  Each day we make a little more progress.  I think the major tasks in the house (as opposed to the garage, yard, etc.) are completed.  We are now down to finishing touches (assuming a house can ever be really finished. . .) and soon I will be able to show pictures.  But here is a preview:

The flowers are from the property and include horsemint, phlox, Queen Anne's lace, and black-eyed Susans, plus some sort of grasses.  I do like wildflowers, don't you?


Last week, Dave was at the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education conference on the campus of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.  The Concordia campus is so pretty!  He took a series of pictures of the four separate windows commemorating important Lutheran theologians.  These windows, from left to right, are for someone whose name I can't make out, then Paul Gerhard, Martin Chemnitz, and Philip Melancthon, all three Lutheran giants.


An insurance company which has its headquarters in our town maintains a large garden which is open to the public.  It must keep two or three gardeners very busy in good weather!  We had such nice weather last week that the evening after Dave returned from the conference, we headed to the gardens to soak in some beauty and evening sunshine.  Here is just a sampling:


This weeping Norway spruce is the funniest-looking tree I ever saw!


For various reasons, I didn't get to go to the educational conference last week (boo hoo!), so I didn't get to hear Dr. Gene Edward Veith, author and provost/literature professor at Patrick Henry College, speaking on George Herbert, Anglican priest and poet.  Dave did, though.  At least I get to see this picture, right?  


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