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postheadericon Balance, Peace, and Joy – Sunday Selections

This week’s offering for Sunday Selections is a lovely thought about finding balance in your life. It comes from a beautifully talented and wildly popular artist – Thomas Kinkade.

 

His words are perfect companions for his art. I never knew that he was such a prolific wordsmith on top of being one of the world’s favorite painters. I enjoy his work immensely. This pretty painting is what I picture in my mind when I’m looking for my own peace.


Balance

Balance, Peace, and Joy

Balance, Peace, and Joy

are the fruit of a successful life.

It starts with recognizing your talents

and finding ways to serve others by using them.

~ Thomas Kinkade

 

Do you have an image you conjure up in your head or a place you retreat to? How do you share your talents and serve others?

 

postheadericon My Husband is a Dung Beetle

*This post about my husband being a self-proclaimed dung beetle was first published in April 2010. Because it is just as relevant today as it was then, I’ve decided to share it with all of you again. For those of you newer to Red Barn Blue Skies, don’t be alarmed – we’re relatively normal. Enjoy!*

I am married to a dung beetle.

My Husband is a Dung Beetle at Red Barn Blue Skies

First off, let me state for the record that I did not call my beloved hubby this. At breakfast this morning, he announced to Mom and I, “I am the dung beetle of the family.”

While this is not a normal conversation in the majority of homes, it is really not a super surprising one for this group. We obviously aren’t the Cleavers anyway, so let me try to explain this bold statement.

The Dung Beetle

Hubby and I were camping last summer when we came across a funny sight while hiking. I had to stop when I saw something rather strange: it looked like a little turd cruising along the path in front of me.

Upon further investigation, we found that it was a dung beetle with a rolled up ball of poop. He was rolling it uphill and in a very straight path – over pebbles, twigs, whatever. He was a persistent little guy as the ball was about three times his size and it was very unwieldy.

We must have spent about fifteen minutes just watching as this amazing little creature kept to his task. He was the epitome of the saying that “the impossible is possible if you keep at it”. The manure ball would slip and roll back a few inches and he’d just start again on his uphill trek.

Fast Forward to Today

Now, the reason this morning’s breakfast table conversation turned to dung beetles is because we were talking about how ants can carry many times their own weight. We told mom about seeing the little dung beetle at work and Mr. MoonCat Red Barn mentioned that he had done some reading on these fascinating little bugs after our trip.

Hubby’s ENTIRE basis for saying that HE is the dung beetle of OUR family is the fact that the males are the ones who do all the work in dung beetle couples. They usually roll up the ball of poop and move it to wherever the female designates while she directs or even HITCHES A RIDE while he’s working!

If this hadn’t hit me as so funny and of course, inappropriate, I might have decided to be offended. But I chose to laugh my butt off at him. (It’s especially significant today as I “requested” that he move around a bunch of furniture yesterday.)

I did some reading myself on dung beetles and was really amazed to learn how beneficial they are to agriculture.  They can be found on every continent except for Antartica! I had already known (from my dad) not to kill any that we found out in the manure pile at the ranch but really didn’t know why.

I’ve since learned that they help keep down the fly population and thus the spread of disease in livestock. They make the manure inhospitable to the fly larvae and maggots. They are a very beneficial part of managing, rejuvenating, and sustaining pastureland. Learn more about them here. You can even find out how to start your own dung beetle farm!

I hope you enjoyed yet another insight into the not so ordinary happenings (and conversations) here at MoonCat Farms/Red Barn Blue Skies.

And just for the record, I did NOT hitch a ride on his back while he was moving furniture – I directed. 

Dung Beetle Toy

 

And here is one of the reasons I decided to bring this post back – LOOK WHAT I FOUND!

Hello Father’s Day present Mr MoonCat/RedBarn/DungBeetle!

And one for the loving wife (ME):

So ladies, do you have your own dung beetle guy in the family?

postheadericon Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance – Sunday Selections

Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance are the chosen topics for this week’s Sunday Selections. It is unfortunate that I am in definite need of all three of these virtues right now. Things have not gone quite as desired or expected this past week, so I think I will just share a relevant quote for each virtue instead of choosing just one.

 

Idaho's Lake Winchester for Red Barn Blue Skies

Patience

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.

~ Joyce Meyer

Perseverance

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.

~ Julie Andrews

Persistence

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.

~ Colin Powell

postheadericon Memorial Day Weekend 2017 Events

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 is upon us. If you don’t have plans already, it is not too late. There are many events taking place all over the country to commemorate the day and honor those brave men and women who died in service to America.

It is a good time to take the opportunity to teach your family and loved ones why America celebrates Memorial Day.

memorial day weekend 2017 Red Barn Blue Skies

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

The US Department of Veterans Affairs in collaboration with the National Cemetery Administration are hosting events at VA national cemeteries throughout the country. Local communities will put their own special touches on the events and honor local heroes. You can find the VA sponsored event closest to you by checking their website.

Sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee, the National Memorial Day Parade will take place in Washington, D.C. It begins at 2pm at the intersection of Constitution and NW 7th and ends up at 17th Street after parading down Constitution Avenue and the White House. It will be televised and streamed live online. More events in the D.C. area can be found here.

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 parade Red Barn Blue Skies

Be sure to check for events in your local area. Your American Legion post can usually advise you of celebrations near you.

Please have a safe weekend and don’t forget to honor our heroes and those brave people who died for our country, our flag, and your freedom.

postheadericon Change, Gratitude and Joy – Sunday Selections

The message of today’s quote embraces change, gratitude, and joy as I bring back one of my favorite features – Sunday Selections. I enjoy the hunt for quotes, poems, and passages that ignite a spark in me or touch a chord.

Changes

There are many transitions occurring in our personal and professional lives at the moment. We have several different paths ahead of us and important decisions to make.

I found this quote from author William Arthur Ward to be a perfect fit as we explore the opportunities that are presenting themselves to us. Enjoy.

 

Change, Gratitude and Joy at Red Barn Blue Skies

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings,

turn routine jobs into joy,

and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

~ William Arthur Ward