Our Saturday workday started out with a yummy breakfast around the table, and a chapter from The Curious Naturalist. You can see the title of the chapter is a little amusing in and of itself (pictured below), but after reading the astonishing, the title argues its point fairly well, I think.
Some people even enjoy the aroma of skunk musk and have a support group of their own, The Wiffy Club, composed entirely of people who like the smell of skunk spray. Some Whiffers so relish the aroma that they keep a vial of the scent handy for an invigorating sniff…
The book referred to these folk as “nasally challenged”.
Good point on why not to have a pet for a skunk:
If you have bad breath, your pet skunk might attack your face while you sleep. Mistaking halitosis for the scent of rotting meat, the skunk is drawn by the odor, and will paw at and attempt to enter your mouth to clean away the leftovers. Painful scratches can result.
We followed up this chapter, by reading through a report Ruthie wrote on skunks when she was 8. It was probably the cutest skunk anything I have ever seen, but one part that made us all almost fall out of our chairs in laughter was a delightfully illustrated page with a skunk standing on his front hands spraying a person. Ruthie wrote:
Skunks spray to make themselves famous… or to defend themselves.
With these pictures, and a few verses that I’m praying over my life as I head into the new school year, I’ll end the summer snapshot series.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ….Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving… Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. From Col. 3 and 4.
An evening hike with friends to celebrate Jason’s birthday. Amazing!
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness. Ps 96
It appears the summer was full of moments and memories in life, and short on words and presence here on the blog! I have a few grand finale pictures that I really want to share from a special trip out west. I keep looking back at my collection of pictures of this trip and delighting in the glory and beauty of the Lord (not to mention the memories we made with dear friends and family!) The beauty is worth the share. Enjoy.