With exceptional ISP challenges continuing to frustrate folks almost as much as the Presidential Alert trickle down this week, I’m spending extra time helping with seasonal chores.

This week among other tasks that come around in autumn but are best done before the first freeze or snowfall, we addressed the woodpile. While this can be physically exhausting work (less so this year with the new log splitter), I’m glad for the way it helps me realign my priorities. The wood stove, my heat source not only keeps me warm all winter, lends a pleasant ambiance but, like it or not, it forces me into a whole-body workout daily.

The fact is I actually like the work. As many of my peers are slowing down substantially I’m delighted I can still keep up with the youngsters and run the cottage on my own.

“Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in it,’ while really it is finding its place in him.” C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Despite the most recent disruptions, I’m assured that I’m exactly where God wants me today. When beauty grips me in the most remarkable places I often believe I can feel God’s presence surrounding me.

At the woodpile, for example:

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 – 13 (NLT)


All images (c) 2018 What Next: Behind Roo’s Ruse, div. Rapture Practice! Publications, Invaluable Beauty 1/18/2018



Filed under Notes from the Apex, photography

17 responses to “Intermittent

  1. I completely understand. Wood splitting is strangely therapuetic and nothing compares to being outside with nature. It always makes me feel at peace with myself and the world.

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  2. What beautiful patterns! And I’ve no doubt the smell is lovely too, shame we don’t have the technology to post that. 😉
    I know what you mean when you state “I’m exactly where God wants me today” — I have that feeling too. It’s so peaceful, it’s almost unsettling. 🙂

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  3. There is beauty in wood if one takes time to observe. Lovely pics!

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  4. Thanks for including those photos of the wood in your post. Aren’t they beautiful?!

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    • Thank YOU for stopping by! Cole makes fun of Izzy and me oohing & aahing over the patterns, colors and aromas we discover as we operate the splitter. I think it’s a whole new insight to the marvels of Gods creation.

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  5. And having that contented feeling is one of the best feelings in the world! 🙂 ❤

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  6. Your wood is beautiful. It takes a special eye to spot loveliness in odd places.

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  7. Good to hear you can still split logs–not sure I could at 68! Glad to be back reading your posts.


  8. I was wondering what that alert was all about. Usually just get Amber Alerts and Weather Alerts. I doubt very much if 45 aka Agent Orange would be interested in contacting me or anyone in my neighborhood! We are not his base! Thank God!

    Anyway I wanted to include a link to the NYC Link Kiosks located in Low Income neighborhoods. Lots of them where I live. They are about every two or three blocks. You can make calls, charge your phone and they are supposed to provide Internet access but the signal is weak.

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