Sunday, January 11, 2009


Yesterday morning I woke up around 4:30 hearing this voice in my head that said, “Randy, go watch the sunrise.” Well, I usually get up around five and sometimes I sleep to six on the weekend if I’m tired so I just rolled over and went back to sleep. At a little after five o’clock I was ready to get up. Following my regular routine, I stumble to kitchen to feed the fish and then turned around half dazed and walked down the hall to feed the fish in the room I’m in now. In the back of my mind I’m still hearing this little voice saying go watch the sunrise. Well, I glance out the window and it was terribly overcast and I didn’t see how there can possible be any sunrise, but I decided I would go after I have my coffee. Besides, at this point it’s still almost an hour before the sun will be up anyway, and in the past I have driven to my favorite spot and seen some pretty spectacular sunrises. With the way the little voice in my mind was chattering away, surely it is going to be some kind of deeply spiritual experience this morning.

Well, I get there and sunrise time comes and goes, but I see no sun. I look to the sky and I think surely there must be some reason I felt drawn to come. What is it that I am suppose to witness this morning?


Before I know it over an hour has passed and I’m still waiting to have some great revelation. While nothing has happened, I do find myself feeling a greater peace of mind than I have had in quite sometime. I feel almost intoxicated as I stand there looking at everything around me. I could tell I was having one of those moments where you commune with nature and you feel really connected to everything around you. You know what I’m talking about, that exhilarated feeling you get when you realize how wonderful it is to be alive. I get that feeling sometimes in the garden. You know, we were designed by our creator (who ever you choose that to be) to feel that wonderful awareness all the time. We get so caught up in the day to day activities we don’t take enough time to find that in ourselves. Your five senses can absorb all aspects of your environment, but only your soul can feel what I experienced yesterday. That being realized I was ready to return home, even though my precious sun, that I have missed so very much never decided to appear to me. The sky seemed to be getting ever darker and I knew rain couldn’t be far behind.

Golf Course

I was just getting into my truck to leave and I heard that little voice again. This time it seemed to whisper only my name. I glanced back over my shoulder and watched as the heavy dark clouds separated. This is what I saw, the clouds were filled with so much light their edges looked like pure gold. Call me crazy if you want, but somehow I felt that moment was created just for me.


When I got home I had another surprise waiting for me. Look! Something besides a town wren was eating at the feeders. This is not the best picture, but it was taken thru a dirty window from fifty feet away.


The cardinal drew me outside and I while I was there I started piddling in the yard. It’s wasn’t too long before Jamie joined me and we got a lot of things transplanted, removed and cleaned up before the rain came in for the day. All in all, yesterday was a good day.


GardenJoy4Me said...

Hello there you guys !
What stunning pictures of the sky and clouds. I am a sky nut too, so I understand that certain fascination that totally grabs you and has such a profound affect on us when we are truly enjoying that moment .. you worded it wonderfully : )
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I meant to come and visit yours earlier but the head cold has me a bit wretched ? LOL
I actually had to go back and figure out where you were (another BIG DUH !) .. I can't imagine being able to be in the garden all year round, you are very lucky ! : )
I'll be back to visit some more .. once I get my head on straight and have a few more brain cells functioning .. thanks for the thoughtful comments : )
P.S. Spell check said I didn't make any mistakes .. that is a miracle ! hahaha

Chandramouli S said...

Sorry for commenting late. I did read your blog yesterday night after coming back form work, but was suffering from bad cold (better now) and wasn't in a mood to type. Even though I was down with cold, the pictures of the skies were so refreshing and gorgeous. And, hurray! A visitor! Soon your feeders would demand frequent refills! Congratulations!

Jamie and Randy said...

I was reading about your fascination with the sky and I figured it you saw these pictures you would like them. I love to go watch the sunrise! And again, I’m so glad you are starting to feel better. Like I said, just don’t over do it and have a relapse.

Chandramouli S,
No need to apologize! We are just happy that you care enough about what's going on in our lives to read our blog and comment on it. I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well. :-( I do not like to be sick at all and I am not a good patient either. I was very excited to see the cardinal, but oh my heavens, I couldn't imaging haveing parrots just flying around freely! How wonderful it must be!

Chandramouli S said...

Oh, Trust me Randy, it's an awesome sight with parrots crowded together. May be I should post them...

Roses and Lilacs said...

Randy, those are stunning photos. I'm glad that little voice kept calling. Congrats on your cardinal! Hope he draws his friends and family to your feeders.

Jamie and Randy said...

Me too Marnie! On the voice and the cardinal. :--Randy

Wayne said...

Nice photo's! And working in the yard in January? I'm jealous!

Darla said...

Ahh, that inner voice. It's best to listen to it huh? Great photos.

Jamie and Randy said...

It was so nice to get out there and get a little work done. Most especially after such a good start to the morning.

I learned a looooooong time ago to always listen to that inner voice. It always seems to pay off.

The Garden Faerie said...

I was really into astronomy in college, and one of my best friends teaches astronomy, so when I think of the sky, it tends t be the night sky. And of course sunrise and sunsets are beautiful, too. Good for you for noticing, and for reminding me to do the same (though here I'm at work with no windows during sunrise! But there's always sunset!).

Jamie and Randy said...

For the longest time, every Saturday or Sunday morning I would go and watch the sunrise. I think I'm going to start doing that again.:-)--Randy

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

AMAZING photos! I'm just bowled over, stunned by both the glorious sky and the quality of the photos!

PS Sorry that it took me a day to catch up here since I've been under the weather. If I can just eat chocolate again, I'll be back to normal! LOL

Gail said...


It really is important to listen to those voices! The photos are wonderful...I am so glad you listened and caught these for yourself and then to share with us!


Jamie and Randy said...

It seems a lot of folks are under the weather right now. I hope you are feeling more like yourself soon. I'll tell you the same thing I told Joy, don't over do it when you start feeling better. :-) I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures, though I do have to say they do not do the sky justice. Most especially the tower picture.

Friend Gail,
It's taken me a while but I've learned to listen. To bad you weren't up there on that hill with me, something tells me you probably would have been just as aw-struck as I was. :-)-- Randy

Frances said...

Hi Randy, I followed along with your narrative, nodding in agreement and then came to the light, it hit me between the eyes and I gasped in delight! I am so glad that you listen to your little voice and shared with us what you saw, and I agree, it was just for you!


Jamie and Randy said...

It was an absolutley breath taking moment. I gasped myself! It just came out of nowhere and only lasted about 30 seconds.--Randy

Anonymous said...

What a glorious day you had Randy! Those photos really took my breath away, I never get up in time to watch the sunrise. You've inspired me to get my lazy butt out of bed to witness this miracle. :) Your bird feeding station is really cool, great shot of the cardinal. They are hard to photograph sometimes.

Jamie and Randy said...

I've have seen a many a glorius sunrise on the hill top. I usually try to meditate/pray and give thanks for all the blessings in my life as I watch the sun come over the horizon. :-)--Randy

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

As I just browsed thru some older posts I noticed you've already been putting out other food. It looks great. I hope you keep getting lots of birds, they're so fun to watch:)

Jamie and Randy said...

I hope we get tons of different types of birds. They haven’t even touched the Suet cakes. I guess I could always use them to hold orange slices?