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Ahava – May 11 & 12, 2012


Bluegrass Gospel Festival

Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12, 2012.

Friday       1 – 5  Open Picking

5 – 9 PM Bands

Saturday   10am-5pm Bands

a good old pickin’ session until…


Golden Valley Crusaders from NC,

Tall Pines,

McCools East,

The Carrell Family,

Wills Valley Bluegrass,

Chords of Glory,

The Sparks Family,

Mary Scott

The Gospel Highway

Donation of $5 Friday and $10 Saturday for ages 16 & up (all others are free).

Food vendors will be on site with hamburger, hotdogs, BBQ, etc.  Handicap parking is available.  Bring your lawn chairs, but not your pets.  Sound will be provided by Isaac Carrell who is also the MC.  There will be local vendors on site with handmade crafts, etc.  Any proceeds after the band costs will go toward the development of Ahava Springs – a facility promoting Biblical leadership and families (Ezra 8).

Located at 1040 Sumatanga Road in Gallant, AL.

For the Musicians: Bring your instruments.  There will be an open stage time during lunch.  Based on the number interested and time permitting, a limited number will be selected to perform on stage.  See Isaac Carrell when you arrive and arrange with him.  After the bands finish, there will be an open time of pickin’ for everyone to play

Directions:From I59 North-East of Birmingham AL take exit 166 US231 North 3.3 miles toward Oneonta, turn right onto the Gallant road, proceed 3.4 miles, turn right onto Sumatanga road, go 4 miles, Ahava Springs on left.

For information: call (256)538-2602 or visit ahavasprings.com


Snow and Ice, Again!

It is strange that we’ve gotten snow and ice again this winter. Nothing important compared to half the country with feet of snow. But this is Alabama, snows are supposed to be rare here. Funny thing is I failed to take a good picture during the most snow. Shows how we have been overwhelmed with snow lately. The kids even complained about today’s snow.

Just like typical everything fell apart traffic wise – schools letting out early, businesses closing, and hundreds of wrecks, even several fatalities. 🙁 We are gonna have to learn to deal with snow better if this keeps up around here.

They’ve even warned us that there is a chance of snow again next week!


So Far So Good

We have had at least 5 1/2 inches of snow here.  There is a layer of ice, then 5 1/2 inches of snow, and then another layer of ice.  There are drifts of close to a foot because it was very windy last night.  Makes for crunchy walking!  It isn’t too hard to walk on, but the top layer of ice hurts when it stabs you on the ankle.  We still have power and plenty of heat.  Haven’t broken out the milk and bread for “milk sandwiches” yet.  🙂 The road is a slushy icy mess which is due to refreeze over night.  Probably will be worse tomorrow morning than this morning – more ice, less snow.  Thankfully we don’t have anywhere we have to be.

There is a freezing misty fog that has been going on since around noon.  It is starting to accumulate as ice on the pine needles and the tree limbs.  Hopefully though it will not accumulate enough to cause limbs to break and the power to go out.  I feel sorry for those who work in the hospitals and emergency crews.  They have been on weather alert since yesterday and most haven’t been allowed to go home from work.

The adult chickens haven’t left the barn.  The goats finally ventured out a few minutes ago but they decided it was as bad as they thought and headed back to the barn.  The dogs are the only animals enjoying the snow.  The cats are sitting forlornly looking in the window asking to come in.  The large goldfish are hidden under the frozen ice of the pond. Even a few of the human kids haven’t been out to play much.  The baby and the oldest say it is too cold and messy.  At least the baby chicks and the incubating eggs are clueless about the weather, they just have their heat as usual.


Yep, Lots of Snow & Sleet

This afternoon we started out with sleet.  Heavy sleet!  The yard was beginning to turn white with sleet.  Then after dark it turned into snow.  It has been snowing for hours now and we probably have four plus inches and it is still snowing heavily.  Maybe even more now we can’t see the rocks at the pond, or the edge of the patio or anything but level flat snow.  Problem is this snow has a layer of ice underneath from the sleet.  Very dangerous to walk on.  🙁  The roads and interstates are closed.  We’ve even have had thunder-snow: thunder, lightening and heavy snow showers.  Snow is nice in how quiet it is, other than the thunder-snow.  Quiet and peaceful and clean.

Psalms 51:6-9 (ESV)
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;  wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;  let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9  Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Everything has been washed, there is food to eat, animals tended to as best as possible, electric heat turned up high in case of power going out, and gas heat as an alternative. Now time to relax and watch the snow, praying the power doesn’t go out.

Yet?  Would it be bad to pray an imprecatory (to invoke evil upon) prayer upon those who have made a particular football game tomorrow night an idol?  We can’t seem to get the weather without having to hear about the “poor suffering” souls who spent thousands for tickets and flights to the game.  Seems our airport is closed and all flights are canceled.   Or might the Lord Himself have something to do with this snow and ice storm?  Of course, He did.  The Lord will not take lightly the worshiping of idols.  So maybe I don’t need to pray an imprecatory prayer after all.  Maybe just qualify it to people losing their cable and not their power.  But if losing their power is what it will take to turn the hearts toward the Lord, then so be it.  Maybe ours can stay on since we don’t have cable nor does the game matter to us. 🙂


Another Major Snow Storm in Alabama?

For the second time in two weeks we in Alabama are expected to have another snow storm.  We had snow on Christmas Day, just two weeks ago, which broke all kinds of records for us.  Now Sunday we are due another major snow storm.  Alabama major snow storms, according to the weather man, is anything over two inches.  So compared to many places in the world that is a laughable amount.  However, since we get so few snow storms around here they tend to shut everything down and the power tends to go out.

Some places in Alabama may get up to 10 inches of snow this weekend.  That is a tremendous amount for us.  The bad thing is, like in many of our bigger snow storms, icing is expected to be involved.  Ice storms are no laughing matter. 🙁  So we are trying to prepare for several days of no power.  This includes as usual the run on milk and bread at the grocery stores.  According to my husband for those infamous “milk sandwiches” which people only eat during snow storms.  ???

So we are prepared to cram seven people, 10 baby chicks, 1 kitten and a dozen incubating eggs around the gas logs for the next few days while we eat our “milk sandwiches”.   Should be interesting!


Whooping Cranes Are In Alabama

Just a note that the Whooping Cranes are in Alabama.  They will be flying from Walker county to Chilton County during the morning on December 3rd, 2010.  If you happen to be in central Alabama notice the sky.

I suggested getting up and going to see them take off but my children nixed that idea. 🙁  They are so boring.  They would rather sleep.  Being somewhere an hour away by 6:45 AM wasn’t their idea of fun.


Brrrrr !

Weather has been an issue this past week.  We have been below freezing since Friday afternoon and have more days of freezing still to come.  Keeping liquid water for the Goats, Chickens, Dogs, Cats and Fish have been challenging.  Thankfully, we were able to get heaters for the water that has worked well so far.  Keeping the house water thawed has also been a challenge.  The master bath hot water line in the shower froze Saturday night, which of course wasn’t the coldest night expected.  Nothing like standing in the shower with a hairdryer heating the wall and running the house heat up to get it thawed.  Thankfully, it did thaw by evening and we have since kept it thawed by leaving the shower door open, bathroom door closed and draining that water line at night.

We still have wintery precipitation expected for tomorrow which might make things much more interesting, especially for driving and power outages.  No real warm up expected until the middle of next week! 

But we made it to exactly 32.0 degrees today!  Is that above freezing, below freezing or just freezing?  :0   We decided just plain freezing, inside and out.  Of course, the temperature is dropping rapidly at this point in the day.

I’ll take a little more global warming myself.