Grasshoppers, Roses, and 12-point Bucks – Nature’s Good Luck Signs

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Since last Saturday, I’ve been encountering glimpses of nature…things I consider good luck, even God things. The first sign occurred a week ago on a Saturday night.

A lime green grasshopper with fat lips attached himself to the outside of our glass storm door. Peering in to get a view of our big, wide world inside, he covered one of his bulbous eyes with a front feeler, (sort of like a human hand) to block out the bright light emanating from our hallway. His caramel-hued mouth was stuck in a ‘pucker’ position – like he was ready for a kiss.

The cats were mesmerized by this creature, and watched his movements cautiously. Six spindly legs, about as wide as a toothpick, secured him nicely to the glass.

Grasshoppers are keen to sounds and vibrations around them. I wonder what he was thinking about the cats chatting, the tv blaring in the background, and me talking to him through the glass?

The other natural phenomenon occurred while speaking with my friend Pat on the phone. As I peered out the bay window, I noticed a pop of red on my pink knockout rosebush. Upon closer investigation, a bright red rose was blooming near the back of the rosebush. How could this have happened? I felt so lucky. And the same thing happened again later in the week — another red rose blooming on the same rosebush!

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The third good luck sign occurred while traveling a country road near my house with friend Abby. Just minutes before a glorious pastel tangerine and violet sunset, we glanced to our right to eye a majestic 12-point buck whose antlers were in full velvet (covered with brushy hair and a waxy coating) resting in a field of tall, grassy-green hued soy beans. I had never seen a buck of such a sizable stature. He appeared confident, and when we turned to observe him, cocked his head slightly to the right, locking a gaze on us, unstartled by our vehicle. I wonder how tall this creature would be if he stood up?

I didn’t snap a photo of the buck; the moment went by so fast. I chose to treasure the memory in my mind.

The deer, a symbol of Chinese good luck, also means success, longevity and prosperity.

These three brushes with nature, gave me the energy to look forward with hope of good things to come. Sometimes, if we take the time to slow down and experience the small treasures in life, it slows our heart rate, fills our souls, and helps us stay positive.

“Each moment of the year, has its own beauty.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace, love and sand dollars,


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Trivia, Porkchops and Applesauce, and Twitter


A week ago our church Lifegroup attended a trivia night at St. Joseph School in Josephville, Missouri to help raise funds for the dance team.

The evening was riddled with questions that stumped, as well as rounds that we aced like ‘famous cars in movies’ and ‘Oscar-winning motion pictures’.  The last round was titled ‘Potpourri’ – a collection of diverse items or subjects.

The final question was fill in the blank – Porkchops and _____________.  The answer, applesauce was provided by friend and tablemate, Jeanne. I quickly scribbled down the answer and raised my hand for the runners to pick up the answer sheet.

A fun night was had by all.  Although we didn’t win, we faired pretty well – 65 out of 100.

The next morning, I received a social media email saying I had a new twitter follower. Guess what I found out? My new friend authored a cookbook titled Porkchops and Applesauce. I thought the coincidence was a little strange, until I opened my refrigerator and realized I had porkchops defrosting for Sunday night dinner!

Coincidence? Maybe….

God Thing?  Definitely.

My intuition told me I needed to connect with this woman. Immediately, I sent her a direct message on twitter and recapped the events from the last 12 hours.

Her name is Cynthia Briggs, and her book, Porkchops and Applesauce, strengthens family values through cooking. And in the scheme of life, I’ve connected with a fellow writer and made a new acquaintance.

Cynthia’s offered to send me her cookbook.  I can’t wait to receive it, and try recipes from the book.

My photo is a from a published restaurant review at McGurk’s Public House.  I would’ve have posted the pics of my porkchops, but they were sooooo good, hubby and I gobbled them up, before we gave it a second thought.

What’s your favorite food to savor with porkchops?