Potatoes, A PUPPY and a party.

In the end, it was a very good thing that my potato seedlings failed. For if they hadn’t, I wouldn’t have asked my friend Tammy to come over to help me plant those homely-looking mail-order Adirondack Reds . My hope was that if she participated, she might spread a little of her garden magic fairy dust on the project.

Good thing she came. I was about to plant them upside-down when she gently reminded me that potatoes grow into the ground, not out of it. Duh. No wonder she’s the one with the successful garden!

Gardening always goes better with an aperol spritz, by the way:

But she brought so much more to the “garden party” than tuber know-how. When we opened the door to greet her, she sweetly asked if we had an extra collar.

Uh, yeah, sure.

Wait. An extra collar?


Here’s why!!!!


Isn’t he the SWEETEST?

Mostly Australian Shepherd. Apparently some Mastiff mixed in. 100% adorable!

Lily had to mull over the idea that he (working title is apparently “Beau”) was stealing all the attention away from her, but hopefully they will end up being great friends.

Such a sweet moment getting to meet the brand-new family member, and thus, complete consolation for the wasted weeks of trying to coax those spindly little seedlings into a future life as potatoes. I did a little research and I think I figured out what went wrong.

Even though I set them next to a window, they just weren’t getting enough light. The seedlings elongated as they desperately struggle toward the light and ended up being too frail to survive.

This realization struck a chord with me. I will always remember it as a faith parable. Even though it is said our faith need only be as big as a mustard seed, it occurs to me that it must also be helped toward the light it needs; that is, of course, the Light of the World. I don’t know about you but I’m one of those, frail of faith, who needs to ever strive toward the light. Lesson learned.

Last night we we had front row seats to a more robust faith in action. The CE offered us up to host a dinner honoring a group of women from Calvary Chapel and wow, what an incredible view we had of those who live their lives in and for the light. The collective love in that group for Jesus and for one another was truly something to behold.

Not to mention the food!!! You want to talk about potatoes?

A longtime member of the church who also just happens to be a celebrity chef, donated her time to prepare an incredible feast.

There were homemade savory crackers:

Macadamia nut-filled dates:

Yummy salads and homemade bread that was absolutely divine:

Beef tenderloin:

And the most stunning slabs of salmon we’ve ever seen:

What an amazing evening. And what an amazing group of women who are accomplishing so much in our community. We felt so honored to be among them.

It was an evening for them to just relax and enjoy their “just desserts” – scrumptious pot de créme – served up by Pastor Tommy:

So many people worked so hard to make such a beautiful evening. It felt very “Upper Room” with all sharing their gifts in so much love. And oh yes, Lily got her share of the love, too.

I know I will continue to have failures in gardening and failures of faith. But how lucky I am to be surrounded by those who know which way is right-side up and how to reach toward the light. Here’s hoping there’s always a new puppy on the path to help guide me 🙂

…for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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5 Responses to Potatoes, A PUPPY and a party.

  1. Christina Tunger says:

    Your best blog ever! Sitting in my Bible study this brought me joy

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful post! What a beautiful evening!

  3. dizzyguy says:

    So it seems as if that was the day that the Lord had made, and many rejoiced and were glad in it. Just as we were all told to do. Photos and text by the Crazy Chicken Lady prove it!

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