Saturday, September 01, 2007

Well, I appreciate everyone who crossed everything for us, hoping we would get rain. It sprinkled and that was all it did. Not even enough to settle the dust! All that crossing of body parts and no results. Some parts of the county did get rain, over 2 inches with some wind damage in the eastern part. About 4 miles from us they got an inch. Looking on the bright side I haven't had to mow my yard in about 3 weeks.

My neighbor that mowed so much for me moved away. His wife said that he would continue to come and mow for me, but I don't think that will ever happen. He has been so good to us. He has mowed the yard so many times and never would take any money or gas for it. He professed to be a Christian man. He has said the most beautiful prayers that I have ever heard, praying for my husband when he was in the hospital and here at home. As it turns out though he has another side to him, one that I have never seen and hope I never see. The people that bought the house they lived in are not happy with him and told me about his mean side. He also jumped on my neighbor and accused her of all sorts of things before he left. She is a widow in her 70's and she never did any of the things he accused her of. I was shocked beyond words when I heard what he had done. I just could not believe it. It disturbed me greatly. I told my husband about it and his wise words were, "Rachel, don't get in the middle of it."

I have had contact with his wife by e-mail since they moved. She may not know about these things he has done, so I certainly didn't mention it to her. She has given me some hints that he is pretty controling of her. She is such a sweet person and I truly believe she is a sincere Christian. She is the one who taught me to make baskets.

Here is a picture of the lake now and when it was first lowered. Quite a difference huh? Our house is on around the curve and up on the hill on the right. You can see some parts of houses in the picture where the leaves are gone.


I think this sign kind of goes along with what I was talking about with my previous neighbor. His words were kind and his actions were kind to us, but not to others.


Blogger Diane J. said...

Wise words on that sign, indeed.

Don't feel special, it rained an inch and a half 5 miles north of us. We got to see the lightning and thunder from it. Not even a sprinkle of rain here. Phooey!

Have a safe and meaningful holiday weekend, Rachel. :-)

Love and hugs,


8:42 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Have a good labor day. I will assume however that you won't be going 'into' labor.
Eat a burger and a hotdog and some fresh tomatoes. Then sit down, lean back and take a nap. I think that's what I'll do.

10:34 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

How awful that your old neighbor was kind of a Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde....It must have been shocking to hear what he did...! Your husband is so right, Racgel...!

Looking at those two pictures is really sad. The difference between life and death, in a way...It was so lush and beautiful before...Does that make you sad, Rachel?

GREAT Sunday Sign, my dear!

Thanks for your lovely love;y words about those pictures...I dearly appreciate it more than I can say...!

11:10 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

Sometimes we never know our "real" neighbors and who they are. So many are so good at putting on fronts.

It is dry here too as we haven't had rain for a bit. But when we did have it, it looked like it would never stop, so we are relishing in the beautiful sunny weather for now.

11:45 PM  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Dear Rachel,

People can surely disappoint us sometimes.

But it's wise not to get involved -if that's possible.


9:12 AM  
Blogger T*mmy said...

Seeing the lake pictures is so sad Rachel! My Mama and MIL has told me how horrible the drought is but your picture says it all...I pray you have a good steady rainfall soon and cooler temps to boot!

1:12 PM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

Your drought looks so bad.
I sure hope you get some rain soon.
I have missed you so much.
My health has improved by leaps and bounds. We had a tornado hit last Sunday and we just had our power restored yesterday. I will try to catch up on all the posts I missed here soon.
It is amazing how little we know about people we think we know so well sometimes.
Great sign.
Huggles and lotsa love,

10:46 PM  
Blogger nora said...

I'm sorry all of our crossing fingers, good thoughts and prayers did not bring any rain. We finally got some a couple of weeks ago. It is amazing how the lawn perked up after that.
I'm sorry Mr. Mowing had a dark side. I am glad that he was nice to you.
I've left several comments that have never shown up.
Just know that they were wonderfully clever and brilliant.
Take Cliff's advice, eat and nap.

5:12 AM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

If you've read my blog, I had a similar experience w/ a 70+ year old "Christian" woman in my neighborhood. People would tell me how mean she was, but I never saw it (or refused to see it) until it was in my face and a little too late. She, too, has the gift of prayer, but remember the Bible verse about Satan masquerading as an angel of light. I'm not saying these people are Satanic, but not everything that shines is gold. Their words are sweet (and effective because they are from the Bible) but they're just people, not God, and they will make mistakes. I've learned to accept the good and if the bad gets too bad, I let the bad go (as in the case with the woman from my neighborhood).

I loved the before/after shots of the lake. It was so beautiful before! Hope you get more than a sprinkle this week!

6:04 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

Happy Labour Day dear Rachel! Oh dear, I can just imagine how shocked you were to hear of your ex neighbour having acted that way towards somebody else...goes to show how we don't really know a person at all!! Omigosh how sad to see everything so brown and dead from the drought...the heat and lack of rain you've had this summer has truly been unbelievable. Love the Sunday sign and as you say, the words are perfect for your post! xox

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice to have good memories of past neighbors instead of bad ones (which I have).

Hope you had a nice weekend.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

That sign speaks the truth.
When someone's words differ from their actions, you know something is out of whack. We know a couple of people who are big-wigs in the church community, but their personal actions are hitonious. I'm always thinking, "Bad fruit means there's something BAD at the roots!!" :-)
Your hubby was wise in what he said to you. No need getting caught up in it.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Well Rachel, I am sorry you lost your mower. But maybe it is for the best before he got ugly with you.

I still have my things crossed, since you didn't bet rain I will keep them crossed for a while. The things that come in even numbers, that is. I can't cross my thumbs unles with each other, that would make it hard to drive.

We just got back from Louisiana tonight, I'm sorry I am this late.
I like your church sign.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

I agree with Cheyenne, sometimes we never know our "real" neighbors!

Looking to your photos I can see that the drought looks bad. I hope you get some rain very soon.

Last but not least, thank you so much for the nice words to Sofia!
Many hugs to you!

1:33 PM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Rachel ~ I neighbor (who does your lawns) moving away CANNOT be a good thing! Loved the church sign! ~ jb///

4:09 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

I want some rain too! I am so sorry about your neighbor. I pray he isn't abusing his wife. It really is a shock to find out someone is entirely different than they presented theirselves to us. Have a wonderful week.

5:56 AM  
Blogger cityfarmer said...

I will live by those words today...I pray you get rain soooon.
We had alot a few weeks ago and now it is dry again...very dry

6:17 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Your sign says it all...I read stories, all the time in the paper, about someone who has done something terrible and then you hear their neighbors say they were wonderful people. I think they put up this false front to certain people and you never know what they are really like....

Good luck getting your rain.. We have had rain every day for the last five days. I would still rather have the rain like this, than have a hurricane....We are still in the most active part of hurricane season, so I keep my fingers crossed that we don't get one.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

It's always a disappointment to learn of bad things that seemingly good people do to others. I'd heed your husband's advice.

11:47 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Rachel, my dear,...It is cooleer here today and I think it hopefully woll be again tomorrow...then---it is supposed to climb back up again...UGH! The problem here is, it is very humid---for here---and that intensify's the heat something horrible. I don't think I ever felt this bad in heat before...I had hard time beathing and ny chest actually hurt--just moving around in the house....! After almost 8 days of these blistering heated house just never could cool is the accumulation that became frightening...!

I pray you get some rain, least it is dry....not that THAT helps when it is in the three digits...!
I just javen't hardly visited anyone at all....just want to lsy low and rest.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Kendra Lynn said...

Hi there.
Hope you are well...its been a crazy summer and I haven't been able to keep up with my blogging, but I do think of you often.
Take care.


6:47 AM  
Blogger Kendra Lynn said...

Hi there.
Hope you are well...its been a crazy summer and I haven't been able to keep up with my blogging, but I do think of you often.
Take care.


6:48 AM  

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