|The apartments were just right behind me when I took this photo|
|Not written. . . carved/scraped in!|
Someone had taken the bed out of the extra room and stacked it against the wall vertically. Again- probably the new arrival. I also noticed that the kitchen table had been moved--probably to make room for the chair. But one thing I couldn't quite get was the oven. The oven had been changed. Instead of an old electric oven, there was a gas oven. While I prefer the gas ovens, I couldn't quite figure this out. So I looked through again (literally spinning again). I will bring you on a circular tour of the apartment as I saw it:
mattress/bed -new, already noted.
coffee table -same.
table +4 chairs -same.
couch -new, already noted.
counter + cabinents -same.
back to oven???
Who would change out one old oven for another old oven??
Ok, now lets retrace my steps. Where was I before walking in? thinking back... I don't remember. . . wait . . .ah! I was in the wrong building! Yep, it could happen to anyone who lives in apartments where every building is built the exact same!
My second story, it about a bunny. But, maybe not as cute and fuzzy as most bunny stories (accepting Tim's friend).
|Apparently, DNA looks like this!|
All this has made me think about home, times of peace, and how we can be safe. It all seemed to fit in nicely with this parable I read this morning:
43 And now, I will show unto you a parable, that you may know my will concerning the redemption of Zion.
44 A certain nobleman had a spot of land, very choice; and he said unto his servants: Go ye unto my vineyard, even upon this very choice piece of land, and plant twelve olive trees;
|This nobleman also had a very nice car!|
45 And set watchmen round about them, and build a tower, that one may overlook the land round about, to be a watchman upon the tower, that mine olive trees may not be broken down when the enemy shall come to spoil and take upon themselves the fruit of my vineyard.
|What one might see from a tower|
46 Now, the servants of the nobleman went and did as their lord commanded them, and planted the olive trees, and built a hedge round about, and set watchmen, and began to build a tower.
|These towers are close together|
47 And while they were yet laying the foundation thereof, they began to say among themselves: And what need hath my lord of this tower?
48 And consulted for a long time, saying among themselves: What need hath my lord of this tower, seeing this is a time of peace?
50 And while they were at variance one with another they became very slothful, and they hearkened not unto the commandments of their lord.
|A fruitful vineyard.|
51 And the enemy came by night, and broke down the hedge; and the servants of the nobleman arose and were affrighted, and fled; and the enemy destroyed their works, and broke down the olive trees.
52 Now, behold, the nobleman, the lord of the vineyard, called upon his servants, and said unto them, Why! what is the cause of this great evil?
53 Ought ye not to have done even as I commanded you, and—after ye had planted the vineyard, and built the hedge round about, and set watchmen upon the walls thereof—built the tower also, and set a watchman upon the tower, and watched for my vineyard, and not have fallen asleep, lest the enemy should come upon you?
|Megan made this delicious cake!|
54 And behold, the watchman upon the tower would have seen the enemy while he was yet afar off; and then ye could have made ready and kept the enemy from breaking down the hedge thereof, and saved my vineyard from the hands of the destroyer.
|From the top of the Circle Monument|
55 And the lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants: Go and gather together the residue of my servants, and take all the strength of mine house, which are my warriors, my young men, and they that are of middle age also among all my servants, who are the strength of mine house, save those only whom I have appointed to tarry;
56 And go ye straightway unto the land of my vineyard, and redeem my vineyard; for it is mine; I have bought it with money.
57 Therefore, get ye straightway unto my land; break down the walls of mine enemies; throw down their tower, and scatter their watchmen.
|Oh, this food was way good!|
58 And inasmuch as they gather together against you, avenge me of mine enemies, that by and by I may come with the residue of mine house and possess the land.
60 And he said unto his servant: When I will; go ye straightway, and do all things whatsoever I have commanded you;
61 And this shall be my seal and blessing upon you—a faithful and wise steward in the midst of mine house, a ruler in my kingdom.
62 And his servant went straightway, and did all things whatsoever his lord commanded him; and after many days all things were fulfilled.
For me, I would like to focus on building the towers I can. "knowing that it was easier to keep the city from falling into the hands of the Lamanites than to retake it from them" -Alma 59:9. As a tower looks out for dangers to come, so I feel that building a tower is increasing our ability to recognize spiritual promptings. God does live, and He speaks to us through the quiet promptings of His Spirit.
This display is located in the Ronald McDonald house near where we live. I understand these things were once a collectors item and "very valuable," but now not so much. (Like Beanie Babies)