Next month, in June, I plan, God willing, to memorize 19 Bible verses, from Psalms and Colossians, one a day from June 1-19:
June 1-15 - 15 verses from Psalms, from all the chapters ending in 6 (6, 16, 26, etc. up to 146)
Then, June 16-19 - 4 verses, one from each chapter of Colossians
If you would like to join me, you are most welcome, whether to meditate on the verses or memorize them. The Psalms are great stimuli for prayer!
There is also an accountability group online you can join for weekly encouragement in memorizing the verses.
Turning 180 degrees, with our backs to the lake, we could see this hungry llama...
In the show, the llamas were amazingly organized and well-trained as they trotted around the ring in various formations and leapt over each other in synchrony. I had no idea llamas were so teachable. And they looked so soft, too.There were some insanely flexible, strong, daring, and balanced athletes performing. One troupe included a guy who stepped from head to head of his standing colleagues (no hands). Later, another guy stood on his head on top of his colleagues' feet (no hands, they were on their backs on the ground), and then they passed him around from person to person (on his head on their feet, no hands).
(all photos by my husband David)
Above Theseus, variegated marble columns (with golden Corinthian capitals) reach up to lovely arches and an enormous painting on the ceiling, surrounded by more beautiful golden accents.
We just stood and gaped at this entryway for some time. It felt so nice in there. The whole room is a work of art, that, to me, clearly rivals the "other artwork" housed in the museum.
Perhaps the very best part of the visit was the complex of three hedge mazes. Well, actually I learned the difference between a maze (of which there was one) and a labyrinth (of which there were two). A maze has decision points, where you can choose the right or wrong path to get to the center the fastest, or find a dead end. A labyrinth, on the other hand, has no forks, just one long, twisting path, that will get you where you're going eventually (but much later than you think at first). Here I am returning from a dead end in the maze with hedges too tall to see over...David got to the center before me and laughed as he watched me make my way there via many peaceful meanderings.
The Privy Garden, which in German in known as the Kronprinzgarten - the Crown Prince's Garden. I find that much more descriptive. This is on the side of the palace.
They gave us a delectable sample of freshly baked Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) to eat during a baking demonstration. Then I innocently answered a question about how one would get the ready-to-bake strudel onto the baking tray without moving the tray - "You carry it with the towel it's on?" - and presto, the pastry chef asked me to come up and DO it! He put an apron and a hat on me and I transferred the long, stuffed strudel onto the baking sheet. Then he presented me with a signed document stating I was a master strudel baker...um...okay! Anyway, it was super tasty, and the way he got the dough so very thin was amazing.
In Venice, we saw lions everywhere in the decorations. In Vienna, there are eagles everywhere.
I liked the furniture at this café.
Dessert at the Café Mozart at the Hotel Sacher - genuine Sacher Torte at bottom right...
In a park with peonies...
A 2,680 carat emerald...at the Treasury at the Hofburg Palace.
Pink topaz, emerald, diamond, silver, gold necklace & matching earrings
Aquamarine from 1800 (Emily's birthstone)