Security – Weekly Photo Challenge – 04/05/17

What do you think of when someone mentions security. I suppose that question falls into a different light if you live in a big city teeming with people that don’t all have the best of intent in their heart. Fortunately I live away from that experience, in a town nestled in the mountains of Virginia. Most everyone where I live knows each other and has for decades.

I though about writing about the eternal security I have in Christ since I accepted Him into my life over three decades ago. That is definitely one of the most important events in my mortal life and I write about it frequently on my faith-based blog Living the J.O.Y Principle, so I will let that be the way for now.

Recently I added another post to my Dogs of My Life series, about the dogs I have enjoyed in my life from a child until now. I had to briefly stop the series because I was determined to post about the dogs in the order they affected my life and I could not find the photo I will share below.


Louie was a Lemon Beagle that patrolled Alpine Acres, our 3.25 acre spread for about 8 years, making rabbits and groundhogs as well as any other critter very scarce. We love to garden, but without a dog like Louie it is very challenging to have a successful experience. You will notice the timestamp on the photo is 2006. It wasn’t but a few weeks after the photo that Louie met his end trying to battle a car. We have had two dogs since then, but neither is the kind of predator countering canine as Louie.

As a result our gardening efforts have suffered. So this year we approached the problem in a different way, opting to construct a better solution. In truth there is more than just security involved in the new design. As hard as I try I cannot seem to avoid getting older and more stiff. Bending over to weed and pick beans is getting harder every year without back pain. The hope is that making a raised bed will alleviate some of that strain as well.


I am willing to bet I am the only respondent to this post that is writing about his bean crop. That is okay, everyone has their priorities and eating some home-grown vegetables is one of mine. Happy reading!

About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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18 Responses to Security – Weekly Photo Challenge – 04/05/17

  1. yuhublogger says:

    I do hope this year turns out well for you. Cheers! I’m sure Louie misses your company too.

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  3. Sue Ranscht says:

    I sure hope your raised garden keeps your crop secure, and I hope you can find a solution to keep your dogs safe, too. 3+ acres is a nice size for a dog to roam, but it’s a pretty big area to have to fence in. Good luck!

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  5. A garden is certainly security, Joe. Tasty response.


  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Nice post, Joe. The raised planter will be a God-send for you. We put one in about 5 years ago and it makes it SO much easier to tend the garden. I have found that as I age, the ground gets farther away and gravity seems to be stronger.

    • Joe Owens says:

      We built a 4×12 bed last season and had the best tomato crop in a decade. We filled with compost that will decompose over time allowing us to add fresh each season. I really look forward to having fresh beans.

      • Allan G. Smorra says:

        Compost and crop rotation are the keys for successive seasons.

      • Joe Owens says:

        Unfortunately I have a Toyota pickup with rust issues that I cannot use for about a month and I still need two trailers of compost to get ready to plant. I am trying to work out an alternative plan.

      • Allan G. Smorra says:

        Compost happens, Joe. Good luck with Plan B.

      • Joe Owens says:

        It does! Thankfully I have a Kubota tractor with a front loader bucket that makes unloading the trailer a breeze.

      • Allan G. Smorra says:

        Smart man. Keep us posted on your progress.

      • Joe Owens says:

        I spent time yesterday using “Kubo” to pile mulch beside the raised bed for weed control. I will. If I may I’d like to invite you to my garden and flower blog, Chasing the Blooms.

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