Friday, December 5, 2014

Old And Familiar



There's nothing fancy about
Christmas
at our house, 


but it's always familiar. 


The same ornaments 
we've used 
for years,
bring joy in the
simplest
of ways.

They're time worn and loved, 
just like we are. 
  
Blessings!




Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy Friday - James 1:17


Sometimes, a picture says it all!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn - Finally!



Our days are a little warm,

but

our mornings

and 

evenings 

are 

Just Right!  


What's it like where you are?



PS:  Time to go pumpkin shopping ... :)

Happy!
Happy!
Joy!
Joy!



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sharing Tomatoes and a New Recipe


We only have two tomato vines

but 

tomatoes 

are coming out our ears.



They're so delicious ...  tastes better than candy,


but then  ...  we have so many, they're spoiling right before our eyes.



Because I'm a good Wifie, 

I found 

a new recipe

that called for LOTS of tomatoes.



This recipe is from:



Chickpea and Tomato Salad

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • About 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 25 large basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp honey (10g)
  • pinch of salt
Toss all ingredients together and chill for at least 20 minutes, allowing all the flavors to merge.



I'm not sure if I'll make it again, 

but it served us well 

for a few

meals

and saved

these tomatoes

from the compost bin.




PS:  I knew you were wondering if we've shared tomatoes with our neighbors...Oh Yes!  

In fact, Buzz is pretty popular these days!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Butterfly Distractions

I've been pretty neglectful lately ...

I hadn't filled the 

Bird Feeders

in days.

Poor Birdies!

Photograph edited with picMonkey

When I got around to

taking care of

them today

I  was

distracted!


Awww   

Butterflies are Beautiful!



Happy Sunday Everyone 

Psalm 34:1 




PS:  It's been over two hours since I filled the bird feeders, and still no birdies.  That's what I get for being so neglectful.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sweet September


(Photo edited w/PicMonkey)


There's Something Special About 

September

I've ALWAYS thought of it as Sweet!

How about you?



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sunday Morning - John 13:35


(Photograph Edited w/PicMonkey)


This kind of Love
is characterized for us in

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 
~
"Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous,
or boastful, 
or proud, 
or rude.

It does not demand its own way.
It is not irritable, 
and keeps no record 
of being wronged.

It does not rejoice 
about injustice but 
rejoices whenever 
truth wins out.

Love never gives up, 
never loses faith,
is always hopeful, 
and endures through 
every circumstance."

Sounds good doesn't it!

You and I know it's not easy to do.

from:

Just Sayin!

We all need help
when it comes to
real
LOVE!

Thankfully, we have a Friend
who is 
a Helper, a Teacher, a Guide.
(John 14:26)

Thank You, Holy Spirit!




Friday, August 8, 2014

Ephesians 4:30


Have you heard something or thought about someone 
that caused an offensive feeling to rise up in you?

Feelings that manifested as anger, jealousy or hate? 

That's exactly what happened to me recently and it caught me off guard.

I didn't realize I was capable of such awful thoughts.

Made me sad ... Made me mad 

but

thankfully, I didn't have to stay that way.

My 
favorite teacher 
"The Holy Spirit"
came to my rescue
and showed me
what to do.


Yes, my feelings & actions were grieving him,
but he loved me enough to help me turn around.

He showed me a better way.

Philippians 4:8 
1John 4:4
2 Corinthians 12:9

It's unsettling that I'm capable of causing Him such pain
 but he's helped me realize that my choices really matter
as he's perfecting me by his grace.

Teacher,
thank you for showing me how
 to love, the way You love 
to see, the way You see 
and to guard my choices,
so 
that the
 "Fruits of Your Spirit"
can proudly be on 
display.




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back Yard Update

Small Spaces
can be
FuN!


When Buzz and I retired and downsized almost four years ago


 we purchased this mobile home.

Looks awful doesn't it!

Somehow we were able see passed all it's 
negatives and envision
the possibilities.


We started working on the gardens almost immediately 
because 
we understood how long they would take to mature.
  
Also, 
we knew from the beginning
that
 we wanted a space 
to sit and
enjoy the gardens.


We made do with old pallets covered with plywood for a while,


but the day finally came when we decided to get serious about creating a special space
that we could use to work and relax.


We built two 8'x8' decks
one in front of the work shop
and another
just a few feet away.


They're only a few months old, but we've already enjoyed them so much!



The wisteria will be for shade 
and the herbs
will keep the mosquitos away.



Now, even the path to the rain barrels is a little more colorful.


We've furnished this deck with an old garden bench that Buzz's mom gave us
and a couple of colorful folding chairs that we've had for ages.


We like the way they look and they're actually pretty comfortable.



Can you say "Not Boring"!

Have you EVER seen so much color!!!

Most mornings/evenings
you will find us out here
watching the
birds
bunnies
and 
bees
...

and of course
pulling
weeds!

Nothing fancy by any means ... but FuN by all means!  

Blessings!


Joining



Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Time is Busy Time


And
FuN Time


 Antiquing and Thrifting


Globes & Maps

We look for them wherever we go, but we're
picky about
color & age

The tall one is our newest find, 
Perfect Color
Perfect Age

Do you remember my DIY- Tin Can Fun?



Today, one is filled 
with a bouquet of 
No 2 Pencils 
and 
the other
with
Colorful Art Pencils

We USE them every day.

:)

Another find that was the 
perfect color
and
perfect age



was this original oil painting.

It's not perfect by any measure
but we
love its charm.

There was even a note on the back from Chloe.
1923 or 22
"I watched this being painted
Gave 50¢ for it"


Thank You, Chloe!

Seriously though, 
this has been a crazy summer
and 
I can hardly 
believe
it's 
almost over.

 Our family drama was intense with the loss of a loved one.
We've been on the road a lot
but not always fun.

Perhaps
that's why our little jaunts 
to thrift stores & antique shops
WERE
so much FuN!

It was like a little 
mini 
vacation for us.



 Hope your 
Summer Days 
have been
a whole lot of lazy!


Blessings!


PS:  Buzz found a chair, table, clock & ottoman too ... I LOVE it when he goes antiquing with me.  He has an awesome eye and is always confident I'll find a spot for the treasures he finds....and, Yes, I do!  


Friday, June 20, 2014

Washer Necklaces - A Kid Friendly Craft


My Granddaughter just spent 12 days with me! 

Glorious!!!


 We spent one afternoon


making 

Washer Necklaces.


I'll admit that the 
nail polish was a little risky


but she did a Great job!


Once everything was dry, she strung them together with colorful beads


and Voilà




For our Washer Necklaces, we used:
(Made Twelve)

Two Packages of Washers (two different sizes) 
A Bag of Colorful Beads 
Elastic "Gold" Thread
Various colors of Nail Polish

  1. We laid out newspaper, but also put a sheet of wax paper on top to keep the nail polish from sticking to the paper.  
  2. She painted both sides of the washers with various colors of nail polish (allowing each side to dry completely).
  3. She assembled the necklaces by stringing the washers and beads onto the Gold Thread.  

They made great gifts!  

By the time she went home, 
she had already given half of them away.

Sweet!




Arts and Crafts were FuN
But
Playing was even better!



Oh HaPpY DaYs!

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