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.


Just Sayin!

We all need help
when it comes to

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 


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

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.

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back Yard Update

Small Spaces
can be

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 
we understood how long they would take to mature.
we knew from the beginning
 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

and of course

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



Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Time is Busy Time

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 
the other
Colorful Art Pencils

We USE them every day.


Another find that was the 
perfect color
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
I can hardly 
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.

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

It was like a little 
vacation for us.

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


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!