A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11

Thursday, July 30, 2009

sweet sleep !

This week, my sister, Lisa and her kiddos
have been here...
Keeping me company
OH...they are so helpful
and my sister and I have such fun.
She took these pictures
and gave me permission to use them on my blog
Christian....fast asleep
Emma...hot night ???cool cloth
Abigail and friends
Hannah--out for the night
Nehemiah....he just loves his Uncle Jim
I am so thankful for this family
ALL of them
and for their dad, Ken
who is allowing them to come and help me out.
They have such servant's hearts.
ooooooops....this bunny
wasn't much of a helper...but sure is cute !!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

is this YOU?

I woke up this morning thinking
about *Burdens*
we ALL have them,
spoken and unspoken-----
some soooo heavy.
So I don't know, WHO out there
needs this post...maybe *WHO ALL*
You don't have to share, but you can in your comments.
You can say *unspoken* if you would like
or say nothing..
or email me privately
I am going to put a page in my notebook
and title it Burdens Post
I will pray for those want it.
I am not some super prayer, I just know it works
and that we are commanded to.
Sharing your burdens
big or small
Will you share mine too ??
Galatians 6:2
Bear ye one another's burdens,
and so fulfil the law of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.
Please feel free to add
these requests to your list as well
what a honor it is to pray for others,
those we know or have never met in person.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Do you remember this ?

This quilt square was given to me by my secret sister
in May.
Many of you were interested.
These are kits you can order from
They are called "Quilt Magic"
You can also request a catalog from them
There are so many varieties.
My secret sister who turned out to be
"Lisa", a lovely lady and friend at my church
told me they were easy to do.
You probably don't want to hear this now--
Christmas is just around the corner
and by the time you order, etc...
Well....just some food for thought.
I checked some of these are on SALE right now
In Scorching HOT Washington !!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Rocky Road ?

How did that picture get there?
You think I am talking about ice cream?
Rocky Road is sure a favorite--
but no--those are not my thoughts today
This is more like it:

Rocks on our Road of Life
I have heard it said,
That you can either use those rocks to trip you up..
Or you can use those rocks to give you
even stepping stones
My prayer is that, this rock of having a cast, being home and in my recliner,
and in pain--well
that I will be surrendered, yielded to the will of God..
and this will become a time of getting closer to this Lord.
My flesh wants to cry out :
"I can't do this"
I don't like having my wings clipped
I do want God's perfect will for my life
I know most of you do too.
We all have those rocks, don't we--
it can come in many forms:
I pray that I will be found faithful
and I can look back and say I used this rock
that I am moving on and growing in the Lord
thank you all for your sweet words and emails and most of all prayers
a favorite verse:
Romans 8:28
And we know that all things
work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Friday, July 24, 2009

no tip toe-ing for me

So...today, I went to the podiatrist.
He read my MRI--and I have some tears in my foot.
He told me the technical stuff--so I have to imobilize it,
for 4-6 weeks....
I was put in this RED cast--
went home---and then was in so much pain
I called him, went back--
OFF, went the red cast and now back to the Air Cast.
So I will be living in my recliner for a few weeks....
trying to be patient-
knowing if this doesn't work
which, I don't want.
~~~I do not like limitations like this, I am
trying to just trust the Lord, and no, it is not
the end of the world, and many people,
including many of YOU have far worse.
Hope to do a lot of reading,studying, stitching and......
~~~I will try hard not to whine~~~
and just maybe change the polish on my toes
now and then !!
Now to get my Jane Austen movies ready to go !!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Fruit and family

Look at these berries~
My friend, Rose gave them to us when I
visited her home. Please pray for her sweet husband, Norm
who has broke a vertebrae, and Rose as she cares for him.
Our 3
WOW--where has the time gone?
Believe me, if you are raising small children,
it seems like, one day you turn around
and they are adults--and you miss the sound of them
as children in your home--and all of their little antics.

Our daughter and her husband and 2 of our grandsons
leaving for the EAST coast--
This Nana sure misses them
My beloved and I with our 3--
This is a rare occurance and treasured by me !!

Monday, July 20, 2009

ZERO calorie cookies

I thought these were so cute !
I found this tutorial at Jenny's :
Today I have to run a few errands
so I am going to try and get the felt and give it a try
I think these would look so cute
on a pretty tray, or plate..
let me know if you make any--
thanks Jenny !

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thank you bloggers

It's early here...
I am thinking....what should I write ?
....my mind is tired...
SO....I will keep it simple....this Saturday morning:
Thank you, to those who read my blog.
Thank you, for those who comment, bloggers love comments !
Thank you, to those who have prayed for me. Some of you I have never met.
I am thankful for this thing called BLOGGING, that has
filled a part of my life....I am thankful for YOUR BLOGS
your writings, ideas, pictures and a peak into your world
I am Thankful,

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Take a stroll down memory lane

Aren't you glad when you have your camera with you ?
This was take awhile back on a outing in Port Townsend, WA.
This poor little doll *lost her head*
I thought this was so funny...
My daughter still has her CB doll
My daughter is in her 30's !!
Me in a GIFT shoppe..
is that cute or what?
NOT me.....the GIFT

My beloved and I on a Anniversary dinner
in Alki beach..a few years back
pricey...we had won the dinner at a
job function of my husband's... so for us, FREE
View..of Seattle from Alki beach..
it was a wonderful evening..
...thanks for the little stroll with me..
this warm summer evening.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

PINK, it shall be

Hey, these pics were easy to find
just google Pink Kitchens
hmmmm...these floors would not work for me
think I would have to play hopscotch ...
Did you do that as a child?
I did...think you would have to call 911
if I tried it right now !
nO...that is nOt me!!
this one doesn't look friendly
enough for my taste..

Isn't this sweet???
I am sure she is baking something yummy?

and yet more...
WHAT ?????
You will have to wait a bit...
my kitchen is in the process...
GUESS what color?
My sister Lisa has been the "paintress"
I am so thankful...

Monday, July 13, 2009

How I light my home

We have been having a couple dark days here
in the Pacific Northwest...even thunder and lightening
in some parts...it sure has made my house darker..
What's a girl to do ?
(Tiffany light bought from Craig's list)
Well...I love lighting..little lights here and there
they seem to just make your mood brighter.
I use low voltage, or those FAKE candles
from JoAnne's or Michaels (coupons of course)
or real candles !!
(mirror is not hung and I am still not sure yet !!)
A little here a little there...
placement of any or all, always subject to change..
upon whim...or need of a different look!
A new favorite lamp...yard sale:
By my recliner...
As you can see
my Ott-lite is to the left...
for reading
I had to miss church again yesterday,
I had some reaction to my pain shot--or something...
WELLLLLL....before I got into my Bible study
I thought, I need to do these little lights for me.
Oh ..I kept them on all day..
I also use mini-lights, especially on my ficus trees.
I like the feeling lighting gives, like when you go into
a restaurant or a great gift shop...or tea room.
It is easy to do..and can be cheap...and EVEN
in the summer can make all the difference.
Any hints ...for what you do?
This is all apart of the Joy of Homemaking for me.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Reasonable ?

Romans 12:1-2
I consider these scriptures, which are favorites of mine.
When I read that it is a *reasonable* service
I think, ....reasonable... it is doing what is
....what is expected, what I should do.
I think that is REASONABLE
Just my thoughts this Saturday morning in
our sunny Puget Sound.
Have a great Lord's Day...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

for a spicey life

I have been using this recipe for Season Salt
for years now.
I give it as gifts.
You can use it on ANYTHING.
We use it every morning on our omelets !
It is great on steak, fish..
you name it..you can also tweak it a bit !!
I try to buy organic herbs.
ALSO I have used, Sea salt, pickling salt,
low sodium salt.,they all work
"Season Salt"
1 cup Salt
2 tsp. Black pepper
1 TBSP. garlic granules or powder
2 tsp. onion granules or powder
1 TBSP Sweet Paprika
1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. pasilla pepper or chili powder
1/2 tsp. Lemon Peel granules (optional
I mix and store it in a zip lock
EVERYONE loves it
and guess what NO msg.
You know what is in it.
I found this recipe in a cookbook called:
Battling the "MSG MYTH"
I have used this recipe on my blog with the author
Debbie Anglesey's Permission
I think this book and all of it's information is a asset to
any kitchen.
Here is her web site
Lori ,of a
has a great post on salts and mixes
with many links
Go have a look
and Remember:
Colossians 4:6
Let your speech be alway with grace,
seasoned with salt,
that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
yes ,this is a partial re-post
but with this time of year and frugal living becoming
more of a necessity, I thought it was worthy
of sharing again

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Giveaways..thoughts and a win !

I love giveaways...
why not?
I love to host them and once in awhile
I win one...
Recently I entered one at
I was blessed to win these lovely things from Lorena.
Oh all of this will fit in at my home.
There was also a sweet notebook,
but I have started using it and it is not in the picture.
(btw...the sugar and creamer are mine)
Giveaways, blog candy,
whatever you call it...
a fun way to be a blessing to others.
oh...on my sidebar, my sister is
having a giveaway...

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Be Careful

A reminder for me,
for you ??
Psalms 19:14
Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
O be careful little mouth what you say
O be careful little mouth what you say
There's a Father up above
And He's looking down in love
So, be careful little mouth what you say

last verse of children's song:
you can hear it here and see the rest of the words:

Saturday, July 4, 2009

a hometown parade !!! Happy Birthday Matt

A local small town parade, last weekend !!
So thankful for those who serve
who sacrifice
Yes...a real army marching band,
it brought goose-bumps !!
Our local Navy band
These veterans were so wonderful !!!
Thank you for serving~
America’s Biblical Heritage
by Dr. Paul Chappell
“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Genesis 12:1–3
America has been blessed because America has blessed God.

Despite what many people want you to believe today, America is a Christian nation. America was founded on the principles of God’s Word and many of the early leaders of our land recognized the importance of the Bible in founding the nation. Notice a few quotes from early American leaders:

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ!”—Patrick Henry

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”—John Quincy Adams

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”—John Jay

“Do not let anyone claim the tribute of American patriotism if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics.”—George Washington

The biggest tragedy of our day is the act of overlooking the spiritual base of our nation. Overlooking our biblical heritage leads to the election of leaders who have no respect for God, the Supreme Ruler of our nation.

While our nation is not perfect, I praise the Lord for its spiritual heritage. No other nation in the world has a history so based on the Bible as America does. No other nation can point to a spiritually moral foundation like we can. Praise God for that!

God has greatly blessed America because our Founding Fathers established our nation on biblical principles. Never forget in this day of compromise that God blesses those who follow the principles of His Word. Our nation is great because throughout history Americans have blessed God.

As you celebrate our national Day of Independence,
take time to thank God for His blessings on our nation.
We would not be the great nation we are today were it not for God.
Also, remember God promises to bless those who follow Him and His Word.
Renew your commitment today, like our forefathers did with the founding of America,
to base your life on the principles of God’s Word.

I get this devotion sent everyday
from Paul Chappell to my email.
Here is thelink.
They are
ALWAYS a blessing
HAPPY Birthday
to our oldest son
our firecracker baby.
He was born on my due date !
Now married to Gina
and a Southwest Airlines Pilot

Friday, July 3, 2009

A few snippets from my week

We were blessed with the opportunity
to buy a 25# box of
Bing Cherries for $25.00 (thanks Lisa)
I froze most of them..
thought they looked pretty in this
Yard Sale Milk Glass container
This morning took the knobs off of my stove
one of those projects I forget to do

Knobs soaking in amonia and soap.
I love this black sink in this house.
I didn't think I would at first..
it is easy maintenance !!
Finally got a podiatrist appt.
He wants me to wear this removal cast to imobilize
my left foot and ankle.
He *thinks* I have a peroneal tendon tear or
something. I am waiting to get a MRI...
Now those of you who know me...do
you think I am wearing this ALL the time ?
so...just a few snippets of
life in our neck of the woods...
So what is new with YOU ???