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

Thursday, December 2, 2010

on headcoverings

Before I sign off for a few days. I saw this recently....thanks Lisa...and think some of you may want to listen to this:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

surgery is almost here

Two more days until my surgery. Am I nervous ? "YES"...but I know it is in the Lord's hands. I would love any prayers...for these last two days and of course Friday ! My prayer is that I heal fast and will be back to somewhat NORMAL faster than I anticipate.
I have been so thankful for those of you who have been praying for me the past weeks. I have felt such a "lack of faith" ..I am not proud, but know this is a area I need to work on.
I have my house, Christmas'd...the gifts bought and wrapped (not a whole lot)....cards are being mailed today. I have done some sorting out to make recovery a bit easier.
I have also sped up on my reading through the Bible in a year. I didn't know how good I could read on pain meds....
I will check in when I can ..typing left handed....
love to all of you
BTW...the picture is my sister, Lisa and I on Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Rag quilt from my sister

This quilt was made by my sister, Trudy for my birthday. She sent it to her daughter, Michelle. When we were on vacation, Michelle gave it to me. I love it !!! It is like getting a (((HUG))) from her !

Here it is again...Just had to share it with you. I love handmade gifts.
.....and since Thanksgiving is just around the corner this is one of my favorite verses on thankfulness:
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I have to admit, I don't always do so good in the area of being thankful for everything.
I do know, it is God's will for me to be thankful for everything. I have to work on this, I think we all do. We are busy here, and yes, surgery is right around the corner. I am nervous. Not sure when I will check in.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


"Knowing what is TRUE
is the first step to knowing
what is FALSE"
John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
I am sorry that I have been so absent from
blogland. I have surgery scheduled the first
week in December. It is torn tendons in my right shoulder
rotator cuff and some repairs. I am trying to get my Christmas shopping done
my house decorated etc.....
I found this out last week, when we returned from vacation.
I will try harder, but no real promises.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thanksgiving Freebie

Here is another FREEBIE from Bird Brain Designs. You can go here to print off the design.
I think it is wonderful that this company provides Free designs. The beauty of embroidery is you can make the colors you want, leave off what you don't want ie: the words, etc....stitch it on anything....I think it is a hobby that is "coming back", or at least I hope so.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hobby Lobby and thoughts

Can you see the last lines on this sign ? I took this picture when I was on vacation. We don't have Hobby Lobby where I live.
Now.....I am thinking "what if"...what if, other stores did this ? Would it be possible for more people to go to church ? Would they ? The ramifications of businesses closing on Sundays is a bit overwhelming when I think about it. I have to applaud Hobby Lobby for doing this. As a Christian I am glad that my husband doesn't work on Sundays. I know some "have to" ie: police, fireman, health care etc.....but hmmmm....does everyone else have to?.....yet....aren't we all the reason or part of the reason they do ? We shop on Sundays, we go to restaurants on Sundays. I don't know if this will change any of our family's habits but it sure caught my eye and made me "think"...What do you think ?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

missing family

We are home.....and already missing this family that lives some distance from us. We loved meeting and getting to know our new granddaughter.....saying good-bye...is so hard for this Nana. It was a wonderful vacation. We saw other family members we have not seen for years. I am so thankful for this time with my husband too....now I need to unpack...

Friday, October 22, 2010

family and flavors

We are having a wonderful time spending time with our son and family.
and yessss....this includes meeting our new granddaughter.
Oh my...she is so adorable.
Her mom,Gina is such a great mom and you can tell
that this little girl has sure won her dad's heart !!
It is a blessing to see THEM with this little bundle they
love so much. We are so thankful !!!
Our son owns this coffee maker.
Well, it does Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate
So many flavors,
We think is is fun to use.
Do you have one?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cute or what ?

Are these cute or what?
My friend, Karen sent me these for my birthday.
I love the fabric she used to trim these towels.
The neat thing is Karen and I have been friends since
8th Grade
It is wonderful to have friendships
that stand the test of time.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

39 years

Happy Anniversary
to "my guy" !!
"39" years
We were High School sweethearts!
We are still sweethearts.
I am so thankful for this guy...
I praise the Lord for him !

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

8 about me

(My daughter Melissa and I at a Elizabeth George Tea)

These questions were from Susan at: BY GRACE.
I will not tag anyone, but everyone !!
Let me know if you do it so I can check out your answers.
I KNOW I am not doing it like it has been done....what can I say?

1. What is your favorite main dish to eat or to cook?
Meatloaf !!
Plain old Spaghetti
All are comfort foods--
2. What was your favorite pet, anytime in your life?
I think it would be my current little dog, Chloe.
She is my sweet companion as I am home
quite a bit.
3. Do you have any unreasonable fears?
Yes, although I don't know how unreasonable it it ?
"Bedbugs"--from Hotels etc..
Have you seen all the stuff on the news
about those critters?
4. What do you love most about your spouse?
His unconditonal love for me. His devotion to the Lord.
His work ethic. His sense of humor...the list could go on forever.
5. Are you more of a leader or a follower?
Usually a leader.
6. What is your favorite book of the Bible?
Psalms--I love it all, though
7. Is there a hobby or skill you'd like to learn but have never done it,
for whatever reason?
I want to learn how to paint Roses
any teachers out there in my area?
8. What is your decorating style?
Electic, shabby, comfort..love white painted furniture,
Tiffany lamps, this and that...I don't like matchy, matchy--
it seems to Doctor's officey to me...
I know...I am weird.
sooo if you want to do this...feel free...
or add your own questions.
I did this today because it is my birthday

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Best for us

When we pray, we should,
first of all, pray that God's will
would be fulfilled through our lives.
We shouldn't pray simply to obtain things for ourselves,
but we must pray according to God's will.
God only wants what's best for us,
and we should pray for His will to be done.
--Paul Chappell

Friday, October 8, 2010

a believing heart

"Give me a stout heart to bear my own burdens. Give me a willing heart to bear the burdens of others. Give me a believing heart to cast all burdens upon Thee, O Lord."
---John Bailie
This spoke to me this morning.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Autumn at my house

This picture does not do justice to the way the sun hit
the leaves on these trees yesterday morning.
(oops, didn't CROP out my finger)

This is what my desk looks like these days.
Many pumpkins need painting.There are two fall breadcloths that were sewn when my sister Lisa, was here. There is a book there, that I am slowly
plugging away at filling in the blanks.
sorry for this underlining, I don't know how that happened...I will blame it on blogger!

GOODWILL, treasure.
Well at least to me.

A little closer.
I counted up this morning.
Within 1/2 hour radius of my home
there are

My entry.
I bought this little pine dresser
off of Craig's list.
My intention was to paint it
WHITE, of course.
It is in such good shape,
I just don't know.
I LOVE, love, love
if you have a treasure that you are selling,
cheap and it would break your heart IF you heard it was
painted white, don't even tell me.
Just a bit of Autumn from my home

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

more grace

I read this and just had to share it with you. It sure spoke to me.
He Giveth More Grace
Annie Flint Johnson
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials he multiplies peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Target daze

Why ? Why does this aisle always call out my name?
Is this a favorite aisle of yours ?
Is it the colors, the possibilities?
You know at one time in my life
I thought I would be a school teacher.
Do you know why ?????
ONLY ....
because I wanted to be able to do the bulletin boards !
So so many options...so many colors
how can you have a favorite ?

WOW...this could be fun.
This is what happens when Deby takes her camera to Target !


We have a winner....Cindee from The Casaus House, gave the answer I needed.

It was "Sliver"..not splinter.....I know they are the same. You see, when I saw the little riddle, I was at the bank. It was written on a dry erase board. I couldn't figure it out, so asked.
The lady told me, "sliver". I was surprised, as I had not heard that word for years. That is what we called them when I was growing up...So Cindee...EMAIL me with your address and I will mail you off your little notebook ! Hope you enjoyed this.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

synonymous, clue

ALMOST ALL comments were correct...except that it was not the answer I needed, to be EXACT....and being a VERY fair person...I have given you another clue, in the title of this post.....
Go ahead TRY AGAIN.....

Okay....MANY many many of you are soooooo close...but if you look down, I said, THE ONE THAT EXACTLY that I was given....and no one has met that criteria... I have given you a clue....somewhat.....and you are WELCOME to guess again...think about it....most of you are so so close...first one with the EXACT WORD, I was given wins...

I read this when I was out doing some errands that my husband requested. I had to ask for the answer. The FIRST one to give the correct answer, the one exactly that I was given, WINS !!!
What will you win...I will mail you a little notebook for prayer requests or whatever exactly like the one I picked up for me for my blog-email friends prayer requests. I will not post the comments until I have a winner.
"I went into the woods and got it......I brought it home to seek it....I sat down to find it.....WHAT AM I " ?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Autumn find at Goodwill

Do you see this little Village ?
I popped into Goodwill when I was out yesterday.
They were originally bought at Rite-Aid.
I just think this is so cute... not sure how I will
arrange it ultimately. I think there are lots of possibilities.
Just had to share....I love a bargain, ...

Monday, September 27, 2010

so delicious

Doesn't this just look "Autumn'y?"
This is my daughter, Missy's recipe.
YES...it is a repost....it is that time of the year
You know you saw this recipe somewhere...
so here ya go :
1 med. size pumpkin, topped and cleaned out
1 onion chopped and sautéed w/ground beef1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
3 Cups Cooked rice (white or brown)
1 can mushrooms or 1 c. fresh mushrooms (optional)
2 can cream of mushroom soup
Salt and pepper to taste (I also add pumpkin pie spice)

Combine ingredients and put in pumpkin.
Put top on pumpkin.
Place pumpkin on cookie sheet in oven preheated to 375 degrees.
Bake for 1 ½ to 2 hours. (you can tell it is done with pumpkin scrapes easily out of the pumpkin)

Serve dinner in pumpkin.
Scrape pumpkin out and serve on top of rice mixture with brown sugar.
Do not open pumpkin while baking or
it will expand and top will not fit on pumpkin again
I hope Missy makes this again this year,
hint, hint !!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

cold nor hot

"OUCH" I desire to be "HOT"

Friday, September 24, 2010

I am sorry--MORE added

This week we have had "Prayer Revival" at my church. It started during our Sunday School hour. So we have been preached too and exhorted for 7 separate times on the subject of "PRAYER". The Evangelist was Bro. Benny Beckum.
Last night I was so convicted in my heart that I have not prayed when I have told people that I would pray for them. I can't count the times I have read a blog and said"I will pray for you" and did not. I did not take it seriously enough. Sometimes I may have forgotten, other times, I just did not pray. You may have been one of these persons. You may be a friend, family or a stranger. It does not make a difference. I took this most precious, priviledge and command from God "flippantly".
Dear readers, I apologize to you for not praying for you when I said I would. I am sorry that I did not follow through with your request. I am sorry that I said something and then did not do it. My heart is heavy this morning when I think of all the times I could have done this and the missed opportunities to uphold you and yours in prayer. Please forgive me.
In the future I plan to blog with a notebook. I want to keep track of requests and answers. There is so much to this "praying mandate". I have to take this seriously, God does.
This apology is truly heartfelt. It was a struggle this morning to even sit down and type, yet, I knew the Lord spoke to me about it last night.
Love you all,

1 Timothy 2:1-3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

***I debated on approving the comments. I did not want this to seem like I was calling attention to myself. The reason I approved them is there are many of us in this situation and ideas were given that I thought were beneficial for all to see. Thank you for your kind words and your forgiveness.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pumpkin craft--I hope you don't mind

I hope you don't mind.........
I am posting this again.
I plan to make more this year for a few neighbors.

This is so easy to make--
so easy to personalize with embellishment or colors.
You need:
* Dryer vent hose (white plastic)
* Glue Gun
* acrylic paint
* sponge brush
* leaves etc...
Cut the dryer vent hose---easy to figure out
bend to a circle...where the ends will meet.
(kids shouldn't help with this part)
hot glue the ends together.
Let the glue dry
Paint with sponge brush.
For the STEM
I used a brown piece of paper bag
crumbled and folded.
The year I made these...
I made dozens....and gave them away
Cheap and truly easy !!!
Think some cute
"cottagey look" would be easy to achieve...
maybe a pale pink paint....glitter.....
oh my....what you could do

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"getting it"

I am thankful that more and more Doctors are "getting it"...some maybe just "baby steps". I won't take the meds he mentions because of all the side effects. I have had trouble with meds and being super sensitive to them. It is nice having a doctor go public, for those of us who have been made to feel "less than human" or have been somewhat traumatized by the "unkind words" of a "knowing" physician.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A bit real

This week a blog friend, wrote and told me she had fibromyalgia. Normally, I would just feel so bad for that person(s) and try to encourage them. This time, I started crying while looking at my laptop. I was thinking, "Please Lord, not another one". I know the battle it is. It is not a death sentence, but it is a up-hill struggle ALMOST everyday. I try not to dwell on it, or even blog on it. Today I will only because, there will be people with "Chronic diseases" come in your life. Be gentle with them....it is a lonely walk. Why, because...truly in my case, "The spirit is willing but the flesh is oh so weak". I say "no" to most things. I do everything in spurts. I can walk into a store and browse for minutes compared to what I used to do...I most often will leave my husband to wait in line or finish as I just need to get to the car, I hurt so bad. My sleep is horrible...most people with fibro have this symptom.

I get asked most often about meds. Well, it seems like everything has it's side effects, right now the side effects seem to make everything worse. I tend to "bite the bullet". I can't get tough, or "man up"...and let me tell you IF anyone I know had this just for a few hours, they would finally "get it". I am not bitter--that passed long ago. I just miss the "old me". I think those I love, miss the old Deby. So today, I write a bit more about this struggle, just in case you or someone you know gets stricken with this. I know it could be WORSE. I CLING to:

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.

I share this quote from Rochelle's Learning to Trust Blog:
“In [Fibromyalgia], there is a generalized disturbance of how pain is processed. As the central nervous system becomes more sensitized, pain becomes more intense in response to any given stimulus, and this pain does not diminish as quickly as it does in a healthy individual. Eventually, the pain remains long after the stimulus or cause has ended. The FM patient feels amplified pain, and also may experience sensations of pain in response to normally nonpainful stimuli such as noise, touch, and light. The cognitive dysfunction that may also accompany FM can massively disrupt the patient’s lifestyle. You keep losing things, and you begin to think that one of them is your mind. The world has become a game where the rules change daily, and nobody tells you what they are. You can easily become overwhelmed.”
~ From the Foreword, Mari Skelly, Women Living with Fibromyalgia, ©2002

Yes,it could be worse. There are some that read my blog, that have "worse". This is not for them. It is for my friend who was just diagnosed and for me, sometimes I just need to be a bit real.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Christmas Carols ?

Seen yesterday at my local Costco.
When I think about it..Christmas is just around the corner.
........I want to enjoy Autumn first though...
I have been giving some thought on starting a shopping list.
Looking for some little things....
no FaLaLaLaLa...yet for me.
but before you know it,
my TREE will be up...and the Carols will be playing.
Truth is, I start the Christmas Carols pretty early.
Do any of you?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

**Before** pic

My niece, Jenna took this. This is my little girl, Chloe. Jenna took many pictures for me (not fond of the camera these days).....yes...she took some **Before** pictures for me. Now if you have been reading my blog, you didn't really think I would show, the OTHERS, did you ?
For right now this is the best I can do. Chloe doesn't really care to pose for pictures, her ears seem to always go back for some reason...maybe someday I can show more BUT not right now...I am sure MANY of you understand.
yes, I am growing out my hair color, it is time

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

have you ever?

This is across the Sound in a area some of my family lives.
My son in love, Mark took this picture of the
"Ferry at Sunset"
Have you ever gone on a ferry ? I really do enjoy it.
We have seen so many beautiful sights, it is a leisurely thing to do.
In our neck of the woods, MANY people do this everyday to get back and forth to work.
I don't think they see this as a *getaway*
If you ever can, I recommend this form of transportation.
Take a cuppa your favorite, be it tea or coffee...then....
RELAX...and enjoy the beauty God, not mother nature has created.
I included this image of the Ferry close-up....just in case you have never been in our area

Monday, September 13, 2010

this is "Ruff"

I have to do this. Reality is "ruff".....so I am re-joining Weight Watchers today. I am doing it with my husbands blessing. I will try hard to stick to whole foods and keep trying to eat as much organic as we can afford. I have many scriptures the Lord has been giving me the past weeks in regards to this area of my life....it's time to get serious, seriously.

Friday, September 10, 2010

My grandma's leaves

These were my grandmothers. They are templates. I think she drew them by hand and it appears they were done on a old manilla folder or something. She kept them in this little box ? Do any of you even remember Perry Como? I used to have a whole bunch of the leaves she made with these. She would trace them on construction paper and cut and color them with crayons and then hang them up. I was able to use them many years in my home and windows. The veins in the leaves are cut thinly with something like a exacto knife..I am not sure. It was a slit to be able to draw the veins on her leaves. My grandmother was very crafty and a great seamstress and gardener. I didn't grow up around her. I flew out twice as a married adult and got to spend some time with her. She is in Heaven now and I look forward to the reunion one day.
As much as I love Autumn, I "know" nothing will compare with Heaven and I know for sure I am going. I hope you do too.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I want you to know

I am going to have to do something I don't really want to do. I am removing my "Followers" widget on my blog. I am sorry if this offends anyone. There are some followers on my blog, that I don't want any link back to their blogs. I don't approve AT ALL, and even wonder why they would come here ? I can tell by their blogs that we are not all like-minded on anything ? I hope you will all understand, the other option would to go private, invitation only. Just thought you should know..
and btw...the previous picture and this one is from AUTUMN a couple of years ago. I haven't taken current pictures yet. I just like these ! I have not decorated yet this year. My husband will get the box out of storage soon. He has been working so much....it will happen. I just love this time of year.

Friday, September 3, 2010

practicing on you

You can tell the season is changing--especially in blogland. It seems like so many of us just love this time of year. Many live in areas where there isn't a real distinct change, yet create it themselves in their homes. I haven't pulled out my touches yet, but plan to soon.
Autumn is a beautiful time of year, here. I know some call it Fall, to include myself. I was just thinking this morning, I "LOVE" the way the word, "Autumn" sounds. I am going to use it more than the other. I will have to work at it....."Autumn, Autumn, Autumn" ...I am practicing on you,my blog friends. (smile)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My shopping "tip"

Tomorrow at my JoAnne's, McCall's patterns are going on SALE for $1.99 each.
They do this with the other brands as well, from time to time.
When I get there, often there are not enough catalogs to browse through.
Soooo...I have started to go on-line ahead of time and browse the catalog on my computer instead of trying to make decisions at the store. Here is the link to McCall's just in case there is something you might be needing. Grab your pen and a piece of paper to write down the numbers and Voila', just take them in a pick them up......My problem is, I sometimes FORGET where I put "that paper" ???? ..... anyone else do that ?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dancing lights

This is August or at least for one more day, isn't it ? We are having a rainy, Autumn'ish day here.
It is kind of dark out today, a bit dreary...so time for some mood lights, and good smells. I plugged in my "Tart burner" (thank you to my sister Trudy) and just loved the way the lights danced all over. It seems so "early" to be doing this. We didn't really get much of a summer. So a girl has to do what a girl has to do....and "what is, is"... so if Fall days are upon us and rainy days are on the way, I will help things seem less dark in my home. I like to use low lights here and there,nice fragrances etc.Today I am burning a older Yankee Tart, "Tea and Honey" and also drinking a cup of hot tea as I enjoy this moment. We may get more summer days, which will be great,until then, I will brighten up my spot a bit.
I am also praying for any of you in the path of the impending hurricanes.

Monday, August 30, 2010

This will make you "think"

Awhile back, my daughter-in-love, Kristi, did this experiment with flowers. It was a learning experience for her boys, aka...my darlings grandsons !!!

Please go to HER BLOG and read this...it is a real eye-opener !!

Let me know what you think....

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Old fashioned girl at heart

I am doing quite a bit of reading these days. I have most of Grace Livingston Hill's books. When I read her books, there are always lessons that the Lord shows me. I am reading "Bright Arrows" right now, published in 1946. Grace and I may have a few minor doctrinal differences, but not many. What I like about her books is that when people got saved, they were Changed ! Her women tend to have real servant's hearts and have a humilty about them. Some of the words are a bit old fashioned, but I am a old fashioned girl at heart....(smile) I have found most of mine in thrift stores, yard sales or Craig's list.
This morning, I read the following from "Bright Arrows" :
"Dear Lord, here is something again that I don't know how to manage, and can't do anything about. Won't You please take over, and help me to trust it utterly to You? Show me just what to say and do."
I don't know about you, but that is my prayer too...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My abilities

When you have something chronic, you can have some pretty low days and weeks. You realize you just aren't the old you. Reality is not easy at times.

I read this recently. I hope maybe it will encourage you as it did me.

"Consider your life. You may not be as skilled as some people. You may not have the gifts and talents you desire. You may not even believe you have what it takes to accomplish much in God's work, yet God doesn't judge you based on your abilities. After all, He gave you the abilities you have. He also gives success and blessing as He sees fit. Shift your focus from results and value faithfulness. Commit to being faithful to obeying God no matter what the results may be." ~~Paul Chappell

Just wanting to be found FAITHFUL,

Thursday, August 19, 2010

This little guy

This is Nehemiah. He is 4 years old and is my sister, Lisa's youngest. People will ask what do you call him for short ? Well....we call him "Nehemiah". We just love this little guy, and being the youngest in his family he has the ability to get away with things.......... when they come to our home and stay Nehemiah loves to climb up on his uncles lap. My husband loves it. It works out so good when my sister comes, her kids are so quiet when it is time for us to go to bed (early) and don't hear us when we are up...very very very early. My mom and dad would have just loved this little guy, they are not here.....we are here....so we get the chance to love him ALMOST like a grandson...and his siblings too. My house is always in better shape after Lisa has been here--yes even after her 5 children and this time there were 2 of my grandsons. I am too in a different sort of way, I think many of you know what I mean.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Free Roses to color

These are a free download you can get from
The Angel Company
(click to enlarge)

When I colored them I used mainly COPIC markers
You can use Sharpies or also the BIC markers.
You CANNOT use watercolor types, your ink
from your printer will bleed....and it will be a mess.
I used my ink jet printer.

These are some of the prints I have done. I print them on cardstock and just relax and color. I think it is a relaxing thing to do. I plan to turn mine into cards.
Here is the uncolored one on top. Go here
to check out the download. The Angel Company also has other FREE downloads that you might want to browse. I am a Coloring book kind of girl, so this has been fun.