Monday, October 16, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
This was  an exceptionally early morning...  We started off with  coffee and  fruited yogurt  then sped off to an eye appt  before 8.  Mid morning we stopped in  for  breakfast..  I  had  2 eggs, crisp bacon and  1/2  a Belgium waffle...  YUM!!

Right now I am:::: 
Trying to cool off....  even though it  is much cooler outside,  we just got home from  a very hectic  day out and the house is  too warm for my liking...

The weather outside::::
We started out  very overcast and  drizzly.  But by 9ish,  it was clearing and the sun  really warmed up... It is in the low  60's...   a  wonderful  Fall day!!!

Looking around the house::::
Things are a bit topsy turvy...  We have been shopping for our Operation Christmas boxes and  the bags and  items are somewhat scattered all over the dining table...My folded laundry is on the     top of the sofa waiting for me to carry it on upstairs...  

On today's to do list::::
Laundry.....Finish washing the whites  and hanging on the line to dry
Cleaning....assemble the Operation Christmas boxes so  the dining room  can   go back to  normal
Cooking....Hubs put in his order for fish and chips tonight for dinner  so  I have to  make homemade fries!
Bible Study....  IPeter chapter 2  and  work in my  manual see  below
Currently reading::::
Manual for  Bible Study...Think Differently by James MacDonald
Love Letters by Debbie Macomber

On the TV today::::
Hubs and I are enjoying  season  1-2  so far of  Doc Martin on Netflix...
Bletchley Circle Season 2

On the menu this week::::
Monday- fish and chips
Tuesday- Stir fry chicken and rice
Wednesday- chef salad
Thursday-  out  with friends
Friday- Out with family

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Sit out on the porch and  watch for  animal friends  who  might  invade the yard and try to capture their photo  for  a post I enjoy on Saturdays.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
Saw   it on  face book.. couldn't be easier...  1 box of spice cake  mix and 1 can of  pumpkin puree... incorporate and  pour into  cupcake  papers...  bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
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One of my simple pleasures::::
journal ling/ sketching and coloring   the    wildlife that visits  our back yard  to  share with my  grands

Favorite photo from the camera or internet::::
I will consider this a before photo I can see the red spot..... a squamish cell  carcinoma on my nose... Monday I will have MOHS surgery  to remove it  and on Tuesday hopefully, I will have  plastic surgery reconstructive surgery... I said hopefully,  because that would mean it wouldn't be that drastic...  Drastic measures to be  done in a few weeks  would  not be  my first choice.. but I have  a great  faith  in God and   confidence in my doctors.. tops in their field!

Something interesting I found::::
Viewing Nature with Eileen is a great  blog.. the  photos of  the folks from all over the world  who  post there  are  amazingly  beautiful and   fascinating!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friendly Visitors

Today I am  joining in  two parties ...
Saturday Critters party over at Eileen's and Beverly's at
Pink Saturday 
 This week  we have had  several  visiting birds.

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I love it when I can capture   our  bluebird friends!!

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I "shot" this one   over at my  friends  house!!!  How  fortunate  to have a blue bird  house  occupied by bird house was taken over by English Sparrows. ... not   fun!!!

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This visitor to the feeder I believe is the Carolina Chickadee....  I love him  with his   sleek black cap!!!I saw this plump    robin    wondering where all the fog  came from  one morning this week!!!!  It was  a some  what rainy  week!!

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And then  this beautiful  lady    stopped  over  for a rest  on the mums...   A gorgeous Monarch butterfly...
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  That's all I  had time to  snap..   hope for more next time!!!   God bless!!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wednesday Hodge Podge

From this Side of the Pond
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1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can't find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I've been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.

I am the chief navigator  of the family...  Having taught  school  I am good with maps and  have  a pretty keen since of direction.. and unlike my husband if I do  get us lost I'm not afraid to stop and ask for directions and I  do understand spoken directions!

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don't count!) 
I got the map out of the  dashboard compartment yesterday.  We were stuck on the interstate for 45 minutes  while a  trailer trailer was  on fire... I was wondering  how far the next exit was, thinking we might be able to finagle  an exit,   but ,alas, we were  stuck..  Thankfully,  my Dr  in  Charlottesville  who was  consulting me about my upcoming MOHS surgery  was   so great  he  took me  in  anyway,  even though we were  late!

back east, down south, out west, up north
Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it.
We live down south, and we go up north to see our kids!!   We've never been out west!...Well,  no farther  than Indiana!

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical? 
Yesterday after  we got home,   I  talked  at  probably 7 folks about  the  crazy day we had.....  very atypical!
Describe your yesterday in one word.

3. Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity...which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting? What might you do to change that?
Lately,  since retirement ,  especially  since my parents  passed,   I would have to say  I am a time waster....that would be the last couple of years....  but to be fair  those previous  5 years  were   so daunting  I 've just been getting over  the ordeal!
But in my life  I would have to say  I wasted  good opportunities...   sorry to  confess  it was   my own personal  fears as a young adult that  kept  me from  seeking the opportunities that  came my way!

4. Did  your family take regular vacations when you were a kid? 
Yes,  we  took  yearly  family vacations.
Tell us something you remember about a family road trip from your own childhood.
When I was about 8 years old, our family toured the Great Smoky Mountains.  I loved that vacation  and have the best memories... things like    autumn vistas, 
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 black bears,
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 log cabins, 
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  and  the  wonders of Gatlinburg..
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(Bear in mind  I am remembering it the way it was in 1958.)
While we were in Gatlinburg I  was so proud  to  have  my own earned  spending money,  so I decided to treat mom and dad to breakfast at the  restaurant  there at our hotel.I'll never forget the feeling of   doing something special for my parents!

5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow? Why?
Well, Ive been trying to grow  these  for two years  and  the plants are either  eaten by deer  or just wont grow for me!!!
Limelight hydrangeas

6. Insert your own random thought here.
I am so thankful that I  bit the bullet and  went ahead and called  Charlottesville,  related to the UVA Medical center....  something I  wouldn't just naturally choose to do. But after two  friends  who  had  used this physician  for MOHS surgery  so highly recommended him I  was  compelled ti give it a try..  He  is completely awesome and I got in to see him  twice as quickly  as I   was getting to see a local  surgeon..   Thank you, Lord  for working  all things for my good!!! 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Saturday Critters

Today while visiting a friend's page I ran across the Saturday Critters party over at Eileen's! I find this is fun meme so I will begin by saying as a retired elementary teacher, I used to have my classes journal many topics..a favorite journal is on backyard friends who visit and share their 
 personal talents with us..  

Funny to say  the first day  of my  vigil  my only visitor was a single crow!!

Now that I  have  a 4 year old granddaughter  I  desire to  instill in her  a keen eye,  a  differentiating mind,  and a love of nature..  She lives  nearly on the edge of a national forest  so  they have  many  backyard  visitors. ...this week a  family of turkeys  passed through in single file!
 So I restarted  my journal and when I see her I share it with her and  we talk about  watching carefully, and  the importance of knowing the  names  of  the living things  about us!  These early  fall days are perfect for sitting quietly in anticipation of a critter  to  come along!  One of my favorite  critters  visited this week...he is usually so skittish it is hard to capture him,  but I did this week!!!
 This closeup will help  when I attempt my drawing!
When I can capture on camera  I like to,   but sometimes  I just  can't,  so I draw them...I  could not get a shot  of the  male cardinal this week...  I  use several nature indentification books...  some of which I have already given  my dear 'grand'!A few at a time  to  spur some interest!

 I had to look up these two  birds - the one above is the female.. and below is the male...  House Finches .. that day we had a whole flock of them foraging the side yard!  

 I love  seeing  various mammals  pass through...  can you find  this  lovely creature!

 I will be writing about her today...  I think  a drawing  may be  pertinent as well, don't you!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Counting My Blessings

What a  beautiful morning  here in the Mid-Atlantic states...  the  sky is  so clear and air  rather  crisp  but  the  sun's warmth will not fail us today!  Not too many more  truly warm days it appears on the weather calendar.  we, here in  SW Virginia  are  really hoping for some of that rain from the tropical depression heading north!Today  I am wanting to share some the blessings   I  am receiving..  One just happened  this morning!!!
1.  While I  was perusing face book  a message popped up from our daughter  asking us to  visit via face time while she and  tiny grand  have their lunch!!!

Now that  the older grand is  in pre-school  it is   very  calming to visit  with  Amanda  and her wee one.. more like the tender days when  Birdie  was  not quite two and  hadn't  developed into  a precocious  4 year old ... Now  wee one has  the opportunity to be  center stage  and  we get to  spend quality time with her...  God is  so good... we treasure these times!!!

2.  Yesterday  God came on me suddenly  with  a huge answer to my prayers... I ran across this quote today and it is so true.
God’s suddenlies are like a tsunami. You experience it suddenly, but in God it started way back." Joseph Garlington Sr
I have been trusting God  for His best for me   all along  with this  skin cancer on my nose.  But  sometimes his best comes  in  various ways and times  along with a bit of testing to see  if  we will  accept the  row boat that comes to rescue us!!  A friend contacted me on the phone and we chatted about MOHS surgery...  her story really  moved me.. I have been experiencing a long wait  .. first 11 days to get the biopsy back..  a few days to  hear about my surgery date..  which was Nov 7,  I was fortunate to call and get it moved up to Oct 18th, but  that is just for  a
consult and  knowing the  scheduling  for the surgery is  booked up  I  have been  quite anxiously  watching  my  spot on the tip of my nose  appear to  grow...My friend shared her story about calling  Charlottesville,  near  the Medical School,  and  getting much, much  quicker  attention... She actually got her  biopsy back in one day and  within 8 days  had her surgery behind her... since we both  have  squamish,  I  quickly got on the phone and called    Charlottesville and  and so thankful to say I have my pre-op scheduled for Monday... Praise you, Lord for  working all things out according to your plan..I will confess I  have another friend I see more regularly who also gets her  dermatology done  by the same Doctor in Charlottesville,  and who  had  been  pushing me to  get an appt  even  2 weeks ago,  but  it isn't in my nature to opt  for  that...  My husband  had  a very successful  MOHS here  by  our local  doctor and  I  was content...  but  yesterday,   God's sudden  move  on me  was too compelling to  resist...  OH, Lord, I hope to always  be in Your Perfect Will!!!
3.  Even though  I haven't actually been  in the  mood to  take a road trip  to enjoy the 
beauty of  the season,  yet,    the days have been so glorious  Hubs and I have spent several afternoons just sitting in the shade   and  reveling in the color and the  backyard friends  who visit us..

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and bunnies!!

and the sun just    makes  things explode in  its  autumnal radiance


4.  Even at this moment  I am being  so  eternally blessed...  Dearest is washing the morning dishes  while he is listening to our fall music on dvd  so we can practice our choir music at home  and he is singing his part...  while I sit here typing... it doesn't get any better than that!!!
5.  To top off my week of blessing  I am reminded that tonight is  my favorite night of the month... Every first Friday we attend  Intercessors for America...  We meet in a friend's home...  he  was my  Bible Study teacher  at  a previous church...  He and his wife  have  done missionary work in the most    dangerous  areas of the world... eastern jungles of  India,   the Sudan,  and others... the  folks who  faithfully attend  these meetings are   probably some of the most  dedicated prayer warriors in our is  such a huge blessing to  just  being the same  room with these  precious  Children of God.  The presence of God is tangible  through  the   sweet incense of  prayer and worship  that  emanates from  their home.  I love to seek out  groups  like this here in our valley... Concerned Women for America and Ladies Aglow are  a couple of others...   don't be mistaken that we are so political...  in these groups  we  seek  beyond the  political  to the  warring in the heavenlies and  do  battle in the spiritual.  So edifying to spend an hour  on your knees with  God's people!!!
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