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Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Fave Five

I'm joining in with Susanne of Living to Tell the Story to share my five favorite things in the past week.

1.  This has been a very  busy week...On Tuesday  we had a  great  day. One of my very best friends from  my early school days  and I have been  trying to get together for  a couple of years...  she and her husband live    about an hour  away...  not so hard, you say,   but we both live very  busy lives...Tuesday we  laid everything aside and decided to meet half way  for an amazing lunch! The following photo  was taken  from our  first grade group photo... my friend Vickie, was sitting on the front row and I on the row behind..  from the various  angles of our  seating  we look a bit incongruous,  but  I  will admit Vickie   was   a spritely and very  cute,  sweet  friend to me...  I lived a couple of blocks away and  I walked to her house  to pick her up and we continued on to school... another  5 blocks to  our elementary  school.

We got together this week for lunch at a renovated

old train station  about  30 minutes from each of us..
We arrived at 11:30  soon after they opened.. and  had such a marvelous time, it's a wonder they didnt scoot us out the door.. almost 4 hours later.  It  is  amazing how similar our lives have progressed... even our husbands' careers and work experiences  were  so  aligned... everyone  had a  wonderful time getting to know one another after 50 years.... and we  can hardly wait to  get together  again!

2.  Monday and Tuesday were cooler days and the humidity  was  much lower making for  temperate days for  working outside. How happy I was to  begin tackling the  garden   by the garage  that we see  every day coming and going.. it had  mastesized into a tangle of overgrowth of vines and weeds..
Nothing was blooming except theMorning Glories  that  had  been left to  take over the space.  Hubs actually surprised me by  taking on the far  left end of the garden  Monday evening.. Now the perennial mums  have a chance to  bloom and  share their autumnal glory! 

Then  it was easy enough to uncover the remaining sections  and  trim back  the lavendar that was  crowding out    the  statuary  I enjoy so much.
Here you can barely see the merest dot of color as the buds are beginning  to open. 
I love my little garden kids... our lil gardener and his  friend  really helped to quell the sting of  the empty nest  a decade ago... WHen the grand kiddies came along we added garden fairy lights   to  brighten  the  play area and  put smiles of wondering faces.

A couple of fall bedding plants  bring the garden back to life , await the  gold, crimson and  orange of the mums to come to full  bloom! 

3.  Last night our Sunday School class  met at  the Lake for a cook out.... true  the  high temps and  horrid humidity were back but the environs more than made up for our discomfort.
The pavillion is situated on a knoll over looking the lake  and the  whole area is absolutely beautiful..
This whole area is built upon a peninsula that juts out into the lake and the  shining water is seen almost in every direction.
Nearly every couple from class  attended and we had so much fun playing shuffle board,  croquet, and just sitting in the  shadows of the pavillion  and  sharing stories.

4. Some of my  most favorite  moments  were  when I took a stroll at dusk and captured some  gorgeous sunset water  shots.

I always   hoped and dreamed of living  by the lake someday.... but  the good  Lord had other plans for me... and I wouldnt change a thing...  but I  still love  a lakeside sunset!

5. This last  thing happened today...and it is all about me.... I  got my hair cut...  and it is quite a bit shorter than usual... but I really like it...

and with that I bid you  all adieu!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Guilty as Charged

Alright,  I  confess...  I am guilty of    charging ahead .. not giving summer it's  full allotted time....  but I have also admitted.. Im just not that much into summer.  and  I have also stated that once I  brought out  autumn and started placing it around...  there was a  break in the weather..  it shifted from mid ninties to low 80's, at least for a time.... It works that way with  winter, as well.. I can pull out a snowman,, and  whee...flurries start flying..  loved to do that  while I was teaching!
But I can not take all the credit.. I mean isnt it fashionable to  cast blame on  something else... for me it was Victoria Bliss magazine..  I mean if Victoria can,  can't I...   those  autumnal colors just  register  rest,  retire,  time to read a really great  book!  Perhaps even a classic... How about Sense and Sensibility...That plus it is time to start  bringing in and taking care of the harvest,... right? For us, it is  blueberries...  so prolific this year... I am getting  stocked up for  the  dreary months!

Ok, so I featured a harvest table...

 or two,,, 

   but how do these colors differ than those  exhibiting in nature..

So I went ahead and cut off some  lavender to dry    and  enjoy the  sultry  aroma..as well...
  Summer lovers may  naysay.. but I say.. go ahead... all the way... pull out the stops...my teacher friends   may really love me  when I pull out the snowmen come November!

It's Still Summer

I am joining along with Joyce on WHP..Click the icon to return to her page.

1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')

We have a time wafflin' over how and when to start seeking a contractor to redo our very small bath on our main level... I mean this bathroom is so small you have to step over the commode to get into the shower... and this being an older home.. this is the only shower in the house... I know sounds terrible.. but the upstairs bath is built into the dormer... my three year old granddaughter could stand in a shower there... but alas there is none. I want to start it yesterday... well really last spring.. but Hubs keeps waffling and therefore it doesn't get started... but the problem is folks come out.. look at it and say yes.. we can incorporate that closet into the space into it and it would be just great... but then we never see or hear from them again.. No one wants the small job... 

2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you? I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-
make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe!
Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close?

Well, I am definitely guilty of rushing the season.. and I'm glad I did because we finally then got a break in the extreme weather.. although it will be 93 here again come Friday, so yes, summer still rages on.. I am not a summer type person.... give me a lovely 70 degree day and I'm giddy. This list would have really grabbed me about 30 years ago, but at 66 I am only entranced by a couple of items.. you see my skin now needs little direct sun.. so I have to be necessarily pretty well covered... so even sitting out to read a book doesn't draw me like it once would. A friend just told us about her day at the West Virginia Fair and I asked her if she tried a fried pickle.. something I would be curious about... she didn't BTW. Fortunately for me, I will be doing a pot luck at the lake this week..and I am trying a new recipe so I am over the moon to be at least a bit relevant to the list... and my daughter is working hard to get us a few days in this season on the seaside at Cape Cod so I will definitely take my book, but will probably read it in the car on the way because every second will be revelling with my grand tots!

3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature? Afternoon sunsets always bless me..

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4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying, 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else?
IN this world   where    the lines between  what is acceptable and what it not  are becoming  so blurred  due to  perceived corruption and  deception... in the highest levels of our   society... it is difficult to say.. I have to admit I often judge by actions   believing their intentions to be  not that  good..   or  judging them  because of the influence said society has  had on them to  blur their own  moral  compass  that  directs  their actions toward immorality... I struggle  with this  not wanting to be judgmental.. I try to  hate the sin and not the sinner  but  when  this huge move   so far left of center  affects  my life, ie  bathrooms, locker rooms,  education, etc.  I  do  find myself   drawing that proverbial line in the sand  and  standing firm  to defend  it and  a judgmental tone  will  rise  up within me...  just being honest here.. Personally, I have a  very strict sense of  propriety based on  the battle  lines  between  my  Christ- centered  righteousness and   my sin nature  that  has not been    eradicated... and  when I overstep  that line,, I  am very  guilt ridden and  uneasy in my spirit until I  make it right  through confession and  repentance.

5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate.

"I'm usually good in a crisis, particularly if the people around me are feeling panicky. I might be a blubbering mess once things return to normal, but in the moment of crisis I can be level headed and useful."  I love the  quoted answer of our  hostess, Joyce...   and I agree... I have a pretty strong  adrenalin rush that  over takes me    once  a crisis is  in full throttle even though I can be a quivering mass  in just   the contemplation of  a  really  terrifying  event  and its  possible  affect  on me personally..  for example, we have had a  terror   stabbing event about 3 miles from our home this week.. and just to  ponder  what that  would be like  sends chills over me..  but  usually  while in the midst of  crises like, for example,  bomb threats  we  experienced  while I was teaching..  adrenalin  spurred me on into  very level headedness to  do the next right thing to insure that   those children were  safe and  prepared, steady, and calm.  and yes, after  the fact,    I will  feel  almost undone  with  the  reality of it all.

6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?
We eat a lot of chef salads... this year  we have  had  a lot of  home grown tomatoes and    now that we are using  head romaine  that is so fresh and  so much better that prebagged  salad...  we  have  salads  several times  a week.. with  sliced deli ham and cheese...

7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?
I just like our  hostess, love to color...  and I have looked at the color books  but  they a re so intricate  I  havent jumped on them,  but  my Inspire Bible with  art journalling pages  to color  has  really  made me so  happy..
Some pages are printed  to be colored and others are  blank
for your own  doodlings  but  I  find  I am so relaxed  coloring  but also contemplative on the word  I am reading  it is  helping to cement the Word into my  heart as  I  express my  heartfelt  feelings  about  the scriptures.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Lots of things  happening this week...  starting today...  got to go now  and  jump into my day!  Hopefully it will be lots of fodder for future  postings!   Have a great week!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

Today I am posting on  HHM  with The Diary of the Stay at Home Mom.

On the weather front:::

Thereeis a pro,mise of autumn in the air  and it appears this wonderful weather will continue all week!YES!!

On my bedside table:::
Jesus Calling, devotional
lotion,  phone
latest copy of Victoria Bliss

On my TV:::
I have been enjoying  the Hallmark  mysteries and   romances lately.  I have also discovered  Movie Plex  which has had some great older films.

Thinking and pondering::::
all of  the things  that need to be done  in the coming weeks...  the schedule  has really  filled in and   actually  our holidays  will be here sooner than ever( say in November this year)...  lots to do  before then!   Including all the shopping! Yikes!

Listening to::::
the whirr of the  fridge.. it is all quiet on this front this morning!

Favorite Youtube Video last week:::
America's favorite couple

On the menu for this week:::

Monday - Chef salad and  baked potato
Tuesday - meeting  friends for dinner
Wednesday -  meeting  other friends  for dinner
Thursday - grilling out with  Sunday School class
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Friday - tuna salad and  broccoli
YAya... I'm loving this week

On my To Do List:::
errands and walking the track
living level..  swiffer the floors and vacuum
Bedrooms....make beds, open curtains and blinds, 
Guest room  closet.. purge about  10 items for  Good will

Looking forward to:::

Labor day weekend, we have plans to see our girls...  can not wait

Our prayer gal's  day out  next week

time with our couples friends this week
Especially, can't wait til tomorrow when  my  school friend Vickie and her husband  meet us    for lunch... at the  Bedford Train Station  restaurant..  a half way location for the both of us.. I  havent seen Vickie but once since  elementary school..  but  we walked to school everyday  for  6 years. and  we were very  good  buddies...  We have  kept up on facebook but   tomorrow  we can really catch up...

What I plan on doing for myself this week:::
I love spending quiet time  with the Lord and  art journalling in my new Inspire Bible...

Favorite photo:::
Time out with my  dear, dear Hubs!

Lesson learned the past few days:::
I have got to remember to take my meds in the morning...  I am so  bad about forgetting and  taking it at night  and Im sure it isnt working    as well for me....  and now  my system is  rather  out of whack.... lesson learned the hard way!

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:::
Claiming this promise  for  Divine help in the aforementioned  lesson learned...

A Simple Woman Day Book

For Today~ August 22, 2016

Looking out my window... 

Yes.. the  cold front that  has passed   through is bringing  a break in the humidity and  there is a crispness in the air....  loving it!!!

I am thinking...
how very much is hinging on this coming election..
in MHO  we are desperate for a change!  Prayer is key!

I am thankful..
 for God's Word..

 especially, the Psalms like  Psalm 91.
So many promises  to rest  in!
Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

I am wearing...
my yellow tee and  denim  shorts

I am watching.....
The Jesse Stone marathon....
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I am  reading...
and still enjoying my  Journalling Bible..
and studying 2Timothy 
 Beth Moore is urging us to memorize the book of 2 Timothy...  and I can see why..   there are great truths  there    to  calm our spirit in times of trouble!

I am listening to...
Terry Macalmon Praise  cd...  especially  the song
How We Need the River... this song speaks to me so much because of a  special and personal revelation I had of God   in 2003.  When we get a  personalized revelation of God our spirit  is so renewed  and  refreshed  that  life  as  you understood before  is changed forever.

I am hoping... 
have  time to get out and walk  this week...  been putting it off for weeks due  to the weather.

I am learning...
be still and  know that  God is  there and  that He is GOD.. in other words ...  revel on His presence!

In the kitchen...
This week our Sunday School class is going to the lake on a  class picnic.. We always  grill  burger and dogs  and  bring side dishes and  desserts... Our class loves to   do desserts, so a few of us are determined to fill in the side dishes...  I  am making a large crock pot of baked beans..

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1 cup barbeque sauce 
1cup ketchup 
1cup packed brown sugar 
2 teaspoons dry mustard 
3 (28 ounce) cans great Northern beans, drained and rinsed 
2 green bell peppers, diced 
2 large onions, diced 
8 ounces cooked ham, diced 
Mix barbeque sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard together in a 6-quart slow cooker until smooth. Stir beans, green bell pepper, onion, and ham into barbeque sauce mixture. 
Cook beans on high for 4-5 hours hours until thick. 

In my garden~
Well, I did report the last  couple of weeks that my  lovely garden by the  garage  was all a tangle...it has been so hot and rainy and humid,  I just couldnt face it...Well, I guarantee by this time next week it will look  so much better!!!

Board Room
shared from my pinterest board 

Want to escape city life? Muir Woods National Monument redwood forest, 20 min. north of SF.
Shared from my "I'll get There Someday" board
I heard today that  the travel agent  at our church who  got our Ireland trip together last year is planning a trip  out west  for next  summer..  which would include  the redwood forest!
Ever since I read  a wonderful book about  the mighty trees to my fourth graders I have  dreamed of  seeing these  giants  for myself.
drive-through redwood tree in the Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California.
But I don't know.. Im still holding out for Scotland!!!
Shared Quote
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A moment from my day...

Loving the  cooling rain  with its promise of breaking the humidity in half!

Closing Notes
Thanks be to God...Amen!