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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
Bathrooms....mop 
Laundry 



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..
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 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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Ingredients 
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 
Directions 
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.
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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!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Afternoon




What a lazy afternoon... we both came home from church today anxious to find a spot to just get quiet and hide away in the love of Jesus...and take a nap...I think it is the heat and humidity that has finally taken its toll. I know for me,, as soon as I stepped outside this morning my head blew up and my allergies went haywire... this humidity smothers me... and we were singing in choir one of my favorite songs.. difficult at best to bone up to it, to do it justice... it is such a wonderful song..


VERSE 1 
Come, weary saints, though tired and weak 
Hide away in the love of Jesus
Your strength will return by His quiet streams 
Hide away in the love of Jesus

VERSE 2
Come, wandering souls, and find your home 
Hide away in the love of Jesus
He offers the rest that you yearn to know 
Hide away in the love of Jesus

BRIDGE 
Hear Him calling your name 
See the depths of His love 
In the wounds of His grace 
Hide away

VERSE 3 
Come, guilty ones weighed down with sin 
Hide away in the love of Jesus
The freedom you long for is found in Him 
Hide away in the love of Jesus

VERSE 4 
Come, hopeless hearts, do not despair 
Hide away in the love of Jesus
For ten thousand joys await you there 
Hide away in the love of Jesus

Saturday, August 20, 2016

And I Didnt Have to Cook!


I'm joining in with Susanne of Living to Tell the Story to share my five favorite things in the past week.
1.  Last week  we were  so excited to finally  get our new window  treatments installed in our  bedroom... sometimes  it is so very difficult to wait  for 8 weeks for the fruition of a project and this was definitely one of those times..  love the  ambience   shutters  give a room~ so changeable!!
2.  On Wednesday we prayer sista's got together  to share about our lives...  and to discuss our next prayer  event...  wow, as we get closer to this election  it seems that the enemy is more and more active against us...  One has a broken leg...  I almost  broke my arm this week.. another gal has had  unusual   health issues but we will not be deterred..as we  pray these words from Isaiah...
"But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken!"


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3.  I love meeting with women from other  churches and denominations  to pray together.. and  we  did this Thursday  at the Concerned Women for America    group... 10 of  us met in Izzie's  living room to  share   information  that  we in turn  knew  that was  transpiring  abroad... and then we prayed...  oh,  such a sweet  fragrance of praise , thanksgiving, and    intercession... several of us then are priveleged to go out to lunch with our hostess, Izzie.. who   ever since she lost her  husband  has offered up her home   to groups  to  meet to  study  and pray  God's  Word..  She loves to dine out,  but  not alone... so  we  have such a great time of fellowship with her following our meetings!
Ruby Tuesday - Christiansburg, VA, United States
Best salad bar in town!
4.  On Thursday a huge group  from our  Sunday School class(18) and others from our church  met at  Firehouse subs  for fellowship..
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The ice cold pickles are the best!
 then we traveled on to another   church nearby  for a special  teaching on  the prophetic...things  happening now across the world that demonstrates  the end of the age...our  teacher has  studied  Hebrew and    followed  the Middle East  and  Biblical prophecy and history  for  45 years ... fascinating...  and  exciting  but   our work is so  daunting..  we must be shining the light of God in this dark  world and sharing  His message of love to our  lost loved ones and friends... time is short.
5.  Last night  was  our CEO meeting.. Cousins Eating Out.
 My husband had lost touch with his  girl cousins over the years..they were the only family he actually had left.. but when Marnee moved  back to town last year.. she activated  everyone   and now we meet once a month at a different restaurant in town... 
Last night's special  was  
 We have a blast... and it is so  precious to see Hubs so happy  engaging  in this  new found  sense of family and  the spirit   of love  that is growing  within him...




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hodge Podge Wednesday






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1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August? 

I think I  would enjoy  getting back into  personal letter writing...  I actually wrote a very special,  out of the ordinary handwritten thank you note last week  and  it  was  such a pleasure to  push myself in being  exceptional... as  email and  messaging  is just too cryptic and    it's like who cares if a word is misspelled as long as the idea is expressed... I love cursive writing  and    I know how  much a I love the antique letters I have  that my great, great grandfather wrote  back for the front lines of the Civil War.. they are rare treasures... not that my letters would be considered  rare or treasures either...  but it would mean a lot to me to think that someone down the line might keep a  letter I had written..  it challenges me to write  something  worthy of  keeping!!
2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain. 
I do agree very much...stuff  is  only really  stuff... do I like stuff..  well, sure... depending on what it is.. do I have  plenty of stuff...  yes,,but even  a tangible treasure's gift of  pleasure and  fulfillment is so very short lived... before long it  joins the   realm of just more stuff...  it is the intangible that is the true treasure... that brings  more lasting  joy... and  the most  precious of all is  the gift of  God in our lives  which is eternal!

3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds. 
I wrote about this on Monday.. how much I enjoy  perusing  the consignment shops....  I have  transfer ware radar...I am always on the prowl for blue, red,  black and now a bit of green   transfer ware...  Can I live without it...  surely...  but when I find a lone piece  at a great  price  that  will compliment  what I already have  I  say to myself, ' Now that was a great find!"  This last week it was the   Royal Wessex salad plate I found for  3 dollars  that  is almost a perfect  match with my  set of 4 Wedgewood  Countryside  dinner plates...  

I saw  the dinner plates on Replacements  for $99  for 4... I paid $20 for mine...
4. On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear? 

I would say that even t this stage of life  I still have the yen to travel..  but I am very particular about it..




I  am such a huge anglophile  the top of my bucket list is  Britain..  mainly the north... Yorkshire and   Northumberland areas...  then  second would be Scotland...  especially the highlands... and more remote areas...  third  I would love to return to Ireland.. especially Northern Ireland..  and more especially, Donegal...  and  a dip down to Galway area.
In the last several years since our daughter married  most all of our trips have been north to see  them  in Massachusetts.. so I have worked in seeing much of New England...   which has been marvelous... but at the same time we have neglected  the south... in fact I haven't been to  the beach in SC  in 10 years...now that is  criminal....  but I am working on it!!  Getting hubs to just  jump in the car and go somewhere on the fly  doesn't work even though we are both retired... for example my favorite Celtic performer Dougie Mac Lean is touring  the US and is preforming tomorrow evening at Asheville...about 6 hours from here...I have begged to go..  to no avail...  Of course, the title Caledonia  refers to his homeland, Scotland!



5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so?
Well, it is sort of just  stalling out for me....for one thing I have not been tip top...  allergies and a cold...  have taken their toll..  but the   humid dog days of August are dragging!

6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives?  Well, I am looking at it  lying here near my feet...  A  craft box of new fabric I purchased last week    and patterns  to make  some gifts for    Christmas for my girls...  and Christmas comes a month early for us this year!!. Yikes!!!

7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time? I suppose I would say  it was this morning  during Face Time with our girls...  we hadn't had  a  good  long time  in a few weeks..  it had been catch as catch can lately and I hadn't seen  Birdie age 3 at all.. she was always napping...  I was missing her so much... and  this morning  over her breakfast we   wiled away a  lovely hour....  that  went by much too fast and  suddenly it was over..as the baby was falling asleep in mama's arms...  Poor Birdie was  sad to leave as well...   visits with  those girls are always over  way too fast...  whether it is an hour or a week visit...  if only one could capture time and put it in a bottle to take it out and savor as  need be!!!

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
I am so blessed by my prayer Sista's..  with whom  I get together every couple of weeks to  share and  pray  about  important issues in our lives and the nation, and world.... it  is a source  for  accountability in our lives  which is missing so much in our culture today...