Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wednesday Hodge Podge

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1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you'd put on your list of quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?

a. Definitely see my daughter and her family come knocking on my door They haven't been here in almost 2 years... so hard to travel with two little ones in tow. but they promise me they are coming this summer!!!

b. Beautifying the yard.... in anticipation of the kid's visit... The last couple of years it seemed pointless to plant a lot of flowering beds, but this spring we have been working much more to bring forth loads of color and interesting places to gather around outside... We always want to make the children's visit to Ba Ba's and Ga Ga's memorable!

c.Finish the upstairs floors...again in anticipation of their coming... We have lived here all these years with the most, what can I say, hideous floors,,,,The previous owners thankfully waxed the hardwoods then had industrial carpet glued down.. I suppose to cut down of children's noisy feet. It was a color that almost simulated hard wood, but I couldn't abide it and when Amanda was small Hubs got down on his knees and tore it out of her room, had to scrape the mastic off with a heat gun and scraper and it was grueling work... but we wanted her room to be allergen free. Miraculously, the floors underneath were in great shape, but the work was so arduous and as hubs was working full time we just never got around to doing the rest of the upstairs. Until this early spring. He redid his office completely... removed the ancient wallpaper, redid the floors had shutters installed... it looks amazing.

Then he started right into the hall here you can see him working painstakingly on that rubber backing that had to be scraped off... but the floors only needed a bit of cleaning and surface treatment and look amazing!!!.. So we took advantage of the Karastan sale this spring and purchased new area rugs for the remaining rooms...

But ,alas, mowing season came upon us and so the guest room and our room await his attention.... moving the furniture out of the rooms is rather a dilemma.. especially in our room... we have a most marvelous Sleep Essential mattress that is free form latex and it is a bear to move! I just told hubs yesterday the day is fast approach-ing when these rooms must be completed!!!!

d. I do not think I can come up with 6 more things on my list....unless I listed the 6 top books on my want to read list... I have 3 Jan Karon books to catch up on... and a few others from the used sale at the library. 

e. Lastly, once everything else is completed, and while I am going through the grand children's room, especially the closet, I need to bag up almost everything and start over in there... just have space for the girls' items they want to keep here at Ga Ga's .. The only things I should keep in there would be my oil painting supplies because the rest of the year that is my studio... because it is south facing, lovely and bright!!! 

2. Do you collect seashells when you're at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What's your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these 'best beaches for hunting seashells' have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?

Calvert Cliffs State Park (Maryland), Jeffrey's Bay (South Africa), Sanibel Island (Florida), Shipwreck Beach (Lanai Hawaii), Ocracoke Island (North Carolina), Galveston Island (Texas) and The Bahamas
I love the beach.. we went every year in the fall when Amanda was growing up... we stayed in a condo at North Myrtle, near cousins who vacationed there at the same time... actually over Thanksgiving week, because I was off a few days and didn't have to take too much unpaid leave... my parents joined us and it was a huge family affair. I can hardly believe that when Amanda and Joshua married, we never have gone back. We spend most of our travel time going to Boston area to see them and we usually see the NE coast, so I do get my ocean 'fix' you might say, but I long to return to a southern beach especially after the summer heat and crowds have dissipated!!!

Regarding seashells we could always find great shells there along the strand ... we were at the most northern part beside a lengthy wildlife preserve and in the early morning a walk north along the preserve offered up many beautiful shells because it was so unpopulated and autumn storms kicked up the bottom of the sea and cast them ashore! Amanda used the shells and placed them in one of those glass ginger jar lamps as a craft project for her teenage room.... she created a beachy theme and painted the walls teal... a great color, but took several coats of paint to change thereafter! hehehe

Hubs isn't that keen on beaches, especially in the heat of summer, so I wouldn't even guess from the lovely list you offered... We are not cruisers either, so tropical paradises are not on our bucket list.... I do love the ragged expanses on northern rocky shorelines and marshes in upper Massachusetts and Maine... One area I'd love to re-explore, well, would be Kennebuckport and environs... stay at their amazing b and b's, partake of their exquisite cuisine, and explore their shore offerings.
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3. At a snail's pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which 'shell' phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.

Actually, two of these grabbed me....I have been reading one of my Jan Karon books since the book sale in February.... but to be fair, I don't read that much at a time... and her books are to be savored...I particularly love to read them aloud when we are driving... We laugh and laugh over the sweet humor... So I am reading at a snail's pace. The other is I'm ready to go back into my shell.... my dear associations within my closest circle of friends has become so strained of late... one of the gals has sold her home and she and her husband are moving to Utah. We are a group who came together about 5 years ago to pray in our church.... but the Lord put upon us to bring Christians from all denominations together to pray for the nation and the world... so we have planned and held over 30 events in those 5 years but lately each one has become more and more contentious. We know it is spiritual attack, because of the good kingdom work that is growing in our community... but that doesn't make it easier... satan has used accidents, sickness, division, upset feelings, and even the internet to work against.... right now we are planning a wonderful event for next week,, and there is a flurry of angst swirling within our group even as we prepare to say goodbye to one of our beloved own tomorrow...I know I can't, but things are so divisive right now that I would love to crawl back into my shell..We each of us feel like we are caught up in a maelstrom of distress and want tomorrow to be a sweet goodbye but we each dread it because of the undertone of turmoil....if anyone is reading this please pray for the Lord to supercede every ill feeling and fill us with the love and peace that surpasses understanding!

4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?

If I haven't mentioned yet I will now. I really don't enjoy summer. I do not like humidity....I don't like to sweat.. I never really learned to swim.. so being in the water is no picnic for me.. I love to sit and look at it.. but no boating or swimming for me... long story I wont bore anyone with that. As a younger woman I loved golf , especially the courses at the beach. Now with the warnings of ticks and mosquitoes, just being outside is no picnic for me. I have seen first hand what a tick bite can entail and I highly suggest everyone be extremely cautious!!!
PS... Just today  one of my best friends  had a tick bite on her shoulder  that got inflamed,  boil-like for a couple of days    then  it   grew into a large  red spot  with the bull's eye.. it took a few days.  She saw the doctor today and he  tested it,  but is  100 % sure it is Lyme's ....  praise God  she went to the doctor... is now on a 30 day course of antibiotics...   believe me..  do not let   a suspected spot go untreated!!!!

5. What's something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?

So many things..in this society and the times in which we live, many of the power scriptures of the Bible are omitted, pastors rarely teach on end times even though God commands them to encourage one another with that teaching...pastors will, for example, teach on Ephesians 1.. do an expository study, but will get right up to Ephesians 1:15... Paul's prayer for the saints.15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Our very own pastor passed right over this. one of my favorite passages and skipped right over it!

Manners, respect, selflessness, godly instruction to our children, patriotism, honesty, integrity, are just a few of the other things I see as becoming obsolete... really helps one to fall rapidly out of love with this world and long for the next!

6. Insert your own random thought here. I know this post seems dour and depressing, and I do not wish to leave it there.. 

I can't wait to hear all about my oldest grand daughter's first ballet recital held over the weekend.. At 3 and a half she is a natural... and all Ive heard so far is everything went without a hitch. Now that is some great news to end on...

I suppose I need to take that to heart and work on the hitch in my giddy up... at least I know Amanda would tell me so... so IM off to take my own advice!! God bless!!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Simple Woman Day Book

For Today~ June 19, 2017

Looking out my window... 

Cloudy with a big chance of storms starting anytime lasting well into the evening.... the ground is saturated so I can anticipate flooding... we have cleared all our outside drains.... praying no water gets in the basement!!!

I am thinking...
about the video I watched on Face book a while ago about the unrest and shootings in Myrtle Beach...I am so saddened by the turmoil that keeps festering around the country brought about by so much hate speech, intolerance, twisted truths and outright lies. I never thought Id see the day that my dear country would to be so divided and hate filled!

I am thankful..
that I know  who  I have believed and    know  that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that day of His coming  or until calls me home!

I am watching.....
I'm sure I watch it for  an escape to a happy place...   but I do still watch a couple of YouTube videos every night   on  Escape to the Country..  When  you have  45 minutes   to  do something special for yourself  watch  this episode.

I am  reading...
I am not going to apologize today for still reading Jan Karon's book, because I realize  I  am  savoring it.. 
  Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good,  and I only read  a couple  times a week.  and it is a weighty book.

I am listening to...
I love our  Oldie  Goldie station....
Got NO Time  by  The Guess Who   oooooeeeeee!!!!
Now it  is Stormy by the Classics Four

I am hoping...
Hubs is outside  trying to get a  few  outside chores accomplished  before the rain  begins in earnest..  I hope  he can get   my last flats of  annuals planted.....  the ground may be too wet.. but it is a well drained area... Ever since I  burned my hand  and  these blisters a re  still healing   I don't do yard work.  

I am learning...
still trying to be  satisfied waiting..  I  seem to  be  rather impatient in my  older age!

In the kitchen...
Yesterday for Father's day I made the most delectable  pot of homemade  spaghetti sauce..  It was  delish...  So glad we have enough for lunch today... When I do my own sauce I use Cento  tomato sauce and  add my own seasonings...and   along with the salt I added a  T. of  brown sugar...   I started with  of course   onions,  red peppers and  lean ground beef...  added the sauce,  and then  garlic,  basil, oregano,  thyme,  and even a bit of turmeric because it is so good  for you. Anyway, it simmered on stove top for a few hours...  and  was just  wonderful..  Hubs   first word  during his first bite  was  "ummmmmmmm,  good!"

In my garden~
Just waiting for the rains. again!!! Looks like Hubs will not be planting today.

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Since I didn't have  anything to share on gardens,  I  found  some new pins to  share to my  Favorite Gardens on pinterest.

Cottage garden

I absolutely love Cottage gardens...

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A moment in my day:
Yesterday  I really enjoyed rifling through so many photographs  to   recreate  the life of my dad,  born in 1919, served in WW2,    raised his family through the 50 and 60's ,  

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 dad on left

retired in  the mid 80's  and  enjoyed a long life  until he was  called home in 2013.
He was  such a  good, really tender hearted, man..well-loved..  and he  loved his family  and  his church..  he was a hard worker and a  great provider... a keen example of the unconditional love of Christ!  And I love and miss him so much!!!

Closing Notes 
 Be blessed and be a blessing!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Happy Flag Day

This week we celebrated Flag Day,  a day to honor  Old Glory and the great nation  she represents..
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As  an Elementary School teacher  for thirty years, and daughter and grand daughter of  men who served in   both world wars, I understand  the meaning of our  glorious flag,  what it  truly represents and  how much  citizens should  show respect,  not to  a  pattern of stars and stripes, but  for the many who have served and sacrificed  to keep  America free and  to give us the very freedoms  that some use to   actually   treat  it ingloriously!  But  especially during this season  from Memorial Day  through  the Fourth of July, our household will proudly  fly  the Stars and Stripes  and  enjoy   how it gently waves  by our  front door!
So it  has been  a delight to me to  create a  table scape    to celebrate the red, white, and blue.
I am loving my  battery operated  lights  on the table... and  the fact that they twinkle will be  fantastic for  my  patriotic cookout  I'm planning!
I wasn't sure about using this Jacobean patterned   cloth,  but  it 's   almost faded  jeans  background color  just seems to work very well..  And I like it with my  English  transfer ware  pottery.
I love mix and match patterns... I just  got these  darling   Finlandia pattern  plates from  Tuesday Morning  for  $3.99 each! I am thrilled  that I have  some antiques  plates of the same pattern  that my mother  had collected... she loved navy  so much!  Here they are  paired with some Johnson Brother  transfer ware  I've had for some time!
Those super cute  red and navy flowers dotted with stars  were  picked up this week at Michael's  and I love how the daisy  blooms look so star like as well... 
 I'll enjoy this table scape for the next few  weeks  until  we  have our    celebratory  Fourth of July  party!
I especially love it  from my seat here in the kitchen  just as I glance into the dining room.  so much fun!!!

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Tablescape Thursday

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I Borrowed a Great idea Today from The Enchanted Rose!!

I was  blog hopping this morning  and   when I  read Stephanie's blog, The Enchanting Rose,  I was   completely taken by her post today ....
where she  is sharing  the  things that she is really into  during these  spring days.
It  gladdened me  because so much of my spring Ive been dealing with breathing issues from   my terrible allergies  that  resulted in  sinus surgery  a couple of weeks ago.
This meme  makes me  ponder and appreciate the  small  blessings of life that  have  helped me though the trials  of the past few months..
Music is one  wonderful art form I  must  have in my life daily...
and  I am  so  enthralled  at this moment with the tiny part of the  Ark Encounter  that I brought home with me...  the music played  throughout the whole experience at the  Ark in Kentucky  is  so   amazingly beautiful.. You can get a taste of it here.The Ark encounter Promo  which is  on Youtube within a  playlist of other related  videos.. Be sure you listen to the "Promo"

The music on the  CD  is  available at the  Ark Encounter online store...  if  it touches you like it does me  I can only say it is  incredible  how it moves  me, it  puts you and  your spirit  right into the story, and I highly recommend  visiting not only the Ark, but, also, the Creation Museum located near Lexington, Ky.

Yesterday,  another  new  form of entertainment I recently ordered and  have  received is  the  fabulous  Blu-ray version of  the new film, Beauty and the Beast.  Hubs actually  watched it with me last night.  When I was  with  Amanda, our daughter in March,  who  grew up watching the cartoon version  with me...  so many times... it was  our very favorite  one  of all...   She and I  went to  see  "Beauty"  at the cinema and it was  thrilling and  so nostalgic to  watch it with her... I had to add  it to our film library...  and am sure I'll watch it again and again. I mean  what else is any good on tv...

On a more personal care note... for Mother's Day, Amanda  had attended  a session  in the Boston area  where  she was  able to create  her own essential oil (aroma therapy) I suppose.. She created a  wonderful  compound   including lavender, peppermint,  and  something marvelous that I can roll-on    that  aids  in breathing and  I just love it...my first  experience with essential oils and  I think Im a believer!!
With my Allergies Away  Roll-on..
Last fall  while visiting my  dear cousin in NC her guest bath was fitted out with everything we could possibly need... and I  fell in love with her shampoo...  and  what made it so perfect  is that it is readily available  at Amazon  and Walmart  at  very competitive prices...  it  makes your hair feel so  full and  luxurious  that lasts  for  a few days... my skin is so dry I  don't shower  but  about four times a week.  But I don't have to wash my hair each time which is great!!!

And  another personal item I  enjoy so much  is  an age old product  from Evelyn Crabtree...
the  lotion and body wash....

From the Mitford series, Father Tim's  lovely wife, Cynthia,  always  mesmerized him  with her  wafting scent of wisteria.. I love  wisteria, too.. 
When I wear it  I dream I am living here
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Craftwise, I am deep in the throes of planning and assembling the parts for two fairy gardens for my dear granddaughters to play with when they come this summer.

This is just part of the items I have, as I will be creating one garden for each of the girls, Birdie, and Lady Bug!!! Then we also bought each of them fairy costumes to play dress up and create fairy dances while they are here... If only I knew when they were coming... the date changes everytime I inquire. Oh, well, they'll be here when they get here!!

Foodwise, I am so loving this product we recently discovered... I am not much of a fish eater, but I do love these filets.
  They  heat up for a  quick supper...  we  eat them  like  filets instead of  as  sandwiches..  the meat is  very nice  quality and  mildly  fishy... which for me is a  home run!  These with a  salad or slaw and  baked potatoes  and  you have a yummy,  healthy supper!
Well, I hope Stephanie  doesn't mind that I borrowed her idea,  but  to  really  recount those things that we love  is a  great  way to lift the spirit and  count our blessings!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wednesday Hodge Podge

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1. The Hodgepodge lands on June 14th this week, Flag Day in the US of A. Do you fly your country's flag at home? Sometimes, often, or every single day? Have you ever visited the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia)? Did you make a point of seeing The Betsy Ross House? Have you ever made a trip to Baltimore? If so, was Fort McHenry on your itinerary? (where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner)
I would say  I'm a pretty patriotic gal.. I  cry at parades and naval  air force  flyovers.  We do fly the flag  pretty often.. although I do enjoy other  garden flags, as well.  We  do fly Old glory  at least  straight  through from Memorial Day to  the  Fourth of July.
We have been to Philadelphia....  it holds great memories for us...  we  picked up our infant daughter there  when she flew   from Seoul, S. Korea to  join our family!  We,  then,  drove her   there  when she was  six   to  retrace our steps  about her adoption and  to take her to the zoo  to  find her favorite  swans  from  E. B. White's book,  The Trumpet of the Swan.  Praise  the Lord  they were there!!!
The Trumpet of the Swan

The only time  I've been to Baltimore  has been as  Amtrak  passes through on our trips to Boston!

2. Red flag or white flag? Which have you encountered most recently? Explain.
I would have to  say red flags most often, as I am a super intuitive  person and  when I get a red flag or what I call a check in my spirit,   I  stop and  change direction.

3. Are you a stay in the car listen to the end of a song kind of person? What kind of person is that?Oh, yes,  especially for a beloved song  from  our ( hubby and me) past...  We listen to oldie but goldie  stations and  there are certain songs we sing  along to each other and we wouldn't dare  stop midstream just because we  pulled into the  driveway!

4. What are some of the traits or qualities you think a good dad possesses? In other words, what makes a good dad? What's an expression you associate with your father?
To me a  good dad  is  strong of character, sets  a great example and standard of  citizenship and leadership in the home,  yet is  gentle of heart  and spirit,  is hopefully  a  man of God  who  lives  by the tenets of  God's Word,  and loves his family unconditionally....who  wields a  compassionate but   unyielding authority...  His yes is yes,  his no is no, and his is the final word.Who sets  fair   and loving  parameters,  but  is willing to  talk, listen and  if he deems  a situation   is  worthy of  allowing  some lea way  he  will  respect his  children's  defense  for  consideration  on a  one by one basis...He  helps his  children  set goals and  helps   them attain those goals  with  encouragement and  expectation...  and  will lend a hand  as necessary,  but understands the  very necessary need for  his children  to  learn  and  accept  consequences    for their actions  whether at school or  where ever.  He will supplement  a child's learning.. in our case it was  algebra for  our sweet Amanda  who  unfortunately really didn't have a good teacher and  a good dad will  go the extra mile to help ,  but not too much,  so his child  can  succeed  on their own merit.
My dad's   best attribute was  his tender heartedness...  he was a mild mannered man  and loved me unconditionally.

5. What's one rule you always disagreed with while growing up? Is that rule somehow still part of your adult life? Is that a good or bad thing?
I really was a  very good  child...  I was an only child and  very timid...  I think I actually feared my mom...  being a dairy farmer's daughter and oldest of six girls  she often felt the  leather strap  from her dad   who was  quite a disciplinarian..  I suppose she had  very high  expectations...  she did work hard  and  perhaps I was a bit  lazy...  I never  really did know  why or what I  really did   but    she used a switch on me  a lot  as  a little girl...  I  know that in her mind  I  needed  it  because that was her  mindset,   but  I did so  despise going to school with  switch marks on my legs..  I never used a  switch on our daughter...  although  we did  spank her bottom,   on occasion..I  know that  my  biggest concern  as a parent was  to  raise a child  to respect authority  and we  did try to  teach her to be  contrite,  understand   why she was being  disciplined and  to be  sorry  for her actions.  I  was always so sorry  and  showed  a very contrite nature  with my parents... so teaching that  was  hard for me... it came so naturally  for me.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
All I know is  that  we did  a  good job  raising  our daughter,,,  plus God is an awesome Father and  filled in for our  lapses,  but our daughter   grew into the most  amazing  student,  adult,  and now mother of two  precious daughters of her own...  We could not be prouder of her!!!   Love you,Amanda!
Isn't she a beauty!?!