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!!!!


  1. Awww . . . I was sad to read about the issues you guys have been having with your circle of friends. That kind of stuff would make me draw in close and not come out of my shell too!

  2. I'm not a fan of humidity either, which is why I live in Florid.

    I totally agree with your answer to #5!

    Your granddaughter is adorable!

  3. I love Maine and would love to go back to explore more of it too. Your wood floors look gorgeous. I enjoyed reading your answers :)


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