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Monday, October 5, 2015

Joy dare (780-785)

Ann Voskamp introduced us to    the daily habit of    finding the joy  all around us   in her book, 1000 Gifts. On her website she encourages   taking part in the Joy Dare    and you can find everything you need to know here!Here is my Joy Dare for  thefirst week of October with Ann Voskamp
780.    For the brilliant sunshine  after   13 days of rain!

781.  That we have the freedom to assemble   to worship, prayer to, and learn  more about our Lord and Savior,  Christ Jesus  and   our Holy Father!!  We must never take that for granted!

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783.  The  glory  and the  great   fun of the season,..  in color and richness of    variety and  great taste.... I love autumn!

784.  I so enjoy the laughter of   the  children  who  recently moved in next door....  it has been a while since  we had  children  around   here....  Now this is  quite different form the wailing banshees  when school is in session and all the classes are outside  across the street...    After 30 years of   3rd graders  I  loved  each adn everyone of them,  but  in unison  they can  become a melee of     cacophony...  I am just now  losing the  auto reflex of saying ' SHHH"  as I walk past  people  talking..  But  seeing  and hearing  our dear neighbors  out playing on thew eekend is so  dear....  I am so reminded of  our  darling daughter  playing in the autumn leaves  this time of year!    Sweet memories!
 785.  It is a  glorious thing  but also a bit challenging....  all of the  special choir practices added to  the schedule just for the Christmas Pageant...  But what a joy it is to   prepare for the new music and  to  be together with  dear  choir friends....  it is so  scary though how fast  the year comes around.....it seems like we just did  our yuletide  program  just  such a  short time ago!  
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Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:
I  love this  header today because the  sky is finally  clear and the sun is shining... which it hasnt done since  September 24th!!!!  Low 70's and    a gorgeous day!

Things that make me happy: 
Listening to worship music on Pandora....    my spirit is lifted and  my heart is full of thanksgiving! I just  stepped out  down the way and                   
purchased a few  mums and pumpkins for the  front  entry....

Book I'm reading:
I don't how I made it through  trials and  bad days  I have  had this year   with Jesus Calling  by Sarah
 Young..  Just as everyone I ever  spoke to  about it...  she  had to be led by the Spirit to pen this devotional, but it hits me, calms me and  comforts me each and every day! 
 I am also  doing the Armor of God  by Priscilla Shirer....  Awesome study!!!

What's on my TV today: 
I have been enjoying the sappy  Hallmark movies and last night they had the  premier  fall  episode  for Signed, Sealed, and Delivered... I absolutely  love that series, the characters are   so charming and the    stories are  so uplifting and full of hope!

On the menu for dinner:

Chef salad  with  Butter   Bibb lettuce,  avocado, and    tomatoes

On my To Do List:

 laundry, fold  and put away
Research for the topic I feel in my Spirit the Lord is leading to  write on...   more about that later...

Planning Christmas Crafts for Toddlers to    do with Birdie    when  we see her over the holidays

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:

nothing at this time

In the craft basket:
  plans, plans, and more plans..  loving pinterest for help with this project. You can check my pinterest for   what I am  finding

Looking forward to this week:
Mountain  trip  for dinner  and  enjoy autumn  countryside

My favorite blog post this week: 
Our previous pastor and his wife moved back to upper state NY  about 10 years ago and  his wife  has dedicated herself to writing and her blog is  so inspiring...Choosing Grace...Hope you'll take  a few minutes and  spend  some time with her there  over a cup of tea...  I think you will be blessed!

A newly discovered blog or youtube channel you would like to share with the readers:
I  am loving Terry Macalmon  and his worship style....  you can listen to him here!

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

                                Our two year old  ballerina         
                          or is she  our two year old virtuoso!         

Lesson learned the past few days:
We have finally learned to go ahead and bit the bullet on  purchasing  those items that  we have put off for so long.....  waiting for the  proverbial  rainy day.. well,  the rainy day came and  we   are   looking forward to  our new   wonderful mattress..will be installed  later this week...  finally,  I can  look forward to waking up  pain free!!!!!

On my mind:
A few years ago  I w as very blessed to  sit under a fabulous Bible Teacher,  who   was teaching the book of Malachi...  about how  God was seeking  someone  who would  prepare the way of the Lord....And  in the next  book of the Bible we read of John the Baptist of whom God had  written...  Now as  many of faith are looking for the second coming, I feel the Lord  leading me to research  HOW to Prepare  the Way of the Lord....  and I am  soon to compose a post  regarding that topic  which is growing very near and dear to my heart!

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday's Fave Five

It's Friday today and that means time to look, recognize and be thankful for the good things, the blessings, the things that uplifted us during the week. Joining Susanne's Space to particpate in sharing....
 This week  we  finally  got the crowning  glory  installed  the  last item to  finish up the  kitchen reno....    a  lovely    ceiling fan  in  the  matching    brushed   nickel...    God has been so  wonderful to us   in this project....Thank you, Lord, for without you, this   long awaited project wouldnt have been possible!

Surprise, surprise,   Lynn actually dropped me off at my favorite little consignment shop  this week  while he  was off doing a few hardware  errands....  I love to just peruse       and  absorb   things   that  were  loved and used in the past...   They so often bring back such  precious memories!  And then I   saw this!

 Now I did try several times to get it straight,   but  it is what it is....  you may wonder...'Why, did this catch her eye,, I mean it's ok... but""
Well,  it  tells a very significant story to me...  My best friend from 1973-1997  was  my  coworker, Pam...  We  were  so  close....   She  was my mentor  and  in our teaching  we were  an awesome duo.   We  did projects together...   wrote a  Culinary reading Cook book together  and  took  it on the road  across the  SE  Reading Convention  circuit for several years.  We travelled to Richmond, Williamsburg,  Charleston..  well it seems we were  very often  travelling  down  Rt 24 east to  Rt 60 to Richmond and  right there near the junction  set back in the woods was the most amazing old house...  the setting was  as  important as anything about it....    but it  was  deserted and  just wasting away from the first time  we ever saw it...  but  we were so much alike  we would start  dreaming of retiring,   buying that old place and  fixing up as a    gorgeous  Bed and Breakfast...  WE  would  spend the rest of the trip   daydreaming about  how we would decorate each room....  it really made the  rest of the trip fly by...  Then suddenly at  age  50,  she  had a massive stroke and we lost her....    But I had  several reasons with my husband to  go to Richmond and every time  we passed  this house  I   would  smile  back tears  and  the sweetest memories of   my dear friend!  The last time we  passed through there  the house wasnt there...   the woods  had  seemed to devour it....   I kind of like  that thought    instead of  someone  tearing it down......  Now I have  a  wonderful  token of  Pam to remember the  best time of our    friendship....I cried when I tried to walk away from purchasing this  print.. I knew it had to come home with me.
3.  I love  these  cool  and  rainy days,,,  just praying  the rain  continues to come gently as it has  all week....Praying also  for  all  the  areas where  the  rain has  brought  flooding  and    loss of property..   Dear  Lord,  protect the lives of those in  any harm's way.
Birdie just turned 2  and  since her parents are  virtuosos on  the violin,  Birdie had been showing a lot of interest  to play as well...  So    the Lord  in His   providence  provided...  on Craig's List  a 1/16 size  real violin for $20   including  case and 2 bows  for her birthday....  Birdie  is  so precious  learning to be  gentle and  careful...   and  learning the  finer points of   hand position  and   posture...  I  love this!..
5.    I  am  really enjoying  having my computer  down  here on the main level   where the action is and closer to Lynn    and    a  whole new perspective....  and  we can enjoy  pandora now all over the house instead of up in a bedroom.....  

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Something on your October calendar that makes you smile?
Well, I was really looking forward to our Sunday School dinner group up in the mountains to enjoy the autumn colors and the exquisite food at the Pine Tavern that was going to be this weekend... but because of this horrid rain and treacherous roads... it is postponed til later in October... I imagine the colors will be even more spectacular.

2. Food for the soul or music for the soul...which camp are you in? Tell us why.

Definitely music. I play Pandora all the time..... I love all kinds of music, but gravitate more to Celtic, with a bit of New age Dan Gibson type,,,,or Kevin Kern....instrumental and praise music.... like Selah.... music is my favorite companion here around the house!

3. What are two or three things you've learned recently as the result of an online search?

Well, I am collecting a load of toddler Christmas craft ideas to prepare to do with my precious granddaughter when we go up mid December .... My fabulous job besides encouraging daughter during her final weeks of pregnancy, prepare meals and keep our lil Birdie happy! I was so delighted to here that her little Toddler group now that she is in the 2's is teaching them how do work on crafty items... and she is a fast and avid learner.. so this will be soo much fun!!!!

I am feeling the Spirit of God lead me to research what is Biblically involved in "preparing the way of the Lord" I love the song,,,, on this concept, but I am planning a series of blog posts on this, as well!

I love to spend time on Pinterest creating my own boards and have been asked by a good friend for some decorating help, and I am perusing that and Houzz for ideas that would fit her temperament, style, and home requirements.... Her family lives in a delightful farmhouse style colonial with a complete wrap around porch.... so I am really taking this search seriously... It is quite fun!!! 

4. Share your favorite game day recipe. You can describe it, post the how-to, or add a link to the actual recipe.

Well, we made our favorite game day food today to enjoy as we await the coming deluge... because it is the beast comfort food we do... it is a simple chili / bean pot.... served with fritos to scoop up the delicious broth..

1 lb ground beef... 90/10 

1 small can petite diced tomatoes

1 can kidney beans

1 can red beans

1 onion diced

1 diced orange pepper

1 packet of chili seasoning store brand

1T salt 2 tsp pepper

a bit of sugar to cut the twanginess... just to taste

1.Brown and break up beef really well in a bit of water in the pot so the beef really gets minced stirring with the potato masher

2. Add veggies, beans and spices bring to a boiling stage and drop back to a simmer and let it simmer for at least 2 or 3 hours....

All I know is it tasted really good today!!

5. What are your five essential steps for creating the perfect morning routine?

My husband spoils me in the morning.... I mosey on down stairs about 30 minutes after he gets up and he has the coffee ready... He brings me my coffee while I peruse my emails. He then brings me a lovely dish of Greek and fruited yogurt mixed, with fresh berries and topped with granola... I enjoy my breakfast at the computer and he has his standing here beside me at the kitchen sink....

He has always been a kitchen sink kind of guy ... for breakfast.... unless, of course, it is a big family affair... But I love our little tradition we have going on since we both retired..... it's his special way of taking care of me and I enjoy letting him!!!!

6. What small thing have you taken note of today?

Not so small but I delighted this morning to look out and see that my perennial mums are trying so very hard to bloom even in this wet, soggy environment.... I love their hardy determination!!!

7. Sum up your September in seven words or less.

September came and went in a flurry!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Well, I will share the song Prepare Ye the Way ...

that inspires me to do my upcoming series on the same topic!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Joy Dare Continued..(771-779)


Ann Voskamp introduced us to    the daily habit of    finding the joy  all around us   in her book, 1000 Gifts. On her website she encourages   taking part in the Joy Dare    and you can find everything you need to know here!Here is my Joy Dare for  the last week of September with Ann Voskamp

771.I am  thankful  to live in the information age.. where  any possible  item can be researched  almost immediately.. and if I can't have one of my own,,, I  am  joyful to live in a world where   these   beautiful  creatures  give such love and  dedication to their owners..

772. It has become more evident every day as I am leading the small group in our women's Bible study on Ephesians 6 and the weapons of our warfare.. that the enemy of our soul wants nothing more than to deter us and keep us at bay through whatever means his crafty, deceptive will can devise.... I have been battling recurring pain in my knee.... it isn't an arthritic pain, just a nagging pain that I am putting solely on the enemy's  hand and I have given him notice that he has no power over me or my flesh.. to get out in the name of Jesus and I have prayed for the Lord to restore to me what the enemy has stolen from me and my knee is much better...praise God for His provision to battle that which comes against us in both the spirit and physical realm!
773.  Thank you, Lord for giving our area  a beautiful sunshiny day  .. a respite from the  past  very rainy days .. our rain guage  registered  14 inches of rain in a week...   the rivers a re out of their banks and  the ground is saturated.... 
 but  Lord, you heve given   us  a  lovely day  and  bright sunshine   today and a time for  waters to recede... in preparation for the  coming predicted  onslaught of    the ravages of  Hurricane Joachin that may begin  late tonight and  go through Monday ..  yes, we  had a bit of water  that  inched its way   somehow  under our  sunroom slab and    invaded our storeroom in our basement...  but  that has been corrected and  we have had the time today to take measures to  hopefully  dissuade that from happening again... We pray, Lord for protection   from  ruin  from this   coming  event...for ourselves and all who are in its path...  We pray for protection  of life and property, in Jesus name!
774.  I thank you Lord,  for    allowing  us to  finally  finish the    work   we started  in early summer   to  renovate our kitchen...   allowing us to  invest   some   money in our home for as  the  financial forecast  seemed bleak,  I felt in my spirit that  investing in our real estate  was  the  best way to  lay claim and  protect  our investments..especially as we do hope to  be downsizing    sooner rather than later,  if time goes on.... Anyway,   everything worked out beautifully, and  my dream of a  modern yet  cosy kitcken  has become reality... We couldn't  nor would we have,  if  we didnt trust you in all things, Lord...
775.  My most precious  gift that is flourishing is  my precious  2 year old  grand daughter....
I love to see her  each week on facetime  how she is connecting the dots    in her world  .. here   she is  turning the pages of  her momma's  piano music, and  she is singing Old McDonald as she turns the pages..
776. At this very moment I am receiving a gift unexpected.....

The  absolute last  item to  complete the  kitchen reno   is  being tackled as I type....   Hubby  has had so much to  accomplish that had been  pushed aside as he  worked   so   determinedly  at  the hands-on work in the kitchen  that  I really  had no idea we'd get this last  "cherry on top: 0r not!!!    But  as we  were  deciding on  all the finishes  for the  lights and  appliances  etc,   that old white / brassy ceiling fan looked so tacky...   Lynn would just say, " don''t look up!"  So I didn't and frankly I quit asking if today was  fan day   weeks ago...if you can't tell,  I will  tell you anyway... Im giddy with expectation now!!!!
777. As I sat here  thinking about  what on earth I could write about  a gift unpopular....  it suddenly came to me... of course...
As I  sat at the computer  browsing the news last night  I ran across an  hour long  speech to  Congress by  Ted Cruz    that was  given yesterday.... if you  havent seen it I encourage you to.... he  spoke on what really goes on in Washington.... Why after   4 years of   landslide victories in congress ....   when the populace  voted in  whom they thought would  help turn the tide  in our nation.....  to stop the growth of huge government and  unwarranted spending that was  bringing us down  in so many ways.... that  was putting  such a huge tax burden on our children and grand children...  Well,  ordinarily  when I  see and hear  this  kind of  speech my  apparent lack of faith  would allow it to tear me to pieces...   now I did cry,  because  you cannot hear  this speech  w/o ad nauseum...     but, today I am  not  fiercely revolting in my spirit...   but  am   calmly  taking it all to the Lord....   He, alone,  knows  what  goes on in  the dark and  He is in  ultimate control even when it appears that  the enemy is....  but God is at work... in the heavenlies  bringing about His solution and His plan... So I  can take joy in  just resting  in that knowledge and  keeping my eyes on  heavenly places!!!

One of my favorite new   additions to the kitchen is having my favorite cookbooks at my fingertips...  loving that!!!
779.  Another   gift that  brings me  a lot of delight is my  desk  organizer...     that is sort of shelved....  but  again keeps everything I need at  arms length!!!!.. and keeps the   desk area looking tidy...!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Time for Some Warming Refreshment

The rain just keeps coming down... the ground is completely saturated   from days  of a  steady drizzle and the creeks are a risin'!

When I went to Bible Study this morning I got rather  drenched  running back to the car and it chilled me to the bone.... 

Rain Model

Even though the colors of autumn  are   spreading across  the map,    it  really  makes  one feel   much more  cosy  to see the autumn colors   warming the   rooms of your home on these kind of days!
The gold and  russets   are  like  feather comforters    to the senses...
And as I  approach the  kitchen I am overwhelmed  with  the need for some pumpkin spice tea 
 and   pumpkin roll cake  which I just happen to have a bit of that left in the  fridge!
As I spy my  comfy  chair   in the parlor,  I know exactly where I  will take my repose.. 
 Oh, btw,  I  have been working on  my desk top  trying to  make everything fit   in an organized manner....
 and so here  we  go...
today  I  am choosing one of my Bed and Breakfast  collection mugs....  They are perfect for a  warming  afternoon refreshment...  this one    I   bought last year at the Woolverton Inn in  New Hope, PA.  My plate is Royal Stafford... my  autumn go to   pottery!
And I just happen to have a  stack of lovely    fall  catalogues and   my  Victoria Bliss  to   while away  with  as I  enjoy my afternoon  reverie!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Wallah! All Done at Last

Change around the home   is   wonderful...  
Heretofore,  my 1930's kitchen  was   just bereft of storage  or   utility..on the  one long way opposite the sink  there was nothing but a furnace flue in the corner...  so for  extra  storage I  put  a hutch there.. which  served us well enough  for  several years..
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As you can see the other side of the kitchen  was   very  small   and  actually only suitable for one  cook at a time.  But  Lynn was well trained to  use  the space on  winter mornings  to make the family  waffle  breakfasts!!  Our  very plain  solid wood birch cabinets  were  efficinet,  but  not nearly enough  and  we won't discuss again that I only had 2 drawers....
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 But this past  late spring  we   had only one purpose ~to  redo  that  kitchen...   and  bring it into the  21st century anyway!  Our  English Tudor home  will never   have an open concept,   but  that isnt a priority  for us.. We love  the cosiness of our home and attempted to keep that same  country cottage  feel of it..
  I have posted before  how we  incorporated our old cabinet  bodies  into the new design  with new  cabinet doors, but  these  horrid  over the sink lights had to go!
So after  we   installed our wonderful  plantation shutters  we   were able to install our new pendants...
Which I think  goes a long way in updating and    I do  really love my  paint color..  Rolling Pebble by  Behr.
without the flash
 and with it....
 So now  on the other side of the kitchen...  we have a  computer work station... Yes, it is  absolutely  too full of stuff  I can't seem to decide  how to manage  all  my gear...  but Im getting there.  Computers and printers are  bigger than you think they are... but now that I am  a Grannie to two  little  tykes,  I absolutely couldnt keep all my  mess  in their room....  So before   Birdie's little  sis   gets here  we had to make  a way  ....  and  now  I have many more cabinets for the  myriads of  dishes I collect!  yayayayayay!
 YOU might also notice our  under the cabinet lights....  I   love those so much in the evening...Our daughter  said  a few weeks ago when she saw it,   "Gee, mom, why didnt you do this   when  I was still at home...."
 And now beside my ugly old flue I have  my floor to ceiling pantry  which I love so much!   
  My new fridge and  dishwasher  beside it     bring me   hopping in the  present time.....

Ok, I still have my old stove... everything in it's time is what I always say!
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