Welcome to Wings of Eagles.. Join me along
the Wild Atlantic Way of the Ring of Kerry
as we celebrate our celtic adventures and
a life's journey, a fulfilling retirement through
a bit of creativity,and words of encouragement.


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............Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentine Saturday


My sweetheart sent me roses!

Perfection is a Rose 
by Raymond A. Foss
A red, red rose, 
posing in the vase on the counter
a reminder of the beauty of summer



                               of the smell of a full bouquet

the effortless, flawlessness
the perfection of a rose



                             supple petals, thorns to protect

even color, deep burgundy red
rich saturation of red


soothing red, passionate red

                                   enshrined in the bloom


                                the bud opening in its glory

look at me!

 Happy Valentine's Day!
May god richly bless you with love and    and warm hearts!
Pink Saturday
Make It Pretty 
Amaze Me Monday

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hodge Podge Wednesday

Click the icon to return to  Joyce's page!
1. Create an acrostic using the word LOVE. If you're unsure what an acrostic is clickhere.

Love is....
Learning to think more highly of others than yourself
Opting to live   a more Christ-like  life
Valuing what is truly important...not material  things
Encouraging  the best  from self and others

2. Does love really conquer all? Why or why not?
I love our host's answer and I am including it here  for  others to be sure to read!!
"I'm a romantic at heart so my answer might surprise you, but I'm going to say no. I think love conquers much. I think it covers a multitude of sins, but we're human and our words and actions have consequences that love can't always undo, take back, or conquer. Many people divorce someone they love. Human love is extraordinary...remarkable...imperfect." 
I  agree  completely with her answer...Being a romantic at heart myself,.  we romantics  tend to  sometimes  have  expectations  that will never be met....  over the 44 years of marriage  hubby and I  have  enjoyed...   we must overlook the imperfections and  choose  contentment with the wonderful  features  our loved ones do  display.... and pray they are doing the same  toward  us! 
Our hostess  again;;;
"Now God's love? That's different. I believe God's love can and does conquer all. His love is always sacrificial, always patient, always kind, keeps no record of wrongs, and never ever fails. It's the example we're given to emulate, but we're human, and the words always/never/all are something we fall short of at least some of the time. "  
I cannot expound on that!

3.Tell us about a time recently, where you really put your heart into something.
Over the holidays  when I was  given a gift of  30 days with  my  grands  I put my heart into  time spent with  Birdie...doing  grandma things.... playing.. baking... crafting... reading...  loving...

4.What's your favorite fictional love story?
The first one that came to me was  Elizabeth Bennett  and  Mr. Darcy.... a love that overcame  all odds,   social standing,  personal  differences,   trials of deception and misunderstanding,   and yet, love  prevailed.

5. Do you generally wear your heart on your sleeve, or keep your cards close to the vest?
Being an only child  I  was  quite the loner  for most
of my youth... very reserved and  few  confidantes. I learned to bury my feelings...  but as I  have matured  I am much more open and with those I  feel safe ( family and best friends)  I  probably tend to  allow my true feelings show  more readily...  especially  with my  hubby....

6. What food says love to you? Why?
Any food  hubby  makes for me... my morning coffee and  fruited yogurt cup  primarily. He is so faithful  and sweet about it!

7.When were you last 'tickled pink' over something? Explain.
I suppose it was last summer when we finally got a major project undertaken and completely,.. the redo of our kitchen...  after 43 years it was the first major  reno  we had ever done.. a long time in coming  but life had a way in our life to  push our needs  off the table.. To actually see the fulfilment of this dream  was  an awesome thing for me!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
No time.. the rest of my day must be spent catching up on my Bible study homework.. but praise God  my cold is  abating and I am feeling much better!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Apparent



As I was going through the seasonal closet  I really realized that  Valentine's Day, as  LOVEly   as it is,  brings  an end to all things  rosy red  for a time...  so I  decided to pull put the stops.  This is  be the last time to enjoy the  dining room twinkle lights 

I retired the  cool blue  china    and  brought forth the red transfer ware  yet again... just for  a  time... 
 my  decorative trees in the living room  are  getting    lovable update...   out came  the birds and hearts.. to   celebrate our dear  oldest granddaughter, 
Sweet Birdie! 
Birdie is 2 now
 and getting very grown up!!!
But  I  also   love these    medallions of her as a baby!



I am trying out different table arrangements  for  an upcoming    soiree'  in the planning stage...
I am thinking  this time around  the table needs to be somewhat simple  because we will need all the table space we can   have!
So now to the  living room!
 Still loving my  antler   candle holders


which go  so  charmingly well with  my handsome  stag   
Evening  casts  it's magic  with  the fading  light








 Our portrait of our  darling daughter  accents the  red  above the piano!  She is after all    our   marvelous and most beloved  valentine of all!!!


Make It Pretty 

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Simple Woman Daybook



The Simple Woman Daybook when I first started blogging in 2008 I was an avid follower of TSWD , then for some reason I lost track of it...
For Today...
February 8, 2016
we are enduring another cold snap with the treat of sleet and snow today and tonight

Outside my window...
well, I didnt wish to disturb the blinds so I stepped out on the front porch and took this shot across the lawn.... a typical mid February landscape... partly cloudy ... barren trees... but the birds were singing merrily.... I am praying the groundhog got it right.... an early spring!





I am thinking...
I am so hopeful that when I go to ENT doctor this afternoon he will be able to give me something to knock this respiratory problem Im having to kingdom come.... Ive been bothered by for a month! 
I am thankful...

for so many things, but mainly for my dear hubby.... God is so good to me!! I think of my silly nature I had as a young girl...and I think of all the times we quarrelled over ridiucloius stuff when we dated... but God always intervened and we stayed together for 5 years... then God was so good to allow hubs to go to Germany, instead of Nam, preserving him for me... so in march we will be celebrating our 44th Anniversary..... add 5 years to that... yes God has been so good to me!! Below you will see just one thing he does... all the dishes whether for a simple day or a huge dinner party...

I am wearing...
I thick white terry robe over my pj's.... bedroom scuffs and plenty of tissues ready nearby.. bah!
I am creating...
A valentine atmosphere around the house...
celebrating reds of the heart


Celebrating my loved ones!

Pulling out the roses and scattering them everywhere... a fine prelude to the coming spring!!!


Celebrating our life together!



I am going...
to the ENT this afternoon for this cold/virus/allergy/ sinus trouble bleh! Can hardly wait!
I am wondering...


about the package hubs found on the porch this morning.... I know it was my new sheers I ordered for our bedroom.... that means the pressure is really on to get the room painted and ekekek my job of removing the wallpaper form the one wall.... pray the good Lord that it was strippable!
I am reading...

and do the new Bible Study from James Mc Donald.. entitled 

Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It's Too Late 

Yes, I have been having a bad attitude regarding something happening in one of the most important spheres of my life.. 
I have been a complainer... because a 3 million dollar project in the plans seemed to me in my experience and what I thought was my wisdom was a wrong path for us to take.. not in this economy.... and for what great purpose would it serve... The Lord has been speaking to me, that in this instance, there are greater things he wishes to teach me and I want to learn.. 
I am hoping...
to have some facetime this week with our precious girls.... it is a mainstay of my week! It is so have to be a long distant granny!
I am learning...


to hold my tongue.... hahah I think some folks my quietness is due to my not feeling well enough to engage... but that is not entirely true.... I am learning the benefits of holding my opinion,... 

In my garden...
Well, the area is still snow covered so I cant tell if anything is happening, but we planted a bed of tulips and daffodils last fall.. and I am anxious to enjoy them... praying the deer didn't find them yet!!!
In my kitchen...
recently we did some ordering and I got a couple of new gadgets... actually because my daughter had them and I enjoyed them while at her home over Christmas... We got a salad spinner which I love because now we can buy the heads of romaine which once they
are cut, rinsed, spun,, and stored they last much longer that the precut salads you buy. We also got a lovely large oval slow cooker that I cant wait to use... but I need to go grocery shopping.. later today.

A favorite quote/scripture for today...
James 1:2-8 

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. 



A peek into one of my days... 
today I am sharing one of our daily pleasures.... 

we only subscribe to basic cable which doesn't offer much...

we were watching mainly 
 
HGTVand the food network.... the regular networks to me offer nothing!!

But now we have a full menu to choose from... I am loving it...
last night prior to the big game we watching an episode of Sherlock... what a cool show......

One of my favorite things...

that I got for Christmas, my dear friend, Colleen, gave me this Bath and Body works lotion,.... smells exactly like sugar cookies baking... I wore it to church yesterday and made my hubs crazy....it actually will satisfy a sweet tooth.. just to enjoy the aromatics!!!!I rub it on my hands while Im drinking my second cup of coffee! hehehehe
From the board room...



This is my first pin for my dream bedroom.... I love these colors.... Im off soon to purchase the wall paint !!
Post Script

The above pin was from Elise's blog...Coffee and Pine.... a lovely site.... and she also enjoys cooking

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday Hodge Podge




1. Describe love using all five senses-

What a great  way to describe love!.
This is  harder than you think because so many of my first  thoughts  are  so very much like  Joyce's,   but here goes...

sight-seeing hubby come into the room with a  dish of  quartered  apples and a dollop of  peanut butter..just because... it is  such a thoughtfully sweet gesture

sound-hearing  our  precious  2 year old granddaughter  pray  her thanks for her  baby sister

smell-that first cup of coffee  that hubby makes  and offers to me..  he is such a  sweetheart~

taste- I have to agree  with joyce on this one.... the way hubby grills  a  thick, juicy steak... charring the outside, just the way I love it, and  still   faintly pink on the inside...  yum!  I have a hankerin'  for that right now!

touch-I suppose   truly  I feel great loved when hubby will offer to sit and  rub my feet for a while...

2. February is Canned Food Month. What's your favorite food that comes straight from a can?

I like   Green Giant Niblet corn...  so crisp and sweet.. right out of the can

3.A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they(the parents!) dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school (basically saying please don't wear your pajamas). You can read the letter here. It's gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts? And do/did you ever make the school run (or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc) in your pjs?

I  would never do it...ever... and I do think it is   pretty  pathetic  for anyone to think it is alright...  I mean how  hard is it to throw on a tee shirt and  some  knit pants.. or shorts...

4. Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck...which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?

For me, it  would have to be turtleneck...  because I despise my  double chin...something I even had  before I  gained  all of my adult weight...  it runs on dad's family....Which  is  pretty hard  in summer...  so I bare it  go on,  but  I,  also,  can not wear  scoop neck,   because I dont like my  bodice...  I    inherited  what  my  dermatologist calls  'weeds in my garden of life"  from my mom...  those  scaly  brown spots/ growths...  that pop up   just like weeds...  I  have had  hundreds  burned off , but I can't  get ahead  with them....  bleeh!

5. I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier. They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails. 

Are you guilty of any of these behaviors? Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding?
Oh, I wouldnt dare  late night snack.... Im on med  for  reflux as it is.. I should  put the  cell phone away and  not  play that last  game  of Sudoku  or  check  email....   it prob  is one reason  I cant  get right to sleep!

6. Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child? Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love best?

I loved growing up in the 50's  and having the house wide open...  all the windows open and  breeze  blowing in...  or reclining out on  the front  porch on our glider   reading  my Trixie Belden books...but  they both offered  the fresh air and  I particularly remember the smell and the light  of outside  right after a  rain shower....  sublime!

7.Your favorite movie based on a true story?
The Other Side of the Mountain Poster
The one  that came to mind first  was    this one about the Olympic skier  who    became a paraplegic
from  a diving accident  and the  love of  her young man  who  took such patient gentle  enduring care  of her...


8. Insert your own random thought here.

How about something to make you smile? 
This  was posted  by our local weather man so Im taking it seriously!!!!
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