Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day 2017

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14




Another morning, but not just any morning...



A good morning begins with a cup of coffee. This is a good morning.


















This post will load at 3:10, but I will not be up to see it. 



~USA~


Fireworks over Washington, D.C. last night. They were beautiful. There may be fireworks of another sort today, but my prayer is for peace in our country and for no snowflakes  to fall; raindrops maybe.


To loosely borrow from something a performer said last night at the festivities... I wish to thank Barack Obama for his service and to thank Donald Trump for being willing to serve. 

Long may freedom reign!


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January Hodge Podge



1. ASAP typically stands for 'as soon as possible'. What else could it stand for in your life right now?

A Season About of Pondering


2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?


I have been first; I have been last; I have been silent throughout. Why is that? I am analytical and, on a good day, waiting for The Spirit's leading. Waiting for The Spirit to lead is always the best thing. Often my ideas have not been necessarily edifying nor good.


3. What do you remember best about being 12?


When I was 12, I looked as if I was 16 and I enjoyed looking older than I was. I was always described as "mature." I really wasn't, but perhaps I fooled parents and teachers. Of course, these days, I'd prefer to look younger than I am.


4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you're stumped go here for inspiration.



Since Piglet lives here with me...what? You think that I jest?














5. What's an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way?


[Currently, I am enjoying my Netflix app most. (Many thanks to my beautiful nieces for this ongoing gift.)


Thanks to a suggestion from Deanna at Creekside Cottage, I have been happily watching Sherlock Holmes episodes. As she thought, my favorite has been "The Sign of Three" episode 2 series 3. It explains the relationship between Sherlock and Watson so very well. It has the added bonus of being mostly hilarious. Now Sherlock is just a character, which is why it is odd that I wish that he were a Believer. He is a full-blown atheist, which is terribly stupid for a savant.]


Ackkkk! I totally misread this question. The app that makes life simpler or easy would be the Calculator app followed by the Weather app.


6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL)...you have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?








Where and Why...


(Those of you who know me best understand that I would actually pass this win along or pass altogether.)


7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what?


Please forgive me for not having any thoughts on this one.



8. Insert your own random thought here.


Looking forward to Friday! ツ





P.S. It's wonderful to have Joyce from This Side of the Pond back with another edition of Hodge Podge Wednesday.

(Hope to link at some point during the day, but am right out straight and unable to visit until later in the day.)







↑This is the meaning of "out straight" lest

someone thinks, as she has

before, that it means "sick in bed" or worse. ☺

ETA: out straight=very busy and moving so fast that one is "out straight."

Image from Pinterest


A happy day to you!






Formatting issues horribly awry and impossible to fix...sorry!
















Saturday, January 14, 2017

At My Sister Kim's



It was a very foggy day early Thursday morning when I wended my way an hour northeast to my sister's home. Both she and her husband had already left for work. My sister is a maternity nurse and my brother-in-law was being sent to Presque Isle to help install something or other. (I was surprised when he was the first to show up at the end of the day because Presque Isle really is on the outer fringes of  known civilization.)



 My father had been told to remain abed until I arrived. No problem. It was one of those mornings when any normal person would pull the covers over his head and get an extra hour or two, which is just what he did. While he was contentedly sleeping, I went exploring.


There have been a lot of changes since just last week and I know that there have been a lot of changes since I began sharing what was going on at my sister's home here, here or here, for starters.




The old patio doors separating the new addition from the main house have been removed and all new doors and windows have been installed. Plus the insulation is in, the sheetrock is on, and the mudding has happened. The wiring was all done prior to that, of course. My brother-in-law Steve says that Kim is in charge of the paint. Wonder what color she will choose.







(↑Please forgive that huge drop shadow...↑) 
Love the beautiful new patio doors now looking toward the south side of their home, which is the back lawn and what's this...


Looking out the new patio doors toward the boiler shed featured here in autumn.





Just outside the new patio doors is the new ramp system to better get my dad in and out of the house in his wheelchair. I so appreciate all that my sister and Steve do to take care of my father. I am perfectly at peace with what they are doing on his behalf. Steve could have built a ramp, but time was of the essence. Those of you who have a sibling providing quality care for parents or a parent know what I am saying here. God bless the caregivers mightily!






Turning back to look into the kitchen that will one day be the dining room. Steve tells me that this wall will be an accent wall with Penobscot River Logs Reclaimed Wood being put up soon. Not sure that he has purchased from that source, though it gives an idea of what can be done.




Here is that beautiful set of windows at the end of the room where there appears to be a convention going on just outside.


~*Winter Birdies~Highly Recommended*~





~Are you looking at me?~

I sure admire you bird photographers. Now that doesn't sound right. I mean photographers who shoot birds. No, that's not right either. It's late, I hope that you know what I mean. 



 The new front door. The old front door used to be where the pantry is now. Yes, this home is getting a major renovation.



Here is my sister's cat. Her name is Lily. She's especially friendly around three in the afternoon when she expects me to give her some food. It's nearly impossible to visit you when she's being so very present. 



If there are big changes next week, I'll be sure to keep you updated. There's nothing this exciting going on at my haven.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Holding Time and a Home Together Part II

I forgot that there was no Hodge Podge today so, as I was planning to post, I'm going with Plan B. If Plan B was any good, I'd have called it Plan A. (An expression borrowed from a pastor friend of mine.) Doesn't this inspire confidence for today's post? γƒ„

 I failed to mention in the first post that sometimes winter decor can look and feel very cold. If one lives in a cold climate, cold-looking decor simply doesn't fly, except for the ice palace inns. My goal is to create winter and warmth.




I love displaying children's mittens, especially if I know whose they were (my son's). 




This poor kitchen of mine. I still need to do something paint, but I can "make do" quite well in order to avoid a mess. 

Yes, that is a winter scarf tied around the chair. Believe it or not, this is one of the ideas in my Pinterest folder. (See last post for link.) I think that I may need to fiddle with that scarf; it is not looking "artful."


 ~John's Hat~

Some of my scarves and coats out for quick grabbing. I can not imagine removing John's hat. That's where he kept it and it is comforting to see it there. Besides, when my son comes without a hat, I have one available.




Those grandsons of mine are growing like weeds. I can hardly believe that they will very soon be 11 and 10! The photos below are this school year's pictures. I need to replace the glass with the non-glare variety.
                    



~This fragrance is delightful~




Love the scene on this old tin...very wintry!




Believe it or not, I'm still thinking of sleigh rides.



When looking at some photos I had taken for the first post this week, I saw so many things that were out of order and messy. One was my workspace beside the sofa. (Would you believe that I now have two work areas in the living room? I really should part with one. Why does a gal need two anyway? I'm taking over the world.) Anyway, a basket or tray helps corral my stuff. I need to pick up more of them next time I get back to Hobby Lobby. That's a little better, but you will be happy to know that the dangling flashlight has been removed from the lamp. Charming look...not!


I have the memorial poinsettia back. The pastor's wife called to say that it was still blooming and she wondered if I would like it. Yes! So, as long as it is doing well (it does have a variegated petal not to be confused with a poinsettia disease of any kind), I will keep it. I still have the one my sister gave me several years ago now because I am a sentimental old gal. That little coaster there, not looking so artful, is kept for one thing...its scent. It smells like John.




Thanks to those who suggested putting some red berries back. Yes, I like the trophy much better with them.


~painting by Nita Leger Casey~



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