Monday, November 7, 2016

Bittersweet 2016

Anyone here to see before and afters of garage cleaning? Golly, I hope not, but just in case, I'll toss in a little, itty-bitty photo at the end. 




It was a quiet weekend. The only thing that caused me distress was news surrounding the corruption that prevails in my country these days and has, apparently, for a long time. It's enough to make a person physically ill. Some politicians (of all varieties) obviously think The United States is some banana republic. Unbelievable.  Do they not know that they work for us and not the other way around?

On to brighter things...







 ↓Yesterday was my mother's birthday so I took one of the mum plants for her grave. While there I found plenty of bittersweet.



It is odd to think of my mother as an 82-year-old. Of course, in Glory, she is younger than I am. Wonder if birthdays are celebrated in Heaven. Probably, they have better things to do. It is comforting to know that she is safely home with The Lord.  


The rest of the mums and a dahlia plant, too, are huddling together for warmth. I would like to tell the clerk that they have outlasted his prediction by four days at least.

 

Okay, that before picture, which I assure you is not the real before picture because I didn't take one. This shows that I got troubles ohoooh. Maybe by week's end...or not.


Can't see much? Oh good! ☺



Take it easy now and keep praying, keep believing, and keep looking up! 

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47 comments:

  1. Such a lovely time of year, the pot mums are a delight in all their wonderful array of colour. Take care.

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  2. Beautiful Vee....yes, friend, pray.

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  3. Praying without ceasing.
    Lovely flowers, lovely post.

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  4. i cleaned and organized my garage last week. formerly a vendor for an antique shop and mobile vintage vendor (using one of my vintage trailers) i had a load (a big load) of vintage items taking up residence in the garage, office, guest room, closets, etc etc. i'm no longer a vintage/antique vendor (just a gal that works in one and loving it) so the past couple years i've been unloading my stash here and there ever so slowly as to give back my husband his garage (office and guest room are now emptied of inventory.whew!). an organized (?) pile measures approximately 4x10 and about 5 feet high..small in comparison to its original mass. lol.

    bittersweet. i'm not familiar with this plant - until now and i thank you as it's lovely. as are memories of your dear mother. ♥♥♥

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  5. What a peaceful post...it is balm to my spirit this morning. Yes, I agree with you beginning comments, it makes me sick also.

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  6. Love that bittersweet. I also like how you blocked out your mom's last name on the gravestone. I am praying about all that is going on in our country. I have to scale down my thinking upon it all. Makes me say "Maranatha" a lot these days.

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  7. That is a lot of bittersweet! Your mums are still looking lovely.

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  8. We are feeling the anxiety up here too! Praying for sure. Your flowers are beautiful still and they were worth every penny to brighten these days!

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  9. Okay, just lost my comment when I went back to take a closer look at your mother's headstone. It is beautiful ... love the picture and how a biblical reference was included. Great choice, Psalm 139.

    We are praying fervently here as well. Reminding ourselves too that God's agenda supersedes that of mere men, and His purposes will not be thwarted.

    Your secret bittersweet place outdid itself this year! I've never seen so much all in one place. Beautiful! As are your mums and this entire post!

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  10. Such beautiful flowers (and I love flowers), but the bittersweet is breathtaking! ~ So nice to take some beautiful mums to your mom's grave, but so blessed to know that she's with our Heavenly Father.

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  11. Your mums sure look lovely at your mother's graveside. Very clever how you hid her last name. Your bittersweet is such an appropriate plant to feature today before our election. I love our country and pray for God's healing hand to cover our nation. ♥

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  12. Wow! What a sight of bittersweet. It is my favorite in the fall. I love mums, but they are so hard to keep beautiful! It's a desperate time for our nation, but I've heard this saying a lot these days and it is true, "Regardless of who is elected president, Jesus will still be King."

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  13. Hi Vee, Not until I saw bittersweet on blog posts had I ever heard of it. It is beautiful. Wouldn't you like to tell that sour store clerk how much enjoyment the mums have been?! I am really sad about politics....today the lyrics to an old hymn came to mind....God Will Take Care of You. No matter what happens with this election, that truth remains.

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  14. Bittersweet is nice to decorate with and I like the little clip art you used in this post.
    We too in Canada are awaiting the outcome on Tuesday...

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  15. It certainly is good to rest in God's sovereignty and I don't know how I'd manage without my faith. The bittersweet is gorgeous and I like how you are changing up your header every so often. You have wonderful creativity!

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  16. Oh my goodness for sure. If we let our minds settle on the complete disaster of things, it could unsettle us for who knows how long. Better to dwell on God's blessings and sovereignty. The bittersweet is SOO gorgeous..and soo much of it! We will all just have to stay on our knees won't we? Have a GOOD week Vee!

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  17. If bittersweet grows here I've never seen it. I do, however, love it and would go clipper crazy if unleashed in your area. Wow... gorgeous! I really like the way you used it in your planter box. So pretty.
    The garage doesn't look bad from what I can see. I certainly wouldn't worry about any after pictures by week's end unless you are in the garage cleaning mood. If there is such a thing. Ha!

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  18. The bittersweet is very pretty and what a lot of it.
    Ken and I have the garage cleaning on our list too.

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  19. I hadn't realised that it was just five years ago that you had lost your mother, Vee. It is comforting to know that she is in a better place. Especially these days!
    Your flowers are so pretty. Mine died weeks ago....

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    1. Five years, ten months...feels like a long time ago...

      Sorry about the flowers...not sure that mine will make it too much longer.

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  20. Yep- I am sure Mom is in Glory where birthdays don't count. lol
    Do you know how many HOURS and HOURS and HOURS I have spent hunting bittersweet here? Nevermind--you don't want to know. It has all but disappeared from our landscape. Sad!

    I hope you have a wonderful week, Vee. xo Diana

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  21. The bittersweet is beautiful and fitting to find while visiting your mother's grave, Vee. I'm happy that your mums have outlasted the clerk's prediction. Love and God bless you!

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  22. I have never seen Bittersweet growing... Wow, you hit the jackpot there! Beautiful! And your mums are still doing so well too. Mine are long gone to the compost bin.

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  23. Well Vee, I'm here to say I'm thinking of you! I'm thinking about my American friends tonight. Tomorrow night we are having our usual Bible Study group over to watch your election results and then we'll take some time to pray for the outcome, whatever it might be.

    I love your Bittersweet!

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  24. Beautiful mums on your mother's grave. How good to know that she is with her Lord - and John! Your bittersweet is lovely. I don't know if I've ever seen it in the wild. Hmmm, have to think about that and do some research.

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  25. I agree with you Vee.

    Your flowers are beautiful and I'm glad you found bittersweet! It looks really good. So glad your mother knew the Lord and is with Him! I sometimes think about the welcoming committees that will be waiting for us one day, when it is our turn to go. So many precious ones.

    Praying for our nation.

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  27. I like looking up. It's a beautiful view. :)

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  28. That is the bittersweet motherlode! I would love to have that much in my woods. I'd have that coveted bittersweet wreath I have always wanted in two shakes. Guess you showed that Walmart smartypants. An extra 4 days is almost twice what he predicted they would last. :) Onward and upward, today we vote. Praying we make the right choice.

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  29. I have never seen that much bittersweet anywhere...........amazing!

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  30. What beautiful pictures Vee. I love all the fall colors. Oh I bet that was a bittersweet time for you as your visited your mom's grave site. I plan to visit my precious Motherinlove on Thanksgiving afternoon. Seems real fitting though since for YEARS she would always tell us that after dinner on Thanksgiving day we would walk off our FOOD by visiting the cemetery. Her favorite thing to do. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  31. I've never seen so much bittersweet before! It is beautiful. Some one told me years ago it was a protected species? I believed her because I've never seen much of it here.
    Yes, who knows what tonight will bring? As our pastor says, one thing is certain for November 9 -- God will still be on the throne. Blessings, Deborah

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  32. The Bittersweet is lovely. My mother passed at 56, I can't picture her being in her late 80's today. My dad is amazing at 93. The mums are very pretty. ((Hugs))

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  33. That bittersweet is breathtaking! I know that it is considered to be a pest, but I have a hard time seeing it as such. (I suppose because it's never taken over my yard.) So beautiful. Did you bring any home?

    I love the words you use when you speak of your loved ones who have passed on..."safely home." That is really all that matters, isn't it?

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    1. Yes, I brought some home...see last photo. 😊

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  34. Hello Vee, What a lovely name for this post, life has a way of being a bit like the bittersweet! I have yet to turn on the TV to see any new, but I refuse to worry and pray for Gods mercy, but we may still see His judgment on a country that says on its currency In God We Trust... Blessing to you dear Vee, I appreciate your visits ever now and then when you stop over. The flowers on your Mothers grave made me smile!
    Hugs, Roxy

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  35. I love bittersweet for many reasons and I have never seen so much of it all at once as what you have in your photos! It is a rare thing to find growing around these parts but boy, would I like to get my hands on some! Your sweet mama would have been the same age as my oldest brother! My mama's birthday was yesterday and she would have been 104! That seems so unreal! Your mums are still looking real good...mine are pretty much shot. I agree with Roxy about the election...Jesus never fails :)

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  36. The bittersweet is amazing! I would love to pick a basket full for autumn decorating.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  37. Just look at all that bittersweet!! I wish it grew along the hedgerows here too. Your mums are looking amazing Vee. What a pretty grouping. Have fun cleaning the garage.

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  38. Wow, your mums are beautiful (mine have seen better days!) and I have never seen so much bittersweet! Hmm, I don't think they celebrate birthdays in heaven but I bet they look down and see the things we do to keep them close at heart. Your mom is looking down and smiling Vee!
    Linda
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  39. Gorgeous mums! Mine did not fare as well or ever look that pretty. My dad has two in his front garden that are just beautiful...I didn't know he would be the green thumb in the family, but I guess he is! Good luck with the garage cleaning!

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  40. Bittersweet is so beautiful, but I don't think it grows in our area. Too bad. It's lovely. The mums are so pretty. My dragon wing begonias, which are my favorite shade flower, bloomed profusely right up until a couple nights ago when they finally got frozen. They had served so long and well. I'm sad that I didn't remember to cover them, for I might have had another week of beauty from them. We haven't started garage cleaning. I just hope that by snowfall there's room in there for my car. Have a good weekend, Vee.

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  41. Bittersweet. And the mums have outlived their predicted life-span? Yay! How nice that you took flowers to mom's grave...while she celebrates in heaven! Hope you had a lovely day remembering...on this Remembrance Day (Veteran's Day).

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  42. Bittersweet, indeed. It's interesting what you were saying about your mom being younger in heaven, though... we recently went through a series in our church on heaven and speculated that we will all be at our "optimal age/health" in heaven, plus being flawless. Now, won't that be worth waiting for!!??

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