A Haven for Vee

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Changing Times

First, let me say thank you to all who participated in this month's Note Card Party. You always have something delightful to share. Thee art amazing women! And you are such encouragers to one another. Makes me happy. Yes it do.

I thought about this post last night as I lay in bed listening to the rain. There were so many things I was going to tell you. This morning, hardly one of them crosses my mind. It appears that I am going to have to carry a notebook with me at all times and grab the thought before it darts away. I believe that some of you have told me that you do this.

Now I could explain how terrible this schedule is for me; this self-imposed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday one. When I want to write, it may be a Saturday or a Monday, I say to myself You have ever so many things of more importance to do and you must be disciplined. You have a schedule! A pox on the schedule I'm afraid. I'm just going to begin showing up when I do. It may not be according to schedule and it may actually be less than it has been.

We are on something of a roller coaster ride in the country today. We wake to each new morning with news so frightening so despicable that it takes our breath away. Medical records being stolen, water sources being staked out, cover-ups of the worst kind, big agencies doing corrupt things that may lead to the very top, I daresay that it will. And so, like the crazy spring it has been, we hang onto our hats and clutch our hearts, and pray for the very best for our country and our countrymen. The times they are a changin'. And that, my dears, is what is mostly on my mind these days.

Until next time...


  1. Love your banner! I know what you mean about posting, I had tried years ago to post on a schedule or not post on the weekends, just never worked for me, so now I just post when I can and unfortunately I can't always visit like I used to either these days...grrr...I miss a lot of blog postings.

    I have to say in comment to your last paragraph, that too is on my mind as well. I wake up each morning hoping for the best and preparing for the worst, and putting it all in Gods hands. That's the only way I can do it :)

    I hope you have a wonderful day today Vee.

  2. I know what you mean about the changing times. I have to limit myself on watching the news...it's so disheartening. I like to blog whenever the mood hits me...kind of like cleaning my house...or sewing! haha! Enjoy your day my friend!

  3. Dearest Vee, it's not just the country, but people in general that have changed with greed and malice. I lived through two, horrible (and legally expensive) years, fighting for designs I had drawn, with a company that thought they had they right to take them. I've become, like Diane, and just do not listen to the news, which I believe is manipulated by the media for sensationalism! However, visiting my favorite blogs gives me a sense of peace and tranquility, knowing there are loving, creative, and strong women among us that holds dear the values of human life...yours is definitely one, XOXO

  4. I say you need to write when the feeling strikes....that is what writers do....and you are a great writer Vee.

  5. Vee,
    For a long time I was joining every linky party, and then I realized I was not controlling my own destiny. I join yours, Mary's and sometimes Pink Saturday, but now I try to hide from the craziness of the world a bit. I love blogging, and believe me, I have so many ideas for posts and then things get busy and I have lost the "blogging zone"

    Blogging Zone definition: When one can execute an idea for a post with words, images and a theme, without having to interrupt the zone with having to plan a party, cook dinner, clean, make something, or entertain guests etc.

    Sarah graduates from University on Sunday, so things have been crazy here.

    Just yesterday, I was thinking about how horrible I feel when I watch the news. I was babysitting RJ, so I turned the channel to the new cartoon version of Mr. Rogers. As I was feeding RJ and teaching him how to clap his hands to patty cake, I realized the only way for me to cope with what is going on in the world is to turn the channel. Something I have always practiced during the difficult times in life.

    No matter what is going on in the world, we are still the same. You are still the same, and your gift is to fill all of us who read your blog with good things. You help so many people change the channel to lovelier things to think about.

    Have a beautiful day.


  6. Have a good day....I have to write things down now...as quickly as they come, they go!!

  7. I know exactly how you feel. But let me encourage you to allow all this to drive you to prayer and blogging, and not to let it drive you away. I always appreciate your comments and your patriotism, and you have many people who read your blog and are interested in what you have to say. I would like to know what others are feeling about all this, and to encourage all to pray for our country and to talk about the importance of conservative forces who won't give up. We are about more than chalk paint and flowers. If we give up and stick our heads in the sand...they win. Our country wasn't won like that! For those discouraged by the media...change your sources! But don't just disengage!
    I agree with Penny, perhaps now you can just say what is on your mind when the feeling strikes you! :)
    A true fan,

  8. Thank you Debbie and Vee. I couldn't have said it any better.

  9. I'm with you on what's happening in the world.

    That is why we bloggers need each other for encouragement and friendship.

    Dreary here this morning...the sun is supposed to pop out later this afternoon.


  10. Vee,
    Scheduled writing can produce a lot more than just writing - loosing up from that and becoming more of a pantser is incredibly freeing.
    Enjoy your day!

  11. Hi Vee
    I never watch or read the news and hubby fills me in on things of importance because he reads it every day.
    And I thought about your notecard party in bed myself, what a nice group of women and just a 'feel good' experience participating.
    I copied a picture clip from a blog once that had a caption 'Blogging Without Obligation', which we should all feel comfortable to practice. I think I'll make my own little button photo for this.
    A nice weekend ahead, no snow like we had on Mother's Day. :-)

  12. Good for you for putting a pox on your schedule! At our age we just have to go with the flow of our brilliance whenever it appears. LOL! This administration could push me over the edge. May God protect us and our country from evil...

  13. "Blogging without obligation" - yes, my motto. When I have something to say, show, or the energy to do serious work, yes, indeed, I'm blogging away. I have been busy with "play dates" this week, next week I will buckle down (end of the month blues) lol. Love your header. As far as politics, I am leaving that in God's hands, as it is so out of ours. xo

  14. I have never seen, in my looooong life, the corrupt and intentional lying that has gone on in the last few years in Washington. It all is so scary and it makes me sick to my stomach to think about all the scandals going on right now. Very uneasy about the future......and what makes me MAD is that there's no one REALLY doing anything about it...
    O dear, I am watching Fox News as I type and I could go on for hours....
    We just must pray HARDER, I think.

  15. O, and I have NEVER posted on a schedule in the 6 yrs I've blogged....when it hits my mind, I do a quick draft of it, adding more to it later. That way, I don't lose my thought. :))

  16. I love Ellen's comment...'At our age we just have to go with the flow of our brilliance whenever it appears.' So true. Blog when inspired. Pray without ceasing...when it seems all around us things are going in the wrong direction.

  17. I agree that you have to post when you have something to say. Occasionally it can be a good exercise to just sit down and see what comes forth but if it adds stress to your life....then I find it doesn't work.

    I agree that things are getting interesting in the news. What's for sure is that it is nothing new but the time has come in the point of this presidency that the pay off is worth it for the liberal medial to dig in and enjoy it.
    I'm glad they are sharing in the revelations.

  18. Busy days, Vee. Be sure to install the "pause button" --- which I am sure you have. Everyone needs a "pause" now and then (and that includes from the news!).

    Be blessed today!
    Gracious Hospitality

  19. Oh Vee, "ditto" to everything you've said! Your note card party is so nice; a nicer group of women we'd be hard-pressed to find. Everyone is so encouraging to each other.

    A pox on the schedule seems to be the way I live my life, which can make things rather difficult at times. :) You're a terrific writer, and I love your blog posts.

    As far as the news and the politics -- a very bad situation. My husband and I are so disgusted and also wondering when something will finally be done about this administration's ongoing corruption. I, too, am afraid for our nation and afraid of what kind of world our young people are inheriting. Thanks for speaking your mind.


    Denise at Forest Manor

  20. I know how you feel. I can hardly even watch the news at all anymore. Here we've got the Jodi Arias thing still going on in Phoenix and everybody you talk to is so sick of it being blasted into living rooms every hour of the day and night here. Multiply that with a slew of other news items and it becomes a depressive nightmare. We've got to do other things and lay off the news in this country.

  21. You are so right Vee...I am right there with you.....
    Love, Mona

  22. You truly are an extraordinary women, Vee.

    I am blessed to come to your blog and read your talented writing - y our thoughts are dead-on right, and you have your spirit and heart in the right place.

    You blog when YOU want, and know we are here to be glad to visit and read.

    Don't torture yourself, though with any worry - remember that God is near always, and doesn't want us to worry:

    Philippians 4:6-7

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Sisterly hugs,


  23. I'm glad you are going to relax your rules of posting Vee. I always enjoy reading your posts and look forward to whatever you have to share. I like spontaneity too and post when I feel like it or when I have pictures to share. Our country is in a mess too with some crazy things going on in the senate and the parliament. It's scary and we just have to keep putting our trust in God that he is in control and not our Prime Minister or your President. Keep the faith! God will see us through. Blessings and hugs, Pam PS I am with Michelle and her scripture reference above. :)

  24. Vee, I'm going to echo Pamela and say that I'm glad you're relaxing your rules on posting. You must post whenever you feel up to it. Whether it be every day or once or twice a week! Blogging should be enjoyable.

    I enjoy reading about what's going on in others homes and lives. We all know that behind the pretty curtains on the windows that there can be problems and worries...we all have them from time to time. But, we can deal much better with them if we support each other. I think blogging is a way of doing that. Not all is sweetness and light and I think we should even be free to talk out our fears from time to time. I, for one, think we all need each other for encouragement more than ever now as we see how the world is rapidly changing.

    I, too, am very disturbed by the news and all of the scandals, but what's more disturbing to me is that I fear he (and his minions) will not be held accountable. I pray that he will and I pray for our country. The scripture quoted above is one of my favorites.

  25. Blogging when you want is the best way to go without a doubt; it makes blogging so much more enjoyable and relaxed. I hate feeling forced to post. I do always enjoy visiting you. It feels like I'm entering the home of a friend.

    The sad affairs of our country have been on my mind a lot too. I worry what things are going to be like for my own kids when they grow up. All that comes to mind is bleak.

    It makes me sad.

  26. I keep thinking that I really should try to get a "proper" schedule for blogging, reading blogs, and commenting - seems it gobbles up far too much of my time. Alas, I haven't figured one out as yet! I think you are a most wonderful, amazing woman and blogger. Just so you know, I love your style and hope you keep writing whenever your inspiration comes. The world is changing indeed and mine seems to be spinning out of control a lot of the time! Hang on dear one.

  27. I have completely given up on any kind of posting schedule, not much inspiration in my corner lately anyway.

    Times are indeed changing, joining you in prayer.

  28. Just posting when the mood strikes is the best way. It is much to hard to keep to a schedule.
    It is easy to forget how the world is up here at HT. : ) God knows what He's doing sending us up here. : )

  29. You've written for so many of us Vee. I am lucky to post twice a week, but that's all I can manage. I'd like to be writing more, but other things (like pesky work!) have to come first. I'm happy to see whenever you've posted.

  30. Ditto, ditto ... I hope you are encouraged about all the lovely comments. I often come up with my posts when I am taking walks ... and sometimes I work on them and keep them as drafts and go back and finish and publish them later. At least I have the idea down --sort of like keeping a tablet near by (and not electronic, though I use my phone for that a bit). But I would need to be writing constantly as I can lose a thought just that fast!

    We were talking to our youngest last night and hearing in his voice the concern and even fear about the future he is raising his children in. We are treading on new water, that's for sure. Have a good weekend, Vee.

  31. I was going to participate this time but the computer crash of the laptop wiped out all my pics. They are still on Picassa (at least the ones up to the latest update of Picassa) but I don't want to download that on Hubby's computer, yet.

    I write as the inspiration hits and keep it in draft (I always set the post to publish at a far distant date in case I accidentally hit Publish). But I also have a file marked "Blog ideas" on my desk, which I haven't utilized enough. Thanks for bringing it back to mind (I, too, have fleeting thoughts which do not always land as they should).

  32. Times are changing the world over, deception, corruption and much more. Nothing we were not warned about but still hard to take in.How privileged we are to know that God is still in control and is the one who will bring us through victorious.

  33. Mine, too, Vee...especially after reading Atlas Shrugged. DH told me that I would see it everywhere after I read the book. I continue to remind myself that my great-grandmother said the same thing. Then I stop and think that she was the one who always said it's taking more and more to shock people because little-by-little we accept things and our society is breaking down. In my 60's, I realize just what a wise woman she was.

    I'll keep checking in.

  34. We are all so busy this time of year and posting every day may not be possible. I really wing it.

    As far as the world goes? Be encouraged... They will go on and do their dirty deeds and the world will keep turning. Evil has never broken the spirit of the faithful. I lived long enough to see there is a pattern to what we are hearing about these days. The pattern is every now and then they get caught and we find out about it.
    The good people will continue to flourish.

  35. You are going to love blogging even more since you aren't demanding a certain schedule for yourself. It will come as it comes. I think we all go through this in one way or another. It's such a grand and glorious fellowship with other women though, that we can't seem to really leave it! :) I always love your sweet and wise words, and the truth of them.

  36. Hahaha - a pox on the schedule! I had a private wager with myself that it wouldn't last a month. You are so predictable, LOL! Yes, please write whenever it fancies your writing muse. Inspiration doesn't do well on a set schedule. And jot down those thoughts before they sail away into oblivion! I have so many things to say, it seems, and very little time in which to say it.

    As to the sorry state of our beloved union - it's in the toilet. It has been for a while. But the truth is slowly seeing the light of day. And it will be very sad to see people defending the indefensible. There is corruption to the core.

  37. oh you and hubby could talk for hours on the changes...for me, I am just trying to keep my own head above water...LOL
    Thanks lady...so enjoy you!!!

  38. I have a hard time trying to keep my mind off of the despicable state of our union ... the deception and the agenda of evil that pervades our leadership, but I turn my attention to God and His word and His warfare which tells us that the battle takes place mainly in our minds,.. and so we wear the helmet of salvation which protects our minds and give us hope...
    That is my constant prayer.. hope in tomorrow and in God's providence for His children... My one and only daughter is pregnant with her first child and oh how I pray for a brighter future... let's all keep our focus on things above and not allow the evil to rob us of our joy and our blessings we have in Christ!

  39. Wow, lots of comments here. Love the new background and banner. As you know, I post every Thursday, and have often thought of having another regular day that I post as well. So glad I haven't done that. The Thursdays roll around rather quickly. I'm happy to hear of your new decision. As for the news.... it's beyond troubling. I often hear my pastor say (he's also my husband :) The answer to this country's problems are not political, they're spiritual. ~ Abby


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