A Haven for Vee

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Vee Makes a Video

Thought I'd take it easy on my eyes, my fingers, and my brain power by making a little video for you and by making a few collages of my flowers. They're not getting their usual care so I have resorted to the easy route such as not watering the front garden, spraying my roses with a deer and rabbit spray, and by placing a Japanese beetle trap. I'll be showing my other trap later in this post.

Tuesday Morning in the Outside Room

The potentilla in bottom right left 😌 has been eaten right back by Japanese beetles. I purchased a trap for the first time in years and I am quite pleased with all it has captured so far. I see very little evidence of them on the plants now that it has been placed. I know that it is said that they just draw in more beetles than one would ever have, but that was happening anyway. Gotta take it easy on myself. Do you use any sort of trap?

See the Dynatrap in the lower left? I really like it because it keeps my backyard clear of insect pests without trapping bees. I hate cleaning the thing, though. Ugh.

Not sure if you can tell the good the pruning did by comparing the two photos at the top middle and the top right. The middle photo shows after pruning and the right is pre-pruning.


Speaking of pruning, remember last time when I shared the video on creating eyebrows? I liked the comment about eyebrows not being twins but sisters...

These poor brows aren't even third cousins!


Catch you in a couple of weeks! 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Beauty Tips~Gifts~News

Now that I am looking as awful interesting as I have ever looked in my life...well, maybe that poodle cut was pretty bad...I thought that I'd share some beauty tips. Bwahahahahahaha... I do crack myself up! 

I believe that I said I'd never share "bald me" and then promptly went on to create that profile picture of myself with a handkerchief tied around my head. Oh my. Guess it was a near promise. Hair...don't have much and am feeling pretty naked. Eyebrows grow more sparse daily. Eyelashes are a thing of the past. This is a huge problem not only because I look funny, but because stuff is always getting into my eyes. You would not believe how much those eyelashes of yours are protecting you! 

So what's a gal to do? I'll tell you what I did...I headed directly for You Tube where I found two videos that I especially enjoyed. I'm not going to embed them, but I will link to them. The first has great directions for eye makeup when one is challenged. The young lady doing this has such a chipper attitude in the face of alopecia. I think she's beautiful. 

1. How to Draw Realistic Fake Eyebrows 

The second is a woman in her 70s who looks fabulous by the end of her video, yet who looked 90 (if a day) when she began. I learned some good things from her and I enjoyed her ongoing chatter even when I didn't agree with a thing she was sharing. 

2. Get Ready with Me Over 70 pt 1

Want to share a couple of sunshine packages that I received in recent days. One is from Judy at My Front Porch and the other is from Cindy at Creations by Cindy  If you have never visited these wonderful bloggers, you'll find that they have things in common. They both love the Lord and they both share their beautiful families often.

These were delicious! (Even the poo poo pile.)

Thank you so much, Judy. You brought me many smiles and two yellow smiley face balloons are still hanging in here with me. 

Cindy tells me that she has taught this Bible Study. I am planning to read it since I can read it slowly taking my time. I haven't done homework in a very long time. 
Thank you, Cindy. It was so thoughtful of you to think of me.

A Marriage of Gifts...Judy's Chamomile Tea ran off and married Cindy's mug!

Oh and thanks to Michele from The Nest at Finch Rest who has me hanging around in an English Garden daily thanks to her gift from Jacquie Lawson. No matter what, I seem to be able to plant a flower or two. 

I could not believe it when I reached into my cupboard for my saucepan...I wanted to boil up a potato...and the pan felt heavy. Sure enough! Hidden under the lid was my Air Fryer pan. I have the feeling some prayers were said for it to turn up so soon. 

It's a full day of appointments and I have been invited out for supper so I will catch you later. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Where Is It?!

Exactly! Where is it?! That’s what I’d really like to know. 

You see, in recent weeks, I have been dependent on others to do my chores when I am feeling poorly, which is about 75% of the time. My son Adam hauls all my trash to the transfer station and all my bottle recyclables plus he mows the lawn. My sister Kim does dishes, folds laundry, makes beds, and cleans carpeting. My daughter Laurel also does dishes, vacuums, pushes laundry, goes grocery shopping, etc.

And everything goes swimmingly until something goes missing as has happened just a few times. Today, Laurel was with me for the day as she waited for her car to be repaired.

me: Say, Laurel, do you remember what you did with my Air Fryer pan?

Laurel: Your what?

me: My pan. I need it. It goes with my Air Fryer.

Laurel: I don’t remember.

me: Well, if you were putting it away today where would you put it?

Thus begins a massive search, which yields nothing.

Laurel: Oh it will turn up.

Me: Yes, but sooner would be better than later.
Are you also responsible for my missing waffle fabric tea towel? I found it folded in 16ths in the stack of facecloths.

Laurel giggles but says it wasn’t she who did the creative folding. 

My long-handled tea spoons showed up in the back of the cutlery drawer. Everyone should know by now that they belong in the corner china cupboard!

When chatting with my sister, she says that probably my parents have a hand in this. Did your parents ever say ominous things like “Someday you’ll know what I’m talking about!” or “I hope you get a kid just like you!” 

Well both of mine did! It was not so many years ago that I was staying with my grandmother in my parents’ home while they got away to the lake for a week or two. I liked nothing finer than getting those two organized. ツ

One day, not long after their return, I received a call from my mother. She said with a fair amount of curtness:

What did you do with my trays?

me: Where did you keep them?

Mother: In the bottom drawer of the kitchen buffet.

me: Ohhh! Well I put those upstairs in the bottom drawer of my old dresser.

Stone cold silence... 

Mother: You mean I have to run upstairs every time I want a tray? 

me: Well, that bottom drawer of your buffet is prime real estate and you don’t use your trays that often.

I think I heard a deep sigh.

Later that weekend, when I was hauling their trash for them, my father got in on the interrogation with a question of his own.

Father: What did you do with the oil I’ve been saving?

me: Now, Dad, you know it’s not legal to do what you do with it. (Dear Reader, don’t ask!)

Father: Where is it?!

me: I took it down to the fire station for recycling.

If looks could kill... πŸ˜•

So I guess that I deserve whatever little trials I am experiencing with lost items and I probably owe my parents an apology. No, that's a definite: I owe them an apology. I sure hope, however, that my Air Fryer pan shows up!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Just Give Me...

This very spot has been my family's "go-to" place since 1931 when my maternal grandfather gifted a cottage on Magaguadavic Lake to his bride my grandmother. Some folks have been impressed by the romantic quality of the gift, though, really, he was perhaps equally in love with the idea of fishing and hunting. ッ

My mother so loved this place that a photo of it is inscribed on her tombstone. I have been thinking of the lake a lot and am working on getting a passport of some sort so that I can visit Canada again after an absence of a dozen years or more. Perhaps, by the end of August or in September, I'll make it, Lord willing.


Some weeks ago, my friend Abby shared a video from You Tube with me. It absolutely blessed my socks off. I listen to it several times a week just to remind myself of its truth. It is entitled Just Give Me Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz in collaboration with Fernando Ortega. It is a wonderful description of The Lord Jesus Christ. 

Anne says, "...I don't want to escape, I don't want to quit, I don't want sympathy, I don't even want a miracle, Just Give Me Jesus."

Let me tell you how listening has helped me. I tend to run a bit "hot." By this I mean that I can feel like one more thing will do me in. Ever felt that way? This causes my blood pressure to rise, which causes difficulties for my health.

 Recently, I had to have a test for my heart. Now I don't like people in my personal space. Oh I can give hugs, but don't be in my face or space for very long. As you can imagine, this is causing all sorts of troubles for me with my current circumstances. Anticipating that test caused such anxiety that I feared a heart attack. Seriously. That morning, arriving early and sitting there in the parking lot, I listened to Give Me Jesus. I thought about each point Anne made. I concluded  like Anne,  just give me Jesus. He is everything I need and I told Him so.

The test went very well despite the fact that I had to be curled up on my left side next to the technician who, for over an hour, prodded and poked, scanned and scoped. Ackkkk... Ordinarily Accckkkk that is. That day, The Lord blessed me with His peace and even my blood pressure was normal. I have learned that going to The Lord first in every circumstance is always best. He has promised to be with me each step along my life's journey. I can honestly say that He has never let me down. He is an incomparable Savior.

Psalm 35

(If you listened to the last video I recommended, you'll know why I have been reading Psalm 35.)

I'll be away from blogging for a while, reading when able, but not commenting. Hold the fort!

P.S. Abby sent me this doodle inspired while listening again to Anne's message. I asked her for permission to add it; otherwise, I'd have had to ask for forgiveness. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

It Was Hot and Cold

Documenting only without commentary. I know that my family was not thrilled about picture taking. Comments will be closed again. 

the end...

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Birthday, America!

May your celebration be bright and blessed!

If you are a citizen of the United States, I have a strong recommendation for you. Make time in the next few days to listen to this presentation by David Barton as he teaches about the founding fathers. The presentation is Happy Birthday, America. It thrilled my heart and blessed my spirit.

Now scoot...don't you have a BBQ to attend? A parade to see? A beach to lie on? ツ

 (Comments are closed so that you can fully enjoy the day.)