Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Here I am!

Good morning,kids!  I hope y'all are enjoying some wonderful Fall weather.  It has cooled off, nicely, around here.  Almost too much but I'll take it! 

I bet you are wondering just what has kept me so busy that I haven't posted much.  Well, pretty much the same old things that we are always doing, with some extras thrown in for good measure!  Of course, there is always softball. At least twice a week we are at a game.  The granddaughter is doing so well!  This is her first year and she is a natural so I am so happy that she loves playing!  I'm a firm believer in keeping kids busy with sports, nature, and learning life skills.  Of course you have to keep it fun and exciting, for them, but it is so important to give them things to do instead of running the streets or vegging out in front of a video game.  Off topic but I digress.


The temperatures have cooled off and I've brought in my plants for the winter.  My kitchen is looking like a plant farm!  This is just one shelf with just a few plants but there is another shelf on the other side of the room and both are filled to capacity!  Not a single bare spot left.  My husband asked why I have so many plants.  Well, I started with only four several years ago but they keep making babies so now I have a house full.  I don't know how to live without something green growing, year 'round.  What a dull life winter would be without house plants!  Besides they clean the air.  So anyway, my kitchen is full of plants and there are more in the living room and my bathroom.

I spent this morning giving "Hairy the Boston Fern" a haircut. Bless his heart his "hair" was so big that he couldn't get a good watering and was beginning to show it.  I have the hardest time keeping ferns alive and I read somewhere that I should trim them up in the winter months.  Makes sense to me.  When my hair gets all bushy and wild, I feel better after I have a trim, too!

 
"Hairy" already looks happier!  He got a good drink of water and will now retire to his winter home, over on a table in front of a sunny window.  Fingers crossed and prays said, that moody "Hairy" makes it through winter and comes back as big as ever!  He has something to look forward to.  He will be getting a new, bigger, pot in the Spring, so maybe he will want to live! 


My mister and I built a new chicken house for those bratty Bantam chickens.  They were living in a crate in the shop, which was fine, but my Mister got tired of them taking up space.  I saw something on Pinterest about reusing a swing set frame for a coop and we just retired one so we used it.  It needs a few things to make it pretty but that can wait until Spring.  Naturally, about the time we finished it, the weather turned and I insisted they go back into their crate inside the shop.  I know they would have be perfectly find in their new house, with a wonderful heat lamp, but they are so small!  Mister is not exactly happy about them being back in there, though


I've been spending a lot of time with this monkey...blue tongue and all!  We have a fun time and he always wants to have a sleep over with Nona.  He will voice his opinion...loudly...if he has to go home.  HeHeHe!  As it should be with grandparents and grandbabies!


Of course, there is so much to do at Nona's house!  We love making playdoh "cookies", painting rocks, and there is this cool container with sand in it...


We love playing cars and the sand makes it even more fun. I keep the sand in this container because I don't want the barn kitties to get the wrong idea about the sand being a litter box.  Ewwww!!!  Also,  this way, I can keep the sand on the porch so he can play even when it is raining.  Besides his electric tractor, 4-wheeler, and monster truck, this is his favorite thing to do.  I kind of like it, too!  😉


Do you journal or keep a planner?  I have no need for a planner but I do like to journal and doodle...mainly doodle.  I decided to start a Scripture journal in order to try and keep up with my Bible reading.  I get so busy and scatterbrained till I forget to get into God's word.  The devil's plan, don't you think?  Ugh!  So anyhow, here is some of my supplies.  I would like to be able to tell you that I haven't missed a day but that would be an untruth.  I missed an entire week but I am back on track and I am trying hard to keep at it.  This is a good way to memorize scripture, as well, and who couldn't use more of that! 

Of course, the Fall skies in Oklahoma are always intriguing and I've been doing a lot of sky watching!  


This is from a morning earlier this month.  The camera just can't catch the splendor that your eye can and this picture just doesn't capture just how amazing this was, but trust me, it was beautiful.  Here are a couple more...




Besides all of that stuff, I've been sewing...A LOT!  Of course, it is time for making Christmas quilts for the grandbabies.


I've finished the one for my granddaughter and will begin my grandson's this week.  I will show pictures after Christmas because I don't want to share just in case one of them sees this post.  I decided to make quilts to fit their new twin beds.  Usually I make small quilts for watching movies but they have plenty of those for now. 


I've been doing other sewing, as well.  Our church had an "Old West Day" this past Sunday, so you just know I had to make outfits for that!  I had no idea where to start but I had a picture in my head so I drew up patterns for vests, chaps, and a skirt, for the grands.  They turned out so cute!


Is that not the sweetest thing you've ever seen?  He really liked dressing up.  He got new boots to go with his outfit and he hasn't wanted to take them off!  Boy after Nona's heart, right there!  Blame it all on his Texas roots! 


Aren't these two the Bee's knees!  I had so much fun making these outfits and the good thing is they can use them for halloween, too.  

So, there you are.  Some of the things that have kept me busy.  Mentioning busy...I better get to it because we have a front coming in tonight and I need to get my rose bushes pruned and things picked up before the wind takes them off!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Life In Black & White

She may be old and deaf but she is my girl.  16 years old and in great health!  I look forward to more happy years with this Old Dame!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

I promise!

Y'all, I have not gone missing!  Really!  I have been super busy but I promise to come back and make a proper post!  I have some good stuff to share!  Well, it's good to me so...

Really, I promise!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Life In Black & White

When your Grandbaby cleans the yard and chicken house without being asked...

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sunday Morning Southern Gospel





Swing Down Chariot


Oh, swing down sweet chariot
Stop and let me ride
Swing down chariot
Stop and let me ride
Rock me lord, rock me lord
Calm and easy
I got a home on the other side




Swing down sweet chariot
Stop and let me ride
Swing down chariot
Stop and let me ride
Rock me lord, rock me lord
Calm and easy
I got a home on the other side




Ezekiel went down in the middle of a field
He saw an angel working on a chariot wheel
Wasn't so particular 'bout the chariot wheel
Just wanted to see how a chariot feel




Well, well, well
Ezekiel went down and he got on board
Chariot went a bumping on down the road
Zeke wasn't so particular 'bout the bumping of the road
Just wanted to lay down his heavy load




Well I got a father in the promised land
Ain't no more stopping till I shake his hand
Rock me lord, rock me lord
Calm and easy
I got a home on the other side


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Grace & Peace,
Pam

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

CATCH-UP...not to be confused with Ketchup!


I haven't had a chance to do a "real" post in quite some time so I'm going to try and do it now...if my brain will work with me, that is!  S-C-A-T-T-E-R-B-R-A-I-N-E-D!

Let's see, now.  Back in July I went to the doctor about a lump on my neck.  He sent me for an ultrasound in mid-August.  Sure enough, there was a nodule on my thyroid, just as I suspected.  This was nothing new, really, since I've had it for a couple of years.  Yes, I went to the doctor previously, however, the doctor I was seeing at the time, said it was simply allergies and/or sinus problems.  I knew better but, hey, he's the doctor, right?  The lump neither grew nor hurt so I wasn't too concerned but it was bugging me because it was right there, staring at me, in the mirror every morning.  Understand, nobody else can really see it, but being in tune with my own body, I can see it.  So, it was time to go in for a medication refill evaluation, and I brought the lump to the attention of my new doctor, which I started seeing after I couldn't get in to see the old one for at least 6-9 months after calling.  *sigh*  Don't get me started on that!  Anyhow, after the unltrasound, I was scheduled for a biopsy in early September.  I wasn't worried because I knew God had everything in control and He's already told us not to worry, so I wasn't.  Don't get me wrong, I did have a moment where I broke down, because I just couldn't fathom anything happening to me where my grandbabies would have to grow up without their Nana, but quickly God reminded me that the enemy(devil) comes to "Steal, Kill, and Destroy" and my fear was evil trying to break me down.  That fear lasted for maybe two  minutes and after I prayed, I felt an unexplainable peace come over me and I was no longer worried.  I had the biopsy and just as I knew in my heart, it was benign!  Thank you, God!  I have an appointment, next week, to see an ENT to make sure the lump isn't causing obstruction problems with swallowing or breathing.  If there is no problem, then I am good to go.  Only if it is causing problems will I have to have it removed.  Either way, I am so thankful for God's blessings!

At the same time I had the biopsy, my daughter and son in love, went on vacation, so we had the Grands for a week.  I'm not going to lie...at first, I was annoyed because I had to go through the biopsy, which is stressful to begin with, but then I had to cook three meals a day, do extra laundry, and make sure baths were taken, teeth brushed, and everybody pee'd before going to bed!  Sounds petty doesn't it.  Any other time, I would have be giddy about them coming for a week but I didn't know what was going to happen during or after the biopsy.  Needless to say, the week flew by, I had a blast, and was sad to see those precious babies go home.  Of course, I might have been a little more stressed if my Mister hadn't taken some vacation days to help me out.  Now, though, I see this was all in God's plan to keep my mind for going there...you know where...straight to the "what if's"!  Trust me...I do not EVER need to go there, and I'm so blessed that God and my Mister, know this!

We have been going to the Granddaughter's softball games.  She is getting so good and her team is undefeated, again!  They have really improved and it shows!  Last night, they beat a team that beat them 15-0, back in the Spring Tournaments!  Proud Nona, right here!  Go Heartbreakers!!!

Other than all that, I have been watching tons of FOOTBALL on Saturday and Sundays!  My husband retreats to another part of the house or outside, when I turn the television on!  He is not a sports buff by any stretch of the imagination!  Myself?  I would rather watch sports than anything else,  other than HGTV or cooking shows!

Well, I'm sure there has been so much more going on over the past few weeks but those are the main things happening in my life, at this moment in time!

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday Morning Southern Gospel

My new-found Uncle Gene, told me about this song. He recited the first verse and I knew I had to find the lyrics for the entire song. This song is very old.  Uncle Gene said he used to sing it when he was a little boy and he is now in his 80's.  I couldn't find a video or recording of the original song but I did find one that is close enough.  Listen and read the lyrics!  Don't let the Lord say, "Depart from me!  I never knew you!".
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A SINNER'S DREAM
(SORRY, I NEVER KNEW YOU)

LAST NIGHT AS I LAY SLEEPING A DREAM CAME TO ME.
I DREAMED ABOUT THE END OF TIME, ABOUT ETERNITY.
I SAW A MILLION SINNERS FALL ON THEIR FACE AND PRAY
THE LORD JUST SADLY LOOKED AT THEM AND THIS I HEARD HIM SAY:

SORRY, I NEVER KNEW YOU, I HAVE NO RECORD OF YOUR BIRTH.
SORRY, I NEVER KNEW YOU GO SERVE THE ONE THAT YOU SERVED WHILE ON EARTH.

WELL I THOUGHT THAT THE TIME HAS SURELY COME WHEN I MUST FACE MY TRIALS
AND I TOLD THE LORD THAT I HAD BEEN A CHRISTIAN ALL THE WHILE.
AND THROUGH HIS BOOK HE TOOK A LOOK AND SADLY SHOOK HIS HEAD
HE PLACED ME OVER ON THE LEFT AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAID:

SORRY, I NEVER KNEW YOU, I HAVE NO RECORD OF YOUR BIRTH.
SORRY, I NEVER KNEW YOU GO SERVE THE ONE THAT YOU SERVED WHILE ON EARTH.

WELL I SAW MY WIFE AND CHILDREN, I HEARD THEIR LOVING VOICE.
THEY MUST HAVE BEEN SO HAPPY, O HOW THEY DID REJOICE.
THEIR ROBES OF WHITE AROUND THEM, A CROWN UPON THEIR HEAD.
MY LITTLE GIRL LOOKED UP TO ME AND THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID:

DADDY, WE CAN'T GO WITH YOU, WE MUST DWELL IN THE JOY OF OUR LORD.
SORRY, BUT WE STILL LOVE YOU, BUT YOU'LL NEVER BE OUR DADDY ANYMORE.

AND THEN I AWAKENED, THE TEARS WERE IN MY EYES
AND LOOKING ALL AROUND ME AND THERE TO MY SURPRISE
THERE WAS MY WIFE AND CHILDREN, I KNEW IT WAS A DREAM.
SO KNEELING AT MY BEDSIDE YOU SHOULD HAVE HEARD ME SCREAM!

FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, I KNOW YOU GAVE YOUR ONLY SON.
FORGIVE ME AND LET ME SERVE THEE, FOR I WANT TO BE READY WHEN HE COMES.

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Luke 13:22-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Narrow Way
22 And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”  And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. 29 They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Life in Black & White



Way back in the early 2000's, I thought I was finished stepping over toys.  Thank God, I was wrong!  This is my house!  Full of fun and children's laughter!  God is so, so, good to me!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday Morning Southern Gospel



Come, Lord Jesus!!!

Jesus, is indeed coming soon! We don't know the day or hour but we can be sure He is coming! With the state of the world, I feel it will be sooner than anyone expects! Jesus Is Coming Soon is one of the songs I remember singing back in my youth. Daddy was a truckdriver and loved gospel music. I spent a lot of time in a truck, growing up, and it was a sure bet we would be belting out this song and many others!

Listen to the song and read the words! And prepare! For He IS coming soon!
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Troublesome times are here, filling men's hearts with fear
Freedom we all hold dear now is at stake
Humbling your hearts to God saves from the chastening rod
Seek the way pilgrims trod, Christians awake




Jesus is coming soon, morning or night or noon
Many will meet their doom, trumpets will sound
All of the dead shall rise, righteous meet in the skies
Going where no one dies, heavenward bound



Troubles will soon be o'er, happy forevermore
When we meet on that shore, free from all care
Rising up in the sky, telling this world goodbye
Homeward we then shall fly, glory to share




Oh, Jesus is coming soon, morning or night or noon
Many will meet their doom, trumpets will sound
All of the dead shall rise, righteous meet in the skies
Going where no one dies, heavenward bound



Jesus is coming soon, morning or night or noon
Many will meet their doom, trumpets will sound
All of the dead shall rise, righteous meet in the skies
Going where no one dies, heavenward bound
Heavenward bound, heavenward bound