Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I saw this picture and thought, "Oh what a beautiful cowl scarf"! 

So I ran right out and bought this...

This is the result...ugly.

Felt like this...

So now this looks like...
...this!  Maybe I should use it for...

...Dreads!  I've always wanted dreadlocks.  51 years old isn't too old for dreads...right???

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.  Psalm 65:8   

I'm not going to lie.  I love sunrises and sunsets.  If I had nothing left in this world, I could be assured, with a simple sunrise or sunset,  that God is right beside me and everything will be alright.  I could spend the rest of my life sitting and watching them, with the peace that comes from knowing God and seeing the evidence unfold before my eyes.

Such a beautiful sunrise, this morning.  Beloved, if you are trying to overcome something that seems too big for you to handle, or hurts down to your very core, I hope you will enjoy this picture and know, God is in control and He loves you more than anything.  Let him lift you up and carry you to a place of peace and comfort.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I forgot to go down and check the mailbox yesterday, so I did it this morning.  Yesterday was a good mail day!  

Shelley from Simply Shelley sent a very nice box of goodies, for me.  You know, I never question...or try not to question...God's timing and I have to say, He was right on time, with Shelley's wonderful gift.  I've been feeling kind of blue lately.  It's the weather, I'm sure, but I really needed a "pick-me-up" and Shelley certainly made me smile, this morning.  Lovely potholders, a precious card with just the right sentiment.  A sweet little Mary Englebreit book filled with recipes for all manner of sweetness!  Some cupcake decorating stencils that I am sure my grand daughter will love since she loves baking and cooking!  A set of nail files...I'm still wondering how she knew I needed those!  See God works in mysterious ways!  I just said, this morning, "I really must put nail files on my list, for when I go into town next.".  All of these things are lovely and I will put them to good use...But the icing on the cake was...

Sweet little Zuki!  She is a sock doll that Shelley hand made.  I loved her the first time I saw her on Shelley's blog and now she has adopted me!  She came with her birthday girl ribbon and baby shower invitation.  I just love the pretty swaddling cloth she is wrapped up in.  

As any good Mama does, I had to unwrap her and check out her little feet and hands.  Little Zuki has on a "onesie" made from the same fabric as the swaddling cloth.  Too, too, sweet!  I love her blue eyes and isn't that little "paci" the cutest thing!  

Such a nice, uplifting, thing for Shelley to do.  I can't put into words how much getting her package means to me.  I truly believe God puts people on our paths to make the journey just a bit brighter.  I'm thanking God, this morning, for Miss Shelley.  I hope you will visit her blog and say hello to a sweet lady!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lordy mercy, it's just been so dreary and cold here, on my little square of earth.  I think we only had one full day of sunshine back in December and I think January is trying to tie that number.  I struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder and cold, cloudy days are a real challenge for me.  I try to stay busy so I don't have time to sit and just stare out the window only to see all that gray.  I keep the bird feeders full so the sweet little cardinals will come visit and bring a bit of color to my monochrome world.  Sometimes it helps...sometimes.

This was our only good sunset for December.  Oklahoma has some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.  I've lived in several states but it's here in Oklahoma that I would rather watch the artwork God paints.  This time of year, sunsets are few so I snap pics whenever the opportunity arises.

I received the first seed catalog, of the year, a few days ago.  Although I am no longer able to work a garden, I do look forward to receiving the catalogs.  Maybe one day I can get back to digging in the dirt but for now I will be content to look through the ads.

I spotted this fat little sweetie, through the kitchen window, this afternoon.  We still have pecans from last year so I didn't bother picking them up this year.  I decided to let the birds and other animals have them and I guess this little guy is enjoying them on these cold days.  We've been on our place for eight years and this is the first squirrel I've seen.  They tend to stay in the woods behind us but this one has started to visit every day.  I love nature and really enjoy watching the birds and animals.

I think my grand daughter has the best idea for passing time on a dreary winter day.  Gather all your stuffies and dolls, curl up under a funky blanket, prop up on even funkier pillows, and watch a good cartoon!  Smart girl!

Grace & Peace.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

So here it is, nearly two weeks since Christmas, and I'm just getting around to posting pictures.  The problem is simple.  I am always busy preparing the meal and don't have time to take all the pictures myself, so I have at least four cameras sitting around and everyone takes pictures.  Therefore, with that many people snapping photos, it takes me forever to sort through and get them ready for posting or printing.  Anyway, here are just a few.  
First, I will show the decorating around the house.  I don't do much decorating these days, just enough.  Seems like such a waste to drag everything out and decorate only to have it all come down in just a few weeks but here are a few things.
I love our 7ft pencil tree!  We have a small home and this tree doesn't take up lots of room.  A Gnome couple keeps watch over my china hutch and the quilt rack becomes a Christmas card display.

A few bottle brush trees on a charger plate with tiny ornaments around it.  Some bowl fillers I stitched.  Gingerbread House our Grand daughter, my Mister, and I decorated.  Two small Christmas gnomes I made last year can barely be seen but I love them and that rustic primitive star.

My collection of tree topper Santas and a special little porcelain Christmas tree music box sits on the mantle.  Simple little country snowman watches for the hallway and our grand daughter's nutcracker collection.  That is a tradition for her and I.  We go shopping, every Christmas, for a new nutcracker.  When she is an adult with her own place, I will give the collection to her.  I am also collecting the annual Hallmark photo frame ornaments for her.  A photo of her is in each frame and she will also get those when she is an adult.  Just a little something special from Granny!
I made this wreath for the front door.  I think it's pretty but it really didn't go with our house so next year I will go back to the traditional colors, when I make the wreath.  I am leaving it up until Spring-- or until I get the Valentine's wreath made, whichever comes first.
The Advent calendar is a favorite of our grand daughter.  She loves finding little treasures and candies behind each little door and then on Christmas morning, when she opens the last door, Baby Jesus lies waiting to be added...
...this sweet little Nativity.  I always tell the Christmas story from the Bible and my grand daughter gently places the baby in the manger.  Such a nice reminder of why we celebrate Christmas, for the whole family.
That's pretty much all the decorating I do.  Like I said, it's just enough.  So now we will move on to Christmas Eve and Day.  Our grand daughter is five and loves Barbie's so being the precious grandma that I am, I bought a dollhouse for all her Barbie's and other fashion dolls.  My Mister, of course, is in charge of putting things together for me. 

 I creeped down the hallway to see how he was doing with the dollhouse and this is what I found.  I'm still not sure what he was doing but when he realized I was watching he... 

...did this.  Silly Papaw!
Christmas day our children and the grand daughter came over.  Of course the reindeer antlers and red noses had to be worn.  Can you tell she was excited about that?  Yeah, me neither.  LoL

Lots of presents for a special little girl.  There is nothing better than watching a child open gifts!  We spoil her, I'm not going to lie!

She got the beat!!!  Unfortunately, I insist the drums stay out in the shop.  I'm pretty sure something terribly tragic would happen if they were in the house.  Granny likes peace & quiet!  LoL
My daughter, son-in-love and of course the apple of our eye!  Such a beautiful little family.

My #3 son and his fiance.  I am so thankful for her.  She helped me get all the food cooked and set up, not to mention she makes a killer coconut cream pie!  We ♥ her!

To bring the day to an end, our self-taught-guitar-playing, son-in-love blessed us with Christmas music.

Christmas 2014 has come and gone but the memories will be with us forever!

Grace & Peace to you and yours.