Saturday, December 30, 2017

Goodbye 2017, Grands, and Soup

WoW, did you see this year fly by?  I just don't know where time gets off to but it surely goes by much quicker that it used to.  I just shake my head and try to get as much, out of each day, as I can.

We have all had the crud, over the past couple of weeks.  Mine is simply allergies but everybody else has been dealing with colds.  I think my son in law was the first one to come down with it and of course, the Grands got it from him, which brought it to us...and on and on!  They all keep passing it back and forth.  Fortunately, I am usually pretty good about fighting off anything that is passed around.  Somebody has to take care of my know...he gets the Man-Flu...not simply a cold.  My son in law does too, according to my daughter!  LoL

Mentioning sick I said my Grands have both been sick, as well, but apparently my sweet little grandson has an ear infection to go along with his because yesterday his little ear started pouring blood.  I was keeping him and he started rubbing his ear.  I looked to see what was bothering him and saw the blood.  I called my daughter and told her she better come get him and take him to the ER.  Fortunately, it is a small rupture and should heal up with no problem.  He is one of those children that you really can't tell if he is sick or not because he is always playing, dancing, and smiling, so he really never exhibits symptoms.  My boy was the same way.  He got sick once, when he was young, but it wasn't until he started puking up blood that I knew it.  Turned out that he has a kidney that never completely formed and wasn't working, which was putting poison into his body.  The boy almost died before we figured it out!  And all because he never acted sick.  

This is my grandson just minutes before I noticed his ear.  Now does this look like a child with something wrong???  Good Lord!

On Wednesday, we took our granddaughter to a hockey game.  She loves all things sports and somehow scored free tickets!  This was her first hockey match but I bet it won't be her last!  She had a blast and somehow, even with free tickets, we ended up spending about $100 on food, drinks, and junk!  It was big fun, though!

Well, the weather has definitely turned cold.  We've been eating a whole bunch or soup and chili, that's for sure.  Don't you just love soup?  I like finding new recipes to try out, too.  I found this one and have to say, it is very tasty.  I thought I would share the recipe with y'all.

Gnocchi soup


1 Tbsp Olive Oil
4 Tbsp Butter
1 Cup Onion, chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 Cup Celery, diced
1/4 Cup flour
1 Qt Half and Half
14 Oz Chicken Broth
1 Cup Cooked Chicken, diced
1/2 tsp Parsley
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/4 tsp Nutmeg (all I had was Allspice but it worked well)
1 tsp Salt
1 Cup Carrots, grated
1 pkg. Gnocchi
1 Cup Spinach, chopped


Heat oil and butter until melted.  Add onions, celery, and garlic.  Saute until translucent.  Add the flour to the onion mixture and cook until done.  Pour the half and half into the pan and simmer until thick.  Add in the chicken broth and stir.  Add all other ingredients except the spinach.  Cook until the gnocchi is tender (doesn't take long!).  Add the spinach and cook for about 3 - 5 more minutes.  

Serve with garlic bread.


Grace & Peace,

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Sharing Christmas...

Hey y'all!  

Well, Christmas has come and gone.  I have packed up all the decorations, thrown out all the trash, and have gotten back to almost normal, around here.  The older I get, the more I don't want to decorate for the holidays.  Just leave it like it is for the most part.  Toss a Christmas throw or pillows on the couch, hang a wreath, and set out some homemade cookies and coffee, and I would be quite content.  You know, I can't really say it has anything to do with age, though.  More like laziness and OCD.  Although, I would have been just fine without pulling out the decorations, I did put out a few things.  I don't think my family would let me get away without doing a little bit so I thought I would share a few pictures with you.

Simple woodsy decorating is usually what I end up doing.  I like for it to feel homey.  Of course, you will always find the cute little Advent decoration and the Nativity.
Notice, Baby Jesus isn't in the manger.  Until Christmas day, he is tucked away behind the last door on the Advent boxes.  Along with a piece of candy, I also put a piece of paper with a letter on it, inside each door.  My grandbabies find the candy and the letters, which they glue to a colorful board.  By the time Christmas day arrives, the letters will spell out a Bible verse and Baby Jesus will be put in the manger.  This has become a tradition and our granddaughter looks forward to it!
Naturally, since I am a native Texan, there is usually something that would relate to that fact.  This year, I decided to start collecting Santa's, for my grandson, and I happened upon this Cowboy Santa at a thrift store!  Now y'all know I couldn't pass him up!  I love him and almost decided to leave him out year 'round but I went ahead and packed him up.  See ya next year, Tex Claus!
Of course, the tree!  I love white lights don't you?  I'm not much on having colored lights for some reason.  I guess when I think of Christmas and winter, I think of sparkling snow and ice on tree boughs, so that is what I go for.  Anyhow, the tree also is decorated with lots of homey and woodsy stuff.  The large gingerbread folks were made by my granddaughter, and I, a few years back.  When I pulled them out of the box, she immediately started telling about when we made them.  She couldn't have been more than three years old but she remembered everything!'s stuff like that that makes it all worth it!  She will go on to tell her babies about the gingerbread ornies and will no doubt make a few with her own grandbabies.  
It wouldn't be Christmas without Dudley the Elf.  Sweet Dudley has been coming to our house for about three years, now.  Before him, Cash the Elf came, every year, up until my daughter decided to name my grandson Cash.  Santa didn't want to confuse anyone so he sent a new elf to keep an eye on things!  LoL...sometimes I wish this tradition had never been started but I do have fun trying to come up with new stuff for Dudley to get into.

In the kitchen, I definitely keep decorating to a minimum.  Since it is so bright and since I have Scandinavian roots, I add just enough color to make it somewhat festive.  I just realized I never got around to putting anything in those hanging baskets!  And please ignore the floor that needs to be swept.  Dark floors + white dog = constant need for a broom!  Ugh!
I stitched this sweet sampler back in the Fall.  It is hanging in the kitchen and will probably stay until Spring.
There is a little shelf, above the stove, that used to be cabinets, but since I never could reach inside, we took off the doors and now I use it to put a few pretties out.  This lantern is so cute, at night, with the fairy lights I put inside.  I wish I had gotten a picture of it, lit up, before I took everything down. 
We started a new tradition with the grandbabies, this year.  So from now on, they will come spend the night with us on Christmas Eve-eve and wake up on Christmas Eve morning to open presents.  Of course, we also must make cookies for Santa, so we decorated cookies before going to bed.  Even the grandson had fun!  He loved helping Pawpaw.  He actually did pretty good!
I decorated this one.  I was going for tie dye but marble is fun too!
Pretty blue marble!
This gal can't do a thing unless she can crawl up on the table and do it.  She cracks me up!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our Christmas decorating.  Next stop...New Years!  

I pray many blessings, love, and peace, come your way in 2018!

Grace & Peace,

Friday, December 22, 2017

I couldn't do it!

Regarding my last post...

I just couldn't do it!  I just couldn't delete my beloved blog so I will be back after Christmas.  Until then...

Monday, December 18, 2017

Closing Up Shop...

I'm pretty sure there is not a single person still reading this blog and I don't blame you.  Why, I don't even come in and I own the thing.  😜  

So, with that realization, I have decided to close up shop.  Maybe I will reopen or start a new and different blog, but at this point, I just don't have time or the desire to continue blogging.

With that being said, I will continue to visit your blogs, to see how you're doing, because I love you all!


From the Red Brick House on the Right...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Still looking for an answer...

The following is a post from 2016.  Still haven't heard an answer that actually addressed my question so I decided to repost it.


This morning, on Facebook, I asked the question, "With Halloween less than a week away, why, as "Christians", do we celebrate pagan holidays (Halloween, Christmas, Easter), but not the Holy days of the Bible?". 

I got a couple of answers ranging from getting a day off from work to American tradition.  I also received comments regarding my listing Christmas and Easter as pagan holidays and I'm sure I will get more, here.  

Let's take a look at origins, traditions, and what the Bible says about it all, shall we?


     According to the Encyclopedia Britannica -
"During the later periods of Roman history, sun worship gained in importance and ultimately led to what has been called a 'solar monotheism.' Nearly all the gods of the period were possessed of Solar qualities, and both Christ and Mithra acquired the traits of solar deities. The feast of Sol Invictus (open unconquered Sun) on December 25th was celebrated with great joy, and eventually this date was taken over by the Christians as Christmas, the birthday of Christ."
Did you catch that?  Anything seem wrong with this, to you?

The Christians were apparently trying to get more converts so they tried to make the Messiah more like the idols found in sun worship---all under the guise of making Him more attractive to pagans. They even brought various elements of the December 25th "feast of the unconquered sun" into their worship by saying that December 25th was actually the Messiah's birthday. This is the origin of Christmas and this is why we have various pagan-rooted traditions accompanying this holiday.

So...who converted who?  Aren't we suppose to be set apart from the world?

When Paul was writing to the Ephesians, a group of believers who were surrounded by idol worship, he said:
Ephesians 5:11 - And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
So we shouldn't be trying to copy idolatrous feasts. Rather, we should be exposing them for the fraud and lie that they are. One of the last things our Savior would ever want is to "acquire the traits of solar deities" and believers should not be imitating pagans.

So...Just when was Jesus born?
The scriptures do not supply us with an exact date of birth.  We know the date of His death is on Passover. Scripture does tell us the time of many other important events in biblical history such as the founding of the temple (first day of the biblical year), the timing of the Exodus from Egypt, the date that the flood began and many other events. But the date of the Messiah's birth?  Scripture is silent. 

What about Easter?  We won't spend much time on this but let's check out the beginning.

Origin of Easter

The origin of Easter dates back to ancient times, not long after the flood, Nimrod, a grandson of Noah, had turned from following his grandfather's God and had become a tyrannical ruler. According to the biblical record, as king, Nimrod created Babel, Ninevah, Asshur, Calla and other cities, all known for lifestyles that promoted unspeakable evil and perversion. When Nimrod died, his wife, Queen Semiramis, deified him as the Sun-god, or Life Giver. Later he would become known as Baal, and those who followed the religion Semiramis created in his name would be called Baal worshipers. They became associated with idolatry, demon worship, human sacrifice and other practices regarded as evil.

The origin of Easter involves the birth of Semiramis' illegitimate son, Tammuz. Somehow, Semiramis convinced the people that Tammuz was actually Nimrod reborn. Since people had been looking for the promised savior since the beginning of mankind, they were persuaded by Semiramis to believe that Tammuz was that savior, even that he had been supernaturally conceived. Before long, in addition to worshiping Tammuz (or Nimrod reborn), the people also worshiped Semiramis herself as the goddess of fertility. In other cultures, she has been called Ishtar, Ashtur and yes, Easter.  

So...Once again, we seem to be paying homage to and trying to mix the things of demons with the things of God.

With all of that being said, I am not condemning anyone for celebrating Christmas or any other holiday.  We celebrate them in our home, as well.  We taught our children and are teaching our grandchildren about why we celebrate them as the birth and resurrection of Jesus.  But shouldn't we put more emphasis on the Biblical Holy Days such as Pass Over, The Feast of Tabernacles, The Day of Pentecost, and so many others.  I like this paper written by 11 year old Tessa.  Here is just a short excerpt but I hope you will take the time to read the entire article. Why I Celebrate God's Biblical Holy Days Instead of Holidays

The reason we don’t keep Christmas is because the Bible doesn’t tell us to. It tells the story of Jesus’ birth, but not as a Holy Day. It doesn’t even tell us what day He was born. Dec. 25 is a day called the winter solstice. Most of the traditions of Christmas come from people called pagans who lived before Christ was born and worshiped idols. Later, during the Roman Empire , Christians started keeping these traditions in Jesus’ name and today everyone thinks that’s OK.
But the Bible says we shouldn’t take away or add to God’s laws. And we are not supposed to reject God’s Commandments so that we can keep man’s traditions, even if they seem fun. So that’s why my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas.

So...Back to my original question.  What saddens me the most is that nobody, not one person, answered the entire question.  Not really even part of the question.  One person did give me an honest answer, though, which made me think that most people celebrate these holidays for these reasons more than a Biblical reason.  His answer?
American tradition, kids enjoy them, brings families together, work gives you the day off, ect.

I know we will all go on celebrating the holidays as we have been but shouldn't we give some thought to the fact that Jesus celebrated the Holy Days?  

So...can anyone answer my question?

With Halloween less than a week away, why, as "Christians", do we celebrate pagan holidays (Halloween, Christmas, Easter), but not the Holy days of the Bible?

Grace & Peace,

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

I'm Sooooo Embarrassed!

Y'all, I am so embarrassed at the neglect of my beloved blog!  I didn't realize how long it has been since I last posted!  Good golly, Miss Molly! my defense I have been busier than a cat in a room full of rocking chairs!  

Last time I posted, I was getting ready to go to our Women's Retreat.  I did go and it was the most relaxing and intense thing I have done in a long time!  The Holy Ghost was in attendance and made himself known in a powerful way!  A few years ago, I went through a very dark period...the darkest period of my life...and I always wondered why and just how the Lord was going to use it for the good!  At retreat, there were several young women who were going through some of the very same things I had been through.  One after another revealed things that no woman should ever have to deal with.  There were testimonies from several who had been through and overcame, those horrible things.  The entire weekend, God kept telling me to share mine but I stayed silent.  I argued with Him but finally asked God if I was supposed to share the entire thing.  He answered, "No.  Just this one little part.".  So I did.  God revealed, immediately, the reason He wanted me to share.  There was a young woman who said the my testimony was exactly what she needed to hear and that she now had hope.  I was floored!  Never before have I had someone tell me that.  The amazing thing about this whole thing is I had a burden on my heart for this young woman, the entire time.  I'd never met her before the retreat and didn't even speak to her before I gave my testimony, but kept feeling something for her.  When she spoke up, I knew instantly why I had been carrying that burden.  I ran to her, hugged her and we both wept.  I still don't know why I had to endure the darkness but I now realize that God will turn something horrible into something wonderful, if we only hear and obey Him!  I truly feel God used me that last night at retreat and I look forward to the next time He asks me to do it again!

I took several pictures but haven't managed to get them uploaded to my computer, yet.  I did have this one on my phone.  How would you like to look out these windows, every morning?

Our cabin was so beautiful, the surrounding woods were spectacular, and God was IN THE HOUSE!

I have been doing a little cross stitch for the past few weeks.  This time of year I seem to want to do more handiwork than anything else.  I guess it is the peaceful rhythm that seems to go along with cooler temperatures and falling leaves.  What I need to be doing is working on Christmas gifts!  I have two blankets to make and a few other things to get done, but I just haven't found the "want to" yet!  It will happen though!  Have you started Christmas shopping, or making, yet? 

Well, I guess I better go get ready for bed.  A certain little boy will be here bright and early!  If you are still stopping by from time to time, THANK YOU!  I do appreciate you doing so!

Grace & Peace,

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fair time...

It's that time of year!  Fair time!  Now I don't get real excited about our fair but we decided to take the granddaughter because one of her favorite Christian bands was playing.  That is probably the biggest reason, besides we had free tickets.  Now I don't mind going and seeing the exhibits, animals, and a concert or rodeo, but the midway and the overly priced food, really doesn't interest me.  Of course, since we had little miss with us, I didn't get to see any of the exhibits or the other stuff.  Really, our fair is too big for my liking and far too commercialized.  I like the old timey country fairs, myself.  We don't see many of those around here.  That makes me miss our old home.  But anyhow...

I did manage to see this exhibit.  These are butter sculptors and that is a whole bunch of butter!  It always amazes me to see this.  Of course, my inner tight wad always comes out and I think about how much that butter cost and how many people would have enjoyed a little butter on their toast or baked potato.  Don't you just hate your inner self sometimes!  

We've had quite a bit of very beneficial rain, the past few days.  Made for some wonderful naps, too.  The only down side was I couldn't take my grandson outside to play.   He drives me crazy, going to the door and yelling for me to open it!  I am so thankful that my grandchildren would rather be outside than in front of the television, but I wish they understood sometimes we just can't go out!  Maybe tomorrow, he can go out and ride his little electric John Deere tractor.

The other day, we had a stray dog show up at our place.  He was a sweet dog but he had an attitude towards my cat and the other animals.  He got along with Jasper (our leopard catahoula) but our old boy, Roy, sure didn't like him.  I should have had my Mister load him up and take him to the humane society, but as with people, I always give animals a chance.  I shouldn't have...I know better.  Well, long story short, he killed our last chicken, which is the one my granddaughter hand raised.  I think I posted about that chicken before.  She would follow my granddaughter around, let her pick her up, and really didn't want anything to do with anyone but my granddaughter.  We haven't told her, yet, but I know she will be mad and sad, all at the same time.  I don't have any plans to get more chickens but if the Princess wants more chickens, we will get some.

Thankfully, that dog didn't get into the goat pen but Betty Goat was still a bit shaken up.  Even though I am ready to get rid of all of our barn animals, I don't like to see them go that way.  I know I will get some hate mail but when you live in the country and have animals, you do what you have to do, so my Mister put that dog down because I am always fearful that if a dog will kill an animal, it may also attack one of my grandbabies.  It makes me sad to have to do that but better safe than sorry.

This is a picture of my granddaughter, and Mister, at the concert.  She loved it but I would too if I got a seat like that!  LoL

I am counting down the days until our Ladies Retreat!  Nine days and counting!  No kids, no husbands, no housework, no laundry!  Nothing but my church sisters, praise & worship, lots of talking, bonding, laughing, and good food!  I can't wait!  

Well, it is getting to be my bedtime so I will say goodnight!  

Grace & Peace,

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Almost a month...

In the month since I last posted, I've been busy.  Days flew into weeks and before I knew what happened, it was the last day of September.  Most days were filled with taking our foster girls to school, going to pick them up, cooking meals, washing laundry, cleaning and more cleaning!  I had forgotten just how much work is involved, with children in the house.   I enjoyed it though.  Now, the girls have moved on and it is back to normal for me and my Mister.  We are, once again, enjoying time together and of course, our peace and quiet.  After the girls left, we decided to close our home for good.  That makes me a little sad but I know we are getting older and we both have our ailments that keep us from being able to do as much as we used to.  I am considering volunteering as a court appointed child advocate so I will still be involved but not on the level as a foster parent.

I have also been considering volunteering at the library.  I love to read and would enjoy helping with all the behind the scene things like shelving books that are stored in a part of the library that only workers can go!  Of course, I still have all my work within our church, as well.  I do stay busy but I sometimes get bored, even with everything going on.  How is this possible???

Sorry for the lack of pictures but I just haven't had the time to pick up my camera.  Nor have I been anywhere to take them.  I plan to change that very soon.  I have a few trips I want to take before the weather turns cold.  Nothing fancy or far away but just places that I've wanted to visit.  I plan on doing some solo camping, as well.  It's been a very, very, very, long time since I've done anything like that so I am super excited about it!  Do you ever do anything like that?

My daughter and granddaughter invited me to attend the "Big Church Night Out" concert, last night.  It was awesome!  I don't know if you like this kind of music but it was an incredible time of praise and worship.  The artists were,  Newsboys, Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Blanca and several more!  I had never heard of Blanca but I am now a fan!  Such a powerful voice!  If you ever get the chance to see any of these bands, do it!  Amazing night and so blessed to have been able to spend it with my girls!

Oh, I found a few pictures to share.  Before our foster kids left, I took them and my grandson, to the zoo.  We stopped for a snack, and diaper change, when this good looking guy came up and said hello.

The girls were terrified but my sweet little 19mo grandson, was intrigued until the peacock tried to get his snack.  He kind of smacked him on the head and then began to chase to poor bird!  It was too funny!

I don't remember whether I shared this Santa hat door hanger, with y'all.  I think it is one of the cutest things I have ever made.  This one will be donated as a door prize for our women's retreat, coming up in a couple of weeks.  This will be the first retreat I've been to in several years.  I am really looking forward to it.  

Do y'all like Potato Cakes?  I do!  This is one of those things my Mama made to help stretch the food budget.  We didn't realize that, though.  All we knew was how good they were.  Mama was a master at stretching our food, in order to feed a family of six.  The woman could stretch a pound of ground beef far enough to make four meals!  I'm pretty good at doing that, as well, by Mama was truly amazing!  We always had plenty to eat and never thought there may not be enough money for groceries.  There was always enough to share should someone stop in at supper time.  I think that must have been the norm back in those days.  Large families = Large grocery bills, therefore, every Mother I knew had some secrets to stretch meals to feed all those hungry mouths.  Anyhow, back to the potato cakes.  I always loved them but never made them on a regular basis.  A couple of weeks ago, I decided to make some and they were so good!  The girls loved them and my Mister ate several.  I thought I would share the recipe so y'all could enjoy them, as well.  I hope you will make them soon and let me know what you think.

Mama's Potato Cakes  

2 Cups homemade mashed potatoes
1 Egg (beaten)
1 Tbsp onion (minced)
Parmesan cheese (to taste)
salt & pepper (to taste)
garlic powder (to taste)

Mix all ingredients together.  Make into patties and fry until browned.  Drain on paper towels and enjoy!

Y'all have a blessed Sunday!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hello September! I've missed you.

Well, I can't really believe it is already September but boy how I've missed it!  September is one of my favorite months!  Our days are getting a bit shorter and I've noticed a few leaves starting to turn.  Our temperatures are cooling off and I am very grateful for that!  Soon, we will start sitting by the fire pit, roasting hotdogs and making smores.  I know my granddaughter will love that and I imagine our bonus babies will too.  Mentioning the bonus babies, they are adjusting to being in our home and have settled into a routine, quite well.  They are such good girls.  Rarely do I have to get on to them.  Two silly, giggly, girls!  The have been such a pleasure to have in our home.

I am just about as happy as tick on a fat dog!  I finally made a proper peach cobbler!  Not the one that is more of a cake type cobbler!  Nope!  I'm talking about an Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler with a buttery, flaky, crust!  My ex-Mother in Love made the best peach cobbler I have ever put in my mouth!  For years, I've tried, and failed, to achieve the excellence of her cobbler.  Finally, I found a book, at Dollar Tree, with a recipe that was pretty darn close.  I tweaked it just a bit and the result brought tears to my eyes.  I loved that woman very much and it thrills me to have this recipe turn out so much like hers.  I will be making it often!

I've added a few things to my Fall decorating.  Really not much because I have to watch setting out things, on tables and such, that will cause my sweet little grandson to try and get it.  He would climb the walls to get something off a table, if he wanted it bad enough, and I sure don't want him getting hurt.  Time will come that he won't be so curious and determined!  Until then, I will decorate here and there but not the likes of past years.  So far it is mainly wreaths and flowers but I did spruce up the Market sign I made a few years back.

I really think the little scarecrow needs to be moved over nest to the harvest sign.  What do you think?

Lately, I've wanted to start putting my recipes in scrapbooks.  I have several heirloom recipes that need to be protected and then there are some of my own recipes I would like to add.  I would like to have at least one scrapbook done so I can make copies and give one to each of my girls, for Christmas, as well as, put one in my granddaughter's hope chest.  I may not get them all done but I can put the copies in a pretty binder and add to them when I get the rest done.  Have you done anything like that?  I think it would be such a blessing to have my ancestor's favorite recipes all in one place.  I wish I had all those recipes!  Or maybe have a recipe exchange and gather my friends favorites in one book!  Oh what fun!  Would you be interested in exchanging written recipes?

Well...mentioning food...I should stir the pot before supper sticks to the bottom.  

Grace & Peace,

Friday, August 25, 2017

Is it Fall, yet?

Is it Fall, yet?  It is at my house!  I've been busy making all sorts of Fall pretties!  Three wreaths, a Fall tree, lanterns, and a whole bunch of florals stuck in Mason jars.  Y'all know this is my favorite season and I can never wait to put out decorations!  As far as I'm concerned, Fall starts the day after my birthday in Mid-August!  Thought I would show you some of the stuff I've been doing.

This is the first wreath I made this season.  I'm not sure how I feel about it but it will go on the back door, so I'm not going to stress over it not being perfect.  I might add some of those tiny fairy lights, though.

I added some Fall leaf garland, black-eyed susan's, gourds, a few old crows, since they are one of my favorite birds, and a scarecrow, to one of my small pine trees, I keep out all year.

Added a bit of Fall color to this pallet/bread pan candle holder.  Looks a little plain, to me, so I will probably add either a garland or maybe hang a sweet little sign, above it, on the wall.

This cute owl will hang on the door going out to the utility room.  I have used this old grape vine wreath, over and over, for several years, now.

This is perhaps my favorite wreath I have ever made.  You won't believe what it is made out of.  Shelf liner!!!  Crazy, huh!!??  I will probably change out the bow because it looks out of place.  Maybe a solid olive green or rust colored bow would look better.

And finally, I quickly put together this lantern, this morning.  It is made with picture frames glued together.  Stuck in a candle and some pretty flowers, for a pretty and simple lighting feature.  I think this is a game changer!  I can't wait to make more and especially some white or silver ones for Christmas! 
Over the last couple of days, we've had such nice weather.  Makes me wonder if we are in for an early Fall and a cold Winter.  I'm good with an early Fall but I could do without a long cold Winter! bones hurt just thinking about it!

Well, I better go get supper ready for my tribe!  Have a great evening and a very blessed weekend!

Grace & Peace,

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Church Camp, Back To School, and Fosters

Well, we are, almost a month and a half since my last post.  I wish I knew how to slow down time!  I've missed being able to sit down and write a post but when life takes over, what choice do we have?

I think I mentioned about my granddaughter and I getting ready to go to church camp.  Spent the whole week running around with 85 kids!  I'm not sure what I was thinking by saying, Yes!, when I was asked to do it!  Must have been one of my "senior moments" or a serious lack of judgement!  Oh my gosh!  It was great but horrible all at the same time!  LoL  Pretty sure I've learned my lesson and won't be doing that again!  Good grief!

Celebrated my 54th birthday by going zip lining, while at camp.  I never thought I would do such a thing but these are the years of "firsts", for me.  I am having big fun doing them, too!  

Weeeeeee!!!   There I go!
Back in June, I started a school supply drive for the kids of our church.  I had to bring them all home, sort and package, and will haul them back, this Sunday!  For a week, my kitchen has looked like an office supply store exploded!  Pens, pencils, notebook paper, crayons....I am sick of school supplies...sick, I tell you!  Sick of them but excited that we were able to do it!  Most of the children, in our church, come from a very poverty stricken of the city, so any help they can get is a blessing!  God provides...even for the least of these.

This past Tuesday, brought us two foster daughters.  One is 12 years and the other is 6 years old.  Very sweet, very quiet - which is a much welcomed change - very timid, sisters.  They are no trouble at all but it is that time of year, when school is starting and life seems to pass at break neck speed, I sometimes meet myself coming and going!  Not only, have we been trying to get them settled in, but there has been a tremendous amount of laundry (nothing comes in my house without being washed), running around trying to find school uniforms, getting them enrolled in school at the last minute, as well as my normal every day list of "To-do's".  On top of that, I've had all my church responsibilities waiting for my attention!  Don't get me wrong, I love to stay busy, but this old lady gets tired and I have to stop and take a break.  A few minutes here and there, to gather my thoughts, have a cup of tea, and just breathe!  I count it all joy, though.  It is my heavenly Father's work and that is what keeps me going!

Oh!  Oh!  Oh!  I bought myself a birthday present and it was delivered on Thursday!  My old mixer was a cheap hand held that was my Mama's and had to be at least 30 years old.  It has been a good one but it has started to smell like something burning, when I used it, so I was scared to use it any longer.  Made me kind of sad but I didn't want to be in the middle of mixing something and have it to quit, so I retired that poor little thing and ordered myself a KitchenAid stand mixer.  I know it is way too expensive but I figure I don't want to have to buy another one, in my lifetime, so I bought the best one I could find within my allotted budget.  Of course, I will be paying on it forever, since I put it on my credit card.  Anyhow, I don't use a mixer very often but when I do, it is usually something that requires a lot of power.  I really don't know how Mama's sweet little mixer stood up to my "abuse" but it never let me down.  I will probably keep it around for a little while.  Maybe use it to beat eggs or something.  I guess I'm just not ready to let the old gal go just yet.  Crazy, huh!?  Well shoot, I wish I had taken a picture of my new mixer, before I put her up.  She's a heavy thing so I'm not going to drag her out just to take a picture!  Maybe I'll make something in a few days and get one then.  I haven't named her just yet but I will!

Well, that's all I got!  How's the weather, where you are?   Any signs of Fall, yet?  I'm ready for some cooler weather, how 'bout you?

Grace & Peace,

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It is way too hot and I've had enough

Oh my goodness, y'all, it is so dang hot!  We are reaching triple digits with high humidity and it is miserable.  I get out early and do anything that needs to be done.  After that, I am hiding in our cave  If feels like a cave with all the curtains and blinds pulled.  I try to find things inside to keep me busy but I want to go outside and putter around.  Oh well, puttering will always be there.  I tell you, though, I am not looking forward to church camp in August!  Yikes!  I will be helping out all week and y'all know I don't like to be hot!

 I am sooooooooo done with squash and zucchini!  I have put up, given away, and cooked, all that I want too!  I have enough squash, in the freezer, to last until summer 2020!  LoL...I'm almost serious!  I can't believe how it grew this year!  I went out, this morning, and picked another 40 pounds of the stuff!  While I was out there, I went ahead and pulled up the vines!  I wouldn't normally do that but I wouldn't normally have that much, either!  Usually either the heat or the squash bugs get them.  The only thing I left was the spaghetti squash plant.  I only have the one plant so maybe that won't get so overwhelming.

We went camping this past weekend.  It was steamy but so nice to get away and relax.  We kayaked, fished, and just sat.  The kids and grandbabies came out on Sunday and there was a lot of tubing and knee boarding.  Apparently that's what is cool!  Well, this Granny thought sitting and watching was the cool thing!  LoL  All that bouncing and flying through the air looks like something that would put me in bed for a week or two, so I refrain from doing something like that.

We had a lot of fun and every night was wrapped up with a beautiful full moon...

And each morning, we awoke to a gorgeous sunrise!

One day, last week, I decided to get in my car and just drive.  I drove awhile and stopped at a store to get something to drink.  When I came out of the store, I had a little hitch hiker!  

This little leaf bug was sitting on the hood.  Knowing that I would be driving faster than the little guy could handle, I tried picking him up to put him on a nearby bush, but when I touched him, he fly away...or so I thought.  He actually had landed on the side mirror and I didn't see him until I was speeding off down the highway.  He hung on until I finally saw him.  I pulled over and he flew off, for real!  I bet he sat down and contemplated life, for quite awhile, after that ride!  Poor guy!

My Stargazer Lilies were in full bloom, last week.  These are probably my favorite flowers.  I probably say that about all the flowers but these beauties have my heart.  They always smell so good and the colors are beautiful.

Well, I guess I better get back to figuring out what to do with all that squash I picked, this morning.

Grace & Peace,

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Man...oh man...oh man!!!  What have I done!!!???  I'm drowning in squash and zucchini!  What with all the trouble we've had, in the past, trying to get a garden to grown, I never thought I would have such success this year!  Well, I don't know if you would call it a success since I have yet to get a single tomato or pepper but I have squash, zucchini, and beets, coming out of my ears!

That's a wonderful thing, you know!  I am freezing some, cooking a bit, here and there, and I am trying my hand at fermenting.  I'll let you know about the fermenting...I'm still not sure if I like it. I'm thinking about getting a dehydrator but I'm not sure what you do after you get the veggies dried.  Have you used dehydrated veggies?  Do you have a favorite recipe or tip for using them?

I have also been making the woven wall hangings, again.  It is relaxing to do this and I can whip a small one out in a day.  Still thinking about making some to sell.  

This one I made in just a few hours.  Super easy.  The picture shows it to be blue but it is actually turquoise and brown.  I haven't decided what to use for the hanger but I'm leaning towards a painted dowel rod or maybe one with some wood burning on it.  

This one was a special request from my sweet granddaughter.  She tends to be a hippie/gypsy, too, and she loves all of the things I come up with.  I can't wait until she learns to do some of these crafts.  I am looking forward to what her imagination comes up with!  Mentioning my granddaughter...

She loves this crazy, trouble-making, dog!  She found one of her little stuffies and gave it to him.  They sat there for quite awhile talking and playing.  

This little man makes my heart happy.  He looks so much like my Daddy!  I know Daddy would have loved this boy and there is no doubt, both the grands would have loved their Great Big Pappaw!  

Well that is about all I got.  I'll just leave you with a couple of pictures.  

Mine and the granddaughter's kayak.  We had a wonderful time paddling around this past weekend.

I wish you could have seen this sunset in person.  It was gorgeous!  God loves to show up and show out, doesn't He!

Grace & Peace,