The winter is almost over... and the "winter" in me is...Over! I have Spring in my heart and it becomes more evident each day.
I find myself wanting to get out and work in the yard and in the flower beds. I want to plant a small garden, put down fresh mulch, etc.... but it is a bit early for that.
But it's the perfect time for those adorable-faced pansies and shortly I'll be off to Home Depot! Actually I was supposed to clean house today and I'm quite sure some of that will get done! I have to for we have my in-laws' birthday celebration here on Sunday.
But....the p-u-l-l and t-u-g on my heart to plant something is so much stronger and so I will yield to its strength and celebrate the Spring in my heart!
Today I went to my favorite special shop, The Olive Branch, in Indian Trail, NC. For you "natives" it's across from Indian Trail Elementary.
Here is my new Spring flag! It has all my favorite birds and I couldn't resist.
The Olive Branch has the most unique gifts and I love to go there, visit with the owner, Debbie and just take my time looking over her treasures!
I discovered her shop a few years ago and usually do birthday/Mother's Day/Father's Day, etc. shopping there. I get my flags and mailbox covers there for all the seasons! She has the best selection I have found anywhere.
If you ever have a chance, please go and visit her! Tell her Debbie sent you!
Okay...rainy days and Mondays don't get me down...but Tuesdays...hmmm
Okay today is another dreary day and I am "making sunshine" all over the house, but...
I'm dragging a bit this morning! I knew it the moment I crawled out of bed! Shower first! I even put on a bit of makeup and I'm staying home today! Breakfast and quiet time...fighting off drowsiness....
To the outdoors! Walked down the driveway, back to feed the dog, on to feed the birds and put out the last of the deer corn...
a little bit better...maybe I need a Pepsi One! Maybe I just need to exercise!
"Rainy days and Mondays always get me down"....NOT me!
I actually enjoy rainy days and Mondays!
That probably has to do with the fact that I usually don't have to head out on Mondays unless I plan to but I don't think they ever got me down, not even when I was teaching. Mondays were always "new"...beginning a new week...a fresh start... and rainy days, well they always make me feel cozy! Even if I have to be out in it, I love getting back in the car and especially back home...you know, to all the coziness! Even a car can be cozy!
I do remember however that rainy days made my Nannan a bit depressed. If I went to see her on a cloudy, rainy day I would come in and turn on lights all over her house. I told her that on rainy days she needed to make her own sunshine! I love making my own sunshine here at home on those rainy, cloudy days! Just makes everything much more COZY!
So...hope you have a very cozy Monday! [Attitude is everything! :)]
Why is it that coffee or tea always tastes better in a special cup and saucer?
The other day as I was putting away "winter" things and cleaning out a cabinet, I pulled out my spring/summer dishes and an old china breakfast set Mike and I had gotten at our favorite antique shop in Norcross, Georgia.
I had made up my mind to start using these and just enjoy them. So this morning I pulled out the delicate old timey cup and saucer for my morning coffee and I must say, that has been the best cup of coffee I've had lately! I have thoroughly enjoyed the nostalgia that has come over me while having coffee this morning!
We bought the set of dishes because they reminded me of my grandmothers...strong yet delicate, lovers of flowers, feminine, hard workers...women I dearly loved and admired... still love, knowing I will see them again one day.
They are not anything very fancy...just lovely, feminine and when I use them, that's how I feel!
Tradition- customs, beliefs, etc. handed down from generations to generations.
Three things come to mind: Fiddler On the Roof, The Roast Story, and Mark 7:13.
Sometimes we just do things because that's the way it has always been done. Sometimes that's good and sometimes it isn't.
Know you are just chomping at the bits to hear the roast story and no, it didn't originate with me, and no, I never did it...I only cooked canned hams in the can...well only once, mind you, and I would not recommend it! Explosions in your oven is NEVER a good thing!
Okay...the roast story in a nutshell... A daughter watches her mother get ready to cook a roast and she cuts off each end first, throwing the ends aside and puts the roast in the pot. Daughter asks why and she says because her mother always did it...because the grandmother always did it, etc. Come to find out, the Grandmother only did it because most times the roast wouldn't fit her pot!
It is a good thing to find out why we do the things we do! (God is never "afraid" of our questions!)
We are entering the season of Lent. As far as I know Lent is a man- made traditon. I don't recall it being mentioned in the Bible. Now, I'm not saying that it's bad but why do we do it?
In college some of my friends and I would "give up something for Lent". According to tradition, the season of Lent is a time of fasting and doing penance. I never really thought about it as doing penance. Penance is "self-punishment"...we give up something we really like to punish ourselves, why? to be more accepted by God??? (Hey...been there and done that...even now I have to make sure I don't read and study the Word to impress God. I read and study for myself..to grow my faith, my love...)
Wrong! If we have accepted Jesus then we are accepted!
I do understand that the season is supposed to make us think about Christ more..what He did for us....but- we should think about this every day.
It's supposed to be a time to set aside things, activities to spend more time with Him when we should already be doing that, too. (If we really have a viable, intimate realtionship we will want to be with Him, spend time with Him, just talk to Him as our dearest Friend-all out of our love for Him. I do understand that we can get busy and then we need to discipline ourselves to stop and be still before Him, but still that's out of love...loving Him, showing Him how grateful we are....)
Sometimes we do things and never really think about what and why we're doing it.
Look up Mark 7. Pay close attention to verses 6-13. God always looks at our motives....our hearts. The traditons of man can make the Word of God of no effect. Think about it.
Proverbs 4:22 tells us that the Word is "life to those who find them and health(medicine) to all their flesh".
I want His Word to be very effective in me and in you too! :)
Today I will be putting away snowmen, snowwomen, frosty greenery and taking down the winter wreaths. I'm really ready to do this! I have been known to keep it up until a few days before Spring but not anymore.
I'm ready for temps in the 60's. I can hardly believe that I'm "hearing" those words coming out of my head and mouth! In the past I've ALWAYS wanted colder weather and snow but today I found myself desiring warmer weather..."porch-sitting" weather...opened windows weather...
This is not a "pretty" word and definitely doesn't paint a "pretty picture" but it's how I've been feeling of late. (sorry, I'm reading Jane Austen and watching Sense and Sensibility-it sort of determines my vocabulary once in a while!)
AND, like Marianne, "I have formed my plan, and am determined to enter on a course of serious study."
The holidays starting with our parents' 60th left me worn out and I haven't quite recovered, so it seems. And I find myself drawn to our new "big screen TV"...wow! (Especially when Mike is out of town and the house is a bit too quiet.) Everything looks so good on it!!!
So, like Marianne, I have seen the error of my ways and am determined to change!
update: am eating healthier but not exercising :( Know this is why I haven't a lot of energy and also know that too much TV is a LIFE-DRAINER! (It dulls the brain and makes it fuzzy!!!) Even if the things I watch are good...no trash, but even too much of a good thing can be too much!
It has been a very powerful day...wind-wise that is! It has been a nice day to remain inside as much as possible.
I was out in it quite a bit this morning. When I put gas in my car I felt as though I could be tumbling across the parking lot at any minute! It actually almost took my breath away. Was so glad to climb back into the car!
And another thing, it has been so LOUD! Sounds as if I have fans running all over the house.
I will be glad when it calms down!
I wonder if it's "sweeping" away something or blowing in something?
I am still awaiting at least one really good SNOW!
"Nature to a saint is sacramental. If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in Nature. In every wind that blows, in every night and day of the year, in every sign of the sky, in every blossoming and in every withering of the earth, there is a real coming of God to us if we will simply use our starved imagination to realize it."
Oswald Chambers My Utmost For His Highest
This is so me! This is where I live. Heaven and Nature is always singing, always speaking, always declaring His glory and majesty! I see Him in every bird, every creature, every sunrise, every sunset, every tree, plant and flower.... He is everywhere and all around us, encompassing us in His love.
"Open" your eyes and see Him. He, Himself is more real than the blessings He has given us. Use your "starved imagination"!
Look for Him today! Expect to see Him! You won't be disappointed!
The web address I posted isn't working. I copied it as it was.
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The article is "Taxpayers fund abortions but not school vouchers" by Dr. Paul Kengor
"I noted that the Obama administration and Democratic Congress 'rejected funding for school vouchers for poor children in Washington, DC, but supported funding for abortions for the mothers of those children.' "
Tonight is book club night and we will be discussing The Scent of Water. Could be a really good discussion!
Now for one last quote...at least for the time being.
"Appleshaw even more than most country places has the scent of water in its air." "The scent of water?" asked Mary. "I don't mean that literally. 'For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.' There's one thing blindness did for me, gave me a braille Bible. ...If I'd kept my sight I'd never read the Bible as I have,..." "What is the scent of water?" "Renewal. The goodness of God coming down like dew."
This quote about the tree comes from the book of Job.
I have an example of this very quote right outside our window. We had a Bradford pear tree cut down because it got damaged in a storm. The stump is there and also..."boughs like a plant".
Life coming out of death... Jesus dying on the cross and raising from the dead unto LIFE so that we could live... We were dead in our trespasses but when we accepted Him, were made alive... "Living water!" Renewal...new life...
I have finished reading the book... but the book isn't finished with me.
It has stirred so many emotions, evoked so many thoughts that go to the very depths of my being...into my soul.
I'm finding it very difficult to put it down for I want to pick it up and read it all over again.
It stirs me...it soothes me...it wraps around me bringing me to a place of security, actually to THE place of security which is Christ.
One can identify with most of the characters for there are parts of them in each of us. How utterly satisfying to see so many of them come to and grow into the reality of God and His precious love for each of them....for us.