Saturday, April 30, 2016

a tour....


...of Cathy and Bubba's Spring house,
inspired by seeing on Facebook earlier
a tour of
Chip and JoAnna Gaine's house.
who star in Fixer Upper on HGTV.

The show Fixer Upper is my favorite.
They inspire me to do more.

With bunnies as the theme,
lots of birds,
my Mom and Dad's wing back chairs,
an old, antique table,
several pictures of black and white churches,
painted my all time favorite color,
Sea Salt,
comfortable....
this room provides a great place 
for family gatherings.


Another view of what I call the 
Living Room....
The great, big, painted bookcases balance the huge blank wall.
Atop those sit the airplane
symbolizing the place that Bubba's career
has held in our life.
(United States Air Force 42 years)
You can see the recovered wing backs,
the big old clock, under which is my grandmother's
antique radio.
Four glass french doors let the outside in
and flood the room with light.


I call this room the Beach Room.
The fireplace is the centerpiece along with the
lighted glass shelves,
holding everything I've collected from the beach,
or that reminds me of the beach.
Lots of pictures of our grand kids
playing on the beach since they were babies
adorn the space.
My big white chair and ottoman 
is where I do my reading,
The round oak table that I drug in from a garage sale
that served as our kitchen table for many years,
has now been cut down and painted white
by Bubba.
It graces the center of the room atop the
bleached jute rug.
The picture of the beach on the left wall I took myself.
The big pillow
under the picture spells
Beach House.
The large windows that surround this room
give the sense of being in the yard.



Finally,
My grandmothers 's beautiful table
graces the foyer.
Lots of birds here....
there is even one perched on the mirror.

This concludes my house tour.
Hope you enjoyed it.


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Thursday, April 28, 2016

she brought me flowers


Lucy completely surprised me just now
at the Mexican Restaurant
with a little glass vase filled with
Jasmine.
They smell wonderful.
Even our waiter was impressed.

Lucy has the gift of "giving."
I love her gifts!
I love her!

She is taking golf at school and is doing very well.
She and some of her
 "boy" friends
play on Mondays and Thursdays.
Today she scored a 
"24" on 5 holes.

Lucy is one of my blessings.
I thank God for her.

Oh by the way....
She is still sewing.
She made curtains for the kitchen window 
in their new home.
I saw them today....I was amazed.





Wednesday, April 27, 2016

shadow time is a little off


I love when the sun rises in the morning.
Usually I am up well before it is,
so its appearance is eagerly awaited.
Our house faces East,
causing the morning sun to shine straight in.
We get some amazing shadows early on.
Shadows make great photos when you least expect.



In heaven we won't need a clock,
but here on earth it is essential.
We look at it a hundred times a day,
we wear it on our wrist,
there is one in the car,
there is a clock 
with big red numbers in front of our bed.
We look at it right before we go to sleep
and first thing when we wake up.

This earth,
this place that God made for us to live,
is regulated by time,
but God thinks about time differently than we do.
He never gets in a hurry.
Everything He does is perfect 
and happens at exactly the right moment.

As I sit here writing,
the sun is setting over my right shoulder.
The daylight will soon be gone
and we will rest.
Have sweet dreams...sleep tight,
and please don't let the bedbugs bite.

Glad to get my computer back today.
I phones are great,
but there is nothing like my big old desktop,
It is faster than the speed of sound now.
It got a new hard drive and a new picture disk loader.
I am very thankful for our computer guy,
He does a great job.






Monday, April 25, 2016

good news....



After receiving good news at the heart doctor this afternoon,
Bubba and I proceeded to go buy a new grill
and these gorgeous flowers...
then on to eat a steak in celebration.
He does not have to go back for a year.

I am very thankful this evening.
He has had six months of  tests and lots of waiting
 all to determine that his heart is in fine shape.

Our reason clouded over with euphoria,
not thinking one lick about the deer,
eager to fill our yard with color,
He allowed me to buy
more flowers....
even though yesterday afternoon I saw deer track
on the pathway through our forest
in the backyard.

Hopefully,
 they were just making a quick pass through
 to their new haunt.


This is a firecracker bush.
It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies,
Hopefully not deer.


We also bought this mosquito plant.
It is guaranteed to keep those pesky fellas away.
The reason?
It really stinks!!
Maybe if the deer do stop by.
it will repulse them as well.

All in all a very good day.
Our April days and evening have been lovely.
Perfect weather.!
April is a very good month!

Tomorrow,
 our computer genius 
is coming to take my computer away to his house
 where he will install a new hard drive...
ten times faster at everything. 
 I will try to blog on my phone but it may not happen...
never tried that before.

Tonight I lift my highest praises
to our God
Who was.
 and is,
 and always will be.



Sunday, April 24, 2016

would you look at this....


I found this beautiful flower yesterday afternoon.
nestled in some green stalks 
that I was considering doing away with.
The green fronds (?) were mixed in with a lot of dead fronds.
They looked awful.
I was ready to mow them down.

You who read know that I am underwhelming with flowers,
but I keep trying.
I love them so much and want them growing
and looking beautiful everywhere.

I have never seen anything like this before.
When it came into view,
it took my breath away.
The colorings,
the layers,
the delicateness,
simplicity,

There is a word in the Bible that I love....
Lovingkindness.
My spell check always wants me to throw it out of my writings.
It is used in the Bible like this most of the time....
"The lovingkindness of the Lord."

This flower is a perfect example of His love for us.
He didn't have to make flowers for us to enjoy,
but He did.
Just think about the vast number of them.
He gave them scents for us to enjoy as well.

What a sweet example of our Creator's loveingkindness
for Him to give us flowers,
to shower us with love and blessings.

No one can make a flower but God.
It's Who He is!!



Saturday, April 23, 2016

spring bed....


All ruffles and rabbits and really comfy.

My trust is not that I am holy,
but that,
being unholy,
Christ died for me.

My rest is here, not in what I am,
what I shall be,
what I feel, what I know.
My rest is in what Christ is and must be....
in what Christ did and is still doing,
as He stands yonder 
beyond the throne of glory.
(author unknown)

Nothing but the cross,
nothing else can give you rest.

To God be the glory great things He has done!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

because they are asking...


"What's going on with the cruise?"

Here is where we are now.....
To put 12 people on a ship
  cruising all around the islands of Hawaii
would cost a small fortune.
Selling on Ebay just won't get us there
even if I save up for four more years.

So....
We are going to look at the Southern Caribbean
for next summer.....
hit some places we've never cruised before.
Looking at June...
as soon as school gets out.

The most fun in the world is to gather around the table,
kids too, and talk about the possibilities.
We were all super excited about Hawaii
until we found out how expensive it is.

Hawaii is not off the table.
We still want to dream.

Peonies in picture above.
If I could be a bride again I would carry a big bouquet
of nothing else.
I think they are one of the most beautiful flowers 
I've ever seen.

Bubba is making
Sauteed Shrimp with Lemon Caper Cream Sauce
on Angel Hair Pasta
for dinner tonight.
I will maybe add a picture of it here in a little while.


It was delicious!!!

By the way...
this was day 2 of 3 days I set aside to
not leave the house to see if I can catch up with
all of the things that had not gotten done since January.
So far I have made great progress.
But....
a big & bad thunderstorm came
just as I was going out to work in the yard.
So....
maybe I will go into the attic and work there.
One more day to go.
Will it all get done?