Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving & beyond

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving & then survived Black Friday (I think that is a strange name, but I understand the meaning) & didn't go too much into debt.  Personally, I can't stand shopping like that.  Shop till you drop is not me.  I remember I went to the Mall of America one Friday after Thanksgiving with a girlfriend & her mother.  What was I thinking, never again. I'm not one of those people that can do marathon shopping trips. I'm not saying I don't like to shop, cause I do. My idea of fun is shopping on line.  Cyber Monday is probably my ideal shopping trip.  Ahh, alas, because of my current financial situation I must stay away from my favorite websites.  That will be turned around soon.  Praise God!

I made something for Thanksgiving dinner that I've never made before & I think it turned out quite well.  It was butternut squash roasted with olive oil, balsamic vinegar & rosemary. Not traditional for some members of my family, but for some it was good. I should have taken a picture of it, but didn't. But here is the link to the recipe if anyone is interested.  I follow her blog.


Take care,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hi all,
I'm entering a give away for an ipad & need to link to the site.  This is actually a great site for financial planning.  The guy who writes it is a Christian, so his principles are Biblical.  Anyway I hope I win the ipod.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Oh my goodness, it has been way too long since I've posted anything. I guess I've been going through some challenging times and because of that I don't always feel like writing. With God's help, I know everything will work out wonderfully. I will stay focused on Him and His will.

One of the things I've always loved doing is sewing. It started when I was in high school & had to take Home Ec. For those of you who are too young to know what Home Ec is, back then girls took Home Ec to learn how to cook, sew, take care of a baby (some of my friends really took that one to heart), not sure if cleaning was part of the curriculum, but the main focus was how to do "womanly" things. The boys took Shop & learned how to use tools, work on cars & I don't know what else, "manly" things. Sort of sexist, don't ya think?

For some reason I got out of doing it, I don't really remember why. I am getting back into it though. I recently took a machine quilting class. I've completed the practice session & am going to do the actual project next.  When I get it finished I'll post a picture of it.  I took a beginning quilting class about 15 years ago. I never quite finished that quilt so I have that one to finish as well. It just needs a few seems sewn together & the binding put on.  Then I took another class for a "round the world" quilt, I finished the top, but never put it together with a back & quilted. That was the main reason I took the machine quilting class. The beginning class was all done by hand & it would take way too long to hand quilt it. It probably wouldn't have taken 15 years, but go figure.  I have so many unfinished projects of various types of crafts that I will be busy until Kingdom Come, as my mom used to say. Little did she know how right she was.

I pray everyone has a safe & Happy Thanksgiving. I will go to my sister's, but first have to drive about 50 miles to pick up my aunt. She is sort of a challenge, because she has dementia & has anger issues. That is a whole other blog topic in itself.

Take care & God bless.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Restful peace

Hope you've had a wonderful day.  Hope it was a peaceful day.  Speaking of peace, I just finished my bible reading for today & have to point out what I got out of it.  I'm reading Hebrews, 1 Kings & 2 Samuel.  No reason for my choice, I guess it was God's. I read Hebrews 4, 2 Samuel 7, and 1 Kings 5. In all of those chapters it mentions "rest in the Lord."  Not those exact words, but that is basically what it says. I started praying about the "rest" part,  "humm, Lord, what are you trying to say to me"?  2 Samuel 7:10-11 says "And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed.  Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies. 1 Kings 5:4 says "But now the Lord my God has given me rest, and there is no adversary or disaster".  In Hebrews 4, the entire first part of the chapter is entitled "A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God" (verses 1-11) & that whole section talks mostly about the rest God has given us. Verse 9 says "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience".  I think God is telling us that once we accept Jesus as our Savior we will be at peace and that peace will put us at rest. It will make us better people & easier to handle all the stuff (adversaries, disasters, enemies) that come into our lives on a daily, sometimes hourly basis.  Made sense to me anyway.

Be at rest!

Friday, June 8, 2012

My great niece

I got to spend sometime today with my great niece, Delaney Bree.  She & her parents live in Denver & her parents are here for a wedding.  She turned a year old in March so she is at the age where everything is a discovery. I haven't seen her for a year, but she is one of those children that welcomes you into their heart & lives. After about 5 minutes she was holding onto my hand & give me "fist bumps." I love kids at this age!  I wish I could see her more often & develop a real relationship with her. It was so much fun seeing her even though she spent most of the time in the water with her dad. We did get to spend some time in the water, but I was prepared for a day of swimming so I didn't go in deeper than my ankles.

It was a great day to be at a lake.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

It's been a while

Hello again, it's been a couple of weeks since I posted anything, so figured it was about time. I had a second blog class this morning, so that gave me some inspiration. Learned out to make the layout look better, traffic options, lots of cool stuff for a blog. I changed my layout design, but it didn't really turn out the way I wanted it to so I guess I'll have to play around with it some more.

I work as a contract admin & the current assignment I'm on has been organizing legal files, I've been doing it now for about 4 months (YES, that is right 4 MONTHS of filing!!! Don't think I need to say more.)  Anyway, I found this little piece of paper that I thought was very interesting..  It is called "In the 'Test Kitchen' of Life" & here's how it goes.

A young woman was complaining to her father how difficult her life had become.  He said nothing, but took her to the kitchen and set three pans of water to boiling. To the first pan, he added carrots; to the second, eggs; and to the third, ground coffee.  After all three had cooked, he put their contents into separate bowls and asked his daughter to cut into the eggs and carrots and smell the coffee.  "What does this all mean?" she asked impatiently?

"Each food," he said, "teaches us something about facing adversity, as represented by the boiling water." The carrot went in hard but came out soft and weak. The eggs went in fragile but came out hardened. The coffee, however, changed the water to something better.

"Which will you be like as you face life?" he asked.  Will you give up, become hard - or transform adversity into triumph? As the "chef of your own life, what will you bring to the table.

The torn out page says it was adapted from the AccessChristian website. I don't know how old this page is, must be from this century anyway, so I did a Google search for the website & there is such a thing. It looks like an online informational website for Christians, if anyone is interested

 This is Edinburgh, Scotland. One of my favorite cities in the world. Not that I have been to so many cities in the world, mind you and it has nothing to do with what I just wrote. I have been here though.  I need pictures on my blog & have to remember to start taking my camera with me when I go places.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friends & fabric

I’m wondering what I should write about, sometimes I think I have nothing to offer or that I am not unique, but then the Lord reminds me THAT I AM UNIQUE, he doesn’t make mistakes!!  I know there are a lot of single women out there in my exact situation. Some of them I know, some of them could be a million miles away from me. I’m hoping this might bring some of us together from all corners of the earth. I’m on Facebook & up until a couple of weeks ago was playing a couple of games. It has gotten to be very time consuming & even though it is fun, it has become a chore & something I felt I had to do in order to keep up with the demands of the stupid missions. However, as a result of playing I have acquired friends from all over the world and have developed relationships that I cherish, with some of them.  Hopefully, this might encourage some of those friends.

I used to do a lot of crafts, but over the years haven’t done it much. One of the things I love is sewing & still have way too much unused fabric. I have a tendency to keep things because “I might need it someday” and fabric is one of them.  I found this great designer and just wanted to share her website, http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/mainmenu.php.  She has fabric, some free patterns, and other stuff.  Hope you enjoy it.