If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Foto Friends

It's time for Friday Foto Friends where we post pictures from our week.  Click the button above if you'd like to link up.

Here are a couple of random pictures from my week.  Nothing spectacular, but I love taking photos with my phone.

Horses across the street from the exit of our subdivision

Same horses, but a different day

My grandson.  Mommy took his picture in his new outfit. and sent it to me.  Doesn't he look proud.

My grandson's mommy on her way to work I think.
This is my oldest daughter just after getting a fresh haircut.

These are not spectacular pictures as I said above, however the subject matter of the last three are very spectacular.  I love them to pieces.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I love video chat time with my grandson and his momma.  He was eating last night while we talked.

I'm listening to this audobook from the Library.  It is excellent and getting me in the Christmas spirit.  I've listened to several of her books and just found this one.  I'm going to have to see if she has some more.  She's the one who wrote The Christmas Shoes.  Love her books.

Love it when Lucy sacks out with me.

I love making these scripture photos on the YouVersion Bible app.

I am so thankful for the many things and people God has blessed me with.  How about you?  What are you thankful for this week?  You can click the button at the top of the page if you'd like to join in with Rebecca Jo at Knit By God's Hand.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Things I am thankful for this past week:

*  Video chats with Colton this week.  Last night he actually smiled and waved and clapped for me.  So fun!!

*  Walks with my puppy.  She wears me out pulling and stuff, but she loves it so much and that makes me happy and thankful.

*  Watching TV with hubby and crocheting, loom-knitting, and working puzzles.

*  A really good nights sleep last night.

*  Walked a 5K on Saturday practicing for the upcoming Great Pumpkin Run.  So thankful to be able to do this because this  time last year there would have been no way.

*  Shopping with my sister Saturday morning.  It's been awhile and it was really fun.

*  3 day weekend because of Columbus Day on Monday.  Loved it.

*  So thankful for the things I am learning about the Armor of God in our Bible Study.  We are so blessed.

So what are you thankful for this week? Click the button at the top if you want to link up.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's time for the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  In fact, I'm running rather late.  Just click the button above if you'd like to participate.

1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can't find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I've been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.
I'm probably around a 3 or 4.  Good thing I can read a map or following GPS and I totally love the app called Waze.

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don't count!) 
We keep an Atlas in our vehicle at all times, but I must admit it's been awhile since I've used it.

back east, down south, out west, up north

Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it.
Down south and maybe a little back east because in a little less than 3 weeks hubby and I will be in Myrtle Beach!!

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical? Describe your yesterday in one word.
Talking probably.  Yes, it's probably typical as I didn't have the nickname Chatty Cathy for nothing.  However, I really do try to listen well to others.  I'm so much more conscious of that than my younger self ever was.  Yesterday was "busy."

3. Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity...which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting? What might you do to change that?
Time.  Stay off social media, but I don't see that happening anytime to soon.  lol

4. Did  your family take regular vacations when you were a kid? Tell us something you remember about a family roadtrip from your own childhood.
We took vacations about once a year.  Usually around the Christmas holidays and we would go to Florida to visit with my dad's family.  I'm not sure whatever made them do it, but packing 5 kids and 2 adults in a station wagon and driving for 2 days!  I'm not sure I'd call that vacation. haha  But we always had fun and hopefully didn't drive mom and dad too crazy.

5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow? Why?
I really don't have much desire to grow anything.  Maybe pineapples because I really love fresh pineapple.  Plus it has bromalain in it which is supposed to be really good for joint inflammation and pain.  I just learned about this last week, so I'm trying to eat fresh pineapple more often because the medication they have me on, one of it's side affects is joint pain.  Hoping it will help.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
I can't wait to be here in a few weeks.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Foto Friends

I've been missing from Friday Foto Friends for a few weeks.  Thought I'd participate again this week.  You can click the button above it you'd like to participate too.

Lucy on the back of my chair

I love leaving this little notes in public places hoping it will encourage someone

Beautiful pink flowers outside a restaurant

Blue skies and contrails


Our front porch in the dark

Our mums

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thankful Thursday

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Things I am thankful for this week:

*  a husband who took me out on the spur of the moment last Friday night, just because I didn't want to cook or clean-up the kitchen.

*  time at the Cincinnati airport to watch planes on such a beautiful day Saturday

*  2 walks with the puppy on Saturday

Love the puppy paw prints in this picture
*  Lunch with my husband's parents Sunday after church and then a really good nap before evening service

*  These wonderful ladies I do Bible Study with on Tuesday nights.

*  Online grocery shopping and then just pulling in and they load the car...divine!!

*  Enjoying another audiobook at work...Tale as Olde as Time Book 3 in the Twisted Tales series

So what are you thankful for this week?


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1.  Have you ever spent time on a farm? Tell us a little bit about it. Have you ever grown your own pumpkin? Been on a hayride? Driven a tractor? Milked a cow?
Yes.  My parents bought a small farm when I was a freshman in high school and I lived there until I was around 25 or 26 when my sister and I moved to an apartment. I personally never grew pumpkins, but we may have had them in the garden. We did have a garden every year and I helped. Yes, I’ve been on a hayride and I’ve also helped bale hay. Yes, I’ve driven a tractor a couple of times. Dad let me mow the back field with the tractor. That was fun and a bit scary too.    No, I’ve never milked a cow although we had a milk cow for a year.  Loved the fresh milk. I did sometimes feed the cows, pigs and other animals. But actually my dad did most of it. 

2. What's something younger you would like about you now? 
I think my younger self would like to know that I am very happy and very content with my life at this age.

3. What are three things you'd like to do more often? Three things you'd like to do less often?
More often...Read, See my grandson, go to the beach. Less often...go to the doctors, pay bills, worry

4. What's on your nachos?
Beef, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, retried beans and cheese

5. What's the most random thing in your purse or wallet? Does it need to stay there?
My husband’s reading glasses. Yes, so he can read the menus in restaurants or anything else he may need to when we are out.  It keeps him from having to carry them.  Since I usually have my purse it just makes it easier.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.
A friend made ham salad sandwiches for our Bible Study group last night and she packed extra for me to take home because she knows I love them so much.  Makes for an excellent lunch as I'm doing the Hodgepodge.  Thanks Jan!!!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I know this is supposed to be Thankful Thursday, but I'm still thankful on Friday, so I thought I'd join in a little late.  Click here if you want to join in.

I had a visit with my oncologist Thursday and I was able to ask some questions about some concerns I've had.  He answered and I feel so much better.  I've been having some trouble with pain in my joints and it seems to be spreading and I was rather afraid (although, I was trying hard not to be) that I may have some cancer spread into my joints or something.  But nope.  Found out that the drug they have me on, one of it's side effects is joint pain.  Totally explains things.  I feel so relieved.  While I don't like the pain, it's not continuous.  When I first stand up, I feel like a cripple, but after a few steps, it mostly goes away and I can still take my walks and do the 5K coming up.  The joints in my fingers have started hurting too, but it's the same.  After I move them some, it pretty much goes away.  Thankfully, it does not keep me from playing piano, typing and crocheting.  He said, if it gets too bad, they can change the medication to something else.  But I really don't want to change as this seems to be the best and I want the best chance possible of keeping cancer away from me.  So for now, I'll live with it.  But again, I'm so thankful it wasn't something more serious!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. What pets did you have while growing up? Tell us a little something about them.
We always had a dog of one type or another.  I remember a boston terrier name Poochie, a dachshund named Katie, a Heinz 57 named Soot, a Shepherd name Fritz and then were several more.  Sometimes we had 2 or 3 at a time when we lived on the farm.  We also had cats at the farm.  I don't recall names.  We had a horse named Honeybunch who was so old and swayback and we had a pony named Comanche who was a little mean.  I rode Honeybunch, but never Comanche.  We also had bunnies (which dad never intended to be pets) and oh, I also had a guinea pig at one time too. 

2. What is one thing you absolutely must accomplish today?
I must remember to pick a friend up for Bible study tonight.  Typically she rides with someone else, but they can't come tonight.  I must not forget.

3. Where were you ten years ago? What were you doing there?
Ten years ago, I lived in the same house, worked the same job and went to the same church.  So I guess pretty much the same as now.  Except now, the girls are moved out and it's just hubby and me.

4. September 26th is National Dumpling Day. Did you celebrate? Apple dumpling, xiao long bao (steamed Chinese dumpling), chicken and dumplings, pirogi, matzoh balls, or gnocchi...which dumpling on this list would be your dumpling of choice? Have you ever made homemade dumplings of any kind?
N0pe, no celebration.  However, I do love apple dumplings and my favorite is chicken and dumplings.  I have helped my sister make chicken and dumplings before.

5. 'There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find an adventure and those who go secretly hoping they don't.' William Trogdon

So which kind are you?
I'm not much of an adventurer.  So I'd probably be hoping there wasn't one.  I love to experience new things, but not great big adventures any more.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Fun Skyping Saturday with Kerri and Colton while they were traveling. He was acting a little shy that day.

Hope you are having a great week.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Let’s be thankful today. Click here to go to Knit by God’s Hand to link up for Thankful Thursday and to see what others are thankful for. It’s a great way to be encouraged and to encourage others. Recognizing the things God does in my life reminds me how much He loves me and cares about me. I hope it will do the same for you.

* Colton turned 1 on Saturday. I am so thankful for him and the joy he has brought to our lives.  He also went for his 1 year check up yesterday and all is good!d  Thank you Jesus.

* I was out early this morning with the dog and the stars were bright and so pretty. I just love the sky both night and day.

* The Bible Study we’re doing is sooooo good. I’m thankful for this opportunity to learn and I’m so thankful for the women who are with us in this. Tuesday night the testimonies were so great. God is so good to us.

*. Some other small things I am thankful for are my Kindle, iPad, iPhone, audio books, and my blog

* I’m also very thankful for all my blogging friendships and for each comment made.

So that’s just a small list of stuff for me.  What about you?  What are you thankful for this week?  You can tell me here or make your post and link up and I'll tto ry come read it on your blog.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's time for Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Just click the button above to join in.

1. What's something you'd rate a 10/10? Tell us why.
Being a christian.  In my mind, there is absolutely no way to lose by choosing to serve God.  Doesn't mean life is easier, but it sure helps to know that Jesus is always with you through whatever you may have to go through.

2. What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?
Anything in a supervisory capacity because I do not like confrontation and/or having to discipline someone.

3. When did you last take a fall? What's something you're falling for (in a good way) these days?
I think it was late last year.  I lost my balance and fell and let me tell you, this older body does not handle that well.  Fortunately I didn't hurt myself bad, but I was a little sore for a while.  I'm falling more and more for the idea of retirement.  I know I've mentioned this a lot lately, but if all goes as we hope, I'll be retired this time next year and I'm liking the idea more and more.

4. According to the Travel Channel here are some of America's best fall festivals-

National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM)

Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed? Which one appeals to you most? Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?
No, I've never been to any of these festivals.  I'd probably like the first one because I do like Gettysburg and I'd like to go back there.  My hometown does have an Applefest every year.  I haven't been for a long time.  I'm just not real fond of crowds.

5. What is your goodbye message to summer?
Summer, you've been pretty mild and I'm so glad.  See you next year.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
I'm debating growing my hair back out or keeping it short.  Any opinions appreciated.

Have a great day


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thankful Thursday

It's Thursday so that means it's time to be Thankful.  Click here to link up with Rebecca Jo. 

*  Waking up early and having time to read the Bible
*  Breakfast with hubby on Friday morning before work.
*  A good chiropractor who is helping to keep me loosened up.
*  Walked a 5K Saturday morning...now I just need to pick up the pace some. 
*  Supper, shopping and visiting with my sisters Saturday evening.
*  Some new yarn for either a hat or boot cuffs/toppers and it was on clearance.
*  Received a call from Kelli (who is in Cuba) and they survived the storm well.  However today (Thursday) they are still in Cuba with no electric and their flight tomorrow is cancelled.  Rescheduled now for next week.
*  Started the "Armor of God" Bible Study Tuesday.
*  Kerri's birthday was yesterday.  So thankful she is my daughter.
*  Today is my work anniversary.  I've been here 41 years now.  Thankful for how this job has provided for us all these years.

So that's some of the things I'm thankful for.  What about you?


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.
Look at this sweet face and you tell me!  How can anyone be that sweet and happy first thing in the morning.

2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway?   If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?
Never been there, but would surely like to see it.

3. How do the changing seasons affect you? As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward? Which season-season transition bothers you most? Why do you suppose that is? 
I enjoy the changing seasons.  There is something to look forward to in each one.  Probably the one I like the least is winter because I do not like the ice and snow.  Actually I don't mind the snow, unless I have to go out and as long as I keep working I have to go out.  So there you go.

4. It's your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having? Do you ever lie about your age?
Anywhere I don't have to cook and clean-up.  This year it was Red Lobster and I had crab legs.  No, I don't lie about my age, maybe my weight, but not my age.

5. What's a life lesson you've learned recently?
"Not my monkeys, not my circus" is one of my new favorite sayings.  It reminds me not to stick my nose in where it doesn't belong.  Definitely makes for a more peaceful life.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.
Skyping with this guy is getting to be so fun.  He recognizes us now and it's so awesome.

Happy Birthday to his mama today too!!!!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Five Minute Friday and Friday Foto Friends

Five Minute Friday is where we are given a prompt and we write for five minutes with no need to edit and then we link up here and share our post and read and comment on other people's' posts.

The prompt this week is:  Work


Work - a job or place of employment.  I have had the same employer for the past 41 years.  However, my work has not always been the same. I worked as a dispatcher for many of those years and then a records clerk and now an administrative assistant. At times the work has been stressful (especially as a dispatcher), but it's been a good job and I'm thankful for it.


“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Linking up with Friday Foto Friends.  Click here to join in.

Statue of Liberty in our neighborhood

Beautiful skies while out walking Thursday evening

Love these in a neighbor's yard

More cool skies

The last of my tomatoes - waiting for them to ripen now

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Once again, I am very late.  But not only am I late, I am also thankful, so I'm going to link up anyway.  Just finished my evening walk with the puppy.  Now I'm pooped and I hope she is too.  lol
So here are some things I'm thankful for this week:

 - My friend Neide on FB that has challenged us to write down 12 things a day to be thankful for from Sept. 1 to Thanksgiving.  We should have about 1000 by then.  Also she is post on FB each day where we can write down 2-3 things a day to work towards 1000 as a group.

 - I'm listening to A.D.33 by Ted Dekker at work.  Man! it is so good!!  I definitely recommend this book.  Plus I love listening to books.  I've got 2 more to listen to and some others I'm waiting to become available.

 - Skyping with Kerri and Colton.  So much fun.  He's actually recognizing us on Skype since we visited last week.

 - My stainless steel glass.  It keeps my ice all day and my water is so very cold.

 - Lucy woke me up the last two nights wanting to go out.  While I'm not so thrilled to be awakened, the moon has been so bright and beautiful both nights.  So I'm thankful to get to see it.

 - A Sunday afternoon nap.  One of my most favorite things.

That's a few things I'm thankful for this week.  How about you?  Click here to link up.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday so that must mean it's time for the Wednesday Hodgepodge  If you'd like to play along after reading here, just answer the questions on your blog and then click on the button above to go visit Joyce and link up there.  You will love meeting all the nice people that participate in the Hodgepodge.

 1. When you think about your future what do you fear most? Hope for the most?
Will I know when it's the right time to retire.  That we'll have many years to enjoy retirement and have good health during those years

2. September is National Chicken Month. How often is chicken on the menu at your house? What's a favorite dish made with chicken? What's something you're a 'chicken' about doing or trying?
Not often at the house, but quite often when we eat out and I eat it for lunch at work quite often too.  Most favorite is chicken and dumplings.  But I really love chicken fixed most any way.  I'm chicken about speaking in front of people.

3. What are three things you don't own but wish you did?
I'm pretty content with what I have.  But maybe a winter home on the beach.  Can't think of much else.

4. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one? Elaborate.  If you answered one, which one?
Jack of all trades because I think that would make you a more rounded person.  But if I could master one thing, I would want it to be playing the piano.

5. Ketchup or mustard? On what?
Ketchup - love it on hotdogs and hamburgers

6.  Insert your own random thought here.
I love my grandson so much.