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, April 27, 2018

Friday Foto Friends

Joining in with Debbie at Breathing in Grace for Friday Foto Friends.  Click here if you'd like to join in today.  

Geese at Cowan Lake last Saturday.  Not as sunny as I like, but it was still so beautiful and peaceful there.

Ducks

Geese and babies on the shoreline 

Love all the beautiful flowering trees I've seen this week

This is in our neighborhood and is extremely pretty,  I've been watching the buds getting bigger for weeks now and finally they have opened.
Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Cathy

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thankful Thursday


It's Thursday, which means it's time to be thankful.  Click here to join in with Rebecca Jo and let's be thankful together.

I'm so thankful for the beautiful weather expected today.  The sun is shining and it's going to get warmer as the day goes.  Loving this so much.

I'm so thankful that hubby and I have a trip planned for next week.  This morning he told me he wished we could stay a night longer than we planned.  So I called them and the room was available.  Thank you Lord that now we have an extra day to enjoy your beautiful creation next week.  And I know I don't have to be traveling to enjoy His creation.  I try to do it most every day.  But with vacation, there is no rushing and pressure.  Thank you Lord so much for this blessing.

I'm so thankful for my family heritage too.  I was blessed to come from two wonderful christian families.  Below is a picture of both sets of my grandparents.  This was actually two pictures and my sister put them together to make one.  I had forgotten all about this until I ran across it on FB the other day.

Mom's parents                                                                                      Dad's parents
I may be writing more about this stuff in the future, as hubby and I just had our DNA done and I'm contemplating working on our family tree again.

Anyway, these are some of the things I am thankful for today.  How about you?  What are you thankful for?

Cathy

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge




1. They say you learn something new every day. What did you learn yesterday?
I learned that there is a typo on the Lincoln Memorial. Trying to engrave the word future, they put euture. Check here:  https://www.rd.com/culture/typo-lincoln-memorial/

2. Have you ever had a now or never moment? Elaborate.
I'm sure I have, but I can't think of anything at the moment.  Maybe when I decided to switch from a PC to a MAC a couple of weeks ago.  I've been considering it for awhile and hubby did some research and found a good deal on Amazon and I debated for a bit and then said let's do it.  So far, I'm pretty happy with it.

3.  April 25th is National Telephone Day. Do you still have a land line or have you gone mobile only?  No, we do not have a land line, we are only mobile.  When you receive a text message do you respond immediately? Usually I respond immediately to a text, unless I need to think on the answer for a bit.  Last time you turned your phone off? I seldom turn my phone off, only just to reset it if needed.  However, I do turn the ringer off when in church, doctor's offices, etc. In two or three sentences share with us a story/memory/incident from your childhood (or something current if that's too hard) where the telephone is featured.
Do you remember party lines?  We used to have one and I remember mom and dad talking about at night when they wanted to make a call, they'd lay the phone between them in the bed and listen to whoever was talking and have a good laugh.  I don't have anything myself, because growing up, we kids seldom used the phone for anything.

4. Close call, at someone's beck and call, call the shots, call a meeting, call it quits, call in sick, call on the carpet, wake up call...which call have you 'heard' recently? Explain.
I've not really had any of them recently.  However, maybe close call would fit.  It seems so many times when out on the road there are close calls.  For example, the other night someone passed us on a country road and there was someone coming towards us in the other lane.  It didn't seem to bother them at all, but they were really way to close to pass.  I also hate it when someone cuts over in front of you on the interstate way before they should.  That seems to happen way more than I wish it would.

5. What subject do you wish you'd paid more attention to in school?
World Geography and World History...I have so much trouble knowing where a lot of countries are located and which stories go with which country.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
This little one seems to be settling in to Texas life.


He got a boo-boo

Barefoot and happy!

Loving eating outside

He's so adorable in his hats!
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Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day!

Cathy

Monday, April 23, 2018

My Weekend

It's been a good weekend.  On Saturday I slept in until almost 9:00am.  I can't even tell you the last time that happened, but it was so very nice.  Hubby and I then got cleaned up and headed out.  We went to Cowan Lake and just enjoyed the water and geese and ducks and just some quiet time together.  It is one of our favorite things to do, to go anywhere where there is water.



Then we ran some errands and came home and enjoyed a quiet evening catching up on some of our shows.

Sunday we had 2 really good church services and met his mom and dad for lunch.  Then I got a really good Sunday afternoon nap.  I love those the most and think maybe God even intended for us to nap on a Sunday.  It is the day of rest, after all.  lol

But before my nap, I took the dog out for a mile walk and Kerri called and I got to video-chat with her and Colton for a bit.  Of course, Colton didn't talk much because he was playing outside with bubbles at the time, but I got to see his smiling face and hear his little drawn out Hiiieeee!  I think he's going to make a really great Texan, as he already has the accent down pretty well.

That's about all I have to share, so how was your weekend?

Cathy

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thankful Thursday



Today I am so thankful for this little fellow.

He looks so happy!

He and his mommy just moved to Texas, they arrived last night.  I'm going to miss seeing him in person, but I am so thankful for him and for video chatting.  One of these days hubby and I will take a trip to see them.  I've always wanted to go to Texas for a visit.  Now I definitely have a very good reason.

So what are you thankful for.  You can click the button at the top to join in with Rebecca Jo.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting.

Cathy

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge





1. Three things on your spring bucket list? If you don't have an actual list that's fine, pretend you do.

I do not have a bucket list, but for your question here goes:
Finish the Bible Study we are currently doing (next Tuesday)
Take a trip to the Smoky's with hubby (in May)
Increase the speed, distance and frequency of my walking as I am signed up for a 5K later this year and I hope to sign up for a few more

2. Where do you find rest? What restores your soul? When was the last time you did whatever it was you answered here?
I find rest at the ocean.  Jesus restores my soul, especially at the ocean.  The last time I was at the ocean was for almost 4 weeks in November. 


Sitting right here on the balcony, in daylight & dark and thanking God for His creation
3. April is National Celery Month. Who knew? Do you like celery? What's your favorite dish made with celery? On a veggie and dip platter which would you reach for first-carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes? 
I can eat celery if it's got dip or peanut butter on it, but no it's not something I particularly like.  I can eat it in dressing or maybe soup, but I'd really prefer it not be there.  I'd reach for tomatoes or carrots.

4. I read here eight things to do before 8 am to make your day less hectic-Start one load of laundry, drink water, empty the dishwasher, read your Bible, know what you're having for dinner, get dressed, brain dump (two lists-one what you're thankful for and one what's weighing on your mind), and after the brain dump make your to-list for the day

How many of these are you currently doing? Which one do you think would help the most if you added it to your early morning routine?
I currently read my Bible and/or do my Bible Study and get dressed (except on Saturdays).  I think adding the brain dump (Thankful list) would help a lot.

5. Describe the view from your window.
Right now I am at work eating lunch and I can see a corner of the firehouse and a corner of a big new bank building across the street.





6. Insert your own random thought here.
If you think about it my father-in-law could use some prayer.  He is having some physical issues.  Thank you.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day.''

Cathy

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Foto Friends


Our House Thursday morning

Those are vultures sitting on an old schoolhouse building next to our post office

Birdseye view of my sister's bird

Mom and Dad's gravestone with new flowers for the summer.

My brother's stone with summery flowers

White fluffy clouds in a bright blue sky from one evening last week

Out on a walk with the dog and heading towards home.

Found this picture on FB.  This is my grandparents on my dad's side with all 14 of their adult children.  I love this picture so much.
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Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Cathy

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thankful Thursday

I know I'm really late, but I still want to be thankful today.  So here goes:

**As I've said before, but it warrants being said again, I am so thankful for Rebecca Jo and her continuing doing Thankful Thursday each week.  She is so faithful and I for one really appreciate it.  If you've never met her, click the button above and go and visit her.  I promise you won't regret it.  She's definitely worth getting to know.

**Got a new computer.  It's a Mac and I'm learning to use it.  It's stretching my mind and so I think it will be good for me.


**I'm so thankful that I got to FaceTime with Kelli last night and video-chatted with Kerri tonight.  Love my girls.

**I'm really thankful for the beautiful day today.  So warm and blue skies and sunshine.  I know it's going to rain this weekend but I have enjoyed today.

Since it's so late, I'm going to keep this short and sweet, but I wanted to at least thank God for a few of the many things He's done for me.

So what are you thankful for?

Thanks for visiting.

Cathy


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge





1. April is National Jazz Appreciation Month. Are you a fan? If so what's a favorite you'd recommend to someone new to jazz listening?
I certainly don't hate it, but I wouldn't consider myself a big fan.  I do like a small dose of it from time to time though.

2. Mandolin, ukulele, harp, accordion or banjo...which would you be most interested in learning to play? Or do you already play one of the instruments listed?
I've wanted to play the ukulele for the last several years.  One of these days (maybe when I retire), I'll actually try to learn.

3. Do you judge a book by it's cover? Elaborate. You may answer in either/both the literal or figurative sense of the word.
Literally, yes I do sometimes.  If the cover does not appeal to me, I probably won't read it.  I try very hard not to judge people by their cover.  Unfortunately, I don't always succeed, if I'm honest about it.

4. According to a recent study the ten most nutritious foods are-almonds, cherimoya (supposed to taste like a cross between a pineapple/banana), ocean perch, flatfish (such as flounder and halibut), chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard, pork fat (shocking! but I don't think they mean bacon), beet greens, and red snapper. Are any of these foods a regular part of your diet? Any you've never ever tasted? Which would you be most inclined to add to your diet?
I wouldn't say any of them are a regular part of my diet, however, I do eat almonds quite often.  I've never had cherimoya, ocean perch, beet greens or red snapper.  I would be most inclined to add ocean perch I think.

5. Besides a major holiday what is the most recent thing you've celebrated with your people? Tell us how.
Can't think of any celebrations recently except holidays recently.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Hubby ordered me a Mac Desktop Computer.  I should get it today (Wednesday).  Looking forward to learning how to use it.  I have an iPhone and an iPad, but have never used a Mac Computer.  This should be fun!  lol  But, honestly, I think it will be good for me to learn something new and stretch my brain some.

Click the button at the top to join in with Joyce and the Hodgepodge.  Thanks for visiting me and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Cathy

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thankful Thursday


I am so thankful for the hours we had with this little one last Thursday.  I am so blessed.

His new ball from Papaw and Gigi

Mouthful of Easter chocolate

Loving that ball


Showing me his bear

You look funny upside down Gigi

Watching TV with Papaw

Saying goodbye as we are leaving
Thankful for time with hubby's family on Easter.  Great food and great conversation.



So what are you thankful for?  Click the button at top to visit Rebecca Jo.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Cathy

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

One Sentence A Day - March 2018



1.  Another rainy day and I'll sure be glad for some sunshine when it comes.
2.  Brought Chinese home for dinner and just relaxed.
3.  Chilly day but beautiful sunshine so we went and watched the planes coming and going at the airport.
4. Lunch with the in-laws after church...how I love spending time with them.
5. Monday back to work and then pick up groceries at Kroger ClickList, and a walk with the dog and cooking and cleaning up and laundry kind of night.
6. Annual mammogram and all is well...thank you Jesus!
7. It got cooler today so it was a great night to stop and get a hot chocolate on the way to church and it was so yummy and we got it from Speedway!
8.  Started spring cleaning in our bedroom.
9.  Hubby took me to Cracker Barrel for dinner after work and it was so nice not to have to go home and cook.
10. Sent in our DNA Samples...can't wait to see what they say about our heritage.
11.  Time change...ugh!
12.  My sister and I went shopping and I bought this cute lunch bag.
My new lunch bag
13.  Bible study started and we're doing Priscilla Shirer's "Discerning the Voice of God."
14.  After being gone the last two nights sure did enjoy a night at home with a little housework and some TV time with the husband.
15.  Typical work day and evening at home.
16.  Taxes have been completed so hubby and I went and picked them up after work.
17.  Went to a co-worker's father's funeral and then to lunch with my sister and brother-in-law who are always fun to be with.
18.  Church and then lunch with hubby's family...good conversation and just love being with them.
Miss Lucy did not want me to leave for church.
19.  Got up early and took my car to Walmart for new tires and then after work I went to see "I Can Only Imagine" and it was sooooo good.
What a beautiful sunrise and so glad we were up and out early enough to enjoy it.
20. We had a great 2nd week of Bible Study and I feel so blessed to be with these women.
21.  Second day of spring and we woke up to snow on the ground and I'm so over it!  lol
22.  Took my sister to a doctor's appointment and all was well with her and she found some yarn someone was giving away and gave it to me and now I need to decide what to make.

23.  Came home after work and walked a mile with the dog as it was sunshine and blue skies, but chilly.
24.  Met my sister and her husband tried a new restaurant (to hubby and I) and had some great fish and chips.
25.  2 wonderful church services, met another pastor and his wife for the first time (for me, hubby already knew them) and they were so nice.
26.  Regular Oncologist appointment (I have a new doctor now as mine has gone into research) and all is well and I think I'm going to like him.
27.  Work and Bible Study and I certainly love this study...Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer.
28.  Went to bed early this evening because we were getting up really early to head to Chicago area to see Kerri and Colton.
29.  What a wonderful day with Colton and Kerri and Matt.
Oh be still my heart, I love these two so much

Love her too!!!
30.  Took this day off so we could have a 4 day weekend and just relaxed and rested up from the day before.
31.  Went to lunch with hubby at Chuys and then into Barnes and Nobles and bought a new journal and I love it.


So what was your month like?

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you have a great day!

Cathy