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


Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Bits of This and That and Tuesday 4


Good morning.

I usually write this post on Monday, but I didn't get to it.  Actually, I was at the hospital most of the day.  My sister's husband had a fairly serious surgery and I didn't want her sitting by herself during that. Then when I came home yesterday afternoon, I did read a few blog posts, but never wrote one. Anyway, her husband's surgery went well.  The doctor was very pleased with how it all went.  He'll have a time of recovery, but then he should be good.

We had some really beautiful weather over the weekend and even still yet today.  We went out for lunch a couple of times and ran some errands over the weekend.  We had church on Sunday and then came home and had lunch and took a nap and a walk with the dog, and then back to church.

Hubby's had a bit of a scare the last couple of days.  He's seeing a flashing light in the periphery of his eye and one floater.  So, this morning he called his eye doctor and from what he told them, she said, at this time, it didn't sound like an emergency and that he should just keep an eye on it and if anything changes, let her know.  So, we're both breathing a little bit easier at this point.  

Now for the Tuesday 4:

The Music of Home

Hello again! You are very welcome here at Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4.
From the play Greenwillow comes the song The Music of Home:

Tis the music of home
The music of home
Full of wonder as angel song
All the music of home
Thе music of home
Singing, "Home is wherе I

There is a music to home.. let's talk about the music in your home.
1. Was home always your safe place?  Or did it leave a lot to be desired?  What would improve the music in your home today? I've always felt loved and safe in my homes.  I love it just the way it is.

2.Do you like coming home at the end of a day?  How about when you were a kid? Yes, I do love coming home, I've always felt loved and felt safe in my home as a child and also my homes as an adult.  I've been blessed.

3. What is the music of your home?  How would you describe life in your home growing up.. in the middle of your life and right now?  Is there a song that might fit your home? We actually don't listen to a lot of music at home.  But when we do it's probably southern gospel and praise and worship type music most.

4. Like a symphony, home has it's ups and downs as the picture to the side illustrates.  What are your homes best ups and worst downs?( stories of happy times, busted water heaters, goofy things that have happened, etc. Like everyone, we've had our share of things going bad, like a leaky roof (new shingles a few years back took care of that, broken appliances, etc.  Nothing too drastic.

So all in all, it's been a good weekend and in the parts that were not too easy, God was definitely there with us through it all.  How was your weekend?


Saturday, February 24, 2024

Share 4 Somethings - February 2024


Today is the February edition of Share 4 Somethings, where we're talking about some things we loved or disliked, accomplished, improved upon or something that needs improvement, and noticed this month. I hope you make plans to join Jennifer and the rest of us!  Link-up here.  It's always the last Saturday of every month. 

Loved - We had Olive Garden yesterday for lunch and I enjoyed that.  I'm still loving the books I'm reading.  I've started another series by the same author and it takes place during the time of the King Saul.  I haven't actually started reading it yet, but I checked it out through Libby.  I need to finish another book I have first.  It shouldn't take too long.

Accomplished - Our neighbors hired a crew to take down some trees in their yard and one of them saw me outside and came over and asked if we were interested in having the wood line at the back of our lot cleaned up some.  The last couple of years, the honeysuckle has grown wild and hubby and I are just not able to keep up with it like we used to.  So, we hired them to do it for us.  They did a pretty good job, of course it will look a lot better when the leaves grow back.  Right now it looks like a bunch of dead trees left.  lol (I'll try to remember to post a picture this spring,)  Below are a couple of photos of the stack of brush they cleaned out.  They came back yesterday and chipped them up and got them out of the front yard.  I'm so glad that task has been completed.

Improved -  We've improved some of our eating habits.  We're eating more salads at home and I'm really enjoying that.  I've also enjoyed some Cobb salads when we've gone out for lunch.  Wendy's has a really good Cobb salad and so does Outback.  I'm eating more fish too.  He kept telling me to eat salmon.  I said I don't like salmon, how about other fish.  He said all fish is good except not Long John Silvers.  lol   We still need to do better, but I think it's not a bad start.

Noticed - I'm noticing more and more that getting old is definitely not for sissies.  Seems like so many people I know are fighting health issues of some kind. Whether it's hip replacements, knee replacements, heart issues, cancer, etc.  While I know you don't have to be old to need these things, I think recovery is a little harder for the elderly.  But even though getting older is not easy, I'm so glad to be alive and I think I appreciate that fact more every day.  I no longer just take life for granted.

Thanks for visiting.  What have you loved, accomplished, improved or noticed in February?


Thursday, February 22, 2024

Thankful Thursday

Link up is here.

Sorry, I've mostly been MIA this week.  I just haven't had much to say.  I've had a good week, but just have kind of lost my blogging mojo.  But I still want to take time to be thankful.

*  I am so thankful for my sister.  We spent a few hours together on Monday.  We went to Hobby Lobby and Whole Foods Market and then to Kroger and had lunch at Taco Bell.  It was just a few hours, but I had so much fun.  

*  I'm so thankful for both of my daughters.  I've talked to both of them several times this week and I so love that.  

*  Kelli (the oldest) and I are doing a long distance Bible Study together called, "Jesus & Women in the First Century and Now."  So far it has been very good.  I feel like I'm learning and stretching and growing closer to God and also to Kelli.  She brings in so many insights that I would never think of and I hope I'm doing the same for her.  Oh and this will be the same study I will be doing with our Women's Bible Study starting in mid-March.

*  I would also like to show you a photograph of my daughter's latest painting.  I showed it last week, but I had stolen it off of Instagram.  Kelli sent this one to me, so I think it will be a bit better quality.  I am so amazed at her talent and how she's getting better and better all the time.  Here is a link to Kelli's art page on Instagram  @klsg.art is the name.

Gilded Transcendence 

I also love this doodle she sent me back in 2009.

There are so many things I'm thankful for:  warmer weather, some days of blue skies (though not today), good books I'm reading, evenings at home with hubby and so much more.  God has been so good to me.

Well, I'm going to stop here.  Tell me, what you are thankful for today.  Thanks for visiting.


Friday, February 16, 2024

Thankful Thursday on Friday

Good Morning:

I've been kind of absent around here this week.  There is nothing wrong.  I just haven't had much to say.  But I missed my Thankful post last week and I'm a day late, but I really didn't want to miss it again.  I'll be linking up with Jennifer here.

I stole the above photo from my daughter's Instagram.  This is her latest painting and I love it so much.  She used gold gilding in places and it's beautiful.  I'll try to get a better photo later to post or you can check out her Insta account at klsg.art.  I am so proud of her and thankful that she is pursuing her God-given talent of painting.  I'm also thrilled that she and I are doing a Bible study together.  I love discussing the things of God with her.

I'm thankful that my sister and I got to got to lunch together on Monday and then we went shopping for a while.  It's been a bit since we've had time to do this.  The picture of the goose is from when we walked out of Outback and there were 2 of these very large geese, but I was only able to get this picture of one.  I don't think they liked me messing around to get this photo instead of just walking by.  lol

I'm so grateful for the lovely blue skies and nice weather we've had this week.  This picture is from last week, but this is pretty much what most of my walks looked like this week.
I so enjoy Amazon sometimes.  I'm hoping this will be a favorite of mine very soon.  It's so pretty and I'm hoping it will be very comfortable in my hands when I crochet.  If I like it as much as I hope I will, I can see some more of these being ordered in different sizes in the future.  I ordered it last night and will get it on Sunday.

I also ordered this last night.  I've been wanting a digital scale as the scale I have is not very accurate and it's hard to know exactly what I weigh sometimes.  Maybe that's a blessing.  lol  

I'm thankful for this author and the books I've read by her.  This is the last book in the 2 series I have been reading this year.  I'm hoping to finish it this weekend.  I have enjoyed them all so much.  The one right before this one took me a bit to get into, but I ended up loving it too.

I'm going to have to end this here as I have to get cleaned up to go to lunch with my mother-in-law.  Take care my friends and I hope you have a blessed weekend.


Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Tuesday 4 - Banana Splits


Banana Splits

Amos Sewell's Banana Split

Welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4 where we ask you just four questions weekly.
 The painting is named Banana Splits and is by Amos Sewell.   It tells a story but I think the story is left up to us to figure out.

1. What do you think the man in the painting is thinking? I wonder if I can sneak a bite when she's not looking?  That really looks good...I should have bought one of those for me instead of this sandwich and drink,

2.  In your story what  kind of sandwich and beverage is he having? Grilled Cheese and Coffee

3.  Do you think he is a stranger to the children or does he know them? I think he knows them. Why do you think so?  Because who else would buy these for them and not be sitting with them.  I think he's probably an uncle and maybe not totally comfortable around children.

4. Do you keep ice cream at home? Yes, sometimes.  We buy the Kroger brand with no sugar added.    Banana splits usually have 3 or 4 scoops of ice cream.   What flavor ice cream should be in your banana split?  I'd rather have a cone of chocolate chip or black raspberry chip ice cream than a banana split.

These were some fun questions to answer.  Thanks Annie! Click on the Banana Splits words at the top of the page to link up and play along.  Hope everyone has a good day.