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


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What makes you feel accomplished? Explain.
Right now we are currently going through closets and boxes and cleaning out stuff and I feel very accomplished when another box is empty and another closet is cleaned.  We also had some large bushes and trees removed yesterday that we have been needing to do for the last year or so.  Even though I didn't do the work, I feel accomplished because we finally got it done.  It looks so good too.  It makes me very happy.
2. If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Tell us why.
Carol Burnett, because I love her and think she is so funny and it would be awesome to talk to her.
Beth Moore, because I admire her love for Jesus and how she wants to help others learn about Him.
Joan Lunden, because I just recently listened to her book and I would love to give her an opportunity to tell more people about her battle with breast cancer and because I would like to be able to compare our two stories and  share with others to encourage them in their battle.
3. Do you have a great burger recipe? What's in it? What do you like on a hamburger and where is your favorite spot to order one out?
No, I don't really have a special burger recipe.  I like my burgers very simple with American Cheese, mayo and tomatoes.

4. What's the biggest anxiety producing thing you do on a regular basis?
Probably doctor's visits.  I have to do them quite often and I do get a little anxious.  But I mostly try to just leave it all in Jesus hands.

5. This is the last Hodgepodge of May. Tell us about your summer plans.
My plans are just to enjoy the summer as much as I can.  I'll be working and won't be taking another week off until late August/early September.  I'm just so thankful to be alive and feeling so much better than last year at this time.  Hubby and I will probably do a lot of day trips on Saturdays and may make another run or two up to see our grandson.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
I need to get our camera pictures downloaded so I can show you some of the stuff we did last week on our Staycation.

I hope you all have a great day!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My Weekend

Our weekend was just the way I love them.  Actually, the whole last week was just the way I like it.  I took the week off work and hubby and I did some day trips and I've decided I could really love retirement.  I didn't get bored one time!  I'll tell you about last week in a later post because I haven't downloaded the camera yet.  I don't really have pictures for the weekend either. but here goes:

The only thing that wasn't too great about the weekend is I had to attend the Memorial Service for my Aunt who passed away 2 weeks ago.  That was sad.  But she was a sweet person and was ready to meet Jesus, so I know she's happy to not be suffering any more from cancer.  Her husband, my dad's brother passed away one week later exactly.  So we still have another service coming, but they plan to wait awhile.  I can't imagine losing both my parents that quickly.  Although, my parents died only about 7 months apart.

I spent a lot of time reading and relaxing and playing on Instagram and FB and Words with Friends.  We went out for lunch on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  We bought the flowers for the front of the house and have them out.  I also bought 1 tomato plant and it already had about 4-6 tomatoes on it.  That is the extent of my garden.  haha  We did some short trips and spent some time relaxing in some nice parks, reading and napping.  Church on Sunday was excellent.  Hubby taught us about the 5 events that will occur on the last day!  I kinda hope I'm still alive to see it all (but not too soon, I want to see my grandson grow up!)  Speaking of which, here is a picture from the other day.

Shopping with mommy  & gigi at ToysRUs
I'll tell you about that trip later.  I hope you had a great weekend and are having a nice Tuesday.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I'm so thankful for a week off of work. Hubby and I are taking day trips and having the best time just being together. Today's trip is a little longer though. We are heading up to see our daughter and grandson. I'm so excited and thankful to have this opportunity. We just crossed the border  into Indiana. I can't wait to get my hands on that little boy. Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to tell about seeing them in a post with lots of pictures real soon. But right now I'm thankful to be on our way.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Truth

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Today's prompt is:  Truth

The first thing that popped into my head when I saw the word truth was the scripture that tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. That is so very true. I know I can trust God's Word to always tell me the truth because God cannot lie. Satan lies to us all the time. He tells me I'm a failure or that I'm not good enough or all kinds of negative things. But God tells me He loves me and that with Him I can do anything and that in Him I am enough. Now who am I going to believe?  Satan, the liar or Jesus, who is the truth. This day, I choose to believe Jesus. I hope you will too.

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. May 17th is National Pack Rat Day. Sidebar-should we be celebrating this? Hmmm...

Are you a pack rat? Even if you're not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with. Tell us what's yours.
I'm a bit of a pack rat.  I have lots of yarn and knitting-crocheting tools and quite a bit of scrapbook stuff.  I'm thinning some of it out and trying not to let myself buy new until I use more of what I have currently.

2. What are two things you know you should know how to do, but you don't?
Well, I'm not much of a cook, so I should probably know better how to do that and maybe do our taxes.

3. Do you crave sugar? Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea? Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes? When dining out is dessert a given? Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it.
Sometimes I crave sugar, but I really probably lean more to salty stuff.  I don't drink coffee or tea, so no I don't add sugar.  There's really nothing that I add sweeteners or sugar to things.  But I drink diet pop, so I guess I do use substitutes in them.  We seldom ever do dessert when eating out.  No I have not slain that dragon.

4. What's a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can't imagine living without?
It took me awhile to get into the whole cell phone thing. Now I can't be without it. 

5. What's a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life? Please elaborate.
There's a hymn called "I Am a Child of God."  And I remember when I was little (sometime between Kindergarten and 2nd grade) having the metal roller skates that clipped to your shoes. I remember skating in circles in our garage and singing this song over and over. So now when we sing this song in church it reminds me of that time. I have few memories at that age so this is rather a fond one to me.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Is anybody else watching this season of Survivor?  What do you think of it so far?  I'm still watching, but wow! Tribal Counsels have been pretty interesting!  So much different that in the past.  I'd still prefer to see a little less of the drama and a lot more of the challenges and rewards.


Monday, May 15, 2017

My Weekend

Hubby and I had a really nice weekend. Saturday we slept in and I did some reading when we did get up.  Such a great way to start the weekend.  Then we got cleaned up and took a drive and stopped at a little hole in the wall restaurant and had some really good sandwiches for lunch.  It was so good.  Then we left there and went down the road to Cowan Lake and relaxed near the marina to watch the boats and God's created beauty.  We were also watching a bunch of geese with their babies and some people fishing too.  It was such a beautiful day.  Not too hot and very sunny.  Here's one picture a took with my phone.  Unfortunately most of the rest of the pictures are on the camera and have not been downloaded yet.

After that we ran to Kroger and got some needed groceries and went home.  I baked a cake that evening to take to my sister-in-laws for Mother's Day lunch.  Other than that we did a few chores at the house and then relaxed for the evening.

Sunday was another gorgeous day.  We had a nice service at church and I did my first ever live video on FB.  I think it lasted all of 5-10 seconds.  lol  I can't believe I even did it.  But I figured it would be a fun way to invite people to church.  You'll have to go to my FB page if you want to see it, because I have no idea how to put it on here or if you even can.  There should be a link to my FB in the sidebar, if you're so inclined.

After church we went to my brother and sister-in-law's house and had a great lunch.  Hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill and lots of sides and desserts.  So fun being with family and friends.  Unfortunately I was so busy eating and visiting that I didn't take one single picture.  But the memories will be sweet.

Sunday evening I got to talk to both of my girls.  One on the phone and one on live video.  Got to see my grandson on the video.  He still doesn't quite know what he things of seeing his papaw and me on there.  lol

And that was pretty much my weekend in a nutshell.  How was your weekend?


Friday, May 12, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Mom

Today's FMF prompt is:  Mom. Click here if you'd like to participate

I think I'd like to spend my five minutes telling you what a wonderful mom I had. My mom wasn't perfect, but she never failed to love me no matter what. She also loved the Lord and taught us all to love Him too.  She was an awesome cook and a wonderful entertainer of guests. Guests in her home always felt wanted and welcomed. I posted a picture of her and dad on FB and it was so interesting to read the comments from friends and family who talked about visiting and staying in their home and how they always felt so welcome.

My five minutes are up, but I'm not quite finished. Mom passed away almost two years ago and I still miss her. Driving home from work the thought came to me to stop and see them or call, but they are no longer there. I sure miss her but I'm so glad she's not suffering any more and I know where she is and by the grace of God I will see her again one day. Thank you God for my wonderful mom.. I love you mom.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I know this is really late, but I wanted to post anyway.

This week I am thankful for Rebecca who hosts Thankful Thursday every week. I appreciate all her posts of thankfulnes. But most of all I'm thankful for her friendship and words of encouragement she is always giving me. She is a pure joy to get to know and I'm proud to call her friend. If you've never met her or read her blog, click here. Don't miss this opportunity to meet a true lover of Jesus and some who loves to laugh and has such a positive attitude about life. Thank you Lord for my friend and please continue to bless her.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Share a favorite memory of your mother or share a favorite something from your own life as a mother. If you're a mother (or stepmom) tell us how your experience as a mom differs from your own mother's experience.
I think mom was always happiest when her kids were visiting.  Mom and dad always stayed home on Saturday nights and any of the kids that were free usually stopped in.  Sometimes all of us and the grandkids would be there and sometimes just 1 or 2 of us.  But that kept all of us close, because mostly that was the only time we saw each other.  The picture below is of mom and dad on Christmas Eve when we were all at their house.  You can tell that both mom and dad are very happy.  I sure do miss them.  Saturday nights and Christmas will never be the same again.

I posted this on FB this morning
2. In May we celebrate teachers (May 9) and nurses (May 6) both. Most every family has at least one in their midst, so tell us something (or a few things) you appreciate about the teacher or nurse on your family tree.
I'm going to answer this a little different.  With being ill last year, I just want to say how much I appreciate every one of the nurses (and doctors) who took care of me.  They were all so kind and helped me through some very scary places.  I never had a bad nurse.  They each one were such a blessing.

3. Chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad...which would you go for if all three were on the menu? On bread or a bed of lettuce? If you answered bread, what kind of bread would make it the perfect sandwich?
Chicken Salad and it can be on bread or lettuce.  But if on bread, I prefer a croissant.

4. Do you have a desk? Is it organized? If so, share your secret to keeping it that way. If you don't have a desk, where in your home do you take care of family paperwork and business? Where do you normally sit to blog?
Yes, I have a desk at work and yes it is organized.  I just always make myself put things away when I'm done with them.  I don't let things pile up.  Now, my desk at home, not so much.  lol

5. When I was nine years old....
I was in 4th grade and we lived in an old remodeled house in the town I currently work in.  We had a little black dachshund and I took piano lessons.  I really can't remember anything specific though at that age.  I can't even remember my teacher's name.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
My sister and I went to see Chonda Pierce's new movie "Enough" last night.  It was so good.  Here is a video of the song she sang at the end.  So much truth and so wonderful to know that we are enough in God's sight.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Should

Today's prompt is :Should

I should get up and get ready for work. Instead I'm sitting here writing this post on my iPad.  It seems to me that I spend a lot of time thinking about what I should be doing. And then I feel guilty because I'm not doing it. Maybe it's time to quit thinking about it and just do it. But really, who decides what I should be doing except me. So instead of sitting around feeling bad because I should be doing something else. Why not enjoy what I am doing?  Does this even make sense?
Now I've got my post written and no guilt because I enjoyed doing it and now I still have plenty of time to get ready for work.

Have a great day!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Things I am thankful for this week:

Books - I'm finally getting back into reading. I finished reading the book, "Danger in the Shadows" by Dee Henderson. Loved it. I'm listening to a book called "The Hawaiian Quilt" by Wanda Brunstetter. It's really good too.  I've got several more in the wings to start.  Just gotta make up my mind which to start.

Esther - I just read the book of Esther in the Bible. One of my most favorite books of the Bible.

Our bird feeder - I'm so enjoying watching the birds eating. Mostly we have little brown birds but from time to time we have a red headed woodpecker. He is so pretty. God has created such amazing creatures.

This is the best picture I've been able to get of him so far.  I think he's too big for the feeder, so he hangs off it like this.

Scripture - I'm so thankful for the truth of this scripture.

Lucy - I'm so thankful for our dog.  She brings so much joy and love to us. (and a little aggravation too. lol)

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Can you tell I'm embracing a Cinco de Mayo theme here this week? Do you like Mexican food? What's your favorite dish? How about on the side-black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, rice? What about heat-mild, medium, hot? Will you celebrate with Mexican food and drink on May 5th aka Cinco de Mayo?
Yes, I like Mexican food.  I like Quesadillas, burritos, tacos chips and salsa, also chimichangas. I like refried beans and rice. I prefer my food mild. I have no plans to eat Mexican that day. But you never know. I had it twice last weekend. 
2. Ever been to Mexico? For work or holiday? Love it or no? If you haven't been is this a place you'd like to visit? Can you speak Spanish?
No, I've never been to Mexico.  I wouldn't mind going but don't have a great desire to.  I took three years of Spanish in high school and know a little, but not much. 
3. What's one thing you may accomplish this month?
I plan to buy some flowers for the yard and hope to get our mulch done. 
4. If you were mayor of your village, city, or town, what's one thing you'd like to see changed, done away with, revamped, or accomplished? Is serving in public office something you've ever seriously considered?
I'd like to see them bring in more franchised businesses. No, I have no interest in serving in a public office. 
5. What's something that may be popular, but that you just don't get?
I do not get Twitter.  
6. Can't let this week slip by without mentioning Thursday May 4th is Star Wars Day. As in 'May the 4th be with you' ahem. Are you a fan of the Star Wars series? Exactly how much of a fan are you? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being 'I've seen every film, own the action figures, might have dressed as Darth Vader for Halloween one year', and 1 being, 'what's a Vader?' -where do you land?
I watched the original 3 movies, but have not gotten into the recent ones. I'm probably about a 3 or 4.
7. Scroll back through your blog posts and in three sentences or less tell us the general theme of your fourth blog post. Does it still ring true today? Is it a topic you re-visit on your blog from time to time?
My 4th post was in September, 2008 and was about joining Weight Watchers and starting to try to lose weight. Obviously, I didn't totally succeed because I'm still overweight. I suppose I visit it from time to time and I hope to one day actually succeed. 
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Wish you could smell these lilacs. 

They smell wonderful this morning