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, May 29, 2020

Friday Fotos

Photos from my week. 

Mama Duck is gone and so are the ducklings and unfortunately I didn’t get to see them. 


Love all these birds at the feeders. We were waiting for the car parade to start where my sister lives. 

Lined up for the parade.  (in front of us)
Lined up behind us (I heard there were 60 cars involved)



Sign for my sister.

We took my mother-in-law on Monday to decorate for my father-in-law's grave 
Our front porch
Love these flowers and my hummingbird feeder

My husband's grandfather



Hope you enjoyed these pictures from my week.

Cathy

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for (not in any particular order, except just what is popping into my head):

**Blue skies and sunshine


**Things are slowly  heading back closer to normal.
**My home
**Jesus
**My husband
**Our church family
**Our family family
**My job
**My health
**My puppy

**Beautiful flowers



**Scriptures that tell me about God
**Knowing I am headed to heaven some day to see all my family and friends who are already there.


So, what are you thankful for today?

Cathy


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge





1. The US of A celebrated Memorial Day this past Monday. Does your family have any military ties? If so, tell us about them.
My father-in-law served and so did many of my cousins.

This is my father-in-law
2. Cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, potato chips, mac and cheese, macaroni salad...your favorite BBQ side? How many of these do you make from scratch vs. buying from the deli?
My favorite is baked beans, and yes I make them.

3.  I enjoyed asking this question back when the Hodgepodge was a regular thing...Lake Superior State University posts a list each year of words they think should be banished from the Queen's English for misuse, overuse, and/or general uselessness. The 2020 list includes-quid pro quo, artisanal, curated, influencer, literally, I mean, living my best life, mouthful (word used by foodies to describe texture of food in their mouth), chirp (basically an insult, you can read more on the website), jelly (short for jealous), totes (short for totally), vibe, and OK Boomer (internet response from millenial to older generation).

Of the words/phrases listed which would you most like to see 'banned'?

Literally is the one I'd like to see gone.  People use it all the time and sometimes they literally use it wrong.


4. I'm sure next year's list will be filled with words springing out of this weird season we're all in currently. What word or phrase associated with the Corona would you be happy to hear less often?

Stay at Home Orders -- I'm not saying it's wasn't necessary, but I'm just tired of hearing about it.

5.  The month of May wraps up in just a few days. Bid her adieu in ten words or less.

Goodbye May, I'm ready to move on to other things.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

It sure seems that around here, it's gone from winter-straight into summer.  On Mother's Day we were worrying about freezes and now it's in the 80's.  Crazy!

Cathy

Friday, May 22, 2020

Friday Fotos

I have pretty much posted all the pictures I've taken this week, except this one.  I finally finished this puzzle.  This was a really nice puzzle, but a little more difficult than I expected.



Finally finished this puzzle!

Cathy

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Thankful Thursday

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One of the ladies in our Bible Study passed away unexpectedly Sunday.  Today I was privileged to go to her Graveside Service.  I'm so sorry she is gone, but I know where she is today.  She is with Jesus and that is something to be so thankful for.  Genny was such a sweet lady and she is going to be greatly missed by her family, I'm sure.  And I know the ladies of our Bible Study Group are going to miss her also.  Sweet Genny we will miss you, but I know you are in the presence of Jesus and I'm looking forward to the day when I will see you again.

Genny is the 4th from the right side in the white shirt.
Cathy

Sunday, May 17, 2020

My Weekend


Saturday morning I walked a virtual 5k, the Mermaid Day Run.  My time was really Bad, but I really didn’t care because my goal was just to complete it. Which I did.





Later that day Hubby and I picked up a sandwich and went to a local park to eat. It was such a nice to be out. As we were leaving the park I glanced across the road and saw this cow watching us. Love this picture.

After that we went to Walmart. Hubby dropped me off and I ran in and got the things we needed. Picked ups some things for my sister and then dropped them off. She was sitting outside, so I asked the employee if I was allowed to sit with her and talk for a few minutes. They said we were not supposed to, but she said she wouldn’t say anything. I had a mask on and sat away from her. It was so nice to be able to just sit and talk to her face to face. It’s the first time since March sometime.

After we left there we visited Hubby’s mom.  We took a drive in the van just to get out together for a while she sat in the back by herself and wore a mask. Again it was so nice to be together for a bit.

Sunday morning after Hubby’s FB live sermon, I got this picture of Mama Duck still sting on her nest. We did curb service from Cracker Barrel and then  picked up our Clicklist and then spent most the rest of the day at home.

So, what did you do this weekend?

Cathy

Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday Fotos

Some pictures of my week.

Mama wasn't in the next Wednesday evening

Love this from my youngest for Mother's Day

Love this view of our local Town Hall

Mama Duck was back on Thursday after work.

Cathy



Thursday, May 14, 2020

Thankful Thursday

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Today, I am thankful for seeing this rainbow on the way into work this morning.  Hubby says it's rare for us to see a rainbow in the western sky here, but that is just where it was.  Thank you Lord for your promise that you remind us of in your rainbow.  Prior to seeing this rainbow, I was just listening to the old song, How Great Thou Art and remarking to hubby how it's so unbelievable that God gave His Son for us.  

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin

This verse is what made me think about it.  I was almost in tears, which is pretty rare for me.  And I asked God to keep me tender towards Him and towards others.

And then I was looking out my window and saw the rainbow.  I just feel thinking back on it that God put it there just for me for thinking about Him and His Son this morning.  





Cathy

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge



1  Ever played the game Farkle? Are you a risk taker? In games only or also in life?
No, I’ve never played Farkle. Depends on what the risk is. Both in games and life. 

2. What's your favorite thing about your yard or whatever outdoor space you may have?
My front porch with the Cracker Barrel rockers. 

3. Tell us about the most interesting building you've seen or been in.
The House on the Rock in Wisconsin. They even have a carousel in the house. Very unique and interesting to see. 

4. In this current season of social distancing, what's something you've come to realize you take for granted in more ordinary times? Do you think you'll make a conscious effort to appreciate whatever that 'it' is once normal life resumes?
My church family. I always appreciate them but probably not as much as I should. But now having not been with them since March I think I’ll appreciate them evening more. 

5. Share a favorite song with a springtime flower in the lyrics somewhere.
Edelweiss. What could be better than a little Sound of Music?

Cathy

Monday, May 11, 2020

My Weekend

Totally enjoyed this weekend, although I wouldn't have minded if it was a little warmer.  But at least part of the time we had blue skies and sunshine.  Thank you God!  Hope you all had a really great Mother's Day!

After work we drove up to a nearby town and picked up some City Barbecue for dinner and it was delicious.  On the way up, I noticed the sky.  To the north of us the skies were blue with big white clouds, but just to the east of us they were dark and foreboding.



Started this puzzle Friday evening

Saturday afternoon we were out for a drive and were going to pick up some lunch.  We passed this apple orchard and I just thought this picture was so pretty.  I love blue skies with big white clouds.

I went to my sister's after lunch and we took a walk together and then sat out on her front porch and just talked for a bit.  I rather miss being with my family and this was really nice.  It was a little cool, but still so nice to be together.

This is one of the flowers at my sister's house.  Isn't it beautiful!

After I went home, I took the dog out for a walk and video chatted with Kerri.  Colton was having a problem with one of his toys, so he brought it over for her to fix it.  She's such a good mommy and mostly so patient with him.  I'd love this picture better without me up in the corner, but I love how intent they were on fixing his toy.



 

After Tracy finished his FB Live sermon, we stopped at one of our local nurseries.  I bought the basket on the right for his mom for Mother's Day and I think I'm going to go back and by 3 of the one on the left for my front porch.  

We headed over to his mom's and sat and talked with her for awhile.  It was so nice to see her face to face.  We've been over once or twice to drop stuff off, but never went in.  It was just so good to sit and talk to her and just be "normal" for a change. Mind you, we did keep our distance (basically sitting in different corners of the room) and no hugs or anything.

While we were there, Kelli face-timed me so she got 2 for the price of one.  Her grandma and I both got to talk to her.  So much fun  Then I called Kerri and she got to "see" her grandma.  Colton was outside playing, but he came over for a minute and said hi!  He was too busy playing with his friend to be bothered to talk to his great grandma for very long.  But a little is better than nothing.  lol

So that's pretty much my weekend.  How was yours?

Cathy


Friday, May 8, 2020

Friday Fotos

Most of the pictures I've taken this week, I've already posted on my blog.  But here are a couple of a horse farm that is really close to where we live.  I had hubby drive by there the other night because they also have peacocks and I love it when they get close enough that I can get a picture of them.  Alas, they didn't come up close.  But in the last picture hubby noticed one way back by that red fence.  If you zoom in, you can see it a little better.  Then as I was looking at the photo, I noticed to the left of the fence there is one you can see in silhouette.  One of these days, I'll catch them up closer and hopefully with their tails opened wide.

But in the meantime, these horses are beautiful and I just love the white wood fences and green fields and the red roofed barn  This really is a beautiful place..





And then, of course, I couldn't resist stealing this photo off my daughter's FB page.  He's one of my favorite photo subjects.  Let me tell you, this boy loves his watermelon!!


I don't remember this picture, but I'm so glad I found it in my Google Photos.  Happy Mother's Day Mom!!  Sure do miss you.


Hope you all have a really great weekend!

Cathy

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thankful Thursday

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For some unknown reason my post disappeared. Thanks Stacy for the heads up.  I don’t know exactly what I said, but it was something along this lines.

I had my annual mammogram on Tuesday. The report came back as all clear. That means it is 4 years now since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. God was so good to me then to help me through that year and out the other side to good health. I’m so thankful that I’ve been allowed to see my grandson growing up and turning 4 (he was born September of that year). I’m hoping and praying God will allow me to see him graduate high school and maybe college and get married. But even should the cancer come back some day, I will still believe that He is still Good. 

Cathy

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1.  Question day this week lands on Cinco de Mayo. Are/were tacos on your Tuesday night menu? Hard shell, soft shell or just gimme all the tacos? Are you even a fan of Mexican food? Do you like your salsa mild, spicy, or somewhere in between? Margaritas-Frozen, on the rocks, or no thank you? Have you ever been to Mexico?
Not because of Cinco de Mayo, but we did have breakfast burrito from McDonald’s. Does that count?  I like both hard and soft shells. Yes, I love Mexican food.  I like my salsa mild.  No to margaritas (although they do look good, but I don't do alcohol).  No, I have never been to Mexico.

2. What's something you may do this month?
Buy some hanging baskets for my front porch (I've already hung the hummingbird feeder for the summer) and also plan to buy a new shepherd's hook for my bird feeder and maybe a bird bath.

3. Tell us what's happening in your state or town as far as restaurants/salons/parks/beaches/businesses opening up. How do you feel about it? Are you out and about or hunkered down? Do you wear a mask?
So far, nothing much new has opened retail wise but is supposed to soon.  I'm ready for things to open so people can get back to work.  I go to work every day and we use curbside pick-up for food once in a while and will go to stores when needed.  I hadn’t worn a mask until yesterday when I went in for my mammogram.  I usually just try to stay away from people while in stores. I do however, carry a Lysol wipe when going into stores and keep wiping my hands on it whenever I touch anything.



4. Mother nature, everybody and their mother, mom jeans, like mother like daughter, soccer mom, mother hen, mother lode, necessity is the mother of invention, stay-at-home mom...pick one and tell us how it applies to your life right now.
I think my girls might say mother hen.  I still try to remind them of stuff, such as wear suntan lotion, stay safe, etc.  I know they are adults and I try not to mother them to much, but sometimes I just can't help it.  lol

5. April showers bring May flowers...what's blooming in your yard or garden today?
Nothing yet, but I'm hoping to have my flower baskets this week.

6. Insert your own random thought here.




Hope you're having a good week.  Thanks for visiting.

Cathy