Thursday, May 30, 2013

As the thunder rolled...

As the thunder rolled and the rain poured hard on the roof, I decided to spend my lunch at my desk and work on my blog.  It seems with my new work schedule it is harder for me to find time to write and share with you.  I truly miss it and it weighs on my mind and will until I figure out what I need to do to get back on track.

I trust you had an enjoyable Memorial weekend.  Both of my kids were home on Monday, so we all went to Silver Dollar City and enjoyed the day.

 I go mostly for shopping and enjoying the music and atmosphere.  I always want to bring something home and I did this time.

We took the "Pig Trail", Hwy 23.  We left early and didn't have any trouble with traffic or finding a good parking place.

I can't get through a Memorial Day weekend without changing the decor in my home.  So, my patriotic stuff came out and will be up through Labor day; then I will change it all out for the fall season.

The last time I wrote, I mentioned having to sew a door prize for the upcoming Quilt Congress.  Here's what I did.

It's a checker set with a quilted checker board and crocheted checkers.  I figure it will go to a little girl and if she doesn't like to play checkers she can use the checker board for a dolly blanket or a table topper of her tea party.  The crocheted checkers can be pillows for her barbie dolls.

The veggie garden is coming along.  We've been getting green onions and radishes out of it and have a few squash coming on, along with tomatoes and peppers.

The flower garden is coming along nicely too.   All my roses are blooming and the lilies all have blooms ready to open.  We've had a couple of surprises.  David had planted some rose seeds, he had harvested from one of the rose bushes last year.  He planted them in a pot, not knowing if they would come up.  They did!  So he is going to transplant them in the garden.  We also had a hanging pot of petunias last year and they died off.  I kept the pot knowing I would use it for another hanging plant, well.... there are petunias growing in it again.  They came up voluntarily from last year's plant.  I didn't know they would do that.  Just goes to show, you never stop learning.

School's Out!  The official kickoff of summer vacation.

Got any big plans?

Until next time,
God bless and keep you,

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Highs and Lows

This past week has been a week of highs and lows.  

After a weekend of college graduation, Mother's day and 24th wedding anniversary and a new great-niece being born last week; this week has been a trial at times but there have been blessings too.

I didn't make it through the day at work Monday due to an abscess tooth, which I found out Tuesday morning at the dentist... needless to say I was out that day too.   Am taking antibiotic and am scheduled to have the tooth extracted this coming Tuesday.  Didn't really start feeling human again until late Wednesday. - Low

I found out Tuesday one of my friends younger brother was murdered. - Low

I received a message from my husband on Wednesday saying that we will start getting help on his Humira shots, so that he can start taking them again.  Since my layoff in January, I have no insurance until sometime in July.  So David has had to stop the shots, as we can't afford them.  He had started suffering more and I was beginning to worry about his condition.   I have faithfully prayed the Lord would take care of the situation and He has. - High

Friday I visited with my parents and found out two of my aunts passed away. - Low

Then my mom gave me an update on here condition.  She found out she does not have Parkinson's disease but instead bulging disks that are pinching her nerves which is putting her in a lot of pain and making it hard for her to walk.  We are very thankful it wasn't Parkinson's, as the doctor suspected, and that she can be treated with physical therapy.  - High

I spent a day with my daughter on Saturday.  We went flea marketing together.  We haven't had a day with just the two of us for a while and we had a nice day.  - High

This morning at church, I saw a Sister in Christ who attends another church.  We use to work together, but haven't seen each other since the layoffs as Stark.   I truly miss her and other Sisters in Christ I worked with.   It was a blessing to see her.  - High

Next Sunday, I will begin teaching teenage girls in Sunday school.

 I am looking forward to it.

I have been praying about the lesson and the Lord has begun putting one together in my heart and mind.

My son, Josh, turned 22 this week.  Boy, has the time flown by.  I asked him if he wanted me to bake him a cake or make a banana pudding for him.  He told me the tub of ice cream in the freezer was enough, but the thought of the banana pudding has stuck with me so I'm going to make one this week.

I'm ready to start the new week though I'm not looking forward to my dentist appointment Tuesday.

As I reflect over this past week, I remember singing this song at times.  I sang this song for a special at church a couple of weeks ago and it helped me out this week.  

That catches me up for this week.  I hope all has gone well for you.

Here's wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

God bless and keep you,

Sunday, May 12, 2013

He's Graduated!!

I'm so proud of my son.  He received his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry today.

 I was able to get a few pictures afterwards.  

I love this picture of Josh and David laughing together over something they were talking about.

making the "stoic" face   :)
Then I took this one, which Josh very rarely takes a picture seriously and will make a face.  :)

I will say though, during the commencement he behaved and let the photographers take his picture without making a face.

giving the "raised eyebrow" face.  :)
Then David took this picture for me.   As you can see, I'm a proud mom.  :)

David and I enjoyed lunch with our son, before he took off to spend the rest of the day with friends.

Audre didn't get to attend Josh's graduation as she had a band competition and field trip today.  She had a good time and the band did very well.  If I understand it correctly they brought home a huge trophy.  Audre was so tired when she got home this evening it was hard to get much information out of her. :)

Since David and I had the afternoon free and it was a beautiful day, we decided to play a round of Put-Put golf.   Here's our score card.   The first half of the first nine, did me in.  I'm using the excuse that I had to adjust to playing in heels.  :0)   But considering that, I'm happy with my score.  I scored one over Amateur Par.  David however, as usual, did much better.  He scored Pro Par.  :0)

I've been seeing these wild flowers on the side of the road.  So today, on the way home I asked David to pull over so that I could take a picture.  They start out a darker pink then fade to a lighter pink, then white, as they age.   I think they are pretty.

Before I sign off, I have a prayer request.

My nephew Sam was injured in football practice this week.  I learned yesterday he has a tear in his spleen. He is in a lot of pain and in the hospital.  They are keeping a close eye on him, as he may have to have surgery.  Last night he had been give three pints of blood, but I have just now read that he is doing better and may get to be release from the hospital tomorrow.  Please remember him in your prayers.

Until next time,
God bless and keep you,

Friday, May 10, 2013

Children in the trees...

On the way home from work this evening, I saw a sight that brought a smile to my face.   I was passing through a small town, Roseville, AR; when I saw an adult looking up in a tree and in the tree were six to seven children sitting on limbs, looking down. They were having a conversation of some sort. The sun was shining just right to where the childrens' bright t-shirts shown like jewels among the leaves.

My son, Joshua, graduates from college tomorrow morning.   The past four years have flown by, for me anyway.  :)   He is an Honor Student getting his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry.  I'm very proud of him, he has been on the Dean's list the past three years.   I will try to get good pictures of his graduation and post them.

David and I asked Josh what he would like for his graduation.   He has been wanting a viola or violin.  David found violin this week and we gave it to Josh.   He has been practicing and believe it or not he hasn't made it squawk yet.   The Lord has truly blessed him with musical talent.

I found out Audre had a painting in the Paris branch of the Subiaco Credit Union.   I asked David to take a picture of it as my work hours won't allow me to go in and see it.

This picture was done in a class where they were asked to paint a portrait in non-traditional colors.

Here are some needles cases I've been working on. They are made from wool-felt.  Aren't they cute?

This is the needle case, the quilt guild I belong to was asked to make for the upcoming Quilt Congress.  I have two more to make before our next meeting.   The needle case would go together fast with a sewing machine, but I decided to sew them by hand.  It takes a little longer but it's therapeutic.  The lap-desk they are laying on is a early Mother's Day gift from my daughter. :)

That's all I have for this evening.

Here's wishing you a Sunshine filled Saturday!

God bless and keep you,

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Did I really see that...?

It has been a couple of cold and dreary days but that doesn't mean they have been blah and mundane.  :)

Here are some new blooms I have in my flower bed.

I was able to work on the Log Cabin quilt today.  Little by little (literally) I'm getting it done.

I heard on the radio last week about a new thrift shop in our area.  The Mustard Seed thrift shop in Ft. Smith, AR.   So, we went to check it out earlier today.    Little did I know I would see an unusual site on the way.

What?  Did I really see that...?

This car passed by and this is what we saw.  I, of course, couldn't pass up taking a photo.    David was able to get along side of them and get their attention.  They pulled over to take care of it.  There's no telling how long they had been driving like that.

One of the places we went to today was Books-A-Million and lo and behold there was a Star Wars promotion going on.  We were greeted by these Storm Troopers and Jawa.  :)

Finally we made it to the Mustard Seed thrift shop.   I found two blouses and a set of rubber stamps, all for under $10.

Later, after arriving home, I noticed the sun going down and the rain was moving out.  So I stepped outside and took a pic.

A nice end to the running around.

There are a couple of projects I need to get done within the next couple of weeks to take to the next quilt guild meeting.  The guild I belong to, The Logan County PieceMakers, is helping out with this regions Quilt Congress this year.   Here's what I have to get done.
  • 4 Wool felt needle cases 
  • One door prize (I haven't decided, but I think I will do a tote bag, maybe using one of the wool felt bags I found at Hancock's a couple of weeks ago)
I guess that's all I have for now.

I leave you with a quote from Henry Ward Beecher.
~This life is not all.  It is an "unfinished symphony"...with those who know that they are related to God and have felt "the power of an endless life."~

God bless and keep you,

Beauty of Giving