Monday, October 26, 2015

Simple changes

I went to see my dad today.  He has been moved to another hospital to try to get his medications leveled out.

He knew who I was today.   That in itself is a wonderful thing.


I finally got my Autumn decorations up.  I decided to go simple this year and not put up as much stuff as I normally do.  
Simple table
piano cont. 

I made an Autumn ornament and put it with a simple setting on my cedar chest.

This weekend I noticed one of the trees across the road from my house is beginning to turn.  I was happy to see it, because it seems a lot of trees in this area are brown.  It was windy, so my picture isn't the clearest but you can see some of the color change.

There is something else I have been working on.  A Bible study journal.  

I took an old journal I had for a class in the past.  It was one that I had gotten and started using at the end of a semester, so it hadn't been used much.

This will help me keep everything in one place.
 I have these sections.
1. Memory Verses
2. Bible Notes
3. Prayer
4. Ideas for blog
5. Personal Experiences (Spirit Led)
6. Inspirations, Quotes

I guess that's it for now.

Until next time, 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Banana Pudding Cake

Today was my husband's birthday.


I hit the floor running this morning.  I had a cake to bake, to use for his birthday.  So one of the first things I did as the sun was just rising, was whip up a white cake batter and put it in the oven.  It sure smelled good as I was reading my Bible.  Time with God and cake cooking is a good combination.  :)

I'm calling it the Banana Pudding Cake.  Here's what I did.

Baked a white cake, let cool, then sliced it in half horizontally and then in smaller sections.

Placed cake sections in bottom of big bowl and layered with sliced bananas.

Then put a layer of vanilla pudding over the cake/banana layer.

Continued layering cake, bananas, and pudding until the bowl was filled.

Put it in the refrigerator for a few hours to let it set and all the flavors meld together.  Then enjoyed!

I've been wanting to use up some supplies I have had in stock for a while.  So earlier in the week I got to thinking about some of the Styrofoam ball and cone shapes I have in a tote. Then I rediscovered some yo-yo's I had made, in past years, out of pastel colored fabrics.  I had buttons I could use and straight pins of different colors.

A pastel ornament emerged.  I will probably use it on my small Christmas tree that will be in my sewing room.

I had another pleasant surprise at work this past week.  A friend from another team on my floor gave me this cute board to use in my cubicle.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Just catching up...

Hi, just thought I'd catch up on my past week.

I wasn't hunting for it but I caught a head cold... been fighting it but it's a tough one fighting back.

A friend of mine gave me this at work last week.  She didn't realize it but it came to me at the right time.  It was a pleasant surprise.

You know how I like the beauty of God's creation... I got some pretty sky shots on Friday.

I was able to work on a few of my projects too.

I have done a small scrapbook (3"X 5") about the seasons in the past but this is my first big scrapbook. It will be a Christmas gift.

Then, the small afghan I've been working on is finally finished.  Here is a picture of it drying. It measures about 36" x 36".   The blocks are all inspired by Bible verses.  I have shared more about the blocks on the Crochet tab at the top of the page.

I guess that catches me up for now.  Don't forget to check out the Crochet, etc. tab at the top of the page.


Sunday, October 4, 2015


My church, First Baptist in Branch, Ar., is having a revival.  It started today.  It goes through Wednesday, starting at 6:30 each night, if you'd like to attend.

Tonight's message was from the book of Revelation, chapter two.  It is about the church of Ephesus.  It was a church who was gung-ho for God, so to speak.  They were committed and effective in the sharing of God's Word with others, but then they got complacent to the sins and worldly things around and lost their effectiveness.

As I listened I realized that I have done the same sort of thing, by letting circumstances with my dad and my job be a damper my effectiveness.   Yes, I have cried out to God and given these circumstances to Him in the past few months, but tonight I realized that though I did so I still hung on to them enough to let them continue to hinder me.

There is a scripture in Romans that I'm reminded of.

  • Romans 12:1 ~  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

This tells me each day I must die to self, take up my cross and trust God.  And I have to be reminded, from time to time, that I don't always die to self.  I'm not always willing to completely hand it all over to God.

God's still working on me.  Thankfully He loves me enough to show me where I falter, where I tend to stray.  Thankfully I know His voice, His guidance, His discipline, and His love.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

2015 Quilt show with demos

Hello.... wow what a busy day!

The Logan County PieceMaker Quilt Guild held its annual quilt show today.

We gave away our 30's themed quilt today.
Ms Chappel was the happy recipient of the quilt

We had a good show today, with antique and modern quilts.

There was a sewing demonstration and a hand quilting demonstration.  We gave people the chance to sit down put a few stitches in a quilt.  I was happy with the number of people, both male and female, who were willing to give the hand quilting a try.

Antique quilts 
Modern quilts
Hand Quilting demo

Sewing demo of the Jelly Roll Race

Finished Jelly roll race quilt top

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Leaves

Mmm... the smell of breakfast cooking...

My daughter and I decided breakfast would be good this evening.  So I cooked a small batch of scrambled eggs and four slices of bacon.  We split it between the two of us.   I added a piece of toast with strawberry jam to my plate.  It was a nice way to round the meal off.

I'm glad the week is almost over... though, there is no rest for the busy.  :)  Tomorrow evening (Friday) we (the Logan County PieceMakers Quilt Guild) are setting up for our annual quilt show this weekend.  It will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m to  5:00 p.m. during the Frontiers Day Festival.  Quilts can be checked in on Friday (10-2-15) from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Paris, AR.   I hope to have some pics from the quilt show to share with you soon.

On my way home this afternoon, I noticed some of the leaves are beginning to change color.  I hope we get a good color change this year.    

Are the leaves beginning to turn in your neck of the woods?

Until next time,

Beauty of Giving