Friday, November 14, 2014

Surprise! Funtry Friday!

When you live in a place called Surprise - you should expect a few surprises!

Like very fun rocks piled up by children...

Interesting volunteer garden plants...?

Garbage trucks...

... in reverse. I am so easily amused!

Oh, and did I mention the always beautiful sunsets?

Hope you are having a fantastic Funtry Friday in your corner of the country!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Places to go and puddles to splash! Pretending it's Friday again!

Welcome to another issue of Time Warp Funtry Friday! A special day when you can pretend it's Funtry Friday even if it isn't. With the continuing saga of moving, I am ready for LOTS of Funtry Friday breaks whether it is Friday or not! Fortunately, we have them around here.

Remember how I said it rained out here? Hmmm... yeah! It rained some more. and more. and more!

Our "little red wagon rain gage" registered "half way there" on my pointy finger. Also known as just about one and a quarter inches (3.18 cm) - which is a lot of rain for a desert.

And it got a little soggy here... ummm... and watery... deja vu...

Our road looked like a miniature version of this...

Yes, someone did try to cross this wash a couple of roads south of us. No, they did not get across the wash. Yes, as far as I know all the people are fine. Final score: Wash, 1. Car, 0.

We stayed home. So did the postal service, delivery truck, and just about everyone else. After all, there were puddles to splash - which were a lot more fun than a long list of places to go! (And, yes, the four year old donned her jacket for the cool 80 ish degree (27 C) weather...)

In the matter of a few hours, the thirsty desert had enjoyed it's drink of water. This was all that was left in the wash.
Then God gave us a beautiful rainbow in our big Arizona sky!
I have placed my rainbow in the clouds.
It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth.
Genesis 9:13
Happy Funtry (any day) Friday!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Oh, just pretend it's Friday... Funtry Friday, that is!

Oh McGrammy had a farm - eei-eei-oh! And on that farm she had a horse - eei-eei-oh!
With a move move here and a move move there...

here a move...

Billie Jane

there a move...

May and April

everywhere a move move!

Yes, our soil ground is one step beneath concrete.
Oh, McGrammy gave a yell: Ee-yi-yi-yi-oh!!!
And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, just about sums it all up. (insert hysterical laughter)

Although, in the midst of moving chaos, there are also moments that inspire healthy hilarity. Um, like this little snack time trio...

Waiting oh so very patiently...
Or the recent marvelous episode of Pizza TV...

And, no. That photo was totally not staged. Jubilee brought over a chair and got Naomi to help her with the bench so they could watch the pizza cook. Last night we had episode two - Taquito TV!

One day we got to watch Rain TV - a rare desert special!

And when evening comes and everyone is ready to "hunker down"...

...we get to see our beautiful big Arizona sky.

Just have to love this place!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Surprise! It's Monday... or Tuesday... or...

Everyone needs a little jump start now and then... especially on Mondays... or random days that feel like Mondays. Or sometimes, just because you have no clue what day it is.

In the middle of the heat this summer, I am moving to one of the hottest places on the planet. Brilliant! But then a breeze - a breath of fresh air came my way. An invitation to dive back into real reality and rest my mind in the place where it should be.

Tag, I'm it!

Shannon of Copperlight Wood fame invited me to join her in a blog hop. A little jump start, a little fun, a little breath of fresh air - that's what her blog is all about. Go check it out! I'll gather my thoughts while you wander over there...

Welcome back! Okay, here's the easy peasy invitation to her blog hop - answer these four fun questions and invite a few friends to do the same. Yes - I am into simple! So here we go...

1. What am I working on/writing?

Ummmm... perfecting my fudge recipe? No... ummmm... painting? er... not lately. Writing? well... there is an idea that is tickling the back of my brain, but it hasn't quite exploded into paintings and words. You see, there is this tree... Yes, a real one - on a hill. A real hill in a real place. And...

And then I think of boxes and trucks and packing fragile heirlooms and confused critters...

There's a lot of trucking going on around here right now so list after list after list after list keeps filling my writing time...

But that tree still sits in the back of my mind - right next to a few seeds - germinating...

2. How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?

Oh dear.

I'm just glad you can't see the clutter in my brain! It percolates all the time. It wanders all over the universe and back again. It rarely pauses, often races, frequently looses track of the first thought, and then seeks order out of chaos - which is most generally an impossible task.

It is far easier for me to "write" through my artwork, but sometimes words sneak in there, too. I'm not so sure that anything I create is really "different" - perhaps it's more like it takes a turn through the country and sits under a shade tree with a Bible that falls open automatically.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Hmmm... If I didn't write - or paint - what I do, my brain would explode and that could get messy. Basically, I'm saving the universe from disaster or, at least,  Haz-Mat from a lengthy clean up.

Or, maybe it's my heart that would explode if I didn't write things like this or this.

Or, because He encourages me to tell others...

I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.
John 14:18
and this...
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence...
1 Peter 3:15
and always, this...
 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16
4. How does my writing process work?
Chocolate. Chocolate is important. In fact I may need some right now... and maybe a few iPad games... and doodling helps... And then I need something to erase all the ... ... ... s and "ands" and !!!! ... Spell check apparently does not care.  
Really not what you expected from me? Ummm. I'm not really a writer. I'm a "sharer". Don't worry - I'll share the chocolate with you, too. I'll think about you while I paint. I'll wonder if you are playing the same computer game that I am. And, all the while, I will wonder what He wants me to say to you.
(And*) Now it is your turn!
When Shannon gave me this invitation these delightful blogs came to my mind so I am inviting you to join the fun and share a bit about yourselves.
Longtime friend and author, Carol Cox, has let me see the wonderful creative process that goes into her books. Oh my! What fun that has been! When the dust settles on my boxes, look for a blog post about her latest writing adventure, "Truth be Told". Check out her journal and enjoy wandering through the backwoods of Northern Arizona as well as finding out about all her wonderful books.
Elizabeth Johnson has shared her beautiful artwork, her skills as a teacher, and given a beautiful window into her world on her blog, Wind and Honey Creations. Want to share art with your child? learn a new skill? perfect your drawing skills? She has the tutorial, class, or hints just for you! Slip over there and take a peak. You have to find out about the lion she raised, too, you know!
Linda Pruitt invites you to wander through Abby's world on her blog, Abigail's Attic. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea, and then wander through the garden after you visit with Abby. You'll want to stop and see the Small Stones, stroll through her gallery, and check out the latest fun that Grandma is having!
 Tag! you're it!


*See. I really know that "And" is not the best way to start a sentence...  And chocolate was consumed - but there is still some to share!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Via Con Dios

R.I.P. sweet Hershey
Goodbye, buddy.
No one could ask for a better horse than you.
1987 - 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

politics smolitics

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ - this one's for you... and a few bazillion other people.*

Is there anyone besides me who has had their fill of snarky instagrams and multitudinous negative comments? Especially when they are aimed at specific individuals?

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed.
And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled,
And, especially when there is no substance except snarky comments meant to irritate people who like the individual?

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you,
Is there a line drawn in the sand that says meaningless and empty critical comments are okay if I dislike the person and not okay if I like the person?

yet with gentleness and reverence;
It's fine to disagree with certain politics, oppose a certain cause, dislike a certain spiritual point of view - but ridicule another for ridicule's sake?**
and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered,
those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.***
Imagine what would happen if we showed some respect for people with differing viewpoints? I'm not saying that we have to put aside our passion and embrace every opposing viewpoint we come across.
Let's give reasons for what we believe, instead of ridicule.
Let's open up dialog instead of spewing disparaging remarks.
Let's be Christ like in the ways that we disagree.
Stepping down off my soap box,
*If you disagree with my faith and/or my political views and you still read my whole blog post, I want to give you a ginormous (((cyber hug)))! Thank you!
**I am staunchly opposed to many of the policies of this current president and congress - but I am also disgusted by the continual flow of empty ridicule surrounding them. For goodness sake, say something about why you disagree besides "they are stupid".
***1 Peter 3:14-16

Friday, June 20, 2014

Funtry Friday for the birds!

We're cruising around the country fun this week, and look at all the great snippets of Bird TV!

Baby swallows here...

...and baby quail there...

...and one little chickie here (stanchly guarded by her mama!)...

...and a whole bunch of babies here! (nope - I did not bring even ONE of them home!!!)

There was so much Bird TV watchin' this week that Lova and Cookie had to take a munch break!


Hollyhocks must taste good... to dogs.

Hope you had fun watching birdies in your neck of the woods! Happy Funtry Friday!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Lights, Siren, Action! Funtry??? Friday

Have you ever been sitting quietly at your computer looking a flower photos and planning a fun little blog post, and then... you hear it. A siren. A siren? A SIREN!!!!

Dashing out my front door (yes, I ran over Donner and Bitzen in my mad rush), I was greeted with this sight. Yikes! This is not what any of us want to see any day.

Fortunately, this second truck (with no siren) was soon racing up the hill.

Repeated trips to peek out my front door have shown quiet blue sky with gentle birdsong as accompaniment. *whew*

Years of city living taught me to put the sounds of sirens and helicopters on low cerebral, but recent years of country living have taught me to launch and investigate what's up whenever I hear either of those sounds. And launch rapidly!

Now that my heart rate has slowed down a bit, how about a trip through what's more "normal" out here with our country fun! Not that everything is always quiet around here... Someone keeps turning on Bird TV at about 4:30 in the morning. Lova likes to announce it to everyone, too. Loudly. And often. I think she wants company watching the fun. Upon investigation, I discovered this...

Aha! With the cooler nights, I have been leaving the bathroom window open and guess what's up out there. Literally! Up on top of a vent pipe is a little swallow nest. Well, at least they let me sleep until the early morning sun just begins to wake up the sky. Then *poof* on goes Bird TV!

The sun has risen and set on all of my iris. I love them and they never seem to bloom long enough to suit me. Here are the last two of my Dad's iris blooms.

I have painted these several times over the years - and every time I see them, I think about painting them again.

Well, the sun has almost set on another day of getting ready to move. *whew* Moving a house, family heirlooms, and an art business is a bit more time consuming than the first time I packed up and moved to the college dorm. haha I have come up with some fun ways to use things, though. Ever had to move a bunch of brushes that you didn't want mangled? Try this!

I filled the bottom of an antique canister with Styrofoam and stuck my brush handles in there.

Popped the lid on that baby, and my brushes are all ready to travel safely. I can either tote this can with me as is, or pack it in another box with some other supplies.

Some of you may be wondering how my Hershey boy is doing. He is hanging in there, but his hips are still "out of whack".  It's kind of similar to what happened to him about a year and a half ago, but not quite as bad. Just a lot of waiting to see if he will heal up with some rest. Thanks for all the prayers!

Well, it's getting on to that sunset time of day. Hope you all have a great Funtry Friday!


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day

Thank you.
Thank you to those of you who have put your lives on the line for my freedom.
Thank you to those who stayed behind and waited for them to come home.
Thank you to those who daily put yourselves in harms way for people you will never meet.
Thank you to those of you who are waiting for your orders.
Thank you to the families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for what they believed.
Thank you.
God bless you all!
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.
Psalm 33:12

Friday, May 23, 2014

Here a box, there a box... Funtry Friday


Taking  a break from packing and having a little Funtry Friday fun out here!

Not that packing can't be fun, you know. This little treasure turned up in my studio. Mom's oil painting of Grandmother's hand colored photo came out very nice, I think!

You may remember that I did a bit of photoshop fun on the same photograph a few years ago. I think this beauty is going to be on display!

I took another break from packing when the dogs created a major ruckus outside. Gadfry! Not a great photo because I took it on my phone, but, yep, there's a big bull snake in the photo! Do you see the critter slithering right up next to the fence?

This one is about four and a half to five feet long. Ya know, it's hard to measure them accurately when they are slithering away... Especially if "away" is where you want them to slither.

Sometimes after an excited day of packing - or packing interuptus - I just need a little iPad game break. Seriously... this is what happened.

No. I am not all packed. *sheesh*

That's it! I am going to hunker down and read my friend's latest book!

Carol Cox weaves a good tale - and Mr. Nefarious Villain has just appeared.... ewie! Catch you all later!

Happy Funtry Friday!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Yes. I would like a little cheeze...

A double helping of cheeze would go very nicely with my whine right now...

I was just considering issuing forth a high volume screeching scream in response to the totally disorganized packing chaos that currently surrounds me.

Two things stopped me.

My windows are open - which means that I would have to explain said ruckus to my neighbors. Seriously. A call to arms like that is reserved for a slithering critter - or at the very least some kind of blood letting injury.

Cardboard and packing tape do not qualify.

Reason number two for squelching my off key soprano aria? Well... I choked on it. I choked when I thought of how ungrateful I am to have the nerve to even want to have a *head desk* moment over moving.

I present to you the obvious - First Course:
  • I had breakfast this morning. I did not go hungry.
  • I went to church with my friends. I was not alone.
  • I played on my iPad while eating lunch. Play - rest - food - toys - fun - yep, and the list goes on.
  • I looked through old photographs and even older photographs. I have a loving family and more friends.
  • I read my daughter's blog. Again. *smack* What a reminder of how different things could have been.
Second Course:
  • I had money to purchase packing tape. Oh - such a necessity of life! *dripping sarcasm just in case you didn't hear it in my typing*
  • I have things to pack. Not only that, but I have things to give away.
  • Some of these things have been in my family for a 100 years. *no sarcasm here - just the actual literal antique facts*
  • I have a home waiting for me.
  • I have a home until I can get to the home waiting for me.
Third Course:
  • Crow
Well, "crow" with a side of *head desk* as I ask the Lord to forgive my ungrateful heart one more time.

And He does. He's that way. And then He reminds me that He really does have a plan. And it's a good one!

"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11

And I remember that it's okay to ask "why" or "what" - but "whine" is just cheezy.
Gratefully enjoying a bit of quiet packing.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Funtry *belch* Friday

It's time to admit it. My dogs have culinary habits that defy reason.

Culprit Number One

With the evidence at her feet, I might add. Now mind you - she just ate breakfast. Good stuff, too. Snarffed it right down. Then... she and Culprit Number Two went outside...

...and headed straight for the Hollyhocks. This is a brand new trend for this year. In years past, I have seen the horses eat them sometimes. Well, mostly Hershey - Billie Jane is a little more picky.

Last I checked, though, these four foots are dogs not horses.

You could not prove it by the "tree trimming" going on with these Hollyhocks! Yes, I admit that I didn't stop them. I would have to trim these anyway as this isn't the best place for them to be. I will be able to enjoy their blooms in a variety of other places - since Hollyhocks abound here.

I am baffled by the sudden culinary interest, though. Not that they don't have others that defy reason, but they are a bit more canine like. You know - the ones that spawn the black-lip-dog-jokes... the ones that start and end with P and have ewie-oo in the middle...

But Hollyhocks? Seriously.

They had better stay away from my iris!

I get a little picky about these! These are from ones that my Dad and I planted in the 1950s and they are my favorites. Every year when they bloom, it's a special "down memory lane" time for me. Today was my Dad's birthday - so it's very fitting that I should share these with you all! Dad was quite a gardener. Hmmm.... and he loved dogs. And he never planted Hollyhocks... Hmmmm....

The iris aren't the only things that have sent me down memory lane this week. In all my cleaning up and clearing out, I found this little gem.

That was a fun concert! *cough* umpty-ump years ago...

Now I wonder what I will find in this pile of photographs...

Happy Funtry Friday!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Fix thyself! A Mother's Day Parable...

Seriously, would someone please tell me why I decide to do these projects? Why, oh why, oh why! And why do I think that I have everything on hand...?
And why do I think that everything will jump into place *poof* and be finished in half the time I thought it would?


I mean, look at all this stuff. Surely all of this can assemble itself into one lamp, right?

How about adding some stuff from the hardware store? Yeah - that will take care of the job!

Fix Thyself!

Look, I will give you some tools...

Never mind that I will have to go looking for some other tools and never find one of the perfect tools for this job. Never mind that some of the stuff from the hardware store isn't going to work. Doh! Never mind that this lamp is not cooperating with it's needed repair!

Never mind!

Perseverance. Yep, I have a little bit of that in me.  I won't tell you how many times I put together the same parts. I won't tell you how many parts I had to chase as they rolled away on the floor. And I won't tell you how many parts are left over...

I will tell you that finally the light bulb went on!

And when it did, I realized why lamps cost so much.

Their bulbs are not bent sideways...

But this one sure has a lot of character and quite a bit of history, too, so bent or not, I think it's light is pretty cool.

I also think that pretty well sums up what my Mom thought about raising her first born crazy child. I'd say she did a darn good job, too - from this side of the light switch! The light still comes on and there are still echoes of her wisdom that brighten up my life.

Mom all dressed up for a play she was in during college.

And she was the only person I know who looked good in aluminum foil!
She opens her mouth in wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31:26
Happy Mother's Day!

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