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!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Keeping and eye on Funtry Friday!

Whoa - it's Friday! And time for a bit of fun in the country around here.

Look what I saw -

There's a private dirt air strip up the road from me, but this little plane didn't take off from there. This little critter has to grow up before it flies with the big guys. One thing I will tell you about this miniature plane - it sounds almost as big as the big guys! LOL And, from a distance, it looks almost as big, too!

Oh, and speaking of looking at little ones... shhhhh - let's take a peek!

Nope, still four eggs under this little mama. Hopefully those eggs will turn into little chicks pretty soon, though!

Speaking of waiting for things... Bailey is waiting for me to throw a stick for her. Can you guess which stick she brought me?

If you guessed the little short dog sized stick you are wrong. If you guessed the branch, then you know Bailey pretty well!

Benny Bunny knows his vegetables pretty well, too! nom nom nom nom - he can make spinach disappear faster than you can say slurp spaghetti.

Sunset brings such pretty sights around here, too. The grey rain clouds blaze with color, the horses reflect the golden glow of the setting sun, and sometimes there are unexpected little tiny beauties.

The sun is shining through this rock - and the color is pretty amazing! Keep your eyes open - you just never know when you will see a beautiful surprise!

Happy Funtry Friday!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ptewie Season

Yes. Ptewie Season. It is a real season that overlaps spring and summer. It has to be in a dictionary somewhere.

It's the season when you open your mouth and something... somethings fly/drift/divebomb you.

Like dust. We have a few little winds here and some *cough* little dust devils. There is a reason they are called dust devils.

Oh, and there are tumbleweeds taking wing in there, too. Just in case you want to add a little "dodge ball" to your Ptewie Season fun! If you are brave enough to enjoy open windows at this time of year, just keep a shovel handy to return the topsoil to the great outdoors. Daily.

Hmmm... What else causes major ptewie? Wellll....

Poor itchy horses! Yes, I am having Palomino Flurries and a Dusting of Sorrel. And a lot of horse hair ptewie to go with it! It's actually fun to brush the horses when Ptewie Season is "full on". Never do you get to see so much hair fly in the wind! Don't laugh. Unless you can laugh with your mouth closed...

And, yes, there is wind. It's really hard to take a picture of the wind, so let's just move on to something else.

Ummm... like moving.

Yep. The for sale sign went up this week. Oh my! There is no sense of panic in my typing. Seriously. I passed panic a few weeks ago. At least until tomorrow morning.

I will apply a cure for panic then. I will start my day the way I usually do - with my nose in a good book. In The Good Book. Yep, I will grab my Bible and my breakfast and take a few minutes to talk to the Lord. You see, most of my (so called) panic comes because I want to know exactly what is next and when it is on the schedule. And there is that clause that I insert - the no fair to make changes to the plan clause. Did you just hear God chuckle? I did.

Hey, seriously. What fun would life be if we knew exactly what was going to happen every minute? Yeah, I know - some stuff hits hard and hurts bad. I also know that some of those hurts have made me appreciate other parts of life a lot more.

So for me, I'm going to keep on having those chats with the Lord. The ones that start in the morning and sometimes don't stop until sleep overtakes my brain. Those are the really good days!

Those are the days I know this is true:

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:18
Oh, and one more thing. Sometimes the Lord is persistent in what He wants you to know. This verse has come my way from several different places this week - today's sermon was one. Another was this beautiful blog series by Shannon of Copperlight Wood - upside down. If you have a heart for adoption, go read this series. If you know someone who has adopted, read this series. Heck, go read it even if you don't - maybe God will surprise you and put someone in line with you at the grocery store. He likes surprises like that, you know!
And He won't leave you all alone out there in the middle of any of your surprises.
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