Sunday, September 14, 2014

Reading His Words

I've had these books for awhile. The Inspirational Study Bible I bought a few years ago. I found it in a thrift store while vacationing on the coast with my husband.  I stopped in and looked around. I never know what I'm going to come across. This Bible was sitting on a shelf. I gasped! I'd seen it elsewhere but didn't want to spend the money it sold for retail.  I pulled Bible off the shelf. Flipped through it. Nothing wrong with it.....except someone didn't keep it to read!  Selling price was $6, if I remember correctly. I am so glad I bought it. I enjoy the readings inside that are go along with chapters in the Bible. Concordance.  I purchased The Gospel of John book earlier this year when I ordered another book. I am studying John along with other people, memorizing scripture.  I have fallen back on the second half of memorizing, which I am dislike immensely.  But I started this Bible study this week. By myself. I kept putting it off. I felt the urge, from the Holy Spirit, to read more of God's word. I read some but not in depth at times, which I should. Read and remember what I read!!!!     This week, the verses I want to share is this....."He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."  John 1:10-13     I am a child of God. Let me stay in your word.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday Coupon Savings

Today I decided to venture out to Walgreens. I was gonna do it yesterday but I ended up being a house hermit. I stayed indoors except for taking something out to the garbage can!  I had not been feeling good for a few days. So it was good to stay home. {I worked photos and printed out 4 calendars worth of photos.}  Anyway, I needed to do a bit of homework with the sales that were going on this week. I'd read that there were a lot of buy one get one half off deals. I also had some coupons to match. Here is the Walgreens flier, my list and some coupons.  I finally figured out what I was going to buy and packed up coupons in my purse. Off I went to Walgreens. Went the back way since there's a big event in area. Didn't know what traffic was like at interstate level either.

Here is a photo of the nice wall, up close, and a nice, new sidewalk. That has just been finished this week, I think. Next week, west bound traffic gets to drive on the new over pass starting Tues. That will be great. I'm not to enamoured with the small lanes but it's manageable, as long as the trucks stay in their lane! 

My basket full of savings. Everything had a coupon except for the napkins. They were a good price so I bought them, since I love fall themed napkins. If you know me, I have a drawer full of them and I use them. Ask my family!!  St. Ives products were buy one get one 1/2 off. Then I had a coupon for $3 off when you spend $10 or more on St. Ives products.  Caress body wash sale was buy one get one free!  I had a $.75 coupon for that one. Edge, buy one get one 1/2 off and $1 coupon. Progresso soups were 4/$5, store coupon. M&Ms were 2/$6 and had a $1 coupon then got another $1 off from  store coupon book. I changed out these M&Ms for the harvest ones. Arizona Tea store coupon, 2/$1.  Garnier Fructis gel wasn't on sale but I needed it and had a $1 coupon. Annoying that all the other Fructis was on sale but this one. I couldn't find another alternative....I happen to like this one. Chicken of the Sea pink salmon, store coupon for $1.99.    I saved $33.49. I paid $45.65 for $79.12 worth of products.  We use all these items and restocked our toiletry shelf in our bathroom. Except for the food that I stocked in the kitchen!  I did get a pack of gel pens that were on sale that aren't in this cart. I like to look out for sales on pens and paper this time of year, since school supply sales on still going on.    I didn't get everything on the list. A few I decided against.  I have learned to watch sales and coupons that come out the same week. It's a good time to match the sales with coupons. Some times there aren't coupons in the flyers I get in our newspaper on Sunday. So I look online., are a few.  You can check out $5 Dollar Dinner Mom website as well. Sign up for her newsletters and you get coupon news.   Happy $aving$!!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Flowers on Friday

There are alot of flowers in my life that brighten my days.  Tulips have become my favorites since moving back to Oregon. Lovely tulip farm close in proximity. I was out here one late April afternoon, snapped this shot on my cell phone, 1.5 mg camera. Shows the busy day out there. My daughter worked out there again this year. If I never take another photo of tulips, I will still have many to look at for years!

My tea rose out front of our house. I have enjoyed it for 24 years. It was the first rose I planted the following year we moved in. Still going strong. I wasn't too good to it this year. I didn't get out and cut it back as I should during the blooming season. I was busy and then the days were so hot, this summer. We've had a crazy hot summer, 90 and up to 100 for days on end. Not normal for this part of Oregon. Very little measurable rain. My daughter and I took turns watering flowers and shrubs daily!

Rhododendron in our front lawn. I've had it for years as well. Love it!

These peonies are from neighbors lawns. I don't grow them but I truly enjoy them.

Clematis that is hanging over a fence at my son's house. Love it. Again, a flower I'd like to have. Maybe next year?
This is how we transported the flowers home from mom's memorial service. We'd given away all but one pouch of goldfish crackers. Just thought I'd share....I forgot to share it earlier. Box goes well with the flowers, don't ya think?

Lovely tiger lily close to our home, on a Sunday evening. Walking home from a dinner....this was in the glad people planted flowers there early on.

My friend, Carrie, and I were at a gardenpalooza this spring. (It's a show with nurseries selling flowers and garden themed vendors).  I really liked this flower. Too expensive for the plant, $50. Still could probably get one somewhere since it's still in it's bloom time. Info below. I hope you enjoyed the flower show!  Have a good weekend, my friends. I'm hanging around home.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Celebrating 5 Years and Give Away!

Five years ago, I decided to start a blog. I didn't have alot of knowledge about blogging, I taught myself along the way. I had blogger friends that helped me figure out how to do things as well.  I have traveled far from home on this lap top from my cozy chair. Visiting friends I've made around the states and overseas. It's been a fun journey.

There were times that I felt that blogging needed to go from my life. I took a break. I missed it. Blogging is an outlet for my photography, sharing my life and faith with other people who care to drop into my blogosphere space.  I am so thankful for all of my blogger friends I've made in these FIVE YEARS of blogging.  Now that the party is started, let's eat some cake! 
A party needs a present.  It took me awhile to get my act together. I realized while out at Bauman Farms, awhile ago, I needed some fun items to give away!  My blogoversary was July 8 but since my mom died July 2, I had little desire to do much about this celebration. Til about a month ago....and here we are! Two months later!!! So for a dear blogger friend out there, you will win a prize package.  I fell in love with this twin pack of thick dish towels from Gooseberry. Then there's a vegetable brush, which is sitting on a towel .Or you could use it as a fingernail brush!  A locally made bar of soap from Silver Creek Soap Company...Vanilla and Oatmeal scent. Last but not least, a Totally Tulips 2015 calender with photographs by me!   To win this prize package, worth $35, You need to leave a comment on my blog and you must have left a comment on my blog in these past 5 years. I know who you are!  I appreciate all of my readers. You will have until Saturday Sept 20 to comment. Good comments. Your name will be put in a bowl and your name will be drawn and Sunday Sept 21 and then I will post the winner! Thanks for helping me celebrate!!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Life's Road Building

There's road construction going on in mytownusa. It's been fun watching the process. It's also aggravating.  As it's progressed, when the new road bed was being laid, I started thinking how road building is not unlike a Christian's life.  One must build a good foundation. Something to hold onto. Concert and tar aren't thrown down, rolled, let dry for a day. There, drive on it!!  It has been worked on for months. One layer at a time. The overpass is slowing coming together. One layer at a time.
So with us, one layer at a time, in our lives. There's broken pieces in life from hurts, past temptations, road blocks in our lives that stun us as we go through trials.  We are on our journey to heaven. We seek the best road builder there ever was. God. I re-worked this post since I didn't feel foundation was a correct word for the analogy I was looking for. Concordance uses the word path in the Bible much more than road. Come to think of it, ancient times, people walked pathways made by other people. No concrete, tar, or road graders. NO dump trucks or scaffolds for walls that we see now days.    "Many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk His paths." Micah 4:2

New walls have been  built to make this town look nice. Blocking out some road noise to the residents that live behind the wall. Although we can't see their houses any more, we know they are there. I have a few friends that live on the other side. They choose the right road to get to the destination.  Like me, I have chosen a way not of this world. I have grown in my faith, over the years, one layer at a time. I know where I've been and how Jesus has helped me in all ways.    Jesus has chosen us. "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you." John 15:16-17 (NKJV). It's not always an easy road. but God is with you and me, never leaving nor forsaking us. (Hebrews 13:5-6) Encourage one another on the way. Build them up in the Lord....."For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of the Lord our God, Forever and ever."  Micah 4:5 (NKJV)  Have a blessed week, my friends!
Linking up with Lisha at Give Me Grace

Sunday, August 31, 2014

One Thousand Blessings!

 It has been a busy summer. Almost every weekend there's been something going on...go somewhere, FishFest, bbq cookoff, picnics x2, can peaches, do some cleaning in my office space, chill time. This post is a catch up on my summer and I hope that you enjoy this trip a couple months backwards into my summer.

One of my blessings in life is my dear friend, Tamara. We spend a few hours together, usually each week. We do Bible study together, keep ourselves encouraged in the faith. This was a hot Tues evening, one of the first. We'd gone to Subway but their systems were down. So we tried Dennys and they were extremely full. Way too many cars in the parking lot so we didn't even go in. We went over to KFC. Score! Coolness!  We enjoyed the rebuild! Cheery! Old one was torn down to make way for new road.

Dinner and a cake. July 1.  I bought the cake as a late birthday celebration for Tamara, late June.  Always a good time to have chocolate cake!
Enjoying our time together to catch up. Tamara's been working alot. Her husband had some back surgery again. So it was hard for us to get together.
My latest journal entries written July 1, after our little get together.  Early a.m. July 2. I got the call my mom was gone.

Fast forward to July 22. I am at Denny's restaurant. Usually a Bible study night. But Tamara was not able to make it. Phil has a couple young men over to the house. Gaming. Noise. I seek quiet in the evening. I eat. Read. Catch up on my gratitude journal. Also on my John project. It has been a blessing to me. Last year I started a gratitude journal after reading Ann Voskamp's "One Thousand Gifts" book, on my Kindle. This year I hit 1000 blessings.
If you write 3 blessings a day, something that you are thankful for that God has given you that day, made your life good, by the end of the year, you will reach 1000 blessings. I hit it earlier. But that's ok.   As you can see, the day I hit 1000 was the day Megan and I were in Hood River.  Here are a few photos from that day.
A bundle of lavender in Megan's hand, attempting to get Mt. Hood. There were so many cars that the photo op wasn't good. Sigh!
Lavender, which I picked and put on an old trailer at Hood River Lavender farm. Photo op!

Mt. Hood taken from side of a road, near a church in Pine Grove.
I wanted Megan to see this old Methodist Church, built in 1897. It is still being used as a church. It sits by a school, on one side. Fruit orchard on the other side.  I'd been here before so I wanted to take her to spots that she'd not seen. We enjoyed our day out. Even though it was a week and a day after my mom's memorial service. It was all I could do to pull myself out of bed and go. But am glad we went!
Mt. Hood from Panorama Point, another place I've been. While we were up there, a family was there, taking photos....they had been to a wedding. On a farm, close by. They were from the east coast....I took a couple group photos of the parents and their grown children with their spouses.  It was lovely up there.  I enjoy looking down into the valley below. What a beautiful scene God created with the help of men, growing crops. It was a good day. Then is was off to eat. Then home. Good to be away. Good to arrive home safe.       Have a good weekend, my friends. I get to work 6 hours tomorrow. But it's ok! I have a job, so I'm not gonna complain. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Flower and Blouse on Sunday

 Sunday comes. A new week. Last evening, before retiring, I read Rev 22. It was part of a devotion I'd read last week, at work...I read it on my lunch break.   "And He said to me, 'These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His angel to show His servants what must soon take place. And behold, I am coming soon.' "  (vs 6-7)  "He who testifies to these things say, 'Surely I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!" (vs 20). This morning at church, the very first song we sang was "Come Lord Jesus Come".  Amazing how it works....scripture and song work together, hours apart!

 This afternoon my husband and I went out for a walk. Just as we got down near the end of our block, 2 dogs on left side starting barking since a young man was walking his two dogs, that weren't barking. At.all. The yippy little dog, behind the fence, to the right of us joined in the barking! Both of us covered our ears. It was deafening!  We rounded the corner then there was a car a couple blocks away, whose alarm was going off. Really?  It quit. We got up a couple blocks further, another car alarm went off. Really? The man who owns the car set it off when he opened the door to get a shirt. We were all laughing, cuz he said to us and neighbor next to him, who was outside....go ahead and arrest me....but it's my car!    Quiet. Finally. Then I walked across the street when I saw this sunflower. Lovely! Peaceful! 

Here's a selfie of me with my new blouse from Cost Plus World Market. I bought it late a.m. after we got out of church. I'd seen this on their web site. There was a $10 coupon to use for a $30 purchase. Expires today. The blouse was in stock, tried it on (ok to try it on in restroom). Then I bought a jar of oregano. I'm out and haven't been able to find it in bulk at Fred Meyer. They've been out last two times I was there.  The shower curtain is also a Cost Plus World Market item. A change for our bathroom. (this photo was taken at our house, in case you are confused about the rooms!)   After we were done with this bit of shopping, we went to Burgerville and enjoyed a meal together. Walla Walla onion rings, from there, are Phil's favorite. Since the season is running down for this local food, we decided to eat out. It was nice. Nothing pressing to make us go home too soon.  Talked.  Again peaceful! Relatively good rest of the day. I made a big salad for our dinner (3 of us). Now I need to clean the kitchen and ready for tomorrow. Tomorrow I will need cut up tomatoes, onions, cilantro and heat them up a bit then into pint freezer bags. Freeze for soup base I like to make.  I should have done it this afternoon. But no, I get a bit lazy on Sunday afternoons. I canned 6 pints of peaches yesterday. And made dinner. No need to stress or wear out myself already!  :-)     Enjoy your week, my friends!