Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blessings on a Wednesday

Crock pot chili starting to cook filled the air with a delicious aroma as I left for work this morning.  It was one of a few things I felt grateful for this day that started out tired. But I talked to myself while getting ready for work. "I am just fine!". Believe it!!! I felt better later mid morning. ~~~ Figured out my mascara was causing my eyes to itch. So I used a new mascara tube. (still think it's going to take time to get it to stop bothering me completely. Cuz it still bothers me in the evening....or it's the weird, warm, or foggy days we have been having. Who knows??!!)  ~~~~ Decided to make biscuits once I got home. We enjoyed them with our chili.  ~~~~Scripture reading that I drew from this chapter in Acts 4:8-12 "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a cripple, by what means this man has been healed, be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well. This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name among men by which we must be saved." " (RSV)   (Reading through the New Testament in a year).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Amy-ryllis Awoke!!!

The other week, I shared about Amy (amaryllis) at work.. and now she started opening this week.....

........and there she is fully opened.

The sun behind her lit her up and the edges were golden. Can u see it? And there are 3 more blooms coming open. By Thursday another bloomed. Sadly, she had to be moved into the paint dept. She was too much for my allergies/asthma. I am thankful my co-workers understood. It is good to breath!!!!  Have a blessed weekend, my sweet friends!!!!  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

One Word:Mercy

I wrote out some sentences on Christmas for a post I wanted to share later. It is about a Christmas gone awry. It is coming to the knowledge of a word I have deemed my "one word" of my year. The word is MERCY. God gave me this word on Christmas, mid afternoon.

     This Christmas was different in that my mom was not with us. I didn't go to the nursing home for a Christmas dinner, early Dec. No songs there or laughter or eating delicious food. No holding her arthritic hand, feeling her arm around me in a good bye hug. No wet kisses. No visiting on Christmas or the day before, like I usually did. My heart wasn't into Christmas decorating. Or baking. It took me awhile to realize why I felt this way.

     "Christmas time brings changes in our lives. Sometimes it's hard to deal with. Memories linger in picture frames. Of the times we remember well. We live on and are better for the struggles we have been through." (Jenny, Call the Midwife, Dec. 2014, Christmas special.) Those words rang true for me this year!!!

     Mid afternoon Christmas, I listened to Christmas orchestra music on a cd I recently bought at a second hand store. (Ormandy Philadelphia Orchestra. Sony Music)  I turned the music louder than usual. Washed a pile of dishes. I was drowning out my sadness, frustration over the lack of joy in our day.  One song made me ponder on Jesus. Being born-coming in the flesh. God with us. Emmanuel. He came to set the captives free. Heal the broken. Forgive sins. Showed mercy, now and way back then...even in Old Testament times.

     I cried. I prayed. Our Christmas eve and day were hit with another person's issues, physical and mental. It stole our joy even though we tried our best to make him happy.  Our plans to help him have a good time didn't work. After hb left with him, I cleaned dishes.... I listened to music. I asked God for forgiveness and MERCY. I felt I'd failed in some way. But in a song (O Holy Night) a message came that gave me peace. This song has blessed my heart for years. I remember my mom playing it by heart on the piano. "Long lay the world, in sin and error pining, till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.....". My weary soul rejoiced! My heart felt better and my eyes filled with tears. I played the song again. I'd given mercy to this man who wanted to be at our house. Even though there was no sign of gladness in him, I realized I could find some joy in our day. We talked about it at dinner, after hb returned home.  We looked forward.  It took a few days for the sting to go away (for me).  We'd opened our hearts and home. That is what is required. Love without measure. It doesn't matter if the other person reciprocates. We move on and learned from this lesson. We are stronger.

Mercy----compassion, forbearance, shown to another who is in his power and has no claim to kindness. Blessing, thing to be thankful for. {The Concise Oxford Dictionary, 1976}

     "You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lamp stand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." Matthew 4:14-16

Linking up with Lisha. 


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Building Blocks

Over the weekend, when there is always something to be done, I took time out to.....dig through a few tables of Legos. I had an idea for my grandson's 4th birthday. He is already another Lego-maniac of the family. There is a town close to us where they have a mini fig and brick store. I decided to go find some goodies for him. I spent some time sorting through, finding Legos that would fit and be different. Everything is sets now. Not like a box of different things, like when my kids were young. I spent way too long in here. And then I wound up going thru all the Legos I picked out since I picked the expensive bag.....which I didn't realize til I got to the register.
These are all the Legos out on an old towel, drying on Sat. They had been touched by lots of people, used in set ups at the stores, or at people's houses. Who knows what germs were there. A good grandma, I guess, does that.
Then I put them in some ziploc bags for separation and then built a number 4 on the left and a little fire place. Can you see them? They are in a Stanley tool box I bought at work, for $7. Owen loved them and immediately put the fireplace in with his Lego Batman set he got for his birthday!! I'm glad he liked it. I didn't get to see it all as Megan was watching Owen and Melody Sunday afternoon. It's ok!! I feel the joy of it all!!!

I also wrote in a card for my daughter-in-love and used these pens and added a sticker to her card. Her birthday is this week! I'd bought her a gift while I was out getting Owen's Legos.   It was a busy weekend, as I wound up going with Phil on an impromptu date Sat. He wanted to go to Best Buy to get a few things and eat at Panda Express on his way up. So I went along. We had a good time. I wound up getting less done that day that expected. But, I felt it would be good to go out with my dear husband, as he wanted me to. Work around the house can wait!!!!

One of the jobs I've been procrastinating on is knitting!!!! I'd bought this yarn last April in Hood River. The front one Phil picked out for me to make slippers. This yarn is alpaca. I wrote an IOU with his birthday card (besides giving a few other little things) for a pr of slippers, ETA 1/31/15.   I've not even started yet!!! The yarn in the back is for me. It's moreno wool and bamboo and nylon. I will do it, really I will!!!!
Now that the new year is here, I need to start another journal to write out my blessings, like I did last year.  I have a bigger spiral notebook. As you can see, I've started with little paper. I write them out at work when things happen. That way I don't forget them. Now they are waiting to be written in my empty book.

Highway to Heaven gospel band sang at our church on Sunday. They are a country style band and it is always a blessing and joy to hear them when they come. Rick, to the far left, and Randy, on the right, go to our church.  I needed this uplifting music that day...actually when don't I need uplifting Christian music?  Some days, more than others.  A couple songs made me think of mom since they were favorites of hers and brought a lump into my throat.  Sweet By and By when we meet on that beautiful shore, especially. Mom and dad are there, with Jesus, who I ultimately will see in Heaven!!! 

Phil and I taught Sunday school third service. The lesson is about John the Baptist. He spread the word about Jesus, who would be coming soon to John. The dominoes symbolized people. The end domino, furthest from the Bible, represented the child that was building the line. He was leading "people" to Jesus. You don't just hear a good story then not tell any one about it!!!

Then the children configured different ways for the dominoes to fall down. The white ones tended to fall over unexpectedly, since they had rounded corners. They had fun and actually did learn a few things from the Bible lesson in Matthew 3.
My mind wasn't into teaching with restless 3rd grade children. Are they really listening? Sometimes it is hard but then later in the class, as we were tidying up, Miss El came to me and said "You have interesting classes." AH, how sweet! She was the same girl who said she couldn't do science, when we first started in this rotation, 3 years ago. She has grown and it is so sweet of her to give me encouragement!!! Then Mr. Brn and I were talking a bit...he has a twin brother, and we were talking about the football game his dad watched...yes he watched it with his dad. His brother can be more rowdy than him. But his brother Mr. Lu was funny to watch during the dominoes. Things he said were comical and sounded like a scientist himself!! Looking back God opened my eyes to seeing the impact I am actually making on children's lives.  Relief came . While we are teaching children they in turn show us appreciation, once in awhile! Phil asked them a few questions before they left, about the lesson. There was some knowledge retained. Little pieces put together to build a faith, in them and me. One brick at a time!!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

NW Lady Blogger Lunch Dec 2014

A week before Christmas, when all of us were busy, some of us decided to get together for a lunch. So I headed to Portland area to meet up with four other ladies in the Northwest for a Christmas lunch!  We had a good time. Lovely lunch of pork loin, salad, rolls, cookies,oh my!

Here is Betsy at the table. Taci set a beautiful table with little gifts as well.

Java, the chocolate lab asleep by the fire place. Sweet dog!

Of course we needed a group photo!!! Took lots, this one is from my phone camera, as are the other photos. In back is Betsy, Teresa, and Gracie. In front is me and our hostess of the day, Taci!  We talked non-stop and laughed. I met Betsy earlier this year.

We exchanged gifts.Yarn and snow seagull and a shell necklace (from Hawaii) were from Betsy, crocheted heart and red ornament from Teresa, Taci made the dishcloth, which I think is way too pretty to use as a dishcloth and a magnet, The star ornament was made by Gracie, and the cute little birds nest was from another blogger that is not in this area....Mereknits is her website. I feel so blessed to know these women. I learned how to knit differently. It will take awhile to get used to it. But I am not going to use it right away. Starting a project that is already behind is not the time to also learn something new!

I enjoyed the train underneath the tree that Taci had started decorating!!!

I gave Gracie the book, since she won it in a give away from my blog.

The year at a glance calendar that I put together to give to my friends. I embellished the photo with stickers.  Add some flair!! They all seemed to like it!!!
I liked this lovely nativity piece.

If you are interested in my friends' blogs, here are their links.  Betsy, Teresa, Gracie, Taci
Isn't life a computer and blogging can bring people together. I have recently met up with another blogger from the Portland area. Hope to get together with Linda where we can talk and have some fun. She stopped in where I work to see me when she came into town. Fun!!! Something to look forward to!!!  Have a good weekend, my friends!!!

(all photos copyrighted, thanks for not using them without permission!!)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Good Beginnings of 2015

We didn't venture out on new year's day. We actually slept in. Phil and I went to bed at least 1.5 hours before midnight. As I was looking at the clock before drew my blankets up around me, I was wondering if we would sleep through the THE HAPPY NEW YEAR noise. We did but our daughter did not. Apparently there was a loud boom that shook the house. Our neighbor a couple blocks away heard it. We didn't.  In the afternoon, we played Settlers of Catan. It was an annoying game this time. Sometimes the die roll just won't give the numbers you need to get resources so you can buy and trade and build.  This was Phil after the game, with the region of Catan after an earthquake hit and he was apprehended by the largest army card (for winning and  his wife and daughter were not amused!!!) 

On Thurs I was using the trusty ol' Eureka vacuum in our bedroom. It was making awful noises. Megan said that she'd had trouble with it for awhile. I fiddled with it, got stuff out from around the beater bar. That didn't help. Still squealed and was loud. Sigh. So i knew it would need replaced eventually. We've had it for at least 20 years.

Fast forward to Friday. Phil said to look online Best Buy and see if they have a vacuum cleaner that I wanted. I found a Shark Navigator on sale, $20 off. Ok, we will get it while we are out that afternoon! Sweet!! Even better??  Phil won a nice sized Best Buy gift card at his Christmas work party. He bought it with the card!!! I wasn't even going to ask. I knew better. I am enjoying the vacuum. It sure sucked up alot of dirt from the living room on Sat. But that's for later.   I nearly bought one before Christmas. But waited. I've been wanting this type of vacuum for awhile. God knows our needs and it's fun to be surprised!!  We went to Trader Joe's after that, then got our movie tickets (courtesy of free Regal movie tickets he'd got months ago at his dentist's office). Sweet! Then we went to Costco and got a few things and diddled around since we had time to spare. We spied these cheese curds. Laughable!! Not sure how good garlic cheddar cheese curds are!! Regular cheese curds, also known as squeaky cheese, is good. Face Rock is an actual rock formation on the beach at Bandon, OR. I am glad they have a creamery again.
Our meal at Wendy's before the movie. I had a frosty instead of soda, which we shared. Then we went to see Night at the Museum. It was good!!!  A bit teariness at the end. Last time to see Robin Williams and Andy Rooney in a new movie.
On Sat at noon, we surprised L at a little party. He is getting visa work done soon. Just a nice send off for them. This was at our church. He didn't know about it. K set it up. It was a fun time and we had some nice visits with the people there, including some family.

I made a potato salad, since I knew there would be sandwiches. Only about a cup worth left. So I brought it home and Megan ate it later. It is always a hit!
Food table from another angle. Someone made macaroni and cheese. YUMMY too!
Our old couch,......last day! Another out with the OLD......
..................and IN with the "new to us" loveseat/sleeper!!! I used my NEW vacuum to clean it...which wasn't dirty at all. It's about two years old. Did some investigating underneath to see how all was. It's relatively ok! Tags say it was made in the USA!!! Megan's friend had it in her garage. It was her grandma's. But her grandma found one she liked better so she got rid of it. We got this one free!!! Gen's husband and dad and little boy came over with it Sat. mid afternoon. Then they loaded up the old couch in the trailer. Since they were going to the dump, I had Phil take other things that were too big for our outdoor garbage can. It was worth $25 to get rid of it all!!! Old couch was used before we had it and it really needed to go. We really like the new one already!!! I also vacuumed the carpet and wound up getting alot of dirt/fuzz out of it. Amazing how nice it looks!!!
Back burner pan has the last batch of applesauce of 2014. Cooking it while making our last Sat. lunch of the year.
I could not believe I forgot to drink out of my Spode Christmas mug this year! It didn't dawn on me til I was reading a friend's blog and some dishes reminded me of my mug!!!  The red mug to right is Megan's that she got for her 35th birthday, late Dec.  ****Speaking of Megan...good news!  She landed a job at the city library the last few days of 2014. She wound up working on Wed. A friend of her's said, "so you will have a W-2 for one day of work!!"  It's a part time job that is 2 days a week, for now. But we are so thankful that she's got a job, inside and something she's been wanting for awhile!! God is good!!  I will be back with photos of our Christmas gatherings. Our day  with kids and grandkids was better than Christmas day. But we have moved on and learned and know what not to do this next Christmas....but that's  another story for another time!!!  Take care and thanks for stopping in for a visit. I am thankful for all my readers, among whom I call friends!!! God bless!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Little Things

Just coming from the bathroom at work yesterday, I was boxed in!!! No worries, I just kicked them out of the way. 

A new co-worker, Amy. Can you guess her real name?? She was growing right through her box on the shelf. 
As for the weather, Tuesday it was maybe 35 degrees, but with the wind, it was chillier than that. When I met Megan at Denny's after work, it was 26 degrees at 7 p.m.  No snow in sight, just little clouds and the moon. 

On a final note, a fun couple items in gifts that friends gave me for Christmas. Snow seagull is from Betsy and the MnMs are from Tamara. Not eaten them yet.   And the Blazer game is over after one over time and the Blazers won. Beat the Raptors. Way to go!!! Now it is off to do a bit of housework then bed. One more work day this year....tomorrow!!!  Happy New Year, my friends!!