Thursday, March 23, 2017

Computers:Week 12 Photo Challenge

This week's challenge I brought together old and new computer items. On the lap top home screen saver is a photo of me and my four girlfriends from two years ago. We grew up in the age of no home computers nor cell phones. On the tablet, to the left of the screen, is a photo I took of a machine that once measured fabric. My cell phone, to the right of the screen, shows android update. On keyboard are two sizes of floppy disks  and a cord that went from interface to a computer, if I remember correctly. The last 3 items were ones we still have in our house. We've not gotten rid of everything from the past. Yet. Isn't it amazing how technology has changed so much in our lives. 
As usual, our lives have been busy with work. I'm always relieved to have the work week over with these past few weeks. Work has been busy and an hour or two before the day is over, my body is ready to get a rest. I've not been on a walk all week. I was hoping to this evening. No, the rain decided to wait til evening and then it has been raining steady since late afternoon. I'm not one to don a long rain coat and hat and walk in the rain, as Phil does. I do have a rain coat, shorter and warm but I don't like getting my pants all wet. And cold. I'm just done with the day and found bills to pay. Dishes to do and put away laundry that my sore armed rfid tagging daughter Megan folded this evening. She had heavy books to do today by herself. It takes a toll on her shoulder that was injured years ago in Navy boot camp. Never been helped and now it's too late. I'm just not liking her pain through her days. Thankful she does get over it. Praying she gets a good paying job that will not require lifting heavy items. Oh the momma still is concerned even after the little ones grow up. I'll always love her and her brother, Justin. They are special to me, in many ways.   
The tulip festival opens up this weekend but most of the field is still green.

I look forward to a bit more dry days ahead, somewhere! There will be mud but that's why there's boots to wear. Not sure what the forecast is next week.  I enjoy going out there and taking photos, every year. It's so pretty and gets me out into the country. 
Take care and thanks for coming by for a visit!
God bless you, one and all!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sun-Day Thoughts

Sunshine reigned the day with warmth and a nice walk to/from church (parking lot)  and later in the afternoon. Sunglasses were needed for the drive across town to Subway for our dinner out. But I left mine at home since I thought it wouldn't be bright enough to need them. At 6:30 p.m. it's still bright out. Not when we came home as we sat at talked for awhile since I came up with questions for Phil and he responded with ..."let's think about this."     Interesting conversation instead of just eating then leaving.  These lovely daffodils reign in my flower bed. But then bugs of some sort and the wind are trying to destroy the ones below. Why? I do not know. 

Just yesterday I went to a memorial service in a town just a few miles away from us. Myrna was a beautiful lady in many aspects who will always remain in my heart. She was a former co-worker at the hardware store where I work. She taught me the ins and outs of cashier work when I first started. She died a week ago Friday. A few years ago her son died, with injuries sustained when he was in Afghanistan.  The priest read a prayer that Myrna had written. It inspired me to hear it. I remember the part where "God has work for me to do. Each day I will work. I am a link in the chain." (or something to that effect.) Maybe I can get a copy of the entire prayer eventually from her husband, one of these days. The stained glass windows were so pretty. I sat on the other side of the room and saw this one and another one up at the top with Jesus praying. I didn't get a photo of that one since it was too far away. Maybe I'll go back another day and use my camera to take a photo of it. 

We attend  Israel class at church when we aren't teaching is informative. We were happy to listen to our friends talk about their trip to Israel before the lesson. They just returned this past week. Saw some photos. The sea shell is from Capernaum. It's hard to get the lighting right for the shell....tan in various shades. Not sure what I'm going to do with it but wanted one since our friends picked them up for all of us in the two classes. This class is based on the Focus on the Family video with 
We've seen all of the videos from the beginning and some newer ones. 
Amazing what we learn about the Bible from this series.
All of us were given a KIND fruit and nut bar. It came with a story, told by Diane, one of the leaders of the study. She and Danny were on the trip as well. She always gives a KIND bar to people that she tips, along with the money. She gave these out on the trip as well. While she was on the plane come home, which was a 14 hour flight, she didn't sleep a wink. She and Danny walked up to the front of the plane to talk to a woman that they'd spoken to earlier that day, possibly in the airport. Diane gave the lady a KIND bar and the lady began to cry. Diane was taken aback and wasn't sure what to do next. Nobody had ever cried when she'd given them the bar. Low and behold, the lady's brother is the owner of KIND company. She came back to visit with them near when Diane and the group were sitting and told them the story. It's too long of detail but interesting when you befriend someone you meet on a trip. KINDness counts everywhere!

A scripture passage that I read in class since Diane asked me to:

"If it had not been the Lord who was on our side," 
Let Israel now say--
"If is had not been the Lord who was on our side,
When men rose up against us,
Then they would have swallowed us alive,
When their wrath was kindled against us,
Then the waters would have overwhelmed us,
The stream would have gone over our soul;
Then the swollen waters
Would have gone over our soul."

Blessed be the Lord,
Who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers;
The snare is broken, and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, 
Who made heaven and earth. 
Psalm 124

When we are overwhelmed by life's circumstances that sometimes hit us by surprise we have a place to go for help. Our help and hope is in the Lord. Many times we're not delivered from the hard times but He makes a way for us to go through it. We become stronger if we just hold on and believe. As a community of friends and believers in Jesus, we can help one another by praying and giving support in various ways. Community support equals Kindness.

I want to welcome a couple new followers to my blog and thank all of you that read my blog, all over the world. God bless you and have a great week!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Food:Week 11 Photo Challenge

I had already prepped the parmesan chicken bake for Monday evening. One of the favorite freezer meals I make that we use on work evenings. I served it with homemade biscuits and peas and carrots. Phil wasn't here so he had it for his lunch the following day at work. That evening he told me that "it was quite good, by the way!" I usually don't get comments like that from him. Usually it's an okay, depending on the tone, I know it's good or just mediocre. I've told him that more spices are allowed on his food once he gets it on his plate. He likes to add pepper or curry powder to food
that add more spice for him.  
This recipe is going to stay around for awhile longer to use.  I wasn't thinking correctly time wise, no thanks to working an early shift and timing on baking it so Megan could eat without rushing her meal and get to class. It turned out ok and her CERT class had just started when she got there. Whew! It was an interesting week and glad it's nearly over. Last two days at work have been busy, which is a good thing.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

My Busy Life

My three day weekends are busy and full of some fun. Friday was a beautiful day of sunshine and clouds and a moon behind clouds in the night.  Such a change from the week of snow surprise on Monday then rain and warm, humid temps and wind.
Last evening I went to a LuLaRue showing which was hosted by my friend, Briana, and her mom, Maria. I'd heard of this clothing and seen a legging that was so fun. So I decided to check it out. That's after stopping at Burgerville and buying the last chance chocolate hazelnut yogurt shake. I get it instead of a milkshake...better for me, less calories. It was so good with my little hamburger. Never know what goodies there will be at the party! The first piece of clothing I tried on were these leggings. I wound up wearing the entire time I was there. Therefore I bought them. There were so many choices and I picked what was my first choice without trying another color scheme on.

I did try on a dress but it was larger than I wished and can't order them. Only so many are made and rarely are there two of the same items.  Size smaller would have worked but didn't like the design so no go. At least I know what fits me and maybe I'll look again for a nice short sleeve dress in something I like. Later. The skirts were too long for me. Maxi isn't a good option. Does $55 sound high for a dress? Yes but it's hard to find one my size but then again I still look at TJMaxx which is my favorite clothing store to shop. 

Today was a baking kind of day. It was a cloudy day but little rain. Early afternoon I made ranger cookies. I've not baked cookies in awhile. Time to stock the cookie jar again. Then at dinner time I made drop biscuits. Enough for our dinner and more to eat later. They'll be in the freezer soon. It helps with dinners during the week.

A forgotten part of my birthday gift from my friend, Tamara, was found and given to me Tuesday when we ate at Denny's after we got off work. I really like it! British flag and tea pot all in one! 

Today I went through some piles of papers I've laid aside. Trying to find a paper that I sketched out quilt I am making Melody. But not found it yet. I tend to move things around and it's got to be somewhere! I do find items I bought and then got put in another spot. That's where I put that! Sigh! Grandma's disorganized for sure! I'm working on that though. I remember the lay out of how many blocks wide and length. I need to preshrink the cloth then get to cutting, which is the hardest part.
Evening's been busy, with going on a walk while it was still light, then dinner and Phil kindly washed dishes twice. It helped out alot. I did some as well. Such a mess but that's what happens when I bake then bake again. Good thing it was soup night. Easy clean up, second time around. Now I must bid you farewell til next time and drink my tea and head for bed early. It's daylight savings time...set clocks ahead one hour! Sigh!
Take care and enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Indoors:Week 10 Photo Challenge

Mid day on Sunday I was meal planning. Vanilla cinnamon brulee' candle still lit. I'm still sipping tea from our lunch. I go into the kitchen to do a few things and then turn around. Lighting in dining room caught my eye. Catch it before the light changes. I turned lights on by my desk in family room to give more light. No flash was used. Orange at top of window is reflected light off the house next door. Yes, it is orange in real life!  The day was chilly and windy and rainy. Phil and I didn't even go on a walk. We stayed indoors, except to go to church then drove to get an evening meal!  We woke up to snow on Monday morning but it didn't last long. Maybe an inch at the most. Megan's car was covered with snow. Pretty to watch snow falling in big flakes at 6:30 a.m. when I was up for a second time. Crawled back in bed after sleeping on recliner.

"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear them, for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." Deuteromony 31:6
Enjoy the rest of your week! No matter what the weather...nice or crazy like ours has been lately. Gives us something to be thankful for and knowing it could be worse! God blesses us every day.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Metal: Week 9 Photo Challenge

Over the weekend, Phil and I went to the World of Speed car museum in Wilsonville. I found a few cars to photograph while Phil read just about every sign in there. It was an amazing day out. My pick for the challenge was this 1956 Kurtis 500G Roadster. It's a Daytona Steel Foundry Special #77. Engine is 225 ci Offenhauser. I spoke with a man whose cousin or nephew drove this car. He was so happy to see it. He and his wife were down from Seattle, WA visiting. It was an amazing day to see so many cars from the past to near present. I read some history I'd not known before as well. I'll save that for another post.

My second favorite is this 1950 Scarab American Formula race car, out of California. I like the blue color. Scarab in Egyptian means lucky beetle. In those Mummy movies they didn't look like luck to me at all! 
It was hard to take good photos without moving around and not get all 
the reflection of the lights on the cars. 
Now it's off to get dishes done, drink some tea and last piece of marrionberry pie. Hope the end of the week is going to be well for you! Thanks for your comments and reading my blog! 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

About Days

 Last week while out and about, I looked for unusual things, as stated in my previous post. This cement frog at Baumans struck me happy to see him...laughing, or trying to croak? He made me smile.
 as did this metallic flower. Maybe I'll buy next time. The store was closed so I couldn't this time. I seem to be a kind of person who likes fun stuff in my lawn and not just flowers. At least this one I don't need to water!
 I couldn't see a sign for this plant that has been shaped and will be hanging down as it grows.
 At home Wed evening,  I was looking through my flowers one last time before they went to the trash. The roses were all wilted. I turned the vase and look here! One of the stargazer lilies bloomed. Well, maybe I'll keep it! A couple others looked like they would bloom, but no,....I wound up taking all of them to the trash next a.m. I'd had a headache all day Wed. and not sure why.  I woke up early Thurs a.m. and went into the kitchen to get a snack....went back to bed and my head started hurting. Oh my, it's the lily that did it. Both my daughter and I have issues with they left, with the wilted roses. But I enjoyed the ones we had early on without the pistals, which give off less or no scent.

 Friday was my day off. I was so tired Thursday evening and went to bed at 11. I slept relatively well. But didn't wake up til 10 a.m.! Whoa! I really needed the sleep. I got a few things done then headed to Keizer Station for a few places to shop. I saw this book by Dr. Suess, at Target near check out. I laughed and picked up the book to puruse it...."you  can do all these (specific) things....but I'm not going to get up today!"  {HA....almost like me!} Actually I should have bought it as my grandchildren would have liked it!

 My finds at Cost Plus World Market, before I went to Target...I had a gift card I received from Justin and family and a birthday "gift" from World Market of 15% off my total purchase.  Typhoo tea I enjoy drinking...I like the caffeinated one as well, but don't use it as much as this one. Two more luncheon plates to add to my dinnerware, chocolate chips, and hummus. Can't find this hummus in jars any more. I've noticed there's been many recalls on hummus and so we wind up buying a couple different brands at grocery store. Sigh! Can't buy any that have been close to shellfish. Megan's allergic to it. And I got her started on hummus and she likes it with chips. It is delicious!
 My first knitting project of the year is a basket weave dish cloth. I'm nearly done with it! Notice the little marker? It's from Betsy and it shows me how far I've got done. It's cute. I have to keep in something so I don't lose it once this project is done. My next project is a small quilt for my granddaughter's 9th birthday. I need to get to sewing on it. May is coming soon!

I forgot to show you my planner I bought late Dec, early Jan. I'm really enjoying it. It's been quite the year already...what with losing friends at the very beginning of the new year. Then me being down sick for a few weeks. But God is good and has been there through the struggles. 

Here's a cookie I made for a friend's birthday. Behind it is my open planner. I put tabs on the top so I'd know where the different sections are. Easier than thumbing through it. I bought the planner as part of my gift from a co-worker...we drew names. I got a gift card to TJMaxx/Home Goods. Other item I got was a exercise mat.  It's still rolled up but I will use it soon. Yes. I exercise but not always on the floor!

  Today was the last week for Phil and I to work with MV Express with the children. We'll be off two months then teach in May. Cindy shared a drawing about the armor of God and talked about why it's important to have God in our lives.  I enjoy her drawings so much and her gifted spirit for teaching the children. She and Jeremy have 5 boys.  This month I only helped Phil teach once because of my horrible virus that kept me down. {Yes, I'm feeling better.} We teach 3 Sundays then help out on the 4th one. He helped Jenny with cooking. Today I helped with pre-kindergarten children. 14 children and one teacher,,,,,and then later another lady came in. It was fun with drawing around the little hands. I was working with a little girl, Kiki, who has downs syndrome and she was not wanting to put her hands on the paper. So I put my right hand on the paper and I had her draw around it...then I finally got her to put her left hand on paper and I helped her draw around it. No, the glue stick isn't lipstick! Finally we got it done.   Peyton wanted to know if I still had my cough. It was fun to watch them play. Good thing there was another big person chair. I did try to sit on the little chairs but oh dear me!!!
This month's story was doubting Thomas from John 20:19-31.

 Memory verse of the month:
"I will listen to what God the Lord says; He promises peace to His people, His faithful servants." Psalm 85:8

 Our weekend has been good so was nice with sun and clouds on Sat. when Phil and I were out to World of Speed car museum. We finally got to go after all the weeks of cold and snow. He enjoyed it very much. I'll share that with you soon. Today there's been rain and wintery mixture showers. No walk for me!  I've got a few things to from last year to post. Soon! Really! Have a good week my friends! Thanks for stopping by!