Monday, August 25, 2014

Daybook: 08.25.14

FOR TODAY, Monday, August 25th

Outside my window... the dog days of summer.  I'm trying not to complain because I remember how sick of winter I was last year.

I am thinking... about fall decorating - because it's almost here, people! - and because I don't want to focus on the heat.

I am thankful...for the life I've been given.  I've certainly fallen short many times, but I praise God for His grace.

In the kitchen... pinto beans in the crockpot, later I'll make some hot cornbread and slice up some home-grown tomatoes.  Yum, yum.

I am wearing... my favorite leopard print tunic over black capris, and of course, sandals on my feet.

I am creating...a new filing system at my home office.  I'm two-thirds done, praise the Lord.

I am looking forward to... Labor Day and another day off. I'm hoping for a trip to the lake but there are rain showers forecast ...

Around the house... it's looking better - I finally got the corner in our office where we pile everything cleaned out. Such a relief!

I am pondering... a favorite quote for today...

"Giving up is not easier than pushing through ... because starting over is HARD!"   (from my pastor's sermon, "Press On.")

One of my favorite things... making things pretty.  I brought a turquoise porcelain vase to work that is just the right size to put my pens and scissors in.  It makes me feel so much better - especially since I've set a photo of Baylee's beautiful blue eyes next to it.

A few plans for the rest of the week: preparation for a bible study for Wednesday, and finishing the file system makeover.

A peek into my day...

This photo is from a road-trip to visit a cousin's thrift shop. (More about that on Friday.)

The daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler. You can link up at her site, The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Change is here to stay!

Life is change, I always say.

You need to be flexible because just when you think you have everything working together perfectly; presto! change-o, it is now different.

But hey! Think how boring it would all be if everything always stayed the same.  

For example, anytime I find a product I really like, it seems the next time I try to buy it, it has changed.  New and improved, they say.  Why can't they leave things alone? I liked it the way it was.  Or, sometimes my favorite store has decided they will no longer stock my favorite item. Now I must hunt it down ... or change and buy something different.

Then there are life situations that change, sometimes seemingly overnight.  Co-workers come and go, births and deaths happen, and the dynamics of our safe little world are different in an instant.

It can make your head spin!

How wonderful, how comforting is the knowledge that there are some unchangeable things. Like my decision to love my husband.  My love for my kids and grand-kids will never change despite their actions. The love God has for me - do you know I can't make Him stop loving me?  His word is unchangeable - what a joy to look in there and find principles I know I can count on and that never change even though my world does!

Change - it's here to stay.  May I always be adaptable while holding firm to what should not ever change.

This post was written in response to the one word prompt "change" found at 5 Minute Friday now hosted by Kate at the blog "heading home." This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. 

Just write.

Also, the most important rule is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement.  That’s the most fun of all, and the heart of this community.

So, how do YOU deal with change? Your words are important, so please leave a comment and share.

F.F.F. - 08.22.14

All in all, it has been a good week here on the Journey.

1. The first thing I need to share is this adorable photo of Baylee - n - Brody:

It's amazing what joy a new pic of our angels bring us.  I was thinking about pioneer days where a family strikes out on their own heading west and often the parents never heard back from them.  Never to know how they fared, and certainly never a photo of their grandchildren.  Thank God, I live in an era where I can know everyday if something happens.  I can see instantly on facebook when my daughter posts a new photo.

2.  Saturday was the last day of yard-saling season for us. To be sure, there will still be yard sales around, but we always quit when the first full week of school starts because then my daughter's work load dramatically increases. Actually, we are burnt out on going by then anyway. It's always fun, though. I love the bonding time and the treasure-hunting. I will love sleeping in on Saturdays now, though.

3.  I started on the Annual Church Profile this week.  I count this as a highlight because it gives me another opportunity to make a cool organized binder. I'm weird that way. There is something about data neatly organized and color-coded that brings a thrill to my heart. Also, I've been doing this long enough that I have a system in place for gathering information.  What used to be such a trial and took so much of my time for about a month is now whittled down to maybe three afternoons - 4 at the most.

4. Good and bad news:  The good news was it only cost $50. The bad news was my hubby's PC quit working and came on long enough to go back off. This could have been an epic disaster as the hubs is pretty addicted to his computer and feels lost without it.  (Can we say Facebook junkie?) Visions of buying a new tower were dancing in our heads.  Not cool when you are trying to save for a down payment on a much needed new vehicle! I called the computer tech who services the church computers.  He had it up and running in a day for $50.  What a blessing!

5.  Quote of the Week:

"Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life."

Seen on Christy  Jordan’s Southern Plate blog. (Visit the link and you will also see an awesome peanut butter cup recipe that is definitely on my list to try.)

Your life is not the sum of a bad day. Stuff happens. Sleep on it, and start over tomorrow.  Things always look better in the morning.

And that wraps up another week on the Journey.  How did YOUR week go?  You can leave a comment, or consider writing your own Friday's Favorite Five and link up at Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story. You'll be glad you did.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Blue Ghost

I have written many times about my granny.  Today, I was thinking of an incident that involved my other grandmother.  She was very special in my life as well - I just didn't get to keep her as long!

When we moved to Florida, my grandmother, my uncle and aunt and their children came along.  We moved from the Chicago area and drove trucks and cars with trailers attached in a convoy to Florida. Why, we even had one vehicle pulling a boat trailer with a boat loaded up with whatever boxes would not fit inside the trucks.  There was an unimaginable amount of household belongings to move.  We were moving 9 people, after all.  

Grandma Sybil said she felt like the Beverly Hillbillies moving to Cal-i-forn-i-ay ... (She was always sensitive about that show and instructed us kids to never, ever, ever call her granny.)

We first settled in a subdivision in Tampa living just two streets away from each other.  We kids had a ball living there, but the dads decided we (especially the boys) were "running loose," and felt the country life was better  We ended up moving to two different areas about an hour apart.

Since we were the only family living in Florida, every holiday and quite a few weekends those first few years were spent together. 

One particular time, everyone was at our house in Darby.  At that time, Darby was a very rural area and the surrounding fields were like an enchanted woodland.  So many creeks to wade and trees to climb! It drew us kids to it like a magnet and we had tons of fun exploring.

Finally, about dusk, Micki and I came back to the house and went inside for sustenance.  The boys, however, would not come in, even though the mamas had called and called for them.

Grandma was getting impatient.  She wanted the boys to come in and eat so we could clean up the kitchen and they could head back home. We were standing at the window looking to see if we could see the boys when her eyes fell on a light blue blanket folded up on the couch.

It was as if a light bulb went off in her head.  "I'm going to teach those boys a lesson," she declared, "and scare them into coming in whenever it is dark. Don't you girls say a word."

The next thing I know, my very proper grandmother, who wore skirts for fun(!) and gold slippers with jewels on them, threw  the blue blanket over her perfectly coiffed hair and went outside to sneak amongst the trees. She began to moan softly as she hunted her prey. 

Presently two boys ran out of the woods and burst into the house yelling, "A ghost ... we've seen a blue ghost! It was going, 'Boooooooohhhh'.It was coming after us!"

Aunt Norma calmly said "That is what you get for staying out after dark. Now clean up and eat, because we need to get on the road.  You got school tomorrow."

Later, Grandma walked in from the utility room like she'd been there all along, every hair in place and the blanket nowhere to be seen.

Of course, the Blue Ghost became a fun family story to repeat - but we waited awhile before it was told.

Mama's Losin' It

This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 1.) Something that spooked you. Although, I was not spooked at the above story, the terror on my little brother's face was very memorable!

For more fun stories, visit Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Daybook: 08.18.14

FOR TODAY, Monday, August 18th

Outside my window... cool and overcast skies

I am thinking... of taking a week off in September to use as a staycation / get 'er done week. And maybe a whole day of doing nothing at the lake ...

I am thankful... that after December, I'm eligible for 4 weeks of vacation each year!!!

In the kitchen...oven baked BBQ chicken thighs - my favorite meal

I am wearing... black capris and black cami with a multi-colored striped tunic.  It sort of makes me think of Joseph and his coat of many colors ...

I am going... on a small road trip this Saturday.  I can't wait!

I am reading... "A Hopeful Heart" by Amy Clipston (Amish fiction)

I am hoping... and praying for my children and grandchildren. Let me always be the one calling out their names to the Lord.  (Everyone needs someone who will do that for them.)

I am looking forward to... seeing the answers to those prayers. I know God has a wonderful plan for each of their lives.

Around the house... STILL some things needing to be done.  Will I ever have a time I don't say that?

A favorite quote for today...

"I spoil my grandkids as best as I can - it's how I get back at my kids!" ...Ellston Chapman

That's my plan, too!

One of my favorite of the grandbabies.  I live for those.  Oh, you who live in the same town as your grandchildren, thank the good Lord for your blessings!

A few plans for the rest of the week: for months I have had on the to-do list about cleaning out my home files and implementing a new system.  I am going to start on it this week - yes, I am!  (Please hold me accountable to this goal.)

A peek into my day... this picture of Baylee and her daddy cracks me up!

The daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler.  You can link up at her site, The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Friday, August 15, 2014

F.F.F. - 08.15.14

It's time again to celebrate Friday and reflect upon the highlights of the past week.  I like to do this and link up at Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story.  Why not think about joining us and linking up YOUR highlights, too?

I'm not going to lie - sometimes you have to mine deep to come up with highlights:  some weeks have some bad things happen; most weeks have a sameness to them so that it is hard to come up with 5 things.

But they are always there if you look for them!

This week on the Journey has been just such a week - nothing new to report, but still there are good things:

1.  Off the list:  I did get a few jobs off the never-ending to-do list done last Saturday, so there's that.  I do love checking things off the list!  I also love a de-cluttered area and my desk in my home office looks much better.  Inside the drawers in the desk?  Not so much.  Maybe next week!

2.  Averted disaster:  Last week, the person filling the baptistry forgot about it and it over-flowed. Big time.  No, that's not the highlight!  The highlight was that no lasting damage was done.  The only thing that needed to be replaced was a phone jack.  It could have been much worse. (Bonus - it wasn't me that did it.  Thank you, Jesus!)

3. Sweet gesture: Right now, we are a one-car family.  Jim needed the car on Tuesday so he took me to work and then picked me up.  He surprised me with my favorite treat when he picked me up: a McDonald's sweet tea.

4. Comfortable climate:  Heat was predicted but all-in-all it's been a good week, weather-wise.  Those that know me best know I am not a fan of hot weather!

5.  Quote of the week:

The stuff that concerns you will not matter once you are finally home.... Sheri Rose Shephard

And so ends another week on the Journey.  I hope you had a great one and may your weekend be just what you need.

Tell Somebody

I'm an introvert.  I like to listen more than I talk.

I like to tell my stories with the written word.  Because you can always hit the backspace button if you think it will offend, and start all over again.

You can't take spoken words back.

But even someone like me has to get the words out now and then.  You just need to vent, to tell someone what is building up in your soul.

How can I be sure the words I tell are good words?  Words to uplift and edify?

If I have been putting in Words from the Giver of Life - words from His book - there won't be room for unkind words or thoughtless words.  If I'm abiding in Him, spending time in His presence, what I tell will be straight from the heart of the Master.
I'm thinking of a line from a gospel song "Go and tell somebody what He's done for you."  You can never go wrong with doing that!

This post was written in response to the one word prompt "fill" found at 5 Minute Friday now hosted by Kate at the blog "heading home." This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.

Just write.

Also, the most important rule is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement.  That’s the most fun of all, and the heart of this community.