Welcome...I'm delighted that you chose to visit! I started this blog in March 2010 and I am so happy that I did. It has made me more aware of the many ways that God is blessing my life. I have made some special friends who bless,teach,encourage,and entertain me! My desire is to be an encouragement to you. I hope you will tarry for a while and that you will come back to visit often.
When we bought our house in 1976, there was a small magnolia tree in the back yard. After
several years, when we could see it wasn't growing, we moved to the front yard next to our house.
In retrospect...probably not the wisest decision! Although it did grow and flourish, it's roots have broken up our driveway and the leaves...oh my! what a mess they make! I love the blossoms, but they were always so high in the tree, you could barely see them. And the only way to pick one was to climb on the roof...not an option for this girl! Here's a picture...it's a tall one!
So, after much consideration, the decision was made to cut it down. I was surprised
when I pulled in after work today to find that the Hubby had done just that!
He kept the big wood to burn in our stove and this is the trailer full of branches
that will be hauled to the landfill.
We will miss the shade and the beauty of the tree, but we will have a sunny spot in
our yard (a rare thing!) to plant something. Also, when Hubby resurfaces the driveway
soon, it should stay smooth and flat!
Glad to have a Hubby who can do these things...saves us lots of money! He told me he used my
Daddy's chainsaw (one of the tools he inherited when my dad died a few years ago)
for part of the job. That made me happy. I know it would have made Daddy happy, too!
Our group served dinner at the Ronald McDonald House again Sat night. The menu this time was Mexican and churns of home made chocolate and strawberry ice creams. We only had one couple to eat. My first thought was to be disappointed, but then I thought..."if that means there aren't many children in the hospital, then that is a good, no a wonderful thing!"
I am a person who likes detail. Over the weekend, I watched a movie...not one I would recommend, but it starred Jessica Tandy and I have liked her since seeing Driving Miss Daisy. Anyway, these two women started out on a trip and decided to take a car ferry across the river. Their car, with everything except the two of them and their purses, rolled off the ferry and into the river. In the next scene, they have their luggage. How did that happen? The car is not recovered until much later in the movie. Movie makers don't think we are very smart, do they? ha! ha!
I saw a sign at our local building supply store today, "Don't just replace your old swing...paint it!"
It is true that we are a "throw away" society. I must say I am happy that we have been able to re-use
some of our old furniture pieces and we have a few other possibilities that I am still thinking about...
waiting for inspiration!!
Had fun shopping at Kohl's this afternoon after work. Everything was on sale and I had a 30% off coupon. I bought a swimsuit, two belts, a pair of shoes, and a piece of jewelry for less than the original price for the swimsuit! I left with a smile on my face!
We are getting lots of rain here...probably 5-6 inches in the last week. Our grass, plants and flowers
are very happy. Everything looks lush and green and it has kept temperatures mild. I think we are going to be seeing the sun tomorrow and summer time temps. That's okay...this is the longest spring we have had in "many a year"!!
Starting to get things together for our annual beach trip in two weeks. Making lists and checking them twice...for shopping and packing. Not much shopping on our island of choice, so it's important to "take it with you" if you can!
We harvested two yellow squash from our garden Friday...woohoo!! It's been good sliced up in salad.
Hopefully, the next crop will be big enough to stew with onions...the way the Hubby likes it!
If you endured to the end of these ramblings...you are very kind! Aesop said "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." So, be assured, your kindness is never wasted on me! Thanks for visiting today! :-)
The leading lady in a movie I watched last night quoted a line from Shakespeare's Sonnet 17.
I replayed the scene several times to hear her say it and think about it's meaning. The man she loved came home from WWI with a badly burned face and missing one arm. When he asked her if she could love him with his disfigurement, she said..."Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds..." I looked it up and the sonnet continues..."or bends with the remover to remove; oh no! it is an ever fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken..."
I read Shakespeare when I was in college because it was required. I didn't enjoy it or understand much of it. But this sonnet is lovely and speaks the truth about love. True love should be constant, never failing, unconditional. God's love is like that. And if we love God, ours should be, too!
A few weeks ago, Hubby and I had the privilege of attending a banquet to thank some very
special volunteers. Seventeen years ago, the Southern Baptist Churches in our middle
Georgia area decided to combine their resources and sponsor a food bank.They named
it Christian Social Ministries (CSM) and asked folks from those same churches to
serve there. So, every Tues and Thurs volunteers work to provide food and
counseling to hungry families in our community and surrounding counties.
The decorations were pretty and pink and the food was tasty.
A local quartet provede the musical entertainment.
But the best part was seeing old friends...folks we went to church with for many years.
Now, we are scattered to other places of worship, but our hearts are forever knit together.
There are two groups of volunteers at the food bank...counselors, who share the gospel and pray with each person who comes in, and the "kitchen crew", those who pack the sacks of canned goods, meats, bread, etc. In the seventeen years, 1.1 million families have been helped and 4.4 million pounds of food have been distributed. The amount of food available and the number of families that come in changes from day to day, but, they have never run out of food. It's been close a few times, but they have always been able to give each family their allotted amount before closing the doors for the day.
About 15 years ago, before I was working, our daughter and I volunteered there during the summers.
We loved it! Now that Hubby is "mostly" retired, he serves two Thursdays a month and understands why we enjoyed it so much! The ministry is certainly a testimony to the fact that God provides for
His work done His way... and to what can be accomplished when like-minded people work together
to make a difference in this world...and for eternity!
I've been watching a British series, Foyle's War, on Netflix over the last few weeks. I finished the last few episodes today while peeling potatoes (russets for tonight's dinner and sweets for tomorrow's lunch) and sorting through clothes...deciding what to keep, what to store and what to give away! Anyway, the TV show is about detective Christopher Foyle's police work during WWII. I guess I inherited the love of a good mystery from my mother. She was a huge Agatha Christie and Erle Stanley Gardner fan and Perry Mason and Columbo were probably her all time favorite television shows. I don't care so much for reading mysteries but I do enjoy watching detectives figure out the crime.
I really like the Foyle character. He is serious about his work, but has a dry wit that often catches people by surprise. He values life and treats everyone with respect. Though he is not very demonstrative, he cares about people and is loyal to his friends. And, most importantly, he always gets his man!!
What made Foyle's War even more interesting were the history lessons in each episode....seeing the war from the British perspective. They sacrificed much and suffered great loss during the long years of the conflict. But they demonstrated great resolve and determination. As one of the characters said, "Every morning, after a night of bombing by the Germans, the people of London get up and go to work."