Thursday, February 24, 2011


Sometime in the wee morning hours of Monday, the ice, snow, freezing rain, more ice, and sleet, did a number on the trees and power lines in our neighborhood. We woke up to silence... no hum of a furnace... no alarm clocks beeping... no phone... nothing.

The heavy layer of ice covered everything. Everything!

The sun began to shine late in the afternoon on day two of our power-free adventure. The sparkling ice was beautiful...

...but I would have traded the view in an instant for the hum of a furnace... for a light switch to do something when I touched it... for my automatic life to return.

I shouldn't complain. We stayed warm. We had great food prepared on our wood burning cook stove. (I even baked in the oven!) The generator kept our freezer frozen and our fridge cold.

This morning, normal came back to live with us. How nice.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107:31

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Temptation, thy name is chocolate


I have been left as caretaker for this package that arrived on Valentine's day.

I'm here by myself for a couple of days... and I keep hearing my name. Softly, on chocolate scented breezes, again and again...

Barbie.... Barbie... (Only those who know me veeerrrryyy well call me that, so I must respond. Right?)

I'm trying so hard to keep in mind that the package was labeled for Gramma and Grampa. Hopefully, no one counted the little yellow packets before he left the house.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her... She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:11-12

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Name the artist!

While browsing thrift shop book shelves, I discovered a very old art book written for children. Its pages were filled with examples of drawings from many famous artists.

Even though the pictures were all black and white, I paid my quarter and brought the book home.

When I had time to examine the book page by page, I decided that only a few were worth keeping. Among those treasures was this wonderful sketch.

I read the title under the picture... and then I read it again. I still find it hard to believe the name of the artist.

Can you guess?

God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. II Samuel 22:33

Friday, February 11, 2011

On the job

I went shopping Wednesday. I love shopping when I'm by myself.... I can think, calculate "??% off" to the penny, and make quick decisions - yes or no.

Wednesday I had three friends with me -

Ol' Blue


and little Julie.

Only two of them came home with me. Right in the middle of Macy's, Lorene decided she had work to do. I'm trusting she'll find a good home and accomplish her mission.

I"ll take Blue and Julie with me again. They are very well behaved... but they do need to be on the job... not shopping!

Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it. I Thessalonians 5:24

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Table decor

Men's breakfast tomorrow morning... that means decorating tables. Guess what will appear center stage?

Snow? Did you say snow? How did you know?

Do you see the glowing ring?
They were supposed to look like spiky snowballs, but when I look at them I only see robots.

Hmmm... snow-bots?

...wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Happy birthday more-than one,

Happy birthday more-than two,

Happy birthday number three-eee

Happy birthday, dear blog.

Three years. Thank you, dear blog, for giving me a reason to write again... and a place to do it.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:10