As I look back over the day…

As I sit here, with the dryer running and TV sounds in the background, I look back on the day.   It started like most Saturdays, with me sleeping in, though not too late.   I had things to do.

Yesterday I went to Michael’s, just to look around, and wound up leaving with items to make a bracelet.   I saw some Swarovski Elements (beads) and was drawn to them by the colors.  Since this weekend is celebrated in honor of those serving for our freedom, I made a patriotic bracelet.  It has magnetic clasps.  
 Went to a baby shower this afternoon.    Diapers and wet wipes was the main theme.   My niece by marriage, Kaylee, got a good start on the necessities for a baby today.  She is going to have a little girl.
Outside in my flower bed, my Asiatic Lilies are starting to bloom. 

 

 Audre finished her room today.   
All the little girl stuff is gone.  Her initials in red and a cool black/white picture.

And last but not least, I changed my mind about the Hoffman challenge at our next guild meeting.  Go figure.   I will give you a hint, but won’t post a picture until I get it done. 

Hint:   There is a lot of fussy cutting going on.  🙂

QUESTION:  What have you been up to, of late?

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

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In Honor of…

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Imagine if you will, an image frozen in time.  The smiling face peers at you from the other side.  It is a photo of a friend.   In the photo your friend is taking a short rest, his uniform blends in with the sandy arid land surrounding him.  Though he is resting and a smile is on his face, his weapon is ever at the ready.  

It’s amazing that no matter what he sees or experiences; he always has a smile available and an encouraging word.  He starts each day making the choice to serve in order to insure your freedom stays intact.  

Try to imagine what it must be like for him in a dry and arid land with only sparse vegetation, demolished buildings and burned vehicles dotting the landscape.  

He has days where he is in need of encouragement.  He will have days where he is close to giving up on hope or the future. That is when he needs encouragement the most.  I have a friend whose picture is just like I described and he has told me the support and encouragement I provide for him in prayer and otherwise is what helps him deal with his life at war.

So if you ever wonder if your words or prayers are helping those, who are serving for the freedom you enjoy, the answer is Yes, they do.
Support those who are serving now, who have served in the past and those who are planning on serving in the future.  

Have a great Memorial Weekend and take a moment to lift all the men and women up in prayer, who are serving on your behalf.

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Prayers, Quilts, Books and Powdered Donuts

I come to you this evening with powdered donuts and a tall glass of milk.  

I’m celebrating a nice surprise.  I’ll tell you about it in a minute but first check out the following information posted by The Rabbit’s Lair.

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Quilts for Joplin
 
Tomorrow – Friday, May 27 – we will begin our efforts in creating quilts of care for Joplin residents whose lives have been turned upside down by the tornado.


We know their recovery will be a long process, and it will be sometime before they will be able to accept our gifts of caring. Right now, the basic necessities of life are what they need. But by working on quilts now we can work toward being ready for when they can accept them.


We’ll have kits available in fabrics that will make the young set smile — “Dino” and “Dots & Daisies” — or bring your own fabrics!


If you can’t make it tomorrow, we’ve set some other Friday dates — June 3 and 17, July 1 and 8.



Only Because of His Grace,
Mary Elizabeth

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Firsts and Laughter

Hello All!!   I trust you had a great day.   

Since my last blog was kind of dark and heavy, I thought I’d take a lighter note and focus on the “firsts” for this year here at home.

I’m always trying to get a picture of lightning.   Do you know how tough that is?   We had a storm blow through last night that knocked our electricity out for a few hours. 

Talk about some wicked wind!  

I tried to get a picture of lightning, as it was snapping and popping all over the place.  I took probably 20 pictures and this is the closest I came.  So, this is my first picture of lightning lighting up the sky.


 
Well… after that storm, (which snapped two trees, on my street, in two) blew through; I was surprised to see the first of my Tiger Lily’s this morning. 

It looks like there will be more soon.  I looked at my Day Lilies and my Asiatic Lilies and they are loaded down and ready to bloom too. 

The Hens and Chicks I had last year, died.  David thinks he over watered them.   So, he got some starts from his mom for me and planted them in a pot.   He also got some Iris starts from her and planted those in my flower bed.   Here are the new little chicks, to start off this year. 

David has raised beds in the back yard for vegetables.   Here are some firsts for that garden.

Look as these little squash!
The first jalapeno pepper
and 
the first tomatoes!

So there you have it.  Some “firsts” for this year at my house.

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What to do… What to do?
I have to create something for the Hoffman challenge, my guild will be having next month. 

This is the fabric I have to use.  It’s awfully pretty, but I must be suffering from quilter’s block or something because I haven’t come up with anything.

Any ideas?

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To bake or not to bake…

For some crazy reason, when I get stressed I start wanting to bake!   
The reason that is crazy?   
The reason is because I was not created to be a baker.
The only time I usually entertain the idea of baking, is around the holidays of Thanksgiving or Christmas.   
This can of pumpkin pie filling has been staring me down from the pantry behind me.  I have decided to bake pumpkin bread and probably a pie too, as this is one big can of pumpkin.
I’ll post pics and recipes when I “get ‘er done”.
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“Get ‘er done”
 Talk about “git ‘er done”,  tonight was the first time I have seen or listened to Larry the Cable Guy.  
I know he has been around for a while and you’re probably thinking “what – does she live under a rock?”, but I just never thought he or his show would be my cup of tea. 
Well, I was watching one of my favorite channels, The History Channel, and there he was was.   The show he is on is titled Only In America with Larry the Cable Guy.   
I watched the show, and he had me laughing out loud a few times.   At one point I got tickled just seeing him get tickled, by looking at a clown; but I have to totally agree with him, that clown just had the face for funny!  
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In Closing…
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing…Psalm 126:2 (first half)

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

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Shake It Off

And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. ~ Matthew 28:3

One day last week, I felt I was in the presence of a viper.  It took every ounce of my self control, to hold my tongue.  I know it was only by the grace of God I was able to do so.  Of late, I have made a habit to ask God to hold my tongue, and when my mouth does open, to put words of wisdom there, before I step into my place of employment.

The incident in which I refer to the viper, really chapped my hide.  I found myself stewing, and letting the viper control my feelings.  I knew if I didn’t put a stop to it, I would very likely start plotting a way to take care of the venom that was being spit – and that would get me in more trouble, than not.

So.. I got up from my desk and went to the ladies room and locked myself in and then had a talk with the Lord.   I asked Him to remove from me the pit, my place of work has become or to remove the viper.  I asked too, that He help me control my temper, continue to hold my tongue and to give me strength to shake the viper off.   

And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. ~Matthew 28:5  Paul was able to shake off the viper.  God was with him and protected him.

I know that God is with me and will protect me too.   I also know that I sometimes ask for the wrong things.  So I have repented the anger I felt when dealing with the viper.  

I know now, to watch out for any future strikes and will be better prepared.  

My prayer:  Father, you have created me to be sensitive to the effects of action and words.  Make me wise to know Your advice and to accept it.  When my mouth opens, make my word gracious and wise.  I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.    

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My Goals for this week

1.  Work on Hoffman Challenge (what to do, what to do?)

 
2.  Finish Mariner’s Compass on wall (it looks pretty rough right now)
3.  Work on Family Tree (got to love that family history)  
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Check out the new giveaways I posted today.  
Lots of good stuff in each one!  
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Well… a storm is blowing in, so I will sign off.

Have a great week!!
God bless and keep you,
Sonia

I Think I Have It Down…

Today was a decompress, take it easy, chill out, kind of day. 
The meals I fixed were easy.
I finished one of the books I’m reading.  
 I watched two movies. 
Had a bowl of ice cream and am also enjoying one now.
And
I took a 3 hour nap.
Zzz
I think I have the decompress, take it easy, chill out thing, down.
I also found out who my Mug Rug Swap Adventure 2 partner is.    
Can you guess where I’ll be sending the mug rug I make?

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Teach me Thy statutes.  Make me understand the way of Thy precepts, So I will meditate on Thy wonders.  My soul weeps because of grief; Strengthen me according to Thy word.  Remove the false way from me, And graciously grant me Thy law.  Psalm 119:26-29
God bless and keep you,
Sonia