What a pleasant way to end the year…


This morning, a beautiful amaryllis bloom welcomed me as I walked into the kitchen.   I received it about 2 weeks ago from a friend.  

In the past three days, I have watched it go from one bud, to three, then having one open over night, with another beginning to open today.  I think it will be fully open in the morning.  The third bloom will probably be open by the end of the week.

This is a view of it with the sun shining on it, and the background in shadow.

What a pleasant way to end the year, with pretty new blooms.

On the way home this evening, I took this picture.  There is only one jet in this picture, but at the time I was taking it, there were eight jets in the air.

Here’s the pot holder I started yesterday.



Another year of Schnibbles
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It is a challenge, to make a small quilt each month.
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Here’s wishing you a terrific Thursday!
God bless and keep you,

The God on the Mountain…


I trust you had a pleasant and blessed Christmas holiday, filled with laughter and love.  

As this week winds down and the year ends,  I look back, over my shoulder, at 2011.  There were many times “down in the valley” and a few times on “top of the mountain”.

However, no matter what, I knew, I was not alone.   The God on the mountain is the same God that’s in the valley ~ my Strength and my Comforter.

Things I have learned in the past year…

  1. I learned during a time of working with a tyrant that, by the grace of God,  I can hold my tongue.
  2. I learned to not sweat the small stuff, usually it doesn’t matter to me within the next hour anyway.
  3. I’ve learned that I can’t always control or change a situation.  Thereby, teaching me to hand it all over to God.
  4. I learned that I’m still a kid at heart, though my hair has gained a lot of gray this year.
  5. I learned that I tend to over schedule myself, causing myself stress. (this is something I hope to remedy in 2012)
  6. I’ve learned to be ready for change, as change has been the main theme in the past nine months.
I look toward 2012 with a little uncertainty.  I will return to work with my weekly hours cut back, another change.  Questions like “what’s going to happen next?” run through my mind, but I know my Strength and my Comforter will be with me.
Some goals I have set for myself in 2012…
  1. To get my “block of the month” done on time, each month.
  2. To make a point to not over schedule myself ~ learn to say “no thank you”.
  3. To do better with sending out cards for special occasions, like b-days, anniversary, get well, etc.
  4. To do better with making sure I get my quiet time for prayer and Bible study.
I hope I haven’t given myself too many goals for the new year.   I will do my best.
2012… looking forward, what goals have you set?
I worked on my small afghan today and hope to get it finished this week.  I also started to crochet a pot holder today.  This will be my first pot holder to make.  I will post a pic of both items when I get them done this week. 
My son, Josh, painted a picture this week.   I thought he did a good job.  Check it out. 

Well, that’s all I have for this evening.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
God bless and keep you,