Friday, January 30, 2015

Giving Thanks Friday



This week I am thankful for: 



Hand-me-downs.  In our family, before making a trip to donate unwanted items from our household, we often check with other family  members to see if they are in need/want of these items.  We got a very nice toaster oven from my parents pile this week : )  Now we shall see if anyone returns the favor and takes something I added to the pile : ) 


The opportunity to gather with family this Sunday afternoon to eat, visit and cheer on our Seattle Seahawks as they play in the Superbowl.  Also thankful for our quarterback who lives out his faith in such real ways including weekly visits to Seattle's Children's Hospital.  Win or lose, it will be a great day.            


Memories.  Our community lost a former classmate of our daughter's way too young.  He leaves behind a great number of family and friends who loved him as well as a young son.  They could certainly all use our prayers.  It has been comforting seeing a memory page on Facebook created in his honor where people have been sharing their special memories and/or photos.    


Finding a misplaced item.  I have been looking high and low (literally), cleaning out previously cleaned out cupboards, looking for a set of test tube type vases hooked together into one.  I had it in the kitchen window but it kept getting in the way of the wide slats on our blind so I had moved it.  Somewhere.  I finally even asked my daughter if I had passed it on to her but she said no.  I semi gave up and moved a small plant where I wanted to use the vase.  Today, while moving a metal bin above the dryer, what should my wondering eyes spy - the vase!  Ahhh...victory!      


Unexpected money.  I got a phone call this morning from the company we bought our roofing from earlier this summer stating that we had overpaid and had a credit of $80+ dollars.  I thanked the gentleman while telling him how unusual it is to get a call wanting to GIVE us money when usually callers are wanting us to give THEM money, ha!


The abundance of nearby wildlife and the occasional opportunity to capture their image.    


Beautiful hearts overflowing with the goodness of God and an eagerness of spirit ready to bless at a moment's notice.  Something for us all to strive for.


                    


    


What are you thankful for?


May your weekend be filled with wonder, laced with peace and bursting with love...

(Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good: his love endures forever. Psalm 118:1) 


Friday, January 23, 2015

Giving Thanks Friday




This week I am thankful for: 



Life in a community that not only comes together to celebrate the good but to grieve a loss or fulfill a need as well. 


A husband who works a physical 10 hour day and yet still listens patiently to my next hair-brained household DIY plan, that he will be doing the bulk of, not long after he comes through the door.        


A new recipe that turns out great the first time.  I like to try new dishes which means sometimes the first try is less than stellar...  


Healthcare professionals who take the time to let you (or in this case a loved one) know they care.  Means so much when you are made to feel like you are more than a number.  Even though many doctors care for their "number" patients well physically, a little TLC from a kind provider can go a long way to care for you emotionally and calm anxieties.


Neighbors that will run (okay drive...) down the road to help your husband carry the end of the heavy table that you can't quite lift high enough.  When it comes to a two-man job I usually only count as half a man : )    


The strong, brave women in my life who I continue to admire and learn from on a regular basis.  Thank you ladies!


Fresh bread, warm from the oven.  Sigh...             


    


What are you thankful for?


May your weekend be filled with wonder, laced with peace and bursting with love...

(Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good: his love endures forever. Psalm 118:1) 


Friday, January 16, 2015

A bit of green


I have been a bit silent here but have enjoyed a much-needed break.  It gave my soul time to notice more of the small things - like this mushroom my coffee table plant grew recently.  


And look - today there were three of them!  Not a surprise considering our damp Pacific Northwest weather that obviously affects the indoors as well.  I think they are quite cute and wish they would stay in the plant indefinitely : )


I am pretty comfortable with outdoor gardening and but indoor gardening has never been my strong suit.  In fact, this cement planter has the kind I grew best - artificial ha!  But I love plants and have been determined to find ones that grow well in our home.  I figure the inexpensive ones cost no more than a cheap bouquet of flowers and bring me every bit as much joy.  


This jade plant has been a pretty happy camper near the kitchen sink for about 6 months now.  So far, so good!


I purchased two of these tiny tea cups from World Market but they are pretty hot to hold on to when filled with boiling tea.  So, I decided to fill this one with a tiny plant on our dining table (more on the new table to come soon.)


This plant (I do not know what it is as it had no ID tag when we purchased it from Lowe's) has been doing well in the living room and I love the Bonsai feel to it as well as the wood look of the ceramic planter.  The metal tea light holder looks pretty beside it when lit.


This plant remains in it's original plastic pot (with something in the bottom to catch water) slightly hidden by the basket.  It doesn't get much light here so I have held off potting it.  Just when I think it may be on it's last leg it pulls through so we shall see.  My dream plant to go in this spot would be a fiddle (and very fickle!) leaf fig.  They look so lovely in all the photos online and in magazines but much too expensive for me to try my hand at and a very poor location with not great light.  Oh well...

This guy (or gal) had been doing VERY good until the past month when she (yep, I think this curvy one is definitely a she) decided to start dropping some leaves.  From what I read online changes in temperature can cause a ficus to drop leaves and we had a pretty cold snap (with cooler temps inside as well to keep the electric bill down a bit).  Apparently she doesn't like the cooler indoor temps.  We have warmed back up but as you can see there is a leaf on the table in the picture and I found three more today.  


What would the Pacific Northwest be without moss.  Although it grows in places where we have to scrape it off (like driveways and walkways) I love it in shady corners, below trees and this week I brought home an indoor variety that hopefully will like our indoor humidity.  It is such a lush color and already a favorite of the hubby's.  

Do you all grow indoor plants?  Do you have suggestions for easy to grow varieties?  I am open to all your suggestions and growing advice as I am determined to change my brown indoor growing thumb to at least a light green shade : ) 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Giving Thanks Friday



This week I am thankful for: 



The little grids printed on the backside of wrapping paper - makes it SO much easier to cut straight lines. 


An afternoon of sharing my home with lovely friends, a time to share a meal and share our hearts.  So thankful for the gift of friendship.


A small gift exchange between these friends and myself and the way the two of them so thoughtfully chose things that look beautiful in our home - like the above ornament : )  Giving gifts is one thing; putting thought and love behind those gifts takes them to a whole other level.


Our warm (and very wet and windy) weather.  We hit 60 degrees this week - a record setting December and a warm reprieve from the previous week that found our temps down into the teens.  


A fellow shopper who took the time to come over where I was trying on a jacket to tell me how nice it looked on me and went so well with my hairstyle.  I have a "feeling" I may find this very jacket under the tree come Christmas morning : )


Reading glasses (that I have been thankful for before...) that possibly should be worn for more than reading these days given the fact that while making a sandwich the other day I went to pick up a stray seed from the bread and it started crawling away.  The "seed" was actually a tiny bug!  


VERY thankful I did not actually eat the above "seed"!   


The generous in communities everywhere who are filling bins with toys and food to be shared with those in need. Praying that the spirit of giving will last throughout the year.             


    


What are you thankful for?


May your weekend be filled with wonder, laced with peace and bursting with love...

(Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good: his love endures forever. Psalm 118:1) 


Friday, December 5, 2014

Giving Thanks Friday



This week I am thankful for: 



Giving Tuesday and the many generous hearts who gave and the wonderful and creative ways they did so.  


A lovely friend from church who put together an effort to gather items for a family in need who were starting over with basically nothing.  When I dropped off household items and thanked her for doing this she said that she had so many people help her out when she "fell flat on her face" that she was grateful to do the same for someone else.  Pay it forward.  Love...


Peppermint.  Specifically, peppermint ice cream.  Don't get me wrong, I love a good pumpkin bread but refreshing peppermint is one of my favorite flavors.  Mmmm - wish I had some right this very minute : )


Discounts.  I am SO not a coupon queen but a 50% off any item from the fabric/craft store makes me a happy girl.


Not one but TWO first row, first car parking spots when I took my mom shopping (to above fabric/craft store and more) today.  In the rain that is a definite SCORE!  Also thankful for the time spent with my mom.


THIS flash mob that took over a store in Bangor, Maine that fits perfectly with my last post.  The display of pure joy had me in tears - happy ones! 


Beautiful frosty winter mornings and that our heated home that keeps us toasty warm.   


    


What are you thankful for?


May your weekend be filled with wonder, laced with peace and bursting with love...

(Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good: his love endures forever. Psalm 118:1) 


Thursday, November 20, 2014

This little light



It's still there.  

This little light of mine...

I know it is,
 for it keeps my heart warm.

I'm gonna let it shine... 

And in the darkest of days, 
the blackest of nights, 
it shines to remind me

This little light of mine...

I am never alone,

I'm gonna let it shine...

for God is with me.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

In this world of dark

Hide it under a bushel, no...

we need to be reminders,

I'm gonna let it shine...

encouragers,

Hide it under a bushel, no...

light bearers,

I'm gonna let it shine...

holding high the flame of Love.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!






152 Insights to My Soul




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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Three Word Wednesday: I get to

This is my first time linking up for Three Word Wednesday.  I have read many posts when it was hosted by the beautiful Beth Stiff but never participated.  Now she has passed the torch to the wonderful Kristin Hill Taylor.  I decided that a new beginning for Three Word Wednesday could be a good time for a new beginning for me.  So here goes…


 (my Grandma Margie and her sister Marlene on Gram's 90th birthday)


 I GET TO:  

My family recently experienced the loss of my Grandma Margie after a short hospitalization with pneumonia.  It was rather quick but not entirely unexpected for a person in their nineties.  Nonetheless, the loss still hurts.  We lost my Grandpa Ray (her husband of 74 years) just four months earlier.  My other grandparents, Grandma Peggy and Granddad Blaine, had passed away some years previously.  I miss them all.  They have each impacted my life in ways they probably never knew. 

I was so blessed to have grown up knowing not only both sets of grandparents but living within 5 to 20 minutes of them all most of my life.  I didn’t just love them, but actually got to spend time with them on a regular basis.  I got to see how they cared for their grandchildren, their adult children and their aging parents.  (Yes, I was blessed to have also known three great grandmother’s!)  I got to observe them caring for others in the family and serving their community.  I got to feel how they handled loss and pain in their own lives.  I got to learn how to iron, cook, sew, bake, budget, recycle and repurpose.  I got to develop my confidence, enhance my personality and find my voice in their presence. 


Now, I get to hold tight to memories made.  I get to share what they have taught me with my own family.  I get to live life fuller, hold to faith harder and love people deeper having had them all in my life.  What a legacy they have left behind…   



152 Insights to My Soul

Linking up with Kristin Hill Taylor for Three Word Wednesday here.