Tuesday, July 26, 2016
"dog days. the sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11. a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence." With it being so hot right now, doesn't that just fit?
We have the living room, breakfast area and the kitchen all painted now. I have had the most fun of playing house. See this mirror? When we bought our first house before children. I bought this painting. More for the frame then than the painting inside. 1980 to be exact. The lady who I bought the painting from said that her husband made the frame for her paintings from the old barn wood they had on their property. (Even in 1980 I had a thing for old wood.) I have had it out in my shed. I saw a very expensive mirror online and I knew I could make it with a little help from Ron---okay lots of help.
Since we can't have anything delivered I was on pins and needles and then I ended up picking it up.
Its so fun to be doing house things this summer.
I think if someday she wants it back, I can give it to her. *wink*wink* You know for her babies.
I hope you have a wonderful day. I dreamed all night of moving bookcases, so I might be moving some books today. Painting our bedroom is going to be next and I have just been moving things to there. Ron is going to make a coffee table for me as soon as it isn't over 110. That will be fun. Lots of things to keep myself busy with. Not to mention making a new Hobbs. During the dog days of summer right.
Have a lovely day,
Friday, July 22, 2016
I like my life to be well ordered. I like to live with the illusion that I am in control. Therefore when things get out of my control, I completely fall apart. I can't even hook a rug. Being creative? What is that?
In order to get my mail, I have to go to this funny post office annex and stand with a bunch of other people and wait for this lady who takes her time doing her job. I was happy one day to watch a sweet two year old try and step on a beetle with his sweet little red shoes. He wasn't heavy enough to kill the bug, but it provided me and him with what felt like hours of enjoyment.
Elisabeth Elliot said the other day, " What trial does God have you in the midst of right now." Then she went on to say, " The first thing that popped into you mind is what God is allowing in your life today." My thought was the road. Then she said, " God says, will you trust me? Will you give this to Me."
"These Strange Ashes, Lord?"
But these strange ashes, Lord, this nothingness,
This baffling sense of loss?
Son, was the anguish of my stripping less
Upon the torturing cross?
Was I not brought into the dust of death,
A worm and no man, I;
Yea, turned to ashes by the vehement breath
Of fire, on Calvary?
O Son beloved, this is thy heart’s desire:
This, and no other thing
Follows the fall of Consuming Fire
On the burnt offering.
Go on and taste the joy set high, afar –
No joy like that to thee;
See how it lights the way like some great star.
Come now, and follow Me.
– Amy Carmichael
So today on this hamster wheel of life, I am going to have a happy face because its Friday and hopefully, they won't work this weekend!!
Have a lovely weekend.
“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”
― Julian of Norwich
Monday, July 18, 2016
I wanted to show you a little cupboard I bought on Saturday. Makenzie was having a sale. I don't think I mentioned this, with trying to be up beat and positive on this blog. Makenzie and William moved into a new house at the end of June. On July 1st, someone kicked in the front door and stole all of her camera equipment. Since she is a professional photographer, that was the worst thing that could happen. The insurance only covered what market value was now for the equipment. She had a yard sale this last Saturday and was able to make up the difference to buy new equipment. One of the really great things about Makenzie is how she handles adversity. She was thankful that no one was hurt and it was after all just things.
She is along with all of the others, another blessing added to my life.
Here is the little cupboard. I am going to put embroidery thread in it.
We painted on Saturday. At the rate we are going we will be finished with the house in September. Ron said on Sunday, " Then we will start the outside." I laughed like a crazy woman, I tell you.
I haven't done anything with it yet, just got the furniture back and all of the clutter gone.
This next weekend, it will be the breakfast nook and the kitchen. Having Peter and Elliot here to help is so wonderful. We can get so much more painting done with four adults painting. I am very thankful that they help us. I never thought that this house was as big as the house we moved from to here. I think it must be the high ceilings and all of the windows. In trying to speak of nice things, I will stop here. All that is going on in the world, just makes me sad.
I hope you have a lovely week.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The painting is going well. We finished up the entry and hall. I have things rearranged. Still not sure if it will remain this way. Here is how it looks right now.
It feels so nice to be cleaning and organizing as I go. I can't wait to start my bedroom. The kitchen seems a bit daunting for me. It will be nice when its all done.
I have not been able to sleep for a week, because I had this wool project going around in my head. Yesterday, I decided I was going to cut out another pattern for a Hobbs for my oldest grand daughter and then I thought I will cut out this wool project I see in my mind. Of course, its a rooster. I really do enjoy working with wool.
Bye for now,
“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control