Jan 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020

January Notes

We have had a nice amount of rain, so far so the pastures are turning green. I am going to have to get out my trimmer/lawn mower thing and do the fence lines. I love that thing. I have always loved my hula hoe as you know, but that trimmer is just so cool. We have continued on the path of selling the house. I have been cleaning my tile on my hands and knees with this cleaner called" La's Totally Awesome All Purpose Cleaner, Degreaser & Spot Remover" I don't normally buy things that say "As seen on T.V. but I did that day because it said no harmful anything is in it.
I have never used a cleaner like this before. My tile floors are so clean. I am buying it by the gallon now. You do have to wear gloves, though, so there is something in there that is pretty strong.

Right before Thanksgiving, my top oven in my double oven broke. We had bought a whole house home warranty. We bought it only in case we had air conditioners go out. We decided to see how happy we were with one since the double ovens were covered. I went November, December and mid January, without a oven. They came out sent the part away, and a couple of weeks installed the new rebuilt part, which didn't work at all so then they decided to buy us a new double oven. My ovens were 20 years old and very much used. I have been okay with it, not having to shell out the money for those new ovens, and the people who buy this house will have new ovens. Maybe all new appliances too.

Ron is measuring right now so we can take out our carpet and put in wood floors in the living-room, office and the stairs. We will get the kitchen cabinets painted and the laundry room cabinets painted and down stairs will be all new. We are up against lots of competition for the price range we want for the house. I am just a tiny bit excited now. Its kind of like labor, I just have to go through it, but how nice once its over.

  Just an aside, if you think about it could you pray for my nephew Garrett. He will go in for surgery on Tuesday at 5:00 A.M. for a massive brain tumor. They will do surgery on Tuesday to try and remove the biggest part of it and then continue the rest of the brain surgery on Thursday. He is 29 and was finishing up grad school in Michigan. We are praying that it is non-cancerous. Please pray for the doctors wisdom. My family and I would greatly appreciate it. Its been very hard this month and all of the upheaval this kind of thing brings. But God is good and He is never surprised by anything.
Thank you.

I hope you have a lovely weekend. Work will continue, but its good. Its always nice to have something to do with my hands.
Thank you for stopping by,

 “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” —George Herbet

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy 2020

Here we are at a new year, and the decade of the 20s. Wouldn't it be fun to wear flapper dresses, hats and dance the Charleston? Men wear suits and hats and we drive those great big cars? Since I am a fan of hats, I think I would love it and of course, I have always wanted a flapper dress. Not too wild about the hair styles though.

Did you make any New Year plans? I didn't because my plans are pretty much the same as they were in 2019. But my word for the year is brave. I have to be brave. Ron's is freedom. Its kind of laughable talking of freedom living in California. We had the first showing of our house on New Year's Eve. Our house isn't on the market yet. Its not even ready. But it was a large family who needs space for animals. The lady is a therapist who needs room for horses. She uses them in her practice and she is currently boarding them and wants them on her property. They liked it very much, but we haven't even figured out what we are going to ask for it.

That is why I need to brave, because I really just wanted to throw up, seeing them walk through it and walk in the pasture. I have to hold my picture in my mind of my grandkids to be able to do this.

Other than that its pretty boring around here. I will begin to clean and clean and clean. I have cleaned and thrown away and I think everything multiplies in the night. We have decided to hire a painter to paint all of the cabinets. Which is a big relief I won't have to do the kitchen.

We have had nice weather this winter. When you watch the news if you do watch the news and they say The Grapevine. That is us. So when its snowy, its really cold here. We live in the middle of the state. We are not Southern California, with Hollyweird  and we aren't Northern California with the fires. We are just oil and farming, which the Governor and the state legislature wants to destroy.

So I will stop for now, this could get political and I don't want to ever do that.

I hope you have a lovely New Year,


“All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
---Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Almost Thanksgiving

Good Morning! Its almost time for Thanksgiving. This has been one fast year don't you think?
2020 is just around the corner. We have been busy getting the house ready. Ron should and hopefully finish the roof today. Then we will begin painting well, not real soon, because we have some great storms coming next week. I feel sorry for people who have to travel this next week.

I imagine we will get frost next week. The snow is supposed to be really low. Perfect for cooking. I love cooking on rainy days and I love a  gloomy Thanksgiving.  A couple of weeks ago a lady in my Thursday morning Bible Study invited me to Bible Study Fellowship. For the day class. I haven't gone to the day class since 1989. I went with all of the kids to the evening women's class when I had all of the kids home. So its been awhile. I enjoyed it so much I signed up. Now I go to Wednesday and Thursday.

Its so different from years ago. What is different too is me. For one thing I am 30 years older. The baby I had then is thirty. I was thinking about it sitting there in the church last week. How my life has changed from then to now. I ran across a verse yesterday that said it better than I can.

"I am accomplishing a work in your days. A work which you will never believe though some one should describe it to you." Acts 13:41

I have never seen that verse before and I have gone through this study, Acts of the Apostles, three times.
I think it will be my verse for 2020. I will cling to this as God continues to lead us to the next chapter of our life. But looking back at our life has been just that, because if someone would have told me that my life would be as it continues to be, I would not believe it.

I am very, very thankful and very small. Do you ever feel very small? When you look around you and think, "how can this be me?" I do all of the time. I think of the dark threads, that outline the light threads, and I see how the pattern of my life continues to focus and get more and more clear. Things 30 years ago that I thought I had to have, are not the things I need now. Looking at houses, because I have a little bit, I find really all I need is something to keep the rain off and a few garden beds to feed us. I still never can buy a house for what it looks inside, but for what is out in the yard.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week. When we built this house in 2001, the Lord gave me this verse." How long will you mourn? Fill your lamp with oil and GO, I will send thee. I have provided." 1 Samuel 6:1" Twenty years later, as I look back, God did just what He said, He has provided and took care of us in ways I never dreamed. I am also glad he gave me a new verse.

There is a book title I love. "If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat.?" I have one of my legs out of the boat now, but I am still clinging to the side of the boat. I hope to at least to walk on water in 2020.

Have a lovely and blessed Thanksgiving.


Life continues to move as such a fast pace. We have doubled in number from when this picture was taken and they have gone out to other places to make their impact on the world. God is good.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

My Every Once in a While Post

Happy Great Morning to you. Are you having a great fall? Its been a lovely October here.
We have been working on the house. I imagine we will be working on the house until the day we move out. The front yard and back yard are planted in rye grass now. We have the laundry room painted.
We are even talking of painting the inside of the garage. I thought I would tell you, no we won't be leaving California. Except to go see our kids and grandkids in the other states they live in. We still have four living here. Not to mention, sometimes I feel like the captain that goes down with the ship.
The state I was born into, doesn't look like the one I live in now. But, it is home. There are still things we love about it more than the things we hate.

I did this rug and got it finished and bound. Its my design and I sold the other one. Its called Rise and Shine. I do love rug hooking and this time of year is my favorite time for binding. I just love to sit with a warm rug on my lap. I really don't mind binding when its cooler. I have a few more to bind that I put away when the weather was hot.

As I have been looking around at houses that we might buy, I realize I always look at houses for the wrong reasons. Our first house, it was for our own house to live in and have babies. In our second house, it was because the house was so much bigger and had four bathrooms and more bedrooms and it had berry vines in the back yard.  When we built this house it wasn't for the house but for the dirt. Lots and lots of dirt. Its river bottom land and perfect for growing.

Now I find myself looking at houses, not so much for the inside because I know I can change it. I look to see about the backyard. When my Mom and Dad bought their last house as I was asking my Mom what her house was like. She said," well it has a creek, and ponds and the best barns. It has woods and pastures and its so quiet. Its just beautiful." I said," but what about the inside?" I said, "well??" and she was silent for a bit and she said, " We never saw the inside of the house before we bought it, they wouldn't let us come inside, but it has a lovely front porch and it sits off the road."

I said, " You are inside now, what does it look like?" She was silent for a moment, and said,"  well, it has a very nice fireplace and wood box and shelves and its very pretty." I said, " Mom??" How's the kitchen? She said, " Well the kitchen sink is falling through the floor because the kitchen floor is rotted but we can fix it. By the time we made it to visit them, her house was the cutest house I ever saw and the neatest farm house. In my mind it was the best kind of house. By then they had a wonderful lake and our kids were so much younger then and it was paradise. So what that taught me, is you can make anything a home. So as I look at houses, I never look so much at what the house looks like on the outside, nor do I really care much for the inside, I do care about the backyard. So I am sure what ever we find it will be be just perfect. I want to be close to the airport so we can jump on a plane and go on trips to celebrate birthdays and all of those special times I miss now.

 I find that I have a good lesson about life. Ron was going to be and is on jury duty. As I was anticipating this, in my mind I saw him coming home exhausted and emotionally spent. Its a six week  trial. I saw all of these horrible things he was going to have to deal with. Then  this week, the trial began. Not at all what I expected. He doesn't go to court, until it starts at nine. He gets a two hour lunch. Then he goes back to court and its over at 2:30. He comes home and they told him at work he could just come home and work from here. It has been like a vacation. He had made friends and not at all like the picture I had painted in my mind. I imagine that moving and all of that will be not what I expect and not like all of my fears. I am a very serious player of the what if game.

Its that time of year, I start wanting to listen to Charles Dickens and curl up with a rug hooking project and sit in front of a fire. I want to dream of what ever it is that God has in mind for us. I will just keep doing the next thing and keeping a quiet heart.

Have a wonderful day, where ever you are. I hope the leaves are changing and you have blue skies.


It’s not what the world holds for you. It is what you bring to it. 

(Lucy Maud Montgomery)