Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday Wanderings.

 Over the weekend I picked the last of the tomatoes I attempted to grow. The orange and red ones should have been larger. I wasn't too keen on how lazy I got this summer. I should have fertilized them besides just watering.
 Last evening I tidied up the couch after watching tv while eating dinner. Nobody home for dinner but me 2 nights in a row. I just decided to make couch look pretty with afghan folded over the back instead of folding it up and putting it to one side. The purple blanket is one I made years ago.
 This afternoon I wandered over to Bauman Farm after work. I had rewards coupons to use before they expire end of month. I enjoy these painted hay bales. As you can see it's pumpkin time.

 I bought this one. It has more green on the other side and goes well with the color of our house. It's sitting on the front step by the rabbits. Hopefully I'll remember to make something of the meat within. Usually I wait too long and it gets soggy. Then I wind up throwing it away! Annoying!
 The parking lot was nearly empty when I got there as it was 45 minutes til closing time. I spent nearly all that time there, figuring out what to buy.  Got some apples to make sauce. Jam and some items for a wedding gift. Got 1/2 off price of a peach pound cake. Apple cider fuzzy wuzzy drink was free. (But now I think it upset my stomach..oh dear!) Other stuff was buy $40 get $10 off. 

I made minestrone soup for dinner tonite. It was so good. It wound up less soupy than should be since I didn't put enough chicken broth in it. I ate dinner with Phil tonight which was nice. Then Megan came home from her beach trip. She hadn't eaten so she ate some too. So we all had a mini vacation from each other this week even though Phil and I worked but different agendas in the evenings. Of course I requested Megan to do a load of laundry so it's not such a pile tomorrow! And there's blankets to do as well. And of course she got a new hoodie sweatshirt from Tillamook Cheese factory. She stopped there today for lunch with a friend, Then went to Cape Meares lighthouse. Last day of her trip where she spent two nights in Lincoln City using a gift card from her graduation party. Nice neighbor gave it to her! I'm glad the weather was nice for her!
After dinner we two went on a walk and there was thunder and lightning around the vicinity but not close enough to be too wary. I did take a flashlight with me. Who knows as it's dark now and then there's stormy weather around.

On a happy update note: baby Harper Jane is off the respirator as of last evening. While mom Lisa was with her, baby made a choking noise. Lisa called for a nurse. The dr was summoned and the team decided to slowly remove the respirator as he knew Harper could breathe. It was the first time mom and dad heard their baby cry. She was held most of the night. She is doing much better. Still waiting for other test results. Thank you all so much for praying for baby Harper Jane. 

I've not had an update from my friend, Laura, who had brain tumor surgery. She was to leave the hospital this week for rehab. I called her Monday and she was better.
God is an awesome God and He has all things in his hands. 

Thanks for your prayers and comments and appreciate you all reading my blog. Blessings to all!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Saturday Fun

It was Saturday morning. All quiet in the house. This grandma finally stirred out of bed and realized it was a chilly mid morning. {It is the weekend, after all!} So these Solmate Sox were pulled on to keep feet warm a good part of the day. They make my feet cozy warm when I wear them! And happy! It was raining as well! Not had a good rain for weeks! I'd peak out and in afternoon to see about checking the mailbox. Oh dear me...more rain!  I spent some time that day goofing off and then putting myself to work. I needed to tidy up the kitchen. Clear off stuff that's been sitting around. Trying to decide about knick knacks need to disappear. I seem to have collected too much and more needs to go away! 

Early evening Phil and I met up with friends for a birthday gathering at Famous Dave's BBQ in Tualatin. It all started a few months ago when we surprised Eric, who's wearing the white shirt, for his birthday. He'd had quite the year with heart surgery and so thankful he's regained his health. JoAnn, his wife, sits next to him. She's the one that started it all, I think. But it's been fun. Last month we celebrated their anniversary. Dawn and Linda, to the right, are JoAnn's sisters. Phil is to the left...being my funny man whom I love dearly. He told funny stories, as always. We wound up sitting at opposite ends of table because we were late, no thanks to the traffic. Sigh!  He decided to order the dinner for 2. It was delicious but I felt it was a bit much money-wise! Here's my plate, which was the same as Phil's. Coleslaw, chicken leg, ribs, brisket, baked beans, fries and corn on the cob! No, I didn't even eat half of it! Took it home and Phil had a bit left. We ate most of the leftovers Sunday evening. I had his chicken breast for lunch today, pulled it apart and put it on a tortilla, with hummus and cheese. Ate it for lunch and so good! Still have the chicken leg. which will be eaten tomorrow if I don't go out with my girlfriend for dinner.
Linda's husband, Dawn's husband, Steve, the birthday boy, and his friend. We go to the same church as Steve, Eric and JoAnn.

Old sign and I had some fun with my cell phone camera afterwards, fixing the photos before I sent them on to myself and into my photo collection.
Here we are...JoAnn, Dawn, Linda and me. Good time talking. Both Dawn and Linda are fighting cancer. Linda's husband has brain sad! We decided we'll get together in Oct. somewhere to celebrate our anniversary. Linda wanted it to be earlier in the month as she'd be gone for a couple weeks. She wanted to come! Sweet! Fun people to be around. Wish it wasn't so noisy in the restaurants so we could hear better. Oh, well!
All around the restaurant there was fun memorabilia. Here's what was on the mantle above the electric fireplace by our table. I liked the tray that appeared to be fun Germany, and talking about koffee. Not quite sure what the pig on a metal holder is. It was chilly where we were sitting and would have been warmer if the fireplace was on! But thankful I brought my coat in and wore it! 

Once we got all our meals paid for and boxed up to go, Phil and I headed to Fred Meyer to pick up a few items. I spotted these mushrooms while I was picking out my less expensive mushrooms. These ones were oyster mushrooms and cost $9.99 a lb. The ones below had no name but were mushrooms for $26.99 a lb! No thank you! They all looking like sea creatures! It was good to get back home. Phil was weary as he'd worked that day, so I did the driving.

A few weeks ago I picked up this eye shadow on sale. Not sure if I'd like it. The more I wear it the better I like it. It goes with just about anything I wear. Even while reading reviews, some people thought it was a bit expensive. But I felt it was a good deal because it's about the same price as getting a pack of 4 eye shadows in one box. It was one of those sales where you buy one get one free. So I was able to get some liquid makeup that I like as well.
These are fun catalogs I browse through frequently at work. Oh, the home decor one has so many things I'd love to have in my kitchen. But it's not going to happen for a long time. It's like the wish catalog at Christmas time. Remember them!? Phil always said that there's no sense in getting a new kitchen until the we get a new roof! Why spend money on a kitchen if it's just going to get ruined by the rain? Well, we did get the new roof  a couple weeks ago! And it didn't leak when it rained! And that's another blog post. So now off to get a few things done before bedtime...again! Happy week, my friends and thanks for your kind comments on the previous post. God bless you, one and all! Hugs!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Prayer Full Days

The sun shone golden around the grove of trees while I drove across my town Tuesday evening. 
Come morning, the house was cool as I rise for my early shift work day. I shrug into my hooded brown sweater once I'm dressed and ready for breakfast. Headed to work... Switched to my hardware themed long sleeved jeans shirt over my tshirt. Brrr..a chilly morning. Thankful for heat in the car to warm the cool air inside the car. Sunglasses on.

In between sunset and sunrise (and vice versa) life happens.  One never knows when  life altering moments will happen to someone you know. Lately my days have been filled with prayer. 
More than normal.

Sweet baby girl Harper Jane was born Sept 8 to a young couple in our church family. Although full term she had problems from beginning. Not breathing when born, very faint heartbeat. She's now living beyond the doctors' expectations. I can only imagine what Lisa and Chad are feeling now. She fighting for her little life thru an infection, thru the meds and beeping machines and tests. She's still here because of so much PRAYER!!!

     My girlhood friend, Laura, had surgery on Monday to remove a brain tumor. On Sunday, her sister, Karen, died from health problems. I lift the family in PRAYER for healing from surgery and healing their hearts from loss.  A coworker, JG, who has health issues and needs tests run. PRAYER.

My daughter, Megan, has another job test she passed and now an interview in early Oct. She really wants to work in her career field now that she's graduated university. PRAYER for this job to work out for her.

     Praying for friends whose marriage is broken... I prayed for all of them on Monday night. I'd just shut down my laptop and closed the lid and bent my head and talked to God about all these dear people. As I walked towards my bed, in the quiet of the after midnight house I thought to myself. "I prayed for my friends' marriage. Why not pray for our marriage? It can always be blessed as days are uncertain in this life on earth."

                    Thank you Lord for all you've done on heaven and earth.
 "You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them." Acts 4:24

"Blessed be God, who has not turned away my PRAYER, Nor His mercy from me. " Psalm 66:30

 "Because your loving kindness is better than life,  My lips shall praise You,
Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name,
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth will praise You with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, Because you have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice, My soul follows close behind you, Your right hand upholds me."
Psalm 63:3-8 NKJV

Thursday, September 8, 2016

This Day in History 40 yrs ago

 Here's a photo of my training flight when I was in USAF basic training. Can you find me? I'm second row and to the right of TI with the skirt on.  It was taken Sept 8.  Oh the memories of those days gone by. Would I actually make it through to the end of training? Yes I did. Not as smart as others but still made it through  basic and clear through the end of my 4 year enlistment!
 This year I decided to get armed forces license plate for my car. It was a chunk of money to do it. Usual price of the renewal which is $86 and then all the paper work they need to do made it a total of $125! Oh dear me! I often wonder why veterans should have to pay for the plates at all! Disabled and a few others don't pay anything. Oh well! I figure that was a gift to myself in honor of my 40th year!?

This girl likes flowers too!! What's a celebration without them? I went out to the Swan Island Dahlia farm after work on Wed. Walked through some of the 40 acres of their beautiful flowers. Here are these beauties! I did bring some cut dahlias home. Too many too choose, red, won out! I'll show you more of them later.  
Happy day,  my friends and thanks for visiting my blog!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Thankful through Busy Living

Life gets busy with work. Come home,  help with dinner, most nights. Wash dishes, some nights. Find time to rest my weary body, especially my feet and legs that I've stood on But I'm thankful for all of them...feet, legs, home, food, messy dishes. My days off work include shopping and enjoying some time of enjoyment, like this past Friday. After I got my hair washed, trimmed and dried, I was able to enjoy beauty of flowers and fruit at Bauman Farms. I bought a 20# box of honey crisp apples for $1 per lb! Now in garage and awaiting to be made into applesauce and make pie slices for pies. Got a bit more fruit and potatoes, since I'm making potato salad for Monday dinner. I'm off that day.

Bought new shoes for walking in the evenings. So far these have really made my feet happier walking and comfort is a plus! I will remember these shoes next time I need a pair. Saucony trail shoes.On sale $49.99---saved $35!!! 
Putting away canned goods I bought mid week and all on sale. I made biscuits from scratch for dinner and remainder are in freezer for upcoming week needs. Popcorn is some that Megan had popped that afternoon. I snitched some too! I got my car washed that day as well. It was so dirty from the dry weather and sitting under a couple different trees that produced pitch. On the windshield and windows...look awful with the dirt on it. A deluxe car wash fit the bill for $7!!!    Now this week we look forward to getting our roof replaced, starting tomorrow! Not gonna like the noise of it all. I'm going to get out to the dahlia farm in the afternoon with my friend Linda T. from church, another photographer buddy!

Sometimes all my running around I do on my days off frazzles me nerves!!!! A few weeks ago I'd been out for a eye dr. appointment. I'd spent time figuring out what glasses I wanted to buy at eye dr. So many choices but still was tired of it all with billing and yes...adding a pr of over the glasses sunglasses to it all. Any other choices than black? Look at a catalog. Tortoise it is. I can wear them when I wear my contact lenses as well. All adds up but thankful for insurance and HSA card to help (health savings account).  Ate lunch. Did some shopping. Office Depot deals.  At Costco, after shopping for more deals, I was just D.O.N.E.!!!  This chocolate strawberry swirl was the much needed treat for my day. Splurge once in awhile. Time to sit and rest my weary self. Found thankful moments on the way home with sprinklers going in a field means there's water to help grow crops. Beauty of the sunshine in the afternoon. Thank you Lord God for your provisions!  Sometimes I don't give Him enough praise that He is due. A constant battle of reminding myself of all I have and stop getting stuck in life. Going about my day and not being thankful.
 God is good all the time. 

"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; 
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him."
Psalm 34:8 

"How sweet are thy words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:103-105
"Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach my thy 
ordinances." vs 108
"Thy testimonies are my heritage for ever; yea, they are the joy of my heart. I incline my heart to perform thy statutes for ever, to the end." 
 vs 111-112.


Have a blessed week!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August: 40 years ago-USAF

 I was just a unmarried woman of 21 when I left on a plane for an adventure of a lifetime. From Oregon with a land of green and beauty to the desert of San Antonio, TX mid Aug 1976. Never flown before but I was excited and nervous at the same time. I'd been at college for a year, moved home then took some community college classes. But decided to enter into the United States Air Force and basic training.  Away from home, with women I didn't know. But it was good. Photos (by my camera) I'm sharing are from a memory book I purchased near the end of my training, for memory sake.  I wanted to share  an interesting time in my life and so thankful I did go and serve our country. Met new people, gained knowledge of the military and grew up! 

 This photo on both pages of the book is so endearing to me. Over the years I've become a flag collector of sorts. 1976 was also USA's bicentennial celebration. As you can see I had friends sign my book. A memory to cherish for a life time.

 Here I am in a close up photo...then down below is most of the page of my fellow airman friends that made it through the six weeks of training. Eating, marching, getting shots, clothing issued, marching, figuring out how to stay sane, marching, having fun, going to chapel, marching, going to class, helping each other memorize stuff for tests, marching, sleeping.... til the end when we all got our orders for tech school. A few went on with me to the next base, Lowry AFB where I trained as a materiel facilities specialist. Worked in supply. Denver was a nice place to be for two months.
 I laughed at one of the comments written by my friend, Angel, far right, next to the bottom row..."To the coolest choir girl (what a voice) at Lackland. Good Luck." Awe!  Then the lady next to her, we all called her "Mom Sandy" since she was older than any of us, except for our TIs (training instructors). What a sweetie she was. Just looking at the book again brought back good memories of women who I'd never would have met if I hadn't gone to basic. Sad that I don't have any contact with any one of them now. I often wonder where they live now.  Life moves on!
I'm thinking this is our flight marching somewhere. Not a great photo but shows you the uniforms we wore in training back in Aug 1976. Our utility uniforms were a blue shirt and navy blue or black pants. Days were hot in TX. There were a couple days I remember when we had tornado warnings. Actually lost power one night. It got a bit warm, humid in there. No windows opened. 
  I was happy to have a TI that was nice but firm with us. She was a Christian and it showed in her life. We were able to go to chapel on Sunday. I went to choir practice as well, with Angel. Fun times. I had a few boyfriends along the way. One became really close to me and we got married and still are much in love. Oh so many years later. It'll be 39 years in Oct.
Life goes by so fast. It's fun to look behind to see where I've been, how I've grown and changed for the better over the years. I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Stained Glass Thoughts

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
Stained glass windows have been around a very long time. I've seen them in churches since I was young. Bible characters and scripture are always featured on them. Never have I seen a bad one. Ones in England are beautiful as well. These windows add something special to church. Last Sat. my daughter and I attended a memorial service for my co-worker's mom in the older style church,  
Quite the setting for the service. After the lunch reception was over, I came back up to the sanctuary and took photos. Spent a few quiet moments in thought as Pat's big picture was still up and the flowers were smelling so sweet.  Sweet, good memories lingered in my mind of conversations with her on the phone, in person, prayers said for her health. She is a cancer survivor! Now in heaven...survived the world! Hallelujah! Thankful for the promise of heaven all because Jesus loved us so much that He came to die for our sins and set us free!

"He saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Him." Matthew 3:16

As believers in Christ, we are to do His work, in the church and in the world. We grow in knowledge of Him and teach others about him, as we live each day. Phil and I commit to teaching children's church ever so many months a year. It's been a blessed process over the years. I've seen myself grow up in ways that I thought I never would. Be stronger in my faith just by studying more in depth for our lessons. Getting the real background of the stories, not just reading scripture.  Working through the stresses of getting all the lesson prepared and not nagging at one another. I realized who was causing it and put a stop to the wiles of the devil. Trying to make us against each other instead of together. A commitment to encourage ourselves as we step forth and teach the children in unity.  Sometimes the curriculum is the problem and we tweak it. We enjoy the children and encourage them in their walk in the Lord. We've seen young ones grow up and now this year we've seen 4 get married, just recently, to Godly spouses!  It's the beauty of the Christian walk, like the sunshine shining through the stained glass windows. Life is brighter and better with the Lord!  Have a blessed week, my friends!!

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