Cold Weather and a Few Things

Oh, I do love this cold weather. Round here the high today was 51°. I wore a coat but I saw a lot of people out who did not even have a jacket on and several young fellas had shorts on, the long shorts. Still kinda silly. I lived in Illinois for awhile and I learned not to go out unprepared like that. You never know when the weather will take a turn for the worse. And I’ve had frostbite before, from not wearing socks in 20 below temps, in Illinois, and getting caught out in an unexpected blizzard. Frostbite is extremely painful.

But still, I love this weather. The forecast has us getting down into the 20’s by Thursday. It reminds me of Illinois.

I bought our Christmas tree today and husband set it up in the garage to “settle”. Tomorrow we’ll bring it into the house when husband gets home from work. Which means I need to clear out the corner in the living room and have it ready. We already brought in the totes with the decorations. I’m ready to get to the fun part. Lights and decorating. Most everyone I know already put their tree up the Friday after Thanksgiving.

I’ve been a little out of sorts, with husband still recuperating, but I’m getting into the holiday spirit.

To help things along, I made a Neaman Marcus cake and it hit the spot, as they say. I might need a cup of hot cocoa to finish the night off. And I’ve been watching Christmas movies since Thanksgiving weekend.

I rescued a sweet little kitty. He was an outdoor cat down at my Mom’s. He and his brother had a major fight and this little one fared the worse. His ankle joint was bit hard and had an infection so he couldn’t walk on that leg. I brought him to my city to the vet I use for my 2 cats. They did an x-ray and found out that there was no broken bones, so they cleaned out the wound. I brought him home to live with us. My 2 cats have taken well to another kitty in the house. I’ve been praying peace over them. They hiss at the poor little thing, so I put him in the spare room when I’m not home to watch over them.

I’m doing some sewing for a friend for Christmas presents. I’ve made coffee sleeves for Anna and myself for a few years and she wants some for her friends and family. I love sewing them and they don’t take very long. I altered the pattern in the link a bit for my sleeves and of course I use all sorts of different fabrics. I’ve altered it a few times, the size (small, medium and large) and the width.

I haven’t finished my gift shopping yet but I did go out today. We are doing something kinda fun this year. We are going to have a $2 gift party with my sister and her family and Mom. The limit is $2 and we are going to focus on spending time together, enjoying food and movies and maybe games. We decided to go down to Mom’s for the gathering. It’s going to be so much fun.

I know there’s a lot of controversy about the celebration of Christmas. It isn’t in the Bible. Jesus most likely was born in September, not December. The Christmas season is all about the stores making $billions and people are more into the gifts than they are interested in being thankful to God for sending His own Son for us. Most unbelievers don’t connect Christmas with the birth of Jesus. They think it’s a folklore holiday about Santa Claus.

We could be negative but I think there is enough negativity in this world so I choose to be positive and be thankful for my Lord. I am thankful every day for Jesus and I don’t see any harm in celebrating His birthday, even though we don’t know exactly which day He came to earth. I have several prints in my home of different versions of the “wise men” and I set up a small nativity on the mantel. I don’t “do” Santa Claus stuff. I do love snowmen and I have a collection of those.

The older I get, the more I enjoy reflecting often during this season of Jesus and reading the story in Luke. I have a couple of movies about the great event, the birth of Christ, which I enjoy watching, especially the closer we get to Christmas eve.

And I love the goodies that we girls make during the season. We talk about the candies that Mom had when we were little and the sweets she always made; fudge, divinity, pralines, pies, cakes. Wonder why it is that at Christmas I think more about the sweets and Thanksgiving is about the food?

I have to get this post finished and get myself to bed. I have an early appointment tomorrow to take the injured kitty for a checkup at the vet.

Hope you all are enjoying the holiday and keeping warm and finishing your shopping. I wish you all the very Merriest Christmas! Really, Slow down and make time and be purposeful about enjoying every minute of this season.

Love ya,

Karen

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America, I Love You

Just a few things here today. Then I’ve got to finish a couple of fall projects. It’s already getting Christmasy festive around town. Even I’m getting into the spirit of the season, and normally my favorite time of the year is AUTUMN.

Husband and I agreed last night that we would bring out the totes with the Christmas lights and get them checked and see if I need to get some new bulbs or strands. We didn’t get around to putting any up last year. No one else on our neighborhood did either. Maybe if we put ours up, it might inspire others to do it too. When we moved here 14 plus years  ago, almost everyone on our block decorated for Christmas but so many of them stopped or moved out of the neighborhood.

Ok, just talking about the lights makes me want to get them out and get it started. What? It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. How many times have I said that and heard others say it. There was a day, way, way back when no one even bought a tree until 2 weeks before Christmas. Now they start selling trees (real trees) before Thanksgiving. The fake trees come out in stores about the middle of October.  🙁

On to the main topic of this post. America!

I do love America. Our pastor told the congregation that he has been all over the world (he’s a missionary’s kid) and he can honestly testify that there is no other nation on earth as good as America. We enjoy wonderful freedom and blessings that no other country has, because we were founded on Christian principles and our God was always the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And because we always stood with Israel. Remember God said He would bless those who bless Israel and curse those that go against Israel. This current president and administration has put us in jeopardy of losing our freedom and blessings and if a certain person (H. C.) wins the election tomorrow, we will lose them.

Still, I keep reminding myself that God is on His throne and He has a plan and not even a king, dictator or president can stop the plans of God.

I wanted to share the lyrics of some of our nations patriotic songs. It seems like few people ever sing or play these songs anymore. Instead of singing it this time, just read the words as they were written before they were put to musical scores. It seems to have more meaning that way for me.

O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

Katherine Bates 1859-1929, Samuel Ward 1847-1903

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown they good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet, whose stern, impassioned stress. A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness! America! America! God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine till all success be nobleness and every grain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown they good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!

The Star Spangled Banner

Francis Scott Key 1779-1843

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say, does that Star spangled Banner yet wave o’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep, where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes, what is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, as it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, in full glory reflected, now shines on the stream; ‘Tis the Star spangled Banner; oh, long may it wave O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

And where is that band, who sat vauntingly swore that the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion, a home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood had washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution; no refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave; and the Star spangled Banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand between their loved homes and the war’s desolation; blest with victory and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just; and this be our motto: “In God is our Trust!” And the Star spangled Banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

My Country, “Tis of Thee

Samuel Smith 1801-1895

My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing: Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee, land of the noble free, thy name I love: I love thy rocks and rills, thy woods and templed hills; my heart with rapture thrills like that above.

Let music swell the breeze, and ring from all the trees sweet freedom’s song: let mortal tongues awake; let all that breathe partake; let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God, to Thee, Author of liberty, to thee we sing: long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light; protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!

The words are a prayer to the God of our nation. That’s what we need to do. We need to pray to God to save this nation, to have mercy on us. We  need to repent of becoming lethargic and complacent and indifferent. This is what happens when a nation and a people get so blessed that they think they don’t need God any more because they have jobs, money and possessions, they have everything they need and they (or we) forget where it all came from and that if we disconnect from our God Who is the giver of those blessings, we can also lose the blessings. Yes, He wants us to have our needs met, but more than that He wants relationship with us. That is more important to God and it should be most important to us too.

From one of our Founding Fathers and our first president, George Washington: “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, to humbly implore His protection and favor.”

From William Penn: “Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”

2 Chronicles 7:13-14: When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

God Bless America!

flag waving

Karen

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SFSG!

I was cleaning off my desk, organizing and dealing with all my sticky notes and I came across one that had this verse, 1 Samuel 7:12 with the words, So Far So God. I don’t even know the source of where I found it.

When I read Bible verses, I like to read the entire passage containing the verse so I get the full context. I started in Chapter 7 verse 1. For 20 years the ark of the Lord was kept in the house of Abinadab in Kirjath Jearim. Israel lamented so the prophet Samuel told the people “If you return to the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreth’s from among you, and prepare yours hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.”

So the Israelites did what Samuel said and put away the Baal’s and the Ashtoreth’s and served the LORD only. The Philistines did go down against them and the LORD thundered so loud that it confused the enemy and Israel went after them and drove them away.

Verse 12, Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”

So far, so God! God has helped me so many times, especially in recent days and weeks. My husband had a hernia operation and isn’t able to do a lot of things around the home place. He can’t lift, push or pull anything heavier than 15 pounds. He hurts when he bends over. I don’t want him to damage the surgical mesh so I’ve been trying to do all of what he was used to doing around here.

And wow have I been exhausted. I sure have a much fuller appreciation for all that stuff he does. And guess what? He wanted to drive around with me on one of those days before he returned to work, to keep me company and spend time with me. While I ran the errands and did shopping, he got a chance to see all the stuff that I do around and for the home place. He got a bit of appreciation for me too. 🙂

Anyway, during all this with hubby, I’ve also been driving an hour and 15 minutes down to help Mom pay her bills and do her errands, and drive an hour and a half to take her to Ft Worth to doctor appointments, then back to her house and then on back home to my house. It’s pretty much an all day deal when I’m having a day helping down there. Being in the car 6 hours and sitting in doctors office takes a lot of energy, for me anyway.

Through all of this, the good Lord has helped me and strengthened me. It’s so amazing to see what all He does for me. All I have to do is call out to Him and He’s right here with whatever I need. I know that He loves me and He wants to help me. I give Him all the praise and glory for His great and awesome goodness to me and my family. I know that He will always be here for me, all through today and tomorrow (no matter what is going on in the world).

Let me share a little something that came to me as I was reading this passage.

In chapter 7 of 1 Samuel, it tells of Samuel offering a lamb to God as s burnt offering. When I read in the Old Covenant of a lamb being offered as a sacrifice, it is a foreshadow of Christ Jesus who was the lamb that took away my sins, our sins.

I was reminded of something so magnificent. Jesus always was there as God, before God created us and the universe. Jesus existed before creation. The Father sent Jesus to earth to save us. We all (believers) know this. How did this Jesus God who is everywhere (in every place), all the time (past-present-future), who is bigger than the universe, fit Himself into the tiny microscopic sized sperm and into the human being Mary to grow into a human body Himself?

How did He put Himself into the small human shell of a body, when you compare a tiny human body to the size of the entire universe, comparing our limitations to His infinite person? We human beings, in comparison to the universe, aren’t even a drop of water in the ocean. He was unlimited before He came to earth, no boundaries. When He came to live in human form, He took on the same physical limitations that we humans have.  It is just beyond my comprehension how Jesus did that.

What is more astounding to me is, why He did that. Why He left His home in heaven to come down here to a tiny planet in the cosmos and live in a human shell of a body – to save me?

That is true LOVE! We don’t even know the full extent of what LOVE really is. LOVE IS this God we serve. We love Him because He first LOVED us.

This is why we get to spend eternity praising and worshipping our God. It will be so wonderful to throw off the concerns and restraints of this life to go to heaven and be with the Lord forever.

Back to my story of Samuel. He set up a stone as a memorial to remind Israel that the LORD helped them. I think I might find a nice stone and write on it – So far, so God 1 Sam 7:12. I will set the stone out for us as a reminder that God is ever present helping us and we should always say “thank You Father”. When family and friends ask about the stone, it will be an opportunity for us to declare the goodness of the Lord to them. But mainly we will remember our God Who loves us, even through all our difficulties but also through our good times.

Remember, So Far So God!

Karen

 

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5 Days Left

Will America survive after the election if Hillary wins?

I don’t even know where to begin.

I must say that I’m tired (as I’m sure all of you are too) of all the ugliness of the 2016 campaigns. Lies, accusations, name calling, mud-slinging, profanity. What happened to honor and integrity and true campaigning. Why can’t the candidates just stick to telling the people what they plan to do for America instead of attacking each other verbally?

I can’t even understand why the Democrat party allows Hillary to be a candidate, their candidate, with her illegal email activities and Benghazi. She cannot be trusted. She wants to be the first dictator of America. She will be a tyrannical socialist ruler. I’m sure if she could do it, she would burn the Constitution and Bill of Rights. She would close all churches, close all Christian TV and radio. She will rule by executive order bypassing Congress, the same way obama has been doing. Why hasn’t our Republican majority Congress done anything to stop those executive orders?

The most damaging thing she will do is appoint liberal God-hating judges to the Supreme Court who will help her abolish the Constitution. We will be worse off than Cuba, Russia and China when she gets finished. Many people don’t understand the ramifications of having more liberal judges appointed.

If you claim to be a Christian and you ever intend to take a stand for Jesus, you might find yourself in jail or being sued by the ACLU or some other God-hating group. If you have to go before a liberal majority Supreme Court, you will be spending the rest of your life in prison. You will lose your case in court. The liberal judges who rule against the Constitution are not going to care about your Constitutional rights. They will decide for themselves what your rights are and since they hate the mention of the name of God, you can’t win.

Another concern of mine is that I have absolutely no confidence that Hillary can or will protect America from those enemies that want to bomb America. She will open our borders and let any enemy in here who wants to attack us.

I guess you can see that my passion about this election overtakes me.

Let’s remember something. No matter who wins, we believers are to keep going; we are to keep praying, keep witnessing, keep on working for the kingdom of God. Don’t lose heart. God is still on His throne. He promised to never leave us or forsake us. Things might get tough but God is not surprised by the outcome of our election. His plan will be accomplished, no matter who wins the presidential election.

I have some links to share with you. I hope you will check them out.

Your Vote is Your Responsibility, Not Your Right

The Difference One Vote Makes

The Electoral College and How It Works

Constitution 101

The Bill of Rights

Biography of George Washington

Convention of States

What You Need to Know Before You Vote

Christian Voter Guide

Too many Christians do not vote or participate in any way in the political process. If you are one of those believers, you and your children and grandchildren and all of your loved ones, your church, everyone you care about will participate in the outcome if Hillary wins, whether you like it or not. You will suffer the consequences of not participating in the election. If America completely succumbs to socialism, you and your loved ones will all suffer the terror of that darkness. We all will. You and I represent millions of people who will not vote, whatever their excuses be. It is crucial for us to vote.

Look at all that the founding fathers did so that we have this great nation to live in. Many died for our privilege of freedom. They died defending the Constitution and our religious freedom.

I hear many lame excuses for not voting.

The electoral college votes in the president so I can’t make a difference for that. Read the link above to understand what the electoral college does.

My one little vote won’t make any difference. Watch the above clip with David Barton.

If we love our families, our church, our country, it is our duty to vote. We will answer to God for what we do with our privilege to vote. He gave us our freedom in the nation. We are blessed to live in a Constitutional Republic where we have the privilege to vote for our leaders and we have a responsibility to make sure we keep that privilege for us and for our children and grandchildren and generations beyond. There are millions of people around the world who wish they had this privilege. Don’t squander your vote.

This is not to be shrugged off as inconsequential or unimportant. America is on the precipice of survival. Every vote counts and if more Christians will get out and vote, America can be saved.

It is not difficult to research the candidates in your area. Click on the Christian Voter Guide link above and select your state. It only takes a few minutes to look at the candidates and decide. I print mine out and mark it ahead of time and take it with me to the polling booth. The polling officials don’t care if you take papers into the booth with you. You can also read about civil and local issues to vote on, in the voter guide. I like to go to the polls prepared so that I don’t have to stress and try to make up my mind while I’m standing in the booth.

Just a note of encouragement, I know some staunch Democrats who have said they will not vote for Hillary, but they will vote for Trump. They don’t particularly like him, but they know how dangerous Hillary is.

This is an election that has 2 presidential candidates that no one likes. We live in an era where we don’t get to choose someone we like. It’s not a matter of “liking” the candidate; it’s a matter of their platform. What have they promised to do when they get in office? Are they pro-abortion or pro-life, pro-homosexual, pro-family? Do they support marriage between a man and a woman? Will they strengthen our military and support our veterans? Will they close the borders and protect our sovereignty? Will they bring jobs back to America? Will they cut taxes, abolish the IRS and change the tax law to a flat tax? What do they promise to do for our country?

One last comment. After the election, we need to be more pro-active with our representatives. We need to hold them accountable and make them keep their campaign promises. We need to call their offices, write letters, stay informed, and not depend on the secular media for information, they are owned by the liberals. We Christians need to participate. We can’t think that all we have to do is place our vote and then ignore our political leaders until the next election. That would be as foolish as setting a dish of candy in front of a 5 year old and telling them not to touch it and then leave the room. They’ll do what they want, not what’s good for them.

If we want America to remain a Christian nation, as our founding fathers made it for us, we MUST vote and we MUST participate and stay informed of how our representatives are voting on issues and what laws they are passing. We must tell them what we want and how we want them to vote on laws and issues. They work for us, not for themselves. They represent us, The People, the ones who put them in office.

This is not difficult. Just take a few minutes to get prepared. Go to the polls and cast your vote.

A word of caution! When you vote in the booth and get the printout, READ IT AND CHECK IT CAREFULLY to make sure the polling booth is not rigged to put the wrong votes on the paper BEFORE you put it in the machine. We’ve all read about the Democrats using voter fraud to cheat to win the election. I read where many people had to get the official to allow them to change their voting paper several times before the voting booth put their true votes on the paper. USE CAUTION!!!

Remember, God is on His throne.

Pray for America, pray for Trump and for all of the other officials local, state and federal, and GO VOTE!!!

Love ya,

Karen

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Grateful for Blessings

I worked in the kitchen this morning. I really enjoy working in my kitchen. Baking. Cooking breakfast and supper. Loading the dishwasher. I know I am blessed with so much. I’m very grateful to the LORD for the blessings He has given me. I know that all my blessings come from the LORD. They are not my own doing.

egg-skillet

I am blessed to have food in the fridge and in the cabinets and in the pantry. I have cookware and dishes to prepare and serve our food. I have a stove/oven to prepare food. There’s a bowl of butter on the counter, and salt & pepper shakers. Little scented candles and a toothpick holder. Paper towels. A jug of purified drinking water. A set of steak knives. An electrical outlet which I use to run my mixer. I’m not bragging but saying what I am grateful for. All the little things that I don’t give much thought about most of the time. All blessings for which to be thankful.

german-dark-wheat-whole-grain-bread

I can go to the grocery store and buy any foods I desire, with many  choices, like my favorite wheat bread.

scrambled-egg-toast

It makes “saying grace” very meaningful. My grandmother ALWAYS blessed her food before she ate. She came from very difficult times. She lived through the Great Depression of 1929 and knew what it was like to “make do” with very little, with a bunch of kids to feed. She couldn’t always go to the grocery store to buy what she needed. She grew most of her vegetables and made bread and biscuits. She had chickens for eggs and for meat. Some of her blessings.

3-cupcakes-on-counter

Not just the cupcakes that I made but the kettle on the stove which I use to make hot cocoa and hot apple cider in the winter time. And the dish of candy that husband and I enjoy on occasion. The container full of cooking tools. The scented candle on the counter that I like to burn. These don’t sound like “major” things to care about but they please me and I am grateful for these blessings.

silverware-drawer

Silverware flatware in the drawer with which to eat. Many people in the world eat with their fingers because they don’t have this blessing.

loaded-dishwasher

This is another blessing for me. This convenience really helps me because I have back problems and I’m not able to stand at the sink for very long, to wash all the dishes I seem to dirty up. And this dishwasher also has a sanitizer cycle which I am blessed to use. The other blessing is all the dishes that are in there that we use.

I think about people in the mountains here in the U.S. who are very poor and can’t just go buy whatever they want or need. People in third world countries either. Yes, I am so grateful for the many blessings that I enjoy, and this is just what I see in the kitchen. Every room in our home is full of blessings for which we are very grateful.

Most of the time, Americans are so busy with work and sports and vacations and going and doing that we rarely take time to fully appreciate and be grateful for the many, many blessings that we have. We don’t think about people in the world who don’t have even the simplest things. We don’t think that there could ever come a time in America that all the food and material things won’t be available for us. We don’t have a concept that some countries don’t have grocery stores full of food in every city, and that there aren’t hardware stores in every city, and clothing stores, and convenience stores and restaurants and fast-food drive-thru’s, or that it could happen here, that America would lose all that. I’m also guilty of allowing myself to get caught up in the busy-ness of life that I take these blessings for granted.

So today I took time to look at everything in my kitchen that are blessings for which I am grateful. The very fact that I have a home with a kitchen is a huge blessing.

Do you ever look at all your stuff (the little things that most of the time you take for granted) and have a heart full of gratitude for your blessings?

Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Not necessarily for others to know. I named mine for this post in hopes that it would remind you to count your blessings and give thanks to the LORD.

Thank You, dear Father, for all the blessings You have poured on me. I know it was You Who gave it all to me. I know that You are a GOOD FATHER and that You love me and want to bless me. I thank You from the bottom of my heart. Father, please don’t let me take my many blessings for granted ever again. I am reminded that it is not a surety here in America that blessings will continue, but I know that my God is on His throne and He watches over His children, the ones who have believed in His Son, Jesus, Yeshua.

I am grateful for blessings. I know you are too.

Another blessing I am enjoying is this cooler weather and the rain. It actually feels like autumn. Sweater weather at last. Have a terrific weekend.

Love,

Karen

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Happy Fall Y’all

It’s official. Autumn is here. Yay!

Even though the temps don’t show it, It is F-I-N-A-L-L-Y here!

Monday and Tuesday coming up are forecast to be in the 70’s and then later on temperature highs in the 80’s. At least it’ll be cooler at night. Looks like some lows in the 60’s, my kind of weather.

I’m looking forward to wearing some scarves. I found some great scarf tying tips on Pinterest and saved them to my Modest Apparel board.

One of the things I LOVE to do in autumn is visit our local pumpkin patch, and when I drove by there this week, they were setting displays up. No pumpkins yet but I do enjoy the anticipation.

Something else I love to do.  🙂  I love reading the different autumn bucket lists on Pinterest. I think I’ll make my own list this year. I don’t like to make lists unless I plan to actually DO them. So, I want to make mine doable.

Before I say goodnight, I’ll leave you with this favorite Emily Bronte quote.

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,

fluttering from the autumn tree.

Til next time.

Happy Fall Y’all!

Karen

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Is It Fall Yet?

I am so so ready for fall. I really prefer to call it autumn but anyway, it’s officially only 11 days away. Down here in Texas, we’re anxiously awaiting the actual autumn weather. I envy those who live further north. I love it when the leaves start turning the beautiful autumn colors and when the temps get down to 70, and stay that way for more than a week. I adore sweater weather.

I’ve been checking the grocery stores for a couple of weeks, looking for my favorite autumn cake mix. Finally found it yesterday. Yay!!!

pillsbury-pumpkin-cupcake-mix

fall-dessert-plate

pumpkin-cake-on-plate

It tastes great, just like I remember. Funny thing. This is the only thing I like to eat with pumpkin. Don’t like pumpkin pie or pumpkin soup. I do like pumpkins in decorating. Have I mentioned that I collect pumpkins? I have more than a few. Ok, probably more than 50, I guess.

While I was enjoying my piece of cake, I put a scented wax cube and tea light candle in the warmer. Oh, the house smells so good.

wax-cubes-tea-light

scented-cube-tea-light-warmer

I chatted with a woman about a month ago, a total stranger, when Hobby Lobby first starting get their autumn décor. We both love autumn. She said she leaves her autumn decorating up (above her kitchen cabinets) year round. I pack mine away in orange totes, but I’m thinking I might do that too, leave some of my décor out, just above the cabinets though.

This year I started collecting owls and foxes, for my autumn decorating. Just a few. So far. Not a lot of foxes out there to collect, yet. But owls. Oh my. Yep, they’re out there everywhere. Pillows. Printed hand towels. Candle holders and candles. Salt and pepper shakers. Plates. Ceramic figures. Wall plaques. I could go on.

Here are a couple of projects I recently finished. With help from hubby, of course. He cuts my boards for me. I sand and paint.

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The “Fall is in the Air” sign. I printed on the white burlap using my computer and printer and attached it to the wood. I found the scarecrow figure at Hobby Lobby and glued it to the top.

See my ceramic pumpkin? I get most of my pumpkins at Hobby Lobby. Did you know that there is a real blue pumpkin called the Blue Moon Pumpkin? Beautiful.

Here’s another.

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I got the laser cut out at JoAnn Fabrics which I glued on after the paint dried. I have it standing on the kitchen counter, though I was thinking of having hubby drill tiny holes in the top corners and thread some decorative wire through to hang it on the wall somewhere. It’s actually not blue but teal colored. My autumn decorating colors are oranges and teals, some aqua.

I saw this cute little house under construction on my way to visit Mom. A United Built Home. It was left open so I went inside to take a peek. It’s considerably smaller than our home, maybe 900sqft, but it’s so cute. It had a beautiful fireplace, wood and tile floors but carpet in the bedrooms. A very small kitchen. 3 bedrooms. 2 bathrooms. Small closets. But ya know, I could consider downsizing. IF, it was in Kentucky or Ohio. When you have one of these built, you have to own the land first, before they build.

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Mom wants to move out of Texas as much as I do, but she has become so frail and I’m not sure she could make a move, unless someone did all of it for her. I’m not even sure she could travel that far in a car. She and I took a vacation to Lexington about 17 years ago. Wow. I hadn’t realized it was that long ago. Now that I think of it, I’m not sure it was that long ago. We both loved it. I’d like to see it in autumn.

I won’t even consider moving until after the election. Not going to talk about that or how anxious I’ve been getting. I’ve decided to leave it in the hands of the Lord. The best thing I can do is pray for America and leave it with God. He is in control. He is on His throne. Worrying about it won’t add one day to my life, one hour or one minute.

I spent today watching bits of the 9/11 clips, which always makes me cry. I didn’t want to avoid it because I do not want to forget, ever. We should never forget. I remember exactly where I was. I was late going to work and my friend called me to tell me to hurry and turn on the TV. She had such urgency in her voice. She said a building in NYC had been attacked. At that point it wasn’t clear if it was a bomb or what. Then they said a small airplane. We know the rest. I stood there dumbfounded. I watched as the second tower was hit, and then as both towers crumbled to the ground. It did not seem real. It was like watching a movie. I could not grasp it. How could this be happening, here, in America? What about all those people? Did they have time to get out? I still cry. It makes me angry, every time they do the roll call of the dead and then a station interrupts the names to stick in an interview. I’m thinking that’s extremely irreverent to those dead who are being honored. I want to tell them to shut up and play the entire piece of the roll call, without interruption, every name of the 3000 who died. Give them the honor due them. I’m sure you remember where you were too, that day.

That event seemed to draw the nation together, for about a month. Then for everyone not involved, it was back to business. Life goes on. How sad. I wish I could find every one of the people involved, who lost loved ones or were injured in the attack and hug them close and tell them “I CARE and I’M SO SORRY”!

We tuck it away in our hearts and keep going forward. We must move forward. God cares. I’m sure it hurt Him to see all the hurt; deep, deep hurt. What affects us also affects Him. He loves us. This was not His doing. We have an enemy who is out to steal and kill and destroy. He is satan. But remember, God is on His throne. And I’ve read the end of The Book… We win!

Have a fabulous week!

Looking forward to AUTUMN!

Love,

Karen

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Words To Live By

Words To Live By

I’ve been writing these down on a card to keep in mind how I want to keep living my life. It seems that this modern “culture” knows very little about these concepts. I’m not sure most of them ever even hear these words spoken in the culture, let alone taught to them by their parents or school teachers.

I know that God has set high standards for His children; His expectations for how we are to live. Just because it is God’s expectations does not mean they are so high that they are unattainable. He knows we can live them, with the help of His Holy Spirit. How many will embrace them and love them, because these standards are of the Lord.

I love meditating on these words. Partly because they remind me of a bygone era. Well, maybe they’re not so “bygone” as I perceived. And maybe when the Church gets back to fasting and prayer, these “lofty” ideals will be embraced and taught again.

These are not in any particular order. I’m writing them down as I wrote them on my card.

Holiness

Purity

Integrity

Honor

Loyalty

Merciful

Faith

Patience

Forgive

Excellence

Compassion

Empathy

Courage

Wisdom

Chivalry

Victory

Patriotic

Selfless

Learn

Pray

Respect

Graceful

Help

Reverence

Purpose

Praise

Search

Determination

Tenacious

Brave

Strong

Bold

Adventure

Joy

Gladness

Serve

Righteousness

Peace

Truth

Love

Sacrifice

Fasting

Health

I’ll probably add to my list as I reread Psalms and Proverbs. A dear friend from church said she has the habit of reading Psalms, Proverbs, Old Testament and New Testament every day, a chapter from each. This is a wonderful habit to make and when I practice this, I am so blessed. It helps me keep God’s Word in my thoughts and heart.

I’m headed down to visit Mom today. We might need to move her in with us so I’m working on clearing out that guest bedroom and figuring out what to do with all her stuff. My sister and I have been praying for healing and restoration for Mom. I sure would appreciate your prayers. Thanks so much.

Have a blessed day! Enjoy this last weekend before school starts.

Love,

Karen

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