Irises and Squirrels

I’m beginning to warm up to Spring. The only reason I am is that it is still fairly cool at night.

Hubby and I went down to visit Momma on Easter Sunday. She has an abundance of my very favorite flower, the Iris.

And she has an abundance of something else, she’d rather not have. Squirrels. They eat everything, including some of the flowers. Even though there are acorns aplenty on the property. She told me they have in years past eaten the wiring up inside the car.

Irises and leaves

Iris closeup

Iris beauty

Iris beauties

Iris and green

Iris 02

Iris 01

See the little rascal digging up acorns?

Irises and squirrel

Iris bed

Iris and squirrel

And then some Bluebonnets.

Bluebonnets

The flowers are what I love about Spring. That and all the lush green in the fields and the trees and the bushes. And the birds. Mom has a hummingbird feeder and some of her hummingbird friends come back year after year.

bush - Spring green

Mom is fortunate to have so many trees around her home. Tall, old trees. It helps keep the house cooler in the summer. Hubby and I have one lonely tree in the front yard. We have lots of holly bushes but they don’t really help with the cooling bill. I dream about a home in the country, further north, where the summers are not so severe and where there is no drought. Where we will have more trees, and Irises… and squirrels.

We all need to have our dreams. I am reminded of mine every year when Spring rolls around.

Love,

Karen

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Palm Sunday

Jesus rode a donkey into the city of Jerusalem. A very great multitude spread their clothes on the road and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Matthew 21:6-11

and then in the week following His triumphant entry…

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

For He made Him who knew no sin to be  sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God. Hebrews 12:2

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5

…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:18-19

Jesus said to him, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30

I know from what He saved me, an eternity in hell separated from Him. Think about His great sacrifice for all the sins of everyone, so that we could spend eternity with Him in heaven.

And I say ‘THANK YOU, JESUS, FOR SAVING ME!!!’ He is Everything  to me.

Karen

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I”m Hanging On To The Last Hours of The Weekend

I don’t want to let the weekend end. I’m hanging onto the last few hours of the weekend.

The husband of my dear friend, who lives in Granbury, has 3 day weekends… all the time. Of course he has to work 10 hour days those other 4 days. He probably needs those 3 day weekends to recuperate from the 4 long days.

Anyhow, hubby and I are watching TV. Hubby was trying to watch the recorded NASCAR race but evidently it must have been cancelled for rain. We’ve had rain here too. We love it because our drought stricken state needs the rain desperately. There are so many lakes that are near empty here in Texas. I’m not talking about small lakes. I’m talking huge lakes. Lake Granbury. Lake Grapevine. Lake Lewisville. And many others. We need rain for about 3 weeks straight, all day and all night.

This weekend I heard a fabulous radio talk show about MEN. Not what you might be thinking. This was E.X.C.E.L.L.E.N.T!!! Part of the program was about Gentlemen. Men who have strong Christian character. Men who show respect to women and to all people. Men who have integrity. Honest men. TRUE GENTLEMEN.

The other part of the program was about a book called “How God Makes Men”.

I highly recommend this book for ALL men (young and old) to read. We definitely need more men with those qualities that I mentioned, plus valor and courage. It made me want to go out and buy a bunch of these books and donate them to the church. It is such an encouraging book. The writer lifts up men. He was interviewed on the radio program. He wants men to have the freedom to be real  MEN. The feminists of this generation are trying to reverse the natural God-given strengths for the genders. They want women to be strong men and they want men to be weak females.

God did not make a mistake when He designed the human race – males and females. He knew exactly what He was doing when He gave the Male gender their strengths and purpose and He knew what He was doing when He gave Females their strengths and purpose. I like that my husband is the stronger of us, to provide and protect me and our home. I don’t want to be a man. I like being what God made me to be.

It does not mean that I have any less value than my husband, or that my purpose is less important. God made us equal but He intended for the husband to have strengths to protect and provide and to encourage his wife’s growth in her purpose, for her to teach the children and take care of the home. God did not intend for the woman to fulfill the man’s purpose nor for the man to fulfill the woman’s purpose. He has the perfect design for His creation. American culture would do better to get back to God’s plan and purpose.

Back to the book, it is written in a way that it encourages men to be what God designed them to be and it does not do it in a condemning, brow-beating way. It shows 10 men of the Bible who were REAL men, not perfect men, but true men.

I’m reading a book that is so encouraging.

It’s a quick read, just 60 pages but full of encouragement to pray.

It’s getting late and I need to unwind with the rest of the movie. I was watching TV in the living room while I thought hubby was going to watch the race in the bedroom. So I chose a Christmas movie, Grandpa for Christmas. Hubby doesn’t mind watching it though.

Last thing, the weather is unusually cool around here and you all know, I love it, love it, love it! I can’t remember the last time it was this cool in April. It’s usually in the 90′s. I can’t tell you how wonderful this cool weather is for me. It does my spirit good, I tell ya.  :)

Have a blessed joy filled week!

Love,

Karen

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Orange

Orange, not the fruit. COLOR! I wonder how many different shades of ORANGE there are in heaven. 100? 1000? A million?

My favorite colors come from the autumn shades; oranges, browns, greens, plums, purples. Today, my favorite is orange. Next week, who knows! I love the color of plum too.

Here are a few shades of orange that are in my little corner of the world.

orange 8  this is where I started, Mega M&M’s.

orange 12 a little sheer ribbon around some candles.

orange 11  some leaves on a candle ring. See that deer peeking out? I hid it there last autumn and no one seems to have noticed it, or no one bothered to mention seeing it. Think I’ll see how long it takes for someone to mention it.

orange 10  my favorite tea kettle.

orange 7  a magnet on the side of the fridge.

orange 6  a bowl with some chips for eating salsa.

orange 5  hubby’s favorite Austin peanut butter crackers.

orange 4  sticky book marks.

orange 3  my shopping list pad on the front of the fridge.

orange 2  some booklets I’m going to send to my great-nephew.

orange 1  kitty treats.

orange 9  and some Mandarins in my pantry.

I am trying my best to get myself in the Spring mood. It’s kind of hard when the grass is still brown and no leaves on the one tree in our yard. The only things green in the yard are the weeds in the lawn and the holly bushes. It’ll come. Think I’ll go to Calloway’s Nursery and Lowe’s tomorrow and see what flowers I can find to plant in my pots on the porch. That’ll usher me in to Spring. I just need a fresh  vibrant bit of color for inspiration.

Maybe I can find some pretty orange flowers. That’ll do it. Yeah, I am getting into the mood. Check out my Gardening & Yard Ideas on Pinterest.

Talk to ya soon. Have a wonderful weekend!

Karen

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25 Random Things

25 random things

25 Random Things

 1. I’m hanging on to the last vestiges of winter. We’re eating potato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. The only time I like eating soup is in fall and winter.

 2. It’s officially SPRING but temps are down at night time. I savor the nights and the cooler temps.

 3. Thomas Kinkade  winter  Thomas Kinkade church steeple  Thomas Kinkade spring rain T. Kinkade

 4. We can all appreciate our mothers giving of themselves.

 5. The 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is coming up Nov 19th, this year.

 6. And the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Bill of Rights is coming up on Sep 25th this year.

 7. A centenarian is anyone who is at least 100 years of age. As of the 2010 Census there were 53,364 in the U.S.

 8. As of Mar 20, 2014 there were 68 verifiable super centenarians in the world. Those are people 110 years of age and older.

 9. It’s hard to believe that we’re almost finished with three months of this new year. The only thing I like about time flying by so fast the older I get, is that I can whiz thru summer and get back around to the autumn faster. Thing is, when we’re in the middle of summer, it feels like time is moving way too slow.

10. We still miss our little Bubba, but I’m crying less. Not that I’m forgetting about him, but I’m healing from his loss. I keep reminding myself of the good times we had with him and how sweet he was to us.

11. I bought a copy of “The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible”, Red Letter Edition. I can hardly wait to start going through it and gleaning from it. It has Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries.

12. There’s one thing I positively don’t like. When people take the Lord’s name in vain. If we say something like, “Oh my God…” that is taking the Lord’s name in vain. It makes me cringe. There are other ways people take the Lord’s name in vain, and I hate to say it but I’ve been guilty of it myself. Working on stopping it. I love the Lord and I wouldn’t want to hurt His feelings or offend Him in any way, even by being irreverent and disrespectful of His name.

13. Here’s How To Build a 12X20 Cabin on a Budget. This would make a great work studio or guest cabin. I’d like to have a studio that would be solar powered, off the grid. Hubby has already made our shed solar powered.

14. STOP saying Spring already. I’m not ready to give up winter just yet, not that we get much winter down here. Not trying to be rude to all the bloggers who are writing about Spring, but I’m trying to hang onto the last little thread of winter. Ya see, Spring doesn’t last very long around here. We usually jump right into high temps, 90′s and 100′s and it stays there for 3 or 4 months straight.

15. I know Easter eggs are cute and everything, but what does a bunny and eggs have to do with Easter? I’ll admit, I’ve seen some very pretty artfully decorated eggs. I’d like to try creating some of the beautiful eggs I’ve seen in some of the Spring magazines, but I feel like I’m being “worldly” and betraying Jesus, Who is the reason for Easter, by getting into the bunny and egg thing. Am I the only one who feels that way?

16. I love this post about seeking hard after the Lord. She wrote about memory cards and I bought a small album today so I can do this. When I was in high school I had such a difficult time memorizing anything. Carrying the Bible verse cards with me in a mini album is a wonderful idea.

17. WISH LIST: visit Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Ireland, Maine, Montana and Wisconsin.

18. It’s late but I think I’ll eat a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios while I finish writing this post. Back in a minute.

19. Thinking of making a peach cobbler.  Hubby and I prefer peaches over apples, though I do like a piece of homemade apple pie a couple times a year.

20. Currently Reading: Learning To Pray by K.P. Yohannan, Overflowing Success by Todd Weaver, Financial Dominion, How to Take Charge of Your Finances by Dr Norvel Hayes. Next up, The Enchanted Barn by Grace Livingston Hill.

21. God is GOOD. ALWAYS Good.

22. God dearly loves all of His creation. He desires to spend time with us, if we will talk to Him, and be quiet and be still and listen to Him. We need  to find a quiet place – no noise – no distractions of any kind – and listen to Him.

23. I’m looking at the walls and thinking I need to paint again. A light taupe/gray. If I do that, I’m going to have to buy new curtains for the living room and dining room. Only 4 windows. Then there’s 2 windows in the master bedroom and 2 more windows in the front bedroom. Okay, 8 windows. That’s not too bad.

24. I’m looking around at all the things I need to put on my To-Do List. Top of the list. Ironing. Oh wait. Replace burned out bulb in ceiling fan. Uh, maybe put mulch in flowerbed. I don’t know what needs to be first. That’s why my list is so long. I don’t know where to start. Ok. I’ll make a list of the rooms and what needs to be done in each room, and then a list for the outside. Getting tired already.

25. Saturday is always a terrific day! I wish Saturday could last 48 hours.  :)

God bless y’all.

Karen

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