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!!!

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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.

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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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Computering

Well, I am NOT a happy camper, computerer. I have 2 computers. One is fairly new and I stupidly installed the Windows 10 on it, thinking to myself, how bad can it be, right?

I hate Windows 10, don’t recommend it to anyone. I spend most of my time trying to figure out how to find things on it to make it work. I hate Edge. I want to make Yahoo my homepage, like it was before, but I can’t find the “Default settings” to change it, besides Windows 10 says that Edge is the recommended web browser for Windows 10. Does that mean if I use Yahoo, will the Windows 10 not work properly?

I don’t have time to figure all this stuff out. And believe me, I’m working very hard to not use bad words here, since I am extremely agitated. Husband and I both noticed, as I’m sure everyone else has, that for some strange reason the Windows 7 isn’t working optimally any more. It runs extremely slow. Gee, I wonder why. Could it be that Microsoft is messing around with it to force people to download the Windows 10? I am considering buying a Mac PC but then I still have to spend time on a learning curve.

Time is a big issue, as I’m sure it is with you too. And I’m not a youngster any more. I always said I hope I can keep up with technology, as my mom doesn’t even know how to turn a computer on. I said I didn’t want to be like Mom, in that regard. I want to “keep up”, ya know. Now maybe I’m not so sure about that.

It appears that if I don’t find time to sit here for a month to figure this thing out, I’m going to be like Mom, not knowing how to work this modern computer. Watching my words, because I’m at the screaming, throwing a tantrum stage. I’m beginning to wonder if there isn’t a conspiracy to phase out us older folks and by-pass us altogether.

Have you all figured out Windows 10 yet? How’s about coming down to Texas and give me some lessons, please. I’ll provide you with cool drinks and I’ll keep the a/c going (being as it’s been in the low 100’s around here). Sorry, I don’t have a pool, but I’ll take you to the lake – after you help me master this new software.  🙂

I guess I’ll just use my old pc with Windows 7 until Microsoft shuts it down completely. Then I might be done blogging.  🙁

On to more computering.

Karen

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Search The Scriptures

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Jesus Himself said this to the Jews who wanted to kill Him, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” John 5:39. We Christians know that in Him we have eternal life. He is the living WORD.

The word search signifies a strict, close, diligent, curious search; the kind of search men make when seeking after gold or sunken treasures. This is how we should look into the Scriptures, as though we are seeking to find a better treasure than gold or silver.

The Scriptures are the writings of Almighty God. He gave them to us and preserved them for us through these several thousand years, for our benefit, so we can get to know Him, and learn of His expectations of us. It is for our good that He gave us the written WORD.

God forbid that on the day of account that our Bibles would be a witness against us that we never or rarely looked into them. The WORD of God will bless those who diligently search it. All through the Bible we will find Jesus. Yes, even in the Old Testament (Covenant). Have you searched and found Him there?

If we hide the WORD in our hearts and in our thoughts, it will protect us from being deceived in these last days. The devil is going about seeking whom he may devour. He is the deceiver. He will put his lieing thoughts into our minds. If we have not hidden God’s WORD in our hearts, how will we be able to discern the lies of the devil? Many are being deceived and are standing against God and His plans.

We also need to make sure to develop a close friendship with the Holy Spirit. He will give us discernment and direct our paths. The Holy Spirit will help us to understand what truths we can find in the WORD. It is up to us to search the Scriptures and hide them in our hearts. Love the WORD and it will keep us to the day of the Lord. It is life.

My husband and I have a Bible app on our phones that we get the Word of the Day. There are many good Bible study guides out there too. I am using Charles H. Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening”. I also am trying to follow a study method that a church friend told me she is doing. I read a chapter or two from the Old Testament, a couple of Psalms, a chapter of Proverbs, and a chapter or two from the New Testament. I confess that I am not always diligent with all this reading and I have had to learn not to get upset with myself when I miss a day of reading one of the four categories.

The one thing, the best thing we can do, all throughout the day, is talk with the Lord. That implies that we talk and we listen to hear His still voice. Relationship is talking with the Lord and loving Him. He is so good and His love for us is so precious, we can’t even begin to comprehend it yet.

Let’s All Search The Scriptures!

They will tell us of a God Who is Love, and Who loves us with an everlasting love!

Karen

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Write Down Your Dreams

Write Down Your Dreams

I’ve heard and read many times that we should write down our dreams. I don’t know what the purpose for that is and I haven’t been real good at that, writing them in a journal.

I dream in color. Most people dream in black and white. My dreams sometimes are so real that I find myself asking, during my dream, is this real or am I dreaming. This one was short and funny. I cannot connect it to anything that I was thinking of when I went to bed. Some people say we dream when we eat certain foods. I ate a sandwich and some chips, and had a bowl of icecream afterward; nothing that would make me dream a funny dream. Here’s the dream I had this morning.

In my dream, I’m standing in the driveway, talking to someone; I don’t know who it was but in my dream I knew the person. Up and down the street there were neighbors out in their yards; which is unusual because only one of our neighbors is ever out in his yard. He spends an entire day working on his lawn, every week.

Anyway, lots of people outside. I don’t recall seeing any kids out, only adults. Then all of a sudden, we hear this loud roar, of motorcycles coming down the street. Really loud, like they wanted to announce to everyone that they were coming. Three motorcycles. They were not coming down the street doing 100 mph like most normally do. No.

The funny thing is these three motorcycles each were pulling behind them a sofa, long ways, with a lounge chair at the end of the sofa. Other funny thing, none of our neighbors had any of their vehicles parked in the street and these three motorcycles were racing, pulling their sofa-lounge chair type chariots, banging into each other. They were having a grand ole time, laughing and racing down the street, then around the corner and over to the next street. We neighbors were all laughing and cheering them on.

The atmosphere was like it was a holiday celebration. We were all laughing and having fun.

That wasn’t the end of the dream. Behind the motorcycles were three motorized wheel chairs, racing down the street. The funny thing about them was that they were being driven by three little old ladies. They were racing, to catch up to the motorcycles, down the middle of the street.

I don’t have a clue what that dream could have meant. Most of my dreams make absolutely NO sense. But, there it is. I wrote it down, for the whole world to see.

Do you dream in color? Do your dreams make sense? Do your dreams wake you up or do you sleep right on through them?

I hope you all will always have sweet dreams. Remember what “they” say. Write down your dreams!

Karen

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A Father-Daughter Talk

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his. (Imagine that, he worked hard to earn a living, but why should he think it was his own to keep?)

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.

He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?”

She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”

Her father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0 GPA. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the conservative side of the fence.”

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches the channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced and all crosses be removed from the public arena.

If a conservative decides he needs healthcare, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative reads this, he’ll share it with his friends so they can have a good laugh. A liberal won’t share it because he’s “offended” by the truth of it.

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I wonder why anyone who is a liberal even bothers to save for retirement. Why don’t they donate their retirement funds to those poor needy people they say they worry about so much, while they work until they drop dead. It’s okay for them to want higher taxes to take away from the middle class to pay for lazy people who have figured out that socialism (wealth redistribution) is a great system for them. But it’s not okay for conservatives to want less taxes and smaller government and put those lazy people to work or let them do without. I guarantee that it won’t take the lazy people very long, of missing out on meals and a place to live, to figure out they need to get a job like the rest of us. And it won’t hurt them to work, any more than it hurts the rest of us. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 …If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

If taxes were lowered and the Federal government took care of their first priority, which is to defend the people from foreign and domestic enemies, our country would be in a lot better position. The people would bring home more money on their paychecks and we people could help the less fortunate to get back on their feet and be self-supporting. We don’t need the government to do that. It is not their responsibility to do that. The people of this nation should do that. Like we did back in the old days, prior to the 1970’s. We had a great nation, until the liberal socialists came in and invaded our education system and our government. God is NOT for socialism (wealth redistribution). But then you wouldn’t know that unless you read the Bible, or cared about what God wants.

Ok, enough. I’ll try not to get too heavy from now on. I guess you can tell that I am very passionate about this liberal vs. conservative issue. The liberal view is so totally un-Godly and truthfully un-American, according to our founding fathers and our Constitution.

Have a great week. 🙂

Karen

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Odds and Ends, This ‘n That

I can hardly believe it. This must be a record low temp here in Texas. Here we are at the beginning of May and our high today was 63°. We are usually in the upper 90’s or lower 100’s by now. I sure am enjoying this. It makes me wonder though, what kind of summer are we going to have and how long will it last?

I took some pictures when I went down to Mom’s back in the early part of April.

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And on the dirt road I saw these. Almost every time I drive down I see them, somewhere along the dirt road.

donkeys

Move out of the middle of the road, sweeties.

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white donkey

Thank you. They are always well mannered and move out of the way.

And then I saw these beauties. One of Mom’s neighbors raises Arabian horses and these beauties are usually out in their front pasture.

gray horse

What is that saying? The grass is always greener on the other side.

white-brown horse

I added another kitchen gadget to my counter top. I made it. Okay, husband and I made it. He drilled the hole for me and attached the knob to the top. Thank you dear for your help.

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I made it match the knife block, kinda sorta.

And lastly, I took these photos of a Cardinal out in our back yard at the feeder.

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I love these pretty birds. I rarely see bluebirds here in the city where I live but I saw one last week at the feeder. We usually have the Cardinals at the feeder and then turtle doves on the ground under the feeder.

Down in the country on the dirt road going to Mom’s, I always see Cardinals. Occasionally I see a blue bird and more rarely I see Chickadees (my favorite birds). One year we saw a wild turkey. I guess it was wild. We haven’t seen it since that one time. I usually always see roadrunners and swallowtails too. Mom always puts up a feeder for hummingbirds and I love to see those. Her hummingbird feeder is hanging right outside her kitchen window where we can see them when they come.

I hope you are enjoying this mild spring. Have a blessed week.

No weapon formed against me shall prosper, for my righteousness is of the Lord. And whatever I do will prosper for I’m like a tree that’s planted by the rivers of water. Isaiah 54:17, Psalm 1:3

Love,

Karen

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