Monday, August 20, 2007

Feels Like Fall!

It's a rainy, cool, and overcast day here on the western side of the Cascades. Certainly feels like Fall to me! I love these kinds of days. Guess I've lived here long enough that I crave the rain after a while. But then ask me if still feel that way when March arrives and it will be a whole different story.

Since I'm in the Fall mood I decided to start adding some items to my Etsy shop. My lotion bars don't ship well in the summer due to the heat so I usually wait until September 1st to start offering them again. But I just couldn't wait.

I've also got lots and lots of Fall and Halloween items in the works plus new Autumn soap and linen spray scents. One of the things that I'm working on is primitive candy corn bowl fillers or ornies. These cuties will be made from muslin, hand stuffed, hand painted, and grunged up with coffee & cinnamon. I may have to add some glitter too! That's the only secret I'm letting out. You'll have to come back to see what else I'm working on.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Local Beauty

Look at this local produce! Isn't it pretty? I went for a short drive this afternoon with Missy (Daughter #1) and Christien (Grandson #2). We stopped by a local farm to get tomatoes but I ended up getting peppers and cucumbers too. The yellow squash is from Missy's garden. The farm that we visited has over 2000 tomato plants. I'll definitely be going back for more. They had lots of Roma tomatoes and I have dreams of canning fresh salsa, spaghetti sauce and who knows what else!

Tonight's supper will be stuffed peppers, fresh tomatoes, and pickled cucumbers. YUM!

I hope that you're all having a blessed and restful Sunday. Lots of hugs to you!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

My First Award

I got a Nice Matters Award from my dear friend Sue at Country Pleasures . Thank you so much!! I am so honored (blushing).

Quoting from the person that started this lovely award: "This award will be given to those that are just nice people , good blog friends and those that inspire good feelings and inspiration! Those that care about others, that are there to lend support, or those that are just a positive influence in our blogging world!"

Nice does matter! I wish I could list everyone because I have so many favorites. But today I'm honoring these 7 nice people. Be sure to click on the link to visit their blogs.

Jenny at Aunt Jenny's World
Beth at Bliss N Blossom Farm
Tina Michelle at Garden Goose
Tracey at On The Shores of Carpenter Creek
Shari at Shari's Gone Country
Mikki Jo at Strawberries n Apronstrings
Kathy at KT Knits

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Verse A Day

When I added the Verse A Day to my blog I did it as an encouragement for those visiting. I'm so used to it being there that I don't look at it as often as I should. But the last couple of days I've read it and have been so blessed.

I love today's verse so much. "I waited patiently for the Lord ; he turned to me and heard my cry." Psalm 40:1 (NIV) Those that know me well know that I am not a patient person (Daughter #1 will read this and have a good chuckle over that statement!). I want it and I want it now! Sometimes that is how I lay my requests before the Lord. I tick off this list of things, say I'm praying for His will to be done, and before I've even said amen I'm wondering how long it will be before I get what I prayed for. I have struggled for years and years with this. But I discovered that when I pray and take my eyes off of the "things" to focus on God, it isn't so hard to wait! Everyone says that your spiritual walk is a process and lasts for your whole life. That is so true! I learn something new each day and mature a little more each day. By God's grace I'm learning to wait patiently.

The second part of this verse -- "he turned to me and heard my cry" -- just brings tears to my eyes. It is very humbling to me to think of my heavenly Father turning to me; bending his ear to hear my cries!! He will do this for every person that cries out to Him!! What a blessing!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

The Winner Is. . . .

Gateway Girl!!!

Congratulations! Send me an email with your address and I'll get the book and soap sent right off.


Saturday, August 4, 2007

If I Could Just Fix It

My heart is hurting so badly tonight. Today Daughter #1 and her husband told my little 8 year old grandson that they are getting a divorce. My little guy was so devastated. His mom said that he just shook his head and said "no, no, no" then cried and cried.

I adore both of my grandsons but this little guy is so sensitive. He feels hurt so deeply and when he's upset his big blue eyes just fill up with tears. Then they just spill over onto his cheeks. I've never been able to stand it when he cries. He know that's one way to melt his Nana's heart.

Every time I think of him being in so much pain I just want to be able to fix it. I don't want him to hurt so much. I wish I could take the hurt for him but I can't.

I have been praying for him all day long. I know that time will lessen the pain but it will never completely go away. I just wish I could hug him and hug him to make it all better. And when I see him I will do just that. It may not make the pain better but he will know I love him.

My God is in control of this situation as he is in every part of our lives. I know that he will comfort my little guy and draw close. That is the part that always make it easier to walk through these hard times. God is the one true constant -- he will never change, he will never leave, and he loves my little guy more than I ever could.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Love My Blogging Friends

I now have a whole list of blogs that I feel compelled to read each night before bed. It's like checking on my favorite friends each evening. I love blogs. It gives us all a glimpse into each other's lives.

I have so many wonderful friends that I've made online the past couple of years. Most of them are my Farmgirl friends from the forum at MaryJane's Farm. I consider these gals as close a friends as my friends that live in the same town. In fact, some of these gals are kinder and more accepting than some of the friends I see all the time.

Each night I check to see what' s been happening during their day. I love seeing the pictures of homes, farms, gardens, projects, and families. I love hearing about quilts being made, jam being put up, what the children have been doing, and on and on.

I couldn't think of a more pleasant way to end each day!! Thanks to all of you for sharing your lives!