Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Last week I was watching Priscilla Shirer on DVD. She was talking about the famous Michael Jackson video where he dances and the squares light up. She said the story goes something like this.
The director/producer said, "Michael, I know you can dance all over the stage and it will be great but I want you to only step where I tell you to."
Michael did what he said and the result is history.
Priscilla goes on to say that we can use all our gifts and talents in various places and it will look great or we can use our gifts where God directs and the path will light up.
I won't be dancing on stage anytime soon but I would love for my everyday life to light up under God's direction.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Another boo-boo on my post yesterday. I thought I gave credit to Pinterest for the photo but it didn't post. I am new to this iPhone stuff. That wasn't my granddaughter's painting. I need her permission to post that.
How do other bloggers make it look so easy?
My motto is Keep It Simple. Once I see it done, I'm on my way.
Please be patient sister bloggers. I love having you visit me, bloopers and all!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Every time I come to camp, I return to the same book and the same passage. I've been praying over my heart and today I could see I've held on to pieces of resentment like a security blanket.
Recently my granddaughter did a painting of a girl standing at the onset of a path with a beautiful horizon. She stood staring at her feet.
Am I staring at my feet, trying to let go?
Nouwen also says, "As we dance and walk forward, grace provides the ground on which our steps fall...
We look beyond our experience of sadness or loss by learning to receive an all embracing love, a love that meets us in everyday moments."
I cannot change my heart, but I know One who can. I lift my eyes to the path before me and take a step...
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
We didn't even get a chance to play a game. She did build a domino train station when we were rearranging the upstairs :)
Today is a travel day. I will take her home and head on down to our camper for a few days. Feeling a bit better today but a little rest before heading back home is needed.
Monday, July 25, 2011
I loved to swing when I was a little girl. As I grew older, sometimes my stomach would become queasy from the motion. Eventually I stopped swinging altogether.
I woke up at 3:00 a.m. today with a queasy stomach, more than a little. I wish it was as simple as motion. Was it something I ate, the weakness in my body, a bug...? I don't know.
A few days ago, I was reminded of Eucharisteo. It seems God is not letting go of this principle in my life. I keep returning to it or it keeps returning to me.
Thank you, Lord for this time to stop, take things a bit slower today.
"Always Eucharisteo (giving thanks) to the Father through Jesus."
You have a plan.
Letting go of the struggle of what and why.
Praying to the One who knows me.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
My granddaughter wanted to earn a little money so I lined up a few projects.
One was to take up old rugs on the upstairs landing but in order to do that we had to move bookcases.
Of course, we had to take all the books off the shelves.
I wanted to eliminate a few. I have so many books the task was overwhelming. Did I mention that we picked the hottest day?
By the end, I was sitting down on the job,literally.
Thanks to Ken's sense if humor, we had a few good laughs, put things back together and called it a day :)
Friday, July 22, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I don't know what happened yesterday. I posted in the morning about Amber being published in Art Journaling magazine. Then I wanted to save a post for today but ended up posting it instead, which I didn't realize until today.
Thanks for your comments and joy in my celebration. Here's a picture of my son, my sister and I standing outside of Borders with our bags, containing the magazine. We were so excited!
Even though I am still celebrating, today I am saddened by the news that Borders may be closing all their stores. Borders is a highlight for me because I visit there every time we venture downstate. It's the closest large bookstore we have. The electronic book has made it's mark, I'm afraid. Somehow ordering online is not the same as standing there, holding a book, leafing through a magazine and seeing what other people are buying.
If you missed my post about Art Journaling, check out yesterday's first post :)
Monday, July 18, 2011
I am so proud and excited for her that every time I think about it I want to celebrate :)
Check out her blog post about this at :
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Yesterday my husband and I went for a motorcycle ride and viewed a few of the summer beauties of the County.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
What a difference a vacation makes!
I had lots of creative energy this week and decided to explore.
I already shared my table, which I did apply the shellac to and it changed the look to a bit more antique.
I stripped an old chair down to the bones, preparing for transformation.
I began my first Art Quilting project and created a Word Toolbox journal in which I wrote a short poerm.
Hooray! I also began an art journal but not sure how much I like it. I am exploring and re-learning what I love.
Today, I have to rest from my creativity ( and I am tired) and head into the office. My desk is piled with work.
But it has been fun!
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I wasn't feeling the greatest this morning, but I am tired of trying to figure out these allergies, so I decided to move ahead with my plans for this week.
One of the things on my list was refinishing an old table so here we go. I sanded it down, then painted one coat.
Lunchtime, then I'll go back for coat # 2.
I haven't decided if I want to experiment with decoupaging the top or merely paint it.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
First I made a new header, then on to blogger itself. after two excrutiating hours (in which I could have been doing something else) and losing the entire thing the first time around, I went with simple.
How do people make these cool blogs?
Anyway, I am back from vacation with tons of pictures and a little inspiration, so we'll see how it goes.