Friday, April 29, 2011

The end of the week...

The week is over. It has been a very busy but enjoyable week. I find that after a busy week I look forward to a bit of calm...only to find that the calm brings a down feeling that wants the busyness back. As I think of this, I look back into my life and see that I have the most joy in my life when I give of myself to serve others. I may think I 'need' my own time...but find it gives little satisfaction.
A weekend thought....

"The happiness which brings enduring worth to life is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances. It is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing circumstances and the most bitter environment. It is the kind of happiness that grins when things go wrong and smiles through the tears. The happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will root deeply inside us and give inward relaxation, peace, and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be. That kind of happiness stands in need of no outward stimulus.”    Billy Graham

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Different Perspective

"Refuse to be average. 
Let your heart soar as high as it will."
A.W. Tozer

(Thank you to my grandson for this great picture!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Terrific Tuesday

My youngest granddaughter is staying with me and we had quite the day!
The first order of the day was making play dough...

We both ended up with red and blue fingers!
Time to make cookies
Then she had to serve them.
Cookies would not be complete without tea!
Then we had to make a beaded necklace. For three she did pretty good with the little holes in the beads! She didn't even get frustrated when they came off the string...not once but twice!
You know..' play is to children what work is to adults'...well this little girl really likes to work! It was only noon and we thought a walk to the library was in order since the weather was beautiful.
How about with a cousin?! 
A stop in the park on the way home...
Still enough energy to pull the wagon...
And enough energy to play outside until supper...
Well I'll tell you I was ready for bed by 7:00 pm.... she did fall asleep just before 8:00. It was a full and wonderful day! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Monday

A Few Things that make me smile....
Laundry blowing on the clothesline...
 Flowers from my husband....
 and more flowers...
Yes 3 pots of flowers all in one day....What a man!!!
A chick tree my talented sister made!
A table set for company!
And another week begins!

Friday, April 22, 2011


I'm sure you noticed that all holidays have become very commercialized. Christmas is barely over and out come the Valentine decorations and goodies to buy. Next comes St Patrick day and on it goes. This weekend we celebrate Easter. Stores are filled with chocolates, bunnies and such.

With this holiday I have to pause it is more than a holiday to me. It is a part of who I am and what I believe. So I just want to share this with you.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

"You say that I am a king, and you are right," Jesus said. "I was born for that purpose. And I came to bring truth to the world. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true."
John 18:37

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Woodworking - Gourd Birdhouse

My husband is a carpenter and has a beautiful shop (that he wishes he could us more!)
Every so often the grandkids come and work in it.
The other day one of our grandson's came with a gourd that he wanted to make a bird house out of...
First, draw up the plans...
Make sure the measurements are right for the type of bird
 Cut Gourd in half

 Empty the seeds
 Clean the  inside out.
 Board for roof

 Prepare for birdhouse opening

 Smooth edges
 Make sure bird will fit
 Prepare base for roof

 Just need a hole for the hook to hang it
Ready to hang

One great looking birdhouse!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gardening time?

I did want to write weekly on my gardening. Usually in April, my flower beds are cleaned, my yard is raked, my tulips are starting to bloom and trees are starting to bud... 
The weather does not want to turn warm this year!
 This morning it was a balmy -10c. So I think yard time will have to be on hold!
The creek has overflowed its banks so the snow is melting. Then we got another dump of snow on the weekend, after I had purchased a few packages of vegetable seeds. I knew it was early...but there is something about being in the gardening department after 6 months of snow!
By the look of my garden. . . those seeds won't go any where near the garden in the near future!
On the bright side...
My tulips have grown...
More perennials are coming up!
 And I have gorgeous icicles around my old vines...
So we'll put the gardening blogs on hold...until the trees start budding and the flowers start blooming! (My little pansy flower is gone... but I am sure more will return?)