Wednesday, May 4, 2016

So then what?

I sure hope you are having a great week so far. 
I am!

I wanted to take a moment and thank my friend Charlene for the additional info and confirmation about my little plant.  It's called Elephant Food and it really does only need to be watered once every 3 weeks! Thanks Lady!

So, May 1st I started a new study on The Psalms.  I'm kind of doing it on my
own, but I'm also using the commentary from FB Meyer and finding it very helpful. 
I usually just do study groups so this is a little different for me. 

But here's the problem. I have already journaled several of the
pages in my Journaling Bible in the Book of Psalms. So then what are you supposed to do? 

Well, this is what I did. I got several Moleskine note books one
lined and the other blank. Of course, I decorated it.  That's how I roll.
So now if the page in my journal bible is already illustrated for the Psalm I'm studying,
I can supplement it with my Moleskine. 

Here's an example of how I do it.

This is my illustration for Psalm 1. 

I am giving an illustration of the versus 3-6.

What I am trying communicate is that (as a tree) when your source is plentiful and steady, 
your roots will be deep and strong.  Helping to withstand strong storms.  
If your roots are depending on scarce sources of nutrients your roots will
be shallow and wide. Prone to wondering. 

Knowing that my plentiful and steady source is God, his word and prayer, 
I want my faith roots to be growing deep and narrow.  
That's what I'm working on. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Indoor Plants.... I just can't....

When I was at the nursery the other day I picked up a couple of plants. 

If you know me, you know that I have 2 huge brown thumbs!
Indoor plants and I do not get along.
But, that said,  I've recently really had a hankering to have some
indoor greenery.  The real stuff. You know what I mean?

These were called succulents. Seriously! 
They didn't have a label.  The staff at the nursery were 
great so I ran a couple of questions by some one that was 
out watering.

I asked if they would be a good indoor plant and the lady said 
yes, but make sure that you "DON'T OVER WATER THEM!"
I said " Oh so you mean like only once a week." 
She said "No. I mean like once every 3 weeks."

Duly noted!
I'll let you know how that rolls out. 
Wish me luck!

I also stopped at Goodwill after work and found this sweet little Homer Laughlin 
covered casserole to put them in. 

We'll see..... 

I'm Joining 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Peaceful Green Oasis ....

I had a site visit down town and was headed back to work to put together the quote....
When I drove by this nursery and thought....
"You know,  I have driven by here a million times and I have heard so many people
talk about what a great nursery it is and it's not even 80 degrees out... 
you should stop. Oh! Dang! I just missed the turn....that's okay, go around the block" 

Yes, it really was a choppy, dot dot dot, run on thought. 
That is how I process and make decisions. 
So, I did go around the block, stop in, and thought I would share my little trip with you. 

Whitfill Nursery started right here in 1943 and has been family owned and 
operated ever since. 

This is such a pretty place in the middle of a residential area. 
The variety is amazing and all the staff is so helpful and knowledgeable. 

Supplies..... look at how thick that wall is. I think its real adobe.

An aviary with 2 HUGE parrots and lots of cockatoos.
Goats and chickens too.

A spot or two to sit and think or just enjoy the prettiness.

A vintage truck vignette.

824 E. Glendale Ave, Phoenix AZ
If your ever in the area, you should stop in. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Happy Friday to you!

I wanted to say something about bible journaling. 
I have already shared the why and how here.
Now, I want to talk about something else. 

Every time I chat with someone about my journaling, I always hear the same thing!

"But I'm not artsy." or "I could never learn to draw like you do."
And every time I hear that I say the same thing. "You don't have to
be able to draw." 
 I always mean it. 

While these are a few of my favorites, I didn't start out doing pages like these. 
Some of my first pages are very much "not pretty."
These are after some practice, and a lot of trial and error. And the truth of the matter is I have 
no art training, at all! Its just something that I discovered that I really enjoy. 
And obviously the more you practice the better you get.

But the reality is that, if you want to journal,  you have to start. And you need to start somewhere.
If I'm perfectly honest, I would tell you that I wish I didn't have those "experiment" pages in my 
bible. But then I wouldn't have spent that time with the Lord in his word and I truly believe that he has blessed my time that I spend in the bible. 

So let me show what I'm talking about.

Here are a few pages that I did using only my old scrapbook supplies. 

This page (which I love) is nothing but scrapbook paper, (cross) Stamp (the wood grain background) and stickers (crown, roses, and letters) 

This one has some simple lettering but the heart is a stamp, the parenthesis are scrapbook elements, and the black stripe with polkadots is washi tape. 

This one is the most simple one yet... a sticker and washi tape. 
I hope this helped to take some of the fear out of Bible Journaling.  Remember, we all want 
beautiful pages, but that isn't the reason that you start bible journaling. Its to study His word and life and to try to be more like Him.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter At Our House....

I hope you all had a BLESSED Easter. Don't forget the reason that we celebrate!

I thought that I would share our Easter tables from yesterday. 
It was such a lovely time! 

Here's the Menu

3 Herb Skillet Chicken (with wine sauce)
  Roasted Asparagus  (with Hollandaise sauce)
Au Gratin Potatoes  (provided by MIL, thank you very much)
Fresh Berries  (provided by daughter, thank you very much)
Rolls  (also provided by daughter, thank you very much)

Home made Cherry Pie and Pecan Pie (provided my my Mom, thank you very much)
your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Not your typical "Easter Feast" but spring-ee none the less. 

I broke down and bought this gold colored flatware.  I really 
did hem and haw about it, but now I'm glad I did the dirty deed. 
It was an unexpected change in how I usually do my tables. 
And even though it is more modern than I prefer, the gold added a warmth to the table.
I'm glad I gave in to my (dare I say it?)  impulse!  (gulp)

If you see any thing you would like to pick up I will list the 
description and sources here for you. 

Blue water goblets : Walmart  (a million years ago)
Wicker Chargers: World Market years ago, but surprisingly, they still carry them.
Wood Chargers: in a resale shop years ago (World Market has some that are similar now)
Linen Napkins and Tablecloths: Home Goods (years ago) 
Gold Flatware: Target (currently in stock)

We had eight for dinner. This causes a problem for me because 
I don't have a table that seats more than six. 

So rather than putting 6 at one table and 2 at the other, I did 4 and 4. 
I tell myself that this is a more intimate setting and that the conversation 
can go deeper.  (...whatever)  :P

I kept the tables similar so that everyone would feel like they were
at the same party. No jarring differences. 
It worked. I was eaves dropping and I heard some pretty intense conversations 
going on at the table behind me. 

Anyway! The point is that we make do with what we have. 
And it was lovely! 
I have a wonderful family that appreciates the 
effort that a big holiday dinner takes. And I'm so grateful!

Here is the front room... 
I just realized that I rarely photograph the family room (the one behind this one) 
I think that it's because I can never take  decent photograph of it. (bleh) 

.... anyway!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter! 
As my Mother-in-Law always says.. " Remember, Number One!" 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Kitchen Update!

So glad you decided to stop by and check in on me! 

I thought I would provide a little update on the kitchen renovation. 
It is coming along nicely!
For the most part the remodel is done. 
We are (for the most part) moved back in. 

 And (for the most part) everything works just as it should. 

We are technically a little bit ahead of schedule. The 
counters came in quickly so that set us on an abbreviated 
path. Which is OK by me. 

The one thing that is not done is the lighting in the glass 
cabinets. Te originals didn't work and so special ones had to be ordered. 
But they are on their way and it won't be long before that part is finished
and I can move all of my blue and white dishes in. 

I'm still puttering around with the counter tops and taking more and more off. 
Keep what really makes an impact. 
That is starting to be my motto!

More Updates Soon!
Have a good week!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Update and the Ugly Truth!

Well! We are so far into this little project that I can no longer
post about anything else!

I just have to give you the update and the ugly truth. 

SO! Here we go!

For years, actually since shortly after moving into our home in
2003, I have wanted to make some major changes to our kitchen. 

We always had plans, but something always came up. This year
is it. It needs to be done and there is just no more putting it off. 

I really do like the floor plan and appliance set up. And the appliances we have 
kept updated as needed. However, the cabinets and counters left a lot to be 
desired. And further, have only gotten worse, no matter how much I "add" 
to the decor. 

I have drooled and dreamed over the same style of kitchen for years!
I you look at my Pinterest pages you will see a lot of this:


And this...


Or this...


And even this...


So now I'm sure you know the update. 

But here's the ugly truth:

This is what the kitchen looked like after "moving out".

Then at the beginning of this week, less the cabinets.

And currently with the base cabinets in. 
Real purty! huh?

Stay tuned for more!