Saturday, August 17, 2019

Crochet Fun~ round 2

This is the Baby Rattle I made for Kimberly, the nice pregnant lady who works at ALD!
I was trying to make a snake, but that was NOT working, so I invented a rattle.  I started with a bird "Wing", moved on to the "Beak" for a while to complete the handle, then switched to the bear's "Muzzle" and when I thought that it was round & tall enough, I reversed the "Muzzle, stuffed it and closed it up! (with a bell inside!)  
~~This was very fun to make~~

Can you tell I used  techniques from Stacey Trock's Woodland Animals (DVD)???

"With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. 
With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt."  
 ~Zig Ziglar

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Good thoughts & advice...3

...from a surprising source...Aunt L.  Mom and I were astonished that she shared it with us, but were encouraged by it!  =)   I think that it is VERY true.  What do you think?

 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, 
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you."
Jeremiah 29:11-12

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019

Musical Monday: "I Will Survive" Gloria Gaynor

This is a GREAT tune to dance too...Or just belt it out!  
I decided that you can't do both...
....or at least I can't.  

I don't have the lungs or stamina for that, LOL!!!   
If you can sing & dance to it: LET ME KNOW!  =)

Listen HERE or below:

Friday, August 09, 2019

Good thoughts & advice....2

Today's thought came from Mr. England-  I think that it is VERY true.
I for one, am tired of being judged because I'm a Fish, not a Monkey- especially by family membersIt's not right, and must be stopped.
God did not make me a monkey, so I ought not to be criticized,  or be made to feel bad because I'm not one!  
Good thought Mr. Einstein, thank you for saying it and or writing it down!

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Crochet Fun~ round 1

A long while back Mom & I bought Amigurumi: Woodland Animals (DVD) with Stacey Trock ((BUY it HERE)...oh, and it is on sale right now!), well, we finally started it!!! The first project was the Bird.

First little bird I made with button eyes (regular Red Heart & a G hook), found a good home with Deya!

And then I "tweaked" the pattern so I could use the bit of leftover baby yarn I had, and used those snap in animal eyes.   See- much smaller & rounder- maybe even more adorable:

Changes made:
Body: Stitched Rounds 1-10, skipped ahead and stitched rounds 15-21, skipped ahead again and stitched 27-34.
Wings: Stitched 1-6, skipped ahead and stitched round 9.
Attached Wings on row 11 and Beak on rows 8 & 9.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

  "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do (or say) unto me."   Hebrews 13:5-6  


I heard a teacher 'recently' say that this passage was like "don't covet your neighbors stuff".   I'm embarrassed to say exactly how many weeks it took for me to read and re-read finding what comfort I could- until it dawned upon me that yes in a secondary view it does, BUT the primary is plain old LIFE.  Your status/condition in life, etc...and not that you MUST roll over and take it kind of way, but a Divine Resignation during trials, that trusts God as our Father to see us through, and provide a way of escape.  Something like prison camp living- do your best, make the most of it, and yet always keeping your ears & eyes open to escape.  


I think that the following verses go along:

 "Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.  When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.  Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.  For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken."   Proverbs 3:23-26


"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"   Psalm 27:1


I'm not very good at this yet- please pray I'll get better at it~ thanks!

Resignation according to Webster's 1812 Dictionary

3. Quiet submission to the will of Providence; submission without discontent, and with entire acquiescence in the divine dispensations. This is christian resignation.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Psalm 23 with other scriptures added in

 These days if I get the brain to be creative, I take pictures, color, write up scriptures, draw...maybe bake.  I'm not really sewing, crafting or writing letters nowadays. 

The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
(When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.)

He leadeth me beside the still waters.
(We are His people, the sheep of His pasture. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.)

He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
(I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
(This I recall to mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed because His compassions fail not.)

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil: my cup runneth over.
(Blessed be the LORD, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.)

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell the the house of the LORD forever.
(Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.)

Friday, July 19, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Washing an IKEA pet

I'm sorry to say that I went almost 10 1/2 years before giving Emmet a bath. (I may not make a very good parent...)  I cut off his tags after Mom gave him to me, and spent years not knowing if he could be washed or not.
Then in the last 6 months I found out that he could be washed cold, and air dried, but I was afraid that he would not look good after- I mean by now he is nappy (not unlike my 20 year old cat Fergie, on the porch), and would he come out the same or worse?!?!?  (I could not hope for better)

 I took the plunge, and am happy to report that other than a little separation anxiety (on his part) we were reunited after a separation of just longer than 12 hours, Emmet feels and smells better, while LOOKING about the same.  (that last point being the most important)


(wet fur in photo, it did calm down after it dried)
IKEA stuffed animal, IKEA pet dog, Washing an IKEA pet....

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Jerry Bridges book "Trusting God"

At Mom's suggestion, I've started reading Jerry Bridges book "Trusting God"- it is good!
I'll share 2 good quotes with you: 

"...God's providence is His constant care for and His absolute rule over all His creation for His own glory and the good of His people.  Again, note the absolute terms: constant care, absolute rule, all creation.  Nothing, not even the smallest virus, escapes His care and control.  But, note also, the twofold objective of God's providence: His own glory and the good of His people.  These two objectives are never antithetical; they are always in harmony with each other.  God never pursues His glory at the expense of the good of His people, nor does He ever seek our good at the expense of His glory.  He Has designed His eternal purpose so that His glory and our good are inextricably bound together.  What comfort and encouragement this should be to us.  If we are going to learn to trust God in adversity, we must believe that just as certainly as God will allow nothing to subvert His glory, so He will allow nothing to spoil the good He is working out in us and for us...."

"...In His well-known statement about sparrows, Jesus said, "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father....So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows" (Matthew 10:29-31)   According to Jesus, God does exercise His sovereignty in very minute events- even the life and death of an almost worthless sparrow.  And Jesus' whole point is: If God so exercises His sovereignty is regard to sparrows, most certainly He will exercise it in regard to His children.  While it is certainly true that God's love for us does not protect us from pain and sorrow, it is also true that all occasions of pain and sorrow are under the absolute control of God.  If God controls the circumstances that affect us.  God does not walk away and leave us to the mercy of uncontrolled random or chance events...."

 I've known these truths for years now, but I confess I am somewhat rusty-- it is so nice to read someone else putting it so well- better than I ever could!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Cucumbers & Pickles

Planting seeds is not something that has worked well for me in the past.  God smiled on my attempts this year- I've been picking a good number of green beans & cucumbers, and the Zinnias that came from the seed saved from last year are better than the plants that we bought this year!

Mom's first jar of 2019 Pickles! "Lunchbox Spears" from 'The Joy of Pickling'  

20' of cucumbers...probably planted too close together =) .  I have picked 14 so far!

  Listen to Peter, Paul & Mary's 

"If I Had a Hammer"

-listen HERE!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Isaiah 43:1-3

Thus saith the LORD that created you and formed you, O Adrienne, Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon you.  For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.... Isaiah 43:1-3