Sunday, November 29, 2015

Buckeyes, Cards, and Acts of Kindness

Yesterday Ben and I watched the Ohio State vs. Michigan game.  It was perfect, he rooted for Michigan and I rooted for Ohio State.  After the half he went to make his side dish he had to take to a dinner he was going to.  Every time something happened and I'd make a noise, he'd ask, "What happened?"  I'd say, "You don't want to know!"  LOL

Last night we watched the Cav's who had played a game the night before and they were tired.  Well, I got tired of watching them play a team who was 3 and 12.  To me they looked like high school players.  Like they didn't have plays to run and couldn't make shots to save their life.  I left before the game was over too frustrated to watch anyone.  It didn't occur to me until this morning that I'd done just what Ben's grandmother had done.  Tim's Mom would yell at the tv, then turn it off and wander away muttering to herself! LOL

This was my inspiration for the Featured Stamper today on SCS.  I loved the idea of making 4 cards at once.  They could be layed out any way you wanted.
 I knew when I saw this idea, that I wanted to use black and white retired SU designer paper.  I also have wanted to use this little elephant for a while.  I colored her and cut out the hearts with my framelits.  I've got the instructions here.
Here is the 4" x 51/4" paper and how I divided the designer paper.

My daughter-in-law, Rachel posted this, and I thought it was funny.  If you need a laugh, take a look.

I saw this today and it reminded me that when I am down my mood always improves when I'm doing things for others.  It turns the attention away from what's going on with me to someone who needs something.  I've told my kids since they were little, if they see a need, take care of it if they can.

A few of my friends are single who don't want to be single.  So one of my missions (because I see a need), is to call or text and see if they'd like to get together for dinner or to stamp.  Sometimes I ask them to help me make cards for Cleveland Clinic  or a senior center I provide cards for.

I know from being single for 9 years after my divorce, how lonely it can be, especially Friday and Saturday evening or Sunday after church.  I send, thinking of you cards to them unexpectedly as well.

See what you can do for some of the people in your life?  Do you know that the people we live with are the most neglected sometimes in the encouragement department.  Sometimes they are the forgotten ones.

Those of you who make cards, find places to donate them.  You could even visit a senior center and see if any of the residents need cards written for them, books read to them, or just someone to talk to.  People in senior centers and nursing homes feel neglected sometimes. I'm sure you could get involved somehow.  We all have the need to be needed.

Think of all you'll store up in heaven with all the giving of yourself here on earth.

This is the perfect video for any time of year.  However after Thanksgiving there is a rush to shop and ready the house for Christmas.  Sit back and be thankful for what you have from family, friends, co-workers and God.  Most of us have more than we deserve now, yet will be getting more in a few weeks.  Think of others at this time of year.  Maybe it's giving to a shelter for homeless, maybe it's giving to a women's shelter for battered women, maybe it's a family in your church or neighborhood.  Make yourself a promise to look for needs and try to fill them.  Even the littlest act of kindness will be appreciated.  You will feel better than you've felt in a while by doing this.  You'll see.......

Blessing of the Day: Date night with Tim.  We went to Bob's Big Boy, one of two in the state.
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

First Fire in the Fireplace this year

This afternoon was dreary, rainy and cold.  I suggested we light a fire in the fireplace and watch the Ohio/Michigan game.  The two cats joined us.  Annabelle went to sleep on the warmest blanket we have down here. Ben of course rooted for Michigan while I rooted for the Buckeyes.  A sad, sad day for the Michigan team and Ben. 
 After checking out the fireplace, Phoebe decieded to sleep.  She's never seen a fire in the fireplace before.  Isn't she sweet checking it out?

A few nights ago someone photographed the Cleveland Skyline with the full moon.   Isn't it just beautiful?

Here is a card that I put into my favorites over a year ago.  I forgot about it and today's challenge was to go to our favorites on SCS and find a card from a year ago or more that we saved into our favorites.  Here is the card I chose to make for the challenge.  This is Robin's card. She used one of my favorite stamps.
This is my card. The idea is to change some things to make it your own. I colored the dresses one color, sponged the background and made a horizontal instead of vertical card.

Take up your cross and follow God.  The words by themselves sound easy don't they?  Yet when you read more you see that God wanted the disciples to follow immediately. To drop what they were doing and follow him, leaving their family.
    I am a child of God, but know that I am guilty of spending too little time with Him.  I am selfish with my time.  God deserves all of my time, certainly more than I give to Him.  I am not proud of that fact at all.  Putting it in writing helps me to see it in black and white and do something about it.

I know that when I worked, I'd have my  quiet time before work. Now I have all day and sometimes don't squeeze in time with God.  I'm praying that I can once again get into a routine that I do quiet time first then do what I want to do.
This was an interesting song by Josh Groban.  I was introduced to Josh Groban by a friend who had tickets to his concert.  What a sensational voice and talent he has.  It was funny to hear women screaming when he came in and also when he'd begin a new song.  He's a handsome man but he's more like a son to those screaming women.  It was funny to hear them scream then my friend said, "Really? I'd like to tell these ladies that this guy could be their son!"  I just laughed at the whole thing and fell in love with his voice.

Blessing of the Day:Time with Tim by the fireplace tonight.
I have a little bit of pain, but it's controlled by Ibuprofin.
I've gotten quite of online shopping done in the last two days.
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Welcome Baby Adam!

Baby Adam entered the world last week.  He is a premie and needs to stay in the hospital another month or so.  Here in the top picture is my twin sister, Granny Annie, holding Adam.
Here is Rebekah and Stas, her step-dad.
What a wonderful celebration of life.  Marty is the first grandchild on each side.  I'm sure in time he will be spoiled rotten by these grandparents! LOL

 This is a card I made for Splitcoaststampers clean and simple challenge.  That's so hard for me.  I just love these cute little guys.

Here is the verse of the day.

Here's the Casting Crowns version of, Good, Good Father.  See what you think.

Blessing of the Day:Seeing Annie, Stas, and Beka holding Adam.
I got lots of Christmas shopping online.
I sold 30 cards to a long-time customer.

Thank you for reading today.
I am so encouraged by your comments.  Thank you so much for the gift of commenting.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  In my quiet time here's what I read from 'Jesus Calling'.  

To protect your thankfulness, you must remember that you reside in a fallen world, where blessings and sorrows intermingle freely.  A constant focus on adversity defeats many Christians.  They walk through a day that is brimming with beauty and brightness, seeing only the grayness of their thoughts.  Neglecting the practice of giving thanks has darkened their minds. How precious are God's children who remember to thank him at all times. Rejoice in this day that God has made, for he is our steadfast companion.

When I stop to think about all God has made possible for me, I cry.  I look around and have more than I deserve.  Yet my father in heaven blesses me with his unconditional love and provides for more that what I need.  I am eternally grateful for His blessings.

This is a beautiful card from my dear friend Patti.

This card is from my dear friend, Jane.
This card is from Patti's sister, Hope.  Thank you ladies for your beautiful cards.
This card was for the sketch challenge on Splitcoast. I'm loving working with these crazy birds.
This is today's card. The challenge was to make a card using leftovers from other projects.
When I read this on FB I just had to share it.
This is a beautiful song that God brought to me today.  I was listening to Passion 2013 onYou Tube.
This will bring comfort to you.

Blessing of the Day:Being with Family
Thanks for stopping by.
I pray that I can continue to be thankful each and every day.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Coyote, Coloring, Completing Our Tasks

I can't believe I forgot to tell you that Sunday on our way to Parkside Church we were stopped by a coyote walking across the road!  At first we thought, dog, but nope, it was a coyoted just taking his good, old time crossing the road.

What a cool thing to see. I can't remember the last time I saw a coyote.  It's amazing how much God shows us.  I was excited like a little kid and wanted to tell everyone I saw that I saw a coyote on the way to church!  Now you Know.

This is the card I made today for the color challenge on SCS.  The colors were,  Tip Top Taupe,
Watermelon Wonder and Chocolate Chip.  This bird was watercolored using the ink in the lids of my inks.

Here are the  verses from today.  It's interesting that this was the verse of the day.  Sunday our pastor said, our work isn't finished it we're still here.  As we age we begin to believe that there's nothing we can still contribute to winning souls.  God has given each of us gifts. The gifts are to be used for God's purpose for you here on earth.  When you've done all He needs you to do, you are called Home.

The danger is that people often think they are done, and stop using their gifts too early. They begin to listen to the lies of Satan.  All the way to our last breath, we can continue to worship God and bring souls to Him, just by doing what He's put us here to do.

I like Danny Gokey songs and this is a song called, This is What it Means.  Danny lost his first wife to a disease.  It was a horrible thing to go through, and now Danny sees what came from it.  He can help others get through tough days with his songs.

I got so much done today!  I was in pain but tried to sit as often as I could.  I got tons of folders and papers from last year sorted and filed. It's all organized.  I love to organize things!  Just ask my friend, Jane and Jan.
They both have had me come to their house to help sort and organized stamping supplies.

I got two lamps today. I put them together including the lamp shades.  Have you taken a flat lampshade and put it together?  What an interesting process.  Now we have two lamps by the love seat in the living room.  Now I can read, water plants and just about anything there.

Our living room doesn't have overhead lights so we needed the lamps.  We didn't use this room much before so no lamps were needed.  Now that there is more need to find a quiet place, hence the new lamps.

Blessing of the Day:Tim came home and was here for dinner!  We made the best taco salads!
Thank you for stopping by to see how we're doing here.

Monday, November 23, 2015

God, Crazy Birds and More

I know that we fight the silent fight of the unseen world and it's leader; the devil.  I was so aware of that, this past Friday and Saturday.

 I had been missing Tim.  He's been going to Brianna's (his daughter's) house for several weeks helping to fix it up.  He goes directly from work to her house then here.  By the time he gets here he's spent.  We talk for a bit, then he's ready to chill in front of the tv then go to sleep.

I understand that and have told him to do what he needs to do to help her.  This is her first house, but she doesn't have friends that will come over to help paint or even move.  Anyway, this is something he can do for her and he wants to.

That  combined with the pain and procedure I just had, left me vulnerable to sadness and a bit of depression.  I took a break from what was going on and talked to God in a quiet area and took a nap.  When I got up I was refreshed and ready to battle again, with more strength.

I hope you know the plan God has for your life.  He's got amazing plans if you just follow him as he unfolds it little by little.

Today's Technique Lover's Challenge was to make a box card. So here's my card.  Mind you it took me almost 2 hours to figure out the directions. I probably should have had more coffee ya know?  Anyway, when I go to post this on Splitcoast, I see someone has found a VIDEO to follow.  Ooohh, I wished I had seen that instead of wracking my brain to figure it out.

Once I figured out how to make these, I made 4 in the time it took to make this one! LOL  I am trying to use designer paper and needed these right away, so I used the same sentiment on all.  These birds are a hoot.

Pictures to share of what happened to make them cry.  I laughed and laughed.  It took me back and gave me another glimpse of the past.

Stampin' Up is having and incredible sale.  Check it out online and see what things you can find for Christmas and Birthday gifts.

This verse of the day got me to pondering.  The 'things' in our lives are distractions from God and even family.  I remember being able to buy what I'd like,  being single.  One thing I saved for was a sapphire ring surrounded like Diana's.  Yes, it was way back in her time.  Of course I couldn't afford her ring,  but found one in my price range and bought it when I had enough cash.

The whole time I was saving for it I coveted it and just couldn't stop thinking of it.  I was so excited the day I got it.  I admired it and was thrilled with my purchase for a while.  It didn't take long and that wasn't exciting at all.  I wanted something else......and so the cycle continued.

That was a time in my life before I was a Christian.  The things didn't give me satisfaction for long.

I know that God is the only one who can fill the whole in my heart.  I work on not wanting more day by day.  I'm at a stage in life where I don't have to wait until my birthday or Christmas, I can go and get what I want.

I'm not sure, but I think that by serving God in my retirement by making cards for organizations and working at school two days a week keeps me busy and happy that I don't fixate on needing something to fill me.  Praise God!  I'm not saying I don't struggle with this, but with God's constant help, I'm making progress.

This is a nice song with vocals from The Afters. It's called Live On Forever.

Blessing of the Day:I got to talk to Tim tonight and went to a meeting this morning at school and felt energized when I came home with something to work on!  
Medical: I felt pretty good this morning, but all the walking to my meeting and getting ready was a little much for me.  I have to remember to take is slowly.
I am getting sleep and I'm pretty comforable during the day.
Thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes.

Thank you Karen for your sweet card.

Thank you for dropping in today.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Baby, Bandaids, Cards, Children, Christmas, Chris

Welcome to my niece's new baby, Adam. He is the first grandchild on both sides of the family.  He was born last evening in Indiana. Beka and Brett now have to get his stuff set up so it's ready when he comes home.
Adam Harrison Lusher, born at 9:50 pm, 4 lbs. 1 oz. 12 and a quarter inches long. 2 months early, but so far he's healthy & breathing on his own.
He will be kept in the neonatal intensive care unit for 4-5 weeks until he is ready to go home.  Praise the Lord he is healthy and breathing on his own.
On the Medical Front: I'm walking without a cane! Praise God!  I have pain from area of injection down my back.  I have pain down my hip to my ankle but it's not nearly as bad as it was.  I'm dealing with it using my Ibuprofen.  I rested but didn't need a nap today.  I drove myself to the pharmacy to pick up some meds and household items.  I got bandaids, and haven't bought them for years and years.  Probably the last time was when kids were little and I was buying Winnie The Pooh and

              Here are a few cards I'll be finishing and sending to a group that uses cards to encourage kids who have been abused, beaten, homeless, etc.  The staff writes cards to encourage the kids they work with.  The kids can also use the cards to encourage friends.

Liked this and shared on FB.  Anything to encourage those around you, ya know?
I tell you I'm so thankful God is watching over us with all that's going on in the world.  Most of my family will be in heaven with me for eternity.
The older I get the more I see how my elders got to the point of saying they didn't want or need anything physical for Christmas.
This is me the older I get.  I don't care about so many of the things I used to.

My verse for today. My soul thirsts for God.

This is a new song for Chris Tomlin, called Good Good Father.  Take a listen.  For some reason the title doesn't seem appropriate for God.  He's more than a good Father.  The song is well done so I'll set the title aside for now.
Blessing of the Day: I'm feeling less pain.
I talked to my sister Annie, who is a new grandma tonight.  I told her, her grandma name should be, "Granny Annie!"  We both laughed at that one.  I"m sure she hoped it was a gag name.  I wonder how people get their grandparent names.  We called my mom, Grandma Dottie, and Tim's parents, Grandma and Grandpa Craig.

Growing up I called my grandmothers, Grandma Mary, and Grandma Frances.  We just called my grandfather, grandpa or Gramps since he was the only grandfather we had.

Thank you for stopping by.
Rita, what a blessing you've been.