Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Flats, Rotunda, Cats

Next on our trip around town is The Flats.  The Flats is a mixed-use industrial, entertainment, and increasingly residential area of Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The name reflects its low-lying topography on the banks of the Cuyahoga River.
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You can find great dining from casual to high end. You can come by car or boat. You can come to eat or stay and eat, drink and dance.

The flats also includes housing.

With housing comes shopping.  Heinens has opened a grocery store at E 9th and Euclid. Check out the cool building they used!
This is a card that an online friend posted.  Isn't this a hoot?  You get to make up what would be inside.  What do you think?
How about, Some days are like this.
 This was a cute picture I saw on FB. It was so sweet I had to share it here.
 Isn't it wonderful to know you are not alone? God loves you no matter what!
 Here are some of the cards I've made recently.  This card was a color challenge using curry, pumpkin and watermelon.  As soon as I saw the colors I knew I had to use this stamp.
 The steaming coffee cups card was my inspiration for my mugs card.  Sundays at SCS there is a stamper chosen that you make a card similar to one from their gallery.  I didn't have cute mugs so I found a mug template online and cut mugs from designer paper, colored the coffee dark and added hearts with white liquid applique then heated it. Whe it's heated it bubbles up like foam.
 This is a card for two challenges. The first challenge was to make a shirt collar for you card.  The second challenge was to use fruit on your card.  The shirt collar isn't as obvious because I used the same color behind the collar.  I needed the dark purple for the berries to show up better.

  Verse of the Day: To be close to God is to be filled with Him.  We should all yearn for that very thing.   To yearn to have Jesus and need nothing else.

Blessing of the Day: I had time to relax and do what I wanted.  We were supposed to have Bible Study tonight but Chuck had to work late.  So Tim and I sat with a hot cup of coffee and some kolatchkies.

Here's Phil Wickham with a new song to me.  See what you think.

Tim goes in for a minor procedure Friday. I'd appreciate prayers for him and the staff who will be with him.  Thank you.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Daniel, Dad, Adam

This is Daniel, the three year old son of my dear friend, Kristina who passed away in her sleep.  They said she died of natural causes.  Whatever that means........we knew that, but no specifics so we'll never know I guess.
  Anyway, there was a 5K race at CCC West and Parma Park Staff, and lots of Kristina's friends were there with their shirts on that say, "Team Kristina."  "Forever in our hearts.,"
Not a good night for the Cavs in Canada.  I guess we'll be playing at least 5 games this round.
I don't know what happened tonight but I just got sad missing my Dad.  It came out of nowhere.  So much we've missed with him gone. God knows best and has a plan.  I have to trust in that.
I used to ask questions when I was a teen.  If my parents would have stayed on the East side of Cleveland how would my life have been different? I wouldn't have had the same childhood friends and memories, I would have different friends now, and possibly a different husband.  It's interesting that when my parents first met, they were on a double date with someone else.  My mom said of my dad that he was loud. I wish I could see a movie of my parents in the past before being married.  What kind of people were they?  What kinds of things did they do on dates?  Then I'd love to see their wedding and first apartment days.  Maybe I can make that request in heaven huh?
This was a pretty picture on FB today. I had to include it.
 This cutie pie is 6 months old! Where did that time go?  This is Adam, my great-nephew.  I'm hoping that he's there when I visit in June.  I'd love to meet him and cuddle with him.
 I totally agree with this. I earned everything I have from going to college, to working 35 years and into retirement. The work ethic I was raised with doesn't seem to be alive and well these days.
This writer hit the nail on the head with this letter.

This is the plant Sarah game me with the tiny welcome flag.  This plant is blooming for the second time in two months!  It's called a lantana. The greenhouse put several plants together so it looks like a mini tree.  

This is the verse of the day.  I long for more unity in our world.  I feel that from the time Obama entered the White House, there's been an agenda to divide America by race.  It's so sad.  We should look at each other as Americans because we live in America, not black and white.

I came across this song again today and wanted to share it.

Blessing of the Day: I got a well-needed nap and Ben made dinner tonight.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Phoebe, Flowers, Cavs, Got

Phoebe was so happy when we returned.  She loved sitting out in the sunshine watching all that goes on in the backyard.  It's like TV for her. She gets a different channel each time she turns around.  I feel badly for her.  Nancy came to check on her and water plants and said she never saw Phoebe even though she shook the treats bag.  So Phoebe didn't have any attention or touch for 6 days.  When we got home she went crazy with meowing.  It's lessened as the days have gone by. I think next time we'll have to do something different.  That was too hard on poor, sweet Phoebe.

I loved this picture from FB.  I look at this sweet woman and would love to talk to her.  The longer you live, the more you understand about this world.  In our culture many don't value the elderly.  They have so much to teach us and tell us.

I saw this on FB also and had to have it here.  This is one of my absolute favorite flowers. This flower was in my mom's garden for years and years.  They are called bleeding hearts.  I tried having them in my garden but the deer loved them.

 This is also a nice memory of a neighbor's yard.  She was a german woman who grew lots of flowers.  Her name was Aunt Marie.(to us) Her name was Marie Salman.  She was married to Uncle Mike.(Mike)  They would sit in the shade of their apple tree every day and talk about things.  They would talk to us if we happened to be out.

They were the wonderful neighbors we had on one side of our fence.  They would peel apples and feed "the babies" on the other side of the fence.  They would also let us pick up plums from the ground and eat them.  They had an apple tree and a beautiful garden.

  One of my sisters and I picked flowers and proudly brought them to our mom.  She was horrified.  We couldn't figure out why she wasn't thrilled with the beautiful flowers.  She took us over to Aunt Marie's to apologize for picking her flowers.  Aunt Marie said it was okay, there were plenty of flowers in the garden. She was like a next door grandma.  We loved her like a grandma.

Uncle Mike would go fishing in Lake Erie and bring home fish for dinner.  He LET us kids watch how he gutted them and got them ready to cook. We'd stand around a window in the garage and take turns looking in to see him work.
 I remember the bucket he threw the unwanted parts in.  I don't know what he did what all that stuff,  but was so amazed at how he easily cut the fish and told us step by step what he was doing.  It was the perfect stuff to tell friends the next day at school.

Cleveland Cavs worked it last night to win against the Raptors by 31 points! It's a record for the team to win by that many points.  Check it out.

Richard Branson is an English billionaire who owns more than 400 companies.  He invests in his employees and knows that it pays off.  I wish more employers did the same.

Belief vs. Unbelief: which sounds more believable?

I can relate to this as I've had some stress headaces lately. It's so calming to read God's word and concentrate only on that.  Of course I try to do this on the screened porch with the birds singing to me as well.

Oh what a day it will be when we get to Heaven.  I can't image what it is like but know it's better than anything I could ever imagine.

Chris Tomlin is an amazing Christian musician.  He has created so many worship songs to God that people sing all over the world. This is one of my favorites.  I hope you enjoy it.

Blessing of the Day: Watched the Cavs beat the Raptors by 31 points with Ben and Tim.
Had Bible study with Chuck and Maryanne at their house. Such a sweet time of study with them.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Cat, Cards, Proverbs and Toby

Ever have one of these days, where you've got lots to do.  I was trying to organize things and came across this cute picture. I'd love one of these!  How about you?
This is a card I made today following Brandy Cox on her video.  I changed the stamp for the background and the sentiment.  
 This is the card I made using Sandi's video.
 This is the card I made using Deb Valder's Video.  This was a lot of work.  It opens up.  There are many layers so I only made 1.  I made 3-4 cards of the other designs.

This was my quiet time this morning.  I didn't copy the whole chapter but it's filled with all kinds of things God does for us.  If you are ever in doubt about who God is and what He does, read this chapter of the Bible.

Psalm 103
A psalm of David.

1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
6 The Lord gives righteousness
    and justice to all who are treated unfairly.

22 Praise the Lord, everything he has created,
    everything in all his kingdom.
Let all that I am praise the Lord.

Let all that I am praise the Lord.

Does YOUR life praise the Lord?

This is a song from Toby Mac who has some music that is a little different.  Toby talks about living for Jesus, Til The Day I Die.   Here's a picture of Toby Mac.  He can influence lots of kids and teens with his type of music.  He is very genuine in his belief of God.  The the song says, "He's all in, until the day he dies."

Blessing of the Day: Tim, Ben, Rachel and I cut the mile high grass two times.  Rachel and I weeded two flower beds with my weeding tool.  I had to dig some large hunks of grass out too.  We're all tired tonight.  It's almost time for bed.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Crabs, Weeds, Crazy

The last day we were in Nag's Head, N.C., Sarah and Rachel got hermit crabs.  They have since gotten aquariums and other things for them.  This is Sarah's tank with Brianna's dogs looking into it.  Brianna wrote,

"Oh man. If aquariums are cat tv, then hermit crabs are definitely dog tv. Sam sat very patiently and quietly while one of them came out of its little hut and crawled around; now that it's gone back into the hut, Sam won't stop whining because he can't see his little buddy."
Phoebe on the other hand could smell something in the aquarium, but wasn't interested at all in Rachel's hermit crabs.  One of Rachel's hermit crabs has changed shells several times in the last 30 minutes.  It was pretty interesting to see.

I saw this on FB and loved the beautiful picture of the cat with blue eyes.  I do wish I could speak to my dad.  It's been 32 years since he's been gone.  I often wonder what life would be like to day if he was still here.  I'd have loved to have seen him be a grandfather.  Oh my, with his antics, they would be entertained for a long time.  I know he'd have loved holding the babies and playing with the toddlers.  So much was lost to my kid's generation since they weren't privledged to know my Dad.  Grandpa Bill would have made a wonderful difference in so many lives.  However, God called him home and God is God and I am not.  His timing is perfect.  I have to trust in God's timing, not my own.
 Here's little Adam sleeping.  Poor guy is teething and doesn't want to eat.  I remember this stage of life. Hang in there Bekah, by the time you get used to a 'stage', it changes. LOL  You have to be flexible in lifestyle cuz kids will change your plans, your life.

I found this on FB and thought I'd share.  I'm going to try this when it gets warm around here.  It SNOWED here in Ohio today!

Take a look at the local news station's video of snow in our area today, May 15, 2016.

This is the card I made today for the featured stamper challenge.

Isn't it amazing how God puts things in our path that He knows we need to see and read?  On vacation I didn't do well getting quiet time in every day.  I'm hoping to get back to that routine now that I'm home.  I am continuing to pray for my sister Patty and my brother-in-law Allen and their boys.  Allen's dad died Saturday morning.  He was at home with Patty and Allen who were taking care of him in his last week or so.  I'll be sending this to them this week.

This is a new song by News Boys called, Crazy.  See what you think.  I always like to listen to the music then think about the lyrics.  How do they apply to me; a child of God.

Blessing of the Day:
Today I had a very bad headache that Excedrin couldn't touch.  I decided to sleep it off.  It worked, I woke up a few hours later and it was gone.

I also got to stamp a card today!  Woo-hoo!

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