Sunday, January 14, 2018

Finished, Pandas, Mom

Sometimes in January once the decorations are put away, it becomes quiet and we become unmotivated to do things. I'm that way. I've had to push myself to make at least one card a day. When I came across this I knew I had to share. If I'm feeling this way, maybe others are too. We cannot listen to the enemy when he tells us lies. We are God's child, protected by Him. We need to remember if He is for us who can be against us!  When Satan starts whispering his lies, tell him, "It is finished!" "God is my Father and you have no hold on me." "I won't listen to your lies."
I chuckled at this post on FB. Our cats felt the same way. They were out on the screened in porch one day and inside the next.
This is Sedona, Arizona. We visited here and thought it was one of prettiest places. The rocks were so colorful with all their lovely shapes. We never visited when there was snow.

This is the inspiration for my card today. 

I changed the layout and colors. I used hearts as balloons so this could be a Valentine.  This was fun to make. With the heart framelits and a heart punch it went quickly.

Visited Mom today. It's amazing how far she's come since her stroke Feb. 15th of last year. She eats normally, gets around in a wheelchair or walker. Gets to the bathroom with wheelchair or walker. She dresses and undresses herself. She also gets in and out of bed on her own.
Her therapy has really paid off.
She is happy at the nursing home and has gotten used to it. She no longer talks about going home. She feels comfortable there and safe. She seems happy and healthy. That's all you can ask, right?

Like our kids, we want Mom to be happy and healthy with a good quality of life. Living in the nursing home has kept her socializing and stimulated by all of the activity around her.  If she were at home, she'd be by herself with visits from my nephew who lives there also.

Verse of the Day: Amos 5:24
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This song is new to me. It's called, The Very Next Thing, by Casting Crowns. Give it a listen. It will get you thinking about the next thing you can do on your journey with God. We all have a purpose you know.

Blessing of the Day: I got to see Mom. I had lunch with her. She seemed good. She carried on a conversation with me. After about an hour and a half she was ready for a nap. She does so well doing for herself. It's interesting how roles reverse as we age. I kissed her goodbye as she went for her nap. How many times did she kiss me before my naps? Sweet times for sure.

We also got to see Ben and Rachel. They stopped by after their youth group activity nearby. It was so nice to see them. Ben's been working a lot of hours since he's not at school until later in January.

So many blessings each day. Thank you Lord for all the bounties you bless us with.

Thank you for visiting.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cactus, Giraffe, Little Things

Here is one of the plants that's flowering in my plant room. It's a kalanchoe. It has pink blooms. I love checking it daily to see how much more beautiful it is.
 Here is one of my Christmas Cactus plants.  This is the second time it's bloomed.

 This is my card for Tuesday's color challenge. The colors were berry burst, daffodil delight, pool party and old olive.

This is my card for today's sketch challenge. It is a new stamp from Impression Obsession called Baby Giraffe. I can't wait to play around with it some more. It was designed by Dina Kowal, who is the artist who does tutorials on Splitcoaststampers.

 This spoke to me today. In January many people tend to feel blah and don't want to do much. This is the time we need to be aware of others around us. It's not about us but shining Christ's light into the darkness all around us.

1 Corinthians 1:10
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This is a great song from Casting Crowns. We need to praise God in the storm and in the sunshine of our life. He is great and worthy to be praised! I hope this song gives you strength to shine your light for Jesus.

Blessing of the Day: I got errands done today, got a nap, got a few treats for Tim and made a card. Tim had a pretty good day at work and really asserted himself. I can't wait to see what God does through him at work.

Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook for January 9, 2018

For Today, Tuesday January 9, 2018
This is where it all began.

Looking out my window it's dark except for the colorful Christmas lights twinkling up and down the street.

I am thinking that even though Christmas is over, it's still nice to see so many people put their lights on at night.

I am thankful that Tim made it through another day at work. I'm praying for him with all the stress he has at work.

One of my favorite things is sitting with a cup of coffee looking at pretty multi-colored lights in a dark room.

I take down my Christmas decorations with help from Sarah, then we put the Snowmen up.

I am creating cards for The South Carolina Juvenile Justice System. The cards I've sent has inspired kids to want to make their own. Kids are also completing homework to be able to pick a card to send to someone. God is so good. 

I am wearing warm socks, tennis shoes, jeans and a sweatshirt.

I am reading The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury. It was researched using many sources then some fiction added to that. It's been an interesting read so far. So many times when I read her books, I can't put them down!  My father-in-law brought it to my attention. Go figure.

I am hoping it warms up and we see the sun again soon. Here in the Cleveland area, we don't get much sun in the winter.

I am learning how to add watermarks to my images again with a new FREE program called Pixlr.

In my kitchen I made my chili which we eat over angel hair spaghetti. Love, love, love the chili the second day! That's tomorrow, can't wait. I saw some chili recipes with corn in them. Do you make yours with corn? When the kids were home we'd eat chili with taco chips. Sure miss that. Maybe tomorrow I'll get some.
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In the stamp room things are a bit messy. I've cleaned up a bit after this morning's card. I usually can't stand it very long and it's cleaned so I can begin another project.
In my indoor plant room Christmas Cactus plants are blooming again. The kalanchoe is blooming. My plants sit in the east window which they love.
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Board room I'm pinning Waterfront examples. It is one of Stampin' Up's new stamp sets from their Spring Occasions catalog. This is my sample but I'm looking for others.
Shared Quote- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all you ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.~Proverbs 3:5-6

A moment from my day-This is baby Chloe. She's a munchkin cat. Her legs are shorter than the average cat. She's a cuddler. She wants to be around people. She follows Tim around like a dog would. This breed of cats is great for kids.

Blessing of the Day- Tim and I spent time together talking tonight. My Bible reading reassured me to trust in God, with God on my side, who can win against me.  I was reassured that God is by my side all the time.

I am praying for Tim at his job and for my sister who is a nurse. She is interviewing for a nursing position working as a cancer navigator. I'm not sure what that is, but I think it's someone who works with patient and family to help with the in's and out's of what's needed.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

One Week In The Books For January

Saturday I got help from Sarah Annie and we took the Christmas decorations down. It's so sad to me. I love the lights. I love sitting in the family room with just the tree lights on. I got over taking that stuff down because we put up my snowman stuff.  Sarah's a lot of fun. She puts things where they HAVE to be. Where they've been year to year. I don't care where things go, but she does.
This is the January page of my calendar from Tim. Each year he puts together a beautiful calendar for me. He knows I love pictures of the kids when they were little.
 I was working on cards and had some help from Miss Phoebe.  She's a very affectionate cat. She jumps up on my desk and finds the lamp and lays down to be petted.
 We celebrated Tim's birthday. This is a bag a gift came in. Phoebe loves bags or boxes like this. Isn't she cute?

Chloe and Phoebe always keep us amused. Here's video of Chloe coming out of the cabinet.

 Here's my little pine tree. It's several years old. I have to look back and see how little this was when I brought it home.
This is my card for Free 4 All and MIX challenge. I needed to use stripes for one challenge and silver, gold and something new.  This is Hold on to Hope, which is new from SU.
 This is a card for the featured stamper today.  The card with the foxes was my inspiration.
 This pink card was for the Inspiration challenge. My inspiration was this bathroom with black and white tile and pink flowers.

Verse of the Day: 1 Timothy 6:11
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Check out this new song by Austin French, called, Freedom Hymn.

Blessing of the Day: A day of rest, well needed. Thank you Lord for being here with me.

Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Blessed Celebrating Tim's Birthday

Today was Tim's birthday. It was a birthday ending in zero which really bothered him. He said he feels old. I told him I was two years older than him and I wasn't bothered. I did say though, it does seem surreal that we're getting older but not feeling it. Anyway, Happiest of Birthdays to you my love!
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We went to Longhorn Steakhouse for Tim's birthday dinner.  We started with this appetizer. It was a spicy chicken in a rolled up shell. It was a bit spicy but I liked it.
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Caesar Salads were next. They weren't that good. I think it was the dressing they used.
Next was Flo's Filet with mashed potatoes with butter. I like this cut of meat because it's always cut like butter. Speaking of cut, how about the size of the knife they give you! That thing's big enough to butcher the cow and divide it up for the freezer!
Tonight's filet was okay. I had trouble cutting it and it wasn't how I asked to have it prepared. It was a bit disappointing because we've always been able to get a great meal there.  We said this place and Macaroni Grill have raised their prices a lot it seems.
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We get gift cards with our credit card points. So it's a bonus to go out to eat and we don't have to pay much on our credit card.

I was checking out FB and found a picture of how cold it is in New York.  Niagara Falls is frozen in places.  Kind of interesting isn't it? I think it looks pretty cool.  Our temps here in Ohio will be below zero so school is cancelled for tomorrow and Friday.
 This is a baby card that I made for yesterday's sketch challenge. I needed a baby shower card. This is a very old set, and it worked beautifully for this card.
 Check this out. I love, love, love this paper. I also colored the stamp with markers then stamped on the cut out image. The flowers were added with mini dimensionals.

Verse of the Day: It's so hard not to grow weary isn't it?
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This is a blast from the past. When I heard the music, it took me back to when this was released in 1986. Think about it, where were you in 1986?  I was in my early 30's in my 8th year of teaching. I was living on my own and loving life.
Give it a listen. Maybe it will take you back in time.

Blessing of the Day: Celebrating Tim's birthday.  Sarah and Brianna came over to visit. Good times with kids always fill my heart.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year!  How in the world is it New Years Day? Time seems to go by so quickly these days.
This is the collage I got from Facebook for 2017. It's a nice culmination of photos from the year.

 We did make it to Bedford Square this year on Sarah's birthday. It was the coldest night. It was so cold that we walked quickly from the cars to the gazebo where we get photos taken, then got a picture of Rudolph and his sleigh. We quickly ran back to the cars to warm up. It was pretty nasty but we had to do this. It's so hard to get everyone together now that kids are working.  Rachel took this picture.
 I took this picture. Sarah got up too late to meet us here so she's not in the pictures this year. We said we'd Photoshop her in.
 Every year we do this. It would be very interesting to get the photos from previous years and compare the kids in them. It might be something fun to do for the kids.  We've done this for 24 years. Tim began the tradition with Brianna since they lived close to this area. When we got married, we began the tradition for our family.
 This is the card I made for a double challenge. One challenge was to use black and white. The other challenge was to make a thank you card and make it 'chilly' looking.
I've said this for the longest time that I was going to do this. This year I have my jar out and will begin to write things, then read them on New Years Eve.
This is my idea of bringing in the new year. Did you see all of the people freezing in New York, waiting for the ball to drop? Not for me at all. I wouldn't wait all day just to watch the ball drop in Time's Square.
Verse of The Day:
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Here's an oldie, but a goodie. Jeremy Camp singing, Jesus Saves.

Blessing of the Day: We had a laid-back day. It was a pajama day.
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