Friday, February 5, 2016


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I have always loved quilts.  Especially hand stitched ones.  One of the thrift stores we go to is "Cash Only" and we were there several weeks ago and I had $20 cash in my wallet.  I saw this quilt with soft greens, blues, pinks with a scalloped edge.  I loved it.  Spread it out and it was in perfect condition.  Price $30.

I thought that was a little pricey for a Thrift Store but really love the feel and colors of the Spring.  And I have two sets of sheets that match perfectly.   I told myself it's wasn't meant to be and never gave it another thought.

FAST FORWARD~~ Today we took a trip over and I was just thumbing through the linens and spotted the quilt on the rack.  I was almost positive it was the same one.  I turned it over to see if it said $30 but there was no tag on it.  I ask an employ if she would check a price for me.  She took the quilt to the back where they price and came back with a tag marked $9.95.

I tried to act normal, but I was doing a "happy dance" inside as I skipped up to the payout line.  Best $10 bucks I've spent in a long time.  

Do you like quilts?  I have several in diffent colors, but there was something about this one.  I think it's the scalloped edges.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


I'm linking up with Random Acts of Kindness Challenge 2016 hosted by Manu.  Every morning and evening my dearest take our little Shih Tzu, Molly for a walk.  He takes her out of the Villa along the sidewalks outside.  He notices that many people just drop their trash even thought there are several large stone trash barrels along the way.   He decided to take his "picker upper" each day and put in the trash barrels what people left behind.  

I think this is a daily RAK and I'm very proud of my dearest for keeping the grounds outside our complex looking nice. 

If you would like to join, you can post a RAK each Friday for the month of February.  Just go to cookingmanu for the details.

Have a wonderful day and perhaps you will be the recipiant of a kindness this week.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


I woke up this morning to a touch of Spring in the Villa.  Last year the tree in front of the balcony did not bloom.  I was disappointed because our first year here the tree was full of blooms.  Delicate little white blooms make me smile when I sit on the balcony.

Then when I took down a load of laundry, the tree next to the building was sporting lovely pink blooms.  Made my day!

The weekend with my girls was very nice.  We stopped at Bravo Farms on the way up and enjoyed the gift shop and getting a few snacks for the trip.  The girls thought I needed a picture driving the  tractor...Why not??

The middle row was lunch at a Winery cafe, and it was the best Tortilla Chicken Soup.... I have EVER tasted.  The Spinach salad was delicious too.  They had a very nice produce section.

The last stop on the way home was a visit with my sister, Donna, her hubby Bud, and their son Scott and DIL Yvonne.  The restaurant we had lunch at was called "Table 26" and made a good backdrop for our pictures.

A beautiful sunset on the way home, and there was a blanket of snow on the grapevine, but I didn't get a good picture out of the window as it was getting late.  But it was beautiful.

We always pray for journey's mercies.....and our prayers were answered.  Home safe and sound.

Monday, February 1, 2016


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The theme for Creative Tuesdays is "Box of Chocolates".  As soon as I saw the theme I knew what I had to do....Forest Gump!!

"Life is like a Box of Chocolates.  You never know what you're going to get."

I wanted to do a simple watercolor in soft muted colors to just give the effect with out defined details.  I googled a photograph from the movie for my model.

To have a "chocolate" experience, just click on the Creative Tuesday badge and enjoy!!!

Thursday, January 28, 2016


I'm taking a little weekend trip with my daughters, so thought I'd leave you with a story from my past while I'm gone.

There was a fatal accident on Hwy 99 between Salida and Pelandale exits.  Traffic was backed up for miles.  I was on my way to a bridal shower for one of my co-workers in Ripon and was caught right in the middle of it.  Sitting for three hours on the freeway and moving less than 10 miles gives you time to think.  

After sitting at a virtual standstill for more than an hour, my brain went into motivation mode.....How do I get around this??  To the right, I had a lane of traffic bumper to bumper, and no off ramp in sight.  To the left, a lane of traffic and a center divider.  Behind me a white pickup towing a van.  In front of me an 18 wheeler that I stared at for 3 hours.  Truck number 2158, California Lic. #UB6269.  A sign "This truck makes wide turns".  Inspection #27849.  I will never forget the back of that truck.  Again the question?  How can I get around this???  The obvious answer... I can't... I have to go through it!

At that moment, all the scriptures about our Savior "going through" vs. "going around" HIT ME!

Jesus said "I need to go THROUGH Samaria.  Our Lord went THROUGH the leper colonies, THROUGH the valley of Temptation.  THROUGH rejection, betrayal, abandonment, beatings, mockings and finally THROUGH the torture of crucifixion.  He went through it all.

Don't you know the Woman at the well in Samaria was forever changed because Jesus went through instead of around.  Don't you know the lepers rejoiced with his healing touch.  Don't you know I will ever stand in awe that my Jesus went through the pain and agony of Calvary for ME!  Jesus had a plan each time he went through an episode in His life.  It led to a greater victory, ultimately the Cross and our salvation.

Sitting in that traffic jam that Saturday afternoon was a lesson.  Whatever I am called on in this life to go THROUGH...He did it before me..He is with me, and will give me the victory.

Have a great weekend....see you went I get back.