Friday, April 29, 2016

THE DUST HAS SETTLED!

A SWEET FRAGRANCE
The dust has settled. The party's over, but the memories and pictures will go on and on.  I received many beautiful gifts and cards but wanted to share this one because of the story.

Tresor perfume from Lancomb  is my all time favorite fragrance.  I received a large bottle of perfume and a beautiful gift box with another large bottle, a purse size and hand lotion at my party.  I will be smelling wonderful to heaven and back for a very long time!

Then this morning when I was reading the Daily Bread devotion the title was
"The Fragrance of Christ"

How appropriate and how timely ~ In II Corinthians 2:14-17 Paul reminded the Christians there that they were the aroma of Christ.  "For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ."

When we walk into a room, do people smell the fragrance of Christ in our lives, our smile, our compassion, our availability.  I hope that's true of me.  That's what I long for ~ to represent my Lord with the sweetest fragrance.  Sometimes that all that's needed and more powerful than any words.

My actual birthday is Sunday May 1st, thus my middle name. Wanda Mae!! (only used when my mom was upset with me)
HaHa
My girls are taking me out to breakfast Sunday morning so the celebrating continues....

Have a great weekend and perhaps Monday things will get back to "normal"....I hope not ~ tee hee

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

THE MAD HATTER BIRTHDAY PARTY




The "Mad Hatter" Birthday party for my 75th was a party beyond my wildest dreams.  My sister Donna brought the Amtrak and spent several days. (does she look 80??) and our dear friend of more than 40 years Tom, flew out from Texas and took the cake for being the best dressed mad hatter.

My life long friend Kris and her husband came from Arizona for my celebration, and Kris gave a knee slapping, belly laughing presentation of our unbelievable childhood.

 Our beautiful daughters plan and executed the entire party and included a photo booth of frames for us to capture our family and friends.  Starting at the top left and going right are granddaughters Amanda and Monica, Donna and Tom, Elijah and grandma, Myk our son, grandson Marc and his fiance, Amanda.  Grandsons Nick and Jon, friends from our Hughson Church, Karen and Tim, Don's SIL and her hubby Ted, and Nephew Rick, Carol and Aunt Gloria.


Tom and Juliana, from Santa Barbara ~ college friends.  My cousin Danette and  Mitch.  Danielle, Jon and Levi (from Hughson), John and Liz from Lompoc .  Amanda, Tom, daughter Julie, and Elijah.
The beautiful garden setting for the Mad Hatter Tea Party, the Dessert Table and Julie having some fun!  HaHa.


Our girls just made this so fun.  It was in a Whimsical Garden setting and we had about 50 guests.


We had the party from 11 am to 3 pm which gave everyone a chance to mingle and visit.


Kris, Ted, Cliff and Linda
Tom, Juliana, Lou, Diane and Phil 

My "mad hatter" cake was adorable and the bouquet of roses have a story to tell.


My dearest without my knowledge gave a moving and loving tribute to me using every color of rose to tell about my life and how each color of rose shared a bit about who I am as a woman, wife, mother, sister, grandmother...it was so beautiful.

I hope I haven't overloaded you!  I enjoyed my blog break and spending time with my sister and friends and wanted you all to be a part of my party via the blog.

"75" is the best year of my life!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

SOME TIME OFF AND THE FINAL "NUGGET"




SOME TIME OFF

I will be taking some time off.  The next few weeks are going to be wonderful, but completely filled with activities and events.
I'm celebrating 75 years of life on May 1st, and my family has put together a "Gala Event" to celebrate it.
The event is on April 24, and we have many guests coming, some from out of town and some flying in from out of state.  My dear sister is coming and staying with us and I want every minute with her so I will sign off for now, and share my wonderful party with lots of pictures when the dust settles and life returns to normal.

I will check my emails, so if you need to contact me, do it that way.

SEVENTY FIVE ~ HERE I COME!!!

Below is the final Nugget


LESSON #12
THE AGE OLD QUESTION:  WHY?  WHY ME?  WHY NOW?  WHY?

"Though the fig tree should not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines, 
Though the yield of the olive should fail, and the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold, and there be no cattle in the stalls,
YET, I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my Salvation.  The Lord is my strength, And He had made my feet like hinds feet, and makes me walk on my high places."

REMEMBER:  When you face the WHY's in life, do what Habakkuk did ~
  • He told his honest doubts to God
  • He resolved to WAIT on God
  • He chose to TRUST God in the DARK
Only God knows some of the WHY's and we spend so much time trying to figure them out, or rationalizing the reason, when in truth, we share our honest doubts, God understands that, and the resolving to WAIT is usually the hardest part as the Dark around us seems forever.  The Why's may be the hardest thing we experience in our lives, but remember the Lord is our Strength.  He is infinite, we are finite...so we leave the results with Him.

CONCLUSION:

I want to thank each one of you dear blog friends for hanging in there with me for 12 Lessons and Nuggets.  I pray that you will print these off, or at least refer to them often.  Remember, we are on a journey, it's a process and we need to just keep on "practicing" contentment, and enjoy the trip.  God Bless ~ Love and Hugs.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

LOVE FRUIT STANDS


On our way home from the Birthday Party we passed a fruit stand in Filmore.  The beefsteak tomatoes were huge and one slice covers a slice of bread.  Tomato sandwiches anyone??


Sweet navel oranges and lemons found there way in my bastet too.


When we got home my the cactus bloom had completely opened.  Thank you little cactus.  Hopefully there will be many more in your future.

CREATIVE TUESDAY ~~ LAMPS


The theme for CT is Lamps! This is a repeat....I'm posting the lamps I did for a Sunday Sketch some time back.   I was not able to get a new painting done for this theme.

With the exception of three floor lamps and two desk lamps this is my lamp collection.  They range in sizes, shades and type of bulbs. They grace every room in our little home.

Do you like lamps (I do big time) and how many do you have in your home?


One of my favorite verses is Psalm 119:105  "Your Word is a LAMP to my feet and a light for my path."

If you want to "light of your life" just click on the CT badge on my side bar and enjoy everyones take on "Lamps"

Monday, April 11, 2016

GOING AND COMING AND A SURPRISE PARTY

 We took a little trip this weekend to celebrate Don's cousin's 70th Birthday.  On our way out of town the windows of heaven opened and the rain came down...really came down.

A day later when we headed home....blue skies, sunshine and puffy clouds.

It was a "surprise" party, and she was surprised.  She had family and friends from Idaho and Nashville and a house full that lived a lot closer.

Lou is my dearest cousin, and Aunt Trula's daughter.  Nothing like cousins that you've grown up with.


Now some of us girls just had to have a little fun photo shoot.  HaHa.  The gal in green is Lou's friend from Nashville, the gal on the other side of Lou is her sister from Idaho, and your truly at the end.  A SIL on the other end.
 Lou has her kitchen decorated in roosters, and this gift of a rooster bird house was so cute..the things hanging down are its long legs and feet.


A beautiful and delicious cake with yellow roses which are her favorite.

It was such a delightful time to spend a couple of days just visiting, laughing, reminiscing, and eating.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

NUGGETS FROM CALM MY ANXIOUS HEART




LESSON #11
IF ONLY.....IF ONLY....IF ONLY!
If only's look to the past and grumbles.  This brings anger to the heart.
If only I had gone to college.  If only I had a different husband,  If only I had a better job, If only I was prettier, slimmer, taller, smarter, more talented....etc. etc.

In her book "Calm my Anxious Heart" she tells a story that really bring light to is way of thinking.

THIS IS WHAT I KNOW!!
When things come into our lives, we don't know if its a blessing for a curse.  

A man had a beautiful and valuable horse.  One night it was stolen.  All the village said it was a curse.. the old man said "This is what I know, the horse was stolen, whether it's a curse or a blessing I don't know."

  A few weeks later the horse showed up at the old mans home with 6 wild horse behind him.  Now the man has 7 horses, and the village people all said this was a blessing.  The old man said "This is what I know, the horse was gone now he's back with 6 others, whether it's a curse or a blessing I don't know."

This story goes on and on and each time something happened in his life he repeats "This is what I know."

Why do we always draw conclusions?  No one is wise enough to know if it's a blessing or a curse.  ONLY God know!!

REMEMBER:  The Key is ACCEPTANCE.  I am in this circumstance

  • By God's appointment
  • In His keeping
  • Under His training
  • For His time.
The last nugget next week.   These common sense, practical and profound nuggets changed the way I looked at my life many years ago, and I'm so glad it did.

Have a great Sunday

horse image from googleimages.com

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

THE "NO COOKING" CLASS AT THE VILLA


With the beautiful weather we are having I just couldn't bring myself to heat up the kitchen at home or in the clubhouse for our cooking class this month.  So we made a very easy NO BAKE cheesecake.  I made one yesterday in a pie pan, and served that with a choice of cherry or blueberry pie filling.  They got to try it while they watch it being made.


I showed them how easy it is, and instead of a pie plate made individual cheesecakes for them to take home.

All you need is 6 ingredients and I'm sure most of you have made this recipe time and again.  I know I have.

Graham Cracker Crust
1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c. sugar
1 cube butter (melted)

Mix and press in pie pan, or individual containers

Cheesecake Filling
1 ~ 8 oz package of creamed cheese
1 ~ can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice  (3 small or 2 large)

Combine cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk and mix with electric mixer until well blended.  Add lemon juice and mix on high until all is well blended.

Pour into crust and refrigerate over night.  The individual ones for a couple hours.

Top with the your favorite topping, cherry, blueberry etc.  The canned pie filling works very nicely and is easy!!

Part of teaching a cooking class is involving the students, so next month one of the ladies is going to share a special salad she makes.  I think everyone enjoys the fellowship as much as the teaching, and for sure they love to sample what we make.

Monday, April 4, 2016

FINALLY A BLOOM


When we left Sunland I had to give away Grandma Frankie's huge Christmas Cactus.  I had rooted a piece and now 2 years later, I'm getting my first bloom.   So the living memory is blooming, and when this one is a little bigger, we can start some for other family members.

One of the treasures of our family is keeping the memory of our mom's alive through their plants.

Do you have any memory plants.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY ~A FEW MORE NUGGETS




It's been several Sunday's since I  shared the"nuggets" from Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow so here are a couple more.  

LESSON #9 ~ FAITH
The bridge to contentment is called FAITH.  Faith raises us above our circumstances.  Faith enables us to be content even when life doesn't make sense.  Faith is the bulwark that keeps us strong even when we're assailed by agonizing thoughts about what MIGHT happen, or by what HAS happened.

Remember:
  • God is Sovereign
  • God is Wise
  • God is Love

LESSON #10 ~WHAT IF?  WHAT IF?  WHAT IF? 
What If's look to the future, and worries about what God might allow.  This brings anxiety to the heart.  

Remember:  Blessed is the (woman) who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord.  For (she) will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit" (Jeremiah 17:5-8)

The "How To" for combating worry.
  • Ask yourself what is the worst that can possibly happen.
  • Prepare to accept it if you have to.
  • Then calmly proceed to improve the worst.
Its been said that over 90% of the "what if's" we dread NEVER happen.

But sometimes they do.   What if I get cancer, what if my child is in a horrible accident, what if my husband has a heart attack.  By the way all three of these things happended to us, but worry wouldn't have changed anything and God was faithful. We accepted it, and tried to calmly moved on with our lives.  And through all those life challenges, we became closer and stronger. 

I know many of you are going through difficult times but I encourage you to cross the bridge of Faith, and trust God with the outcome.

Love you all, and pray you have a great week.

Friday, April 1, 2016

MELT MY HEART



Our little Tristan is working on his putting~ He loves going to the golf course.  So cute.  He'll be 3 in June.  


Jill and Tristan.  Oregon is beautiful, but so far away for GG and Grandpa.   We "Skype" quite often, so he knows who we are and we get to watch him play and show us his toys!

A couple of weeks ago, he was in the other room, so we told Jill goodbye.   Next thing we knew, the skype came on, and she said Tristan was upset when he came back in the room and we were gone and he didn't get to say goodbye.   So he said "good bye".    Melt my heart!

STUFFED PORK ROAST FOR TWO

Cooking for two is sometimes a challenge.  I have found a wonderful way to have stuffed pork roast for two.


  • I purchased a small 8 inch pork roast from Trader Joe's and split it down the middle (not all the way through) and stuffed with dried prunes and fresh apple slices.  Added seasoning.
  • Closed and secured with toothpicks.
  • Brown on both sides in hot hot olive oil.
  • Place in our small crock pot for several hours.
Result was a delicious dinner for two with little golden potatoes and saute green beans with mushrooms and onions.

Have a great weekend!