Saturday, December 30, 2017

PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR ~ LET'S GET GROWING


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2 Peter 3:18 "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be glory both now and forever.  Amen"



Dear Lord, in this new year of 2018 I want to grow more, learn more, study more, play more, laugh more and show a kindness to someone every day.  I want to know you better than I ever have in all the years I've been your child.  I never want to stop growing.

Help me this year to study your word with a new anticipation of growth in my life, my attitudes, my love for You and my family and friends.  I'm so glad you planted me in your garden.  Now help me to bloom in my corner of the world.  I love You.  Amen.

Perhaps you will join me in this prayer for the New Year.

plant ~ googleimages.com





Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Birth of Jesus





 We yearn our Father, for the simple beauty of Christmas ~~ for all the old familiar melodies and words that remind us of that great miracle, when He who made all things was one night to come as a Babe, to lie in the crook of a woman's arm.

Before such mystery we kneel, as we follow the shepherds and wise men to bring Thee the gift of our love ~ a love that we confess has not always been as warm or sincere or real as it should have been.  But now, on this Christmas Day, that love would find its Beloved, and from Thee receive the grace to make it pure again, warm and real.  We bring Thee our gratitude for every token of Thy love.  

~~Peter Marshall.
image ~ one of my Nativity collections


Friday, December 22, 2017

FAMILY COOKBOOKS FOR THE GIRLS


For several years I have wanted to make all the girls in my life a "Family Cookbook".  My daughters, granddaughters, daughter of my heart (DIL) and now my granddaughter in laws.  Nine in all.  So I made them in binders so we can add recipes from everyone when we have a keeper. (The picture above shows 3) 

This is a starter cookbook, with some of our family favorites.  I hope you won't think me to vain as my picture is on the front..but then it's mostly my recipes and those from my mom and I don't want them to forget me when I'm gone..haha 

Now they will all have "Grandma Floy's English Toffee" recipe, maybe next year one of them will make it.  HaHa.  I grated a
block of chocolate this afternoon...that's the most time consuming part, but it well worth it.  Best toffee ever.

All the boys in my life...get containers of cookies.
Tomorrow Mrs. Santa will bake a kizillion of them.  Made several different cookie doughs today.  Ready to bake tomorrow.

HOW IS YOUR COUNTDOWN COMING? 
 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ CHRISTMASTIME



With all the business of "Christmastime", I wanted to keep mine simple.  I decided to put the "Reason for the Season" in a simple watercolor in the image of a glass ornament and a sweep of branch to hang it on.

Christmastime is so special, and I can't wait to visit all the Scribble Picnic participants...won't you join me by clicking on the badge on my sidebar.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!  God's blessings of Joy, Peace and Love.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY ~ THE WISEMEN

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 Matthew 2:9-12  "After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming into the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream no to go back to Herod, they returned to their country another route."

Dear Lord, You were protecting you son in every way.  Wisemen journeyed long and hard to follow the star of promise to come and worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  To bring him costly treasures from afar.  And they had ears to hear when they had the dream, and hearts to obey and travel home a different route.  What conversations they must have had as they traveled back to their country.  You came for the Lost...those of lowest estate, and Kings from a far country.  You came for me.  I bow in worship today to my Savior, my Lord, the King of Kings.  I love You.   Amen.




Friday, December 15, 2017

CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE VILLA

 SANTA showed up at the Party and we told him what we wanted for Christmas. (Santa was the manager's son)  Did a good job with the kids.


 Eric is our Resident Maintenance Manager, and also a good server.

 Lovely Decorations



Get in line, the food is plentiful and delicious.
 

The Villa is Seniors and Families Complex, and this is one of the families we have become friends with.
 

I don't own a "red" sweater or blouse, so I wore my "funky" Christmas necklace.
My dearest was surprised as they had a special table and hat for him as a little birdie told them he celebrated his "80" birthday yesterday.

The count down is on.....are you ready???

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~Dredel/Spinning Top/Teetotum


The theme for this week "Dredel/Spinning Top/Teetotum.  A variety to choose from...after reading all this my mind was "spinning" so I will share spinning tops out of control!  HaHa

I remember having one of these tops as a young child, and loving it, watching it spin and see all the colors running together.  Toy stores have new versions, but when we were in Oregon, we found an vintage one at a thrift store, so now Tristan can spin and spin, and spin...with one like Grandma had.

Do you have one of these Spinning Tops?

Be sure to "spin" over and see what all the other artists came up with.  Just click on the Scribble Picnic badge on my sidebar.


Monday, December 11, 2017

DECEMBER COOKING CLASS

I chose "Christmas Cookies" for the December cooking class at the Villa.  I always wear an apron from my collection to match the holiday.  Today it was my "Gingerbread and Hot Cocoa" apron.
The Clubhouse is beautifully decorated for Christmas.
The three cookies we made were Persimmon (back of the plate), Peanut Butter Blossoms and Sandies.
Since it was Christmas, and all we were making were cookies, I added a plate of finger sandwiches and a jello salad.  So they enjoyed lunch while watching the cookies being made.
 
Rosemarie (in the middle) made all the table decorations for the Villa Clubhouse.  They are lovely, and you can see one in the foreground of this shot.  Adriana on the end, is our Manager and a delightful friend who gives me a lot of freedom for the cooking class, and then picks up the tab.  Nice~!
Here is a shot of some of the guests enjoying lunch while they are watching and waiting for another batch of cookies to come out of the oven.  Priscilla is really looking over that recipe. HaHa

We made enough cookies for everyone to take home a plate.  I'm very thankful that the Lord planted us at Villa Ramona for our retirement years.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY RAGS TO RICHES




"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born  to you; he is Christ the Lord....Suddenly a great company of the heavenly hosts appeared with the angel praising God and saying...."Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests". 
Luke 2:8-14

Shepherds were the lowest on the pay scale.  Living with their animals, smelling like them, wearing stained and dirty clothes far from the lights of the city.  Yet, on this most monumental night, it was the Hosts of Heaven in their royal garments, shining with the Glory of Heaven that appeared to these humble shepherds.  Truly Riches visited the Rags of humanity that night.  The message was for ALL PEOPLE...from the lowly shepherds, to kings on thrones, to YOU and ME.

One day when I said yes to the savior...he took my ragged dirty clothes, and gave me a robe of righteousness.  

Dear Lord, don't ever let us forget how lost we were, and how you looked down and left the glories of heaven to come to earth as a babe, so you could live out Your life, die on the Cross, and save a Lost World.  For all of those that would say yes, You turned our rags to riches.  I love You.  Amen.

Painting ~ googleimages.com

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ SCANDIVNAVIA




Pickled Herring


The word for this week is "Finland/Scandinavia"  Sweden is part of the Scandinavian group.  My brother in law is Swedish, and one of his favorite thing is "Pickled Herring".  So Pickled Herring it is!!  A tradition at their Christmas Celebration.

My sketch is on watercolor paper using ink and watercolor.  I used the jars of pickled herring from a picture on a recipe I found on line for my model.

~ Do any of you like Pickled Herring??


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Saturday, December 2, 2017

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY ~ ONE SIMPLE YES



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Luke 1:38 "I am the Lord's servant" Mary answered,  "May it be to me as you have said."   Then the angel left her.

Your plan of redemption was advanced when one simple peasant girl said yes to You ~ a yes that would change the world.  There was no complicated ritual, nor advanced theological training involved.  Just the trusting words, "May it be to me as you have said."  Lord, may it be the same in my life.  Help me to cooperate with Your plan for the world by saying yes to You,  Holy Spirit.  Come upon me so that the life of Christ may be manifested through me to the needy world around me.  I love You.  Amen.


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Maranatha Worship Bible



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ "Generous"


This is a quick pen sketch with a splash of watercolor.

The word is "generous" and this little Miss is sharing her ice cream cone with her buddy.  I think that's pretty generous and so does her dog.

Be sure to click on the Scribble Picnic Badge on my sidebar to see how generous the other artists have been!!