Saturday, June 24, 2017


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Oh Lord, You are always knocking on my heart's door ~~always waiting so patiently, so lovingly for me to let You in.  Forgive me for making you wait.  Forgive me for putting off any precious chance to share my life with You.  Don't let me miss another moment.  I give you the keys to my heart, Lord.  Come and make it Your dwelling place.  I love you.  Amen.  (Rev. 3:20)

Thursday, June 22, 2017


June 24th will mark 56 years for my dearest and me.  We both love breakfast so decided to try NORMS for an early anniversary date.
Don chose the T-bone steak and eggs.  
I went for the California Omelet.  We both brought home leftovers.  I finished mine off last night for dinner, and I made my dearest a huge breakfast burrito with his.

This is a watercolor I did many years ago from a photo.  I think it captures our love!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Done in watercolor

A new week and a new theme ~ Jars

My first thought was a painting of my jars of jam I just finished last week, but decided to share a jar as a vase.  I love using them that way.  Do you?

The original Ball and Kerr canning jars are sometimes hard to find.  When my dearest was in high school, he met Mrs. Kerr.  She attended the same church he did, and gave him a ride to church several times.  Very down to earth, very generous and caring.  I love hearing how thoughtful she was too give him a ride when he didn't have a way to church.


Sunday, June 18, 2017




Did you ever forget something on the stove???

Saturday, June 17, 2017


 Howard Dill ~ my father, my mom, big sister Donna and me.  My little brother Hal came along 5 years later.

Dear Father, You are the perfect father, our Heavenly Father.  You are the model.  However in our fallen world, not everyone has experienced a good or wonderful father.  Today we pray for those, that your love and compassion will embrace them, and they can know a loving father by loving You.
For those of us who were so fortunate to have godly fathers, like mine, I thank You.  He was human, he was flawed, but he loved me deeply and was devoted to You.

Today we celebrate and pray for all Fathers, everywhere.


Thursday, June 15, 2017


This is the kind of JAM I like to get into~~

Last year when we visited our friends up North, Sue gave me two bags of plums from their tree.  She did all the work and had them pitted and cut in small pieces.

Life got in the way and those bags have taken up space in the freezer for a year.  But yesterday I had a free morning, and decided it was time...especially since I was just about out of any store bought jam or jelly.

I had trouble finding enough jars, but with a dozen mixed and matched I was able to complete the task.

This morning that toast with fresh plum jam and brie sure tasted good with my coffee.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


 Never been very good at drawing birds, although I love them, and have several faux ones in our home.

 The real deal.  She sits on my dresser, but for the picture, she is sitting on my sketch book.

 Another of my "fake" birds sits on the kitchen sink and guards the hand soap ~ haha

I always have sunshine in my kitchen...the sign behind the soap and birdie says "Here comes the Sun".  

Both little sketches are done with colored pencils.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017


 Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light.
Son of righteousness arise,
Triumph over shades of night;
Dayspring from on high be near,
Daystar, in my heart appear.

Visit then this soul of mine,
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, radiancy divine,
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more yourself display,
Shining to the perfect day.

~Charles Wesley 1740 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Love Letters ~ Watercolor by Wanda

She was the daughter of an affluent Rancher.  He was a dirt poor farmer.  They met, and since they lived 100 miles apart, they began a friendship through letters.   Over the next year they wrote, but as the months rolled on the friendship letters became love letters.  The next time they met a year later, he proposed, she accepted.  They married.  That was my mom and dad.

My sister and I had heard about the love letters over the years, but never had seen them.  Mother was a private woman.  After her passing as we were going through her things, we found the letters.

The ones my dad sent mom were in pristine condition tied with a ribbon.  The ones my mom had sent him, were tattered, worn, smudged and tied with a string.  He must have carried them in his overhauls while plowing, and read them over and over again.  

My sister and I sat down and read them aloud.  Laughing and crying and seeing a side of our parents we had never known.

It seemed appropriate to share their love story since "letters" is the theme for this week.

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Friday, June 2, 2017


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This is our grandson Nick aka The Nickster.  Congratulations!  High School is the first step in adulthood.  12 years behind you and a future ahead.  Praying God's guidance as you move ahead.

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Julie's family enjoying the celebration.

I think this is the last graduation for a couple years.  We had four this year.

As grandparents we love these kids and spend many hours praying for them and their futures.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


The theme was books.  As I was looking through pictures on google for ideas, I saw the photo below.  It immediately caught my attention.  I loved the photo, the lighting and shadows....and I love Phantom of the Opera and the mask reminded me that.

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I did the basic sketch in pencil.  Added black marker for some of the very dark black, and water color to  give it  the warm antique look. I was happy with the outcome.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017


I have to admit I was shocked when I took a look at my blog and realized I had not posted anything for a week.  I wondered if you were thinking "Why don't she write?"  HaHa.  Well a ton of things have been going on and my computer was not on the list.  Two graduations that I wasn't able to attend, but got a huge poster of Marc from his graduation fans.  He's the grandson that will be getting married July 1st.

Our grandson Kaleb graduated today from Greenville College in Illinois, and we were able to watch it live on line...Now that kind of technology I like!! 

 Today was so very special.  Had lunch with some family and our future granddaughter, Amanda.  The cafe was right on the beach.

 The Beach Comber at Crystal Cove, Newport Beach.  Just darling and it was so fun to share it with my "girls".

 Our granddaughter, Monique on the left, and Marc's bride to be is my new granddaughter, Amanda.

 The food was served beautifully.  This was Amanda's breakfast.

This was mine.

Daughters, granddaughters, daughter in laws and sister in laws...A whole lot of girl fun time.

So that's why "She didn't write"..HaHa.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


The precious words of God revealed in his Holy Word.

Isaiah 55:11  "So is my word that goes out from my mouth;  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."

Your Word is alive and creative, Lord.  Like rain and snow, it goes forth from You in productive power, fulfills its destiny and return to You again overflowing with its harvest: the high praises of Your people whom You save, deliver and bless,  Drench us, Father, in your Word.  Nurture us in its instruction and power so that we can discern Your will for our lives.  I love You.  Amen.

 "God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds.  He spoke a book and lives in his spoken words, constantly speaking his words and causing the power of them to persist across the years."  ~~A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


They met in Kindergarten.  Our grandson Marc and his bride to be, Amanda will be married on July 1st.  They attended Calvary Chapel Christian School from K-12.  

They started dating their last two years of high school, and have not had other boyfriends or girlfriends since.  They are a sweet Christian couple and have honored Christ in their relationship.
She had a beautiful bridal shower Saturday and I'm so excited to have a new granddaughter and pray their marriage will be as sweet as their love story.

A sweet love story indeed!

Monday, May 15, 2017


I found this poem on my desk Sunday Morning!  What a special "homemade" card from my dearest and his love for me.  To good not to share his poetic expertise......

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Poems are sweet but not always complete,
Songs are swell but never totally tell,
Words convey but never fully say,
Thoughts are kind but sometimes lack time,
Imagination is great but not always adequate,
Memories are fine when you can call them to mind,
Time is limited so I feel inhibited to fully explain the joy I feel in this articulation of my admiration for the woman I love who was sent from above.  Happy Mother's Day to my bride, my wife and the wonderful mother of our children.   ~ Love without limits, Don 
(is that not just precious)

Then Issac and Matthew gave me a very special gift with much meaning....The card said they love my cookies, and this gift made them think of me.  They are wonderful great grandsons.

A large measuring cup ~ that says "In Grandmother's Kitchen love is homemade"

Saturday, May 13, 2017


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 Celebrating Mother's Day ~ Thought you might like to see my mom when she was the age I am now and me in my 40's.   She was a lovely and gentle lady, a faithful wife, and excellent mother and grandma.

This picture was taken in our oldest daughter's back yard.  These are Michel's two oldest children.  Michael, who is now a father of our great grandsons, and Monique who has been married for almost 3 years.

Where does the time seems only yesterday that I held my children to by breast and smelled the wonderful baby smell.

Life is hard, and every day new situations seem to trouble us, but on Mother's Day.... I reflect on the blessing of my children.  Michel, Julie Myk and Jill.  I gave you life....but you have so blessed mine.
I love you all to the moon and far heaven where my dear mother lives in everlasting glory.


Thursday, May 11, 2017


Panko Crusted Tilapia, fresh asparagus and sweet potatoes. 
One of our favorite meals.

Growing up we had chickens and always had plenty of eggs.  My mom would make egg custard pie often, and I loved it.  For some reason I seldom make it, but was just graving it last night.
However, mine doesn't look like my moms...haha.  For some reason, one side wanted to get done faster.  But it didn't hurt the taste any.  A piece for dinner, and this morning a piece for breakfast...Win~Win.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


The theme for this week "Potted Plant"

Simple watercolor using greens, blues and lavenders.  Wanted something soft and fluid.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017


Saturday was a wonderful day.  The women of the church put on a "Spring Fling" and I was ask to decorate and hostess a table.  We were given the liberty to chose how we would decorate our table as long at we kept with the theme of "Spring".

My daughter helped me and we decided on "Gardening" for our table theme.  Each place had a cute Welcome Sign you can hang in your garden, a pair of garden gloves that had a label that said "Bloom Kindness where you are planted".  
 The center piece was a basket of succulents and cactus and on one side a straw hat.
We also added some gardening tools and a bag of potting soil.  A little wooden sign saying "Always be Kind".   Kindness was the theme of the message that was given, and also the theme of the Women's Bible Study.

My daughters Michel, Julie and the daughter of my heart, Chelenne and her mother were able to join me for the luncheon.  What a special day it was.  After the luncheon they all came over the Treehouse and we visited for the rest of the day!!!  I am such a bless woman and so grateful for my family.

Saturday, May 6, 2017


 "I am content, O Father, to leave my life in Thy hands, believing that the very hairs on my head are numbered by Thee.  I am content to give over my will to Thy control, believing that I can find in Thee a righteousness that I could never have won for myself.  I am content to leave all my dear ones to Thy care, believing that Thy love for them is greater than my own.  I am content to leave in Thy hands the causes of truth and of justice, and the coming of Thy Kingdom in the hearts of men, believing that my ardour for them is but a feeble shadow of Thy purpose.  To Three, O God, be glory forever.  Amen."

This old style of speaking is so different to the way we communicate today, but I've been blessed for too many years to remember by this small but powerful Prayer Book ~ A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie.  It's been my daily prayer journal, along with with other journals and I'm now on my 4th book. (Amazon used books) Since they have a blank page on each day, they are filled with my heartfelt prayers and hopefully the legacy to leave to my family.

Do you keep a prayer journal.  I find that if I write out my prayers, I'm not so distracted.  Usually when I pray without the focus of writing it out, I think about what's for dinner, the laundry, the grocery list, the dog barking...on and on...for me, writing them out helps me keep at the task.  If I am interrupted, when I go back I know where I left off...  Also when I go back and re-read my old journals, I see how many prayers have been answered, and that give me new hope!


Thursday, May 4, 2017


Tree trimming at the Villa.  This is our wonderful shade tree being trimmed down much more than I would have liked, but then we don't own the Villa (HaHa).  He was a pleasant fellow, and let me take his picture, and then continued "butchering" my tree house.  Thank heaven it will grow back nicely.

It reminds me of the verses in John 15:1-2 when Jesus says "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, so that it will be even more fruitful."

To show my goodwill, I did take down cookies for the trimmers and did not mention that I thought they "over did it"!  HaHa


Wednesday, May 3, 2017


  "The Red Door"

The word for this week is "DOOR".  It was time for me to get serious about my art, so a trip to Michael's to get some needed supplies.  Some watercolor paper, sketch pencils and sharpies

I started with a sheet of watercolor paper and taped it to my art board.  I wanted to get back into drawing people again, especially children.  Decided to have a child in the doorway, but only put color on the door since that was the theme.

Because I took more time to work on this one, that's helping me with my discipline that a project doesn't have to be a race to the finish.  I actually took several days on this one.

** the sunlight on his head, face and door ~ I took the picture of my painting out on the balcony....I like the "real sunlight" touch.

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Monday, May 1, 2017


Dropped off Molly at the Groomers and then my dearest took me to MiMi's for breakfast.  First things first ~  start out with a vanilla latte.

We each ordered something different and shared.   Ham, mushroom, egg and brie crepes, and pancakes.
 My dearest told our waiter that it was my birthday, and he brought me a complimentary piece of birthday cake with a candle.  We were brought it home and had it tonight with a nice cup of coffee.

When we got home, a package was delivered.  Yes, Sherrie's Berries and cheesecakes.  I see that a strawberry is was delicious!!  Will take our time enjoying these over the next few days.

But my favorite gift was "76 Trombones"  My dearest ask me what I wanted for my Birthday, and I said "76 Trombones".  When I got up this morning he had The Music Man YouTube on his computer (full screen) playing my song!!!! It was the original 1962 version with Shirley Jones!!  That made my day.

Truly a wonderful Birthday.