Tuesday, January 30, 2018


 Time for a little fun with today's theme.  "Spicy".  I was in the kitchen thinking about the theme and noticed my kitchen towels below.  So quickly on my grocery list pad I made a spicy dancing chili pepper!  I liked her so much, I just decided to use it!

Amazing what sometimes inspires us...who would have thought a kitchen towel.  Since last week I shared a country clothesline with my tablecloth, I thought I'd share my "balcony clothesline."  No hill and no farm, but it's home.  HaHa

Decided to do another Spicy Dancer with colored pencils since I'm trying to keep each of the  Scribble Picnic themes in my sketch book.  I will have to tape in my chili pepper ~ haha

Who knows what you will find when you click on the Scribble Picnic badge on my sidebar...I know it will be "hot" and "spicy".

Sunday, January 28, 2018


FINALLY ~ after years of trying to make the perfect lemon meringue pie, I did it!!  I've never had trouble making fruit pies, custard pies or cobblers, but "cream" pies never seem to meet my expectations.  Last week at our "cousin reunion" I was given a large bag of lemons.  After drinking gallons of lemon water, I decided I would try again. 

This time using a recipe from my "Better Homes and Gardens" All-Time Favorite Pies book.

Not sure what I did different this time ~ but the pie and the meringue came out perfect. The test to the perfect lemon pie is if my dearest's fork slides effortlessly through the meringue and filling. IT DID!! Yeah!

The filling set up and the crust was flaky ~ for someone who bakes all the time and camps in the kitchen, this was a Milestone day for me!!!  Finally a lemon meringue pie that met my expectations, and my dearest was ever so pleased.  Win~Win.


Saturday, January 27, 2018


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 "In His time, in His time.
He makes all things beautiful
In His time.
Lord, please show me every day
As You're teaching me Your way
That You do just what You say
In Your time."

Dear Lord, sometimes life seems unfair.  Bad things happen to good people while good things happen to bad people.  Sometimes it's hard to remember You are always in control.  Help my faith to believe and know that You work on Your timetable, not mine.  In Your time, you will turn my disappointments into joys, my failures into success. Help me be content with Your plan for me.  Help me to trust you even though Your deliverance has not yet come and seems so far away.  Gracious God, surprise me once again with another breathtaking demonstration of your goodness and faithfulness.  I love You.  Amen.

One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.
~~Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1605-1691)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


There was a time in my youth, when mother did the laundry in a "wringer" washing machine.  The wash was hung on the clothesline to dry.  There is something so magical about watching clothes with the different colors swaying in the breeze.

With the theme this week being "tablecloth" I wanted to remember a memory of seeing my mom's vintage tablecloth with it's bright blue border, and fruit flowing gently in the breeze.  Now I took some liberty, as we did not live on a farm, and the clothesline wasn't on a hill.  But that was the picture in my mind when I read the theme word.
BTW ~ I shouldn't have sketched with a pen, as what was meant to be puffy clouds looks like huge birds descending on the laundry.  Which reminds me of a Nursery Rhyme.

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Oh my goodness, those Nursery Rhymes were "violent" ~ Plucking off her nose???  Yikes!  Better just put those clothes in the dryer...hahaha.

To see a variety of ideas on this theme, just click on the Scribble Picnic Badge on my side bar.

Saturday, January 20, 2018


   "No eye has seen    No ear has heard
    No mind has imagined
   What God has prepared 
   For those who love him"  ~~~
  But God has revealed it to us
 By his Spirit.  I Corinthians 2:9-10

O magnificent  Holy Spirit, God's heart in flight.  You are Grace and Truth racing through a soul's dark house, plugging in the lights, turning on the heat, opening doors long locked.  And when those doors are thrown open the stale, unlit spaces freshly fill with Your sweet breath and radiant light.  Only You can answer faith's faintest whisper with such swift understanding!  You alone bring wisdom, the Spirit's housewarming gift.  How we love You.  Amen.

This is the scripture I taught Wednesday night to the children at Kid's Time.  The Holy Spirit spoke to my own heart in preparation for the lesson.

The prayer which fits so well with the scripture is from my Maranatha Worship Bible.  I trust it will speak to you as deeply as it did me.  Thank you Father for giving us the Holy Spirit to bring light and understanding to your Word.


Thursday, January 18, 2018


 Another fun cooking class at the Villa.  I'm cutting the Sour Cream Coffee that we had after the main course.

 We always have a good time, and I have the freedom to share personal stories as I'm demonstrating the recipes.  Today I share how we all have choices..and we can choose to love, to be kind, and to think of others more than ourselves.

 Today we had brunch along with the coffee cake.  I made the Sausage Egg Casserole, and my helper Rosemary made Scalloped Potatoes, beans and tortillas.  What a brunch!!!

 Three of our senior ladies enjoying visiting and eating.

 The class started out small, as I like to "start on time" and a few more came in so we ended up having a nice group.

 Mostly we have ladies, but Dan is our faithful male representative.  HaHa..He doesn't cook, but loves to come and eat and talk to the gals.
This is Rosemary.  She's my right hand and helper at the cooking classes, and makes phone calls to remind people it's Cooking Class Day.

I thank God every day that he opened the door to Villa Ramona when we didn't have a clue where we would live after retirement.  A lovely home and near our family.  A place to serve and use and share my cooking skills.

Hope you are having something good to eat.  Think I'll have that one left over piece of coffee cake!!

My new header is a watercolor I did several years ago.  I call it "Love Comes Softly"

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


HOT CHOCOLATE ~ and not just any hot chocolate, I've added chocolate whipped cream.  So who doesn't love double hot chocolate?? HaHa
Why not have "hers" and "his" matching  mugs.  Can mugs fall in love....if they're filled with hot chocolate and topped with chocolate whipped cream....who knows what can happen.  I see lots of hearts floating around!

Wonder who else is serving up a cup or two.  Better click on my side bar and get ready for a chocolate explosion!


Saturday, January 13, 2018


Recently we were listening to Steve Lawson giving a message on Psalm 135.  In praying so many times our burdens are so heavy, our hearts so torn and our bodies worn out, that we just cry out for mercy and deliverance.  Those are good and needful reasons to pray, and we are encouraged to in God Word.   But, how often do I just STOP and praise Him like the little boy above?

Dear Lord I would ask that you give me a heart of praise.  No matter what the difficulties of my life or the circumstances I find myself in, I need to STOP and praise You.  Praise your Holy Name, which is so lovely.  I need to praise You for Your Goodness that never fails,  Lord you do what ever pleases You, in heaven, on the earth and in the seas and all their depths.  You make the clouds rise from the ends of the earth,  You send lightening with the rain and bring the wind out of Your storehouses.  You are a great God.

Oh Father, there is no one like You.  And to think a God in command of the universe, thinks about me.  Loves me.  That love brought You to earth with a plan to restore a fallen world and a sinner like me.  Thank you.  May I always remember to Praise, Praise, Praise, and then make all my request and needs to You at the foot of the throne.  I love You Father.  Amen. 

 image from googleimages.com

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


A new year, and a new determination to take more time with each week's theme.  "Favorite Fiction".  I have read and loved the entire No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.  And who couldn't fall in love with "Precious Ramotswe", A traditional built woman, and the No. 1 Detective.  We all make pictures in our mind of how characters look in books and I had my own imagination of Precious.  Then HBO made series of the books.  The actress portraying Precious did such a good job, I decided that was just what she looked like.

The above portrait in watercolor is from a picture of her I found from the movie series. 

The book covers always give us a glimpse of Africa which is the setting for all the books.  Love the culture and the stories so I had to add African Red Bush Tea to my tea collection. (It's what Precious drinks...haha)

This is the first painting in my new Watercolor sketch pad, and will hold my 2018 Scribble Picnic weekly challenges.  Look forward to using some of the new paints and brushes that will come in Michael's generous Give Away that I was so blessed to win.

I'm really anxious to see what Favorite Fiction character is entered by all the other artists.  Join me by clicking on the Scribble Picnic Badge on my sidebar.

If you have never read any of Alexander McCall Smith's books, you should.  He has many others that are excellent too...like the 44 Scotland Street series.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Spaghetti Squash

We are hooked on spaghetti squash.  So delicious and better for you than pasta.  I puncture a whole squash and place in the crock pot early afternoon.  After a couple hours I add to sweet Italian saugages to the crock pot and let it cook until tender.  Cut the squash in half leaving it in the shell.
 Using a fork pull the flesh away from the shell and add salt and butter.  than I add the Italian sausage that I have cut into bite size pieces.

Add some spaghetti sauce and a little Parmesan cheese and you have a meal in a shell.  Sometimes I add a salad, but this evening we just wanted the squash.

Saturday, January 6, 2018


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God knows, not I, the reason why 
His winds of storm drive through my door;  
I am content to live or die 
Just knowing this, nor knowing more.  
My Father's hand appointing me
My days and ways so I am free.

~Margaret Sangster (1838-1912) 

Dear Lord, You alone know the deep winds of storm that whirl around us trying to frighten us and causing us to doubt Your Word and care for us. But then I'm reminded that you have assigned me my portion and my cup. You have made my lot secure. (Psalms 15:5)  You are a God of Love, so I can trust you.  I'm your child and you alone filters what can touch me.  I rest in that Love and Security today and every day.  I love You.  Amen.

Margaret Sangster immage

Friday, January 5, 2018


Every so often, Michael, the host of Scribble Picnic has a random drawing for a "Give Away".  He always plans a fantastic array of goodies and supplies and everyone is in hopes they are the winner.  Each time we submit a sketch to Scribble Picnic our name is added to the mix.  Then Michael to make it totally honest, uses a Random method of picking on line.  The random number was 105, and lo and behold....That was my number.

Needless to say I'm very excited to receive all these goodies and art supplies.  HaHa...Now the pressure is on... I better produce!! It will be a pleasure using these new tools.

 What an added blessing for a New Year.  Thanks again Michael.  You really know how to put a package together.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


A new year for Scribble Picnic and a new year of stretching our artistic styles.  One thing I needed to do before this first theme in 2018 was get some new supplies, clean and refill my watercolor pallet and organize my brushes.  

Above is a sketch and quick watercolor of my freshly cleaned pallet, my new watercolor sketch pads and my brushes organized.

Below, is the actual photo I took to use as my model!  Can't wait to see what we will be doing this new year!  Looking forward to seeing all your "New Year" contributions.

Be sure and click on the Scribble Picnic badge on my sidebar to see all New Years from other perspectives.  Thanks again, Michael for hosting this fun challenge.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


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This picture of Tristan just melts my heart.  Jill said he had just spotted a couple of rabbits in the grass when she snapped the picture.  Wish Oregon wasn't so far away.  Miss them so.

We are blessed to have ten grandchildren and 2 great grandsons.  They range in age from 30 to Tristan who will turn 5 in June. 

Count your many blessings, name them one by one.....

Michael, Monique, Marc, Amanda, Monica, Nick, Jon, Kaleb, Elijah, Issac, Matthew and Tristan.

Count your many blessings...see what God has done.

Thanking God for our grandchildren this morning!

Monday, January 1, 2018


 Red Lobster seemed like a wonderful way to bring in 2018.  As you can see below, we don't know how to take "selfies".  What a hoot..we were laughing so hard.

 The solution, have the waitress take our picture for 2018.

We were too full for dessert, so came home and made a German Chocolate Cake to eat later with a nice cup of coffee.

God has blessed us so much this year with family, friends and a wonderful place to live and good health.  We have had our trials too, and the loss of too many friends and family members, but as my dearest always says....God is Good!  And if we believe that, we can Trust Him with everything.  That's where we live our lives on a daily basis.

Sending God's blessing for a great year for all of you dear blog friends.