Fall is Here

I took this picture in Tn. when I lived there.

Yes, the leaves have started falling, the 98 degree heat is gone, and now I’m in a sweat shirt because it’s 62 degrees! I do love seeing the Lord’s handiwork in the changing of the leaves but I do not, do not like cold weather!

When the Lord moved me to the middle of Podunk nowhere Wyoming He said I would be there a year and a half. I was there through two freezing, and I mean freezing, below zero winters and one 80 degree summer. I absolutely hated having to dig out from blizzards, shoveling snow, and freezing my butt off even with three layers of clothes on. Praise God for Georgia weather!

At least cold weather is good for something, like writing, and ridding us of those pesky mosquito’s. I’ve been able to add a couple of chapters to my new book and today is an exciting day. The past two days I’ve been doing laundry, doing some on the new book, cleaning my guest house, and waiting in anticipation for my new roommate to arrive today.

This reminds me of how the Lord will work in our lives if we will just listen and then be obedient to what He wants us to do. I’m sensing a life change for this room mate and I’m excited for her. She’s had some tough years but her heart’s desire is to do the Lord’s will. That makes all the difference in the world.

That’s one of the reason’s I write. It is His will for His message to be out there in the world and since we are His hands and feet I allow Him to use my hands….and now my home.

All the glory goes to the Lord for how He will use us. If we try to take the credit, step up with the “I did…, aren’t I great,” He will jerk a knot in our tail in a New York minute!

So when this little Christian starts typing the words I give Him all praise, honor, and glory because He is the One I want to please, not man.

Happy Fall – see ya next time.

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The Lord at Work

Wow, the last few days have been a zinger. Meaning good, but busy. It should never amaze me how the Lord works but at times it does. He’s always at work behind the scenes in our lives regardless of whether we are aware of it or not.

Sunday was a normal get up, go to church, come home, eat lunch, take a nap. It was during my nap part of the day that the phone rang and with that one simple phone call a whole new chapter in this writer’s corner of the world will be beginning. A new chapter, but not in the new book I’m writing, but in my personal life.

Over the years the Lord has used me and my home to help hurting women. I’ve had several move in with me and give them a safe place to heal, be ministered to, and get on their feet. That’s the Lord’s glory not mine!

Since being back in Georgia, after the five + years of hard lessons in learning to trust, obey, and totally depend on Him I have not had any ladies living with me as the Lord has called me to do other things.

In one phone call and 24 hours later the Lord has brought a woman in need to my doorstep. She will be moving in with me this Friday. I’m excited about it and please pray for us. This will be a big adjustment for her and a smaller adjustment for me because of having someone else living with me after all this time.

Our Almighty Lord and Savior is absolutely amazing! If you ever doubt He cares about you then remember that He said He will meet all of your needs, and that includes giving you a place to live other than your car.

Have a great week – see you next time.

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The Juices are Flowing

Not just the words that have been flowing today while writing another chapter to my new book. I was up late last night even after posting that I had just finished another chapter. The words kept flowing and yet another chapter was written before retiring at 3:00 a.m.

The real juices started flowing when I spotted a large Artichoke with my name printed clearly across its petals while grocery shopping yesterday. I couldn’t believe such a large fresh one was sitting right on top of the other scrawny ones. It had to be there just for me!

I grew up in central California, at least the first twelve years of my life was spent there. We were in the Monterey, Carmel, and Salinas area with Castroville close by. Casterville, and surrounding areas, has all sorts of produce crops and Artichokes is one of them. I assume they are still grown there now, too. We could buy a large bag of big Artichokes for a dollar. Now they’re $2.00 + for one scrawny little dried up thing. Hence I have not had an Artichoke in who knows how long.

Like racing to the finish line I bee-lined it straight to that big Artichoke as I heard it calling my name. That’s when the juices started filling my dry mouth. In case some of you do not know what an artichoke is or have never seen one…(oh aghast)

That’s my lunch today. Artichokes are high in Vitamin K, but who cares about that. So how do you eat this prickly looking veggie, you ask?

There are a number of ways they can be prepared but my favorite is steamed. It took an hour of cooking/steaming to get this big baby cooked but it’s well worth it. As you can see there are petals. Each petal is peeled off and at the base of the petal is the meat.

That gob of white stuff on the dish is mayonnaise. I like to dip the meat end into the mayonnaise and peel the meat off over the top of my bottom teeth. Ohhhh yumm!

Most, or I should say many, people enjoy just the Artichoke heart. That’s where the abundance of the meat is but oh, to bad, because they’re missing the good stuff at the base of the petal.

The first time I tried one as a kid I tried to eat the whole petal. Big mistake and left everyone at the table laughing until tears filled their eyes. Thankfully a sympathetic adult showed me how to eat one and I’ve loved them ever since.

So while my quest to fulfill the specific juice flow for this delicious veggie has been conquered I need to get back to the juices/words that are flowing through my head and screaming to be typed to finish the next chapter of my book that I’ve been working on today.

Have a great week-end and go get’cha an artichoke, but make sure its a fresh one.

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Fingers Tapping

No I’m not listening to music. After Doctor appointments, Dentist appoints, Car repairs, trimming bushes and trees, a 2 week visiting guest, and traveling two different states, I rose kind of early this morning and thought about taking a lounge chair and going down to my beach to have some quiet time with the Lord. He said we’d get rest doing that but when I looked at the outside thermometer it read 62 degrees and the wind was blowing. I don’t think so!

Almost my back yard.

So instead I went to Walmart. Okay, I could have gotten quiet before the Lord in my living room but my 90 (now 91) year old friend at the assisted living facility that I’ve been teaching to crochet, joined several others and packed up her bags and much like passengers on a sinking ship bailed ship due to, sadly, many problems with the facility.

I had crocheted and decorated 40 Christmas trees to distribute to each room this coming December and suddenly I wondered what I was now going to do with them. The answer came when my friend joined the many others in a new assisted living home.

Why Walmart? I learned this facility has more than 40 rooms! It takes time to crochet and decorate these Christmas trees and now I needed more yarn and supplies to get started making more trees so each room would have one of my cute creations to bring a smile and help, (hopefully) to add to their celebration of our Lord’s birth.

As is usually the case, I can’t wait to get started so I spent the afternoon crocheting and decorating. I love doing crafts almost as much as playing in the dirt. I have four more to complete and decided these fingers needed to do something else…

Crocheted Christmas trees

so that started the tapping of the keys on this computer and wala, chapter 15 has just been written, printed, edited, and the mistakes corrected on the computer on my new novel, and the next chapter may be started before I hit the sack (go to bed). Yet here I am telling you about it with more clicking keys.

Where there is a will, there is a way and I encourage you to do the things that need to be done but also take the time to do some fun things. Life is too short to ignore our need for fun. And no, I haven’t ignored the Lord. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ahhh Cool Weather

(I took this picture in Murfreesboro, Tn. when I lived there)

For how many weeks did we have 90+ weather and couldn’t stay outside for more than 10 minutes without breaking into a sweat? The weather people on T.V. said we have had the hottest summer ever! I can sure believe it! No yard work was able to be done except the early morning hours, if then.

I’m loving our 65 degrees today! Yahoooo. I was able to finish up the trimming of Crepe Myrtles, and a large rose bush that needed trimming desperately. The yard is being covered in dry leaves, but my yard man will take care of those.

In the meantime, I’m hoping to get back to the new novel I’m writing. It is definitely getting interesting. As stated before, I have no clue where this story is going but the main character, “Amy,” is making progress in her search. For now, anyway.

Vacation and visiting guests are great, but then the real world steps up and things need to be taken care of. Writing must be put aside at times, but the flip side of that is that when we pick up our pen, or face the computer screen, we can do it feeling refreshed.

Last time I mentioned my car making a clank, clank, clank noise. I won’t go into the long sad story but after two trips to the shop the problem has been solved. What was the problem you ask that cost me $125.00?

Are you ready?

An air filter cap was left off when they changed my oil!

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No Rest for the Weary

I take that back! The Lord said to come unto Him and He will give the weary rest. Maybe I haven’t come close enough to Him because I’m tired. ๐Ÿ™‚

Vacation was great and having my friend here for two weeks was work and fun. We spent the first week working in the yard in 95-98 degree heat until we just couldn’t take it anymore.

I can guarantee my water bill went up with the drought we’re in and all the showers and whirlies that were taken plus having to water a whole bunch of plants to keep them alive. But then we got to have what she called fun. I call playing in the dirt fun but she saw it more as work.

Our trip to South Georgia was nice (hot) and the trip to Tennessee was enlightening. (also hot) We caught the last two days of a Perry Stone conference and I got to visit my friend from Arkansas and my friend got to visit with her son. So all went well and now I’m back to a quiet house and a week ahead filled with appointments.

I haven’t had time to work on the new book and I’m wondering if I’ll even be able to get to it at all this week. Dentist appoint today, Doctor appointment tomorrow, my car suddenly created a clunk, clunk clunk, so had it in the shop today. Thank God they didn’t have soap operas on the T.V. in the waiting lounge!

I was finally able to leave only to have the clunk, clunk, clunk reappear as I pulled into my garage. Back I go Wednesday! With another dentist visit and hopefully I receive some of the Lord’s rest over the week-end.

I’d much rather spend my time writing, but there are priorities that we have to pay attention to. Hopefully I’ll find a little time to get back to the story that’s being created as well as keep up with the blogs.

I won’t give up if you won’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Making a List and Checking it Twice

The heat is sweltering outside and we have decided to stay in and keep cool. Last night my friend and I enjoyed the Chinese cuisine at my favorite Chinese restaurant and won’t have to worry about cooking tonight due to the large amount of food we were served. Love those doggie boxes. ๐Ÿ™‚

That helps, and along with the sweltering heat, that leaves me with some spare time for writing and my friend time to begin getting some of her things put together for her return home in a few days. She always leaves with more than she came with. Praise God.

Last night was another one of those sleepless nites. It might help had I not stretched out on the couch and fell sound asleep after returning from south Georgia.

But a good nap can be beneficial, too. I had the quiet of the night to write and completed another chapter on my new book and start yet another one. Today we have been relaxing, and low and behold I just finished another one! When it flows, it flows and there’s no stopping it. My friend has been helpful with her knowledge of kid kind of stuff whereas I know nothing about kids. So now she feels like she’s invested a little in the story, too. A little help from a friend isn’t all bad.

I am so glad that early on I learned to write the name’s of my characters down on paper for easy reference because I’m finding I’m having to go to it to recall the name of whom did what in the early part of the story.

I have the main characters but someone slips in and then might appear later in the story and its easy to forget their name or exactly where they fit in the story. I suggest anyone writing a story, be it a short story or a novel, do the same. It makes writing so much easier to have the list and be able to check it twice, or three times, or four times, or…

Happy writing and see ya’ next time, the Lord willing.

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Heat, Traffic, and Playing Tourist.

As you have probably noticed I haven’t posted anything for a couple of days. Well, there’s a reason for that but before I mention why, I have managed to be able to write a couple more chapters on the new book I’m writing.

I’m finding it easier to write early in the morning while my guest does her devotional, prayers, and Bible study. I did manage to get one chapter written early one morning because I was able to go to bed, fall asleep, and awaken at 6:00 a.m.

Then another chapter got written late at night after my guest went to bed and I was still wide awake. The story is definitely getting interesting and a couple of times I’ve stopped and said. “Huh? Where in the world are you taking this, Lord?” Of course the only answer I get, if I even get an answer is, “You’ll see.”

My friend and I just got home from an short stay down in south Georgia. Yes, we’re still breaking the heat records and Atlanta traffic is still a nightmare and we almost roasted touring the Callaway Family Home and gardens. If anyone is around Georgia, that is a must to see. It’s well worth the 2-3 hour tour for a mere $18.00 senior ticket price. It’s beautiful and very interesting.

The other place we played tourist at was the Biblical History Center and we were pretty disappointed in that. It isn’t what is depicted on their website and for me it was a wasted $20.00 fee to see. We didn’t pay the added $20.00 for an “original meal.” But there are those who think it’s great. To each his own.

Anyway, we had a great time and if I can stay out of the heat for the rest of the day and awake tonight, I may be able to get the “juices” flowing again and get another chapter done. We’ll see what the Lord has up His sleeve for this chapter.

In the meantime, we’re unpacking, doing laundry, staying inside out of the heat, and deciding what to do next.

Until next time…

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Job Well Done

It’s wonderful what a whirly (jet tub) and some rest can do for this old body. My friend and I was able to dig up all million, at least a million, (it felt like a million) Iris’s and get them divided up into boxes and bags for the various people that said they wanted some, and transplant some for me. It doesn’t look like much in the picture but believe me when those bulbs are separated there’s a whole lot more than it looks like!

My neighbor came over with his tiller and the ground is so hard, we haven’t had any rain for at least two weeks now, that he had to go back and forth three times to break up the cement, I mean the dirt. I only needed one strip plowed over and just that small amount turned into a job.

But, the Lord blessed us and we spent the good part of the day playing in the dirt/mud. Upon completion we have been able to rest, visit, and go out to dinner. Hey Wally Fry, I had a great big juicy rib eye steak last night along with some rabbit food and a pound of butter flavored with a baked potato. I just finished the rest of it for lunch today. Is your mouth watering? ๐Ÿ™‚

I woke up early this morning and asked the Lord if we could do a little on the new book while my friend was doing her devotionals and Bible reading. He always agrees to lend His hand so I got part of a new chapter written before the tummy started interfering with my concentration.

With the yard work completed, what I had planned to complete that is, I’ll have a little more time to write. Well, maybe not. Next week, we do have some plans and they do not include getting dirty.

See ya’ next week – the Lord willing.

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A Rare Occurrence.

Exhaustion was an understatement for yesterday. My friend and I spent the better part of the day digging up a whole bunch, and I mean a whole bunch if Iris plants I had going across the front part of my house.

I had no idea how those things can multiply and take over an entire flower garden. It reminds me of how gossip is. One little comment and in no time it can take over an entire church.

Back to the topic at hand though. I was so exhausted that eating wasn’t even on the want list but we did manage to throw something together. Then the “whirly” (jet tub) was calling loud and clear and this gal was crashed in the bed by 10:00 p.m.

Now that is a rarity! And I actually slept through the night to awaken at 6:00 this morning. That’s another rarity. The juices (words) began to flow, slowly I might add, so I have been adding to the story of my new book.

I touched on priorities in the last post and this morning that seemed to be a priority, according to the Lord that is, otherwise the juices (words) wouldn’t begin to flow.

So I’ve finished one chapter and will wait for the words to start again. For now the tummy is calling for food so I will see you next time, the Lord willing.

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