Monday, June 30, 2008

Empty?





Sitting on Empty?

Why not FILL UP?!!






Remember: With Christ in your life, there should be no need to thirst

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Reflections








To Find
Inner Peace,

Reflect on
the Good Things

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Got a Cow For Sale?

On our trip to San Francisco last week, we decided to go Highway 1 to the City. It was a fun trip (as always). However our gas fill-up before leaving really got us in an uproar - $115.03 to fill up with regular in at Costco in San Luis Obispo. That really got us worked up - so all the way, we checked gas prices. The highest was along the coast in Gordo - $6.19 a gallon for regular. My husband went to the pumps to get a picture for me to share on my blog but he was escorted away before he could snap. (From what we understand, this station was featured on CNN for its high gas prices, so I am sure they don't want any more negative publicity).

Well, after a week at doctor appointments and visiting with our daughter, it was a fill up of $107 to head home. We've got to find a way to make our monthly trips to the doctors without breaking the bank - so I think I've found a couple of solutions. Now we've got to buy a cow.




Is It that Bad?


Having a Bad Day?
W E L L
There's Always a Chance It Could Be Worse


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Need A Friend?


To Have Friends,
We Must First Show Ourselves Friendly

Monday, June 23, 2008

Straddling the Fence


Straddling the Fence
Sets Us on a Collision Course

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Serious Calculation

Thought I'd pen my thoughts this day through a poem. I see our world spinning out of control, and while I consider myself a Christian, the signs and sounds round about have made me reassess my life and then ask: Am I seriously counting the cost?

Ten Take Away Away Five

A total of ten will start out in the race,
Filled with excitement, keeping the pace.
In daylight hours, each will sing and shout,
Enjoying the beauty of promises lain out.

The ten will hold fast while the sun does shine,
Earnestly vowing to remain part of Thine.
But as shadows begin their placid descent,
The number will wane due to inner discontent.

Comes night dreadfully dark, with need for light,
Oil is quickly consumed, making lanterns burn bright.
Alas, the supply diminishes, no time for some to refill,
Seems the event is now losing its original thrill.

Comes a knock at the door, announcing Grace,
Who will answer the call, having finished the race?
A count will disclose only five now remain,
Their lanterns trimmed bright, a new life to gain.


Parable of the Virgins
Matthew 13:1-13

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Showdown at Revival Corral

We are all creatures of habit whether we realize it or not. We tend to take the position that things must always remain the same, not realizing how it will affect others. It could be time for a change. Think?

Enjoy Being You






Declaring this "Pamper Me Day"


(and NO! that's not me sunbathing!)


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Wait for the Key

Old door
A closed door can be just as much the workings of the Spirit
as an open door.

Translation: Don't Push It!
(Too many have, and after walking through,
can't find their way back out).

Friday, June 13, 2008

Fish Bowl Experience



Ever feel like you are in a fish bowl
and the whole world is looking at you?

Remember, what we do and how we act is definitely seen by others
(or maybe it is just seen by the Lord. You think?)

The important thing is, to be an example at all times.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Out with the Weeds



Did you know that you can have your cake (flowers) and eat them too? It's true. I was reading the California Country (a magazine we get for being Farm Bureau members), and was intrigued by an article on the beauty of using and eating flowers.

Although true that many flowers are edible, not all are palatable. Broccoli, cauliflower and artichokes are technically flowers that are eaten as vegetables. But I'm talking: pansies, violas, nasturtiums, roses, snapdragons, marigolds, to name a few. You know, it just may be time to till up that empty (weed) patch in your backyard and plant flowers you can eat. In fact, after I write this post, I may head out to see what yummies my husband is growing in our yard. Might be fixing him a dish of snaps - and not peas - tonight.

I must admit that it will take a spell to acquire a taste for a flower dish. Can't imagine putting a spot of crystallized snapdragons atop my salad or on my sorbet. And then I'm not in a hurry to accent my mousse with glazed mini roses. Or a sprinkling of marigold petals floating on my soup isn't appealing either. Now sugary pansies on cake may not be half bad.

As you can see, this is a topic that has captured my fancy. Did you know that the art of crystallizing flowers has been around for hundreds of years? It's just a dip in egg whites and coating in sugar and you have a edible treat. If you are interested in knowing more about these treats, please check out Katy Morse's book, Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion - or go to a web site specializing in crystallized treats, Sweetfields. I guarantee you will never look at flowers the same.

Well, must hush as I'm off to the garden in search of some dandy candy(ing) flowers.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Only in California


I have titled this photo: "Do as I Say, Not as I Do"
Need I say more ? !!! ?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Don't Be A Goat, Be Content


Why do we tend to think the grass is always greener
on the other side of the fence?

Remember, if the grass on the other side is meant for us to enjoy, the Lord will have an open gate available (somewhere and at some time) for us to go through. No gate? Well, perhaps the other side looks like the one in the picture - ugly and barren. If so, try to be thankful and content where you are.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Vessels of Honor

How many wonderful people have crossed my path over the years. So many I've known personally or watched from a distance. Others I have only read about. No, these aren't individuals who are rich or famous but ones who have paid supreme sacrifices to live for the Lord. Their lives have been filled with disappointments, setbacks, loss of loved ones. Some have been devastated by injury or illness, falsely accused, misunderstood, and the list goes on and on. The ones of which I speak have kept the Faith - supplying goodness and support to others. Ones that are always there, always moving forward, always living for the Lord one day at a time.

Today is the day I want to give my thanks to these wonderful Vessels of Honor who have helped me understand the meaning of being honorable, and of overcoming the obstacles that come along the pathway of life. Thank you special vessels. Thank you.

Gallantly in rows near the edge of the wall
earthen remnants gather to await duty's call,
Appearances reveal many past glories,
of mastering setbacks in volumes of stories.

Some water pots pose in magnificent manifestation,
others weather beaten, casualties of unmerciful evasion.
Though stress marks exposed, don't a victory subtract,
these vessels, while struggling within, keep the water intact.

The pots desire to be filled to the brim, for a thirst to quench,
with liquid so precious it must be measured carefully, inch by inch.
Lord, protect their contents from a devastating spill,
and replenish each vessel which is worthy of refill.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Prayer Makes a Difference

Question: Oh My! Why am I so CRABBY today?
The Answer: Have I given time to prayer?

W...E...L...L

PRAYER MAKES A DIFFERENCE
(see the smile)


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Hear No Evil - See No Evil - Speak No Evil


Monday, June 2, 2008

From a Senior's Prospective

My neighbor emailed this to me, and I had to share a few Senior thoughts that I must admit swirl about in the crevices of my mind (or what’s left) from time to time. Ah, the golden years, never knew they could be so funny (oophs, I meant - be so much fun). Or did I mean funny - Oh, I can’t remember what I meant!

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized
For every conceivable deficiency of the modern world,
Real or imaginary we know that we take responsibility
for all we have done and do not blame others.

HOWEVER, Upon reflection, we would like to point out
that it was NOT the senior citizens who took:


The meloday out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The courtesy out of driving,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The Nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement, and
God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones
Who eliminated Patience and Tolerance
from personal relationships and interactions with others!
And, we do understand the meaning of Patriotism,

and remember those who have fought and died for our country.

YES, I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN!
I'm the life of the party......Even if it lasts until 8 p.m.
I'm very good at opening childproof caps... With a hammer.
I'm usually interested in going home before I get to where I am going.
I'm awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I'm smiling all the time because I can't hear a thing you're saying.
I'm very good at telling stories; over and over and over and over...
I'm aware that other people's grandchildren are not as cute as mine.
I'm so cared for with Medicare, long term care, eye care,
private care, dental care, and who care(s).

I'm not really grouchy,
I just don't like:
Traffic,
Waiting,
Crowds,
Lawyers,
Loud music,
Unruly kids,
Barking dogs,
And a few other things
I can't seem to remember right now.

I'm sure everything I can't find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.
I'm wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that's just my left leg.
I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
I'm sure they are making adults much younger these days,
(and when did they let kids become policemen, I'm wondering)
And if you're only as old as you feel, how could I still be alive at 150?
And my kids be older than I feel sometimes?

I'm a walking storeroom of facts.....
I've just lost the key to the storeroom door


Have a great day to all my blogging friends, and remember it's only Monday, and at any time you could meet up with a Golden One who "lost their key". Just be kind because your "golden" hour will be here before you know it.