Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What's In A Beautiful(??) Face?

Wow!! I've been double-dipping on my blog the last couple of days but just had to share this valuable information with you. LOL

The 21st Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma California just took place this last weekend. A bevy of beauties(??) paraded before the judges showing off their lovely(??) features - each owner wishing that their pet would be crowned the winner and win the $1,600 in prize money, pet supplies and a "House of Dog" modeling contract.


And the Winner is. . .

Pabst, a 4-year old boxer mix
(check out his underbite and hairy chin)

Aren't you sorry that you missed this great event? However, it made me realize that no matter how ugly I get, there is always somebody out there that will love me.

Seeing Him in All




I was looking out my patio window yesterday morning (at 5am) and this is what I saw. Oh, the pleasures of billowy fog and gentle dewdrops. Thought I'd capture a few pictures of our backyard from the patio. Oh, the wonders that the Lord sets before us - and what lessons to be learned in each and every thing - the grass, the flowers, the sky, the trees, the birds, the rocks and the list goes on and on. What I love most is that I can see Him in it all.

Monday, June 29, 2009

One Flaw In Women

I received this email from a dear friend this morning, with a kind personal word. I had to share it although I'd already posted today. It's for the women in my life whether family, friends, church sisters, blogger friends, neighbors, etc., that have touched my life. It's called One Flaw in Women.

Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and carry burdens, but hold love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream, and sing when wanting to cry.
They cry when happy, and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in, and stand up to injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer if there's a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.

Women love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel, and cheer when friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies, and grieve the loss of family.
Yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run, text, or e-mail you
to show you how much they care.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love, yet have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
Women have vital things to say and everything to give.

However, if there is ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,
it's that they forget their worth.

Thank you Lord for giving me special women in my life that make me the person I am meant to be, and loving me when I'm unloveable.

Think About It


Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.
He does not give milk,
he does not lay eggs,
he is too weak to pull the plough,
he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits.
Yet he is lord of all the animals.
George Orwell

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Weaving Our Way

By faith we begin to weave, and God will supply the thread.
However, in this instance, it looks like it's a supply of yarn.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Beautiful Landmark

Thought I'd share what's available to see in San Francisco. It's been a time of medical appointments again - and the Palace of Fine Arts was a great departure from sterile medical facilities. The City of San Francisco has just completed part of its restoration so gone are the safety nets that have hung under the rotunda's ceiling since the 1989 earthquake. The ceiling has been seismically braced and painted, extensive cracks on all of the structure's surfaces have been repaired, and graffiti and what architects politely referred to as "animal deposits" have been removed.

History: The Palace of Fine Arts is the only surviving structure of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, which was called "Jewel City" and took place in what is now the Marina neighborhood. The palace was always intended to be temporary, as was evidenced by its original materials of plaster, hemp and chicken wire. But philanthropist Phoebe Hearst, mother of newspaper owner William Randolph Hearst, led a drive to save it, calling it too beautiful to be torn down.

Be sure in your visit to the City to take time to view the palace and see if it was truly "too beautiful" to have been torn down - I think you will agreed with Mrs. Hearst because I do.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fence Building



Build a little fence of trust around today.
Fill the space with loving deeds, and therein stay.
Look not through the sheltering bars upon tomorrow.
God will help you bear what comes of joy and sorrow.
unknown

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Helping Hand


Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sing Anyway


Some days there won't be a song in our hearts
but we need to sing anyway.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Hung Up


Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays,
but never lose sight of your goal.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Special Day



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Shout to the Lord


My Jesus my Savior, Lord there is none like You...
All of my days I want to praise the wonders of Your mighty love.

My comfort, my shelter - Tower of refuge and strength...
Let every breath, all that I am never cease to worship You.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth let us sing...
Power and majesty, praise to our King...
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
at the sound of Your name.

I sing for joy at the work of Your hands...
Forever I'll love You - forever I'll stand...
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.

Song written by Darlene Zschech
Picture: Highway 1, Big Sur

Friday, June 19, 2009

Spread the Wealth!

Proverbs speaks about the woman who "…stretches out her hand to the poor . . ." Haven't you ever wondered what kind of poor? Poor as in dollars and cents? Or poor in a different way? Ironically, every time we hear the word poor we automatically think of someone who is without financially, without clothing, food and shelter. But what about the man or woman who is rich with material goods, but because of his/her drive have no genuine friends? Or the young person whose desire to be different has overstepped the boundaries of friendships, taking part in lifestyles foreign and frightening to the average teen? Or the senior person who is confined in surroundings that warrant no contact with others? Couldn't these be defined examples of poor? It is a sad state, if we negligent those who are spiritually (and mentally) poor for theirs is a poverty far beyond not having "dollars and cents".

We must continually be about the Master's business, following His words by caring for those less fortunate than us. In so doing we will truly be rich, and the less fortunate will too. Never should we measure someone by dollars or cents. For we all had nothing until Jesus stretched out His hands and gave to us spiritually. In Him, we know what it is to be rich indeed.

So let's spread the wealth!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Be Yourself

To be yourself in a world that is
constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Follow the Curve

A smile is a curve that
sets everything straight.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Follow Your Heart



Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask . . . this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.
Carlos Castaneda

Monday, June 15, 2009

New Additions to Our Family

I am so excited. This is a sneak-and-peek of our new babies who are now out and about. They are the two little spots on the wrought iron fence. Had to snap the picture through my kitchen window with my cell phone as they are still very skittish - plus I didn't have time to get my camera. Our acre is filled with bird nests of various types of bird eggs but so far it has been only the jays making their debut. These little ones just started flying, and found their way to our fountain to bathe their soft, fluffy feathers. I think they might be slightly cold as they've huddled close together. There is a third one but he/she has already taken to adventure. I just love the beauty of God's creation.

Dazzle One Minute, POOF the Next


Do not be dazzled by flattering words,
for they are as the sunlight
upon the shallow waters,
lovely for their instant,
. . .but soon gone!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bed? No! Church? Yes!


This is the day that the Lord hath made. . .
Go to church and check Him out.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Nice Doggie


Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit,
you would stay out and your dog would go in.
Mark Twain

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sweet or Sour?


If you heard it through the grapevine -
Was it something sweet? Or something sour?
Remember to glean from only those who offer good fruit,
and let those who offer bitter fruit alone.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Beware of the Evil Twins

Nothing stirs as easily as Fear,
. . .and Cruelty, his darker twin,
awakens soon after!

What a powerful statement by an unknown author. It is something that we normally don't like to think on; however, there is much truth in these words. Fear is a horrible thing. When it begins to stir and our spirit is off guard, it will cause us to act in an unbecoming, Cruel manner. And all of a sudden we find ourselves captives to the evil twins of destruction, Fear and Cruelty.

Please dear Lord, help me to soar with the eagles and not find myself nesting with the vultures.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Be On the Watch


Watch your thoughts.....for they become words.
Watch your words.....for they become actions.
Watch your actions.....for they become habits.
Watch your habits.....for they become character.
Watch your character.....for it becomes your destiny.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Casting Stones?

He that is without sin let him cast the first stone.

Lord, please never let me be judgmental of another, for my duty as one of Yours is only to love and care about others. It is You only that must judge their lives and motives.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Plant Wisely


If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
If you plant hard work, you will reap success
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
If you plant faith in God , you will reap a harvest

Therefore, we must be careful what we plant now as it will determine what we will reap later.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Peace Be With / In You


To be at one with God is to be at peace ...
peace is to be found only within, and unless
one finds it there he will never find it at all.
Peace lies not in the external world.
It lies within one's own soul.

Ralph Waldo Trine

Saturday, June 6, 2009

What?


All I can say is that he's quite a creative "dude".

Friday, June 5, 2009

Concentrating


Today I plan to ignore the things around me,
and concentrate on the Lord.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Think Happy!


Today's not the day to cry over spilt milk.
Why? Because it doesn’t do any good to be
unhappy about something that has already
happened or that can’t be helped

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Guide My Feet

This old African-American Spiritual reflects my feelings today. How about you?

Guide my feet Lord, while I run this race,
Guide my feet Lord, while I run this race,
Guide my feet while I run this race,
'cause I don't want to run this race in vain.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

He Is My Solid Rock


When you have come to the edge of all the light you have - and step into the darkness of the unknown - believe that one of the two will happen to you - either you'll find something solid to stand on - or you'll be taught how to fly!
Richard Bach

Monday, June 1, 2009

Cool Music on a Hot Day

May 16 my granddaughters had their piano recital. It was held in a church that had no air conditioning so they played in 100 degree temperatures. That's pretty hot for their area where temps are normally in the 80s. However Madi & Cassie were real troupers and met the challenge.

Madison

Cassidy

Also, included a picture of Cassidy as the female Paul Revere (i.e., Sybil Ludington) to use in a school report.