"My joy is not in the day but in the Lord, who made the day!"
Today I choose to praise the Lord and to trust the Lord for what He has in store. He is the creator of heaven and earth and nothing will take place today that is too difficult for Him. Through His loving hands will be sifted everything that touches my life today. Such encouragement! TYJ
This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
I lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
It came via a text message including a photo of a letter. Our daughter Michelle in Kentucky, photographed a letter from the President of Eastern Kentucky University congratulating our oldest grandson, Tristan on making the Presidents List. According to the letter only a very few excel to this point of perfection in a semester earning a perfect grade point average. Of course we are so proud of our grandson and it was only fitting that we celebrate his achievement. So I made a cake! It would have been a perfect celebration if we could have shared the cake with Tristan and his family but alas, they are 1800 miles away. So Precious Husband and I ate cake! Here is to you Tristan! Thanks for a reason to celebrate. You make your grandparents proud every day and you always have.
Tristan (age 6)
Tristan's High School Graduation 2015
The cake by the way is a keeper! Need a good recipe? Go here.
This is taken from a copy of the September 1996 issue of Ideals Magazine
Hygge. Have you heard of it? Do a Google and you will find so many references to this Danish lifestyle.
If you are so inclined go here for a very good article that explains what hygge is.
A simple short definition of hygge is:
Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is the Danish art of creating joy and coziness in life's everyday moments, whatever the season or time of day . . . Hygge is not about perfection.
Hygge (pronouced "HUE-gah"). Though there are many ways to describe hygge, we see it simply as the Danish ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness.
You will notice that in two definitions there are two pronunciations. People find it a hard word to pronounce but it is definitely an easy lifestyle to enjoy and try to emulate I believe.
Here is one more definition from Wikipedia:
The word hygge comes from a Danish word meaning "wellbeing". Hug comes from the 1560s word huge, which means "to embrace". The word huge is of unknown origin but is highly associated with an Old Norse term, hygge, which means "to comfort", which comes from the word hugs, meaning "mood".
Joy, coziness, friends, family, graciousness, comfort, well-being. What is not to enjoy about the lifestyle of hygge!
Think I will go put the tea kettle on and invite Precious Husband for some hot chocolate with (real) whipped cream.
Hugs and Blessings,
If you have read this far please enlarge the picture above and let the devotional written there bless you.
I have lots of the bags made to take to the store and save the environment but alas I usually forget to take them into the store *sigh* My tip for you is something I found through FaceBook and it works like a charm. Take an empty coffee can or oatmeal box and put a good size hole in the middle of the lid.
Then loop one bag into the next and stuff in the can as you go along. Push hard and you can fill that 'ole can very full.
Pull the last bag up through the hole and walla a neat and tidy and compact place for all those plastic bags.
👉Note to self: try hard this year to remember the canvas bags that are stored in the car. Put them to use.
Max Lucado writes, "Nothing occurs beyond the reach of God's power. Awareness of God's power provides rest and encouragement to Christians."
Note from my study Bible
NOTHING occurs beyond the reach of God's power. Nothing. Another thing that brings me comfort and encouragement is that EVERYTHING that comes into my life as a believer is filtered through God's loving hands. AWARENESS, Webster says is knowledge and understanding that something is happening or exists. As I begin this new year my desire is to so know God that I will see and hear Him clearly and grow in my faith trusting His heart, His love for me! God promises me He will be exalted. He will be known. He commands me to BE STILL. Commands with promise.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
This verse has ministered to my heart many times through the years. It is a verse given me when I adopted my first son over 46 years ago as a single woman. Everyone thought I was crazy BUT God had a better thought.
Now 2018 and the verse is being put to the test again. Fresh reasons to trust God and fresh faith to know He will prove Himself faithful again.
My go to recipe for bbq ribs was found at Stephanie's blog Plain Chicken. They are called "Fall Off The Bone Ribs" and they are wonderful. Ask any of our family or friends, they will tell you the ribs are a keeper.
Today I want to share another of Stephanie's recipes that is definitely a keeper also. We can't get enough of this soup.
Especially our friends and family in Kentucky where the days have been in the single digits - give this soup a try. It will warm your inside and make you smile - all at the same time.
Slow Cooker Tomato Tortellini Soup Recipe
1 lb. Italian sausage
1 (32-oz) container chicken broth
1 (28-oz) can petite diced tomatoes
2 (10.75-oz) cans tomato soup
2 (8-oz) containers chive and onion cream cheese spread, softened
Does this pattern look familiar to you? It is Hall's China and often called Jewel Tea dishes because it was sold on the Jewel Tea trucks that sold household products from a truck and drove through neighborhoods meeting the needs of the homemakers.
My favorite aunt on my mother's side of the family, Aunt Virgina, collected these dishes and they lined the shelf around her kitchen in her old farm house. They bring back such fond memories. Aunt Virginia had 3 boys - no girls so when I visited I had lots of fun with her and got to make lots of cookies.
What you see in the picture above is a portion of the water pitcher made by Hall's China. A couple of weeks ago I found the pitcher at a local auction and bought it for $20. Such a steal. When I looked at my pitcher I thought of Aunt Virginia. Fast forward a couple of weeks and my prize pitcher met its demise. Being the creative woman I am I can still use it but it sure won't be holding ice-tea or lemonade again.
Once again I am reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Last weekend Precious Husband and I along with good friends, Nancy and Darrel here in Kentucky took off bright and early (6 AM!) to attend our first World's Largest Yard Sale - 127 Yard Sale. This was something I have read about for years and have wanted to do. It was interesting and fun. You can't image all the things you come across as you venture down Highway 127. We were gone all day and didn't get too far but we sure had fun.
My purchase for the day was an eight place setting of Homer Laughlin Eggshell Georgian china.
Those that know our situation know this is the last thing I needed to buy but hey, I just could not resist! I love it, I know their value and worst case scenario I can resell them after I have played with all their beauty for a while!
Isn't it pretty? I also got the covered vegetable casserole.
Another treat was seeing a field of goats. So cute and so nosey. Quite photogenic I think.
I didn't buy anything at the man's yard sale but I enjoyed the goats.
Spotted my first fall leaf. Smiles, smiles, smiles! I love fall!
I am watching 3 Buckeye trees waiting for the nuts to fall off the trees and onto the ground. A challenge to find them in the grass and weeds but waiting to gather up the round brown nuts with the special shine. Very soon I will carry a sack on my walks to gather the buckeyes as they fall. As always it is the little things that make me smile.
The old timers here in Kentucky say it will be an early winter. Some say a severe winter. For the third year we will watch the sky and listen to the weather man. First sign of the "funny white stuff" and we are heading the bus westward ho says Precious Husband.
Modern technology amazes me. I speak in the direction of my phone and ask Siri to let me know when to take my chocolate chip cookies out of the oven or switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer in 55 minutes. No fuss. No muss. No hasstle.
Modern trends amuse me. Spinners to calm your anxiety. What? It was pet rocks years ago. Who thinks up these things and probably makes a small fortune from their creativity. How about various and multiple shades of color in women's hair. I see it everywhere and on all ages too. Personally I hope it is a trend that will come and go quickly.
Modern conveniences. That is something that can be quite helpful, economical and creative. I recently purchased a tool to clean, core and slice pineapple after reading the rave review that I read here. Jill has so many good ideas, tips and suggestions on her website, One Good Thing.
Canned pineapple is quite pricey for the amount you get. For less than the cost of a small can of pineapple tidbits I can buy a whole fresh pineapple and process it as I please. Sliced, crushed, tidbits and chunks.
When I made my first attempt at using this amazing tool I was completely sold. Like using the timer on my phone no fuss, no mess, no hassle. Perfectly sliced rings of pineapple.
If you enjoy fresh pineapple or like me use pineapple a lot when you bake you might want to look into this little amazing tool.
We don't have internet at our campground so my good intentions of blogging more have been short lived. We are celebrating our granddaughter's 17th birthday tonight so I am taking advantage of the access to the internet now that dinner and ice-cream birthday cake have been devoured.
Thought I would upload some pictures from our first month in Kentucky.
The sunsets are always beautiful.
Blackberries picked along my walking path.
I take pictures now of things I want to remember. The ole memory seems to be slipping and sliding anymore. Yikes.
Thought this was such a cute quote.
Had to get pictures of the buffalo on our way to pick hedge apples.
On the same trip this young deer struck a pose and patiently waited for me to take her picture.
Of course I have hit several of the peddler's malls since I have been in Kentucky. My favorite thing to do and Precious Husband loves it too (or so he says).
Can you see the butterfly?
And here is Daisy Grace meeting Shyla, our daughter Michelle's English Mastiff. Shyla has been more than understanding to this little ball of white fur that is smaller than her head. She seems to understand Daisy is "special".
More beautiful nature captured on my walks.
My house still sits vacant. I think she really wants to become a bed and breakfast that I would name Delightful Once Again. Would you spend a few nights here and enjoy waking up to fresh hot coffee and Yogurt Pancakes or Cinnamon Muffins?
Precious Husband and I helped our friend Nancy (seen below) clean and freshen up her neighbor's yard at Guist Creek. The next morning Miss Nancy and I sat on her patio and enjoyed the view of the creek and drank our coffee. So relaxing. This crane stopped by for a photo shoot to my delight.
Just this week Nancy took us to Joe Huber's Farm and Winery where we had lunch and posed for a silly picture before indulging in ice-cream. Precious Husband took home a couple of bricks of their cheese.
The grounds were so lovely and inviting.
I had never seen an apple orchard or realized how narly an apple tree is.
This mama possum was caught in a trap that was set for raccoons in the campground. When the trap was checked the first time our friend Darrel only saw the possum but when he returned she had several babies nursing. Being the kind man he is Darrel opened the trap but mama possum does not want to leave. Hmmm.