Thursday, September 17, 2020

Velvety

 Good morning.


It's much later than it needs to be. I have a whole list of things that need my attention, yet I find myself doing piddley things like writing nonsense blog posts. 

Yesterday, I promised an update on those green velvet pillow covers I ordered from Amazon. 


Overall, I like them. They are a tad bigger than I needed. I'm not quite sure what I was thinking about when I ordered them. I generally order 18X18 covers for my 20X20 pillow forms. These look a little baggy. 

I already noticed a bit of cat hair clinging to this one. 

Princess the Cat adores a good textured pillow or throw. Kind of like her momma. 

I like fabrics that feel good on my skin and, like most of us, find fabrics that are scratchy and stiff unbearable. 

My project for today is a simple one. I have a blank spot on my gallery wall. 99% of this wall is made up of my momma's artwork. My goal is to find a frame that I can stick a piece of jewelry in. It is a broach that belonged to my great-grandmother. I had it displayed once before, but I believed the frame didn't make it through out last move. 

I realize my little project has nothing to do with preparing for fall. But I have been staring at that space long enough. It's time to act. 

Do you find yourself behind in "projects?" I certainly love a good project. Even the most mundane of details fail to frighten me away from one. BUT I can get overwhelmed if I have too much going on. 

So for today. Let us start where we are. I had good advice from a friend. This was concerning weight loss, but I think it applies to whatever we are doing. We need to do the small things first. Don't focus on the enormity of the task or project or goal at hand. Do what you can TODAY. 

And today I can take myself to the thrift store to find a little frame. 

So what is a small thing you can do TODAY to reach your goal? 

I'll share the finished wall tomorrow. 



Wednesday, September 16, 2020

First of Fall

 I was drinking my morning coffee in the big comfy chair in the living room when I noticed them. 

Not an actual picture from my living room window. This is a stock photo. I couldn't put THAT much effort into this post. 😁


Bits of brightly covered leaves peeking out of the trees across the street. 


I immediately began to plan the first pot of chili for the season.  I am one of those annoying people who can't be bothered to celebrate fall while still running the AC at full blast. Until I feel like I can sport my fuzzy socks and slippers without fear of heat stroke, I feel downright awkward pretending it's really fall. 


Cause it's not. 


Until it is. 


I am trying a new approach to my fall decorating and celebrations this year. l hope to give a peek into what I am doing. In the meantime, I don't want to wish away my days for the hope of new things to come. 


I think we have all been guilty of that. We are so anxious for 2020 to make a quiet exit that we are not fully enjoying the days we have. 


Sure. They don't look like they used to. There is unrest and uncertainty. But let's be honest. There has always been unrest and uncertainty somewhere. We can chose to get swallowed up in the drama and chaos OR we can live our lives with purpose and gratitude. 


Sometimes it's as hard as getting up in the morning and deciding to ask for God's direction and grace for the day. 


I am spending the next few days leading up to the "official" start of fall preparing my space and my heart for a simpler and gracious season. Today, I am focused on decluttering some spaces. I also made time in my morning to write this post. 


I've got some green velvet pillow covers coming in the mail from Amazon and a pumpkin spice candle sitting on my kitchen island ready to be burned. 


I'll report back tomorrow and let you know if the velvet pillows are everything I hoped they be. 





Mettle and Murder! The Bible Ladies Brunch Bunch Studies Deborah and Jael (plus a great recipe for a Blueberry Buckle)

 Good Morning! 




I hope you are ready for a GOOD study today. 

Our story today has everything! Battles! Blood! Murder! 

It's not a movie or a good murder mystery. It's a true story from the book of Judges. 




I have your printables linked below. And don't forget to print the recipe for the Blueberry Buckle. Your family will thank you.  Be sure to share this study with your friends. I will try and get out a landing page and start linking all of the lessons. 

I hope you enjoy! 



This Week's Printables

Bible Study Notes Printable

Bible Study Journal

Scripture Printable

The Blueberry Buckle Printable


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Bible Ladies Brunch Bunch - Such Devoted Sisters? Rachel & Leah

 


I hope you are enjoying our Bible Study thus far. 

The family of Abraham certainly has some twisty relationships…AND it’s about to get even more complicated.

Have you ever seen the movie White Christmas?

It’s one of my favorites. In the movie, two sisters have a singing act and we first see them singing this song written by Irving Berlin.

Sisters, sisters

There were never such devoted sisters

Never had to have a chaperone, no sir

I'm here to keep my eye on her

 

Caring, sharing

Every little thing that we are wearing

When a certain gentleman arrived from Rome

She wore the dress and I stayed home

 

All kinds of weather we stick together

The same in the rain or sun

Two different faces but in tight places

We think and we act as one

 

Those who've seen us

Know that not a thing can come between us

Many men have tried to split us up but no one can

Lord, help the mister who comes between me and my sister

And Lord, help the sister who comes between me and my man

 

All kinds of weather we stick together

The same in the rain or sun

Two different faces but in tight places

We think and we act as one

 

Those who've seen us

Know that not a thing could come between us

Many men have tried to split us up but no one can

Lord, help the mister who comes between me and my sister

And Lord, help the sister who comes between me and my man

 

Sisters, sisters

Sister, don't come between me and my man

 

Obviously, the two sisters we are going to talk about today indeed had a “mister” come between them.

We are talking about Rachel and Leah. And the ultimate in sibling rivalry.

In the video, I read to you a little blurb from my study Bible (The Life in the Spirit Study Bible) about polygamy. I promised you some Scriptures.

Of course, I didn’t get them put in my video (distraction problems) but I thought I would share this article for you here regarding polygamy and God’s plan. I found it to be sound.




As always, I am including some FREE printables for you to enjoy along with your study. AND a printable recipe for the Veggie Crustless Quiche.  Just look below. The Scripture printable is a PDF of the scripture from Proverbs you see above. It is really lovely. 

 

Next week we are talking about Deborah and Jael (found in Judges) and I am sharing one of the most viewed recipes on my blog. The Blueberry Buckle.

 


Just in time for fall.

 

Hope you enjoy this week’s video.


This Week's Printables

Bible Study Notes Printable

Bible Study Journal

Scripture Printable

Veggie Crustless Quiche Printable


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

I'm getting old....

I've been doing some thinking lately. 

Dangerous occupation, I know. 

Mostly, I've been trying to avoid the news and all of the crazy that goes with it. 

My superpower is avoidance. 

Some of ya'll need to schedule in naps during your day. I am serious. 

So instead of news, I've been watching some lifestyle vlogs. 

I am always fascinated by those Ultimate Disaster Clean with Me videos. Those Ultimate Disasters never look like my Ultimate Disasters. Where are the mountains of laundry? The empty bags of Cheese Puffs littering the coffee table? 

I'd show you Ultimate Disaster Clean with Me, but I am NEVER going to film myself cleaning my house. 

For one, I'd feel obligated to wear real pants. 

Another thing I don't understand. 

What is it with Dry Shampoo? 

To me that sounds icky. Why don't you girls just wash your hair when you jump in the shower? 

I realize you don't feel like you have to fix your hair up every time you wash it. 

This is why we have messy buns, pony tails, and head bands. 

My generation spent hours every day teasing the hooey out of our bangs every morning. We found liberation when we didn't have to worry about perming our hair every 3 months. 

Wash that hair. 

Another thing I don't understand is Facetime. 

Why do you want to talk to someone on the phone and look at them at the same time? 

Isn't the whole point of a phone conversation is that you can literally be on your couch in your nighty and some fuzzy socks and no one knows?

Those folks I'm talking to can imagine me all put together...they don't have to no any better. 

As far as they know, I am wearing real pants. 



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Bible Ladies Brunch Bunch - Was Sarah Really Abrahams Sister? - French Toast Cups

 Good Morning! 


I'm excited to start a brand new thing on the blog and my Youtube channel. 

I'm sharing NEW Bible Study series called The Bible Ladies Brunch Bunch,

Together, we are going to study women of the Bible for 8 sessions and the first week is Sarah. 

You can grab a notebook OR download my FREE printables I created just for this study. It is a generic form, so you can use this one every week. 

For the past few years, my church ladies and I have gathered around my table on Wednesday morning for Bible study. I have fixed all manner of good things. I thought it would be fun to bring the study to YOU and to those who can't get out right now. 

This is the first video, so be patient with me. I think I'm a little too chatty and just a bit squirrelly. 

Included in the video is a recipe for French Toast Cups. There is a printable PDF version of the recipe below if are so inclined. 



It was obvious to me I was going to chose Sarah first to study. I have pondered this question for years. Was Sarah really Abraham's sister? I don't think I answer in this video, but we do talk about some twisty stuff. In fact, I use that word a lot. 

Twisty. 

Whatever word you use it is comforting to know that God still uses our messes and is MORE than able to work out His plan. Despite our meddling. 




I hope you enjoy the video. See you next week. 



Week 1 - Sarah Printables

Bible Study Page

Bible Study Journal 

Scripture Printable

French Toast Cups Recipe

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Quarantine Splurge

I am not sure of the day.

Is it Thursday? Or was yesterday Thursday?

Not to worry.

I now know it's Monday and all is well.

How are you folks holding up?

We are well.

I am busier than I have ever thought I would be stuck at home.

I'm also going to be here just a little bit longer.

It's just the way of things.

Fortunately, I can entertain myself and can always find something to do.

Believe it or not, I've not watched hardly any TV. There isn't anything I'm binging on Hulu or Netflix.

Josiah and I were going to have a marathon of all The Lord of the Rings movies but then Netflix removed them from their site.

Curses!

We have them on DVD. But to be honest it isn't quite the same as binging them on a streaming service.

Also, we just now found the remote to the DVD player. I think it had been in quarantine underneath Josiah's bed.

Scary. Place.

I have read all the crime thrillers I could squeeze into my online library reader. I can't even imagine the number of people who have been doing the same thing.

There was a book I just looked up to place on hold. It said I would have to wait 10 weeks before it was my turn to read it.

What? 10 weeks? How long is 10 weeks?

Will it still be 2020?

Is this Thursday?

Anyhoo. I looked it up on Amazon (kindle) and found out I would need to dish out 9.99.

I just couldn't. I can read books for free. That 9.99 could go towards a cute pair of summer sandals.

Speaking of summer sandals.

I might have purchased a pair or four online. In my defense, I never spend a whole lot of money on my shoes. Or anything for that matter.

But these shoes. I ordered them from an online boutique I stalk. They were marked down and I had a coupon code.

I realize purchasing shoes of any kind is risky online. But. These came in and I immediately tried them on.

They were marvelous. They kind of molded to my feet like some sort of fantastic hammock. But with a cute wedge. 

So I ordered just a pair (or two) more.

This from a girl who splurges on Old Navy flip flops and ballet flats from the Walmarts.

I feel kind of wild. And extravagant.

I also don't have anywhere to wear them.

But, boy....when I do. I'm going to be stylin'.

Stay safe. And buy yourself some cute sandals.




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