Clematis Joy!

Hope you all have a good Father’s Day weekend.

I’ll be away from my computer for the next couple of days. Tomorrow is Tea Day here at our Country Bungalow and there will be eight of us around the table. I’m handing over my kitchen to the gal who offered up the tea at our Mission’s Auction. She has a helper coming along, too.  I’ll share lots of photos as soon as I can.

With our son flying in for the weekend and the Tea and Father’s Day things will be busy around here.

I’ve gotten all my dates for my Cataract surgeries so the next 5 weeks will be hit and miss for my computer time. My first surgery is next Wednesday. I might have some flashback posts popping up while my eyes are resting.

I’ll leave you with this quote from a Commentary on Romans that I’m reading from John MacArthur;

“God is the only source of goodness, and therefore everything good and worthwhile a person has is from the gracious hand of God.”

Take care and go in God’s goodness!

Thursday Bible Verse Challenge ~ The Psalms

June is moving along and our Psalms Bible Verse Challenge is too. If you have a Psalm to share, a verse or section of verses please leave them in the comments and I will add them here below. I have an eye appointment in Spokane at 8:20am today so I’ll be late in adding your verses below.

Psalm 40:4:

Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, 
who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them
yet they are more than can be told.

From Vera:

“Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭119:17-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

From Maristella:

“My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.”
Psalm 73:26

From Gloria:

We wait in hope for the Lord, he is our help and shield.
In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love rest upon us,Oh Lord
even as we put our hope in you.
Psalm 33:20-22 NIV

Announcement:

My first Cataract surgery will be on Wednesday June 23rd so I will not be posting our Thursday Challenge next Thursday the 24th. Thank you to all of you who have shared this wonderful verses from The Psalms this week and in the past!

Mid Week Fun

There’s no Wednesday Hodgepodge this week so I’m doing a catch up post with more photos from our fun on Friday the 4th of June.

We managed to do some weeding yesterday before things heat up again. We took out a plant that was not kid friendly, very prickly.

Our temps are heading up to the upper 80’s and onwards to the low 90’s next week so we’ll enjoy water play again when the littles come over. I bought two more of these water pumps from the Dollar Store so the adults can get into the fun, too. Our daughter in law arrives again today from the Coast to spend another week with us and with our Colville kids. Our son will fly in for the weekend. The grands will be excited to see Auntie Lolo and Uncle Joshie and we all enjoy our time with them on this side of the Cascades!

Peonies and Puzzles

Most of our white peonies decided to be ready at the same time so I scrambled to find containers for them. Our house has a wonderful fragrance from these blooms.

Weekend before last we finished up my London Puzzle, #15 in the books.

Last night we had a thunder and lightning storm and as I look out this morning our pink peonies are just about ready to burst, too. Yikes I’m running out of vases, pitchers and other containers!

Our ‘server’, whoever that is, will not upload any more of my photos this morning so I’ll leave you with these. I’m off to get our car serviced at the local Toyota dealer.

When I came in from weeding the server decided I could upload more photos.

Thankful that our yards got a good watering with the storm in the early hours so I won’t need to water today. I appreciate God’s watering! Have a good day everyone.

The Windmill

This windmill in our back yard was here when we moved in. The windmill served to aerate the pond. Since we don’t need it anymore we sold it to a friend of ours who is putting in a pond on her property. Last Thursday was moving day for the windmill.

The discussions began on how to best lower the windmill safely. Thankfully the windmill was installed on hinges so it could be lowered using the hinges.

 

Down safely and now to disconnect the fan from the base.

Loaded in the truck and trailer.

Now to remove the anchor pipes. All was completed and Cindy and her windmill went off down the road to her property.

Our friends who came to help brought their puppy with them. Addy and JJ weren’t sure about her but they managed to feed her from their palms.

Time to pull out more water toys for the summer. The kids kept busy with water while the helpers gingerly lowered the Windmill.

We are moving into another mini heat wave here in our corner of the world. It will be a good time for running through sprinklers!

We are fortunate at our property to share a well that is a high producer of water. Some people aren’t as fortunate.

Here in the U.S.A. we are celebrating Flag Day today. Happy Flag Day! Our flag is waving.

Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

 

 

Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.

Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!

Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heaven descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame

Words: George Croly, 1854.

John 4:21-25: Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain or in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, I know that Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

White Peonies

My white peony bush is so full of blooms that it is hard to keep up with them. I’ve shared some bouquets but many of our friends have bushes of their own. If someone was getting married this week they could have a beautiful bouquet from our backyard.

We have a quiet weekend coming up and I’m good with that. Next week is busy ending with a busy weekend.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Thursday Bible Verse Challenge ~ The Psalms

Here it is Thursday again and time for the Bible Verse Challenge. Share any verse/verses/section from The Psalms in the comments and I will add them below.

Psalm 119:33-37 (ESV)

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.

From Vera:

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭51:10-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

From Cheryl:

“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” Psalm 92:1, 2 NKJ

From Maristella:

“From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.”
Psalm 3:8

From Gloria:

“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Psalm 100:5

From Happyone:

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Moving Up Hodgepodge

My parents, sister and nieces were some of the first visitors we had in Washington State after our move in 1988.

Thank you to Jo From This Side of the Pond for coming up with the Wednesday Hodgepodge questions each week.

1. Something you’ve seen recently that’s ‘cuter than a June bug’?

Our little grands wrapped up like burritos.

2. Tell us something about where you were and what you were doing in June of 1988? If you weren’t born yet, June of 1998. Or if that doesn’t work, June of 2008. 

In June of 1988 we were getting ready for a major move from Ventura, California to Bothell, Washington. A huge life change for all of us. We were packing up our stuff and all of my mother-in-law’s stuff as she was moving up with us. Dear was accepted to the University of Washington to study and pursue a new career as a Pharmacist. Our kids were 9, 7 and 2-1/2. Dear had been working as a Frontend Loader operator in a quarry before he was encouraged to pursue this new career. We are thankful to God for all this decision afforded our family. It was a wonderful choice all around and we never regretted it. Our kids got a whole new education in moving from Southern California to a state with 4 distinct seasons! Experiencing snow right in our front yard was such a treat for these three!

3. A place in your home or outdoor space where you feel ‘snug as a bug in a rug’? 

Inside it has to be my bed and especially when there are no big plans for the following day. Outside my snug as a bug in a rug spot is on my riding lawnmower with my headphones listening to my favorite preacher.

4. June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Month. 

Do you normally get your 4-5 servings each day?

To get 4-5 servings per day we’d need to buy those green and red bottles of processed vegetables and fruits.

What’s a favorite summer dish you make/serve/like to be served-ha! made with one of your favorite summer fruits.

My favorite summer fruit are nectarines and I like them just as they are. I’d like to be served a fresh peach pie with flaky crust please.

A favorite summer dish made with a favorite summer veg?

Corn on the Cob!

How do you feel about cooking in the summer months? 

I feel Dear should do the majority of cooking outside on his Traeger in the summer months.

5. Do you have a summer reading list? If so share a title or two we can add to our own. 

I do not have a summer reading list. I read the Bible everyday and some of Spurgeon’s writings, too. If I was going to have a summer reading list I’d re-read some books by Elizabeth Goudge like The Dean’s Watch.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I had my initial appointment with the surgeon for my cataract surgery and I’ll know some dates as soon as the surgery scheduling people call me. The decision I need to make is whether I want the monofocal fix, that Medicare covers, or the multiple corrective zones. We’d have to put up some big bucks for the full meal deal but we are leaning that way after talking with people who didn’t make that choice and regret it.

The Grandkids’ Mountain

When Uncle Joshie and Auntie Lolo come to town we have lots of great photos to share. Auntie Lolo knows how to capture the moments.

Saturday June 5th. Time to feed the chickens and check out the garden.

Take in the view before bedtime. Josh had to fly home on Sunday but Auntie Lolo is staying on till Friday.

Today Tuesday June 8th I’ll have my consult about my cataract surgery coming up soon. I should know after my appointment when my procedure will take place. I’m looking forward to better eyesight in the near future.