Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you and a special Happy Birthday to you, Beth.
Here are my favorites who I love and hold dear everyday not just this special day.
Hope you are the recipient of lots of love today!
It’s Wednesday and time for the Hodgepodge where Joyce From This Side of the Pond asks the questions for us to answer.
1. Something you’ve done recently that might be considered a labor of love?
There are lots of obvious things we do everyday that are more routine and learned like Dear making me coffee every morning or me washing his clothes.
One recent thing that isn’t routine is helping at a funeral. There are a lot of behind the scenes tasks that need to be done. If you’ve never been part of these tasks you wouldn’t know about what they involve. For the service you need a memorial table set up. You need to be around to receive any flowers that are delivered before the service. You need to pick up and make sure the sanctuary is clean after the service. When a meal is involved for the family there are preparing, setting up tables, setting out the food, and then waiting till all the eating and visiting is over to clean up. Washing up, drying up, taking tablecloths home to wash, breaking down tables and putting them away, folding chairs and putting them away. Just an average assessment of the hours it takes for volunteers to help in this way is 6-8 hours. I think that qualifies as a labor of love for the grieving family who need extra care and comfort at this time.
2. What’s one thing you love about being the age you are now?
Being at the age where grandchildren are a part of our lives.
3. What do you value more: careful planning or the freedom to be spontaneous? Elaborate.
My husband reminded me of all of our car purchases and how spontaneous they were. Yikes. No planning. Here’s how the ‘planning’ went; we need a car that will get us safely over the mountain passes, we like Toyotas, let’s look at Rav’s, the dealer has a couple good used ones on the lot. We pick one of the two. We drive away with it. All in one day with no serious planning and investigating, etc. etc.
For a trip with the two of us I’d say careful planning leads to more spontaneous freedom. If we know where we are going and where we are staying our brains are free to enjoy things along the way that haven’t been planned. Does that make sense? I can enjoy spontaneous freedom in small doses on major trips.
4. A home cooked meal or a fancy restaurant? pink or red? watch the sunrise or watch the sunset? wine and cheese or champagne and chocolate?
There’s a time and a place for all of these choices. We’ve enjoyed home cooked meals and meals at a fancy restaurant when the timing is right. Sometimes pink and sometimes red and sometimes the two together. Starting the day with the sunrise is amazing and rounding a corner to see the sunset is glorious. Let’s start off with a little wine and cheese and end the meal with a chocolate and champagne.
5. What’s your definition of romance? Are you a ‘romantic’?
Romance is more touchy feely and emotional to me and I’m not that. I do love deeply and my actions speak from that realm and not the romantic realm.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
Even though I don’t count my self as a romantic, I do enjoy setting romantic tables.
It’s time for Wednesday Hodgepodge with Jo From This Side of the Pond.
1. Besides the predictable name-rank-serial number, what’s something you know by heart?
Birthdays. For some reason birth dates stick in my brain. I still remember some of my high school friend’s birthdays.
2. Something recently that had you tickled pink?
These two serving tea.
3. How do you define the word romantic, and are you one?
I’m more down to earth, not a romantic.
4. Finish this verse with your own original thought….’Roses are red, violets are blue…
I asked Dear to finish this one for me. He said…
Roses are red, violets are blue, false doctrine teachers aren’t anything new.
We’re studying 2 Timothy right now and avoiding false teachers and false doctrine has been a theme…
5. Five little things you are loving right now?
A day free of scheduled activities, our forced air heater, my desk in our study, sunflower seeds, a good bowl of soup.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
If there is any romantic in me it finds it’s way out when I cook and set a table for my loved ones.
O How I Love Jesus
There is a name I love to hear,
I love to speak its worth;
It sounds like music in mine ear,
The sweetest name on earth.
O how I love Jesus,
O how I love Jesus,
O how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me!
It tells me of a Savior’s love,
Who died to set me free;
It tells me of His precious blood,
The sinner’s perfect plea.
It tells me of a Father’s smile
Beaming upon His child;
It cheers me through this
Through desert, waste, and wild.
It tells me what my Father hath
In store for every day,
And though I tread a darksome path,
Yields sunshine all the way.
It tells of One whose loving heart
Can feel my deepest woe;
Who in my sorrow bears a part,
That none can bear below.
It bids my trembling heart rejoice;
It dries each rising tear;
It tells me, in a
still small voice,
To trust and never fear.
Jesus, the name I love so well,
The name I love to hear!
No saint on earth its worth can tell,
No heart conceive how dear.
This name shall shed its fragrance still
Along this thorny road,
Shall sweetly smooth the rugged hill
That leads me up to God.
And there, with all the blood-bought throng,
From sin and sorrow free,
I’ll sing the new eternal song
Of Jesus’ love to me.
Words: Frederick Whitfield, 1855.
This hymn also goes by the title, There is A Song I Love to Hear.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Not only is Valentine’s Day on Sunday this year but today (Friday) is Chinese New Year (Year of the Ox) and on Monday we are celebrating Presidents Day. When I was in elementary school and beyond we celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12th and George Washington’s Birthday on February 22nd. We had both days off from school.
Sending love here there and everywhere.
Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy Presidents Day which now covers Washington and Lincoln and others. The above collage is of the statue of George Washington in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
We have a devotional from Lincoln that I found on our bookshelves today. Here is an excerpt from it;
The True Believer;
The Believer the Object of Divine Love
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 1 John iv. 9.
Pause, my soul, adore and wonder,
Ask, Oh, why such love to me?
Grace hath put me in the number
Of the Saviour’s family:
Thanks, eternal thanks to thee.
Today our morning started at 6 degrees f. Right now it has only gone up 1 degree. It is cold. Freeze your face cold. We are doing some indoor things. My sister and her hubby are due to travel over the mountain pass and arrive at our place sometime before five. We have dinner reservations at 5 so we’re hoping they have an uncomplicated drive.
In other news, our
King Governor of Washington State has granted Eastern Washington a move to Stage 2 for reopening businesses. Our small businesses especially restaurants are breathing a sigh of relief.
Have a great Friday and weekend everyone!
It’s time for Wednesday Hodgepodge where Jo From This Side of the Pond asks the questions and we rack our brains for the answers! Thank you, Jo!
1. Something little you are loving right now?
I was tempted to say our little grandchildren but I’ll love them forever not just now. The little thing I’m going with is a jigsaw puzzle. It’s been fun to conquer those little pieces putting them all together to form the whole of the picture. Here is our 11th C****19 puzzle. The 1000 pieces were extra large so the completed puzzle was very large.
2. Red roses or pink peonies?
Red wine or pink lemonade?
Red lipstick or pink polish?
A cotton candy colored sky or a fiery red sunset?
Fiery Red Sunset
A book-movie-song you love with the word red or pink in it’s title?
Love is a strong word for these choices I made.
Book: Redwall Movie: The Hunt for Red October Song: When the Red Red Robin
3. What’s something you currently have your heart set on doing-going-seeing-or experiencing?
It would be amazing to walk along the sand at a beach before summertime. We enjoy the ocean beaches in winter.
4. Who would you most like to have a heart to heart with right now? Is that possible?
An in person heart to heart with our estranged brother. All things are possible but it would be difficult for sure. For me this would only work face to face, not on the phone or in an email or text.
5. Write an acrostic for the word L-O-V-E.
Here’s my exclusive Valentine
Now and then…
6. Insert your own random thought here.
Speaking of Love…
I bought these cute felt envelopes a year ago at the after Valentine’s Day sales. They are about 9 x 12. Addy got some leggings, long sleeve tees and a book plus a little stuffed Valentine bear.
Jaymison got some clothes and a stuffed Valentine doggy.
I got to babysit early this morning while Dan and Jamie went out for breakfast.
JJ was asleep and woke up after his parents were gone and I was relieved he didn’t seem to mind that they were gone and that I was on morning duty. He ate all his breakfast for Baba.
Addy came out to the living area after waking up and before her folks headed out the door. She was fine staying with Baba, too. We read her new book and waited for JJ to wake up. The photos I have of her are from yesterday when we did some baking together with her mommy and while JJ had a nap.
Baba, take a picture of the chocolate!
And I cannot forget my Dear who has been my very favorite Valentine since 1972!
We are eating in today having steak, baked potatoes, butternut squash and something green. A Strawberry Boston White Creme cake/pie for dessert that called out to me at Safeway Grocery Store. It was only $5.00 today. Speaking of calling out when I was shopping in the aisles I heard a familiar little voice say, “there’s Baba!” What fun it is to live in a small country town and be able to bump into our loved ones at the stores!! Addy and I had some unexpected extra time for hugs and a kiss. Hope you have a day and weekend filled with lovely things.
Dear’s Great Great Aunt Emma received these postcards over the years. The postmarks are from 1901 to 1909. She had quite a collection of postcards for every holiday and birthdays and from around the world.
We have some special things planned around Valentine’s Day. Baking cookies with grands tomorrow. We will be eating in not out on Friday. Are you doing anything special?
Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. (1Peter 3: 3-4)
As in water face reflects face,
so the heart of man reflects the man. (Proverbs 27:19)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
Thinking about my heart condition while preparing my Valentine decor post.
We had light snow throughout Wednesday. We expected an inch and a half and it looks like we got about 4 inches instead. Just when the driveway was clear.
Dear is shifting from the kitchen painting project to our laundry room instead for a few days. He’s been painting non stop for over a week and needs a bit of a break from painting before he starts up again. He will be moving the door into the laundry room 6 inches. This project will involve some dry walling and framing of a new doorway.
With 6 more inches on the washer/dryer side of the room we’ll be able to move the over sized refrigerator to that side of the room and get it plugged into the appropriate type of outlet. The refrigerator is so deep we needed the extra 6 inches so we could open and close the door. We are looking forward to better use of our laundry room space.
Have a good Thursday and remember to guard your heart!
For Mosaic Monday this week I’m sharing photos and mosaics/collages of Friday last (2-15-19).
Before we left for the Spokane airport on Friday morning I had the table set and ready for our Friday evening dinner for 6.
We picked up our granddaughter’s granny at the Spokane airport and stopped for lunch in Deer Park on our way back to Colville. The roads were fine for us even with the snow falling in Spokane. We enjoyed a new spot to us in Deer Park called the Salty Dog. At the Salty Dog we took this selfie to send to our granddaughter letting her know that Granny and Baba love her.
We made it home by 3:30 and began food preparations for our dinner together at 5:00. Filet Mignon, roasted vegetables, salad with Persian dressing and a Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake for dessert.
Addy was sporting some new clothes that Auntie LoLo (Laura) sent her in the mail.
Addy loved seeing all the hearts and was skillful in taking them off and putting them back. She has great small motor skills.
We’ve had more snow since Friday and I’ve been enjoying taking lots of photos of birds that have congregated on one particular bush in our back yard. For now I’m sharing these photos for Angie’s Mosaic Monday. I really appreciate you, Angie. You are a great hostess for this meme!