We found ourselves trekking through the snow a few days ago. There is something about snowfall that compels me to go outdoors. I guess it could be because I was deprived of it, in my youth.
This morning I overheard a conversation on television. They were talking about how children are not permitted to say Merry Christmas in school. I don’t know whether this is written in cement or not. Growing up in the fifties it was ok… to say Merry Christmas! I will stay with this and not conform to our world’s standards. Yes, I respect other faith’s and beliefs. America has always been a melting pot of different cultures. People have had the freedom of speech and can pretty much fling around all kinds of filthy words without a problem. I will stand my ground and not that I want to offend anyone. That is not the point. It is about my faith, my belief that Jesus is the Reason for the Season. I love all of the Christmas songs that I learned in school as a child. It was not a big deal. Now everyone takes offense. There is beauty in this season. I will continue to abide by what I have learned and come to know.. Besides the man upstairs has gotten me out of many a pickle..
silent beauty speaks
powdered sugar covered tree
appeals to my eyes
It’s that special time of the month,for those of us that like to dabble in getting creative with our photos. I look forward to it. You’ll want to take a look at Bonnie Zieman’s photo art for this meme at Pixel Dust Photo Art. The optional theme for today is OPEN/OPENING/OPENED. I love this time of year, when generosity increases in the hearts of mankind. It’s a time to set aside our own needs and look at ways to give to the less fortunate and brighten someone’s day.. Our neighbor’s home makes a charming Christmas image…
This morning, I am putting my cuddl duds that I purchased last year, to work, along with my big girl boots. The cuddle duds top, feels good, nice and soft and it will be tested today at our very low temperature. The boots were last year’s Christmas gift and I did not put many miles on them.
My dilemma has been resolved and thank you to those that responded to my need. I will go ahead and post smaller images and I will also check out Flickr as was suggested to me. I feel a bit gabby today. It is my sister’s birthday today, and I wish Julie, a Happy Birthday! We have had our home on the market for several months and it looks like we may moving forward, but I won’t count my chickens just yet. In these months we have taken on the care of feral cats (they are not wild) and now their mother has joined in on getting her share of nourishment. She looks a bit ragged but has managed to survive and she might be growing kitties in her belly. Since the kitties in the garage ordeal our neighbor has shown concern for them and speaks as though they are his. They do live primarily on his property and I can’t blame them as he has a lovely large backyard with trees and wood decks to hide under. But he, our neighbor is not here all of the time. I watch them romp and play and they have such a good time chasing each other and for me to think that capturing them and separating them is the answer, does not appeal to me. It is bittersweet for us as we have grown attached but the truth is that we have four cats and we cannot be moving eight cats across California into Oregon.
This is my son’s family that we wish to be closer too. We hope tore locate somewhere between California and Washington. I realize how fragile my heart has become as I ponder on the fact that I will celebrate another birthday in a couple of months. We live our live’s focused on our needs and wants and then all of a sudden the years have flown by. Family ties get strained and sometime the bonds are broken by hurt, offense, disappointment and unforgiveness. It is silly for me to think that I can be all things to all people and to all animals. I thank God that I have come to not depend on my own strength and that I can do it all…My faith sustains me and when I lose my focus and I am always gently guided back onto my path. It’s for my safety and my peace…as I let go and let God. Mom’s, dad’s, brother’s, sister’s, aunt’s, uncle’s, cousin’s, grandmother’s and grandfather’s…communicate to your family, to your friends, to the person that you do not know but that could use a smile, for his or her heart to be lifted. Give the gift, it is more blessed to give than to receive…
Good morning! I hope this finds everyone doing well and enjoying the Seasonal change of weather. I am having to bundle up, as it is chilly. I discovered yesterday that I am unable to upload any more pictures, as my storage space is full. I never considered the size of my pictures that I have been uploading. I learn something new every day. I have contacted WordPress support and it looks like my options are to either upgrade or optimize my photos, which I think would mean going back and changing the size on allllllllllll of them. That sounds like a daunting task. I would consider just starting a new blog In Other Words and Pictures 2 or something. I am not sure and need more information. Do you love that I involve my readers in many aspects of my life. I am laughing at my silly self. Another point that I wish to address is that I posted a link to Rescue Ink and someone responded to it and told me somethings about it and that I should do some research. Not all sources that we might share, are on the up and up. She gave me a link, but I have not looked into it yet. It is strange not posting a picture and I will have to figure out the best way to go.. Later!
For some reason I was unable to post these pics one at a time, so decided to go with this. Tiny was by the window and even when the window was opened she was the last to get out. The boys went out fast and furiously. Whew, what a relief…
I am linking with Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday. Take a peek at her lovely array of Textures that she offers.
This one looks pretty washed out but to me it looks like a postcard that’s been around for a while
These images no near depict what’s on my heart this morning. I am sometimes baffled, but not surprised by the response or behavior of a human being. I look at my own heart and I think of a song that states ” I look into my heart”… I always check my heart and look at its status. There are things to let go of…and when I do I am on my way to a healthier heart.
My daughters went for a spin in their brothers car. It was sweet to observe as they putt putted around the parking lot
Can the joy of a simple moment be bought?
I am feeling a little anxious..Smokey is locked up in our neighbors garage. We called out to the kittens/cats this morning and only one responded. Kind of strange since we had seen them the day before when they came to eat. After calling Smokey’s name several times he made an appearance in the garage window. We had to locate someone with our neighbors phone number, he left last night. So we know where Smokey is and hopefully the other two are with him..
For me to be at one place with three of my children (Eric, Jadey and Briana) is a treat. To see Briana and meet her fiancée, Tom, made it a very special occasion. In my quietness, I am still in the moment.
For Thou didst form my inward parts;
Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb,
I will give thanks to Thee,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Thy works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from Thee,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.
Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Thy book they were all written,
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
Psalm 139: 13-16