Saturday, July 16, 2016

I just want to pop in and say "hi".  We are in the heat of the summer and, man, can you tell it!
I don't have a lot of news other than I just thought that I would share the minor and insignificant goings on here. 

I was thinking.... and I'm pretty sure that the best cup of coffee is that first one on Saturday morning. 
You know the one that you have after sleeping in, your still in your pajamas and your watching the news or in my case, QVC. lol
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's my fav!
I also thought I would share one of the blogs that I have discovered and two long term ones that I'm not sure I ever mentioned before.

Tania at 50 Is Not Old
In blogging terms Tania is relatively new, but her blog has just taken off. What I love is that she has such similar taste and style to mine. I often can pull together an outfit for work on an uninspired morning just by thumbing through her posts. She also always has something humorous or thoughtful to say. Her blog focus is fashion after 50. "Age is an attitude. Keep yours young."

MK is a 35 year old Software Engineer who shares her daily outfits. Young and classy. Her outfits are a little more corporate but still youthful and fresh.  

Both of these ladies are fashion bloggers who keep it real. No super high end ridiculousness going on here.  Real outfits for real women who work and play. 

Angie at Hot and Flashy
Angie is a you tube vlogger that I have been following for several years. She now has a regular feature in Women's Day and is well known. Ladies, we should all look as good as she does after 50. 
Her videos consist of a lot of product trials, how to, and skin care information. Love her videos. 
She talks about drugstore products and expensive stuff. Does it work? Is it worth the investment?
Very informative.
A quick little week end rundown. 

We are going to have some friends over for dinner tomorrow night. 
It's the first entertaining (other than family) that we have done since the kitchen was finished. 
I have a cute little tablescape in mind and an easy menu. I'll take pictures and share later this week. 

So that's the wrap up. I hope you have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy Independence Day...a day early.

America loves her red roses, doesn't she? 
This is such a very easy table and centerpiece.

The bowls are prep bowls. I have a set of blue ones and
a set of red. 

Two dozen grocery store red roses. That is all that I spent. 

Seriously simple for a simple meal.

 After the meal I wanted to keep the theme, so I picked a few 
items and put them on my new tray from Hobby Lobby.

Did you know... that the tradition of fire works started on 
the 4th of July in 1777 when 13 rockets were sent into the sky 
in honor of the 13 colonies? 

That is how it all started. 

We're off for some fireworks and ice cream. 
I hope you are having a wonderful celebration and
that you enjoy your day tomorrow!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

A break in the weather...

Are you surviving the summer? I hope so! We are and doing well. 
Here in Phoenix we are experiencing unusually cool weather.  In the 100 degree range. Unfortunately, that is accompanied by very high humidity and means that we are officially in our "monsoon" season. Typically, lots of dry storms. But we have actually had rain this year. 
Its been lovely! 

I'm a little light on the blogging inspiration of late. I apologize. 
I'm going to try and do better. Its funny how interests ebb and flow. You will probably be seeing more posts on bible journaling and just plain old everyday life. 

I was looking at our family room and debating sharing it with you. 
I have rarely shared it because it just does not lend itself to nice pictures. 
There are huge windows, lots of white, and a lot of very dark furniture. 
It works and we like it, but like I said, it is hard to capture the true feel of the
room. Plus, we do not live in a stylized home. We live in a very modest comfortable
track house. I try to bring as much personalty and warmth as I can, but still, it is what it is. 
We really do live here. The furniture is comfy, not pristine and usually, there are projects going on. Pile of work papers here, an open computer there... like I said real life. 

That said: Here is a panoramic view toward the kitchen. The west side of the room.
The white bar stools have recently been replaced with two of these.

This (below) is the east side. I plan on changing out the red "faith, family and friends" sign.  I will probably paint it black with the same words in white. 
The "pony wall" is an on going debate. I would like to install a large built in cabinet that would be for storing table linens, with a coffee bar / beverage area for entertaining.
We'll see if I ever pull the trigger on that.  

The back wall. North end of the room.
This little sofa was recently replaced with a full size sofa, that we love. 

I'm still trying so hard to be a green thumb. Shortly after taking this picture this little succulent took a turn for the worse. (bummer) It's still alive, but not looking this good any more. :( 

I am more is better girl and I have a hard time getting rid of family heirlooms. 
So you will see lots of old pictures of family that is gone on. 
This picture is my dad and Aunt Becky playing on the back porch
in the summer time. 
My grandmother took the picture, and yes, my aunt is sticking her tongue out at her.

Simple, old fashion, summer fun! 

What are you doing to stay cool? 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

So then what?

I sure hope you are having a great week so far. 
I am!

I wanted to take a moment and thank my friend Charlene for the additional info and confirmation about my little plant.  It's called Elephant Food and it really does only need to be watered once every 3 weeks! Thanks Lady!

So, May 1st I started a new study on The Psalms.  I'm kind of doing it on my
own, but I'm also using the commentary from FB Meyer and finding it very helpful. 
I usually just do study groups so this is a little different for me. 

But here's the problem. I have already journaled several of the
pages in my Journaling Bible in the Book of Psalms. So then what are you supposed to do? 

Well, this is what I did. I got several Moleskine note books one
lined and the other blank. Of course, I decorated it.  That's how I roll.
So now if the page in my journal bible is already illustrated for the Psalm I'm studying,
I can supplement it with my Moleskine. 

Here's an example of how I do it.

This is my illustration for Psalm 1. 

I am giving an illustration of the versus 3-6.

What I am trying communicate is that (as a tree) when your source is plentiful and steady, 
your roots will be deep and strong.  Helping to withstand strong storms.  
If your roots are depending on scarce sources of nutrients your roots will
be shallow and wide. Prone to wondering. 

Knowing that my plentiful and steady source is God, his word and prayer, 
I want my faith roots to be growing deep and narrow.  
That's what I'm working on. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Indoor Plants.... I just can't....

When I was at the nursery the other day I picked up a couple of plants. 

If you know me, you know that I have 2 huge brown thumbs!
Indoor plants and I do not get along.
But, that said,  I've recently really had a hankering to have some
indoor greenery.  The real stuff. You know what I mean?

These were called succulents. Seriously! 
They didn't have a label.  The staff at the nursery were 
great so I ran a couple of questions by some one that was 
out watering.

I asked if they would be a good indoor plant and the lady said 
yes, but make sure that you "DON'T OVER WATER THEM!"
I said " Oh so you mean like only once a week." 
She said "No. I mean like once every 3 weeks."

Duly noted!
I'll let you know how that rolls out. 
Wish me luck!

I also stopped at Goodwill after work and found this sweet little Homer Laughlin 
covered casserole to put them in. 

We'll see..... 

I'm Joining 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Peaceful Green Oasis ....

I had a site visit down town and was headed back to work to put together the quote....
When I drove by this nursery and thought....
"You know,  I have driven by here a million times and I have heard so many people
talk about what a great nursery it is and it's not even 80 degrees out... 
you should stop. Oh! Dang! I just missed the turn....that's okay, go around the block" 

Yes, it really was a choppy, dot dot dot, run on thought. 
That is how I process and make decisions. 
So, I did go around the block, stop in, and thought I would share my little trip with you. 

Whitfill Nursery started right here in 1943 and has been family owned and 
operated ever since. 

This is such a pretty place in the middle of a residential area. 
The variety is amazing and all the staff is so helpful and knowledgeable. 

Supplies..... look at how thick that wall is. I think its real adobe.

An aviary with 2 HUGE parrots and lots of cockatoos.
Goats and chickens too.

A spot or two to sit and think or just enjoy the prettiness.

A vintage truck vignette.

824 E. Glendale Ave, Phoenix AZ
If your ever in the area, you should stop in. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Happy Friday to you!

I wanted to say something about bible journaling. 
I have already shared the why and how here.
Now, I want to talk about something else. 

Every time I chat with someone about my journaling, I always hear the same thing!

"But I'm not artsy." or "I could never learn to draw like you do."
And every time I hear that I say the same thing. "You don't have to
be able to draw." 
 I always mean it. 

While these are a few of my favorites, I didn't start out doing pages like these. 
Some of my first pages are very much "not pretty."
These are after some practice, and a lot of trial and error. And the truth of the matter is I have 
no art training, at all! Its just something that I discovered that I really enjoy. 
And obviously the more you practice the better you get.

But the reality is that, if you want to journal,  you have to start. And you need to start somewhere.
If I'm perfectly honest, I would tell you that I wish I didn't have those "experiment" pages in my 
bible. But then I wouldn't have spent that time with the Lord in his word and I truly believe that he has blessed my time that I spend in the bible. 

So let me show what I'm talking about.

Here are a few pages that I did using only my old scrapbook supplies. 

This page (which I love) is nothing but scrapbook paper, (cross) Stamp (the wood grain background) and stickers (crown, roses, and letters) 

This one has some simple lettering but the heart is a stamp, the parenthesis are scrapbook elements, and the black stripe with polkadots is washi tape. 

This one is the most simple one yet... a sticker and washi tape. 
I hope this helped to take some of the fear out of Bible Journaling.  Remember, we all want 
beautiful pages, but that isn't the reason that you start bible journaling. Its to study His word and life and to try to be more like Him.