Tuesday, March 25, 2014

You're Not Forsaken

You're Not Forsaken written by Rodney Griffin 
from Greater Vision's "You're Not Alone" album

Verse 2
So if you feel like God's not watching
And He's stopped caring
And you're on your own.
Remember Jesus
Was by the Father, rejected.
Friend, that's a feeling
You'll never know!

So child, rejoice, you're not forsaken!
You're resting safe in His arms.
Lift up your voice and sing His praises,
Then bring your burdens to the cross,
Where Jesus hung there,
For us forsaken, our separation
Now is gone.
Oh weary pilgrim
Your dawn is breaking,
You're gonna make it,
You're not alone!

Monday, March 24, 2014

My Hope

"Why art thou cast down , 
O my soul
and why art thou 
disquieted within me? 
hope thou in God
for I shall yet praise him, 
who is the health of 
my countenance, 
and my God."

Psalm 42:11


Sunday, March 23, 2014


"But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth..."  Deuteronomy 8:18

It's easy to become overwhelmed with  day-to-day routines and commitments but I don't want to forget to set aside time with God each day. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

First Thing

I love it when I awake 
with a song in my heart! 
It happens frequently...
like God is giving me a morning hug! 

And just recently, when I had 
gone to bed with a heavy heart
I woke with this song playing 
over and over in my mind...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Double Trouble?

   Two shots; One bird! 
  I was amazed that the pics matched up so well.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


 I dearly love a bargain! 
And one of my favorite things 
is to find a plant with potential
that has been marked way down
because it looks a bit shabby.

So many plants can be revived 
to bloom again, as this pansy! 
Some plants can even be cut up
and propogated, giving several 
plants for the price of one. 
Some plants may not bloom again till next year, but the price
makes the wait worthwhile! 
And best yet... some plants
multiply on their own! 
I especially love bulbs 
and tubers for this reason!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

O Mockingbird

During my childhood, we had a burgandy-colored bush full of long thorns, and it always held a Mockingbird nest. My brothers and I used to find fluffy juveniles every summer, and often held one for a few moments, till we tired of the parent swooping down at our heads :-) 

This past winter, we had two or three Mockingbirds in our yard at all times, and they warded off any other birds, till just the past few weeks they began sharing the territory.

The Mockingbird will sing for long periods of time, as if just showing off. My husband and I love to listen to them. They have been known to sing over 200 tunes! I guess they're a favorite with other folks as well, since it has been chosen as the state bird of Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas.


Monday, March 17, 2014

For Etsy

Just handcrafted a few gift tags this morning 
and made them available on my Etsy shop.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


When I was growing up, some things happened on cue year after year. 
In early Spring, yellow was always the first color to bloom. 
First there were the Daffodils which lined our driveway,
and then the Forsythia bush, then Azaleas & Rhododendrons, 
then Irises ...and fresh strawberries to be picked. 
And finally summer flowers came in all their glory,
and always there was a garden overflowing with fresh vegetables!

And every year in our Forsythia, we had a Brown Thrasher nest! 
Today I spotted this one competing for suet (along with 
a couple Mockingbirds and the Red-Bellied Woodpecker). 
And the Forsythia cutting I brought many miles from home is 
branching out and glistening gold through the late evening raindrops. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Upon Reflection...

I took this picture a few years ago. 
I love how the red feeder reflects on the hummingbird.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Thanks to my son who spotted this lil' acrobat, 
and caught the action for me to share. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Oatmeal Cake

Boil 1 1/2 c. water; turn off heat, and soak 1 c. quick oats in it. Let it set for 2 minutes.
Cream 1 stick butter, 1 c. brown sugar, 1 c. granulated sugar
Add 2 eggs, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg,  1 tsp. baking soda,  & 1 1/3 c. flour.
Add oats, and mix all together. Pour into 9" X 13" pan. Bake @ 350 till done.

6 Tbs. butter,  1/2 c. sugar,  1/4 c. milk,  1 tsp. vanilla,  1 c. coconut,  1/2 c. chopped nuts
Cook over medium heat (stirring frequently) till thickened, then spread over hot cake.

My Mom used to make this cake when I was growing up. 
It's another easy, yummy dessert! 

Friday, March 7, 2014


How amazing is it that my daughter and her husband 
(who live several states away) can take a picture
and within minutes I can see their smiles?!
Sure do miss them...but thankful for the 
technology that allows this glimpse.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Purple Hearts!

It's called Oxalis Triangularis...and it's wonderful! 
Growing from little bulbs, this makes a wonderful potted plant for shaded areas. 
During winter it will die down and disappear, but now with a few warm days, 
it is coming back, and I so love it! Eventually it puts out little pale pink flowers.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Early Bloomer

Narcissus / Daffodil / Jonquil / March Flower

All are names for the same kind of flower. 
With over 50 species, the Daffodil Data Bank lists over 13,000 hybrids!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Chess Cake

1 box yellow cake mix 
1 stick butter, melted
4 eggs (1 for crust; 3 for topping)
16 oz. confectioners sugar 
 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
Mix cake mix, butter and 1 egg in a medium bowl. Press in greased 9 x 13 glass dish. 
Beat 3 eggs, confectioners sugar, and softened cream cheese. Pour and spread over dough.Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes. Cool. Cut into squares to serve. Good stuff! And easy :-)

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Wary Beauty

Perseverance paid off, as it took several attempts to capture these photos.
The only way to get a clear shot was to have the window open, and be ready. 
Even the slightest movement would scare this wary beauty away...hungry or not. 
He must have eventually decided it's worth the risk...after all, these "shots" are painless! 

He is called a "Red-Bellied Woodpecker" rather than "Red-Headed" as I assumed.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Bird-Bath Analogy

It's an oasis... a place the birds can come to on those days 
when water is hard to find elsewhere. 
Because water is a basic necessity of life.
It's a reflecting pool... a mirror (if any bird cares).
And it's a bath... a place for cleansing and refreshing.    
Today we go to Church, and these are a few reasons why:
For replenishing and encouragement.
For seeing myself in light of God's Word.
For asking forgiveness and cleansing of sin. 
So in these ways...a Bird-Bath is like going to Church :-)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Humble Herald

herald (ˈhɛrəld) —n: 
1. one who announces important news  2. a forerunner

I've always heard "A Robin is the first sign of Spring!"
I have been seeing an occasional one for a couple weeks; 
he must be watching for the rest of the flock to arrive!