Thursday, December 29, 2016

Finishing up 2016 - Heading for 2017

Hello everyone!

It was such a busy Christmas season for me.  But we are all blessed... and I am grateful.

I finish up 2016 as I am looking forward to 2017.

I got most of my house in order... or at least in better order than it was..

I've started crocheting again.

I'm active and feeling much better.

My blood pressure is under control most of the time.

I ate "terrible for me" foods all during the holiday season.. and now I must begin to rectify that.

I have my basket of journals ready and organized for the new year


I'm beginning a Bible in One year study program that I am very excited about.  For Christmas, my youngest daughter bought me a Inspire Bible which is a coloring/journal Bible.  I got a new set of colored pencils last night. 

At the moment, I'm battling a ear infection in both ears and sinus.  Dr gave me antibiotics today, so I'm expecting things to improve.

The next thing I will be doing in 2017 - I've joined a group on Ravelry.  Each month, they put up a 12 inch crochet square pattern that we all do.   Then they also include another 12 inch as a filler.  We do this every month and at the end of the year.... a beautiful blanket can be made.

I decided on my colors today...these are the colors that will be used all year on the squares.  White will always be the trim and maybe some accent.

and this first afghan will be a gift for some dear friends of mine.

I will keep up with each square on my ravelry account for those who have one... please add me as a friend if you wish.

My Ravelry Page

I've decided to organize my Listography page too.  I love making lists and have had such a good time with it in the past.  You can view progress here...

Debbie's Listography

For this blog... I've done various things.   Usually life gets in the way... or I get tired and I don't go forward with templates for the day etc...

So I'm wiping all that out for 2017.

I'm pledging to myself to add to the blog at least weekly, and more if I can.   I love the Wordless Post Wednesdays, so hope to continue with that.    The rest.... I will write about what happens as it happens, and share what comes when it comes.

I hope to use the "pages" feature here on blogger a little more this year to share specific things like family events, crafts and maybe feature some things from others.  Rolling these ideas around.

My family had such a blessed and joyful Christmas.  I am so grateful for so many things and plan to carry this gratitude in my heart with my last breath here on earth and beyond.

I'm still on the journey of de-cluttering my home and life.   That will continue in 2017.

Reading challenges too.    Keeping it simple this year.   My goal will be 12 Books.    I'll also have a challenge for 52 movies.  My choices will mostly be classic black and whites for 2017.    These challenges will be shared on my Listography and mentioned here in the blog.

Kindness is always a huge factor in my life and I plan to use the coming year to spread it around like confetti.

Get healthy.... yes indeed.   Eating better and walking... these are my goals.   If I lose a little weight in the process.... Awesome!

Letter writing.... the old fashioned way.   I will send emails because I love sending and receiving those too.... but want to spend more time with old fashioned letter writing.   Swap-bot is a good outlet for this but I also have my beautiful daughter in England to write to as well!!!

Wish a sigh we prepare to say goodbye to 2016.   Some think it was a horrible year.  Some think it was a fantastic year.   Me?   I'm grateful for the year in my life and the memories that were made.  I'm grateful that the world keeps turning and the sun keeps rising and that hearts continue to fill and spread love to one another.

This coming year I commit to more prayer for our beautiful world full of incredible souls.

So farewell to 2016.   Thank you for your blessings and your lessons.  Thank you for your kindness and your pain.  

2017 -- I am ready.   I am looking forward to you with such wonder and excitement!

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Spirituality and God - A Journey Begins

This day of my blog roll... I will talk about and share spirituality and God -- My personal journey.

You may not agree with it and it may not be for you...

but it is my journey.

For this first entry in the series....

I'm just sharing some things that mean the most to me .....

1 Corinthians 13New King James Version (NKJV)

The Greatest Gift

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a]but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

My faith and my journey is definitely based on Christianity.  But as a believer.... I believe that religion is of man and God is of God.

And I believe they are all connected and I respect all religion.

I have attended Baptist Churches, Mormon Churches, Catholic Churches, Christian Churches, Holiness Churches, Unity Churches, United Methodist Churches.....

I've studied a little Shamanism 

I've had Shamans drum over me... 

and that experience was incredible.

I was baptized along with two of my children....

that too was incredible.

I've been blessed too many times... I've seen the face of God shine from the broken and the hurt... I've watched and not understood how bad things could be allowed to happen and then I've tried to understand the good that came from it.

I could not ever NOT believe.

I cannot ever even fathom how to not believe in the only Good we have turn to in Hope in times of trouble... as mere human beings.  

Or to turn to in gratitude in times of plenty..

Or to turn to for strength in times of weakness...

Our delicate bodies .....only carriers of our immortal souls.

Thank you for stopping by!!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fridays - Flowers and Rainbows and a little bit of Poetry

Friday..... it has been my favorite day of the week for years and years....

Today I'm sharing some poetry with you.

These were written by me many years ago...

The Tea Cup

 (Deborah Mitchell)

Sitting here, reflecting on today

The tea cup rattles lightly as I place it back on its saucer

A full day, a blessed day..

A gently breeze ruffles the leaves nearby

The song of a bird fills the air


Yes, I am blessed

A full life, people who love me, who need me...


Yes, I have joy

I call them grandchildren, 

giggles and smiles

being called Nana..

As the day draws to an end

the sun sets behind the tallest mountain.

As the world darkens 

my life shines within me as a tiny flame

The light, the love

the blessings, gifts

I take a sip of my tea, 

silently thanking God for it all

the tea cup rattles lightly 

as I place it back on its saucer.

The Mirror Reflects

(Deborah Mitchell)

Years slip away

the mirror reflects

That she has grown older

she didn't expect

Things changed so quickly

fine lines, graying hair

Where did time go

life doesn't seem fair

Once a young girl

stared back with bright eyes

Now she s still there

she s just in disguise

Her eyes a little sadder

her chin a little lower

Deep inside she s the same

she s only grown older.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday - Bringing forward the Past.... Thanksgiving 2009

Thursdays.... Bringing the Past Forward

Geee....this was SEVEN years ago!!

Thanksgiving 2009

Blue Ridge, Virginia

Gwen, Gage and Kaylen

Gwen, Gage, Becky and Kaylen

Ela and Susan

Robert and Susan

Kaylen, Gwen and Trenton


Time to eat......

Time to be silly...

Some of the greatest times I will enjoy sharing will be family gatherings.

Memories.  Laughter.  Fun times.

I realize how very blessed to have been given the family I have.  Each one - a gift I could never repay.

Back in 2009, we had a house.... way up on a mountain.   Straight up in fact.  We lived there for 3 1/2 years.   The driveway was a killer... and most of the winter, my car stayed parked wayyyy down at the road.  Lot's of walking up and down that driveway in the snow.

We had several visits from a local bear... quiet times and beautiful times.

Just a few winter pictures of our front and side yard...

Sometimes I miss the mountain.... it really was beautiful.

But living back in town definitely has it's advantages.

For one... I can usually park in my driveway when it snows...
For two... I haven't ran into any bears on the porch....
For three....I'm closer to stores and civilization...

But the memories we made while living up there..... too many to count and too priceless to ever give up.

Thanks for heading down memory lane with me for a short time.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesdays...Throwing out the Bathroom...

Seriously...our house.  One bathroom.   Four full time people....two more part time people...
What does all of this mean????

CHAOS in the bathroom!!

That's why we started there.

First...a trip to Dollar Tree was in order...we needed stuff to Organize the Chaos.  Color coded stuff.

The bathroom has a nice linen closet, but only two usable shelves.   The other two shelves hold towels, sheets etc...  So the two available shelves were a jumbled mess of everyone's stuff....

Now, everyone has 3 bins.... color coded for each person.   It's the Only place we have to keep our stuff.... which is a help too... cause if there's more than these plastic trays and bins can hold... it's seriously time to Throw It Out!!

And I discovered that I AM the bathroom stuff hoarder!!   My trays and bins are the red ones on the lower shelf.... and this is after I threw out a BUNCH of stuff.  lol

There isn't much space on the bathroom sink/counter in this house... and there always seemed to be this and that on the sink.   We eliminated all of that and set the rule that NOTHING goes on the sink except soap.

The little shelf next to the sink was a eye sore too.  So much stuff before... and now it's neat and the brown tray on the top shelf is to be left empty when you leave the bathroom.  It's purpose is for a place to put wallets or things you have on you when you shower,   Ready for easy pick up and Remove when you leave.

From another angle...

The shelf above the toilet was not utilized well for the space it offers either.  We changed that up as well.

Now... the rules are clear in the bathroom.

I keep a container of Lysol wipes in there too.... for spiffing things up every day.

The shower has been a nightmare at times with all the different shampoos, body washes.. etc..... so we organized that and have future plans for a new shelf unit to put in there.  But for now, what we did works..

and the new shower curtain was just for fun

It feels good to get rid of clutter and unnecessary things.  Plus it feels Great to organize things a bit to make life easier.

Each night, there's a hot spot in the house that I am working on.  So there will be more photo's next week.   Maybe a few before and after.... we'll see.

Over the coming weekend, the room to complete will be the living room.

The reason I have chosen that room is the Christmas Tree will be put up and.... my crafting table and stuff fills one of the corners........

Thanks for sharing this weeks decluttering/organizing efforts.

See you tomorrow with a Wordless Post.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Making Memories....Birthdays, Malls, Churches and Music

A new roll for this blog....

Check out the Page called 

Just jumping in with both feet......

Memories made the last week....

With the time change here on the east coast.... the sunsets have been beautiful coming home from work on my 5 o clock days......  of course on the 6 o clock days... it's pitch dark already when I leave work.

I work in a most fascinating place.   The owner of the business has a extensive collection of classic and vintage pedal cars, cameras, radios, lunch boxes, toys.. and this classic arcade game in our office.  One of my little granddaughters came by to visit and she loved playing.

Lunches with some grandbabies.   One of my favorite things to do.  The little ones seem to enjoy it so much and I hope it leaves a happy memory for each of them.  It sure does for their Nana.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we got to go out and celebrate one of my granddaughters birthday.  Gwen turned 15... it's unbelievable.  I mean really?  Wasn't she just a baby?
Above, this is my little granddaughter Anna... putting on her lip gloss please and thank you. 

Miss Anna ready to tour the mall.......

The beautiful Birthday girl!!   Happy Birthday my beautiful grandchild.<3

Observing the mall all decked out for the Christmas season.

We had a great time shopping and then went out to dinner at Olive Garden.  Geeze... it's been awhile since I ate there.    This time, I chose the shrimp scampi and was not disappointed!  
My daughters talked me into trying calamari.....okay. So I tried it.  Don't have to do that again..

Random Music Share today...

Just can't help myself... I think this is Such a fun song :-D

And in other news.... hubby has started attending a new local church... and I just can't do it.

It's not that I'm against church.  I love my faith and am getting ready to start going because I Love the Worship experience.  Personally, I find God everywhere in my life.  The Trees... I feel Him there... the flowers.. I feel His smile.... the Sunshine.... his Life.... the moon... His Love.... everywhere. 

I didn't grow up attending church on a regular basis so maybe that's why it's not ingrained in me... but I do love going.

But... the new church that hubby is attending.... no music.  Only singing but no musical instruments allowed in the church.

And that's okay for them.  I truly am not judging.

But for me... that's not how I want to worship ..  The beauty of music is too deeply ingrained in me.  And I believe that everything is a gift from God.   So I have to find the worship experience that's right for me as well....
No, I don't expect the church to play Bruno during the service... but in the whole scheme of things... I just can't let myself be caught up in what I call... day to day silly worries. 

I mean... lets talk about how we can help the children in the world... feed them.  Provide schools, medicine.   Let's talk about how can we help our wildlife, our environment.  Let's set up a recycling group of kids and spread the word.

Let's talk about reading... and sharing..... and Kindness... and Joy

and Honor.... and Integrity.... and Family.

Let's not worry over silly little things... like someone sharing their talent by playing a hymn on a piano or a guitar or a harp...

It's Music.

-Just my Thoughts-

Thanks for stopping by!

See you tomorrow with....

Tuesday... Throwing it Out...  I have some photos to share with you on my journey of decluttering my life!!

and being the Christmas Season....

yep, you guessed it...

Christmas Music Share