Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 22 - Adding some grays to the canvas......

Hello there

It has been a historical week.   In many different aspects.  But I will leave that to other venues to talk about .....

Here in Virginia, our weather has still been mild for this time of year.  The past few days have been filled with fog and gloom....except inside of our walls.   The warm lights burn brightly.  And my cozy little area of the world fills me with warmth, welcome and family love.

A scene as seen from the windshield yesterday...

This weeks Project 52 Photo

I have continued my journal with pen and paper and creative adventures and am finally finding my voice and the beat of my heart.   As always, it takes a little time.

I bought a new set of colored pens that will get their first use in my journals tonight. 

While at the store.... I saw this container that was full of many food storage bowls and lids.   We always need food storage bowls etc... so I bought it for a really good price.  

After emptying it of its contents.... it has made a perfect container for my most used crafting and journaling supplies :)

In Crochet

What I"m making right now is actually for a family member....

so more posts on Crochet next week :)

On Swap-Bot

It's been a quiet week.   This weekend I have prepared several swaps to go out in the morning.

I received some wonderful mail....

I've been signing up for more letter writing swaps and it's wonderful to write letters!!  

Here are a few things I received...

for a profile based surprise swap...

for a swap Sharing a Psalm....

and for 7 Days of Inspiration

Favorite Photo Shares from the past week...



I'm also a new member on a website called SparkPeople.   Its for weight loss....getting healthy...

What a Wonderful Site!!

And my music/video share....

Remember... always Stand Your Ground... and Know What you Believe in and Why you Believe...

but...also Remember...

We are All in this Together.

Love your fellow Brother and Sister.  Love is Everything.  

It is the Only thing we take with us when we leave this earth.

Have a Wonderful Week ahead my Friends!!

See you on Wednesday with a new Wordless Post.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week 3 --- the colors of the canvas blend.....

Hello there!

Hope your first half of January has been marvelous!

Here in Virginia, we've been able to experience several seasons of weather.

Snow, bitter cold and ice......wind... then rain, mud and temperatures reaching into the 60's

I've been feeling much better this week.   Had a little trouble with my blood pressure again and a irregular heartbeat.   But things have settled down and I'm grateful.

Started getting into a new routine for exercise and better health.   Having to start very slow and work my way into longer times....but after 1 week there was such a difference in how I felt when starting and ending the routine.

I remember back when my mom was on so many medications for her heart,, blood sugar.. blood pressure etc... and the doctor told her... If you would just walk for 15 minutes a day... it will change your health more than you can even imagine.   But she did not do it.

My health is no where near as bad as hers was at my age... but I'm trying to do the right thing and take care of myself the best that I can.  But it's so easy to Not.   So, I'm starting very slow.   I am active at work but it's different to be busy at work... moving around.. being in a fast paced environment... and then to have the steady rhythm of walking or stretching or light exercise.   I don't know the why's as to why it's different... but it is.

So for now it's been stretching a little and walking.. or walking in place.  Only 5 minutes to start on the walking and will increase that by 2 minutes per week.   I should be ready for the 3 mile loop in Bedford by spring.  I used to walk it just fine and it's been disheartening after all these blood pressure issues to not be able to.   But... I'm taking it slow and steady and already seeing results.

This Week in Crochet

I completed the cutest set of Froggie coasters and a coffee cup cozy.   Fixed it all together in a backet of frogs as a RAK or surprise for one of my daughters.


I received some awesome stuff this past week.  I'm preparing swaps to send out tomorrow.

This one was called... Envelope of Randomness....

My partner took the time to check out my profile and send me such awesome stuff!!

Then I received my crochet coasters from my partner along with a wonderful note :)

The next swap was a special one indeed....

It's Called Random Acts of Kindness.

We had to go this this awesome etsy store

.... purchase something that benefits the family of their cousin/uncle Joe who has passed on

and then once we receive our purchase... we send something we purchased to our partner along with a letter talking about a random act of kindness we had performed.

So... this is my order.   I ordered extra because I wanted to be a part of this... and because the items offered were wonderful!!

What a way to honor the passing of a loved one.... and what a way to share kindness on Swap Bot.

Had a fun trip to Dollar Tree last night with a couple of my daughters.

Had to pick up some fun stuff for a swap going out tomorrow... (Blue Things)

and they are starting to stock for spring!!

I know, I know... it's a little early.   Valentines Day stuff everywhere... St Patricks and even some Easter...

but what caught my eye was the coming of Spring!!!

so... I picked up a bunch of seed packets :-)

Will keep some but sharing most in swaps and letters I will be sending out.

I'll leave you this week with a couple of inspirations and a song...

My friends..... Be Blessed in all that You Do!!!

See you on Wednesday with a Wordless Post....

Monday, January 9, 2017

Jan 9 - The first brush strokes of the year.....


I hope you all have had a wonderful week!

A lot of people on the east coast of the United States are digging out of snow.... and trying to stay warm.

Its been a great week.  Being snowed in over the weekend was actually kind of wonderful.  After work Friday, my daughter and I ran to the grocery for some food... not just for the milk... bread... and toilet paper.... although we got all of these too!

On Saturday, I stayed in my pajamas all day and watched the snow coming down.  It really was pretty... although I'm not much of a fan of winter.   

Then, the super cold temperatures set in.... and added a frozen glaze over everything.

Tonight's sunset... you can see how frozen the top of the snow is...

But... the weather reports say that the temperature is heading up this week!!

In Crochet...

I've decided to continue with the block of month/crochet a long squares to make a blanket at the end of the year.

In between times, I'm working on one of the patterns for a 6 inch square.  These don't take me long at all to make and using up some of my stash yarn... they will make a beautiful blanket!

And they will all have the white centers and edges.. but the colors will all be different.

 On Swap-Bot....

I got the most awesome letter in the mail!!  My partner wrote it out on vellum sheets, then rolled it like a scroll and tied it with a ribbon.

I've been busy sending out some swaps too.

This one was for a swap called Sharing a Psalm

and the set of coasters were sent out this morning..:)

Here are a few nature shots from today.  I will be adding them to my photography page shortly..

It was fun going out on Sunday to take the Week 2 photo for my Project 52 album on facebook...

Big difference in a week...

Last week. I shared my Christmas cactus bloom... still only 1.  But here it is today too.

Bible challenge is still going strong.  I adore the group of girls who have taken the challenge with me.  It's gonna be such a fun year!!  And now we are still reading through Genesis. ♥

You may not know this... but my Jeep needs a engine... so I'm driving a company car at the moment... but here is the engine.... and it's going in soon!!!

And this is my favorite photo... a little tree bought during Christmas time... it was all decorated for the holidays.   Now, its growing strong and will be repotted soon.   I think we are going to keep it in the office at work. 

My favorite song to share with you today...

and all I have to say is

the fire smolders and I'm free. 

Wishing you each a wonderful week ahead.

Lighting candles, praying and meditating every day.

Life is short... and we don't realize it when we are young and rushing around... speeding through our days and nights......

but now.  Every moment is precious.  Make them all count.  

Every one of them.