Tuesday, March 31, 2009


That on the right is a picture of alot of fat...so while those luscious frappuccino's taste great...I have decided to stop drinking them!
So what have I been doing the last few days?? Not much because caffeine withdrawal, (yes I had enough each week to have withdrawal) causes headache and fatigue. So I have been reading books and surfing the web and trying not to move too much.
But it will be so much better for me and for the wallet too!!
I'll be back soonish...

Friday, March 27, 2009

a Story

Just read this online and wanted to share....

Hope this is a story that can be helpful in your life. I think we all become tired at times knowing we are doing what God wants us to do...
You just gotta push!

A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to Push against the rock with all his might...
So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might!
Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, Feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain. Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind: (He will do it every time)!
You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn't moved.' Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.
Satan said, 'Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough. That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of Prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to The Lord.
'Lord,' he said, 'I have labored long and hard in Your Service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half of a millimeter.
What is wrong? Why am I failing?'
The Lord responded compassionately, 'My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done.
Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed.
But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back shiny and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard.
Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be Obedient and to push and to exercise your Faith and trust in My Wisdom. That you have done. Now I, my friend, will move the rock.'
At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He Wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him.
By all means, exercise the Faith that moves mountains, but know that It is still God Who moves The Mountains.
When everything seems to go wrong.......................Just P.U.S.H.
When the job gets you down................................. Just P.U.S.H.
When people don't do as you think they should.......Just P.U.S.H.
When your money is 'gone' and the bills are due.....Just P.U.S.H.
When people just don't understand you ..................Just P.U.S.H.
P = Pray
U = Until
S = Something
H = Happens
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Friends are like quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Project I made today...

It's been a good day around here- hope it has been for
you too!

1. My cute craft cottage
2. CD's-love my music
3. Authors that write great books
4. Kids that want to hang out with us
5. Friends that leave comments on my blogs
6. Shiny new old ring
7. Caramel Frappuccinos!!!!
8. Slug bait
9. Smiling faces
10. Board games

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The weekend was full of fun!

Saturday morning we headed to the Portland Saturday Market. Surprising how many of the items look very similar to what was there when we used to go as newlyweds.

Then we had lunch at Old Town Pizza. Had 1/2 pepperoni and 1/2 proscuitto. Yummo!

Silliness outside Voodoo Donuts!
On Sunday, Mrs. Amy came to craft. After making a few cards, I roped her into helping me start the next project on my list. A scrapbook featuring my grandfather and grandmother from the twenties up to the time my mom got married in the 50's.
Then in the evening we headed over to Magenta for an bit of music from these two...
Eric and Dorinda Toner.

They had a great collection of songs and a fun stage presence. Loved it!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Remember the test?

Remember the post that was a test? Feb. 25th ?

Well...he finally responded but he needed a prompt and whine from me about never reading my blog. Oh he said he reads it, maybe one or two things by my calculation. He didn't realize he could go back a page and see other stuff. So maybe now he will check in more than once a month. I did ask how often he goes to his friend's blog and was told at least once a week and mine? Maybe once a month...just goes to show....

Friday, March 20, 2009

Thankful Thursday a day late!

1. Hope-I haven't done this in a long time-but starting to
2. Dreams-I am free to
3. Love-I am surrounded by it
4. Courage-to step out of my comfort zone
5. Friends-who uplift me
6. Comfort- I have so much
7. Blessed- I am
8. Beginnings-scary but good
9. Praise- music uplifts my soul
10. God- my beginning and end

Monday, March 16, 2009

Last week-lots of photos!!

Went to see this production on Sunday afternoon with Amy- it was amazing! I want to go to more shows!!

Then off to Cannon Beach with Gary for a three night stay with plenty of time for relaxing and reconnecting. We go each year for our anniversary and stay at the same place, same room #10 one block from the beach. Hit snow in the pass-
Had to have a talk with Gary about how to share a bed. You would think after 28 years he would know to stay on his side! This photo was taken at 1 am with no lights on, didn't want to wake him. Slept in the chairs until he woke up. They are really comfy by the way-
I love how Gary's eyes scrunch up when he smiles big-

And that sweet guy took my grandma's wedding ring from the 1920's in and had it sized so that it would fit my ring finger. He says he likes it better than the one we got way back when. So sweet-
We had some projects to do before the open house on Sunday to view the new kitchen.
The broken gazebo had to come down-

Bulletin board made from one of the old kitchen drawers-

Gary made a clock from the old ceiling fan but I forgot to take a picture of it!
We hung new pictures at a local coffee shop-
Made a garland out of coffee filters, tissue papers and old papers-

Got a new 5 phone system for the house and upgraded our cell phone-

On Friday we saw Magenta Children's Theater production of a Midsummers Night's Dream.
DD- Amy was cast as the Queen of the fairies, shown here with the King-
and in a close up to show off her make-up-

Sunday afternoon brought some relief from the rain and friends to come visit!
This is Janene and Patrick and their aunt Teri hanging out in the kitchen, probably talking about the trip to Paris-
and good stuff to eat-
Showing off my new cookbook full of "our favorites" that matches the kitchen-
Dear friend Teri, looking sooo good-
Today...I read a book....


Today is my Blogiversary!

One year ago I wrote about getting started and Amy's play at Magenta. Yesterday she gave me the video of that actual play...funny how things happen like that. I must say that it has been fun and encouraging that others actually read about what is happening in my life and comment too.

I have a week worth of happenings to blog about but need to download the photos. So I will do a post later...until then a photo to make you smile...
or want some chocolate!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

1. Meds to help ease my knee pain
3. Relaxing at the beach
4. Stacks of magazines
5. Getting chores done
6. I'm baking tomorrow
7. kind mammogram technicians
8. Teri & Janene get to go to Paris
9. New phones that won't cut out on me
10. White licorice ice cream

Friday, March 6, 2009

Almost 28 years=10,220 days=14,716,577 minutes=

How long we have been husband and wife!

the formal portrait-don't we look excited....now we are ready for some fun...off to the reception...
Through the years- early 90's....
late 90's...
still smiling after all this time!
Thanks to all of you who have cheered us on and helped us out. It has been a grand adventure and I sure do look forward to what the future holds.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday

1. We are getting orders for more photographs
2. Going to see Wicked on Sunday
3. Heading to the beach for 3 days with my sweetie
4. My husband has a job (I just met a client whose
husband hasn't worked for 9 months)
5. Creative outlets/projects
6. Netflix
7. my sore knee is bringing me to Jesus more
8. Love my comfy bed
9. spring flowers
10. Making healthier choices
...stretching chart at Curves
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