Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Well...Even In Isolation, Life Goes On

Hello, Dear Ones! I pray you are all safe, sound and keeping your 'social distancing' at this trying time for our country. Mr. Precious and I are staying in and puttering in the yard. Here in The Woodlands we are not on lockdown at the time being but we are not putting ourselves in any danger.

I just have to have some happy in my life and can't focus on this virus all day long. Hey, that will get you down and depressed. I know our God is in control and He will get us through this.

Okie dokie...on with the show!
Here is our humble little home in south Texas. Have I told you how glad I am to be back in Texas? Well, we did downsize - quite a bit. I'm over that now and am really enjoying our little one story home. Since I took these snaps I've planted some little flowers in the bed on the right now. Little red and white periwinkles.
 I wanted to show you my little front porch. I don't think this is officially called a porch. Maybe a portico? It's Springtime and I wanted some Spring on my 'porch'.
 Before this virus scare I had found this lovely peony flower garland at Hobby Lobby and didn't know at the time what I would do with it, but loved it. Then I bought a new grapevine wreath to make a new wreath. I had had my seasonal wreaths for so long so when we moved from New York I gave them to Goodwill! Anyway...I took this lovely garland and wired it to my wreath! It was a match made in heaven I'm telling you! The complete length of the garland fit perfectly around the wreath. Not too short and I didn't have to cut off anything! Perfection! I think I probably should hot glue down a few of the blooms as they're kinda floppy.



See how pretty these blooms are!! I was so thrilled! But then...
 We bought this little bush at At Home for Christmas and I added lights that come on each evening with a timer. We liked the look so much that we just kept the little bush out here. Well, she was sad and wanted some blooms too. I went to Walmart, again before the virus scare, and bought two or three little flower bunches and chopped off the blooms and poked them into the bush! Perfect!
 
See??
 So if I could invite you over for dinner when you walk up the front sidewalk - this is what you would see. Light and bright and I hope welcoming!
If you will look very closely you'll see a little fuzzy face down in the right hand corner of the door  who is waiting to greet you - my Willow.

Well, Dear Ones I hope I've brought you a little bit of joy this day. I pray for us all each day that our mighty God will keep you safe and sound.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song -

Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu

 I wanna jump, but I'm afraid I'll fall
I wanna holler, but the joint's too small
Young man rhythm's got a hold of me, too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

Want some lovin' babe and that ain't all
I wanna kiss her, but she's way too tall
Young man rhythm's got a hold of me, too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

Wanna squeeze her, but I'm way too low
I would be runnin' but my feets too slow
Young man rhythm's got a hold of me, too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

I wanna squeeze her, but I'm way too low
I would be runnin' but my feets too slow
Young man rhythm got a hold of me, too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

Baby comin', now, I'm hurryin' home
I know she's leavin', 'cause I'm takin' too long
Young man rhythm's got a hold of me, too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu 

~ sung by Johnny Rivers 

 




Monday, March 16, 2020

During This Chaos...

Dear Ones, I know we are all scared this moment in time as we see the Corona virus spreading in our country as well as all over the world. Would I tell you I'm not scared? Yes, I'm scared. But I just want to encourage you all with a few of my favorite scriptures that bring me comfort. I remember the old song "I Don't Know Who Holds Tomorrow But I Know Who Holds My Hand" and I catch myself singing as I go about about my daily chores.
For (my) God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7



Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”


I pray just these few scriptures will encourage your heart, that you won't let fear over take you and we can rest, that doesn't mean pretend nothing is happening and not take precautions, we can rest knowing our God is in control. He loves us. We don't have all the answers. We don't always understand why, but we can trust Him.



The ladies in my Sunday School class have a monthly brunch and meet at each others homes and bring little breakfast goodies. March was my month and I didn't realize it was going to be Spring Break so for our usual 16 or so we only had 8 but we still had a great time.


I took these snaps with my phone and they aren't very clear and didn't enlarge well for me for some reason. Anyway, we were not afraid to meet and were all laughing about how there was no toilet paper at the grocery store!

 Of course I had to decorate for spring and pulled out some milk glass and poked in some little flowers. Grabbed my little glass lidded bunnies and sprinkled down some chocolate and I was done.
Here we are in the dining room solving the problems of this old world. We all fit at one table too!
I'm a very optimistic person and set up my big ole folding table that sits 10 in the breakfast room. No ladies there but we placed the food here. More milk glass, bunnies and candy.

We started talking about the old hymns that really ministered to us and we ran over to the piano and I sat down to play and we sang our tiny little hearts out! What a nice way to end our nice time together. 
Then our large church canceled our church services for Sunday and our pastor streamed his message online. Our lives are going to be different for a while, who knows how long, but don't give up and don't give in to fear. Stay safe, bake lots of cookies and hopefully you all have enough toilet paper!
You know I love you all and you're always my sweeties,
Shelia :)
I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
I Don't Know Who Holds Tomorrow 
But I Know Who Hold My Hand
I don't know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don't borrow from it's sunshine
For it's skies may turn to gray

I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him
For He knows what is ahead

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand

I don't know about tomorrow
It may bring me poverty
But the One who feeds the sparrow
Is the One who stands by me

And the path that be my portion
May be through the flame or flood
But His presence goes before me
And I'm covered with His blood

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand

Yes, I know who holds tomorrow
And I know He holds my hand
~ sung by us

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Spiffing Up The Laundry Room

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so excited today to share with you what I've done in my little laundry room. When I say little, I mean little. But it's proportioned just right and meets our needs. 
This has been one of the last rooms in our little home for me to spiff up so far. When we bought this house the previous owners left and machines and we were grateful as we left our machines for the new owners of our house in New York. They are older but work just fine. You're looking at the right side of the laundry room...
...now you're looking at the left side. Duh! :) You can see how narrow it is but it has a door I can close and a window for light. 
These cabinets were the orange oak like the kitchen. I knew I wanted them painted but went with a sweet soft blue from Sherwin Williams called "Little Boy Blue". Don't you love the name of the color? I may have shown you these little knobs I ordered - just the cutest little things ever. I'm sorry I don't remember where I ordered them but how perfect for a laundry room!
This might not be to everyone's liking, but I put up a strip of fabric on a tension rod to cover all of the plugins and water faucets - stuff behind your machines that should have been put much farther down but I'm sure a man decided on all of this and he wasn't thinking right! You gals get what I mean. So, I didn't want to look at it and covered it up. The fabric is about 5 inches away from the wall so it's not close to the plugins or anything. I like it and this is one of my favorite Waverly fabrics - left over from my kitchen curtains.  
Okie dokie! Now this little lamp named "Birdie" sat on my counter in the kitchen to give a sweet soft light at night but I thought she would be perfect in here so she flew on in. I just had to spiff her up too so I glued down the blue ribbon and made some rolled fabric roses and glued down buttons for centers and now she is as cute as a bug even though she's a bird! I'm so talented like that you know!
This is exciting for me! When we knew we were going to buy this house I knew I wanted a cross stitched piece to hang on the wall right here. So I went to town searching for patterns and found three! So my dainty talented fingers went to work and I stitched these three little laundry pieces. I chopped them down and put them together and added some cream rick rack to hide the seams and I was done. Aren't these sweet? I just amaze myself sometimes! You know I'm kidding.
Then on to the little window. There was no blind so I put up a blind, curtain rod and a valance out of  my favorite Waverly fabric. It just makes me smile.
Then I had this nekked wall (that's Texan for naked) and added a little shelf. I hung up the little hello sign I found at Joann's Fabric and poked my birdhouses on the shelves. They were just too sweet to put outside in the weather so I just poked them in the closet and now they've found their new home. I'm not sure about that doily but I'll live with it a while and see. Maybe I should just have a runner up there?
Now I found this little plastic shelf at Walmart for around $12 and it is perfect in here. It's probably not even 12" deep and has plenty of room for me to poke my laundry stuff on as well as my boxes of Swiffer sheets. I schooched it a little away from the corner of the wall so rolls of paper towels could hide there. I see those little booger peeping around!
There was no rod to hang up clothes to dry. So we went to the Container Store and found this perfect little laundry cart! It has a generous rod to hang clothes and an attached basket at the top (I'm hiding my dirty clothes that go in that basket). Then the bottom has a shelf and it is the perfect size for me to poke in a plastic laundry basket and I use it for dirty towels! Perfect! It fits in this little small area just perfectly with a couple of inches to spare!

One last snap to show you. Now when you have a small house and not a lot of storage it forces you to get creative with your organization. I'm such a genius! I found this over the door multi hooked rack and it's just perfect to hold my brooms, mops and Swiffer. Oops I see my big old duster needs its cover washed! But don't you see how nice this is and it's hung on the back side of the door and no one ever sees it! I even have Willow's leash hung up there.
Well, there is my little laundry room all spiffed up and ready to tackle my dirty laundry! Hope you've enjoyed seeing my little laundry room today.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I'm Gonna Wash That Man Out Of My Hair

I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
And send him on his way.
I'm gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
Nellie and Girls:
I'm gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
I'm gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
And send him on his way.
Don't try to patch it up
Tear it up, tear it up!
Wash him out, dry him out,
Push him out, fly him out,
Cancel him and let him go!
Yea, sister!
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
And send him on his way.
If a man don't understand you,
If you fly on separate beams,
Waste no time, make a change,
Ride that man right off your range.
Rub him out of the roll call
And drum him out of your dreams.
Oho! If you laugh at different comics,
If you root for different teams,
Waste no time, weep no more,
Show him what the door is for.
Rub him out of the roll call
And drum him out of your dreams.
You can't light a fire when the woods are wet,
No!
You can't make a butterfly strong,
Hmm, hmm!
You can't fix an egg when it ain't quite good,
And you can't fix a man when he's wrong!
You can't put back a petal when it falls from a flower,
Or sweeten up a fellow when he starts turnin' sour
Oh no! Oh no!
Nellie and Girls:
If his eyes get dull and fishy,
When you look for glints and gleams,
Waste no time,
Make a switch,
Drop him in the nearest ditch!
Rub him out of the roll call,
And drum him out of your dreams
Oho! Oho!
I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
And sent him on his way.
She went to wash that man right outa my hair,
She went to wash that man right outa my hair,
She went to wash that man right outa my hair,
Nellie and Girls:
And send him on his way!

~Sung by Mitzi Ganer