counting thanks 982 ~ 1021

A list of thankfuls – one by one, my goal is to list 1000, being open to seeing the many blessings and gifts from my Father above ~ time to catch up on listing my thanks here ~ I hit my first 1000!!

~ a wonderful trip to the coast with my mom and sisters

~ enjoying the salty air and watching the waves, acknowledging the power of God

~ nephew time and Funderland

~ the cooling delta breeze that comes in the evening

~ contentment with what I have

~ a fun day at the gun range with family

~ the opportunity to visit and help my 99 year-old Grandma

~ a cousin willing to watch the puppy while I’m at Grandma’s

~ wandering her flower beds

~ fun knitting projects

~ a fun box of good stuff from my “FRIENDS” swap partner

~ my sister asking me if I wanted to rent a house with her

~ the “fun” of looking for a house

~ beautiful flowers

~ finding a nice home with a good landlord

~ the anticipation of moving – only “XX” more sleeps

~ sour pickles – Yumm!

~ fresh veges from my dad’s garden – tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and all kinds of squash

~ finishing some projects and re-starting some that have been tucked away

~ the many family and friends that helped us move

~ for a real bathroom with a shower that has lots of water pressure and volume

~ lots of wood and tile floor to sweep and mop

~ for a reminder lesson on the power and need for thankfulness

~ little boys that say – I like your house

~ a new-to-me memory foam mattress topper

~ for my sister watching my puppy during the moving weekend

~ for nephews saying, what can I carry next

~ for a lesson that reminded me that we are only “stewards” of what we have and that we need to use it for God’s glory


wedding flower beginnings

A friend recently asked me if I would do her wedding flowers.

She is getting married in June, and wanted to get started on the process.

Of course, I said “yes”.

She sent me this picture ~ and said “I really like this idea”.

We met ~ and did this

And then explored Flora Fresh & Floral Supply ~ my two local wholesalers

we wandered the aisles (remember to dress warmly)

With much ~ look at this, what do you think of these & oh, I really like those

we walked away with some ideas that look kinda like this

It will be interesting to see where it goes from here ~

joining up at Mosaic Mondays

wordless wednesday – jan 4

Joining up with Wordless Wednesday today…


yarn along – jan 4

Things have been very quiet on my blog for a while – but I’ve been seeing a few “yarn along” posts out there and thought I’d join in, so…

I’m joining up with Ginny today on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – also love Audible.

I am working on Rhytidome by ThatLoganChick Designs, using Schaefer Yarn – Anne,  Calamity Jane colorway

I’m listening to Born in Fire by Nora Roberts, I enjoy this trilogy.

Am I walking worthy?

I have taken the challenge to memorize the book of Colossians this year in addition to the verses given each week at Bible Study.  I haven’t intentionally memorized anything (except phone numbers) in a long time – so it has been a challenge to get going on this. But so far I’ve been able to keep up with both…

  • Week 1 – Colossians 1:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:3-4
  • Week 2 – Colossians 1:3-4, Joshua 1:9
  • Week 3 – Colossians 1:5-6, Psalms 19:14
  • Week 4 – Colossians 1:7-8, James 5:16

This week – Colossians 1:9-10, 1 John 5:14-15

As I begin to study the verses in Colossians this week – I am challenged by them.

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”

These are the questions I am asking myself…

  • Am I filled with the knowledge of his will?
  • Am I walking worthy of the Lord?
  • Am I being fruitful in every good work?
  • Am I increasing in my knowledge of God?

So if I am filled with the knowledge of His will, I will know what I need to do to walk worth of Him. If I am walking worth of Him, then I am being fruitful in EVERY good work (not just the easy ones).  And the more fruitful I am, the more I will increase my knowledge – and the circle continues…

Lord – Search me, know my heart, try me, know my thoughts, lead me in your paths – my desire is to walk worthy. Psalms 139:23

Buddy came home

So Friday we (Mom, 2 sisters, 2 nephews, Bro Mike and I) drove to San Francisco. We stopped for lunch along the way.  We dropped Bro Mike off at his brother’s home. He was going with his brother & sister-in-law to Indonesia, and instead of taking the bus, we gave him a ride.

We got to the airport about 2:15pm, IPOD had left home at 2:30am in Kansas and made his way to CA via Houston, TX. We got parked and found the Continental Quick Pack office, where IPOD was waiting. The attendant said that there had been 2 cats and 2 other dogs that were on the same flight. I signed the paperwork for him. We all oohhed and aahhed over him, he is really cute, and headed to the restroom. One nephew was particularly concerned because I hadn’t decided on a name yet, so all day long he kept giving me suggestions – some were very interesting :-).  We went back out to the parking lot and played with the puppy a little, letting him run around. He was very good with my nephews, they were gentle with him.

Well then we headed south toward Half Moon Bay and stopped at a beach along the way. We all love the beach. It was really funny watching the puppy trying to run in the sand, he tried following my footsteps, but would tumble into them. Then he’d lay there just sniffing the sand and digging. The boys had fun playing in the surf and sand, one kept burying his legs or arms in the sand.

Most of us at least got our feet wet, some got all wet…

Back in the Suburban – we went on down to Half Moon Bay, drove around a campground, and talked about a camping trip. Then we headed toward home, but hit quite a bit of traffic as it was after 5pm by then. The puppy got passed around to be held and then finally he crashed – it had been a long, long day.

Saturday & Sunday went by reasonably smoothly, no accidents in the house yet. I’ve been diligent taking him outside regularly, and he is really good doing his business when I take him out.

I had so many names suggested, and I had thought about many. But finally on Monday morning, I decided on Buddy – it’s not very original, but he’s already my buddy.

changes, a new home and a new puppy

Change – not a very big word, but can bring with it upheaval, uncertainty and unease.  There’s been alot of that over the last 6 months or so.

Our family business, that I had been helping run for the last 10 years, closed it’s doors in March. So the “security” of a job, income and even housing was gone. So I began to send out resumes, probably about 50-60 of them over a three week period. I was called back by 4-5 different companies, interviewed by 2 – and started my new job on April 1st.

I am now working for Enterprize Glass Company in Rancho Cordova. It is a small glass company that mainly works for property management companies, replacing windows and screens in apartments or rental properties. There is the owner, Rick and one other glass technician.

I handle anything and everything in the office – and have even cut some glass for orders. It has been interesting, prior to my coming – all their bookkeeping was done manually with ledger cards and a check register. When I interviewed with the owner, I told him that I was very interested in switching things to computer (Quickbooks). Well, I am doing that – I just about have all of 2010’s info in the system. But due to some circumstances, I’m having to enter information for 2007, 2008 and 2009 – so it has been challenging pulling it all together. The income isn’t near to what I was making – but then neither is the responsibility or the stress. I think at this time, it’s a good trade-off.

My new home – is a 21′ travel trailer.

It is my parent’s trailer, but they have kindly offered to let me use it for awhile.

In this picture, where the bookcase is between the vertical cabinets was originally the head of a queen-size bed. There was a frame that came out into the room, and there was barely room to walk on each side of the bed. We took out part of the bed frame (it is in storage, so my parents can put it all back together later and use it), and I put in the bookcases. I almost had to grease them, to get them to fit. I made a cushion to have seating along in front of the bookcases. I found the rocking chair on Craigslist. And my Uncle Pat made the small table narrower for me, which will be used for multiple purposes: eating, sewing, computer, etc.

This picture shows the area that used to be a dinette booth. Now it’s my bed. The length was 3″ too short for a standard twin mattress, so I bought a memory foam style mattress that I could cut down. It’s comfortable but it’s a good thing I’m short.

I’ve basically moved into it, but still use the house kitchen and the house restroom for showering. In another month or so, I will probably move it to a small trailer/RV park near my work. I am looking forward to having my own little space and only a 2.5 mile commute. I plan to ride my bike in good weather.

So – a new puppy

I have been thinking about, researching and planning to get a new puppy for awhile (about a year or so). I had decided on a Havanese. They are small (which is a good thing since my new house is so small). They don’t shed much and are hypoallergenic (don’t cause allergy problems), which is another good thing as I some times have allergy problems. From what I’ve read they seem to be a good companion dog. I’ve looked at many websites for different breeders and lately had found one that I kept being drawn back to. I ended up calling the breeder, Linda earlier this week to ask a few questions. You can probably guess the end of the story – my new puppy is coming home next Friday.

This first picture is from when he was 5 days old. He kind of looks like a little hamster or something…

This second one is at 5 weeks, he’s starting to look like a puppy…

And this last one as at 9 weeks, just over a week ago. He’s a cutie.

I talked with my boss and he is ok with me bringing him to work, today he said he was looking forward to me bringing him in.

I’m still trying to decide on a name. If you’ve seen my facebook posting – I’ve had some help in that direction, my cousin Dave’s suggestions were to call him “Stupid” or “Ethel”. My older brother suggested “Stay” – as in “come here, Stay – come here, Stay”. The Crain boys are always to be counted on to be helpful. At the moment I am considering – Ripley, Bailey, and Riley – I like names that end in “e” sound.

So back to changes…

With all the changes and upheaval in my life over the last few months, I have been so thankful for one thing that has never changed, I’m thankful that my anchor in life’s storms in Jesus. I’m also thankful for my family, how we can stand together in tough and trying times.


God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God,
the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:
God shall help her, and that right early.
The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved:
he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Come, behold the works of the LORD,
what desolations he hath made in the earth.
He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth;
he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder;
he burneth the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the heathen,
I will be exalted in the earth.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Psa 46:1-11