Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Icy World

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him."   ... 1 Corinthians 7:17


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Currently, my world looks like this:



Oh my! Did you read about those two guys? Niagara Falls are (basically) just down the street from me so honest, I'm not exaggerating about my present icy world. For proof, just gaze outside my own window:


(Considering I usually have 'lighting issues,' it always thrills me when the lighting comes out on the enchanting side.)


And you know? When I drove up to our supermarket in those balmy 9 degrees this dark morning, I sat in the car and watched bundled-up patrons gingerly stepping over the ice. And once again, I felt proud of them, of us, for living in a place resembling Alaska and, year after year, venturing outside anyway to do what must be done. And usually doing it without a ton of complaining.

We Western New Yorkers are a hardy bunch. We've gotta be.

I've lived in snow country since I was 17 and though ice and snow change everything and can be a pain--still--I'm grateful for the special grace to remain here in Buffalo (especially) all these 22 years. I wouldn't trade any of these years away, not for anything, not even for a spiffy home in Florida.

Nope, not even for that. 

Really, I love this place, for the challenge to be more than I am (a wuss) and I'm grateful that God flew us here all those years ago. It continues to be one incredible-to-me adventure after another.



                   " ...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."   ... Philippians 4:11



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Oh my! Have you seen the new Snickers commercial? If you were ever a fan of The Brady Bunch, you'll love it.  :)


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Time to Let Go

10 People Every Christian Should Know

Fun Activities to Do With Your Kids

Welcome to Last Chance

All God's Children

For a Lifetime

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Winter Vacation. Of Sorts.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."   ... Romans 15:13

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Still here! Just taking a sort of winter vacation lately, living the peace, not writing about it. 

Even though I've not gone on a real vacation since September of 2010 (the cross country train adventure), still I must lecture my head that I deserve some time off, even if it's just around the house, which it always seems to be.

A woman's work never being done (and all that), it is difficult to just stare at said work and choose to not do it. Hence, I eventually give-in.

But anyway, if I'm scarce around Blogland this week, now you'll know why.

Today the sun returned(!) and I've been at the table, rereading The Apple Turnover Murder  and staring up at the sun (with eyes closed of course) and thanking God for all things, even for Neighbor Mike who shovels the sparkling snow for us and for (promise not to laugh?) my recently discovered, much-fun Netflix tv show: Wahlburgers.

Now, weeks ago on a Saturday, I passed through the living room and noticed Tom watching that show and rolled my eyes each time, shook my head and questioned his usage of time. But oh dear, when will I finally, truly learn to not judge a tv program after watching only two minutes of it? Sometimes I wonder.

All I know is that Wahlburgers delights me, makes me laugh aloud and even cry at times, especially the episode about Paul's 50th birthday. That one really got to me (sniff, sniff) and it's a great episode if you only have time to check-out one. And who doesn't love their mom, Alma? I especially like their stories of the old days when, as a family of 9 kids, they had so few things, but much love for each other. And lastly, I enjoy praying for these people.

Anyway.

Today is Naomi's 35th birthday and hence another reason I need a day off. Wow. What a mathematical impossibility, I muse! And yet it's true: my sweet little girl is 35-years-old. Oh, how fleeting, this thing called Time.


Well, the brownies in the oven are nearing the end of their baking time and my book awaits me as do the Wahlbergs. :)

I just wanted to check in with you all and let you know I'm still here, still alive and thinking good thoughts (not bloggable ones as of yet, though) and still surrounded by peace and much joy. And I'm wishing all the same for each of you.






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Did you see this photo of panicked, before-the-storm shoppers yesterday in New York City?




This is why I so often nag recommend that we all stay stocked-up on groceries and ready for anything.  :)


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Foreign Invaders

Friday, January 23, 2015

Of Temptations to Scream ...

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]"   ...  Matthew 11:28


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So. My favorite local coupon lady at Facebook alerted us that, at WalMart.com, they were practically tossing clothes out the door for free.

She'd bought this jacket for only $6 (regularly $40):



And these jeans for only $2 (regularly $15):


Well. I could have zipped over there in the wee hours of morning, but noooo ... I waited ages (not being a WalMart shopper for clothes, mostly), and when I did take a peek, wow! Much was already sold out, but still, enough nice things were left in my size. After an hour, my cart had lots of items at only $3 or $4 or $5 dollars each, reached around $53, then, ten minutes later, wham! Suddenly it said $107. 

The clearance sale had ended.

Oh. My. Goodness. I wanted to scream, especially since my head ached from all that concentration and clothes/weight angst and squinting through these cheapo reading glasses and being awake since 4:00 a.m.. Ack! All those good deals gone forever (and no way was I gonna pay the double price).

But then it came to me: nothing is worth throwing a fit over, especially not losing ones great deals at WalMart.com. So I repeated a few times, "I will not get mad. I will not get mad...", then went to the kitchen for some magnesium calm-down powder from Naomi (which I take before bed and, truth be told, occasionally before Tom comes home from work. heh). I even returned to Facebook to see if others had experienced the same tragedy--and they had, one woman having had 100 things in her cart(!) Oh dear. So I commented about my experience, adding a bit of humor.

You know why these tests happen, don't you? So that when we're s-q-u-e-e-z-e-d, we'll behold what comes out: sweet or sour, fragrance or stench, grown-up-ness or baby-ness. So we can then ask God, "Please show me what's rotten within and how to empty it, so I can behave more like You next time."

God doesn't want us to spend our years in disappointment misery, but rather, in a calmness, a contentment which comes from trusting Him more than any person (politicians included) or job or friend or relative or bank account. 

He wants to mean more to us than anything, to be our go to encourager, the lifter of our heads, especially when we're tempted to bang those heads upon our computer's keyboard.  :)



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"I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it[a]overflows). ...   John 10:10

"...For it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."   ... 1 Peter 1:16


"The quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her."  ~Marcelene Cox



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Another of those great deals was this zip-up sweater for $3 rather than $20:




Oh well! Tom leaves for S. Africa in a couple weeks so I'll have the car on weekdays and can shop at my good ol' faithful Salvation Army on Half-Off Wednesdays where I always find quality clothes which last for years (no, really!).


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