On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Saturday9: Venus in Blue Jeans

Joining in to answer fun questions with Sam for another Saturday 9.

Saturday 9: Venus in Blue Jeans (1962)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

I love, love this song!

1) Like the dream girl described in this song, Sam is wearing jeans as she composes this Saturday 9. Is there a lot of denim in your wardrobe? Let’s see now. Maybe 10-15 different pair of jeans, cropped, cut-offs, regular jeans, skinny jeans (and different sizes). 

2) Jimmy Clanton likens this girl to the Venus de Milo, the ancient Greek sculpture made of marble and now on display at the Louvre. Is there any marble in your home? Would a set of marbles count?

3) He refers to his girl as "Mona Lisa with a pony tail." The Mona Lisa is also at the Louvre. What's the last museum you visited? 

I do believe it was maybe Philbrook Art Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

The garden in back of Philbrook Art Museum.

When we were in Paris, I wanted so badly to visit the Louvre, but DH overstayed at whatever place he had chosen that day and by the time we made it to the Louvre, it was almost closing time and we had to race through. 😢

4) This girl is so awesome, she's the 8th Wonder of the World! Without looking it up, could you name the other 7? 

I thought the Taj Mahal, but I checked myself and I was wrong, (although it is on the NEW list). We did visit the Temple of Artemis when we were in Turkey and the Coliseum when we visited Rome. The others I just don’t remember. 

I took the top photo and the lower is a postcard.

My comment about this ugly little statue is that Artemis could win the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize in the wet t-shirt contest. When the Apostle Paul was in Ephesus, a riot was started over declining sales of the silver shrines made by Demetrius the silversmith, due to Paul preaching the good news to the people. (If the people weren't loyal to Artemis, Demetrius and the others in the union would lose big money.)
Walking along the road in Ephesus

The coliseum

5) Jimmy Clanton spent his entire professional life behind a microphone. After he quit selling records, he began spinning them as a DJ. Do you consider the sound of your voice one of your better qualities? No, it always disappoints me when I hear my voice. 

6) At age 80, Mr. Clanton still performs. He averaged an appearance/month in 2018. Some of his fans were surprised that he has let his pompadour go completely white. Do you color your hair? Highlights, lowlights nowadays. 

7) In 1962, when this song was popular, Americans were reading about 5-year-old First Daughter, Caroline Kennedy, and her pony, Macaroni. Tell us about a pet you had when you were very young. There isn’t much to tell since I never really connected emotionally to any of the pets my dad brought home. That changed at age 22, and I have owned several beloved dogs since.


8) Decades later, Caroline Kennedy was the first woman to serve as US Ambassador to Japan. Have you ever been to Asia? Yes.

9) Random question: When talking among themselves, who do you think is more open and honest about sex -- men or women?  I have no idea.

Hmmm, seems my answers are pretty yawn worthy here today! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wednesday Medley with Garfield, et al

Welcome to Wednesday Medley and today we are talking about Garfield comic strip and the animals we love! Thank you, Terri, for being such a great hostess of the Wednesday Medley. If you want to join the other Meddlers, answer on your blog and come back here tomorrow to link up with everyone else.

It is National Garfield the Cat Day today! 
1. If you have ever followed the Garfield comic strip, you know Garfield loves lasagne.  What is your favorite Italian food?  
Chicken Florentine, but really any grilled chicken and veggie pasta works for me.
Do you over-indulge when it comes to pasta? Probably.
2.  Tell us about your very first pet.  
I think the little dog in the photo below was maybe our first, but I really don't know. Daddy always tried getting a dog for us, but my sister and I just didn't click with that and both of us had a fear of dogs. I remember running to a stranger's house to call my mother because I saw a dog. So strange that I would actually go to a stranger's home to escape a dog. 
My sister and me with our first dog.
If you have never had a pet, can you tell us about an animal that touched your life in some way? 
Well, I have had several pets, but I'm still going to tell about an animal(s) that touched my life. When I was 22, my husband and I went into a pet shop at the mall and I fell in love with a tiny miniature dachshund pup I saw and held. We found a breeder and ordered little Max, brought him home, put him in a cardboard box with a clock ticking, and ended up with him sleeping on our bed. We enjoyed him so much, we bought a little female and those two dogs were so much fun and traveled with us on all our camping trips and vacations. They had two litters of pups together; I held Liesl and helped her as she delivered the first three. It was very touching as I watched her mother those pups and feed, clean and protect them. She never left them for the first three days and I had to finally pick her up and carry her outside so she could go potty. She was a good little mother. One of her babies, a black and tan we named Olga, had a birth defect in her esophagus. Three times a day I had to stand her on her hind legs to feed her a tablespoon of baby food so it would go down her throat. She didn't make it and it broke my heart when she passed. Max lived 12 years and Liesl made it to 17. 

Liesl with her first litter of pups

3.  Garfield sleeps his day away, only waking to eat or sweet talk his girlfriend Arleen.  How many hours sleep do you normally get each night? About 7 hours. How much sleep do you really need? Just about that.

Garfield lets the mice in the house have their way.  When was the last time you had to chase out a little varmint?  
A couple of weeks ago we had a snake in the house!! Every time I open the back door now, I am on the lookout for one. Aaaauuuugggghhhh!!!

5.  Garfield also loves his teddy bear Pooky. Did you have a favorite stuffed animal when you were young (or now!)? 
The only stuffed animal I ever had was one my Mom made for us.

If you didn't or don't, what about someone you know? All of our grandkids have stuffed animals they carried with them wherever they went. And I have a menagerie of stuffed animals at the house for them to play with and sleep with when they forget theirs. 

6.  Please tell us something about your week, so far!
Jason had to work on Father's Day, so last Friday we celebrated with him and his family. He grilled steaks and I took a cake and ice cream for dessert. We had a great time and they gave Jay an A-Salt weapon to kill flies with!!! Haha!! Fun to use! 
Kate and Grandpa have a mutual admiration society!

Showing off!

He ain't heavy, he's my brother?"
Monday evening we had several friends over for a good-bye potluck for a couple who will be moving next week. Saying good-bye to friends is happening way too often. But we had a blast!
Laughter is such good medicine, we have
to do it often and loud!!!

Second Wind was the name of our life group at church and these five couples remained close for the past few years after the life group ended. They have been a lifeline to us in times of trouble and we really all agree that we have all been there for each other. Trust me, it has been many rough times we've seen each other through.

On Tuesday, a few of the Ladies of Grace gathered to make jump ropes out of t-shirts to put in the Operation Christmas shoeboxes. The jump ropes are made from strips cut and stretched from t-shirts and then braided tightly together to make jump ropes. Very clever idea, as always, from our dear friend Marie.

We also made a few washcloth bunnies.

And afterwards, we went to lunch together at Friday's. I haven't been to Friday's in many years, but the deal today was cheeseburger and fries for $5! You can't beat that with a stick! It was very good, too.

And this little conversation between Jack and his mother:

Jack: Can I go to my friends house?
Me: Yes
⏱...10 mins later Jack comes home.
Jack: He wasn’t home.
Me: Well then where have you been for this long???
Jack: Juggling golf balls.
Me: Huh? Where did you get golf balls?
Jack: They were on the stack of bricks, you know, where the garden snake lives? He doesn’t come out though. There were 5 wasps but they didn’t sting me. I tried to juggle the golf balls but kept dropping them. Can I go to Kevin’s?
Me: I guess? 🥴 (Feels gray hair growing as I speak)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Snail Mail? Or Maybe Heaven's Postal Service!

You never know the far-reaching effects of something you do today that will affect tomorrow … or a tomorrow at sometime in the future!!!

The other day I decided it was time to get the kinetic sand out of the office closet and give to the kids because it hasn't been used here for a couple of years. The real motive here was that I could use the bins it was stored in. So setting about to that task, I ended up cleaning out the entire closet and, as always, found something sentimental to occupy the next couple of hours. This time it was a packet of the letters my Dad had written to his parents while he was going through boot camp and on to the Philippines and New Guinea in WWII! 

The letters held a few little tidbits of interesting information shedding some light into his feelings during that time, but, for the most part, they were about missing his family and friends, and asking for news of back home. When I was about halfway through, I began to thumb through more quickly and discovered a couple of love notes between my parents which were so faded I could not make out all that was said. Finally, realizing I needed to move on with my day, but, at the bottom of the stack, I found a letter I had written to my brother back in 1975. He was still in high school and I was a married lady living about 250 miles away. The letter to my brother was meant to encourage him at that point in his life.

After taking a picture of the letter, I sent it last week to my sister-in-law for them to read. This morning I received this message from my brother:

"Good morning Connie!  This is SO cool!  You had no idea this morning, but you were an answer to my prayer this morning (the last several mornings!  I really needed some encouragement, I’m in the middle of a dry spell, and this REALLY lifted my spirits!

I have no memory of this letter.  I have no reason to know why it was saved and you found it with Dad’s things, other than this;  you may have penned that letter on 10/30/75, but God, being the Master Postman that He is, knew that the intended delivery date was 6/13/19!!

How great is our God?  Eph 3:20-21, “to Him who IS able to do exceedingly abundantly above ALL that we ask or can imagine, according to the power that works in us!’

I needed a reminder that God is great, He has my back, even if I fall, He will lift me up!  Thank you Connie for being so faithful to Susan and me.  We love you.  Phil."
His response is important to me because not only did it bless my brother on this day 44 years later, but it blessed me as well! This made my day as I have also been feeling somewhat high and dry these days and you sometimes have the feeling that you need to be doing something or feeling some emotion, but, in your heart, you know the most important thing to do is remember to hold on, press on, it's by faith we live and not by sight. 

Sometimes the road may be rough and seem hard traveling, but, as followers of Christ, we have to keep our destination in mind. And as we travel, the little things we do can make a great difference to someone else as we pass along a smile, an encouraging word or the simplest act of kindness. What we sow, we also reap. And when you cast your bread on the waters, it does come back to you.

When the road is rough and steep,
Fix your eyes upon Jesus,
He alone has power to keep,
Fix your gaze upon Him;
Jesus is a  gracious Friend,
One on whom you can depend,
He is faithful to the end,
Fix your eyes upon Him.
~Norman J. Clayton

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wednesday Medley ... a Plethora of Celebrations

Wednesday Meddlers, today Terri has provided the opportunity for us to share about making life more beautiful for others and being grateful when others do for us. Get the questions here and join everyone tomorrow to share your thoughts!

National Make Life Beautiful Day

1. Tell us about a time you made someone's life beautiful or someone made YOUR life beautiful.
Many people have made my life beautiful and I do my best to do that for others as well, but more recently it would be the surprise birthday celebration weekend for me by my brother and sis-in-law. Phil conspired with our daughter Sara and others to make a truly special weekend for me and I still am feeling the love from that!! They will never know fully what that meant to me.

National Smile Power Day

2.  Will you take on the challenge and smile more often on June 15th?  Why not start now!!  Have you been blessed by a smile that changed your day?

I smile a lot! When you smile at others, they will return the smile 99 99/100% of the time, I have noticed. It cost you nothing to smile at someone. Smiles come often when I think of how the Lord has been good to me and also when something goes well, or a problem is solved, or an idea is given. Smiling is also good for your face!!
National Random Acts of Light Day

3.  Terri is a cancer survivor.  Cancer has touched most of us in one way or another.  When did someone reach out to you with an act of kindness or when did you last perform a random act of kindness for someone?

My mother had leukemia, my brother had lymphoma, and I had breast cancer. I try to always be on the alert to do something kind for somebody … I don't know that that is random or not. Monday, just prior to a meeting, I noticed a woman I don't know standing off to herself looking as though she could use a kind word, so I approached her and listened to her as she told me all she was going through as a caregiver for her husband. It works both ways because it turned out to be good information for me as I too am a caregiver, and she surely felt better having someone to listen and encourage.

National Loving Day
4.  Terri admits that this turned out to be not what she thought it would be.  Our country has come a long way in recognizing that people are people and our differences are what makes life beautiful, but we still have a long way to go, unfortunately.  Your thoughts?

Terri, I agree with you! My remembrance in 1967 was working with a woman who was quite mysterious about her private life. Because of her reserved, standoffish attitude, everybody just kind of stayed away from her. One day somehow, someone discovered that she was in an interracial marriage and it is sad to me in looking back, that she was shunned from then on. I have to say that she didn't seem to want to be a part of the office camaraderie, but it would have been so much better to accept her. Now, fast forwarding ahead, over the past 52 years, it has become a very accepted thing, and I have many friends and a family member in an interracial relationship. Our church seems to be a magnet welcoming people from every race and culture and that is how it should be in the body of Christ. It grieves me that now our country seems to be more about division, than accepting people for who they are, and not their color or non-color.

Love this little family!

National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

5.  Had to lighten it up a bit.  Terri is a total klutz in the kitchen.  Tell us about something klutzy that happened in your kitchen... by you or another!  Can you laugh about it now?

I have sliced my thumb and index finger many times. 
Oh, this one was a funny one. DH was upstairs napping and I was preparing dinner. I put the skillet with shortening in it for frying chicken. As I stood at the sink working with the chicken, the shortening got TOO HOT and flames were shooting up when I turned around!!! HELP, HELP, I yelled several times while processing what I needed to do. Flour on the fire is too messy, so I grabbed a cookie sheet and slammed it over the skillet to smother the fire. About that time, DH comes down the stairs rubbing his eyes, and smelling the smoke! I asked him why he didn't come? I was yelling HELP! This fireman's reply was when there is a fire you don't yell Help, you yell FIRE!!! 

6.  Share something about your week so far, if you would.

Jack spent the weekend with us and we had such a good time. What a fun little guy he is, but a little expensive. He wanted to go to the mall first to spend the last of his birthday money. He shops and pretty much has an idea of what he will get. His first purchase was a leather bracelet with "real" silver on it! That took all of his money, so the next stop was Field of Dreams which is loaded with all kinds of sports memorabilia and he wanted a mini New England Patriots helmet! "Will you be putting this on display in your room?" "No." "What good is the helmet then, I ask?" He shrugged. The salesman said it is good for getting autographs! My hope is that if the day ever comes for him to have opportunity to get autographs on that helmet, that he will be able to find it in his room! LOL! He told us he is the only Patriots fan in the family.

On Sunday after church he told me how class was and also recited the memory verse word for word. He then wanted to tell me the brief version!! He cracks me up!

"Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous or rude."
(the verse)
"Love, patient, kind, not jealous, rude!"
(his shortened version)

When I suggested he and his sister should go to VBS this summer, he told me that was a decision his parents would have to make! (Guess I need to myob??)

By Sunday morning, I think he was ready to go home.
On Sunday, on the way home from taking Jack back, a HUGE wind and rainstorm came and it was so scary, I couldn't decide whether to continue driving on home or get off the freeway and find shelter. aha! I will go to the mall and park underground. What a laugh! When I arrived, everybody else had the same idea and it was a long wait just to get in there, let alone find a parking place. Need I say, we all just sat there, occasionally moving an inch or two! Then my paranoid self thought about all the gas fumes in there. Yikes. At last, at last! they opened up the valet section just as I was at the exit pondering whether it might be better to leave. So then I was able to park and go inside the mall until the storm was over. Thank You, Lord!

This photo was on a Washington Post story. 
For some reason, I couldn't copy the link. (Hope it's ok that I post this.)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Wednesday Medley ... Cheesy Doin's

Having missed out last week, I am excited to be back for the Medley today! If you answer on your blog, please visit Terri tomorrow and link-up with the other Meddlers so we can visit each other at Your Friend from Florida!

1.  National Cheese Day is Tuesday, rather than Wednesday, but I think we should celebrate cheese this week!!  Let's start by sharing your favorite cheese with us.  Which one is always in your fridge? 
Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan, mozzarella.
2.  What is your preference? Mild, Sharp, or Extra Sharp?  Sharp cheddar
How do you use cheese most often? 
Usually in pasta recipes, grilled cheese, scrambled eggs or cheeseburgers. 
3.  Cheesecake?  New York style or what other flavors would you rather have? 
New York style is what I make once a year at our son’s request for his birthday. One for him and one for him to take to the fire station. I make blueberry sauce for topping. 
4.  When you do grilled cheese sandwiches, which cheese do you prefer to use and what condiments do you use, if any? 
American or cheddar. I use butter for the outside of the bread and only cheese in the sandwich. That used to be the thing the grandsons always requested at my house. I found a recipe on Pinterest for peanut butter and jelly grilled sandwiches. Yummy! Nobody else thinks so. 
5.  Number 5 on June 5th... Say happy birthday to my sister, Tammy!! 
Happy birthday, Tammy. May your day be blessed with every good thing. 
6.  Share something with us about your week. If it includes using cheese in a recipe, please also share that with us too!! 
I have been somewhat under the weather, so it has been fairly quiet around here. I fixed DH a cheeseburger, baked beans and baked fries last night. I’ve also gotten caught up in a book series while not feeling well and am now on book 6! 
The only excitement I guess was the snake that managed to slip in our house somehow! Again, I just "happened" to be downstairs doing a few things when I saw the thing in the breakfast area headed for the kitchen. DH was outside and as I ran to the garage for the snake tongs, I began to scream, "JAY"!! over and over until he FINALLY heard me. Handed him the tongs and after a few tries, he got the thing. I opened the back door, grabbed the tongs and ran like I haven't ran in a very long time to sling that snake over the fence. Thank You, Lord, that I saw the thing, that we caught him, that I made it through the back yard, and didn't lose him on the way, although it came very close to slipping out of the grip. 
I saw this on the storage marquis this week. 

One of my very favorite episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond has to do with cheese and is called The Suitcase. The situation is a suitcase on the stair landing and both Raymond and Deborah are expecting the other to put it away after returning home tired from a weekend getaway. Thinking he found a way to force the issue, Ray put a hunk of cheese in the side of the suitcase.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Saturday 9: Memorial Day and God Bless America

Linking up this holiday weekend with Saturday 9: God Bless America

Unfamiliar with Deanna Durbin's rendition of week's tune? Hear it here.

Memorial Day is the federal holiday designated to honor American service people who died in battle. 

1) Memorial Day was introduced after the Civil War. Originally called Decoration Day, this is when memorials, as well as the graves of veterans, are to be decorated with flags and flowers on this day to show our appreciation. Is there a war memorial in your neighborhood? Yes

2) Andrew Johnson, our 17th President, was in office the first time Memorial/Decoration Day  was celebrated. Have you ever met one of our 45 Presidents? No. But our son met and got to shake George  W. Bush’s hand right after 911. 

3) According to the AAA, more than 30 million Americans will hit the road this weekend and drive more than 50 miles. Will you be traveling far from home this weekend? Just about 50 miles to see grandson play soccer. 

4) Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food? Potato salad, fried chicken, baked beans and chocolate cake.

5) As you answer these questions, is there an air conditioner or fan on? Oh yes! This is Texas and ac has been running off and on since Christmas!!! 

6) Though she's belting out one of America's best loved patriotic songs, Deanna Durbin was born in Canada. Is there anyone in your family or circle of friends who wasn't born in the USA? My sister-in-Law was born in Germany and my great niece was born in South Korea. 

7) No longer a household name, Ms. Durbin was once one of the biggest stars in the country. One of her most popular films was 1937's One Hundred Men and a Girl, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Recommend a movie that you really like, but don't think many Saturday 9ers have seen. Hobson’s Choice I discovered on Turner Classic movie channel. It is a very touching old black and white with John Mills. 

8) Back in 1938, Deanna Durbin had her handprints cemented in front of the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. Have you ever visited that Los Angeles tourist attraction? No, and I have no desire to ever visit that part of California. 

9) Random question: What food did you hate as a child, but enjoy now? Potato salad, now one of my very favorites to make and eat!  

Hope everyone enjoys a safe holiday weekend as we remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.