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


Friday, January 18, 2019

My Strength

Father, I thank You that I belong to you; You hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.” Amen

Psalms‬ ‭73:23-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Sunday, January 6, 2019

I have messed up royally!

In trying to get my blog ready for printing, I go through and remove repetitive photos from memes to save on printing my blog book. Something has gone wrong in doing my updates and it is reposting old blogs! I will have to figure out how to correct this. 

Please ignore my posts!

Saturday 9: Gotta Travel On

Saturday 9: Gotta Travel On (1959)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, the Billy Grammer sings that "summer's almost gone, winter's coming on." When you look out your window, do you see any evidence that the seasons are changing?

Not yet, but hopefully I will see some sign of it soon. 

I look forward to seeing some of this.

2) He admits he has laid around and played around for too long. Do you consider lazy days to be wasted days?

I make it a point to accomplish something every day because that's just the way I am. If it is raining, too cold, too hot, too this, too that, I am perfectly content to read for long periods of time, but I don't consider that wasteful. It's wasteful if there is a job that needs to be done and you don't do it!

3) Billy relaxed by fishing. Tell us about a visit you made to a pier, or a ride you took on a boat, this past year. (Bonus points if you went fishing!)

We went on our son's boat several times this year and had a great time. I can't say that it was relaxing except when we stopped to swim and play on the beach.

4) Born in 1925, Mr. Grammer was the eldest of 13 children. He and his wife Ruth were childless. What do you think is the ideal size for a family? 

I had a brother and sister. Our family of five was good, but I think four children would be a good number, ideally the older two being close in age and the younger two also. My younger brother was more like an only child since he was so much younger than my sister and me.

5) This song was very popular on juke boxes back in 1959. When were you last in a bar or restaurant that had a juke box? Did you play it?

A mom and pop café in our community had a juke box and we did play it. It's been a few years back.

6) In 1959, movie tickets zoomed up in price to $1.00 and Ben Hur was the big blockbuster. What's the last movie you saw in a theater? Operation Finale. Do you remember how much the ticket cost? $3.75. We traveled about 15 miles to attend the theater. Usually we pay $8 or $9 to see a movie.

7) Huckleberry Hound was a hit with the younger audience in 1959. What cartoon did you enjoy as a kid? Popeye. And I loved spinach!

8) In 1959, continuing dramas (soap operas) were still broadcast each day on the radio. When you turn on the radio, do you listen for talk, news, or music? I listen for Bible teaching or praise and worship music.

9) Random question -- Which competition would you rather judge: The Pillsbury Bake Off, The Miss America Pageant, or Dancing with the Stars? 

As we were growing up, our family always loved watching The Miss America Pageant and all of us judged who we thought should win, so I guess that would be my choice. Although it would be fun to judge the bake off and sample the goodies. I'm impressed by most all the dancing stars I've seen, but we don't watch that show. 

Vonda Kay Van Dyke was one of my favorite Miss Americas! Her talent was as a ventriloquist and she was such fun! As a teen, I admired her very much and also read the little book above. She was unique in that she was and still is, the only Miss America who also was Miss Congeniality. Also, always thought Bert Parks was the best host! When I was in seventh grade, the home economics classes put on a style show and our glee club leader had us singing the "There she is, Miss America!" theme song as the girls modeled their outfits.

Wednesday Medley

Wednesday Medley!

1. The Circleville, Ohio, Pumpkin Festival starts today. All things pumpkin are everywhere. What is your one very favorite pumpkin flavored food or drink? Do you wish it was available all year or do you only want it in the Fall?

Pumpkin pie!! No, I only want it in the Fall. The rest of the time I'll take chocolate!

2. What product would you seriously stockpile if you found out they weren't going to sell it anymore?

Funny, I can't think of a thing except no sodium Herb Ox beef bouillon packets. 

3. What is the most interesting thing you have seen online this week?

I don't know. Lots to choose from. Is Elizabeth Warren really a native American? Should Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have timed their pregnancy to happen after the big wedding? Some people apparently were angry about that. I did enjoy seeing the pictures of the princess bride and groom and all the sweet children who were in the wedding.  Avenetti turned on Stormy Daniels? What??? What passes for news these days reminds me of the old Enquirer magazines.

But I found this story to be interesting and sweet: A diabetic 6 year old boy sold pumpkins to raise money for a service dog so he wouldn't have to ride to school alone.  


4. Is it better to be a "big fish in a small pond" or a "small fish in a big pond"?

I like being a small part of something big. Sometimes when I wondered whether what I was doing at my job mattered, I was always brought back to the big picture to see it from a different perspective. In the ministry I worked for, people's lives were touched and many were changed. If I could look at it from Heaven's perspective, my being a small fish in a big pond mattered. Many little fish working together to minister to others. And I feel the the same way about my small part in my church, and even my jobs with law firms all my 45 years, what we were doing made a difference.

5. My Joe has become obsessed with playing chess on the computer. Do you play chess? Are you good at it? I don't play chess, but DH always liked it and tried to teach me back in the day. I just couldn't get interested in it. It seemed like a good idea to get him to play chess on the computer, but he is no longer interested. Now I wish I had learned.

6. Tell us something random about your week.

Our church holds a conference every year for pastors across the nation. Pastors from small churches come for knowledge, encouragement and tools to take back home with them to help them lead their congregations. Tonight I will be helping put together 500 notebooks for each of the pastors who attend.

Wednesday Medley

Wednesday Medley!

1. If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? 

Wow! That's tough! If this is 8 hours extra per day, I wouldn't want to spend that extra time watching TV, and it might be hard to read all that time, but maybe I would read more of the books I have. Maybe go to cooking school? Do more volunteer work? If it were all added up together,  I think long vacations or visits to family would be nice. But I think I'm happy sleeping!!!! Wish I had a better answer.

2. What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own/owned?

Comfortable! And whatever makes me look nice. I think a loose, long tunic top over a pair of comfortable, nice looking jeans or capris.

3. What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? Photography.

4. What would your perfect room look like? (You can post a picture.) Maybe something like one of these. 
It doesn't have to be this big and I would also like a fireplace and very comfortable furniture!

5. When was the last time you climbed a tree? As best as I remember, it was several years ago in Colorado.
Does this count? It's the best I could find. 
Back in the frizzy hair days!

6. Tell us something you will do/did today.

I went to Bible study this morning, came home, did a few things around the house, and will cook dinner later. Tried to work on a blog post and gave up, then remembered Terri's questions, so ta-da, here I am!

Wednesday Medley

Well, fun! Thank you, Terri and good job for the medley of questions today. 

1. What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

Right now, an amazing adventure for me would be to take the Royal Canadian Train Trip across Canada. We have wanted to do that for so long and we love train trips. 

2. Name five songs that you have completely memorized?

Ha! Really??? The other day DH had the TV on My Fair Lady and I was able to remember all the words to On the Street Where You Live! I love that song and most of the songs we sang in Glee Club I still remember: You'll Never Walk Alone, Que Sera Sera, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi, and, of course, songs of faith, Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, At Calvary, Jesus Loves Me, Nothing But the Blood.

3. What takes up too much of your time?

Facebook maybe. Blogging? Also I am caught up in a historical fiction right now and finding it hard to break away.

4. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?

Hmmmm. I refuse to watch shows led by or starring celebrities who have been so hateful toward our government, leadership, or mock our faith. 

5. What’s worth spending more on to get the best?

Food, clothes or shoes which I wear forever!

6. Tell us something random you want us to know about your week...

It's another busy week with appointments and I'm hoping we make it to see the new Unbroken movie this week. Looks like Thursday will be a time we can do that. And I'm looking forward to our concert series beginning on Saturday night, and dinner with friends. Yesterday after a full day, we drove over to see Kate's team play softball. They played very well and Kate had a good hit! So proud of our grandkids.

Wednesday Medley

It's happening! Wednesday Medley!

1.  On November 28th, 1995, President Bill Clinton ended the 55 MPH nationwide speed limit that began in 1974 as an energy saving measure during the Mid-East oil embargo.  If you are old enough to remember this (I sure am) did it make you happy? You better believe it! I was tickled pink!  Do you have a heavy foot when driving or does 55 MPH sound good to you? I always enjoy it when we get to a place where 75 is the speed limit and if you go the loop around Austin, you can drive 80 or 85. I do like to drive fast and all the tickets from the past and the tears shed with the kind police officers I met would testify to that! I do much better now. Cruise Control is the best!

2.  You are home alone on a rainy/snowy Sunday afternoon.  What Christmas movie will you watch? It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, The Bishop's Wife, The Shop Around the Corner! Any one of those. I'm sure there are others that haven't come to mind just now.

3.  What is something you have tried that you will never try again? Ice skating probably.  I always loved roller skating and would have liked to ice skate more. However, having survived many sports activities, I don't want to break anything at this stage of the game.

4.  Today is National French Toast Day!!  Will you have some?  Oui s'il vous plaît. Do you like French Toast? I do like it. If I had some Texas Toast or French bread, I might make it. Although, hmmmm, I just remembered, we will be eating breakfast out Wednesday morning, so maybe I will order that. Oui! ça m'a l'air bien. I had to look it up and I'm sharing with you a little of the history of French Toast.

"Although we tend to call it French Bread, the dish isn’t known to have come from France. Some ancient Latin recipes from the 4th century mention soaking bread in milk before frying, and in fourteenth Century Germany the term ‘poor knights’ pudding’ was coined for the sweet treat because it was seen as an affordable meal for those without too much money to spend. Today, it’s eaten across the world as a breakfast meal or a sweet snack.
In Italy, there’s a savory version, called ‘mozzarella en carrozza’, which sees the egg-soaked bread sandwiching slices of mozzarella cheese before it is fried. Its name literally means ‘mozzarella in a carriage’. So you can have eggy bread for your main meal, and your pudding!"

5.  The Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center will be lighted today, as will the one at the White House in Washington, D.C.  Do you have your tree up and is it lighted?  I put up the 4 foot tree upstairs, but I didn't decorate it. I simply enjoy the lights in the early morning and after dark. Have you ever been in New York City or Washington, D.C. to see the trees all lit up during the holidays? No, but I would love to see them.

6.  Tell us something random about this week of yours. Ever since last Thursday, I have been procrastinating about getting up in the attic to bring the Christmas stuff down. I can't seem to get with it. Maybe tomorrow or Thursday. This week seems fairly quiet. We had our Monday night friends over Monday, and Tuesday was Bible study. Wednesday breakfast with our buddies, and this evening, I am going to try the Caregivers Support Group at Prestonwood Baptist. I already attend the Memory Care Support group, Thursday is Bible Study Fellowship and on Saturday Feed the City.