Sunday, September 25, 2011

This Made Me Smile!

Here's what my sunporch looked like this morning.  Sunlight streaming in.  Vintage apron from my grandmother.  Jesus Never Fails sign.  Chippy old church.  Sparkly cake stand.  Through the window I see a chippy ironstone teapot and an old chippy white octagonal birdhouse with metal black roof.



Oh, and I almost forgot.....Zeek in the dead center of all of it!


The sight brought joy to my heart. Little kitty, Formerly-Known-As-Action-Jackson who we now call Zeek, as in rhymes with Freak.


He's lots of fun. He's getting cuter.


I always tell him his tail is way too long. I measured it this morning and it is 13 1/2 inches long! Longest cat tail ever to live in my house! (Yes, I do measure my cats' tails...don't ask.)

Have a wonderful day!

Carol
Joining Cielo for Show off Your Cottage Monday.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Desperate for Him



1 Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.  
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness....
11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 29

Lord, I am desperate for You. 
You alone are my Source, my Refuge, my Defender. 
I praise You with all my heart and You inhabit my praises. 
You are ever faithful.
You are my Hope.
I love You.

joining Spiritual Sundays

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Loved

I've been hoping for sun. Thinking that it would be a spirit lifter. I don't know why, but I didn't actually ASK for it. You know, as in "Ask and ye shall receive...."



Just looked out the windows. I am loved.



With an everlasting love. There's the sun. A physical demonstration of God's love. For all of us.   Another example of His faithfulness.  Our Hope.



He knows our needs. He cares about every little detail. He shows His love to us in countless ways every day....as He daily loads us with benefits, blessings.



I've been feeling lethargic, unmotivated. I know it will pass. I know what He would have me do. I asked for direction and He has given it to me.



I love the wonderful God we serve. I love His unchanging nature and His omnipresence. He is everything to me.

Thank you, Lord.

Joining Charlotte and Ginger for Spiritual Sundays.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Dodging the Bullet


When Mister and I married 10 years ago, we moved into this home.  It was pretty ugly - yellow brick, dark brown T1-11 siding, cement stoop with loose wrought iron railing, enormous evergreen bushes.  Mister had the vision for the transformation of this mid-century rambler. 
It sits on over an acre of land, with 150 feet of creek frontage.
Creek frontage.  That's where the dodged bullet comes in.



We drove the couple of miles to the creek house today to see what was going on. There were lots of U-Hauls filled with belongings and parked on higher ground.  They are being used.......




Because of this.  Yes, that is our old mailbox.  The back of the house and the garage are surrounded by water. 


We went through flooding like this with Hurricane Ivan in 2006.  It's one of the reasons I wanted to move.  (Besides the fact that I love, love, love! old homes!)



Standing up against the house across the street......



and now, looking back at our former house.




Mister built me the little garden surrounded by a picket fence. I had raspberries, strawberries, herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, and beans. Things have gotten overgrown in the past 5 years that we have been gone.

The new owner grew up along the creek and is used to flooding. That's a good thing.

And me?...I'm so thankful to be high and dry. Some lapses in electric service, but we can work with that!

Have a blessed and wonderful weekend.  Hey, I just looked outside.....and the sun is shining! 

Carol

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In Between


It's In Between time. Many of the blooms have come and gone, like these Naked Ladies. Perhaps a better name might be Surprise Lilies. So called by another blogger.   I like it.



These hydrangeas still bloom. They will soon turn pink. They make lovely dried arrangements, especially if you do not live with cats.



I think the private beach we visited in Harborton, Virginia this summer still looks the same.  (Pretty Byrd Cottage)



It was a lovely, private place.



The sun is setting earlier each day. But to me, it is still summer. For a few more days. It will be an Indian Summer when the sunshine that comes each year after this cool and rainy spell returns.

I do have a turkey carcass cooking in the slow cooker. We'll have comfort food for dinner on this cool, rainy, overcast day.

And I did put away some blatantly summer ornaments. I thought about it, and could not get out the Fall decor.....not yet.

Because, you see, I am still In Between seasons.

So that is what's on my heart today.  Quiet, pensive, cozy and In Between.  And I'm joining with Shanda at her lovely blog, A Pause On The Path.

Wishing each of you a day of comfort, peace and blessing!

Carol

Friday, September 2, 2011

Wish you were here! (and) Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

Because if you were, I'd welcome you in.


Pour you some delicious coffee, (or tea, if you'd rather).  We'd drink out of the prettiest cups ever.



Serve up a freshly baked brownie that I personally think should be illegal.  It's that good!
I've tweaked the recipe repeatedly.  It has garnered an enthusiastic following among my co-workers and Chickie's friends.  Made from things you always have in your pantry.


Moist and gooey in the middle.  Deliciously and delightfully crunchewy on the edges.
Now, remember - you couldn't wait for them to cool. So don't remark about the lack of pretty-plating!


Where do you want to enjoy our tasty treat?  I know, let's go to the back porch!
You can sit in one of these olden rocking porch chairs if you want, but.......


 I've saved you the best seat of all!




And....here is the recipe......

It is wickedly, mercilessly, wonderfully chocolate!

Brownies To Die For

1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 and 1/3 cup corn oil
1 bag (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup hot brewed coffee
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 and 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe mixing bowl.  I like the mini chips for easier melting.  Mix the cocoa and baking soda together and add to chocolate chips.  Stir in 1/3 cup corn oil.

Add coffee, stir til thickens.

Stir in sugar, eggs, 1/3 cup oil til smooth.

Add flour, vanilla (always generously estimate vanilla measurements, IMHO!) and salt.
Blend.

Pour into greased 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees, 35-40 minutes.

Give as much away as possible, or you will eat way too much yourself.  At least, that's been my experience.  That's where the co-workers and Chickie's friends come in!

Have a marvelous weekend and holiday!

Carol