Rejoice in the Lord always. Philippians 4:4a
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"The Lord be with you! The Lord bless you! ..." ~ Ruth 2:4 NIV
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"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~ A. A. Milne
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"Never place a period where God has placed a comma." Gracie Allen
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –e.e. cummings

Don't let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Squirrel Condo and More Minis

Last weekend when I went to help with my new great niece, we were able to see this huge squirrel nest outside in the front yard.
My dad used to love watching the squirrels at home, but we never saw anything like this. Jinny told us someone climbed a ladder and looked in an said it is quite a fancy critter condo! I was satisfied using my imagination because I was NOT going to climb a ladder to peek in.
I had to include these early blooming mini iris from the middle of April. They don't wait for me to clean and only bloom for a short time.
Cool weather with rain likely. The violets will like that!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Thank you Sandi for being our hostess! I have a link at the bottom of the post to return you to her blog so you will be able to visit everyone.

During the past year I've discovered how many treasures I have that are in my home because blogging has made me look at things again and again! I realize how fortunate I am to have so many reminders of my family.
All of the cups and saucers today were my paternal grandmother's and are smaller ones, reminding me of demitasse cups.
I've often wished I had some chintz dishes, and never once thought about these two sets (below).
However, they were made in Occupied Japan.
As I think about how I've taken things for granted, I never want to let that happen with my faith. This past year has been the most difficult one of my life, but God has remained faithful to me. The eternal God is thy refuge... . Deuteronomy 33:27a

Please visit Sandi's Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Today's Flowers

The flowering quince has more red buds than it's ever had.
It blooms on old wood so I don't cut it back except to trim some of the branches that are in the way.
Early evening isn't the best time to take pictures, but I like the way the background came out so dark. Don't know how or why, though.
I saw several bushes in bloom as Sarah and I were out and about in Denver this weekend. Lots of blossoms on the ones that are protected in the city.

This tree is next door to Sarah. Have no idea what kind of tree it is.
The flowers are not nearly this pink--more of a pale orchid color and very small and lacy looking.
Most of the trees I've seen like this are always in town. Wish I knew what it was. The bark seems to be darker than most trees. It is not peach, pear, cherry, apple, or flowering almond. There doesn't seem to be any sort of fruit later in the season, either.

I'm linking to Today's Flowers, so enjoy!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dainty Daffodils

I'm so happy when I go out in the morning to see the daffodils blooming. These are my favorites.
They last a long time with our very cool mornings.
The pale yellow contrasts so well with the darker trumpet.
The tulips are budding now and will be next. I like the fact that they don't all bloom at the same time and stretch the season.

Thanks to Today's Flowers for hosting this event. ♥♫

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Barn Quilts #10, 11, and 12

This building has three large quilts. This one is the Spool block. It was after lunch when I stopped and the shadows are not pretty.
This one is an original pattern OR Mother's Choice. There's the feed company block in the middle corners--red and white nine patch will forever be "Purina" in my mind!
So is this Mother's Choice? I'm just using the names that were published in the paper - doesn't look like any I saw. If I had more time to research the names, I would. But, I'm waiting for the fog to lift and the sun to come out so I can go do something outside!
More to come...apparently there are more than 61 sites in Morgan County.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Daffy Down Dilly

I am so excited that I have flowers blooming. AT LAST. Ah...
The theme must be miniatures lately because these are tiny ones. The flax and violets are also growing now that we've had warmer days.
Lots of cleaning to do and rearranging, such as the black fencing that was holding back something last summer.
Daffy down dilly has come to town,
In a yellow petticoat and a green gown.
from Mother Goose

I'm linking to Today's Flowers as seen in my sidebar. This is the first time I've joined in and think this will be a great blog to visit!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Wee Teacup

The teacup is only about one inch tall and the saucer is 2 1/4 " across! On the bottom it says it was made in England and Foley bone china. I can remember having this in my bedroom when we moved to our house when I was in third grade--so it must be at least 50 years old!
It is one of my dearest treasures that I have because I'm pretty sure it was from my maternal grandmother. Most of the treasures from this side of my family are handmade quilts, afghans, and crocheted pieces.
Memories of things my grandma and I did together are treasures to me, too. One time
she and I made German grebble for my college social studies class! We'd go shopping for her groceries, have dinners of chicken noodle soup and butterballs. She was a wonderful, kind and loving person. She showed her true love everyday, just like in this Psalm.

Psalm 42:8 (King James Version)

8Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

Visit more friends at Sandi's Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Greetings

The lily that blooms around Easter is a symbol of Christ's resurrection because it rises from a seemingly lifeless bulb decaying in the ground. It is also used as a symbol of Christ himself.
May you experience the love of our risen Savior on Easter and everyday. We are an Easter people! Thanks be to God!