Friday, September 15, 2017

lazy days filled with sunshine and salt water

Just a few pics from our week . . . I've thought of words I want to write but I can't quite put my thoughts together so here are some pictures with a few comments.

We've rested and chased an 18 month old and rested some more.  We've eaten some good seafood and some turkey sandwiches.  Some of us have read some books.

I needed a vacation.

Emma and I were hanging out while Glenn, Lauren, and Mark did a beer tasting at the brewery in Fairhope.  This was on our way down to Fort Morgan -- detour through Fairhope.


We had dinner at Tacky Jack's on the first night and watched the sun set.  It was actually chilly that night!


We are staying at a house on the bay and some of us (I am not one) have fished and netted and spent long hours on the pier.  Glenn was throwing the net.



We've spent some time on the beach (this is what we called the big beach -- on the gulf side) and we've spent a lot of time on our little private beach (on the bay).

This cute little munchkin has been so fun . . .and so busy . . .and so cute!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

There was evening and morning and evening and morning . . .

I had grand plans of blogging every day on vacation . . .so far that has not happened but who knows . . I still have a couple of days.

On our first night at the beach, we watched in awe as the sun set.  It was huge orange fireball that quickly melted into a pool of molten lava.  


On morning one, while the guys fished I snapped a quick photo of sunrise.  How cool - in the mornings we can see the sunrise from our pier and we can see the sunset in the evenings.  Perfect beginning and ending to each day.


We watched sunset #2 and couldn't believe that it was the end of day two.


God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. . . .and it was so good!  Yes, it is so good!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Sun and Moon HodgePodge


Joining up with Joyce at From this Side of the Pond.  Want to join?  copy and paste the questions to your blog.  Answer the questions.  Link up over at Joyce's blog.

1. Did you watch the solar eclipse? Your thoughts? Sun Chips, Moon Pies, Starburst candies, a Blue Moon beer, a Sunkist orange, or a Milky Way candy bar...what's your favorite eclipse related snack on this list?
First, I'll pick my food . . .I love Sun Chips - yummmmmm!! (I also love a really good orange!)  I just realized that I'm not that fond of Milky Way candy bars!  I haven't been eating desserts since February (I think I've mentioned that a time or two :-) ) so I might not indulge in the moon pies or starburst candies and I don't like beer AT ALL!

I did watch the solar eclipse (many thanks to my son and daughter-in-law for the glasses!).  Several of us from work gathered on the front lawn of the church and had a blast!!  The first picture is us being crazy - I'm not holding my nose I'm holding my glasses on my face - haha!



We had 92 or 93% totality and it didn't get as dark as I thought it would but we did get deep shadows and the crickets thought it was evening!


One of my favorite things was the crescent shaped shadows - they were so awesome!!



The sun is directly overhead normally at this time of the day and this is the courtyard outside my office -- usually not a shadow in sight but deep shadows on Monday.


Russell (our minister of music) and I were staring at the eclipse!

Below was posed.  I wish Amy had recorded me when I first put my glasses on.  The eclipse was just beginning and I was jumping up and down like a little kid!  It was so exciting to me.



2. What are you 'over the moon' about these days? What's something you enjoy doing every 'once in a blue moon'?

We continue to be "over the moon" about our sweet grandbaby.  She was trying on her great grandmother's boots on Sunday!!  This girl loves shoes!!  

I enjoy having an alcoholic drink "once in a blue moon" - I don't drink often - mainly because many drinks are so calorie laden.  But once in a blue moon . . .yum!



3. Tell us about something in the realm of science that interests you. How do you feed that interest?

I love to look at the stars.  I love to wake up while it is still dark outside and go sit on the front porch and just stare up at the sky.  When I do, I am in awe of our creator!

4. What are a few things you remember about going back to school as a child?

I loved school!  I especially loved new school supplies - pens, pencils, protractors, notebooks, new books, new lunchboxes (I'm so old that we had metal lunchboxes!!), book satchels (they weren't back packs -- I had a really cute red plaid one!!).  I also loved the first football game  . . . or maybe I should say the first Friday night football game where there was a nip in the air!  This is the deep south so that wasn't right at the beginning of school.

5. I've seen several versions of this around the net so let's make one of our own...share with us five words that touch your soul and briefly tell us why.

1. Grace - God's grace is truly amazing
2. Grandchild - oh my goodness!  People told me but I didn't believe them.  Being a gran is so cool!  I can love on that baby . . .and then I can give her back! hahahaha!
3. Friends - I spent a little while chatting on the phone with a close friend today.  We were both marveling at how much a good friendship means to our well being.
4. Family - we celebrated some birthdays on Sunday (maybe I'll write about it and share some pictures) and we enjoyed being together.
5. Laughter - I can't imagine a day without laughter.  A good laugh seems to cleanse the soul from the inside out.
I could keep going but I'll stop with 5!!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.
We are going on vacation soon . . . to the beach . . .oh goodness . . .Beach might be one of my words, too!  I haven't taken a vacation this year - just a Friday off here or there . . .and I'm in DESPERATE need of a vacation.  I'm going to put my toes in the sand and I think I'll have a "once in a blue moon" beverage or two.  Hopefully, I'll have some time to blog, too.  I'm going to TRY to make myself totally unplug from work for at least 24 hours.

Friday, August 18, 2017

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY - SPEAK!

I'm linking up with Five Minute Friday - we are given a "word" and asked to write for exactly five minutes and then stop . . .without editing!  Today's word is Speak!

When I read the word "speak" I thought of 1 Samuel chapter 3 when Samuel thinks Eli is calling his name but Eli finally realizes it is God and tells Samuel that the next time he hears the call to say, "speak for your servant is listening."  So I looked up this scripture and it always amazes me how much I forget between readings.  I had forgotten that God spoke to Samuel about Eli's family and then the boy (Samuel) had to tell Eli what God had said!

I also thought about SPEAK in regards to my own life.  I'm a talker so you would think that SPEAK would be easy for me.

In our world today there is so much going on.  Sometimes I want to SPEAK out but there is a major problem.  I'm fairly moderate in my beliefs and I have UBER conservative friends and family AND I have UBER liberal friends and family.  I never have the courage to SPEAK up about what I really think.  I actually have opinions - if you know me you aren't surprised - but rarely feel that I can truly SPEAK my opinions.  Everyone else seems more than willing to share their opinions - the left bashes the right and the right bashes the left continuously.  Sometimes I wonder if people realize what they are actually saying or are they just spouting out words. I also wonder if folks realize how much hate they are spewing yet proclaim Christ in their next breath.

I will say that I am blessed indeed to have one or two friends with whom I can be truly honest.  I can SPEAK FREELY with those people.

As usual, my writing is all over the place from "SPEAK your servant is listening" to  . . .my thoughts about not speaking out but maybe I just needed to SPEAK the things on my own heart.

Do you speak out?

p.s. added after the five minute timer - I DO NOT THINK VIOLENCE is the answer and the thought of Nazis scares me to death.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

And God saw that it was good.


We've spent much time in our courtyard and on our screened porch this spring and summer.  One of my closest friends gave me a humming bird feeder for my birthday.  I cannot even begin to tell you the joy that Mark, Harvey (the cat), and Emma (the granddaughter) and I have received from watching the hummingbirds.  If I sit in the courtyard with my glasses on top of my head (which just happen to be orange) . . .and I sit really still . . .the humming birds will buzz my head.  The sound of their wings is amazing and they are such territorial little buggers!  They DO NOT like to share!!
A couple of weeks ago Mark asked me to try to take some pictures of the birds so I used my actual camera and sat very still on an afternoon.
When I looked at the pictures, these are the verses that popped into my head - from Genesis Chapter 1.
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Gate and pathway to the front side of the house

flowers along the stone walkway to the back gate


And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
My photos of the humming birds aren't great - I should practice my photography more often.




if you look closely, you can see the drop
of nectar on the end of his beak!!


Our creator is such a wonderful artist!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

HodgePodge




1. Do your actions match your words? Elaborate.
I'm sure they don't always match . . . but I do try!  I teach Sunday School and facilitate a group for young adults on Tuesday nights and if I talk about something and the way Christ calls us to live, I try hard to live it myself.  Do I fail?  Often!  Do I keep trying with God's help? YES!

2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it's a dog's life, every dog has it's day, can't teach an old dog new tricks...now doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life?

We are in the dog days of summer here in Alabama.  Days are hot.  Afternoon thunderstorms pop up and then the humidity, which was already high, jumps even higher.

3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? What makes it a favorite?

Where the Red Fern Grows and Old Yeller are the two that pop into my head!  both of those books make me cry!  There is another book that our family listened to in the car one year . . .about a dog . . .and I can't remember the name of it.  I was so proud of myself for getting a book (probably on cassette tape but surely it was on a CD) for us to listen to as a family!  As a kid, I loved watching Lassie on TV!!  (yes, I know that dates me!)

4. What's something you hope to one day have the confidence to do?

oh wow - can't decide how deep I want to go with this one . . .I had to sit here a few moments and think about this one.  This is a silly one but when we went to the Dead Sea on our previous Holy Land trip, I didn't have the confidence to put on a bathing suit in front of all those folks so I missed out on a major opportunity!  When we go back in 2018, I'm going to have the confidence to put on a dadgum bathing suit and float in the Dead Sea!!

5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke.

Knock Knock!  Who's there?  Atch.  Atch Who?  I'm sorry, I didn't know you had allergies!  I AM NOT a joke teller.  I love to laugh and I love a good joke but I can't tell a joke for the life of me!

6. Insert your own random thought here.

This morning, I sat at my island in the kitchen and sorted/alphabetized name tags from our Administrative Board meeting.  It was early.  It was still dark outside.  I found myself praying for the folks whose names were on those tags.  It was a good thing!  I normally spend some time every morning in prayer and this morning's time was so focused on the faces that belong to those nametags.

One more random thought -- This is a blurry picture because she never stands still for long but just had to post a picture of our sweet grandbaby who LOVES her pops (I'm going to be Gran someday when she can say it!), loves shoes, loves bows, can say octopus (I taught her that one!) . . .and my favorite thing - she calls "pop?" "pop?" . . .and then she says, "whereishe" . . .all one word.  It is so stinking cute!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Bikinis

Last Thursday night, two friends and I went to see a musical.
I wasn't sure what to expect but I had a great time!

The name of the musical is The Bikinis.  The Bikinis were a group of four - two sisters and two friends (maybe a cousin??).  They told their story and sang songs from the 50's, 60's and even a couple from the 70's.  These women were amazing.  I'm not sure of their age but they sang and danced their hearts out.  I was amazed that they weren't out of breath!!  They sang great harmony with each other and were very convincing - you felt like they were truly the Bikinis!


The play was put on by C.A.T. - Central Alabama Theater - which is a non-profit group co-founded by a guy with whom I went to high school - Carl Peoples!  Carl is doing a great job!!

The play was located inside the Steeple Arts Dance Academy.  I searched on the internet and I'm not sure what church used to be in this building BUT the Dance Academy has been located there for MANY years.


It is a small venue which makes for such an intimate setting.  I don't have a single picture of the three of us but I promise we laughed a lot!!  If I had a snapshot, all of our mouths would be laughing!  There was a group of older ladies sitting behind us and I believe they had visited the bar one time too many - they were actually whooping!  They were having a REALLY good time!

If you zoom in, you can see the cute stage.  They did an excellent job of costume changes - most of their costumes were in the beach bags hanging on the fence.  They added a hat and a leather vest or a brightly colored shirt and viola -- a new look for a new song!



I have found myself singing some of the songs (in my head!) since last Thursday . . .and then I find myself smiling!  What a fun night!  I hope to go to some more productions by C.A.T.

Do you have live theater where you live?  Do you like to go to plays and musicals?