Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Arthur Blessit

One of the Godliest men I have ever known is Arthur Blessit....he holds the Guiness Book of World records for the longest walk of any human...over 38,000 miles over most of the world carrying the cross of Jesus...he has a simple Gospel message, Jesus died for your sins and loves you....Kay, my dear friend and sister in Christ sent me the link to his web site....the above photo was taken about 25 years ago when he was in England...we were privileged to meet him at a church in London.....which I wrote about in a much earlier post almost a year ago.
Back in the 60s he had a Jesus coffee house on the Hollywood Sunset strip called His Place. If you would like to read more about this simple and remarkable man, visit his website here

I won!

Yesterday afternoon I opened my email to find out I won a giveaway! Carrie from Weaver Girl Guz
makes these wonderful wash towels and I won a triple stack of them..they are so nice and hand woven....what a blessing! Please stop by her blog and she also has a great Etsy store
called Wash My Cloth....
I will post a photo when I get the cloths and thanks Carrie!

Monday, September 29, 2008

I don't have a whole lot to post about, but am collecting a lot more vintage photos...I am making quite a few journal jars....I have 7 made so far...I have one cowboy/western one, and have photos for a civil war themed one and also vintage baseball....plus my usual vintage jars , some with lace embellishments and some with vintage tatting...and the original prim grungy jar. I am hoping I can get Under Dog to take photos of them as he does so well with macro details.
I will have a booth in the EZ Shoppe Holiday craft sale starting Oct. 8th and all my jars will be for sale....the price will include the shipping.
The above photo is one that I recently found... there are so many public photos online, I could spend hours pouring through them...so happy to see them available and enjoyed.
We watched TV a bit yesterday, mostly politics, especially towards the evening...the only show I really enjoyed and will watch again is on Fox, Mike Huckabee has his own show now and it is very very good...at the end of the show, many members of Fox formed their own band and Mike played the guitar...if you've read my or Alan's (Under Dog) blog much, he is who we really wanted as VP nominee. I tried to find a link to get you to the show site but evidently as this was his first show this last weekend, they don't have a site up and running yet.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Why I didn't Become a Teacher

Thanks, Julie!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

My Thoughts for Friday

Please be sure to see the above video...history is being rewritten in one of our nations newest monuments.
I also wanted to say a little something on the emergency funding thing going on this week in Congress...There was a warning bell rang several years ago in Congress about this very thing..
those who tried to fix the problem before it got this bad, were shot down...read about it here
President Bush, who is so hated by so many, tried 17 times to get this before Congress..there was even a bill, that cleared the Senate banking panel...but the powerful Democratic House Financial Services (Barney Frank ) spearheaded the fight to defeat it.
I think it was great that John McCain went back to Washington to try to hash out this bail out of Wall Street...this is a more important than the election in his mind and I think he is a true patriot, more interested in the country than his own political agenda..

This is the first election that I know of, and I've voted for many presidents...that I can see will really make a difference...Our country is slipping down a steep slope. Please investigate Obama's background before voting for him...we all know John McCains...just remember that Obama was a known Muslim for many years, all of his childhood and into early adult life...he only professed Christ for political gain and was in a church for over 20 years that was racist and anti-American.
This is more troubling to me than his political views and lack of experience.

I found an interesting blog for Sarah Palin you might want to read...its written by a young man, only 22 who has a good head on his shoulders, here is the link...

Thursday, Proud and Free

This was the largest re-enlistment ceremony ever held in military history..did you see this on TV? no? That's because it wasn't shown.
This was held on the 4th of July this year at Al -Faw Palace, in Baghdad, Iraq. Over 1200 military men and woman re-inlisted with General David Patraeus administering the oath. Afterwards they had pizza and Gatorade....
Several newspapers reported the event but it wasn't on television...mostly they report about the bad things that happen not the good...
Many reenlisted for the money but also because they believe in what they are doing, some are on two and three tours in a combat zone.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wednesday Pet of the Week

This is Prima, a cute little girl who would make a great companion dog...she weighs about 9 lbs., is calm and loves to snuggle under the covers.....she is loyal and protective of her owner.
Care2 is having a contest for the best animal shelter...the winning shelter gets $10,000 ! plus they are giving away 1,000 gifts to various shelters...please vote for
the Sun City K9 Dog shelter, I have put a link on the side...no obligation on your part but that money would really help the shelter build some new warm kennels this winter..

Sunday, September 21, 2008

We've had a quiet weekend....our son announced he wants to get back into baseball...when he was younger, we were very involved in Little League, Alan was a coach and Donny was a umpire...Matt was on top teams and went into the playoffs several times, he was a catcher and a pitcher but could play almost any position...as a pitcher, 12 years old, he had a wicked arm and threw balls at about 60 MPH....now he wonders how he would do at 17...he could hit too and made quite a few home runs...God has blest him with alot of athletic talent.
When we moved up here, about 4 years ago, he lost interest and let baseball have a rest until now. Fortunately we have a neighbor who is into Little League, and was on a minor team as an adult. He's taken an interest in Matt and says he can get him on a traveling team within a week or so. He says he wants to start working out and getting ready for try outs.
Our weather has been wonderful today...in the high 70s..no AC needed.....we did some yard clean up, sweeping, etc. and I trimmed our Purple Fountain grass as it was getting too large and falling over. I also worked on more journal jars which I will be listing on Etsy....my jars are very unique, no one else makes these on Ebay or Etsy and they make a nice gift......I have several photos of previous jars on my other blog so will only post one here..

This one was a western themed one with photos of old cowboys...I also decorated it with old cracker jack box toy ropes, horse shoes and a tiny pistol...bits of rope too....I am working on a similar one as well as two others....
A journal jar contains questions to help in writing a journal..over 100 that will help stir up memories...

Friday, September 19, 2008


Just decided to redecorate my blog a little for the fall, what do you think?

My Thoughts

I thought this might help in getting down to the issues.....with all the accusations going on, the actual issues get pushed to the side...as a Christian, although neither party is perfect, the Republican platform is closer to being more scriptural than the Democratic...just click on it to see it better...
As far as the financial crisis that has been in the news this week, each party pointing its finger at the other....kinda silly to my way of thinking, this isn't a party issue but simple human greed and bad judgment...I don't think its right for the government to bail out these banks anyway....maybe they should bail out all the little citizens who fell for these "great" deals and are losing their homes....
In the old Testament every 7 year was a year of Jubilee in which everyone debts would be forgiven...wouldn't it be great if we could do something like that now?
OOPS, I stand corrected, the Year of Jubilee was every 50 years...guess I was thinking 7X7 as it says in Leviticus 25:8 , thanks, David & Julie
I was sent this but its right on..
What Do You Think?

You couldn't get a job at McDonalds and become district manager after 143 days of experience.

You couldn't become chief of surgery after 143 days of experience of being a surgeon.

You couldn't get a job as a teacher and be the superintendent after 143 days of experience.

You couldn't join the military and become a colonel after a 143 days of experience.

You couldn't get a job as a reporter and become the nightly news anchor after 143 days of experience.


From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working. After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World .... 143 days!

We all have to start somewhere. The senate is a good start, but after 143 days, that's all it is - a start. AND, strangely, a large sector of the American public is okay with this and campaigning for him. We wouldn't accept this in our own line of work, yet some are okay with this for the President of the United States of America ?

Come on folks, we are not voting for the next American Idol!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thursday Funny

How many dogs does it take to change a lightbulb?

Dauchshund: "You know I can't reach that darned lamp!"

Golden Retriever: "The day is young, the sun is out, and you're worried about a silly
light bulb?"

Cocker Spaniel: "Why change it? I can pee on the carpet in the dark."

Greyhound: "It doesn't move, so who cares?"

Old English Sheepdog" " light bulb?light bulb? That thing I just ate was a light bulb?!"

Rottweiler: "Go Ahead! Make me"

Lab: "Oh, me, me!!! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I?

Pointer: "I see it, there it is, right there..."

Australian Shepherd:" Put all the light bulbs in a little circle.."

Border Collie: Just one. And I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code. "

Toy Poodle:" I'll just blow in the Border collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry."

Malamute:" Let the Border collie do it. You can feed me while he's busy."

Shi-tzu: "Puh-leeze, dah-ling. Let the servants. . . ."


Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco bulb...


Dog property laws
1. If I like it, it's mine.

2. If it's in my mouth, it's mine.

3. If I can take it from you, it's mine.

4. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.

5. If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.

6. If I'm chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.

7. If it just looks like mine, it's mine.

8. If I saw it first, it's mine.

9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.

10. If it's broken, it's yours.
I have installed a little subscriber on the left side..and a follower list (why do they call it follower?) so if you are so moved, you can sign up...if not, that's ok too...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wednesday Pet of the Week

Introducing Ireland, a lovely Cocker Spaniel not quite a year old....she was dropped off at the rescue by a kind soul who found her walking the street outside.....the owner was located but didn't want her. She is a lovely dog, born Nov. 27th of last year. She is very sweet, loves to play ball and gets along well with the other dogs.
You can find their website at Sun City K-9 Dog Rescue They take donations also through Paypal...all the money goes to taking care of the animals, vet bills, food, etc.
Last weekend, I was told they had 6 rescued dogs find forever homes!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Friends Giveaway

Nancy, Inside Nanas Head, is having a giveaway of this little candle mat...Lynn, a friend of hers, was evacuated during the recent hurricane made this and wanted to give it away, but she has no computer right now.. so Nancy is helping her out...its a nice candlemat, hand stitched, and prim..the giveaway will end Sept.20 and the winner announced on the 21st.
Our warm weather has returned today but they say it will cool down for the rest of the week...I
noticed that the large elm tree in our front is starting to drop leaves so its getting cooler at night. We always get tons of leaves as we live at the end of the street and the wind blows them from all the other yards My son mows our lawn and it has a mulcher attachment that really eats up most of the leaves but I find it fun to rake them once in a while...makes it seem more like fall. I worked for awhile in the back, deadheading, and cleaning up the patio..I had several plants in pots that had died, annuals, so put them in the green bin..nothing more depressing than seeing dead plants
Alan has a "lock out" scheduled today at noon....these are always sad....the sheriff has to make sure the people are out of their house and then he goes in to secure it.....we were told there was going to be as much as 5,000 foreclosures just in our area this year...I heard that Congress may vote to stop banks from foreclosing in the future....don't know how that will work.
We re keyed a house here in town over the weekend, the bank had agreed to offer the owners, cash for keys...that is, the bank gives them some money (usually several thousand) to leave, hand over the keys and leave the home in good condition....the owners took the cash and trashed the house, broke windows, smashed staircase railings, holes in walls.
I am glad we don't have our trust in banks or money..but in our Wonderful Lord and Savior.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Good thoughts

"Have you the slightest reliance on anything other than God? Is there a remnant of reliance left on any natural virtue, any set of circumstances? Are you relying on yourself in any particular in this new proposition which God has put before you?

That is what the probing means. It is quite true to say, " I cannot live a holy life," but you can decide to let Jesus Christ make you holy. "Ye cannot serve the Lord God"; but you can put yourself in the place where God's almighty power will come through you. Are you sufficiently right with God to expect Him to manifest His wonderful life in you?" - - - - Oswald Chambers. Written between the years 1911 & 1917. My Utmost for His Highest.

I found this quote in the blog, Spiritual Heritage of our Founding Fathers...if you haven't read the blog, you are in for a real thought provoking, historical treat.....so many of our dear friends are facing trials right now, and I think the Lord is preparing his people for the future...are we going to rely on the world or on Him?
As Alan and I have followed the Lord for the last 35+ years, we have tried to rely on Him and in these days, even more so....
He has never disappointed or misled us, we've had many hard times though others and He has always been there to pick up the pieces and put us back together again...older and wiser. This season is no exception...The Lord provided enough funds to pay our mortgage ...the day it was due...
We didn't have any extra $ for food, then my son paid us his rent money, and we turned in cans and bottles, + counted all our change...had almost $100 for groceries! Plus a realtor called Alan and he gave him another check...God is able as we trust and rely on Him.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Giveaway and a new friend

Hi, I was visiting my glad tidings friend, Cyndi and she had posted about this giveaway from Karla's Korner, I was delighted to read about Karla, her ministry, and artwork...she's one busy creative lady...and of course, I signed up to perhaps win this wonderful recipe keeper, magnets, and a digital art kit...you can too, her blog, store and ministry is such a encouragement, I know you will enjoy your time there. I have bookmarked the site and plan to spend some quality time reading her posts..and visiting her other sites.... I really love her art work.
Only 8 more days until its officially fall...its cooled down alot here this week but we think its only temporary...nice though...but I've been actually cold..silly, huh? guess I am so used to the heat, anything under 70 degrees seems cold...Alan thinks I am nuts (LOL) Soon we will be wearing sweatshirts and raking leaves...lots of leaves..I rather enjoy it..
Alan was able to plant the boysenberry bush..he dug a huge hole, hard work as the ground is so hard and full of decomposed granite..we filled the hole with good rich soil to give the plant a good chance Watered it well too...I don't think berry plants are too fussy.

He got two jobs yesterday and today is a day of rest. Please pray that the Lord will provide this week as we have quite a few bills due and only about half the money to pay them..so many owe us..one realtor called over two weeks ago and said she was sending a check, have we got it? not hardly..I really do not understand as she even has on her business card a Christian fish...I hope I am not like that, talking the talk but not walking the walk.

Friday, September 12, 2008

My Thoughts

I've been listening off and on this week to the politics....also on Etsy there is quite a few posts about Sarah Palin, lots of rumors floating around...lists of books she supposedly wanted banned (false), supposed photos of her in a bikini holding a rifle (faked), etc. ..I also looked on Snopes as it lists all the rumors floating around about all the candidates, there seems to be even more about Obama than anyone else..some of them are so mean spirited. I suppose this happens at every election and I've read that even Abraham Lincoln had many rumors and detractors so its not a new thing...will we as a people ever grow up? Guess its just human nature...gossip is one of the 7 deadly sins.
I heard this morning that the Democratic camp is stepping up mean spirited advertising against John McCain..guess they were not ready for the Republicans to become so invigorated by Sarah Palins nomination....this may shoot them in the foot with most people if they are as fed up with this type of campaigning as I am..time will tell
my dear sister-in-law Diana sent me this
1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed teaching and healing.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost.


These moss roses are growing in our front rock garden, only flowers that are really blooming now. The ground there isn't very good and I didn't know if I could get anything to do well there besides the fountain grass.
I will be posting a great artist and prim crafter on my other blog so please click here if you'd like to continue reading..

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thursday Road Trip

Yesterday, I decided to go with Alan on a trip up to the Palm Springs area to re key a house..we hadn't been up to the low desert in quite a few years and were amazed to see how many wind mills had been put in at the west end of town as you enter on the freeway...I took these photos while in the car but you can see how huge these are...we were wondering how much energy they put out..just click on the photo to get a much larger image...

There are just thousands of these all over, on the mountain tops, all across the valleys...its quite something to see...we were amazed.

This is a photo of Mt. San Jacinto that is above Palm Springs, in early photos I have posted the same mountain looking from our direction, we live in a town on the other side...they have a tram that goes up the mountain to San Jacinto park, its been featured in Dirty Jobs and California Gold (a PBS show), we haven't been up it but plan to one day if possible.

This is the resort where we did the re key..its a gated community and has a golf course. We really liked the house, it was a 2 bedroom and right on the course. We liked it until we found out
they had a huge home owner association charge of over $500 a month + the land is leased from a Indian tribe and there is an additional yearly charge of $1500. No wonder the house has been for sale for 4 years!

This was the view out the back patio...

Another photo of the area...this town is outside of Palm Springs, its called Cathedral City.
Alan has more on his blog about our trip and you can find it here..
he made a video of the windmills.
sorry about skipping the dog of the week...it will be back next week.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I am having trouble with our computer, our modem died so we are trying to install a new one., no pet of the week today...sorry!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Quiet day today, got one locksmith call for tomorrow..and one check in the mail....scary times...
we did some yard work today and decided to pull out some of our rose bushes that were not doing well in one part of the yard....we have a boysenberry bush in a large barrel and decided to transplant it into the ground in that area instead...maybe it will do better..I know it will spread and there is plenty of room there for it against the back fence.
I have great memories of picking my grandparents black berries on their farm as a kid...my grandma would send each of the kids, (my cousins) and I out with little pails for pie. I remember getting scratched up a little but that was all part of the fun. Grandma was a little angry with us as we had eaten more than we picked but she managed to make a pie anyway.
If you don't know, a boysen berry is a cross between a blackberry, a loganberry and a raspberry.
It was named after Rudolph Boysen who developed the berry and later Walter Knott of Knots Berry Farm fame, went on to promote and propogate it. Mr. Knot named the berry after Boysen.
We knew Rudolph Boysen's son, Robert and his wife Elsie.
I also did some dead heading of the other roses and some weeding....the weather was warm today but cooled off.
I finished another hanger cover, its a rose bouquet and the photo is posted in my other blog, the crafting one...you will find it for sale in my etsy store...its a little more than the other ones but has more work done on it and took me longer to embroider. The Blue Bird hanger covers were sold and I guess I will make another set as they are favorite of mine.
Donny was home for the weekend, he gets Sunday and Monday off every week....he had a lot of laundry to do, naturally. He seems really happy to be home and away from all the barking!

Saturday, September 6, 2008


I've been filling my Etsy store with lots of good stuff, transfers, cross stitch patterns, holiday books and I even found a large box of plastic canvas in various colors...these are all in my store so if you were thinking of making a handmade item for a loved one this Christmas, this would be a good time to do it and my prices are deeply discounted. I have a sale rack there too. I have over 50 items for you, also some hanger covers and journal jars. I have a 100% approval rating so you can buy with confidence.
Years ago, I worked various retail jobs. My favorite was working for the Lawrence Welk resort.
I was the assistant manager of the gift shop. I was fortunate to meet Mr. Welk ( an elegant man, he kissed my hand!) and many of the actors that worked in their dinner theater. It is called the Welk Resort now and a lovely place to visit north of Escondido...they have golf and vacation rentals there, time shares, etc. My older relatives used to come down for vacation and we'd always give them the "tour" of the resort. My grandpa was a big fan of Mr. Welk...although he was a bit before my time, it was a nice place to work...I wish I could work there again but its far to drive from here...about 45 minutes or so.
Our weather is still warm most days...yesterday it was over 100, can hardly not use the AC although we keep it up in the low 80s. Our climbing roses are starting to bloom again which is nice to see...they went into dormancy when it gets to a certain temperature. They bloom spring and fall so we know the fall is coming...we are looking forward to it. It stays warm here into October usually.

Friday, September 5, 2008

My Thoughts

We watched the Republican Convention for the last two days...heard Palins acceptance speach as well as McCains...and we were both in very impressed, especially with Gov. Sarah Palin's..she proved to be a strong woman with high ideals...frugal too which we appreciated...I loved it when she said she sold the corporate jet on Ebay, and drives herself to work. Her comment about the difference between hockey moms and pitbills was great...soccer mom's (I was one) are about the same.
The main objection that I have read from the far left and the far right is that she should be home with her young children and who is going to take care of them? all the while her husband and parents are standing by her side. I might as well say the same thing about Obama, who is going to take care of his children?
I read one editorial today that complained about her "beehive" hairdo...now who is being petty?
and called her family, disfunctional because her kids looked uncomfortable and how dare they have 5 children? As far as her daughter finding herself with child at 17. Frankly, it really isn't our business, is it? I mean, when Clinton was found in the Oval office with a young intern, that wasn't " supposed" to be our business either. Young love versus old lust.
I do think the young couple should have a quiet wedding and stop the voices.
Country first..., as a Christian, its God first, Family, second and Country, third....but country is in the top three. I know where they are coming from what the Country First motto...there are many on the left that have in their minds left the USA for a international global citizenship. Obama has called himself a "citizen of the world"*They have rewritten our history and are ashamed to be American...and are leaning toward for a one world government. If they lean much further, they will fall down hard.
Anyway, that is my thoughts, what are yours?

*said in speech at Berlin's Victory Column, July 24

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Look What I Got!

I was talking about raggedy runners in one of my crafting groups and Nancy volunteered to make me several...aren't these great? I just love them and its so nice to have something new for the fall....she said she'd be happy to make more if anyone was interested...her prices are very reasonable too for all the the work this takes. You can contact her through her blog or her ez shoppe store where she has other great handmade items...she makes the best tags and with the holiday around the corner, tags would be great for Christmas cards...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wednesday Pet of the Week

Introducing Diamond, a toy poodle..who was given up because she is deaf and nine years old..she is a sweet girl, gentle and functions well in spite of her disability..sad that people can't treat their pets like family....I wouldn't give up a family member because they were deaf, would you? She would be a nice companion and gets along well with the other dogs..she has a sweet face, doesn't she?
Sun City K-9 Dog rescue is non-profit and takes donations...please check out their website (my son's creation) and thanks to all who have generously donated to help.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I was sent this and thought it was so lovely.....

Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day, Sept. 1

Quiet day here...Donny has been moving stuff out to the dog rescue trailer...he's going to be moving out there for a few months......he has mixed feelings of course, always hard to leave home but he's only about 10 minutes away and can come home any time he wants to....its a good start at independence...he got his raise too and he is saving most of what he makes for the future.
We sprayed outside heavily for the ants and so far haven't seen any in the house today...
I made several salads and we are grilling hot dogs for the holiday...
I decorated the blog a little for the fall, what do you think? Its getting cooler at night here but still warm enough during the day for the AC...from what I've read this winter will be a cold one.

Tomorrow I will be posting some lovely photos that were sent to me by email...kinda special so please be sure to check back...

Little Benji was adopted right away for those who were wondering...how could anyone resist?