Happy Thursday! Here’s a couple of Thursday thoughts. The first, although true enough, seemed somewhat depressing, so I added another.
In the chequered area of human experience the seasons are all mingled as in the golden age: fruit and blossom hang together; in the same moment the sickle is reaping and the seed is sprinkled; one tends the green cluster and another treads the wine-press. Nay, in each of our lives harvest and spring-time are continually one, until Death himself gathers us and sows us anew in his invisible fields. – GEORGE ELIOT
The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. – WILLIAM BLAKE
Have a great day! Learn or do something NEW!
As is my typical Monday tradition, here’s my weird, miscellaneous photo of the week. Yeah…what can you say about a wasp’s nest?…not much! And, really, not anything nice. Who likes wasps anyway? No.One.Right? So, we’ll get onto other randomness:
Here’s a podcast I really enjoyed listening to a few weeks ago: Flipping the Gratitude Switch. Great advice for all of us!
What I’ve read lately (one for my book club and one for work):
The library where I got Jamaica Inn, also had Alfred Hitchcock’s movie based on the book. So, I got them both at the same time and watch the movie after I finished the book. Well, I admit I slept through most of it! It was VERY loosely-based on the book. Very cheesy! But what can you expect from a 1939 film, right? I’ll just say, the book was SO much better than the movie!
And lastly, I’ll just let you know I tried a NEW way to grocery shop! The best thing is that I saved time AND I went shopping right after a gym-workout, so I was really sweaty and gross – but didn’t even have to go into the store! I’m talkin’ about Walmart’s Pickup Service. I’ve only done it once, but plan to make it a habit. It will force me to make my weekly menu (something I was so good at when my boys were little – but sadly, not anymore). I can buzz right over to the store after I workout, then come home and be productive!
Well, that’s about it for this week’s randomness. Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!
For today’s short sermon, I’ll share a story I recently heard about prayer:
A grandfather was visiting his son’s family and one evening after dinner and homework, the grandfather climbed the stairs with the grandson who was on his way to his bedroom to get ready for bed. The grandfather said, “Remember to say your prayers”. The grandson replied, “Oh, I always say my prayers. I never forget!”. Since the grandson was so emphatic, the grandfather decided he’d stand outside the door and listen. The 5-year old grandson proceeded to vocally say his evening prayer. He thanked his Heavenly Father for various things. He asked for various blessings. Then at the end of the prayer, this 5-year old said, “Now, Heavenly Father, is there anything you’d like to tell me?”
What a good example to us! We need to remember that prayer is meant to be two-way communication. We need to ask God what he’d like to tell us – and then listen!
Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!
Happy Friday! (AND Happy Fall, Ya’ll!)
Alright, all you artists out there….don’t judge.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned I’m such a wanna-be artist. But really, I should’ve started years ago! I need a whole lot of practice! I figured taking an art class might kick me in the pants enough to practice – at least a little bit consistently. I don’t know what got into me…what I was thinking…but I signed up for an online beginner watercolor course, a beginning fiction writing course, and as I mentioned earlier, I’m obsessed with art journals. OK…I should really tackle one thing at a time. I know! (I really don’t know where I’m going to find the time to do all this either!)
However, I did find the time to fulfill one of the watercolor assignments. It was to sketch a drawing and watercolor it…then NOT sketch but paint the same picture. The pumpkin above was for that assignment – then, after I uploaded it, I couldn’t resist putting some text and texture on it, just for fun.
I can see all my goofy-unprofessional mistakes glaring at me, but I’m trying not to care. One of the online teachers said: “Don’t let the spirit of comparison kill your spirit of creativity” (or something like that). I figure I can only improve – I can only get better, right? I want to learn something NEW, so I’m gonna do it!
Have a great day! Now, YOU go do or learn something NEW!
Remember I shared my first Swig Cookie baking day a while back? (If you missed it, you can go HERE). Well, here’s another version. Very rich! Very chocolaty! Very must-have-milk-to-drink-with-this!
I found this chocolate version HERE. Did I mention they’re really rich? Just warnin’ ya!
Have a great day! Bake something NEW!
I went out shooting last week and got quite a few NEW fall-ish photos. Lots or hay, pumpkins, cornstalks, colorful autumn trees etc. I’ll share more of them in upcoming posts.
And, here is today’s short Sunday sermon:
“Discipleship requires us not only to learn our duty, make correct decisions, and act in accordance with them, but also essential is our developing the willingness and the ability to accept God’s will, even if it does not match our righteous desires or preferences.”
—Jorge F. Zeballos, “If You Will Be Responsible”
Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW.
Well, I did it! I had a few free hours, so I made these scrumptious yummies!
I’ve been wanting to try this recipe ever since I saw it HERE. I won’t go into why I wanted to make these, because if you read the linked post I would say the exact same thing. Really…that blogger has the same memories of alligator jaws that my sisters and I have for them!
I’ll have to make them again because the pastry wasn’t as light and fluffy as I would’ve liked. My kitchen was on the chilly side…but Epicurious has a solution for me, so I’ll have to try their suggestion next time.
Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!
I’m loving the fall colors, the crisp autumn mornings, and simply the change of seasons! How about all of you? Are you loving it or dreading the coming winter?
Alright…on with the randomness: I consider myself fairly musically literate. But I recently read of Brentano – Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved” and had to go do some research – because, who was this Brentano? I knew Beethoven never married. Oh, Beethoven….I wonder how you like people (historians, researchers, nosey-know-it-alls) combing through anything you ever touched, trying to speculate your every intention!
So, do you know what I like to do when I have ordinary/humdrum/boring duties to get done….like house cleaning? I like to try NEW methods to get those duties done. Pinterest and YouTube are so kind!…they give me all sorts of NEW ideas to try. I sprinkled baking soda on my carpet before I vacuumed today (because of THIS video). I’m not sure if my furniture was really dusty, or if some of the baking soda drifted as I sprinkled. But if you try this, be sure to vacuum first, dust second! I tried adding essential oil to my steam mopper to see if my house smelled amazing when I was done (because of THIS video). It probably did, but silly me, I had candles burning at the same time. Hmmm..I guess the jury is still out on that one. And lastly, instead of using a small hand-held scrubber on my shower, I used my sponge mop with attached scrubber (it’s typically meant only for floors I believe). It worked SO GREAT! And guess what? I came up with that brilliant idea all on my own. Well, at least I think I did. :)…I haven’t heard of others doing that, haha!
And lastly, here’s what I I’ve been listening to on my commutes lately:
I listened to the audiobook. Excellent voice (whoever the reader was). I found myself just sitting in my car after arriving at my destination so i could find out what happened next. Other than the numerous F-words, it was a good book. It made me think of my relationships. Usually we think people become better people as they get older and more mature, but this book really questions that assumption. It made me think. If I would have read the actual book, I think it would have been a real page-turner.
I guess that’s it for this Miscellaneous Monday. Have a terrific day and do or learn something NEW!