Saturday, April 18, 2015

Big work day at DJ and Kim's

The crew- not everyone is in this picture but I think we had about 22.  
Lunch line
A foundational message
This addition will enlarge existing main floor space off the living room to become the new master bedroom.
Taking nails out of cedar shakes
The grounds crew
Frank.  The plumber.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Throughout history


Several years ago, I was chatting with a friend about some of the things we were discovering about the resident fisherman's side of the family.

My mother-in-law had recently passed away and we were painstakingly sorting through boxes, dresser drawers, trunks, desks.  We were rather surprised at some of what we found:

An ancestor who came over on the Mayflower
Daniel Boone was a distant relative
A letter and a picture of an ancestor who was a civil war soldier
Pictures of the Wright brothers ( yes, those Wright brothers), who were employed by a great great grandfather and at whose funerals he was a pall bearer).
Journals and pictures from Pat's dad who was stationed at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed.

My friend said, "Wow!  Your family sounds like Forrest Gump!"

I chuckled.  Yes, Forrest Gump was *present* at various times of historical significance: Elvis learning how to dance, the hippie movement, the beginning of the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Panther movement (?) as well as Ping Pong Diplomacy and Watergate.  He sure got around.

So did the resident fisherman's family.  Some pretty interesting stuff.  To us anyway.

Since I have seemed to lost my blogging mojo once again, I thought I would take the next several posts to record some of the family history here. Perhaps only the family will be interested.

That's okay, Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you're gonna get.

Here?  You get ramblings.  Historical and otherwise.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The body of Christ at work

Life can change in a moment.

One month ago a dear friend of ours had a work place accident.  A fall from scaffolding resulted in broken ribs, fractured scapula and a  broken back.  The break occurred at T 10, resulting in paralysis from the waist down.  The diagnosis is permanent paralysis, barring a miracle.  

We serve a GOD who does miracles! 

In the meantime the body of Christ has jumped into action, installing a ramp and remodeling the main floor to accommodate an accessible master bedroom and bathroom with donated materials and labor.

Here are some pictures of today's activity:

Pre-lunch prayer.

The beginning of the ramp.
Lunch break.

The main floor master work begins.

Crew parking.

Ramp location.  Yes, they will straighten those posts.  ��

Dumping gravel.

The foreman is easily visible.

Ramp progress.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's
care.  Matthew 10:29

The thud on the window was sickening this morning.  A little pine siskin had hit the window and tumbled into the pile of snow below.  It's wings fluttered for a moment as it tried to get out of the hole.  Then it was still.

The resident fisherman went out and lifted it from the snow.  He carried it to the feeder and placed it below, scattering seeds in front of it.

The bird sat there for several minutes practically motionless.  Then it flew off.  Hooray!

Likewise we have experienced the care of our Heavenly Father.  I received my final check from Samaritan members sharing in the medical expense incurred when I shattered my elbow.

Paid in full.  

I'm so grateful.

Monday, March 09, 2015


I guess it has been over a month since I blogged.
                  backyard friends - we have had up to 7 and a few fights have broken out!

Here is a brief update:

Making: a quilt for my premature grand nephew Evan
Cooking: homemade Mac and cheese
Drinking: water
Reading: Radical by David Platt
Wanting: to see the grands
Looking: for spring
Playing: piano at the nursing home tomorrow
Wasting: nothing.
Sewing: finished a pile of mending
Enjoying: a beautiful sunshiny day and all our backyard wildlife
Waiting: the snow to melt - it is starting!
Liking:my life
Wondering: how to beautify our little garden shed
Loving: my family
Hoping: for just the right words
Marvelling: at how good GOD is
Needing: nothing
Smelling: supper cooking
Wearing: the usual - tee shirt and jeans
Following: Jesus
Noticing: the wind in the trees, the snow melting from the roof
Knowing: no greater joy
Thinking: on the promises
Bookmarking: nuthin'
Opening: my newly arranged pantry
Giggling: at pictures of the grands
Feeling: wonderful and thankful

The birds:

And best of all:

The youngest grand......

Saturday, February 07, 2015


Oh my.  It has been a while.  Almost three months since I have gone for a walk outside.  But yesterday, Pat and I followed the not-very-recently groomed ski trail that goes through the golf course and beyond.  This morning I ventured out by myself.  Yes, I wore my yak traks and I wore my arm brace.

I walked on top of hills and through deep ravines.   It was gorgeous and invigorating and fun and wonderful.  Loved every minute.  45 minutes of brisk walking in the woods.

We are so incredibly blessed.  As if our 1.5 acres isn't enough, and it is, it really is; we have possibly hundreds of acres right out our door to explore.

And explore I will! Someone else has too.  Can you see the paw prints above?

Two other firsts, at least since my 'elbow incident'.  

1. I was able to use the drive through at the bank!  I could extend my arm far enough to place and retrieve the deposit and receipt.  Oh, the things we take for granted until we cannot do them!

2.  I received my first check and sweet note for my surgery expenses.  A family from South Carolina.  The note made me tear up.  Someone across the country is sharing in my expenses and praying for me.  Amazing.

This is the first check of 37.  It is going to be fun to go to the post office to get our mail!

And fun walking outside again.