running with scissors

When I was growing up, my mama taught me many things; life lessons to guide me and protect me when she could not be with me: Never run with scissors Honesty is the best policy. Look before you leap. Actions speak louder than words. You can’t please everyone. Laughter is the best medicine. You’ll never…

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back to basics

“It is good to say, ‘Thank you’ to the Lord, to sing praises to the God who is above all gods. Every morning tell him, ‘Thank you for your kindness,’ and every evening rejoice in all his faithfulness.” Psalm 92:1-2 LB Thank you Lord, for your kindness. Thank you that you are who you say…

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comfortable – at last

Yesterday was a Red Leather Day! The first thing on this week’s agenda was a thorough spring cleaning. We took the living room apart, changed the drapes from dark stripes to light putty linen, washed the windows, moved the piano back to the front porch (see the april orchids post), cleaned the carpet and sat back to…

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april orchids

The rain has stopped…at last! And the sun is streaming through the front porch, encouraging the orchids to bloom, bloom, bloom.   These two mini phales are lovin’ it. Plus, there are two baskets of  Nobile dendrobiums visiting from D’s greenhouse this month; these snow white beauties with a deep purple throat and a solid yellow…

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rain, rain go away!

April Showers? It’s raining! It’s pouring. D took this shot through the back door glass early this morning. The past few days have been crazy here in the Valley.  Stone fruit crops got hailed out earlier in the week, to the tune of millions in damage.  Thank goodness we didn’t get hail! Granted, we entered…

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grandma’s rye bread

Papa D has been working to perfect a recipe for his Grandma’s German Rye Bread ever since we started cooking together back in the late Seventies.  He has baked one version after another; one recipe after another, only to be disappointed in the flavor.  He’s tried adding molasses, brown sugar, whole caraway seeds, ground caraway…

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Sunday – HE LIVES!

Remember His Words? On the first day of the week, Sunday – Resurrection Sunday – at early dawn while it was still mostly dark, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, who had all come with Jesus from Galilee, went back to the tomb where his body had been laid on Friday evening.…

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Saturday – popular world view

As you’ll recall from reading the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry on earth the Sabbath is a time when NO work may be done without invoking the wrath of the Pharisees. There’s not much information preserved in Biblical records concerning the hours and days Jesus’ tomb was sealed. We know from Luke’s account that on…

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Friday – good and black

Christian tradition says Christ spent Friday on a cross, juxtaposed between two thieves, completing God’s plan for reconciling his fallen creation (man) to himself. Hollywood and the History Channel take great pleasure in depicting  the horror of the crucifixion of Christ.  With the special effects possible in today’s world of technology it’s not difficult to…

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Thursday – all for love

Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1 The time was the Jewish feast of Passover, but the Hebrew calendar does not correspond with…

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