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Friday, August 31, 2012

In the Land of Teenager: Another True Story


She bursts through the door after school breathless with excitement!

Girlchild said: “Mom! It’s Ok if I go to the game tonight right?”

She proceeds to explain to me the so and so is on her way over to pick her up for the game because and I quote “She is already in the neighborhood picking somebody else up!”

Mom said: “Who is this person and how old is she?”

Girlchild said: “She is a friend from Orchestra, she is sixteen and she has been driving for a LONG time.”

I feel so much better….NOT

Mom said: “I'm not comfortable with you getting in the car with a person who I have never met, not to mention you springing this on me at the last minute!”

Girlchild said: “Mom! (eye rolling for emphasis!) you’re always uncomfortable about stuff like this!”


more talking, more whining, more parental admonitions all the while she is hastily getting ready to go…

Girlchild said: “Mom will you at least talk to so and so…..”


more talking, more questions…..


Mom said: “ What time does the game start?”

Girlchild said: “7:30…”

Mom said; “If the game does not start until 7:30 why are they coming to pick you up now (it’s 2:45) ? (the jury is still leaning towards the negative for her getting in the car with a strange teenager)

Girlchild said: “Oh we were just going to hang out!'”

Mom said: “Hang out where?”

Girlchild said: “Oh we are going to so and so’s boyfriends house!”



Can y’all guess what my answer was………….


That would be a BIG NO!

Needless to say she was a bit miffed, but not to fear I will be taking her to the game and then another mom will be bringing her back home!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Project 365 ~ Week 34

Well it was a full week! Lots of activity, lots of Muffinhead and some unexpected things.

Sunday, August 19

Now that school is back in session that means that the youth choir has stated there Sunday afternoon practices again. I don’t mind so much. It gives me some extended quiet time. I enjoy setting myself up in the church parlor with my Kindle or some bible study and wait it out. I have learned that my time is much more pleasant if i am not grumbling about being hungry waiting for the girl child to be finished so I take a small lunch. I am not sure why I have never tired Oikos Greek Yogurt before but oh my stars…I will defiantly be buying it again. I really liked it!


No pictures on Monday, August 20 

Tuesday, August 21

Muffinhead was my little kitchen helper again. We were elbow deep in pie crust and peaches!


It turned out a bit on the juicy/soupy side but sometimes that just happens!


The first unexpected thing was this! YIKES!!!

Someone stepped on the Girlchild’s violin! It was off to the repair shop the next day….


Wednesday, August 22

The next surprise was seeing this!

Now that the fall season is approaching the leaves are beginning to thin out on the cherry tree.

I notices that there was a nest in the crook of the tree!


Thursday, August 23

It was a productive day. I got 2 bags of manure, 2 bags of mushroom compost and 2 bags of soil conditioner tilled into my raised bed. I got out in the garden super early to avoid the heat and was done by 9:15 A.M. and on to my next project.

Project #2 was getting all the “CRAP” sorted into piles for my upcoming yard sale. Now all I have to do is make a few signs and price off a few things and I will be good to go!


Roasted Asparagus, Zucchini and some fresh tomatoes to go with our fried Pork Chops we had for dinner. I figures the roasted veggie would off set the fried pork chops! It’s a warped sort of logic but I think it’s working for me!


No pictures on Friday, August 24 but I got four different kinds of Lettuce planted as well as some Swiss Chard, Chives and some Spinach!

It will be salad time very soon!


Saturday, August 25

My week was so packed with activity that the only day I was able to make it over to my friends house to work on my pottery was Saturday morning. I am learning that working on the clay is a lot like working on the computer. You get started and then all of a sudden you find that it’s been five house since you sat down. I headed over to the studio and then before I knew it it was almost three o'clock!

I glazed off a few pieces and got one other cleaned up and got this challis assembled. I was pleased with the way this challis turned out. I think I may attempt to make a small plate to go with it for a communion set. The key word is attempt….


Well that was my week. Y’all send up a distress flair if all y’all are tired of seeing the pottery!



For more P365 y’all head over to Sara’s and link up!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In The Land of Teenager: A True Story

Someone stepped on the Girlchild’s violin at school yesterday, and yes we had a lengthy conversation as to why the violin was on the floor. I told her to look up the telephone number to the music store and then call them to see about getting it repaired.

She goes online and looks up the telephone number.

She dials the number on her cell phone and then stands there looking at me with this odd confused look on her face.

She hands me the phone and tells me there is this weird beeping noise.

I take the phone and put it to my ear and give a listen.

I then take a deep breath and explain to her that it’s called a busy signal….



blessing and deep breathing


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Project 365 ~ Week 33

Sunday, August 12
The Lord was doing His usual awesome work. The sunset was just breathtaking. I had to run inside an grab the camera!
Monday, August 13
Muffinhead loves to brush Grandma’s hair. Confession: Grandma love to have her hair brushed. I will submit to those sweet little hands any time she likes! Why is is that when you brush your own hair it is just a task but when someone else brushes it if feels so wonderful????
Thursday, August 16
Muffinhead was my little kitchen helper and unloaded the silverware from the dishwasher. She has her own unique take on how to organize the silverware drawer.
Friday, August 17
At Last! My first pottery pieced glazed and out of the kiln! I was very happy with how they turned out.
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Here is a better representation of the size of the bowls. They are very small really, note the Willow Tree Angle and wine cork to help you gauge how small these first bowl really are. I am finding that the longer I work with the clay the more at ease I am with getting things bigger as well as learning how to do other shapes.
Saturday, August 18
What is the significance of this water bottle and why did I take a picture of it? I am glad you asked.
The members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry are having to circle around one of our own. It is never easy to loose a loved one and even more difficult when that loved one is a child. One of our members lost there 23 year old daughter in a very tragic accident. Every mother will understand the heartbreak as you shake your head and wonder how a mother faces this unimaginable situation.
Saturday morning I was finishing up my morning coffee, about to get ready to step in the shower to get ready to go to the funeral.
The Hubs and I had discussed the evening before what our weekend plans were, he KNEW I was planning to attend the funeral IN THE MORNING, and I knew that he had several household chores he was planning to get done in the morning as well. Well his household chose was to fix the leaky shower head in our master bathroom. I knew our shower head was in pieces so I gathered up my “stuff” and headed to the hall bathroom only to find out that he had turned the water off so he could fix the show head.
There I was standing in the hall way with my shower cap and towel looking at my husband wondering how I was going to get myself presentable with no water. Needless to say I was praising Jesus for the wet washrag that was laying over the towel rod in the bathroom as well as this half empty water bottle with which I used to do a small sponge bath and wash my face as well as brush my teeth!
All the while I was greatly remained that my insignificant inconvenience of no water was simply a non issue compared to what was going on with my dear friend and her family. I can handle a sponge bath and face it with no complaints when compared with the reality that they will face the rest of there lives on this earth missing there precious daughter.
Thankfully by the time Skoots1mom and I got back from the funeral the water was back on.

My heart grieves for my friend and her whole family. Please be in prayer for her and her family. Also be in prayer for our youth as the young woman was friends with some of our older collage age students and the youngest boy was an active member in our youth group as well, He just graduate high school last year. I know this will be a difficult time for both the parents as well as the remaining siblings.

Well that was my week!
I hope you all are getting back into the swing of thing as our summer is officially winding down!
Fall is just around the corner. I am not sure I should even mention this one but one of my FB buddies mentioned the other day that it was only 130 day until Christmas, that was a few days ago so it even closer now!
We are on the downward side of this year…how did that happen!
For more P365 y’all head over to Sara’s  and link up!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Project 365 ~ Week 32

Monday. August 6

Well it was shopping day for me. The son's wedding is just around the corned and I need to find a dress!!!!!!

I appealed to Skoots1mom for help as she is a professional shopper and I knew she could keep me motivated. We went to the Mall of Georgia and I think I tried on about a billion dresses, actually it was probably closer to a dozen or more, but it felt like a billion. I found one dress that I really liked, however it was the wrong size as well as color. At least I have a starting pint for what I know I want.


Tuesday, August 7

I think this is Bowl #5, I am beginning to loose count, but I am still having a wonderful time learning something new! It has a small divot in the rim, bur overall I was happy with the shape. However it met an untimely demise as it was knocked over and a chunk got chipped of the rim. I am learning that pottery is a lot like baking, it requires great patience as well as recognizing that it is an imperfect world and things happen. I thought it was a goner, but you will be surprised when I show how it get’s resolved! I will save that one for a later post after it gets fired and glazed. I cant wait to see how it turns out!


Wednesday, August 8

As I was leaving out of my subdivision Wednesday morning these two lovelies wandered out of the woods and slowly made their way across the road to nibble on the grass. I stopped the car and just watched for a few minutes. Our subdivision backs up to one of our many county parks. I have seen deer as I walked over at the park, but I have never seen them venture into our neighborhood before. It was a wonderful morning treat. I just stopped the car and enjoyed the view for a few minutes, that is until another car came up and spoiled the moment by passing me and scaring them off!


Thursday, August 9

I was checking my email on Thursday morning and I kept seeing some movement with my peripheral vision. I thought that the hummingbirds were stopping by for breakfast but every tie I saw the leaves twitch I would look and no hummingbirds. Finally I caught a glimpse of what it was. This sweet little green lizard was jumping from leaf to leaf just enjoying the morning dun. I grabbed the camera and snapped off a few pictures. He was very cooperative. He felt very secure in his magnificence and hung around for several minute so I could admire has awesomeness!


Just an FYI: I ordered the dress from Dillard's online when I got home, well it came today and it was a total bust. It was totally the wrong size and my definition of blue and Dillard's definition of blue obviously are way off. I have ordered two more different dresses, very similar in styles to the one pictured above, only they are tea/knee length. Which is what I really wanted to begin with. I am waiting for them to come. Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer that one of them will work. If not all three are going back to the store…..and then I will have to do more shopping:(

Friday, August 10

It was a Muffinhead Day. We have modified the rules for Jenga to fit three year old requirements!


Saturday, August 11

I headed back over to my friends studio this morning to work on the pieces that have been fired!

These are the finished pieces that have been fired and waiting to glaze.

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This is bowl #2 and #3 after they have been glazed. Now all that is left the second firing.


I am very eager to see how they turn out!!!!!!

Well that is my week!

I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer. School is back in session (THANK YOU JESUS), I love the Girlchild, but I am so glad that she is back in school again! The joys of begin seventeen are a wonderful thing but now she can spread her teenage joy around the school yard, teachers and friends and not direct it at me all the time!

Well for more P365 y’all head over to Sara’s and link up!



Sunday, August 5, 2012

Project 365 ~ Week 31

I can defiantly tell that summer is winding down, the lazy days are getting few and far between and the activity of the school year and the coming fall season are slowly creeping in.

Monday, July 30

Muffinhead was with me a few days while Mommy was getting back to work at the school. She got a real treat and some much needed one on one time with the Auntie Girlchild.


Tuesday, July 31

Make Up and Muffinhead are two words that seem to go hand in hand these days. She has fun watching Auntie go from just plain beautiful to gorgeous. They did their nails and both had mini make over's.

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Wednesday, August 1

This colorful guy fluttered around my flowers (the ones that are still hanging on that is…) long enough for me to get a few pictures.


Wednesday evening the family went over to the local Chick-Fil-A to support our freedom of speech as well as enjoy a good meal.


Thursday, August 2

Thursday evening I departed from my usual lime slushy and got a cream slushy at sonic. An orange one!

Y’all, I don’t know when I have enjoye something more. It was exactly the right thing at just the right moment. It was that taste of the cream sickles I used to enjoy as a little girl. It was a sweet sip of heaven at the end of a long day!


Friday, August 3

I spent the morning over at my friends studio. Thankfully it is just a few minute away from my house so I am taking advantage of her kind offer to let me explore working with the clay. I think I may be on to something, I can’t seem to stop thinking of what I want to make next and what I did wrong when a pot fails and crumples in a heap of wet clay.

This piece is finished and waiting to dry completely so it can go in the kiln for the first firing.


This is my second, I am just getting used to how the process goes. I have done some other shapes but I did not take a picture of them. Cameras and goopy clay covered hands don't work well together and then by the time I get my hands all cleaned up I am on to something else's and forget to take pictures….


The tomatoes in the garden are about to play out, but there are still a few left on the vine!

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Saturday, August 4

I went back over for a few hours on Saturday morning and worked on a few piecework formed platters, they are done with a flat piece of clay and then pressed and worked on to a form and then allowed to dry.


I made some matching napkin rings with the leftover trimmed off pieces. Waste not want not….


Well that’s it for me week.

I hope everyone is enjoying their last few days of summer. We were up to our ears in school supplies yesterday and the fist day of school in tomorrow.

Can y’all say YEA!

For more P365 y’all head over to Sara’s and link up!

See ya next week!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

47 times…

I have been abiding in the word over the summer, primarily in the Book of John. I have lingered over several small passages over the course of the summer. It has been wonderful refreshing to meet the word in this simple and quiet way. Each day with no expectation other than to let the words unfold into whatever thought or feeling that the day brings.

After a few day I began to notice my eyes lingering on specific phrases. One particular kept coming to me each and every day.

“the world” over and over again I came upon this two word repetition.

I sat down this morning and did a very simple count, I was blown away by the numbers. The phrase “the world” is used 47 times (NIV version) in the book of John. One of the things I know about God is He is a very astute teacher. He relies on some very basic teaching techniques. When there is an important point that He wants to drive home you can bet that it will be a repetitive subject matter in an effort to try to make His point very clear.

I have been looking at the various different ways the phrase “the world” has been used through out the Book of John and it is very clear to me that it is an important one for me to recognize and learn.

  1. To begin with we read that Jesus is the true light of the world. (John 1:9)
  2. He was in the world, the world was made through him, yet the world did not recognize him. (John 1:10)
  3. He takes the sin of the world away. (John 1:29)
  4. God loved the world so much that He gave his only some to save it. (John 3:16)
  5. The world also hates Jesus because He testifies to the evil people do. (John 7:7)
  6. Jesus did the will of His father, what He heard for Him He was instructed to tell the world. (John 8:26 )
  7. The world can not accept Him, because it is full of sin and can not see the truth of His light. (John 14:17)
  8. Jesus does not give as the world gives, the world bring sins and evil but Jesus bring peace. (John 14:27)
  9. We are told to keep in mind that if the world hates us for our faith in Jesus we are to remember that it first hated him. (John 15:16)

These are just nine of the examples of the lessons that The Word is bringing to me about how we as Christians face a difficult uphill battle to live in the world but remain not of the world.

At times it is a very slippery slope. We are faced with falsehoods that are disguised as truth almost every day. The line of morality gets blurred or pushed back a bit furthered with every generation and then before you know it our complacency is looking around and wondering how we got so far from the mark.

I think reading over and over again about all the different aspects of '”the world” and how Jesus is the light of the world, but also how “the world” is also full of sin is such a incongruent joining to two very different things.

The reality is that Jesus can not tolerate sin, but we all have sin in our lives. The saving grace comes when we recognize our wrong doing and genuinely want to turn from it. Making our confession, our sin is totally washed away by Jesus’ sacrificial blood. Confession is only the beginning, we must make a diligent effort not to return to the sin, we must set it aside in favor of the teaching and example that Christ set for us when He was in the world.

I think for me it is an ongoing almost daily process. It seems that as soon as I recognize one sinful area of my life I am confronted with another one. That’s because the world is so alluring and sin is pleasurable, sin is fun, sin is everywhere and the world wants us all to believe that everything is permissible and everything is acceptable…but it is not!

I am continuing to make my way down my 47 point list of the attributes of the world, they are as varied and as different as, well,  the whole world.

But I think the reason it is mentioned 47 time means I need to be paying attention to the message.

God sent His only son, the word made flesh to live among us, to save us and to bring His light of salvation to the world.

I am going to be spending a lot more time pondering the world, 47 times…He is trying to tell me something….

Y’all check it out, count them up for yourself.



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

So I am completely being a slacker today and just piddling away the day sitting in my recliner and bouncing around the internet. In an effort to continue my diligence to avoid anything strenuous or domestically productive (i.e. the piles of laundry and full dishwasher) I am joining in on Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. I'm joining my daughter1 in the 101 in 1001 challenge. Essentially you create a list of 101 things you want to accomplish or do in the next 1001 days. What's one thing you'd put on your list?

Actually, I am GOING to have the Yard Sale. I have been thinking about it for a while and I missed my spring window so I am planning it for early October. My dinning room is overflowing with ‘STUFF”!  

2. How many remote controls do you have in your house? What's one item in your home you wish could be run by remote control?

There are seven (ceiling fan, television, cable, DVR, 2 Wii remotes and one for the stereo)  sitting with in an arms reach of my right now. If I could have a remote control for the teenage daughter that would be a wonderful thing. The mind reels with the possibilities…..How about a mute button for eye rolling, a channel block for “Whatever…..”

3. What does having it all mean to you? Is it attainable?

I guess that is a subjective question. I am not sure I want it all, I don’t have the storage space!

For me having it all would look like peace, tranquility and simplicity. It would be a happy and conflict free place. My House would be in order, my pantry would be full, the bills would be paid, my garden would be in bloom, and there would be a fresh loaf of bread cooling on the counter and friends would be invited for dinner. There might be a cocktail involved as well!

Is it attainable?

Well right now, my laundry needs to be done, the bills need to be paid and I need to go to the grocery store, my garden is about to burst into flames and we are probably going to Chick-fil-A for dinner so having it all will have to wait until tomorrow!


4. What's your favorite movie soundtrack?

Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease,South Pacific or West Side Story, just to name a few!


5. Describe the best view you've seen from a rooftop?

A few weeks ago we went to  birthday party for a friend. The party was at her daughters apartment. It was held on her rooftop. There was an absolutely stunning view of downtown Atlanta's. As the sun went down I had a standing view off the sun setting behind the sky scrapers. It was an perfect night, the sun was setting, there was a light cool breeze and the night just came in as the color of the sky shifted from an orange peachy blush into a wonderful cool summer night. It was a GREAT view.


6. What's your least favorite thing about summer?

The extreme heat! My container gardens on my back patio look like they have been on vacation on the surface of the sun. The are brown, withered and dried to a brittle crisp!  

7. Our weekly Hodgepodge lands on the first day of August. In ten words or less sum up your July.

Fireworks, extreme heat, campmeeting, awesome worship, fellowship, homegrown tomatoes, and school supplies,  

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I love summer, however I am so looking forward to school getting back in session. The best thing I can say about seventeen is that it is almost half over. I am wondering what happen to my girlchild? Just breathing through this transition and looking forward to the daily activity of the school year. I want my morning back and the girlchild out from under foot! Love that child but I am so ready for school to start BACK!

Well that’s it for my Hodgepodge!

I might even go empty the dishwasher now…well maybe not!


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