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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Friendships And Drums

Day 31

It is best that I write this in the morning.  When I write at the end of the day my mind keeps busy resulting in a poor nights sleep.

At times we need to take a break and visit friends.  Jesus did that a lot. He even told Martha that Mary was doing the right thing by stopping her work to visit with him.  Martha was focused on preparing a meal for their quests to the point of asking Jesus to tell Mary to help her.

Visiting with friends was what I grew up to do.  My parents raised 11,000 chickens, 500 pigs, farmed 100 acres, grew a huge garden, canned and froze fruits and vegetables to keep us 4 children fed, yet when company came, which was regular, they took the time, stopped work and had a cup of tea with them.  They also visited friends and family and rested on Sundays.

I visited with my friend Ursula. We need to to this some times.  When I suggested we visit the Habit For Humanity ReStore she was elated.  We spent almost two hours wandering around the store.  My primary reason for going was to buy some tea spoons and perhaps butter knives to add to the tea set I made for our granddaughter.  Hoping to  find silver spoons to add to the few I already had wasn't meant to be.  I did find stainless steal ones for 25 cents each and a butter knife. It was also ten books for $2 day.  Choosing our five books each, took most of our time.

We ended the afternoon at The Fine Thymes restaurant for a late lunch.  It is better to go to this place later as it is so busy; fresh cooked meals, so good.

God created us to fellowship with each other.  I am very thankful for friends.

We began our friendship a year after I moved here.  I decided to paint a mural of cartoon characters on the church's nursery wall.  I had the pastor ask if anyone would like to help.  Ursula thought why not.  For three to four months for two winters, we painted 2 rooms, we laughed, talked, painted, talked, discussed what to paint and talked some more.  Working for a long period of time is a great way to get to know each other.

Dave and I were back at our music lesson after a rest for the summer.  Our music teacher plays a few bars of our next song and normally I want to ask him which one it is.  Last night I decided to go with the flow and feel the music.  This worked great. My hands and feet went into automatic motion.  Cal even said one time I got off beat, but pulled it back on.  Drumming is in the background, but extremely important.  When the drummer is off beat it can throw the whole band off. I am thankful for our patient teacher and that when I become discouraged I still press on toward the goal.  Paul in the bible said to do this as our life is like running a marathon.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 29, Worship, Day 30 Fun With New Friends

Day 29

That was yesterday, Sunday.  I had such a good time I didn't have time to blog.

Our female pastor, Wendy, spoke on 'what are you looking at'. When we take our eyes off of Jesus, stress and worry over our circumstance happen and Jesus can't move in our lives. Years ago God gave me a vision.  I was in a small boat in a storm.  I had no way of maneuvering this boat. The light house, Jesus, was on the shore.  As long as I kept my focus on the Light house I was secure, protected from the storm around me.

I am thankful for great worship and a good sermon.

We came home from church, grabbed some lunch, and I took my blueberry cheese cake out of the fridge. Oh no! The blueberry topping didn't set.  When I cut it into squares the berries juice ran into the cuts.  I had no choice but to take it to the pot luck, corn boil, barbeque at our friends.  I told our friends my problem they said 'that's how we like it'. How comforting. I guess everyone else agreed as there wasn't any left, Dave desired to have left overs for home. 

There were many people at the gathering I didn't know.  Normally this makes me uncomfortable. I talked to someone I knew. Dave was talking to people I didn't recognize.  I decided to join them and am I glad I did. It turned out they grew up in Sudbury.  We lived there for 33 years.  There was lots to talk about.  I felt like I had known Carol Ann for years. Such fun I had with her. Of course they enjoyed my Sudbury blueberries.  Sudbury is known for its wild blueberries.

I am thankful I have learned to not be so shy and that I went to talk to this couple. If I hadn't broken out of my shell I wouldn't have met a new friend.

Day 30

One whole month of being thankful.

Today it rained, again! Apparently the cold wet weather is a result of the volcano in Iceland, possible. That has happened before. My father tells me that when his grandfather was farming there was a major volcano in South America.  They had frost every month and couldn't grow their grain.

Today started with me writing more of my testimony.

We had to put the pellet stove on to take the chill off the basement. It wasn't cold in the basement while I made more of my frog and mice leaf platters and bowls.  I formed one frog into an according playing frog sitting with his long legs crossed.  Think of Kermit.

When I began to make pottery a friend told me I am to make cartoon animals.  I haven't made very many of them because my insecurity had kept me in bondage.  No more, it was fun and easy making this frog. More to come.

Once again I am thankful for the gifts God has given me.  Once upon a  time in my life I believed I had no talent.  I might never get used to my talent. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hopefully A Good Market

Day 28

I have been looking forward to going to the market on this Saturday for most of the summer.  It was suppose to be a very busy day, because there was a popular car show downtown, on the street adjacent to our market.  It could have been very busy, but it rained and was cold for most of the day. Despite the weather, when the rain did stop people came out.  I sold two items and took one order, more than last weekend, which was non.

I am thankful that I did have sales.  I am also thankful, that after a few years, I decided to bite the bullet and get involved in a weekly market.  Seeing the vendors every week builds relationships too. Going to the same place every week for 12 or so weeks is comforting.

We were also invited to a pot luck gathering this afternoon .  Due to the weather the gathering was postponed until tomorrow.  I am very thankful for this.  After a day of standing in the cold and rain it is good to stay at home on the couch, where it is warm. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thankful For Every Day Life

Day 26 And 27

I have discovered that even on days when not much is going on I can still find something to be thankful for. 

Yesterday I tilled up the ground beside the driveway.  This meant taking out the gravel that over the years have embedded itself into the dirt.  Once most of the stones were out I topped it with fresh topsoil then scattered the grass seed on it.  It felt good and thankful this was finished.

Today I delivered a few mugs and my maple leaf spoons rests to the Artisans of Muskoka.  The first three years of living here I sold pottery in two other stores, both went under.  The owner of this store is nice and has had this store for many years.  I am thankful for all the sales I have had in this store. 

I took some time and made two more leaf platters with mice on them.  I call them my cheese platters.  People like little animals on things and I am thankful for this gift, past down to me. My great great grandfather carved monuments and I carve clay.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gravel Walkway Cut Down To Size

Day 25

Last summer we put gravel in the driveway and up the walkway, behind the garage. The gravel was put level with the man door. When the snow flew and melted it had no place to run except into the garage under the door.  We got fourteen feet of snow last winter, it was a challenge keeping the snow cleared and the garage dry.

All summer long I looked at the walk and thought, the gravel needs to be taken down to a few inches below the door.

The wet summer bred many mosquitoes and dear flies.  They drained my ambition to garden or dig out the gravel.  

Last week while baby sitting our granddaughter and a cold I managed to get a few wheel barrows out.  I was hard work and I'd only gotten a few feet of the twelve or more feet done.  This could take a long time maybe a week or more. 

Today Dave dug out a few more feet, then I tackled it.  As I moved along the wall the grade naturally went down.  Instead of taking a few inches out, only and inch or so needed to be removed.  In no time at all I was finished.  Time for lunch.

One thing I have discovered about myself is that I take more energy and time wondering, worrying or thinking about getting a project done, than it takes to do the project. Just get it done and stop the worrying is the best plan.

I am thankful that Dave helped out and the grade was going down instead of up, making the job easier.  I am also thankful it is finished.

The rain came so I ventured inside to my pottery studio and made two large frog platters.

This photo is one of my frog platters I have made.  They are all made in different colours, shapes and sizes. I pick a leaf from the garden and press the  flat clay into it to achieve the leaf look. My hand sculpted frog is place some place in the bowl.   I am starting to put mice in them for cheese trays. Thankful once again for my artistic gift.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Drum Lessons

Day 24

September is here time to get back to routine. 

Tuesday morning Dave and I went to our church to play music with our pastor. I am learning to play the drums and Dave the guitar.  Our pastor either plays the guitar or piano and patiently teaches us.  Today our youth pastor  joined us and played the base. I am thankful that we have a musical pastor, with patients to teach me the drums. We have other experienced drummers in our church, yet he still puts me on worship about once a month, schedule permitting.  It is never to old to learn something new.

After lunch I decided I should get some of my testimony written. God put it upon my heart to rewrite it over a year ago. The first time I wrote it was during a massive amount of healing from God.  It was written from a hurt perspective.  This time it will be written from a victory perspective. I am only on chapter two, from 5 years to high school. Since God has healed me from my past, starting from the beginning is best.   I am thankful God has done a miracle in my life. Stayed tuned for more details.

After cutting the grass and going for a bike ride one needs to relax. Curled up on the couch with a good book is one of my favorite ways to relax, once cool weather comes.  I'm still reading the Savannah series by Eugenia Price, almost done the third and last book.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Being Content In All Things

Day 23

I think ,over many years, I have learned to be content in most, if not all things. 

It is calling for showers for most of this week.  Today it was sunny.  I wanted to get my grass cut before the rain. 

I could have stayed home to get the grass cut.  Instead I went to Huntsville to run a couple of errands. Once at home I had enough time to cut the back lawn before lunch. After lunch I decided to go to our church's ladies knitting group in Bracebridge.   We are making blankets for the hospital and hospice. I picked up some groceries before coming home. 

I got home at 4:20, put away the groceries and put rice in the rice cooker. There was 1/2 an hour to spare, enough time to get half of the front lawn cut. The rest of the lawn might get cut tomorrow, if it doesn't rain.  

Normally this is not significant, except I used to have to plan my day.  I did not like changes.  What if what I had planned did not get done?  Oh no!

Today I thought - the lawn will get cut.  If it rains for a few days and the lawn doesn't get cut the world will not end.  Today I changed my plans and enjoyed the fellowship with the ladies. Life is not about getting work done.  It needs to be balanced with fellowship and fun.

Peace is much better then stress. 

I am thankful I am learning to go with the flow and let peace reign.