Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Days of October

October is birthday month for my twin sister and me. Dayle was with her hubby, vacationing in the mountains, so we blew out our candles apart this year. She said it was the first time in 10 years, and I guess I'll let her be the expert there. I thank God for my twin, and I hope her wishes come true.

Birthday evening, my daughter took me out to dinner at my new favorite place: Tommy Bahama's on Market Street. The food was divine. My granddaughter, Audrey Emeline (pronounced: Emma Line) was also divine. Other than posing for these pictures, she mainly slept and looked adorable.
As the weather turned a bit cooler, I dangled a few fall leaves in my kitchen window and stretched a garland behind the sink. Nothing fancy, but it gives me that "fall feeling" every time I walk in. Love how the leaves move constantly.
Although I'm trying to maintain my own life in some measure, most weekends find me hovering over my grandchild. I realize these infancy days will pass so quickly, and I hate missing any of them. This particular weekend, I spent the night with my daughter and watched little one the next morning while Leslie cheered a friend on in a mud run. Me and the grandchild shared lots of smiles and kisses.
Another weekend with the grand one. We played peep-eye and rocked and sang. She is cutting five teeth all at once, so she drools like mad. We went through three bibs in no time.
Family gathered to celebrate my birthday last night at Spring Creek BBQ. Wombmate was still gone (sigh), and her daughter wasn't able to join us, but it was a wonderful time with people I love. To me, nothing is better than family and good food in the same room.

Well, today is the last weekend in October, and what a gorgeous day it is outside. My grandgirl is asleep on my bed, and chicken gumbo is on the menu for tonight. My daughter starts a new job next Monday. Her child care plans fell apart, so please help me pray for the perfect person to care for Miss Audrey. I know God loves her more than we do, and I believe he will provide.

Till next time, my friends, seize the day.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mosaic Monday ~ Cool Weather and Warm Bread


I just can't help myself. When the weather turns cool, I start baking. Sunday afternoon, I baked Banana Nut Bread. I didn't have any nuts shelled, so I used some of my favorite trail mix instead. 

The outside of the bread has a perfect crunch, while the inside is soft, sweet and moist. I brewed some coffee and enjoyed the bread warm from the oven. I may need bigger clothes by Christmas. ♦

Linking to Mary's Mosaic Monday.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Note Card Party


During a season of famine in my personal life, I moved in with my parents, seeking refuge from the storm. After 20 years of marriage, divorce had destroyed my home. On top of that, I was jobless with a teenage daughter, and nobody was calling.

Many days, I stared out my upstairs window (pictured above) and prayed. For a miracle. For guidance. For strength. For a job. Most days, God was silent.

One evening after dinner, I walked outside and sat in the yard swing. My shoulders were drooping and my head hung low. After a lot of tears and a pretty big tantrum, God assured me that I was where I needed to be and that everything was going to be OK. It was a night I'll never forget, and you can read more about it here if you wish.

I can't look at this picture without remembering those difficult days and God's faithfulness to me. If it were, indeed, a note card, it would read: "Whatever your problems are, God is bigger."

Joining Vee's Note Card Party

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Mosaic Monday ~ Finding Fall


We had a smidgen of cold cool weather last week, so I finally put summer away and brought fall in for another season. It's my favorite season, and my house is ready-made for itlots of oranges and blues. Fun, fun.

Speaking of the cool weather last week, if you live in the north, you would laugh yourself silly at Houstonians when the weather dips below 80. Sweaters come out of mothballs, and boots go on the feet. We know we won't get to wear our winter things long, so we make the most of it, I suppose. If it weren't so pathetic, it would be sad. Don't you agree?

Happy Monday, y'all. Make it count. ♦

Linking up with Mary's Mosaic Monday

Dayle Has Moved

I know some of my followers also follow my lovely twin sister's blog, and if you have been looking for her blog, it is still around, but it has changed names and addresses. Her new blog address is: http://dayleallenshockley.blogspot.com/

HOWEVER, if you want to add her to your Blog List or Reader in blogspot, that address might not work. If not, here is a message from Dayle telling you what to do:

Dear Friends,
 
If you want to add my blog to your Blog List or Reader, you will need to use the following link:
 
 
It will appear that you're linking to my feed, but, by some miracle, once it's added to the Blog List or Reader, it actually goes directly to my blog.
 
I'm still beating myself up for starting this nightmare. LOL! Thanks for hanging with me.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Here's To Friendship


I have been blessed with more than my share of faithful friends. Friends I could call anytime of the day or night, and they would come to assist me.

Just last week, a friend I hadn't seen in over seven years, drove me to jury duty and picked me up, just because I didn't want to drive myself. I paid her for her services, but she didn't want me to. In fact, she called me "crazy" for doing it. I told her she was crazier for driving me. I didn't have a broke foot, after all. I was just a wimp.

Ann Zaring is another one of my faithful friends.

I met Ann several years ago as a recent divorcee, trying to get back on my feet after a company layoff.  Ann's place of employment was hiring, and after applying and interviewing, I was offered the job. It was five miles from my front door, so I eagerly said yes.

Although we only worked together for about two years, we reconnected at some point, and now we try to do lunch at least once week. 

If our lunch tables could talk, they'd have plenty to say.

Ann has seen me at my lowest and heard me at my loudest. She's cried with me, and laughed with me, and sat in silence with me. I never measure my words or my moods when I'm with her, and everyone needs a friend like that.

Today, we lunched at our favorite Mexican spot, and I snapped a picture on the way out. Just because.

William Shakespeare once said, "Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find." I had no idea Ann and I would become faithful friends when we first met, but I'm grateful we did. ♦

Well, Is She?

Is she adorable or what? That's all.