Tuesday, March 31, 2015

He Lives

"God loves us not because of who we are, but because of who He is."

March 31, 2015
David C. Egner

In just a few short days, Christians around the world will be celebrating Easter.  
A time to remember not only what Jesus did for us on the cross through His death, but that on the third day, he arose from the dead!

He is risen! 

He Lives
Alfred Henry Ackley

I serve a risen Savior, Hes in the world today;

I know that He is living, whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him, Hes always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
A-long lifes narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho my heart grows weary, I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
A-long lifes narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, Rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find,
None other is so living, so good and kind.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
A-long lifes narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

Have a blessed day my friends,

Monday, March 30, 2015

Strawberries, Crochet and Hard Work

Happy Monday!  

In my last post, I promised an update on my crochet project.  
I'm in the fourth color section of the mosaic and I am really enjoying the pattern.  I'm using Vanna's Choice yarn, which is one of my favorites to work with.  It is cushy, soft and feels more luxurious than the cost per skein.  

The yarn I ordered to complete the 2nd half of the blanket came in last week.  Since I don't have any spring flowers yet, I'll revel in the pretty yarn colors.  


I also ordered yarn for my next project.

I'll share more on that when I get closer to working on it.  
Both projects are gifts for family members.

Our fence was complete last Wednesday.  They finished two days early, which worked out great as the next day it poured down rain!

The fence allows our dog to roam freely and we can play fetch with her without the worry of her running off.  

It also gives some dimension to our yard.  

I've already started to dream (and plot out) different landscape ideas.  
It all takes time (and money), so we'll do things as both allow.

We built our first raised bed on Saturday.  
We mixed our soil, and planted 75 strawberry plants.  I could barely move by the end of the day.  Who knew it would be such hard work!

The strawberries are bare root.  I've never worked with bare root plants before; I hope they will grow.  Dear son has claimed three of the squares as "his".  Hopefully he'll share his harvest.  


I hope your week gets off to a great start!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fence Update and Dreaded Sn*w

Our fence started to go up yesterday.  
It was exciting to see the trucks and workers arrive and start all their busyness.  

They got all the holes dug, and today, they are working on cementing in the main posts.

A big tractor trailer delivered the cedar for the boards this morning.  We selected a KY Board style fence.  We went back and forth between a split rail and KY Board and settled on the latter.  

It sounds like everything will be complete by Friday.

I did find, what I hope to be, the perfect spot for an outdoor swing.

In between the cedar tree and the old wild cherry.  I thought I'd put the back of the swing toward the corner of the fence.   The swing would face the rear of the yard.

The trees form a little island in the midst of two swales.  We'll have to see how wet and buggy it is this spring/early summer.

I hope once we get some landscaping in, our yard won't be as soggy.  

On another note...
Last night I was shocked to see snow and sleet falling from the sky.

There was still a dusting this morning when I got up.  The outdoor thermometer read 29 degrees.  The calendar says spring, but winter is clinging on.    

It seems the rest of the world is reveling in spring grandeur, while we are still waiting (with hope), but waiting.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick:  but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:12

I hope you are having a blessed day.  
I'll give an update on my crochet project in another day or so.

Toodles for now,

I'm linking up with Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose for her Roses of Inspiration Link-up Party.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fence is Going Up

The fence is going up!

Insert "happy dance" here.


Happy Monday,

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Words on Wednesday

A lot of people have "Wordless Wednesday", I thought I'd add words.


It's a pretty day outside with the sun shining brightly.  It is cool, but I don't mind.  True spring, with flowers in bloom, isn't too far away.  
While I'm waiting for that, I thought I'd hang a springy wreath on the front door.

I made a little bit of progress on the mosaic afghan.  I entered the third tier of color; green.  

It looks like the blanket will take two repeats of each color.  

The yarn called for in the pattern isn't going to be enough for my blanket.  My gauge must be off.  I did go down a hook size, but I'm using an aran weight yarn, so I thought it would all balance out.  
That's OK though.  
I had a Friends and Family coupon from Joann's that I was able to use last weekend.  And really, I never mind buying yarn.  I was just hoping to do it with what I had on hand.

Blackie needs a bath.

She is definitely a "tom-girl".  
She loves to dig around in the mud and find something to carry in her mouth.  
Must be the golden retriever in her?

Looks like we are finally getting a fence installed.  Our HOA has approved the plan and the contractor is available next week.  

They had someone come out to mark the utilities.

You know the saying, "call before you dig."


I've been perusing my Burpee catalog lately and got my seeds ordered.  I'll need to go to Walmart to get seed starter and some seed starter containers.  I did read somewhere online that you can start seeds in egg shells.  Has anyone tried that before?

I've also been reading Our Daily Bread.  I've mentioned it before; it's free to download and each devotion has the bible passage links to Bible Gateway.  

Dear son and I also read a Psalm each morning before we begin school.  He's already looked ahead and asked if I'd read Psalm 119 (it has 176 verses).


I hope your week is going well.

Happy hump day,

I'm linking up with Ginny today for her weekly Yarn Along.

"One grateful thought is a ray of sunshine.  A hundred such thoughts paint a sunrise.  A thousand will rival the glaring sky at noonday - for gratitude is light against the darkness."
Richelle E. Goodrich

Wishing you mid-week rays of sunshine and thoughts of gratitude throughout the day.


Sunday, March 15, 2015


I don't know what the word means, but I couldn't think of a grand enough word for today!

"It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want--oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"
Mark Twain

It has been such a pretty day outside.  
I cleaned up my landscaping beds and cut back my rose bushes.  As I was cutting away the dead vegetation in the mailbox bed, I found this...

looks like my purple aster plant made it through the winter and is starting to sprout.

Our little cherry tree is full of buds.  In another week or two, it should be in full bloom.

I took the dog for a short walk as my son rode bikes with some of the neighborhood children.  Even the runoff creek looked inviting and interesting.

My latest crochet project is starting to sprout and grow as well.

Today was a blessed day.  

I've got a chicken roasting in the oven and I'm going to make a spring mix salad to go with it for dinner.  
It won't be long and we'll be grilling out!

Maybe I'm pushing it a bit.


Toodles my friends,

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Focus

"In our busy schedules, we can so easily forget to stand in awe of the heavenly beauty our Creator has prepared for our enjoyment and His glory."
Dennis Fisher - March 12, 2015

In my devotion this morning, the writer spoke of marveling at God's handiwork.  Then, taking us back to David, in the old testament, who wrote of the same beauty in the Psalms.

Through each season of the year, His creations are before us to behold...

The first nest of spring.

The glorious roses of summer.

Nature's abundance in the fall.

And, the still quiet beauty in winter.

But, the writer brings us back to something "even more important-
a personal relationship with the living God."

As spring approaches...

and I'm admiring all the beauty;...

it serves as a gentle reminder...

that God loves me.

No matter my circumstances in life.

Spring is like an embrace from my Heavenly Father.

Making life worth living!

I hope the beauty around you this spring draws you closer to the One who created it.


"And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."
Genesis 1:31

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This-n-That and A New Project

"How did it get so late so soon?"
Dr. Seuss

Yesterday it rained all day and this morning we have this.

Thick fog covering the meadow.

I'm fighting the fog and dreary weather with thoughts of spring and fresh scented candles.

Dear son has had a stomach bug for the past couple of days.  

In between washing bedding, refreshing Sprite, and sharing cuddle time while watching Curious George; 

I've been looking through old crochet books searching for the "perfect" project.

Lily Chin - Rainbow Stripes
Mosaic Magic Afghans Made Easy (1999)

Perfect in the sense that it looks like fun to make and I have the yarn on hand to make it.

The pattern is an Lily Chin mosaic design from her book Mosaic Magic.  You use a series of drop stitches to create different effects.  The beauty of these projects is that you carry the yarn up the sides of the work and don't have a lot of ends to cut and need to be woven in later. 

I want to thank all of you for the kind comments you've been leaving on my blog and welcome my new followers.  
I hope you know I appreciate each of you!

May your day be blessed,

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
Marcel Proust

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Quick and Easy Project Complete

"A baby is a blessing, 
a gift from heaven above, 
a precious little angel
to cherish and to love."

I finished up this quick baby blanket on Friday.  It is one for donation and I hope some new mother will enjoy wrapping her new "bundle of joy" in it.

It is a simple granny square blanket that worked up very quickly.

I used Red Heart Super Saver in Monet; 3 skeins.  For the accent color and border, I used Red Heart Super Saver in Orchid (or it might be Lavender, I misplaced the label).  

I'm trying to decide on a next project.  
I found some pretty patterns on Ravelry the other day, but haven't settled on one yet.

I hope you are having a blessed Sunday.


P.S.  Our snow is melting!