Friday, April 24, 2009

Around the Place

Took a bit of a stroll around the place
and this is what I saw
A green house that needs to be organized

A Radio Flyer full of watering cans

A bird's nest made of twigs and grass

A sturdy new fence

New growth on the Maple tree

Matty on guard on her side of the fence

Buddy, the neighbour's dog, 'protecting' his side

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Robber of the Cruel Streets

George Muller
has always been a hero of mine

George Muller (1805 - 1898) was a German playboy who found Christ and gave his life to serve Christ unreservedly. His mission was to rescue orphans from the wretched street life that enslaved so many children in England during the time of Charles Dickens and Oliver Twist. Muller did rescue, care for, feed, and educate such children by the thousands. The costs were enormous for such a great work. yet, amazingly, he never asked anyone for money. Instead he prayed, and his children never missed a meal.
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I found a wonderful documentary on youtube beautifully depicting Muller's life and mission. This link is for part one of six. When the video ends click on the subject line at the top of the video screen. It will take you to and from there you can find parts 2 - 6 in a column on the right side. The documentary totals 59 minutes.

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Spectacular & Convicting
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George Muller
"Robber of the Cruel Streets"

A great film about a man of amazing faith
regarding financial provision and God's faithfulness!

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Path of Life

When walking down the path of life, remember what I say,

That every man must feel the thorns that grow along the way.

And every soul will struggle, for every man is weak,

And the road of life uncertain, its prospects often bleak.

But always give a helping hand, a word of love, a smile,

To help the soul beside you walk across each weary mile.

For love will cause the sun to shine, and everywhere you go,

The painful thorns less noticed as the roses bloom and grow.

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Kate Watkins Furman

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Patching Up the Ceiling

Joe the Fix It Guy
was here today cutting out and patching in

A view of my living room furniture
under a beautiful patchwork of bed sheets

Oooops ... looks like I forgot to vacuum!

I'll keep you posted about this renovation job

Friday, April 17, 2009

Susan Boyle

Through some news broadcast on TV,
I was encouraged to check out
and a recent participant in Britain's Got Talent.
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Susan Boyle
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Singing 'I Dreamed a Dream' from Les Miserables
Goose bumps were emerging as I was wow-ed.
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As they say ... you will be glad that you did!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Enemy appearance

I was out this beautiful morning admiring my pastures

Green and Lush and Welcoming

And the straight as an arrow new fence line

being pounded in the last few days

And then my feeling of bliss wavered
as I happened to capture an enemy appearance
This year as the dandelions come marching in
I resolve to take them in stride

Like Matty

Be Careful Little Mouth What You Say

If my lips would keep from slips,

Five things observe with care ---

To whom you speak, of whom you speak,

And how, and when and where.

If you your ears would keep from jeers,

These things keep meekly hid,

Myself and me, and my and mine,

And how I do or did.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Plot Thickens

Yesterday was a bit of a ... let's say CHALLENGE

Due to the unexpected shower in the living room,
the water main was cut off from about 9:00 in the morning
till 5:00 in the evening.

Conditions like that can be kinda rough

I suppose that I shouldn't complain,

Hubby had his hands full ALL DAY

And I do have a much deeper appreciation of indoor plumbing :o)
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And as this picture illustrates ...

Things could have been worse!

Hope your day is delightful

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Showers of Blessings???

No one can say that life is boring.
There are always twists and turns
and ups and downs and
showers of blessings ...
Showers of blessings come in all different forms.
One such form poured out of our
living room ceiling this morning.
Buckets and buckets of joy sprung forth
from the wells of our water pipes.

My foyer is now a show case
of items from my living room

And as the picture hanging on the wall states:
God Bless Our Home
He will continue to do so
and we will laugh about this soon

Monday, April 13, 2009

How big does a hill have to be?

How big does a hill have to be
before it becomes a mountain?

You would think that there should be a simple answer to this. There is sort of a simple answer. Hills are less than 305 metres above the surrounding area, and have to have a distinct summit or point. but they are not just small mountains. It has to do with how hills were formed.

A hill has to be constructed from loads of built-up rock or sand that has been put there over the years. Or a hill can be as big raised bump in the earth that has then worn down.

A mountain, though, has steep slopes and sharp or rounded peaks or ridges. And mountains often have more than one climate zone, which means that plant life that grows at one altitude won't grow at the next.

Mountains form in lots of ways. Some are volcanoes, which means that after each eruption more layers of hard lava build the mountain. Some have been created because of folding and uplifting of the earth.

So it is possible to have a hill that is higher than a mountain - it depends how it was formed. But after 305 metres, it is called a mountain no matter how it was formed.

So it IS possible to make a mountain
out of a mole hill!

Sunday, April 12, 2009


The old rugged cross made the difference
in a life bound for heartache and defeat;
I will praise Him forever and ever,
for the cross made the difference for me.

May the glorious dawn of Easter morn,

And all that it imparts,

Bring hope anew to everyone

And love to troubled hearts.

May the glory of our risen Lord

Shine so the world may find

True brotherhood with prayer and faith

For peace to all mankind.

May the beauty of this glad springtime

Bring a radiant joy and cheer -

And Easter story told again,

Bring the Saviour very near.

The resurrection of our Lord from the dead, is God's guarantee to us that we will also be raised from the dead. If Christ did not rise from the grave, we will not rise from the grave either. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Christ dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11 ... It does not say quicken your spiritual being but your MORTAL bodies. The fact then that Jesus rose from the dead, is all the proof and assurance we need to know that sin is defeated in Christ and His victory is ours when we are found in Him.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1

Live as if Christ died yesterday,

As if He rose this morning and

As if He were coming tomorrow.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Don't Fence Me In

Years ago we had horses for the
entertainment & betterment
of our kidlets.
As a matter of fact, we had four of them.
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Hmmmm .... with only three kids,
I suppose I was responsible for getting the fourth.
If you have ever had any large animals,
you know that fences play
the main defense against them
wandering aimlessly around the countryside.
And fences constantly need attention ...
And every so often they need replacin'
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That time has come here on our meager acerage.
The dogs were no help at all.
They went after the moles!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

English Muffins Anyone?

This past week has been dreay with overcast skies
Coolish weather
Blah Blah BLAH
Good time to try something new in the kitchen ...
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How about English Muffins?

I found this recipe in a little cookbook
my mother-in-law gave me years ago ...
Roger's Bread Machine Cookbook
Easy English Muffins
1 1/4 cups water
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp margarine
1 tsp salt
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp instant yeast
1/4 cup cornmeal for coating

Program for manual or dough cycle on your bread machine.

When cycle is complete, turn dough out onto floured surface
and roll out to 1/2" thickness.
Cut into muffins using an 3" round cookie cutter.
Dip muffins in cornmeal, place on a backing sheet
and let rise until double in size.
Carefully transfer muffins to medium-hot grill
and cook 5-8 minutes on each side.

Yield about 20 muffins
I didn't watch the grilling as carefully as I should


But we were all very pleased with the outcome.
This recipe ... according to the family ...
is a Keeper!

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