Sunday, January 15, 2017


I love a day that is restful.   It gives one time to reflect...

sniff out an unfamiliar scent...

Imagine what you would see from this viewpoint...

or this one...

and even finish a forgotten painting.

So glad you stopped by.

Hope you will share what you do with a  restful day.  Have a lovely week.

Hugs Debbie

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.   Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."  Matt. 11: 28-30 (NIV)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hope - My Perfect Word

This year "Hope" became my perfect word.

In a previous post written January 13, 2013 I shared author Debbie Macomber's practice of selecting a special word for the new year.

"Kindness" was going to be mine but "Hope" kept appearing in a variety of ways and means.   Apparently this was to be my selection.

Webster's Thesaurus describes "Hope" as  anticipation, aspiration, assurance, belief, desire, expectancy, expectation, confidence, faith, optimism, prospect, trust.

Legendary positive thinker Norman Vincent Peale wrote an article in 1987 "Let Hope Light Your Way".

He pointed out that wishing and hope are not the same thing.   Wishing differs in the fact that often when one wishes for something they do not believe it will come to be.   Whereas "hope" holds that special ingredient - expectancy.  It says that the desired outcome can happen.

The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5:4 "And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us."

Friends it is my "hope" that no matter what difficult circumstances and challenges each of us may be facing - we will come through - we will emerge stronger - we will be filled with hope for a blessed 2017.

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, December 18, 2016


Wishing a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my friends in blog land.

With Christmas only a week away -decided this would be my final post for 2016.    If you are like me there is still last minute things to accomplish and folks to see.

Will be stopping by to visit each of you in the coming  two weeks.

I've certainly been blessed this past year by all the wonderful posts that you have shared.

The photos, the words, and the precious visits here have kept me inspired, uplifted and feeling connected to something larger than my tiny space in this world.  Thank You.

May you each find special joy this Christmas season...Emmanuel - God with Us!

Love Debbie  

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Just In Time

Winter arrived just in time...

for these two checking out the food supply...

this one exploring an unknown track....

 and me enjoying a bit of doodling.

For certain winter arrived in time for the Christmas season.  So glad it did.

Hope you are too!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs Debbie  

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cookie Baking

A favorite part of the holiday season for me is cookie baking.

Over the years I have sampled a variety of drop, shaped , decorated, bar and no bake types.

Some have been so complicated that they may be a couple of days in the making.  Others so simple that one can stir them up and have them ready in a short few minutes.

For every taste bud there is a special cookie that will satisfy.

As I and my family have aged some of the fancy favorites have been exchanged for old fashioned goodness.

 These gingered molasses cookies are a good example.   They are simple to bake and with just plain ingredients most everyone enjoys them.

They are fragrantly spicy and perfectly chewy.   Just what I enjoy in a cookie.

If anyone wants the recipe -let me know.   Will be glad to share.

Hope everyone is having a great start to the Christmas season.   For all of those who love cookie baking - may your endeavors bring you hours of blissful joy!

Have a blessed week!

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sixty Years

Today marks sixty years of living.

Here are a few bits of wisdom I have learned over six decades.

Life may bring changes but some things remain the same.

There is nothing like a lovely walk in the woods to clear one's thoughts.

The joy of gathering generally starts at a young age.

A loyal dog makes the best friend!

One never grows too old to enjoy dressing up and going to a party!

Last but not least spending time "looking up" yields a great way to start a day.

So there you are sweet friends...a few pearls of wisdom.   Bet you have some too.

Have a great day.

P.S.   Christmas is only four weeks away.   My how this year has flown by.

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving and a Blessed Week

May all who are celebrating have a Happy Thanksgiving and to friends in other lands a Blessed week.

Hugs Debbie
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