Sunday, June 10, 2018


Good books are a wonderful blessing.

They can shape us...

encourage us...

inspire us...

and of course entertain us.

One only has to imagine what life would be like without the written word.   How dark the world would be.

For me summer is my time to read.   After the chores are done and the hot afternoon has come - there is nothing more rewarding than a shady spot with a glass of lemonade and a good book.

I have several on my list to read this summer.  To all who have shared some of your lovely reviews - Thank You!  It is always a pleasure when we can share a favorite book with each other.

Happy reading!

Have a blessed week.

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, June 3, 2018


The month of June seems to have brought a lovely view of the heavens.

Glorious skies draws one to take a moment ...

to be silent ... to reflect... and to "look up".

"The heavens declare the glory of  God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

May everyone have a blessed week.



Sunday, May 27, 2018


Tomorrow I will take time to pause - to remember - and to be grateful to all those who have given their lives for freedom!

Hope all of you will pause too!

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."  John 8:36 (NIV)

God Bless


Sunday, May 20, 2018


A few weeks ago I decided to join Doodlewash.

It is a great sight for artists to connect with others who enjoy painting with watercolor.

Tonya Lee at Scratchmade Journal was hosting a great giveaway which I was blessed to win.

There was a trio of Da Vinci paints, travel brushes from  Wild Plein, a great block of Hahnemuhle watercolor paper, and a beautiful  handmade brush holder by Aneta Kochr.  She has a lovely shop at Etsy - Nature Sketches. 

Also included in this wonderful package of goodies was a wonderful canvas bag displaying art from Scratchmade Journal.

It was like receiving a Christmas package in May! 

Doodlewash will once again be organizing World Watercolor Month in July.  This sounds like a fun event.   Charlie O'Shields began Doodlewash several years ago.   Hope you will hop over there and check out the sight as well as Tonya Lee at Scratchmade Journal.

Think I will now get busy doing some painting with those new art supplies!

May everyone have a wonderful week.

God Bless


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day

    Wishing every mother a lovely Mother's Day.

"Her children arise and call her blessed;"  Prov. 31:28 a (NIV)

Have a great week! 

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, May 6, 2018


"Sweet May hath came to love us,


trees, their blossoms don;

And through the blue heavens above us The very clouds move on."  Heinrich Heine, Book of Song

Hope all of you have a lovely month of May.

God Bless


Sunday, April 29, 2018


At Harmony Hills the dandelions are beginning to appear.  They are growing and blooming everywhere.   

It is always amazing to read that there are places in the U.S. and other countries where people purposely plant them in their gardens.

Here they are considered to be a weed or at best an invasive wildflower.

Growing up my mom would often gather the leaves early in the spring before they bloomed.
She would wilt them in a skillet with bacon and serve them up for dinner as our veggie dish.

It was not a favorite of mine but there was no option.  At that time one always had to eat what was served.  (How things have changed!!)

Read somewhere that if one rolled  the flowers in flour and fried them in butter they tasted a bit like morrels.   I tried doing this once - probably won't do that again.
(Fried morrels are fabulous and there is no substitution for the real thing.)
Over all the plant is rich in vitamins and exceptionally nutritious...just doesn't suit my taste buds.

My father- in- law always loved to see a patch of  them blooming. To him they were pretty and signaled that warm weather had arrived.

Guess it all comes down to perspective.  Where one sees a weed another sees a lovely flower.
Perhaps it is a lot like life...circumstances may seem like weeds but in retrospect they may be growing us into a bunch of pretty flowers.

Upon that thought I will sign off hoping all of you are seeing flowers instead of weeds growing in your garden.

Hugs Debbie

"As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field;" Psalm 103:15 (NIV)  



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