Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mini Vacation

When summer's heat makes its visit I love to take a mini vacation.

It is my favorite way to travel.   Not far to go, no traffic jams or fear of getting lost.

Packing is easy too.  A straw hat, cool glass of lemonade and a good book makes the luggage very light.  

When I arrive there is a comfy seat in a spot of shade.

Yes friends this place is right out my back door.

Now that I have shared my mini vacation...hope you will shares yours.

Have a lovely week!

Hugs Debbie

  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

June

The month of June is already gifting us with lovely picturesque moments.

Pink poppies and larkspur are in full swing.












Abundant sunshine and blue skies lift hearts...















while fresh picked strawberries wet appetites.














A special scene such as this is sure to bring a smile.
















Speaking of smiling - here is someone else who seems to be enjoying this beautiful month of June!   Hope you all are too.

P.S.
Thank you everyone for your sweet words , thoughts and prayers at the loss of my dear father.   They mean so much.

Hugs Debbie


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Heaven

I have been pondering heaven of late.

My dear father passed away two weeks ago on a Sunday morning.

He slipped away from us ever so gently into the arms of  the Lord.

His love and faith for God, family, and country left a legacy that will live on in all of  the hearts who knew him.

There is much I could write but grief is just too fresh to allow the words to flow.

Let me simply finish by saying I know that my Dad is finally home in heaven.   "...No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."  1 Cor. 2:9 (NIV)

God Bless!

Debbie

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Rainy Afternoon

Sometimes a quiet rainy afternoon can be a blessing.

Yesterday was one.

Originally I had planned to do some much needed gardening.

The weather had other plans.








So instead I spent those sweet hours sketching a gathered bouquet...












 reading an inspiring book...













Experimenting with a new pen the Elegant Writer...













and savoring the freshness that comes from the passing showers.

Thank you for letting me share what I did with a rainy afternoon.   Hope you will do the same.


Have a lovely week.

Hugs Debbie




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blooming

Here are a few pics of what has been blooming at Harmony Hills this past week.

Orange tulips with Virginia Bluebells... they make a lovely pair.










 These pink azaleas always tell me spring is in full swing.












A few of the later variety of daffodils are still bringing cheer along the woodland path.











Pink Bleeding hearts never fail to to bring joy to mine.











 The sweet scent of lilacs always evoke precious memories of my Grandmother.  They were a favorite of hers.











 Well there you have it friends.   Hope you enjoyed the garden tour.   Thanks for letting me share what has been blooming here.

Have a Blessed Week!
Debbie 







Sunday, April 16, 2017

...He Lives


                 "Because He lives  I can face tomorrow; Because He lives all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living just because He lives."   Gloria Gaither & William Gaither

"Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; He has risen!  Luke 24:5b (NIV)

Have a Blessed Easter  

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, April 9, 2017

"The Old Rugged Cross"

Holy week always brings to mind an old hymn written by George Bennard "The Old Rugged Cross".

Alan Jackson does a beautiful job with this beloved song.   Hope you all enjoy it.











Have a blessed week.

Hugs Debbie






Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring

The grape hyacinths tell me it is spring....








the carpet of  blue scilla does too;













and of course those lovely daffodils are singing spring!

Hope all of you have a lovely first week of April.

God Bless!

Debbie























Sunday, March 26, 2017

Painting and sketching

In spite of many spring chores I found some time this week to do a bit of painting and sketching.


  
The viola was painted on Yupo paper.   It is a challenging surface but also forgiving.   If you don't like something you can just wash off and start over!   










 This little piece was done on Strathmore precut watercolor paper.   5x7 is a nice size to use if you choose to make a greeting card.   

Well best go for now I hear the garden calling.   So glad you took a moment to stop by.
Have a lovely week.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men." Col. 3:23
(NIV)

Hugs Debbie  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"His Eye is on the Sparrow"


   This little sparrow reminded me of an old hymn we sang many years ago.   Unfortunately we don't seem to sing it much now.   "His Eye is on the Sparrow"  written by Civilla D Martin.   The tune was by Charles H Gabriel.

The words to the first stanza are:

"Why should I feel discouraged, Why should the shadows come, Why should my heart be lonely And long for Heav' n and home, When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He: His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me; His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He cares for me.

The chorus follows with "I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free, For His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me."

 
Lovely words that remind us that a loving Heavenly Father is not only watching over the Sparrow but He watches over us.

Hope all of you have a blessed week.   Hugs Debbie

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Bit of Surprise

We awoke to a bit of surprise Friday morning.

Overnight had brought us a gorgeous snow fall.
It had been warm Thursday afternoon - sunny and above average temps.   Things were certainly looking spring-like.









Then the weather reminded us that winter was still here.












So instead of getting grumpy and sad... decided to go outdoors and enjoy a beautiful winter morn.











Shelby was more than happy to go see what the day had brought...












 Schindler too.












Mr. Cardinal seemed quite at home with the snow covered branches...his feathers certainly didn't seemed ruffled by the cold.












As for me I was very grateful to be amazed by such a breathtaking start to the day.


Hope you enjoyed seeing our surprise.


Hugs Debbie  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lovely Gifts

March brought us some lovely gifts.

A patch of snow in a shady glade...
















Two robins enjoying the day...


















a promise of blooms to come...

















and a bit of sunshine for some play time.
















Hope March is bringing you some wonderful gifts too.

Hugs Debbie











Hope

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Is it Here?

Snowdrops

At Harmony Hills we have been asking is it here?  Has spring sprung?

Well it may be too early to say but here are a few signs to be found.


These wee snowdrops are blooming...









Crocus
The crocus are beginning to open...
















Blue Scilla
 and these little blue scilla are starting to bloom.


All three are good indications that spring may be here soon.


Hope those who are weary of winter are seeing some of spring's promises too.


Have a lovely week.

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Peaceful Place

This past week I got to spend some time in my peaceful place...the studio.

Seems like this time of the year one begins to long for spring and the special little treasures that the new season will bring.  It is always nice to pull out some old photos and be reminded that soon the weather will warm and the flowers will start to bloom.

Pansies and Violas are such favorites that it is hard to resist not wanting to paint them.

As I have shared before I always plant a few in memory of my dear grandma.   It just wouldn't be spring at Harmony Hills if there were not some of these special ones growing near by.

Speaking about a Peaceful Place I hope that if you have never visited Linda at Linda's Peaceful Place you will take a few minutes and stop over for a few delightful minutes.   She has the most wonderful videos and uplifting quotes.   You will certainly have a wonderful time.   I know I always do.

Hope sweet friends you have a blessed
week.

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February's Plans

It is time to make some February plans.

Think I will do some extra painting..

reading...













training this one...


















and bird watching.


How about you?   What are some of your February plans?   Hope you will share.

"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."
Proverbs 16:9 NIV

Have a lovely week!

Hugs Debbie