Sunday, February 18, 2024

"Come Back"


 Winter made a " come back" this weekend.  The windchill this morning was 3 degrees below zero.  

After a couple weeks of almost spring like weather we found the change to be bone chilling. 


Kelsey was content to get indoors after a brisk jaunt outside. We both like our walk but today it was a challenge with the wind blowing. 


 Mr. Nuthatch took shelter from the cold by clinging to his wind break.  Amazing how even with no leaves these old oaks yield a place that is warmer than out in the open.








The sunshine helped to add some warmth and even started to melt the snow.  By late afternoon patches of grass were peaking through.  By tomorrow we are to see temperatures returning to the 40's.  I am not sad!







Speaking of returning - finished "The Return" by Nicholas Sparks.  It was a good read.






Also found some time this past week to do a bit of sketching.                        





    






Even made a few plans for the coming spring.


Thanks for taking time to visit.  Hope you will share what is happening in your part of the world. 

Hugs

Debbie

 "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow" Job38:22a (NIV)

Sunday, February 11, 2024

"New Things"


 Sometimes new things can be scary.  Call it my age or the fear of change that makes the "new" bring angst.  Recently I had to purchase another phone because my old was not keeping a charge.  I felt comfortable with the one I was using.  Certainly didn't want to have to replace it.  In today's world though, we all have to stay connected.  Hmm makes me wonder how twenty five years ago one land line was all that was required for the average family.  Now everyone including the kids need their own personal device. 

Since I'm far from techie the challenge of setting up a new phone made me quite anxious.   Bless the young folks at the public library. 


They helped get it working.  (Let us "oldies" appreciate this new upcoming generation - they just may be our life - line to living in the 21st century!) 

I would much rather walk through these brambles than to figure out how to dump a contact list from one phone to another. 

Keeping to the same thought, have been procrastinating in buying a new computer.  Yesterday with hubby's help made another new plunge.   We are finally getting Windows 11 (been stuck with 7 and have managed to miss all the updated ones in between.)  Here again someone younger is getting us all set up.  He is a tech at the store and his expertise came with the package deal.  Hooray! 

Along with this new computer, high speed internet is being installed in our home this week.  The young man who is doing the job assured us that he will show us how to connect all our technical equipment once he has completed his work.  So thankful for all those younger people who are willing to come along side those of us who at times need "new things". 


Speaking of "new" have discovered a canvas called "Yes" that works with all media including watercolor.  A bit different that painting on paper but am enjoying working on this type of surface.  

Well hope you will share anything new in your lives that may be a bit scary! 

Have a blessed week. 

Hugs Debbie

                                                                                     "See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare, before they spring into being I announce them to you."  Isaiah 42:9 (NIV)   


Sunday, February 4, 2024

Glad

I am so glad you stopped by to visit.  We have been enjoying the unusual February weather.  Today it was in the 50's and sunny.


We took a long walk...


Counted over 15 squirrel nests around the place...








Visited the old apple tree...








Spotted Mrs. Tufted Titmouse.  She apparently was enjoying the nice weather.








Last but not the least; we had a nice sit on the swing.  Truly glad you stopped by to see us.  May all of you have a week of gladness!

Hugs

Debbie

"This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24





 

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Simple


Sometimes simple can be so good. 

This afternoon I made Yummy Pecan Chews.   They are put together with the simplest of ingredients.  Nothing extraordinary and easily assembled.  A hint of cinnamon is what gives them a special touch.






I am in the mode of working small and simple in the studio too.  Having fun with some new color combos and keeping things uncomplicated.    





On the other extreme though, this pile of books from the library does not appear to be the same .  Oh well, we all have to go overboard somewhere!

At least this post has been simple.

Have a lovely end to January. 

Hugs

Debbie


"You who are simple, gain prudence;"  Prov. 8:5a (NIV)

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Shadow


 Yes at last I saw my shadow.  It has been a long time since it appeared.


Kelsey may have found hers too.


As you can see the sun was finally shining.

Here in our part of the country, winter days can be very gloomy and overcast.






In spite of the cold the sunlight made it feel much warmer.

I think the neighbor's cows were enjoying it as well.






Heavenly blue sky at this time of the year is such a treat.

Hope each of you are enjoying some sunshine today.

Hugs

Debbie 

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."  Psalm 91:1 (NIV)

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Plans


 Like many of you with the start of a new year I have been making plans.  For myself it seems to work best writing down what is a priority for the coming months.


Sketching and painting is close to the top of the list.








Hoping to get a few paintings finished and ready to frame.  Also considering rejoining the art center that is located in our area.  At one time belonged and participated with other local artists.  Due to family illness and needing to spend time with loved ones it was necessary to step away.  Now there is an empty space.  Thinking becoming involved again might be nice.  (Will keep you posted on that plan).   




Of course each year I make a commitment to read at least twenty four new books.   By the looks of  this stack - am on my way to meeting that goal.






 Naturally hubby and I are planning together to spend lots of time with Kelsey.  She is our faithful companion.   In the spring we hope to find her a new playmate.  Stay tune for updates.  






Well there are other plans on the horizon...like traveling, trying a new way to grow a vegetable patch and of course a few home fix ups.  At this time though my biggest goal is to finish off these last Christmas cookies.  

Am looking forward to reading all of your plans for 2024.

Thank you for stopping by to visit.

Hugs

Debbie

"But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands."  Isaiah 32:8 (NIV)

Monday, January 1, 2024

First Day


 A fresh skiff of snow marked the first day of the New Year in our neck of the woods.  It seemed appropriate that as the calendar turned to 2024 the ground would receive a new covering.  A clean coating of white brushed the woods  


and covered some of autumn's remains.

 

  



 A winter landscape even on a dark day has a unique beauty.

January is a great month to settle in and enjoy those gentle days that come after the holiday rush.

It affords some extra time to reflect on what is important...watch the birds...take long walks...read a good book or two. 



 Hoping each of you are finding some quiet moments to meditate on the coming New Year.

Hugs!

Debbie

..."in quietness and trust is your strength,"... Isaiah 30:15 b (NIV) 

"Come Back"

 Winter made a " come back" this weekend.  The windchill this morning was 3 degrees below zero.   After a couple weeks of almost s...