Showing posts from January, 2020


Shelby Waiting   It was a perfect day for a winter adventure. Shelby is always up for a longer walk - Schindler up Ahead Schindler too! We spotted some round bales of hay hiding beneath a bit of white stuff. The old apple orchard looks forlorn during this winter season  - so does the berry patch. A remnant of autumn still standing with a dollop of snow was found. Wow this was quite a hill to climb but we managed to get to the top without a hitch.  Sometimes it is nice to turn an ordinary walk into an adventure.    Hope you enjoyed coming along. Have a blessed week. Hugs Debbie, Shelby and Schindler "Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow."   Psalm 51:7 (NIV)  

"Happy Place"

Yesterday I found some time to visit my "Happy Place".  It is nice to enjoy a few hours of down time doing something one loves. We have fortunately had a very warm winter with little snow.  This weekend brought  a change.  Windy - cold - and some white stuff made indoors quite welcome.  Made a pot of chili...built a fire...and enjoyed a cozy afternoon in the studio.  Yes it was nice to be in my "Happy Place". Hope you will take a few moments and share your "Happy Place". Would love to hear about yours.  Have a lovely week. Hugs Debbie "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."   Psalm 16:11 (NIV) 

Reading List

In my part of the world January is a great month to catch up on a bit of reading.  This month's list includes Billy Showell's  "Botanical Painting in Watercolour.  Lovely instructions as well as her beautiful paintings make this a delight to thumb through. My beloved Mom gave me "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young for Christmas.  Sarah does a great job with daily devotions.  Last year I read "Jesus Always" which was superb. Mary Alice Monroe is a new author to me.  "Beach House for Rent" promises to be a good story that takes place along the coast of South Carolina.  The Hallmark movie "Beach House" with Andie  MacDowell was based on Ms. Monroe's book.  It was a heartwarming tale about a mother and daughter.   If you have not seen the movie - certainly recommend it. Just before Christmas read Kate White's "Such a Perfect Wife ".  It was a real page turner.  Thinking "Even If It Kills Her" is going to


I trust that all of you had a blessed Christmas season and a great start to 2020. As always with the beginning of another year a particular word becomes my focus.   Last year it was peace.  Did I practice it perfectly?  No but I experienced in the midst of the ups and downs of life an acceptance of things that I could not change and therein peace found me. Someone once said  "life is a journey not a destination".  In my humble opinion one doesn't learn good things at once.  They come to us in stages.  They appear in adverse circumstances.  They show up during a storm.   It would be grand if we learned spiritual virtues while the sun shone, the birds sang, and the flowers bloomed.   Unfortunately we don't grow and mature when life is takes tough challenges to strengthen one's muscles of faith.     With the beginning of a new year as well as a new decade my perfect word is "Trust".   Perhaps those of you who also have a perfect word or wo