Back Home

I’ve been away, first mentally and then physically.

Mentally, because I have a bunch of stuff going on and my brain can only handle just so much at one time.

Physically, because it was my turn to stay in Redding with Grandma Crain and there is no internet access at here house.  I should be thankful there is a phone and a radio.

When you drive in the driveway there is a time warp of about 60 years.  Oh, she does have a microwave and a/c.   It is not all bad!   I receive the gift of uninterrupted hours.  My only responsibilities help her dress and undress, make sure meds and meals are prepared at the proper times and since it was a little cooler, watering only had to be done once.

So I’m back home and glad to be here, but there is just a little regret about leaving the simpler times.

 

Published in: on September 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yarn Along, A New Shawl, a Tease and a Blocking


On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s and Tami’s and share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. they also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.


I finished TWO, here is the next new shawl, Kathi’s shawl, another Summer Solstice. I really like this pattern; Thanks, Wendy.
Ravelry here


Shirley, This one is for you, starting with yarn cakes.
Ravelry here


Isn’t blocking an amazing act of love.
Ravelry here

September 19, Today’s thought — Short Sentences

Winter garden beginnings

Good Morning

They continue saying things that mean nothing , thinking God will hear them because of their many words, Matthew 6:7

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Matthew 6:7 KJV

I love the short sentence. . .
What follows are cuts from some of my books and a couple of others.
Keep the ones you like.
Forgive the ones you don’t.
Share them when you can.

Pray all the time. If necessary, use words.
God forgets the past. Imitate him.
Greed I’ve often regretted Generosity — never.
Don’t ask god to do what you want. Ask God to do what is right.
No one is useless to God. No one.
Nails didn’t hold God to a cross. Love did.
You will never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you.

Max Lucado, When God Whispers Your Name

And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking Matthew 6:7 Amplified Bible

Trust God for your day. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Knitted not Blocked, My Part is Finished

Diligently I have been keeping to my goal to finish at least three shawls before I started another. (I have yarn and patterns for four shawls, patiently waiting).

Hope’s shawl made from garage sale find by Grandpa Red and sox yarn. I like the way it finished and hope a young girl will remember Grandpa when she wears it.

Ravelry Link

Shelby is Hope’s older sister. If you make a shawl for one granddaughter, the other granddaughter needs one, too. I love this yarn, the colors are bright, the stitch definition is good and it felt nice as it flowed through my fingers.

Ravelry link

To see what others are finishing check out FO Fridays and Fiber Arts Friday.

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September 14, Today’s thought – Tested by the Word

Beautiful tile work seen in Carmel

Good Morning

Tested By the Word of the Lord

“He sent a man before them — Joseph— who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters; he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him.” (Psalm 105:17-19)

Joseph waited years before his dreams came true. The waiting was not in vain. God used the time to refine Joseph as gold in a furnace. Joseph’s dreams were from God, but his childish pride was not. The harsh years were not for the sake of proving the dreams true, but for proving Joseph to be true.

The Lord’s refining process does the same in our lives today. Many receive dreams and visions from God, but conduct themselves with immaturity. Like Joseph, they must go through seasons of refinement.
Joseph held to the vision God gave him for his life. It kept him through everything he experienced. He was restrained from sin, redeemed from sorrow and restored to honor by holding on to the dreams from God.

It may be, my fellow traveler, that you are undergoing a test from the Lord, which is applied in love to insure that when your dream comes true — you will be true as well. Rylie

He sent a man before them,
even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:
Whose feet they hurt with fetters:
he was laid in iron:
Until the time that his word came:
the word of the LORD tried him. Psalm 105:17-19 KJV

Trust God for your day . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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September 13, Today’s thought — Be Not A Rock

Just a random picture of the deck…

Good Morning

For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called
Wonderful,
Counsellor,
The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

”He was poor, that he might make us rich.
He was born of a virgin that we might be born of God.
He took our flesh, that he might give us His Spirit.
He lay in the manger, that we may lie in paradise.
He came down from heaven, that he might bring us to heaven….
That the ancient of Days should be born.
that he who thunders in the heavens should cry in the cradle….
that he who rules the stars should suck the breast;
that a virgin should conceive;
that Christ should be made of a woman, and of that woman which himself made,
that the branch should bear the vine,
that the mother should be younger than the child she bare,
and the child in the womb bigger than the mother;
that the human nature should not be God, yet one with God
Christ taking flesh is a mystery we shall never fully understand till we come to heaven
If our hearts be not rocks, this love of Christ should affect us .
Behold love that passeth knowledge!”
~Thomas Watson

Trust God for your day . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Yarn Along, Knitting on and on, Love IT!


On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s and Tami’s and share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. they also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

This week, true ( can’t believe it) to my determination to finish shawls before starting more shawls. I FINISHED TWO! Pictures on Friday.

I am still knitting on and on and on and loving it.

Winter shawl is growing point by point the ruffle edging is knit first. I’ve found using a double pointed needle makes for easier knitting the back and forth short rows.


Noro is back. Remember, I ran out of beads doing the bind off. All frogged back, purchased complementary beads and binding off again. Hopefully this one will be finished by Friday, too.
Just a close up of the edging.

Muted Jazz is growing. I’ll start taking her with me again, now that Hope’s is finished. It is a great take a long and feels wonderful sliding through my fingers.

I’m reading ‘The Body Farm” by Patricia Cornwell. I like her stories, but would clean up Marino’s mouth, if I were writing it.

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September 12, Today’s thought – Abraham

No more until next year. 😦

Good Morning

And so, after he had patiently endured,
he obtained the promise. Hebrews 6:15

Abraham was long tried,
but he was richly rewarded.
The Lord tried him by delaying to fulfill His promise.
Satan tried him by temptation;
men tried him by jealousy, distrust, and opposition;
Sarah tried him by her peevishness.
But he patiently endured.
He did not question God’s veracity,
nor limit His power,
nor doubt his faithfulness,
nor grieve His love;
but he bowed to Divine Sovereignty,
submitted to Infinite Wisdom,
and was silent under delays,
waiting the Lord’s time.
And so,
having patiently endured,
he obtained the promise.

God’s promises cannot fail of their accomplishment. Patient waiters cannot be disappointed. Believing expectation shall be realized.

Beloved, Abraham’s conduct condemns a hasty spirit,
reproves a murmuring one,
commends a patient one,
and encourages quiet submission to God’s will and way.
Remember, Abraham was tried;
he waited patiently;
he received the promise,
and was satisfied.
Imitate his example,
and you will share the same blessing. Selected.

And so it was that he [Abraham],
having waited long and endured patiently,
realized and obtained
[in the birth of Isaac as a pledge of what was to come]
what God had promised him.
Hebrews 6:15 Amplified Bible

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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September 11, Today’s thought – Gratitude

I found this tiny sprig of lilac.
It smelled so sweet, reminding me of spring.
The bush was covered with buds, looks good for next year.

Good Morning

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. Psalm 95:2

When I express my gratitude
to God, I find my attitude
transforms from gloomy doom
to sunny smiles.

In giving thanks, my focus changes
as gratitude . . . it rearranges
the way I think and feel and speak
and live my life.

Counting all the ways He blesses
deepens joy, and my heart presses
in to know Him and enjoy Him
as He is.

“All is grace”, the writer pens
Each day, each hour, each breath He sends
His gifts of grace and bids me
open more to Him.

The Ancient Words declare the way
into His presence everyday
is opened up by giving thanks
and so I say . . .

For sun and moon and stars that twinkle
eyes that see and lines that wrinkle
aging faces, waterfalls and baby’s breath,
I thank You, Lord.

For bone on bone in knee unbending
ears to hear the never-ending
speech, heaven’s telling of Your glory,
Father, thank You.

For hope that flutters in my chest
and tiny eggs in robin’s nest
just waiting to burst forth
and sing your praises.

For full salvation, “it is finished”
healing virtue, undiminished
by years long past and
morning mercies, ever new.

For children home, and far away,
I give you thanks, my God, today
my heart is full and overflows
with gratitude.

Thank You, thank You, Holy Father
Holy Spirit, Jesus, Author
of salvation and the Finisher
of my faith.

Amen.

©Andrea D. Olsen – 9 July 2011

And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD,
offer it at your own will. Leviticus_22:29

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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September 10, Today’s thought — Lift Up the Hands

Now you see them…………………Now you don’t!

Good Morning

Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down,
and the feeble knees;
And make straight paths for your feet,
lest that which is lame be turned out of the way;
but let it rather be healed. Hebrews 12:12-13

This is God’s word of encouragement to us to lift up the hands of faith,
and confirm the knees of prayer.
Often our faith grows tired, languid,
and relaxed,
and our prayers lose their force and effectiveness.
The figure used here is a very striking one.
The idea seems to be that we become discouraged
and so timid that a little obstacle depresses and frightens us,
and we are tempted to walk around it,
and not face it: to take the easier way.
Perhaps it is some physical trouble that God is ready to heal,
but the exertion is hard,
or it is easier to secure some human help,
or walk around in some other way.
There are many ways of walking around emergencies
instead of going straight through them.
How often we come up against something that appalls us,
and we want to evade the issue with the excuse:
“I am not quite ready for that now.”
Some sacrifice is to be made,
some obedience demanded,
some Jericho to be taken,
some soul that we have not the courage to claim and carry through,
some prayer that is hanging fire,
or perhaps some physical trouble that is half healed
and we are walking around it.
God says, “Lift up the hands that hang down.”
March straight through the flood, and lo,
the waters will divide,
the Red Sea will open,
the Jordan will part,
and the Lord will lead you through to victory.
Don’t let your feet “be turned out of the way,”
but let your body “be healed,”
your faith strengthened.
Go right ahead and leave no Jericho behind you unconquered
and no place where Satan can say that he was too much for you.
This is a profitable lesson
and an intensely practical one.
How often have we been in that place.
Perhaps you are there today.
~A. B. Simpson.

Trust God for your day. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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September 9, Sunday Bible Reading Joshua 1:1-9

Rosemary behind the grass along the sidewalk at the library

Joshua 1:1-9

Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass,
that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister,
saying,

Moses my servant is dead;
now therefore arise, go over this Jordan,
thou, and all this people,
unto the land which I do give to them,
even to the children of Israel.
Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon,
that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river,
the river Euphrates,
all the land of the Hittites,
and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun,
shall be your coast.
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee
all the days of thy life:
as I was with Moses,
so I will be with thee:
I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Be strong and of a good courage:
for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance
the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous,
that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law,
which Moses my servant commanded thee:
turn not from it to the right hand or to the left,
that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth;
but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,
that thou mayest observe to do according to all
that is written therein:
for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous,
and then thou shalt have good success.
Have not I commanded thee?
Be strong and of a good courage;
be not afraid,
neither be thou dismayed:
for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Saturday, September 8, Garden Update

Gardening is the Farmer’s love.
It shows everywhere you look at Cozy Acres.
Come and walk with me.
Let’s see what’s growing.

From a 6 inch sprig in the spring to real vines in the fall.

Look, there are even grapes on some of the vines!

This is the only raspberry cane that survived, but it looks good.

Boysenberries growing all over the ground and on the trellis

Marion/blackberries growing all over

Corn is through for the year. Everyone said it was the best corn they had ever eaten. More corn will be planted next year, for sure.

Hundreds of Sweet 100’s

Wilt grabbed the cucumbers early, didn’t get much of a crop.

All the squash and some of the watermelon grew here.

Butternut squash and watermelon
A volunteer zinnia found its way to this watermelon patch

Tomatoes
Greens in barrelsXitrus trees planted in the spring have doubled + in size. I see little lemons.Plans for a new bed, possibly flowers, probably veggiesAlmost every day, somewhere on Cozy Acres you’ll find the Farmer like this. Sometimes planning and weeding, much of the time praying for those in his heart.

Sharing our garden with Ginny at Small Things

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Ready to Barter

Would you spend a few hours knitting dishcloths to be able to enjoy heirloom yellow tomatoes (whose name I have forgotten)?

I did.

Dishcloths are almost ready to send, just three little ends to weave in. Of course, I have to wait until next summer to enjoy the tomatoes.
That’s okay.

To see what others are finishing check out FO Fridays and Fiber Arts Friday.

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September 7, Today’s thought – Up and Onward

See what you get when you don’t go to the post office but once a week.

Good Morning

Thou hast enlarged my steps under me,
that my feet did not slip.    Psalm 18:36
The law of his God is in his heart;
none of his steps shall slide.    Psalms 37:31
Our heart is not turned back,
neither have our steps declined from thy way;    Psalm 44:18
Righteousness shall go before him;
and shall set us in the way of his steps.    Psalm 85:13

We sit and weep in vain.
The voice of the Almighty said,
“Up and onward forevermore.”
Let us move on and step out boldly,
though it be into the night,
and we can scarcely see the way.
The path will open, as we progress,
like the trial through the forest or the Alpine pass,
which discloses but a few rods of its length
from any single point of view.
Press on!
If necessary, we will find even the pillar of cloud and fire
to make our journey through the wilderness.
There are guides and wayside inns along the road.
We will find food, clothes and friends
at every stage of the journey,
and as Rutherford so quaintly says:
“However matters go,
the worst will be a tired traveler
and a joyful and sweet welcome home.”
~Cowman, Streams in the Desert

Trust God for day and way. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Yarn Along – Here A Knit


On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s and Tami’s and share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. they also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

Looking back on last week, I thought I feel like ‘Ol’ McDonald’
(please use your imagination)

the Knitter lives at Cozy A
click, click, click, click, ooooooo
At Cozy A she has some yarn
click, click, click, click, ooooooo
with a knit, knit here
and a purl, purl there
here a yarn over
there a slipped stitch
the Knitter lives at Cozy A
click, click, click, click, ooooooo

So all of these had a few stitches added.

A kind blogger I met is going to share her heirloom yellow tomato seed with us. I asked her what color washcloths she would like. answer – orange. Orange is one of the few colors I didn’t have knitted, so for heirloom tomatoes I am knitting orange washcloths.

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