Chatting on the Deck

Everyday Ruralty

“Chats on the Farmhouse Porch” is a group of friends
gathering to visit,
sip their favorite beverages,
nibble delicious treats
and share their likes and dislikes.

Patrice and Wendell have invited me to join the chatting.
Patrice provides the questions,
we answer.

Furry Bottoms asks: Did you grow up in a small town, or a big town? Did you like it?

During school years, I lived in small towns or rural areas.
I loved it walk to school, stores, library, the pool in the summer.
I always felt safe, good times.

Lisa wants to know: If you could pick one song to hear for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This one is hard, but I guess the song
I could listen to for a long, long time
is sung by the Cathedral’s in this link.
My song “Don’t Be Afraid”
So don’t be afraid when the darkness is closing
The Master is near, His voice calms every storm
So when the world says it’s over, the Master says, “No, I’ve just begun”
In your darkest of times, whether rain or in sunshine, don’t be afraid

Karen asks: What are your pet peeves?

Drivers that pull out in front of me,
causing me to slow down
and when I look in the rear view mirror
there is no one on the road for a mile.

Colletta says: Do you remember your dreams? Are they in color or black and white? What is the craziest dream you’ve ever had?

My worst dream/nightmare was floating eyeballs,
getting closer, receding = scary to me.
Then it was hard to go back to sleep
because I kept seeing th eyeballs.
I can see them now.
I hope I’m not setting myself up for a wakeful night.

Rachel asks: What is the perfect pair of shoes for you?

Oh my poor feet,
these days they prefer something comfortable with a little heel.
Shoes that don’t draw attention to themselves,
I don’t like people looking at my feet.

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Ten on Tuesday – Random Thoughts


On Tuesday’s Carole hosts ‘Ten on Tuesdays’.
She chooses a topic – we list ten items.

Ten on Tuesday – Random Thoughts on your Mind

This should be easy.
I think I am the queen of random.
My brain seems to flit form topic to topic
like a bumblebee,
without the honey to show for all the work.

1.  I am thankful the Farmer fixed my roller ball mouse with his trusty soldering gun and pointy pliers and things.
Mar 18 roller ball

2.  Making plans to go to Oregon on Friday for sister-in-law’s 80th birthday party on Saturday:
when to leave…stop and visit mother-in-law in Redding, CA…
snacks to take…what to pack …is everything clean…
can I fit in a stop at the yarn shop in Ashland. OR . . .
what knitting to take mustn’t run out yarn
(yes, must stop at that yarn shop)…
check and see if there is a yarn shop in Medford, OR?

3.  Oh, yes, the laundry!

4.  Feeling guilty because a quilt is waiting patiently on the ironing board for two borders to sewn on; so it can go to the quilter, my lovely daughter Quilt’m Sunflower Designs, and then to the enormously patient friend in Washington. How I wish I could deliver it in person!

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(last spring when just started – I just like this happy picture)

5.  What to make for dinner?

6.  It’s time to sweep the floor.

7.  Add paper towels to the shopping list, and a card for above birthday.

8.  Grizz just jumped through the cat door for a visit/nap on top of the ironing board.
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9.  Just two more to go then I can knit, after I start the laundry.

10.   Click on Carole Knits to see other ‘random thought‘ lists.

P.s. I wrote this on Monday – laundry is done,  I didn’t sweep.

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March 19, Today’s thought — Inspired

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Good Morning

“We’re doing our best setting things right.”
2 Corinthians 6:7, The Message

In 1907 Grant C. Tullar wrote,

“Hear ye the Master’s call, ‘Give Me thy best!’
For, be it great or small, that is His test.
Do then the best you can, not for reward,
not for the praise of man — but for the Lord.
Every work for Jesus will be blessed;
but He asks from everyone his best.
Our talents may be few, these may be small —
but unto Him is due our best, our all.”

Are you giving your best?
Or, like so many others,
do you just cruise along merely doing only what is acceptable.

Paul the Apostle said,

“Whether we are at home with the Lord or away from him, we still try our best to please him”
(2 Corinthians 5:9 CEV).

Indeed, we are called to do our best
at setting things right in a world gone wrong.
Nothing more could be asked,
and nothing less would be acceptable.

The story is told of how the great Leonardo Da Vinci
had started work on a large canvas in his studio.
A few of his students watched as he worked at it —
choosing the subject,
planning the perspective,
sketching the outline,
and applying the colors;
all with his own inimitable genius.
Then he unexpectedly paused,
the painting still unfinished,
and, summoning one of his students,
invited him to step up and complete the work.
The student protested that he was unworthy
and unable to complete the great painting
which his master had begun.
But Da Vinci answered,
“Will not what I have done inspire you to do your best?”

Do you think that Jesus might be saying a similar thing to you?
Your life can honor God greatly,
and benefit some many others in positive and lasting ways.
Everything you need
for this has already been provided by Jesus.
Believe it,
take hold of it,
press on with it,
and give it your best shot.
Surely you can do no less,
seeing how much He has done already.

Finish the painting, my friend —
for Jesus believes in you.  Rylie

Great or Small. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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