Chatting on the Deck


“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.

Today’s questions:

When it’s time to cut the grass (mow the lawn), who does it?

the Farmer or Uncle Bob mows our lawn and volley ball court/field.buster4-2012 003

If someone gave you $500 dollars and you could not spend it on yourself, who would you spend it on?

Two ways: part to the Farmer for new glasses and the balance to my mom, she can use extra gas money.

Have you ever taken a blogging break or considered one?

no and no, I’m still having fun, even when I have help.cats and compter 001

Are you bothered by spring allergies or hay fever? If not spring, any other time of the year?< blockquote>The only time I’ve had a problem is when we lived in a home that had cotten wood trees in the backyard.

What’s new with you?

I can’t think of anything new – enjoying the simple life.

Find out what’s new here.

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April 30, Today’s thought – Don’t Let Go!

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Good Morning

Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are. James 5:17

Thank God for that!
He got under a juniper tree,
as you and I have often done;
he complained and murmured,
as we have often done;
was unbelieving,
as we have often been.
But that was not the case
when he really got into touch with God.
“a man subject to like passions as we are,”
“he prayed praying.”
It is sublime in the original — not “earnestly,”
but “he prayed in prayer.”
He kept on praying.
What is the lesson here?
You must keep praying.
~~~Arthur T. Pierson

Each of three boys gave a definition of faith
which is an illustration of the tenacity of faith.
The first boy said, “It is taking hold of Christ”;
the second, “Keeping hold”;
and the third, “Not letting go.”

Keep holding on, just one more hour
May bring to thee the promised power;
O Keep holding on, thy Lord doth care-
He’ll not forget to answer prayer.
~~William C. Poole

Hold on . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Ten on Tuesday – What’s going on in May?


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

10 Things You’re Looking Forward to in May.

1. the Farmer’s birthday is May 1. 72 years ago the Farmer’s father wanted take Mama to the mountains for their anniversary. Mama said “She’s rather go to the hospital.” She got her way that year.

2. May 3, I’m joining Erica at Fiddle Knits in a MKAL(Mystery Knit-a-long), Minerva. I am trying to find 1200 yards of variegated fingering (sock) weight yarn that shouts, Hey I want to be a shawl! I’ve checked the stash shed, not enough yardage in one color yarn.

By May 3rd, I plan on
2. Finish knitting Miss Shirley’s shawl
3. Finish knitting Gratitude Seashore
4. Finish sewing the binding on Miss Deanna’s quilt

5. The second or third Friday night in May, We begin hosting “Barbeque, Volleyball, and Fellowship at Cozy Acres.”
This pot luck/fun and games get together continues through the summer until some time in September. It is held on the church grounds, church members, family and friends are all invited.

6. The third Saturday of the month is “Family Night at the Crain’s” the Farmer and I, our five children, their spouses and children, and guests gather for food, laughter, birthday and anniversary celebrations, games, dessert. This month we meet at our youngest son’s home, menu is yet to be decided.

7. I’ll be going to Redding to help with the Farmer’s mother, she had her 100th birthday in January, while the Farmer’s sister and brother-in-law take a vacation to see family in Southern Ca.
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8.  Since I’ll be in Redding for most of Mother’s day, Our family’s get-together will be the Sunday evening before Mother’s Day.

9.  I am going to volunteer to drive a group of young people to Phoenix, AZ to a Young People’s Retreat over Memorial Day weekend.

10. I’m also having breakfast with daughter-in-law one morning and breakfast/lunch? with Miss Shirley, dates to be decided. I’ll babysit two days a week for 3 little girls at their home.

I didn’t realize how busy May was going to be.
I first thought I’d have trouble finding 10 things to list.
Looks like May is going to be a good month.

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April 29, Today’s thought, Cultivate this Attitude

April 14-15 005This little viola has been growing and blooming
as a volunteer in this pot for at least four years.
I smile when I see it,
because it encourages me to keep trying to bloom
in the place where I am planted.

Good Morning

“Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up” Psalm 28:5.

The Bible asks, “What is man that Thou art mindful of him?”
The psalmist who penned the question found it too astounding
to grasp that so great a God would even notice,
let alone regard so lowly a creature as man.
Yet, even more astounding is this —
that so lowly a creature as man
would be of such a highminded opinion of himself
that he completely disregards so great a God as this!

The Hebrew verb for regard means
“to discern, to perceive, to observe, to pay attention to,
to be intelligent, to be discreet, to understand.”
It shows intentionality on the part of an individual w
ho is looking for what God is doing,
observing how He does it,
and seeking to understand what this may teach us about Him.

For those who will cultivate this attitude in their lives,
and explore their world with constant regard to the works of God,
and the operations of His hands,
a promise is made from heaven.
They will be built up.
This means God will construct their lives and keep them intact;
strengthened to withstand storms,
and blessed with bounty in life.

But the man who does not regard
the works of the Lord will be destroyed.
The Hebrew word here means
“to pull down, to break through, to overthrow, to destroy.”
This is the exact strategy of Satan against the soul of every man.
He seeks to pull down the defenses
which God has erected around your life,
and breakthrough into your inner world,
where he then may overthrow you — and destroy you.

“The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy,” Jesus said.

When any person disregards God,
they thereby unwittingly prescribe their own destruction;
for they open themselves up
to the invasive and corrosive power of sin,
and all the ensuing sorrow it can muster.

May I encourage you my friend to make sure
that the Lord does not become the Disregarded God?
You are far too worthy,
and your life has so much to offer
than for you to permit Satan to bring you to great ruin
through the prideful act of disregarding the Lord.

Be intentional . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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April 25 Today’s thought – A Burning and Shining Light

April 14 flowers 0024th of July

Good Morning

“He was a burning and a shining light” John 5:35.

This lasting tribute was said of John the Baptist,
by none other than Jesus Himself.
Indeed, Jesus also said,

“I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he”  Matthew 11:11.

This means that each one of us may,
like John, be a burning and shining light.
But there is a price to be paid.
Years ago I heard the great revival preacher, Leonard Ravenhill,
say, “The cost of shining is burning.”
Many want the glow without the heat,
but there can be no sparkle where there are not sparks;
and there can be no sparks where the hammer of God’s word
does not strike the anvil of our souls.

The cost of shining is burning.
The disciples said,

“Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us along the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?”  Luke 24:32.

In yet another place the Bible asks,

“Does not My word burn like fire?” says the LORD.

“Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?”  Jeremiah 23:29.

As we open ourselves to the igniting power of God’s word,
all within us that is wood, hay or stubble
is consumed by its tireless flame.
And then, whatever yet remains
that is hardened and unresponsive deep in our hearts
is busted loose by the mighty blow of God’s hammer —
His living word unleashed in our yielded lives.

Will you let the truth of God’s unchanging Word
have its way in your life?
In your thoughts,
your hopes,
and your aspirations?
In your opinions,
your attitudes,
and your behavior?
In your family,
your friendships,
and your associations?

If you say yes,
you will become a burning and shining light;
and you will be counted great in the Kingdom of God.

Let God’s fire consume wood, hay and stubble. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Chatting on the Deck

“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.

Today’s questions:

Do you prefer to drive or be driven?

Definitely I drive.

What’s your favorite kind of jam, jelly, or preserve?

My mom won’t believe this but I love Marmalade, that sweet tart flavor. As a kid, it was only strawberry. If I’m having peanut butter and jelly, it is still strawberry.

Do you have any special plans for this spring or summer?

In May I’m hoping to go to Phoenix to visit family and dear friends. This summer, I’m the hostess with the most veggies as I ‘man’ our veggie stand.July,2012july1412veggie stand 002

Lots of folks are becoming aware of issues with food. There are many articles, books, and movies on topics like allergies, GMO, pesticide use, bad or no labeling, over processed foods, foods from other countries that may not have high standards, and many more topics. What concerns you the most? If nothing concerns you, have a cookie and skip to the next question.

I’d rather have a cookie, but the Farmer was diagnosed with a very aggressive prostrate cancer 2 years ago and did the radiation therapy and part of the hormone therapy. He also started a completely plant based diet and began juicing vegetables daily, drinking a quart a day. Because of his research, I read labels religiously. No GMO, canola oil, sugar, no processed foods. His cancer is completely inactive today. We are thankful. 2010 1016 (62)(I haven’t made up my mind to eat plant based, though I’m sure some changes would be beneficial to my health.)

Do you use nail polish often? Finger nails, piggies, or both?
No polish for me.

Meet some new friends on the porch here.

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April 24, Today’s thought – The Pattern

April 14 flowers 003Golden Celebration

Good Afternoon

From Joy & Strength , Mary Wilder Tileson

But we all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Nothing short of the Life of the Eternal Son of God—the Holiness,
the Purity of God, is the standard at which we are to aim;
that is to be reproduced in our circumstances;
the Divine Perfections are to be translated,
reproduced in our life,
our home,
our trials,
our difficulties,
our age of the world.
Lest us ask ourselves,
What is the special likeness of Christ
that He would reproduce in me?
What are the features of His Life that He calls me to imitate?
What pattern would He set before me in my work,
my circumstances,
my difficulties?
What are the inspirations of grace that He would urge me
to cultivate and cherish?
~~~Arthur C. A. Hall

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works:
in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Titus 2:7

Follow God’s pattern . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Ten on Tuesday – Sweaters

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

10 Favorite Sweater Patterns

I’ve never knitted a sweater for myself, only children.
Those are the patterns that catch my eye.

My top two favorites are EZ’s Surprise Jacket and
the Wonderful Wallaby by Carol A. Anderson.
I have made several of each of these.
I usually have one or the other on my needles.

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This sweet daycare miss is wearing a surprise jacket in worsted weight yarn.

For the grandsons knitted Lion’s Homespun pattern
for a ‘hooded knitted sweater’.
I liked the fit, but not sewing the pieces together.

I’m knitting “Cowgirl, Butterfly, Astronaut’
by Fawn Pea, a vest with butterfly sleeves for a great-niece
Feb6 yarn along 010I’ve finished the ‘skirt’ and started the bodice, love the colors.

Checking my Ravelry library, I found:
Bella and Beau  by Megan Grewal,  like the yoke stripes and garter stitches
Sunday sweater  by Ginny Sheller, love the texture
Perdita  by Tonia Barry, like the stripes and the sideways construction
Of course, Phoebe’s sweater  by Joanna Johnson, is darling

If I were to knit a sweater from me,
I think I’d try the easy fit style of either
Pea Shoot pullover by  Cathy Carron or
Radiate by Helene Rush.

All links are Ravelry.

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April 23 Today’s thought – Preparation

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First tomatoes in the ground yesterday

Good Morning

And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold. Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground. I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt. Acts 7:30-34

That was a long wait in preparation for a great mission.
When God delays,
He is not inactive.
He is getting ready His instruments,
He is ripening our powers;
and at the appointed moment
we shall arise equal to our task.
Even Jesus of Nazareth was thirty years in privacy,
growing in wisdom before He began His work.
~~~Dr. Jowett

God is never in a hurry but spends years with those He expects to greatly use. He never thinks the days of preparation too long or too dull.

Let God prepare . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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April 22, Today’s thought – A God-Dappled Day

April 14-15 004Violas

Good Morning

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
(one version …to give you a future and a hope.)
Jeremiah 29:11

If we train yourselves,
we can sense God’s presence in every object or person
we encounter during even a humdrum day;
and recognizing the sparkle in the bubble
is a way to worship the God who created bubbles
and added sparkles for the fun of it.

An ideally God-dappled day would begin,
as do other days,
when the alarm clock unseats us from our dreams.
Instead of groaning,
lugging my creaking carcass from the cozy blankets,
a more disciplined Christian
might take the opportunity to thank God for a sense of hearing . . .
letting my body tingle with the news that
I woke up.
I have been granted another day.

Just like training for any sport,
learning to feel beyond the physical takes discipline.
I try to take inventory at the end of the day,
asking God to penetrate my world,
to make the ordinary gleam.
With practice and conscious effort,
we can all find God in the most surprising places;
in patterns of tree bark,
in sunsets reflected off skyscrapers,
in the steam of hot amaretto coffee.
Leslie Williams – Night Wrestling

Sense God’s presence . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Sunday Bible Reading – Psalm 119:1-8

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Good Morning

Psalm 119:1-8
Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,
and that seek him with the whole heart.
They also do no iniquity:
they walk in his ways.
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
Then shall I not be ashamed,
when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
I will praise thee with uprightness of heart,
when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
I will keep thy statutes:
O forsake me not utterly.

from Clarke’s Concordance:
Blessed are the undefiled in the way – “O the blessedness of the perfect ones in the way.” . . . By the perfect, which is the proper meaning of the original word, we are to understand those who sincerely believe what God has spoken, religiously observe all the rules and ceremonies of his religion, and have their lives and hearts regulated by the spirit of love, fear, and obedience.

Seek His ways . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Five Minute Friday – JUMP


Lisa-Jo Baker:

‘On Fridays around these parts we like to write. Not for comments or traffic or anyone else’s agenda. But for pure love of the written word. For joy at the sound of syllables, sentences and paragraphs all strung together by the voice of the speaker.

We love to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. For five minutes flat.’

Prompt – JUMP!

I think it was Zig Ziggler who told the story of how to train fleas for a flea circus. You put the fleas in a lidded container. The fleas will jump and hit their little heads. Soon they will stop jumping high enough to hit their heads. You can then take off the lid and not lose a flea.

I look up
it’s clear as glass
a glass ceiling?
open opportunity?
I can’t tell from where I’m standing.

I’ve hit my head so often
on the clear doubts about my own

I look up – it’s clear

I hear the word – JUMP

I look again


My success clearly doesn’t depend on my strength.

His strength is shown perfect in the light of my weakness.

I’ll jump
and while I’m jumping
I’ll chant loudly

“I AM the vine,
ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5”

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April 19, Today’s thought – Dealing with Debt

April 14-15 003 African Daisy

Good Morning

Doesn’t someone owe you an apology?
A second chance?
An explanation?
A thank you?
A childhood?
A marriage?
Your parents should have been more protective.
Your children should have been more appreciative.
Your spouse should be more sensitive.
What are you going to do?
Few questions are more important.

Dealing with debt is at the heart of your happiness.
Jesus speaks of the grace we should share.

He says: “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14).

It reminds me of the story of a huge grizzly bear
in the center of Yellowstone Park
feeding on discarded camp food.
No one dared draw near.
Except a skunk who walked toward the food
and took his place next to the grizzly.
The bear didn’t object.
He knew the high cost of getting even!
We’d be wise to learn the same thing.

Max Lucado ~~ The Great House of God

Let go and let God . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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April 18, Today’s thought – Wait for Hope

April 14-15 002Brother Bob’s California poppies have tripled in size this year.

Good Morning

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
2Corinthians 4:8-9

George Matheson, the great Scottish preacher,
who when he was told by a famous oculist that he was going blind,
wrote these lovely words:
“O love that will not let me go!–I rest my weary soul on thee.”
“O joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee:
I trace the rainbow through the rain”;
— listen to these lines from his pen:

“There are times when things lii very dark to me–so dark that I have to wait even for hope. A long-deferred fulfillment carries its own pain, but to wait for hope, to see no glimmer of a prospect and yet refuse to despair; to have nothing but night before the casement and yet to keep the casement open for possible stars; to have a vacant place in my heart and yet to allow that place to filled by no inferior presence–that is the grandest patience in the universe, It is Job in the tempest; it is Abraham on the road to Moriah; it is Moses in the desert of Midian; it is the Son of man in the Garden of Gethsemane.”

It takes a real faith to trace the rainbow through the rain,
but it takes the storm cloud to make the rainbow,
and George Matheson learned to have a childlike trust,
and his testimony has blessed millions throughout this generation.
from Streams in the Desert 2

Hoping . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Yarn Along – This and That

April 16 001Our Rv is to the left of this flower bed, our good neighbor down the path.

On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s to 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.

Just two sides of this Granny Square and short enough pink to finish those rounds. Buying one more skein today. Finish the pink, 2 rounds of green and one row of green shells and it is done.

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Two knitted hot pad dishcloths finished; on to the owner this afternoon.

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16 more rows done on this Gratitude KAL, I like it

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Whippoorwill needs just half a row left to bead and then bind off with a crocheted loop, crochet 2 together, chain 5. . .

April 16 whippoorwill

With two projects almost done, I couldn’t resist. Another Mystery KAL, Laura Nelkin’s Juego. I have tried to do two of her mysteries. I started Kinetic, but was way beyond my abilities, then when I saw the pictures of finished shawls, I knew it wasn’t my style, so wasn’t very disappointed. The second KAL I was knitting well, but slowly – seeing the pictures knew again it wasn’t my style so didn’t finish it. I’m hoping I like this one.

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Come see what you’ve been missing at Ginny’s   Yarn Along and   at Tami’s  WIP