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.


When you were a child, what age did you think was “OLD”?

Early grammar school, I thought my grandparents were old, but at that time they must have been about 50. Any one balding was old, an uncle started balding in his 20’s, so I don’t think I was a good judge of age. I’m still not good at guessing someone’s age.

How often do you have dessert?

Two or three times a week, I do keep some dark chocolate around for emergencies.hersheykissunwrapped

What’s your favorite kind of exercise?

Does knitting qualify?

Do you watch movies on TV, movies from a rental or the library, or movies online?

Very seldom do I watch a movie.

Tell me something you remember about your grand mother’s/grand father’s house? I’m thinking of something you saw all of the time, like a picture, clock, statue, teapot. or some thing that was always there.

My Grandparent Ripley’s home – I can see the anniversary clock, turning back and forth, Lava soap in the bathroom, bees in the spare bedroom wall, buzzing all night long, pipe tobacco smoke, I liked Grandpa’s, and the buffet in the dining room, I asked for it as my keepsake, I love it. Now it resides at our son’s home, his name is Daniel Ripley, it just seemed like that is where it belonged. Most of all, the smiles and hugs and love that greeted us when we arrived and when we left sent us on our journeys. (I looked for a picture of the buffet, no luck – next time at Dan’s house I’ll take one for me.)

Join us on the porch

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May 29, Today’s thought – the Least

May 28 - tending 002Tending the garden – much is done on his knees.

May 28 - tending 001

Good Afternoon

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

You don’t have to lower your standards. Or saddle a high horse. Just be nice. Normal and nice. Discipleship is sometimes defined by being normal! You don’t have to be weird to follow Jesus. You don’t have to stop liking your friends to follow Him. Just the opposite. A few introductions would be nice. Do you know how to grill a steak?

A woman in a small Arkansas community was a single mom with a frail baby. Her neighbor would stop by every few days and keep the child so she could do her shopping. After some weeks her neighbor shared more than time; she shared her faith, and the woman followed Christ. The friends of the young mother objected. “Do you know what those people teach?” they contested. “Here is what I know,” she told them. “They held my baby.”

I think Jesus likes that kind of answer, don’t you?

Max Lucado from Next Door Savior

Seek God’s direction . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 28, Today’s thought – Whosoever

April 25 roses, poppies 005Poppy, transplanted from Grandma Crain’s in March,
bloomed this spring.

Good Morning

Joel 2:32

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Why do not I call on His name?
Why do I run to this neighbor and that when God is so near and will hear my faintest call?
Why d I sit down and devise schemes and invent plans?
Why not at once roll myself and my burden upon the Lord?

Straightforward is the best runner–why do not I run at once to the living Gd?
In vain shall I look for deliverance any where else;
but with God I shall find it;
for here I have His royal shall to make it sure.

I need not ask whether I may call on Him or not,
for that word “Whosoever” is a very wide and comprehensive one.
Whosoever means me,
for it means anybody and everybody who calls upon God.
I will therefore follow the leading of the text,
and at once call upon the glorious Lord who has made so large a promise.

My case is urgent, and I do not see how I am to be delivered,
but this is no business of mine.
He who makes the promise will find ways and means of keeping it.
It is mine to obey His commands;
it is not mine to direct His counsels.
I am His servant, not His solicitor.
I call upon Him and He will deliver. ~~C.H. Spurgeon

Calling on Him . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Sunday Bible Reading Job 23:1-10

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Good Morning

Job 23:1-10

Then Job answered and said,
Even to day is my complaint bitter:
my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
Oh that I knew where I might find him!
that I might come even to his seat!
I would order my cause before him,
and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would know the words which he would answer me,
and understand what he would say unto me.
Will he plead against me with his great power?
No; but he would put strength in me.
There the righteous might dispute with him;
so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there;
and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
On the left hand, where he doth work,
but I cannot behold him:
he hideth himself on the right hand,
that I cannot see him:
But he knoweth the way that I take:
when he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.

Job 23:6
Will he plead against me – He would not exhibit his majesty and his sovereign authority to strike me dumb, or so overawe me that I could not speak in my own vindication.
No; but he would put strength in me – On the contrary, he would treat me with tenderness, he would rectify my mistakes, he would show me what was in my favor, and would temper the rigid demands of justice by the mild interpretations of equity; and where law could not clear me, mercy would conduct all to the most favorable issue. ~~Clarke’s Commentary

Receive God’s strength . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 24, Today’s thought – Through God’s Eyes

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Good Morning

“And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.” (Mark 8:25 NKJV)

OK, let’s pick back up on my episode at the intersection with the biker, banker, and bum.

Sitting there in my car waiting for the light to change, having just tagged three complete strangers with labels derived from my own prejudice, the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance the story I related to you yesterday from Mark’s gospel.
It was then I sensed the Lord speak to my heart something to this effect, “James, you have blurred vision; you need another touch from Me in order to see clearly, without any prejudice.” On that day at the intersection I learned a lesson I have never forgotten. I saw men as trees, walking.

I had been duly exposed to just enough Bible trivia to become a man with rapid-fire religious opinions; a Bible “answer man” with little regard to how my views or opinions demeaned, depreciated, or damaged others. I just knew my view of scripture was right, and anybody not seeing it my way had to be wrong.

You know….Biker. Banker. Bum.

I had become quite adept at affixing my labels upon the various people groups in my little world. I saw Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians; Lutherans, Pentecostals, and Fundamentalists. I saw Protestants and Catholics. And I saw heretics, pagans, perverts and queers. And if memory serves me here, cross-eyed mosquitoes and bow-legged ants were in there somewhere.

I saw the good, the bad, and the ugly. I saw bikers, bankers, and bums.

Indeed, I needed another touch from Jesus. I needed Him to stay with the healing process that His grace had already begun in my life, and bring me to a place where I could see things clearly; to see people through His eyes, and not my own.
The truth be known — that was not a Biker cranking his Harley to warp 3 alongside me at the light; no, he was a man whom God dearly loves — a man for whom Jesus died. And that was not a Banker triumphantly strolling out of First National to cruise off in his Caddy; no, he was a man whom God dearly loves — a man for whom Jesus died. And that was not a Bum stumbling into another day of hopeless begging; no, he was a man whom God dearly loves — a man for whom Jesus died.

And, thankfully, I was not a bigot; a self-righteous know-it-all preacher dispensing judgment near and far; No. I, too, was a man whom God dearly loves — a man for whom Jesus died.

That day I got some spit in my eye, you might say, and from that day forward began to see everyone clearly. And that has made all the difference.
Are you getting the point?
Has the light changed yet? ~~Rylie

Wiping my eyes . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 23, Today’s thought – Though God’s Eyes Part 2

May 20--turkey 006A visitor at Cozy Acres

Good Morning

“And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.” (Mark 8:25 NKJV)

One day as Jesus and His disciples approached the city of Bethsaida, a group of people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. The Bible says, “He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’ He looked up and said, ‘I see people; they look like trees walking around.’ Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” (Mark 8:23—26, NIV)

This unusual story has always held a certain fascination for me. First, I am intrigued that Jesus took the man away from the emotionally charged atmosphere of the crowd who brought him to be healed. Jesus did the miracle away from the crowd. This is so unlike many of the faith healers in our day, who do so much for show….and money.

And, second, I am bemused by the oddity of Jesus spitting directly in the man’s eyes in order to heal him. I wonder why the Lord did that; and I wonder how the guy felt about that. On another occasion Jesus had spit on the ground and made a mudpack, which He then placed on a blind man’s eyes. Upon washing the mud away, the man could see. But here Jesus spits directly into the man’s eyes!

Could it be that Jesus, by not doing it the same way twice, is thereby showing us that God deals with each of us as unique individuals? There are no pat answers to life’s complex challenges; no cookie-cutter solutions to humanity’s diverse need for God’s saving grace and healing mercy. One gets a mudpack; another gets spit in the eye! Either way, the miracle comes, and God gets all the glory.

And then, finally, I’m stumped by the fact that the miracle didn’t take at first; I mean, it didn’t work. The man could indeed see, but his vision was as yet distorted. “I see men as trees, walking,” he said. Jesus had to touch him a second time in order for him to see everything clearly.

This is to me the most intriguing feature of this event. One would think that spit in the eye — especially if put there by the Son of God Himself — would certainly be potent enough to perform a miracle of healing. But the story tells us that while eyesight was restored, it was still somewhat foggy. The guy needed a second touch for the miracle to fully set in.

OK, so tomorrow I’ll pick back up at the intersection where I was waiting for the light to change, and wrap this episode all together.Rylie

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Yarn Along – I Love Knitting

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.

May 22 whippoorwill, missedWhippoorwill is finished and around Miss Shirley’s shoulders.
May 14 progress 005This cowl is coming along well.

May 22  kal 002
  Mystery Minerva KAL

I had to restart several times,
then when I finally kept a correct stitch count
and enough rows,I could finally read my knitting
and see when I goofed.
I’m on clue 1, knitting the short rows.
May 22 counting how I count stitches then wrap & turn

May 22  kal 005Juego Mystery KAL,  knitting clue 2

May 22  kal 004

Just finished reading ‘Love Anthony’ by Lisa Genova.
I highly recommend it – theme autism.
This is the third book I’ve read by Genova like them all.


You will find other neat knitting projects and books for your list to read – here.

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.


Are you a heavy sleep, light sleeper, or somewhere in between?

I’m a heavy sleeper, most of the time I never know if/when the Farmer gets out of bed and I rarely hear the radio come on.

Are you currently reading anything interesting?

I just read ‘Love Anthony’ by Lisa Genova. Loved it! Topic autism, parts of the story are Anthony’s words.41GhotjxdrL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_

Do you like to enter contests?

Not often, sometimes I comment on a blog contest – twice I’ve won.

Are you good about taking time to do things you enjoy?

Yes, see post Ten on Tuesday. Picnics.

What’s your favorite food to cook on the grill, or enjoy at a BBQ?

My Dad, missed greatly, BBQ-ed the best steaks and chicken, I can almost taste them.

To visit with other friends click here.

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Ten on Tuesday – Picnics


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

10 Things You Would Bring on a Picnic.

Picnic – that reminds me of a picnic I took all by myself. It was one of the most enjoyable picnics I’ve ever had.

I drove to a small foothill town, Placerville, CA and visited a Quilt Shop (1).

I asked where I could find a quiet place (2) to eat my lunch, a local winery.

I found a table in the shade with gentle breezes  by a small stream(3).

Out of my pretty insulated bag(4) I took:

A pretty plate and glass (5)

A coordinated cloth napkin (6)

A fork and a steak knife (7)

My favorite foods (8) – leftover chicken fried steak, cottage cheese and  pineapple, tomatoes – I just can’t remember what I took for dessert, but I’m sure I brought something sweet, and diet Pepsi/ice.

The current book I was reading (9).

And a commodity most precious  – enough unhurried time (10).

I’m sure you would have enjoyed it – at another table.  🙂

To see what others bring on their picnics click here.








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May 22, Today’s thought – Through God’s Eyes, Part 1

May 22 peg's iris 001Creamy yellow iris from Sister Peg

Good Morning

Biker, Banker, Bum (Part 1)

“And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.” (Mark 8:25 NKJV)

A few years ago while sitting in my car waiting for the light to change on a midsummer’s morning in Boulder, Colorado, my attention was abruptly seized by the earth-shaking roar of an unmuffled Harley pulling alongside my car. I slowly turned to look at the rider hanging on his chopper like a baboon in a tree, and I easily sized him up in an instant.
Long blond greasy hair tied in a ponytail; sweaty, red bandana headband; Fu Manchu mustache; offensive tattoos etched on every square inch of his neck and arms; and an undeniable fury swirling about his head like wasps around an agitated nest. “Now there’s a biker,” I thought to myself. “Better give him a wide berth!”

Turning back to see if the light had changed I couldn’t help but notice a smartly dressed gentleman coming out of First National Bank, carrying an expensive leather attaché and walking briskly toward a brand new Cadillac. His was a bright look of capital conquest; king of all he surveyed. “Now there’s a banker,” I automatically concluded. “It sure would be nice to have a guy like that interested in my ministry.”

The light had not changed yet so I risked one more guarded glance toward the biker. In doing so my eyes caught sight of a ruffled old man staggering out of a thick hedge of shrubs bordering the city park. He had spent the night burrowed in the bushes, and I think the Harley woke him up.

He was days unshaven, weeks unshowered, and years unsure. Brushing the leaves out of his matted hair, and squinting so as to ease the flood of sunshine into his blood shot eyes — the homeless man stumbled into yet another meaningless day with patented indifference. “And there is a bum if ever I saw one,” I casually thought to myself. “What a waste.”
Then it hit me. Biker, banker, bum.

The unintended symmetry in my spur-of-the-moment opinions startled me. And as these words replayed in my mind, a quiet sense of conviction began to settle upon me. Somehow I could tell that the Lord was examining me in that moment, and that what had just happened was not exactly what I wanted Him to see. For right then — without any sense of forethought, discernment, or compassion — I had labeled three people I didn’t even know; and had done so with a cavalier sense of self-certainty: “Biker, Banker, Bum.”

I tell you what — let me step aside until tomorrow, and I’ll tell you of an event in the life of Jesus that relates to this awkward moment. We’ll come back to my experience at the intersection a little later. It’s a long light anyway; we have time….Rylie

Open my eyes . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Sunday Bible Reading – Psalms 119:9-16

May 6 garden velma 033Peonies at Grandma Crain’s

Good Afternoon

Psalms 119

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.

13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.

14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Rejoice, Meditate, Delight in God’s Word . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 18, Today’s thought – The Little Things

May 6 garden velma 026Society Garlic at Grandma Crain’s

Good Morning

“Sometimes people have their hearts so set on doing some great thing that they miss the little things, the little opportunities that lie close to their hands. Life is made up of a round of little things. The great things only happen at rare intervals. But it is being faithful in the little things that makes us ready for our opportunities for the great things when they come. Christ said ‘He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much.’ The little things are not spectacular, they do not attract much attention, but they are the things that make up life; and if we are true in these little things, God will trust us with some greater things by and by.” ~ taken from Heart Talks by C. W. Naylor

Attend to the little things . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 17, Today’s thought – Obedience

May 14 003Tomatoes staked.

Good Morning

And Abraham took Ishmael his son, . . . in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him. Genesis 17:23

Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is, delayed obedience is disobedience. Every time God calls us to any duty, He is offering to make a covenant with us; doing the duty is our part, and He will do His part in special blessing.

The only we can obey is to obey “in the self-same day” as Abraham did.To be sure, we often postpone a duty and then later on do it as fully as we can. It is better to do this than not to it at all. But it is then at the best, only a crippled, disfigured, half-way sort of duty-doing; and a postponed duty never can bring the full blessing that God intended, and that it would have brought if done at the earliest possible moment.

It is a pity to rob ourselves, along with robbing God and others, by procrastination. “In the self same day” is the Genesis way of saying, “Do it now.” ~~Messages for the Morning Watch

Accepting God’s correction. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 16, Today’s thought – A Favorite Hymn

May 6 garden velma 018Dutch Iris at Grandma Crain’s

Good Morning

Once again we come
It is number 9 in the Hymnal of the Church of God.

When I was a young girl,
my family attended the Church of God in Kerman, CA.
Brother C. Craig was the pastor.
One of the members, Brother Armbrewster
(forgive me if the spelling is wrong),
was a German who didn’t speak much English;
but he had a strong faith in God.
He must have been in his sixties.
Whenever the song leader asked
if anyone wanted to pick a song to sing;
Brother Armbrewster always picked #9.
I don’t know if he didn’t know the numbers to any other songs
or if this one was his favorite.
I always think of him when we sing #9 as a congregation.
It is one of my favorite hymns.
I remember that his daughter
was one of my Sunday School teachers;
and that in that little country church
was where the seeds of my faith in God were planted.

1 Once again we come to the house of God,
To unite in songs of praise;
To extol with joy our Redeemer’s name,
And to tell His wondrous ways.

To Thy house, O Lord, with rejoicing we come,
For we know that we are Thine;
We will worship Thee in the Bible way,
As the evening light doth shine.

2 In the days gone by, Thou hast been our stay,
Thou hast led us safely on
To the blessed light of the present day,
Where the darkness now is gone. [Refrain]

3 May our hearts, O Lord, e’er united be
In true fellowship and love;
May Thy will be done by us here on earth,
As by angel hosts above. [Refrain]

4 May our prayers ascend as an incense sweet,
And our praise accepted be,
As in gratitude all our hearts o’erflow
In a tribute unto Thee. [Refrain]
~~Charles W. Naylor

Letting my heart overflow with gratitude. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 15, Today’s thought – A Clear Vision

May 6 garden velma 014Brother Bob’s cats, Red and Mama.
Plastic is down to try to kill weeds

Good Morning

The apostle Paul dedicates a paragraph to listing troubles, problems, sufferings, hunger, danger—the very difficulties we hope to escape.  Paul, however, states their value in Romans 8:35-37.  “In all these things we have full victory through God.”

We’d prefer another preposition. We’d opt for “apart from all these things,” or “away from all these things,” or even “without all these things. But Paul says, “in” all these things.

The solution is not to avoid trouble but to change the way we see our troubles. God can correct your vision. He asks, “Who gives a person sight?” then answers, It is I, the Lord.” (Exodus 4:11)  More than one have made the request of the blind man, “Teacher I want to see.” (Mark 10:51)  And more than one have walked away with clear vision.

Who is to say God won’t do the same for you?

Max Lucado from Just Like Jesus

Open my eyes, Lord . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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