Three on Thursday – Three Circles


Three Circles

I made the counted-x stitched ‘Welcome’
for my mom in 1983.
Welcome hung in her dining room
until she had to downsize
and move in with her brother.
It is not perfect.
How I agonized when I saw a mistake in the counting;
but I did not want to take out the x’s.
So I just left it alone.
Today I don’t even know where the mistake is;
I just enjoy the finished work.

Time is like that, isn’t it.
Time goes on.
Moment by moment,
day by day
until after years have past:
mistakes don’t seem so important
flaws fade into nothing
and we are left with the beauty.

Ice cream cooled cocoa
Hazelnut cinnamon coffee
Soothing peppermint tea
Healthy hot water with fresh lemon juice
Cinnamon stick stirred Apple cider

“Do you want cream or sweetener?
How about a cookie?”

All of these have been circled by my cups
without any time constraints
as I’ve welcomed my family and friends.

Linking with Carole’s Three on Thursday here.

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One Thousand Gifts — January Joy Dare


January Joy Dare–capturing these gifts and joining Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience.

“Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective. If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.”

January 23

three gifts found in Christ

An example to follow, Forgiveness and  An intercessor

January 24

three things blue

My favorite denim skirt
Shades of blue, from palest of a winter sky to the deepest of the blue black of night
The happy blue of Dutch Irises

January 25

One grace borrowed —  this prompt list of gifts to discover
One grace found  —  God’s promises are never failing
One grace inherited   —   carnival glass bowl from my mother, it’s packed   so no picture

January 26

One gift before 9 am  —  A morning kiss from the Farmer
One gift before noon  —  Encouragement from blogger ‘friends’
One gift before dark  —  Quietness at Cozy Acres as the chickens return to their nests and the day rests

January 27

Three gifts that might never have been

4 of my children if what the doctor said had been true.
A 53 day road trip across the USA if we had not owned a business.
Cozy Acres would never have been if we had not lost that same business.

January 28

3 graces found in your friends

Laughter, adventure, and acceptance

January 29

A song heard  —  “Every Need Supplied, Cleansing, Healing, Sweet peace inside, Every Need Supplied.”
A soft word  —  “Well, Good Morning” every day by the Farmer.
Where you saw light  —  Every night I look up to the heavens and check to see the moon and the stars, and I’m thankful for yet another day.

January 30

3 old things seen new

My walk with the Lord, improving this year.
My relationship with the Farmer as we adjust to new times in our lives
Our ways of eating seen new to better health.

January 31

a gift found

On a paper–  “Bought in 1923. In Peters Drug store in Pawnee, Okla. 19cents each.” Written on a scrap of paper by my Grandmother Ripley and tucked in between three clear glass bowls. I have loved using them. Now they live with my daughters.

On a person  —  enjoying that fresh washed baby powder scent  on a little one while rocking it to sleep

In a picture  —  I love this Grannie’s arms and hands, sheltering, supporting, loving, being there with all she can

Gifts 181 —  208

A Friday Morning at a Quilt Show

One of the pleasures of being a quilter is going to a quilt show.

Being immersed in color and design and fabric makes a quilter’s heart go pitty-pat!


same design, different colors and border treatment

I have a method to viewing a quilt show. I start at one side of the quilt displays and go  down one side of the row  and then back up the same row trying to view only one side at a time.  That way I get to see everything and stay out of the way of most quilters trying to see everything.

Then after the quilts are ooooo’d and ahhhhhh’d over, I visit the venders starting at one end and working all the way around the vender area.

I come away with full eyes, sore feet, and ideas, intentions and thankfulness for the first person that realized two pieces of fabric stitched together was warmer than one all by itself–maybe that first quilter had read the Bible.

 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? Ecclesiastes  4:9-11

Margaret, Parker, Corbin and I attended the Pioneer Quilt Show Friday morning. We saw some beautiful quilts and came home with more ideas. Even though, we both brought cameras,  Margaret was the photographer. I’m sharing some of my favorites.

One of the high points of visiting this show was reconnecting with a friend from the past. A phone call is on my list of things to do this week.

I had a good time. I think the boys were a little bored, but that was kinda expected, and they handled the boredom well.

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