Monday, October 25, 2010

Little Lost Sheep

Yes, I've been missing. Gone. Disappeared. Lost.


?!?!?!?

Really? Well, let's just say I've been very busy and occupied.

You see, I opened a new online shop. No biggie as I've done this type of thing before.

But this time was different. I was suddenly and quite unexpectedly blessed with sales and a lot of positive attention.


I quickly had to redesign the layout of our home, add shelves and storage, put systems into place, and do everything else that is needed to secure and grow a successful business.

The business is now full time and I enjoy it immensely. I have thought about this blog and all the friendships that have developed along the way. Such a blessing! I thank everyone who has contacted me to make sure I'm okay.

So what is it that I truly need to do now? I am starting a new blog to coincide with my new business, but do I really want to abandon this blog since it such a part of me? I've been avoiding making a decision for the past couple of months.


Geez...time to step up and just do it and stop being a  little lost sheep. So what I've decided for now is to put this blog to rest until I see how this all plays out.

The new blog is at OldTimePickers.com. I will begin writing there soon and really envision a merging of the two blogs into something bigger and better.

We'll have to see...I just don't want to be a little lost sheep again!

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Count Your Blessings, July 2010


It's that time for all of us to take a moment to Count Our Blessings.
Allow me to start...

I'm sure you know the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. Even though Goldilocks was just a child, she knew. She knew that she did not need or want the biggest, the best, or even the most. She was determined to find what was 'just right' for her.

Children can be so wise. As a former kindergarten teacher, I was always fascinated with my students' perception of the world around them. Life is not as complicated for children. They do not worry about outside influences or how others may perceive them. They follow their own instincts. They experience the freedom to do and be what is 'just right'.

As adults, we don't need the biggest, the best, or even the most. We are truly blessed when we celebrate who we are and what we already have.   

So just as Goldilocks and my students, I now embrace what is 'just right' as I seek simplicity within my life. I can now do and be what is 'just right'.  I can count my blessings.

Now go ahead, your turn...share a blessing!      
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GUIDELINES FOR 'COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS':

-You may join in the first Saturday/Weekend of every month to share the blessings in your life. The meme will stay open for a few days to give you more opportunity to share.

-This is not to share our latest craft, thrifty purchase, or remodel project. Just a sharing of our blessings, an appreciation of life and what it has to offer. A time to push our problems aside. A reason to reflect what is good. A way to possibly give hope to others who need to hear something inspirational in their time of need.

-Click the LinkyTool below to link up your blessing post that is on your blog.  In the URL line, insert your blog post URL, not your blog address. To do this, right click on the title of your blessing post on your blog, click copy shortcut, then paste it here.

-Please add the 'Count Your Blessings' button found in the right sidebar here to your blog post or do a link back (right click my post title, click copy shortcut, add to your blog post).

-Take the time to share and be inspired by other participants by visiting them and leaving comments.

Thank You For Sharing...Country Blessings To All!

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Reminder To Count Your Blessings


Just a quick reminder for those who wish to join in this weekend. It is time to share your blessings in a blog post or in a comment. See you soon!

(I will open it up on Friday to link up.)

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's Back...Count Your Blessings

This season, I have cut back on blogging to about once a week. It’s all about balance and what I strive for in my real life. And really, I would rather blog once a week and hope that it has some meaning than to blog and babble continuously about nothing on a daily basis.


I do feel blessed so the time has come to continue the monthly sharing of ‘Count Your Blessings’ which is held the first Saturday of every month! ‘Count Your Blessings’ is a time for reflection, appreciation, and understanding. No sharing of things, projects, or latest finds...just a true appreciation of nature, family, friends, faith, etc.

I will have set this up with LinkyTool so you may join in starting this Friday, July 2 and I will have it run through Sunday, July 4. Join in with your own blog post, by making a comment, or both. Hope to see you then!



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Thursday, June 24, 2010

You Know You're Addicted To Gardening When...

Your neighbors recognize you in your pajamas, rubber clogs and a cup of coffee.


You grab other people's banana peels, coffee grinds, apple cores, etc. for your compost pile.


You have to wash your hair to get your fingernails clean.



All your neighbors come and ask you questions.



You know the temperature of your compost every day.



You buy a bigger truck so that you can haul more mulch.



You enjoy crushing Japanese beetles because you like the sound that it makes.



Your boss makes "taking care of the office plants" an official part of your job description.



Everything you touch turns to "fertilizer".


Your non-gardening spouse becomes conversant in botanical names.



You find yourself feeling leaves, flowers and trunks of trees wherever you go, even at funerals.



You dumpster-dive for discarded bulbs after commercial landscapers remove them to plant annuals.



You plan vacation trips around the locations of botanical gardens, arboreta, historic gardens, etc.



You sneak home a 7 foot Japanese Maple and wonder if your spouse will notice.



When considering your budget, plants are more important than groceries.




You always carry a shovel, bottled water and a plastic bag in your trunk as emergency tools.



You appreciate your Master Gardener badge more than your jewelry.



You talk "dirt" at baseball practice.



You spend more time chopping your kitchen greens for the compost pile than for cooking.



You like the smell of horse manure better than Estee Lauder.



You rejoice in rain...even after 10 straight days of it.




You have pride in how bad your hands look.



You have a decorative compost container on your kitchen counter.



You can give away plants easily, but compost is another thing.



Soil test results actually mean something.



You understand what IPM means and are happy about it.



You'd rather go to a nursery to shop than a clothes store.



You know that Sevin is not a number.




You take every single person who enters your house on a "garden tour".



You look at your child's sandbox and see a raised bed.



You ask for tools for Christmas, Mother/Father's day, your Birthday and any other occasion you can think of.



You can't bear to thin seedlings and throw them away.



You scold total strangers who don't take care of their potted plants.



You know how many bags of fertilizer/potting soil,/mulch your car will hold.



You drive around the neighborhood hoping to score extra bags of leaves for your compost pile.



Your preferred reading matter is seed catalogs.



And last but not least, you know that the four seasons are:



Planning the Garden



Preparing the Garden



Gardening



~and~



Preparing and Planning for the next Garden.



-Author Unknown



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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

God Gave Me A Clothesline

Hanging fresh laundry in the great outdoors is not a chore, but an opportunity. A chance to slow down to appreciate.  A time to take notice. An insight of how things were done before today's complications have interrupted our sanity. Just sometimes....we need to hang wet, clean clothes onto a line so our spirit may soar and shine.


I'm a gal who has wanted a clothesline out here in the country for years now. I won't say how many years and I won't go into why I don't have one. Not important. What is important is that now I have one. Well, kind of.

It started the other day when the dryer quit. Dead. It is older than the hills, after all. How long can I expect it to be loyal day in and day out? I wasn't even upset with its refusal to give it a go one more time. The problem was, I had a basket of wet laundry sitting at my feet needing my attention. Okay, I am a make do type of personality. Do what you can and use what you have. 


I went into my craft room and found a nice long, clean rope and oodles of clothespins. I went outside and found two perfect trees that would allow me to string up two lines to accommodate one whole load of wash. You may think I'm a dork, but I was excited at the thought of having clothes smell of our great country air.

I grabbed my freshly washed laundry and started the simplistic ritual of hanging my clothes. And my first thought was "God gave me a clothesline'. It was not a day that my dryer died, but a day that I was given and had asked for. I was happy.


And now I must finish this post cause you guessed it...I must go hang the laundry. I am going to slow down to appreciate, take some time to notice, and gain back some sanity.

My wish is the same for you and I hope God gives you a clothesline in your life. 

 
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ducks In a Row

I know I have not been making my rounds to visit my friends in blogland, so I apologize.

I've bee very occupied with other adventures and hope to return soon.

I've decided to postpone 'Count Your Blessings' at this time and possibly continue it in a month or so.

Thanks for your understanding while I get my ducks in a row...or do I mean geese?

  

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The View

This is the view from my home office window. Can you understand why I am not blogging as much now that the beautiful weather is upon us, while the fresh breezes rustle the curtains, and the birds call out to me to come and play?
I spend as much time as possible outside as it makes me a better person. I enjoy blogging, but how can it ever compare to the joys of the natural world before me? See my garden? See the lake beyond that? This is my paradise in which I am able to celebrate every day.


Oh, and see that white spot to the right of the bench? That is Wags, an old dog that I stole rescued. She spends her days as if one with nature and not taking it for granted. As abused and neglected as she was and her poor old body shows it, she is now happy to enjoy what God has given her. A simple life, yet a good one. She does not take it for granted at all.


We can learn so much from our animal friends and our natural world. We just need to take the time to take it in. So yes, I am not blogging much these days. And for now...that is good. 

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thirteen a Lucky Number?

This is a normal sight here at Lakewood...every spring.

Babies running here and there.


They are so cute in their quest for food!

This spring is a little more interesting and fun with lots of babies.


And I mean lots! Multiple families. Multiple babies.


We have one family with 13 babies...13? Geese only lay 6 to 8 eggs.
How did they end up with 13?


And how do they manage with that many running under foot?



So is 13 a lucky number?!? Apparently not! This same family now has 15 babies. Yep...15!

How can that happen? Are they fostering? Have they adopted?
Naw...I think they have started a daycare! Times are tough, ya know!
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Monday, May 17, 2010

What A Colorful Bunch!


Meet the inhabitants of Tiny Town Theater. They have lead a useful and productive life with me in the past as we entertained many company functions, church groups, and a variety of banquets. But that was in the good old days.

For years now, they have all sat quietly stored away. And that is a shame. Everybody and everything needs a purpose. And by fate, it all fell into place for these character puppets who have brought so much joy.

I was cleaning the basement when I came upon their box and immediately thought of my sister. She is very involved with the youth at her church and I thought there might be a need.

Well within two hours of that initial thought, my sister called me and asked me if I still had those puppets. God works that way sometimes.

So the plan for all my fabric friends is for them to hop a plane to Honduras to take part in a youth ministry program there. They are ready to serve their new purpose and to have exciting adventures in a different country.

Gee...I hope they write me once in awhile.
Okay, I need no comments on that statement.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Morning Walk

Massive rains for two days makes for an interesting morning walk today.

Heavy fog over the lake with the sun trying to break through.


One of the many boats picked up by the rising waters and abandoned in a new location.   

Walk is stopped short with water on the road from the lake overflowing.

Chip is a little nervous with the sound of the rushing water.

Dale wants to know what should we do now.


I say a want a photo opp with my two boys.

Dale's always a good boy. And Chip? Let's just say he has ADD.

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Count Your Blessings #1

It's time for our first 'Count Your Blessings' meme!

What really is a blessing? For me, it is a gift. It is a gift that is noticed and is appreciated. It is about being in touch...being connected. 

Blessings come in many shapes and sizes.  Some are ordinary. Others are extraordinary. It is all about us taking the time to receive them.

 
I must share my choice in the button for this meme. I will admit that I originally was looking for something spiritual. After looking through a few photos, I realized that a lot of us are always looking for answers when the most meaningful moments and answers are right before us. We just need to take the time to experience them.

That is when I came across this scene of two chairs by a body of water. I felt a sense of peace and serenity. To me, it represents reflection and sharing. Perfect for what we are trying to accomplish with 'Count Your Blessings'. 

So what is my blessing that I wish to share with you today? It resembles the meme button above...I have the opportunity to admire and be amazed by God's work in nature on a daily basis...


I'm sitting here on the ground taking in every magnificent color, feeling the blades of grass upon my skin, hearing the birds in the tree above me, and smelling the fresh, warm air of spring.



For me, it's all about reflection, peace, and serenity. I am truly blessed. For this, I am thankful.


Now it is your turn...how do you feel blessed? 

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GUIDELINES FOR 'COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS':

-You may join in the first of every month to share the blessings in your life. The meme will stay open for a few days to give you more opportunity to share.

-This is not to share our latest craft, thrifty purchase, or remodel project. Just a sharing of our blessings, an appreciation of life and what it has to offer. A time to push our problems aside. A reason to reflect what is good. A way to possibly give hope to others who need to hear something inspirational in their time of need.

-Use the LinkyTool below to link up you blessing post. In the URL line, insert your blog post url, not your blog address. To do so, right click on the title of your blessing post, click copy shortcut, then paste it here.

-Please add the 'Count Your Blessings' button found in the right sidebar to your blog post or do a link back to this meme in your post.

-Take the time to share and be inspired by other participants by visiting them and leaving comments. 

Thank You For Sharing...Country Blessings To All!



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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Count Your Blessings is On

It was a Monday. Yes, it was when I tried to sign up with MckLinky for an account. I want to start a meme about what we appreciate in life so I needed MckLinky for that purpose. MckLinky wouldn't let me. Over and over again. No such luck.

So I went in on Tuesday and tried again. I had an account within minutes. So I chalk it up to being a Monday! Mondays sure get a bad rap, don't they?


So 'Count Your Blessings' will be arriving very quickly...this Saturday, in fact. It will occur every month on the first. Now I know this is not much notice so I probably won't have many join in. And that is okay.

Last year, I was doing a monthly update post to make sure I was on the right path and staying true to my journey. 'Count Your Blessings' is similar in that I purposely put into words what is good about life. Others can join in if they wish to do so.

'Count Your Blessings' is a time for reflection, appreciation, and understanding. Hope to see you Saturday so we can all count our blessings.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

How Hard Can It Be?!?

I just don't know! I mean, how hard can it be? Really! Everyone else is doing it! I should be able to slid right in there and do it, too. If I can I blog, I certainly should be able to accomplish this.


I know my first name...check! I know my last name...check! I know my email address...check! So far, so good. Then there is that little button that says 'NEXT' that I need to click on...okay, no problem. 'NEXT'.

Whoops...error page. Okay, well, let's do this again. No biggie. So I do. Over and over again. And there it is...that darn error page. I know it is not my computer...it is brand spanking new, quick, and with all the latest and greatest. It has to be on their end.

So when I do receive that error page, there is a link to click on to contact 'him' about the problem so he can get right back to me and we can correct this. Thank goodness...a human being who cares on the other end. Whew...I am saved.

So up comes a little form to fill out so he can better address the problem. I fill it out accordingly, click the button and you guessed it...'ERROR'. Yep and for giggles, I went ahead and clicked on the link to address that problem and yep, it was the same form I just filled out. SIGH...

So what is it, you ask, that I am trying to accomplish? Mcklinky...now known as Linkytools. Pfffttt....

Yes, I wanted to have a get together the first of every month. Not to share our latest craft, thrifty purchase, or remodel project. Just a sharing of 'Count Your Blessings', an appreciation of life and what it has to offer. A time to push our problems aside. A reason to reflect what is good. A way to possibly give hope to others who need to hear something inspirational in their time of need. That's all.

So I question the problems possibly associated with Linkytools if I repeatedly try to sign up for an account and cannot even do so or convey the issue to 'him'. Any thoughts out there?

Maybe I just need to chalk this up to being a Monday. Or apply that 'I'm a square peg in a round hole' philosophy again. Or I just need to take a breath and count my blessings. What do you think? 


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