Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Sneak Peek

Well I finally did it!!

I know I have been missing lately but I have been busy, busy.

I finally painted my living room.......dadadaaaaa (dramatic music)!

Can you see it?


What are you thinking?

Do you know me at all?

Because by finish.....I mean almost finished.....well....slapped the paint on the wall....

except for the tall corner that goes into the stairwell and

painting all of the trim...

and the doors...

and hanging things back on the wall...

and getting new curtains....

and oh my...

I may never finish.....:(

but here is a sneak peak!

Before it was a dark brown.....I tried to lighten it up with white curtains...wasn't working.

Now it is called "Grey Owl" by Benjamen Moore Paints and I love it!

And since I am always thinking of you I thought.. I must show them some fall decorating

so "Bam!" I threw some itty bitty pumpkins on the mantle.

Heehee.....there ya fall decor.

Oops....the phone is ringing and I KNOW that it's "Better Homes and Gardens" calling

to feature my fall decor.....:)

Maybe next time I can show you a finished room or

maybe I will say it was all in your imagination and I don't even know

what you are talking about!

 (laundry room organization)...what?

don't know what you are talking about?

Now let's step over the paint cans and go brew a cup of coffee...


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Oh The Sky....The Sky!

We finally got some much needed rain yesterday evening and it was wonderful!

I walked outside to close the chicken coop door and I noticed that everything was glowing.

Now this is late in the evening.

I looked at the sky and this is what I see.

The flowers were so pretty in the light.

I haven't enhanced any of these photos.....

All of these were just illuminated by the good Lord above.

I was on the back side of the house and I noticed this bird on the roof of our house.

Whatcha looking at little birdie?

So I walk around to the front of the house.....

smart bird.

Reflecting off of our neighbors pond.

Nothing on television can compare to this (not even Dancing with the Stars)...:)

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised.

Psalm 113:3 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013










NUMBERS 6:24-26

Monday, September 23, 2013

Another Great Day With Hubby!

Yesterday was a beautiful day!

Sunny and cool....just perfect!

We went to church and heard a great message and on the way home I heard this song.

Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, I have been set free
"Amazing Grace" is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King

Of course that was just the chorus but the song is beautiful.

It is by Matthew West.

If you get a chance you should listen to it....I loved it!

So I'm in a great mood and hubby says "I need to do some things at the camp and I want you to go."

Of course I know how much he needs me to go so I go.

Yes.....this is creepy camp.

Which is not ours but a friends.

Hubby loves this place because it is right by the river.

Great Lisa....focus on the bugs and not the barge going by.

So my hubby and a friend had to fix the tractor....

but afterwards they were going to shoot some dove.

I know that sounds terrible but it is how life is around these parts.

Doves are plentiful and we do eat them.

The dogs of course were with us and the weather was so nice they couldn't even

hold their heads up.

So while hubby and friend were occupied with the tractor I decided I 

would take some photos of me with the gun.

But dadgumit he caught me.

He said "you have your gun are you ready to go shoot?"

Me:  "'m not going to shoot."

Hubby: "well why do you have your gun?"

Me: " I can look cute in a photo?"

Hubby: (eye roll)

Does this really look like someone that he should hunt with?

So I did my usual reading and more reading and took photos and enjoyed the great weather.

They finished up and on the way out they cleaned the doves on the bridge.

And we went to the main part of the river and I took this photo before we went home.

Another great day with hubby!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Thank You For Coming To My Party..

Well you all know I had a pity party the other day and I'm so grateful that you showed up! know me well....I love a good party...:)

I can always depend on y'all to know just what to say!

You had me laughing and nodding my head and I felt like I had a good "sister" talk.

And anonymous.....I always love it when a "lurker" comes out of the!

And many of you suggested that I do those linky parties that I mentioned but...

did you not read where I was unorganized, lazy and a bad luck blogger?

I would not be good at hosting feel free to use my party titles.

I would LOVE to join some of these parties..:)

Some people might say your internet "friends" are not a real connection and a waste of time

but I know for a fact that is not true!

You matter a great deal to me!

And I was not knocking the "big bloggers".

Surely I enjoy looking at their beautiful blogs or I wouldn't torture myself  view their blogs so much.

Just like all of my wise and wonderful friends pointed out......God created us all unique and special!

Some just a little more

And speaking of God...

he's really good, you know?

Here I am feeling sorry for myself about a white kitchen, of all things, and then I go

on a 5 hour road trip with my Mom and Dad to see this precious angel.

I could almost hear him whisper...

"this is what matters"




not perfect homes...

or the ability to take a scrap of wood, and paper and spray paint  and come up with something

out of Better Homes and Gardens (how do they do that?)

Sorry...I'm off track...

And then on the 5 hour trip home my Mom and Dad and I talked about being Christians

and what we need to work on and how God wants us to be.

I felt so close to them and I know this ride was cherished time.

They are 78 and 76 and I know it is a blessing to spend this time with them.

And I know that this is what's important!

So now.....

just so you know that I always keep it real....

just before I went to bed last night 

I walked by my french doors and this is what I see....

Do you think any of the "big bloggers" have a slug problem?

I didn't think so......

I'm just "unique" like that....:)

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Pity Party!!


I find myself saying that to my computer screen all the time.

Pinterest people are seriously talented!

My fellow bloggers are first class designers!

And then it begins......

the pity party of one.

What was I thinking?

Posting dark, blurry images of my brown house, with brown walls, with pieces of wood nailed to the wall to hang garden supplies on!

Oh my!

Sure....some of my sweet friends will get on here and say

I love your looks great!


I've got eyes!!

I try....I just doesn't come out right.

You post this.....

I come up with this...

it's not mine but it could be....

You post this...

I come up with this...

You see what I'm saying?

And the blog parties always say share your latest fall designs or  your mantle makeover or your 
white perfect kitchen

okay they don't say that but it may as well.

I'm thinking "do I share my failed laundry room organization or maybe the post about getting all tangled

up in the dog leash?"

What about the post when I get the lawnmower stuck....

does it really fall under "show and tell Friday"?

I even have to major crop my chicken pics to not show the one with

the bald back or the other one that limps and none of them are laying eggs where they are suppose to!

Maybe I should just go back to reading the blogs.....

I remember thinking while I was reading the blogs.....I can do that!


You all make it sound so easy.......bah humbug!

Are there any other lazy, unorganized, bad luck bloggers out there?

Thank goodness God gave me the ability to laugh about it all.

I need blog parties called

Monday's madness

What you tore up Tuesday

Wacky Wednesday

Things I ate that I wasn't suppose to Thursday

Friday Fiasco

Now......that's better....:)

I hope you have a fabulous Friday and I will be back next week to blog about


Friday Fiasco.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013


Even though my birthday was a month ago we are still celebrating it!!


Isn't that fun?

At least for me...:)))

But really my friends were all starting school or finishing up summer vacation

and this was the first time we could get together for my birthday lunch!

Yes more mexican food....I like it...okay?

Good friends....

More goodies for me...

Yes...that is a chicken scarf.....squeeeelllll!!!!!

And then today I'm listening to my Christian radio station and there is a program on about friends.

And how friendships are important to us and that God wants us to have friends.

And then he quoted a Swedish saying that I had never heard but I loved.

Isn't that true?!!!

Your friends are there in your joyful times

ready to celebrate with you


more importantly they are there

when you are sad ready to hold your hand.

So to all of my friends 

near and far (you and you and you and you and you and you)

Thank you for being my friend!!!

I feel truly blessed!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013



Or should I say hay!

This is not our hay or our hay field.

I wish it was....I love fields and pastures.

But we weren't there to check on the hay....

we were there to check on the doves in the hay field.

The guys were planning a big dove shoot later this week.

We rode.....we looked.....we inspected....

I snapped a hundred photos...

I shot a panoramic shot....

I tried every button on my camera....

I shot the sun setting...

All the while hubby is looking for doves....

and asking me "how many do you see?", click, click...

Oooohhh......look at the sky....

click, click, click....

What did I do before I got this camera? hubby and I counted and counted and it took both of us but we counted....

one dove.

Hubby was not happy.

I couldn't help but snicker.....teehee....

And I made it worse by saying things like...

Have you ever watched that movie.."Lonesome Dove"?...


One last photo....

as he dove....I mean...drove home....heeheeeeee.

Saturday, September 14, 2013


When the world  comes

stomping in and tries to steal your joy..

Our wonderful Lord

sends two bright lights knocking at your door.

Sweet smiles and hugs

just what we need from two precious girls

they walk in on sunbeams

and brighten up our world.

Friday, September 13, 2013

So Many Questions....and the Answers

What is the meaning of life?

Way to start off with an easy question, right?

For some reason these thoughts have been in my head lately.

What is MY purpose?

It has to be more than me cleaning house and running errands or even working a 9 to 5 job.

Doesn't it?

Taking great care of your family and being content right where you that not biblical?

And I am content and I love taking care of my family but.....

am I suppose to be doing more for God's kingdom?

I love God and I go to church and I try to be a shining light for God's kingdom and I've witnessed to people

I read my Bible and I pray 

but sometimes I think I should do something drastic!

I'm in awe of missionaries......drop everything and serve others.

Why not be a missionary? 

 Because my husband doesn't have that calling on his life.

I could do small trips with the church and I am going to do that.

Will that quiet the pulling of my heart?

I've been here before and I volunteered more at my church and I taught a class and I was miserable.

Does that mean that it was not my calling?

Are we suppose to do it anyway?

I've been reading Miss Minimalist and that is almost laughable because I am more like a hoarder

but I am so very intrigued at the stories on her blog.

It really just shoves it in my face that I have let "things" become too important to me.

So if I am not running around buying things or redecorating or fixing up or repainting or baking cupcakes or 

making wreaths or shopping 

then what do I do?

Is that so wrong?

I was meant for more.....wasn't I?

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” 
― Ellen Goodman

Everything is meaningless except for spreading God's love and leading people to Christ.

But how do you balance that with life?

I truly could move into a cabin in the woods, be self sufficient and be perfectly happy.

Living a simple life.

But is that selfish?

That's not really reaching out to other people.

And that's not my husband's dream....he owns a's a major part of the rat race.

I have to support him.

He needs me parents need me boys need me here......don't they?

So many questions!

I know, I know,  buy less stuff and do more for people.

It sounds simple enough and I will start tomorrow on doing just that.

And I could wake up tomorrow and think "why was I so confused?..I'm perfectly happy and I'm doing what I'm 

suppose to do!"

Are you confused too?

Could I possibly ask any more questions?....:)

Maybe I'm just up too late...

Say goodnight Lisa....





So last night, late last night I wrote the above post.

I am usually a very happy, go lucky person but I was in kind of a funk this week.

It's been hot, hasn't rained in weeks and I have been indoors for the most part.

Not that there was anything wrong with the questions but i'm usually content and happy as a purring kitten.

Isn't it great that when we have questions HE has the answers!

Do you know the commercial about the grumpy people who just need to eat a snickers bar? didn't tell me to eat a snickers HE did say "go outside Lisa".

So I did.....I got on the lawnmower this morning and I felt the fall in the air and I prayed.

And he calmed my soul....I felt contentment deep within.

He said "you are fine."

You are right where you need to be right now.

These other things will come when the time is right.

"Keep talking to ME and I will steer you in the right direction."

I couldn't wait to come tell y'all....:)

A new morning and a new me.


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