Friday, March 22, 2019

{ Friday Foto Friends #170 }

To be honest, when I decided to discontinue FFF about 5 weeks ago, I was not in a good place. A couple of situations in my life had begun to take a toll on me and with my personality and tendency to "overthink" (oh, how I hope that isn't you because it can wreak havoc with one's psyche) I wasn't handling life very well and it took a toll. I tried to get all things that weren't necessary off my plate and FFF was one of those things that I felt I could scrape off. Are things any better? Well, nothing has changed as far as the situations, but I feel like I have. I've taken even more time to dig into God's word, reading a book that deals with those unexpected things that pop up in our lives and I'm trying to put my focus on Him. I still have my moments.....
okay, let's face it, I still have my days!
But His peace is a wonderful thing to have and He's blessing with me more and more of that.  Thank you so much, sweet Friends, for bearing with me and for your prayers. Friends are truly one of the most important things in this life and I have some great ones!

So, without further adieu.....
let's get on with our Friday Foto Friends link-up!

I went around the yard one day this week and took some fotos of the flowers blooming.  
I obviously really like PURPLE, huh?

Grape hyacinths -  
I can't remember where I originally got these from, but they've taken over so if you're local and want some bulbs, please let me know

Pretty daffodils that came from my Mamaw's old home place

 Creeping phlox from my Mom's

Plum tree in bloom - 
we got the cutting from my precious father-in-law many years ago

Lenten rose from......
These are pretty high priced but this one was on a sale rack several years ago because a spring freeze had nipped it. I love it because it's usually blooming on my birthday in January! 
Isn't it gorgeous?

Gorgeous sky going through a drive-through in Kodak one evening

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And, if we're Facebook friends you've already seen my dough bowl.
My sweet girl asked me to go to Newport with her one evening this week and we headed to Goodwill first. I found this beauty and grabbed it up and hung onto it for dear life because, Y'all, it was only $1.99. I've wanted a dough bowl for YEARS but have you priced them? Phew - that's why I've wanted one for years. This one has a pretty bad crack, but I told Cindy I think that just gives it character.  I'm hoping my brother can maybe help his sister out with fixing the crack - (brother are you reading this?).

It's good to be back, Y'all!

HOPE everybody has a great weekend -
if you need me, I'll be at the soccer field for 3 hours straight - because I love those grands!!!


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

{ Friday Foto Friends }

Good morning, sweet Friends! 

I'm posting this from my phone because we're having a computer issue, just in case it might look a little wonky. 

I wanted to let you know that Friday Foto Friends will return this week, good Lord willing and the creek don't rise! 

I needed a break because of some personal issues and responsibilities, but I  still find myself looking at life and nature with the eye of taking a foto to capture the moment..... 
so I think it's time to start it back up for all of us.

 I still can't promise I'll be able to visit every week, but know you're appreciated and loved. And, feel free to invite your friends along! 

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to let me know how much you miss our weekly time together. 

'Till Friday, then! 


Friday, February 15, 2019

{ Friday Foto Friends #169 }

Hello, sweet Friends!

I find it kind of hard to believe that we've been sharing our fotos here on Friday's for over 3 years, but I'm going to have to let this one be my last.  I'm finding it more and more difficult to keep up with life in general and I feel so bad that I don't visit you all like I should.  I'll continue to post things that I feel prompted to share on the Friends of Breathing in Grace Facebook page, especially my daily gratitudes, and I also post each day on Instagram at nannie2four. 

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You all just don't know how much I appreciate the friends I've made here at Breathing in Grace. There's a true camaraderie amongst bloggers that many who don't blog wouldn't understand. I'm so glad that most of us are friends on Facebook so we can still keep up with each other!

Love and hugs and prayers for each of you!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

{ Friday Foto Friends #168 }

Yesterday was one of the best days I've had in a very long time. Our grand-kiddos are homeschooled by our daughter and she decided to take a day yesterday because of the gorgeous weather and take the kiddos hiking at Ijams Nature Center and she asked me to tag along.  She didn't have to ask twice.  We hiked to what's called "The Keyhole" at Mead's Quarry and with all the issues I've had with my knee, I didn't have any trouble at all. 
God is so good!

 Here are some fotos I took along the way.

The old kilns where the rocks were heated and made into limestone. Trucks would back up to the openings to be loaded and hauled away.

Our kids on the rocks. The oldest one at the top actually climbed higher and scared the heebie-jeebies outta Nannie going up so high, especially since the rocks were so slick.

Our girl and the grand-kiddos standing in the "keyhole".

The quarry.

On the way home, we spotted the sunsphere. For my friends who are unfamiliar with the sunsphere, it's a landmark in Knoxville that was a part of the 1982 World's Fair. It's beautiful. I told Jess I hadn't been inside it in many years and she took the next exit off the Interstate and took me!

These fotos were taken from the observation deck. 
I took this one because I used to work in the TVA tower on the right.

Knoxville's very own"rainbow row"!

I ended the day staying with the kiddos while their Daddy and Momma went and got their taxes done. 
Needless to say, Nannie was a tad worn out by bedtime.....
but, happy!

HOPE everybody has a great weekend!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

{ Sit Still }

Sit still, my children! 
Just sit calmly still!
Nor deem these days, these waiting days, as ill!
The One who loves you best, who plans your way,
Has not forgotten your great need today!
And, if He waits, it's sure He waits to prove
To you, His tender child, His heart's deep love.

Sit still, my children! 
Just sit calmly still!
You greatly long to know your dear Lord's will!
While anxious thoughts would almost steal their way
Corroding within, because of His delay--
Persuade yourself in simple faith to rest
That He, who knows and loves, will do the best.

Sit still, my children! 
Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step, not even one, until
His way has opened. Then, ah, then how sweet!
How glad your heart, and then how swift your feet,
Your inner being then, ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not counted then too long.

Sit still, my daughter! 
Just sit calmly still!
What higher service could you for Him fill?
It's hard! Ah yes! But choicest things must cost!
For lack of losing all how much is lost!
It's hard, it's true! But then, He gives you grace
To count the hardest spot the sweetest place.

~~~ J. Danson Smith ~~~

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Friday, February 1, 2019

{ Friday Foto Friends #167 }

Is it really the first day of February?

  In our neck of the woods, January decided to end it's last week with snow, making it a black and white world for a day, or two!  I love snow, Y'all, and this one was perfect, with it on the ground and in the trees, but the roads were clear.  

Pappy took the first couple of fotos at Mom's house.

"The building" is what we call this little.....well, building! 😊 My Daddy built it many years ago. I love the rusted tin roof but you can't see it because of the snow.

These were taken by me here at the house and at Mom's.

The field across the road from Mom's house.

 Pappy pulled off on the side of the road on Asheville Highway and let me take this one.  It looked like a winter wonderland through the field.

And, for those of you who asked to see my Valentine shelf and crocheted garland.  I decided to put the garland on the TV cabinet in the living room. Why, yes, I do keep Christmas decorations up year-round!

And, here's the little shelf over the kitchen table.
I having this shelf to decorate for holidays and seasons.  I made the wreath many years ago and the burlap banner last year.  It makes my heart happy to have it to look at!

Well, that's that about that, as my Mammie used to say!

HOPE everybody has a Fantastic Friday and awesome weekend!

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Monday, January 28, 2019

{ Monday Motivation }

Do Y'all set goals for yourself?
Do you have a "to do" list of things you want to accomplish?
Do you feel a sense of relief when you're able to mark things off that list?

I find if I don't set a goal for myself, no matter how small, I don't get much done these days.
Old age?
Mind getting bad?
All three?

I'm gonna jot down what I hope to get done this week right here for Y'all to see and I know it won't make one never mind to most of you, but I need the accountability, so here goes.....

*Drink my water

*Keep the laundry caught up, folded and put away

*Send get-well cards to a couple of folks at church, texts checking on people, and some "just because" messages

*Take the things I've accumulated from cleaning out to the thrift store

*Keep a check on Mom's sore foot

*Clean out the foyer closet, pantry, and hall bath closets

*Decorate the kitchen shelf for Valentine's Day

*Finish up the crocheted heart banner for the shelf

*Try to eat better this week, meaning less sugary foods - they're not good for my joints

*Use the slow cooker more
(that's for all the time)

*TRY to start on the pile of mending I need to get done

Okay, I'm tired already!

I'm gonna print this list off and put it on the fridge so maybe by Friday, I can see some fruits of my labor!
But, I'll keep in mind this verse of scripture, too.....

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HOPE everybody has a Marvelous Monday and a great week!