Friday, January 18, 2019

{ Friday Foto Friends #165 }

Except for the grocery store and to my Mom's, 
I haven't been anywhere this week to get fotos.
(Typing this on Thursday afternoon before my date night with my Girl

These fotos were taken out the living room window. The birdies FINALLY found the red barn feeder!

HOPE everybody has a great weekend!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

{ Tuesday Tidbits }

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East Tennessee weather is probably the most unpredictable anywhere in the United States.  This week's temps are like a roller coaster and then next week winter sets in with really cold temps, especially at night. But, Y'all.....
it's winter!!!

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The birdies have found the red barn feeder, but they're about to eat out of house and home.....
or house and barn!

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I'm on a cleaning frenzy -
it's sad to think about how two people can accumulate so much stuff, especially when one has difficulty throwing anything away.
(I won't name any names)
I've given away some things to Jess, but the den floor is full again of stuff that I just don't want/need any longer.  And, I haven't even watched that KonMari show on Netflix that everybody's talking about, or it could get worse.....
or better, depending on how you look at it!

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Do any of you set New Year's resolutions or goals? Or neither?  I don't do resolutions because my resolve usually dissolves in just a few weeks, but this year I am setting some goals. One is to HOPEfully FINALLY get my house in some kind of decent order. When I think about how neat and tidy the drawers and closets are that I've cleaned out so far it's like I'm able to breathe.  Clutter truly does clutter up the mind, too!  Another goal is to get back to eating better. I've lost a considerable amount of weight since my highest about 10 years ago, but have set a goal for myself to lose about 20 more.....
or maybe 10! Don't want to get too ambitious, you know!

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Our girl sent me a text last evening asking if I had anything planned for this coming Thursday and I told her no, thinking she probably wanted me to keep the kiddos. Guess what she wanted?  To take me on a date, and she won't tell me where we're going, just told me to dress nice. I rarely get to go on dates, so Nannie is excited!

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She Shed update - 
sadly, no news to report, but Pappy is working on a couple of projects in our hall bath for me since it's too cold to work outside on the shed.

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If you saw my Facebook post about putting a Christmas tree back up and decorating it with snowmen and cardinals just for our second grandson - 
well, he loved it!
But with all the cleaning and organizing, I'm ready to take it back down and box it away for next year. I'm telling you all, this ain't like me at all, but I sincerely hope that I can keep it up!

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And, that's that about that, as my Mammie used to say.

HOPE your  Tuesday is terrific!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

{ SONday Morning Song - I Am Not Alone }

God has been doing a work in my heart that requires me stepping out on faith and doing "hard things" and when that happens so many others don't understand.
Because of my past experience with the Lord, here are some things I know.....

 I'm definitely NOT ALONE!

HE's ALREADY gone before me, 
preparing the way!

HE WILL NEVER leave me!!!

HOPE your SONday is full of joy and blessings!

Friday, January 11, 2019

{ Friday Foto Friends #164 }

Today's fotos are all about my Momma.

Phlox blooming at her house.

Snapped these fotos as I was leaving one evening.

 She comments all the time about how she can't believe she isn't gray and I am. 
"I thought everybody was supposed to get gray hair" is what she says.
 (so did I, Mom) 
I took a side-by-side selfie to show her the difference
 - and she's NEVER colored her hair.

HOPE everybody has a fantastic Friday and a great weekend!

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

{ THANK-full Thursday }

Just a few things I jotted down in my journal this morning.....

*the bank not arguing with me about changing an address

*a clean, organized closet

*a lower number on the scale this morning

*sciatica FINALLY improving

*a better attitude even if the situation NEVER changes

*a daughter who is the greatest of blessings to me who loves and looks out and even reprimands me when necessary (and an awesome son-in-love)

*pink skies

*my year's old hand vacuum that I use almost daily

*magic erasers

*being able to sit in "my chair" since the sciatica is improving

*acceptance of me and by me

*my new Christmas tree and lights found on sale after Christmas - together less than $60

*the energy and mindset to clean and get rid of

*sweet birdies at the feeders
(and they've finally found the red barn,
but they still prefer the "old" feeder.
They're as set in their ways as I am!)

HOPE everybody has a Terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

{ Wednesday's Word - Peace }


  1. Inner peace (or peace of mind) refers to a deliberate state of psychological or spiritual calm despite the potential presence of stressors; peace of mind, serenity, and calmness are descriptions of a disposition free from the effects of stress

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

{ Tuesday Tidbits }

My first Tidbits of 2019.....

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We got a new bird feeder for Christmas and Pappy got the new shepherd's hook in the ground yesterday so we could hang the feeder (why is it one thing seems to always lead to another?).  The birdies seem to very much prefer the old one so I'm gonna switch out where they're hanging on the pole and probably empty the old one and force those birdies to choose the red barn!

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I shared that my word for 2019 is JESUS, with a BIG emphasis on JOY and HOPE.  Not only the words keep showing up, but also the FEELINGS of both JOY and HOPE in my heart and both can ONLY come from JESUS!!!  How about you? Have you already seen evidence of the word you're focusing on come into play this past week?

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Y'all, it's the 8th day of January and it's 60 degrees in our neck of the woods as I'm typing this. 
This old gal needs sunshine and light in her life.....
and also SONshine and Light!

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Because of this gorgeous weather, I got outside a bunch yesterday.  
And, because of this crazy sciatica, I hurt a bunch yesterday, too.

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I've been sharing a daily gratitude on the Friends of Breathing in Grace Facebook page each day and it makes me really look throughout my day for things to be so very thankful for.  I'd kinda gotten out of the habit of doing that and allowed "life" to get me down, but I've felt better this past week, looking for joy bombs each day, than I have in a very long time.
God is so very good, Y'all!

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We still have our icicle/snowflake lights on the front porch - yes, I'm one of THOSE people who keeps the decorations up longer than the first of the new year. I told Pappy yesterday that if it brings about the kind of weather we're having, I'll keep them up and lit all winter long! But, alas, I heard the word SNOW in the forecast for this weekend.  And, I'm not gonna lie. I do love me some snow!!!

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And, finally, just in case you need a confirmation of my craziness and a good laugh, here you go.....

You know the new roof over the back stoop I told Y'all we had built?  Well, we had an "incident" with it recently. I got home from church a couple of Sunday's ago and a squirrel was perched on the side of the house and as I went in the back door I discovered wood chippings on the porch. From what we can figure out, this might have been a Momma squirrel and she was building her nest in the opening above the porch ceiling. So, Pappy covered the opening, but this little creature was determined and started chewing the wood again. So we Googled "squirrel deterrent" and found out they don't like pepper and I remembered that I had pepper spray that I used to carry when I walked. I got the step stool, went out on the porch and sprayed where the squirrel had been chewing. In my determination to save our porch from destruction, I seemed to forget about this thing called gravity - so the overspray came down on top of me - and my head was skyward watching what I was doing - and let me just say that no matter how old a can of pepper spray is it's still mighty potent. Praise the Lord I had glasses on, but the spray still managed to get in my eyes, nose, and mouth - and hair and clothes.  You might be interested in knowing that soap and water and olive oil is good for the burning - just in case someone reading this doesn't have any more sense than I do - which I seriously doubt.
(too long of story shorter, the squirrel came back, chewing on the other side, so I boiled pepper in water and Pappy "painted" the boards with it and she disappeared. I tried to tell her that's what God made trees for)

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

HOPE everybody has a terrific Tuesday - 
and stay away from the pepper spray!