Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Almost Year's End

"Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written".  Jn 21:25

I was just looking back on the posts from this year, a paltry 4 before this one.  I can hardly believe that's all I posted.  Where has the year gone?  And how bad of me that I didn't post more!  And just 4 posts in spite of my determination to post at least once a week.  Ooops.

So much has happened this year both good and sad.  I stayed in NY last winter for the first time in 10 years.  It was nasty cold with a lot of snow, but my hiking buddies and I managed to get out to snowshoe or use spikes almost once a week, which made the winter a little more tolerable. 

This Fall we continued finding trails and the one below is one of the last hikes we did before the weather turned snowy.

Last April my youngest daughter and her husband were blessed with their firstborn child.  James made his arrival three weeks early but completely healthy and happy.  The parents are over the moon.

8 months in this picture

In May my oldest grandson graduated from college.

         This past summer one of our hiking buddies passed away after a 2-year long struggle with bone cancer.  I was out of state at the time.  We think about her every time we hike.  She is missed.

In early October I attended my 50th College Reunion in Jamestown, ND.  I hadn't been back or seen anyone from my class in all those years.    Everyone reconnected so easily and we had such a great time.  It was a bittersweet weekend.

           In late November my second oldest grandson began his BB season so I spend a lot of time attending his games.  After this year's season there are only two more seasons to go.  That is, until the little guy starts sports.

 That's a quick review of the past year.  In between the big events were all the mundane activities that make up a life.  Sometimes those mundane things seem bothersome or annoying or pointless.  When I feel that way I try to remember how much I'm blessed 
*with good health
*with family
*with adequate finances
*with friends
*with a nice home
*and on it goes
Basically I try to keep things in perspective.  

Friday, March 16, 2018


This is the first time in 10 years that I've spent the winter in upstate NY.  What a mistake!  It has been cold and very snowy.  Seems like we've had one storm a week.

One saving grace is that my hiking friends and I have been doing some snow-shoeing.  This is my first experience with it.  I didn't think I'd like it, but it's more fun than I expected it to be.
Sometimes we don't need snowshoes, we can use our spikes instead.  I prefer the spikes if the trail is tamped down by snowmobiles, otherwise it's pretty necessary to use snowshoes.

We've been trying to go out once a week.  One week we had to cancel because the weather was so bad.  One week we went to the local golf-course instead of driving north to a trail. Most of the time we've managed to dodge the bad-weather-bullet: a storm the day before and more snow the day after.

Another storm is forecast for next week (third week in March).  We're all weary of it, but another storm guarantees a few more weeks of snowshoeing.  Another storm guarantees more water in the wells and farm fields. Another storm guarantees a real appreciation of Spring when it finally arrives. So I guess there's an up side to it all.  Sigh.

Some hikers we met along the trail

Hunting Lodge

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Today Is...

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, 
"plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

I LOVE this verse.  It's such a comfort to know that God is in control.  I have choices but He ultimately knows what's in store for my life, so when I'm floundering and wondering what to do, I can be comforted that it's already decided and that it will be for my good and God's glory.
Whew, that's a load of my mind.

I just finished month #1 of taking and posting a photo a day.  I feel like I've accomplished something. Several years ago a couple of friends and I decided to do a 365 photo-a-day challenge. 
 It sounded so overwhelming, and it was.  
Although I did it, I missed a few days (maybe 3) 
and even though there were no "photo police" to chastise me, I felt guilty.

At the start of this year I thought I'd try it for the month of Jan. 
Just one month. 
Now it's the first day of Feb and I think I'll try it for another month. 

One of the last assignments for January was "nature".  I'm not a big fan of outdoor winter photography, so I photographed my little house plant which I enjoy so much 
and which puts a smile on my face every time I look at it.


The assignment for Feb 1 is "Today is...".  
Well today is a dreary, cloudy, snowy & cold day but spring is on the way.
I'm staying home A.G.A.I.N because I don't want to deal with the roads
and nastiness, but I think I'll choose to be productive and appreciate
the blessings I have and not dwell on the restrictions imposed by
the weather.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Couple of Days

I Cor 16:13~~"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave,be strong.  
Let all that you do be done with love."

Sometimes we do things because 1) we have to,  2) for the job we have, 3) because no one else will do it, 4) because someone has told us to, 5) because we think it's the right thing to do, 6) because it has to be done before the next part can be started and the list goes on.  There are so many reasons.

But no matter the reason, we can do it with love.  That's sometimes difficult to remember when we're doing something that we find objectionable, but if we consider the blessings we have it's a little easier to squeeze love into the equation.  The blessing of health, food in the fridge, clothes in the closet, shoes on our feet, roof over our heads, friends, etc.  When we remember how blessed we are, it's easier to do "what we do" with love.  It often takes practice.  

I need to practice more.

The past two days of my Photo-a-Day challenge have been fun.  I can't believe it's day 23 and I haven't missed a day yet.  I'm not usually so diligent.

Your Shoes:  I don't have very attractive shoes, especially for the winter.  Just a pair of year-old sneakers and an old pair of semi-dress shoes that I wear to church once in a while.  After giving it some thought I decided to wear my boots.  Ho, hum.  The caption is "is it spring yet?"

Jan 22, "Your Shoes"

Something Old:  Once upon a time my husband's father and uncle ran two dairies that delivered milk to homes in the area.  My husband isn't sentimental, but I thought it would be cool to have some of their original milk bottles for the kids.  So I've been collecting them whenever I find them.  There don't see to be too many of them around, but I keep looking. 

Jan 23, "Something Old"

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The First Post & Some Resolutions

Prov 19:20-21  Listen to council and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.  There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless, the Lord's counsel~~that will stand.

It's January 18, 2018 and this is the first post of the year.  Last year I only posted 6 times, huh?  I originally began this blog as an online diary.  Over time I've posted a lot some years and a little some years.  I was very enthusiastic about it at the beginning, but my enthusiasm waned as time went by.  

I still follow other bloggers.  Not as much as I used to.  I think I have to revamp "blogs I follow"~~delete some and add some new ones.  That takes time.  Time to search for new bloggers to whom I can relate and who have things to say that are meaningful to me in some way.  I generally like the blogs that have photos attached since I'm a photographer myself and get inspired by other's images.

I have to admit, though, that when I read other's posts I'm often ashamed at how shallow my posts are.  I've been so moved by others.  Not only the subject matter but by their writing.  I love words and good writing~~"why don't I post like that?" I often wonder.  Partly, maybe, because I think no one cares about what I say, partly, maybe, because I'm not in the habit of writing that way either privately or publicly.  Not sure.

So, although I'm not in the habit of making New Year's Resolutions (and I'm not doing it now), I'm going to try to follow through on a few new habits:

1) post more often in 2018 than I did in 2017 (at least once a week hopefully)
2) make my posts a little more meaningful and emotional than they've been in past years
3) include one Scripture verse in each post

There!!  short and sweet.  Only time will tell if I'm successful.

At the end of December I decided I wanted to challenge myself to posting one photo a day for the month of January.  A friend is doing it with me and we post to instagram. I got the topic list from pinterest.  The topics seem benign enough that I can/will follow through.  I'm a little over half-way through the month and have managed to keep up.  As a matter of fact, I'm keeping up so well I thought I might give it a go during February too.

A few of the topics so far have been:  you, breakfast, letterbox, daily routine, in your bag...  I'm glad so many of the topics can be photographed inside my home since right now we're dealing with one of the worst winters we've had in a long time.  But this too shall pass.