Friday, August 26, 2016

Funny Friday

Happy Friday everybear
Wil here
I'm still waiting for FALL
Our temperatures have climbed
back up and the 
humidity is rough
on a bear wearing a fur coat...

 Mama hung her team flag
today...she says she is 
ready for some football....
Me, I'm just ready for cooler 
temperatures, the great pumpkin,
and trees in russet, gold, and orange..
Have a great weekend...

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Simple Woman's Day Book


 For today...
Monday, August 22, 2016
Outside my window...

 I am thinking...
how nice it was to sit outside
with my coffee this morning
the temperature was around
70 with low humidity 
A Bible verse I'm sharing...
"Are any of you suffering hardships?
You should pray. Are any of you happy?
You should sing praises." 
James 5:14 
I am thankful...
for the message and
worship in song we enjoyed
yesterday...we attended a 
different church which
conducted worship 
in a different way...
for the rain we've gotten 
this month...for our health
and having all our needs  met.      
In my Kitchen...
There are leftovers from 
Friday...and some
meat that I need
to do something with..
I'm planning to make some
pumpkin bread soon..   
On my prayer list...
praying for continued healing
for Ginger, Martha,
for our leaders
and the upcoming 
elections...and praying for
you if you're reading this...
   I am wearing...
pajamas and a robe
I am creating...
 Haven't been creating..
I did make a get well 
card last week
A song that stays on my mind...
I am going...
to stay home today
Feeling hopeful...
that Fall isn't far away
I am reading...
 this is the second in a series
by this author, I am enjoying
them, they're Christian fiction
A few of my favorite things...
a cup of coffee on the porch...
attending church with family...
a walk with Honey Bear... 
Looking forward to...
a sewing workshop on
making laundry bags
for Mercy Ministries 
In his garden...
a little Okra, tomatoes, 
and peas 
The rest of the week...
hoping to get some sewing done
From my photo file... 
How the years have flown

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday Scribbles

In the last two days, we've gotten 1 and 3/4 inches of rain for which I am most thankful...the garden will start producing again and the grass will turn green instead of brown.

 This photo made at the concert last weekend to 
benefit Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
 I tried to capture some of the butterflies on the Butterfly 
Bush with iphone instead of my Nickon
which is a little harder when the subject keeps moving

Had planned to go to the movies and see
the new Star Trek movie
but plans change so
I've been having a lazy morning
haven't even made the bed yet
but need to do something productive before
too long...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Its Funny Friday again!

Happy Funny Friday,
Its Wil Here
Did some one mention
I had such a good time watching those 
girls do their floor exercises...
and the long jumpers and Sprinters
weren't bad either...
made me so tired just watching...
I had to go and get some honey...
I think Fall is coming soon...
I saw jack-o-lanterns in front
of the grocery store...
I know we bears will sure be glad
of some cooler weather...
hope everyone at camp good bear is
back home resting up...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

Last Saturday, we went to Franklin, Tennessee so that we could attend an outdoor concert at Arrington Vineyards. It was so much fun, although it did rain, we were cozy under our umbrellas. We spent the night in Franklin and came home after breakfast, Sunday.

Monday night I had a meeting at church so I've not really had a chance to do a Day Book this week....

Today I met a group of friends here
This was a textile mill when it opened in the early 1900s. Later in the 1940s it became a shoe sat empty for years after the factory closed until it was bought by a private citizen and became a place for artists to have studios and for concerts and art exhibits...this was my first visit and we were there for over 1&1/2 hours and didn't see half that was there....We had a tour guide....the place has an open door policy so if an artist is in their studio working, people can walk in to watch and chat with them....Any kind of art you can think of from painting to jewelry making to weaving, etc. is there on the 3 floors of two buildings. It was so much fun and I'd like to go back sometime when I can stay longer and look around more on my own. We really didn't get to spend too much time in each studio.

We got some rain this afternoon and I know there is the promise of cooler temperatures next week....I can't wait....Honey Bear went to work in Dixon, Tennessee this morning early (he works there as a consultant) and will be late getting home so this morning, I cleaned the living room always looks so good right after its cleaned...I think it should be done once a month but who has time for that.
Just got an email from my son with a picture:
Isn't he handsome.
I spent some time with Daughter today and she shared some texts from Wonder Boy....sounds like he is settling in...he said he'd gotten a lot of free t-shirts which was good since he was having to change twice a day, it is so hot down there and he walks everywhere. Also, he didn't pack all of his clothes.
So, that made me feel better about him being off to college....

That's my Thursday man is home and I need to see to him.
Mama Bear

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sprinting through the Hodge Podge

1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August? 
Every month, I send Birthday cards to the members of my Sunday School class....I try to send handmade ones...does that count as letter writing. I usually do it the last week in the month and just mail them when it gets close to the special day..
2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain. 
If he means that being without the desires of our heart make us happy, then I disagree...the trick is to look around you and be thankful for the blessings you have already...rearranging furniture and accessories can achieve a new look and satisfy us without spending money on new items. 
3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds. 
Yes I am a thrifter and I love the antique stores where people rent stalls and set up resale items...I often look through the dishes because I like to change my table scape to reflect seasons and fact, those on my table now came from the thrift store (see last daybook)....from the other resale type shop, I have chairs and pictures, etc in my home.
4.  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear? 
about a 6 I suppose....Honey Bear and I like to take drives off the beaten path as we did this past weekend when we went to Arrington Tennessee on Saturday...we spent very little time on the interstate but drove through small towns like College Grove, Cornersville, Lewisburg.
5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so?
A Marathon, I guess, since it is only the 17th of the month and so much has hasn't gotten any cooler and that first college football game still seems too far off....
6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives?
Christmas shopping....since I've only bought two gifts so far...I like to be finished by November....and I need to be sewing and crafting...our craft event is the 22nd of September and looks like I'll only have one item finished to enter.
7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time? 
 Every six weeks, I have lunch with my friend, Rene, and we spend the afternoon talking...we have hair appointments that back up to each other so we go out July, I needed to cut our time short as Daughter and I were going to the Breast Center for our annual and we had appointments...I needed to pick her up before time....I kept looking at my watch and thinking I had plenty of time and then suddenly I didn't and had to hurry on my way...(I see my friend during that 6 weeks but we're usually in a group when I do.)
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday for some retail therapy....well I hadn't been in there long until there were workers every where, chattering and clanging plastic bins down on the floor....needless to say, my calm respite was shattered and it was very annoying...when I got to the check out, I asked what was going on and the clerk said it was freight day....she said it happens every Tuesday, they have to rearrange things and put up new freight...needless to say, I will not be shopping there on Tuesday again...

Thanks, Joyce for continuing to bring us interesting questions to make us think....Readers stop by and visit the Hodge Podge headquarters here. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Funny Friday

Happy Funny Friday
Wil here
I wanted to share with you some
of the other residents of the Bears' Home
 This is Whitty, Noel and Paddy
They are companions of Mama's travels
and sit just below the van radio
(not really their names but
names are changed to
protect the innocent)
And this is Cheryl Ann
She's a sweetie......
Yesterday, on this blog, Amy
shared her pond in photos.
Here is ours

These were made during rain so they're a little blurred.
Hope your world is blessed.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Simple Daybook on Thursdasy


 For today...
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Outside my window...
its 77 degrees F, with 85%
humidity, and a fine mist is falling...
I see a pesky squirrel on the ground
under the bird feeder and a finch
on the flowers are saying
thank you for the mist... 
I am thinking...
about Wonder Boy heading to college
A Bible verse I'm sharing...
Psalm 30:5"for his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning"
I am thankful...
no matter what thoughts and concerns
keep me awake at night, joy comes
with each new day 
In my Kitchen...
I just put on a pot of pinto beans
for Honey Bear's lunch, there's
plenty of fresh tomatoes,
cornbread and okra to go along side... 
On my prayer list...
Daughter started working part time
yesterday:praying that she doesn't
overdo as she is still in recovery. Praying
for Wonder Boy of course...
Martha had knee surgery this week, praying
she is recovering well....and Honey Bear
has a persistent cough that needs attention..
my shoulder continues to pain me...
and each reader of my blog, I pray that
you are of sound mind and body and that
you are being blessed this day... 
I am wearing...
ut-oh I  am still in my pajamas
I am creating...
sad to say, I haven't worked on
anything except jigsaws since last
A song that stays on my mind...
Veggies Tales...Honey Bear
wore a tie with Bob and Larry on it
Sunday and since then those songs
have been haunting me. 
I am going...
to go for a walk if I can stand the heat..
Feeling hopeful...
that FALL is coming soon
I am reading...
an Inspector Banks novel by Peter
Robinson, "Gallows View" 
A few of my favorite things...
 my Summer table scape

 fresh flowers
a new Fall candle
Looking forward to...
College football in the Fall
In his garden...

The rest of the week...
a meeting tonight, 
a road trip on Saturday
From my photo file...