What A Blooming Great Gift!

What A Blooming Great Gift!

Spring is here, and its time to plan the flower garden, both the seeds and the blooming plants. So, off I went to the nursery, arriving back home in the rain with those blooming plants. Knowing it was raining,

Hang Your Hat On It!

Hang Your Hat On It!

An exercise bike has many uses: in the bed room – a coat and hat hanger, in the office – a book shelf, in the basement – a dust catcher, a guilt prompter – a reminder of our promise to lose ten pounds, and on rarer occasions – an instrument of exercise.

Love Has Many Dimensions

Love Has Many Dimensions

My cats let me live with them. As long as I pay the mortgage, keep kibble in their bowls, the litter fairly clean, sit for an hour or so to pet them and . . . . . they let me live with them.

The Gift of Blessing and Growth

The Gift of Blessing and Growth

My six-year-old grandson, and the rest of his family too, were at my home for Easter. Knowing the Easter Bunny was scheduled to arrive on Easter morning, he decided to build a bunny trap.

God’s Wonderful Gift

God’s Wonderful Gift

Easter brings out the “creative” instincts in people, and such was the year of the lambs In worship for the Children’s Sermon. It was decided that because one of the parishioners Penny, had new lambs, it would be a great idea to bring a couple of them into the church on Easter Sunday morning to give the children an idea of what is meant by “Jesus is the lamb of God.”

Don’t Be Alarmed

Don’t Be Alarmed

The watch is not keeping time. I’m not sure if it is the battery or part of the mechanism, but it just is not working the way it should. The time is always wrong and it has an alarm, that goes off at odd intervals.

Tea Cup Group

Tea Cup Group

My father’s family was a tea cup group. My grandfather was a birthright quaker, who’s family helped start the temperance league in Indiana in the late 1800’s, and my grandmother was the Irish Catholics bar keeper’s daughter.

We Are Not Alone

We Are Not Alone

Listening to a family share a story about their mom, I asked if I could pass it on: The mom of the family, one that worked hard, had little in the way of positions, but held love beyond measure, found herself the owner of a flock of 50 baby chicks.

Benign Negligence With Crazy Expectations

Benign Negligence With Crazy Expectations

The bag of bird seed that I made a special trip to the store to purchase, is still laying in the yard, unopened. It appears some enterprising squirrel may have scratched it open, but he didn’t bother to get any into the bird feeders.

Finding Peace In Your Nest

Finding Peace In Your Nest

In the airport, waiting to fly home. There was this little bird, a sparrow, I think. His eyes were alert, but he didn’t seem to be afraid. Just flew down from the iron beams to look at the waiting passengers, and pick up a few crumbs.

Woven in Love

Woven in Love

I’ve noticed something: children are getting older and old people are getting older.

The ‘Wake’ Effect

The ‘Wake’ Effect

We were in a row boat, just fishing and enjoy the afternoon, when a speed boat went cruising by, a little closer than necessary.

A Great Reason To Wear A Top Hat

A Great Reason To Wear A Top Hat

Is today really Ground Hogs’ Day? You know, that time in Pennsylvania when normal people of good sense dawn tuxedos and top hats to consult a very large squirrel about the arrival of spring.

The Moments When We Find Ourselves Tangled Up

The Moments When We Find Ourselves Tangled Up

This felt like Friday morning at the OK Corral. Carmel, my not so brave and fearless cat, became tangled in a plastic grocery bag. Not knowing what had hold of him, but sure it was about to swallow him, he began running through the house, knocking over the sweeper, clearing the coffee table, and causing all my IT equipment to hit the floor.

Responding in Kindness and Love

Responding in Kindness and Love

At the grocery store this week, getting ready for the snow and cold to come, there were a lot of shoppers. Some had fairly full carts, others, just what they didn’t want to run out of over the next few days.

Love: A Great Motivator

Love: A Great Motivator

My grandson, who is eight, begged me to let him ride his bike to school as I followed along behind. I finally agreed, telling him he had to stop and wait on me at the corners so I could catch up.

It’s Not About The Cheese Cake

It’s Not About The Cheese Cake

The restaurant is one of my favorites. Lots of fried food, and everything is served with lots of sauces and mayonnaise. And the bread, to die for – and if I ate too much of it that just might be the results.

People That Touch Our Lives

People That Touch Our Lives

Changing plains in Atlanta meant that I only had carry on, heavy carry on. As I boarded my fight, I looked for a seat that looked like it has a sturdy nearby fellow traveler, someone to put my luggage in the compartment above. He said, “Of course,” and smiling hoisting the suitcase over his head to its traveling space.

Hear The Good News!

Hear The Good News!

The waitress stepped away from the table with my iced tea order and I said to my friend Carol, “So, do you have your Christmas Shopping done?” She put her fork on her plate, took a deep breath, and said “Yes,

The Truth Of Joy And Love

The Truth Of Joy And Love

Three are three major lies in life, at least as far as I’m concerned: “One size fits all”, “Love means never having to say your sorry?” and “If you build it they will come.”

A Gift Of Love

A Gift Of Love

Four and six may be a little young to help cut and then ice Christmas cookies, but it sure was fun. The boys did a fine job for their ages, of course there was cookie dough hanging on the backs of the chairs and icing on the ceiling, but outside of that , the cookies were perfect.

Blooming In The Joy of Life

Blooming In The Joy of Life

Out the kitchen window, in the set back of the house, is a rosebush. Remembering it is mid November, and the weather has been frosty for a few mornings, I was amazed to see the full flower of a pink tea rose.

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes

This morning at 6 a.m. I came to a very important realization, I need a new alarm clock. This one keep’s waking me up.

The Everydayness of Life

The Everydayness of Life

On the Pennsylvania turn pike, there is an area called “Town Hill.” The turnpike is on a mountain side, with a huge valley sever hundred feet below. It is beautiful.

Finding Our Wings

Finding Our Wings

There are moments in life when we find ourselves dazed and in real trouble. God’s plan is not for us to stay trapped and lose our lives, but rather to find hope and a future

Living In Abundance

Living In Abundance

In the spring, I planted 2 tomato plants. After lots of fertilizer and water through out the summer, I ended up with 10 tomatoes.

Rejoice And Be Glad

Rejoice And Be Glad

The Indianapolis Indians is a minor league baseball team, and I got free tickets to a game, and it’s been a while since I’ve had a really bad hot dog, so off Patti and I went.

The Option To Live Into Love

The Option To Live Into Love

Carmel, my fur baby cat, spends most of his time laying in the yard napping. Actually, he’s stalking the chipmunks and rabbits, but I like to of him as sweet and altruistic, instead of a wily predator.