Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Astrid and Logan

Astrid texted me for a favor.  She needs something signed.  I will go at 11:00 and she will bring it to the office and I will sign for her.  The photo is Logan and Astrid at a race he was in I think.

One day Logan asked Miss Laura for a favor.  He asked and she said she would do it if she could!  Cut my hair!   That is how it got started and now when Logan wants a haircut, Miss Laura gets out her scissors and cuts away!  She has been doing it for a while so I guess he likes the job she did.   She cuts Larry's hair and I think it looks professional.  Larry's Mom was a beautician but not until about 1970.  Uncle Walter told me that in the mountains folks could come by and ask Grandpa Renfroe to cut their hair.  He would get a chair and cut it in the yard.  I guess it is an inherited trait.  I know none of it came from Momma or me.  When I tried to cut the girls' bangs it was a disaster.  Momma was worse than me.

We are going to have a rainy week.  I hope there are some breaks in the clouds so the water will run on down to Galla Lake and we will not be washed away.  Phinnie does not like the rain.  So when he needs to go outside to the bathroom, I have to go stand in the rain!  Guess he thinks if he is going into the storm, Gigi needs to come along.

I have to go get chicken feed today and pay a bill.  Since Astrid wants me to sign something for her, I will wait until about 10 to go.  I will have to put my chicken feed up front so if the rains come it will stay dry.

Erin called to say she was back at the grind today.  Kids back in school.

Devotional today was about strength.  The old phrase goes that strength cometh from within, but what does the Bible say??
  • Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ...
  • Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.
  • Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. 
So the Bible says our strength does not come from within us but from our Lord.  However, with the Holy Spirit living within us--it does!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Afghan Done

 I finished the blanket throw that I made from the scraps of yarn that Helen gave me that Tony gave her!  This one goes to Erin.  I am pleased with it. 
Today Laura and I went to Sam's and Target.   I bought a shorts outfit for Greta.  I plan to send the throw to Erin and the outfit to Greta.  I will send Clayton some money.  I am sure he will like it better than a shirt.

My devotional today was about finding happiness.  Things will not bring happiness.  It is an inward thing.  One day last week as I read my devotional, I thought our Lord is like having a seat belt in life.  We have to reach for the strap and buckle up.  When we are buckled in with our Lord we are safe--no matter what.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lunch On Pop

 Pop used to get Erin and Laura a box of chocolates on Valentine's.  This year he put 20 bucks in their cards and told them to buy lunch for themselves and a friend.  Laura treated two friends so they may have had a light lunch!
Jonell picked these in north Arkansas this morning.  Here they are just coming up and getting ready to shine.  She must have some early version.  They sure look springy!  She said everything else in her yard was grey today.  That is the way it is here!!

Helen called to say she was rendering lard.  I just thought glad it is you not me.  When Momma would do a batch of lard it would take all day and was hard labor!

Today's devotional was about accepting a gift--a gift you have not earned and do not deserve!  No matter how hard you work to make yourself worthy of the gift you will fall short.  Salvation is a free gift and we must accept it knowing that it is more than we deserve, more than we can earn!   Grace delivered!  Give a gift today without expecting anything in return! 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Oinkie For Valentine's Day

Pop got Phinnie an oinkie for Valentine's Day.   He loved it!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine For Pop

I got Pop a new shirt for Valentine's Day.  He had several with his triplet beauties on front, but had not had one in a long time with Greta and Clayton.  He really liked it and I do too!

Happy Valentine's Day

 Astrid came by early and brought Pop and I a Corgie Valentine she made for us.   We love it.  Also, we got a sample of all the things she cooked last evening.  I had a sugar cookie and oreo ball with my coffee.  I will let Pop have the rest. 
 Larry sold this old tractor and the man came from the middle of Oklahoma with a little trailer.   Larry said there is no way he would have started off on that long trip pulling that small of a trailer.  The man was 76 and wanted the tractor for parts.   He built the little trailer--only two wheels!  Larry said some folks were just brave!

 Four of the sweetest birds came yesterday and stayed a while.  I always think of Daddy and Clayton when I see these in the field! 

 This old hawk stays in our Meadow!  He is a silent hunter and always on the lookout from a high perch.   He will swoop down and then fly away with his meal.  Usually a mouse or other small animal.
Today, I have the same old Valentine I had last year.  I am going to cook him a roast in the instant pot.   He bugs me and I irritate him, but we are together still.  He would have bought me a big box of candy, but I told him to please, don't do that! 

Be My Valentine

Astrid and her Mom made homemade Valentine treats.  Oreo balls, chocolate strawberries, Reese's hearts, and sugar cookies.  It all looks good.  I would try one of each.  Sigrid used to help Laura in the kitchen but she is into the social scene now.  Astrid used to not be too interested in cooking, but she often makes something now.  She brought Pop and I cookies she made a few weeks ago.  She follows Pinterest and finds recipes she wants to try.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

—Edward Mote (1797-1874)
Edward Mote was a pastor and hymn writer. Born in London on 21 January 1797, his parents managed a pub and often left Edward to his own devices playing in the street.  Speaking of these childhood years he once said, "So ignorant was I that I did not know that there was a God."  He was finally exposed to the Christian gospel and was baptized the age of 18. He was trained as a cabinet maker and worked in London for 37 years. Only in his 50's did he enter the ministry and was pastor at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Horsham, West Sussex for 26 years.   He was well liked by the congregation in Horsham and they offered him the church building as a gift. Mote replied "I do not want the chapel, I only want the pulpit; and when I cease to preach Christ, then turn me out of that." He died on 13 November 1874 and is buried in the church yard at Rehoboth Church.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mind Of Her Own

 Sunday Laura went to run at the jogging trail, I suppose.  She did not invite me and I am glad as I froze all day and would not have said "no", but I would not have wanted to go, really.  Anyhow, how while she was away, Ingrid pierced Sig's ears!  They used an ice cube and one went fine, Ingrid reported, but the next one bled a lot.  Astrid paid to have her ears pierced a second time.  Sig does not have a job so she did it the cheap way.  Now, I am wondering if Ingrid will want Sig to pierce hers!
The stone maker set George and Fleta's stone today. Fleta and Helen drove over to check it out.  Fleta reused the quote that Grandma Powell picked for her and Grandpa Powell's stone--On Christ the Solid Rock I stand!    Erin reminded me it is from a hymn.  She said they sing it at church.

Hanging With Pop

Sigrid called Pop yesterday morning with the idea that they could run around together.  First, Pop had to wait on someone who bought a disk and load it up.  Then he picked up Sig and they went to where Astrid works and Sig got a smoothie.  Pop just sat and watched Astrid work.  He said she said "hi" but was really busy mopping, wiping tables, waiting on folks in the drive though.  Pop was impressed that she was busy earning her minimum wage.  He said "it's in her genes".  After the smoothie they went to T J Maxx.  Sig took Pop to the doggie section they have.  He bought Phinnie some treats and a toy (Phinnie has worked really hard and almost destroyed it already!).   Pop bought a toy for Phoebe, too!

I think the neighbor girls don't have school today or tomorrow.  It is time for conferences and they get to stay at home.  Laura had a full day today.

It was 27 degrees last night.  Pretty chilly.  My devotional was about loving the unlovable--example my Lord loving me! 

I cooked pork belly yesterday.   Larry had saw it on you tube.  I thought I would try it.  We had it with a salad and half a sweet potatoes and baked apples for dessert.  I'll just say...been there done that!

My entertainment this morning is going to be from listening to voice interviews from Newton County, AR 1971.  Number 7 is Virgie Gregory!

1) Conversation with 70 year old white male, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1901)
2) Conversation with 62 year old white male, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1909)
3) Conversation with 63 year old white male, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1908)
4) Conversation with 46 year old white female, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1925)
5) Conversation with 56 year old white female, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1915)
6) Conversation with 54 year old white female, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1913)
7) Conversation with 65 year old female, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1906)
8. Conversation with 78 year old white male, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1893)
9) Conversation with 65 year old female and 60 year old male, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1906 and 1911)
10) Conversation with 70 year old male and wife, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1901)
11) Conversation with 41 year old male and 40 year old female, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1930 and 1931)
12) Conversation with 82 year old white male, Newton County, Arkansas (born 1889)

NUMBER 1--Russell Burdine
Number 4--Anna Mae Ford Rudder
Number 6--Louise Ford Yancy
Number 7--Virgie Garrison Gregory
Number 11--Ray Crouse
Retired dentist is Binam Moore--who charged 50 cents to pull a tooth!
Number 9--Ed Rudder and wife, Ollie Loretta Freeman Rudder--they have his age wrong born 1892

Saturday, February 10, 2018

She Danced

Siggie went to a dance last night at her school.  She looks really pretty in her red dress.   When I first got my Middle Level degree the trend  was "no dances".  That was for Jr. High and Middle grades were not supposed to be mini Jr. Highs!  Things change and now dances are the thing for Middle Schools.  Most of the children run and side across the gym in their socks!  I am sure Sig did not do that!

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Time To Buy--A Time To Sell

 Larry has been selling some of the old Cubs he has horded.  He sold two this week and some farm equipment.
 Larry was posting his tractors on the sell sites and he saw an old photo of Asti and commented about how pretty she was.  Sig had posted this to that Insta site and I sent it to him.  He does not look at that site.  Well, he said, "I don't like that picture".  I knew why Siggie is growing up and he thinks of her as a baby.  She will be 13 next month.
I am working on the blanket stitch afghan but it is a slow process!

Also, I saw this at a blog and thought it made a lot of sense!
Live beneath your means.
Return everything that you borrow.
Stop blaming other people.
Admit it when you make a mistake.
Give clothes not worn to charity.
Do something nice and try not to get caught!
Listen more, talk less.
Everyday take a 30 minute walk.
Strive for excellence not perfection.
Be on time; don't make excuses.
Don't argue.  Get organized.
Be kind to unkind people.
Let someone cut ahead of you in line.
Take time to be alone.
Cultivate good manners.
Be humble.
Realize and accept that life is not fair.
Know when to keep your mouth shut.
Go all day without  criticizing anyone.
Don't sweat the small stuff.
It is all small stuff!

Six eggs today.  Spring is near!