Friday, July 25, 2014

Psalms Pastel Piece

I had such fun in the Studio
playing with my pastels,

and using my church's Psalms graphic
for inspiration.

I think the variations could be endless!

Lucky Dog

p.s.  This little piece is 4" long and 2½" high.

Monday, July 21, 2014

X Knitters Anonymous X

Okay, I’m pretty excited about this sign.
Maybe I shouldn’t be, but I am.

I took a photo of some of my yarns,
and then I added the words on top all by myself!

I used the faux photoshop program
that came on my computer
and fumbled around until I liked how it looked.

This just opens up a whole new world!

Lucky Dog

Friday, July 18, 2014

For the Birds

Here are some wildlife photos for you!

Today I'll just post some bird pictures.

I have so many raccoon photos,
they'll have to have their own entry.  (Or two!)

This is a pretty rare sight for us.
Not just a barred owl out where we can see him,
 but two.

And on the same branch, even!
And not at night, but in the daylight.

In addition to this being raccoon baby season,
it's adolescent cardinal season.

And boy, they are gawky and ugly
when they are teenagers!  LOL

I just thought this was a nice action shot.

And here's a bluejay that actually sat still
enough for me to get a photo.

(No one stays still for me and poses!!!)

When the bluejays are squawking a lot,
we usually get rain in the next day or two.

Another rare owl sighting.

I know, I know,
how can it be that rare if I have two?
But it is.

You'll see this photo again, later,
in a different context.

(Cue the foreshadowing music here...!)

We love having so much fun wildlife around.

Next up will be photos of the furry kind.

Lucky Dog

Thursday, July 17, 2014

First Seating

I rarely get a photo of the raccoons
in this much light.

Most of my pics are dark, blurry
and no one has posed for me!

Still, though,
they're always fun.

More to come.

Lucky Dog

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Before and After

Mr. Man has transformed our hardware!

Here is the old brass Before shot….


Here is the “new” oil-rubbed bronze After!

He is using this spray paint:

I really do need to clone the sweet man…
There’s so much more to be done! 

Lucky Dog

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Coffee + Bible X3

Look what I found on the internet!

How funny.  Who knew?

Sounds like a plan to me!

Lucky Dog

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Still Reading through the OT

Well, I hope everyone had a happy 4th!  We did, and I must say, the fireworks were the best ever!

So…  I may not talk about it very often, but I am still reading through the Old Testament out loud.

Why out loud?  Because I know that if I don’t, I’ll end up skimming it, read it too fast, check out mentally, and not really “get it”.

Back when I was studying Cobol, that probably-now-ancient computer language, “once upon a time, in a land far far away” (that is to say, it feels like that was at least a couple of lifetimes ago!!),  I really learned it solid when I read my chapters out loud.  (And I was the only one to make a 100 on the exam, so it must’ve worked!)

The Old Testament, with all its genealogies and all, seemed like it would be very easy for me to rush through.  I mean, if I’m going to do it, I should do it right.  Thus, the decision to read it out loud.

And I’m reading The New Living Translation version of the Bible.  I usually prefer the New American Standard Bible, but I thought I’d go for something super-readable to keep it fresh.

(But I am using the Bill Bright edition, because you know how I am about having those capital H’s for His or Him!!  LOL)

Anyway, I am thrilled to report that I finally finished reading 2 Chronicles!!!

I feel like I’m past the “hump” and going downhill, whether I really am or not.

Actually, things will probably get a bit more difficult to understand from here on out.  I mean, as long as I’m reading The Story part, the history stuff, I’m pretty okay.  You know, Adam through, oh, say, Solomon. 

But the prophetic books, full of references and places and events that I’m not familiar with??  Those books should probably be studied, not just read.

But, I only have so much time.  And while I’m happy to be reading through the OT, I think I’ll save my study time for the New Testament.  It’s more practical and helpful for your everyday walk, don’tcha think?  J

So I will press on.  And to help me, I made a chart.  (!!)

It's a lovely list where every day I can check off a box with my pretty little markers.  I just love checking things off my To Do List, and I thought this would be just the ticket.

You know what really helped me??

Reading my OT chapter with my morning coffee.

Duh!!!  Good grief, I’m so slow, but at least I finally get there!

I wish I could say that I made the connection on my own, but I didn’t.  I was reminded by a wonderful Bible pastor, Blake Gideon, who, in a sermon online, was encouraging everyone to have a morning devotional -- and he said that every morning he gets his coffee and his Bible, and off he goes. 

You know… Every habit that I’ve ever gotten to stick was one where I tied it to something I was already doing.  Like, tying “flossing my teeth” to watching the weather report on the news, or something like that. 

So, reading the Bible with my morning coffee it is!

And now I’m reading in Ezra.  And they are rebuilding the Temple after coming back home to Jerusalem, after being exiled in Babylon.

Okay..  So far, so good.  J

Lucky Dog