Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Last 10 Days

I've been away for a week visiting our boy and I have so many things I want to share, but they are not mine to share. However, I CAN share that it was an amazing week. I enjoyed spending time with these two monkeys:

During our wanderings, we ran into this gentleman who was having bike trouble. Our boy fussed at me for not having jumper cables in the truck 😏, but we were close to his place and the situation was quickly remedied:

It does my heart good to know the our boy is willing to lend a hand to strangers when he sees a need. I returned Tuesday afternoon, completely exhausted and utterly joyful. Given the chance, I could sleep for a week. As soon as I unloaded the truck, I headed out for a long walk with Skeet. Yesterday I cooked for a crew so my morning started early, but the day included Cherry Pie

so even the gale force winds that filled the air with dirt yesterday could not deter the song in my heart.

On another note, in an attempt to take better care of ourselves in our...ummm...golden years, I ordered this cookbook a few weeks ago.

It arrived while I was away. I have heard wonderful things about it and when I saw Judy, over at Patchwork Times, posting dishes using recipes from the author's site, to rave reviews, I caved. It's been a long time since I purchased a cookbook, but I am hopeful that this one will see a lot of use. With today's access to everything and anything online, I suppose cookbooks are becoming less popular. I have culled my collection hard, but I have about 30 that I have just haven't been able to let go. So, I'm browsing this very large cookbook, making a list, and hoping to find some new favorites. I don't know what it says about me that the first thing I want to try is the ice cream. 😄

No sewing has taken place for the last 10 days, but I have picked up where I left off and am binding a baby quilt so depending on how long I can keep my eyes open, I may or may not have a finished quilt to share before long:

Today I have a day at home. A day without cooking for extras. A day without leaving the dirt road. A day that will hopefully include a leisurely mug of hot tea. A good book. And a nap. And I wanted to share something I came across this last week by Ann Voscamp. It has been a good reminder for me:

Instead of focusing on the hurdles ahead of you,
Focus on Him beside you.
Instead of depending on your plan for this week,
Depend on His power for this moment.
Instead of being tempted to give up, or or give into fear,
Give thanks - this gives Him glory.
Instead of trying to do it all,
Let Him be your all.
Lord, cause me to lead an INSTEAD kind of life,
Because One loved me enough to give Himself in my stead.


Janet O. said...

What a gorgeously flaky pie crust--I miss that!! And Cherry is one of my favorite flavors, but the tart pie cherries are had to come by around here.
I LOVE the thought you shared. That is just what I needed today--and every day. Thank you for sharing it!

Lisa Spencer said...

Good Morning! So glad you were able to spend time with your son! When they live a distance away it just makes the time more precious. We are expecting our 4th grandchild in March so looking forward to be able to spend time "helping". In April we have a trip planned to Canada to son #2. Sub Zero weather here and I am getting ready to finish up a few little receiving blankets and burp cloths. I love seeing your quilts and recipes!

Sally Langston Warren said...

What a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing it!

Sherrill said...

I've MISSED you!! So wonderful that you could get away for a little visit with the fam and come home to a slower pace for a bit. I love the thought at the end and will share with my Sunday School teacher. He can always use it in the lesson.

Dorian said...

I've missed you Karin, and have been wondering what you were up to. I'm glad you had a good trip to see your boys. Glad you had a day of rest and recouping. Take care!

Donna said...

So glad you got to visit your son! Yes your pie crust looks blue ribbon flaky and delicious! I follow Judy’s blog too and she and Vince are having great success on the keto diet. Thanks for the verse. I needed to read that this week!

Pauline said...

Whew! I'd decided you were on another Safari! I sure missed your post and am glad you're back on line. How nice you could go and enjoy the "monkeys." And such good lookings ones too! I'm finally getting back out to my studio and trying to make a LoneStar baby quilt for a friend. Geez, I can't believe how much I've forgotten about making that quilt, did some ripping and finally dug out the pattern and had more ripping to do. Oh well, I have until the 27th to finish it.
Again, I'm glad you're home safe and sound.

Ruth said...

I, too, have been watching Judy and the Keto diet at Patchwork Times. Now I can keep an eye on your blog and see how someone else fares with it. I'm pretty chicken about changing eating habits. I hope your efforts payoff!

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