July 18, 2013

The Past Few Months; Busy!

I've told you a few of things that I've been busy with... the basement flooding, repainting the sewing room, helping out with a fund raiser for a friend of our's etc... so now... a post of pretty much nothing but pictures! Yep, you got it... all the pictures I've been promising. Oh, and I did go on a vacation/attend a wedding in Oregon. So without further delay; What I've been up too!

New carpet color

 new paint/baseboards
Some of the things people donated for the yard sale!
We had 8 (eight, yes that's right!) trailers full.... plus some trucks!

Our Motel room that all 3 grands and my DD and I shared.... it was small.... pretty much wall to wall people when we were asleep!
 Our kitchen. 

Guess you know what this is...

Can't go to Oregon without a visit to the coast!

Lots of car fun!!!

A visit to see the "other grand" in Portland. And to celebrate a 1/2 birthday. 2 1/2 now! 

The day of the celebration. Sidewalk fun. 

And last but not least... well o.k.; somewhat least, what
I've done this week! Or at least part of it! 

O.K. so now I've caught you up. Besides
working in the garden and helping out with various family things and celebrating the 4th etc... we have been having fun! Guess that's it!
 Oh, forgot something; the fund raiser netted about $10-12 thousand. We were sooo blessed! We met up at 5:00 a.m. and set stuff up, there was supposed to be a huge canopy for us to use, but the guy bringing it got pulled over for not having trailer lights and was told to stay put until it was light outside! Pouring down rain... I mean pouring.... all of a sudden people were pulling out small canopies everywhere!!! People were so kind and understanding. I helped one lady look at stuff with an umbrella..... lifting up tarps etc. It was amazing the response we got! It really was overwhelming!  At the very end, we just told people to take whatever they wanted! Clothing etc., we didn't want to have to try to figure out what to do with everything. Some of us took home left over clothes to dry and then donate them to the Deseret Industries.  The family of our friend were really touched! 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4ykvzknkxnd3khl/Brians%20Reaction.m4v   This is a video of how Brians kids let him see what we did. They took lots of pictures etc. Enjoy if you would like to see it!

July 4, 2013

The Buzzard, the Bat & the Bumblebee

I thought that I would post something; a little something I found/received a while ago.
We as a world of people who inhabit the earth could learn a lot from this simple lesson.

The Buzzard; If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely
 open at the top,
The bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.
 The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the  ground
 with a run of 10 to 12 feet.
Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly.
But will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The Bat;  The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble
creature in the air,
Cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and,
No doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into
the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

The Bumblebee;  if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken
back out.
It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out
through the sides near the bottom.
It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

People;  In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee.
We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have
 to do is look up!
That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem....
Just look up!
Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up!
                                                              Live simply,
                                                          Love generously,
                                                             Care deeply,
                                                           Speak kindly and
                                                         Trust in our Creator;
                                                             Who Loves Us.