Thankful Thursday - Water

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Without Water
There would be
No baths
No fishing
No boating
No swimming
No bubbles
No tears
No rain
No life!
No you
No me

This thankful Thursday is being posted a day early (it's never too early to be thankful)! Our family is visiting with out of state relatives and preparing for a burial. Thanks so much for visiting. I will be making my rounds shortly. Miss you guys! Take care & God bless!


Conserving Water with a Rain Barrel

My grandmother used a rain barrel and probably lots of others did too. She would dip water from it to wash her hair and use water for the garden. Bet Grandma's would love this rain barrel! It has a mosquito netting over the top and even a spigot for easy access. Her's  never looked like this!

I couldn't resist snapping a picture. St. Vincent's DE Paul uses this one to water their garden.

I was reminded of Grandma's barrel after reading a post done by Amanda at Selfsagacity. As children, when we washed our hair it was not by holding our heads under the sink and pouring water on them but by dipping from  a basin of rain water. We would dip a cupful or two out of it and wet our hair. Then we would suds it up, and use a fresh cup of water (or two) to pour over our heads. Sometimes we added a little vinegar to help remove the soap residue. (Because it was soft rainwater it would suds up with less soap and give us a richer lather.)  The dish pan we used to wash our hair over would then be poured out into Grandma's vegetable garden. Maybe we should adopt some of the ways  our grandparents knew.

Your visits are always welcome. Please click on the following links to view the hosts and join us for: Outdoor Wednesday, and Watery Wednesday.

I will be around to visit all of you shortly and am so glad you were kind enough to stop by. I have to take time off to visit family who are here from out of state for my mother in-law's funeral. Enjoy the rest of your week and God bless! 


Meet the Fonz at Coolville!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

But Mom, why can't we go? I don't want to go to the dentist.
Why can't we do something cool for a change. I want to meet the Fonz!

Join the micro-fiction challenge at Stony River where short is sweet!


Thankful Thursday - Happiness

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hubby honked just as I sat down to the computer. I had worked all day and wanted to get home and go blog hopping and publish my thankful Thursday. He wanted to go out to eat at Ponderosa.  Marriage consists of compromise, and compromise is one of the steps we need to take to find happiness. When we are in constant battle to get our own way, happiness will remain just outside our reach.

These pictures were taken by me from the passenger side of his SUV. That in itself is something to be thankful for. My husband is mellowing somewhat. I was awestruck by the big red ball of sun in the sky. Of course it kept alluding me, but he did drive slowly, about 20 miles an hour in a 40 mile zone. Wow! Compare that to the man who just a few months ago  would have snapped "put that (camera) away!" He wouldn't pull over (like I would have) :-), but he made a concession, by slowing down and allowing me to take pictures while he drove. He even drove the long way home on the roads facing west. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) there were trees, homes or factories everywhere we looked, but he tried to make me happy and he did! I was very happy he made the effort!

The beauty of nature makes me happy, and surrendering my will for God's will makes me happy. I find that when I stop wrestling for what I want, I actually get more of what I want (even if it is not what I thought I wanted) and I find myself more contented. What makes you happy?

Enjoy the rest of your week and have a blessed week end! Take care.♥


Grabbing a Minute for Me

The colors, the smoothness of the water, the slight breeze, wildflowers...
I'm appreciating being alone, hearing nothing, after talking for ten hours.

I climbed the short fence to get a closer look
This section of the river is as narrow as a brook
But I can't tell where the river begins
Nor can I see where it ends.
It's like the love that our Father sends.

I have been in a number of different towns and cities in Michigan and the Grand River winds through them. In my town alone it runs under many of the main streets  (about a dozen that I know of) some areas being much deeper than others. I find the wild flowers that grow along it's bank interesting and in the deeper areas you will find it fenced in and sometimes piles of rocks to discourage people from trying to swim it. The strong currents have claimed a few lives so there are also warning signs posted in those sites. Children should not swim without an adult nearby who knows how to swim.  Please enjoy the rest of your week. After all it is hump day. :-) For more watery photos and to share yours please  visit Watery Wednesday.


Growing along the River

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

If you’re tired of the chatter

And only pictures matter…
Check out Wordless Wednesdays and Today’s Flowers.


Some of my favorite things - in red

Monday, August 23, 2010

I love the Bible words found in red
These are things that Jesus said.

A grandchild and a great grandchild here
Make my heart feel very dear

Red faced flowers brighten the day
As we travel along our way.

Join us and enjoy our Ruby Tuesday at


A picture's worth a thousand words

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My camera and I went out for a walk
While we were out I heard it talk
Cameras can't talk someone might say
But mine talks to me almost every day
It's in the sky
It's on the ground
The beauty's all around.
Are you listening?
Leaves are glistening.

It' on bird wings
High in the air
It's in our hearts.
It's in our prayer

God's listening
See leaves glistening...

Nature by God
Poetry by Judy Sheldon-Walker

Next time your camera talks to you,  listen. It may be in the voice of God. Take care and God bless!


Playing Sun Tag

Friday, August 20, 2010

Although the sky is very bright
With clouds of glowing white
The sun is playing peek-a-boo
And right now out of sight


The sun has found me now
Its shining on my face
But as I turn to look for it
It’s gone without a trace!


Visit James at Weekend Reflections to see more photos and share your own
Enjoy the rest of your week end! Thanks for visiting. Take care and God bless!
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Not go? Not a chance!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

How can I not go?
The beauty is my cure.
Not looking out the window
Is too much to endure.  

The lovely leaves beckon me
Their beauty calls my name
Ever since I've seen them
My life's not been the same..

The ease with which they greet me
Their stirring in the breeze
Oh the lovely sight of blue skies
Glowing through the trees.

Now the day is over
The daylight hours are past
But my treasured photos
Will help my memories last..
nature by God

poem by Judy Sheldon-Walker

I took these pictures from the fourth floor window of my job during my half an hour lunch break. This is where I get my "fix" during the work day. For more photos please join us at Skywatch Friday and bring along your photos to share. :-) Take care and God bless. I am so happy you came to visit me today.


Just a Few Feet Away on a Watery Wednesday

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

This post is linked to Watery Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday


The Red Ride

Monday, August 16, 2010

Riding Red
There’s something more exciting and classy about a “red ride”. I enjoyed watching these in our parade just a short while ago.

I read something recently that made me wonder if women feel differently about their cars than guys do. It was a quote by Cynthia Heimel:

"A car is just a moving, giant handbag! You never have actually to carry groceries, or dry cleaning,or anything! You can have five pairs of shoes with you at all times!"

This is an interesting concept.

To join us in  Ruby Red Tuesday visit WorkofthePoet.blogspot and have a great and colorful week!


Even Flowers Know when to Bed

Saturday, August 14, 2010

God designed our days in a certain way. The sun comes up to help us see our way and complete our tasks. At night it goes down as we no longer need  sunshine as we sleep and someone else in another part of the world is enjoying the benefits.

sleeping flower

I took this picture just fifteen minutes ago  (9:15 p.m.) of my Rose of Sharon. It was in full bloom just hours before. Even flowers have enough sense to tuck themselves in for the night. :-)


Every night I tell myself I’ll be in bed by ten
But this and that comes along and it’s late again
I sit at my computer nearly falling from my chair
So very tired am I but free time is so rare
Between working at the office and taking care of home
I’d just like an hour I could call my own
But if I only had an hour I’d have to decide
Go outside, take pictures, or read and write inside…

by Judy Sheldon-Walker

This just goes to show you I want more than an hour! :-) Enjoy your weekend. Take care and may  God richly bless!

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