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Take a walk in Blue Bell Woods listen to the sounds around you, of bird song and bees. Smell the flowers and the scent of Spring in the air. Every year is a new beginning and every day a blessing

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts." (Colossians 3:15a NIV)
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boys and dogs..............

It has been so cold. Very cold. The poodles do not want to go outside. It's too cold for Tristen to play outside. There have been snow days. That for me means babysitting. When Laura has to work I have the two girls here so then there are three disgruntled kids bored out of their minds. So, as it was also too cold for Gerry to work the other day we went to Books a Million. Then to Toys R Us. Reina said it was a great day. Sure was for them. Not so much for me I had to pay the bill haha. It was worth it though for several hours of peace and quiet.
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I got Tristen some blocks and some toy soldiers. Now he has had this stuff before and really has never played with the stuff, the blocks get lost and so on. Well it seems that he has turned a corner here somehow. He has really enjoyed playing with them and using his imagination. At last.
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We went to school the other night for his school parent teacher conference. His regular teacher is out on maternity leave. It seemed he was in trouble every day, she wanted him to go to the doctor and be treated for HDAD or some such thing. As he had already seen his doctor and I had discussed it with him I was not about to do that again. Plus the fact that I don't want him diagnosed and put on pills. I don't want him labeled at 5 years old.
So I began with his diet, being more careful about what he eats, and as we eat pretty healthy anyway it was not a big change. Also consistency with bedtime, also not a big change. However I am now insisting on others in his life following this practice. Anyway, the teacher who is filling in while his original is on leave has done a spectacular job. He has turned a corner academically as well as in his behavior. His work has improved so much I told her how I felt. That she had turned him around. To be honest (and I didnt say this) I dread the other one coming back next week. Don't get me wrong, she is very nice and Tristen likes her a lot. I think its just that the sub has more patience and is more organized. Maybe the regular will come back in a different frame of mind. She had just moved to this area and now has a new baby..........we shall see. Now that I know how well he can do I will certainly not allow for her to put him through what was going on before. She was sending him to the principle several times a week it seems and having him evaluated. He has certain goals to reach before kindergarden next year. I am optimistic that he will do well now. He has done better in all aspects. Here he is enjoying relaxing with his computer
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He is even getting better in his art work. This picture is (left) Bodi (the dog) Granddad and Tristen with the giant who is like a tornado.(he says) Notice how happy everyone is. Bodi is his favourite of the poodles. Also his name at the top is one of the best he has done so far.
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Bodi is his friend
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The girls are hating going out in this weather. They are all getting plump from eating good food and laying on the heating pad all day.
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I can not wait until we can all get back outside again.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Frozen Pipes and toes...............

It's been a bit nippy around here. Three days of frozen pipes in our downstairs toilet. The hair dryer has been very handy. They froze last year too but this year has been extra special cold. Apparently, according to my son Jason, it was minus 44 in the North Pole and a city somewhere in Michigan showed minus 39.
Last night got to minus 17 here and our pipes did not appreciate it. Got them thawed out and left the water running. I checked it out when I went to bed and all was well or so I thought. My husband had turned off the hot water one. Guess what, yes, that one froze. I could smack him. I got up at 5am to be sure nothing had overflowed or flooded, all was well and so I stayed up so have been rather tired today.
A view down my street yesterday.
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We have had much more snow than this but its seldom been this cold. Some one put some plastic penguins on our frozen bay last night and they did not look out of place. People really enjoyed checking them out today.
Looking down Oak st
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Then looking over at Bud's house I was thinking his front porch furniture wont be used anytime soon an.d looks quite lonely
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Looking the other way down 9th
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The amount of snow is not impressive and it is pretty. The Bay froze last year and again this year. It had not frozen for a good many years. It is cyclical, so I don't read too much into that but, the weather is changing for sure. This arctic weather is just not normal.
I feel so bad for the birds and animals. Here we have a winter that is without really deep snow, so food is easy to get for the deer and other critter but, so what, now they freeze to death.
Roll on Spring.
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I see the buds forming on the trees. Actually they form in the Fall I believe but they are growing and I can see them more prominently now.
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I will believe it though when I see the Forsythia starting to bud. I should cut some and bring it inside and try to get them to bloom. It is supposed to work.
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Anyway, I am tired of the cold but not looking forwards to heat. I like mild temps. I want to get outside, work in the garden and do outside stuff. Next year I am getting snow shoes for sure.
I bought a Hyacinth but that has finished now, so next time I am at the store I will buy some mini daffs. I end up putting them in the garden when it thaws. Then they come back the next year and spread. It just gives me that feeling for Spring. Hope that it is coming soon and I will dream of warmer days.






Monday, February 16, 2015

Winter blues...........

I am thinking that next year Tristen will be 6 years old. Time to get outside in the winter months. I have never done any winter sports. Sports are just not my thing. I know, it's not all about me is it.? So........I have been thinking.
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I am thinking snowshoes? I know nothing about them.
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I have some antique snow shoes. They are huge. I wonder how folks can walk in them. I would think the legs hurt after just a short distance having to spread the legs to accommodate the width of them. Well I hear there are modern ones that are nothing like those.
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There are so many really nice groomed trails here, I am sure we can find somewhere to go. As you work up some heat I doubt I need too much in the  way of outdoor gear. I don't wear heavy coats, I don't own any. I don't have boots either but that's easy enough of a fix. Tristen always has outside clothes and snow pants. I don't think I would need them. Anyway its a thought. I had at first thought about cross country skiing but I think that would be more difficult and more expensive.
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I have a whole few months to think about that LOL Next winter will be here soon enough. There is too much beauty out there to sit at home getting cabin fever. My husband would never go out snowshoeing or anything like that. I do have friends who do though and maybe I can have them help me next year. That would be so nice. A whole new freedom and Tristen should not be too expensive to fit out with snow shoes and whatever else we need. Too late for this year. Financially and otherwise.
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So never say never.............I am up for a new adventure and I am sure Tristen will be too.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Faith in times of trouble..................

Do you find that things just get overwhelming? Do you struggle every day with finances, family issues, work related problems or all of those things? Years ago, many years ago I did.
I have learned though, that no matter how much you worry, it does not help. I learned that I can give it all to the Lord. Does that make sense to you? FAITH. What is it?
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I am not sure how I can explain my Faith. I liken it to what Jesus told us. As a child we believe our parents, we do not questions them they are infallible to a small child. Maybe until they meet their first teacher anyway, then their loyalty seems to be challenged somewhat. Anyway. Jesus said to come to Him as would a child, believe what you do not understand and trust His word. SO........I do that. If I have a problem, and don't we all. I just give it to God. I suppose that could mean bury my head in the sand and hope it all comes out right...........that is until something happens. It seems that once I do that, I get inspired. I usually seem to come up with a plan or answer.
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I do know if I set my mind to something and try and try to make it work first off, it is usually a failure. If I let it go and wait, then the answer comes. I think maybe this only works if you have that personal relationship with God. I use the word "saved" because thats what is familiar to most people. I am a born again Christian. Oh trust me when I say I am not the best, never will be. I trust in the Lord but I am not always obedient. I don't always do what I should or what is right. God forgives but He does expect us to hold up our end of the bargain, that means a changed life. That was pretty much easy for me as I was past my years of rebellion and partying. So not a huge change in my daily life. Only in my reliance on Him. Now when we have money problems (all the time) I know we will get through. Somehow we do. I don't worry about it anymore.
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That does not mean that I can do as I want, oh no...........what it means is I try to do better, try to manage my money better. Admit where I fall short (I like to spend too much) and try to get things under control. That's where God comes in. He can help me with that and shove me in the right direction. I do mean shove and sometimes with a smack side the head to go with. Sometimes something will come from an unexpected source just in time to handle a situation. When it all comes down to it, tomorrow will come. Days will pass and life goes on..........nothing we do or go through is the end of the world for us.
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WHen it comes to health issues. I pray that I don't have to go through anything major but in the end whatever will be will be. I can only ask for help to get through it all. Jesus says nothing will happen to us unless it is God's will. SO I trust that whatever happens health wise He will give me the courage and strength to endure what has to be endured. I can pray that He take away the sickness or the burden but when it comes down to it something is going to kill me some day. So..........my prayer is that God's will be done in my life and that He helps me through it with grace and a brave heart. That He will do.
There are examples in the Bible where God has granted someones wish to live when they would have died. Life was not good though, better in fact had they died when it was time. God knows what is best for us. We have to trust Him.
Trust and Obey..........
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Loving and leaning on God gives us peace.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Do you believe in Angels?..........

Well, do you? I do. Have you encountered any? I am not sure. I am not really sure if we would ever know. Anyway, I love the idea of heavenly beings even though I know they will not be anything like what we imagine. I do know from scripture that they can come and show themselves in the form of people. ....Hebrews 13:2
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There have been several occassions in the Bible where Angels were messengers. They brought good news as well as warnings. They have names. There are Archangels and other classes of angelic beings. They are created in art in many forms. Some by the best artists and sculptors of the ages.
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Do we have guardian angels? Do angels write things in the book of life, note our sins and good deeds. What is real and what is fiction. I believe the Bible. I just don't know what else is fiction. I am sure that many stories have been handed down through the ages. I think it would be fantastic to finally find out what the spirit beings are like. I know they are not like us in any way or form but they do Gods will.
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So tell me, do you believe in Angels?
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There was a time long ago when the Angels were guardians, called The Watchers. They left their first position, they took the women and the beasts and they raped and interfered with them. Man was changed, his genes, his genetic code was corrupted. So........God washed the world clean. Were there other survivors besides Noah, or were his genes already corrupted. Ah well, look how man has progressed since then. Pfttt!!! Well Lucifer was an angel. The most beautiful of angels. He is king of this world and it shows. Not forever though.
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So have I ever met an angel? There is one story that I already told ......back when Jason was a baby. He was just walking, learning to run. You know how they run with arms up and belly out unsteady.....well he thought I was chasing him and so excited and squealing with delight, he ran......to the road, between cars. I stopped running in horror hoping he would stop but he didn't. A lady came out from behind the car, or was she already there? I had not seen her in any case and she caught him, stopped him. She was my angel.
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So these mighty beings, these beautiful creatures that serve God forever are a part of our lives. Every day, they walk with us. They guide us and they protect us. Why?
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We all die, so maybe during this life we have things to accomplish, to learn and we can not leave until we have? I have no answers but find the subject fascinating. I believe that there is but one way to Salvation and that is to Accept, to ask for Gods forgiveness and help and through belief in His son Jesus we will some day know all the answers and we will maybe be able to talk with the angels. I don't know. What do you think?





Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tristen and Bodicea.................

Tristen loves Bodicea. Bodi is not so sure, but is beginning to appreciate that he can give good scratches. Here Bodi is trying to get his attention. She was not really sure she wanted it, but did want her tummy rubbed.
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Here they are like two buddies watching TV.
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Bodi likes to be fussed but is still wary of Tristen. He used to be much rougher with them than he is now he is a bit older. The smaller poodles still wont have much to do with him. Gentle Bella is getting to enjoy him a little bit. She will go to him for pets but doesn't hang around too long. Brea, well she still does not like him and will spend a lot of time under the couch. She likes being under things. Half way through the night she gets off the bed and goes under it.
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They are a pack, and we are their pack leaders.Look at the lazy lot
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Anyway, Bijou sort of wants to play with Tristen but she too is very wary of him. He was too rough as a baby and toddler. He is getting better but can still be inappropriate in my book. They are too easily hurt and they will be protected from kiddie games. Bodi seeks him out but I still watch them both like hawk. I am not afraid of him getting bit, but of them getting hurt.
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Bodi has the biggest eyes and such an expressive face. You can see how she feels right there. He wants a kiss, she is not sure.
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Meanwhile Bella is taking the opportunity for a nap next to me.
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Later everyone settles down for a nap while Tristen goes off to play
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Bella is zonked
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Well thats a short episode in one day of poodle and boy activities. Brea was still under the couch as the others crashed on the couch with me.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Boredom................

What is boredom anyway? I am not really sure...........I know I am seldom at a loss as to what to do, mainly because I have so many choices. I do understand the feeling of not wanting to do anything, but is that boredom?. I don't think so. The dictionary uses the word "tedium" and that I understand when one has a chore that goes on forever same old same old over and over.
In daily life though I sometimes get restless, wanting to be back outside in the woods and fields. The winters are long in Michigan and maybe next year when Tristen is a bit older then maybe we will get some snow shoes or ski's?
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OK so I don't get out much in the winter, not like that anyway. SO what to do when you have a 5 year old. First off he needs to "not be bored" and if he is happy I have plenty to do. Yesterday we took the kids to the Children's museum where they spent two hours playing. That for me and Laura was tedious haha.
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Well we got through that ok and tired them out.
When Tristen is in school, right now only 1/2 days I can get my work done. Then in the afternoon I can read or paint/draw. I can do so many things that I don't sometimes know what to do. That is not being bored that is being spoilt for choices.
Reading takes you to another world, I have always loved to read. When Tristen was smaller I got out of reading simply because he needed more attention. Now when I pick him up from school I go early and sit and read.
After lunch I like to catch up on my mail and Facebook friends and then after that I can get into something else.
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I like to do so many things, quilting, embroidery, crochet, sewing, knitting, watercolour and drawing among other things. I have enough supplies for papercrafts and just about everything else from gourds to basket making. Last summer I got into making garden ornaments. That brings me to my garden. I love my garden.
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I love photography and love to bird watch. How can I be bored? I can stand for an hour just watching the birds at my feeder and taking pictures. That leads to working those on my computer. Thank goodness for digital and free programs. I could go on and on but I think I made my point. Boredom is foreign to me and I hope it always will be. Some days, as I said, I don't feel like doing a thing but then I have my computer so................woo hoooooooo and of course my blogs and blogging friends.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Evolution.............

Today I was asked if I believed in evolution. Hmmmmm that is a complicated question and an even more complicated answer.
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In the beginning GOD........that is how Genesis begins. If you take God out of the scenario to me it will never make sense. Ok, so I am not here talking about earth but about the universe and beyond. Even if you go with the theory that it all came out of nothing, chemicals exploding and stars coming into being from those explosions........where did the chemicals come from? Where and what was the void? That is all beyond my comprehension. If we keep God in the picture, then it all makes sense to me. God made first of all light, before that it was void and empty. I love the creation story. "In the beginning God created the heavens (first) and the earth"............darkness was upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
We can safely say that earth began that way, how? well God had a plan already and began with the basics just as science believes (somewhat) after the atoms and chemicals were created they worked together to form the universe. Then God worked on the earth, his main plan for that day. He set the sun and moon in place and made the stars. These served to set the seasons in place so that life could begin. I personally believe this took thousands maybe billions of years to create the right environment. I also believe that God could have snapped His fingers and everything would just appear, but I think He enjoyed the process. Time itself is something we have created and put in place, God did not need time. The order of creation in Genesis is exactly as the scientists believe it happened.
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So after the initial creations, God set about to make the earth a beautiful place. He did that by first making everything we need to survive, plants that had their own life within themselves, seeds. Trees and shrubs, flowers and vegetation but it was all perfect. Life was made perfect. He then populated the waters with fish great and small, then the birds and then the creatures. At that time everything was vegetarian. Nothing killed anything else. It did not rain, the dew every evening watered the earth. Everything was perfect. No disease, no death.Then to crown the creation He created man. Adam was made as a companion to God, someone God could enjoy and talk with. Adam was lonely though for his own kind, all the animals had mates and families by then and Adam wanted that as his nature required. So God made Eve as a helper for Adam, and for them to populate the earth. It was all good. God enjoyed His creation. God was not alone in the universe. He had created Angels of many many kinds who were with Him in His realm. The angels were spirit beings and very beautiful. Some saw Gods creation and saw that man worshipped God, they wanted that for themselves. God had not given Adam any rules but one, do not eat of the tree of knowledge. Adam was fine with this until Lucifer whispered in Eve's ear. WHy cant you eat that fruit, what is God afraid of? He just doesn't want you guys to be as smart as God is. Eat it and you will be just like Him, you will know everything good and bad. Well Eve tasted the fruit and it was great, she didnt die and so she went and gave some to Adam. So now Adam who knew this was wrong and that Eve would now not live with him forever chose her over God. He knew what he was doing there was no going back, he ate his fill because it was good and his eyes were opened. Because he could not say no to Eve, the earth was changed forever. God sent them from the garden into the outside world, God killed an animal to clothe them and put the fear of man in the beasts. Everything was different now. Danger had come into the world, disease, death.
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There is nothing there that contradicts science. Nothing. There are some questions that we will never answer until we see God but I know enough to have faith. Eve was the mother of us all, all races came from her. I believe as time went on that man adapted to his environment, over time his features, colour and culture was different depending on where he settled. Over a long time all these things happened. Man progressed too quickly for Gods plan, he became evil and the Angels had something to do with that. The Angels saw that women were beautiful, they wanted them, the angels that followed Lucifer were kicked out of heaven with him, they were given the earth to roam. They had relations with women, with men, with animals. This to me explains the mythology of the Greeks and Romans among others. Fantastic creatures and people who were half man half angel. God saw this and was just not going to allow it to go on. He relented somewhat in destroying mankind by saving Noah and his family. Lucifer had thought that by corrupting the seed of man he could prevent the birth of Christ who God had intended to send to save us all and allow us in the future to reconcile with the Father. A hybrid is not able to reproduce and so if this was not stopped man would die off and no salvation would be possible for anyone.
Was the flood world wide? Or in the known world? I believe the continents drifted at this time. Moved away from the original formation. All that water came up from below in the depths and for the first time it rained on earth. It was a terrible terrible thing. Maybe everything was not destroyed, maybe some places were left although the bible does not tell us that. I think it only tells us the basics, what we need to know. I just wish science would begin with the Bible and go from there, they would save some time. The fact is we do not know.........and can not know because we were not there. Simple as that. I believe everything the bible says is true. I also think for myself and I enjoy speculating on what might have been, but it does not bother me. I see no contradictions here. The bible has never been proven wrong. In fact people mentioned in there that were not known by any other source have been found to be real. Every time that just boosts my confidence to believe what I don't yet understand. God promises that some day we will know everything.
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Until the day comes when the Lion lays down with the lamb in that once again perfect earth I am happy to say that I believe in the Bible and I believe that man and nature have evolved since that very first day. When we speculate about aliens and them coming down and giving man knowledge, yes that happened but they were the Nephelim, the fallen angels trying to outwit God. They failed, but are still around although no longer in a form we can see like they were back then. Satan rules down here until Christ returns to claim His kingdom. God gives man the chance to live without Him, to rule themselves and we have failed, miserably. So I say Come Lord Jesus come............welcome back, it cant be soon enough. Ask Christ to come into your life and be saved...........