Thursday, June 30, 2011

Found......New Role Model

Our pastor's wife has been leading
 studies of women of the Bible.
This past Tuesday, we learned of
Dorcas, known also as Tabitha.
Find her story here:
~Acts 9:36-43
She was,
a woman who thought of everyone but herself. 
Her time spent serving others, built her a
reputation for being compassionate,
resourceful and generous.
Dorcas, a deciple of the Lord
was always doing good. 
A seamstress, she helped the poor, by sewing clothes,
and that's where I fall in line behind her,
being moved to use my talent,
developing even yet,
from my love of stichery.
Why a role model?
A quiet servant,
she made an impact on those she met
and ministered to, she acted on the needs
she saw and  willingly did what she
could with the gifts she had.
Could it be, that all the boxes and baskets 
of lovely fabrics I've accumulated,
will actually become necessary items that
will bless others?
I think so.... 
Loving these kinds of  moments......Dee Dee

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Worth Another Look

"Let everyone regulate his conduct....
by the golden rule of doing
to others as in similar circumstances
 we would have them do to us,
then  the path will be clear before him."
~ William Wilberforce
A thoughtful Wednesday......
Blessings.....Dee Dee

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Adore Yarn

Call me kind of quirky, but I'll confess
to the whole wide world....I love yarn!!
I was in Joann's Fabric store this past
week, and  found myself surrounded
by lovely, gorgeous and luxurious yarns.
No longer our grandmother's plain yarn,
 today's yarns come in every color and texture
Cotton, fleece, afghan, pom pom novelty yarn,
....I love cotton yarn, natural organic yarn,
sweet baby yarns, mohair and
I'm terribly fond of  alpaca yarn.
Ah, such  lovely yarns.
I fought hard  the impulse 
 to toss several skeins into my shopping
cart.   They were all so lovely.
Why not add more  to my
collection?  Call me old fashioned and you would
be correct.  There's something  pleasing
 about  yarn stitches
accumulating in a woman's lap.
 Perhaps this stitchery yearning is genetic,
passed down from generation to generation.
Hmmm........Dee Dee

Monday, June 27, 2011

......Born Free

"Under the law of nature, all men are born free,
 every one comes into the world with a right
to his own person, which includes the liberty
of moving and using it at his own will.
This is what is called personal liberty, and
is given him by the Author."
~Thomas Jefferson
Very soon we'll be celebrating our
country's independence. That's been on
my mind these past few days, thus the
theme of my paintings, and,  my choice
reading material.  It has occurred to me, that
we Americans have been taking this
 liberty/freedom we have for granted.
Seems we've forgotten as a nation how
to be thankful
 and who it is we need to be  thanking.
Have a blessed week......Dee Dee

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweet Vacation Memories

I love this painting by Steven Danohos......
 reminds me of summer vacations
 when the children were younger.
Our in-laws had a beach house not too far
from Charleston, South Carolina. 
Although in ramshacked condition, it afforded some
 of the best times of our lives.
We knew what fun was, and we found it in all
sorts of entertaining ways.
We had  no fear in those days,  as we
water skied  in the inland waters, wooden slats
likely skimming over shallow and dangerous  oyster beds.
Late afternoons, low tide, in the same areas,
we threw nets to capture shrimp.
An old turkey neck tied to a string, we used
for  bait to attract crabs.
Salt water fishing, the Mister's attempt at
catching Cobia in the Atlantic spring waters,
congers up sea-sickness memories.
I walked down this memory lane with our
daughter a few weeks back. 
"We walked that path to the beach so many times  Mom,
I think I could walk it blind-folded.
Remember the sand spurs?"
"I sure do Honey......"
Have a blessed day.....Dee Dee

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lots Of Color In The Garden

The red and orange Hibiscus plants have come
along quite nicely this
summer. Standing a little over three  feet tall now,
 they continue to produce lovely blooms.
Things are getting a little crowded now
in this portion of the garden.  I kinda like it that way.
 Come fall,the Mexican Sage will die down,
 and some of the other
plants will  thin out a bit and go dormant.
Once upon a time a lovely
grew in our garden.
Sadly it was attacked by dreaded
worm- like critters and
one day, it ceased to exist.
This week, we planted a small 
Bougainvillea plant, 
 mid garden, for all to see and enjoy.
I think Mr Cardinal will be pleased
 with the color......
I planted the Four O'clock seeds
 a few short weeks ago....
late this afternoon they bloomed
 for the first time.

I'm glad you stopped by...
I hope you enjoyed your stroll
 in the garden.
Did you notice the ground's
 a bit wet still?   
The past two days we've
been blessed with some
 most welcomed rain. .
Have a sweet ole weekend,
look for His blessings......Dee Dee
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Audio Books For Our Listening Entertainment

As of late, we've become completely disinterested
in television programming.  Let's just say, it
leaves a lot to be desired,  and, the Mister and  I
can no longer be bothered with random selections. 
Not such a bad thing, for the house, in the evening, is much
quieter and more condusive to lovely conversation,
 interesting reads and..... our new found interest 
"audio book listening."
Borrowed from our public library, and they
have hundreds on the shelves,
tonight's selection for our entertainment, 
is Persuasion, Jane Austen's last
completed novel, and one of my favorites.
I plan to eventually listen to all of Austen's novels.
I'm quite sure the Mister's next choice,  will  likely be
a mystery of some sort, perhaps Sherlock Holmes.
Audio listening entertainment reminds me of the old
radio drama programs of long ago. I like it that we
have a choice in what we are seeing and hearing.
Sweet blessings......Dee Dee

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Looking For A Home?

"Oh is my favorite color,
can we live here?"

"Oh I don't know, I've always been kinda
partial to red, myself."
"Please, please, the Crape Myrtle tree will be
a perfect place to raise the children."
"Oh, alright....looks like we're first here. 
Seems like a  nice shady place, not too far
from a birdbath. 
Overheard in the garden this morning,
conversation between
Mr and Mrs Cardinal,
or, so it would seem.....
Those little nimble musicians of the air,
that warble forth their curious ditties,
with which nature hath furnished them
to the shame of art.~ Izaak LWalton
Sweet Blessings for all......Dee Dee
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Growing Taller.....In Spite Of The Heat

I stand amazed that certain plants
 in the garden
grow taller and taller  in incredibly
 hot summer temps,
even  with little or no rain.
The thermostat registered
 over 100 degrees today. In the waters
of the pool we found restoration.... 
Ah, summer, what power you have
to make us suffer and like it.
~Russel Baker
Blessings.....Dee Dee
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What Lies Between The Book Covers?

With the temps in the upper 90s, I think staying inside
with a stack of good books, a great idea.
The door to the library opens,
and that all too familiar feeling comes over me.
The  good smells of books conjer up
memories of writers, stories,
 new and strange places
and all sorts of characters stored
for years in my subconcience. 
I glance at the young reader section,
 half expecting
 a dear old rabbit named
Uncle Wiggily
to peek from behind
the bookshelf.  I was four years
old when he came rushing off the pages and into my imagination.
Since that time, 
 what lies between the book covers,
has remained a constant curiosity to me.

While book treasure hunting at my local library today,
I discovered  two writers, new to me.
On my desk to read are books
by Tony Earley....Jim The Boy and Here We Are In Paradise.
Also,  Peace Like A River by Leif Enger......
Reading today.....a priority!
Enjoying all the sweet moments.....Dee Dee

Monday, June 20, 2011

Daylilies In A Carolina Garden

*Think on This.....
"Don't ask the good Lord to guide your footsteps
unless your willing to move your feet."~ Jan Karon

Delicate tendrils......of the Day Lilies
 are fully defined......
Growing in the front garden, for all to see
.....the Day lilies.
I had a glorious time walking  in the garden, loved and nurtured
by another gardener. It is true, gardeners share a common bond,
 and such is the case with my sister-in-law.
 Some of the flowers I knew by name, others
not  familiar, she told  lovely and interesting growing facts.  
These  pale salmon colored lilies were her favorite....

"Ah....give me a warm summer day to walk in a garden,
and I shall be contented."
Have a blessed week.....Dee Dee
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

"Come!" says the silver bell....

Hark! the church bell's pleasant sound;
Let us go, my child,
There, where every Sunday morn
Rings the summons mild.

Through the lofty windows there
Rainbow light is streaming fair;
From the doors, wide-open thrown,
Peals the organ's solemn tone.

" Come!" says the silver bell,
"Come!" where the voices tell
Of the God, that dwells above,
Of the God, whose name is love.~Laura Richards
Sweet Blessings this Lord's day.....Dee Dee

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Beautiful Garden and Potted Plants

A Knockout Rose is loving the  South Carolina red clay soil.
We visited family this week, and greatly enjoyed a stroll in their
 beautiful garden. I stood amazed at what has developed over
the past six years.  It has been,  and continues to be a true
"labor of love" for these two hard working gardeners. 

Long an admirer of this garden,
I  asked  about the  pots and how they stayed  so
healthy and lovely. I learned the  secret.....
 "a combination of potting soils....
beginning with pebbles in the bottom of the pot, a layer
of potting soil/garden soil....
then a layer of peat moss (middle layer) and another
top layer of potting/garden soil."
The peat moss, an important part of the combination, 
makes for a deeper root system as the plants
reach for the peat moss  moisture.
I've taken many photos of this charming little garden,
and will post more soon. 
"Thank you "sweet folks" for a lovely time.
.... still keeping you in prayer.
Blessings for all.......Dee Dee
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer Is For Bare Footing

Photo: play at the grandchildren
The last day of school, our shoes came off
and we went bare- footed the whole summer.
.......these first first days of summer's freedom,
running through clover flowers  in our valley, 
 my fondest memories from childhood.
Never mind that we had  occasional stumped
toes, in no time at all our tender feet adapted
 to the ground's surface.
While taking this photo,
I was  reminded of those 
long ago days of childhood innocence.
Kids: they dance before they learn there is
 anything that isn't music. ~Wm Stafford
Children are the living messages we send to
a time we will not see.~ N Postman
Blessings this day.....Dee Dee

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Grateful Heart

  Pool care for the Mister,
has of late become laborious in some ways.
Monitoring  the chemicals, skimming
 occasional leaves and  flower petals from the water,
all have become annoying to him.  I've  been
hearing more than occasional groaning
sounds,  as he goes through these dreaded daily chores.
Yesterday, all his cares had seemingly gone by the
wayside, as he leisurely relaxed in cool pool waters,
finding luxurious relief from the summer's heat.
O Thou Who has given us so much, mercifully
grant us one more thing: a grateful heart.
~George Herbert

Sweet Blessings .....Dee Dee

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Privilege To Serve......

A gracious woman is one who is willing to give of herself without
considering the cost that is required. She is one who has a desire
to be used of  God in a great way and willingly expresses that
desire in her attitude and actions.
Ladies, we have an awesome privilege given to us to serve the God
of all gods and live our lives through the grace and mercy He so freely
extends.  Let's embrace each other as sisters in Christ...He had a plan
for us long before time actually began.
As I began working with my pencils and watercolors,
 faces of young women began appearing on my paper. 
 I thought of  Christian women I know,
young and old, all in different stages of their walk with
the Lord.  There seems to be a sense of urgency in
all of them to reach a lost world with the
Gospel of Jesus Christ.  No time to waste, for it is
now that we must serve and labor together.
Sweet Blessings for all......Dee Dee
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Monday, June 13, 2011

A Place Of Solace

.....guarding the path to the birdbath
We try to keep the birdbath filled with water for the birds and no time at all the
water is hot....temps in the 90s ...
(Seen here......a little patch of Four O'Clocks, coming up from seed....soon to bloom)
It is true, good things sometimes come in small packages,
such is said of our small cottage garden.
We have lovely Snow Bushes, Mexican Sage, Periwinkle,
Crotons and  variegated Schoefflera.  Not seen in these images
are newly planted Hibiscus.
Tolerating the
extremes of Florida's weather,
 the birds and squirrels,
the Mister and I......
 seem to find solace
here in this place.
Sweet blessings this week for all........Dee Dee
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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Gifts For All Mankind

The more time I spend with a camera in my hand,
the more likely I am to learn something new.
I've found that the evening light, right around
sunset, makes for some very pretty pictures.
Our potted yellow Hibiscus seems to be struggling
a little this summer, however, it still produces a
 beautiful bloom now and then.  When this happens,
I am quick to take a few photos for lasting
memories.  When I sat down at the computer
to review the images, I was completely amazed
at the composition, the lighting and colorful details.
The pink Crape Myrtle in the background added
just the right touch of softness.
I'm thinking, that truly .....
lovely flowers were put on this earth
as  gifts for all mankind,
from our dear heavenly Father...Creator.
Have a blessed Lord's day.....Dee Dee
click twice  on photos to enjoy details...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Studying Ruth.....

This weeks Bible study, Ruth.
Events recorded  were part of God's
preparations for the birth of David
 and Jesus,
the promised Messiah.
A lovely story, and yet important that
we understand the larger picture.
Think on this.....
Most of us are not aware of the larger purpose for our lives.
We will not know the full purpose and importance of
our lives until we are able to look back from the perspective
of eternity....making our choices with God's eternal values
in mind.
Taking moral shortcuts and living for short range pleasures
are not good for us to move ahead.
Live in faithfulness to God,
 knowing that the
 of your life
 will extend beyond your lifetime.
Sweet Blessings for all......Dee Dee

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sunset....Then Twilight Time

Yesterday evening's sky looked pretty amazing.
Photos view from the cottage garden.
 Directly overhead,
we had lovely pinkish orange and blue colors, the
last of another pretty Florida sunset. 
Hmmm....feelings of being watched,
I became aware of a
 curious, cooing Mourning Dove.
  Later, I would  realize
I had captured the dove's perfect silhouette during
the twilight hour......when the sun has set, but the sky
is not yet dark.
Sweet Blessing for each of you......Dee Dee
**click on photos to enlarge....quite lovely to see

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Portulaca.....New To The Garden

We drive a little ways, but it's worth it.
Our favorite garden nursery, located outside the city limits,
 never disappoints us.  It's one of those places where
you want to buy one of each, and
they always have a large variety of beautiful healthy plants.
You can see why we were attracted to this
lovely  hanging basket of Portulaca....oh yes,   
they were showing off a whole lot and really got my attention.
I did a little research on the plant and learned
that not only is it one of the "cheeriest" flowers
in the garden, it is happiest and most productive
in hot and dry climates.
That would be here, where I live,
 on the Gulf Coast of Florida,
where we are now into full blown summer weather patterns.
"The high today will be 95 degrees,
with  no showers in the forecast." 

The Mister and I awaken to the radio each morning,
and we've been hearing that  same weather  message over
and over again.  Not to worry, we've adapted to
these weather conditions long ago, and I suppose
"it is, what it is."  The sun shines most every day and it is hot
in this part of the country!
Think on this.....
The, sun, with all those planets revolving around it and
dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if
it had nothing else in the universe to do.~Galileo
Enjoying the moments.....Sweet blessings to all.....Dee Dee
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Still In The Sewing Mood....

Still in the sewing mood and for now,
and that means a few more pillows.  I have
my new Victoria magazine,  and loving
the outdoor fabrics of blue and white strips.
Pillows for the porch and pool area  in these
colors?  I think might be fun to make.
Loving how the pillows I've made for
the white sofa in the living room....
come along nicely with the colors in the  
Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics,
when women of high thoughts and accomplishments
love to sew; especially as they are never more at home
with their hearts than while so occupied.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne
Here hear, well said, Mr. Hawthorne.
Methinks the same.
Sweet blessings to all.....Dee Dee

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Winds From The East

You can tell  by watching the palm trees,
the direction of the wind. 
We had clear skies earlier today,
and then the clouds
rolled in....
An afternoon read in order, I believe.
" 'We are, finally, all wanderers in search of knowledge.  Most of us
hold the dream of becoming something better than we are, something
larger, richer, in some way more important to the world and
ourselves.  Too often, the way taken is the wrong way, with too much
emphasis on what we want to have, rather than  what we wish to become........'"
"A New Song" by Jan Karon
Sweet blessings  all....Dee Dee

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday Evening Sunset~Honeymoon Island

We were captivated by another beautiful sunset.....
a perfect ending to our day.
"Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves
that break upon the idle seashore of the mind."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Wishing you the sweetest  blessings this week.........
Dee Dee

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Pink Crape Myrtle.....A Thing Of Beauty

Each summer I have most of the same expectations for the garden.
When the calendar says June, I know the Crape Myrtles
will be blooming.  My favorite is the pink one shown in
the can understand why. When the first
blooms appear, I hover over  them like some 
crazy obsessed photographer.  With my digital camera, I
try to capture each amazing detail of these glorious pink clusters.
 They will  continue blooming most of the summer, barring no
hurricanes come along.
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
Its loveliness increases; it can never
Pass into nothingness." ~Keats
Lovely blessings for you this Lord's day......Dee Dee

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Strike A Pose

She had taken the bus along with other
photography enthusiast.
A cold day,
mid winter,
  photo shoot .....
New York City. 
 A favorite winter accessory,
she had worn the pale green scarf
I had made for her.
It had kept her warm.
"Strike A Pose"
 and so she had, 
 waiting in the subway.
Painting of  first daughter,
two winters ago.
She's a lovely sweet thing.
Blessings for you this day.....Dee Dee

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bird Watching

This past weekend we visited friends that just
happen to live on one of Florida's natural lakes.
The lake is home to a variety of beautful and
unusual bird life.  I have learned to recognize a
few of the more common tropical birds. Seen here in the
grasses and plants that surround the lake, are Herons. 
Quite possibly the younger birds are
Blue Herons.  Never-the-less, they are quite
beautifully made and a pleasure to photograph.
Bird-watching takes on a whole new meaning
in this part of the country.
Have a blessed Friday.....Dee Dee
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