Thursday, December 11, 2014

;putting my week in perspective

Me: God, can I ask you a question?

God: Sure.

Me: Promise you won't get mad.

God: I promise.

Me: Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do you mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late.

God: Yes.

Me: My car took forever to start.

God: Okay.

Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.

God: Huummm.

Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call.

God: All right.

Me: And on top of it all, when I got home I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax, but it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

God: Let me see, the Death Angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me: (humbled): OH...

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed): Oh...

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.

Me: (embarrassed): Ok...

God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me: (softly) I see, God.

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw outall of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in thedark.

Me : I'm sorry, God.

God: Don't be sorry, just learn to trust all things, the good and the bad.

Me: I will trust you.

God: And don't doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.

Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God, and I love looking after my children

Thursday, July 31, 2014

this little girl and her cousin have made july 2014 a great summer!

052  More photos to come soon. 
Ally, 3 1/2 and her cousin, Kezney, 6 years old, came to California.  It was glorious!  Their visit included a trip to Disneyland that will never be forgotten.  We had the time of our lives.  More pictures in about a week!  \

Sunday, May 4, 2014


There is no better friend than a sister. And there is no better sister than you.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

quail and the hawk

this quail family used to frequently stop by for a meal

We have always had lots of birds in our neighborhood and that included quail.  In fact, once in a while we would pull out of the driveway and stop before reaching the end of the block - to let a parade of quail cross the street, taking their own sweet time to safely arrive on the other side.  Lately we've been wondering where all the quail went.  the hawk!  Now it's not that uncommon for him to swoop down and prey upon our birds.  But this, sadly, is more than we would have predicted.  Yesterday he was perched high in our neighbor's tree and was making quail calls.  Seriously!  Did you know hawks mimic quail?  That was a first for us. In fact, I would not have believed it if I had not heard him.  Sneaky creature, no wonder they have disappeared.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

saturday at home

 temperatures in the 70's and it's only February!  a day spent outdoors since there is lots of yard work to be done!  must have picked 200 grapefruit and there's still more.  so sweet this year!
hidden in the picture are doves - we've been listening to mating calls all day. they mate for life.

always have to have flowers in the house.  these tulips will soon lose their bloom for the year but how I have enjoyed them.

picture reflects a little of our home - candles, candy:  always have it out, even if I no longer eat it!  bible open and glasses on the couch  where the Dutchman has been in the early morning.  flowers.  single rose in a bottle given to me by a young woman I chatted with in line at walgreens the other day.  puts a smile on my face.

Friday, February 21, 2014

the call came yesterday afternoon:

"Hi Elizabeth!  This is Amanda!"
slowly & grumpily responding:  "yes Amanda" I settle in my mind this is definitely another telemarketing call.  hang up?  or give enough time to say, once again, take my name off the list!!!?  grrrrr!!!
fortunately I waited long enough to hear:  "I'm calling you back to work next week...."
"OH!  That Amanda!!  Hi Amanda!!!  I thought you were a telemarketing call!  Yay! I'm so glad it's you!"
So it week back to work for the tax season.  A few things to ponder and settle:
  1. Since September I have had the freedom of spending 2 hours at the gym.  5 days a week.  morning or afternoon.  a luxury.  not only a good workout but the steam room as my reward!  Now it will require a discipline to get myself there outside of work hours.  Especially since I have activities 3 nights a week.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights cannot be changed.  Neither can a commitment of going to the gym. Message to myself:  make it work beth!!
  2. O  the 5:00 a.m. mornings begin again!!  the older I get, the more I struggle with that early a.m. call!  Message to myself: you can do it beth!
  3. A sedentary job.  that means get up from that computer and move throughout the day.  walk on breaks.  volunteer for jobs that require movement.  Message to myself:  nothing can prevent me from continuing on this journey of weight loss and good health!
  4. Reminder to me:  You do well on a schedule.  Plan your day!  Plan your meals/snacks.  Plan your GB3 time.  Write it out.  Then live it!  And do it with joy!

"Be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 
1 Corinthians 5:16-18

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Carole King & James Taylor YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND Live at the Troubad...


 You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am

 I'll come running to see you again.

 Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there, yeah, yeah,

 you've got a friend.


 If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds

 and that old north wind should begin to blow,

 keep your head together and call my name out loud.

 Soon I will be knocking upon your door.

 You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am

 I'll come running to see you again.

 Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there.


 Hey, ain't it good to know that you've got a friend? People can be so cold.

 They'll hurt you and desert you. Well, they'll take your soul if you let them,

 oh yeah, but don't you let them.


 You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am

 I'll come running to see you again.

 Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, Lord, I'll be there, yeah, yeah,

 you've got a friend. You've got a friend.

 Ain't it good to know you've got a friend. Ain't it good to know you've got a friend.

 Oh, yeah, yeah, you've got a friend.