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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In Awe

     I've always loved to look up at the night sky, so clear and crisp and unfathomable. The moon with its predictable pattern, and, so amazingly, even the unending stars stretching out over the universe are set in their places, as they have been for thousands of years. Amazing! What an awesome God to have made this! But even more amazing is that in the midst of all this he reaches down to me, and to you, with such individual love.

Linking with Scribble Picnic. Fly "Across the Universe" here to see how others have been inspired by this week's topic.

Psalm 8 New International Version (NIV)

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?[c]
You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
    and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their[g] feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Through a Window (in my dreams)

Is is Spring yet? Well, certainly not in our part of the country. After all, it's still February, so what else can we expect? But I can still dream about those pretty flowers to arrive in due time!

Linking with Scribble Picnic. You can see how others "Fill(ed) in the Blank" here.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Promenade Your Partner!

     Okay, I'm laughing out loud here, so feel free to join in! Did you ever see such tiny heads on such tall, skinny bodies? :-) Guess that comes from not sketching this out in erasable pencil before starting in with the watercolor pencils. Is that what most of you who use watercolors do? So, yeah, I can hardly believe I'm actually posting this, plus linking with Scribble Picnic, for all the world to see!

     Anyway, the "Let's Dance" theme had so many possibilities, but I went with the first type I remember learning clear back in grade school–the good old square dance. When I got to high school, in a much larger town, it was even taught as part of the physical education classes. The school sponsored "barn dances" in the gym a couple of times a year, and I always loved going with the group of kids I hung out with. Talk about your aerobic exercise! Of course we (teens in the mid '70s) wouldn't dream of wearing the "typical" square dance flouncy skirts and such. Blue jeans and t-shirts for everyone worked just fine!

     Dance on over here to see what the other Scribblers are sharing this week.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hot and Spicy!

     Thinking about "spicy" for this week's Scribble Picnic theme makes me immediately think of hot peppers or chili. I didn't grow up eating much that was spicy, and subsequently don't cook with very many "hot" spices. (Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, etc. used in baking are another story!) According to an entry in Wikipedia, "Many spices have antimicrobial properties. This may explain why spices are more commonly used in warmer climates, which have more infectious diseases, ..." And perhaps that has just a bit to do with why my Louisiana born and raised daughter-in-law grew up loving her hot spices. Bless her heart, she has been known to tone down her use of them a little if she knows Benny and I will be joining them for a meal! :-)
     You can spice up your life a bit by visiting other contributions to the picnic here.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Yep, It's a Tablecloth

     Today's activities included hosting a few ladies for our monthly gathering of Friendship Club. It's a club that has been around since the 1930s, when my husband's grandmother was one of the original members. Many ladies have been part of it over the years, but there are very few of us in the group now. We always try to have a comforter or quilt made and ready to give in case we know of someone who has had a fire or something. Fortunately that doesn't happen too often. At our meetings we visit, send cards to people who are sick, plan occasional outings, play some simple games, and of course have something tasty to eat! This afternoon I served a Cinnamon Roll Cake that turned out quite tasty!
     At the end of the day I realized the Scribble Picnic deadline had arrived again, so I pulled out my trusty pencils and focused on trying to make a sketch that actually looked like a tablecloth. Went over the original pencil sketch with a water color pencil, then pulled out the Aquash water brush (thanks, Michael!) to see how that would change it. My mind didn't take me on any creative journeys, so it's just a tablecloth this time. You can go here to see how others covered the Tablecloth theme.
     Ah, I should have used a tablecloth for our Club lunch this afternoon. Maybe next time!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cold... Hot!

After several weeks away, I'm hoping to get back into a posting routine here. Christmas was rather extended for us this season, with the immediate family not being able to gather until Jan. 7. We're just glad that everyone could be together then!

I know we were due for some COLD weather, which has definitely arrived, but I still don't like it. Brrr! Guess I'll have to keep busy using up the hot chocolate mixes I received as a gift. Yummm!

New year–fresh start. For those of you who participate in Scribble Picnic, I have visited and caught up with your blogs. But in the interest of doing that, I had to forego taking time to leave comments. Please know that I thoroughly enjoyed all the interesting activities, thoughts, and art projects that you shared over the past month or so!

Linking with Scribble Picnic. Fill your cup with more "hot chocolate" here.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holy Night

Praying we keep Jesus front and center amidst all the hustle and tinsel that sometimes seems to have become the season. Merry Christmas and God's blessings to all!

Linking with Scribble Picnic for this week's "Christmastime" theme. Join the celebration in various forms here.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

A Nod to Sweden

With this week's Scribble Picnic theme being "Finland/Scandinavian" I hardly dared to not join in and give a nod to the Swedish heritage and community I married into almost thirty-five years ago! Rendered rather hastily with colored pencil... a Swedish flag, Santa Lucia, and a Dala Horse. Sorry to not take time to expound on them, but the links should provide some basic information if you're not familiar with them. I elected not to draw any lutefisk–you're welcome!
Visst, you can sail on over here to see what the theme inspired others to share.
Had to squeeze in one of the few Swedish words I know-certainly! :-)

Thursday, November 30, 2017


After missing a week, then having Thanksgiving week without a prompt, I almost forgot about getting anything drawn for Scribble Picnic. Oops! Just barely managed to get something done in time to link, using my watercolor pencils. This turned out to be a learning experience (which I'll need to practice more) for how to get white lettering on a solid background without painting over it. Obviously I didn't quite have my spacing all figured out either, but didn't have time to start over. That's okay--I think everyone gets the idea!

Check out other interpretations of "Generous" here, and remember to practice it year-round!
God Bless You for Your Generosity!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Cookies Are a Snap!

Gingersnap cookies have been a family favorite as far back as I can remember. Mom used the recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Sometime in junior high or high school I typed the recipe (using Dad's trusty manual typewriter) onto a pink 3 x 5 index card. I couldn't begin to count the number of times I've pulled out the card, mixed up the ingredients, rolled the dough into balls, dipped them in sugar, and baked up dozens of the tasty treat!

Scribble Picnic theme for the week is cookie, so of course I had to give these gingersnaps a try with my watercolor pencils. Couldn't figure out how to get the sparkle of the granulated sugar on them. I'm anxious to see here what deliciousness the other participants have stirred up for their cookie jars!
I was curious to see if BH&G still has the recipe, so went to their website. I see the recipe they post now is almost
the same as mine, but not quite. Plus, they call them "ginger cookies" instead of "gingersnaps." So, I'll just post the recipe with the ingredient amounts the way I grew up with it!

1 1/2 cups shortening            1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar                         4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup molasses                   2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 eggs                                  2 teaspoons cloves
4 cups flour                           2 teaspoons ginger

Cream shortening and sugar; add molasses and eggs; beat well.
Add sifted dry ingredients; mix well. (A wooden spoon works great, since the dough will be stiff.)
Shape dough into small balls; roll in additional granulated sugar; place 2 inches apart on greased (or lined) cookie sheet.
Bake at 375ยบ until light brown and puffy. Do not over bake!
Let cool a couple of minutes before transferring to wire racks.
Makes around 8 dozen cookies.