Saturday, February 28

short but fast


It seems rather amazing that this week passed so quickly and I'm staring at the last day of the month on our calendar.  Of course, when you look out the window and see all the snow still hanging around, it's not like flipping the calendar to March will suddenly bring spring on the horizon.  Not only is there still plenty of snow, but we've had a rather cold February with a steady steam of below zero temperatures. The combination often makes the shortest month of the year feel like a longer than normal month and that often makes it my least favorite month of the year.

But again, as I realize we are on the last day of this month, I felt a shift happen over the past 28 days.  The rousing out of hibernation.  More daylight hours.  A handful of big projects stamped with a *nailed it!*.  Some significant down in the valley moments that I now recognize were balanced with some significant up on the mountain moments.  And most important perhaps has been sensing God's grace and peace throughout the month in a new and fresh way that is hard to even put into words.  

Sooooo, I'm looking forward to March.  How about you?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, February 23

I'm just sayin'

Don't blink......

because one moment you are snuggling a newborn baby......


......and the next moment you are celebrating a 16th birthday!


Ohhh, and a couple of days later (TODAY!) she got her drivers license.

I'm just sayin'......it happens in the blink of an eye!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, February 21

to what point


A glimpse of a few lines from my devotional this morning:  

"Have I ever been carried away to do something for God not because it was my duty, nor because it was useful, nor because there was anything in it at all beyond the fact that I love Him?.....Not divine, colossal things which could be recorded as marvelous, but ordinary, simple human things which will give evidence to God that I am abandoned to Him?" 
~Oswald Chambers

Is my ordinary life revealing that I love Him to that point? Won't you join me in pondering that very thing over the weekend?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Friday, February 20

open the shades


One word.  Five minutes to write.  No editing.  Post your post. Link up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Leave a word of encouragement behind on the link before yours. Today's word is OPEN.  Ready?  Set?  GO!

::open::

When we go through these extremely cold winter spells (especially on these days when we our temperature doesn't get above zero....and then add the windchill! brrrrr!), we keep the curtains throughout the house closed.  Doing that helps keep the bitter cold outside and the warmth of the heat indoors where we need it. But those are LONG dreary kind of days for someone who loves light. So on the bitter cold days when the sun finally shows its sunny face, I will open the curtains in the rooms where I know the light and warmth of the sun will overpower everything in that room.  The bitter cold doesn't have a chance to cause shivers on days like that, but instead causes smiles.


And you know, our hearts can be like that, too, at times.  We close them down  and pull the shades to avoid the bitterness and pain that is all around us *thinking* we are keeping our heart in protective warmth.  But those can be LONG dreary kinds of stretches in time that can actually keep our souls in darkness.  It's sooo much better to unwrap our hearts and open them up to the light and warmth of the SON who can overpower everything in our lives.  The cold bitterness of the world around us doesn't have a chance of bringing us down, but instead the Son shining into our hearts causes peace, contentment, and the kind of joy that is only found in God who is sovereign over all.  All things. All places.  All people.

Yup, open your heart up to Jesus and let the Son shine in!

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Wednesday, February 18

dip a chip

So often I walk past the deli in the grocery store and see those expensive little trays with taco dip as I think to myself...."My kids would love it if I brought some taco dip home for them, but it sure is pricey!"....because I know I can make a large batch of taco dip for a lot less money.  But I can never remember the recipe, so I walk past the deli and forget about making the dip. 

Until recently when it was Super Bowl time and I thought about taco dip again, got out the recipe, and made a batch. It is sooo easy to make — just takes a little time to chop everything up — and my family eats it right up with almost any kind of tortilla chips.  Here you go:



TACO DIP

2 - 8 oz. packages of cream cheese
1 pint of sour cream
1 teaspoon of garlic salt
1/2 package of dry taco seasoning mix

Mix all of the above ingredients and spread it out in a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Sprinkle over the top the remaining 1/2 package of dry taco seasoning mix.  Then chop up your family's favorite taco topping preferences like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, black olives, grated cheese.  You are now ready to dip in with your favorite tortilla chips.  Be sure to refrigerate the leftovers IF there are any!

Enjoy!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, February 16

Daybooking in February


For February 16th

Outside my window.....it is very overcast and we've hit the high temperature of the day a balmy 14 degrees.  Someone told me that this is the warmest day of the forecasted upcoming week.

I am thinking.....that most of our lives are lived in massive miscommunication with others.

I am thankful.....for the blessing of our woodburner that gives off a steady cozy warm.  Not sure that I'm thankful for the side effect of sleepy eyes whenever I sit by it though!


I am wearing....a pair of jeans, a long sleeved top with a teal vest AND a dark blue zip up sweater over it.  I've been in and out of the house today so this is my attempt to stay warm.

I am hearing.....a mermaid TV show currently playing on Netflix.  I love listening to these mermaids with their Aussie accents.

I am wondering.....if I can keep my last succulent plant alive.  I haven't figured out the knack of making these types of plants thrive as I've lost four others so far.  I really like them and am determined to try different things to help them to grow well.

I am creating.....a quilt for my grandson.  Most of the top is done now except I keep tweaking it a bit.  I think I need to just leave it alone and actually begin the quilting!

I am going.....to have to run some of my errands tomorrow as I forgot the post office was closed today.

I am reading.....a variety of books now.  Just dabbling.  Not enough time to really settle into one of my many books.

I am praying.....for God to work in a situation in such a way that there's no doubt HE has things under control.  

I am remembering.....the winter vacations we've taken to much warmer places.  I can almost feel the sand between my toes!

I am hoping.....for a bit more sunshine than what we've been having this winter.  I REALLY need the heart-lifting smiles that sunshine brings.

On my mind.....is how easily truth gets distorted in some situations and how much we need to pray for the Lord to reveal TRUTH.  

From the learning rooms.....we are doing well with our studies.  

I am learning....and experimenting with a new kind of art form - hand lettering.  I love to print and this feels like it's right up my alley.  Practice practice practice (and thank you, Pinterest, for the wealth of resources available!)

Noticing that.....the cat is very "electrical" right now.  Every time I pet him I get a shock.  Might have to run the humidifier a bit more.

I am looking forward to.....browsing through garden seed catalogs.

Pondering these words....."It's not the load that breaks you down.  It's the way you carry it." ~ C.S. Lewis

From the kitchen.....all baked Valentine goodies are GONE! That is a good thing.....

Around the house....are sunflower seed shells that seem to come in on our boots from under the bird feeders.

One of my favorite things.....is that first cup of coffee in the morning.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include breakfast with the Kiwanis Club tomorrow morning, work days, quilting, and celebrating the 16th birthday of a daughter at the end of the week.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
My brother-in-law's wife's Christmas cactus that I'm "babysitting" for this winter went into full bloom during Valentine's week.  It was simply beautiful!

Thank you for stopping and visiting my daybook on this day. If you'd like to visit others who are participating in the February daybook or write a journal yourself, please stop over at Peggy's at Simple Woman's Daybook

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, February 14

sending love

This week has been busy!  


The baking needed to get done so that all of the boxes filled with sweet treats for my family could get in the mail hopefully in time to arrive for Valentines Day.


Since my Christmas cards never seemed to get mailed out this year after I got the family photos printed in January, I was also busy this week writing out LOTS of Valentine cards. And I'm still writing them out so many will arrive next week. Oh, and I love the new Forever heart stamps!

The nice thing though is that I had addressed all my Christmas cards already which means that I am one step ahead for the Christmas of 2015!  

Happy Valentines Day!  

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


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