Here is a post to serve as a reminder that we only have ………4 1/2 weeks until Thanksgiving and 8 1/2 weeks until Christmas. Yikes! If you are like me, that thought alone is enough to get my heart rate up. My goal is to be a lot less stressed this year. The only way I have found to accomplish this is to plan ahead. Still, I always find that there is not enough time or energy to do it all. My perfectionism especially gets to me this time of year when I want to decorate the house like a magazine cover and find the perfect gift for everyone on my list.
God has been convicting me that if I put Him first, everything will get in proper perspective. Jesus is the reason for the season. If He isn’t the center of everything, all my efforts are in vain. I can still make the decorations pretty by keeping them simple. My guests won’t mind if my house isn’t quite as decorated this year as long as the atmosphere is filled with love. The food will taste just as good if I take some shortcuts, buy some things from the store, order my turkey from Honey Baked Ham or recruit help.
I am open to suggestions on some ways you have found to ease stress during the holidays. Feel free to send me your thoughts.
I had an amazing salvation experience yesterday! I rescued a dog from almost certain death as it wandered along a busy road. My mother and I were out and about on errands. I had just turned onto a four lane main road when I saw a yellow mixed breed dog standing in front of an approaching car. Two cars just missed hitting her. I was positioned in the left lane so reacted immediately and got into the middle turn lane. I opened my door and called to her. She immediately bounded towards me and jumped into the car. She lept into my mother’s lap and gave us both lots of kisses. We decided to take her to a nearby Petsmart where they host animal adoptions. When we got her there, they scanned her for a microchip. Fortunately, she had one. She had a Gamecock collar but no other ID. Thankfully, they were able to track down the adoption agency where she had first been adopted. The Petsmart staff agreed to keep her until her owner came to get her later in the afternoon.
It definitely felt good to save a life. God must feel that way each time one of us cries out to Him.
My mother gave me a box of old lace awhile ago. I saved it just in case I ever got inspired to do something with it. There were lace trims and collars from dresses worn in the early 20th century among the lace scraps. Some were very yellow. I soaked them numerous times with Oxiclean and a special solution that my mother had purchased in an antiques’ store. One day, I spied a collection of lace collars that had been framed under an old window in a thrift shop. That was just the inspiration I needed! I decided to frame three of the best collars under glass. Here is the finished product that I hung up in my daughter’s old room that is now our blue and white guest room.
I was sifting through my photos trying to decide what to post and came across pictures I had taken of my booth in a friend’s store last year. I enjoyed it while it lasted. I miss you Sherri.
I couldn’t resist. I had to post a picture of Delilah after her trip to the doggie parlor. The bows won’t stay in her ears long. I grabbed my camera before she shook them off. I think she looks really cute. I couldn’t get her to really pose for me because she is so engrossed in looking for lizards on our back deck.
As promised, here is how I arranged the oil paintings. I had an old shutter that I painted provence blue with chalk paint. I think arranging three of the oval ones together vertically made the most sense. As a group, the collection looks best since each painting is only 5 to 6 inches tall.