Here it is the middle of another week, and the first day of October. It is 5:55 p.m. EST, and I’ll see if I get this post finished and uploaded to my blog before the next thunderstorm happens. I can hear the thunder to the west and the clouds are moving this way. The wind is picking up too. We already had one T-storm this afternoon, but thankfully it didn’t last long. We had one last night too and with all this rain, sidewalks and decks are getting slicker each day. Once it lets up a bit I need to get out there with white vinegar and spray, spray, spray surfaces. That stuff really works great, it just takes a brush on a stick, time and some elbow grease.
Here are some photos taken the last couple of days some from inside and some outside.
This is from inside my little creative space looking out onto the front patio.
This is the front patio, my window that I look out here from, is to the right.
These are an unknown orchid given to me many years ago by customers where I work.
Yesterday I did a little work in the creative area in my bedroom. I brought in a little desk lamp I found in the workshop, ran an extension cord under the rug over to this area and now I can see better what I am doing here. I can do finishing work here, get things ready to mail out, etc.
DH and I had a picture framing shop many, many, many years ago. I have a really great chopper that cuts two 45 degree angles at once. I have framing vices, etc. I even have picture frame molding. I just need to clear off the work benches and get rid of stuff I won’t be using, so that I can do this again. DH told me before he left this planet that the work shop would be mine and to do with it what I wanted. Well, it’s not something I could hardly think about, much less do in the beginning, but with the passage of time, it has gotten easier and I can feel his encouragement. I look forward to working in there this fall/winter/spring when it is cooler.
Why I brought picture framing up is because I took a 10 cent ready made frame that I got at a yard sale in the spring, and cut a paper mat, not the dimensions it should be, but just to make this work in this frame. DH did this pen and ink drawing of me soon after we came home from Spain and I found it going through things and it means a lot to me. I was into knitting back then and this old bentwood rocker we bought in Spain from an elderly lady who sold things from her home. We also bought the wall clock in the above picture, from her too.
Today I was inspired by something DH had made for a small sterilite storage unit that didn’t have a top.
These sterilite storage units are great, except for the tops, which aren’t really reinforced very well at all. The larger ones, with more of a surface, sag in the middle. Not nice at all. I remembered the top DH had made, and headed out to the workshop to see if I could find a piece of plywood that hopefully would be the right size or close to it. See how the original top in photo below sags.
Well, here’s my shelf. I even found the wood trim he used up in the rafters, cut three pieces, nailed them on then painted it all with some paint I found.
As a lot of you know, my life changed drastically 09 Dec. 2012. It has taken some getting used to. I miss my DH every single day, but the grieving has lessened, it does sneak up on me at times though. This morning I read a line on another widow’s blog ‘Widow’s Christian Place’, that really struck me. In fact, it was the title of her post today. It is this: Functioning With A New Reality. Wow! That is me for sure. Some days I function better than others. Worries about this, that or the other thing, pop up, especially in the middle of the night when there isn’t a darn thing you can do about them. Some things seem overwhelming, some things are rather simple. Each day is new and a gift, I can wallow in self-pity, or I can become a stronger, vibrant reflection of God’s grace and tender mercies. The latter is my desire.
Anyway, each new day is really an adventure, and with God by my side I will make it in this journey of widowhood. There is much to learn, much beauty to take in, joy to share.
Here are my latest tubes of beads and I look forward to creating with them.
Now, below is a picture of a mystery that I just noticed a couple of days ago. What the heck is this strange marking from? Well, a little while ago I figured out what the cause is. It is from my foot being pressed up against the curved side of my desk. What a relief!
One day when my husband was ill, and I had just come home from work, he called out to me and said, “The verse of the day is, Cast all your care upon Him for He careth for you.”
Thank you dear husband for your encouraging words from God’s word even when you were so ill. I love you still, love you more than ever and miss you muchly, but your love and your words ring in my heart and mind, bringing me closer to God in my faith.