Good morning Folks ~ I hope most of you are really starting to see and enjoy spring.
I’ve been playing with my paint samples the last couple of days. I mixed Purple Mauve and Peruvian Violet together and like the combo.
Here’s what I’ve done with the caravan so far. The color down the sides of door are the combo color, which looks lighter in the picture. The door is ‘Plum Swirl’. Trim is the ‘Exotic Orchid’. There will be some aqua or turquoise coming into the scene too. My friend Ramona told me, after she watched the video in my last post, that she had almost a whole gallon of this paint if I wanted it I could have it. I was thrilled at this bit of news. More color to play with.
I am planning to pressure wash and paint the house, living each day trusting in Jesus, thanking Him for my many blessings. So, if you don’t hear from me in awhile, I’ll be working outside and inside my little cottage. My dear B-I-L Todd, who has helped me with things in the past, is coming on the 28th, God willing, and we will be putting up the faux beadboard paneling in the bedroom. All of our plans, no matter what they may be, are God willing.
This morning after editing photos for this post, I got into my email and there was one from my boss. Inspections happened and the paperwork was signed, so closing is the 1st of May. He has asked if he can rent the shop for another month to sell things out of there, should hear back today. Bless his heart. Pray for he and Nanci and John as they sell items and empty out their shops. Pray for Cathy too, the lady who does all kinds of pottery, and painting restoration work out of the back of the shop. Pray for me too.
The tears filled my eyes and spilled over as I read the email. I have been working there 17 years this past month. It was the best job I ever had. I don’t know what is going to happen now. God does though, and I want to keep my mind and heart focused on Him.
I really enjoy creating with my hands, I enjoy being at home. I would love it if someone wanted to buy my creations wholesale so that I can just ‘create’ and not worry about the rest of the stuff. DH and I did a lot of different things to make a living. It’s what we wanted to do, not just have jobs. Picture framing, antique restoration, art, buying and selling antiques at a flea market then in our own shop, handy man/couple, and my shop-sitting. We had up and down times, we survived, we had fun, we learned, we loved. I thank God for it all.
My life has really changed in the past two years and three months, this is just one more change.
What hasn’t changed is my love of flowers.
Here are some of the orchids in bloom right now. I’m done buying for now that is for sure. Any new plants will be from cuttings and seeds.
This orchid is from my friends Nanci & John.
The next few pictures are all unknowns, but beauties.
These grow wild and are a real joy to have in my cottage gardens.
They are a Vanda, ‘Miss Joachim’. You can see more in the top right hand corner of the picture. These are probably 10 ft. into the air.
When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters
one represents danger
and the other represents opportunity.
John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959
There are few things that we can count on in this unpredictable life
but we can count on storms to come.
We can also count on God’s continual and unfailing strength for those storms.
When the hard times come and when bad things happen,
we do not have to wonder where God is.
Instead we can hold on to the promise
that is found in Jeremiah 16:19,
“Lord, you are my strength,
and my protection.
You are a safe place for me to run in times of trouble”
Music I’ve been listening to this morning.
Relaxing and meditative instrumental piano music.
“This is the day which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady
Latest heart, which has been a work in progress, (I’ve several more, there are two more behind this one.) I’m almost done with this one. I’ve got several creations to take photos of and get listed in my Etsy shop, now’s the time to stop procrastinating.