Thursday, April 1, 2021

Have a lovely Easter - Resurrection Sunday

Hello Friends ~ I have to say that Easter is the holiday that makes my heart soar. I love Christmas and what it means, it is when God came down in the flesh as baby Jesus. 

He grew up into the man/God who would give His life for the sins of the whole world, because of His great love for us all. He died a cruel death so that we might have life eternal with him, and also have life here with him as we trust him for our daily living. He didn't just die though, he arose from the dead, conquering death. 


On the 21st of this month my pastor gave these 7 verses of Jesus describing who He is in the book of John.

I will share them here.

1. I AM the Bread of Life.  ( John 6:35)

2. I AM the Light of the world  ( John 8:12)

3. I AM the Door  ( John 10:7,9)

4. I AM the Good Shepherd  ( John 10:11,14)

5. I AM the Resurrection and the Life   ( John 11:25-27)

6. I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life  ( John 14:6) 

7. I AM the True Vine  ( John 15:1-6)

I find the verses from the Old Testament that mention God as I AM very comforting and after that sermon with the above verses, I got up around midnight one night because I was sick from a bad cold and read this verse:  

"Fear not, for I AM with you. 

Do not be dismayed. I AM your God. 

I WILL strengthen you; 

I WILL help you; 

I WILL uphold you with my victorious right hand."

 Isaiah 41:10 (TLB)


 Jesus is The Great I AM, always loving us, wanting a close relationship with us. 

If you don't know Him yet, my prayer is that you will seek Him, learn of Him, let Him speak to your heart, may you hear His gentle, loving whisper telling you,


"Be still, and know that I am God

(Psalms 46:10)


 "Don’t be afraid, for I am with you."

(Isaiah 43:5) 


 Happy Easter



at Plum Cottage





Monday, March 15, 2021


Hello Folks ~ Thank you all for kind comments, prayers and links to websites that had exercises to help with sciatic pain. I am happy to report that I've not had pain like I did after that Sat of being on my feet for 5 hours helping with the fencing project. I still have twinges now and then, but I think working outside every morning that Juvenal is here is helping to keep me limber. Pain seems to come after I've been sitting or laying down.

Last Monday night, around 9:30 a LOUD explosion freaked me out. I jumped out of bed and looked out windows and didn't see anything. All was quiet, except for my racing heart and mind. I read again a piece from a book I'm reading by Phillip Keller, 'Strength of Soul'. I had read it a week or so back, and needed to read it again, about 'refusing to worry, just trust Jesus'. I calmed down, turned out the light and went back to sleep. Around 1:15a.m. I got up to 'tinkle' and I heard a steady beeping sound. It was coming from my driveway. It was the tree trimmer that the power company uses when they have a power outage because of limbs hitting the power lines.

This company had opened my gate and was backing in my driveway. The explosion I had heard was the transformer that had blown at the back of my property. I wasn't without power, but people to the east of me were. Tree trimmers were here about an hour, driveway ended up being filled with cut limbs. They told me the clean up crew would be there after 8 a.m. Two guys did the clean up having their huge noisy chipper in my driveway. When they were done, instead of raking up all of the small debris like they've done in the past, they 'blew' it with a leaf blower. I now have to go along the driveway and rake and bag it all up. The tree trimming was an answer to prayer as the overhanging limbs in my driveway have been a source of angst for quite some time now.

Below are pics before and now. The first two pics of are how it looked with what I could reach with my pole saw/cutter.

Below is after Sean did as much cutting back as he could do. The rest was all tangled in lines.

Below is after the tree trimmers cut limbs from power lies, and then after the clean up.

What a difference!! I wish the neighbors would just cut down that dang hibiscus tree. It grows horribly fast. My dear hubby used to keep up with keeping it cut back from our side, but with him not here now, I've just been doing what I can. The power company has sent out the tree trimmers twice, this was the third time I think. Both the night crew and the day crew said this was an awful tree because of how fast it grows.

Juvenal has carted load after load of scrap iron away from here. He was here again this morning, filled up his truck bed then hauled out brush to the pick up pile. What would have taken me many trips to get out front he did in 4-5. He has been such a blessing to me. He sometimes brings McD's breakfast and coffee. We barely speak each other's language, when I have to say 'more' than I know, I google a translator and that works great. I just copy and paste. ;-) He makes sure I drink plenty of water and rest. He told me the other day that he wants to make this place pretty for me. He and I both say 'Gracias Dios' off and on.

The other day when he was here tears started as I was sitting in an area he was working in. I had to leave the space. He wanted me to be there, cleared a stool for me to sit on, that way I can tell him what he can have and what I might want. When he saw me with tears he told me not to cry, it makes his heart hurt.

What I am showing is 'part of the ugly' of the property. Remember, my hubby has been gone a little over 8 years now, and I've not been near this stuff. I know he is 'glad' that I'm finally getting rid of the 'junk'. God has worked it all out to happen when it has, and for Juvenal and myself. I am oh so thankful!!

The hook laying on the rotting wood floor space is what got to me. My hubby 'hooked' me and the hook just spoke to my heart for some reason. The aluminum piece is a claw of some sort and then there's the wrought iron old light fixture.

Below are some rusty, crusty iron stems, leaves and flowers probably from another light fixture.

Now for some of what's blooming here, there's a lot more, but I'm ready for a nap, so I'll wrap this post up.

Saturday is the first day of spring and also my 72nd bday. A friend has invited me to her place for bday lunch and I am looking forward to that. I'll try to remember to take pics while there.

Thank you all for your friendship, kind and helpful comments and prayers.

May God bless you and keep you safe.