Home again! How sweet it is. We enjoyed our visit with our daughter and her family immensely but oh how glad I am to be home.
Yesterday I 'missed' a step or two coming downstairs at our son's home and have a nasty sprained foot. I'm hoping thats all it is and that I won't have to go for an ex-ray. There was no light in the hall, and it was as dark as ink on that stairwell at the bottome. So today finds me wrapped up in an ace bandage and taking it easy.
We are still having some pc problems. My son thinks the modem needs to be replaced, so its on our list to call and talk to a serviceman.
Its another snowy day here. I've got my Sunbeam 'Tea Drop' tea maker in use today. I brewed a pot of 'Very Berry' decaf tea. There is a shop about an hour from us where the lady makes her own tea mixtures and sells it for about $1. a small bag. So many enjoyable things cost so little.
And, on the way down south, we stopped at an Amish outlet store and bought some yummy things. Next to it was a Homer Laughlin Store....and I got to see the new brown dishes, their latest color to the collection of Fiesta ware. There's something about brown I love. Especially brown with a tiny print on it. It gives a feeling of antiquity...a cozy solidness, don't you think so? I was once in a bathroom in a funeral home...and they had a wonderful brown wall paper, and in the bathroom, a stack of finger towels. After you dried your hands on a finger towel, there was a basket on the floor to drop the used towel in. If I had more room in my bathroom, I'd try that. It was so homey and yet luxurious at the same time. I bought my bathroom a nice addition yesterday. Bath and Body Works...Eucalpytus Spearmint Body Wash..... does it ever lather wonderfully and I've always loved mint. Bath & Body Works are on the tail end of a great sale. Last year's stock for half-price and if you call in the number on your receipt you get $10 off your next purchase of $30.
I've just started a book called 'Fallen Angels' by Patricia Hickman. So far, very good.
And I bought a book of poetry by Madeleine L'Engle while down south. Much of her poetry is breathtaking. She puts her finger on the heartbeat of life. I don't give blanket endorsement to any book except the King James Bible of course. You know what I mean and why. I'd read some of Madeleine's books of fiction years ago and did not care for them...except for one or two. But some of this poetry of hers....has put tears in my eye, and a catch in my breath. I do recommend this book...."The Ordering of Love". What have you read lately that has been outstanding?
Something that stuck in my mind this morning as I listened to a preaching tape...we have long listened to the devil....we have long turned our thoughts to the ways of the world. Now, as redeemed ones, we need to turn aside to Jesus, and learn and listen of him. This world's attraction and noise is very compelling and often enjoyable, good things even but things that eat up time that sometimes belongs to our Heavenly Father and Lord. My desire this year is to sit more often at the feet of Jesus. That is my need. Wishing for you every blessing that comes from above...from God, 'with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17
'Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." James 1:12. Wow...I need to review the crowns we can receive. How often I forget they even will be given out. To win or to lose!