Friday, May 17, 2019

Sabbath Music - As Long As I Breathe

Shabbat blessings to you all, Gail-Friends.  I pray your Shabbat is full of worship, rest, and the joy of rejuvination of being out in God's beautiful creation.  How long has it been since you lay in the grass and looked up at the clouds?  It's been a long time for me, but this graphic** (above) inspires me to do just that.

There is so much beauty in the earth.  Go out and enjoy it.  Let's worship Him and thank Him for that beauty and that we're alive to see it.

If you can't be outside tomorrow, you can see His beautiful creations in this video:

As Long As I Breathe by Zemer Levav

I really love her music and encourage you to support her music ministry.  Zemer Levav

Shabbat Shalom Y'all.

** graphic used by permission from MiYah Music on Facebook.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thankful Thursday - Golden Cottage Happenings

Greetings, Y'all

I'll try to catch up on what's been happening 'round here lately.  I haven't been posting a lot due to still struggling with my injured wrist.  It's doing much better now that I've seen an orthopedic doctor and started occupational therapy. The brace he put me in helps tremendously.  But typing is impossible with it on, so I've been limiting my typing time.

In March, we celebrated my youngest daughter's birthday.  She's got her "love" glasses on.  I won't tell you how old she is 'cause she can get away with a whole lot less.  Isn't she beautiful?

 Early April, we went to the Barberville Spring Frolic.  I attended the mountain dulcimer workshop taught by Laurie Allsbrook .   I met her at the Florida Folk Festival and she's a great teacher.

While visiting one of the vendor booths, Jem fell in love with this instrument.  It's called a bowed psaltery.  He doesn't read music, but it's made with numbers and song sheets with tabbed music.  He has diligently practiced and is getting really good .  He even played for our Passover seder last month.

I love visiting with the peacocks at Barberville.  Here's the female:

And here's the male.  Isn't he gorgeous?

I helped my friend and writing critique partner, Peggy, with an author event in April, too.  It was a smashing success and well attended.  She's a very funny and entertaining speaker.

This book event was a tea party, and every person had a unique teacup.  This one is the pattern of my grannie's dime-store dishes which I wrote about in the book Christmas Moments. 

Betty, the lovely lady in the peach blouse above is one of my writing critique partners, too.   Betty, Peggy, Fay and I meet once a month to critique each other's writing.  It's such a loving group and so helpful.  God sure blessed me when he put us together.  I prayed for writing partners who were believers and good editors.  Both Peggy and Betty are former English teachers, and Fay is an editor.  Isn't God good???

We took a couple of bird rides over the last few months and here are some good shots:

The big bird is a great blue heron, and the other is a roseate spoonbill.

This is a young rosey because its pink feathers are not fully developed.


In this photo you can see why they're called spoonbills.  They run their bills along the bottom of the lagoon and scoop up their food.  I love seeing and photographing them.

I got some good shots in Golden Cottage Garden, too.  I love this one of a daddy feeding his baby.

We feed the adopted cats outside my office window, and discovered that the birds love cat food, too.

Like blue jays . . .

and woodpeckers.

My friend, Barbara, told me about a new squirrel-proof bird feeder.  Well, this guy figured it out pretty quick.  He hangs upside down and sticks his hand in for the seed.

Those fluffy-tailed rats are wiley.  Look at this guy caught in the act.  Doesn't he look guilty?

Here are a couple of things that amused me.

I agree, especially when my loving Jem makes it for me in the morning.  I'm so thankful for him . . . his love . . . AND coffee.  Oh, and CHOCOLATE . . . I'm SO, SO, SO thankful for chocolate.  Next week I'll share my recipe for sugar-free chocolate candy.  It's yummy and healthy, too.

Well, that catches me up, and I leave you with a pic of a golden sunset at Golden Cottage Garden.

What are you thankful for this week? 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Sabbath Music - Enter His Gates

Sabbath Greetings To You All.

This graphic expresses my heart.  I just have to praise Him for all He's brought me through and hope I can encourage others that He will use every hard experience for good.  Sometimes it takes a long time to see that good and the purpose.  I promise -- one day you'll see it if you stay faithful to Him.  He will see you through.

I love this song - Enter His Gates by Steve McConnell.  It's so perfect for the Sabbath.  We have our service on Friday nights, and many are tired from a long day.  My prayer is always that the songs I choose will encourage, lift up, and renew strength for those who attend.  This one always does that for me, and I hope it will bless you today. 

Good Shabbos to you all, dear Gail-Friends