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

Thankful Thursday - Passover Fun

Greetings, Gail-Friends!  It's been a while since I did this weekly post, but I'm still thankful.  I'll try to catch up on what's been happening at Golden Cottage.

Passover has come and gone and we had a wonder-full and fun celebration.

 I always enjoy watching the children when they search for the afikomen and go to the door to look for Elijah!

Our grandson was hilarious as he bargained with Rabbi Jem to redeem the afikomen.  He wound up with $5.00.

We had a special guest duo for music this year. Rabbi Jem and our daughter, Amanda, played Amazing Grace together toward the end of the seder, and the congregation sang along.  You can watch it at this LINK
Amanda also led us in singing Pharoah, Pharoah.  We always have a good time singing about the children of Israel escaping from the pharaoh.  Here's the LINK for that song.

Our son-in-love, William, took some beautiful photos.  I love this one of the Torah.  He's so talented.

This is the seder plate for the head table, which has the lamb shank bone, the bitter herbs, and the charoset.   You can learn more about the significance of each item at this LINK.

 This is the seder plate for each member of the congregation. 

After the seder, we sang and danced in JOY for our Passover Lamb, Yeshua our Messiah.  Then we took photos with this great frame made by one of our members.  I'm so thankful for her and many others worked who worked very hard to make this event a big success.  It's a lot of work, Gail-Friends, but so worth it.


Tie and Dye - who always wear tie-dyed shirts!

Such a lovely family!

This post is getting long, so I'll tell you more about Golden Cottage happenings next week.  Blessings to you, Gail-Friends, and I'd love to hear about your seder or any good news you've had this week.

To learn more about Passover, see our past celebrations, and get some good recipes for next year, click on the Passover link on the right side of this blog.

Shalom, and have a thank-full week.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Sabbath Music - Clean Before My Lord

Shabbat Shalom and blessings to you all, dear Gail-Friends.  I hope your Passover celebration was worship-full and full of blessings.  Ours was.  The only bad part was that my phone camera decided to die that day, so I got no photos.  Others did, however, so I'll be sharing those next week. 

We were blessed to have my daughter, Amanda, sing for us.  She did a medley of songs about the blood of Yeshua.  This song was on my mind, so I asked her to include it.  I remember this song from the 1970's, and I hope you enjoy Clean Before My Lord by Honeytree.  She was a popular Christian artist during the 70's Jesus Movement, and is still recording.  I enjoyed listening to other videos by her on YouTube this week.

Have a blessed Sabbath.