Sunday, July 27, 2008

Awards!



Judy BROCANTE AND ETC. gave me this very special award, and when I read about it, I was so touched! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Judy. The rules of this award are: SHARE THE LOVE!!! Share this award with all those blogs out there that you love. All the people who make you smile. All those that make you laugh. All those that make your day. All those that leave uplifting comments on your blog. **All I ask, is that you include a link to this post with the award and ask your recipient to do the same: **Memoirs of a Mommy Please be sure and read that link. It will warm your heart!

I'm passing this award on to Alex My Quill and Pen, Connie Casa Maria and Debbie Wisteria and Roses





This award, Alex's Lovebug, is from a very special young lady. She is suffering and in great pain from an illness which has not yet been diagnosed, and of course she and her husband are very anxious and worried. In spite of all this, she has the time and generosity of spirit to design and give out awards, and make kind comments on my and other people's blogs. Please keep Alex in your thoughts and prayers.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Grandbaby!

Playing on quilt

We've been gone this past week ~ gone to visit our son, daughter-in-law, and our sweet grandbaby! She's almost seven months old now, and we got to have her all to ourselves for two days while d-i-l worked. She works part time now since the baby's here, mostly on weekends, but occasionally during the week. We are more than happy to help out when asked!

She was sporting a tooth when we arrived, a lower incisor. Today, another one presented itself, right beside the first! She is eating rice cereal, and most of the time enjoys it. Sometimes she's just not in the mood for it, though!

Eating cereal

Her hair is growing ~ a little fuzzy tuft wants to stick straight up!

Fuzzy top

She can roll from her tummy to her back, and from her back to her tummy. She can scoot around a little, but doesn't crawl yet. She enjoys sitting up, but can't do it by herself yet. She especially enjoys chewing on her toys and making noise with them. Another new trick is making razzberries! She loves to sputter and spew ~ so funny!

New toy

We had to tell her good-bye today, and come back home. We miss her already, and can't wait to see her again!

Baby foot

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Meme time!

God's care
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:26, NIV


Connie of Casa Maria tagged me. It took a few days, but after thoughtful pondering, I finally did it, and here it is:

I THINK -- I'm very lazy.
I KNOW -- I'm very blessed.
I HAVE -- everything I need.
I WISH -- my children lived closer.
I HATE -- angry words.
I MISS -- the good old days.
I FEAR -- big, ugly roaches!
I FEEL -- warm.
I HEAR -- the fan for hubby's computer.
I SMELL -- supper - spaghetti with meat sauce.
I CRAVE -- sweets, especially chocolate, often.
I SEARCH -- for wisdom.
I WONDER. -- where I will be in ten years.
I REGRET -- all the time I have wasted.
I LOVE -- my family.
I ACHE -- in my knees.
I AM NOT -- skinny.
I BELIEVE -- that my sins are forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son.
I DANCE -- because it's fun.
I SING -- joyfully, but out of tune.
I CRY -- when I hear the National Anthem.
I DON'T ALWAYS -- write letters.
I FIGHT -- rarely.
I WRITE -- on the keyboard.
I WIN -- Solitaire, frequently.
I NEVER -- sky-dived, and never will!
I ALWAYS -- sleep well.
I LISTEN -- but don't hear.
I CAN USUALLY BE FOUND -- at the computer or in the car.
I AM SCARED -- No, I know God will get me through anything. Psalm 23
I NEED -- people who care for me and to care for them.
I AM HAPPY ABOUT -- my granddaughter!
I IMAGINE -- a well-organized life.

I tag some of my new blogging friends: Judy of BROCANTE AND ETC., Just Between Us Girls, and Alex of My Quill and Pen. There's no pressure. It's an invitation, and you may refuse if you're not up to doing it. If you've already done it, please show me where it is, or you can do it again if you want to.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Surrounded by water

Fairhope Beach

We are blessed here in south Alabama, very near the Gulf of Mexico and on Mobile Bay, to have water all around us. In addition to the gulf and the bay are the rivers, the creeks, the bayous, the delta, and numerous ponds, lakes, and lagoons.

The above picture is the beach in Fairhope, Alabama, on the eastern side of Mobile Bay. The city of Mobile is on the western side. It is Alabama's second largest city, and the Port City.

Got any more?

This is a small fishing pier in the Fairhope city park, next to the large Municipal Pier. Seagulls are plentiful everywhere, in sight of water or not. They especially seem to love Walmart parking lots!

The pier at sunset

Open again, at last!

These two pictures show the Fairhope Municipal Pier, 1/4 mile long and a popular spot for fishing, walking, and sight-seeing. There is a small but nice seafood restaurant called the Yardarm about one third of the way down.

"Open"

Interior of Yardarm Restaurant

Exterior and interior views of the Yardarm

Mobile in mauve

Looking at Mobile, Alabama from across the bay, at Bayfront Park, Daphne, Alabama. Mobile Bay is about ten miles wide at this point. The "Eastern Shore" towns and communities are Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope, Montrose, and Point Clear.

A day at the beach

Gulf State Park

The beach at Gulf Shores, on the Gulf of Mexico. Our beaches are famous for snow-white sand. The beach towns are Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Romar Beach, Orange Beach, and Perdido. They are populated with high-rise beachside condos, but the Gulf State Park is a welcome respite, where you can actually see the water from the road!

Gone fishin'
Up a Lazy River

Mail delivery by boat

The rivers are enjoyed by fishermen and women, and pleasure boaters. Some lucky people have homes on the river, and one river even boasts a mail route by boat! See the mailbox on the end of the dock?

Tall grass

Tree by delta river

The quiet still waters of the bayous and the delta are peaceful places for bird- and alligator-watching, for fishing, and for just enjoying the scenery and an escape from worries.

Pondful of geese

Hidden Pond

Don't forget the ponds! These are two near our home, the larger one with all the geese is just across the street. At different times, we can watch geese, ducks, cranes, and herons, and always mockingbirds!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Stewed Tomatoes (edited to add recipe)

We have had an abundance of tomatoes this year in our backyard vegetable garden.

Tomato plants

We have given loads of them away, to church friends and to members of our dance club, and we're eating them sliced, and chopped up in salads every day.

Safe tomatoes

Last week I made Chicken Marengo, using tomatoes and onions cooked with chicken, and served over rice.

This afternoon I stewed tomatoes, and served them tonight with pork chops and macaroni and cheese. They were very good; even hubby praised them, and he doesn't like cooked tomatoes.

Stewing tomatoes

Final result - dinner!

Recipe (modified from Joy of Cooking):

6 large ripe tomatoes, or 2 1/2 cups canned tomatoes
1-2 tablespoons chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 teaspoon chopped basil
2 teaspoons butter
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Wash, skin, and quarter the fresh tomatoes. (The skins come off easily if you put them in boiling water for one minute, and quickly immerse them in ice water for another minute.)

Place tomatoes in a heavy pan over slow heat about 20 minutes for fresh tomatoes and 10 minutes for canned tomatoes. Add butter, bread crumbs, onion, and celery. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching. Season with salt, paprika, sugar, and basil.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Under the Golden Streets

Golden Mobile sunset

I've often felt that, glorious as sunsets are, how much more glory and wonder there must be on the other side - heaven! This evening I was admiring another gorgeous sunset (No, not this one - I had left my camera at home. I just looked at it with my eyes, and tried to remember it.) when the thought occured to me: since the streets of heaven are paved with gold (Revelation 21:21, "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass."), our sky, along with the stunning sunset and sunrise colors, must be under the pavement looking up at the bottom!

Into the sun

Now! The peak of color

Sunset from I-10 overpass, Spanish Fort, Ala
This one would have been better if it weren't so fuzzy. I was in a hurry, taking it out the car window at a red light.

Goodnight, Sun

Afterglow
This was taken through a restaurant window, hence the reflections.

And, finally, this "Silver Lining" shotSunset over Daphne

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Power


Photo from nasa.gov (I can't take pictures of lightning!)

We had a strong thunderstorm in our area late yesterday afternoon. While we were eating our supper of smoked sausage, macaroni and cheese, and sliced tomatoes, the power went off. It was about 5:30, and there was enough daylight through the window so we could see to finish eating. The lights tried to come back on two or three times, but finally gave up. We got out flashlights, and sat by the window reading. I tried to call the power company a couple of times, but got a busy signal. We assumed that the outage was widespread, and that the power company was aware of it. As daylight diminished, I called my friend who lives about five miles away. Their lights were on, but she said that all of Daphne and all the shopping centers were without power. Her daughter had told her, as she had driven from her mother-in-law's home to her mother's home, and had seen darkness everywhere.

When we could no longer see to read, my husband took a lantern and had his shower and went to bed. I was not at all sleepy, and I sat looking out the window for another hour or so. There was lightning southeast of us, and I watched it, marveling at God's power. He is many, many times more powerful than the lightning He has created, but it is just one way He demonstrates His power to us. With one stroke, His power overcomes the power man has harnessed to make electricity.

Another lesson I learned from the lightning was a reminder of how dependent we have become to electrical power. I will try to remember to depend on God, and not on the utility company. He is my strength, my comfort, my peace, my salvation!

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, with humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A beautiful website featuring Bellingrath Gardens

My Friend
Do you remember my post about Bellingrath Gardens? (Just scroll down a few entries.) "My Friend" includes gorgeous pictures from two gardens, Bellingrath and one in Missouri, along with music and poetry. It also includes a bit of information about Mrs. Bellingrath that I did not know. (The "Nancy" on that site is not me.)

(How DO I make my links into hyperlinks, or is that possible on blogspot?)

Edited to add, I did it! See my last comment to see how.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Things that make me smile :-)

My LiveJournal friends, madame_urushiol and bcjennyo, listed ten "good things" in their respective journals. Inspired by them, I would like to show you a few things that make me happy.

Fairhope sunset
Sunsets, I have a set on Flickr called "Sunrise, Sunsets."
here
I like sunrises, too, but I don't usually get up early enough to see them!
When I look at a sunset and enjoy all the beauty, all the colors - red, yellow, orange, blue, lavendar, pink, deep purple, and then the deep blue of the night sky, and the stars beginning to appear - I can't help but consider God who created all this beauty. If it's so pretty on this side, how glorious must it be on the other side, heaven? It boggles the mind!

A Rose is a rose is a rose ...

Sunflower face-to-face
Flowers
I love many different kinds of flowers - almost all kinds, really, but two of my favorites are roses and sunflowers! Roses ~ beautiful, delicate, mysterious, and romantic. Sunflowers ~ bright and bold and BIG. You can't help but notice them, and smile!

Profile
Our granddaughter, born six months ago tomorrow (January 3, 2008) Our first grandchild, I wish they lived closer to us. I don't want to put recognizable pictures of my family on the internet, but I do love my family: my husband, my two sons, my daughter-in-law, my mother, and of course, the grandbaby!

Saulter Road
tree and lawn

Fall color
I believe fall and spring are my favorite seasons. The red, gold, yellow and orange of the trees against a deep blue sky are just breath-taking! We now live too far south to get much fall foliage color, but we get some in November and December. These pictures were taken about 250 miles north.

Double Exposure

Spite in living room

Did you call?
Kitty-cats
We have these two now, in all the years we've been married (almost 40!) we've had seven cats and one dog. I like dogs all right, but cats are my favorite. They are loving and affectionate, but a little less demanding than dogs. When I come home and they greet me with tail held high like banners, and when they rub against me and purr, I know there's no place like home!

Sweet!
The scent of gardenias
The blossom is lovely, but it doesn't last long. The scent is heavenly! Even when I'm feeling gloomy or grumpy, I can't help but smile when I catch a whiff. I try to keep a fresh blossom in the house every day during the blooming season.

Have some!
Funny things! Funny, oddball signs and advertisements, etc. that I see from time to time make me not only smile, but laugh out loud! I made a Flickr set called "Oddball" here

Reading chair

Another bookshelf

Bookshelves
Reading!
I love to read. I have always loved to read fiction. Stories take me to faraway places, and put me in different periods of history. I've actually learned more history from fiction than I did in school, at least I don't remember much from school. I've just finished reading Les Miserables - it took me seven months! I've also read books by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Tolstoy, as well as more current works. I'm in a reading group on the web called Bookcrossing. We register our books, and get a number, called a BCID, or Bookcrossing ID. When we give away or leave a book for someone else to find, we can track it on the website, if the next person journals it. We also have forums where we discuss books and everything else under the sun. Bookcrossing

Trailer

Costa Maya beach
Travel, with or without our trailer, by auto, airplane or cruise ship. We've been to the state park in our county, and to the Caribbean, and to Europe. I have Flickr sets for "RV'ing"
here
and "Cruise"
here"
The pictures from Europe are prints. One day I will scan them.

sunset over Daphne church
My faith and my church
I became a Christian in 1972, and I have been trying to follow God faithfully ever since. I am not perfect, but I rest assured in the knowledge that He has forgiven me, through His Son, Jesus Christ. He teaches me through His word, the Holy Bible. He is my constant friend, teacher, and counsellor, and I will be with Him in heaven forever.