April 19, 2021

Cheep Smiling! -- Welcome to the Coop!



DIARIES:

Hubs had a birthday this month. 

I LOVE mason jars! 

Sent cards to my girlfriends! Found some sunflower cards at the Dollar Tree and since sunflowers are my favorite flower -- they make me happy with their sunny look -- I just had to get them and send them to each to say thank you for your friendship. 

Hubby is working on the floors of my kitchen cabinets. Filling in cracks and laying down linoleum tiles on the shelves. So nice looking! Saw the idea on Pinterest and thought what a nifty idea. Hubby is working on the third cabinet now, waiting for the crack filler to set up. I went out and purchased a small Rubbermaid tub to put my pot lids into. Measured the door opening to make sure to get one that would slide in and out easily and then I weeded the ones that I no longer use. Sure looks nice! I was getting tired of the mess under there with the old galvanized wire basket that I had been using. 

But I didn't get rid of the wire basket, for I saw an idea for it on YouTube. It's now sitting on our porch metal bistro table with a galvanized watering can and a citronella candle in a galvanized bucket inside.  Looks good! 

The flowers began blooming this month. Yay! I am so ready for spring, one of my favorite seasons of the year. I've noted daffodils, red bud trees, tulip trees, dandelions, and wild hyacinths are blooming in my journal! 

I also got a new C-pap machine. I'm so thankful for it as I was struggling during Covid with my old machine drying me out like the Sierra desert. The water tank on my new one is twice the size of the old one. And it has a heated hose -- no more cold nose and neck! The mask has foam around the rim instead of silicone. And no more bucket washing! I dump the water out of the tank and use a wet wipe to clean the mask and swish soapy water in the hose once a month and I'm outta there. 

Finally got to visit a Resource Center I had learned about some time ago called ScrapsKC. I was in gently used craft supply heaven! 😁
 
GOOD MEMORIES:

When we went out to visit our Oklahoma grandparents during the summer, grandma's youngest brother nicknamed "Babe," would come out to visit for the afternoon from town eighteen miles away. Sometimes he would bring our second cousins with him and that meant more playmates! Our first cousins lived on the same farm as our grandparents and they and my three siblings found all kinds of things to do on the farm, like go feed Grandpa's geese down at the pond in front of the barn or go play in the barn or in the old wooden granary buildings that were no longer used for that purpose (Grandpa had round metal Quonset huts that were more critter proof than the ones that we liked to play in). We also liked to play in an old cement car port next to the well-house that my Uncle used to drive his car up on two wooden beams cemented into the walls of the port to work on the motor. Us kids would make up "stew" in old 5 gallon metal paint cans with bits of leaves and water. I expect it rotted down into a smelly mess after we left it. I had never seen a stretch of land such as my grandparents had that was good for catching toads as theirs was. They were everywhere and big un's too. Although, if you were able to catch one, they had a nasty habit of watering your legs and shoes down if you squeezed too hard. smile! Sometimes we'd go gather eggs from the hen house for grandma or play with the new spring kittens or sometimes Grandpa would go fetch a Shetland pony from the barn corral or out in the pasture and we would get to ride. Sometimes all of us kids would pile into Grandpa's pick-up in the back; mom, grandma and grandpa in front and bumpety-bump, go rabbit-hunting out in one of Grandpa's pastures.

 INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES:

My Pastor Sings and Plays the Guitar! Click here and here  and hereYouTube. 

I uploaded another JOY video! And compiled all three into a playlist on YouTube.  

QUOTES and SAYINGS

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. 

Cheep Smiling! (art journal page)

"How do you get strong? You start believing in yourself, and believing what God says about you. That you are precious. That you are loved and lovable. That you do have value and worth. . . I pray that you will find your true worth." (~ Lori Frisch, author of "Out of the Fire & Into the Light.") 

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (washi tape strip)

NO STINKIN' THINKIN'! 

"The most powerful weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. Train your mind to see the good in this day." (Anonymous)

"When God was handing out looks, I thought he said books and I told him to give me a funny one." ~ Minnie Pearl.  (art journal page) 

SCRIPTURES:

Psalm 103:8, 11 = The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. .. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear (respect) him. 

Jeremiah 29:13 = You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 

Romans 8:38-39 = For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Ephesians 3:17, 18 = I pray, that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

SONG:

That's What Friends Are For. By Carole Bayer Sager & Burt Bacharach. Sung by Dionne Warwick. YouTube. 

TEA

I added a poem to the page before the tea envelopes like I did last month. This time it is a cinquain in a format I learned in my English class in high school. Apparently, according to the internet, cinquains have different formats, but generally they have five or six lines like mine.

tea
hot water
steep plant parts
many flavor blends of
white, green, black, and herbal
Yum!
~DJR~

I have green envelopes this month. Nope, none with shamrocks on the front though. 

and a Sunflower insert! Like I said previously, I LOVE Sunflowers and SONflowers! smile! 

May you have a wonderful Spring Season! And God bless. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!