Tuesday, January 31, 2017

On the Mend

It is hard to believe that it is Tuesday evening already.  The days and nights have all become jumbled together.

We took Little Bear back to the veterinary office this morning. Even wearing a cone, she somehow chewed off one or two sutures.  We've been watching her almost 24/7.  Last night, I went to the restroom for just a few minutes and when I came out, I caught her working on her sutures.  Her incision looked a little red.  We put a bandage on it as best we could (she was not happy!).  I didn't sleep well.  I kept waking up and looking at her to make sure her bandage was still on.

The veterinarian looked at her and said that even though she had worked out a few sutures, her incision was closed and healing well.  We left with a longer cone and hopes that this would deter her curiosity.  I was so relieved that her wound is healing.

My house is a mess.  We've had to block all the sofas, beds, comfy chairs with dining room chairs so she won't jump up on them.  She isn't suppose to jump or run.  She isn't too happy about things being blocked off.  She loves to hop up on the couch to snuggle next to me.  I have been lifting her carefully to sit on my lap or just sitting on the floor and snuggling with her.

Even though the house is a disaster and we are all tired, I am thankful that Little Bear is on the mend. I can't ask for anything more than that! ♥

Monday, January 30, 2017

Mouse Monday




Why Hello!

Happy Monday to you!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

My Father's World


This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

This is my Father’s world, dreaming, I see His face.
I open my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, “The Lord is in this place.”
This is my Father’s world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Came—a pledge of deathless love.

This is my Father’s world, should my heart be ever sad?
The Lord is King—let the heavens ring. God reigns—let the earth be glad.
This is my Father’s world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate’er my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.
Maltbie D. Babcock (1901)

When I find myself feeling down or overwhelmed, spending a little time in the woods reminds me that this is my Father's world.  He will never leave us or forsake us.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

No Place Like Home




Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;





Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;
A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there,
Which, seek through the world, is ne'er met with elsewhere.
Home, home, sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home, oh, there's no place like home!
John Howard Payne

Little Bear is resting on her little pink bed with two of her favorite blankets.  She ate a little breakfast this morning and took her antibiotics and pain medication without any fuss.  We are just spending a quiet day at home today.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Little Bear Update

Little Bear is home safe and sound.  Her surgery went well.  Poor thing is restless and uncomfortable. She has to wear a cone for two weeks until her stitches can be removed.  She was whimpering quite a bit and I gave her some pain medication. She has had water to drink but I will wait to feed her until tomorrow morning.  I think it will be a long night but hopefully tomorrow she will feel a little better.

We should know whether the tumor was malignant or benign in a week. Thank you again for praying for her and me.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Comfort Cake



The more you weigh, the harder you are to kidnap. Stay safe and eat cake. ~anonymous




Love this quote I found online. It makes sense to me!

This morning I baked my favorite coffee cake.  My daughter came for a nice visit and I wanted to bake something special for her.  She loves this cake!  And being that she is 6 months pregnant, I wanted to send most of it home with her.

The cake was barely out of the oven when she arrived and thus I don't have any after baked pictures.  Just crumbs, folks!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Bit About Little Bear



Popping in for a few minutes. Thank you everyone for your kind words and prayers. I am feeling more at peace today. It may seem silly that I am so concerned about a little dog but she is very precious to me.



This picture was taken over Thanksgiving. Little Bear is resting her head on my son's leg.  I'm sitting on the other side of her.  She doesn't see my son very often and she was so happy that he visited.

Little Bear came into our lives in the summer of 2008. She was 8 weeks old and little ball of fur. She is a miniature poodle with a very big heart. She has been my constant companion from day one. Whenever I have gone away, either a dear friend or a family member has watched her. I miss her when I am away and I know she misses me. She doesn't eat well when we are apart ~ sadly, I don't have that problem!

In the mornings, she naps on my lap as I have my coffee. In the afternoons, she sleeps under my chair or on my lap. At night, she sleeps on our bed. Wherever I am at home, she is with me. When I go out on errands, she waits at the window until I come home.

I love my Little Bear. Thank you again for praying.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Prayer Request

I had hoped to blog everyday but plans change. I took Little Bear to the vet today. I've been concerned about this lump on her back leg. After doing a needle biopsy, the doctor told me that it is not a cyst but a tumor. She will be having surgery Friday morning. The doctor will remove the tumor and send it to the lab to see if it is benign or malignant. If all goes well with the surgery, Little Bear will be home Friday afternoon with antibiotics and pain medication.

She isn't in any pain or discomfort. She is eating well though a bit tired. I will keep you updated on how the surgery goes.

I'm doing my best not to worry and just give it all to God. If you have a few free moments, would you please pray for her? Thank you.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Evening


Why hello!

Happy Monday evening to you!

A cup of hot cocoa is the perfect ending to a busy day.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Merry Heart


A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Proverbs 15:13

My husband captured this merry image in the garden.  The little squirrel sitting on Joseph's head is admiring the baby Jesus.  He (the squirrel, not Joseph) scampered off when he was done.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Time for Home


Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~ Edith Sitwell

Friday, January 20, 2017

Today's the Day!

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams

Inauguration Day!

I don't remember the last time I watched all the inauguration ceremony and events.  Today's was refreshing and hopeful.

Melania looked absolutely gorgeous.  She reminded me so much of Jackie O.  So graceful and classy.  Loved her jacket/dress (and gloves)!

Seeing President Trump signing all the papers with the different pens was interesting.  The grandchildren behaved very well ~ although the little blonde boy was sticking out his tongue.  That didn't last long and he was ushered toward the back by his father. Too funny!

I'm excited to see the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue (which will soon begin). May God bless President Trump and Vice President Pence and keep them and their families safe.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Home Again

I am home again after being away for almost a week.  I was visiting my daughter, son-in-law,. and grandchildren.  I am exhausted but I miss them already!

Isaac is almost 5 now and he taught me everything there is to know about planets (nebulas, stars, etc) and I learned the 50 states song!  I can recite the 50 states almost perfectly though I tend to forget Rhode Island and Vermont.  He is very proud of his nana!

Hannah is almost 1 1/2 and a real doll baby.  She is tiny but chalk full of energy.  She has a very subtle sense of humor and loves to dance.

The weather was quite cold in New Jersey and I am soaking in the sunshine now that I am home.  The temperatures are in the low 50's and it feels wonderful!  The bulbs are starting to wake up from their earthy beds and I fear they will catch a chill later this week when the temperatures drop.

I did not have my computer with me while I was away.  I wrote posts ahead of time and then scheduled their daily publishing.  I am trying to blog/post something every day in 2017.  We'll see how far I actually get!  Other than moderate comments, I had very little time for writing while I was away.  I will now respond to the comments and visit everyone.

Much love!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What's in a Name?

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ~ William Shakespeare

I've been thinking a lot about baby names.  We are expecting a little grandson in May!  I don't officially get to "choose" the name but I can (nicely) suggest a few.

I have my favorites but just for kicks I looked online at what names were "favorite" this past year.  It seems that old fashioned names are in - Emma, Charlotte, Amelia  and Noah, Elijah, Jacob to name a few.

I went with Biblical names for my children.  Sadly, we only have 4 children and I didn't get to use some of my favorite names.  I have always loved Esther and Susanna.  For boys names, Samuel and Jonathan are very nice.

I am told that in the South often the baby's middle name is the grandfather's first name (or grandmother's if that is the case). Isn't that interesting?

What are some of your favorite baby names?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

When Someone Says They Hate Scones...


...when someone says they hate scones, it generally means they've never had a good scone...
~ Anonymous




I love scones!  They are much more legitimate than say a donut. I really like this particular scone recipe because it is a bit crumbly and biscuit like. Not too sweet ~ unless you'd like it to be. Perfect with butter and a bit of jam.

2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 stick of cold butter
2 large eggs
1/3 cup milk
(you don't need to use heavy cream. Whole milk is very nice with this scone recipe!)
**optional ~ fresh fruit (blueberries, blackberries, etc) or chocolate chips

*Preheat oven to 425 F.

*Add flour, sugar and baking powder into a large bowl.

*Blend butter evenly into the flour until mixture is crumbly.

*Add eggs, milk and fruit etc.

*Stir just until combined.

*Pat into a ball and place onto a lightly floured board.

*Roll dough into a log, 16 inches long. Cut into 16 pieces.

*Place rounds onto a prepared cookie sheet.

*Brush tops with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

*Bake approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.

The recipe calls for rounds but I'm much more of a triangle kind of girl.  I generally roll the dough flat and cut into triangular wedges.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Morning




Why hello!

Happy Monday to you!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Then Sings My Soul


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

Nature rejoices in God's greatness.  Surrounded by this great reminder, my heart does sing "how great Thou art".  This day I will cut and paste in my memory book to revisit when the day is dark and my heart no longer feels like singing.  And my spirit will rejoice once again.

Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

Deuteronomy 7:9

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Living Several Lives


A good book should leave you slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
~William Styron


Do you find yourself reading a favorite book over and over?

I do. 

I just can't seem to find a newer book or author that even remotely compares to Lucy Maude Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, CS Lewis, or JRR Tolkein.  Those are my go to favorite authors.

Can you suggest a book or a favorite author of yours?  My goal is to read at least one book a month.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mrs Marge

You've met Miss Peggy.  I'd like to introduce you to Mrs Marge, another member of the Gray Dame Society.

Mrs Marge is the oldest member of the Society.  Oldest and wisest as Mrs Marge would say.  There is some truth to that but I would be so bold to say oldest and wiseguy-est.  Mrs Marge had connections.

Mrs Marge is Italian like ITALIAN Italian.  She grew up in Brooklyn, NY in the early 1930's.  Boy, those were the days! (to hear Mrs Marge speak about them).  Everyone knew everyone. Though the neighborhood was poor, it was share and share alike.
I love listening to Marge's stories.

Mrs Marge was married long ago, was widowed several years later, and never married again.  She raised her brood of children with the help of her family.  Being a working mother in those days was very challenging.  Marge has never been one to back down from what needed to be done.

Mrs Marge is a delightful and valuable member of the Society. And she is an excellent cook.  She has been known to show up at your doorstep with a pan of homemade lasagna or pot of Pasta e fagioli.  Mrs Marge is the real deal.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I've Got a Golden Ticket

I never thought my life could be
Anything but catastrophe
But suddenly I begin to see
A bit of good luck for me

'Cause I've got a golden ticket
I've got a golden twinkle in my eye

I never had a chance to shine
Never a happy song to sing
But suddenly half the world is mine
What an amazing thing

'Cause I've got a golden ticket
I've got a golden sun up in the sky

I never thought I'd see the day
When I would face the world and say
Good morning, look at the sun
I never thought that I would be
Slap in the lap of luxury
'Cause I'd have said:

I never dreamed that I would climb
Over the moon in ecstasy
But nevertheless, it's there that I'm
Shortly about to be

'Cause I've got a golden ticket
I've got a golden chance to make my way
And with a golden ticket, it's a golden day

~Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Soundtrack


The squeaky wheel does get the grease!

Read more → Eggland's Cage Free but not Carton Free Eggs Debacle

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Your House Becomes Your Story

Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.  ~Erin Flett

I have long admired all things Emma Bridgewater.  There's just something so endearing to her patterns.  They resonate "cottage" to me.

They do tend to be a bit pricey and the shipping fee can be outrageous ~ everything is shipped from England.  But if you wait for a sale....... AND a free shipping offer (even to the USA) then you can reasonably justify purchasing a few items here and there.




My first Emma Bridgewater purchase was a few months ago.

I love the Pink Hearts pattern. I chose two 1/2 pint mugs. And anything chickens is so hard to pass up. This particular pattern is called Hen & Toast. I chose a baby mug. (I would have rather had a 1/2 pint but this size was on sale.)

And speaking of chickens... I could not pass up this set of Hen & Toast tins or caddies as they say in England.  I'm a tin kind of girl.  I love biscuit tins, cookie tins, all sorts of tins.

Yesterday, I placed my second order ~ treasures on sale and free shipping!  I can hardly wait for them to arrive!

Do you like Emma Bridgewater too?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Something Delicious

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you. ~Beatrix Potter

I have always loved creative writing. I have snippets of stories in my head, on bits of paper, and on my computer. I thought it would be fun to post bits now and then and see where they take us!  I've highlighted what I have written.  Who do you think they are? What do you think might happen?  When and where does this take place? And why is he waiting?  Enjoy!

By all appearances, he was a good man, a kind man. Yet his heart was as black ice ~ silent and treacherous. He lay waiting for just the right opportunity when she would slip up. It was bound to happen. We all slip up sometimes but not always with such dire consequences.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Country Apple Turnovers

When we were snowed in this last weekend, I did a bit of baking.  I made Country Apple Turnovers.  Comfort food warms the heart and the tummy!

I didn't have what I needed to make my own crust but I did have a couple of boxes of Pillsbury premade pie crusts.  I bought them on sale right before the holidays ~ just in case!


Country Apple Turnovers

2-3 medium tart baking apples
1/4 c sugar
2 tsp all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
1 egg white, slightly whipped
cinnamon sugar to sprinkle
pie crust

* Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Peel, core, and chop apples into 1/4" pieces.

* In medium bow, combine apples, sugar, flour, and spices.  Toss gently.  Set aside.

* Roll pie crust into approximately 9" circle.  With a knife, slice the dough into 4 equal parts.

* Slightly whip 1 egg white.  With a pastry brush, brush the egg white along the edges of each section of pie.  This will serve as "glue" to seal the turnovers.

* Place approximately 2-3 tablespoons of apple mixture onto each pie section.

* Fold dough over, press edges together, and crimp them.


* Brush the turnovers with additional egg white.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Poke a few holes into each turnover.

* Bake until bubbling ~ about 18 minutes ~ until lightly brown.  Let turnovers cool.

Makes approximately 4 turnovers per pie crust circle.  I used two crusts and made 8 turnovers.

**The measurements of sugar/flour/cinnamon/nutmeg are what the recipe states but I tweak it until it has the sweetness/flavor that I want.**

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow in the Big Woods

When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I'll know I'm growing old. 
~Lady Bird Johnson

Snow in the Big Woods ~ almost 8 inches of it. The snow is beautiful and so quiet. We are hunkering down at least until Tuesday. The weather should warm up enough for the snow to melt.

The roads do not get plowed here so you can imagine that the streets are a bit of a mess. Last I saw in the news, they were telling everyone to stay home if possible.

And it is cold! It is colder here than at my daughter's in NJ. Monday will also be cold but then things will warm up.

I had hoped to fly out Monday morning to visit the grands but that is not going to happen. Thankfully, I was able to change my ticket to later in the week.

Homemade chicken soup is simmering on the stove. Coffee is brewing and there is something deliciously sweet that I baked yesterday that is calling my name. (I'll share my sweet treat in a future post.)

Stay warm and cozy!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Popcorn & a Show ~ About Elly

Hearing nuns' confession is like being stoned to death with popcorn. ~Fulton J Sheen

Looking for a popcorn quote, this one just made me laugh. I know Little Bear would love to be pelted with buttery popcorn!

Though I do love movies, I seldom go to the theater any more.  I prefer to watch them via iTunes, Netflix, or DVD.

I especially love to watch foreign films in their original language with English subtitles. One of my goals this year is to watch at least one foreign film a month.

This month, I chose the film is About Elly.The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. (click on the link to see a trailer for this movie)

I really enjoyed this film.  The scenery was beautiful and the characters were interesting. The storyline kept me in suspense up to the end.

What is the latest film you've watched?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Day by Day

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ~Edith L Pierce

I love paper and books and calendars.  I get so excited starting the new year with a new calendar or journal.

I have limited space to hang a calendar so I went with this pocket calendar.  It fits perfectly over my desk just off the kitchen.  I can tuck in coupons or mail or any little thing needed to remind me of what needs to be done.

I've seen pocket calendars at Barnes and Noble but I chose this one I found at Costco.



It comes with a matching small planner and a bunch of cute notepads.  B & N sells the calendar alone but I love the little extras that came with the Costco one.

January's little bird makes me smile!

What is on your January calendar page?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Blanket for Isaac

Today I am joining Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along knitting/crocheting sharing party.

This week, I started crocheting a blanket for my grandson, Isaac. I am using the same pattern that I used for Hannah's blanket.  I chose a simple design as he is only 4 (almost 5) years old. ♥

I'm pleased with the progress I've made. I am hoping to be done with it by the end of January.

Are you feeling crafty this new year?

Chickens Come Home to Roost


Well, I gave it my best shot.  All was going well at WP but then I experienced the white screen of death.  I tried forever to fix it and all for naught.  I really love some of the WP features but if they are too frustrating or impossible to work with, no thank you.

So like the chickens, I have come home to roost back at Blogger.

I'm still knee deep in Christmas and trying to finish putting it all away today.  I'm hoping to be able to post later, even if it is just uploading my previous posts from WP here. I'm sorry that I won't be able to transfer the comments. My goal is to write/post something every day for a year.

xo

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Don't Look at Me!

Don't look at me says every chicken ever!  I'm not looking at you, chicken. I'm looking at my egg carton.

My egg carton says Eggland's Best Cage Free eggs.  They may be cage free but I wish they also said carton free.

Yes, you guessed it!  Two or three of every dozen (I had bought 3 dozen) were stuck to the plastic carton.  There were no apparent cracks in any of the eggs.

How is a consumer supposed to know whether or not it is a good carton of eggs or not?

I'll tell you ~ now that I know.

I called the phone number on the Eggland's Best carton and spoke with an eggy representative.  She was polite in a passive aggressive manner and blamed me for not doing the special egg test at the market before I bought them.

I explained the situation and how it appeared that the eggs were glued to the carton and there was no visible cracks.  (Mind you, these particular cartons are clear and you can see all sides of the egg.). She went on to say that sometimes the packing plant may break an egg and then take out the shell and just put a good egg in its place.  The egg whites are clear (at this point, I was making a oh gosh face as if she didn't realize I knew that) and could work in an adhesive manner thus the good egg sticking.

And how am I responsible for this?

Well, she was happy to tell me.  Had I done the slight of hand trick over the eggs at the market, I would not have bought this particular carton. I guess it would have instead been purchased by some other unknowing shopper.  "Stick" it to the other guy is what I'm evidently supposed to do.

I am not one to "stick it to the other guy" so I have come here to educate (and rant to) anyone who is reading.  What we are "supposed to do", according to the Eggland lady, is to lift the clear top of the carton and then the secondary top of the carton (yes, there are two) and run your hand gently over all the eggs.  If the eggs wiggle, then none are stuck.  If an egg does not, then it is stuck.

So I am picturing myself doing this (it's okay to laugh) and then I decided to just not purchase Eggland's Best Cage (but not Carton) free eggs ever again.

Checking the eggs for cracks is understandable.  Running my hand over them to see if they will levitate is not.

At least I have answered the question plaguing us for ages: Why did the chicken cross the road?  So it wouldn't be blamed for its eggs sticking to the carton.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Miss Peggy

As previously stated in the Gray Dame Society page, the Gray Dame Society meets on a regular basis at Riverwind Cottage. The founding members are Miss Peggy, Mrs Marge, Miss Dot, Miss Kathleen, and Miss Georgiana. Let me introduce you to each of the Dames one at a time as it’s best that way.

Miss Peggy, also known as Margaret, considers herself the moderator of the group. And as with most everything else, there is much debate on who the final authority is in the Society. Still, the Dames, hoping for some semblance of order, allow Miss Peggy to believe she is in charge.

Miss Peggy is married but prefers the title Miss as she fancies herself 80 years young. Her husband’s name I can not recall and neither can Peggy most of the time. He stays inside and prefers his comfortable recliner to Miss Peggy’s adventures.

Miss Peggy is a member of high standing in her local parish. She devotes some of her time to working with the homeless and helping care for the widows.

I am not certain what Miss Peggy did in her lifetime before she “retired”. She doesn’t like to speak of it.

I shall end her introduction here as I know she would not wish me to go on and on about her.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

To Dream a New Dream

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ~ CS Lewis

I'm not one to make resolutions.  I prefer to make goals.  I have a few goals in mind that I hope to implement.  I will do my best. Although I am a bit of a perfectionist, I need to remember to be kind to myself.  That is easier said than done.

Dreams and Goals

  1. Rather than try to "diet", I hope to eat healthier. Fresh vegetables will become my friends.  I love fresh fruit but need to work with the vegetables.
  2. Bake bake bake!  If I want a little something sweet ~ I need to do the work and make it myself.
  3. Walk walk walk!  Little Bear and I are heading back to the streets (weather permitting).
  4. Read more!
  5. Look for opportunities to serve ~ food pantry, church etc
  6. Cultivate and embrace my artistry.  Make this a priority.
  7. Most importantly, day by day, see God more clearly, love Him more dearly, and follow Him more nearly.
Have you thought of changes that you would like to make this coming new year?