Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Popcorn & a Show ~ Train to Busan

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. ~ Alfred Hitchcock

I'm all about drama. Give me drama any day over comedy. And when that drama is mixed with zombies, well, I've got to watch it!

Zombies aren't for everyone but I have always been a bit fond of the genre. I like monsters that you can see and annihilate. I've had too many real monsters in my life that I could do nothing about.

I wasn't expecting very much from this particular movie but I was very pleasantly surprised! I REALLY really liked it. It is a foreign film ~ Korean with English subtitles. The scenery was beautiful. The writing was excellent ~ I either loved certain characters or hated them. There were no dull moments in this movie. And the zombies were intense. In some movies or shows, the zombies are slow but not in this film. No siree! They were fast and scary (not so much for me as I have become desensitized by now!) and hungry!

Train to Busan is a movie that will not disappoint!
While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan. (click on the link to see a trailer for this movie)

The movie also had its really amusing moments. I took a few screenshots for examples. So people are on the train from Seoul to Busan and they learn about the chaos on the television screens on the train. The train is some kind of express/bullet train with all the newest technology. The passengers don't know what is really going on. They just see riots and police/military response. Two older women (sisters) react:

I thought this was hilarious! Maybe it's just me?

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching and reviewing a foreign film each month this 2017.  South Korea has a special place in my heart.  I have two different friends that live there.  They were each my students when I tutored them (English as a Second Language) at the library in Northern New Jersey.

Do you enjoy foreign films?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sweet Dreams

And if tonight
my soul may find
her peace in sleep,
and sink in good oblivion,
and in the morning wake
like a new-opened flower
then I have been dipped again
in God, and new-created.
~D.H. Lawrence

I confess that I am exhausted.

My day was filled with going for a long walk, grooming Little Bear, cleaning house, and making dinner. My body is just bone tired. I had hoped to post more but I am off to bed (and it isn't even 8 o'clock yet). Sweet Dreams!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome Spring

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. ~Ruth Stout

Happy 1st day of Spring!

Here in North Carolina, the sun gave spring a warm welcome!  It was a gorgeous day.  The temperatures were in the high 50's.  Simply beautiful!

Little Bear and I took a walkabout in the garden to see what we could see.  The strawberry plants are in fine form ~ healthy leaves and runners reaching for the warm soil.  No blooms yet though.

The lush blackberry bushes are growing tall and handsome.  We need to retie them higher onto the trellis.

The blueberry bushes are slow in wakening.  Little Bear and I did our best to cheer them on.  Wake up! Wake up!  Spring has arrived!

Is your garden rejoicing this first day of Spring?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cast Your Cares Upon Him

Cast your cares upon Him
Lay your life upon Him
For only He is worthy to stand
In tribulation, trial, or sorrow
When you can't see through tomorrow
He'll reveal to you the frailty of a man

Can you reach to love your neighbor
Will they see the sweet, sweet Saviour
Shining through the charity you give?
Do you hear His call to follow?
You must lay down your life to follow
For only when you die are you free to live.

We must go as the light to the nations
Take up the cross and follow where He leads
We must go as the light to the nations
Prepared to wear His crown of thorns To bring His peace

Cast your cares upon Him
Lay your life upon him
He's a faithfulness and love whose always there
Are you prepared to take His cross to bear
Will His love be what you freely share
In humility, cast down your cares.

John Michael Talbot

I love the simplicity of this worship song.  In humility, cast down your cares.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Books, Hot Cocoa, and More

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

Today, I spent a glorious morning (2 plus hours!) sitting in Barnes and Noble with a big stack of books and magazines. Add a grande hot chocolate and a homemade (mine) muffin and I'm in a literary paradise. My sweet husband had a photography club meeting and I was very content to spend time all by my lonesome. Though is anyone ever really alone when one can read any number of wondrous books?

I stumbled upon this Rustic Wedding magazine and spent a long time looking at beautiful photographs of woodsy nuptials. Absolutely gorgeous!  If we ever decide to renew our vows, I know what kind of renewal/wedding I want!

Two hours is never enough time to spend in Barnes and Noble!

How are you today?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Tea ala Cart

Any bunny
to join me
for tea?

I love this Ethan Allen tea cart that I found at an estate sale. Both sides open up if needed.  There is a folding handle bar on one end to make the cart easy to push.  The bottom shelf holds some white and pink and white platters.  There is a shelf in the middle that slides in or out.

I enjoy decorating the cart for different seasons and holidays.

I found this two tier metal basket online at Pfaltzgraff.  It holds a number of different tins filled with teas, hot cocoa, and candy.  You can see a pretty pink and white plate peeking out from behind the tins on the bottom tier.

I thought this would be the perfect place for this Jim Shore Easter Basket.  I love that it is all hand painted wood.  The little chickie has the sweetest face.

I absolutely love the little black and white poodles. They are actually salt and pepper shakers. Little Bear is rather fold of them too.

And how could we have a spring tea party without a pink and white polka dot teapot and tray?

And for those that prefer coffee, have I got a cup for you! This big Starbucks coffee mug was a Christmas gift from my sweet husband. I plan on planting flowers in it when the weather turns more agreeable.

Thank you for stopping in for a cup of coffee, tea, and a little something sweet!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Early Morning Easel Drawings

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. ~Oscar Wilde

I always enjoy seeing my grandson's art projects!

Isaac describes this recent picture as:

Daddy is jumping off a diving board. There are no bombs allowed on the diving board. Mommy is resting. Isaac is watching the fireplace. And Hannah is playing with a pig.

I love that Mommy is resting! ♥

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Before and After ~ Brick Patio Reveal

The before patio photograph looks pretty sad.  Picture flowers and bushes along the edge near the house.  My husband had to dig them up before the mason started working.  We saved them and will replant them in the near future.  Hoping to spare the back porch furniture from too much work dust, I covered them with old sheets.

What a difference 5 days make (and a bunch of $).  Definitely worth it all.

And that is the story of how the beautiful brick patio came to be.

The End

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

More New Brick Patio Reveals

Here is a bit more of the brick patio.  You can see the bbq in the right corner.  You can see some brown leaves in the trees still hanging on for dear life.  We wish they'd fall down and we can rake them up all at once!

A close up of the gas bbq.  It looks filthy because of all the work dust.  It cleans up new!  My husband can hardly wait to heat up the grill.  Besides the regular bbq features, the bbq has a rotisserie and a searing station.

Tomorrow, we will travel back in time to what the patio looked like before.

Monday, March 13, 2017

New Brick Patio Reveal

Here is the first photograph of the new brick patio.  You can see the fire pit, the seating around the edges (there is a brick seat back on the curve by the fire pit), and the stone table (36" x 96"). What you can't see is the counters and bbq.

You can see half of the screened-in porch and the white rails/steps.  Directly opposite those steps are the two brick/stone pillars that lead a brick step down into the gardens/woods.

The mason and crew did an absolutely beautiful job building everything.  We are very happy.

Tomorrow I will post the bbq end photograph and also a before the work was done photograph.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

And Can It Be

And can it be that I should gain
An int'rest in the Savior's blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

'Tis mystery all! Th'Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine!
'Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more. [Refrain]

He left His Father's throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race;
'Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me. [Refrain]

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quick'ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed Thee. [Refrain]

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th'eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own. [Refrain]

Charles Wesley (1738)

This is one of my favorite hymns.  Such a beautiful reminder that it is only by God's loving grace that we are saved.  Amen!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Shams of a Different Color

Posting the photograph yesterday of Little Bear hiding under the bed reminded me that it was time to change the daybed's quilt and shams.  I love this antique rose gold quilt.  I can't seem to find the matching shams so I made do with shams of a different color.

The two green floral pillow shams match the touch of green in the quilt.  Even though the white sham doesn't match the quilt in color, the flowers are similar to the ones in the quilt.  The green foliage on the white sham also matches the lighter green in the other shams.  The smaller pillows match the antique gold in the quilt. I'm not crazy about the white bedskirt.  I do have a matching bedskirt to the quilt but it probably is with the matching shams in a box in the attic.  I'll find them eventually.

Do your bed pillow shams match?

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Friday, March 10, 2017

When You're Down and Troubled

when you're down and troubled
and you need some loving care

hide under the bed
and eat popcorn

The patio is finished and no one is happier than Little Bear.  All the noise and commotion was too much for Little Bear's ordinary days.  She hid under the bed most of the time and only came out for water and treats.  Popcorn can be a wonderful comfort food!  I love you Little Bear!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Yankee Candle Treasure

Little bread-and-butterflies kiss the tulips
And the sun is like a toy balloon
There are get-up-in-the-morning glories
In the golden afternoon

There are dizzy daffodils on the hillside
Strings of violets are all in tune
Tiger lilies love the dandelions
In the golden afternoon

There are dog and cat-erpillars and a copper centipede
Where the lazy daisies love the very peaceful life
They lead...
You can learn a lot of things from the flowers
For especially in the month of June
There's a wealth of happiness and romance
All in the golden afternoon

Disney's Golden Afternoon, Alice in Wonderland

While I was in town on Tuesday, I stopped at the thrift shop. I unearthed a lovely treasure ~ a Yankee Candle Shade for a medium/large candle. I love the soft colors and all the different flowers on each side of the shade. ♥ that it was only $3.00.

Have you discovered any buried treasures lately?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

More Love

My daughter recently took this picture of the grands.  Isaac is gently guiding Hannah through the mall.  So cute! ♥

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Love Letters

Every now and then, I receive the sweetest love letters from my grandson Isaac. I was especially tickled by the toots/tootsie reference. That is one of my pet names for him. Last year, he asked me not to call him toots (or tootsie). I asked him what he would rather I call him and he said Sweetheart! This year, he likes toots or tootsie. I ♥ being a Nana!

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Rise of the Machines

The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. I wish I could believe that.
Terminator 3,
The Rise of the Machines

And so the work begins. The dirt diggers and the brick layers have arrived with their machines to start our brick patio.  There are numerous large trucks lining the street ~ one even has a port~a~potty on it.  It looks like they are leaving it on the truck bed to use.  At least they won't be knocking on my door to use the facilities.

It looks like there are about 6 to 8 men working.  They are definitely hard workers.  I keep telling my husband that they should all be wearing those little painter mask things.  So much dust and dirt and cement flying around.  They keep breathing it all in.  Oh dear.

My husband took some before pictures and I will post them with the after ones when the project is complete.  Our property is quite big.  Originally there was just a fairly small cement slab there.  Nothing fancy at all.  The men have pulled that all up and started digging and leveling the ground.  I am pretty sure the new patio will be 20 feet by 36 feet.  There will be a fire pit area, a dining area, and a barbecue with counters etc area.

Weather permitting, the work will be completed by the end of the week.  Hooray!

Sunday, March 5, 2017


I gazed into the stars
I followed where the eastern light does show
I tried to find the Light to fill my achin' soul

I looked into the ocean
I walked upon the mountain tops
I trusted in my garden tryin' to set my spirit free
And then the Son of Man, He beckoned to me
The Spirit of the Light came in true love
Like a gentle summer breeze, so comfortin', so free
He gave the Light of Freedom within Me

He is the Mornin' Star
He causes all the lights to shine
He walks within the garden beside me
From the depths of the sea
Beyond the highest mountain top
He causes all the universe to be

And I sing Hallelu, sing praises to my Lord
I sing Hallelu, Hallelu

John Michael Talbot

One of my absolute favorite praise songs. I hope this song blesses you too.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Miss Kathleen

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

Miss Kathleen is a very memorable character and addition to the Gray Dame Society.  Picture a tall beautiful Irish woman dressed to the nines no matter where she was or what time of day it may be. One would never guess that Miss Kathleen is in her seventies. She is a master makeup artist ~ a gift which comes in handy more often that not in Society work.

Miss Kathleen's beauty and persona are intoxicating.  When she enters a room, all eyes are on her.  It is rather remarkable that she joined the Society.  I suppose there are only so many committees or gardening one can attend to.  Miss Kathleen was looking for a purpose and she found one in the Gray Dame Society.

Friday, March 3, 2017

A Peek Into My Week

On Tuesday, I mentioned my new journaling/scrapbooking project.  Here are a few peeks into my week.

Yesterday, I needed a reminder that I need to take things one day at a time. Wednesday was my first day of physical therapy for my arm. It wasn't too rough but boy my arm was sore for days!
Wednesday was the first of March. Lots to do and an important thought to ponder.

After my physical therapy, my sweet husband and I went to dinner.  Then off to the market to pick up some groceries.  I haven't been able to drive for a week since I hurt my arm.  So when in town ~ time to get things done!

I haven't charted my day for today yet. My husband and I were gone most of the day. I had my yearly physical in the big city and then we popped into Costco.

I am going to choose a big YOO HOO sticker for today. I've lost 2 lbs since my last visit. I know 2 lbs doesn't sound like a lot but at my age, any weight loss is a victory! Experts say that decreases in metabolism mean that women gain an average of 10 pounds around menopause. Oh bother!

Little by little the pounds are coming off.  Still a big YOO HOO... and other than my arm, I am as healthy as can be.

Care to share a bit about your week? ♥

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Listening Well

Yesterday's quote was not my own.  I found it online somewhere with no credit to an author.  I'm not sure who originally wrote it. Today I have added a little more to the quote.

a humble soul listens well
discerns what is truth and what is not

It is sad to say that sometimes women just accept what they are told by others who they deem having authority over them.  This applies to men as well but I'm writing about women in particular.  I've read quite a few blogs lately where women believe that they are second to men before God.  And that leads into the whole patriarchy deception.  How I want to just invite those ladies over for a cup of coffee or tea and tell them that they are equal to their husbands before God.  They are treasured and loved as much as any man.

No one should have to stay in a situation where they are abused. Amen? Amen!  Yet, I read where women reach out for "guidance" and are told that as Christian women that they must have done something wrong.

I even read...  (Now if you have known me for a while, this will come as no surprise to you why this upsets me so.) that if a woman was sexually abused (even as a child), that it was a long time ago and she is at fault (sinning) for the past abuse affecting her in any way now.  The abused woman is at fault for allowing the abuse to traumatize her.  That is what I read and it made me very angry.

There's more but I don't have the heart to tell you how messed up some of these "teachings" are.  I don't usually get up on a soapbox but I just couldn't remain silent.

Dear Sisters, I pray that you will find the freedom that is in Christ.  I pray that you will know how precious you are to Him.  I pray for His comfort and truth to touch you and to empower you to live as daughters of the King.

*pixabay  photograph*

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Simple Truth

a humble soul listens well