Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Being still...


The more often we see the things around us - 
even the beautiful and wonderful things - 
the more they become invisible to us. 

That is why we often take for granted 
the beauty of this world: 
the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - 
even those we love. 

Because we see things so often, 
we see them less and less. 

(Joseph B. Wirthlin)


Out my window...







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Friday, January 19, 2018

Quiet Conversations


I awoke this morning to darkness. The quiet of the early morning is my favorite time of day. It is when I hear You the most. My senses are slow to wake, as they gradually form my perspective of this new day. You are present, in the sound, smell and feel of my morning.

out my window - unfiltered

I am blessed with that first sip of hot coffee, and I take in the smell, the aroma of a fresh new day reminding me of how glorious this day will be. My moves may be small, but everything I do is significant to you. I remind myself of just how loved I feel at this moment. Breathe, knowing that all is okay, all is right. All is in place as You want it to be.

I light my candle and take a few moments to remember those who are in need and hurting. I will remember their need several more times during my day and lift them up to You. I know You will comfort their pain, give them strength, heal their bodies and lift up their spirits in peace that only You can give.



out my window - unfiltered


I feed Kitty, she purrs and gives me all of her attention. Her needs are few and her morning attention to me is simple and pure. She has no expectations, she is happy in this moment, happy waiting her turn. She is excited and content.

In my window Kitty - unfiltered


I set my coffee down, turn on a small lamp and face the east. I start to move, one movement at a time, focusing on my breathing. It hurts, but I will not quit. I must do the work.  This is my journey in life and I feel grateful for a fresh new day.

I start my stretching and rotating of these painful joints. With Your guidance, I take control. I move and bend, giving the pain and stiffness to You to carry. I take deep breaths, trying not to cough, knowing you will provide. I flourish in the sunlight of your attention, and feel this warmth, this strength flowing into my body. I am strong. I am disciplined. I am committed.


out my window - unfiltered

I turn, rotate and become aware of how warm I am on this cold day. I turn again, seeing the beauty of the pink sunrise out the window. My eyes rejoice.

I bend this knee, then that knee, ever mindful of the blessing of healers dedicated to making my body all it can be. I ask You to take the pain away, to heal these bones, these muscles, this mind.

I raise my hands to the stars, imagining the blood of Your son flowing over me, to cover me, shield me, and energize me. I am forgiven. I have eternal life.

I bow, bending over, more, and even more. I feel those muscles and bones bend and stretch. I am here, as I imagine I am washing the feet of Jesus. I raise, and reach in praise of your divine almighty. I bend again, wrapping my hands around my ankles, surrendering completely. I breathe deep.

out my window - unfiltered


I reach up again, rising in complete gratitude for all the Glory I have been given, will receive, want and need. This is Your day, one You have made and I will rejoice in it.

I am ready.

I am prepared to live my best, to be happy, to be motivated, energized, and to feel all that You have for me on this day.  I declare this day with intention and purpose.


Amen.





Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Give Thanks: My Perfect Table


When I close my eyes...



I picture my perfect Thanksgiving Table.




It is beautifully set, very big, filled with food and surrounded by family.





When my daughter was little, we always had both sides of our family to our home. I would wake at 2am and start the turkey, then on to making pies, and rolls, and the veggies. Then to the table settings, and lots and lots of dish washing, all by hand. I would put a borrowed card table next to my dining room table so that we could all sit together. But that didn't matter, it was a perfect table.



22 years later when we moved to Gatlin Court, I was blessed with a large formal dining room. I could set my table days in advance, and I had a dishwasher, still my favorite appliance, to help with the clean up. Gatlin Court was a big house, so Thanksgiving Day was always Thanksgiving Days, family came early and stayed till Sunday morning. That Thanksgiving table was busy, it fed us breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, then turned into a game table at night. Not only was that table a perfect table, it was in a perfect house, one filled with people all year long.



I am so grateful for all those years.
I am grateful for a year of rest, time to reflect and time to heal.
I am also grateful for my forgiveness, family, friends, food, and natures beauty.

I built this year's Thanksgiving table from things around my home. I wanted each piece to reflect my gratitude for just some of the many blessings that I have received.




I began with my husband's Bible from his childhood. It was most important, and I wanted it laid open to the 23rd Psalm. I then added the ceramic pumpkins purchased on a mother/daughter shopping trip to Hobby Lobby three years ago. Next was a sunflower stem to represent natures beauty.  Then a candle filled with corn and beans to represent food for our family, and a flame to show my gratitude for a safe, warm home. I walked around my home and found a few smaller photos of good times with family and friends, some whom have passed. I also found this crystal plaque given to me from a dear friend reminding me of the importance of celebrating our friendships. I then laid some of my written prayers from my prayer jar across the bottom of the Bible. I felt this represented my need for all of the above, and my faith in prayer.



This is this year's perfect table.


I give Thanks for so much.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit and that your coming days will be filled with joy.


I am so grateful to be a part of the 
Give Thanks Tablescape blog tour. 
This is my first one and I am so excited. 
Katherine over at 
has so givingly sponsored this tour 
and I want to say a BIG THANK YOU 
to her for her help and assistance. 
I love her blog! 
Hop over there and enjoy!




Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday


Joining Sandy
over at
Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Welcome to my blog, Gee Dazee,
named after a little lady named Grandma Daisy.
Outside my window: The weather is beautiful, the sun is shining and making our lake look like diamonds this morning. The leaves have all blown off the trees opening up our views across the land. 



Looking around my house: A normal Monday, cat toys scattered about, evidence that we have a kitten calling our house home; the Thanksgiving table is set, and the grocery list is on the counter.

I'm listening: to Joel Osteen's sermon. I record them so I can watch them anytime I want. It is a good way for me to start my day.

Todays Verse: John 15: 1 and 2: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." This verse has special meaning for me this week.

My menu this week: Tonight we will have sausage and kraut, a meal we don't have often but sounds good today. It is easy, quick and full of flavor. I like to add applesauce to it after eating it at the German Festival in September. It adds a second flavor and makes it a bit mellow. Last week the store had nice Cauliflower heads, so there is left-over Cheese Cauliflower soup for my lunch.  The rest of the week is up for grabs. Turkey and ham is on the menu Thursday. 

My favorite blog post this past week: Aunt Ruthies Sugar Pie Farm House I love her blog and especially her youtube videos. Her recipe for Butter Crunch Pumpkin Bars sounds delicious.

On my to-do-list: Keep up my bike riding, I am averaging 4 miles a day. Thanks to my spine doctors for getting me back on my feet, now I am doing my part by doing a daily tai chi session and riding my bike. I will need to stay with my daily journaling, it is helping me track triggers that may cause a fibromyalgia flare, keep me focused on a healthier diet, and I enjoy the creativity that bullet journaling offers me.  I am also participating in a link up with Katie over at Katherines Corner "Give Thanks Tablescape blog tour". I have been working on my Thanksgiving Table and I will share it on the 22nd. Hope you will come by and take a look.

On my mind: reminiscing. My Uncle was moved to hospice care yesterday. I pray for him and his children, grandchildren, may they find peace and strength. Thanksgiving is a time for me to list everything I have been grateful for the past year. I keep a daily gratitude journal and there seems to never be enough space to list everything. I am most grateful for my life that has lasted longer than I thought it would. Everyday is a blessing. Everyday that is pain free is a bonus!

From my camera: a photo from the winter of 2015, 14 inches of snow. We loved it, and I hope we get another one this year! It was beautiful!

Winter snow in 2015

Thank you for stopping by.
I hope you have a great week!