Monthly Archives: February 2014



Over at Revgals Deb writes this for today’s Friday five (thanks Deb):

I have been busy writing “professional” papers, where it is required that staid, measured prose be properly footnoted, annotated and credited. I am tired of living there!

However, my creative brain is somewhere in the land of strange to illogical. So join me in my flight of thought and tell us:

1. A color that you enjoy (and where you find it)

2. A food or drink you have discovered recently that is just da bomb!

3. A simile for tiredness

4. A random picture from your phone, camera or computer

5. Your least favorite bill: car mechanic, dentist or plumber?

BONUS: If you are going to have a Lenten practice or discipline, what is it? If you have a book or on-line resource, be sure to share it!

When you play, link your post in the comments so we can visit!

 1.   Most of you know by now my favorite color is pink.  When we adopted our son I felt like I was now out numbered – males were all around me – my husband, the dog nod now our baby.  I took up a deeper love for pink then.  

2.  A newly discovered drink: Chocolate milkshake made with almond milk.

3.   A simile for being tired:   “I’m as tired as a worn out sock.”

4.   Random pic from your phone:   Face timing with my littleman before my surgery on Wednesday.

5.  Least favorite bill:  hands down a car repair bill


A Few of My Favorite things….


Over at RevGals the Friday Five is up.  What is your favorite:

1. food

2. drink

3. animal

4. color

5. time of day

Bonus: Any favorite you haven’t mentioned above that you want to bring up! 

1.  Food:  Ice cream and Nice bars

2.  Drink:  Coke or milk

3.  Animal:   Owl, sheep, turtles but to own a dog!

4.  Color: Pink

5.  Time of Day:  nap time 


Love and Friday Five


It’s Friday Five time over at RevGals — well I’m a day late but never to late to play.  Today’s theme is love and here’s what they say about Friday Five over on the revgals page:

Hello Gals and Pals,

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know that some (a lot) of you are digging out from snow and ice and lack of electricity. We feel for you, and love you! Some of you have a love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. ‘Nuff said. I happen to enjoy Valentine’s Day in spite of having exactly one date ever on VD (before I was married). I love celebrating Love! So, all that is to say is that our Friday Five is to tell us about five random things that you love.

 How in the world can I limit all the things I love to 5?  Well here goes, in no particular order and I’m taking the first 5 that come to mind, now that doessn’t mean that I love these 5 more than what my next 5 might be ~ just 5 loves of mine:

1.  My Boys — my 40 something boy and my 8 year old.  They take care of me when I’m not feeling well and they plot against me at other times.  In fact they are the ones behind my valentines diner that you see pictured above.  Both of them bring such Joy to my life each day and I thank God daily for blessing my life with them.  Guess i love them so much that they tend to appear in most of my blog posts.   

2.  I love being a pastor (most of the time).  You know it’s not a job but a calling when you truly love doing what you do and when the thought of not doing it any more brings great distress.  Certainly there are times when I wonder what I’ve gotten myself into and then I remember that I haven’t gotten myself into anything that it is God who has called me and with God’s help I’ll find my way out.  Then there are times that I know I’m standing on sacred ground and am blessed beyond measure to share in the holiness of folks lives.

3.  Chocolate – I love Chocolate.  I especially love chocolate and almonds.  That’s some yummy stuff and that’s all I can say because now I want some and theres none in the house.

4.  I love the color PINK.  It makes me happy.

5.   I love fiber — not the fiber that you eat but the fiber that is used to create beautiful, unique creations.  I’m talking fiber that is spun into yarn and some woven into fabric.  I have plenty of both but tend to use the kind that is spun into yarn because I also love knitting.  Speaking of which, I’ve got some projects that are calling me name. 

Snow Opportunities


I think it’s kinda awesome that the past few days have been brought to a halt because of an incredible amount of snow. Or at least an incredible amount of snow for North Carolina. It sort of makes me in the mood to watch the Winter Olympics and to knit.

Knitting is one of the times that I feel closest to God and feel most present in this world. The rhythm of knitting keeps me grounded in the here and now. Certainly there are times when I find myself knitting and praying for someone but it doesn’t feel forced, it feels natural and it feels like it who I’m supposed to be holding close to the love and light of an awesome God.

During the Olympics knitters on Raverly often have knitting games that provide some fun, challenging activities for our hands as we do what so many others are doing – watching the olympics. The group I’m most active in on Ravelry has created our own Fiber Games and therefore I have 2 major projects on needles with the hope of at least hitting the finish line before the end of the closing ceremonies.

I’ve decided to knit 5 hearts for synod – one in each of the olympic colors. I have 4 knit just the black one to go and then the felting process. I guess I’ve left black till last because it doesn’t seem right to knit a black heart but I’ve got some thoughts on how to embellish it so that it looks attractive and fun like the other more colorful ones.

The second project that I switch between is a chevron cowl for myself. I knit one for Joe’s sister for Christmas and really loved it and so thought that it was a project that i would get a lot of use out of for myself and decided to go for it. It’s made out of Gina yarn made by the Plymouth Yarn Company. It’s self striping and the colors make a bold statement together. It’s also an affordable yarn at just a little over $6 a skein and usually you only need 2. On that project I’ve finished the first skein and am into the second. So I’m hopeful that I will get done before the closing. It’s blown my mind away how fast some folks can knit.

In addition to knitting, watching the olympics and watching it snow I’ve done some reading for personal enrichment and for church stuff. The book that has certainly got me thinking is Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward. I will try to write a review or some thoughts on it when I’m finally finished with it and have processed it enough. If your looking for something to take you deeper into your relationship with God, I highly recommend this book.

So snow is good for reading, knitting, watching the olympics, getting caught up on some work and just plain being!


Springing Forward – oh I wish!


Over at Revgal’s it’s time to play Friday Five again.  This week we are looking forward to Spring (and after such a harsh winter who isn’t?).   

Here in Nashville the annual Antiques and Garden Show is getting underway.  The temperatures are more cold and windy than is typical, and the garden displays with colorful spring blooms are going to be tonic for many of the souls that visit the show this weekend. Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted another six weeks of winter when he saw his shadow, but spring is on the minds of many!
With that in mind,
1) What do you anticipate with the coming of spring?
2) Is there anything you will miss about winter?
3) Is there an occasion on the horizon to which you’re looking forward?
4) Do you have a favorite spring memory?
5) Do you have a favorite spring flower/bloom, and if so, what makes it special to you?

So here goes my attempt at Springing Forward:

1.  Spring is a  beautiful season.  One that is often warm enough to be outside without a jacket during the day and cool enough to build an outdoor fire at night.  Pleasant days to “play” outside and soak up some natural vitamin D.

2.  One thing I love doubt winter is the opportunity to curl up with my heating blanket and take a nap or read a book.  When spring arrives I usually have to put away the heating blanket for a little while.

3. A trip to Chicago at the beginning of May.  I’m on the Moravian Lutheran Co-ordinating committee and this years meeting happens to be in Chicago.  So I get to experience spring in a different part of the United States.  Plus since it’s a bucket list place for hubby, he’s coming along and we will try to extend the trip a couple of days so we can enjoy the windy city together.

4. Favorite spring memory?  Hmm that’s a bit tougher of one but perhaps the ability to jump rope, blow bubbles and ride bikes again oh and fly a kite.  All things I’ve discovered having a little man in the house.

5.  I love all flowers and blooms and would love to have a lens on my camera and take a class on how to take better pictures of some of them.  The colors in contrast to the bleak winter are stunning.  Here are just a few of my favorites: