Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
This dry weather has enabled me to give my walls a fresh coat of paint, so I have been taking some time to rest from it, sit outside to read and try to catch up on correspondence. I did a little prep-work today by spackling holes and imperfections in the walls and washing away some of the dust. It would sure be lovely if a room that was being painted could mind its own business, but it always spills over into other rooms. I hope before too long that there will be places to sit and that things will be put away.
I am trying to keep from getting too anxious about it by taking a few moments each day to do something else. I can remember the days when my family and I could finish painting and cleaning up in just a couple of days, but now I think it takes me several months to recover from the upheaval.
Sometimes I illustrate personal letters with crayons because they are such a simple medium, needing no mixing and no clean-up.
and see something orderly, in its place. Magazines are inspirational but I like the homemaking blogs a lot better because ladies are showing what they are really doing at home with their own things and showing how they really live. Just a few years ago the only ideas that were available were from commercial magazines or furniture stores, where everything was staged, and there were only a few publications available. Now there are hundreds of blogs all over the world that show so many homes where people dwell and work and clean and create. Some of the magazines are now including people's blog posts. I like to visit the blogs when I have time because I enjoy seeing how women mix their inherited treasures with their every day things and how they make their homes beautiful and comfortable. There are so many more ideas being shared.
Above is the little novel I wrote for Drina, who took me to Miss Marple's Tea Room when I lived at the campground in Victoria, Australia. It was about an adventure or two we had together. The chapter about the movies centered on my wanting to take my purse with me. She said it was not necessary because she was paying for my ticket. I asked about at least taking my identification but she said, "I recognize you and I will identify you." Drina was originally from Croatia, and she had an unusual and lovable sense of humor. I sewed the pages together on the sewing machine with a fancy stitch. I rarely go to the movies, and I had not been sleeping much or very comfortqbly during my 2 months away from home. The seat in the theatre felt like a cloud, the room was warm, and I fell asleep, so I cannot tell you much about the movie.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Usually these wild sweet peas can withstand anything.
Although I would not cotton to living in town, I think it would be great to buy this (if by some miracle I ever got such money) and fix up the interior and exterior, adding trim and fence (matching, like they do in Victoria) and either re-sell it or use it for a guest house. I would re-model some of the outside for a more 19th century effect. What do you think?
Or does it just need new curtains?
One of the scenes on my way back home.
Here is that poppy field again. I need to serve tea out here! Maybe when I am more caught up on my work, I will try that, if the field of flowers is still there.
I have a ton of things to do, but have jumped a few hurdles: I got dressed and wrote one letter, watered the garden and made a blog post. I just hope I have the energy to finally clean up one of the catch-all rooms in my house.
Someone sent a comment that I did not publish: "Don't you have children, dearie?"
My children have their own work to do and I try not to be a burden on them. I usually try to get my own work done and then offer my help if anyone (friends, rellies) needs it. My husband and I are still able-bodied, (his 70th birthday coming up) and healthier than a lot of young people we know, so we intend to keep house and garden as long as we are able. I have just returned from looking after my 83 year old Mama for 2 months and I feel like I am still capable of looking after my own house. It is always easy for others to tell you to let children and grandchildren do your work, but it is not that simple. Most things in a home are personal. In the matter of cleaning up someone else's clutter, you almost have to be able to read their minds. It takes personal judgement to know where to put your personal posessions, and there is the problem of preference, too. My home is an expression of my love and my preferences and convictions. I also think my children and grandchildren should spend time cleaning and perfecting their own homes.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Because I returned from my Australian trip in the middle of our summer, I found myself quite a bit behind the time to plant. I was able to find a few abandoned-looking plants on sale, as the garden centers begin to clear out their summer things, so I am hoping to have good weather for the flowers and eventually get a summer flower bed that is full of bright flowers. I work outside while it is still cool in the mornings, and later in the evenings.
The housework is still quite a bit in arrears, and after the experience with packing up my mother's house in a specific amount of time, I am practicing the habit of doing something creative each day and trying to socialize a little each day either in person or by other means of letters, or electronic communication. Today I wrote another of the little books I have written for various people that I met, relating times we spent together. The one you see, above, is being sent to sweet Betty, whom you know of from previous posts. You can only guess what must be inside this little novel. I've used a pen-name as the author.
I have made new kitchen curtains, and when the kitchen is cleaned up I will post a picture of the whole thing, with coordinating fabric accessories.
It is too hot to be outside, and the temperature is 90 F and 32C. You see I have the drapes drawn on the front window to block out the western sun which can make it very hot indoors.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
May we give thanks for the freedom we have in this nation to worship Him in spirit and in truth. May we remember that all freedom is bought at a price and give thanksgiving for those who gave their lives that we may have this freedom. Let us remember to ask God to guide the leaders of this country and to raise up those who will lead it back to the one true standard. Let's praise Him for those who are daily working to do His will within our government. May we remember and teach, without fear and with all boldness of spirit, that true freedom can only be found in Christ Jesus.
Happy Independence Day
"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." John 8:36 NKJV
Note: Thank you for this, and for all you do at the Romans Sixteen blog.
And now, I will relate a few of my own thoughts, on various topics.
Facing a shameful time in history.
It is difficult to write with any joy about "our" special national day, because of this shameful time in our history---not that the shame is on common citizens, but on a government whose actions do not represent our beliefs. The President also defies God's word in many of the things he promotes overseas. We, like Nehemiah want to remove this reproach. People in foreign countries who participate in their hearts and minds with the documents of our Founding Fathers (yes, "fathers") are also upset at the outrageous activities of the government which has trod on our freedoms and threatened the freedom of other countries. My husband and I and the rest of my family want the world to know that we think it is wrong for the U.S. government to spy on citizens of our country and expose their personal privacy, and spy and other countries, and that those who exposed this wrongdoing are heroes, not criminals (providing that it is not a total hoax, which is entirely possible.)It is ironic that a government that thinks we are not allowed any privacy can be so outraged when their own private evil is exposed. The Bible says to reprove the "unfruitful works of darkness." Ephesians 5:11
We who are disciples of Christ are in a better kingdom that benefits the nation.
While the wicked may be in power, let us not forget that the kingdom of light (those who are disciples of Christ) will always be at odds with the kingdom of darkness (those who defy the Word of God, which is the will of God.) Making disciples will put more people in the kingdom, and get more people out of the kingdom of darkness, so this is why having the liberty to teach the gospel and make disciples, is so important.As Christians we are citizens of a different kingdom with a heavenly passport and a holy constitution, the word of God, which much of the federalist papers (the rough drafts of the Constitution) were based on. Citizens in the Lord's kingdom will be better citizens in any country.
Do not think that a harsh ruler will allow you religious freedom.
Some people idealistically say that under duress and persecution, the church will simply grow in numbers and "thrive," and therefore, they feel it does not matter how the government behaves. What they do not remember is that the nations that live under dictatorships (North Korea, Zimbabwe, Cuba, for example) are not able to teach the gospel or send out missionaries. Under a socialist, communist, dictatorship, Christian parents will not be able to freely homeschool or teach their faith to their children. Parents will be imprisoned while the state takes their children. That is why it is so important to govern the government and keep it accountable and to maintain freedom. I believe that young men like Ted Cruz, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and others are very brave to correct those who are elected and unelected. It impresses me that they are all so young, and that there is a young generation of determined and energetic conservatives.
True U.S. Citizenship.
I noticed that Ted Cruz was born in Canada, and that many people wrongfully believe that he cannot run for President. Having lived in Canada as American citizens, during a time when many other Americans were hired to work in the oil and gas industry there, I am certain that Cruz is a citizen. Our oldest child was born in Calgary, Alberta (as was Cruz) and is an American citizen. Just as children born to ambassadors serving in foreign countries to American parents are automatically American citizens, my child was considered an American, even with a Canadian birth certificate. Therefore, Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas, born of a naturalized American citizen father (from Cuba) and an American mother, is an American citizen and is qualified to be President, should the American people desire to elect him.
Re-establish your country with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Finally, I would like to remind you of the tiny country of Estonia, who threw off a foreign government by enacting their own culture of national songs, national flags, colors, sayings, constitution and beliefs. We are in a situation of being so demoralized by what those in D.C. are doing that we do not feel like singing the songs which proclaim the greatness of this country. We do not believe we ought to be blessed by God.
We do not believe that we have our country anymore and are ashamed to sing "God Bless America, " or "America the Beautiful." The first and easiest thing to do which will defeat a people is to demoralize them, making them think they are "no good" and unworthy and that they deserve to be brought low; deserving every evil thing that happens to them. That way, Satan and his allies can actually get us to cooperate with them in our own defeat.
We look at the things that the media publishes that are so shameful and we conclude that "we" are all wicked and that America is a wicked nation. We need to understand that this is a type of demoralization so that we will not feel we have anything to be happy about and will think we deserve to suffer. This kind of thinking will demoralize us and immobilize us so that we will not continue to pursue the various personal enterprises that make a country strong and great and good.
I was greatly encouraged by watching a documentary film called "The Singing Revolution", which recorded how Estonia re-established their nation-hood, their language, their constitution, their flag, their government, their songs and their culture. Although you will not agree with all of it, the main principle is to live who you are, and to practice your faith and to insist on your freedom, erstwhile getting those who oppress you to leave.
So, sing your songs and read the Constitution aloud today. Go to town and dress up like Yankee Doodle and take a copy of the Constitution and stand on a wooden box in front of Safeway or Dollar Tree or WalMart and take turns with your friends reading portions of the constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Bring your family and friends to sing songs and proclaim liberty throughout the land. Publish your opinions and beliefs on the Internet and spread the cause of freedom, just like the FOUNDING FATHERS did before.
From the Declaration of Independence are some applicable statements for today:
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
These words, written so long ago, serve today as a chastisement upon the current administration and past decades of elected and unelected people in government. I hope they will take note.
You might enjoy this video by a perhaps future president?
Monday, July 01, 2013
I took this picture of a field of poppies growing across from our house.
A young country neighbor who is also a Christian wanted to know if I knew somewhere she could swim that was private. I knew of a clean, clear part of the Willamette River, (pronounced Wil-LAM-it), and we took a picnic lunch. While we were dipping in the river we noticed that, unlike most rivers we were acquainted with, the current in this river did not flow out to the west, toward the sea, but was going north.
This is a closer view of those poppies, which we passed on our way to the river.
We spent several hours cooling off in this river. Later, we enjoyed walking on the pebbled beach and picking up colored stones in aqua, red and yellow.
We set up the quilt and picnic over there by the little cove. I completely forgot to get pictures of the picnic setting....