Aren't cameras wonderful? We can have summer flowers in January!
This morning, while putting my makeup on, I was listening to one of my favorite pastors on-line (James MacDonald from Walk in the Word). His sermon was on Isaiah 40 and during my prayer time and Bible reading, I took a break from the book of Numbers and read Isaiah. If you can read this some time today, I believe you will be refreshed. Especially verses 28 - 31:
"Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
the will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
After last week I feel fragile. I feel weak. I feel weary. How wonderful it is that the Lord can give us strength. He can give us power. I feel like I've had my time of refreshment for today - He gave me what I needed to hear. : )
I had two goals for this day:
*Deep-clean the bathroom (deep cleaning is different than just the weekly surface cleaning - it is washing the walls, cleaning out cupboards, dusting off light fixtures and shelves, etc. along with the weekly cleaning of toilet/shower/sink).
*Do every piece of household laundry (wash, dry, fold, put away).
I also vacuumed and swept floors. I am considering myself done for the day. : )
I took advantage of the terribly cold weather this past weekend and made cards. I know I've posted about this before, but I could literally sit all week and just make cards. Ever since my friend told me about this a few years ago, I'm hooked. It is one of the most creative, frugal, and relaxing thing I can think of to do. Here's a sampling:
I used lots of glitter for winter sparkle. : )
And after I finish posting this blog, this is the hand work I started last night:
I found this lovely piece of pre-printed fabric in a quilt shop while on vacation last summer. I put batting in between and a backing on, sewed it all together and now the fun part begins - going around each square with hand stitches. I will show the finished product when done. : )
It was supposed to be Meatless Monday tonight but I have a pound of hamburger in the fridge with a few odds and ends of things from the weekend, so I am making goulash (a favorite of ours). Here is the recipe:
1 lb. hamburger (ground beef)
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
2 onions, chopped
2 beef bouillon cubes
1/2 cup hot water
1 can tomato soup
1, 16 oz. can stewed tomatoes
Garlic salt to taste
Onion salt to taste
1, 7 oz. pkg. elbow macaroni, cooked
Brown meat, celery and onions. Drain. Dissolve bouillon cubes in hot water. Add soup, tomatoes, noodles, and seasonings. Pour into 2-qt. casserole. Cover, bake at 350 for 1 hour. This is a good pantry meal with items I normally have around. Tonight, however, I'm going to add leftover corn to it and top with leftover shredded cheddar cheese. Kind of a comfort food for us. : )
I hope you are enjoying your day as well. Thank you once again for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog. You are always welcome. : ) God bless your homemaking efforts.