Thankful Thursday

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There’s always lots to be thankful for when one is a Child of God. These are only a speckling of recent thankful’s, in no particular order:

I’m thankful to have circled around the globe another year to love others, make lots of mistakes, get to do cool things and worship the LORD. Yesterday was my 64th. I’m so thankful that God allows me to stay, even with all my grumbling, lack of faith and screw ups, and still try to work for Him. He is very loving. And so is my sweet husband of almost 41 years! He made the day really special. He went out to the workshop and cut out another Bluebird house, just for me, cooked all the food, then baked the Keto Kentucky Butter Cake. Everything was so wonderful! This was yesterday’s doin’s. (click on picture for description)

I’m thankful for New England Coffee with foamy heavy cream and lots of Splenda. I have several of different flavors to sample from during the day. They’re a real Pick Me Up. Plus, drinking coffee instead of eating, is helping me stay in ketosis without getting cravings. I’ve lost even more weight recently. I praise Jesus for that. 🙂

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I’m thankful for the rain so that I could finally finish cleaning up and burning yard debris. It had been so dangerously dry in Southeast Georgia but it rained like crazy yesterday. Thank you LORD! Before that I didn’t DARE light a fire. The one mile of dirt road is probably ride-able now also. Might be a good day to go for a spin.

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Oh, and before I forget, I’m also thankful for my 1/2 sister Kimberly*. She shared this photo below on FaceBook recently. Many years ago I had asked if there were any family photos that had my Great Grand’s or Grand’s in. They said no. Well, turns out, they do have some photos. She shared this one recently but failed to explain Who Is Who or Where or When. Dragging coherent answers out of her is like looking for hen’s teeth. Truly! (Too many drugs and alcohol have taken their toll, to be honest.) “I think” the gentleman standing in the back on the left is my biological Great-granddad General Gates McMahan. My Granddad, George Baxter McMahan, I think, is the one in the middle kneeling. The rest are Granddad’s brothers, my Uncles, that I’ve never met, but still cool, huh?!

  • I’m adopted and these are my birth-family. I wasn’t raised with these folks. Didn’t meet most of them and we are tentatively getting familiar with each other. For more info on what the names are and so forth, please go to this page: http://www.redbirdacres.net/irisheyes.html

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And, I’m always thankful for you, gentle reader. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope your day is blessed!

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Saturday

My husband received a pre-birthday gift this week. It’s a Canon EF 100-400mm zoom lens for his camera.

Today this post is by him:

I’ve spent part of the day walking around the yard familiarizing myself with the new lens. Here are a few images from today. First pic is a Cloudless Sulfur butterfly on red Dianthus. A Green Anole on the back deck. Our JRT, Jack relaxing in the grass. Last is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a tiny species on spring migrating.

Wasn’t that fun!? It’s raining cats and dogs right now. I love the rain. It’s almost always welcome.  But I am glad I rode my bicycle earlier.

Hope y’all have a blessed Saturday.

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About Yesterday

Every since it warmed up, it seems like all we’ve done is work, work, work. Therefore, I designated Saturday as an official Day Off From Chores. Steve heartedly agreed.

Yesterday at the Big Yard Sale in Nahunta, Georgia, was enjoyable. We only stayed for an hour or so but before leaving we indulged in one of our caprices at the Frosty Freeze. I had my Double Fudge Chocolate and Steve had his favorite of Butterscotch, both double scoops on a waffle cone. Hey, if you’re gonna cheat on the diet, go big or go home! lol

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Steve bought a Gerber 3-inch folding knife to add to his collection of ten thousand knives. (Like, he doesn’t have enough? eye roll) I bought a nice pair of blue earrings and an infinity scarf handmade by a local lady for myself. Then Steve suggested the big sparkly pair of earrings for his mother. She likes ’em flashy and gaudy, bless her heart. 😉 Oh, and I also found an Easter Basket that I’m going to deck out in her favorite candy. Thought she’d like that as a treat. You know, since she’s been in the Baptist Home, and off the sauce cough and letting us handle all her finances, she’s been really easy to deal with. I’m actually enjoying her company now. God answers prayer. It only took 40 years, but that’s OK, everything in it’s time, I guess.

After all the yard sale frivolity and sweets debauchery we drove all the way back home, had a quick lunch, then put The Boys (Jack and Sam III) in the back seat and drove around even more. They get super excited when they get to go for a r-i-d-e. Ol’ Jack there on the left looks like he’s giving me a ‘raspberry’, doesn’t he?! Silly boy.

Then we finished the evening with a scrumptious meal of fresh smoked chicken breasts marinated in apple vinegar on the grill, roasted red potatoes baked in the oven and a salad. And, on Saturday evenings, we watch another exciting episode of Midsomer Murders on PBS. The day was so nice I didn’t want it to end! I feel so blessed.

Thank you LORD for these blessings. And thank you friends for stopping by and saying Howdy. Y’all are a blessing too. I hope your Sunday is happy, relaxing and joyous.

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Savannah Holly (Monrovia)

 

Savannah Holly (Monrovia)

Our Savannah Holly‘s have finally produced berries after about 5 or 6 years of growth. I planted two of them beside the circular driveway on the “Back 40” (acres), as I laughingly call it. It’s the back part of our small acreage that is not 40 acres. 🙂 It’s my silly way of labeling things. Anyway, I was so pleased to see the plants producing so well and it was just in time for Christmas.

Speaking of doing well, Steve is improving every day. God be praised! He no longer has to put bandages on all the port holes the surgeon put into his chest and his left leg is much, much better (that’s the one that had the vein removed for the bypasses). His color is good. His speaking voice is stronger. He’s eating good. He’s walking, but still with a limp, again from the vein removal. Please keep praying for him, though, if you would, because he’s suffering from latent aches and pains from the surgery. Thank you! God answers prayer! We’ve had so many wonderful people from our Church bring food, haul us around on errands, prayed for us, asked about us, etc. There’s nothing like a loving Church family. I am so doubly blessed to not only have eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD but to have found a Church that is truly Christian in thought and deed. Jesus loves us and wants us to be happy.

 

This time last year, we had a nice blanket of snow all over SouthEast Georgia. Right now, it’s 67 degrees and overcast. I’m wishing it would cool off and dry up. Our poor dirt road is an unholy mess. It’s so bumpy it rides like the surface of the moon. The good news is I think our District finally has good representation. Spoke to the new guy who took office on January 1st a few days ago, and he seems to be on the ball. We are all praying for a paved road and better representation. Like I said, God answers prayer, just in his time frame. LORD give me patience and give it to me right now! lol

I pray that y’all will have a blessed and safe day. Thank you for stopping by!

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