Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Inspiration: 8.28.16



 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:10-13

Yes, I realize that the apostle Paul was not referring to a state in the USA in the passage above. He means, of course, the conditions in which he finds himself. I believe he's mostly talking about material needs here, but the same applies to one's state of mental well being, physical health, and sure, even the place where you live.

For me, the place I most need to learn contentment is the condition of my physical body. I'm working on being content with the size and shape that it is, and this is becoming easier for me the older I get. What isn't as easy is accepting that my body can't DO as much as it did ten years ago. I've had to give up my favorite forms of exercise (long distance walking and aerobic workout DVD programs) due to foot problems, ironically caused by those very activities. My body has more pains and less flexibility, although I'm fighting both as hard as I can. Yoga is something wonderful I discovered several years ago that is helping with those issues tremendously. I may not be able to do as much as before, but I can still do something! 

Yes, I can do all things in the strength that Jesus gives me.

(Photo:  US State pieces in my Frankoma pottery collection.)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sunday Style: A Dress, A Flower, and a Kitten

Well. Writer's block. It happens.

This is what I wore to church a few Sundays ago.

Outfit details:  dress ~ eBay; cardigan ~ thrifted;
sandals ~ eBay; earrings ~ yard sale.

It was the first Sunday in August, and the Naked Ladies were in full glorious bloom.


Surprise! Kitty photo bomb! Puddin' provides so  much entertainment. Candy Cat is even learning to tolerate her playfulness.


It looks like I have a sunburn in this photo, but it's just the way the light was filtering through the clouds that morning. 

Can't really think of anything to say about this outfit. It appeals to me just enough to like it, and it was comfortable. The dress sort of has a maternity-ish look to it, but it isn't. 

The lack of words in this post will be more than compensated for in another post I started writing last week. Hopefully I'll get it finished up by the end of this week. Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Inspiration: 8.14.16


Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High
    will remain in the shadow of the Almighty.
 
I will say to the Lord,
    You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

He is the one who will rescue you from hunters’ traps
    and from deadly plagues.
Psalm 91:1-3



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sunday Style: Extra Peachy!

"If I had my little way, I'd eat peaches every day...." ...or at least wear a peachy dress! The Sunday I wore this dress to church, my dear friend Robin wore a peachy outfit, also. As we were on our way to the church's garden area so Some Postman could snap some pictures of us, we noticed that another friend of ours was adorned in peach, too. She was on the way to set up her Bible study class, though, and didn't have time to join us for photos.

Outfit details:  dress ~ Zulily.com; underdress ~ eBay;
sandals ~ eBay; necklace ~ Avon; bracelets ~ yard sale.


This summery "shell" necklace has matching earrings, but I never wear them with the necklace. It feels too matchy-matchy. The earrings are dangly and long, a style I haven't felt like wearing since I got my hair cut short. Some people like to wear bold earrings when they have short hair, because the earrings are easier to see without hair covering them up. For some reason, it just doesn't feel right to me, so I've been sticking with small earrings. Most of the time, bold statement necklaces don't feel right to me anymore, either. Funny how one's tastes in jewelry fluxuate...


Zulily has been tempting me all summer long to fill my closet with breezy, flowy dresses like this peachy dreamy dress. This one is the same style as the navy blue one I bought last summer; the nice thing about the peach dress is that it doesn't turn my skin (and underthings) blue when I wear it. Yes, that blue dress still bleeds, even though I've washed it several times! I've added vinegar to the rinse, too, which is supposed to help "set" dark colors. It hasn't helped. Any ideas?

Robin and I had fun getting our photos taken together that day. It took a lot of pics to come up with a few that we weren't goofing around or making silly faces!



See? Goofy! LOL

In case you didn't catch the reference to the Presidents of the United States of America at the very top of this post, here's the song:



Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday Inspiration: 8.7.16


Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3


I've always loved trees. They provide shade in the heat of summer, give birds a home, and some of them have tasty fruit hanging from their branches. I never was a good tree climber when I was a kid, mostly because there weren't many trees in our yard that I could climb without using a ladder to reach the first branch. But there was an overgrown thatch of bushes under some trees in the back yard, and I played house in those bushes all summer long. 

Psalm 1 is a heart-warming promise to me. God says that when I delight in His Word and meditate on it, He'll make me like a tree...strong, comforting, able to give shelter to others. Let me be God's happy tree!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Everyday Outfit: Classically Simple

As promised, an everyday outfit post! This outfit features another of my white skirts, a summer time favorite. I really do prefer skirts over shorts; not only do they keep me cooler, they also elevate my style a notch above ultra-casual, and are more flattering, provided the skirt fits well.

Outfit details:  striped tee ~ JC Penney's;
white skirt ~ JC Penney's;
sandals ~ eBay; silver hoop earrings ~ JC Penney's.

Lately, I've been drawn to neutral colors and/or classic, simple styles. I love to wear layers, but that isn't practical in summer unless you work in an air-conditioned office. My house is air-conditioned (praise God for that!) but you can't hang meat in here. I still get plenty warm doing housework. 

Back to the white skirt...this one is too short to wear a slip underneath, so I tried wearing my "modesty shorts" with it. Since both skirt and shorts are cotton, they stick together like velcro and creep when I walk. Not fun. As long as I wear skin-colored undies and don't stand with a bright light behind me, wearing the skirt alone is fine. Pairing it with a classic navy-and-white striped tee gives the outfit a bit of nautical flair.


These sandals were a total impulse buy on eBay. Once or twice a week, eBay sends me an email enticing me to purchase "must have" items. Usually they're pushing the latest electronic gadget that I have no use for whatsoever or expensive designer clothing, but this one time...the most comfy looking sandals appeared. And the price was just $24.99. I clicked on the link. I admired the style. The shoes are leather, appeared to be well constructed, and even had some arch support. The price was decidedly within my shoe budget, since shipping was free. I looked up reviews on the sandals - all good. So I bought them. I can honestly say these sandals are the best impulse purchase I've ever made! They are so comfortable, I can wear them for a full day of walking around (even on unforgiving cement floors) and not have hurting feet. They stay on my feet well, too, and don't make my feet hot. Plus, they're pretty darn cute!

If you'd like to check out some Volatile Lahti sandals for yourself, you can still find a few (brown, navy, black) on eBay, but only size 7 or 8, and the price has gone up ($29.99 - 54.50). I found one pair in brown on Amazon, size 7, $29.99. I don't get any kickbacks if you click on the links.


Somebody was done with this picture-taking business and ready to go back inside for a nap...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Kitchen Creativity: Lemon Sheet Cake


Lemon anything is perfect in summer, and this super-easy Lemon Sheet Cake makes a lovely light dessert on a hot August evening. It freezes well, also, which is good for Some Postman and me. A sheet cake lasts a LONG time for just two people!


This recipe was snipped out of an old Taste of Home magazine ages ago; the exact recipe is written out below. Of course, a recipe is simply a spring-board, so I made a couple of changes. Canned pie filling tastes like...well...a can, so I either make it from scratch, a dry mix, or use jarred filling. This time, I used a jar of Private Selection premium lemon pie filling. It was a 22 oz jar, larger than the recipe calls for, and I forgot and dumped most of it in. So the cake turned out a little more dense than usual - and extra moist! The leftover pie filling got added to the frosting, along with some lemon extract, to make it a bit lemony.


Lemon Sheet Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (15.75 oz) lemon pie filling
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cake mix and eggs until well blended. Fold in pie filling. Spread into a greased 15 in x 10 in x 1 in baking pan. Bake at 350° F for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Spread over cake. Store in the refrigerator.