Willy-Nilly Friday 5

Willy-Nilly Friday 5

It’s been awhile since I’ve done this. I hope I can come up with five things of interest since I’ve been goofing off flat on my back for a few days.

1. 2017 did NOT start out as I envisioned. By this time this week, I expected to have half the year’s goals marked off my list! What list? Seems I neglected to make one. OOPS. I made a mental note of it. (We all know how THAT works out.) 

2. I envisioned watching the Denver Broncos defend their title throughout the play-off season–which is about to begin, and they didn’t even make it. So sad. 

3. Taylor returned from Guatemala on Christmas eve, and we spent a couple days with the family. We had a lovely Christmas, and no one had to visit the ER this year.

Two years ago

4. Kai-Le celebrated her birthday four days before Christmas, Caedyn turned 12(!) yesterday, and Jae turns ten tomorrow. Today is Gotcha Day, the celebration of the day Kai-Le’s parents and siblings traveled to China and “got” her. We’re all so glad they did! I envisioned spending these days of celebration with them. Since they homeschool, they make their own holiday calendar. 

5. I missed watching the birds at my kitchen window this week. Can you imagine my delight when I finally wandered downstairs and saw Eastern Bluebirds at my feeder? They have NEVER visited in the nine years I’ve been feeding birds. Now if I can just get decent pictures of them! 

A lovely photo of oak branches, but at least there’s (poor) proof of a bluebird!

There’s a lot of unsettled weather in many areas, so stay safe out there. I saw a forecast model that shows 10+ inches of snow for our area. That should shut us down until about June.

Thanks for stopping by! And Happy New Year!

Love you,




It’s a busy week, we have a granddaughter’s birthday to celebrate! I know many of you are also preparing for Christmas; planning parties and fellowship with friends; cantatas; gifting and all that goes with it; travel…the list seems endless sometimes…so I just wanted to share a smile with you today. 

In all the busyness, don’t forget where you hid your peanuts.



Parting Shot

I’m not home yet, but I do have an internet connection!

We traveled to West Virginia for the holidays. When we arrived at the over-100-year-old house where my hubby grew up, a problem was discovered with the pump for the well water–just what hubby needed, another project.

We spent a few days visiting family, including my beloved father-in-law at the nursing home where he now resides. It was nice to see him once again, and the smile it brought to his countenance to be surrounded by seven of his great-grandchildren.

A rainy morning greeted us when we awoke our last day there. Twenty family members met for breakfast at a local restaurant, then we returned to the house to pack for the ride home.

The rain was our companion for a couple hours; then fog clouded our view. Eventually, the dreariness was left behind, the blue sky peeked through to remind us it was still there. A hint of a rainbow appeared briefly, tinting the grayness with a wee bit of color.

“When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

Genesis 9:16 (NASB)

What have you been up to while I was away?


Random 5 Friday

Nancy’s Random 5 Friday is back! I’m running late this week, I hope her “A Rural Journal” bus hasn’t left without me.

1. The Christmas shopping is done; gifts yet to be wrapped. Time to put the hubby to work…as soon as he wakes from his nap!

2. We had a high temperature of 81 today! It didn’t take long to drop 20 degrees when the sun set and the wind picked up. Tomorrow (Monday) calls for rain and 72, Tuesday’s high 45. That’s just not right.

3.  We didn’t put up the tree this year, but we did put lights in the windows and a new wreath on the front door.

4. I saw a new bird in the yard around sunset. It was bright green all over, and was eating seed on the ground with the Song Sparrow. I imagine it was someone’s exotic bird, haven’t been able to identify it yet.

5. I stocked up on Mermaids on Parade photos to get us through winter, hopefully!

Mermaid decorated for Christmas

This one’s tail has been wrapped in greenery, and mini-light strands encircle her. I wish I could have seen her illuminated.

We’ll be traveling some this week, and won’t have internet available in some areas. I’ll try to check in on you when I can. If you celebrate the holiday–Merry Christmas!

Linking to Random 5 Friday, where you can share your five random thoughts and/or read what others wrote.