wood slices/deck

My big wood slices and how I used them

So today I want to show you my great wood-slice patio tables.

First, the back story.

We had a number of trees removed from our cabin property to make room for our new addition.

I must say, the young man who took down our trees was an artist.

Artistry comes in many forms, from painters to decorators, to writers, to chefs. One only has to use their God-given creativity to be considered an artist.

This young man managed to make the trees fall exactly where he wanted them to, even in between trees we didn’t want to be damaged.

So as I watched him, I wondered, “Would he be able to cut some wood slices for me that were totally level on both sides? In case you think this is easy, it isn’t. Especially with a great big chainsaw and no guide to follow.

“Sure”, he confidently said. “How thick do you want them?”

I told him about four inches.

He started cutting.

And he did it.

To perfection.

They’ve been sitting in my garage all summer waiting for me to attach some legs.

I was cleaning the garage last week as a gift to my husband.(and because I had really let it get messy from all my DIY projects) when I wondered,

“So where to store the wood slices?”

I went to the deck to grab the hose to wash down the garage floor when I spied my plant stands.

“I wonder”………

Well, here’s what they look like. I couldn’t like them any better.

First of all, here’s the sitting area on my deck.

 

As you can see, they have cracked a little. I sprayed them with polyurethane. There is a special product that is recommended but it’s kind of expensive, so I’m just hoping they stay nice.

God bless and have a good day.

Praying specifically

Why don’t we pray more specifically?

I Chronicles 28:19

New International Version
“All this,” David said, “I have in writing as a result of the LORD’s hand on me, and he enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.”(referring to the plans for the temple that his son Solomon would build.)

Just a quick question and couple of comments based on my scripture reading this morning.

Why don’t we, like David, ask for specific guidance about what concerns us? Is it because we think that if we do it’s too easy to know whether our prayers have been answered or not?  In other words, we can’t really be disappointed if we keep everything pretty general, right? Shoot at a flock of birds all the time and you’re bound to hit one.

Let me explain that better.

I sometimes we Christians pray too “general”. You know, like bless this, bless that. Bless this person and bless that person. We ask for guidance. But how many of us ask for specific things?

“Lord, I need your help in picking out paint colors today. I don’t want to make a mistake and spend more money correcting that mistake.”

“Lord, I’m looking for a dress for my nephew’s wedding and I don’t want to spend a lot”. Yet there are countless examples throughout scripture where God gives detailed answers and explanations. God is interested in the specifics that concern us as well.   

Here’s a little excerpt from a number of years ago that reinforce this.

“The details of this blog get prayed about every day because this is such a steep learning curve for me. Just today I asked for detailed guidance about a specific issue. It has already been provided.”

Don’t be afraid to be specific. Yes, when we pray specifically, it’s easier to get disappointed. It’s easier to know whether our prayer has been answered or not and in the way we want. But when that happens, we just go back to the drawing board. We think through what we prayed. Maybe we change our request, maybe we don’t.

If I don’t feel secure about a paint color, maybe God wants me to reconsider my decorating idea.

If I don’t find that dress, maybe it turns out I can make do.

I’ve just learned over the years I can trust God with anything and everything in my life.

Be brave today. Ask for what you want to matter how specific. I’m not saying you’ll always get it but that’s not the point. The point is the asking.

I mean that. The point really is in the asking. Why do you suppose that is?

There have been all kinds of answers that people have given over the years. But I think the only answer is so simple it almost feels too easy.

Because Jesus said to pray.

That’s it. It’s that simple. We pray because we are told to pray. We pray because Jesus did.

We learn so much about ourselves when we pray. I pray aloud as you know if you’ve read my past posts. When I hear my words spoken in my voice, it reveals a lot to me about me.  I can hear the selfishness in my voice. I can hear the whining. I can hear the desperation.

Don’t be afraid to trust God with the details about what concerns you.

God bless and have a good day.

 

 

God bless.

painted acorns

A wonderful thought

Hubby and I are at our cabin.

Can’t wait to show you pictures of our new bedroom. It’s coming along and just kind of “coming together” without much over-analyzing.

We took a long drive yesterday and stopped at a cute coffee shop for lunch in a quant little town. It was the best BLT I’ve had in a long time.

On the way home I asked my husband how he thought I was doing. I was referring to my grieving process as my mother died about five months ago.

(By the way, will saying that ever not cause my eyes to tear-up?)

He said he thinks I’m coping just as one would want expect so early in the process.

My mother loved the fall and I looked forward every year to taking her on a color tour and stopping for lunch at some place quaint and cute.

So I’ve made it through summer and now I have fall. Each season brings its own set of memories I have to wade through and process.

I’m at the bunkhouse right now for my devotional time and I came across this in a book by one of my favorite inspirational authors, Grace Stoddard:

“Live at ten while you can. Time (and I would add, health, and circumstances), diminishes our options, but fight it.”

I am entering a new phase of life. While some doors are closing, others are opening.

The funny thing about doors though, is that it doesn’t matter how many close or open, we are still the ones turning the knob.

So live your life today as close to ten as you can. It’s your choice.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

pantry remodel

My new pantry DIY

My pantry used to be a tiny bathroom. When we completed the roughed-in addition, I knew I wanted this room for my pantry. It’s not that I don’t have a lot of cupboards but they’re all too high for me to use. I do not understand the current craze to have cupboards that go to the ceiling. It’s a total waste. Maybe they’re ok with eight-foot ceilings, but not with ten.

When we remodeled the kitchen, I took everything out of the top row of cupboards and didn’t put anything back in.

I love my pantry. It’s my favorite room. I love walking in and seeing everything at one glance. But it gets messy really easy although this first picture isn’t too bad.

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I can’t believe I painted this room green. The white is much better, don’t you think?

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Looking better, huh?

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I bought some gray herringbone Contac paper to line the shelves. The blue trim is Washi tape.

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The final product. Baking items are on the right, including items, like flour, sugar, nuts, raisins, nuts, cereal. On the left are main course items, canned goods and dressings, sauces, etc.
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I empty almost all boxed containers into clear ones. I am continually picking up clear containers at garage sales and Goodwill. I made these tags a couple of weeks ago. I don’t really need them, I just think they’re cute.pantry remodel

 

I keep overflows on the top shelf.
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Here are more containers.

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I just picked up these red-topped vintage glass containers a couple of weeks ago. They were former instant-coffee containers.

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Do you see the “sparkles” just above the vintage brown crockery pieces? They are stick-on sequins and they are scattered throughout the walls and on the ceiling. I had to have some “bling”.

 

I threw this picture in just for you to have a good laugh.  I really do know how to spell “pantry”. When I saw this, I roared. As did my husband. Once I had it corrected, I realized that this was not the best place to put the word anyway. After all, once you open the door, you know you’re in a pantry. Right?

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So this made more sense. Yes, I know the “y” has to be re-positioned. It keeps falling off.

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I hope you enjoyed my tour.

God bless and have a good day.

Sally Lunn bread. Have you tried it?

Have you ever heard of Sally Lunn bread?

It’s an old recipe that uses yeast but requires no kneading. That’s a win-win in my book.

I love baking bread and even though I have a bread machine, I don’t use it often.

Here’s some information about the origins of Sally Lunn bread. I checked out Pinterest for some recipes and found these two.  I used the first recipe.

I baked mine in a tube pan but I think I would use loaf pans next time because it would slice more like bread than. If you use the tube pan, then it cuts like cake. I managed to slice one piece small enough to put in the toaster and it was great. However, if you use loaf pans, I would suggest that you use more than one, and depending on the size of the loaf pans, maybe three or four. These would make great little Christmas gifts especially with honey-butter.

 

God bless and have a good day. Let me know if you try this recipe.

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