Sunday, October 26, 2014

Back to Coloring

I've shared from this little 6" x 7.5" Betsey Clark Coloring Book by Hallmark before, here. That was when I didn't have a decent camera, and today's photos aren't a whole lot better. I did use auto correct in Microsoft Picture Manager to brighten the color, otherwise the colors barely showed. I have done twelve pages out of sixteen designs, and this is the first one I colored with yellow hair. At least the original is yellow, if it doesn't look so above. I guess I had been trying to make them all soft and "mousy" like the cover:

The cover has turned brownish on the edges.

Here's a page done in 1974:

And another done in 2014:

I use colored pencils and as light a touch as possible. I haven't tried markers because I don't think I have the control in my hands for them. I also recently pulled out a Dover coloring book I had and this is my first attempt to color in it:

Forgive the shadows from my sheers, but pulling them aside would have been even worse! Here's the cover, and this book is 8.5" x 11" with thirty designs (designs are on both sides of the pages, unlike the Clark book which has designs on one side only):

If I share more, perhaps next time I'll just try taking photos with the dreaded flash, under lamplight.

I thought this was sweet:

Our Father in heaven,
we thank thee for this day,
for light, for work, for friendship,
for this beautiful earth,
and we ask your help in everything we do.
A grace said by Lady Bird Johnson as found in the Victoria September 1993 issue:

Speaking of work, I'm expecting an especially busy week ahead, so I may not be able to post until next weekend or so.

If you need a soothing, easy way to relax, try coloring! I'm hoping your week is delightful!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Prayer, My Desire

Royal Dover Bone China - Made in England

The hymn below has been on my mind lately. Well, just the first line, since I couldn't remember the words until I looked them up. Wow. No wonder God brought it to my mind. It is exactly what my prayer needs to be these days.

I love that about the Holy Spirit. In trying to deal with a frustration or two, I wasn't getting anywhere. So He reminded me of what was needed. Awesome. I'll be memorizing this song so that I can have it with me always:

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.

Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling.
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!

Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heaven descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.
Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart by George Croly, 1867

I love Verse 4: the rebel sigh. I'm afraid that's me more often than I care to admit.

Since this is the kind of life we have chosen,
the life of the Spirit, let us make sure
that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads
or a sentiment in our hearts,
but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.
Galatians 5:25  The Message

Again, forgive the reruns on my photos (although cropped). But this way my newer readers will get to see them, and I like seeing them again, too. I am trying out the Verdana font instead of Georgia. I think the Georgia is prettier, but the Verdana is probably easier for most to read. (Oh my, I sound just like Brick on The Middle tonight!) I like italics, too, but not everyone does. In case you haven't guessed, I don't care much for change! Quite often I decide on the way I like something, and that's the way it stays, often for years at a time (such as with cupboard, dish, and furniture arrangements).

If you didn't already, I hope you'll take the time to read the lyrics above and ponder them.

You are loved,

Monday, October 20, 2014

Looking Up

Facing west in the evening sun.

I don't have any beautiful fall color to share with you, but today was a gorgeous day. There's nothing like the blue of an October sky.

Facing west northwest in the evening sun.

My maples have been suffering the past three years. They have a lot of dead in them now. At first I thought it was the drought, but with plenty of rain this year, they are still struggling. If I were wealthy, I'd do all in my power to save them. But as it is, I will just have to see what develops.

I think this was shooting pretty much overhead.

Look at that sky. There was no sun in the house anymore, so I took my camera outside to capture sunny leaves and sunny skies. The tree below is a neighbor's. I don't know what kind it is, but it turns a lovely yellow, which the photo didn't bring out very well.

Facing east in the evening sun.

We do have some pretty color around town, just not in my yard! After a hard day, it did me good to go look at the pretty sky and sun on the trees, even if just for a few moments.

When we have a trial or a burden, we must remember: This too will pass. I'm counting on it!

Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up.
(from my kitty perpetual calendar)

Let's not forget to look up. It's beautiful up there.

Look up at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds so high above you.
Job 35:5

Thanks to all of you who write such wonderful blog posts and/or comments that make life that much sweeter.
Blessings to All,