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New Sound



The angels are smiling today. They see me who has a sensitivity to sounds which create sensory overloads easily, surviving. The 'New Roof' Native American sounds of the Sells Group blend smoothly with the hymns and praise songs I'm enjoying. Finding ways to create inner peace amidst the storm.



I think it is supermarket time. Does using the word 'supermarket' date me at all? It flows so much better than the 'grocery store'. I feel like I have on my sweet sweater set, a circle skirt and my Green Stamp books tucked in my Swinging Pochette! Off I go!!!


Fresh Find: Beautiful Pochette.






A month or so ago, I snapped this picture at a local salon. I knew we were heading to the beach and thought it a fitting sign. Instead of Calgon take me away, it was here I come beach, take away my woes!




I tend to woe my woes to the point of carrying too many woes in my woe- basket! It is a sin, yes, I know. I know, too, that I get to give my woe-basket to the Master woe wiper. He makes everything new again in my life. Feeling blessed!!!

Matthew 18:7 ... Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!

We have trouble because we are trouble. Wednesday's child is full of woe. Well, there you go! Not only did they ruin me with the poem, I was born on Wednesday and the 13th. Maybe not a Friday, but still. A day of woe and unlucky 13th according to the world!

Talk about stumbling words, these can be. With such things stacked against me, how have I been able to survive? LOL

See, we need a beach experience sometimes because the world just isn't fair! Life isn't fair. No, it isn't.

You know what is fair though? God is fair. Simply put, "Everything He does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright He is!"  Deuteronomy 32:4

There is nothing like being pampered by a trip to the beach, a beauty day at the salon, or a quiet time reading in your favorite spot. We must rid ourselves from our woes! Simply, with childlike faith.





Fresh Find: A fold away hanger for travel.




I was not sure exactly why I wanted to visit the ocean, the Gulf coast, but I felt a pull in my spirit to go. 

I was reading a book a year or so ago. I was reading the book, Ten Beach Road, by Wendy Wax. I fell in love with Pass-a-Grille, Florida, while reading. 

I was telling a friend, Sally Gubser, about the book, and how much I was falling in love with this Florida spot. She said, "I grew up in Pass-a-Grille." She said if you go to a Florida beach, go there. So, we did. 

This weekend we flew into Tampa and drove the easy 30 minutes to the town that boasts the shortest Main Street in the world. It is one block long. The Gulf of Mexico on the west and Tampa Bay on the east. The town has a rich history. I had found a block-by-block historical walking guide on the Internet that described the homes and early families; street by street, from 1st to 10th Streets.

There is one large hotel, the Don CeSar, that greets you as you turn onto Pass-a-Grille Way from State Highway 475. From that point on, you enter the quaint fishing and beach village that although is very up-to-date, drops the fast pace of the world immediately.

September is their hottest month and most locals, if they want to get away, leave within the first couple of weeks of the month. By the third week in September, they are back preparing for the 'snowbirds' to arrive, those folks wanting to escape their winter cold.

Back to why we went and for such a short time, the weekend.

Through my Aspergers, I tend to allow the fear of things to creep into my psyche. It is a sin, yes it is, and one that keeps me in a prayerful relationship with God.

Anyway, for me, large bodies of water tend to create a huge uneasiness within. Just looking at pictures makes me start to breathe heavily. I have been to beaches before, the Golf, California, and others, but I needed to go, I thought to conquer my fear.

What God spoke to me was so much bigger than my fear.

In John 4:13-15, the Word states, "Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

The beach waters were clear, and I could see. The boats skimmed upon the surface. The waves were big, the water, dark and deep. If we were in it and not prepared, we would be overtaken by it. It would engulf us, and the fear of death would result.




As I stood at the water's edge, with the waves lapping at my knees, God made it clear to me that He is the Living Water. He needs to flow through us. We often stay close to the shore just testing the water. Maybe yes, maybe no, depending on what the next best offer might be.




Or, we get big and spend a little time on a boat, skimming along the top of the body. We spent some time and energy to get the boat, and we may sail far out into the water, yet we turn back to the comfort of the shore.




What God wants is for us to be overtaken by the Living Water. He wants it to flow through us, not in death, but in everlasting life. He wants for it to beautiful, simple, peaceful and filled with love.



"Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” John 7:38



He wants us to be just outside the world. Close enough for relationships, but different enough that we can be used. Where we become the fountain, that flows with Living Water. The flowing fountain that others can come to and be filled with, too.

This is the reason God took me to Pass-a-Grille, Florida. He wanted me to see and share. He is calling us to be fishers of men. Even in our inadequacy. He is calling.




Be filled through and through with the Living Water. We must drown ourselves in him!



Fresh Find: Purposeful phone case.






I use this pen every day. A precious friend gifted me with it from her last mission trip to Guatemala. I enjoy it very much!!!




Ushka, from babushka, an elderly Russian woman; grandmother. Another definition of Ushka is a stooper. When I read that, I thought, "what?" After thinking about it, though, I love it.  Forward and downward; to stoop. I want to always move forward and at the same time humble myself in prayer and to those in need. I want to stoop in service to the children.

Here is a fun Russian recipe for you: 

Ushka Mushroom Pyrohy

1 lb. fresh mushrooms
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. bread crumbs
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper


Clean mushrooms thoroughly, rinse in cold water. In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting cover, saute mushrooms, onion and garlic in butter for a few minutes. Add a cup of lightly salted water or chicken broth and 1/2 tsp. salt; simmer until tender. Take crescent biscuits or prepared dough, fill, crimp edges, and bake.



Fresh Find: Fun and personalized "icky/wet" bag!





Are we chasing nuts? It seems that when we chase nuts we most often end up trapped.

In trapping the squirrels from our yard, I place a pecan nut or two in the trap and one just outside the trap door to lure them further into the trap.

As I have watched them, I have thought, "Don't do it, don't chase the nuts and you will be free." Every time the temptation is just too great.

We are like that. We want it. We see it. We go for it. More often than not, we find ourselves deep in the trap of financial worry, physical and mental distress, or knee deep in drama, but always with a spiritual emptiness.

Anytime we are lured or distracted by something or someone that creates a focus dominated by the temptation over a God-focus, we will find ourselves hearing that trap door close behind us.  

We are chasing nuts. As tempting as the thought is, we must be careful. There are many nuts trying to entice, attract, coax, persuade, inveigle, allure or seduce us.

We are human, and we will find ourselves caught in a trap, yes, we will, but there is hope...

Psalm 124:6-8 Praise be to the Lordwho has not let us be torn by their teeth. We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord the Maker of heaven and earth.


My sunrise blessing this morning!



James 1:13-18 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone, but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.



Fresh Find: Every Breath You Take!





I realize that you tire of my squirrel focused life. I never dreamed it would grow into double digit trappings, #21 today!

It has been quite fun to read comments, hear jokes, get fun gifts, and advice!

Today I received a beautiful artistic squirrel that means so much...


Isn't she lovely? I love the coloring and blending and I can assure you that this squirrel is way prettier than any squirrel I've trapped.

God is good to me because he brings lovely people that enrich my life into it!!!


Fresh Find: A basic round birdhouse, cute!




Who Knew?, Gift and Fresh Find!


Wow, it is so awesome to get a surprise gift like the one I got tonight. This gift is a multi-purpose gift because it can be a Who Knew?, a gift and a Fresh Find!!!




Who Knew? They make a three-way squirrel call.

I received this wonderfully fun Buck Gardner's 3 Way Squirrel Call from Susan & Brian. Aren't they the sweetest!!!




Fresh Find: Buck Gardner's 3 Way Squirrel Call at your local Gebo's!



Working on trapping number 21!



It was a fun hour of smiles and rabbits and pumpkins and horses and hay and running and playing! Smiles! 

Our son, his wife and daughter and ... we will know next month the name choice of the 4th grand baby. They are a four pumpkin family!




Fresh Find: Tree of Life.


Revelation 2:7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.


Pumpkin Patch


My sweet friend, Lana Box (and Eldon), have a wonderful Plainview pumpkin patch. She has been telling me to come out to see her "farm" and I finally made it...with a grand-girl in tow!

My favorite picture of the visit...



Our grand-sisters had a fun day, too! One won her first blue ribbon in her gymnastic balance beam routine. The other one played soccer in the rain and got the listening award.


Certainly a blessed Ushka & Grand-pa!



Fresh Find: Cute Garfield costume. Most won't even remember this cat!