Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Some old photos

The idea to show pictures from 20 years ago came from Janet's blog yesterday.

Vicci had put out a challenge to post some twenty year old photos. I really enjoyed seeing some pictures from the past so I thought I would see what I could come up with. This first one was taken in 1986 not to long after my mother had passed on. My aunt Helen, mothers only sister, had come to the Keys to visit us and we took her to Key West to dinner and this shot is from the rooftop of an old hotel down on Duval Street. The second one was taken at my church in my office, about six years later. I remained the clerk until we left the Keys in 2003. The next two pictures are work related. The first one is at the counter of the Salvation Army Thrift Store that I managed for about 12 years. That was our first little store, we later moved to a larger building and then we expanded twice. The last picture is of our Captain giving me an employee of the year award. I started to work for them in 1990 and retired in 2003. I now have real short hair and as soon as I get a new photo I will share it. My daughter and granddaughter are coming for a visit as soon as school is out and will be with us about 2 weeks so I won't be spending much time in Blogland as I am trying to "do it all now" so we won't have anything to do but have fun when they get here. I'm still trying to get around to every one's blog even though I have not been posting, I just want to get the yard work done before it gets hot. I will try to put something on every couple days. Don't give up on me.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

He Has Risen

He is not on the cross, He is not in the tomb.
He has risen. Hallelujah !
They have not found His bones, neither did He have a wife or a son but He was the perfect lamb of God who died for the sins of mankind.
He is alive and is in heaven waiting for His Father God to say, "It is time, go get the bride"
Make sure you are ready. Is your lamp filled, is the wick trimmed ? Are you looking for His appearing ? HE IS COMING BACK just like He went away. Soon that eastern sky will split open and with a shout and the sounding of the trumpet the dead in Christ will rise. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Easter Possum

We bought our house in the country on 3 acers in 2003. I came up first and was here by myself for the first year. My daughter and granddaughter came up during spring break that first year. Mia was a little over 3 years old. Since they were going to be here for Easter we decided to color eggs. The three of us had a lot of fun and came up with some pretty wild looking eggs. We did one dozen. The plan was to hide the eggs for her to look for the next morning. Since I knew she would be getting up early I thought the best thing to do would be to slip out and hide the eggs before it got day light. Now bear in mind, I'm not use to the country and the critters that live in the country.
As I knew she would, she woke her mother up at the break of dawn, full of excitement, wanting to go look for eggs. Now remember she is only 3, so her mother is helping her and I am trying to steer them in the right direction, after all I'm the bunny that hid the eggs. She found four eggs, but that was it---I showed her mother where I had put some, but no eggs. Oh no, something had gotten the eggs, Mia started to cry.
I remembered seeing a possum on our front porch a few weeks back and when I went out to chase him off he ran into the woods. I said, "let's go check it out". Sure enough, just inside the tree line we found egg shells, LOTS of egg shells.
Now Mia was mad, "that stupid possum, got my eggs". So it was time for a lesson on sharing. When I told her how hungry the possum was and how nice it was of her to share her eggs it seemed to be ok. Moral to this story, don't hide your eggs in the dark.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Good Froday ATC

I know, I've already posted once today BUT it was suppose to be yesterdays, this is today's, and I will probably do another one or maybe two. For those that read my blog around the time of Valentines day you will remember I "made a few" I guess that is an understatement.....I made quite a few.
Well this is another one of my favorite times of the year and I could make a bunch of these but will try to refrain.
Of course for those that believe, Good Friday is the day we remember that Christ was crucified. What great love, to lay down His life for us. His last words were, "It is finished" and He bowed His head and gave up the ghost.
Now when the centurion and they that were with him watching Jesus saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly,saying,"Truly this was the son of God".

The Garden

Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak. He went again the second time and prayed saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it,thy will be done. It is doubtful that Christ was praying to be saved from physical death, for He had resolutely set Himself to die for the sins of mankind. It is more probable that He was praying to be delivered from the punishment of separation from God, the ultimate penalty for sin. Christ prayed that His physical death might be accepted as full payment for the sin of sinners. However, He prayed, "nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." He then committed Himself to undergo both physical death and spiritual separation from His heavenly Father in order to achieve our salvation. His prayer was "heard", for He was strengthened by His Father to drink the appointed cup.PRAISE GOD HE DID, He loved you and I enough to lay down His life that we can walk in newness of life with our sins forgiven. This is not the end but only the beginning.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Trip to the Keys

Some of you had asked for pictures, I thought these three turned out the best, well not counting the ones of my granddaughter of course. I will show them later. The first one shows the old Bahia Honda bridge where the Flagler railroad ran
with some of the beach and camp ground. The next one is the Seven Mile bridge with Pigeon Key to the left and Marathon at the end more towards the right. We are about half way on the bridge. The last photo is another section of the Bahia State Park.
The beach and the water are about the only things in the Keys that I miss. If our daughter and grand daughter didn't live there I would probably never go back. Everything down there has changed so much and not for the better. It has lost it's charm and all of the old quaint places are being replaced with condos.....it is way over crowded, just to many people trying to get a piece of Paradise. When we moved there in 1974 it was so laid back, you could actually stand in the middle of US1 and not see a car for several minutes. Now it takes 10 minutes to even pull out onto it, and most of it is four lanes now.
I arrived on a Sunday afternoon and left that Friday so it was a short visit but a good one. We watched movies and went to the thrift stores. I went down the turnpike and back up 27, but no matter which way you go it is at least an 8 hour drive. Once you get off of 75 at the High Springs exit it is like stepping back in time. So once again in our lives we are living in the "slow lane" and we are loving it. It is good to get away but it is always GOOD TO BE HOME.