Tuesday, 30 September 2008

A positive attitude and a calm and confident outlook

Good Morning, or whatever the best greeting is to you, in your part of the world!

This morning is absolutely gorgeous! The large leafy tree outside our bedroom window, is now a rich 'golden' colour; and you should see how radiant the sun's glow shines upon this 'special' tree! There is not another tree like it; and unfortunately, I do not know the type of tree it is; save that it is old, very big and unique. Also, many other leaves of the trees in our compound, are changing from their spring / summer greenery to the striking autumn coulours of yellow, red, and orange. Fall is such a beautiful time of the year; and when we are Blessed with a glorious morning like this, your spirits soar and you feel 'extra' thankful! Plus, Alan brought me my cup of elixir; and the savoury coffee tastes 'extra' good this morning.

Last night quite late, we had a bit of an emergency. A few telephone calls, as well as the police were involved. It seems that our custodian's master set of keys were stolen; no joke! And to boot, the 2 'culprits' are denying their part; and even told the policeman 'where to go', when he was questionning them. We are hopeful that this matter will be resolved asap; and that the keys are returned forthwith. It is a tid disconcerting when that type of bizarre thing happens. You feel as if your privacy has been totally 'invaded'; particularly since the keys were taken right off the table - quite literally. We had not planned to 'go up country' this week; but we may need to, to get to the bottom of this, if the keys are not 'mysteriously' returned etc. Of course, it 'never rains, but it pours', as the expression goes.

Tidbit - Take everything in stride; even when dealing with the 'unexpected' and the 'not so nice' surprises. Always, 'be ready' and have a positive attitude, along with a calm and confident outlook.

Bittid - 'Praise Him in ALL Things'. Appreciate and enjoy the little things in life; and keep things simple. I love the above photo image, which is very similar to the wonderful tree outside our window!

We are Prayful too, that the financial crisis / melt down in the United States, will be addressed sooner rather than later. The whole country is at stake, it would so appear; and this is gravely affecting the entire world. And, the various Americans in power to veto, need to 'leave their egos at the door', and 'step up to the plate', and do what genuinely is best for the future of the Nation and not for themselves. Both the Democrats and Republicans have to put aside their partisan politics, and resolve the issues fairly and equitably. They both need to penalize the rogue incompetence, avarice, greedy CEOs' and their minions, who started this roller coaster ride in the first place!

God Bless.

Monday, 29 September 2008

All to the Good!

Good Evening, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

It has been a full bittidz of a day! Phone calls, setting up appointments, fruition of projects, you name it!

Wanted to share with you a tidbitz of yesterday's messages from the three inspirational International Bible teachers. (You can refer to yesterday's post if you wish).

With Robert Schuller Jr, he was sharing that ' Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!' ( you can see and order his book, if you wish), plus ten basic pointers about how to deal with things positively!

With Joyce, she was saying that we are as 'Soldiers of the Lord; armed and dangerous' . In other words, 'Be on guard, as in 'Eagle Christians' and have discernment and wisdom', against the lies and deception of the devil, as he is a Deceiver. To have peace in your lives, change a few things - ie not to always be in such a hurry; and if need be, choose better friends; and instead of having a job that demands all your time, pick a less paying job that gives you more time to spend with your family. Also take joy in what you can do for someone else; not always being concerned about you. And, if you are going to to disagree, disagree agreeably (spouses etc). When you Pray, Pray in His Name and in FAITH - Jesus; because of the POWER in His name. He wants you to dream BIG and come BOLDLY before Him! I liked what Joyce said about her 'being a kid in her old age!' ie. If you have had a poor and / or sad childhood, decide to 'change' and not let your past feelings / situations dictate the rest of your life. Because, the evil one wants you to be constantly downtrodden, feeling guilty, angry etc. Or if someone offends you, just think, 'NO, I am not going to be offended'; and the devil thus will have less of a 'grip' on you.

With Charles, he was giving his insights on demons. In case some of you are not aware, 1/3 of the angels (hence, fallen angels) joined 'Lucifer' ( who was the Morning Star) in his rebellion against God; and thus were cast out of the Kingdom of Heaven. As a result, the demons try non stop, to tempt people to sin and / or to possess people. Eventhough, the devil (Lucifer / Satan) is well versed in the Scriptures (the Bible), he deliberately takes things out of context; to corrupt and deceive those who are 'non believers', as well as those who no longer believe in Jesus. Satan is also present in many Church pews. Charles suggests that you show Respect, you Resist, and that you are in constant Readiness, to take your FIRM stand against the devil and his demons. The 'Armour of God' is awesome; (you can refer to my post of Sept 25th, if you like; I LOVE this photo image of the 'Armour of God'); and take STRONG comfort,in knowing, that the devil has already been DEFEATED by Him. Have CONFIDENCE always in the TRUTH, as 'The Truth sets you free!' (The evil one does not like to be exposed to the Truth and runs away).

Methinks, it is better for you, if you can glean from the T.V. programs on the Vision Channel, or even from the online / radio broadcasts; because then you can genuinely appreciate their messages first hand.

It has been a beautiful 'Indian Summer' day here; warm and pleasant temperatures; and our tid colourful flowers are still blooming magnificently!

Tidbit - 'Praise Him in ALL Things'; each and every day!

Bittid - Step back a bit, and reflect upon your Blessings; and have the FAITH, that He will Provide Solutions, that are to the good, and in the end, the best for you.

Love the above happy photo image! Reminds me of my late wonderful friend! (You can refer to my blog of March 14/08 and later posts if you wish some background on the plate etc). The gleeful facial expression and amusing antics, reminds me of my dear friend, 'Mr. Almond Roca Man'.

Good Night and God Bless.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

A glorious Sunday 'Indian Summer' Afternoon!

Good Afternoon, or whatever the best greeting is to you, in your part of the world!

And, a sunny warm afternoon it is! An absolutely gorgeous 'Indian Summer' day!

Before I forget, I will give you the tidbit recipe for the 'Plum Crisp'; Alan thought it tasted awesome! And we served it with ice cream...Mmmmm. If you prefer, you can use whipping cream. The 'Apple Crisp' is taken from the cookbook, 'Food that Really Schmecks', by Edna Staebler. There is also a second book (that we are fortunate to have on our shelf!) called 'More Food that Really Schmecks'. I have made mention about her book(s) in one of my earlier posts; but apologize for not putting my bittid finger readily on the date. Perhaps you can find the blog; I may have included a mouth watering recipe for peanut butter cookies! (They are the best!)

Apple Crisp (can use any tid fruit, methinks!) And Edna Staebler is right; this is 'a delicious old stand-by'.

8 apples, sliced and peeled
1/2 cup white or brown sugar (I used brown sugar!)
1 TBSP flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt


3/4 cup flour or rolled oats (I used flour; but perhaps the rolled oats would be good as well; we did not have any rolled oats handy)
1 cup brown sugar (I really love brown sugar!)
1/4 melted butter (our microwave was great!)

Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt and mix with the sliced apples. Put all in a greased baking dish and cover with the topping mixture which you have rubbed into the crumbs. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes - or until the top is nicely browned and the apples are soft. Serve with sweet or whipped cream.

At this time of year, an 'apple crisp' seems to be that much nicer; and inasmuch as we had plums, thought why not 'improvise!' Plus, it is a very economical dish; so for those that may be feeling the 'pinch'; try the recipe, as it is sure to bring smiles all around the dinner table! Love the word, 'Schmecks'.

Also, I will give you another bittid recipe. - Alan's homemade soup. A friend of ours was over the other day; and she loved it. I had made mention of the soup, within the last week's posts (if you wish to refer to it; however, here is 'Al's Soup', from 'Al' himself. (I call him Alan). This also is good for those 'watching their pennies' and perhaps this will also give you a tidbitz of extra cheer; AND it is easy to do!

Al's Soup

2 chunky soups (meat & vegetable - already prepared)
1 can of water
1 small can of corn
4 medium sized potatoes cut into small pieces (cook separately)
1/2 cup fresh carrots chopped
1 TBSP lea & Perrins Worchestershire Sauce
1 TBSP Maggi
1 tsp dry 'Colonel Mustard'
1 TBSP 'Bisto' (mix in hot water)
1/2 tsp Tabasco

Oregano, Rosemary, Marjoram, Sweet Basil, some seasoning, salt & pepper.

My tidbit on 'Al's Soup' (delicious!) The potatoes should be cooked separately only to soften them a bittidz, so when added to the pot, they are somewhat cooked! That helps! Also, 'Colonel Mustard' knows what he is doing; provides excellent flavouring. LOL! The herbs are from our garden; which made 'Al's Soup', 'extra special!' Nothing like appreciating and enjoying your own home grown produce!

I think with this period of angst that we are all facing around the world, perhaps these 2 recipes will give you a bit of positive 'pick me up'. Also, I enjoyed watching the Vision Channel this morning; and I heartily recommend listening to the Schullers (Hour of Power), Joyce Meyer (Enjoying Everyday Life), and Charles Price (Living Truth). Their messages are such a wonderful encouragement! Interestingly enough, Charles Price was sharing in earnst about the Armour of God. (I wrote a short bittid on the 'Armour of God' on Sept 25th; and I was further enlightened by Charles' teaching this morning!)

Am going to go for the moment to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine with Alan; so I will be back later today and / or tomorrow, and will share the insights I learned from these 3 remarkable people. However, apart from my tid introduction (see November posts of 11th/18th/25th 2007, for a bit of background if you wish) re: these International Bible Teachers; it is best, methinks for you to check them out for yourselves; to further your growth in Him.

I love the above photo image!

God Bless.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Grateful for 'home sweet home'

Good Evening, or whatever the best greeting is to you, in your part of the world!

We have had a good day; and am glad it is the evening! We were up early today; enjoyed the morning and went to Costco and our favourite Produce Farm in the early afternoon. Came home with a larder full of wonderful goodies!

Just finished a delicious dinner! Devoured roast beef and roasted baby red potatoes cooked in a stoneware pan (a Pampered Chef creative invention!) seasoned with fresh herbs (from our bittid garden), which enhanced the wonderful smell, that had permeated throughout our house. Mmmmmmm! Also our home grown tidbit cherry tomatoes and farm bought snow peas, gave our repas a bit of tid colour! Also, prepared a delicious dish (or so I hope!) of an Apple Crisp nature; only substituted plums instead; and when it is ready, we will enjoy; along with some French Vanilla ice cream! Mmmmmmm.

We received a couple of lovely invitations for tonight; however, we are happy to 'stay in' and just 'chill out'; and appreciate being home all the more. With all the financial fear happening in the United States, our country has been affected as well. Now, we just have to 'wait it out' and are hopeful that things will 'settle down' before too long. We watched last night's Debate between Senator McCain and Senator Obama; and time will tell.

Tidbit - Do your best to be positive and upbeat; even during these negative times. Go
out of your way to do something 'special'; be it cooking a good dinner, or whatever makes you and others feel better!

Bittid - Appreciate the little things; and do things as 'simply as possible'. It makes your day a lot easier to deal with; and at the end of the day, give Him Thanks for all your Blessings; and enjoy a good night's rest.

Love the above photo image; - that is us tonight; glad to be home. Will let you know tomorrow, how the dessert turns out; and if 'yummy', will share the recipe with you!

Good Night and God Bless.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Fear Not!

Good Morning or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Was up early; put on the coffee, did a tid tidying up of our house, geting it in 'ship shape for the day, lit a fire and enjoyed a quiet time with 'Him'; giving Him Thanks for our all Blessings, as well as Praying for His Guidance and His Solutions. It was so peaceful; feeling the warmth of the fire, and appreciating the rain gently falling upon our skylight.

Am going to get my hair done this morning - long overdue! LOL! I like going first thing in the morning; and then apart from the 'before and after' look, I have the rest of the day to enjoy and do. Alan and I have a lot happening at this particular time; and we are simply Waiting and Relying on Him to bring our various projects to 'fruition'. The sub prime in the United States, the possibility of a financial 'melt down', credit crunches throughout, fearful banks, etc have hindered us for a bit; call it timing. However, we will weather the storm; as He says, 'Fear Not, For I have Overcome the World'.

Tidbit - 'Praise Him in ALL Things'; regardless of where you find yourselves.

Bittid - Be appreciative for your Blessings.

Hope this is a bittid of a tidbit encouragement. It will be interesting to observe what happens in the United States; our banks are also 'standing by'. In my post of Sept 24th,, 'DO what is Fair, Right and Equitable', I thought at the time, it was more prudent for Senator McCain to deal with the 'financial crisis' at hand; and thus, to postpone the Debate. However, Obama also has a good point; that a leader must be able to deal with many tasks at the same time; and that the Debate should go on, as per the previously arranged schedule.

I have to go for now; however, Be of good cheer and continue to have FAITH. He always PREVAILS. 'Seek and Ye Shall Find'.

God Bless.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Armour of God

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Thought this tidbit would be of 'good cheer' to you; particularly during these times of trials and tribulations. You can refer to my post of May 25/07 if you would like a bittid of background.

Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins
with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be
able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the
helmut of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
(Ephesians 6: 14-17)

God Bless.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

DO what is Fair, Right, and Equitable

Good Evening,

Perhaps I am making up for 'lost time'; inasmuch as we have been more 'out of town' (as of late) than in town; thus not daily postings.

It is now a very nasty day out there; literally pouring with rain; grey skies and blustery winds to bit boot.

It has been a very weird quiet day; however, we have turned that around to get some long overdue 'house stuff' accomplished; whilst 'waiting' for the fruition of our various tid projects. Alan has made 'homemade soup' and it smells so good throughout the whole house! Basically, he has employed two prepared tins of vegetable / meat soup; and then added the tidbitz of green onions, cherry tomatoes, green peppers and savoury herb spices from our bittidz patio garden and seasonings (garlic, salt & pepper). Also, grocery bought baby red potatoes, baby carrots, canned corn, and blessed Bisto Mix (a tidbit thickening ingredient for soups, gravies and stews). A couple of pieces of garlic buttered toast, and a glass of red vino (Two Oceans; a very lovely and affordable South African Wine) will be perfect! Perhaps a bittid green salad as well!

We will be watching President Bush's Address to the Nation this evening; and we are looking forward to hearing what he has to say. Personally, I think it is strongly prudent of Senator John McCain, wishing to postpone the Debate between himself and Senator Obama at this crucial time, in favour of addressing the IMMEDIATE needs of the people. The campaign trail for both parties, can continue AFTER things have been resolved appropriately. Senator McCain wants to deal with the current financial situation first; and if I were an American, I would have to agree full heartedly. The Nation and the needs of Americans FIRST! Plus, Senator McCain has had more experience and feels he needs to be a courageous Representative in Congress; powerfully dealing with the very serious crisis that the United States finds itself in.

Also, we are glad that Senator McCain has selected Sarah Palin as his running mate; so much for the so called 'age' problem, of him being considered as 'too old' to run for President etc. And, 'the bridge to nowhere?' in Alaska? Sarah Palin's hands were tied at the time, as it was already committed to by Congress. when she stepped into office. Albeit there is a lovely road / highway built; AND, that is not to say that a bridge could not be built down the road. If and when she has more flexibilty as per her actions, words, and deeds as Vice President of the United States. We think she has what it takes to be the 'running mate'; regardless of what the press may wish to suggest otherwise. (CNN appears to be 'slanted' towards the Democrats; however, I do not think I am alone in this observation).

Tidbit - One must take a stand for what is fair, right, and equitable.

Bittid - The 'Truth Sets you Free'.

Love the above photo image with its genuine message; very true.

Good Night and God Bless.

Simply Fall

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

This morning, is typically Fall; cooler temperatures, overcast grey skies, and rain. There is still lots of lush greenery (the trees); and we are the only ones that have colourful flowers BLOOMING in our window boxes as well as on our patio. Everyone else's window boxes etc are bare. Alan also brought me my freshly brewed elixir of coffee; and I am extra appreciative of it this am; as I ended up watching some 'goofy' but hilariously funny movie, into the morning tid hours!

Am glad too, we do not have any appointments set for today; it is a perfect day to attack the tidbitz task of organizing our files and correspondence, as well as vacuuming our house from 'head to toe'. The vacuum person was here not so long ago; and he checked and cleaned our vacuum & power system; so apparently, this will make a noticeable difference, with a better result!

We have a lot of 'irons in the fire' at this time; but then, who doesn't? Particularly during these bittidz times. We are 'in the storm'; however, we will weather it. We have calmly resigned ourselves to be patient; and to enjoy the journey while we wait for Him to Provide Solutions to our earthly needs. We also look to Him for Guidance, His Words of Wisdom; and we have the Faith that He always has our best interests at heart.

Tidbit - If you can 'Thank' Him daily and 'Praise Him in ALL Things' (the positive as well as the negative experiences), it makes your day an easier one to live and enjoy to the fullest. Know that He is there (when you genuinely invite Jesus into your heart) and that He will never leave you; as He will reside in you forever. He always has a purpose for you; and it is always to the good; because He LOVES you.

Bittid - Anticipate His Goodness and Him Providing your needs and Solutions; even if you do not know how it is going to happen. Just be calmly content and joyfully confident that you will be taken care of by Him. It may not be immediate; but He always has the best plans for you.

I feel that during these trying times, a bit of FAITH goes a long way; and just by asking Him to 'carry your burdens', gives you a major lift and 'sets you free'.

I LOVE the above photo image of a " Misty Fall Morning'; it looks so peaceful and quite artistic. You can refer to my post of 'Saturday Morning' - A Good Morning!', dated November 24/07, if you wish. In our community, eventhough there are a few scattered trees that herald the glorious Autumn colours; most of the trees are still a prevalent green.

God Bless.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Falling into Fall happily

Just remembered! Yesterday, was the first full day of Fall! I wrote a tid of a post on the 'First Day of Fall - Sept 21/07', last year; if you wish to refer to it. Methinks because it was a 'Leap Year' in February of this year, Fall was considered to be 'official' yesterday. There very definitely is a change in the temperatures; after 9:00 am today, it was not even a bit 50 degrees F!

It was overcast earlier this evening; now it is dark; with showers forecasted overnight; which makes staying home all the merrier! Our repas 'hit the spot'; and our bittid kitchen, having been 'rearranged' earlier, is definitely a tidbit nicer to the eyes and also roomier for the 'creative chefs'. LOL!

Tidbit - Appreciate your home; particularly after you have done a 'Fall' cleaning of shelves, cupboards, and drawers. Items that you have not used or seen for a bittidz, are like 'gifts' that provide a 'refreshing' tidbitz touch to your abode.

Bittid - Welcome a quiet evening at home; and reflect upon your Blessings; particularly with all that is going on around the world. When you 'Fall' off to sleep with a 'thankful heart'; you can enjoy a good night's rest.

Good Night and God Bless.

Being calm and enjoying a peace within

Good Afternoon, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Wow! Today has just 'zoomed by'. We were up early and I will be glad to see our bed tonight! LOL! Hope there is a good movie on!

We had a bittidz of things to get caught up on; inasmuch as we had been out of town; and primarily Alan was the designated one to deal with our business projects. I welcomed the 'house stuff'; and ended up being on a 'roll'; by cleaning out cupboards and shelves etc. Voila! Our bittid kitchen has now been 'transformed' to avail easier accessability and enjoyment. It helps to have your dishes, pots, pans, utensils all close by; rather than stacked up on shelves, in a high cupboard, only reachable via a step ladder. Plus, I want to use our kitchen items; as opposed to just having them 'sit' unutilized, gathering dust on the shelves. Am sure some of you, can relate. It was also quite 'therapeutic'; because apart from reorganizing, I had the luxury of appreciating a calm within; eventhough the global financial market etc is not at ease.

Alan is going to cook up some prawns (we bought them frozen, on sale) with garlic and butter(Mmmmmm) for dinner; and I will happily use up our produce both from our fridge and our tidbitz garden! Bit red potatoes, snow peas, cherry tomatoes, whatever there is! 'Waste not, want not'; is very true; an expression my Mum always said to me. There are so many people starving around the world, that there is no way, I am going to throw anything away; and I can just season things with an extra tidbit of fresh garden spices! I throw a bit of brown sugar and butter into the frying pan, when I cook up the cherry tomatoes and snow pea pods; and they are a very tid treat! Plus a Caesar Salad, with freshly seasoned croutons, and a glass of South African Red Wine - sounds good to me; all with an 'International flavour!

Tidbit - Keeping a calm, and a joyfulness, while you wait on Him to Provide Solution is good; because when you genuinely anticipate His Solution,(whatever it is going to be) you are filled with peace and a confidence.

Bittid - 'Praise Him in ALL Things'; even during these tougher times. I know I have mentioned this quite a few times in my posts; however, it is very true! Also, you feel so much the better for it, when you say those words!

Took the above photo with our digital camera, my son gave us! It is of our beautiful Queen Elizabeth Rose, in a Norwegian silver vase (from my grandparents); in a neat bowl, on our coffee table in front of our wonderful fireplace!

God Bless.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Glad to be home!

Good Evening, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

We are now home; and as you know, there is 'no place like home!' We left early on Saturday morning for Pasley and it was a rejuvenating R & R for a bittid of two days. We did experience rain; but it was brief; save for at night - ie last night in particular, when there was a huge storm of winds of over 50 miles per hour! Thought for a moment, the sleeping house was going to 'take off'. The temperatures were cool; and thank goodness for a tidbit fireplace in the bedroom. Alan lit the fire early in the evenings and the room was toasty warm for most of the 2 nights. We (Alan) managed to get a few 'fall' projects accomplished. The 'tree faller' had been over and we counted 11 trees that he took down; as they were a danger to the buildings; given the fierce storms that we have had, within the last couple of years. Also, the gas fitter / plumber was over to give us his insight for future plumbing / propane needs. So, all in all, it was a very good weekend; Saturday to Monday! LOL!

We have a full week coming up; so this was a perfect way to recharge our batteries. Whilst at Pasley, we enjoyed 'gourmet' meals (LOL!) that were 'creations' of whatever was in the larder, along with the food we brought with us. And a good bottle of red wine (South African - Two Oceans) was an excellent choice for both evening meals. On the Saturday night, we lit a cosy fire in the main house; and it brought back wonderful memories of many a night, spent in front of a warm fire etc. We had great conversations, the light of the fire and a large flickering candle was awesome, and of course the wine was key too!

Tidbit - We like to leave Pasley (or wherever), in the same state or better, than we we generally find it. ie Leaving a place cleaner than you find it, always makes you feel good, doesn't it? 'Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you', is such a true message. Alan left the fireplace 'ship shape' - invitingly ready for my brother, who will be there next weekend. We will be going back for our Canadian Thanksgiving, and that will be so awesome! It is beautiful up there, at that time of year; with Autumn and all its splendid colours.

Bittid - When you have some time away, take the time to appreciate being away. It is amazing how issues become easier to deal with; ie less petty and thus more clear. Keeping things simple is good.

Have to go now to unpack and prepare dinner. Love the above photo; it is of a glorious sunset at Pasley. (You can refer to the posts of July (28th) and also of mid to end August, if you wish re: actual Pasley photos).

Good Night and God Bless.

Friday, 19 September 2008

Glad it is Friday & Here is to 'Happy Memories!'

Good Afternoon, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Today is rather cloudy, bleak, and overcast; with rain beckoning on the horizon. We are going to go to Pasley tomorrow am; regardless of the poor weather forecast. As mentioned yesterday, we have a fair bittidz of 'stuff' to attend to before we can leave comfortably for a tidbitz few days.

We have much to be thankful for; and a lovely friend of mine wrote a comment in my post of yesterday. I responded to her questions; and it brought back many a happy memory for me! ie wonderful moments spent at Pasley. Hopefully, the photos (since July 28/08 to recent) helps show how breathtaking and special a spot it is to our hearts. My friend lives in beautiful Alaska; however, she was intrigued by our little 'mini' Alaska; or that is how I described our beloved 'little isle' of Pasley! If you wish to read a bit about Pasley, just please refer to the tid comment section from yesterday. Plus, she writes a most refreshing blog, for those interested in expanding their knowledge!

I have been going to Pasley since a small child; my own children were given the same opportunity as I had, to enjoy idealic and carefree summers there. Things have not really changed all that much; save for the new Panabode, new deck with bench seats, and wood shed. Pasley is very rustic; that is the exquisite charm of the place. When I was little, I loved to go fishing with my Dad and we waterskiied, the works! It is amazing that these years have gone by so quickly!

Tidbit - Cherish good memories; and happier moments; particularly if they feel as if they were just like 'yesterday!' It is like a close friend; someone you may have not seen for awhile, or even lost touch with; and yet when you meet or talk again, it is as if, you had never been apart.

Bittid - These are tough times for us all (or for most people); however, keep your mind and spirits focused on living one day at a time. Try not to 'fret' about tomorrow; although it is easier said than done at various times!

Further tidbits / bittids - If you genuinely place your FAITH in Him, He DOES Provide your needs. We have some challenges (who doesn't?); and eventhough we do not know the 'when', the 'where', or the 'how' etc, we know He will come through in the end. He may not always give you exactly what you Asked / Prayed for; and / or as asap as you would like; but He DOES step in, Blessing you with an even better plan than you could ever imagine.

Further bittids / tidbits - Also important to 'Praise Him in ALL Things'; and to Thank Him for what Blessings you already have; even when experiencing rough moments. Also, to appreciatively Thank Him in 'good times;' as well as in your times of need. You can have a direct daily communication with Him; thus both your spirits and your burdens are steadfastedly uplifted and carried by Him; which in turn gives you a confident calm and a joyful peace within.

Here is wishing you all a nice weekend; and we are glad it is Friday! May write a bit later today or a tid tomorrow, before we are away for an extended 'long weekend'.

Love the photo image! Cheers to enjoying 'Happy Memories'.

God Bless.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Hang in there!

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Was up a tid early; and rain has been forecasted for the next few days. It is quite overcast, a bit windy, and cool this morning; however, our climate is such that we are Blessed with water and lush vegetation; as well as living in a beautiful global location.

We are still going to Pasley this coming weekend; however, it may be on Saturday morning; depending on how much we can accomplish in these next two days. That being said, we can return home on Monday, possibly Tuesday; and then we are into an 'on the go' mode.

With these tough times, ('in the storm', so as to speak) we are all experiencing worldwide, I will refer to my post of 'Appreciate the Little Things' (Sept 9th), when Robert Schuller shared, 'When you are down to nothing, God is up to something for you'. I believe that to be so; we just have to patiently 'wait' for Him to 'step in'. Also, in my post of 'Be calmly confident' (Sept 16th), I think we all need to not 'lose our heads' and to 'keep on trekking'. It is easier said than done; however, we may as well enjoy each tidbit day as best as we can. When you have made it through one day (living one day at a time), you can appreciatively reflect that you 'made it through' that day etc. And keeping things bittid simple works best.

Have to go for now; but wanted to share a bit of bittidz with you; hopefully, this tid of tidbitz has been of some encouragement to all those who read my blogs.

Love the above photo image; we have that plate and all the several times I walk daily by it, it makes me smile. "Smile and the world laughs with you; Weep and you cry alone". My Dad always used to say that expression; and it is very true.

God Bless.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Sleeping on things is a good idea!

Good Evening! We are now home after a full day! No complaints; although, we are glad to be at our chez maison, for the night!

'Sleeping on things' for a night, generally help provide clarity. I have been 'sleeping on things' since September 11/08.

Have you ever been in a situation where you are questioning someone's comments, supposedly to be the truth; wherein past experience has shown that there is deceit and confusion!? ie You really want to believe it to be the truth; but it may not be? Like, there may be a hidden agenda for manipulative purposes? Hmmmmmm 'They' are completely aware of your 'soft spots'; and 'they' know that you wish to always look on the bright side of things, and yet, 'they' do this to further their agenda?

Perhaps, I have 'enabled' them to do so (entitlement - posts of Aug 23rd & 30th etc); and that being said, NO MORE. Complete clarity and genuine upfront communication is what is vital. The problem it would appear, is that 'they' ARE avoiding, ignoring, and dodging the 'truth' or issues, hoping that 'it will go away'; and that everything can be 'glossed over' and forgotten. As I have mentioned in previous posts, 'Yesterday is gone ( no sense crying over spilt milk), tomorrow is promised to no one (no need to fret or worry), and today is the day that counts' (living joyfully in His Service); however, that is meant in a 'Spiritual Sense' ONLY. If something is NOT right, deal with it asap; 'clear the air', to help put 'things right'. However, it is a challenge when 'they' run away and not choose to deal with it; for whatever 'their' reasons.

The two movies that I enjoyed late last night, endorsed a few messages home to me. And that is, to simply stand up for what is right and honourable, to take a stand for what is equitable and just. Fortunately, we can all make choices; it is just a matter of making the 'right' choices'.

It is my son's birthday today; won't tell you how old he is; because that might suggest my age! LOL! Alan and I wish him all the best on his very special day. He is a very popular fellow; (must come from his mother! LOL!) so ENJOY this day to the fullest, and, 'Happy Birthday!'

We were out and about earlier today; and in fact, popped into our 'club' for a quick bittid lunch. Well, did we ever receive a 'tidbit!' We saw Serena Williams! She was in the parking lot and entering the club; apparently she had a match to play; but was practicing prior to it, at our club. We watched her and her coach practice on the tennis court, and WOW! So, that was a wonderful gift; an unexpected treat! We had to utilize our 'food bill'; inasmuch as we had not been there for a bittidz; so this was a perfect tidbitz to the day!

Have shared some tidbits / bittids with you; hope they are of bittids / tidbits encouragement.

Love the above photo image; that will be Alan and I tonight! LOL!

Good Night and God Bless.


Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

It is yet another tid lovely 'Indian Summer' morning; Fall is very definitely on route; as felt by the bit crisp temperatures in the mornings and during the night.

We ended up watching two movies last night (from our cozy and warm bed); one was 'The Bucanneer', and the later one, was 'Solomon and Sheba'. Yul Brynner (was a wonderful actor) starred in both films; and he looked quite different when he had a full head of hair! But then, that goes for any of us! LOL!

The first movie, 'The Bucanneer' was about a Caribbean pirate (joined the United States in defending New Orleans, Louisianna, from the British) who was smitten by a beautiful woman; and he was influenced to become 'honourable' as he belonged to no country; as the seas had been his only home. He believed in the American Constitution; and volunteered himself in the fight to represent the United States. Thus, when Yul gave his word, he kept it (even when some others (the 'elite') he made a pact with, did not honour their word). General Andrew Jackson (Charleton Heston) kept his word with the pirate, to give him and his men a full pardon, once they supplied the much needed ammunition (gun powder and muskets)and men to defeat the British Red Coats. What I appreciated, was a man of his word and integrity; and eventhough his profession was that of a pirate, he had shining qualities that put some of the 'elite' to shame.

The second movie (which ended at 2:00 am!), 'Solomon and Sheba', was excellent; and at the end of the day, Sheba changed her FAITH to Him. The Israelites defeated the Egyptians by their blinding and glaring shields, as they stood still on the hilltops. 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Light'.

Tidbit - Keep your focus on Him; as He always Prevails.

Bittid - When you pray, ask for an 'understanding heart'. I love the above photo image of, 'Seek and Ye Shall Find'.

God Bless.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Be calmly confident

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

And, indeed, it is a good morning here! So much to be thankful for! The tid lush trees outside our bedroom window are still a vivid green, along with our pink, red, and white thriving geraniums in our bit balconey planters! Today's morning sunshine is glorious; and there is a magnificent glow on all the trees; particularly the ones that are 'with Autumn'.

Alan brought me my coffee in bed; and I am most appreciative of all our Blessings. I said my Prayers in the early morning quietness; and you do feel so much better when you leave everything to Him and simply ask Him to Provide Solutions. We have some challenges (but then, who doesn't it?); and we are 'waiting' with anticipation and joy; KNOWING that He will step in at the right time. Also, Pray for both your friends and your foes; for Him to 'touch their hearts'; so that they might enjoy a better life.

I have been reflecting (for some time) upon what is happening throughout the world; and have just started to read 'Revelation Unveiled' by Tim LaHaye. It is a book telling of the start of the 'End Times'; when wars, rumours of wars, political confusion / unrest, weather disruptions (earthquakes, volcanic activity) etc. start happening very quickly. Hmmmmmm. And now, with what is going on in the United States; interesting. Our country (Canada) is affected, but we are 'bystanders', in the sense that we can 'hang tough' and NOT panic. Basically we should 'keep our cool' and not give in to the Fear that is going around - be it with the oil and gas scenarios, real estate, mortgage companies, the works.

Tidbit - He says, 'Fear Not, For I Have Overcome the World'. I think during these times of trials and tribulations for us all, we need to have the FAITH, the size of a mustard seed. 'When you have the FAITH, the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains'. I believe that to be so.

Bittid - Everyone should 'keep their cool' and THANK Him for their Blessings, and 'Praise Him In ALL Things' each and every day. I know that this is repetitive; however, it is the ONLY and BEST way to keep a calm, throughout all these turbulent moments.

Hope this has given you, a bit of tid hope to have a confident calm. Just turn to Him for Help, Guidance; and joyfully and patiently await His Solutions for you.

I love the 2 photo images of both the Mustard Seed(s) and Mustard Tree. Do you know that ONE seed produces such a majestic tree? Wow! Is all I can say!

We have a full day ahead of us; however, if there is more tid of a bit to share, I will, later in the day.

God Bless.

Monday, 15 September 2008


Good Afternoon, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

My apologies! I did not have even a bittid of an opportunity to write a tidbit before we left for Pasley on Friday afternoon. The rest of Thursday and Friday morning were 'spoken for'. However, am back, as we returned this morning. We were up early for the boat 'pick up' at 8:00 am, to be on time for the 9:30 am ferry, and we were home by 10:30 am; with no rush hour traffic to contend with! We have since unpacked, and appreciating our washer and dryer re: the laundrey. LOL!

The 'Indian Summer' weather is absolutely gorgeous today! Ran into our 85 year young neighbour doing her gardening; and she very definitely is 'young at heart!' May we continue to think in that positive mode, when we hit that ripe old tender age! LOL!

The tid time at Pasley was greatly refreshing and our bit batteries are recharged once again! On Saturday and Sunday mornings, it was windy with choppy waves of approx 3 to 5 feet high; and in the afternoon, we enjoyed the gentle warmth of the sunshine and much calmer waters. Fall, however, is definitely in the air! Nonetheless, the sunsets were glorious; as were our 'creative' meals! For some tidbitz reason, our repas always taste better there; as well as having the best sleeps! We went for walks, and just literally 'chilled out'. We are going back this coming Friday afternoon; and all being well, we may stay a bittidz longer - ie til Tuesday ish. It depends how much we can accomplish when we drive 'up country' for our business.

Alan's knee was bothering him (the doctor did various gymnastic 'cart wheel' movements with his knee); so it was bittidically stiff and sore. Plus my brother suggested to leave the job of completing the turquoise primer, til the Spring; so perhaps Alan's discomfort was a 'Blessing in Disguise'. We are hopeful by next weekend, that Alan can do the other tidbitical tasks, he had planned to do this past weekend.

Tidbit - Take time to reflect on Him and Praise Him In ALL Things.

Bittid - Be joyful for each and every day!

The above Pasley photo (with Alan in it) was taken in the first part of August /08, and it shows the new beautiful deck ( built by my son and his friend) for the two older cabins. The bench seats have since been added (by my brother's brother-in-law) and will be finished by the end of this month; so I will have a picture of 'the whole 9 yards' at a later Fall date. We will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday up there; and apart from celebrating this wonderful occasion, we feel that each and every day is like a special ' Thanksgiving!'

God Bless.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

A bit of an uplift! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD9KAz7xdjQ&feature=related

It is now afternoon! I just received this wonderful song from a good friend of mine; and here is an appreciative thank you to him! Thought this happy song might catch your ears and you might wish to pass it along to others! It picks up your tid spirits a bit; as well as your feet! LOL!

Since I last wrote (earlier today), we have been working through various bittidz projects. We can now see the fruition of our labours (His); as in the 'light at the end of the tunnel'; eventhough, things have taken a tidbitz of time.

Hope you enjoy this upbeat song too; and it may be an encouraging uplift to some today. I love the above photo image - 'Seek and Ye Shall Find'.

God Bless.

Good Morning, and a Good Morning it is!

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

It is a gorgeous sunfilled morning! Already took our Blue out for his 'constitution'; and am presently enjoying a large cup of freshly brewed coffee and writing my blog.

Am still enjoying these wonderful silver fish earrings (you can refer to yesterday's post about them, if you wish); and in the next little bit, I will be packing again for Pasley, as we leave tomorrow afternoon and return home Sunday or Monday. The forecast is for sunshine; which means that Alan can properly continue with the turquoise trim as mentioned in the September 10th blog.

Also, I hope the group of ladies come by again; they were such fun; and if I lived on the island where they are from, I would be a keen and regular participant with them! What a great way to enjoy exercise and to explore the allure of all the tid islands! We have given them a standing invitation; to pop in for coffee or whatever is going (creative lunch!); and if we are not there, then come ashore and rest; plus the outhouse privy is accessible should they wish. (I just suggested though, that they bring their own 'T.P' LOL!) We have also been invited to visit a couple of the ladies; one in particular, with whom I clicked intstantly with! She was also closer to my age; but age is only a number and it is how you feel! I just 'celebrated' my birthday and I am thankful for all my / our Blessings! I believe there are NO coincidences; so when this large 'Hawaiian' outrigger canoe landed upon our shore, it was, indeed, a wonderful gift! We enjoy meeting new people; as well as appreciating our good friends and family.

Tidbit - To help you enjoy a happier day, 'talk' (literally!) to Him and / or say your Prayers at the beginning of the day! Thanking Him and being joyfully confident of the good things that are coming your way! I had a wonderful bath this am; and I find that if you have a quiet spot to share your thoughts and concerns with Him, He is ALWAYS there for you. He is your Best Friend and Confidant; and by asking Him for His Guidance, it is amazing to see what unfolds each and every day for you. It is great to have good friends to ask their input etc; however, if you approach Him first and foremost, He gives you the best advice! And, things become a lot simpler! Am sure some of you know of what I write! Actually, I 'talk' to Him throughout the day and then say our Prayers of Thanks again at night; which ensures a good solid sleep. Plus the 'Patience' I was referring to, in yesterday's post; along with a sound sleep, is vital in making the right choices and / or decisions.

Bittid - Appreciate each and every day and have a joyful heart! Keeps you 'young at heart' too!

Also, today is September 11th; and I believe we have all been imprinted forever, with discerning awareness for this particular day, when so many lives were needlessly and horrifically lost. May God Bless all their Souls; both of the perished, (and their families), and the survivors. However, humane and financial steps have been exercised to repair the global loss, and move life forward as best as possible. If this is of any solace, He is always there to Comfort you; you just need to genuinely invite Him into your heart; ask Him to carry all your burdens and sorrows, and He will uplift you. One day at a time; and each day that passes, becomes a little easier to bear for those that are sad, downtrodden, angry, or whatever emotions that transpire.

Have to go for now; however, may write a tid in a later bit today; when there is a bit of a tid to write! I love the above photo image; such a cheerful morning portrayal! Cheers, with a cup of coffee!

God Bless.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Enjoying the moment

Good Evening, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Whew! It has been a full day (which is good), as we have had a tidbitz of appointments and we are thankful to be home! It has been a beautiful sunny summer / fall day; and my Dad's old trusty outdoor thermometer, is now showing a pleasant 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the sun.

Alan went to see the highly regarded surgeon / specialist today about his knee; and the appointment was an illuminating one; save for the lack of results from the MRI from last night. Upon the receipt of those results, (takes a week to 10 days), the doctor will be calling Alan back to discuss the next step.

I mentioned that I would share our past bittidz week up at Pasley; and we are looking forward to returning there for this weekend. Am hoping our 'Indian Summer' will continue throughout September. I love the Fall! There is 'something' refreshing about the start of Autumn isn't there?

We were gone for one week; from Sunday to Sunday. The weather, unfortunately, was 'iffy'; very cool temperatures, along with winds and rains. We were most appreciative of our cosy old brick fireplace; that greatly helped with the cooler bit temperatures. Whilst there, we (I should say Alan) captured 14 mice (on Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thurs nights) with two mouse traps, laced with peanut butter. (Apparently, mice go crazy for peanut butter!) My brother was correct in suggesting where the mice had access (ie under the tid kitchen sink drain pipe); however, Alan was able to plug the tiny tidbit hole (the size of his baby finger!)with a metal contraption of sorts and duct tape, which replaced the chewed out SOS pad, that had originally been placed there. Should include too, that the mice were wonderful food for the swooping seagulls and a mink family in the bittid beach cove next to ours.

Celebrated my '39th and holding birthday' (LOL!) also; and Alan prepared a simple but wonderfully tasting breakfast brunch (Crisp bacon, fresh farm brown eggs sunny side up, bakery bread toasted by our old fashioned toaster, and my beloved Norwegian Goat Cheese). Mmmmmmm.

I have a dear friend (and she knows who she is!), from whom I purchased an exquisite pair of silver fish earrings. I have had so many compliments on them; and for some reason, I feel an extra tid 'special' when wearing them. It makes me think of Jesus Christ, when he was choosing His Disciples. ie When He went down to the Sea of Galilee and fell upon Peter and the Fishermen, He said, 'Come with Me, and I will make you Fishers of Men'. That is pretty neat, methinks!

Had an interesting experience on Saturday morning! A group of ladies (5) in their 60's / 70's, who were in a large outrigger canoe (holds 6) landed on our beach to rest. Apparently, they belong to a club on a nearby island (part of the Mainland) that they live on; and for $100.00 per year, they can enjoy canoeing around the various islands, whenever they wish. There are different sizes of these types of 'Hawaian' outrigger canoes; that can hold 2, 4, or 6 people; and as long as there is the 'steerer', who knows what to do, it is 'smooth sailing'. They get together quite regularly and then enjoy a nice bit of lunch afterwards. Sounds like a lot of fun to me!

Alan was able to put a bittid of the turqoise primer trim on the windows and doors, after he sanded and filled in the various defects. This weekend, he is hoping to complete the rest of the priming etc; and on the following weekend, he will apply the first coat. He is concentrating on the front part of both buildings; and will attend to the sides and back in the Spring; as the fronts are exposed to the ocean, wind, sun etc. So, this will be an extra tidbit of a sealer and protective coat for the front of both cabins.

During all the while, (and we are not the only ones; perhaps some of you), have had some ongoing challenges and we are Waiting and Relying upon Him to Provide the Solutions. I am currently reading an excellent book, written by Joyce Meyer ('Woman to Woman') and she is sharing that she "wants us to be encouraged; and that we believers are MORE THAN CONQUERORS and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us". 'More than Conquerors means that before the trouble ever starts, we already know who wins'.

Tidbit - Being joyful and patient 'in the journey; can be hard to do at times (even when on holidays, other matters can be pressing or stressful); simply step back and put your FAITH in Him; AND Praise Him in ALL Things. It is amazing the 'inner' calm and peace you receive, and you KNOW that He will not let you down; as He has a good and even better Plan for you, more than you had ever imagined!

Bittid - Another quote from Joyce's book - "It is important to realize that patience is not only an ability to wait, but also how we act while we're waiting. We are encouraged to enter into patient waiting - not just waiting but 'Patient waiting'". "Patience is required to see the fulfillment of God's promises'.

Personally, I recommend her book; very insightfully awesome! Have to go now to 'create' our dinner; actually we will be feasting on some wonderful 'leftovers!' from two nights ago!

Love the above photo; it is of Alan and I at Pasley (taken 3 years ago, LOL!); and you can see the front of the cabin; which overlooks the wonderful bay. (You can refer to earlier posts if you wish; July 28th, August 13th etc re: pictures of Pasley)

Good Night and God Bless.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Appreciate the Little Things

Good Afternoon, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

We are back; at least for the time being! We returned home on Sunday evening; and yesterday was a bit of a blur! Went non stop from early morning to about 4:30 pm, getting 'caught up' with things, until a dear friend popped in. It was the right timing! She happened to bring a bottle of champagne (chilled!) for me, to celebrate my recent birthday! It was a nice tid touch; and was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by us. She left around 7:00 pm. Had a roast (covered with fresh basil and rosemary from our bittid patio garden)cooking and it provided such a wonderful smell throughout our house! The roast was on sale; so with a tidbit of seasonings, it was delicious; along with roasted baby potatoes, a Caesar Salad, and a glass of our South African Red Wine. International evening again! Then we fell into our bed, like tired little puppies; and watched a James Bond Movie.

Just reread my last post (August 31st); and basically what I wrote, was what I learned from those three wonderful people. I do not think I can add anymore to their messages; save that check them out and 'check Him in!'

Has been a full day thus far; and we are about to head out for an appointment; about an hour's drive away. We have a few more committments this afternoon; before going to the hospital where Alan finally is getting an MRI for his knee; the one that was injured when he fell through a piece of rotting deck on Pasley last summer - Aug 27th, to be exact!

Tidbit - Appreciate the little things; and Praise Him in ALL Things.

Bittid - Have the FAITH that He always Provides; and as Robert Schuller said (see my post of Aug 31st, if you wish)'When you are down to nothing, He is up to something for you!' It is about having and taking the courageous 'Leap of Faith' in Him.

Have to go for a tid of a bit now. Hopefully will write later today and share a bit of tid re: our past week up at Pasley.

Love the above joyful photo! Methinks, you can refer to my earlier posts of March 14th etc. about the 'Almond Roca Man' if you wish.

God Bless.