Sunday, 30 November 2008

An R & R Sunday


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

This is going be a short post; as today was a full day and I am going to call it a night in the next little bit!

This morning, I joyfully watched the Vision Channel (You can refer to yesterday's post, if you wish some background); ie 'Hour of Power', 'Enjoying Everyday Life', and 'Living Truth'. All three programs were awesome; and it was just what I needed to hear today! I will share a bittid with you, tomorrow or Tuesday.

It has been a foggy and dark day; a perfect day to 'dig out' Christmas decorations from our garage. We still have boxes (not just Christmas items!) that we have yet to unpack, since we moved here 2 years ago; fortunately, I was able to locate most of the decorations! What I have not found, am sure, will 'turn up', when Alan and I finally clean out our garage / basement. It is amazing all the tidbitz 'stuff' that piles up over the years; particularly after a move! Am genuinely looking forward to that 'project'; as our garage will be better organized with less bittidz clutter!

We have our Christmas tree up! Basically, it was the artificial tree that Alan found this summer, in the compound's garbage. I wrote a post or two about our 'found treasure', a few months ago. We love the 'fir tree'; and it looks so realistically beautiful now; with all the antique decorations and colourful tinsel wreaths embracing it. We do not have the room for too many decorations; however, I will do my best to create 'Christmas space!' LOL! Last year we were in Zihua; and as we had returned home only a few tid days before Christmas, we did not put up a tree etc. Turkey dinner yes - with all the trimmings! At the moment, our house looks like a 'battlefield'; however, it will be tidied up within the next few days. We have a major busy day tomorrow; starting early; so am going to go; before I 'ramble' on. Can you believe it is December 1st tomorrow? This Christmas is going to be extra meaningful for many people, methinks!

Today is Alan's Mum's birthday; we have her in our thoughts and Prayers; and we know that she is at peace in Heaven. That is a tidbit of gentle comfort to us; and eventhough, I only knew her for 5 years, she was a lovely woman. Alan and she had a 'special bond'; so both Alan and I are appreciative of the Blessed memories we have of her.

We have much to be thankful for; and 'Praise Him In ALL Things'. Love the above photo image; that is Alan and I tonight!

Good Night and God Bless.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

May you sleep well

Good Evening!

Thought I would share this little bittidz with you; as it may be of a source of tidbitz comfort and encouragement to you. This was sent to me approximately 5 years ago, by a dear friend; and fortunately, I saved it in my file of 'bits'. Particularly with what is taking place in the world today!

It was quite the week for us; however, we are not alone; as most people are experiencing the same tids of economic challenges, currently happening around the globe. Alan drew my attention to this message; as it is quite appropro during these tough and unsettled times.

No matter how hard I tried, I was not successful in adding the bittid link, 'The Rope'. It would appear that our computer does not allow the link? Nevertheless, I was determined to post this, because of its major message. Thus, there are ten photo images; beginning with 'The Rope'; hope you enjoy and 'take heart!'

Good Night and God Bless.










Reflection and Giving Thanks


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

Methinks the above salute may sound a tid redundant to you each and every day; however, I like to bring the best bit out in everyone!

Yesterday was a full day; was out most of the day on appointments and by the time we returned home, it was nightfall and well into the dinner hour. My apologies for not having written a post; because I enjoy writing daily 'tidbits and bittids!'

This morning is a very dreary, dark, and rainy scene; and we are most thankful it is the weekend. We have a lot of tidbit decisions to ponder over the next few bittid days. Thus appreciating a 'quiet' weekend will be good; to calmly gather our thoughts for next week's itinerary.

Have been 'soaking up' the Bible as of late; as it has been both refreshing and encouraging to my spirits, during these turbulent times around the globe! I was 'Directed' to a section; and it happened to be Luke 8. Wow! - Just what I was needful of 'seeing' and 'hearing'; the 'parable' about the 'sowing of the seed'(Word of God). Before I read Chapter 8 in its entireity, I was immediately 'Guided' to verse 15: "But that on the good ground are they, which, in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience". Methinks it would be a good tidbitz if you refer to Luke Chapter 8. I also enjoyed Chapter 6!

However, to appreciate a better 'Understanding', will be chronologically revisiting the wonderful stories of the Bible; starting with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and so forth. Am also 'absorbing''Revelation Unveiled' by Tim LaHaye; and with what is going on in the world, there are very obvious 'signs'; and it is just a matter of time.

Tidbit - If you are feeling 'down', fearful, or whatever bittidz emotion fits, you may find comfort and solace from reading and or turning to the Bible. Also, 'PATIENCE', while you 'wait' for Him to Provide Solution; and having the 'FAITH'; and to "FEAR NOT", as He says; will assist you in ALL your daily struggles / battles.

Bittid - Can not 'stress' it enough! 'KEEP IT SIMPLE', for each and every day! As well as, to remember to always 'Praise Him In ALL Things' - regardless of your personal circumstances. Choose to be positive, upbeat, and CONFIDENT; and do not allow your obstacles to 'bog you down'; thus 'enabling' you to be 'distracted' and lose focus or touch. Reflect, and be genuinely grateful for your Blessings; as in Giving Him a daily 'Thanks of Thanksgiving.'

I am happy to have my Mum's Bible; as it is 'old', and it was handed down over the generations; and the pictures are still, so vividly beautiful! As the expression goes: 'A picture is worth a thousand words'.

Tomorrow morning, I look forward to watching the Vision Channel re: the Schullers ('Hour of Power'), Joyce Meyer ('Enjoying Everyday Life'), and Charles Price ('Living Truth'). You can refer to my earlier posts (Nov 11/07; as well as more recent posts etc) if you wish some background; and / or to tune into them, as they offer solid teachings and encouragement.

Here is wishing you an extra special and meaningful 'Thanksgiving' weekend; as well as joyfully appreciating a 'Thanksgiving' for each and every day! I love the above photo image; looks so cosy and friendly!

God Bless.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

'Happy Thanksgiving'














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

First of all, my apologies for not writing a tidbit post yesterday. We had a lot of bittid matters to attend to; and the day literally came and 'zoomed zoomed zoomed'.

PLUS, what took place in Mumbai India, came as a total shock to us! 'Those responsible' should be ashamed of themselves; they will NEVER end up in Heaven, regardless of what they may spiritually believe or have been led to believe.

ALL Muslims, regardless of sect, should take a stand and band together against the inhumane tactics, executed by this malicious group of Islamic militants / terrorists. We all know that the majority of Muslims are great people, with a great history. However, all Muslims must know that the entire world is looking at them to see how they respond to this additional attrocity, committed by alledged Muslims. Another example being, the acid spraying of those young girls and women in Afghanistan, on their way to school. The world is waiting for you, to get your own house in order. Do as the Aga Khan does! So that, all of us regardless of Faith, can unite to make the God given planet a better chance of survival. Unthinkable, unfathomable, and unacceptable comes to mind; and this has major reperucssions throughout the whole world! It is good versus evil; the best thing is, He has already won!

Today many Americans are celebrating their Thanksgiving Day holiday. Thanksgiving is a special time for families to come together to give thanks to Him, and to appreciate all their Blessings. Unfortunately, what is happening in India, has put a bit of a blighter on this very meaningful occasion. However, methinks, it just makes one all the more thankful and grateful for their Blessings.

We are still waiting for tidbitz 'news'; when I know more bittidz, will let you know.

Apart from all the 'stuff' that is occuring in India, here is wishing those of you, who are partaking of the Thanksgiving Day, a 'Happy Thanksgiving!'

Love the above photo image; and the 'gobble gobble' turkey looks delicious! We think that each and everyday is like a 'Thanksgiving'; and it is always good to 'Praise Him In ALL Things'.

God Bless.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

'Happy Feet' thoughts


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

This morning is absolutely pouring with rain; a very dark dreary day; however, a good one to be indoors, with a cosy fire! We are patiently 'waiting' to hear word on our various tidbitz projects. Once that happens, then we are galloping 'off to the races'; be it through rain, wind, snow, hail, sun, whatever the weather conditions may be!

Wanted to mention again, a bittidz from yesterday's blog; and, I hope it is a bit of comforting encouragement to you, as it is to us. ie. "Here is a tidbit & bittid that we are going to boldly follow today! We are going to be calmly confident that He has a GOOD plan for us; and that we are SIMPLY leaving it ALL to Him (in accordance with His Will and in His Time) to Provide Solution for His Purpose. We are very Blessed and 'joyful'; and 'Praise Him In ALL Things'."

Also, we appreciate the following two passages from the Bible, that we have (in simple yet elegant frames) in our downstairs washroom; which are wonderfully uplifting! "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." (Proverbs 3:5-6). "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10).

During these tid trying times, genuine Prayer and 'understanding' is vital!

Love the above photo image of the penguin, as in the inspirational movie, 'Happy Feet'. I can just envision him 'dancing up a storm!' At the end of the movie, all the other penguins join in with the 'happy tap dancing' of their feet. Finally someone listened to their plea; ie left them some fish to eat!

Will keep you posted when we have a positive confirmation. Here is wishing you a great day!

God Bless.

Monday, 24 November 2008

'Happy Feet'


Good Afternoon,

Our morning appointment has been put 'on hold'; as there were some delays at the other end. Meanwhile, we have attended to some other bittidz matters that arose today; so as they say, 'better laid plans of mice and men'.

Forgot to mention, that last night, we watched and thoroughly enjoyed the animated movie, 'Happy Feet'. For those of you who 'think outside the box', or 'march to a different drummer', etc, this is an exceptionally encouraging show! I LOVED it! And good on the emperor penguin,(type of penguin) who 'dared to be different' and danced to a different tune. It also ties in with the tidbitz I shared yesterday re: John Maxwell's comments about 'running the race'. ie Noah and David; about making a difference and not allowing limitations to overcome you. Most insightful and delightful; very upbeat!

Thought this might give you a bit of a boost for your tid spirits! I just LOVE this photo image! Happy Happy!

Til later.

God Bless.

Monday morning reflections


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

Had a very sound sleep last night; and in a short tid while, we are going out for a long awaited appointment. We are Prayful that it will be good tidbit news!

Last night, I turned on the T.V.- approx 7:30 ish; and it happened that it was on the Vision Channel. A woman by the name of Rhonda Lazerte of Rhonda Lazerte Ministries & Door of Hope T.V. was sharing her enlightening insights; and I believe there are NO coincidences (as I have mentioned in earlier posts). She basically was saying that He has a Purpose; and that everything must be in accordance with His Will and in His Time. I thought, 'Wow!' Simply more illuminating teachings 'registering home' to me! Eventhough I do my best to express the Truth in my posts, I felt 'out of integrity', to share yesterday about a few 'misgivings'; that I had experienced recently. Hope this is a bit of bittid encouragement to you.

It was exactly the message I needed to hear (again!); and I had never heard of Rhonda! She is very 'real' and 'down to earth', as are the other International Bible Teachers that I have a high regard for; as per my earlier posts. However, I will keep an eye and an ear open to her program, should I be near the Vision Channel on a Sunday evening!

Must go now; however, here is a tidbit & bittid that we are going to boldly follow today! We are going to be calmly confident that He has a GOOD plan for us; and that we are SIMPLY leaving it ALL to Him (in accordance with His Will and in His Time) to Provide Solution for His Purpose. We are very Blessed and 'joyful'; and 'Praise Him In ALL Things'.

Bye for now. Love the above photo image!

God Bless.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

A reflective Sunday














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

We have enjoyed a nice R & R day thus far. Another beautiful Fall day of sunshine and blue skies; abeit a bit chilly. Our mountains have received their first fall of snow; and from our bedroom window, we can catch tid glimpses of the various snow capped peaks across the harbour!

Appreciated my coffee this am, that Alan brought to me; and 'like a sponge', I was absorbed in the Vision Channel, re: 'Hour of Power' (Dr. Robert Schuller Snr), 'Enjoying Everyday Life'(Joyce Meyer), and 'Living Truth' (Charles Price). As I was Giving Him Thanks for All our bountiful Blessings, I saw a tid hummingbird (movements like a hovering harrier aircraft) whirling around ALL our geraniums, that are still miraculously in bloom! What a tidbit treat; to see this bittid thrill of God's creation! We are very grateful for our 'refuge' that He has Provided us with! Also, watched a pair of squirrels playfully chasing each other, and other bit birds hopping from limb to limb on the surrounding trees. In particular, we have one large tree outside our window; which is still laden with rich golden leaves; whereas the other trees are practically bare!

'Hour of Power' - Once again, I recommend you tune into the program; as Dr. Schuller's teachings are excellent and full of encouragement! (www.hourofpower.org).
Dr. Schuller had some wonderful guests; and they shared their stories of their Faith. ie Brothers Jean-Luc & Yves La Joie (from French Canada) turned their 'scars into stars' with their gift of music. Basically they were saying that 'satisfaction will never be found, unless you have a Relationship with Him'; and that 'Faith is the Substance of things hoped for; and unseen'. Also, John Maxwell, a well known International Speaker, Author, and Pastor shared an interesting analogy about 'Running with the Giants'. (Happens to be the title of his new book!). eg. While you are running the Race of Faith, John Maxwell utilized 3 out of 10 Biblical people to 'cheer you on' to successfully run each lap. ie 'Noah' signifies that 'It only takes one person to make a difference'; 'Rebecah' - 'To serve others with a generosity of spirit'; and 'David' - 'To overcome limitations that others place upon you'. To access John Maxwell, through the www.hourofpower.org, here is his link - www.johnmaxwell.com. John Maxwell also shared a 'Story of life' on a bittid laminated card; a very good insight!

'Enjoying Everyday Life' - Joyce Meyer had a wonderful small group on her show; as she feels that the 'best comes out with a group (as in Bible Studies) that you can chat with'. FREEDOM was the subject matter; and 'The Truth Always Sets you Free'. 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life'. Basically placing your Trust, Faith, and Hope in Him; and to 'Take your Position, Stand Still, and Let the Lord Deliver'. As Joyce also was sharing, 'When you Sow the Spirit, you Reap Life'. Let Him Guide you. Here is her website! www.joycemeyer.org. and 2 of her recent books are: 'Enjoying a Life of Freedom' and '21 Ways to Finding Peace and Happiness'. Once again, I recommend you tune into her insightful teachings as well!

'Living Truth' - Charles Price was talking about 'What is Prayer?'(Matthew 6; verses 5 - 8); and it was most illuminating; and WHY PRAYER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT~ ie - 'Why Pray?', 'Why Pray Privately?', and 'Why Pray Confidently?' I would recommend you refer to Matthew 6. Prayer is - Sustaining communication / communion with God; also more 'real' when you Pray Privately, and placing Confidence in His Ultimate Purpose and His Will; and not focusing on your own agenda. When you are in 'sinct' with His Will and Purpose, you will experience His Will working through you to Fruition, for the good of all. 'He knows what you need, before you Ask Him'; thus Prayer to Him, is all the more relevant! I can not recommend Charles Price enough; so here is his website: www.livingtruth.ca.

Today, I was extra appreciative of these three International Bible Teachers (and their guests), with their special insights; as they were again, a positive uplift to me. Lately, I have 'wondered' (am still a young Christian)about Him Answering our Prayer to a major situation we are experiencing, (but then, who isn't during these times? - save for perhaps, the very few).

'Well' (a deep subject, you can refer to my post of June 13/07,if you wish); I have had an 'epifany' today! ie. WHEN you Pray, do NOT be discouraged if things do not 'happen right away'. I have to admit that perhaps some of my recent Prayers have been more to do with OUR challenges. The words from Charles Price, - 'A Celestial Shopping List' could be applicable a bittid. Hmmmmmm. We need to also say or include in our Prayers to Him - 'For Your Purpose, According to Thy Will, and in Thy Timing'.

In other tidbit words, submit, surrender, bend, and /or make adjustments to Him - ie to be 'one with Him'; and have the FAITH and COURAGE, that He well has the Solution in hand; and that to FEAR NOT; for KNOW that He WILL PROVIDE - according to His Will and in His Time. Thus the 'patience' factor; genuinely enjoy and appreciate each moment of each and every day; and fret not! So, my Prayers will be that much more BOLD and TOTALLY TOTALLY TOTALLY Dependent upon His Will and in His Timing. Somehow, it just flows, when you let go and let Him Provide the Rest! DONE!

Wanted to share that tidbitz with you. One thing to say and write a blog; yet I DID have a couple of 'misgivings' (as of late); however, I have now 'dusted myself off' and am 'rising up to the occasion' and am Prayful for Solution; but ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, AND IN HIS TIME. Hope this makes a bittidz of sense. Once again, best if you genuinely take some time out and check out these wonderful International Bible Teachers; as they can give you much, in the way of knowledge and encouragement.

My daughter, her husband, and our two grandsons (twins; age 2) are returning from Hawaii today; hope they had a good restful vacation.

We have an early start tomorrow am; and it will be a most 'interesting' week. However, we believe in the 'Power of Prayer'.

Hope this has been a bit of tid encouragement, to all those, who read my blog today. Love the above photo image! To all those who are celebrating the American Thanksgiving later this week, 'Happy Thanksgiving!' I believe we all have much to be 'Thankful' for; and that each day is like a 'Thanksgiving!'

God Bless.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Refreshing your thoughts!


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

Had a sound night's rest; and woke up to a beautiful sunny morning! Mentioned in yesterday's post, that my ears are still a bit 'plugged'; a very strange feeling. Alan has experienced the same with his ears; however, when he went to his doctor yesterday, he was given some antibacterial ointment; and that gentle 'cloud nine' cream has helped a tid! There is a generous tidbitical amount (for the 2 of us; or so it would appear!) in a bittidical container; and it is most soothing; as in 'music to one's ears!'

Earlier today, I was 'checking out' Ebay and other websites re: Lady Head Vases, and they have still retained their value. (You can refer to my post, 'Enjoy the Journey', of Nov 14th, if you wish some bittidz background).

Tidbit - Eventhough we are all going through tougher times, best not to sell yourself short. ie If you are a 'collector' of quality pieces, they will hold true; and if you can 'hold off' from selling them, do so. (Unless you just want to unload them). However, if you must sell (whatever it may be), be astute to create an equitable / fair play 'win win' scenario for all those who participate.

Bittid - Everyone (or mostly everyone) is experiencing these tough and 'leaner' times. We are simply cutting back and prioritizing ALL expenses. 'Leaner times' can be viewed as a positive encouragement; and 'keeping things simple', works best! Also, when one is genuinely appreciative of one's Blessings, it gives one 'an edge!' As Dr. Robert Schuller Snr ('Hour of Power') says, 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going!' (You can see November 1st post, if you would like a further tidbitz tale).

We have also received some interesting tidbits today; however, we are waiting til various bittids fall solidly into place. It is said that, 'When one door closes, another door opens!' That is where we presently find ourselves; and we are calmly confident that He has opened a new door for us; and for the better!

Here is wishing you a peaceful and joyful Saturday and Sunday! I love the above majestic photo image; looks very similar to our gorgeous 'wind free' day today!

God Bless.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Happy it is the weekend!


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

Today has come and gone! Non stop! 'Zoom zoom zoom!'

Just finished a bittid dinner - Scrambled eggs with bits of cheddar cheese and toast with tids of honey - it wonderfully hit the spot! Methinks we will be having an early night tonight. It is a miserable Fall night; major rains, winds, with a strong storm warning, that the winds could go as high as 90 km per hour. In various areas of our city, tops of trees are being topped, should there be a repeat of the destructive wind storms, that we experienced, in November 2006. ie Our tidbit 2 cabins at Pasley, were 'smushed', as mentioned in earlier bittidz posts of 2007; if you wish to refer to those tidbitz tales!

Have heard some tidbit news about our projects; however, we will know more over the weekend, Monday, and early next week. When I know something, you will know something!

Tidbit - If you feel like having an early night, listen to your body 'signals' and just follow the 'indicators'. Plus, my ears are still a bit 'plugged?' (weird); so am going to take an aspirin and enjoy a good night's solid rest; anticipating on being refreshed for tomorrow! It is said, that 'rest heals all!'

Bittid - 'Sleeping on things' is often wise; particularly, if you are in the process of making major decisions. When you have a clear mind, you focus on making the right choices.

I also appreciate what Robert Schuller Jr, 'Hour of Power', said a few weeks ago -'When you are down to nothing, you know He is up to something! - meaning that He is up to something for you and to the good'. I think that is a very comforting tid thought; particularly during these turbulent and unsettling times. Thus, a good night's rest is in order! I will simply leave the rest to Him, to Provide Solution.

Also, before nodding off to sleep, will Ask Him for Understanding, Guidance, and His Words of Wisdom, as well as 'Praising Him In ALL Things'. We have many Blessings to be thankful for! Love the above photo image; that is Alan and I tonight; and we are happy that it is the weekend! Again! Where does the time go!

Good Night and God Bless.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

'Seek and Ye Shall Find' - Always!


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

This morning feels 'wintery' to me - no frost or snow; but it is 'cool'; and it looks as if our beautiful mountains are experiencing their first bit of snow fall. Grey dark foreboding clouds; and yet a 'brightness' (not sunshine) at the same time. Quite neat, in a tidbitz way!

Was up 'with the birds'; I figure when you are awake, may as well get up and start the day! Our fridge (which is clean) has had 'stuff' (grunge comes to my mind); ie bottles of long expired sauces and dips, that sort of thing; and it was just a matter of disposing of them. Thank goodness for step ladders! I utilized our ladder, as I first had to lift up the heavy garbage container lid, before 'going through acrobatic hoops' to 'heave' the full bag in. LOL! Alan would have helped me; however, I was up early; (even heard the birds chirping; eventhough it was chilly) and did not wish to disturb his sleep. Am grateful too, that our complex has large bins for our garbage bags; particularly when there are garbage strikes (like last year).

For some tid reason, I feel much better! Why have 'stuff' taking up space, for the sake of conspicuous clutter and 'shelf warming!' Am thinking of cleaning out our basement / garage! May unearth more of our Christmas decorations; and inasmuch as we are not going to Zihua, will create a festive atmosphere this season. Had mentioned in an earlier post, that we have a 'Charlie Brown' artificial, but very real looking tree; that had been abandoned in our garbage bin! Can you believe it; as it was a perfectly good tree? Oh well, each to their own. Anyway, we 'took it in, under our roof'; and this 'found treasure' will be glowing (not literally!). Just have to find a place to put it! LOL!

We are 'waiting' to receive word on our various projects; as we have not heard back; however will 'keep you in the tidbit loop'. Meanwhile, with a deep breath, we are carrying on; calmly and confidently, knowing that there will be a positive outcome; and we are Relying totally on Him for Solution. We are 'in limbo' (posts of Jan 24/07& June 6/07)); but then, who isn't? With all the 'stuff and clutter' going on around the world, we are not alone. Maybe that is why I felt extra elated this morning, when I threw out the built up stuff from our fridge! LOL! Glad to be home today! Can attend to more bittidz tasks; and get them out of the bittid way!

Tidbit - Be grateful for the day and "Fear Not", as He says. No sense worrying, or being apprehensive, or 'out thinking' things; enjoy the 'journey' knowing that He will Provide! 'If you have the Faith the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains'. (If you wish, you can refer to my post of May 15/07).

Bittid - Always be 'ready' to go with a Plan B, Plan C, Plan D etc. 'When one door closes, another door opens!' I love the above photo image of 'Seek and Ye Shall Find'.

God Bless.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Be like a 'Mighty Duck' Quack!






















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

It is a beautiful, sunny, crisp fall morning! Awoke to frost (our first frost of the season) this am; and while I was taking our Blue out for his 'constitution', I could not help but feel, a deep gratitude and thankfulness for ALL our Blessings - ie. where we live, our vast country, and the fresh abundance of food and water etc etc etc.

Am wearing my Mum's 'Lambs Wool' hand made intricately knitted sweater; one of the 'old fashioned' types, with the wooden buttons. It definitely belongs to another era; however, I just love it and it brings me a bit of a comfort. First time I have put it on; and although bulky, it is toasty warm! Am enjoying also my cup of coffee and inasmuch as we have another full day, am sharing a tid now.

We watched another inspirational movie last night - 'The Mighty Ducks'. For those of you who have not seen it, I recommend it, as it gives one an insightful perspective on 'winning and losing'; and also shaking off 'labels' from the past.

Tidbit - 'Yesterday is gone; tomorrow is promised to no one; it is today that matters'. Live today for today; and do the best you can; regardless of your circumstances. Do not allow the devil or 'stuff' from the past, or in the present, and / or fear of the future, pull you down and take away your dreams. 'Keep on trekking' (Does the Energizer Bunny come to mind?) in your Faith in Him.

Bittid - Take solid tidbitz care of yourself; ie that you get enough rest. That you remember to take some special moments out for you; to recharge your batteries, to keep you focused always on the positive!

Hope you choose to embrace today; it is amazing what happens when you do! Rely on Him to help Guide you and Carry your Burdens - He always does; you just need to genuinely invite Him into your Heart and 'Keep Things Simple'. 'Quack Quack Quack!'

May be back with some good bittidz news later.

God Bless.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

A Thoughtful Tuesday Morning


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

A couple of nights ago, we watched the movie, 'Doc Halliday' starring Michael J. Fox as a young doctor. (I like Michael Fox; and he was 'perfect' for the role). He was on route to a major job interview in Los Angeles; however, unfortunately, he was detained, due to a car accident, whereby his red sports car was quite damaged. He ended up being driven to a small nearby town; and it was as if he was a 'prisoner'; ie Credit cards not accepted etc. He did not have enough cash on him; ie to pay for the car repairs, so he had no choice but to remain for a few days, until he received a wire transfer, to take care of the various expenses.

It was a small scenic town (Graven?) in South Carolina; and things were done and run 'differently'. Everything, was at a slow pace; almost like a time warp; and to boot, everybody knew your tid business. To make a long story short, because of his training as a doctor, he was needed to 'pitch in' for a few medical 'emergencies'. He even delivered a baby girl; and that miracle, as well as meeting his true love, he ultimately chose to settle down in the town; thus 'chucking' the fast pace of a hectic frenzy of a city life. What also touched me was the 'old doc' (whose life Doc Halliday saved; from a heart attack); and him sharing with the 'new doc', tales of the many babies he had brought into the world, during his practice as the 'town doctor'.

The young doctor experienced some 'Epifanies'; and / or perhaps I did as well. It was as if his destiny happened right there; that he could be of wonderful use to others, and be a part of a meaningful community. My apologies, if I am not explaining this as well; save that it is an entertaining and fun movie to see! Methinks, the movie started off a bit slow, however, it grew on me. It is quite 'real' with all the various town's personalities, interwoven as in a tightly knit little community, rich with history. There are also some 'eccentrics'; however, one appreciates them! LOL! The movie is 'down to earth'; and I soon forgot about all our various bittid challenges in the outside world!

Yesterday evening, made up a tasty batch of banana raisin muffins; as we had some ripe bananas; and should you wish the recipe, please feel free to refer to my post of Oct 21st. Great with a cup of coffee!

Also, here is a tidbitz recipe for 'Peanut Butter Cookies' (from 'Food that Really Schmecks', by Edna Staebler). I may have shared this delicious recipe in an earlier post; however, here it is regardless. Hope you enjoy; and if you are a 'peanut butter fan'; you will love these! As Edna Staebler says, "Kids love these---and so do I."

1/2 c butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c white sugar
1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Mix in the order given. Flatten teaspoonfuls of dough on greased cookie sheets, or make into rolls, chill and slice. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

As a tidbit, this particular cook book, as well as her second book, 'More Food that Really Schmecks' have mouthwatering recipes; as well as being economical and very easy to make!

Tidbit - Surrender your trust to Him; and Let Him Provide your needs; as per His Purpose and according to His Will, and in His Time. While you wait PATIENTLY, 'enjoy!' Apart from your work, appreciate some tid R & R. - Be it baking, cooking, tidying your home, a hobby, reading, watching movies, exercise, whatever gives you a bit of joy and a peace.

Bittid - Appreciate 'down to earth', genuine people. Have compassion and empathy for others; and radiate a 'generosity of spirit' to all those you meet. A genuine and warm smile costs you nothing; and yet, it may be a 'ray of light' to someone else. You can help uplift others, by your kindness and contagious enthusiasm! I love the above photo image!

Have a full day lined up; we are hopeful of 'good tidbitz news' this afternoon! It is an 'undecided' Fall day, unsettling 'iffy' weather; a mix of blue skies, along with dark threatening clouds, and a feisty wind. However, thought I would share this settling bittidz cookie recipe, as it is a 'keeper'.

Until a tid later; when there is a bit more to share!

God Bless.

Monday, 17 November 2008

A quiet & reflective Monday morning!

















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

Here are some tidbitz from 'Hour of Power' (Dr. Robert Schuller), 'Enjoying Everyday Life' (Joyce Meyer). and 'Living Truth' (Charles Price), that I found insightful to me. As I suggested in yesterday's post, best for you to check these wonderful International Bible Teachers out for yourselves; to do you and them the best justice.

'Hour of Power' - Dr. Robert Schuller had a couple of inspirational guests. One of them was a woman called Marilyn Carlton Nelson, and what a powerful lady & CEO she is! She has written a book called, 'How To Lead Matters'; and she has her own personal story to tell. She was sharing also, that when she was a young girl, she decided she no longer wished to attend Sunday School; well her father did not approve of her sentiment. In fact, he suggested to her to make a list of how to "Fix It"; inasmuch as she did not like the current set up. So, she had an early start in making 'management' changes and thus, making a difference. She is a very lovely woman; and I recommend you read her story. She tragically lost a daughter, (age 19), in a car accident; and eventhough she was angry; (like, how could God do this?) she made a decision. - To make the best of each and every day; as her daughter was no longer alive to do so. That really touched a bittidz chord within me. Can not imagine what it would be like to lose a child; my hat goes off to her courage and Faith in Him.

The other guest was Lee Strobel; his background included being a professor (at Yale?), a lawyer, a legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, an author, and now a Pastor. He was doing his bittid best to prove that Jesus was not for real; as he believed himself to be an 'atheist'. To make a long story short (he candidly told a bit of his story as well;), he has written a book called, 'The Case For The Real Jesus'. He found that, indeed, Jesus IS real; and when he accepted Christ as His Saviour, his life soon CHANGED for the better and to the GOOD! His wife was a Christian; and she was always so positive and upbeat; and he thought perhaps her way is better! His young daughter, age 5 at the time, when she saw the transformation in her Dad, she accepted Jesus into her heart. This was also a touching tidbit story.

Dr. Robert Schuller was sharing that although the attendance is up at Crystal Cathedral, they are experiencing a 'tough time' economically; and therefore, he and all his staff are taking a 20% cut in their wages (some of whom, who are not paid high wages anyway). It tid hit me that in order for us to hear and watch his televised programs (as well other televised ministries), there are expenses; so whomever can help out by donating, would be much appreciated by 'Hour of Power'.

'Enjoying Everyday Life' - Joyce Meyer was outstanding as well! I liked what she said, ie ' If the devil isn't bothering you, then maybe you aren't bothering him'; as if to suggest that we need to 'declare war' and actually be 'doing' what we spiritually say we are going to do in His Service. The evil one does not want anyone to succeed, ie inviting Christ into one's heart. It could be interpreted as a compliment when life throws bittidical difficulties our way to distract us; and he wishes to set up tidbitical obstacles to prevent us from reaching our goals. You do not go out of your way, to look for the devil; (he will definitely find you; as he is always lurking in the background, like a hungry lion waiting to pounce and devour); so, you need to be always 'on the alert'; because he is real; eventhough he does not want you to think he exists.

A tidbit - 'When we prevail in Christ, we will be stronger for it and be better equipped for the future assaults. Remember Christ equips us as needed; at the precise moment that it is needed for you to overcome this specific personal dilema. Continue to have Faith in Him and in this scenario'. Thank you Alan, for your eloquent tidbitz here.

Joyce was also sharing that PATIENCE and Obeying Him, is to the good; and when we put God first, He puts us first. I recommend you tune in to her televised series as well; and as Joyce says, 'Trade in a wishbone to get a backbone'. I like that active thought! Also, she has recently been in India, and is making a positive difference there. Methinks, donations to 'Enjoying Everyday Life', would go a long way to help some of those unfortuante people; ie women whose only way to survive is to live off the avails of prostitution.

'Living Truth' - 'Charles Price was wanting to remind us that we must come to a place where we are genuinely desirous of participating in the Christian Body, in ways that uplift individuals by our conduct, in giving of ourselves of our resources. It is a privilege to give and to tithe, wherever one feels the need to do so; and to always do it in a generosity of spirit; as well as quietly and anonymously. To do so, under His Direction. When one has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and one lives moment by moment, and day by day, it becomes second nature; and the more that it is done, the more natural it becomes'.

Thank you again, Alan. He helped me sum up what Charles was sharing on 'Living Truth'; and it is so true about Giving and Giving Cheerfully! I would recommend watching his televised programs as well; and to donate to 'Living Truth'. 'Lead us, so our hearts can be in tune with Him'; is a wonderful Prayer that Charles expressed yesterday.

Bittid - Be a 'Giver', with a generosity of spirit! If you are having your challenges, as soon as you think of others; even by giving someone a smile, you not only brighten up their day, but yours as well.

Have to confess, that this morning I am a bittid stiff! LOL! Tidbit muscles I have not used in a long time! Have to get back to the Tony Gazelle walking machine! Good on Joyce Meyer for her workouts and trainings; and sticking with it! The results show! Another tidbit she shared, was about 'jealousy'; and that people may be jealous of her. I know of what she says; and I agree with her thoughts totally! What also comes to my mind, is that we are all 'special' in our own unique way; so remember that; and focus on the positives, rather than the negatives.

Must go for now; however, I am appreciative of this quiet Monday morning (cup of coffee and all our Blessings!). We have decided to be 'patient', and to SIMPLY enjoy today and whatever unfolds. That works best! As mentioned in recent posts, we are in a 'waiting' mode for 'fruition' of various projects; and in FAITH, we are 'waiting' - patiently and with a joyful heart!

Dr. Robert Schuller, Joyce Meyer, and Charles Price all provide vast knowledge, illumination, and encouragement! Hope you diligently check them out; or as I say, 'check them in!' They have excellent resources; and you may discover that your life (and others whom you care about it) will be changed for the better!

Eventhough the above photo image is 'summery', I love the peaceful and calm ambience it portrays. My daughter, her husband, and their little boys (our twin grandsons; age 2 years!) are now in Hawaii, for a vacation; and no doubt, they will enjoy a great week! Aloha!

God Bless.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Happy R & R!


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

Today is a typical dreary fall day; with drizzling mists of rain and fog. Sort of neat! A perfect Sunday to reflect upon ALL our Blessings and to 'Praise Him In ALL Things'.

From our bedroom window, we have a beautiful view of the trees (some which are bare) and others that are wonderfully golden with leaves. Our pink, red, white, purple, and coral geraniums in our bittid balconey planter box, are still BLOOMING; and with NEW growth! We are the only home in the whole complex, that has flowers bursting forth! All I can say is 'WOW' and THANK YOU to Him!

Last night, before I forget, we enjoyed 'The Andromeda Strain' and 'The Great Debaters'. I recommend the two movies; however, best if you watch them for your own tidbitz. Nonetheless, I was enlightened by 'The Great Debaters' (Superbly produced and well acted by Denzel Washington); because of all the 'paths they had to travel', to make a profound statement for common decency and humane change, which affects us all.

This morning, I thoroughly enjoyed the teachings from Dr. Robert Schuller ('Hour of Power'), 'Enjoying Everyday Life' (Joyce Meyer), and 'Living Truth (Charles Price) on the Vision Channel. To do 'due diligence' both to you and to them, I suggest you check into their websites; which are: www.hourofpower.org, www.joycemeyery.org, and www.livingtruth.ca.

I will share a bit later today or tomorrow. ie A bittidz from their encouraging and uplifting messages. Have been on a 'house cleaning mission' & / or 'on a roll', for the last 2 days; and must finish what I have started; inasmuch as I have left a tid of a mess, for the purpose of restoring order or a tidy house! LOL! And, even more importantly, am grateful for a peaceful refuge; to further rejoice upon ALL the abundant Blessings He has given us.

Hope you are enjoying and embracing today! As mentioned in some earlier posts, I laugh everytime I see this plate! (Plus, it reminds me of a very dear and special friend of mine - you can refer to March 14/08 post and following posts if you wish). The hilarious antics of the man devouring his oysters, gets me everytime! LOL!

Tidbit - 'Smile, and the world Laughs with you; Weep. and you Cry alone'. My Dad always said that expression; and it is very true!

Bittid - Choose to be 'happy'; as in enjoying each and every day!

God Bless.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Enjoying your home















Good Evening! This is a quick bittid!

The day has been a wonderfully restful day! Methinks with 'all the stuff' going on, things just 'catch up with you'. Hence per my post of yesterday; whereby I dusted and relocated all the 'Ladies'. They are still 'smiling'.

'Well' (there is that 'deep' word again; if you wish you can refer to my post of June 13/07 re: 'well'), I was 'on a roll' today; thus cleaned out the shelves underneath the display cabinets; and it is amazing how that uplifts your energy and spirits a bit! Plus you know where various tidbit items are; that you have not utilized for a tid while; and you are appreciative all the more of your home!

Wrote a few tid posts; starting with August 7/07 re: 'Hot' Cooks and 'Cold' Cooks; and, if your bit taste buds are tempted, please feel free to read that post etc; as I was a 'Cold' Cook this afternoon! Baked 4 dozen peanut butter cookies, with batter still left over! The above photo image is what our large old red apple cookie jar looks like - 'old fashioned' comes to mind! Mmmmmm, apart from the cookies being delicious; ie from a mouthwatering recipe, our whole house smells of peanut butter!

We just finished 'Alan's Pizza', which hit the spot, while we were watching the hockey game!

Tidbit - If you wish your home to smell of 'home baking' for unexpected company, a good plan is to keep a bittidz batch of cookie batter in your fridge; and 'throw' it in the oven and voila! Plus, you have a nice tidbitz to offer guests / family, if need be! No fuss no muss! Keeping things simple works best!

Bittid - If your mate cooks up a meal, let him or her know that you appreciate their creative cooking! Fortunately, Alan enjoys cooking; however, a genuine compliment goes a long way!

There are a couple of good movies on tonight; so am going to call it a night. Tomorrow morning, I look forward to watching the Vision Channel, as mentioned in today's earlier post.

Until tomorrow.

Good Night and God Bless.

Enjoying a Saturday at home!


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

Am happy it is the weekend; rain and all! Yesterday was such a relaxing and quiet day; and I really appreciated the quietness of all those peaceful moments. The time went by so quickly; but then when you are participating in something you enjoy, that always helps! Right? ie My hobby is collecting Lady Head Vases, and nothing like 'spiffing' them up a bit with a good tid dusting; which was long overdue LOL! For those of you, who 'collect', you can appreciate the passion in the hunt for adding wonderful pieces! LOL!

With the global financial meltdown and subsequent domino effect, everthing appears to have taken a bittid of a beating. (that is a bit of an understatement). ie Equity in property has gone down, as well as other tidbit items. If you are a 'Seller', this may not be the best timing for you to sell; and yet, if you are a 'Buyer', this is most likely the best time for you to buy. Why? Because the prices have dropped so dramatically; and 'buyers' can 'swoop in and scoop' up tid bargains. I have understanding for 'both sides of the coin'; however, overall, I think a lot of us are 'cutting back' on our spending habits.

The Lady Head Vases were worth a fair chunk of change; however, now, methinks they like most items, have decreased in monetary value, for the time being. Note, I say monetary; as I full heartedly believe that 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'. ie I LOVE our Head Vases; and appreciate their exquisite uniqueness ; and I 'collect' them, simply because I enjoy them!

Have also started to 'collect' Oyster plates; and in fact, have made a committment to 2 good dear friends, to invite them over for 'lunch', whereby I will serve them different oyster dishes, using our oyster plates and various oyster accessories! Am looking forward to that fun tidbitz 'event'; however, for the time being, we are 'watching our pennies'; like most people.

Have not added any more Head Vases or Oyster plates; primarily because of the current bittidz economics. Should write too, that there is no more space left! LOL! Nevetheless, I do always manage to 'find room for one more!' LOL! Am sure those of you, who are 'collectors', can appreciate that enthusiastic sentiment! 'I suppose' that if 'someone' came along and 'fell in love' with the whole Lady Head Vase collection (I might keep a tid few), and offered me a fair price, I might be tempted to pass the torch on to another avid collector! However, I know what I paid for them; some at lower prices, others at a premium; and yet, it all 'balances' out in the end.

Tidbit - 'You come into this world with nothing, and you leave with nothing'. So, if you happen to be 'Blessed' with material 'possessions', great. Although, it is what you do with them, whilst they are 'on loan' to you. Greed and avarice are not good; however, if you put Him FIRST, nothing is impossible! Enjoy the 'Fruits of the Spirit'; by simply remembering to genuinely Thank Him for ALL Blessings, that He Bestows upon you. I like that daily thought!

Bittid - Choose to EMBRACE each and everyday! 'Praise Him In ALL Things'. I love the above photo image with the grapes on the coffee mug!

May be back a bittid later; however, if not, then see you tomorrow with another tidbit or two! Am looking forward also to watching the Sunday Vision Channel again! Please feel free to refer to my recent posts for further encouraging info re: access to - 'Hour of Power' (the Schullers), 'Enjoying Everyday Life'(Joyce Meyer), and 'Living Truth' (Charles Price).

Tonight, we will savour a large pizza (a Costco Deluxe Delicio!); and by adding a few bits and tids of cheese, green peppers (from our garden!), & other seasonings, it will be a scrumptious meal! Plus a glass of red vino (South African, 'Two Oceans;), and we will be set for a nice evening at home! "Skal", at that time!

Should mention too, that we watched an excellent and inspirational movie last night - 'Escape to Victory' (Sylvester Stalone and Michael Caine). Am grateful we saw it; as it provided a noble tidbitz about the bittidz of 'character' of POW's during the Second World War.

Bye for now.

God Bless.

Friday, 14 November 2008

'Enjoy the Journey'


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

Today has been unusually quiet; no phones, no people, no nothing. Methinks, because of the Remembrance Day Holiday this past Tuesday, it has been a 'short week'.

However, we have appreciated this day of total tidbitz rest; and it has been just 'what the doctor ordered!' Have enjoyed a fire (the 3 hour fire logs are great; have gone through 3 of them!) for most of the day; got up early, when it was still dark outside, and just 'putzed about' for a bit. Then took our Blue for his tid walk, appreciated my 'elixir' few cups of coffee, then started cleaning out our display glass / mirrored cabinets, which turned into an all day task.

As it happened, the bittidz time just flew; and it was such a tranquil therapy! Even with glass doors on the cabinets, it is amazing the amount of dust that creeps in between the cracks. I have collected Lady Head Vases since 1991; and what a difference dusted and cleaned out cabinets make! Apart from the dusting etc, I relocated the 'ladies' for a 'change of scene'; and I could swear (LOL!) that their faces appeared to have a happier countenance! If you wish, please refer to my post of February 27, 2007, which gives you a bittid of tidbit background on Lady Head Vases. Plus my post of August 3, 2007; re: the above Green Glass Hatted Lady Head Vases!

There are times when you can not 'push'; rather you have to 'wait' things out. ie Projects that we have had in the works for some time. We have done everything required, so now it is just a simple matter of 'waiting' til we hear back from the individuals. We are leaving it all to Him to Provide Solution; so we may as well 'enjoy the wait!' I also reflected upon our Blessings; and there is so much to be thankful for! 'Praise Him In ALL Things'.

Tonight we are having the delicious leftover soup, 'created' by Alan yesterday. It is a rainy night, perfect for homemade soup, some French rolls, and a glass or two (LOL!) of our South African Red Wine (Two Oceans). Also, there may be an exciting movie to watch; a nice relaxing evening at home.

Tidbit - While you 'wait', enjoy the journey! It is amazing how much better you feel; when you accomplish 'stuff'.

Bittid - If you are able to take some time out for a bit of R & R this weekend, go for it! A good rest, or a tid of quiet time, is healthy and refreshing; which helps to restore clarity and a positive outlook! Methinks it is all the more vital, during these days of 'trials and tribulations', to 'keep our spirits up', and not become bogged down; or at least for not too long. You can Ask Him to carry your Burdens, He always does; and you feel as if a huge weight has been lifted from your heart.

Am going to go now for dinner (soup smells wonderful throughout our house! Mmmmm.). An early night, amd a good night's sleep sounds good! Grateful it is the weekend!

Good Night and God Bless.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Put on the FULL Armor of God!























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

Woke up to a beautiful sunny day, blue skies, cool temperatures. There was a heavy wind storm during the wee bit hours of the morning; and many branches and tid pieces of our garden furniture, were strewn and scattered about our patio. However, we were most appreciative for the bright sunshine today!

We have been in an ongoing spiritual 'battle' and 'the notch' has been turned up a bit more by those, who do not wish us to succeed. Alan and I believe that the closer one is to achieving their goals, the more 'out of left field stuff' occurs. Perhaps some of you have experienced those 'moments' as well!

This morning, we received mail from Joyce Meyer, of 'Enjoying Everyday Life' Ministries; and her words of wisdom are most timely! Basically her message is 'Become Dangerous to the Kingdom of Darkness'. To quote from her wonderful encouraging letter, "The apostle Paul shows us how to fight in 2 Corinthians 10:3,4: For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish stronghold (NIV)". That gem of bittid today, has given both Alan and I a tidbit more of Courage.

Also, Joyce's enlightening words, "He created you to overcome...even during the most difficult seasons. And it is in these seasons of difficulty that God wants us to fight hard and reject defeat!" Right on! Thank you Joyce! For those of you who wish to learn more, here is her website: www.joycemeyer.org which will give you all sorts of wonderful resources.

When I share my blogs, I hope it is of encouragement to all who read my daily posts; however when I write, I generally feel better. We are also 'in the midst of a storm' and there are 'tests' happening at the same time. We are shaking our heads at some of the 'stuff'; and yet we know it to be REAL; as in a spiritual 'battle'. However, perhaps the lesson for Alan and I, and others, IS to Take the Leap of Faith in Him; and KNOW that He has Overcome the World! To take a confident stand, a peaceful joy and have a calm comfort that He has already WON! And that, we should FEAR NOT!

So today, we have been in an 're evaluating mode, reassessing our situation, reflecting, and reaffirming our FAITH in Him to Provide! Joyce's uplifting letter arrived right just at the right tidbit moment; and she suggested to put on every piece of God's armor.

Please feel free to refer to my bittid post of May 25/07. Also, here is the Armor of God.

"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)

We are having our bittidz challenges (but then, who isn't?) and I must write, certain banks have been most disappointing; and if we were vastly wealthy, I would say 'goodbye' to the banks. Like 'rules' are necessary; however, they should be 'reasonable'. ie. Everyone now, is so fearful of making a mistake, that 'they' have chosen to do nothing, unless you are a '24 karat gold' customer. 'They' say they are here to help; 'well' ARE 'they?' (You can refer to my tidbit post of June 13/07 if you wish re: 'Well' being a rather deep subject).

With the current financial global crisis, affecting us all, it would appear that the banks are creating more of a hindrance than a helping hand; particularly to those with small businesses, worthy of longterm success. Can any of you relate? I am sure some of you can! 'They' now are so fearful for 'their' own survival mode tidbitz, that 'they' are actually contributing to making things worse! But then, 'they' may not appear to see it that way; because of 'their' bittidz insular fears of 'doom and gloom' etc. Should include, that this is not stemming from the everyday bank employees, it is the bit 'rules and regulations' that have been created, 'in the system', from 'on high'; thus 'fear' trickles down through the bank ranks and thus nothing takes place. 'Frozen', if you will.

Plus, due to the GREED of CEO's in various Mortgage / Investment / Brokerage Companies (think you are aware of the companies, in the United States), there is now the present financial dilema around the world.

However, we are doing our best, taking little tid steps at a time; and the expression: 'The Journey Begins With One Single Step', is the route we are on; with Him Guiding us! He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Light!

Tidbit - Do not allow yourself to be 'swallowed up' or defeated by these turbulent times. Stand up; and Put On the FULL Armor of God! Be bold; not fearful!

Bittid - It is more important than ever too, to 'Praise Him In ALL Things!'

Once again, many thanks to Joyce Meyer for her uplifting thoughts for today and ALWAYS!

God Bless.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Happy Birthday 'MoMo'


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

Today, my Mum, 'MoMo', would have been 91 years of age! Hard to believe I know! There genuinely is not a day or thereabouts, that goes by, that I do not think of her! Interesting, the tidbit expression: 'You do not know what you have lost, until it is gone' - It is a most true bittid.

Also, with Remembrance Day on Nov 11th, this hits pretty close to home. My Mum's various family members gave of their lives, like so many others; so no better time than to Honour and Remember them for their sacrifices they made, for our Freedom! Same with my Dad's family and friends of that vintage; they were relentless in their fight for our Freedom.

The above photo is a picture of my Mum, my daughter, and myself taken in 2004.(You can refer to the tid posts of Nov 12/07 for some bit info if you wish). We have not changed much; save that my Mum, our 'MoMo', is no longer here, as she passed away in the summer of 2005. We have twin grandsons, age 2 years, (am a young Grandma!); and methinks, 'MoMo' would be a good name for the little ones to call me. Easy and simple to say; but more importantly, in memory to my Mum, since my children called my Mum, 'MoMo'.

My Mum was a courageous and feisty woman; she had to have been, as she had endured much in her later years. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the esophagus in 1998; however it went into remission, until her passing in 2005. Nonetheless, she was not able to swallow; so there was a 'feeding tube' surgically inserted down her throat and out through her stomach. That area of the stomach had a protective cap when not in use. In order for her to be fed, she was linked up to a machine (she called her 'dancing partner'), and the liquid nutrition (Ensure)was given to her via tubes. It took approx 1.5 hr per feeding; and there were 3 feedings per day; followed in between, with an hour approx of flushing / cleaning out the system with water. We would take her, her 'dancing partner', and her caregiver out as much as we could; as the change of scene did wonders for my Mum's spirits. ie Pasley in the summers; she totally LOVED that place! She also had ostereoposis; and her back looked like the 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'; however, she wore larger pieces of clothing; and was able to still look 'chic'.

Have included my Nov 12, 2007 post as an easy reference; because.....

"I had the luxury of sleeping in this am; until 8:45! Mind you, we watched a movie quite late into the night; so the morning arrived quickly! The movie, "Dunkirk" really hit home a message about the struggles, battles, and sacrifices, made during the Second World War. Very timely, re: November 11, Rememberance Day.

There is a huge rain and wind storm swirling all around us. The winds are fierce; branches falling everywhere; just hope our tid cottage is still standing! Last year in November, the winds took down several trees; and "smushed" our bit sleeping cabin.

Wanted to remember my Mum's birthday; today if she were on earth, she would have been 90 years young!!! She had quite the life; and saw and lived through much. So, Mum, "Happy Birthday" - There is not a day that passes, that I do not think of you. Strange how you remember those who have gone, more so, had they still been living. Or with me, anyway. I did spend a lot of time with my Mum; so fortunately, I have happy memories of her!

Tidbit - You never know what you have lost, until it is gone from you. If you can, remember the loved ones in your lives, that are STILL alive. Make a genuine effort to restore broken relationships; before it is too late; because then, there will be a lament; on your part.

Bittid - Keeping a 'door open' is always best; however, there is the expression: "You can take a horse to water; but you can't make it drink". So very true!

To those who wish to have memories without a tragic lament, enjoy your loved ones while they are still living. Appreciate them now, because, when they are gone, they are gone.

The above photo is of my Mum, my daughter, and yours truly. Three generations!!!"

In closing, just want to reiterate 'Happy Birthday MoMo'; and at the appropriate tid time a bit later, will raise a glass of champagne to Mum (and Dad) and say 'Skal' and 'Absent Friends'. 'Absent Friends' is an old Norwegian custom; whereby you drink to, or toast someone who is elsewhere (could be dead or just not present at the time, that you are thinking about). 'Skal' means 'Cheers'. Am adding, "Thanks again, MoMo, for being my Mum!"

May be back a bittidz later today, if there is some extra special tidbitz to share with you.

God Bless.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Remembrance Day


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

Today is Remembrance Day. (I apologize for my spelling error of 'Remembrance', in my earlier posts). Earlier today, we had the 'Moment of Silence' and Prayer, to honour all those who died, in the Name of Freedom, for us all. It has been a quiet and reflective day thus far; and as I sat (and will sit again, after this blog) in front of our cosy (friendly) fire, appreciating 'Lest We Forget'.

This also brings to mind, the magnificent poem, 'In Flanders Fields', that we memorized as children in school. It is a most miserable day outdoors; however, the pouring rain has not prevented the many Veterans and their families, from attending and participating in the Remembrance Outdoor Services. Also, I wrote a bittidz in yesterday's post, if you wish to refer to that tidbitz. There appears to be a quiet hush both indoors and outdoors; a very Special day, indeed, to REMEMBER and COMMEMORATE throughout the world.

The next 3 paragraphs and the touching poem, I sourced from the online, 'Wikipedia' (the free Encylopedia; and they are wonderful with providing excellent data). I feel compelled to share some of their invaluable info with you; as well as for those, who do not know the tid origin of the heartfelt poem, 'In Flanders Fields'. Also for those, who have not had the bit opportunity and / or even a genuine understanding of what Remembrance Day REALLY means.

"A small portion of In Flanders Fields appeared alongside McCrae's portrait on a Canadian stamp of 1968, issued to commemorate a half-century since his death.
Wreaths of artificial poppies used as a symbol of remembrance
Roll of Honour of Clan McRae's dead of the First World War at Eilean Donan castle. In Flanders Fields features prominently."In Flanders Fields" is one of the most famous poems written during the First World War, and has been called "the most popular poem" produced during that period. It is written in the form of a French rondeau. Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote it on May 3, 1915, after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, the day before. The poem was first published on December 8, that year in Punch magazine.

The poppies referred to in the poem grew in profusion in Flanders where war casualties had been buried and thus became a symbol of Remembrance Day. The poem is part of Remembrance Day solemnities in Allied countries which contributed troops to the First World War, particularly in countries of the British Empire that did so.

The poem "In Flanders Fields" was written upon a scrap of paper upon the back of Colonel Lawrence Moore Cosgrave, during a lull in the bombings (as recited to his grandson)".


In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

— Lt.-Col. John McCrae


Tidbit - Give thanks and be appreciative for all those that have gone on before you, and have given of their lives for your Freedom. (Jesus Christ comes to my thoughts as well!)

Bittid - Have an Attitude of Gratitude! Be thankful for ALL of your Blessings and your life. 'Praise Him In ALL Things', each and every day!

As a closing bittid, I love and appreciate the powerful significance of wearing the Red Poppy, with its dear tidbit meaningful message to us all! 'LEST WE FORGET'.

Amen, Thank you, and God Bless.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Remember in Rememberance!


Remember in Rememberance!

The first 3 tid paragraphs (including the Tidbit and Bittid) are from my post of November 11, 2007; and eventhough there are a few different tidbitz details, I wanted to share it again. I thought I would help 'sow the seed' of remembering and honouring Rememberance Day, which is tomorrow, Nov 11, 2008; as well as reflecting upon the changing times.

Also, if you wish, you can refer to yesterday's post and other posts Nov 18, 2007 & Nov 25, 2007 etc for more info about Dr. Robert Schuller - 'Hour of Power'; Joyce Meyer - 'Enjoying Everyday Life', and Charles Price - 'Living Truth'.

"That covers so many subjects; and today, November 11th, is a day to do just that! In that, it is both reflective, and being thankful for what we have been given; and at the cost of so many lives. Our freedom. And we also 'Praise Him in All Things'.

Tidbit - For those of you who wish to learn more about Him (Jesus Christ), see if you can hear or listen to today's message, on the Vision Channel (Ch 105); ie. "Hour of Prayer" (Robert Schuller), Joyce Meyer, then Charles Price. You can access them by computer; or, if you are not near a computer, possibly via a radio broadcast or T.V. I enjoyed my reflective and quiet time this am. It is so true that He can make the ordinary into the extraordinary. ie the Miracle of the Water being changed into Wine. We are like the water; but it is Him who provides the rest.

Bittid - Open your hearts; and with Him, all things ARE possible. Just have the FAITH in Him. That is where it is at. And today, is certainly a most memorable one, as well; 'Lest We Forget'"

Perhaps because of what is going on around the globe today, Rememberance Day holds an even more significant meaning for me this year. We have that much more, to be thankful for; and it is, indeed, about FREEDOM. The unselfish and courageous acts of all those, who gave of their lives to make the world a better place for us all. Our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, other family relatives, and so forth, did not have the opportunities that we all enjoy so readily in today's world. In some respects, their lives were a lot simpler; and I feel we should get back to the
simple bit 'basics' and be sppreciative for ALL our Blessings and take nothing for granted.

Tidbit - Be genuinely grateful for each and every day! ie Freedom! Wear your Poppy on your left lapel proudly! I have noticed many more people wearing the Poppy this year; people of all ages, both 'young and old'. It is a very touching bittidz to observe!

Bittid - Cherish your good friends and family; and let them know they are 'special' to you. 'A little praise goes a long way!'

Love the awesome Biblical story about the Miracle of the Water being changed into Wine! Writing of wine, I am about to enjoy a glass of our South African Red wine (Two Oceans) and say a Norwegian toast to, 'Absent Friends'. I think it is a very appropriate toast to all those who are no longer here and / or who have given of their lives for our freedom.

Good Night and God Bless, til tomorrow.

Oysters, anyone?


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

Usettled weather! Was pouring with rain earlier, now hurried bursts of blue skies, along with fast moving dark grey clouds, with a tid hint of sunshine. Writing of unsettled, our puppy was up a few times last night; Alan and I each took a turn with him. Methinks that the changing of the clock, an hour back, is still a bit of an upset to his usual daily and nightly routine.

Also, our phone rang a few times; so extra early wake up calls it would so appear! Inasmuch too, that tomorrow is November 11th, Rememberance Day; so those that are working today, perhaps are making the most of their time.

Also, writing of unsettled, I now remember the name of the movie. 'Reign Over Me', we watched the other evening (You can refer to my post of Nov 8th, if you wish), with Adam Sandler, who was excellent, in portraying a grieving man, who had tragically lost his wife, 3 daughters, and a dog in one of the planes of 911. He was not able to adjust to the new reality; and chose instead, to hide his loss by 'blocking' everything and everybody out. In a tidbitz, 'losing himself'. (I was thinking throughout the movie, to just 'call upon Him' for His Salvation and Help!). It turns out that an old college roommate (of 2 years, and a fellow dentist) ran into him on the sreet; and basically he encouraged this devasted man to slowly return to the world of the living. Should mention too, that the practising dentist had a beautiful family; and yet he felt 'stymied' or at a loss, to enjoy a good communicative rapoire with them. In a bittidz, both men helped each other with their challenges. I thought it was a very touching movie; well worth seeing.

Tidbit - Have Compassion for others; particularly during these times of 'trials and tribulations', and offer them a tidbits of encouragement and uplift.

Bittid - Be grateful for ALL your Blessings, each and every day. Tomorrow is Rememberance Day; we have so much to be Thankful for! Perhaps your own bittids of problems may be diminished somewhat, when you have Empathy for the plights of others. Also, when you go through your struggles, and you courageously Endure, along with your 'Leap of Faith' in Him, to Guide you through the 'storm', you become stronger and more appreciative of all that is around you.

Love the above joyful photo image, that I have enjoyed in various posts!(approx mid Mar/08 onwards; reminds me of a very dear friend, who passed away). We have that particular plate; and I smile and laugh everytime I daily pass by it! His jovial expression and amusing antics of him slurping his oyster is priceless!

May be back a bittid later today! Hope you are enjoying a GOOD tidbit start to the week! If not, Ask Him to 'Carry your Burdens'; He always DOES.

God Bless.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

'Seek and Ye Shall Find' - More vital than ever!























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

This bit of a day has been moving slowly, as well as a tid too quickly, if that makes any sense!

Alan did not have a sound slumber last night; his ears are still 'plugged' and his leg (knee) is still very painful; which interfered with his usual restful sleep. I was up early; and thought Alan deserved the 'sleep in'; and he woke up approx 11:15 am! Meanwhile, I had taken our 'pup' out for his constitution, and put on the pot of coffee, getting 'ready' to watch the Vision Channel from 8:30 am to 11:00 am!

In recent blogs (Oct 28th & Nov 2nd and earlier posts) I have made mention of, 'Hour of Power' (the Schullers), 'Enjoying Everyday Life' (Joyce Meyer), and 'Living Truth' (Charles Price), their inspiring messages get right to the heart of things! I genuinely recommend that you 'tune in' to them for the best info; thus doing your 'due diligence! I can share a tidbit or two; however, these International Bible Teachers, are incredible Messengers in His Service!

'Hour of Power' - Dr. Robert Schuller Snr enthusiastically shares 'Tough times never last, but tough people do!' What positive tidbitz encouragement; particularly during these tough times! ie. His joyful thoughts about us all having a 'Passion, a Purpose, a Faith, and to have Trust in Following Jesus Christ!' Robert Schuller had a couple of amazing Guests. ie Josh Hamilton, an MLB All-Star of the Texas Rangers; and he related his tough story; and when he accepted Jesus Christ, how his life changed for the better! Everything that was lost, was restored, because he totally 'surrrendered' to Him. (He wrote a wonderful bittid book, 'Beyond Belief'). Also, Dr. Joyce Jones, a Professor of Music and Organistry in Texas; and how she learned to play the organ with her feet, after an 'accident' with her left hand / wrist. She is so thankful for the Blessing (the 'accident') He bestowed upon her; and she is one of the world's renown organists. She was just outstanding on the organ; a pleasure to watch and to hear!
Here is some further bittidz! www.hourofpower.org or telephone no - 1-800-549-6177, for uplifting books etc.

'Enjoying Everyday Life' - Joyce Meyer's basic message was - Do not Sow Seeds of the Flesh, instead Sow Seeds of God. That there are tid times, when you just have to ignore the little 'demons' on your shoulders, who are constantly badgering you with: 'What are you going to do?' 'What are you going to do?'. It is best to say 'I am not doing anything, until He tells me what to do'; or powerful words to that affect. We need to surrender to His Will and to believe that God is GOOD. If we 'Sow Seeds of the Flesh', we will have 'Ruin, Decay, and Destruction'; however, if we 'Sow Seeds of God' (that is, all about His Glory), we will be given the Life of the Spirit (Eternal Life). Joyce also shared that 'God tests us, and it is better to take a chance and follow Him at ALL costs; rather than playing it safe'. In other words you have to step out, from within. Would like to give you some more tidbits! www.joycemeyer.org or telephone no. - 1-800-727-9673 for insightful books etc. ie '21 Ways to Finding Peace and Happiness'.

'Living Truth' - Charles Price was excellent, and shared much - ie about Righteousness and Self Righteousness; Hypocrisy and 'Origin'. Whether you aim to GENUINELY Please God, or by elevating yourself 'to look good' (or 'nicey nicey') to impress others etc. The Source or the 'Origin' should be from God; as in, on the inside. I encourage you to also check out his website! - www.livingtruth.com or telephone no. - 1-888-269-6085.

Today (I always relate to their wondrous teachings!) I went away with the bittids I just shared. Also, we are currently in a 'waiting mode'; and I have / am learning to be more 'patient'; and to just simply 'Wait Upon Him' to Provide Solution.

Tidbit - He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Light!

Bittid - When you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, His Holy Spirit NEVER leaves you. Just remember to Rely on Him always (not on your own bit understanding); and to have the perpetual Faith in Him; even during your worst experiences or moments; as He always carries your burdens.

It has been raining non stop til now; and there appears to be a bright glimmer of sunshine, shining through our upstairs loft skylight! It will be dark shortly. Should mention too, that our Camelia Bush that we had transplanted and replanted in the Spring, has now successfully bounced back, brimming forth with some beautiful pink blooms! We think this is great, particularly at this cooler time of year! Also, our colourfully vivid geraniums are still abundantly flourishing! We Thank Him for ALL our Blessings, flowers and ALL!

Have enjoyed the quieter pace today; and as Joyce Meyer says, 'Slow Down'. Right on! I love the above photo image; says much!

If any of you, or others you know, wish to enjoy and appreciate a better daily life, I repeat, please feel free to 'check in' these wonderful people; as they have much to offer to the world!

God Bless.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Appreciation for a Saturday morning!























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

Saturday morning and thank goodness! We are going to enjoy this weekend at home, and 'putz about' - ie tackling 'stuff' in our overcrowded garage etc! It is a dark rainy day; and yet, a wonderful day to appreciate being home! Particularly during these tid tough times of trials and tribulations. 'No place like home', comes to mind. Plus, Alan, with the help of our spiffy bit meat tenderizer, has marinated two of the Costco steaks (delicious when marinated overnight and well seasoned) for tonight's dinner. It is quite the tidbitz saving when you buy the Costco steaks, chicken, or whatever in a family pack! Went also yesterday to our local grocer in the Safeway, and picked up some romaine lettuce,
red potatoes ( Red potatoes are healthier than the white potatoes re: cholestoral); and that will be a simple, yet good accompaniment to our bittidz repas. Along with a glass or two of the South African (Two Oceans) red vino.

Mentioned in yesteday's Tidbit - "Sometimes there are 'things' you can not demand an 'instant change'; ie as in an 'attitude'. We have encountered various 'attitudes'; and methinks we will just 'step back'; eventhough it is hard to do. Have done everything we can. As the tidbitz expression goes, 'You can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink'".

Would like to add a tidbit, that we (all of us) should not 'demand'; instead, we (all of us) can Pray for Attitude 'Adjustments' (for all of us) each and every day. 'Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you'. Sometimes, when there appears to be an 'impasse', best to 'let go' and turn it over to Him for His Purpose.

As per yesterday's Bittid - "Regardless of your circumstances, make the bittidz best of it! It is amazing what transpires when you are genuinely joyful! ie Invite Him into your heart; and you will be forever 'changed'; because you do not look at things the same way ever again. Do not be upset for long, if you are criticized, lied about, etc. thus being made the 'scapegoat'; instead Rise above everything, ACT WITH GRACE, and have a thankful and yet humble heart!"

A bittid, Ask Him for 'Understanding' and for His Guidance, and have the Faith that He is your Advocate! 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Light'.

Love the above photo image; and if you wish, please refer to my post of October 29th, ie 'Enjoy a Morning Calm' for further tidbitz/ bittidz.

May be back later with some more bittidz / tidbitz. We watched a very inspiring movie last night; however, at the bit moment, can not recall the tid name of it! Maybe I need another cup of coffee! LOL! When the bittid name of the movie comes to me, I will write a tidbit post about it).

Also, am looking forward to watching and hearing 'Hour of Power' (the Schullers), 'Enjoying Everyday Life' (Joyce Meyer), and 'Living Truth' (Charles Price) tommorrow on the T.V. Vision Channel. These Evangelical 'International Bible Teachers' deliver such uplifting messages of genuine encouragement, not only applicable on Sundays, but also Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!! When one walks in Christ, He teaches us to Trust in Him; moment by moment, minute by minute, hour by hour; hence day by day. If one does this, and / or tries to do this with His Help, you will be invigorated; and finally will Thank Him for His Guidance and Directions in Understanding.

God Bless.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Happy to be home!


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

It has been another typical Fall rainy dark day; however, glad it is the weekend!(again! LOL!) Although, we appreciate each and every day!

We are in the bittid 'waiting' mode re: our efforts this past Wednesday; we are hoping to have some positive tidbit feedback soon!

'Best laid plans of mice and men' can be a bit Blessing! We are not going to Zihua (You can refer to my recent posts if you wish); and instead, we are SIMPLY (key word here!) going to enjoy our tid time at home! 'No Place Like Home' as it is often said!

Tidbit - Sometimes there are 'things' you can not demand an 'instant change'; ie as in an 'attitude'. We have encountered various 'attitudes'; and methinks we will just 'step back'; eventhough it is hard to do. Have done everything we can. As the tidbitz expression goes, 'You can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink'.

Bittid - Regardless of your circumstances, make the bittidz best of it! It is amazing what transpires when you are genuinely joyful! ie Invite Him into your heart; and you will be forever 'changed'; because you do not look at things the same way ever again. Do not be upset for long, if you are criticized, lied about, etc. thus being made the 'scapegoat'; instead Rise above everything, ACT WITH GRACE, and have a thankful and yet humble heart!

Today has been tid non stop; have accomplished a lot and we are glad now to be home! One of the people we HAD a past association with, has 'blown his tire'; if you will. Coud not happen to a nicer guy, methinks! Comeupence time! Not only did he take advantage of our friendship, he has placed others in potential 'harm's way', because of his greed, overfed ego, and his M.O. And yet, Alan and I are to have a COMPASSION towards him; perhaps this may be a 'wake up' call for him; inasmuch as his 'schemes' or agendae are backfiring, left, right, and centre, all around him! The TRUTH always SHOWS UP!

We are experiencing a lot of curves; however, we just keep on 'Praising Him In ALL Things', because we have the FAITH in Him, that He will Provide the Solutions!

Went to Costco as well; and wow! Great food items, great prices! Our bit larder is now stocked full again; and we are extra appreciative of today's savings, as well as the creative ability to stretch our bounty into many meals! (Chicken breasts, Steak cuts, soups, stews etc).

Here is wishing you a nice weekend; and may you enjoy some R & R! Am about to go and savour a glass of South African red wine. Skal! Love the above photo image; it is a miserable night; so we are looking forward to a quiet evening at home.

Good Night and God Bless.