It was like old times today!! It felt so good to FEEL good again!!!
I picked Ruth Ann up and we headed right straight to Centennial Park to walk.
We both felt like we needed some gentle exercise and walking is a good way to get it!
Louis Dean bought 50 pounds of cracked corn so I would have it to feed the ducks when we walk and I forgot to bring any to the park today! I told Ruth Ann I am going to fill a container and keep it in the trunk of the car just as we used to keep peanuts for the squirrels when we walked Lively park.
Squirrels in one park - ducks in another!
Our first stop after our walk was the herb shop - Years to Your Health.
The spices are less expensive here and so much fresher!!
Ruth Ann treated me to Olive Garden for lunch and we were so hungry we ate and ate!!
We inevitably order the same thing every time - the endless soup and salad!
One of life's best pleasures is having lunch with your best friend and just chatting along enjoying a good meal and good fellowship. I am so grateful for Ruth Ann!
It's not a perfect Tuesday unless we hit up a Goodwill and we did that very thing today!
I bought a cool cover for my iPad, more 'debris',
a strand of pumpkin lights and another lighted jack -o- lantern, October stationery, sweaters and jeans!
I was especially happy about the jeans!
I seldom 'grow out of my clothes' but I reluctantly parted with a couple of pair of jeans that made me feel like a stuffed sausage when I wore them.
I have a rule that if I can't SLEEP in something - then get rid of it!
Life is too short to suck in, squeeze, tug and pull to get a pair of pants on!!
THIS pair is adorable and I love the extra detail on them!!
I think I will wear them this weekend to our family reunion.
One more comfortable pair! Win! WIN!!!
I would rather something be a little loose than too TIGHT!!!
I dropped Ruth Ann off and took myself to the Dollar Store!
I love that place!!
I needed so many various and sundry things and I found ALL of them right there at the Dollar Store!
Sweet 'N Low, cake mixes, Comet, air freshener, fabric softener sheets, lunch meat, sliced cheese and more..........
they had it ALL! I filled half the trunk!
To celebrate this awesome Tuesday I had a Mimosa as soon as I got home and had put everything put up.
Oh, my, it was good!!
I used the rest of the bottle to make a light punch for the art class ladies.
I opened up another bottle of Champagne, added lavender infused simple syrup, fresh mint leaves and a package of fresh blueberries. This is the mixture before I added the Champagne.
It was seriously delicious!!
I had two different recipes and I didn't have all the ingredients for either one so I just concocted my own recipe!
Our project tonight was to start on our Santas!
We were busy beavers!
This is one of the LOOSEST paintings we have ever done!!
I am painting two - one large and one smaller.
The big one is actually easier!
We have a long way to to go on them but I think we did a good job of getting all that blank canvas covered!
I think I'm getting this journal entry done before midnight!!
Just like old times!
I close with the scripture verse Proverbs 14:13
"Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful, and the end of that mirth is heaviness."
When a friend of mine is in pain, then I am in pain. That's the way it works with Christians.
I have a dear friend who just learned her son in law is seriously ill.
As in VERY seriously ill. This all happened in just the last few days and her heart is breaking.
My friend lives on the other side of the world so as I sit here in my gazebo writing about my day, she has been lying in her bed for hours and hours trying to wrap her mind around this sudden sorrow that has overtaken her family. The art ladies and I prayed for her and her family tonight before we started painting and I will continue to hold my friend in my heart and keep her in my prayers.
I believe God has a plan and good WILL come from this.
But for now I am simply praying for the Holy Spirit to comfort this family as they face this situation together. Wednesday morning has already arrived for them and this will be a difficult day.
Love to and prayers for you, my dear Jutta, on this difficult day and every day.
You are stronger than you know.
Please know God's grace is all around you and I pray you can feel his comfort.