Even when I was a kid, Christmas was my favourite time of year. But I got into the Christmas spirit long before November rolled around and we were able to start hauling boxes of decorations down from the closet. For me, the true kick-off to Christmas began in mid-September — when the annual Sears Christmas Wish Book was released.
I knew I’d have to wait until the middle of the month, but as soon as the August calendar page was gone, the anticipation began to build. Every day, I opened the mailbox with baited breath, absolutely itching to get my hands on the new catalogue. Continue reading
True love is not finding someone you can live with. It’s finding that one person you can’t live without.
I admit it. I’m a complete sap. A true romantic in every sense of the word. I believe in love at first sight, true love and soulmates. “Once upon a time…” and “They lived happily ever after…” have always brought me much joy and great comfort. I’ll take a “boy meets girl, falls in love with girl, overcomes all to be with girl” happy-ending story over anything else, any day of the week. I felt this way when I was four, and I’m not ashamed to say that I still believe it to this day.
So it won’t come as a surprise to learn that there’s a special place in my heart for beautiful vintage illustrations — and especially illustrations of couples in love. We don’t get to see a whole lot of illustrating today, but in the 1950s and ’60s, artists like Coby Whitmore and Jon Whitcomb (my two favourites) were creating some of the most gorgeous images the art world has ever seen. Continue reading
Ever since I can remember, my grandmother has always said that I was her birthday present.
Just delivered a day late.
Having birthdays just a day apart has created a special bond between us. That, and the fact that as far as grandchildren go, it’s just me. One lowly granddaughter for her. But I think we both recognized the unique blessing that was. We could spend time together, just the two of us, without any trouble at all.
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.
~ Nahum 1:7
Grandma taught me how to play Chinese Checkers at an extremely young age, and it will forever be “our game”. We don’t get to play often as she doesn’t live as close as I’d like, but when we do, we still use the same two sets of marbles that we’ve used since the very beginning. Continue reading
Your songs, that is. I love your songs. That wonderful, raspy, gravelly voice just strikes the right chord in me.
I’m not a music fan. At all. I prefer sweet silence to the “noise” that most call music. And I have to be in just the right mood to listen to the music that I DO enjoy.
Having said that, there definitely are songs and singers that tickle my fancy. And none quite so much as Rod Stewart, who happens to be celebrating his 69th birthday today! Happy Birthday, my second favourite “Rod“. You still wear it well. A little out of time, but I don’t mind. ;) Continue reading
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T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the Zone,
All the characters were busy, not one was alone.
Cherry brandy had been left by the chimneys with care
In the hopes that Henry Corwin soon would be there. Continue reading
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365 days ago, that little play on Hamlet was how my blog, Seeker of Truth, entered the blogosphere.
Blogging is rampant in the world today. It seems everyone and his grandmother’s parakeet has a blog. And there’s literally something for everyone. As my best friend quipped to me the other day, “If you’re into collecting antique soup can labels from the 1800s, there’s probably a blog for you.” And in this digital age where virtually anything you want to know is at your fingertips, having your say is also just a few key strokes away. No experience necessary.
The scariest moment is always just before you start.
~ Stephen King, On Writing Continue reading
How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number—living things both large and small.
~ Psalm 104:24
Sweet as can be, this is my beautiful cross fox, Paintbrush. He’s a real honey. Yes, his name is Paintbrush. No, it was definitely not my idea to call him that.
When times are rough and I find myself grasping for something positive in a sea of negativity, all I have to do is look at him, one of the most beautiful of all God’s creatures, and as I marvel at His handiwork, I realize that things are never as bad or hopeless as they seem. There is always hope, even in the deepest, darkest times. There is evidence of God and His infinite love all around us, we just have to be willing to open our eyes and see it.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
~ Jeremiah 29:11
While human impulse may be to focus on the bad, search for the good instead. More often than not you’ll find that God has given you exactly what you need. Be thankful for what you have, and more importantly WHO you have, for there is always some good to be found no matter where you look.
Trust in the Lord. He’s the only one that’ll never let you down. When you leave things in His hands, only then will you truly find peace.
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
~ Psalm 94:19
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
~ Phillipians 1:20