Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day 210/365

*Arriving at work early enough to knit a bit...
*300 N Pine St, Joliet, IL 60435
*cute shoes with my old work skirt
*finishing my latest snood and paying my bills while Matt was at student life ministries and totally loving it!!!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Good Morning from Our Humble Homestead!

Hi! Welcome back to our humble homestead!
Come around back and see the giant healthy plants around our gray water garden. Don't you just these plants!?!? We have chocolate mint, tiger lilies and burdock in this area along with strawberries and parsley (not in picture).
Its a veritable edible garden of loveliness!!
...
I would so love to invite you in as I just brewed a fresh pot of coffee, but Matt is in the tub and I have to finish getting ready for work...
Have a blessed day and come visit again soon!!!
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tiny Homestead Garden

Squash blossoms and St. Johns Wort on a dew covered Tuesday morning...
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Today...

Home from pantry, been out back 3x with trimmer attacking weeds.. Matt hauled in food and cleaned out car then put his bikes in shed (dumping giant bags of cans accidentally all through shed in process)... area rug went to curb as I really have no way to clean it... I've hung out 3 loads laundry tonight and did some dishes... bleaching out coffee maker (past due)... groceries put away and pantry is locked (where did I hide the key???)... I've had my bath... Matt bagged cans in family room and is sweeping and mopping in there while his laundry runs.... CRAZY from my T-Mobile Android device

Family Visit and Memorial Service for my Brother, James

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Joy Dare, July 2014

*21st~ 3 gifts of story~~
looking forward; looking backward; knowing where I am
*22nd~ 3 gifts understated ~~
Time to myself in several locations and for several interconnected reasons
*23rd~ a gift high, low, far away~~
His watchful eye; remarks that remind me to look forward; Miss Donna
*24th~ 3 gifts of sand~~
dust, dust everywhere and off to clean alone and think and pray
*25th~ 3 gifts of endings~~
Reality of who people really are; that dear friend who always stands by me; remembering what He needs me to do
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hat #57 for the Homeless 2014

All finished and I'm pausing to knit myself a snood...
Pictures to follow.....
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

300 N Pine St, Joliet, IL 60435

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Prayer of Jabez and Heading into a New Day

Sometimes life just hits you in the face and the closest of close friends and your Bible are all you really have...
and all the answers are in those pages just waiting to be read...
And you read...
A bit here...
A few verses there...
Tiny bites of hope between loads of dishes and laundry and keeping up the yard...
And His words comfort and direct...
Leading to His glorious will!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hat #57 for the Homeless 2014

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Day 203/365

A busy day...
A morning at work in an air conditioned office doing book keeping...
An afternoon with my paid workout...
An amazing thirteen year old young man repairing the front fence all by himself...
Running the trimmer across the edge of the front parkway...
Cutting back the dead wood from the black raspberry and a rose bush and finding the old raspberry canes to be an innovative tunnel system for an angry mob of swarming and biting ants...
Poison ivy and ant bites as a final treat...
Topped with a good dose of heat exhaustion....
After a bath this Chickie is done!!!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hat #57 for the Homeless 2014

With Matt soaking in the tub and me folding laundry we are very productive today. A good son, Matt has hung countless loads out for me this weekend. I can honestly say we are making headway to our goals!

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Joy Dare ~*~ July 2014

*20th~ a gift in light, dark, shadow~~
Asia's sweet face in the sun from church nursery window; all that will eventually come out in the light; shade on Lake Renwich Preserve trail
*21st~ 3 gifts of story~~
*22nd~ 3 gifts understated~~
*23rd~ a gift high, low, far away~~
*24th~ 3 gifts of sand~~
*25th~ 3 gifts of endings~~
*26th~ 3 gifts fresh~~
*27th~ a gift on vacation, at home, in relaxation~~
*28th~ 3 gifts of beginnings~~
*29th~ 3 gifts together~~
*30th~ 3 gifts heard~~
*31st~ 3 gifts difficult~~
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Hiked Lake Renwick Preserve with Matt!!!

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Lake Renwick Preserve~ Turtle Lake Access

Today we hiked 1.2 miles...
Beautiful day for a short hike!!!
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hat #56 for the Homeless 2014

Finished and ready to share!!!
Already I'm planning my next hat :)
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Veggie Soup over Sour Dough Bread

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Hat #56 for the Homeless 2014

Such a busy afternoon of knitting, sweeping, mopping and sorting odds and ends....

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Day 200/365

A short day at work deep cleaning #909 (paid workout program!!) followed by a quick emissions test (car passed!!) then 5+ loads laundry washed by me, hung by Matt. Then we folded loads of clean laundry that thought it had been forgotten after I washed a couple loads of dishes and made a crock pot of leeks, egg plant and zucchini with chunks of tender pot roast...
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Prayer of Jabez and Hat #56 for the Homeless 2014

As I drove to work this morning, after kissing a sleeping boy (sometimes the only time I get to kiss my teen's cheek), I noticed the homeless woman is still sitting, with all her possessions, on Cass St across from the Harrah's Casino parking garage. She sat there all day yesterday... I passed her three (3)times and she appeared to not have moved. And this morning? There she still sat... and her hands were held over her face, as if she were in deep desperate prayer. And I long to sit beside her and offer an ear and prayer together (as I have little else to offer).

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Day 199/365

N Pine St, Joliet, IL 6435
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Day 199/365

Aka bit of trimming around our grey water pond and our pitiful little garden while the dew is still heavy on the grass...
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hat #55 for the Homeless 2014

Time to stitch up the open edge and add a pompom!
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Homestead Laundry

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Beautiful "Urban" Hike

Today I took my car to Aleet Auto for an oil change then walked to work and walked back up the hill later to retrieve it...
Hence 1.1 miles each way through the beautiful Historic Cathedral Area... I saw properties I never noticed before... and daydreamed a bit about selling my homestead and relocating....
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Text From My Car...

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Psalm 31:3

As I read an email from Transformation Garden it lead me to Psalm 31:3 and offers a reminder that
"Where God leads He will provide"....
And as I sit in very uncertain times I stand on this many days...
knowing that, as long as I follow Him, He will provide all I need...
this has been proven out so many times...
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Day 197/365

At Student Life Ministries at First Assembly of Joliet....
I'm sitting here knitting and trying to convince my tablet to find a WiFi signal so I can pay my bills online...
It's, unfortunately, looking like bills will have to wait...
God obviously has another plan!!
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My Car is Texting Me!!!

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Ah, Home...

So good to be home...
Everything I wore to work straight into a hot washing machine...
Me straight into a hot bath!!!
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Day 197/365

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Hat #55 for the Homeless 2014

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"Lunch" and Peace and Quiet

Ah, a break to sit in my car...
and be me...
And read my Bible...
Today I read Luke 8:1-18...
As I turn more and more toward what He asks of me,
And further from worries for more... more... more...
I see how much more He automatically provides...
I am blessed for simply obeying Him.
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Day 197/365

Good Morning! I am at work and already well into my paid workout program... yesterday I decided it was "double-scrub Monday", even though it was Tuesday, so I deep cleaned everything I could... too fun and what a workout!!!

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Psalm 113 and just Reading to Feel Better?

As I open my Bible for a quick reading to get me through work till I can get a break to come back to my car and read more I realize I am guilty of "reading the Bible to feel good". That's so not what I want. And, honestly, I feel better and am less easily injured when I read to learn more vs to just feel better. I absolutely have to get back to real Bible study for knowledge and true understanding!!!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Hat #55 for the Homeless 2014

Wow! "Lunch" break in the car with a cool breeze and 60F weather while I read my Bible, listen to Moody Bible radio and knit...
Yup, I'm very very spoiled!!!
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1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Good afternoon and welcome back! As I sit in my car taking my "lunch" I listen to Moody Bible radio and read my Bible... a nice break from work.
and I ask God:
Please, bless my life to follow Your will...
Give me more ministry and guide me to prepare for this ministry...
Keep your hand upon me that my life will be Yours...
Keep me from evil.. I know its necessary to deal with mean/difficult people to grow, but please help me deal with it better...
Keep me from pain as I can only take so much...
Amen.
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Cloudscaping over downtown Joliet, IL

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Day 196/365

Cloudscaping over Joliet, IL
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Day 196/365

Good Morning!!!
It's so nice out here this morning I thought I'd take five (5) minutes and trim a bit out back. As our weed eater us about dead I only get five (5) minutes at a time... LOL... regardless, I am thankful to have trimmed a bit around the back patio and our pitiful little vegetable garden!
Do you have a quick item you do on your homestead each morning before your day kicks into high gear?

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Hat #55 for the Homeless 2014

Hi! Welcome back!! How's your day winding down? After a full and busy day we're settling in and quietly watching a bit of TV. Matt is playing World Craft 2 and I'm knitting yet another warm hat.
Tonight I decided Matt and I simply have to participate in MorningStar Mission's Box City of Hope... no idea what Friday night in September it will be held on, but we missed last year (I caved to teen desires) and can't miss again... wonder if we can do more than simply attend...? I have a bit of a plan and will share it later.....
My verse is Luke 4:18...
What's yours?
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Hat #55 for the Homeless 2014

At work early (of course) and waiting to punch in so I'm knitting a bit in my car....
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