This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.



Psalm 118:24 - BGlad!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cicada Serenade

The middle Tennessee hills are alive with the sound of Cicadas.
 
We are experiencing our first personal encounter with the 13 year cicada. And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't share this rare occurance with you, my blogger friends?!

I saw my first cicadas of the year on May 9th. After spending 13 years underground they crawl out, latch on to a branch, leaf, blade of grass, etc and wriggle out of their skin.This one was hanging out on my lavender plant.

Eye to eye with the shell of his former self
In the next day or two we started seeing a LOT more of the cast off skins and could hear a gentle buzzing in the treetops. 


Poison ivy leaves seem to be a favorite spot
We had a couple rainy and cool days (evidently they prefer warm & sunny) which brought the critters down where we could see them - yes - there definitely are quite a few of them!!

Just hanging out waiting for sunny days

They are this ghostly white color soon after emerging from their skin. Kinda creepy!

Here's a sampling of the cicada's serenade we are treated to on sunny days.


video

As we understand it, the cicada's above ground life cycle is soon to come to an end. In the next couple weeks, after laying eggs the adults will die (I'm picturing piles of them under the trees and on the sides of the road, ugg) and the newly hatched babies will burrow underground not to emerge until May 2024.
Isn't God's creation fascinating!!




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Monday, May 16, 2011

Strike It Rich with Pocket Change - Review


Strike It Rich with Pocket Change
By Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen


Wow – it’s like a mini treasure hunt in your pocket, purse or change jar!!

If you have the impression that coins must be old to be valuable, this book can really open your eyes! Even fairly new coins –including some of the state/commemorative quarters are worth more than face value to collectors of variations.

The authors have a combined experience of 70+ years in the hobby of coin collecting. In this book they sufficiently covered the basics of finding and collecting error/variation coins; including equipment required, what to look for, where to look, storing your collection, and how to sell your new found treasures.

The meat of the book features coin variations and errors to look for while checking the change in your pocket. This information is broken down by coin type and year. This section also includes many photos and detailed explanations which are invaluable for the newby. Many listings also include a price estimate for the value of your find.

I found this book easy to read, understand and use. This would be a fun book to share with your child or grandchild! Searching through change looking for coin variations presents a great opportunity to bridge the generation gap, pick up a little family history (“1960 was the year your great-grandpa and grandma got married!”) and fun trivia. Coin collecting is an easy hobby for kids because it doesn’t have to be all consuming, is inexpensive, and can easily be dropped and picked up again as interest/time/ages dictate.

Unfortunately, while I have picked up quite a few tips on what to look for, I must confess, I haven’t found anything in my pocket to make me “rich” . . . yet!

Friday, May 13, 2011

From This Day Forward - Subway Art Style

We are invited to the wedding reception of a couple who "love yellow". We plan to give them a gift card, but I was looking for something little & unique to include with it. This mini (6x8") subway art piece is what I decided upon. I've adhered vinyl cutouts to the front of the glass and added glossy black cardstock to the back of the narrow shadow-box style frame. Love that extra little bit of depth & dimension!

 Please note: 
 I've designed this file to be cut from vinyl - it has some very dainty cuts and sharp corners so cutting from paper is at your own risk! :)

The file does not include the date as shown in the photo. The font I used is Broadway BT. Again - very delicate cuts!





 
 
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Review - Unleashed: Release the Untamed Faith Within


Unleashed - Release the Untamed Faith Within
 by Erwin Raphael McManus

"The civilized build shelters and invite God to stay with them; barbarians move with God wherever He chooses to go."

When Jesus said "Follow me" did he invite us to a life of comfort, safety and ease or a life of fearless surrender to the One who makes the living worthwhile?

McManus challenges us to live a liberated "barbaric" Christian life. If you dare to leave the "civilized" church- pew life behind you will free the Christ-follower within to make a difference in the lives of others.

The author strives to encourage us to consider how and why we are living and then invites us to experience the true freedom that results from whole-hearted fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Sure to get you thinking in a new direction; the book will inspire you to strive to break free from conventional thinking and to live in order to make a difference in your world.

I enjoyed the author's use of personal family stories to illustrate his points. He also references Biblical faith heroes and verses to back up his position. While this is an easy book to read it will also leave you with much to think about as you continue your life's adventure.

*I received this book for free from booksneeze.com for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Friday, May 6, 2011

Americana

I've been working on several different sewing projects this week.
    

Which have in turn inspired this little cutter file. 
                Hope you enjoy it!
 



Giveaway winner - Toys for Tots! Since I had no interest in the book giveaway I'll be tucking the book into the box of goodies I save for the holiday toy drive this winter.






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