Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ironman Lake Placid 2017- Part One

So here is the story from a 
Spectator Viewpoint 
of the Ironman Lake Placid 2017.
It is a LONG way there 
and sometimes you just need
 a little break.
So what does an Ironman do?
 They swim 2.4 miles, 
then bike 112 miles, 
and then they do a MARATHON.
BUT, when you get there-
those Adirondack Mountains 
are certainly beautiful 
around Lake Placid.
 AND the gardens and flowers 
are simply stunning at the 
Whiteface Club and Resort.

Welcome to Lake Placid-
 this place is use to 
greeting top athletes.
At the Olympic Center downtown
 you have to scope out the greats
 on the Hall of Fame Wall.
Eric Heiden, the 1980 Hockey Team,
 and Dick Button lend the credence 
of greatness to the Jack Shea Rink.
Cliff Bar takes a photo 
of the cheer squad with TRIGUY- Dan.
His parents- Peter and Kathy Meier.
Dan and Jess Meier and son Jack.
Sister-in-law Sara Wilson and son Levi.
And the inlaws- John and Connie Denninger.
You get to meet the Team Organizers
 for the fundraisers for MMRF, 
make a cheer sign 
and have some photo ops
 at the athlete center.
You get to hang out at the beach
 and plan your swim strategy.
You just chill and look
 at the gorgeous mountain views.
There was the birthday dinner 
for Grandpa John
 at the Dancing Bear Restaurant.
You go to the Opening Ceremony
 and hear some encouraging speakers 
and dance a bit.
 You wash and sparkle your bike.
Take in the views of the 1932 Olympic site.
You go to the MMRF 
(Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation)
reception and hear from some survivors
 and Ironman winners.
You realize that this race is about so much
 more than running a big race. 
Your hard work of fundraising 
can be saving lives in the future.
And then you hear that Dan Meier 
was the Number 7 Fundraiser 
with a total of $10, 201 raised for MMRF.
And you are just proud already.
He is already a winner.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Here and About-Around I-81 South

A recent trip sent us down
 the I-81 South Trail.
On the far western edge of Virginia
 and North Carolina.
And places here and there.
One small town was Marion, Virginia.
Spotted a wonderful store filled with
 beautifully displayed antique and vintage items.
Some things I had never seen before.
Reasonable prices for the value.
Connect here:
Past time emporium

Gas stop and photo op 
when your daughter
 is married to a Wilson.

Weaverville, North Carolina
 near Asheville.
Close to our September Woods- Airbnb.
Cute stores-
 Photos here through the windows.
A wonderful shop HERE:
Home Gear Shop
I didn't make it into Home Gear Shop
 but saw that inventory 
was 50% off for the month July.
                                                                                                                          photo- Twisted Laurel website.
The Twisted Laurel
A great spot for a relaxing dinner
 downtown Weaverville.
And our favorite sign in the town.
What if all of our homes and churches 
were places to fill up with GRACE FUEL?
And always great to see what 
is blooming wherever we go.
I-81 we'll be back.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bible Marginalia- Keep the Sabbath

 Bible Marginalia Series- # 256
Exodus 19

Some important words to consider.
Before we even got 
the 10 Commandments.
Sermon Notes:
Why is the BIG PAUSE
 important to God?
Above all else keep my Sabbaths.
Shows who is God and who is NOT.
Exodus 31:12
Take a day to do nothing,
cause what you do 
isn't THAT important.
It is the Lord's work 
that is important.
Keep this-
because He has already DONE it all-
but it will Bless YOU.

Time to reflect and read a bit-
worship into the week.
The readings from worship into 
worshipful time in the week.

Envelope wrap
Fine point Sharpie
Colored Pencil

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

North Carolina- Mountain Views

 Hanging out in the 
North Carolina Mountains.
Here- right before there was a downpour.

 The road to our first Airbnb.

Our cute little cabin.
Think I had a smudge on my camera.
Lovely lovely green moss- 
right outside the door.
 A Lovely lunch on Onion Mountain 
before an Installation service.
Some beautiful scenery here.
and so we pray: 
Psalm 121
lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Praying for our Children

We gathered this week at 
Creative Haven- Open Studio 
to work on the Project-
 Prayers for my Children.
What a fun day.
Each page has a topic
 for each day of the week- 
with a Bible verse.
To pray each day of the week,
week after week, 
month after month,
year after year.
So- why take the time to make a 
Prayers for My Children project?
 Something happens 
when we create this project 
with our own hands.
There is an investment,
 a commitment,
and a blessing.
One grandmother-to-be was making one
 for a shower gift for her daughter.
One mother was making one for herself.
God's Word-prayed over our children, 
spouses, and grandchildren.
It is a good thing.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Middle of the Night Blessing

 So summer travel can be a bit dicey.
 Storms roll through 
and the you get stuck 
or your plane doesn't arrive.
This week the Schumacher family 
were stranded in Boston
 because the FFA Center in Leesburg, VA
 had to evacuate because of  noxious fumes. 
So no flights into DC, BWI or National.
The hotels near the Boston airport 
shot up to $500 a night.
Then a helpful attendant called them up 
and said, "I can get you to BWI
 for the night does that help?"
A quick call to a 
very accommodating sister Sara,
 got them a ride from BWI to Springfield.
 So at 1:30 am they rolled in from a long day.
At 7 am Griffin announced to Gigi
 that it was time for "brekstet."
By 8 am we will playing croquet in the back yard 
and at the water station by 9 am.
 So we played fast, talked fast and by 1 pm
 they were on their way back to BWI and home.
But you just have to love it 
when unexpected 
little urchins (and their caregivers) 
arrive in the 
middle of the night 
and bless your day.
Thanks Lord!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bible Marginalia- Book of Remembrance

Bible Marginalia Series- #255

Malachi 3:16-17

Thinking about this book of remembrance-
with the names of those who fear the Lord.
Those who feared and esteemed his name.
Certainly makes me think about
 the importance of esteem.
And to NOT take the name
 of the Lord in vain.
This was part of the reading 
for the installation 
of a pastor this past Sunday.
Time to journal on the drive home.

Colored pencils
Fine-point non-bleeding Sharpie

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Time OUT

There is a short period of time between 
getting the flowers planted, 
the weeds pulled
 and just sitting 
and enjoying the garden time.
So every once in awhile 
I have to give myself a
Before a 98 degree day 
and high humidity.
A cup of coffee and a prayer card.
A list of people on my mind.
Some set aside time to be focused in prayer.
Colored pencils in blue Mason jar.
A favorite vintage tablecloth 
on my 30 year old picnic table.
Filtered sunlight and the birds singing
 and just doodling and praying Scripture over 
a ministry family.
Time OUT-well spent.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Americana Roundup

Some things are just iconic around 
our house for the days of July.
Vintage 100 year old postcards are one of them.
Quirky Uncle Sam and Miss Liberty is another.
Old things- 
stars and stripes and flags work too.
Patriotic sheet music
Or a  Life, liberty 
and the pursuit of happiness cross-stitch.
The handmade star angel 
and the old quilt bear work too.
 A vintage milk carrier holds 
red, white and blue on a robin's egg blue door.
 There is a blue jar of old dominos 
by a grain scoop candle holder
with an old screen door 
holding up a quilted flag.
                                                          The grain sieve 
with hearts and stars on wood and a
Michael's store find from last century.
Gardening tools 
with a chippy green shutter and 
I LOVE the USA. 
                          My mom's colander and stand got spruced up 
with flowers around the house 
and some Michael's polka dot daisies and star picks.
 A coca-cola carrying case 
always works as a prop stand.

 The Chautauqua black board  
greets my dad's brown bottles, 
grater and blue insulators 
 that cozy up a wood box.
 Vintage pool balls hold centerstage 
on a wood (and dusty)
 ironing board.
  The collection of granite coffee pots grace 
an old metal topped stool,
 crib side railing and folding ruler star.

 The blue sap bucket
 holds the fort in the rusty metal box.
(The word FREEDOM 
added with the VRSLY app.)
 An maybe there is 
nothing more celebratory 
than a bowl of cherries 
on a stars and stripes napkin.

Glorious 4th of July festivities
 happened all around the country.
They certainly remind me of the 
amazing blessing of living
 in the United States of America.
God Bless America.