Monday, March 18, 2019

Beautiful Bouncing Baby Bunnies


Once again I am behind in writing my blog….and reading the posts of others out there in BlogLand.  I have really missed it, but too much going on lately and nothing much to write about.  With Easter around the corner, I thought I would share some really cute & sweet pictures of precious bunnies that I have collected on Pinterest. 
Who ME?  You think I’m precious?  Awww…thanks!

I love bunnies…we even had a real one once upon a time, but that smart little fella figured out how to escape his cage over and over again.  Our daughter also loved rabbits & had a substantial collection (not the real kind).  We lost her in 1986 at the age of 9; and in her memory, over the years I have hidden small rabbit figures all over our large yard.  (They don’t look tacky because most are tucked away here and there, under this bush or behind that tree.)  Years ago we were faux-grandparents to a set of beautiful twins and they loved to toddle around the yard looking for all the bunnies.  Our own grandchildren came along and they did the same.  That has always warmed my heart.
                 God created…every living creature that moves…And God saw that it was good.

                                                                                                  --Genesis 1:21


So in honor of Mandy and in anticipation of Easter, I hope these make you smile😊

I can definitely see myself as the queen.

Does this hat make my tail look  big???

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

This diet is really getting to me…what I wouldn’t give for a carrot!

I get by with a little help from my friends😊

                   I  know we have our differences, but I really think we can make a go of it.

A flower in my ear and a little fluffing of my tail, and I’m ready for a night out.

Things would be pretty boring if everybody looked the same, don't you think?

Being cute & precious is such hard work…time for a nap!



Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

               ---Anatole France







Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A BEAUTIFUL SOUL




At the end of January I posted about my aunt Macy & uncle Dick who have occupied a large piece of my heart since I was born.  (You can read that post  here.)  At the time of my post my aunt was in the hospital after suffering a brain bleed.  With a very heavy heart, I now have to write that we lost Macy last week.  She was laid to rest on Sunday with standing room only in the church.

This is such a huge loss for all of my family, including my uncle & their daughter, my mother (Macy was her last living sibling), and my many cousins.  I can honestly tell you that if you had had the privilege of knowing Macy you would have loved her….everybody that knew her did.  She was truly one of the gentlest souls you could ever encounter.  She was extremely dedicated to her family, especially my uncle to whom she was married for 67 years.  To me and all who have known my aunt and uncle, their marriage has always been the most outstanding example of the kind of Christian marriage that God intended.  I don’t know if they ever even had an argument.  They found such joy in each other, in their children and grandchildren, and in their many nieces and nephews.  They made each of us feel so very special in our own individual way.

The world will not be nearly as sweet without Macy in it, and I know my uncle is going to have a huge adjustment not being able to see and talk to his “baby” on this earth ever again.  I don’t think he will ever again find true happiness until he is reunited with her in heaven.  Dick has always been such a blessing to me in my life, someone I have always adored and looked up to, so my heart just aches for him.  He will now have to make some decisions for his own future, and I am praying each day that God will guide him and Lori to make necessary changes that will bring him peace.

Thank you to any of you who said even one prayer for these precious people.  It was time for God to take her home, but our family surely will feel the void.  Thank you, God, for giving me such a wonderful aunt and uncle to bless my life in so many ways.

Rest in peace, Macy, and enjoy your new heavenly home with your mama & daddy, your precious son who went on before you, and your brothers & sisters that were waiting for you.  We will look after Dick and love him for you until God joins you together once again.  I love you so much and will miss you terribly, but I know Heaven is just a little more beautiful with your arrival.



Sunday, February 10, 2019

All the Colors of the Rainbow




“I prefer living in color.”  --David Hockney

I agree with David…I love color!  I often see magazine pictures of rooms decorated in all white, and though they are beautiful I know I could never live without color.  As a child, when I would color a picture, I made sure to use every single color in the crayon box😊

(My granddaughter asked me recently what my favorite color is.  I told her I really didn’t think I had a favorite because I just love them all.  She pressed me a little further and so I said, “If I just have to choose, I guess it would be red.)

Did you know that the Color of the Year for 2019 is…..

L I V I N G   C O R A L

at least according to the PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE.  According to their website:
          “The Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights top season runway colors, forecasts global color trends, & advises companies on color for product & brand visual identity.  Through seasonal trend forecasts, color psychology, & color consulting, the Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology, & emotion of color in their design strategy.”      (Whew!  That’s a mouthful!)





About Living Coral Pantone says it “symbolizes our innate need for optimism & joyful pursuits.”  Well, our society right now sure could use a double dose of optimism!  I’m not sure why they chose to name it “living” coral, but Pantone describes this color as “an animated, life-affirming shade of orange, with golden undertones.”  Coral is not a color I have often worn (I think I have only one thing in my whole closet that color…a sweater), but if I’m going to be on trend this year I guess I’d better go shopping!  I do think coral is a pretty color, but with my hair and skin tone, I would definitely need one of the darker shades….pastels are not my friend.

So…I decided to look around the internet and see what I could find that might inspire us to add at least some shade of coral to our lives.

I really like these pants from Belk…they would look great for spring with a crisp white shirt.  I do love a skinny-leg pant!

This shirt would look great with a pair of white jeans.

And if your favorite fella is into bright colors (like mine), here's something for him.  My hubby loves this type of shirt.

If you aren’t into wearing such a bold color or perhaps think it’s not a “good color” for you, you might try an accessory like these:


New Balance @ Zappos  (New Balance is so comfy!)


One of my favorite color combinations is coral & turquoise, especially in jewelry.  Here are just a couple I’ve drooled over!



Some other coral jewelry you might prefer:


Although I’m really not ready to think “swimsuit” quite yet, this one is really pretty and would look great with a little suntan on your skin…just be sure to wear plenty of

sunscreen😊



Now for those of you who really do love the look of those white rooms, think how pretty a splash of coral here & there would look!

I absolutely adore this flamingo pillow!!!  Wouldn't it be soooo cute in a sunroom or a beach-side cabin?



Do you have a Yeti yet?  If not, you definitely need to get one.  They are wonderful for keeping your coffee hot on a cold winter day or your favorite summer drink cool and refreshing…for hours.  I wish I had gotten this one, but since they are so expensive I will probably just stick with the one I have.



And for the person who has everything….or is really into the color of the year…you can even get this Kitchen-Aid mixer.  (I think I’ll just stick to my plain white one!)


I love all colors, and each year I look forward to seeing what color Pantone has chosen to whet our colorful appetites.  What is your favorite color?  Do you think you’ll be into Living Coral?



Update on my aunt:  sadly she is no better, basically worse.  She has still not been responsive and things are looking very grim.  I’m just praying that God will have mercy and take her home to be with Him and with her son, her mother & father, and her many siblings there waiting on her.  It has been a very grueling time for my uncle and cousin.  But God is good and His will is to be done in His time…and I trust Him.  Please continue to pray.  You can read my post about this here 

Friday, February 1, 2019

H E L P!!! What is Google+?????

Blogger Friends, I am indeed in need of help.  I had an email explaining that Google+ is going away and along with it will be any photos, comments, and other things (not sure what all).  Well!!!  I have no clue what Google+ is!!!  I have read and read but don’t understand 99% of what I’ve read….yes, I am very technology-deficient! 

I did find somewhere in the SETTINGS of my blog account that it said I am not using Google+ for comments…didn’t even realize I had a lot of unpublished comments (Google+ evidently) that I was supposed to have approved before publishing.  Most of those though were crazy ones from ANONYMOUS that sounded very very fishy!  I am hoping this means that I won’t lose my blog, but I am still very nervous.

I have emailed a couple of my readers for help, but thought I’d post here too.  Can anyone tell me if I am going to wake up one morning and my blog will have disappeared into cyberspace never to be seen again????  I WOULD BE DEVASTATED.  (I know I should perhaps try to back it up someway, but again I don’t know how to do that!!!)

Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!


Update on my aunt:  No change, no improvement, still unresponsive.  My heart is breaking…all my cousins are so upset, and my mother is beside herself with worry.  PLEASE continue to say a prayer for her and my uncle when you think of it.  

Sunday, January 27, 2019

A Love Like Theirs



Isn’t this one of the sweetest pictures you’ve ever seen?  These precious hands belong to my aunt Macy and my uncle Dick.  They have been married for 67 years.  These two are the greatest role model of a loving, Christian marriage that I have ever known or even heard about.  Their devotion to each other is both exemplary and immeasurable.  Since Dick’s retirement several years ago, they have literally been almost inseparable.  When you see one, you see the other😊  In fact, my husband and I were talking recently about how Macy and Dick just never leave each other’s side for more than a few minutes and my husband said to me, “Honey, I love you with all my heart but I don’t think I could do that.”  (I totally understand!  I need my “me” time, too.)

Unfortunately they have both been dealing with health issues for awhile now, and then a few weeks ago Macy fell and broke her hip.  This was the first time in MANY years that they had to spend the night apart.  However, Dick would go visit her every single day while she was in the hospital and rehab.  He would even call her first thing in the morning before going to the hospital and again at night after he got home.  This picture was taken during Macy’s hospital stay.

Macy is my mama’s sister and the baby of 8 siblings.  There are only two left…Macy and Mama, the two youngest.  Because of such a large family I was blessed to have MANY wonderful uncles and aunts, and they were all very special to me.  However, Macy and Dick have always been my favorites.  In fact, my youngest memory is of time I spent with them when I was a toddler.  It seems they loved to babysit me, and they spoiled me silly.  I have to admit that I always “thought” I was their favorite too, but after growing up I came to realize that they somehow made all of us nieces and nephews feel we were their favorite. 
         This is me with my sweet aunt & uncle

Macy is the sweetest lady you will ever meet, soft spoken and quick to tell you that she loves you.  You never see her that she isn’t dressed to perfection and not one hair out of place.  In my eyes, she has always been the perfect wife and mother.  Most of her married life she was a stay-at-home mom with my cousins Timothy and Lori.  Sadly, they lost Timothy several years ago.  Dick has always been my knight in shining armor, so handsome, and one of the biggest teasers to anyone he loves and cares about.  When you are in his presence you can be sure that there will be lots of laughter.  They are such exemplary Christian people, always letting others see Jesus in the way they live their lives and in the way they love BIG. Dick has been a deacon in his small Baptist church (where I grew up) for as long as I can remember.  I love them both more than words can express.


Right now my heart is heavy because yesterday (after a slow & difficult but steady recovery), Macy had a brain bleed and as I write this she is awaiting decisions on how to proceed.  I’ve been awake most of the night worrying and praying.  I’m now sitting by the phone waiting to hear what is next.  She has had scoliosis for years and has suffered valiantly through a lot of daily pain, yet you will not hear her complain.  And furthermore since she and Dick still live in their home, she has taken care of her beloved husband without missing a beat.

If you are a praying person, may I ask that you send up a prayer (or two) for my aunt Macy, for peace, comfort, and total healing…and also for my uncle Dick, for wisdom and courage to know how to proceed as well as for his own health concerns.  Also for my cousin Lori who has willingly and lovingly stepped in to help them as much as she can, although she lives several hours away from them. 
If you could meet Macy and Dick, I promise you would immediately fall in love with them and they would make you feel as if you had known them all your life.  This old world sometimes gets me down when I see the evil that is broadcast on the daily news each day, but when I look into the faces of my aunt and uncle I am reminded that there are still some wonderful, loving, caring, gentle people out there; and I am so thankful to call both of them MINE.

I love you, Macy…please get well because you are such a special part of our family and because you have always been and always will be someone I look up to and love dearly. 
             Your niece, Cheri