Friday, September 23, 2011

Look at what is coming to our city.....

I couldn't believe it when I seen some signs up in front of an empty store a few blocks from my home. The signs said "Hobby Lobby coming soon". I have never been to a hobby lobby before but from all of my midwest friends I hear that they are a great store. I can't wait, two weeks from today October 7th is the grand opening and I am already to go to see what it is they have that I cannot live without:)

The other day I stopped in the parking lot and snapped a few photos, it really is coming, they put a real sign up ~

This is the front of the store, it will be quite large which I think will be great~

I have always loved going to Joann's for most of my crafting needs but this store is actually closer to my home than Joann's of course I always joke about loving Joann's because it has the same name as me but if Hobby lobby is closer and about the same price I will be shopping there. I love to go and just look at all of the fabrics all lines up either by color or seasonal things.

Please have a wonderful blessed weekend. Blessings,Joann

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pantry cleaning...

This past weekend I finally had the time and energy to clean our pantry.

this is the before picture~

Now it's all inventoried and clean~

I have been sick for the past few days, don't know with what but I seem to be feeling a little better today. Please if anyone feels like they would want to please keep my son Mattie in your prayers, he is just very lost right now...very far from God:( Thanks, Blessings,Joann

Sunday, September 18, 2011

the top 5 blogs that I love to read...

Just a random post, needed something more uplifting than my last post. I apologize for my last post it was just babbling nonesense that comes late at night when I have a real bad headache.

I wanted to share with you all what my favorite blogs are to read and the women who have them, most are my friends and when I say friend I mean I may have never met them in person but I enjoy a friendship through the internet.

#1 and please remember these blogs are in no particular order, though I do have two that I would say are the top two.

DeNiece over at organizedhomemakingforChrist is a very very wonderful and Godly woman, she is as sweet as can be and I have done both emailed with her for years and have spoke with her on the phone for quite a while. Her blog is very honest and is just a joy to read. She has made some video tours of her home and days in her kitchen they are just so much fun to watch and I love her North carolina accent. She doesn't put on a show for people she is just who she is. She loves The Lord with all her heart and it shows in the things she says and the things she does, she is very honest and open about most anything. She also has a great love for both her husband and her children, she homeschools her children and she is a stay at home mom who loves her job.I feel honored DeNiece to call you my friend:)

#2 Katy over at The country blossom is another lady that I love reading her blog. She is also a stay at home Mom and homeschooling Mom and she loves her job too. She does many things everyday and when reading her blog you can just feel how much joy she finds in doing the everyday things. She also love the Lord with all her heart and her husband and children. I do also want to mention that a while back I had left a comment on her blog, a not very nice comment and she emailed me and said that I had really hurt her in what I had said and so of course I apologized for what I had said and asked her to forgive me and her and I have still been friends, she is a wonderful friend to have and I figure those who actually have a real life friendship with her are truly blessed. She makes amazing meals for her family and her home though very simple is absolutey beautiful. I am happy and feel lucky to count her among my friends.

#3 Winona over at catloverandquiltmaker

Now Winona is different than the other two I listed in the fact that she is more like me(I hope that isn't an insult to her) she and her husband are empty nesters like we are and she loves to craft. Her blog has the most beautiful creations that she has put together and she is so fast and dilligent about getting things done, OKay on that she is nothing like me:) I remember reading her blog one morning talking about a pieced rooster pattern that she wanted to try, she hadn't done it before and I went to her blog either that afternoon or evening and there was a picture of the rooster all done, well it wasn't quitlted yet but the top was done. That is what I mean, for me I would have sat down and thought about how to do it and what colors to use ect... probably for hours even days and here she already had it done and it was beautiful. Anything she metions about working on or wanting to work on she will have either done or a major part of it done in just hours. She makes the prettiest purses and small wall hangings. I love being able to call her my friend.

#4 Khris over at sewprimkhris Khris is someone I met through a swap, she was hosting the FRIENDS Swap a few years ago and I joined. She is a lovely lady and always seems to know how I am feeling and almost always has to say to me things I am just needing to hear. She is a wonderful uplifter of people around her and she has made an impact on my life that I have no words to say how much she has helped me to get out of my funk and start enjoying life again. Khris I do so appreciate your friendship. She also does many types of crafts and loves prim things as I do but she is much better at crafting than I am.
Khris I treasure our friendship.

#5 Linda over at all-stitched-up

Last but not least, Linda is a very high class stitcher, she embroiders so well and it just seems to come naturally to her. She has made some beautiful patterns and quilts. Her stitches are so small and uniform that it is amazing when you see it. I have embroidered for years now and I don't even come close to doing as good a job as she does. I purchased one of her patterns a while back and of course it is still in the package it came in :0 her blog is a joy to read and I learn all kinds of new things always. I do consider Linda a friend but other than leaving comments on her posts and maybe an email here and there we are not real great friends. But I still list her as my friend because I enjoy her blog and I enjoy her.Thanks for being my friend Linda.

Well there you have it, my list of blogs that I love to read and a little about the blog owners. I read many blogs but only a few do I feel that I have an actual relationship with the owner.Now this is only my side of the friendship there may be a different feeling on their side if there is I am not aware of it.I love to meet new people on blogs, I love to make friends but as always I am very leary of getting too close. Too many times burned by someone who I thought to be my friend. I love it when you have a friend who is a true sister in Christ, and even if you do something wrong or you don't agree about something you work it out and move on I remember a while back when I was just having a busy time in my life and DeNiece had emailed me and I didn't get back to her for quite a while, the next thing she did was email and ask me "did I do something?" and I just loved her for that. I have had many differences with friends in the past and some are true sisters in Christ and we get through it and some are not, they talk the talk but they don't truly walk the walk, those are the ones to watch out for.

Please have a very blessed Day in the Lord and may your week ahead bring you nothing but joy and happiness.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering September 11, 2001

I seen this song on one of my favorite music stations to listen to and I just loved it.

Please remember to keep in your prayers those who lost loved ones in New York, The Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

Enjoy the video

Michael W. Smith, There she stands~

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I am back!!

Yes once again I have returned to this blog. I love this blog , especially the title of it. I had made a new blog and I have to say a big ThankYou to all of those wonderful people who followed me over there, but in the end I always seem to come back to this blog. My life lately has been a bit chaotic, made of course by my own doing. I will not go into any details because it is in the past, I don't live in the past, today is a gift that is why it is called the "present".

Last Friday Roger took off from work and I had imagined it a little different than it turned out. I thought maybe we would sleep in and just lounge around all day, boy I could not have been so wrong.

Friday morning Roger had an appointment to get our 2005 dodge trucks transmission worked on so he took it to the shop at around 9AM, I took Molly to the groomers at the same time and then stopped by and picked Roger we had to get a new catalytic converter put on the Blazer so Roger took that to the other shop and I followed him and picked him up from there we went grocery shopping and when we were done Roger called and the dodge was ready to be picked up so I took him by and dropped him off. Went home had a message on our machine that Molly was ready, so I went to pick her up, I took Roger with me and I dropped him off to pick up the Blazer. Roger still had to take the Blazer to get smogged and while he did that I finished up putting groceries away. Basically our day was over.We both also had Doctor appointments in the afternoon. we just this month got our insurance after not having any for the past 3-4 years, my appointment was at 2:30 and Roger's was at 3:50, I went out to my appointment and it was so nice to be making a $20 copay on the dr. visit instead of the $117. for our last dr. Now I have had my doctor for the past 15 or so years and I wasnt' all thrilled about having to change but change we did. We were lucky enough to find a White english speaking doctor who went to school in the United States. After my appointment I had to go pick up my prescriptions and then I came home. I didn't get home until 4:45 and Roger got home around 5:30. We ended up not really even seeing each other all day. We didn't even eat an actual dinner, I got myself a cheeseburger and coke from mcDonald's and Roger just heated up some soup. We were sitting there in the living room around 8pm just watching some tv and we talked about how we were needing to go look at a new BBQ as ours which we had had for about 10 years wasn't working right anymore. We decided to go out to Lowes and see what they had on sale.

We came home with this~

BBQ in a box :)

AFter the many many hours Roger worked on it putting it together~

Sunday evenings dinner, first use of the new grill~

The food was so good, Roger BBQ'd some chicken and some fish and it all turned out wonderfully. The doggies were waiting for him to drop something, they sat on the grass and were very dissapointed when he didn't drop any food for them

Molly and Mandy, Mandy had gone to the groomers on thursday, Molly on Friday~

Thanks to my friend DeNiece for letting me know that Walmart had their fall febreeze effects air freshners out, I found this double pack and oh they smell so nice.

Fall Febreeze~

I have learned so many things over these past few weeks, lots of things about myself some good but mostly not so good.

I have been trying to memorize the Bible verse~

"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:3-4

Thanks to everyone for visiting, I pray that each and every one of you have a very wonderful week.