There’s just something about a log cabin.

Today we celebrate LOG CABIN DAY!!! I’m sure that does not have anything to do with syrup, either. If you to have a cabin somewhere to escape to, then you really know what it means to get away and relax!

We do not have a cabin, but we are blessed to have good friends who invite us to join them at their cabin once in a while. There’s just something about being in the woods, away from the city, that gives way to lower blood pressure, reduced stress – and lower blood sugar levels!

I think it’s almost as fun to go to the little grocery store to get grub – the little “mom and pop” place on the highway, just before you turn onto the winding road that leads to the cabin. We always have our list ready to go – staples like bread, milk, eggs, bacon (gotta have the bacon – well, turkey bacon), vegetables for the week, a package of cheese and a 5lb. bag of potatoes. We bring our own kitchen towels, utensils, pots, pans, glasses and silverware from home. If we decide we want to get fancy, we pack a tablecloth and some placemats. None of us are awfully keen on getting fancy. I think we’ve only packed table linens a couple of times.

Our friends always make us feel at home in their beautiful cabin, decorated in rustic outdoor cabin style. It has a lot of bears, fish and deer type décor, but still maintains the feel of a luxury home. It has a very large living area with a big screen TV. As you go up the stairs to the loft, you peek around the corner into the ample sized open kitchen, complete with a sweet little breakfast nook (built for two) in the corner. When you turn to go down the short hallway, you see a bath and two good size kid’s bedrooms. There’s a master bedroom on the ground floor, which we were always given. The first time I saw it I thought to myself, “This is a cabin? Some people’s homes are not this nice!”

There’s a nice wrap-around porch where we solve all the world’s problems. What a great place to make plans and dream dreams for the future. Sometimes we go down to the lake to fish, but I prefer to just stay in the rocking chair and talk the day away with my friends.

Here’s your history lesson about a log cabin song.

There’s just something about a log cabin. ❤



Scrapbookers are a different breed

The things we hope for, the things we need.

We wish for tape runner to finish that row.

We sometimes wish our guests would go.

We wait all day for that time to be

That special time – that time for ME.

Each photo is mounted, the colors arrayed,

Stickers and punches have been carefully laid.

Now we relax, this is our pleasure

Scrappin’ this page will soon be a treasure.

We always ignore that mental warning

Scrappin’ all night makes it rough in the morning.

But time’s unimportant, we don’t heed clocks

We just need paper and our photo box.

A spot adhesive helps to adhere

Those lifetime of moments that bring us cheer.

Our project awaits us, now we proceed.

This must be heaven – what more do we need?


Today we celebrate CAMERA DAY!!! As I researched this holiday, several suggestions were given for celebrating, including a camera-theme party or a day out with your camera, taking photos of nature. These are great suggestions, but when I think of cameras, my mind quite naturally goes to scrapbooking!

I’ve been a digital scrapbooker for over ten years. I have compiled about twenty scrapbooks – everything from my photos of childhood to a book of my mother’s side of the family, to a book of my sweet dog, Casey.

If you decide to make greeting cards to sell, think twice before using a rubber stamp because that stamp may be under a copyright and you could possibly be violating copyright laws if you use it and then sell your card.  It’s a little fuzzy, but copyright laws are important.  I would suggest you use vintage prints for greeting cards if possible.  They have that retro feel that we all love and there are some beautiful designs on the internet that are labeled public domain.


My husband thinks that there should be a Betty Ford clinic for scrapaholics. He whole-heartedly supports the notion that a scrapbooker who is not holding firmly to her camera will very quickly develop the DT’s. He thinks this innocent hobby can turn a corner and head down obsession avenue.

He came up with this theory shortly after we attended a Manheim Steamroller Christmas concert in 2007. Everything was decorated in the Grand Palace to the nines and there were plenty of photo ops. I happened to have my camera in my purse when I stepped into the ladies’ room.

Now – I collect angels. I don’t have an extensive collection, but I have several angels, so when I notice a pretty angel, I like to take a photo of it. Inside the ladies’ room there happened to be a beautiful wall hanging of an angel. I knew I had my camera on me, so I went ahead and snapped a picture of it. I don’t think it dawned on me that it was hanging in a restroom! I was so excited about the photo, I ran up to my husband and showed him what I had seen.

He was trying to hold his laughter. With a straight face, he asked for the camera. I didn’t want to give it up, but I reluctantly handed it to him. He told me to stay put and he was going to the men’s room. I waited patiently for him to return. He mockingly ran up to me with the camera in his hand and said, “Look what I got a picture of.” My first thought was, “Wow – maybe they have angels in the guys bathroom too.”

I turned on the camera to see what he was so excited about. It was a photo of the urinals.

Well played, Palmer. Well played.

True story – I have the photos – ALL OF THEM – in the scrapbook to prove it!  Will I show them to you?  Um…  nope!

Oh – we recently went to the Longaberger Homestead in Ohio.  Yes, I did have my camera and used it a LOT.  Here is a slide show of that trip.


Happy CAMERA DAY!!!  🙂



How far-reaching are good deeds? There is not a limit to the amount of humanitarian work you can do. To help another is to help our Lord. I’ve heard that no good deed goes unpunished. That’s the newest of satan’s lies. Don’t buy into that. Good is good – period.

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40

The rock group KANSAS is celebrating their 40th year as a band! While that makes me feel old indeed, it says something for the character and integrity of this group. It’s so unusual for any group to stay together for that long. When people travel together and see so much of each other, it’s almost like being married.

I have to say I admire this group to a large extent not only for their talent and determination, but for their humanity. On this day in 1978, members were named Deputy Ambassadors of Goodwill by Unicef. What an honor to have bestowed on you! Wow!

Go to You Tube and type in KANSAS and listen to some of their great songs.  To post here would be a copyright infringement.

KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. Their talent speaks for itself, as they produced eight gold albums! When I was in high school I remember thinking “this music is ahead of its time and no two songs sound alike.” Their music offered fresh, new, different sounds and lyrics all the time.

From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music different and we hope we will always remain so. – KANSAS

I have to say, I’m very proud of KANSAS, their music, their heart, and their legacy! This “garage band” from Topeka has really done well for themselves, and they have made all of us in Kansas very proud!

Happy 40th Anniversary, KANSAS!!! YOU ROCK!!!




With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson.  Without them, I’m fat and 60.  – Jack Nicholson


Sometimes my imagination runs away on me! I like to imagine Bible characters living in today’s world. When I think of the story of Moses at the burning bush, I picture a cool dude named MO who always wears his shades! He never goes anywhere without them. In reality, Moses had very little self-esteem. We know this because he came up with a number of excuses why God should go ask someone else to do the job He wanted done. I’m not judging because I’ve done the very same thing and I’m sure you have too.

No one in Bible times wore any type of eye glasses, let alone sunglasses. But I wonder how much good a pair of sunglasses (even those awful expensive ones) would have done? Moses was looking into the face of God Himself. I mean, talk about a BRIGHT LIGHT!!!

In a way I’m thankful that God does not appear to us in that way these days. Some of us would keel over from the shock, and others would make a door in a wall that didn’t have a door before just to escape God’s presence. How many excuses would you come up with to convince an all-knowing God, the God of the universe and the God Who abides in your heart, that you are not the right person for the job? I know, me too! Moses gave God excuses, but God knew best and used him in spite of himself. He does that with us too if we’ll let Him.

I mean, what are the chances that a dyslexic will start writing poetry? Hello!

We all have a burning bush moment; a moment when you know without a doubt that God wants you to do something big. It’s usually something that leaves you a little scared (or maybe a LOT scared), and asking, “how”. I don’t necessarily ask “why”, but I definitely ask “how”. The answer is always the same: “Take My hand and trust Me for the first baby step… then trust Me for the second baby step.” See a pattern emerging there?   😉




I try to focus on who I am rather than who I’m not.  – Mariska Hargitay

Today we celebrate those wonderful people who make the rest of us feel more confident to face that dog-eat-dog world we live in. It is BEAUTICIAN’S DAY!!! Nothing boosts my self-esteem more than going to see my beautician, Melanie, for a freshen-up.

There’s just not a better high available than walking out of the salon knowing that I look better than I did when I went in. If I had to choose an addiction, that would be it! Diet plans and exercise routines come and go, but when I go to see Melanie, I know that I will receive instant gratification with little to no effort on my part. She does all the work, and I get all the great results! What could be better???

I read all about Mariska Hargitay in the March 2013 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal. She’s a natural beauty, I think we can all agree, but what struck me was her attitude toward herself. She makes it very clear that she is not in competition with anyone else, but she always tries to be her personal best. Here’s Mariska when she was 2 years old on The Merv Griffin Show:

Just a little side note: Jane Mansfield was one of my Aunt Mary’s clients. Maybe she styled her hair for this appearance – I don’t know. ❤

The second you stop comparing your talent or your height or your weight with others, then you begin to feel a real sense of freedom and joy in your own journey. Place your faith in the Lord because He made you! He has a great plan for everyone’s life.

Don’t be sad because you lack something, but use it to your advantage! Don’t cave in to the tired old peer pressure that you have to look like a model (at least 5’9″) to be beautiful. There’s simply no way I’m going to get any taller than 5’2″, and that’s a fact. I’ve come to terms with reality – I will always wear petite clothing and only get to eat about half the calories per day as my taller friends.

I am me – and I am free! I have confidence in my Creator and confidence is beautiful. 🙂




Color television! Bah, I won’t believe it until I see it in black and white.
– Samuel Goldwyn

I found something interesting. This is a home movie of the 1949 Tournament of Roses Parade! I think it’s interesting that this person’s home movie is in color, yet millions of folks watched this parade on black & white TV’s.

On December 30, 1953, the first color television was purchased for a hefty $2,000! The set was built by the Admiral corporation. The first coast-to-coast television broadcast was The Tournament of Roses Parade on NBC in January, 1954.

Today we celebrate COLOR TV DAY!!! Television has evolved so much since those first days. The television we had when I was a kid was always having issues and I remember wondering if Buddy the television repair guy was my brother, he hung around our house so much!

When My parents got their first color television set in the late 1960’s, I felt so grown up because they put their small black and white set in my bedroom so I could watch TV in bed. So you see, this is a habit that formed many years ago. I didn’t say it was a good habit – I just said it was formed many years ago.

Some of our neighbors still had black and white TV’s and would happen to come over to our house about the time their favorite program was coming on. They came on the pretense of borrowing something and stayed to watch our color TV.

Nowadays everything is in HD and we can choose cable or satellite. To see a television that is not flat-screen is unusual these days.

I still remember feeling very grown-up with my little black and white TV, complete with rabbit ears. There’s probably no way any of us would go back to a black and white TV anymore, but I must admit, when I’m watching a horror flick I wish the blood was in black and white.

I have every Doris Day movie on DVD. I enjoy all of them and they still make me laugh. Somehow back then they could get a laugh out of the audience without foul language or nudity. Uncanny. 🙂



Anyone who knows me in “real life” knows that one day I would like to go to a beach, feel sand between my toes, hear seagulls and see (perhaps tour) a lighthouse or two. Here in Kansas we have the odd lake here and there, but it would be wonderful to see something besides wheat fields. The trip to the beach is on my bucket list.  And now a message from Madame B.

If you are able to stop and smell the roses, take a moment today to do it! Be thankful for all of your senses and be aware that you are blessed if you have all five of them.

When I was in high school I met a girl named Joyce. We were introduced through a mutual friend at a church meeting. Joyce was a happy, bubbly, cheerful girl with a positive attitude and it seemed as though she had life by the tail and knew how to control it. There was just one difference between Joyce and my other friends. Joyce was blind from birth.

She acted so independent I sometimes forgot she was blind, to be honest. I had to remind myself that if we went out somewhere, of course I would be driving! She had a German Shepherd seeing eye dog named Buckshot. Naturally he went everywhere with her. We got some strange looks in public when we walked in with Buckshot, especially in restaurants and at the movie theatre.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
– Helen Keller

Today is CELEBRATE YOUR SENSES DAY!!! This is a day to appreciate your ability to see, smell, hear, touch and taste. I don’t take my eyesight for granted since I met Joyce – not because I had pity on her, but because I knew what beauty she was missing even if she did not.

Because Joyce was never able to see, her other senses were heightened. She often commented that she could hear my car or smell the sweet pea I wore before I rang the doorbell. At first that made me uncomfortable and I’d ask questions like “Did I put too much fragrance on? Does it bother you?” But I soon learned that it was not my excess that triggered her senses, but her ability to overcompensate for being blind.

Don’t take your senses for granted. Thank God for your abilities and for the senses you use to do what you do. ❤




Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.   – Harvey Fierstein

I’ve tried to put myself in the mindset of a bully. I’ve tried to understand where they are coming from. I will never understand, no matter how long I live, how one human being can esteem themselves somehow BETTER or more entitled to something than another human being! We are ALL God’s children!!!

Bullying stems from a poor sense of self. If a person’s own self-esteem is shaky, they will do anything they can to intimidate someone else (or try to) to stroke their own precious ego and raise their self-esteem. What they do not realize; however, is that the attempt to hurt another person is not going to change their own perception of themselves – not one bit!!!

The road to change is never an external journey – it ALWAYS begins within. Don’t look to other people and try to change them to feel better about yourself! Work on you and leave others alone. I will work on me. I will not try to be better in any way than anyone – except myself.

We are all on different paths. Once we realize it’s not a race, we will begin to coexist in harmony. When I’m tempted to blow another person’s candle out to make mine shine brighter, I think of a saying I heard one time. When you blow someone’s candle out, it does not make yours shine brighter. To be a bully is to be a coward. Bullies lack the necessary tools to negotiate in a mature and civilized manner. They have a limited vocabulary and weak social skills. Bullies are losers.

I hope you will join me – wear PINK today on NATIONAL PINK DAY!!!

“Pretending and ignoring are two different things.”  I was 15 when I heard this, checked in to a stress center after swallowing a potentially lethal dose of sleeping pills.  I’d told my best friend I was born HIV positive.  Classmates called me names and left mean notes on my locker.  I was told to ignore my bullies, which I’d done.  But as one of the center’s counselors explained, sometimes you think you’re ignoring hurtful behavior when you’re just pretending.  “Were you hurt, Paige?” the counselor asked.  Yes.  I’d been hurt again and again.  It was terrifying to admit; would acknowledging that mean my bullies had won?  No.  It allowed me to move on.  Admitting I was hurt was the only thing that freed me from the pain.  – Paige Rawl

Bullying does happen – more than we know. Often times the victim has been so emotionally beaten down they are afraid to either fight back or tell anyone about what they are going through.

If you knew that someone was being bullied, would you help? What would you do? Be attune to the signs of abuse. Not all signs are physical. There are certain behaviors that are telltale signs that abuse is taking place. The ones being bullied are usually:

Isolated– Often one of the first signs that a person is being abused is isolation. Obviously if the abuse is physical, the person will not want to go out in public and certainly will not want to have to explain injuries to their friends. It’s just easier to be isolated from the world.

Withdrawn– Similar to isolation, but when a person withdraws they cease to have opinions or engage in intelligent conversation. They are in survival mode and “small talk” seems unimportant and trivial to them.

Emotional– This is like manic depression. Emotions seem to be all over the map. Because with verbal abuse in particular, a person can be brought from a normal mood into a deep depression in seconds with what has been said to them. Words hurt as much as hits do, and the scars run deep. If they are told that they are stupid or ugly or worthless after so long, they begin to buy into it. These little things affect their self-perception eventually. Sometimes when they are taken away from the abuser, they can actually feel a type of “high” and be over the top emotionally and almost giddy.

For the sake of awareness, let’s wear pink and support the effort to STOP BULLYING!!!




Why do we blog?  Is it to put a gigantic resume’ of sorts out there, hoping someone will find us and offer us something better than blogging?  I know that I don’t get one cent for blogging.  There is another reason to keep a blog.  I do it to encourage my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to keep on keeping on in their faith.  Hold on to Christ every day!

I choose to believe in God because it makes things better.  You have a meditation point, a source of strength.  I don’t ask myself, “Well, does God exist, or does God not exist?”  I choose to believe that God exists.  – Stephen King

Today is WRITE FOR GOD DAY!!! It should be called “Let God Write Through You” day. Either way, we celebrate the same way. We write about how our Lord sees us through and holds us up when we don’t think we can stand another minute.

You said to lean on Your arm, and I’m leaning. You said to trust in Your love, and I’m trusting. You said to call on Your Name, and I’m calling. I’m stepping out on Your Word. – Maya Angelou

A large part of my worship is done through writing my innermost feelings to God. He is the One with Whom I am completely honest. Well, I may as well tell it like it is, right? He knows anyway! He knows the frustrations I face and the victories I celebrate. See, He knows. That is what I love, love, love about my Lord! Nothing I did in the past surprised Him. Nothing I do right now surprises Him. Nothing I’ll do in the future will surprise Him.

Is that an excuse to sin? Certainly not! Neither is it a reason to become lazy in my worship or in my service to God. The Lord gave me a sound mind and a good heart. He gave me gifts and talents to share with others. As I can freely share those gifts and talents, I plan to do so because it’s what He wants me to do.

You can see God’s signature everywhere around you once you learn to recognize His handwriting.  – Carol Harrington Brock

I journal every day. I write prayers, comments and concerns I have. I can have concerns, I just can’t worry about anything! There is something about having all of your scattered thoughts planted on paper. It somehow makes your train of thought stay on track. My train of thought has been known to derail regularly during prayer time. I’ll be praying and suddenly I’m thinking about something else.

When I’m blessed I write it down. When I’m blue I write that down too. You may as well share it all with your heavenly Father. Yes, He does already know, but just as an earthly father expects a child to communicate with him, our heavenly Father wants us to tell Him everything. So, maybe today you could start your own “Dear Diary”.




How can anyone say there is no God? Look at this awesome creation!

It’s the first day of Summer, also known as FINALLY SUMMER DAY!!!

When God paints your attitude with His sparkle paints, you notice an immediate change; a good change; a lasting change for the better! Will you let God paint your summer? How about your attitude? Once God has had His wonderful way with you, inside and out, you become positive and passionate and perky!

Maybe Mr. Grant (from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) did not like perky people, but God does! He inhabits the praise we return to Him because we are so filled with His Spirit!

Remember Mary Lou Retton? At the 1984 Olympics in L.A. she absolutely glowed! The 16-year-old acrobatic gymnastic’s bright smile grabbed us! Her sweet hairdo that bounced around as she jumped melted every American’s heart. That’s perky and that’s What God does for His children every day!

Another example of perky and sparkle persona is the one and only Shirley Temple! I recently read that just before the director would call for action, Shirley’s mother would whisper the word SPARKLE in her daughter’s ear. It was her way of reminding Shirley to focus and give every scene her very best effort. Did it pay off? You bet it did! There are loyal Shirley Temple fans to this day who still watch those wonderful movies she made so long ago.

God’s Holy Spirit is so obvious in a Christian’s life. It just has to ooze out, like when you put too much peanut butter and jelly on the bread and squish the sandwich. What happens??? That’s right – you have peanut butter and jelly falling out! You either learn to put your sandwich on a plate or you clean up a lot of sticky messes.

The Holy Spirit of God has a face painting booth. He uses the most brilliant colors and they are sparkle paints! I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a really good deal to me.

Be a brilliant child of God and SPARKLE! 😉