Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Catching up a bit::November 17

This autumn has been a whirlwind of photoshoots. It is great for the money and for reuniting with friends for an hour or two as I photograph them and/or their family members.

It is also good for honing photoshop editing skills and learning to see subtle color differences.

I have one more shoot for my friend's preschool/daycare to do before Christmas and then one pending sometime that a neighborhood senior is ready to do her winter shoot - she is breaking the long session in half and did part in the fall and will do part mid-winter b/c she loves the show. :)

I just did a session for a guy I used to babysit as an older child. It was amazing to see that he's all grown up with a wife and children of his own :)

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This season has also been one of spiritual rediscovery. I am looking at myself and God a bit differently than I have in the past. The biggest difference, I'd say, is that I'm learning to trust in His constant care, trusting Him to catch me when I fall, trusting Him to take the things I have no control over (but He does), trusting Him to light my way.

I have seen the truth in the scripture in Proverbs 22:6 that says, "Train up a child in the way he/she should go, and when he/she is old, he/she will not depart from it." I am indeed going back to what I know from my youth: That God loves me, that He will take care of me, and that I am safe in His care. That is a good place to go back to - everything else is gravy.

In the past few months, I have sifted through all of my beliefs and turned them over and over, looking at all sides. It has been an interesting place to be. At first it was painful, but now it has turned into a peace.

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On Saturday, the day of a photoshoot, the thought of a walking foot attachment for my sewing machine kept filling a place in my thoughts without ever going away or being subdued. I decided that after the shoot, I'd go to the Bernina store and buy one. I was not expecting how expensive they were! I thought it would be about $90 - I was not expecting the cost of $119.99 on a 25% off sale! Whew! But the cashier told me that this was the lowest price they would ever be and that I was lucky I'd come in that day, because that is when they'd received their shipment - many people were waiting for that shipment b/c they had been out for a lot of the week. The sun, moon, and stars seemed to align for me and I almost walked away from it - almost. But I thought of how the thought of it had preyed on my mind all morning. I thought of all of the things that had worked in my favor: the sale, the shipment... I took it as a message/gift from God, and I bought the walking foot.

Now I can finish up the quilting projects I haven't been able to in the past b/c of the lack of that accessory. I can make the potholders that I've longed to make for years, and actually tried a few years ago, only to see the potholder pucker and twist. I have a lot of work to do and lost time to make up for! :)

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I have another project that needs to be done ASAP also: sanding and refinishing my wood floors. They have intimidated me since we moved in 11 years ago, and they are in desperate need of care! At this point, I figure that I can't make them look any worse than they already do! ;) I paid Matt to move the bookshelves out of the dining room for me. I asked Steve and Josh to move the buffet out. And on Sunday, I roped Steve into helping me move the computer table out also. So I have no more excuses, except that I need a huge sheet of plastic and some tape to section off the dining room from the living room to protect the furniture from sawdust when I sand the floors. Where is my Daniel-san, like Mr. Miyagi had for his deck, when I need him?! ;)

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Anyway, so hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to work I go. Perhaps if I find the fun in the work the job will be a game? Too bad the woodland creatures can help me...

Okay, okay enough with the fairy tale references; I'll go get to work now! Make it a wonderful day!
♥ Melody

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The 10 Virgins::A different take::November 9

Today in church, the pastor gave a sermon on the 10 Virgins. He called them "Bridesmaids" instead of virgins, and the message was different than I'd ever heard before, and I loved it.

He told the story and then gave his opinion on what went wrong. He said that he felt it didn't have to do with being underprepared with oil, but with them not believing and trusting God. After all, Jesus was a God of miracles. Hadn't he turned water to wine? Fed over 5 thousand with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish? So when the virgins/bridesmaids worried that their oil wasn't sufficient, they went looking to buy more/provide their own oil.

The pastor reminded us that their lamps' wicks were already trimmed and lit, they were just worried that what they had wouldn't be enough - they wouldn't be enough - so tried (on their own) to get more oil. We know what happened: they were late and the Master did not open the door to let them in - he said that he didn't know them. Who knows? Perhaps the lighting would have been so bright inside the banquet hall that they wouldn't have needed their lamps at all?
♥Melody

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hot Chocolate Mix::November 2

Hot Chocolate Mix (from HM)
Makes about 17 cups of mix

10 2/3 cups instant nonfat dry milk
1 (6 oz) jar powdered non-dairy creamer *
2 cups powdered sugar
1 (16 oz) can instant chocolate drink mix

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Put in a large airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
*Option - try different flavors of creamer

Add 3 TBS Hot Chocolate mix to 1 cup hot water. Stir to dissolve.