Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Busy Hands

Matthew 5:9
 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-11
9  Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another,
10  for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more,
11  and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

Perhaps these verses are not what I was thinking of when I was contemplating this post but busy hands do make time fly. 
It all began in the 70's or 80's with a sister-in-law who had a love for piecing quilts together. Our family made a visit  to their home and the sister-in-law and I took a trip to a quilt shop. She bought a quilt book and wrote a little note in the  quilt book. I still have that book and plan to use a pattern in it soon.
I have always busied myself with crocheting, knitting, and other needlework. I've always kept busy with my hands. When retirement came the scraps of cloth that I'd moved  needed to be used. 
This is what I've done so far.
 Wedding Ring or Churn Dash top acquired from family member of husband. Added backing and quilt batting for quilting. I love the blue color.

 My grandmother on my father's side made crafts and sold them for extra income. In addition, she quilted. This top and backing was given to me and I had it finished at the end of 2014.

When we lived in Cambridge, Nebraska, I frequently shopped at a thrift shop where the proceeds went for items the hospital that were not in their budget. There was a shoe box with pre-cut fabric. The price was $15.00 The volunteer thought that was too much and sold it to me for $5.00. This is my first completed quilt and treasure it. 

I have more in the works and anxious to get to working on them.
Have a great Tuesday. 



Proverbs 20:29

  The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.

I know it has been a while since I have posted.
We have been blessed with grandchildren and have been involved in their care from the beginning.
These precious children just celebrated their 2nd birthday.
We feel blessed to be living near them and that we are able to be part of their years of growth and development.
Thank you for stopping in. I hope to share Bible verses and experiences in life as we progress through our retired years.
Make it a good day.


One year old.

 Newton Family Christmas 2014

Granddaughters at Thanksgiving 2014

Friday, April 19, 2013

She Buildeth Her House

In a recent Bible study I found a verse in Proverbs which has made me think about the role of women throughout the history of the Bible and the history of the world.
 Proverbs 14:1
1  The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

The many examples of women in the Bible and how these women built their house is the direction I would like to go in this blog.
Naomi, her husband Elimelech and their two sons fled Israel and went to Moab because of a famine. Naomi's husband and two sons died and left their wives widows. The daughter-in-laws were asked by their mother-in-law to go back to their families. A land of idol worshipers. Ruth refuses to go back to her family and goes with Naomi  to Israel. Ruth marries Boaz and bears Obed who is in the linage of Christ.
Ruth 1:2
2  And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem-judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

Ruth 1:3-5
3  But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons.
4  These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years,
5  and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

The book of Ruth tells about Naomi and Ruth. Ruth willingly goes with Naomi back to her homeland. The faithfulness of Ruth and her obedience to her mother-in-law provides a husband from the family of Naomi. There was a family member who was first in line to take Ruth as his wife and he forfeited that right. Boaz was willing to be the member in line to accept Ruth as his wife.

Ruth 4:11
11  And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. Jehovah make the woman that is come into thy house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephrathah, and be famous in Bethlehem:

It is of interest to me that Ephrathah is mentioned in these passages and it indicates to me the connection between these women is the coming of the Christ and the church.

Genesis 35:19
19  And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath (the same is Beth-lehem).
Rachel and Leah and their handmaidens were the mothers of the 12 sons of Jacob. The tribes of Israel.

Micah 5:2-3
2  But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.
3  Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she who travaileth hath brought forth: then the residue of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

These women, Ruth, Rachel, and Leah all have born children that are in the linage of Christ. They are descendants in the plan that God has from Genesis to the cross. Each was a piece to the puzzle to bring about a Savior to the world to save humanity from sin and death.
Their role in building their house is an example to us as women to be a builder of the next generation to carry on the great commission.
Matthew 28:19-20
19  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Mark 16:15-16
15  And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
16  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

My mother of 93 years of age passed away in November of 2012 and I have been thinking of her and of my daughter-in-law who has given birth to twin girls February 27th. And of course my mind was thinking about those mothers that I have met through my life and the mothers of the Bible.
I'm thankful to my mother for setting the example of taking her 5 children to Sunday School and worship services every Sunday. She was able to feed and provide for those 5 children with meager earnings my father made as a hired hand for a farmer.
As mothers will we build our houses to raise Christian children and grandchildren or will we tear our houses down?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hot/Cold Pack

In those long days when Ken was suffering terribly from Sciatica and following surgery the doctors recommended cold packs. The cold packs I had on hand were the hard rigid blocks that you use in the coolers.
Someone had mentioned to me about using rice to make a hot/cold pack. I bought flannel cloth and a 5# bag of rice and put together this.

My fabric was cut 9" x 12". I put the two outside sheets together to sew all four sides except for the center  I left 2-4 inches open. I clipped the corners and turned the casing right side out. I made a seam to divide the casing in half all the way across the length of the casing folding the open seam to blind stitch later. I filled each side with equal amounts of rice and blind stitched it together. 
This work beautifully because the rice is flexible and wasn't hard or uncomfortable on the surgical incision. It is amazing how long it stays cold and lasted beyond the required 20 minutes. I made two because I was not sure how long it would take to get cold but I only needed one. 

Blessings to all.

Friends & Family

Life at our house seems to be busy at times. We've just had family come for a 1 day visit and enjoyed having them around. Today it is quiet. It's Saturday and it usually is quiet in my neighborhood.
My mother passed away November 16, 2012.
My husband has had Sciatica since October of last year. December 28, 2012 he had microsurgery to relieve the pinching of the nerve. Now it is the patience to heal. When Ken is feeling better he over does it.
We are also anticipating twin grand babies to arrive sometime in March.
Visiting with friends and family are a blessing we enjoy any time we can.

The Old Couple

Brother-in-law & wife
Nephew and wife


If you have ever been afflicted or know someone who has had sciatica, it's a painful  experience. The back has many nerves but the sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, across the buttocks, and down the leg to the foot. In my husband's case his foot was numb.
My husband has been afflicted since October of 2012. Finally with an x-ray and MRI to show a herniated disk an option of microsurgery was discussed.
Surgery was in late December and today he is free of the intense pain of sciatica. He was walking bent over with the aid of a crutch or cane. Today he is walking more upright without an aid. Check out this web site to get more information about this painful problem.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sciatica

Saturday, September 29, 2012


James 4:13-14
13  Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"--
14  yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

When you are working it seems that thoughts of retirement would include lots of time to do whatever you wanted to do. WRONG.
No matter what your stage in life, as long as we are living and breathing on this earth, we are controlled by time.
My week at times is very busy and I wonder what I did that week that was not scheduled in. Facebook is great for keeping in touch with friends and family but I am finding that the games on the website are major time wasters. Involved in these games are "things" you work for that involve asking your friends or other "gamers" for gifts. Many times these gifts lead to more gifts. You acquire land, buildings, and etc. Total waste of time.
As I pondered the time I have wasted, I also see friends who are playing these games and the only time there is contact with me on Facebook is to "brag" (part of the game) about a conquest or request something.
I deleted my apps to these games and plan to use my time wisely.
I hope you will evaluate where you are spending your time. I hope it is to encourage, teach, and share as the above Bible verse says "What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes."


Update on Serger

I have my serger back!!! I love it and hope I can do some cool sewing on this machine. Thanks to Randy Cole at http://abcsew.com/ for fixing it.
I have already done a pillow case.
There is a group on Facebook where you can post problems, triumphs, and questions and I find that sergers are an interesting machine and it doesn't matter if you've spent $1200 or $100,  there are problems. I am so thankful for this group, Mr. Randy Cole, and my friends Aline and her daughter Karen for helping in my situation.
I was down in the dumps when I found out through my conversation with the repairman that I may have just wasted my money on a garage sale item. I decided to have him look at it and see if it was worth fixing. It was fixed in a timely manner, works great, and was told  that I had made a wise investment and this was a nice machine. My emotions were low to high in a short time.
I'm still of the opinion that if you find a bargain at a garage sale, check it out before you hand over money. If you have someone with knowledge, call them up and ask. With cell phones and pictures it's easy.
Check back often. I plan to do more sewing in the coming months.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I'm Still Learning

Singer Serger

You would think that at almost 65 years old that you wouldn't make mistakes. Well, that is a myth.
I love to sew and am doing some sewing. Not nearly enough to suit me but that's another story.  I have a friend who is so talented she has a sewing machine, serger, and a quilting machine. She lives in Nebraska and I wanted to be as talented as she is.
There was a garage sale across the street and there was a serger. I bought it. It wasn't working right. It may have been my fault because I did not know how to sew with one. It will be going to a repair shop soon.
I have learned with sergers that you need to take a class or find someone you can spend some time with and learn to operate it correctly. They are tricky and if you do not know how to run one you can damage something before you even get started.
I am told that JoAnne Fabrics has classes regularly and sometimes on sergers. If you have any desire to get a serger, research sergers and what they do. If you can find someone who has one and have them show you or take a class before you buy one.
The other part of the story which does not have an ending yet is that I asked about finding someone to repair sewing machines and sergers. I called this repairman and his advice is to find an older used well-built serger because the new cheaper ones are not built as well.
I will update you when I get this serger repaired. I hope I can prevent someone from making the same mistake.
If you find one at a garage sale plug it in and see if it sews before you pay for it. If the owner is there have them show you.
Hope this helps.
Empty Nest Homemaker

Monday, August 6, 2012


I found this post which is great. I would like to share it with you.

A Broader Perspective
Health, as we know, is more than just physical health, although this is certainly the foundation.
True wholistic health also includes financial health (apart from poor nutrition, stress from lack of money is statistically the largest cause of degenerative disease), time health (freedom
to do what is in our hearts), relationship health and being part of a healthy and supportive
community, health of purpose, and so much more....and we get to offer all of these things
to people.
Christa Way, Medical Herbalist, Life Force Crown Diamond & Philanthropist