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Bowling Ball Yard Art

Monday, November 24, 2014



I know I have been telling all of you I needed to get the bowling balls out of the
Florida room so the past week several ladies and I worked on turning ordinary
bowling balls into works of art that will be displayed in our gardens. This is
the one I "created".

  
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LUCYCAN7 11/26/2014 7:32AM

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JUDITHANNIE 11/25/2014 8:13AM

    very cool Pat, I'll have to think about what to do with mine.

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WINDSONG~ 11/25/2014 3:24AM

    AMAZINGLY awesome, Pat.

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WINDSONG~ 11/25/2014 3:24AM

    AMAZINGLY awesome, Pat.

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2DAWN4 11/24/2014 10:59PM

    Love it! thanks for sharing!

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JAMBABY0 11/24/2014 10:34PM

    very pretty

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Daily Devotion: The Most Beautiful Prayer

Thursday, October 30, 2014


I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those You have given me, for they are Yours.... My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message... Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because you loved Me before the creation of the world. John 17:9, 20, 24 (NIV)

“I’ve been praying for you.”

The loving words arrived in a brief e-mail. Simple words, but they warmed me all the way to my bones, like a fireplace on a cold winter day. My friend didn’t know I was having a rough day. She didn’t know the details of my need. But she cared.

Many mornings, my husband holds my hand and prays for me. His words strengthen and comfort me. I often call my friend Patti and we pray for each other. Hearing her ask our Creator for the help I need renews my hope.

And another Friend also gives us the loving gift of prayer on our behalf: Jesus.

His petition was not only for the disciples who sat around Him, but for those who would come later.

When we read the full chapter of John 17, we discover that He asked for protection, joy, sanctification, and unity for His followers. What a thrill to know Jesus has asked the Father for those blessings for us! Then Jesus expresses His love in even deeper measure. We witness the longing of His heart as He asks that one day we would be with Him where He is, and see His glory. When I read these words I feel cherished. He wants us to be with Him.

When life seems overwhelming, and courage fails, we can take comfort in His beautiful expression of love. And we know His prayer will be answered.

Faith Step: Pray with a friend or family member today.

By Sharon Hinck


This devotion is excerpted from Mornings with Jesus 2015.

May God Richly Bless all of My Spark Friends as they read this devotion.

  
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JANIEWWJD 11/7/2014 12:28AM

    Prayer is such a powerful thing. I pray daily and it gives me such a feeling of comfort!!! I pray for my friends and my family, and even those who I don't know. God bless us one and all!!!
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LUCYCAN7 11/1/2014 2:18PM

  Thank for your emoticon May God Bless You! emoticon emoticon

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INFLATED 11/1/2014 4:05AM

    Thank you for posting this. I know when I am by myself and my husband is gone from 4 AM-6:30 PM, that I need to read the Bible for comfort and encouragement.

I was so glad that God answered my prayers about my son's wallet. Psalm 46:1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Having a husband that prays with you and for you and friends that pray with you and for you means a lot.

http://professionsforpeace.com/
2012/05/30/the-difference-about
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KARABEANLVRLNDA 11/1/2014 3:44AM

    Thank You for sharing.... emoticon

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JUDITHANNIE 10/31/2014 8:12AM

    Thanks Pat God bless you and your family emoticon

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OURELEE1 10/30/2014 7:13PM

  Thank you

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Pray for Bold Goals

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Use these five steps to help you reach your dreams.
By Richard H. Schneider

Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

Since man first cowered before the dark unknown, God has understood our timidity. That’s why He Himself goes with us. He wants us to be bold for Him, to live our lives to full fruition, to fulfill His plan in the world. Keeping that in mind, try these five steps to boldness.

1. Is it right with God?
We can attain conviction by first seeking God’s will in all that we wish to accomplish. Ask God if your goal is right. If you sense affirmation, then take the next step.

2. Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.
Commit yourself by biting off more than you think you can chew, rather than letting fear of failure stop you from trying at all. Those “mighty forces”? They are energy, skill, sound judgment, creativity, even physical strength and endurance. Boldness creates a state of emergency to which these powers respond.

3. Don’t look over your shoulder.
If you do, as baseball’s great Satchel Paige said, “You may see something gaining on you.” That something could be the fears you overcame at the start. So keep up your momentum.

4. Make the leap of faith.
In Jesus’ parable of the talents, the servant who buried his employer’s money was criticized for failing to put it to use. The servant’s alibi sums up too many people’s attitude toward life: “I was afraid to risk it.”

5. Don’t duck the spotlight.
The next time you hear a call for volunteers or see someone who needs assistance or spot a wrong that needs righting, strive for the boldness that shouts: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!”

This article is excerpted from Guideposts Daily Planner 2015.

This is great advice for all of us no matter what we are trying to accomplish.

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/26/2014 9:29PM

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CTUPTON 10/23/2014 5:21PM

    Thanks for reminding me! chris

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    emoticon nice to always be reminded that our God is always there! emoticon

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INFLATED 10/17/2014 7:34PM

    Your blog reminded me of this. When David faced Goliath, he ran toward the army to meet him. 1Sa_17:48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

Thanks for this blog!


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MSLZZY 10/17/2014 9:00AM

    Fantastic! This made my day! HUGS!

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JANIEWWJD 10/17/2014 12:11AM

    Totally agree!!! My favorite is "Take the Leap of Faith!!!"
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Mini trip south

Friday, October 03, 2014


In front of the car was our condo on the bottom floor that we called "home" for 3 days

Our hubbies enjoying the "scenery" on Lido Beach

Just one of the many birds we saw while enjoying the beach

Cute car we saw at the Car Museum in Sarasota

This was a tower of elephants carved out of a tree that was on display at the auto museum
For only $19,900 you can take this one of a kind masterpiece home with you!

Abraham Lincoln's funeral hearse also on display at the museum

This cute little tree fog was caught in the enclosed patio so Vickie caught it, we took some pics and then put it out where it was free to roam.

There were a lot of jellyfish washing up on Lido Beach so we were very careful to not get stung. They also were warning people to be careful of the Man of War also.

These weird twig structures were in front of a school in Sarasota. They were behind a high chain link fence but we still managed to get some pics. We have seen something similar in New Harmony, IN several years ago.

The 4 of us enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at The Village Café on Siesta Key-highly recommend the food there.

Way too much food but it was delicious.

When we went in Publix to get a birthday cake for DH, this was the sight we saw. Escalators up to the store which was on the 2nd floor and then when you were done shopping you rode down the other side and your cart rode a special rail in the center! The bag boy laughed at me taking pics-said he sees it all the time- Something we had never seen before!

Entry to the Marina in Sarasota

Our friends at The Hob Nob Café-an outdoor eatery that goes way back. It is typical 50's food served on concrete picnic tables!

This statue stand out front of the entrance to the marina and is a draw to come and take a pic.

Don't look up honey-I am not sure what is up there!! emoticon

Dear hubby and his birthday cake!

We ate our last meal before heading home at The Broken Egg.
We got quite a kick out of the tube people. They could be purchased at a shop called
The Tube Dude! They were used all around the area for different purposes.

Even with rain every day, we had time at the beach daily. When we could not go to the beach, we enjoyed playing cards in the condo and Vickie and I got in some pool time. We did some sightseeing and all in all had a good mini vacation to celebrate DH's 75th birthday!

  
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CTUPTON 10/23/2014 5:26PM

    Thanks for sharing your photos with us! I sure need to get out more. But looking at your fun helps me! Thanks, chris

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DIBANANA 10/13/2014 10:58AM

  Pat you always have such interesting pictures!

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INFLATED 10/12/2014 10:12PM

    That looks like a fun vacation. Say Happy Birthday to your husband from one of your friends.

I didn't realize the kissing statue was so tall until you photographed your husband beside it.

"If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you.
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose,
for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." Thank you for this quote.

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BAMAJAM2 10/9/2014 5:37PM

  Oh this looks like a wonderful vacation! We have visited friends in Siesta Key and the beach was beautiful-- with spectacular sunsets!
I see from your Spark page that you lived a long time in St. Louis. That was my hometown--- and I lived there even before the famous Arch was built! My home was Shrewsbury. It was like a small town----
Wishing you Happy Sparking!
Mary


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MSLZZY 10/6/2014 11:03PM

    A perfect mini-vacation! Happy birthday to DH!

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/5/2014 2:19PM

    Your vacation looked fun nice all around the pics add the depth to help me feel like I was there good blog! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 10/5/2014 12:45AM

    That looks like my kind of vacation. I'm glad that you enjoyed yourselves!!!! Be careful going home!!!
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JUDITHANNIE 10/4/2014 8:42AM

    What a wonderful vacation, and happy birthday to you hubby. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing. Judy emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/4/2014 4:43AM

    Thanks for sharing! And Happy Birthday to your DH!

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LUCYCAN7 10/3/2014 7:46PM

  SO GLAD TO HEAR YOU HAD A GREAT MINI VACATION.THANKS FOR
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Some of my flowers

Saturday, September 27, 2014


This is one of the bromeliads we planted last summer. We are finally getting blooms.

More blooms-double this time!

  
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CONTENTCHRIS 10/5/2014 2:19PM

    Pretty flowers!

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INFLATED 9/30/2014 11:42PM

    Beautiful!

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LUCYCAN7 9/28/2014 9:25PM

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JUDITHANNIE 9/28/2014 7:43AM

    Beautiful

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KARABEANLVRLNDA 9/28/2014 1:11AM

    Looking Good! emoticon It has to be from all the TLC from Gardener Pat! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 9/28/2014 12:35AM

    I love the blooms; simply beautiful!!! emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 9/27/2014 9:05PM

    I wish I had a green thumb.

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