Monday, April 16, 2012

What's Next?

We got up yesterday morning and looked outside and said "Praise God, it looks like rain today!"

Now, you might ask yourself why we would be glad that it looked like is because our bodies ached all over and if the sun was shining we might force ourselves to go outside and start another project.  Honestly, we needed a good rest day!

We had spent all day Friday and all day Saturday outside working on finishing up the landscaping around the Gazebo.  It was finally done.  Here is the final product (for the landscaping...we still have to finish the Gazebo with screens, door, and ceiling.)  If you zoom in, you can even see the plants....HA.  They are very small right now but will grow to 3-4 ft wide by 3-4 ft tall.  The roses came with bare roots which was a new way of getting plants for me.  I think I like it better that way.  I didn't have to do anything except soak them in water for a few hours before planting them.

We actually ate lunch out in the gazebo yesterday and listened to the birds and frogs talking to each other (or maybe complaining because we were out there...who knows).  It was amazingly will be fun when all the rosebushes grow in and their scent surrounds us.  8-)

We found some stone caps to possibly go on top of the castle wall stones at Lowe's on Saturday.  We bought 61 of them and brought them home, unloaded them and figured out that they weren't going to work as caps for the Gazebo because of the curves. I spent about an hour trying to turn them into my bench (another project I am in the middle of) but they are shaped oddly (12 X 8 X 8 X 8) and I could have made them work but they really weren't what I wanted for that project so...I moved them all to the other side of the observatory until I figure out what to do with them.  I felt like one of those people in prison moving rocks back and forth from one place to another with no reason for doing so by the time I was done.  (Moved from truck to wheel barrow - 8 at a time, then moved them from wheel barrow to patio to play with, then moved them from patio to wheel barrow, then from wheel barrow to ground beside observatory.)  Tom was mowing grass while I played with the rocks.  (Smart man)  Lugging them back to Lowe's seems like a TERRIBLE idea because of all the work to get them back into the back of the truck.  I really don't ever want to lift them again. 

Of course, the real story behind the Lowe's trip on Saturday was that I had thought of the next possible project for the yard...I got these free bulbs from the place that sent me the double knock out roses and I hate to waste them, so....I wanted to build planters on either side of the mailbox (we have a brick mailbox that would look good with planters on either side).  Well, I need some bricks or stones to do so (which we DID find at Lowe's but by the time we got the Stone Wall Caps that Tom found, we had too much weight to get the stones for the mailbox planters.)  Maybe next weekend...8-)

Here is some Max for today...

"What’s Separating You From Joy?

By Max Lucado

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3"

How would you finish the statement:  “I’ll be happy when….”  With your answer firmly in mind, answer this question.  “What’s the one thing separating you from joy?”

What if your ship never comes in, if your dream never comes true?  If the situation never changes, could you be happy?  If not, then you’re sleeping in the cold cell of discontent. You’re in prison.  And you need to know what you have in your Shepherd!

You have a God who hears you; the power of love behind you; the Holy Spirit within you; and all of heaven ahead of you.  If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm.

You have everything you need."

By Grace Alone -