Thankful Thursday~Still

I am truly thankful this day and all others for

  1. Life itself-My Lord & Savior &the assurance of  Eternal Life

  2. Family, Family, Family

  3. Christian Friends -especially the women in my life-my Sunday School class, Tuesday Bible study-Oh, joy, joy~Thank you God for this Group

  4. Creation~ yes I have to repeat that. It speaks to my innermost being-all my senses-indeed how could anyone be surrounded by His Creation and Not See God!?

  5. The "days of our lives"..each and every one is precious when one reaches a 'certain' age It should be that way even when we are younger.

  6. Prayer~that connection, communication with our Lord & knowing it's a "live" open connection

  7. The FRILLS, the EXTRAS, the FROSTING, the things I do not NEED..but am blessed to be able to enjoy-some material, others like time with loved ones, travel and exposure to new things
The number 7 is a good place to pause..
Family Enjoying the Beach in March this year.  Gathering as we can.
Leaving Dogwood Canyon, near Branson, Missouri July 2010

Click on photo to get a close up view..So impressive it almost takes your breath away-on the back of the Andy Williams Theater [ I think ]


A Blogger Has to Share~

The Table Arrangement on the front porch: That's what happened to those natural stalks of OKRA  a thoughtful friend left in my back yard anonymously. I just added some simple twigs, some curly willow [Ted grows it], lotus pods, garlic blooms & a few fresh sprigs of asparagus fern & eucalyptus.

The other photos show the pine Chaise Ted just finished [ Oh, for me?} All that's still to be added is two small wheels on the front legs and someone without attention deficit disorder to plop down with a big cold glass of iced tea and a good book that needs to be finished..It can't get much better without heading for the beach.
mmm actually I am pondering the thought that just perhaps this might be considered adding some elegance to my environment/ 

The barn red bench to the left: This very substantial bench has been weathering on the patio for three seasons now without repainting or repair. I really appreciate that this bench is  very heavy and a  generous size. Weight is not an issue.


Looks Like a Collection to Me~

Look closely~ do you recognize any of these bottles from your childhood years? Can you spot the "liquid Kool-aid" bottle [s]?  I'll let you spot the other once familiar bottles.

Tough Questions, Simple Answers?

Some things I will never understand:
1. How a man can walk away from his little ones as they beg him to stay 
2. How a woman can walk out the door and  leave her family
3. How a child can turn his back on his family-his God
4. How anyone can hurt or kill  a little child
5. How children and grandchildren can poke fun at their parents and grandparents
6. How a Child of the King can walk away... from his Creator, his Saviour, his parents, his family.
7. How a man or woman can be unfaithful to a mate who has devoted  their life to you

I will never understand.

*A loved one recently gave me the answer: "Mom, it's SIN. SIN blinds people. They do not see what we are seeing." Even so, I still cannot understand.


My Aunt Laura

I wish each of you could have known my Aunt Laura [Mobley] Since each of you could not then I hope you have someone like her in your life or perhaps even better still [if you are a bit older as I am] that YOUR CHILDREN have an Aunt Laura in their lives.

Left to right: Ileen Mobley, Laura Mobley, Eulita Mobley, Rachel Lee Mobley
Aunt Laura is Ileen and Eulita's Mother. Rachel, [my Gramma] is Laura's Mother-in-law.
These aprons are about as fancy as you ever saw these women wearing..


Strange, Mysterious and Wonderful

Sometimes people bless me with strange gifts.  This week a large bundle of freshly pulled from the ground stalks of dried and drying OKRA just appeared on the back of Ted's golf cart.  I was a bit slow-saw something from a distance but wasn't curious enough to take a close look..just assumed it was something Ted had  dropped there.  Two or three days later as I walked over, took a close look and realized it was stalks of okra pulled up roots and all.  That's when I knew I had the most amazing husband on this earth.  That sweetheart had salvaged those from who knows where and KNOWING HOW I LOVE NATURALS brought them home for me..now THAT'S A ROMANTIC GESTURE.

He was working at the back yard and I called out to him "Ted, where did you get those stalks of Okra?"  He answered "I didn't -I thought you had brought them home."

Funny, he should have taken credit but that's okay now I know someone who knows my peculiar love of naturals has just done the most thoughtful thing..he or she remembered! and shared.

It's still a mystery- someone will confess though.
Now I ask you~ what does it say about one when your friends or your husband's friends bring you strange gifts?  That's not the first or strangest.  Ted's friends have sent me things like a huge beautifully in tact HORNET'S NEST a few years back. Another sent me unique beautiful little rocks collected while on vacation in Colorado. My sweetheart brought home a large collection of huge incredible ACORNS from a White Oak once..still have some of those too.
Strange, Mysterious and wonderful! I do enjoy God's creation.


Coming Soon~ Autumn

We saw leaves falling as we sat on the deck looking out toward a wooded area and were surprised.  It's AUGUST 30 for goodness sakes!

Why are we always surprised? It happens every year.  Fall doesn't descend upon us  mid November all in one 'fell swoop' - It comes slowly, gradually beginning with those first few breezes that take just a small swoosh of partially yellowed leaves and scatter them to give us hope, hope for cooler weather and joy in the realization of God's perfect plan as he designed the earth, planned the seasons.

 Fall is Coming Soon-even in the deep South [ Brundidge, Alabama ]

What a Great God I serve!

BLOG RENOVATION-my excuse for unfinished housekeeping

-[I have to enter something here or it won't "save"]

A Note From Me

I am so glad you stopped by-whether accidental or intentional. Some days my posts will be entirely inspirational and other times quite random but the time we share can be worthwhile. My initial intent was to use this space for my Mobley Family notes { james n mobley line } I know one can only write when inspired to do so. With that in mind I caution you to expect various twists and turns in the conversation as we wander Down the Lane and Around the Curve. If you have a clue what a Lane is then you already know that a walk down the lane can be a solitary walk, ambling without the company of another or it can simply be a leisure experience with someone who's company you enjoy, working out the world's problems or just soaking up nature and God's spectacular creation surrounding you. There is enjoyment either way. I say all that to say this: "Our walk down the lane will be much more interesting if you come along with me from time to time. I am not the only one with something to share so please join in as you are motivated or inspired.
Please know that I have not abandoned my first blog Down the Lane. I still drop in to read comments and check my tracker to see who's reading or even if there might be a new Follower. I have noticed when I check the traffic on Like Gramma's House and come over to DTL I am seeing apparently the same visitors are checking in on both sights..based on the city and state and time frame of the visitors..That's Great! Thank you faithful few who are inquisitive enough to click on the links and come over. Let me explain ...in case you have missed it earlier: This is my original blog. At a point in the process of this project I began to drift in a new direction creatively and hence Like Gramma's House was birthed. By way of continued explanation for what looks like an orphaned blog here..I simply have not come up with a way, an idea for either following through with Down the Lane or closing it out. One cannot write without inspiration. I just don't have a clue where to go with this one. The only glimmer of a creative twist I have is to invite my cousins to contribute to the family stories, pictures with their own quirky takes... looking back Down the Lane.There has been no encouragement leading me to think they would pitch in. They all have wonderful memories to share.. and I am confident it would be worth while. Apparently just don't think what they have to share would be blog worthy.

My Gramma's House~

Time changes so many things. Loved ones are no longer here. Landmarks dissappear from the landscape. Entire communities are seemingly erased. Homes have burned leaving scarcely a footprint in the earth where they once stood. Even so, we still refer back to things 'the way they once were' as being ~Like Gramma's House~ http://mygrammashouse.blogspot.com/


There comes a time in LIFE when our COUSINS AGAIN become very important. I think that time has arrived. jwh