Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Where have I been?!?

Really! Just wanderin' around, I guess, lol. Not even caring to check in with my buds. I have been reading your posts, though I'm sure I have a little catching up to do.

Well, I haven't been up to anything particularly earthshaking. It seems like the days just fly by and I'm not sure what became of them.

I've spent one Wednesday afternoon helping package up craft supplies for VBS. We probably have another couple of days worth of work to get that all done. Today was my second time to practice with my fellow singers for leading worship. Worship is a very unpolished thing at this little church, but they do welcome anyone who wants to participate in leading. We had a mixture of adults and kids. We use YouTube videos with lyrics on the contemporary songs (2) and then the rest is hymns. In recent years I've been used to churches with "worship bands" who took care of all of this. This little church has a pianist and an organist, so in an attempt to please some of the younger members we've added some contemporary songs. Like I say, unpolished, but everyone is enthusiastic! I still have a way to go as far as "rehabilitating" my vocal cords which have suffered from lack of use, lol.

In Sunday School we're working on scripture memorization and I decided to incorporate a little artwork with my memorization. I had a  journal sitting empty and I decided I would write my verses in it as I memorized them, and draw a little illustration. No reference photos allowed; just a doodle out of my head.  Isaiah 26:3 is next in line.



I've been doing a lot of reading. I just finished The Oath by Frank Peretti, and am still working on The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis.


 While reading The Oath, I came across a tiny little folded bit of paper which appeared to have been tucked in the book for many years. (The is a library book sale find.) So, I unfolded it and what should appear but this...A drawing of some guy! He now resides with my collage bits. I may just glue him into a collage someday. I couldn't bring myself to throw him in the trash!

I have a hankering to begin reading The Works of Josephus, but the printing is so tiny. Maybe... I certainly have no shortage of books to choose from! Also making steady progress in my Bible. What a blessing!

My little grandson Nathan, who's eight years old, is back at the residential treatment place. He just got out of there a couple of weeks ago. He's been having problems again with episodes of anger and it's kind of reached scary levels. Please send up a
prayer for him and my dear son and daughter-in-law. I contacted a cousin in Texas who I know is a prayer warrior and he told me he and his wife had gone through exactly the same thing with their daughter many years back. He invited Josh and Jess to contact him for support. That in itself is a gift from God! As my cousin said, it's such a relief just to talk to someone who's gone through what you're experiencing.

I've unearthed the notes for a YA (or is it a 'tween?) novel I've been making notes on for about 10 years (LOL) and scribbled a few more. I keep talking myself out of even attempting a book. Does the world need another book? I ask. We shall see.

I've begun drying some of my violas for use in collages. 

 I see so many pretty wildflowers when walking on the trail, but I'm sure there's probably a law against picking them. I did see what I figure must be the last columbine of the season and I quickly snatched it up and stuffed it in my pocket! (It was in an area that had been mowed, so I figure it's fair game! It's not our state flower or anything.)
 Lastly, I made this little kingfisher card for an ATC buddy.


Everyone have a safe 4th!
Shalom and love to all!



14 comments:

  1. OH some news!!!

    This evening I just want to say: Fine to read and see you again, dear Lisa! The two drawings you show (one with the bible-sentence - I LOVE it VERY MUCH- and the guy I also LOVE THIS DRAWING!) - are so deep and precious! Thank you, artist and best Grandma Lisa! Blessings to yours!!!

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    1. I thank the Lord for you, Dori! You're always such an encouragement! :)

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  2. Lord have mercy on this young child!! May healing be found and may he be protected and comforted! Nice to read your blog post! Neat about your new church and the involvement there in! I love the old hymns, a lot of beauty in them! Neat about the drawing you found! It's a blessing to have books to read!!! God bless you dear friend!

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    1. Thank you so much for the prayer, Elizabeth! God bless you and yours! :)

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  3. I'm sorry to hear about little Nathan. I hope help will be found for him and support for his parents.
    I like your idea of drying flowers. I do that a lot and dry bits fall out of books all the time.
    I like the Kingfisher you did for the ATC trade.

    Have a blessed Sunday, Lisa.

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    1. LOL. Yes, sometimes I forget where I've stuck my dried flowers and find them years later! That's always fun! :)

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  4. Lisa, I'm right there with you! Seems I'm busier than a cat in a fresh litter box and making slow progress but at least it's progress. Josephus is worth reading but the print...ah, the print! Just yesterday, I pulled out the flower press and am thinking about making cards. (Yeah. Like I need something else to do!

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    1. Ha ha! So many projects, so little time! As you said in your blog post, no need to hurry. It will still be there tomorrow. ;) I like that attitude!

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  5. Hi Lisa! Your kingfisher is lovely!
    I'm sorry about your grandson. God be with him.
    I hope you have a happy week, friend.

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    1. Thanks, hon! You and your brood have a safe and fun 4th! :)

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  6. I'm so glad you're singing with your church! It will be uplifting to you and such an encouragement to them too. I think the Lord brought your cousin into the situation with little Nathan as part of His plan to comfort and encourage all of you. It's so hard when our children are ill. I pray God helps and heals.
    I do wonder about the wildflowers. I've never even thought about it being illegal to pick them! I'm probably a criminal!

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    1. Yeah, I must admit I've picked a few flowers on the trail over the years, but always felt guilty and kind of hid them. As the scripture tells me, if it feels like a sin to me it probably is a sin...for me anyway. Whoops. It's a state trail, I think. I'll have to look up the rules someday. Have a happy fourth, dear friend! :)

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  7. People have threatened me about wildflowers my whole life - I don't know how much is of that lore is urban (non-urban?) myths. On some public lands it is unlawful to pick certain things, or sometimes ANYthing, but on a roadside or private property? I don't believe it. I wouldn't pick a flower that I thought was terribly rare, but a columbine or a California poppy, our state flower...? Those aren't endangered! Still, I'm glad I can save flowers with my camera :-)

    I love your kingfisher!!

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  8. I like your Bible verse illustrating. I like to do that sometimes too. The pressed flowers are so pretty. I used to do that a lot, but haven't in a while. I may have to start again. God bless you and Happy Independence Day, Lisa!

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