Authentic Compassion

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ending up 2009

In case you haven't noticed - I don't blog regularly - I may need some blogamucil. We've had a roller coaster year - and I throw up on roller coasters. BUT - Christmas Day came to Buhlaland - we had guests with us for brunch in our breakfast room rather than our dining area. That comment was a segue - not the thing with two wheels Mall cops use - but a method of getting from one topic to another - obviously in this case not seamlessly. I digress---
Boxes of hardwood flooring for master bedroom renovation are stacked behind the big dining table! I'm keeping it real here folks - the flooring is behind big table, right next to the oxygen concentrator - I'm just a decorating fool.

Although not frugal - fresh flowers make me feel the house is more festive.

This year we put a Christmas swag on our office doors - you can see through the door to my computer desk - DH's desk is to the right.
Now you have a visual for the scene of the crime.

The day before Christmas DH finished redoing our little bathroom - color I bought believing it would be a dusty rose is more of a terra cotta rose' - not as orangey as in the photo but intense. Yes that's me taking the picture.

We got a pair of coasters from a sweet couple - we loved the verse and look of them so much we made one into a wall hanging for new bath decor.

North Texas has had an unusual amount of snow - don't care much for it but complaining has yet to change the weather so we trudge through and feed the goats a lot of extra grain/alfalfa. Picture is our neighbor's biggest longhorned steer - LHB - he looked almost majestic in the snow.

We were visited by a doe and her fawn who have been around here since early summer. Doe had a badly sprained or broken left front leg when she first showed up. Hoping to keep her quiet and avoid more damage - we kept the goats out of the pasture she settled in. DH threw hay and grain in for her and there was a trough for water. As summer went on - we saw a little speckled fawn with her. Now she is still appearing here regularly- we know it's her because she limps when she tries to run. A blog friend named the doe Prince - my friends name things strangely (witness my favorite goat - a doe named Norman).

We have officially been here ten years - moved onto this land December 13th, 2000. Unbelievable to me a decade has passed. DH and I were married on January 1,2000 (I was his Y2K Bug). We'll be celebrating our Tin/ aluminum anniversary - somehow that doesn't sound as romantic as Silver or Gold but makes picking a gift a lot cheaper - here you are my beloved- a roll of aluminum foil to acknowledge our love and commitment! Oh goodness. Now you know why I'm not blogging - my mind is skittering around like water drops on a hot griddle.
Wind made quite a sculpture of the snow -- Buhlaland can change so much from day to day. Our personal challenges are temporary --life is but a mist and gone. Enjoying the misty world this week - it is good on Buhlaland and I pray it is for you also. Happy New Year -

Question 1: What is the chief and highest end of man?
Answer: Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.
From the Westminster Catechism

John 1:1-5 NIV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
In a dark room - it is totally dark - but light one candle and the darkness no longer covers the light has pushed darkness back. I pray you seek the light and shun the darkness.
Bless y'all - may God
Bless you, your loved ones, and may God Bless America.


Mary Humphrey said...

Your bathroom color is pretty. I plan to paint our bedroom and laundry room soon. I hope to choose an updated color with white trim.

If I learned something in 2009, it was to live for this moment, allow God to do his work, and to not fear the darkness. All good things. The darkness does none of us good.

Happy new year!

Debbie said...

It was so good to see your blog on my dashboard and what a good post. We learned a lot about what you've been up to and what's keeping your busy. I like that color; it's pleasant and it would cheer me up.
Glad to hear things are going well. And by the way; we all have something stacked up somewhere out of camera range. I'd take a picture of my finished kitchen if I could just get it cleaned and nice! Thanks for the well wishes...

Kelly or Alex said...

It looks so peaceful in Buhl-a-land with the snow and animals walking and grazing. It seems that you have you little place on earth. Congrats on your aluminum foil anniversary. Don't you wonder what moron made that up. Keep warm and toasty.

Vickie said...

Happy New Year Linda Sue! You're so funny, lady. Sounds like a relaxed Christmas to me. I like the planks in the dining room. I would feel right at home. I'm a "comfortable" housekeeper myself. I almost feel out of place in a home that's spic and span and orderly down to the gnat's rear end. I pray that 2010 will be a much better year for both of you guys. Glad to see you're helping that little deer along until she mends!

KathyB. said...

LindaSue, I always love the way you make me laugh and sometimes you make me laugh, cry, and worship all in one teeny tiny post!

Happy Aniversary to you both and Happy New Year too~

Brandi said...

More great photos!

May God bless you in the new year!


teamwilhite said...

You've got to know that I LOVE the color of your bathroom! Good job!!!
Happy New Year!

Dani said...

I wish you a wonderful year too...this last one was a roller coaster for us also but things are looking up.....lots of work and we have been getting paid a little better....thank the Lord...
I like the bathroom color..very rich looking.....I get a little tired of the all white that we have....

Lanny said...

Nicely done, a fine read into the mind of Linda, the infrequent blogger, who oft is more frequent than I.

Diggin' the bath color.

Diggin' the juxtaposition of the beautiful table and the reason it is in the breakfast area not the dining room - the stack, love the stack, love the reality.

Totally agree with the fresh flower thing, I find it is a need, right up there with coffee and food, but around here purchased a lot less because of the frugal guilt but Christmas beckons us to put frugal guilt aside does it not?!