Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Bad News/Good News

Today, as I was cleaning off my desk, I found a note I had written to myself last year.  At the time I was feeling very discouraged.  I had been going through some things but rather than looking only at the bad news I wanted to look for the good news hidden from my immediate view.  So here are some of the things I had written down:

  • We’ve had to make some drastic cuts  in our business  BUT we’re still in business.
  • I have some health problems BUT it’s not terminal.
  • Our new TV went out BUT it was under warranty.
  • The roof has a couple of leaks BUT we have a home and a roof over our heads.
  • Our yard is knee high BUT we’ve had some  much needed rain.
  • I get sad sometimes because  my hubby has to travel a lot BUT I’m thankful he is able.

I don’t believe in luck but there was a song on a TV show called Hee Haw that is just stuck in my head.  Part of the song says, “if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.  Gloom, despair, and agony on me!”   That’s how I get to feeling sometimes and I actually sing those lines to myself (weird I know).  If you’re like me and you get a little down in the dumps sometimes, write down the things that have you discouraged and then think about something good that also applies and write that down.  Then think about the good things.  It will lift your spirit.  Be thankful because it could be worse!

Have the Courage to Cluster

Scrappers should not fear embellies and clusters.  Done right they will take your layouts to the next level.  But there is a right way and a wrong way.  One little flower on a page just gets lost and personally I think bigger is better.  Check out this article for ideas on adding embellishments and clustering on your layouts for a whole new look.  Now even if I don’t change your mind about adding more embellishments to your layouts, it’s good to step out of your comfort zone occasionally and see what you can do.  As for me, I do have a few, a very few, layouts that are fairly minimal so I have stepped out of my zone too!

Ice Cream   Ice Cream Makes Me Silly

I think the layout on the right does a better job expressing the fun and silliness shown in the photos.  Do you agree?

Credits: Sundance kit by Laitha Designs.  Fonts: Pupcat, KC This Is Not Goodbye, Dancing Script, Taiga, and Patterns & Dots.

Eeek! Snake!

My Fridays aren’t usually so exciting!  I had to go into town, about 30 miles round trip, to go to the bank.  I decided to take my sports car because I hadn’t driven it in about three weeks.  I had decided to drive it to church Sunday so I thought I’d top off the tank.  I pulled up to the pump then turned around to shut the door.  Something caught my eye which, to my horror, turned out to be a snake coiled up in the door frame of my car! 

I heard myself saying Oh My God, Oh My God, Oh My God!  A lady two pumps over asked if I was okay to which I replied, No! There’s a snake in my car, Oh My God, Oh My God, Oh My God! This apparently woke the snake and he proceeded to slither INTO my car, up the floor mat and behind the dash board.

A man pulled up on the other side of the second pump down.  Thankfully, he used to be a biology teacher and LIKED snakes.  From my description he said it sounded like a Texas Rat snake.  He got his flashlight and tried to locate the snake but couldn’t see it.  He assured me it was more scared than me but I assured him that wasn’t possible.  He told me I’d be safe to drive home.  He was “sure” the snake wouldn’t come out BUT if it did, it’s not poisonous. 

Everyone went on their way except me.  I couldn’t figure out what to do.  I knew I couldn’t drive the car home.  My husband was out of town so I couldn’t call him.  I could leave it there and call a cab or maybe have it towed home.  While I was trying to think a truck pulled up beside me and the former biology teacher offered to let me drive his truck home and he’d follow in my car.  No, I didn’t know this man but the lady from the second pump down knew him.  She taught special ed and would take groups of children to a facility that he ran.  I jumped at the offer!

Here is a layout I made.  The snake in the layout is not the snake from my car.  The one in my car was much smaller and it may still be in my car for all I know!  But when this was going on I didn’t have time or even think about getting that rascals picture!

Thank God for sending that man to rescue me.  Yes, God still answers prayer!


Touched by a Dove called Noah

Dove called Noah

This one makes you wonder who are the smart ones.

How we treat the weakest among us is how we will be judged…..

 Noah1These little bunnies, about 6 days old, were attacked by a dog and orphaned.

Two out of the litter of five did not survive, and these three were not doing very well.

Noah2Noah is a non-releasable, one-legged homing pigeon/rock dove that is in the rehab center.
Noah kept going over to the bunny cage and looking in — even sleeping in front of the door to the cage.

Noah 3Then, suddenly, there were only two bunnies in the cage.

But when Noah moved a bit from the front of the cage to everyone’s surprise… There was the tiny bunny… Under Noah’s wing… Sound asleep! That little bunny rabbit had crawled through the cage, preferring a featherbed, no doubt to snuggling up with its litter mates!

Noah4Now, they are all together and the bunnies are doing GREAT. When the bunnies scoot underneath Noah’s feathers, he carefully extends his wings out to surround them and then they snuggle. When one of them moves and they start sticking out here and there, he gently pushes them back under him with his beak! It is beautiful and amazing to see.
This is what God does with us when we need the warmth and love He offers. He gathers us under His loving wings to a warm cradle of protection. All we need do in return is give Him the thanks and praise for being with us.

Update on Noah the pigeon:
We are Bob and Georganne Lenham of Wild Rose Rescue Ranch in Texas , home of Noah the Pigeon.
After finding many posts online featuring Noah and the bunnies and reading about the many lives he has touched (his story has been forwarded around the world) we thought we’d post a follow-up and a few new photos.
We knew there was something special about Noah the moment we saw him.
Although the bunnies seem to be his favorite, Noah helps out with many rescue babies here at the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch.
Noah’s first litter of bunnies, almost raised and ready for release.

Noah5Now, Noah helps out with many rescue babies here at the ranch…
How wonderful it is to have a full-time soft-feathered nurturer here at the rescue ranch! He cuddles with all the babies as they snuggle under his warm feathers…and he “coos” as if singing them to sleep with a lullaby.
Noah is truly, truly a God-send.

He will cover you with His feathers
And under His wings you will find refuge.
Psalm 91:4

The Eye is Never Satisfied

I recently wrote an article about some things to think about if you’re considering joining a designer’s creative team.  I just saw a link to that article on Facebook.  If you haven’t read it you can find it here.  The first sentence says, “When I first started digi-scrapping I couldn’t get enough kits to satisfy my desires.”, but that’s not entirely true.  I’ve been digi-scrapping for almost two years now and I’m still not satisfied!  Sad but true.  I’ve got umpteen gorgeous, gorgeous kits. When I browse through them I realize there are a lot that I haven’t even used yet and I obviously have no need to buy more for quite some time, if ever!  Then I get a newsletter with the new releases and I see a kit I want and the saga continues.  I also have a list on Facebook so I won’t miss any of my favorite designer’s realeases and freebies.  Ahhh, there in lies the problem.

When I commented about this to a friend she said, repeat after me, my name is Yobeth and I’m a scrap-aholic!  Yes, I’m like a junkie with all the best heroin lined up before me and I’m trying to resist the temptation!  Well you can imagine… It is not pretty.

I have had my eye on something I’d like to purchase.  Well, okay, yes, it’s another scrap booking program.  I’ve been putting it off.  First and foremost because I don’t need it.  BUT it does some neat stuff, so I want it.  Second because funds are a little tight right now.  Then it occurred to me I could afford to get the program if I quit buying kits for a month or two.  The kit I looked at today, that I really, really want, costs $19.52 on sale.  So if I resist two such kits, viola, I can get the program 🙂

Yes, I realize, this is scrap-aholic math, a phenomenon in which my husband thinks I’m particularly gifted.  On the other hand, I could unsubscribe to all designer newsletters and unlike their Facebook pages and probably save a lot of grief and money.  Hmmm, I think I’d need a 12 step program for that!