From This Side of the Pond and get the questions from Joyce, then answer them on your own blog. Here are this week's questions:
1. Last thing you said yes to? Did you regret it?
Making a gluten free chocolate cake layer to be served at a wedding, as the groom-to-be is gluten free. The couple knows that I often bake gluten free and they think my gf creations come out well. (The secret is really Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten free baking flour.) I haven't yet regretted saying yes, since the wedding isn't until August, but I did say I would try a few different recipes and let them sample before I settle on one. Life has been so busy I haven't had time to bake -- and the weather has often been so hot that I haven't wanted to!
|The secret ingredient to my successful gluten free baking|
Some of these are difficult phrases to apply right now, in this time of corona. I guess I will go with "no pain, no gain" because we are working hard at a couple of projects currently: clearing out my childhood home, and trying to rehab the summer cottage of my childhood which is becoming a repository for some of the furnishings from the homestead. It's all hard work and requires a lot of thought and planning. But hopefully in the end it will all be worth it!
3. Thursday June 11th is National Making Life Beautiful Day...in this strange season how are you adding beauty to your days/life?
I am trying hard to notice the beauty around me every day. Being aware every moment of God's power and might and wisdom and glory in all that He has created really helps me to keep my eyes on Him and keeps me mindful of all that He is able to do. Truly, nothing is impossible with Him! Below are some beautiful things I'm seeing right now.
|The soft greens of spring and early summer|
|Lily of the valley, both here and at the home place|
|Irises in the back yard|
I have tasted strawberries and peaches so far this month. Garlic too, but it wasn't fresh garlic so I suppose it wouldn't count. There isn't anything on this list that I don't like. My rearranged list would read: 1) Strawberries; 2) Asparagus; 3) Garlic; 4) Peaches; 5) Beets; 6) Peas.
5. Describe your current mood in three words.
Hmm ... how about these three? Simply trusting God. If I was not doing that, my mood would involve fear and anger and many other emotions.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
I find it incredibly sad that because of draconian regulations on the part of our state, our local grandkids and hundreds of other New England kids will miss out on summer camp this year. Our state is filled with iconic camps on the various lakes, some of which have been in operation for over a century. It's hard to imagine any of them operating under these regulations -- and in fact, the ones I checked are not going to. Although we know God knows the end from the beginning and is in complete control -- and even that He has a good purpose in this trial, our hearts can't help but hurt for our friends at The Wilds of New England. It will be a blessing to see what good God brings out of this.
Happy Wednesday, all!