Saturday, February 16, 2019

Thankful Thursday February 14, 2019, Winter in the family room #2

Like your name, O God, your praise
 reaches to the ends of the earth;
 your right hand is filled with
Psalm 48:10 NIV

Good Saturday Morning
Sweet Friends,

Hope this finds you doing well.

I am a bit later than usual, as
we pretty much hit the ground
running when we got home from
our trip onTues. evening and have
 been busy every since. So I am 
just gonna get this posted.

Thankful for a safe and uneventful
trip to Charleston and back to visit our 
daughter, DeeAnna and son-in-love
Jerry, and to meet our new FURRY
 Grandson puppy, Bentley.

Thankful for a great time visiting,
eating in and out, enjoying her cream
cheese strawberry coffee cake, card 
playing, shopping and watching
 HGTV at night, enjoying their lovely
 home and some cooler weather, but
 not too cold, perfect for us really.

Thankful to finally get to meet
this newest member of the family.
He is a reddish micro golden doodle
and such a cutie and very smart as
well. He was totally housebroken
in about 2 weeks. Once he gets
passed that teething stage he is
gonna make a great pet.

Thankful that he was not biting
as much as he previously was.
Our daughter was concerned
about that cause he is still teeth-
ing and their lil teeth are so sharp,
and hubby takes blood thinners,
that was her concern....
But he didn't get us one time, so
that was a good thing!!  lol

With poster edges affect

Thankful that we were able to
sit outside for a couple of the
days, and go for one golf cart 
ride the first few days that were
 high 60's as those are 2 things 
we really enjoy doing. No
pictures tho,  but since it is
Winter they wouldn't be so
 great anyway............

Thankful for a few times we
all went out shopping, it was
a lot of fun. We found a new 
store called "Five Below"
Everything in the store was
 $5. or less.  

With lighting affect

Thankful we tried a new to us
Mexican restaurant called
"Mex One"  There food was
really good.  Will really want
to go back there next time
we visit them.

Thankful for some really yummy
edible goodies we found while
browsing in world market, we
got some chocolate covered
 blueberries and something called
Lemon blueberry Drizzlers by
creative snacks co.  They are
really good.....

Thankful our friend who is
getting married in June found
her perfect Wedding dress and
 $100 under budget, as she was 
concerned about that
was an answer to prayer and she
 was quite thrilled about that.

Thankful that my daughter-in
love said we are getting a 
"Five Below" here soon.
So excited about that.....

Thankful for the opportunity
to do 2 random acts of kind-
ness for a lady at the grocery
store. Was a great way to
enjoy Valentines day!!

Thankful for a quiet but nice
Valentines day. A nice 30 min.
 walk in the neighborhood, a
trip to the grocery store to find
a dessert we both liked, picking
up lil darling and getting take out
from Carrabbas for later in the 
evening, and getting her frozen 
custard, and getting some for us
too, which wasn't in the plan but
they were buy 1 get one free for
Valentines day, so we couldn't
resist....Turtle Sundae's... Yum!
 Bringing her home and spending
 some time with her, and giving
her a Valentines gift that she
really liked.  Having dinner
after she left and then watch-
ing the movie "Dumplin",
which wasn't in our plan either,
but turned out to be different
but good....
We were gonna watch "You've
got mail", one of our favs,
so saving it for another night.


Well, there you have it another
week at Cozy Place

Thanks so much for stopping

Have a really lovely weekend,

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

Hope you all have......

A Very Sweet Valentine's Day!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Pretty, yet Easy Winter Table Arrangement

Happy Wednesday
Sweet Friends,

Hope this finds you refreshed
and relaxed.

We were away since last Wed.
 night and just got home last
night.  We were in Charleston
to see our daughter and son-in-
love....and to meet our new fury
 member of the family.  It was
very relaxing and refreshing
and fun as always.  The time
just goes by too quickly but
we are grateful for the time
we had......

Wanted to show you a pretty
 and very simple table center-
piece did back in January.

Here was my inspiration picture.
Not the greatest fault tho.
It came out of the same magazine
as my last fun here
"Entertain and Celebrate Winter"

Originally had it on my kitchen table
but moved it to my dining room table.
Decided to put mine on a tray as well
so it can easily be moved.

Here is a close up of the front.

 Decided to go with the normal 
colored pinecones to have
 more contrast.

Here is a close up of the back.

With no lights on..............

I already had everything I needed
to put this together, so again this
was a no cost to me arrangement.
The candles and 2 of the cylinders
 came from Dollar Tree, but I already
 had them.
Dollar tree is a great place to buy
candles and glass cylinders.

With a posterized affect 

and a soft lighting affect for fun.....


Thanks for coming by.....

Have a great Valentines Day

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Inspirational Story "Thorns"

Happy Sunday Sweet Friends,

I decided to vary from Scripture
 Sunday today because I found
 something in my draft box that I 
rec'd in an email from someone
 years ago and somehow I never 
posted it,  but it is a really good
 read, so decided today was
 the day.

Hope you hang in and read
it I think it really
gives us something to 
think about.........


Sandra felt as low as the heels of her shoes when she
 open the florist shop door, against a November gust of
 wind. Her life had been as sweet as a spring breeze and
 then, in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a
 "minor" automobile accident stole her joy. This was
 Thanksgiving week and the time she should have
 delivered their infant son. She grieved over their loss. 
Troubles had multiplied. 

Her husband's company "threatened" to transfer his job
 to a new location. Her sister had called to say that she
 could not come for her long awaited holiday visit. What's
 worse, Sandra's friend suggested that Sandra's grief was
 a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to
 empathize with others who suffer. "She has no idea what
 I'm feeling," thought Sandra with a shudder
 "Thanksgiving? Thankful for what?" she wondered. 
"For a careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched
 when he rear-ended me? For an airbag that saved my life
but took my child's?" 

"Good afternoon, can I help you?" 

Sandra was startled by the approach of the shop clerk.
 "I . . . I need an arrangement," stammered Sandra. 

"For Thanksgiving? I'm convinced that flowers tell
 stories, " she continued. "Are you looking for
 something that conveys 'gratitude' this Thanksgiving?" 

"Not exactly!" Sandra blurted out. "In the last five
 months, everything that could go wrong has
 gone wrong." 

Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised
 when the clerk said, "I have the perfect
 arrangement for you."   
Then the bell on the door rang, and the clerk 
greeted the new customer... 

"Hi, Barbara, let me get your order." She excused
 herself and walked back to a small workroom,
 then quickly reappeared, carrying an arrangement
 of greenery, bows, and what appeared to be
 long-stemmed thorny roses. Except the ends of 
the rose stems were neatly s nipped: there were
 no flowers. 

"Do you want these in a box?" asked the clerk..
 Sandra watched - was this a joke? Who would want
 rose stems with no flowers! She waited for laughter,
 but neither woman laughed. 

"Yes, please," Barbara replied with an appreciative
 smile. "You'd think after three years of getting the
 special, I wouldn't be so moved by its significance,
 but I can feel it right here, all over again," she
 said, as she gently tapped her chest. 

Sandra stammered, "Ah, that lady just left with
 . . . uh . . . she left with no flowers!"

"That's right," said the clerk. "I cut off the flowers.
 That's the 'Special'.  I call it the Thanksgiving 
Thorns Bouquet. Barbara came into the shop three
 years ago, feeling much as you do today," explained 
the clerk. "She thought she had very little to be
 thankful for. She had just lost her father to cancer;
 the family business was failing; her son had gotten
 into drugs; and she was facing major surgery. That
 same year I had lost my husband," continued the
 clerk. "For the first time in my life, I had to spend
 the holidays alone. I had no children, no husband,
 no family nearby, and too  much debt to allow
 any travel." 

"So what did you do?" asked Sandra. 

"I learned to be thankful for thorns," answered
 the clerk quietly. "I've always thanked God for
 the good things in my life and I never questioned
 Him why those good things happened to me, but
 when the bad stuff hit, I cried out, 'Why? Why me?
 It took time for me to learn that the dark times are
 important to our faith! I have always enjoyed the
 'flowers' of my life, but it took the thorns to show
 me the beauty of God's comfort! You know, the 
Bible says that God comforts us when we're 
afflicted, and from His consolation we learn to
 comfort others." 

Sandra sucked in her breath, as she thought about
 what her friend had tried to tell her. "I guess the
 truth is I don't want comfort. I've lost a baby and
 I'm angry with God." 

Just then someone else walked in the shop. 

"Hey, Phil!" the clerk greeted the balding, rotund man. 
"My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving
 arrangement . . twelve thorny, long-stemmed stems!
" laughed Phil as the clerk handed him a tissue
 wrapped arrangement from the refrigerator. 

"Those are for your wife?" asked Sandra incredulously.
 "Do you mind telling me why she wants a bouquet
 that looks like that?" 

"Four years ago, my wife and I nearly divorced,
" Phil replied. "After forty years, we were in a real 
mess, but with the Lord's grace and guidance, we
 trudged through problem after problem, the Lord
 rescued our marriage. Jenny here (the clerk) told
 me she kept a vase of rose stems to remind her of
 what she had learned from "thorny" times. That was
 good enough for me. I took home some of those 
stems.. My wife and I decided to label each one for
 a specific "problem" and give thanks for what that
 problem taught us." 

As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra, 
"I highly recommend the Special!"

"I don't know if I can be thankful for the thorns
 in my life" Sandra said to the clerk. 
"It's all too . . fresh."   
"Well," the clerk replied carefully, "my experience
 has shown me that the thorns make the roses more
 precious. We treasure God's providential care more
 during trouble than at any other time. Remember
 that it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we
 might know His love....Don't resent the thorns." 

Tears rolled down Sandra's cheeks. For the first
 time since the accident, she loosened her grip on
 her resentment. "I'll take those twelve long-
stemmed thorns, please," she managed to choke out. 

"I hoped you would," said the clerk gently. 
"I'll have them ready in a minute." 

"Thank you. What do I owe you?" 

"Nothing. Nothing but a promise to allow God 
to heal your heart...The first year's arrangement
 is always on me." 

The clerk smiled and handed a card to Sandra.
 "I'll attach this card to your arrangement, but 
maybe you would like to read it first." 

It read: "My God, I have never thanked You
 for my thorns. I have thanked You a thousand
 times for my roses, but never once for my thorns.
 Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me
 the value of my thorns. Show me that I have
 climbed closer to You along the path of pain. Show
 me that, through my tears, the colors of Your
 rainbow look much more brilliant." 

Praise Him for the roses;
 thank Him for the thorns. 

God Bless all of you. 
Be thankful for all that the Lord does for you. 

"Live simply, love generously, care deeply,
 speak kindly, and leave the rest to God." 

We often try to fix problems with WD-40 and Duct tape. 

God did it with nails.


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Friday, February 8, 2019

Thankful Thursday February 7, 2019, Winter in the family room 2019

Like your name, O God, 
your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; 
your right hand is filled with righteousness. 
Psalm 48:10 NIV

Greetings Sweet Friends,

Hope you have had a good week.

Been a busy but good week here.

Pics today are some shots of our
Winter family room.

So on with it..........

Thankful that the roofing guy
came on Friday to check out
what needed to be done, and
found out our leak was coming 
from our chimney, and ours 
is made of wood, so they came
back on Saturday and com-
pletely rebuilt/and painted it 
and it looks great! 
 also was able to fix a problem
 with our Aluminum screened 
porch roof as well.....cause we
 have been getting some leaks
 with it too.

Thankful that it did not rain on 
Saturday like it was supposed went from 50% chance
down to 10% on Sat. morning.
We and my sister-in-law were
praying for no rain until they
could get our roof done, so
we never got any, but now
we are wanting it to rain to
see if it took care of every-
thing!!  lol

Thankful for a nice lunch
out after church just the 2
 of us at Carrabbas. 
We love their food and was
happy to bring home left-
overs for that night.

Thankful that my daughter and
 son-in-love took a lil mini trip
 to Asheville this weekend and 
took their new puppy with them.
Bentley did amazingly well and
they had a great time, so they
are thrilled....cause Rosie was
a good traveler and they used
to take her everywhere, so they
are happy it looks like Bentley
is gonna be the same.  He is
a Micro Golden Doodle, and
so cute........

Thankful for the fragrance of
fresh cut lavendar wafting out
of our guest bathroom into the
rest of the house from a new 
bath and body wallflower
 refill. Smells wonderful.....

Thankful for being able to get
out and sit in the sun a couple
of times this week since it is 
 perfect temps out there and 
feels luscious.

Thankful to hear about a 
Quick and great response
by Tim Tebow when some
one in a golf contest yelled
out "Jesus" after his golf
swing, to which Tebow
quickly responded
"Loves YOU!"
Gotta love Tim Tebow.

Thankful for more yard work
we did this week, lots more 
where that came from but we
are making progress!!

Thankful for a great "State
of the Union" speech by
President Trump. I think
he pretty much covered
all the bases..........

Thankful for a really good
school day with lil darling.
She is already learning to
read and is doing so well,
we can hardly believe it,
and she is only in Kinder-
garten.  Amazing!

 Thankful that the Lord helped
us find something really important
that hubby lost and we looked and
looked and Nada then we prayed
and within 20 mins. we found out
 that someone else had found it.
O Happy Day!!

Well....that's it for cozy place
this week.

Have a lovely weekend

Love, hugs and
Early February Blessings,

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