We had a nice Christmas season, we celebrated with all our dearest loved ones, sometimes small is just right. I spent the next couple of weeks doing puzzles for next Christmas presents for the grands. I made a sea scape that was 1000 pieces and a Noah's ark scape that is 1500 pieces, pretty good for one old lady in two weeks. The grands really were intrigued with them so it will be fun to make them into wall hangings for their rooms. I only have 7 more to put together to have them all, I may do some smaller ones as not all of the grands have space for a large wall hanging. I think in the end I will keep the Noah's ark since it was, to date, my biggest puzzle I have ever done. I got sick and thought I was over it and went to Bountiful Baskets and then I really got sick, spent a week in bed, 4 days of which I had a high fever, and the next week or so I got the sweats and felt weak as a kitten if I did anything. Poppie and the Ladies were such dears and took care of me.
Our goats have had a hard winter. A dog or coyote scared some of them into a wall and they broke their necks, lost Rosie and Dear Cleo and Cora Beth. Poppie was so sad at Cleo's loss she always talked to him as he feed them she is dearly missed. This last week we lost Jezebel and Jasmine and their mom Jewels to pneumonia. The winter going back and forth on weather was really had on them. My book on goats did make Poppie feel better, with goats it is not if they get pneumonia it is when. I had planned on reducing the herd but I had had a better plan. We have Glenda and Gladys and Rootbeer, we will keep their babies or get a baby from Mokie, probably one of Star's. Poppie is trying to get the barn done, they had the birthing room for shelter so they were not out in the weather.
I have had a lot of carving to do, I carved two moose antler sculptures for Christmas gifts, I am working on my 4th rifle stock carving, and have several carvings to do on antler knife handles, one is a Sempra fi memorial for a Marine. I think that is kind of cool. I have also embraced the 4 bags of wool scraps that Twin gave me in May and have designed a children's travel rug and have made a few penny rugs. The children's rugs originally had tic tac toe or checkers/memory games on them but when I donated one to the Library Lady suggested I do all three on one rug, using both side more like the penny rugs. It was a good suggestion so I have made a couple of them. My simple sewing machine in not up to the task of sewing through two layers of wool and a wool braid so Poppie oiled up and got my more heavy duty machine going. Which is a blessing since the two simple machines have now been commandeered by the Ladies. Which is too cool.
I rarely make New Years resolutions but when I heard Belles it inspired me to make some this year. She is going to read her Bible through, pray on her knees and declutter. I decided they sounded good to me so I decided to follow suit, well except for the decluttering part. I am a self prophesied pack rat and may declutter a little by my standards but no one else I know would even be able to see that I got rid of anything...... I digress. I am not sure where Belle will declutter as she is the least clutter person I know. She has been on a trip since late December to the deep south so I have missed her. again I digress. Anyway I started out with my Bible read bright and early January one, I kept a good click and checked off each reading for the next four days in the back of my Bible, per the schedule there in. It was then that I discovered I was reading a whole week of reading daily, I figured that God surely had a hand in it so I have continued on that path. I will have read my Bible once through and my new testament twice through by February 21. I have found it to be a truly inspiring way to read the Bible. It really is much more of a flow going back and forth between the two with the books that prophesied and then the fulfillment all together. I am thinking I may just try to keep it up for the whole year, if I can find the time, It really does take about 2 hours a day and if I miss a day it steam rolls so I have to really stay on task with my reading. I have only read one other book so it does reduce my other reading but I think maybe God has something to teach me and I have something he wants me to learn.......
Well I should let you all go now, I pray that the Lord is master in you life and you are saved by the blood of Christ Jesus.... tomorrow.