Friday, February 4, 2022

Porch #34 * Daydream Believer

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'In a month we'll be setting up the porch again,' I announced to my husband as I wandered out to my favorite room, glazed donut in hand.  Images of wide open windows, gentle breezes, and the sound of bird song danced in my head.  Tall glasses of iced tea, burgers off the grill, and lazy conversations around the table invited me forward to what's ahead.

Lord willing.

But today's reality is this: the comfy wicker furniture is covered with old blankets.  The big ol' farmhouse table is shoved into a corner, covered with bits of ancient crockery and sea glass that I dug from the tidal muck a few months back.  These frigid days find my favorite room reimagined as an impromptu woodshop, a recycling center, and the landing place for wet, sandy footwear.

Spring arrives very late in this neck of the woods.  But that's ok.  I'm a daydream believer.


Easy to read, yet comprehensive.  I can guarantee someone in your world is dealing with one of these brain health issues.  

'God didn’t make you to be loved by everyone. He didn’t make you to be generic and bland. He did not send you to this earth so that you could be invited to all the parties or included in every group text ...'

We're having a whole lot of fun comparing notes this week.

'I keep hearing and seeing more than a few church leaders working off a set of assumptions that, in all likelihood, aren’t going to pan out ...'

Barbara's giving heapings of hope and cookies.  If anyone knows how to welcome this longest shortest month of the year, it's her.

'Through my tears and vulnerable sharing of deep emotional pain, I was told we don't need counselors to help us today because they didn't have them in the Bible.  I bristled ...'
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Each morning, I post a Bible verse on LinkedIn.  
Psalm 121:2 seemed to speak to the most hearts this week.

Granddog Rosie and I hope your weekend will be filled with surprises that warm your heart and give you hope.  Grab your grass skirt, friends ...
Linda



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44 comments:

  1. I have Spring in my eyes already--KNOWING! It thundered here yesterday-that means a frost will show up on the same day in April. OR so all the Grandma's say!
    Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. Yep, sometimes we just KNOW something ... no matter what the naysayers say, right?
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  2. Just going to be content to greet each day as it comes, welcoming the winter days and the spring ones when they finally arrive.
    Blessings, Linda!

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    1. That verse, 'Godliness with contentment is great gain' {1 Timothy 6:6} came to mind as soon as I read your words, Martha. Thanks for taking us there.

      And I hope this weekend is finding you feeling stronger. Bless you, friend.
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  3. It is a dreary day here. We had lots of heavy rain this morning and it is currently cloudy and 64 degrees. I would welcome more winter-like days, not quite ready for spring. However, I am thankful for the rain, we needed it, and I am thankful for each day. Thanks for sharing, Linda.

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    1. 64 rainy degrees sounds fabulous for dragging houseplants outdoors for a needed shower, Cindy! My asparagus ferns would be rejoicing ☔️.

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  4. I love the warmth here on the porch and look forward to it weekly. The hope. Gratitude. Acceptance. Anticipation. And Grandmas! 😊 Thanks so very much for including me in the conversation. It always means so much to me when you share what I write. Blessings on your day.

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    1. My eyes light up every time I see you've posted, Barbara. I'm continually grateful that you're in my world and am delighted to share your creative work 🌼!

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  5. Love your letters!

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    1. Likewise, for sure, friend. Always a valuable, insightful read πŸ‘“!
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  6. Linda every visit to the porch is a blessing! The articles you share and your own insights make my day! Thank you!

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    1. Donna, you are such an encourager. Thanks for letting me know there's something that encourages you here πŸ˜‡!

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  7. Rosie looks beautiful in her Hawaiian attire. :) I've got several links open thanks to this post, Linda, so I'm off to do some reading!

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    1. I couldn't stop laughing when I saw her in that grass skirt πŸ˜‚!

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  8. Aww, friend. There are days when I dream of spring here too. We're finally getting tastes of winter. In a month, I'm sure I'll be looking for budding trees, the first crocuses poking their pretty little heads above the dirt, and warming days. These look like great links!

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    1. Budding trees and crocuses 🌳... just the thought of their distant arrival makes me smile! Every season has its beauty doesn't it.

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  9. Greatly enjoyed Barbara's reflections on February. Thank you for the recommmend, Linda! A freezing rain/ sleet, snow storm passed through yesterday and it's mighty chilly here, but I don't mind. Plenty of winter pleasures to enjoy!

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    1. The winter weather is always beautiful from inside where it's warm and toast, isn't it! No wonder we like being home ... ❄️

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  10. Me too looking forward to spring!

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  11. Wishing you all the best now and always.

    God bless.

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    1. Hope you're having a restful weekend 😴!

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  12. What a lovely porch, Linda! I'm so happy for you! And you're so kind to allow woodworking in it while it's officially closed for winter.

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    1. My husband πŸ‘±‍♂️ asked a bit tentatively, but it's a porch, not a living room ... and I'm a big fan of the project he's working on!

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  13. Rosie looks adorable in her grass skirt and lei! I have enjoyed the winter days. Living in the South, winter can turn to spring by the middle of January. I can read and not feel guilty about pulling weeds from the garden! Happy Weekend, Linda!

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    1. Yep the weeds will always be with us ... even if they are underground πŸ˜„!

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  14. Daydream Believer is one of my favourite songs by The Monkees!

    Spring also arrives late here...

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    1. I know, I know ... I checked out the lyrics but they just didn't jive with the post🎀!

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  15. We just had our first big snow, about 8-9". I've had enough shoveling. I'm ready for Spring to arrive. I was ready before the snow. Now I am REALLY ready. I'm glad Rosie is a "she." and thanks for putting that Monkees song on my mind. I was never a big fan of theirs but thanks to you...flashbacks are happening. :)

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    1. Yes, there are flashbacks. And there's no way I want to venture back in time!
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  16. It will be awhile before porches are set up here, too. Oh, Rosie! Adorable!

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  17. I really wish I could believe
    the grand daydreams that once were mine,
    but now's the time I must receive
    reality of measured time
    that runs into a tumour wall,
    and beyond that I can't see,
    except I know there is a hall
    that leads to God's Eternity.
    They say that it is not a sin
    to long for that bright happy place;
    why not, since there's no way to win
    this exhausting cancer-race,
    but I do not yet want to go...
    I want another sunrise glow!

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    1. God hears your heart ... He knows ☀️.

      I hope this week is off to a good start, friend.

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  18. With a foot of snow in my front yard, I'm a daydream believer too. I'm dreaming of warm sun-soaked breezes, shedding the layers of winter wear, and walks in the park.

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    1. ☀️ The sun streaming in the windows this morning makes me believe that our daydreams might just be possible, Lisa!

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  19. I sure do love visiting on the porch with you. You always have a treasure trove of good links and fun pictures. Hope you are doing well.

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    1. Just seeing your name makes me smile, Mary πŸ‘© ...

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  20. So wonderful to have the chance to come by here and catch up with you, sweet friend. I always leave here so refreshed in spirit. I appreciate you so much! God bless you always.

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    1. 'Refreshed in spirit 🌺.' You're right, Cheryl, that's what blogging is all about.

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  21. My dream is to live somewhere where I have a big porch and the wether to enjoy it :). For now, I content myself with a tiny deck stuffed full of hummingbird feeders in the summer!

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    1. A tiny deck with birds 🐦 coming and going sounds divine, Anita!

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  22. I always sort of chuckle about the ground how's pronouncement. Six weeks of winter? Really?

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    1. Today's a teaser, isn't it. I'll take it 🌞!

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