Thursday, March 24, 2022

Porch #39 * 4 Somethings to Celebrate Spring

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Oh it's so good to see you guys again!

It never fails to amaze me how unplugging does nothing but revive and reinvigorate and restore!  Combine that with a change of scenery and WOW!  I feel like a new person ... with a touch of jet lag.  My hat's off to you, South Carolina.

But boy it sure is good to be back together with you here this weekend.

SOMETHINGS LOVED










SOMETHING GLEANED

whole·​heart·​ed | \ Λˆhōl-ˈhΓ€r-tΙ™d  

Definition of wholehearted

1completely and sincerely devoted, determined, or enthusiastic
2marked by complete earnest commitment free from all reserve or hesitation

SOMETHING BRAVED

Take courage my heart
Stay steadfast my soul
He's in the waiting
He's in the waiting
Hold onto your hope
As your triumph unfolds
He's never failing
He's never failing
- Kristene DiMarco -

SOMETHING ACHIEVED
I've always been a bit of a hunter / gatherer type.  Ferreting out 'good stuff cheap' has always been a passion.  Hunting for rebate forms on store shelves in the '80s.  Beachcombing.  Sifting through boxes at flea markets.  Scouting out the bag sales at local libraries.

And now I'm enjoying the thrill of the chase online, searching out the best e-book deals ... the subjects, authors, and titles we've been talking about for years.   

From Sarah Bessey to A.W. Tozer.  Chip & Joanna to the Bronte sisters.  Henri Nouwen to Karen Kingsbury.  Holley Gerth, too.

Right now there's 130+ titles waiting for you to scroll through.  Some come and go in the blink of an eye and others seem to hang around for a month or so.  Thanks to all of you who are dropping by on the regular to check out the latest finds.  Yes, I am an Amazon Associate, and yes, I make a small profit when you go shopping at Amazon through these links, at no extra cost to you.  

But I'm really investing the time simply for the love of the hunt and the joy of sharing these often illusive treasures.  Would you please spread the word to all your bookish and / or bargain-hunting friends and fans?  They'll thank you for it ... and I will, too.

Think spring ~
Linda  

P.S. #1
Yes, that snapshot is a statue of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals ... and yes, that's a real live gecko on his head.  You can't make this stuff up.  Seriously.

P.S. #2
Here's the cherry crocs.

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58 comments:

  1. Love your glorious series of photos, Linda.

    That snapshot of the statue of St. Francis of Assisi is my favourite!

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. It's been so fun to connect with you in recent weeks, Veronica! I don't know how we found each other but I'm glad πŸ˜‡.

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  2. Great photos, Linda. Thanx, welcome back.

    God bless.

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  3. Linda truly enjoyed your four somethings! My favorite is the photo of St Frances of Assisi with the Gecko on his head...who says God doesn't have a sense of humor? And ferreting out good stuff cheap? Oh yes girlfriend, right there in the grocery aisle with you. Great job on the ebooks!!! Heading there now....

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    1. Ooh, I knew I couldn't be the only one who loves a bargain around here!
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  4. welcome home! love the photos too. I too got back about a week ago from a trip to Texas, then my silent retreat. Just now catching up! ahh the blessings of routines.

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    1. A silent retreat after a vacation is like icing on the cake, isn't it, Jean.
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      Thanks for sharing what's working for you in your posts. It's definitely helpful and I appreciate your guidance in this non-stop world ...

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    1. A great big spring cleaning is on the schedule for this week!
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  6. Since you were in SC, I knew this was a truly live gecko, Linda, and was assuming the statue was of St. Francis. Your photos shared here are stunning, my friend! Glad you had such a good time.
    Blessings!

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    1. Afterward I found it interesting that this was the only little 🦎 I spotted in the time we were down south. A God thing ... or just plan odd?
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  7. Welcome home. I am so glad you are revived and the photos tell the story -- a good time had by all! Happy weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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    1. It IS gorgeous out here today. Do I stay in and clean the porch or head outdoors?
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  8. I am so glad you enjoyed time away in SC. We have the geckos, and they often give us a photo opportunity because of where they decide to rest. Love the photos and Happy Weekend!

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    1. That's a cool perspective about photographing those little critters, Pam! I'll be keeping an eye open when I visit your site to see if there are any sunning themselves on one of your beautiful tablescapes!
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  9. Always enjoy your photos, Linda. Your granddaughter (?) looks mighty happy to be "selfie-ing" with her grandparents! That blue sky and palm trees reminds me of our years in FL. We get more . . . how shall I say it . . . more variety these days here in SW Ohio! Just today we enjoyed sunshine this morning and now cozy clouds this afternoon. You too hunted down those refund forms in the 80s?! Bet you clipped coupons too. It became a hobby for me--one that made money (or at least saved us a lot) instead of cost money. The most fun: saving up the big coupons for Double Coupon Day! I could fill up a grocery cart and pay less than $10!

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    1. I am so excited to discover a sister-refunder!!! Those were the days with double coupons and rebate forms and free products! All those $1 checks went right into a special bank account ... I remember buying a sofa with my earnings ... so much fun!
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      Alas, last time I looked Oscar Mayer bacon had gone up to $9.99 a package. My how times have changed. Thanks for the walk down memory lane, friend!

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  10. The day is warm but I am cold,
    the fever still is rising,
    and so my heart must now be bold
    and never be despising
    of the small gifts that are given
    to delight the eyes;
    though by cancer I am riven
    I can still find surprise
    and something of joy divine
    in cows that roam the yard
    unmindful that the land is mine,
    their innocence a small bright shard
    of the the love we're called to share
    with all God's creatures gathered there.

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    1. Isn't it amazing how God gives us His creatures to bless and enrich our perspective ...
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  11. I'm also a bargain hunter...the thrill of the hunt is part of the fun of shopping for teacups/teacups!

    Thanks for stopping by. You'd never guess that my tea artwork was from the dollar store. LOL.

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    1. The thrill of the hunt! And I'm with you, Margie ... you never know what you'll find at those discount stores.
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  12. Enjoyed my visit to your site today, Linda!

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    1. It's fun to see you today, Sarah!
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  13. Oh what beautiful snapshots of South Carolina you've captured!

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    1. You never know what's around the next corner when you head outside. Don't you just love that?!
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  14. It look like South Carolina was good to you, Linda. :) That's awesome. I love the gecko on St. Francis of Assissi's head. lol.

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    1. Yes, it was so good, Lisa. I could have stayed longer, easily. But my husband wanted to head home ...
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  15. I want to know if the Gecko tried to sell you insurance and did he speak with an accent.

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  16. How did we ever become such good friends? I DISLIKE all those things you “ferret” for. God surely has a sense of humor when He puts together two unlikely women. I always enjoyed, though, you enthusiastic joy when we went to Ollie’s.

    Did you hear me say, “Is that St. Francis?” I chuckled when I saw your remark at the end.

    Is that the Vanderbilt of birdhouses? What a mansion

    Loved the song. Using it in Step Study next week.

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    1. And I enjoyed the craft fairs and other fun destinations that you chose!
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      So excited to hear that the song will bless those precious women. God is so good!

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  17. How have I missed your book deals? I am sure I will find a few things on my to-be-read list.

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    1. Great, Barb! I hope you found some goodies that will hit the spot for you.
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  18. This whole post brightened my day!

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    1. Oh Lauren, I'm so glad 😎. I hope this week is a good one for your family.

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  19. I’m so glad you came home feeling refreshed and like a new person, Linda. That’s a wonderful way to kick off a new season. :-)

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    1. Don't you just love these first days of spring?
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  20. I'm so thankful you are back, too! Praise the Lord for giving you a wonderful vacation. I loved the picture of you and your husband and granddaughter. You all look so happy and at peace. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you always in His care, sweet friend. You are such a dear blessing.

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    1. Dear Cheryl, you are always so gracious and kind whenever you stop by your sister bloggers' sites. You always leave the warmest blessings in your wake.

      Thank you for that grace. πŸ•Š️

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  21. I've enjoyed seeing summer-like scenes from your front porch, Linda! It brightens my day, especially as we received another snow fall last night.

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    1. I know, right? The flakes were falling here this morning and the fireplace is burning bright. My heart's thinking June even though it's only March 🀷‍♀️!

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  22. So glad you had such a good time dear Linda. I love that picture of you, hubby and grandgirl. Just precious. But gotta say...had me a good little chuckle with the lizard. LOL! Welcome back sister girl. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. To have that special one on one time with Lydz was the most beautiful gift. There's something awesome about seeing your grandchild as an adult, her own person. So grateful!
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  23. Your photos made me smile. I, too, am a book deal hunter. :-)

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    1. Another one! YES! I knew I wasn't alone.
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  24. Oh, nature. Always so mesmerizing and heartwarming to look at. Thank you for this encouraging post again, Linda. It's been a while. :)

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    1. OH Lux! You're back again! You've made my day. I hope all is well ...
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  25. I'll check out your book deals, thanks for taking the time to do that! Also, I love your "Wholehearted" section, that was a word I was considering for my one word this year.

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    1. Hi Heather! Yes, there's something about seeing a definition like this in black and white that's like a bit of a faith check-up. Whole-hearted is who I want to be and I see areas that need improvement.

      Yes.
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  26. Your Crocs made me smile 😊. My five-year-old grandson insisted I needed a pair (along with charms) so I could be like him.

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    1. I love that you're twinning with him! There's nothing like grandmothering, is there?!
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  27. I love to see Franciscus van Assisi in your picture.

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    1. And I'm so glad you're here, Aritha!
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  28. Linda,
    Loved your beautiful photography and I think St. Francis would rather like a friendly gecko on his head lol. Our beagle discovered chasing geckos upon our visit to family in Florida. Your Crocs rock!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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    1. I'm so glad to see you out and about again, Bev! I hope you and yours are all well. You've been missed, girl ...
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  29. I always love seeing your pictures. I finally got my Four Somethings up today!

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    1. I'll be dropping in soon, friend!
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