Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Lighthouse - 2/28

I had to really dig for this picture. We have a framed picture on our art wall, but this was taken back in the 35mm days in Door County Wisconsin. I went to Snapfish to see if the photo was out there, which it was, but when I tried to save it back to the computer it came out really tiny. Some time ago, I made up some greeting cards with special pictures on the front and happily had one of this light house. I scanned it in, dropped it into PicMonkey and got it resized, etc. It's not quite the same as the original, but it is still a beautiful lighthouse.

This one was taken on a week in Door County where there are light houses on Lake Michigan. I love this one with the flag flying nearby. It was huge! Have a great weekend.

Linda Kay

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fives on Friday

I'm going to link this post to the lovely Friday Five blog hops out there, so I can meet up with lots of blogger friends today.

1. I managed to capture just a few minutes of my grandson as he was warming up for the basketball game. We attended the game (which they won - 7 and 8 year olds), then we had to take him across town to meet up with his dad, where they were doing baseball tryouts. Really? Tryouts for 8 year olds? (C will be 8 in May).
2. Our little Izzy dog who is almost 13 years old, has always had a thing for unrolling the toilet paper. This time I caught her in the act.

But her very worst thing is that she likes to munch on Polly's poop, or even her own. We have to make sure we have it picked up right after either dog does her business, or Izzy will be on the prowl for a tasty tidbit. The vet says its a behavior thing. I read up on it on Google, and there are references to things that probably don't apply to Izzy. Anyone else have this problem or a solution?

3. Fiddler on the roof was fabulous, by the way. It was so interesting to see the way the people back in the day of Fiddler had to adjust to changes in their tradition, and how difficult the changes were...much more difficult that what changes we face in today's world. The spirit of Tevye is invigorating. The man who founded our local theater, who has played the role of Tevye many times, put on a wonderful performance, and the cast was amazing. It's an almost all volunteer production.

4. On Wednesday, I attended a seminar for writers at the Johnson City Library. This was a great event for me. There were three published authors on a panel, moderated by the manager of the Writers' League of Texas, who presented various experiences and thoughts about writing. Then after lunch we had two hours with the author of choice to visit further about writing and publishing.  I have so many notes to digest, and I had my brain going all night last night with conversations with myself!

5.This coming Sunday, I am in charge of the lesson on taking risks. What is the biggest risk you have taken? Was it for personal gain, or was it for a different kind of risk? I'd love to hear your comments. 

Linking today with Amy at Love Made My Home, Mrs. 4444 at Half-past Kissin Time, and Tanya at Around Roanoke. Check out these sites and find out what others are sharing on this Friday! A Wisconsin lighthouse from Door County on tomorrow's post. Hope your weekend is restful.

By the way, be sure to check out Janie's blog for her insight into my latest book.

Linda Kay

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Middle School Fence

This stone and concrete fence was donated to the Fredericksburg Middle School as a class gift to the school district back in the 30s. I think is really unique, especially in light of the stone walkway directly in front of it. This one is strictly for decoration, as it isn't keeping anything out or in.

This tree is a little too close to the wall and is disrupting the sidewalk, but I do like the late afternoon shadows cast on the fence. Guess which way is west?

Linking with Teresa at the Run Around Ranch for Good Fences. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Story for Wednesday

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here.

Today I want to share with you a series of pictures and a story.

My name is Hans. My wife Gertrude and I live in a little town in the Black Forest in Germany named Titisee. We actually live along the lake near a hotel where tourists come to visit our little town.  Gertrude makes lovely tatted lace and crochets blankets to sell at the shops on the Main Street of town. I am a clock maker. If you look closely at our home, you will see that there is quite a lot of space, more than Gertrude and I need for sure. So we have a bed and breakfast there and invite folks to come short a stay in the Black Forest. Gertrude is a fabulous cook, and she makes fresh breads, muffins, pancakes and also has a variety of homemade jellies and jams. She also serves dinner to folks around six o'clock. There is sure to be a wonderful roast, lots of potatoes and vegetables. These are all fresh from the produce at the market in town, as we don't have enough space for a garden. Our home always has the most wonderful aromas of fresh breads and Gertrude's cooking!

I've been making clocks for sale uptown for all my life. I'm a wood carver, you see. The works are also made here in Germany, and there are a variety of tones, but the Westminster Chimes are the most popular. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Then, when Gertrude and I have a chance to go for a walk around the lake, we enjoy it even when it is raining.

Won't you come to Germany and the Black Forest and join us there? I can assure you there will be a Black Forest Cake or an Apple Cobbler on the menu.

Hope you enjoyed my little story of Hans and Gertrude, and yes, Titisee in the Black Forest is beautiful.

Be sure to link in below with your story!
Linda Kay

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Writer's Block

Kelli had written over fifty thousand words in her new book, but today she just could not get her mind working. Something was blocking the imagination that flowed into her fingertips at the keyboard. She had often heard others in her writers’ circle mention those moments of writer’s block, but this was her first encounter. The words at this point in her story were so crucial to the reader’s understanding.

She got up from the computer and walked into the kitchen to fix a cup of tea. Staring out the window, she watched a squirrel raiding the bird feeder, while a blue jay screamed a stream of curse words at him. It made her smile at the animated struggle for food. She turned back toward the refrigerator and noticed the wedding invitation clinging to the front door with the help of the insurance company calendar and magnet.

Her granddaughter was getting married in a few months. She and her fiancĂ© had been dating and living together for almost seven years, so the wedding was no surprise. Such a beautiful girl. He would be in college for some time yet, as he was going on to get a dental degree. The world was waiting for them to stretch out to explore a new location and new jobs to complete this part of his education. Questions popped into Kelli’s mind. Would there be a baby too soon? How would her granddaughter handle being the provider while he studied?

Were these questions interfering with her ability to continue her story? Well, maybe, just maybe these questions were there to integrate into her story.

She added a teaspoon of sugar to her tea and stirred it slowly. Returning to her keyboard, she hesitated momentarily until the words began to flow once again. Saved by the granddaughter, she wrote answers to her own questions as she composed the next chapter.

Linking today to Two Shoes Tuesday, words for today are imagination and invitation. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay

Monday, February 23, 2015

First Place, Birds, and Fiddler

It's Monday already, the weekend has flown by and I have some good random fun to share with you and our friend Tamar. Be sure to stop by to visit what others are enjoying on this Monday. Thanks for hosting!


Hubby is a member of Das Foto Club - the German based photography group here in Fredericksburg. On Thursday night last week, we enjoyed an annual dinner meeting at an Italian Restaurant, Bella Vita in Kerrville. There had been a juried contest for pictures submitted by club members in the categories of color and black and white. He won first place in the color category with the following photo: (please do not copy)

This picture was actually taken on a cloudy day following a rain the night before in Copenhagen, just a short walk from the hotel where we were staying. It is not retouched.

Even the sparrows get hungry.

Our local, The Fredericksburg Theater Group puts on several plays each year using local talent. We had the pleasure of attending Fiddler on the Roof on Sunday Afternoon.

This video is from one of my favorites, along with Sunrise, Sunset. Do you have a favorite from the play or film?

Have a really special week. Mine is very busy with a seminar on Wednesday this week among other commitments. But a massage on Thursday! Yeah!

Linda Kay

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Tribute

Don't forget to join in on Wednesday with a picture and a story for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom writing challenge. Check out the page on my website for the details and join us there on Wednesday. We are picking up more participants with delightful pictures and stories.  I look forward to seeing yours this week.

To all of you who are Christian out there in Bloggerland, this is a great tribute by Billy Graham, one of the best in my memory. There are many full sermons on YouTube if you would like to see more of him. This is just a short clip.

Have a blessed Sunday!
Linda Kay

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday Lighthouses

Driving through Denmark from Germany, we spotted this adorable lighthouse on a hillside. Thought I'd share it with you today.

I'm not sure which I love more, the lighthouse with it's little attached house or the house below it with the red roof. 

Weekend blessings!

Linda Kay

Friday, February 20, 2015

#1000Speak for Compassion

It has finally reached the date, February 20th, for the #1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. It's been on Facebook continually, and some have already addressed it in the blogs. Here is my voice for compassion.

Several months ago, our church agreed to take on a program sponsored by our local council on poverty and needs. This program was to go beyond the delivery of Meals on Wheels on the weekdays to delivering meals to the home bound on a Sunday at noon, and taking some time to visit with the client. My hubby and I signed up to do deliveries, one Sunday a month.

Our client was "Joe". Joe has a debilitating muscle disorder that has become progressively worse over a 20+ year span, and he is only in his early fifties. He is confined to a wheel chair with his legs useless and his hands and arms only partially useful. Our first meeting with Joe was a little uncomfortable. We weren't sure how much we needed to help him with the food we were bringing, but he was very understanding and let us know what we needed to do. An engineer friend had designed a portable table for him to use from his wheelchair. He directed us to an apron to put on him, so that his dinner didn't end up on his clothes. His struggle to stay in his home and remain independent is very inspirational. 

Over time, Joe and my husband and I have become friends.  We take his meal to him on our designated Sunday. I have become more comfortable helping him cut up his food, arranging things for his use, and enjoying our conversations. He recently asked us to stop to pick up food for ourselves so we could eat as a threesome. We hold his crippled hands as we offer a prayer before eating. 

We don't know how long Joe will be able to stay in his home independently.  He now has a fellow living with him who helps him dress in the morning and get ready for bed at night in exchange for a place to live. Another person cleans his house and makes sure his laundry is done. His sister lives nearby and stops to check up on him and his helpers, making lists of things that need to be done. 

Joe's mind is sharp and he lives in a world of confinement, enjoying a chance to visit with folks who can ignore his disability and enjoy his conversation. Our hearts are full with our friendship with Joe.

Linda Kay

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Good Gate on Thursday

The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin per Wikipedia

It's pretty hard to get a picture without all the people in it, so this is the best we could do on this picture. It was taken with the Nikon on a cloudy day in Berlin several years ago. Very beautiful, and near there is a holocaust memorial.

Linking today with Good Fences (and Gates). Thanks for hosting!

Have a wonderful day,

Linda Kay

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

For Sale

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here.

I thought I would share this picture with you today with my little story.

For Sale!

Jim and Kathleen recently read an article about mission service opportunities abroad. Jim was working as a bookkeeper in a small store in town, and Kathleen worked as a nurse's aid at the local hospital. Neither of them was making a very large salary, but they faithfully attended their church each week. The Sunday School class they attended was working through a book that challenged individuals to step outside their comfort zone and dream big dreams for service to less fortunate. 

Driving home for church one Sunday, Kathleen told Jim it would be her wildest dream to be of service in missions in Africa or South America. They laughed as they tried to imagine how they might possibly be able to work it out. As Kathleen was reading ahead in her Sunday School book, she ran across something that caught her eye: God delights to do impossible things through improbable people to impart exceeding grace to undeserving recipients. She ran in to the living room to show it to Jim. 

"What would we do with all our stuff? We don't have much, but we couldn't take anything with us." 

Within a few weeks, Jim and Kathleen had found an opportunity where they might be able to serve. So they set about clearing out all of their belongs to follow the dream.

"Jim, someone out there might find a treasure among our things. We have to believe that we will be able to get rid of everything and be able to move on."

Take a look. At first glance, it looks like a lot of junk. But some of you readers are very crafty and clever.  Do you see anything that might be salvageable to remake, redesign, or use among all these items? You can enlarge the pictures to take a look.

Please also join in if you have a picture and a story to share. Your turn!


Linda Kay

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday Ramblings

Josie had given us two words for this week: Faithful and Furniture at Two Shoes Tuesday.
I took a few minutes to look up the words on Google, and there are many antonyms and synonyms in regard to the word 'faithful'. One word of a synonym that sort of stimulated my early morning brain was the thought of being conscientious. There has been a lot of discussion of late of a certain news figure stretching the truth of his adventures in the world of journalism. But he definitely isn't alone in this accusation. One of the words as an antonym of 'faithful' is irresponsible. I'm just thinking that if our news media were dedicated to be conscientious and responsible in the reporting we hear, we would be a lot better off. It is hard for me to watch the news at six or at ten, as I'm suspicious of everything I see and hear. That's pretty sad.

Another synonym is, of course, being dedicated to something.

I'm pretty faithful to our Friday Night Art Walk here in Fredericksburg. We get to wander all over town to the art galleries (there are many), and enjoy a snack and a glass of wine at most of them.  Some are art and antique stores, and in one of these I found this lovely furniture at Larry Jackson's Art and Antiques.
Among the antiques I found these lovely dishes, which I'm sure some of you would love to have for your table. Don't you just love the blue?
Then there is the usual lovely artwork, so I'll share a couple of these from the Hannah Gallery:
One of my favorite shops is the more eclectic Artisans on Main, where one can find all sorts of unusual items:

I'll also link to Sally's Blue Monday with the blue dishes!  Thanks for hosting, ladies!

Linda Kay

Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Sharing

How about I share a few things from the weekend with you?

A Good Story:
We sent my grandson a Valentine so he would get it in the mail, and we enclosed a $5 bill, assuming he would play some game or spend it on candy or such. Last week there was a tragic house explosion across the street from his grade school, and the house was completely destroyed. The school is conducting a fund raiser for the family. Guess where Carson took his $5....directly to the school to put in the collection for the family. I'm so proud of him. There was no couching from mom and dad either.

At Random:
Polly is now about a year and a half old, still full of energy, and hates a bath. So hubby hands her to me in the shower and we take a shower together, then I hand her back out to get dried.

A few days later she had an appointment at the dog groomer. It's hard to get her to pose for the camera, but she was sitting by the back door keeping an eye on the squirrel that raids the bird feeders. If she is outside, she barks like crazy. She weights in about 7-8 pounds. Isn't that a face to die for?


I shared with you that our youth group at Holy Ghost Lutheran hold an annual Valentine Dinner as a fund raiser for their camp fees, etc. This is our third year to attend.  They decorate the fellowship hall really beautifully. A local chef who is a member of the church does all the cooking, and the teens serve salads, main courses of meat, vegetables and potatoes, and desserts in true elegant style. Then they have a short program for those in attendance. It's fun, a perfect place to go for the Valentine meal.

And these for Valentine's day from my sweetie! The lilies are now opening, and the aroma is pretty overpowering.

Linking today with Good Random Fun. Thanks for hosting, Tamar!

Linda Kay

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Serenity

As I was looking through our Denmark/Germany pictures for the lighthouse posted yesterday, I ran across the cemetery from Varda, from where some of my husband's family came. Didn't find any tombstones with the names we were seeking.

Isn't this an incredibly beautiful place? This song was sung at my mother's funeral, and I can't hear or sing it without tears.

Have a blessed and quiet day.

Linda Kay

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saturday Lighthouse

 This lighthouse was found along the North Sea in Denmark as we were driving back to Germany. The actual picture from hubby's Nikon is a slightly different angle from the one on the sign. Look at that beautiful sky!

Have a wonderful Saturday and a blessed weekend. And Happy Valentines Day. Hubby and I are having a lovely dinner out, sponsored by our youth group at the church. They have fun and a chef from a local restaurant volunteers.

Linda Kay

Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday in Fredericksburg

Did you know that my town, Fredericksburg TX has now been rated as one of the best places to retire....and here I am!

When our friends George and Sue visited recently, we went to the Marktplatz (Market Place Park) to check out the Vereins Kirche, which I have shown to you before. There is a picture (actually several) on the website you can visit, but here is one we took that day as well.
This used to sit in the middle of Main Street and was attended by all religions of the first German settlers.

Further into the park there is a statue and a plaque depicting the organizer of those German settlers, John Meusebach.

The really interesting and historical information about John was that he established a treaty with the Native Americans, mostly Comanche tribes, to protect the settlers from these warring factions who terrorized the area...not saying they didn't have a right. Fredericksburg was right in Comanche Territory.

This statue is in the park as well, along with another standing brave.  Nearby, there is a little water wheel turning to add a bit of ambiance.

Do you have a Valentine for your sweetie? Better get busy, as tomorrow's the day! And don't mention it to anyone, but today is Friday the 13th!

Linda Kay

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hedge Fence, Ornate Gate

These pictures were taken in the gardens of a government building in Germany several years ago when we visited. I thought the hedge on the fence was really fascinating, and the gateway is so ornate and beautiful.

Joining in with Theresa at Good Fences  

Have a special Thursday...just a few more days to Valentine's Day!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ike and Zeke

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here.

Here's my story for this week, along with the picture. Enjoy!

Ike and Zeke were waking up after spending the entire day languishing in their den in the hollow of the old oak tree.  Ike stretched out his legs and poked at Zeke. Darkness was all around them.

"Hey, buddy, we gotta git goin'! It's garbage day tomorrow, so those city folks have their trash cans out tonight. There should be some fine vittals in those cans." Zeke curled back into a ball and ignored Ike.

"I said, let's get goin', man. I know just the place for us to do some scavengerin." Ike pushed Zeke's back to rouse him.

"Okay, okay, I'm comin', Ike. What's your big hurry? We got all night!"

"There are others around who will be lookin', too, Zeke. We don't wanna be the last ones at the site!"

The two of them scurried out of the log, charged across the snow covered forest floor, dodged two cars on the icy road, and finally arrived at the subdivision gate.

"If we wait here for a car to go through, we can sneak through the gate on this side. No one will see us." Ike was always the ring leader.

They waited patiently, hidden by the large rosemary bush beside the gate. Finally a car came to the gate, and it opened on command. Ike and Zeke scuttled inside before it could close again. Just a couple of houses down the street, a large trash can sat invitingly next to the culvert on the street. Ike stretched his legs, reached up to the lid, and pushed with all his might to get it open. It fell to the sidewalk with a clatter, scaring them momentarily. But the aroma of the discarded food caught their attention. First Ike, then Zeke climbed up into the can and began their search through the contents.

"Bam! Ping!" The noise brought both of them to the edge of the trash can, tipping the can over onto the sidewalk and spilling the contents. Just a few yards away they could make out Mr. Two Legs, and he was pointing a big stick at them. "Bam!"

"Run, Zeke!" yelled Ike, scurrying off toward the gate with Zeke close behind. The gate opened just as they approached, and they ran as fast as they could down the street, through the forest and to the shore of the lake, where a canoe was waiting for them. They jumped into the canoe and grabbed the paddles to row out onto the lake, where they felt safe.

"Next time, I'll pick the place, okay?" said Zeke, as he glared at Ike through his masked face and brown eyes. "Right now you can find us something to eat! I'm starving!"

Your turn - Link in here and have a special Wednesday!

Linda Kay

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


award-sisterhood (1)    Val,  at My Virtual Vineyard, answered 10 questions last week in connection with Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and nominated me to join in. So I'll give the questions a go. I am electing to not pose 10 more questions to others, however. Thanks, Val!

One of my favorite parts of blogging, is the connection with other bloggers.  Getting to know them, their lives and their thoughts and feelings, and become connected, across the world and honoring and respecting one another.  It’s way better than reality TV and I enjoy reading blogs as much as I enjoy reading novels. Every morning (or later) I travel the world and share in the joys and sorrows of friends.So here are my answers to the questions.  I am happy to share and read what others are sharing.

1.  Talk about your favorite kind of music. I'm not sure I have a favorite kind of music, although I'm kind of drawn to the old music of the 60s and 70s, Johnny Mathis, The Beatles, Elvis, etc. Since I now live in Texas, I'm getting more used to the Country Music. My daughter is in advertising for a country radio station, so I always have it on now when I'm driving. It grows on y'all.

2.  What’s the hardest thing about being you? That's a tough one. I guess it's that I don't say "no" as often as I might, always wanting to help out when someone needs something. This might be a friend, a neighbor, or a child, but I do tend to get myself stressed with too many obligations.

3.  Describe a typical family get-together at your house. There would be food, for sure. The kids have special things they enjoy, so that would be on the fare. We always say a prayer before eating. There would be wine offered and lots of conversation, often getting into a lot of noise, but seldom arguments.

4.  What do you consider your biggest accomplishment so far? My own writing and getting publishing has been a joy, but still my greatest joy was seeing my mother at a book signing at 82, having helped her write her book.

5.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I guess it would be that I would not be so quick to be self-critical. I'm working on it, but am my own worst critic.

6.  If you could spend time with a book character or historical figure, who would it be? In my Sunday School class we are studying a book by Chip Ingram "Good to Great in God's Eyes". Chip indicates that you need to look for good people in your life: a Paul, who is a mentor; a Timothy, who looks up to you; and a Barnabas who shares your ups and downs in confidence. So I would really like to go back to visit with Paul. What an incredible Christian he was, enduring so much tragedy and many challenges in his ministry.

7.  What is your favorite vacation memory? That would have to be our Mediterranean Cruise several years ago, when I saw things in the world I had never expected to see in my life.

8.  What would you like to receive as a present? Kind of depends on who it is from, but generally any item that demonstrates thought and knowing me. Otherwise it's just more 'stuff'.

9. What’s one thing on your bucket list? We would really like to make another trip across the 'pond', this time to England, Wales, and Ireland. I haven't really looked into it as yet, but hopefully in the next year or so.

10.  One thing that few people know about me is . . . . . . .You will have to keep guessing on this one. If I told you, then too many people would know!  ;-)

Linking also to Two Shoes Tuesday with the words You and I. Thanks Val for the nomination!

Linda Kay

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Rubbish

It's only Monday, but I have something else I want to post on Tuesday. (*>*) If I had the right camera or software, I supposed I could have joined all these together for a panorama, but you will have to see them one at a time.  Joining in today with Rubbish by Roan.

It sort of looked like someone was using this place, maybe for some sort of repair shop. This was actually on the main street of a town we were driving through. There's a phone number on the window, partially hidden.

Have a great week!  Thanks for hosting the meme!

Linda Kay

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Super Bowl Ad on Sunday

I had some inquiries last week about the commercials for the Super Bowl and why we watch them, so I'm attaching this video here for your enjoyment. Budweiser Beer Commercial

Don't forget to join in on Wednesday with a picture and a story for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom writing challenge. Check out the page on my website for the details and join us there on Wednesday. We are picking up more participants with delightful pictures and stories.  I look forward to seeing yours this week.
Have a blessed Sunday
Linda Kay

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saturday Lighthouse

This picture was taken from the cruise ship as we approached the port at Naples, Italy on our Mediterranean Cruise. This stop was definitely one of the highlights of the cruise. From Naples we took a bus on the Amalfi coast trail, which is so narrow and winding that people have to stop at the curves to let other cars or buses or trucks go past. The view is spectacular. On our way back to the ship, we were able to pay a visit to Pompeii. I've linked to a historical account of the destruction of Pompeii here. It is really interesting to see how the restoration process is going and on how really advanced the city was before it was destroyed.  I have some pictures I may share with you some day, but for this Saturday, just enjoy the small lighthouse.

Have a great weekend!

Linda Kay
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