What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Wednesday Treasures

 Yesterday (Tuesday), was a great day! Why? Well because one of our fellow blogging friends, Barbara from My Journal Memories, and her hubby Gary, came to our little town to meet us for lunch at our local diner, Nanna's Country Cafe'.  Of course, this is always a joy and a blessing when two bloggers get to spend time together in person.  This is not our first in-person meeting.  We go back several years and have met in our respective homes in times past as well. It's nice when we only live about an hour apart, and we are all retired, so that makes for good opportunities for happy meetings.

However, this time we just met for lunch as they had other things of special importance on their agenda for the day,  but I will let Barbara tell you about that in her blog post!

Our hubbies also enjoyed visiting with one another, and had an interesting, pretty much non-stop conversation throughout our time of dining.  That was fine with Barbara and me, as we had our own conversation going, talking about things that two bloggers of similar interests would be able to talk about! Barbara and I both agreed that just about anything we do or see makes for good "blog fodder", (Barb's words) so we rarely run out of things to write about.

I thought this was a fun photo below...I am taking a picture of the guys over Barbara's head as she is taking their picture at the same time! LOL.

Barbara and Gary are a very handsome and happy couple, as you can tell by this photo below...

This photo is a little more sedate, but both pictures were so good, I just had to include each one...

And last, but not least, here is yours truly and my hubby...we were enjoying a beautiful breezy day with our friends.  

I am very thankful to know Barb both here in Blogland and in person. She is a very genuine, kind, and loving person, who has come through some difficult circumstances over the past several years, but God has brought her to a wonderfully blessed new place in life.  These verses come to mind when I think of Barbara...

Psalm 30:5 "...Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning."

Isaiah 61:3

"3...To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Oh, and btw, Barb is so very thoughtful...she even brought us a little "hostess gift", even though we weren't even meeting at our house...and this little gift was kind of one of those "God-things" that happen when you least expect them.  
Those packets are mixtures to use to make dips. Well, just the other day at our church ladies' Bible Study we were talking about a special "May Fellowship" dinner that we have coming up, where our church ladies put on a luncheon and program and invite ladies from other churches to come as our guests. The lady in charge of the menu was saying that we needed some "dips" for chips and vegies, etc., because we do things like meat and cheese platters and fruit, veggies, desserts, etc.   I was thinking that I really wasn't all that good about making dips, so I would just do a dessert. And then I get this gift of three different kinds of dip mixes, and I told Barbara, "well now I guess I could do dips for our luncheon after all!"  They are unique mixtures and would be something different,  I just thought that was really amazing how God put that together! Thank you, Barb and Gary, for being so thoughtful.

Speaking of "blog fodder", today hubby and I went to our local Blueberry Farm so I could stock up on some fresh blueberries, both to eat now and to freeze for later...

No, I did not pick my own blueberries. They also have some already picked available, at a higher price per pound of course, but today was almost 90 degrees and I was not about to go pick my own, so here's what I got:

Don't they look delicious?  (they are! I ate quite a few before I put them away...just couldn't help myself! LOL)

They also have strawberries, but they are all "pick your own", none picked ahead for us, so I passed on that. I could have bought some strawberry plants, (see picture below of plants that are for sale),  but with my record of growing things (or killing plants), I figured I'd better pass on that idea too.

This climbing rose bush was gorgeous...wish I could've brought that home with me, but it wasn't for sale! LOL.  

And speaking of unexpected gifts.  One of the ladies in our church got quite ambitious and canned a lot of vegetables that she bought at the farmer's market.  She brought some jars of carrots with her to choir practice last night and told us to take some home, and so here is a beautiful jar of freshly canned carrots! Aren't they gorgeous?  She had her grandchildren help her peel and chop them so they could learn how to do this. I think that is wonderful! And I LOVE carrots!

One more Wednesday Treasure (which is what all of the above things are, btw).  Here is another of my Amaryllis flowers blooming! You can see a little hole in the flower where one of those nasty Lubber Grasshoppers was having his lunch the other day...but the flower persevered and continued to develop and blossom and is still beautiful just the same. 

Aren't we all a little bit like that flower?  We have all been through things in life that have punched holes in our dreams and maybe even our external beauty,  But sometimes it is those very trials and difficulties in life that help to create a woman of strength and true inner beauty. That is the real beauty that lasts forever.

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30

And with those thoughts I will close for tonight.  I hope you enjoyed these special "treasures" today.  Good Night my friends.


  1. I love your analogy with the flower, Pam! So well said. How fun to have lunch with Barb and Gary!! I'm jealous! We must have another girls' lunch soon! Linda too! You all look so good in those photos!

  2. This post is a treasure too! I love it when blog friends can get together, and when I know them both, it's even better. It's so nice that the husbands enjoyed themselves too.
    Barb is sweet, and the dip mixes were such a nice little gift to you.
    Your flower analogy is great!

  3. Beautiful. I need some blueberries. I’ve been using them in my overnight oats and they are delicious!

  4. I'm so glad that you had a good time with your blogging friend. When we lived in Spokane I often drove to Portland, Oregon and met with four other bloggers. I was so sad to move away from them. Our husbands all got along great too and we would all have dinner together on some visits. I keep hoping that maybe next winter we could take a trip to Florida for a month or so and get away from the cold. Then I could meet you and another sweet blogger, Cindy, from the "Delighted Hands" blog. The photos you took are wonderful ones and what a perfect gift for you.
    Your analogy of the flower is a perfect one. God can heal all and make beautiful even the imperfect. (Because really, aren't we all imperfect?) I know I am.
    Blessings and hugs,

    1. Thank you, Betsy, and yes, if you ever do get to Florida, please do let me know. I would love to meet you and your hubby, and even though I don't know your other friend Cindy, I would love to meet her too. I will have to look up her blog so I can get acquainted! Have a wonderful rest of your week!

  5. Hi Pam, how nice that you and Barb got to meet up again. Nice that your men enjoyed each other too. Those blueberries look really good. Your flower is so pretty!

    1. Thank you! Wondering who this is? I'm trying to guess, but not sure! But glad you were able to visit all the same!

  6. How nice for the both of you meeting together along with the husbands. How fun. The photos are very good of all four of you.
    I’m in agreement with everyone- your flower analogy is on point! So clever!
    I wanted to thank you for turning me on to that you tube video of my town and area. I enjoyed it.
    Have a wonderful week. God bless

    1. Oh, I am so glad you liked the Joe and Nic's Road Trip videos. They are fun to watch, and we have learned a lot about many different places across the country. I was just enjoying those particular videos so much because I knew that had to be where you lived! It certainly is a beautiful area!!! If it wasn't so far away and (so expensive to live there), I could be tempted to live there too! You are blessed that your family was there before you and paved the way! So much beauty around there! Thanks for your visit here today too!

  7. I looked up the cafe and when we were traveling back and forth the Savannah, we passed through you are a several times a year, the last time was 2008, we could have met at the cafe. yikes on the 90 degrees, you were warmer than us at 86.. I would be buying the already picked too.. I enjoyed all the photos but the two special ones are the two that are so similar because you were taking your over her head. love that.

  8. Blogland has enriched my spirit. You are so right. God Bless you.

  9. How fun you are! No wonder Barb and Gary enjoy making the excursion your direction! Oh, I'd love to live closer. Your analogy about the Amaryllis is spot on ... I need to remember that on days when I feel a little wilted by circumstances. I've never tried canning anything before, but your pretty jar tempts me to consider doing so. Gosh, the way grocery prices continue to spiral, that might happen. (And our pups could eat my mistakes, lol.)
    Wishes for a blessed day, dear lady!

  10. A lovely post and your blueberries look scrumptious. The pics of you two are just wonderful.

  11. Pam: So glad you had a nice visit with your blogging friend. I love the gift she brought you, the packets for dips. That sounds like a nice luncheon come May. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  12. God blesses us in so many beautiful and unexpected ways, doesn't He? The photos of Barbara and Gary, not to mention all of you, are wonderful, and I'm looking forward to he next blog describing their visit with you.
    These days, I do feel like that flower petal with the holes, yet I know the Lord is fashioning and seasoning me to withstands the difficulties life often gives us. He always sees our inner beauty, and for that, I'm so grateful. The blueberries are amazing, too!
    Blessings, Pamela!

  13. It's a small world afterall! I wonder how many of us bloggers actually live close to eachother.

    So true about the flower at the end.

  14. It is always so special to meet a blog friend. Enjoyed the photos.

  15. Hi Pam. It's so nice that you were able to get together with Barb and Gary. Bloggers are some of the very nicest, kindest people I know - even though I have never met most of my blog friends - I would sure like to one day. Those blueberries look delicious! The strawberries are also great, as are the flowers. So glad you had a nice week. Enjoy the weekend. See you again soon!

  16. Those blueberries look so yummy. I would love to pick my own...maybe one day...enjoy your blog.

  17. How nice to have Barbara and Gary visit! I know you had such fun. And those blueberries look very yummy. I eat some every day and need to find a farm nearby. Love your couple photos! Hugs, Diane

  18. Couple photos...I mean of you and hubby and Barbara and hubby! Couple photos!

  19. What a beautifully-phrased post this is, Pam! I am late to comment on it because my preoccupation with buying refrigerators this week distracted me from reading and commenting on the blogs of my friends. But I do thank you for such kind words about our visit. It really was fun and you and John are truly special people to us.

    Also, I want to confirm how your illustration of the grasshopper's hole in the beautiful Amaryllis did NOT stop the flower from continuing to look its best. What a perfect statement of how our Lord works in our lives when we give Him our imperfections.

    Thank you for this wonderful post!


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