Early July Morning, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Sunday, October 4, 2015


As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I look forward to General Conference. What is General Conference? Well, twice a year--April and October--we are privileged to be spiritually fed by many of our leaders. I always enjoy listening, but this year, for some reason, I feel I was able to feast upon the many words that were spoken!

Many talks stood out to me, but one in particular by Devin Durrant. He talked about "ponderizing." No, you won't be able to find that word in the dictionary, so I will tell you what it means. It is how you can more deeply understand something. He directs this to the scriptures. 

We are taught that we should know our scriptures for many reasons. One is to know our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ better. Another reason; when those bad thoughts come into your mind, or you see or hear something that is not exactly good, you can turn (in your mind) to that scripture. You can also do this by learning hymns. Ponderizing is 80% pondering and 20% memorizing. By ponderizing, a deeper understanding will come. This provides an uplifting place for your mind to go. 

Elder Durrant challenged us to pick a scripture each week, put it in a place where you will see it daily, and ponderize that scripture. What will be the benefits? Well, if you do this as a family, your relationship will grow stronger. Your relationship with your Father in heaven will also grow, and your testimony will strengthen.

"These scriptures will become your friends" as we "feast upon the word." He also challenged us to invite friends and family to join in, and not just from our faith, but of all faiths, and to check up on each other. 

I thought this was a great idea, and hope that many of you will join me by picking a scripture to ponderize each week.

So, what did we choose this week, our first week? Well, I was going through some notes I took during conference, and came upon a scripture I had written down...3 John 1:4. The speaker was Claudio R M Costa, and he spoke of how the Sabbath Day is a holy day. We should read our scriptures, pray, ponder and visualize. We should also teach our children and grandchildren to do the same. When I read over my notes, I am reminded that we are all children of a loving heavenly Father, and that he wants us to know truths. 3 John 1:4 says, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." As a mortal parent this is true, but I am sure that as a heavenly parent our Father wants us all to "walk in truth."

So, that is our scripture we chose to ponderize this first week. Will you join me? What scripture will you ponderize this week?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Eight Days on the Carnival Sunshine part 3 St Kitts

Blood Moon

So, lately, everyone has been talking about the blood moon that happened last night. Apparently, it is the last of it's kind until 2033. My husband and I kept going in and out of the house last night in hopes to catch it. 

Being the ameture photographer that I am, I had to take a picture. But I was feeling lazy....
Hmmm... Not so good
Maybe I'll try again...
well, that's not any better...
One more time.
Not too bad!
I'll try to get another one in a few minutes.
Maybe I should go get my tripod...

I finally went and got all set up, only to go outside and find the clouds had moved in...oh well, guess my 9 month old grand daughter will have to catch a picture next time...in 2033!!!

So, what did we learn here, Terry? We learned to not be lazy and to do things right the first time around.
I'll have to say, though, I didn't do too bad with this picture, but just think how much better it could have been it I'd done it right?!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

92 More Days 'till Christmas!

Christmas ornament

Only 92 days before Christmas! That would be 13 weeks and two days...YIKES!

I know, we need to get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first! The thing is, when you have gifts to get ready and mail far away, those weeks go by really fast...

especially when you try to make things for gifts.

Glass markers

This year, I'm not sure what I'm going to do for my far away family members, but I better get going with it, whatever it is. 

One other thing I am looking into is doing an arts and craft fair. Most of the things I will have for sale are jewelry type items,

Button flowers

but there will be other items too.

So, even though there are still 92 days until Christmas, and we have Halloween and Thanksgiving to get through, I need to get on the ball and get my act going.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Eight Days On The Carnival Sunshine Part 2

Button Flowers

Almost a year ago, I did a tutorial on my tappingflamingo youtube channel on how to make these button flowers. I also talked about Trunk or Treat. Yesterday, I was rearranging some things and found this pitcher. I bought it at a garage sale for $1 years ago, and love it! I decided to add these button flowers to it, and am really happy with the way it looks. It now is the center piece to our small kitchen table.

Maybe I should redo that DIY video on how to make these. They are super easy...hmmm, stay tuned...I will be doing that soon....

Monday, September 21, 2015

DIY Stationery Ideas

I love getting things people made themselves, including cards. When we lived in Kentucky, I had a friend that made her own greeting cards. They were very detailed and beautiful. 

I decided since I like to scrapbook, and have lots of fun paper, to start making my own cards too. Mine are not nearly as detailed as my friend's. They are very simple, but very fun to make. 

I like to pick out two sheets of paper that go together. One for the envelope (yes, I make the envelopes too), and one for the card. Above is an example of what I do; and yes, they can go through the U.S. Mail. 

A few months ago, a friend of mine got married. I made a card that went with the wrapping paper. As you see,  I also made them a Christmas ornament out of guitar strings. Had to use LSU colors, since they lived in Louisiana, and most people are LSU fans.

I love being creative, and making my own stationery is another way I can!