Tag Archives: Haliburton

Trees – Scribble Picnic

We arrived home from Arizona in the early days of April. Trees dot our landscape, both evergreen and deciduous. The prompt this week on #ScribblePicnic is TREES. Perfect.

We live about 3 hours north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Snow still lay in the bush for the first few days after our arrival and in  piles as a result of the snowplows.

It rained. It felt cold. No more blue skies every day.
No colourful flowers. Bare trees. But spring is coming. (click to tweet)

But the grass was green. The evergreens displayed their uninterrupted colour.

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The deciduous trees are still bare. Some buds have begun to peep out.

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I look for buds every day. I took my camera and went hunting for spring. You can see the results below.

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I used watercolour pencils to paint the large pine in our side yard.

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Then I used water to make it look like a watercolour painting.

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I sketched in pencil our bare wild cherry. trees

We went to an Earth Day Event in the park put on by all our local churches. We were given gifts of tree shoots from Haliburton Forest.

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We live on the Canadian Shield so we have rock – lots of rock. Mostly granite.

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Join us at Scribble Picnic. 

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Check out I Remember – The Seasons, written by Brenda Poulos and I did the illustrations.

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Building snowmen…going for hayrides…raking leaves. These are just a few of the pages in I Remember the Seasons that will bring fond memories to life for those affected by Alzheimer’s. I Remember the Seasons is a simple and effective picture book containing lovely illustrations by Janis Cox. Poetry, and discussion questions will set the stage for meaningful conversations between people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

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Does money control you? WOGSlinkup

Does Money Control You?

This is a very important question – Does money control you? Or do you control money? Where are you in the “love of money” question?

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Do you come to the end of the month and wonder where the money went? Are you in debt? Do you feel stressed about money?

God doesn’t say money is evil. Actually it is amoral. It has no feelings and isn’t able to “do” anything by itself. God does say,

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs (1 Timothy 6:10, NIV).

Notice it is the “love of money” that can bring evil.

My hubby and I have taken the Dave Ramsey course a few times and watched the videos. If you are near a church sponsoring this course I would suggest you look into it. We can’t get it in Canada, so we are preparing our own course based on what we learned. We are calling it a Money Management Course with the slogan, Do you control your money or does money control you?

For those who live locally in the Haliburton Highlands we are offering it on Thursday nights at the Lighthouse Pentecostal church from 7-9pm, starting September 8. For the others I would ask you to pray for us for these 10 weeks, that God may send those who would benefit from this learning, that our words would speak His thoughts, and we would all benefit from the discussions. If you want to find out more and live in the Highlands or surrounding area, email me at Janis.

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Sunday Stillness – A Joint Service in the Park

Sunday Stillness – A Joint Service in the Park

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I am sure you are like me – so much to do during the summer, but all good. Between family visits, gardening, picking vegetables, boating, and walks, there isn’t much time for the computer. And that’s probably a good thing. We need to get out and enjoy this fantastic summer weather – it is brief here in Canada.

This Sunday all of our protestant churches in our small town will get together in the park for a Sizzlin’ Summer Service. This is our 8th season. Each of the pastors/ministers takes part – music, children’s story, message, and I can’t remember what else. Each church also has a job. We pray for good weather and as far as I can remember we have only been inside one year. We have five churches involved (as I said we live in a small town).

Praying that everyone is enjoying their times with family and friends in the out-of-doors.

Psalms 133:1  Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!


1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

This joint service with the churches might seem unusual to you but we are a part of the town family. I love this hymn “Part of the Family”. Let’s join together in unity and praise the Lord.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING
PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS
THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART
TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS
THE SUNDAY COMMUNITY – #GIVE ME GRACE @SEE SPEAK HEAR MAMA
SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS – @SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS
MOTIVATION MONDAYS – @EMBRACINGHISWILL
SHARING HIS BEAUTY – @THEBEAUTYINHISGRIP

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Sunday Stillness – Looking Ahead with a Survey

Sunday Stillness – Looking Ahead with a Survey

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I hope to continue my study of Titus soon using my SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.

We have made the transition quite well back from Arizona to Haliburton. [I do have to clarify because I seem to be confusing my readers – we are Canadians who live in Haliburton and winter in Arizona.]

My focus in the past week has been to source natural food products. Since we are basically eating a Paleo diet, that means finding good sources for free range chicken (and their eggs), grass fed beef and pork. Of course we are always looking for organic everything.

My garden plans are coming along thanks to a wise friend. We live in deer, skunk, gopher, and rabbit country. I hope to post pictures of my progress. We had a garden many years ago but that was in my fenced backyard in the city. This is entirely different in the country.

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In the meantime I want to write blog posts to inform, enrich and excite your lives. For this reason I have made used Survey Monkey to make a questionnaire with a very easy click answer form.

Would you please take a moment to help me best serve you with posts that you will enjoy?

Please wait for a few seconds for the survey to upload. Thanks.

Create your own user feedback survey

If the survey doesn’t pop up please click on this link – Survey Monkey

Please rank 1 – as Favourite – to 10 least favourite.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

 

I sometimes link to:

STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING

PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS

THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART

TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS

THE SUNDAY COMMUNITY – #GIVE ME GRACE @SEE SPEAK HEAR MAMA

SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS – @SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS 

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Are You Astonished by Nature?

Are You Astonished by Nature? – Part of Watchful Wednesdays

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We have the privilege of living in the beauty of God’s world – trees, animals, lakes, lush vegetation. This week as we got ready for our morning walk we saw two fawns as soon as we opened our door. They love the apples from our apple tree. As I shot pictures from our doorway I was in awe of how beautiful they are. As we went down our driveway we expected the deer to run away but instead we found them grazing in the ditch by the road. We kept our little dog back as I shot a video. One fawn approached me as I took the picture. I am not sure how close she would have come if Snowball hadn’t barked.

Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert (Isaiah 35:6, NIV).

Here is the video from the morning.

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FIVE MINUTE FRIDAYS – Here

Five Minute Fridays – HERE

We live in two worlds – Arizona and Haliburton. When we arrive in each locale we state, “We are here”.

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I can tell you I am here. We are home – back in Ontario, Canada. On the way home we had a lovely time at with our grandchildren; we were able to pop in and see our daughter and new baby, as well as a surprise visit from another grandchild.

We had no problem getting the water started in our home. We have a pump and drain all our lines in the fall. Thank You, Lord. Everything has gone very well – except the weather.

Yes, we have the rain, snow, sleet, ice and wind. A welcome home gift. But we did get out to walk our little Snowball around the driveway and down to our mailbox.

But we are home and I know that I like living here (when I am here). And I like living in Arizona (when I am there). Do you know what I mean?

If you can be content wherever you are, that’s a good thing. And to live in the moment, not thinking of the past or worrying about tomorrow.

“for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11, NIV).

Here we are. And it is lovely.

I love the passage in Esther:

” And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14, NIV)?

I believe I am here because God wants me here – and I plan to keep watching and looking where He is working and following Him.

Glad to be back blogging again too.

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word HERE?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.