Don't let the difficulties of the present moments overshadow the reality of God's promises. God's promises still stand. And God's promises are stronger than our failures.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Gray Day

My husband and I took a little drive today.  This little town in south Louisiana where the mission is and where we are working right now is only about a 30 minute drive from the Gulf of Mexico.  We've never been to Cypermore Point, which is a state park where you can swim and fish and picnic.  I forgot to take my camera but managed to get these three pictures on my phone.  Unlike much of the nation the temperatures here haven't been too awful for the last week or so, and in addition to the temps in the low nineties we've had rain almost every day for a week.  My office window looks south and each afternoon I can see big clouds rolling in off the gulf.  It rains for 20 or 30 minutes and moves on.  Today it was cloudy and gray but we still enjoyed the scenery.  I was amazed that there are wildflowers blooming alongside the road this far into the summer.

This is a view from my car looking out on the gulf near a fishing pier.
See what I mean about a gray day?  What you don't see here are the families having a picnic near by and you don't hear the children squealing with laughter.  It reminded me that we make our own joy....the day doesn't have to be sunny to be happy.  Our lives don't have to be perfect for us to have a positive outlook.  It's all about attitude!
I've forgotten the name of this tree/bush but it was really lovely.
It had beautiful blooms on it but as much as anything I loved the shape of it.

I got to do a little sewing this weekend.  First I made this quilt top.  I don't have a child picked out yet for Hooty Goes Night Night (Riley Blake Designs) but I bet I can find one!
And then I made a bunch of these:
I'm hoping some time in the next few days to turn these into a top using a Schnibbles pattern, Paganini.

And finally, as promised, I picked a winner for the giveaway today:
Sharon from Camp Gramma you're the winner!  I'll be e-mailing you to get your address.  Congratulations!


Vroomans' Quilts said...

You are so right - we make our own day! Congratulations to the other Sharon - lol!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I hope your Sunday is Sunny and bright blue skies prevail!

Gail said...

Creations and rain, the gray did not matter. I can hear the happy in your words.

Julie Fukuda said...

Congratulations to Sharon! I am plotting now as to how I will get my canine assistant to pick a winner. I should have gotten some pointers from you.
The quilt is a hoot. Can't have too many owls, you know.

Marie said...

Love, Love the Hooty Owl quilt top. Your recipient will be a very lucky child indeed! We have had a lot of rain here lately as well, and it is very cool for summer. I wish we could send some of the rain to Africa! xxoo

Carol said...

I'm glad you could take a little drive and share the scenery with us. I know gray days...we get them at the shore often.

I'm glad you're sewing too!

Carol (NJ)

Arkansas Patti said...

Road trips are fun. Interesting this year how the climate moderates the farther south one goes. This keeps up, Florida will become the summer vacation state.
Lovely wild flowers.

Tonya said...

I awoke to a gray day today and I am so happy about it!!! We need some cooling off.

I am sure you will have no problem finding the perfect home for that cute quilt!

Marie said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your trip. I love the quilt and I bet you will find someone to give it to.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

It is the small things in life that can bring so much happiness. Glad you enjoyed your day.

Gmama Jane said...

AAHHH< the Gulf of Mexico is one of my favorite spots on earth. Gulf Shores Beach in particular!! And I love that little Hooty Hoot will make a great gift for some lucky little one. Congrats to Sharon at Camp Grandma!!
Have fun packing up!

Sharon said...

Just got back from our little road trip to, but a nice break! I am so excited to be the winner of the give away! Thanks so much! Your little owl quilt is sure to be a treasure to some lucky child!

Purple Pam said...

Hooty's a cutie!