Friday, September 5, 2014

On Sharing A Secret

SunriseYesterday on the blog for my vintage trailer I said I had a secret that I would share today.  If you would like to know the secret – that’s not a secret anymore – click the ‘Daffodil – My Vintage Trailer – tab at the top of this page and see what Daffodil and I are doing today.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


The restoration of my vintage trailer is making progress.  If you haven’t stopped by to check it out you can go to her blog and see what’s happening.  The simple way to see for yourself is to click on the tab labeled ‘Daffodil – My Vintage Trailer’.  The changes are started to show on the outside.  Please come by and see!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thing Are Happening

On my vintage trailer. 
Yellow Wheel Come on over to Daffodil’s blog and see what we’re doing.  You may be surprised!

(You can visit Daffodil’s blog by clicking on the ‘Daffodil – My Vintage Trailer’ tab at the top of my blog.)

Friday, August 15, 2014

What Would You Do. . .

If you were camping and it rained when you had planned to roast marshmallows over the campfire outside?  Well, you could improvise.  You could put your thinking cap on and come up with a new plan!
Roasting MarshamallowsYou could very carefully roast them inside – over the burner of the stove in your travel trailer!  You would have to be careful not to catch them on fire or your smoke alarm would go off and the campers nearby would come running!
Roasting Marshmallows InsideYou could turn them and roast them - and then you would eat them!  And they would be good!  So good you might eat a few too many.

(There’s a new post over at Daffodil’s blog.  If you haven’t seen it, click on the ‘Daffodil – My Vintage Trailer’ tab at the top of this page.  It will take you right over to her blog.  We’re making progress!  I’d love to share it with you.)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I Will Trust When I Cannot See

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Lean not on your own understanding
In all your ways acknowledge Him
And He will direct your path.
Proverbs 3:5-6

When I do not understand God’s leading
When I do not know the reason why
He should choose the path that lies before me
Still to Him in faith I can reply:

I will trust when I cannot see
When I’m faced with adversity
And believe Your will is always best for me
I will trust when I cannot see
- author unknown

Friday, August 8, 2014

Happy Portraits

I don’t often advertise on my blog.  I’ve had offers to ‘go commercial’ and I’ve turned them down.  I’ve been cautious not to recommend products or services or suggest that you contact people whose skills I believe in.  That’s not been the purpose of my blog, but today I find that I must ‘advertise’ a young artist whose work I highly admire.  I’m not prejudiced at all – in spite of the fact that this young artist is my grandson!  You see, artistic ability runs in our family.  My grandmother was an extremely good artist, although she didn’t share her skills very often during my growing up years.  I remember when she told me that, as a young girl, she longed to draw so much that she didn’t let the fact they couldn’t afford artist’s supplies stop her.  She peeled bark off a nearby tree, took a piece of charcoal from the fireplace and drew to her heart’s content.  Her daughter, my mother’s sister, was a wonderful artist and her son, my cousin, attended art school after he graduated from high school.  His work was later featured in galleries and sold to discriminating buyers.  My father had some artistic ability, too.  My ‘art’ skills didn’t come through in drawing or painting – it came through music.  Music I studied and music that just came comes from my heart through my fingers on the keyboard.  Our son’s art abilities captured the attention of a middle school art teacher and she encouraged him to continue to learn and follow a career in art.  He chose not to do that, but his son – Mr. G. – has obviously inherited the same talent.  I would like to introduce you to him (my favorite young artist!).
Gavin Mr. G. loves to draw and it’s obvious he has a keen eye for the reality of his subjects.  At a recent family gathering Mr. G. proudly presented each person gathered there with a portrait he had carefully drawn of them.  It was obvious he had given careful thought to the personality of each one.  He has a book about drawing caricatures – he said it gave him some ideas.  So, without further adieu. . . here are the portraits he drew of my sweetheart and me.  My sweetheart . . .
Grandpa Stamback - Gavin's Art And me. 
Grandma Stamback - Gavin's ArtWith each presentation he explained why he had chosen to draw each of us as he did.  I was almost afraid to hear his thinking about my portrait!  When he told me why he drew me as he did, I was a bit overwhelmed.  He said, ‘Grandma, I drew you this way because you are a happy person, and I wanted you to be happy in my drawing!’

If that’s how Mr. G. sees me, I have accomplished something I hoped my grandkids would see in me.  You can’t trick kids to believe you are something you are not.  I gained a bit of confidence as a grandmother that day and I am happy – happy that he sees me as a person who is happy!