January 31, 2008

Buddy's Rail Fence Quilt

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"But as for me, I will sing about your power. I will shout with joy each morning because of our unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety in the day of distress." -Psalm 59:16

January 30, 2008

Cat Quilt

"And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,

“‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
you have prepared praise’?”

And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there." -Matthew 21:14-17

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This is detail from a quilt I made for Buster several years ago. This is the border. The rest of the quilt is panels of cats. Here's a wider view:

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Buster loves to take a nap on the couch under this quilt with his favorite live cat curled up on his belly.

January 29, 2008

Snow Drops

snow drops

"Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Matthew 20:25-28

January 28, 2008

Do Not Hinder Them

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"Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 19:13-14

January 27, 2008

Counting Pennies


“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." -Matthew 18:10-14

January 26, 2008

Library Rules

respect yourself

"Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven." -Matthew 18:21-22

January 25, 2008

Library Bell

copper bell

"When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?” And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.” - Matthew 17:24-27

January 24, 2008

Bars in Sunshine


"And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only." Matthew 17:1-8

January 23, 2008

Left out in the rain

Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel. -Matthew 15:29-31

blue ball

January 22, 2008

Sweater Vest

sweater vest neck

"And Jesus called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” -Matthew 15:11-12

January 21, 2008

Clean Laundry

"And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” -Matthew 14:23-31

week of shirts

January 20, 2008

Fridge Art

"The Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." Matthew 13: 44

fridge art

This looks to me like a Madonna and Child. Buddy called it a map while he was drawing it; to what I can't remember.

January 19, 2008

Icy glaze on the world

"He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” Matthew 13:31

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Yesterday I got to work a little early so I could go out walking. It snowed the day before, just a coating. Enough to sugar everything, and then it rained some to put
on the glaze. Early in the morning the clouds were dark and low but by the time I got to work the wind had chased them off. The sun came out as I was walking the trail and the world lit up with diamonds.

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I had a hard time picking which photos to post. See the rest in my January set on flickr.

January 18, 2008

Library pencils

pencil basket

"Enter into God's gates with thanksgiving
and into her courts with praise
Give thanks to God; bless her name.

For the Lord is good;
her love endures forever,
and her faithfulness lasts
to all generations."

Psalm 100:4-5

My librarian colleague thinks this basket is not a good place to keep pencils. It's true we have to keep picking them up off the floor. For some reason that amuses me to no end.

January 17, 2008

Library Geraniums

library geranium

"To have good fruit you must have a healthy tree; if you have a poor tree, you will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of fruit it bears." Matthew12:33


January 16, 2008

Matthew 12:20-21

barn door

"He will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smoldering wick
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope."

January 15, 2008

Matthew 11:28 -30


"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

I left my camera at work yesterday after taking only one or two pictures of the Newbery and Caldecott book award winners, so I have to give you a picture from Sunday. Buddy and Punkin are holding and admiring this sweet little four day old baby my parents are caring for. We call her Lisa.

January 14, 2008

Matthew 10:29-31

cinnamon raisin roll

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. so do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

January 13, 2008

Psalm 135: 1-2

january lilacs

Praise the Lord.
Praise the name of the Lord;
Praise him, you servants of the Lord,
you who minister in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.

January 12, 2008

Matthew 9:35-36

convention center

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

January 11, 2008

Psalm 23:1-2

cook books

The Lord is my shepherd. I have everything I need. He lets me rest in green meadows. He leads me beside quiet streams.

January 10, 2008

Matthew 8:13-14

barn under blue sky

Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour.

When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him.

January 9, 2008

Matthew 7:7-8


"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to her who knocks, the door will be opened."

January 8, 2008

Matthew 6:28-34

grass seed, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

"Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

"But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

"Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?'"For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

January 7, 2008

Choir Loft

organ pipes, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

Our church had a special program yesterday afternoon for Epiphany. (Three Kings Day) The kids were supposed to dress as kings so I made Buddy a dashiki and kufi. After the music and the party we went up in the choir loft so Buddy could see the organ. He was fascinated by the organ and pipes. He wanted to pretend to play the keyboards and ask a million questions about the pipes. He also played choir boy, making me go down and sit in the church while he stood on the balcony and sang to me.

January 6, 2008

Three Kings Day

crocheted hat

"And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshiped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him. Then they returned to their country by another road, since God had warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod."
-Matthew 2: 9-12

January 4, 2008

Still obsessed with milkweed

empty, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

... and cattails


January 3, 2008

A Bitter Cold Day

berries 1, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

Wind: N at 16 mph
Humidity: 31%

I'm still playing with the auto focus on the close up shots:

distant focus on berries

near focus on berries

I like to see those leaf buds getting ready even though we have months of cold still to come.

And here's what these berries looked like back in balmy October:


January 2, 2008

January 1, 2008

ha bari gani?

kwanzaa, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

december 2007

december 2007, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

Here is my last mosaic of 2007. I didn't do as bad as I feared, although I clearly could use some work on the indoor shots. I do best on a sunny day.

I intend to keep right on taking photos every day and posting them here through 2008. I hope I learn as much again as I have in the past year. And I hope you all will join me! Leave me a comment if you are doing 365 so I can link you.