Murdo Girl…Hard Labor

It was a day to remember. We have been dealing with a couple of digging dogs and it became our mission to STOP the destruction of our back yard. We purchased several rolls of wire fencing, called daughter, Heidi to enlist her help, and spent the day filling holes. We rolled out and pinned down wire hoping to foil the diggers. Kip was the Boss Man as he has not fully recovered from his back surgery and is unable to lift, bend, or twist his core. Heidi and I did all of that…many, many, times.

Heidi had a date and had to leave early, so we knocked off around 3:00, but I will continue tomorrow. I want this done so badly and I really think it is a brilliant idea. The grass will grow right through the wire and we can even mow over the top of it.

During the day, I was reminded of this song. It was on one of the 260 albums we collected over the years…I think you can Iisten to it while watching the short video.

I didn’t do any of this in my 60’s…

Murdo Girl…Easter is a joyful time

Some only believe what they can see which isn’t always right.

Below is another excerpt from the book, We Shall See what We Shall See. It’s a message to children about the importance of faith in our lives.

Faith is knowing all is well in darkness and in light.

Walk in faith dear child and let your goodness show.

You know you can believe, and I know your faith will grow…

    For we shall see, what we shall see.

Close your eyes and it will be.

We never have to be without, the love of God within.

My love for you fills up my heart much more than ten times ten.

We can’t physically see what is in someone’s heart, but we can know that every one of us has a cross to bear. I remember my mother saying those words when I expressed my uninformed opinion about someone else’s seemingly charmed life.

I am far from a shining example of a person who lives the kind of life my creator wants for me. Some days I do better than others. The happiest people I know have a strong faith that if they are in the throes of a bleak “Good Friday,” they can have faith that a beautiful “Easter Sunday” is coming. We need a crucified and risen Lord so that we can believe His message to us.

I hope you have a blessed Easter and if you are carrying a heavy cross, may you feel the load lightened as you experience the joy and the spirit of Easter we celebrate today.

Photo borrowed from a friend.

Murdo Girl…Driving Miss 70’s

Yesterday, Kip gave me the day off from nursing, or rather insisted our friend Bear get me out of his hair for a few hours, and I got to go on my first ever motorcycle ride. Bear’s wife, Anne sent some of her delicious peanut butter cookies for Kip. They magically disappeared while I was gone.

Nellie: Hey Rylie…that 70’s girl has a sock tattoo on her arm, It says, BORN FREE…Really?

I took all of the photos in the video while we rode the backroads of East Texas. It could not have been a more beautiful day.

Here is a good website to go to for identifying Texas wildflowers. We saw a lot of Texas Lantana, Indian Paintbrush, and Primrose. We also saw almost every kind of tree you can imagine.

Murdo Girl…A sneak peek

Some days the Murdo Coyote can howl and some days she has a scratchy throat! Excuse me…I have 36 cupcakes to decorate for two different occasions.

This is a short Vlog. It’s time to get ready to go on a motorcycle ride to look at the beautiful Texas wildflowers. Another 70’s first. When I was 12, my dad told me he’d better not ever catch me on the back of a motorcycle. So sorry Dad.

Its okay…I don’t need to lick the bowl

Murdo Girl…A great day for a little donkey

It was spring in the land where Jesus lived.  The air was breezy, flowers were blooming, and all the people were happy because they were going to Jerusalem to celebrate one of the great feasts of the year.

This year, many people were especially eager to reach Jerusalem because they heard that Jesus was going to be there, and they wanted to be sure to see Him. 

 Jesus and His disciples were on their way to Jerusalem.  Just outside the city, Jesus said to two of his disciples, “In the little village of Bethphage you will find a young donkey tied up.  He has never been ridden before, but bring him here for Me to ride into Jerusalem.  If anyone asks you why you are untying him, just say, “The Lord hath need of him.’ And the owners will let him go.

The two disciples started to walk. When they arrived in the village, and they found everything just as Jesus had said.  The colt was tied outside a house. 

As they were untying the little donkey, his owners happened to see them.  One owner said, “Why are those strangers untying our colt!”  Quickly, one of the owners ran out to stop them.  Excitedly, he said, “What do you mean by untying our donkey?”

The disciples gave him the answer that Jesus told them to say, “The Lord hath need of him.”

When the donkey’s owner heard that the Lord needed that donkey, he gladly let the disciples take him.  Surely this man must have been one of Jesus’ friends. 

When the disciples brought the donkey to Jesus they threw some of their clothes on the colt’s back to make a saddle.  Jesus rode the rest of the way to Jerusalem on the donkey’s back.

In our country, we think a donkey isn’t a very important animal.  But donkeys were regarded differently in the land where Jesus lived.  There the donkey was considered an honorable animal.  It was the animal on which kings rode when they were about to take over their thrones.

What pride and joy welled up in the disciples’ hearts as they saw Jesus sitting on the donkey!  True, he didn’t look much like a king of the world.  He wore no jeweled crown or royal robes.  Yet there was something about His face that made Him more than kingly.  It was the kindness, goodness, strength of character and love shining there.

The people began to crowd the road.  News had reached Jerusalem that Jesus was coming.  The people began to “rejoice greatly” as the prophet had said they would.  Some people honored Jesus by spreading their coats in the road for His donkey to walk over. They began cutting down big branches from tall palm trees and spread them in the road. This was their custom—all these things were commonly done to help make a brightly colored path for a king to travel over.

Boys and girls joined the procession.  They picked flowers and threw them on the road to make a beautiful carpet for Jesus to ride over.  Joyfully, they waved their long palm branches.  This is the happy song they sang and shouted:

“Hosanna to the son of David!  Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest!”  

“Hosanna” means something like our expression, “Praise the Lord!”   Jesus knew everyone was glad when they sang Hosanna to Him.

Many, many people followed Jesus waving palm branches as they, too, cheered him and called out, “Hosanna to the son of David!”  Boys and girls and men and women clapped their hands as they sang praises to the Lord Jesus.  They wanted everybody to know how much they loved the man Jesus who had been so kind and gentle to them.  All were very happy and the children loved to sing to Jesus.  Can you imagine how wonderful this procession must have been?

The crowds grew larger still.  Even more people joined in shouting, “Hosanna in the highest, Blessed be He who cometh in the name of the Lord!”

As the procession neared Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, ‘Who is this?’”  And the multitude said, “This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” 

Did you notice the story mentions that, all the city was moved?    That means that everyone in the city felt Jesus’ presence. He was a magnet of love!   

Some men named Pharisees (A member of the Jewish sect that emphasized strict interpretation and observance of the law), heard the crowd praising God, and they said to Jesus, “Teacher, why don’t you tell these people to stop praising you as if you were God?”

The Pharisees thought that Jesus was getting too much attention from the people.  They wanted to be the most important, but everyone was listening to Jesus instead.

Jesus replied, “If they were quiet now, even the stones would cry out!”   This means that even the rocks in nature that God our Father created and filled with the Holy Spirit would have recognized the Son of God by shouting praises, even if the people hadn’t.

It was a great day, too, for that little donkey.  

The Lord had need of that little donkey, that humble little animal, to fulfill a great prophecy on one of the greatest days of His life.

This story was modified from a story in Pathway for Families...

Murdo Girl…Murdo Makeover, Part 3

I wanted to get this post on this morning because of the message included in the video. I had envisioned completing it with the song (one of my favorites) sung by Emmy Lou Harris. The song was to to be background music for a lengthy slideshow. The slides were to include pictures of my reign over the years. Lav and many of you would have been included. Sadly, I didn’t have the time. Though I know you must be disappointed, I am just one Queen and can only do what I can do in a day’s time. I know you will understand. Use your imagination. You have seen all of the photos in the news or on the blog more than once.

Chara, April and a few others should be added to the birthday girl list…

She was once an ordinary Girl
Sheila Hurst does beautiful work. I love this card. It reminds me of the photo above when I was just an ordinary girl with ordinary hair!

Murdo Girl…Moving along

Here is a more abbreviated part 2 of my Murdo Makeover. When you operate in live mode, which I always try to do, sometimes things don ‘t turn out exactly as you envision them. There is always a plan B.

I still have makeup and wardrobe to go, but I still need to lose 6 pounds which will be a miracle since I always gain ten at the mere suggestion of a pending reunion.

I haven’t forgotten that I have a big upcoming announcement. I have to make a phone call first and enlist some help to pull my plan off. It has to do with the future of Murdo Girl…last hint.

Hey Lav…If they won’t let us have a convertible in Murdo, we’ll come up with something!

Murdo Girl…The Murdo Makeover part 1

Warning: This post may or may not have been rejected by some social media due to the length of the instructional video. Please feel free to FF through any parts you feel are not helpful to your overall learning experience. People learn at different paces.

The maker of this video is not yet well versed in splitting the production into clips and increasing the speed while muting the sound.

She also forgot to add text to title page…

Break time…Cup of tea and a Nutrisystem sweet roll