Sunday, July 15, 2007

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Well, I'm messed up right now... something that happened called a floating accident. No, I didn't say a boating accident, a floating accident. Miles challenged me to a flying leap onto one of our silver floaties, but my body chickened out in midair, above the thing, and I wound up hitting it on an angle, knee extended... I heard/felt something 'go' and now I've pulled something. Ugh. I pray it heals quickly!

Miles was speaking my love language this weekend - can you say "yard sales"?

I don't think he necessarily enjoys ferrying me around the back streets of our tourist saturated community in the sticky hot heat. I think he could find a thousand other things he would like to get into - especially now that he's got his plate almost completely uncluttered. But he knows that there's nothing I like more than finding 'the deal' The deal can morph from a piece of furniture, to jewellery, to a unique vase, clothing or - well, let your imagination run wild.

Its not essentially the item bought and paid for... its the hunt. I really don' t have a need for anything - particularly in the clothing department. I could easily eliminate one half of my clothing and not miss a thing. I need the folks from What Not to Wear to come and do a tune-up on my wardrobe. In the meantime, I will just have to go through it all in the fall, when the weather gets cooler and bless the local thrift store back with the many items I bought there in the first place. Its recycling, a good thing, right?

And anything vintage would be a 'must buy' for me. I am a sucker for the old and unusual.

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Like, I'm always on the lookout for something like these... platinum and golden beaded eyelashes - a girl's got to have 'em!

So, what did I find today (that I don't need) It was a sparse day for me. I found a lovely pair of black stretch jeans, a clock/radio and a pottery vase that looks exactly like a crumpled paper bag. Way cool. So cool that it caused an longing, envious remark from another saler who just missed it. I can post a photo if you would like - a comment might motivate me friends.

So, I've been learning Adobe Illustrator, under the watchful and helpful eye of my brainy husband. Thank goodness for him, as I flounder at some stages and need him to push my mental wheel out of the rut every now and again. I'm somewhat familiar with the commands as I've used Microsoft Expressions for a while now, but Illustrator is much more evolved and complicated. In case you are not familiar with the program, you might want to visit the following website of Yukio Miyamoto - the Master of Illustrator, to see the potential! Just click on the following link! (if you right click and open his site in a new window then you won't be taken away from this blog entry)

Today's pics are of some lenticular clouds we saw in the evening sky a few days ago. I've always been fascinated by them and so after processing these photos I just had to go and look them up. This is what I've learned:

Lenticular clouds are formally known as altocumulus standing lenticularis. They are stationary and they are normally lined up at right angles to the wind direction. When stable damp air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a bunch of prominent standing waves may form on the downwind side. Lenticular clouds sometimes build at the crests of these waves. Under some conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can be created, forming a formation known as a wave cloud.

Some plane pilots avoid flying near lenticular clouds because of the turbulence of the rotor systems that come with them, but sailplane pilots actually seek them out, because though the clouds can produce heavy turbulence they also show a sign of precipitation. These systems of atmospheric standing waves that cause "lennies" (as they are sometimes familiarly called) also involve great vertical air movements, and the very location of the rising air mass is fairly easy to predict from the position of the clouds. "Wave lift" of this sort is often so smooth and strong, and allows gliders to soar to singular altitudes and great distances. The current gliding world records for both distance (over 3,000km) and altitude (14,938m) were set using such lift!

And of course, to find out the real scoop on clouds, I referred to 'the book'... my bible, to see what I could glean there... and it was an eye and ear opener! For starters, God's clouds can be a reminder to us anytime we see them, of His covenant with us.

Genesis 9:16
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.

God himself, hid himself in the form of a cloud (and fire at night) to guide His people to safety.

Exodus 13:21
By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

He stayed and protected His people in the form of cloud and fire - surrounding them with His safety always.

Exodus 14:19
Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them,

His cloud provided the light to His people, while creating darkness for the enemy.

Exodus 14:20
Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

And our Lord God may watch us from a cloud.

Exodus 14:24
During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.

In fact the Lord himself tells Moses He will appear in a cloud so the people will believe in what Moses says:

Exodus 19:9
The LORD said to Moses, "I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you."

He hides in clouds, He dwells in clouds, He creates the clouds, He loads them with moisture and lightening, He uses them to punish us - or to water the earth to show His love.

1 Kings 8:12
2 Chronicles 6:1
Job 37:11

Job 37:13

He brings the clouds to punish men,

or to water his earth and show his love.

At any rate, there's nothing subtle about God and clouds. He created them and uses them in so many ways. Can you not look at a cloud and marvel and wonder? I can imagine Him hiding in the little wispy, whimsical clouds - to me they're like a playful reminder of Him, did he create these sort to whisper "hello, My Child?" The clouds I imagine Him riding on and hiding in are the big fat fluffy clouds - Cumulus clouds - the sort that look like heaps of soft, white mashed potatoes. I can also easily see God in the powerful Thunderclouds - His voice the booming sound, his presence in the brilliant flash of lightening produced. The sky His canvas, His artwork the cloudscapes He creates - no one exactly the same, ever changing with the atmospheric conditions. He's ever present, everlasting. His creation changes, but God does not.

And this brings to my mind and lips, a powerful worship song you may have heard:


by Robin Mark

These are the days of Elijah Declaring the Word of the Lord
And these are the days of your servant Moses Righteousness being restored
And though these are days of great trials Of famine and darkness and sword
Still we are the voice in the desert crying Prepare ye the way of the Lord!

Behold He comes!

Riding on the clouds!

Shining like the sun!

At the trumpet call Lift your voice!

It's the year of Jubilee!

And out of Zion's hill salvation comes!

And these are the days of Ezekiel The dry bones becoming as flesh
And these are the days of your servant David Rebuilding a temple of praise
And these are the days of the harvest The fields are as white in the world
And we are the labourers in your vineyard Declaring the word of the Lord!

Behold He comes!

Riding on the clouds!

Shining like the sun!

At the trumpet call Lift your voice!

It's the year of Jubilee!

And out of Zion's hill salvation comes!

There's no God like Jehovah!
There's no God like Jehovah!
There's no God like Jehovah!
There's no God like Jehovah! (Repeat 3 times)

Behold He comes!

Riding on the clouds!

Shining like the sun!

At the trumpet call Lift your voice!

It's the year of Jubilee!

And out of Zion's hill salvation comes!

Have a Blessed Day, my friends! I will be popping in and out during the next few weeks, to bring you small goodies and I have some mucho interesting articles and sites to share. Thanks for visiting me today.


  1. I love your tapes and these are so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

  2. AnonymousJuly 15, 2007

    Good Sunday the lovely Mrs. Miles! I just stopped in to let you know that I've used a pair of your spunky 50's sunglasses on my Hollywood layout which can be seen here:
    Thanks so much for your contribution to my creation! :)

  3. AnonymousJuly 15, 2007

    Hey sistah,

    thought I would give you a link for ppl to hear the Days of Elijah. I love that song. :)~G

  4. Thanks for the thoughts & info on clouds. I love clouds! And Days of Elijah is one of my faves too.

    Heal up soon my friend!

  5. So sorry to hear about your injury and hope you heal soon!! Thank you for sharing your AWESOME summer tapes!! and i LOVE the cloud pix and info!! Was fun reading about your love for yard-sale(ing)lol too i go to our local swapmeet weekly not only to hunt that special bargain, but to socialize! But ya gotta LOVE finding a bargain! lol i know i do!! :D
    Thank you for all you do!! Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

  6. oh sweetie! i hope your leg is all better soon, i will add you to my prayer list (i always pray for you, but i will be a bit more specific this time!)....your cloud photos are GORGEOUS, is it any wonder that as children we see so much wonder and possibility in them?! and what a wonderful feeling to find that same amazement as adults...I love the song, but reading the lyrics sans music makes it even more exhilarating! One day dear sister we will all be called up on those very clouds!!!! (if we never meet before then, i definitely look forward to our meeting then *smiles* it is only a matter of time)...
    have a blessed day!

  7. AnonymousJuly 15, 2007

    Thanks so much for the Summer tapes!

  8. AnonymousJuly 15, 2007

    thank you for the tapes! they are so sweet and perfect for them summer pages. And thank you for the thoughts and verses on clouds.

  9. Sorry about your accident and take care of that knee. I'm not exactly sure what was but you might consider a visit to the doctor, as there are too many tendons in that area. Hopefully it won't be anything serious but check it out just in case tendons are fragile sometimes.:(

    May I encourage you to show us a photo of that lovely vase you bought? your description of it sounds very nice. :)

    Nice excerpts of the Bible, I sometimes read it, but in English is way too difficult for me. LOL I'm more into Karen Armstrong books. They are easier to read for me :)

    The photos of the clouds are lovely and the data about them very interesting. Thanks so much for it and thanks so much for the links you add to the blog. It makes coming to your blog very interesting. :) If you wish and want to see more photos of clouds and information about them I can recommend you this link

    The Cloud Appreciation Society

    It's a lovely place full of photos of them. Feel free to share the link if you enjoy it and you wish.:)

    Hope you have great fun learning Illustrator and take care of yourself and that knee. :) And many thanks for the tapes, they are lovely. :)

    Best wishes. :O)

  10. Those tapes are lovely. Thank you.

  11. Thank you so much for the gorgeous freebie! This blog post has been added to the freebies list at

  12. Thanks so much for the lovley holiday tapes, they will come in handy! Hope your leg is soon better! Love your touched up photos, it is amazing what you can do with these programs. As for yard sales, we don't get them here in South Africa!

  13. Good Morning Barb:)
    What did you do to yourself this time.?:( How do you stop midair?LOL Soo sorry..I know it isn't funny...but did anyone get pics?LOL

    Seriously though..I hope you didn't damage yourself too badly...I know how bad it can be with leg injuries..cause I have a biggy one.:)Ligaments take a while to go easy on it for a while..keep it elevated and ice packs on it to keep the swelling down...and lots and lots of attention from Miles.:)I pray you will heal really fast and are able to go back to those yard sales and browse some more.:)
    Thank you for more of your wonderful tapes.I love them all:)
    I loved reading about clouds and your scripture verses about them...but my favorite is this one...1 Thessalonians 4:17
    Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord
    Matthew 24:30
    And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory

    Hugs and get better!!

  14. me again:)
    Forgot to mention..Thank you so much anonymous..for the youtube link.:)

  15. Hey, Mrs. Miles. I meant to get a comment off yesterday but I had so much to do in the morning, company all afternoon and a long phone call in the evening. Just didn't get much computer time.

    We both love cloud pictures and your first picture is especially nice. My husband is/was a Weatherman so I hear all about what each type of cloud is. I use names like "puffer" clouds etc. He rolls his eyes. This country up here has some great clouds and sky scapes. D had me earmark that link to the Cloud Appreciation Society that Olga9999 gave (thanks Olga).

    I'm not a garage saler myself ... probably a good thing for it is hard to resist a good deal ... I just MAY need that thing ... then where would I put it all?

    I do hope what ever you pulled is feeling better! I tell you, pulled things don't seem to heel very fast for me anymore. Just not the young thing I once was. But you, you are just a young thing so I'm hoping it'll pop into shape just like that, pray it be so.

    Sounds like you are keeping your mind challenged learning all of those programs. Good for you! Keep those grey cells activated!


  16. AnonymousJuly 16, 2007

    So sorry you got injured while just having some fun. I pray that you get better quick. Also got so encouraged by your cloud article. Becuase of a huge forest fire near us, the sunset on the clouds was tremendous last night. Days of Elijah is my all time fav. song. When it is playing on a cd in the car we always crank up the volume. It is so powerful....have a great day enjoying the beautiful nature that God has created.

  17. Hi - love the latest holiday items - keep them coming. Great for my holiday LO's. Can't post on latest blogpost - so here instead. Updated my blog again. Love your blog as usual. Thanks

  18. AnonymousJuly 19, 2007

    Thanks a lot for the Tapes


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