Friday, December 30, 2005

"For purple mountains majesties..."

One thing Michigan does not have is mountains.

When we were in California, we didn't go TO the mountains, but we got to SEE them. I realized how much I miss seeing mountains.

I took a picture, but it really doesn't do justice to them. Kevin took pictures with our camera, and I'm hoping that his turned out much better than mine. (We have to get the film developed.)

Today's a coffee day

Last night I was just about to head off to bed when I saw that a dear friend was online (through instant messaging). So I ended up talking to her late into the night. (Ummmm, actually early into the morning.) So now I'm functioning on little more than five and a half hours of sleep. I'm headed off to get some coffee, which, incidentally, doesn't really seem to wake me up. It is, however, very successful in keeping me awake at night if I've had it any time after 2 p.m. Maybe it will do the trick this time?

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Thank you notes

I always write thank you notes for gifts that I've gotten. Right now, I am a little behind, since I haven't written my thank you notes for my birthday presents. I need to do that! Now I can combine them with my Christmas thank you notes!

One year when I was a teenager, I wrote and sent all my thank you notes the day after Christmas. My grandparents got theirs the next day. My grandpa asked me if I had peeked at my gifts before Christmas, and written my thank you notes before Christmas! LOL

When we were stuck in the LA airport for 3 hours this Christmas, I was wishing that I had thought to get a pack of thank you notes. It would have helped to pass time! It was a boring 3 hours, because nothing was open! I don't know if they typically close all their stores at 9 or 9:30 p.m., or if they closed early because of Christmas. I just know that looking IN the store windows wasn't as entertaining as browsing in the stores!

Monday, December 26, 2005

Valentines Day is JUST around the corner!

My sister Holly and I went shopping before Christmas, and when we walked into one of the stores, there right inside the door was a whole section of VALENTINE's stuff. How crazy is that??? Do you want to know when I think of Valentine's Day?

February 14th!

Certainly, I've never thought of, or bought anything for Valentine's Day before Christmas!!!

Our wonderful technology...

Cell phones are great. I admit it, when we had cell phones, it was so handy. But they are annoying when other people use them in stores and hold up lines, or when drivers chat on their phones and don't pay attention to the road. People tend to abuse them in public.

Last night though, I just had to laugh. We landed in the Los Angeles airport and I went into the restroom. There was a lady in a stall chatting on the phone, amidst the WHOOSH of toilets flushing around her. She didn't seem embarrassed at all, she was having a nice little chatty conversation. *giggles*

Some people...

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Sunny Side Up

My sister Holly told me to make this post "sunny side up". She said, "You were sick, but you didn't die!"


"You didn't have to go to the hospital!"


Tuesday and Wednesday I spent in bed and laying around the house, either at my grandparents or my parents house. I got sick! What a way to spend my Christmas vacation with my family! I wasn't dreadfully ill (as Holly sweetly pointed out! *grin*), but I certainly didn't feel well either. I guess I had the flu or something. I don't know. So far, nobody else has gotten it. I don't think it was food poisoning, because I ate the same meals everyone else was eating.

I was super glad to wake up this morning and not have a sick stomach! We were going to have lunch at my grandparents yesterday, but since I was sick, we ended up going there today.

We had a nice lunch with them, and then we watched some home videos. Kevin had never seen any of the videos from when I was younger.

Here's a "sunny side up"--the weather here is gorgeous!!! It's been in the 60's all week! There isn't any fog, and the mountains are very visible. This morning I picked a bowl of raspberries from my grandparent's raspberry bushes. I was surprised there were still berries out there! It has been unseasonably warm for this area, but I am glad, because it's a nice respite from the cold snowy weather of Michigan!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Safe and Sound in California!

We arrived in California last night. Whew! We had two connections, so the travelling time was drawn out. It was worth it though! =)

Tracy wanted me to rub in the fact that it is warmer here (right, Tracy??? Hehehe). We realized how much we are acclimated to Michigan winters when we were at the LA airport. We had to be shuttled over to another part of the airport, and before we went outside, we heard two of the workers talking. "Is it cold out?" "Oh, yes, it's COLD out!"

We laughed when we walked outside. It was a "balmy" 60*. We took our coats off and enjoyed the "cold" weather. Hahaha All the men who were working outside had heavy coats and stocking caps on.

We've enjoyed our time so far with our family. Of course, we got in late last night and had church this morning, but we have had some time to talk. My little sisters have grown so much!

I plan on taking lots of pictures, which I will share when I get home!

Friday, December 16, 2005


I'm really excited! Tomorrow night we will be in California!!! We are going home for Christmas. We won't have a white Christmas, but who cares!!! I've had enough of the white stuff for a while! LOL

While there, we will get to see each set of grandparents and my great grandma, and of course, my mom, dad, and siblings too!

I'm so excited. I have a ton of stuff that I need to get accomplished today, in order for us to leave tomorrow. And why must I be coming down with a sore throat now? My colds always start with a whopping sore throat. I've been taking all kinds of things to keep it at bay, but so far they aren't working! Boohoo...

I'll try to update my blog from California! If not, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I left the key on the counter...

Today was the last day I cleaned for the office manager at Kevin's work. After we get back from our Christmas vacation in California, she's going to be my office manager too! I'm going to be the new receptionist/adminstrative assistant. Since I will be working full time, I won't have the time to clean her house.

Every time I went to clean, I had two happy greeters in the house. "Moody" and "Snitch" were just sooooo excited to see me every time I came in. Well, let me amend that. They weren't excited to see me the first time I came in--but every time after that they knew me and came bouncing over to me for their petting. They are Australian Terriers, a very "cute" little doggy. =)

I considered keeping the key so I could go in and see what she has done differently to the house each week (LOL I'm just kidding). Every time I went to clean, something was different--rugs, pictures, decorations moved around from room to room, new renovations in the kitchen, new furniture. I talked to her about how she's always moving things around, and she said it kind of bugs her husband. Hahaha he doesn't like to get up in the middle of the night and bump into things that she's moved around. Anyhow, it was so interesting to see how she was always moving things around. I tend to put something in one place, and that will be where it stays until we move. =)

Now that I've cleaned someone else's house, it's high time for me to get my own house clean and ready for our departure! I'm so excited! We're leaving for California in two days!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005


I realize this picture is kind of blurry, but it's the best I could get.

That is an actual snowflake! I don't know if the snow is dryer than usual, or what, but when I left the grocery store and went out to my car, there were snowflakes all over my car. Most of them had distinguishable 6 points too! I've never seen snowflakes like this! It was just so neat, had to share it!

Gift Ideas

I've compiled this list of gift ideas, and have it filed in my computer. It comes in handy sometimes, when I need a little gift for a lady, or perhaps a small collection of gifts. Most of the items are things that we ladies like to use but don't necessarily like to buy for ourselves. I thought perhaps this list might come in handy for stocking stuffers, or little gifts that you might need to pick up.

Barrette, hair stuff
Bath stuff
Books (fictional)
Candy, Candy bars
Cassette Tape—personal message
Coffee mug (with tea bags or coffee packet in it)
Coffee—trial size
Decorations—welcome sign
Devotional book
Dish towels/hot pads/dishcloths
Gel pens
Gum—double mint—“I hope all your blessings are doubled today”
Key chain
Mirror for purse
Night light
Note cards, Note pads/list pads
Photo album
Picture frame
Potpourri sachet
Recipe box
Recipe cards
Shower gel
Socks (slipper socks for around the house)
Sticky notes

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Smarter is better than harder...

My smart husband reads my blog on a daily basis. He read my previous post about the gloves and said to me, "Well, if you would have turned one of them inside out, it would have fit right."

Too bad he wasn't around to give us that advice. It certainly would have been easier!

But then again, I don't know if either my mom or myself would have put the "dirty" side of the glove next to our skin, and cleaned with the fleecy side of the glove out. Hmmmmm

Mom? would you have???

Monday, December 12, 2005

Two Left Gloves

Doesn't sound very comfie, does it? I've been using gloves to wash my dishes with lately (trying to keep my hands in decent shape! This weather does bad things to my hands!) and as I was washing my dishes a few nights ago, I recalled an incident that happened when I was around 15 years old.

My mom and I cleaned house for an old lady and her adult son. The house was kind of yucky. We put our gloves on before we even got in the house! One day when we went, we discovered that we had 3 left gloves and 1 right glove. It was my fault, since I had grabbed the gloves. We weren't about to clean without the gloves (did I mention we even used them to vacuum? hehehe). So we took turns having a set of gloves. My mom cleaned half the time with two left gloves, and I took them for the last half.

They weren't comfortable at all! The expression "fits like a glove" is true. The right hand is made a little differently than the left hand! =)

Sunday, December 11, 2005

A pet peeve of mine...

Tonight Kevin and I went to Outback Steakhouse for dinner--their cheese fries. Even though it's an appetizer, it's quite filling.

Anyhow, the waitress was one who uses "we" frequently. "How are we doing tonight?" (Ummmm....WE are doing fine, how 'bout you?) "Are we getting low on drinks?" ( aren't drinking out of my glass are you???). She was a sweet gal, and did a good job waiting our table, but that "we" thing is just a little annoying!

Is that something waiters/waitresses are trained to do? It seems more and more common.

Well, "we" enjoyed our cheese fries tonight! ;-)

Friday, December 09, 2005

And the mystery dinner was...

Steak, kabobs (mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes), and twice-baked potato casserole.

MMMMMMMMMM It was so good!

How popular is your last name?

Kim posted this website a while ago. It's fun to see how popular your last name is in the United States. Click on: The Sweetest Sound and type in your last name. My maiden name was in the 4000 range, which actually surprised me. I didn't expect it to be that common. My married name came is in the 700 range. So if it's so popular, why do people always want to misspell it? =)

A Mystery

That's what dinner is: a mystery. At least, for me it is! Kevin just called me and said he's making dinner. Since he has to get the ingredients, he will be home later than usual. I have NO idea what he is making!

I'm painting again

I decided to get the hallway done. It's right off the kitchen, and leads to the bathroom, so I'm painting it the same color as the kitchen (a creamy buttery yellow).

I told Rebecca that I love to paint, and she actually called me a liar! *GASP* LOL Well, in this case, I do believe she was right. I do not like to paint. I'm too much of a perfectionist, and too bad of a painter to get it done the way I want it done. Oh well.

This morning I'm going to put another coat of primer on it. The previous owners painted it a muddy greyish brown. (And I might add that they didn't paint with my standards! There is paint splashed all over the woodwork.) The kitchen took four coats of paint to cover, so I'm assuming this will be the same.

I need to hurry up and get it painted because all our coats are in a heap on the recliner. We don't have a coat closet, so this hallway doubles as one during the winter.

I'm skipping off to have fun in paint land! *Grin*

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Playing with fire

Well, maybe that should be "playing with candles". :-)

When I was little, my mom got drippy candles several years in a row. She remembered them from when she was little. Her mom had used them at Christmas time, and she had such fond memories of them, that she wanted to give us the same memories.

What she wasn't counting on was sibling rivalry. BIG time sibling rivalry. You see, the candles never dripped as much as the box showed. When they would drip, it was a huge deal. The person who could not see the dripping ended up feeling quite left out. So they would turn the candles in order to see the drip. Then the fighting would break out.

Finally my mom issued a decree that no one was to breath on, blow on, or touch the candles. That was great. We obeyed. Then came Dad. Of course, he was under no such stipulations, and he would bump the table to get them to drip. When that didn't work, he would take his fork and make a little indentation to get the candles to drip. We loved it when Dad was at the table (at supper time--we burned them at both lunch and dinner--I suspect it was to get rid of them as fast as possible)! Hahaha

Several years ago, I saw a box of these candles, and thought I'd burn them at Christmas. I forgot about them each year for several years. This year, I finally remembered them.

Kevin and I are having great fun with them. For the most part, they are pretty drippy on their own, but a little table shoving and blowing on them helps them along quite well. LOL Even though my candles were together in a box, they are burning differently, as you can see from the picture.

Monday, December 05, 2005

It's a Snowglobe outside

Shake up a snowglobe, and it will look exactly like what it looks like here. The snow is falling fast, in huge, soft clumps. It's beautiful! But...I did forget my boots today. This California girl isn't used to the boot thing. *Grin*


When things are going haywire, or things are just stressful, or new, or different, I make sure I have two things: a book and a project. If I have those two things, I feel somewhat normal in the midst of what I'm going through.

Whenever I've moved, the second place I find is the library. (The first place I look for is a grocery store! Food is slightly more important than a good book!)

When something is up, I find something I can crochet, or more recently, something I can knit. It keeps my hands busy during my spare time (however little of it I may happen to have at the time).

When we had just moved to a new church in California, I was way in over my head with things to do. I didn't find the library for three weeks--after the dust from moving had finally settled. I found a good book, and I got started on a doily.

Some people turn to food--they have to have their chocolate, for instance. Now, I like chocolate, don't get me wrong! But it doesn't do for me what a good book will do! :-)

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Wedding present

I'm showing off again. *Grin* I love to make things with my hands, and I love to share what I've made with others.

When Kevin's mom got married, I wanted to give her something very special. This was my gift to the happy couple (click on the picture to enlarge it):

This was a fun project to complete. I bought it as a kit, and the kit included beads and gold thread. The gold thread that came with the kit didn't really work, so I bought something else to use, which worked up much nicer than it would have with the thread from the kit.

Friday, December 02, 2005

What's wrong with the picture?

OK--the blogger spell check has left out a few important words.


Um, those are words now, right? I spell-checked my last post, and it was wanting to change "blog" to "bloc" (What is a "bloc" anyhow???).

Hmmm...their dictionary is so obsolete. LOL

Christmas posts

Rebecca is posting facts about Christmas this month. I've been watching her blog for new updates--learning this way is easier than finding the facts myself. *grin*

Holly wrote about cutting out snowflakes, and posted an interesting website, where you can go to get patterns for your snowflakes. They have many different ways to cut them out. I always enjoyed cutting snowflakes out when I was a kid (and even as an adult--but I did it under the guise of "helping" a child! Hehe).

Melody also posted a snowflake website. This one is neat, it is animated, and goes step by step.

Me? I'm sipping hot apple cider, reading every one else's blogs. *smiles* My Christmas enthusiasm started earlier this year, for some reason. I haven't seen too many bloggers writing about Christmas stuff.

So far this year, I've got my Christmas tree up, and the decorations around the house. Oh yeah, I forgot. I bought lights and wrapped them around my bed. It's so pretty. That was my creativity for this year! I'm still hoping to get a garland for the doorway in between the living room and dining room, but I haven't had the chance to go shopping for it yet.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Tree Trimming

In the comments of this post my sister Holly said:
We haven't gotten our tree yet, but hopefully we will this week! I haven't helped decorate our tree for three years now, so I'm looking forward to the "mad dash"!:-) YOU know how it goes!!!

Yes, I know how it goes! All the ornaments were packed in one box. As soon as the box came down, everyone scrambled to find their own ornaments, and then the "mad dash"--to put all your ornaments on the most prominent tree branches! (who wants their special ornaments hanging on the wall side of the tree???)

One "special" year, we got our tree on the 21st of December. We put it up. And took it down and put the lights back on, and redecorated. And again. And again! The problem was a little monkey of a sister who was hiding behind the tree, twisting the lights in the sockets, till the lights would all go out. So then we'd take the ornaments down, take the lights down and find which light was burnt out.

Now of course, my parents didn't realize what the problem was until the last time around. Otherwise, it would have been dealt with!

We kids had had enough of tree trimming for three years! So the day after Christmas, the tree came down! It was up for 6 days, and totally redecorated 3 times.

And then, how could I forget OUR first Christmas tree? Kevin and I had been married just six months, and we went and got a real tree. Mmm, smelled so good. We had a good time putting up our tree. We went to bed. About ten minutes later, we heard a loud sound from the living room that would indicate the tree had fallen over. Now, since I didn't have to do anything about getting the tree back up, I thought it was terribly funny, and laughed my head off. However, the person putting the tree back up didn't think it was so funny.

The next year, I bought a fake tree. I figured it would be easier to deal with than a real tree. The following summer, we were moving, and didn't have room for the tree. In July, I listed the tree in a circular that had free listing. I had about four or five calls on it, but the lady who called first got it. I thought we had paid $40 for it, so I asked for $25. As Kevin was carrying it down to the car, he spied the price tag on it (and took it off, hoping there weren't any others on it!). $19.88. OOOPS. I made a profit! LOL

The next year we bought another fake tree, but we've just kept it. It may not be fancy, but it's nice enough for something that is only out one month of the year!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Who Will Win???

OK I admit it. I watch The Biggest Loser every single Tuesday night. That is my one and only show that I watch on tv. The rest of the time, I don't even care what's on. I started watching it about 6 or so weeks ago, and have been hooked ever since.

Tonight one of thee people is going to get $250,000 for losing the most weight. So if you watch, who do you think will win? Matt? Suzi? Seth? I'm rooting for Suzi!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Mmmmm...pumpkin pie!

Last Wednesday night, I made a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving--totally from scratch, even the pumpkin. Well, the evaporated milk was canned. But the pumpkin was cooked and pureed, and made into a pie. Even the whipped cream was from cream that I whipped. (Would Martha be impressed? Probably not, because I burnt the sweet potatoes while I was baking the pie. LOL)

It was so good that I made another one tonight. I told Kevin that I was making him a pumpkin pie. He contradicted me and said that I was making it for myself too. Well, he was right. *grin*

Someone I know *ahem, no names called!* said that the first time she tasted pumpkin pie, she was a teenager at a ladies meeting. She didn't like her pie. So she threw it out the window. Ohhhhh I laugh each time I think of that. This same lady *ahem, still no names mentioned* also threw a white chocolate bunny into her neighbor's yard from her bedroom window(of course this was when she was little). It's too bad the neighbor was also the person who gave her the bunny! Hehehe

Oh well, I guess I got off the subject. :-) I love pumpkin pie! It's one thing I won't fling out a window! Now, take peas, for instance....those are worth throwing out a window! Hahaha

Have a great day, everyone!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

A tromp through the snow

Last night after 10, Kevin and I went for a walk. It was so pretty outside! It was still snowing some, and the ground was covered in snow. We walked down to the park, and walked up the hill. Several kids and adults were sledding (and now we want to get a sled too!). I love going outside at night when there is snow on the ground, since it's so light out!

This afternoon, the weather has warmed up and all our snow is melting away! We have the sweetest neighbors next door--they have a snow blower, and they did our sidewalk too! Yesterday morning, they went four houses down with their snowblower! I also noticed that they shoveled a path for the mail carrier, since she walks across the lawn. It's nice to have such sweet neighbors.

Friday, November 25, 2005

A tree full of memories

Last night Kevin and I put our Christmas tree up. We've never put the tree up so early, but then, we've never been home for Thanksgiving either. We played Christmas music for the first time this year, and sang along. :D

Our Christmas ornaments are not beautifully coordinated by color or theme. Rather, they are each a memory. We have a few from Kevin's childhood, and a few from mine. One of my favorites is a little stuffed lion from my K-2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Neumann.

Another one that holds special memories is the ceramic candle ornament that my great-grandma made for me.

Each year, for many years, my grandparents (my mom's parents) have given me an ornament. Since we've been married, they give Kevin an orament each year too. That means we have 5 baseball players on our tree. :)

Each year as I unwrap the ornaments, I am reminded of the circumstances of when I received them. I have many happy memories hanging on my Christmas tree!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Berri-Good Bigelow Tea

I'm sitting at the computer sipping a cup of Berri-Good tea. Mostly I'm ignoring my dishes and laundry that need to be done...but I am enjoying this new tea!

Beverage Online says:

Introducing an entirely new concept in tea drinking, R.C. Bigelow, a major innovator in tea for more than 60 years, has created an exciting new line of herb teas flavored with real fruit juices. A patented technology produces a proprietary process of encapsulating real fruit juices so they can be married with a blend of natural herbs to make teas bursting with real fruit juice flavor. And Bigelow Fruit Juice Herb Teas are packed in foil-wrapped tea bags so consumers can take them wherever they go!

I don't really taste the "juice" in the tea. I guess I was expecting a cup of juice, and I got a cup of tea. LOL I know that I'll enjoy the tea though, and since I drink at least a cup a day, it's nice to have a good variety of herbal teas!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Mr. and Mrs.

Kevin's mom got married on Thursday, November 17th! It was a beautiful wedding, and we were so glad we got to be there!

Here is a picture of Kevin's mom and I in the room where she got ready:

I have never cried at a wedding before...but hearing Kevin's mom say "I LaVonne..." just started my tears. :-) I was just so happy to hear those words! Happy for her, happy for Hank (her new hubby).

Here's a picture after the ceremony:

Kissy, kissy:

Kevin and I before the ceremony:

The cake that a friend made:

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Do not congregate...

Yesterday morning on our flight to Washington, the pilot made a pre-flight annoucement. In that announcement, he asked that passengers not "congregate in or around the lavatories." Little sleep and the ridiculous thought of "congregating" IN the tiny bathroom gave me the giggles. :-) So much so, that the passenger next to me commented to Kevin, "That sure struck her funny bone."

Today's the day!

Kevin's mom gets married today!!!

It's 8:20 here in Washington, but I've been up since 4:20 this morning--I went to bed at 7:30 p.m. and got a good night's rest. Since we're only here for a few days, I want to try to stay adjusted to MY time zone.

We've been "partying" since 4:30 this morning...Kevin's mom couldn't sleep (hmmmm...think she's excited or something?), and of course Kevin and I were up early, and also Kevin's aunt (from Iowa). So we've been having a grand old time together. :-)

I'm looking forward to the wedding this afternoon. We just met Hank yesterday, and it's neat to see how in love Hank and Kevin's mom are. :-) We're so happy for them!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

I may not be around for a while...

I am filling in as receptionist for two days (Monday and Tuesday) at Kevin's work, and then on Tuesday, we are leaving directly from work to head to Chicago. We'll be staying with my uncle and aunt, and then flying out in the morning to go to Kevin's mom's wedding.

We are so excited for the happiness Kevin's mom has found, and very happy that we are able to go to the wedding! The wedding will be on Thursday, and we'll be flying home Saturday.

My week will be busy!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Messages in my bulk mail

*Sigh* There's a reason why all these e-mails go to my bulk e-mail folder. I don't know how or where they get my address...but they have it!

*Be a cop.
*Donate a car to improve taxes, reputation, and self-confidence!
*Call center options for your business.
*Take the next step Tammy
*Find vacation heaven with a time share!
*New 2006 models have arrived
*Become a travel agent in just one week
*Betty Crocker Online Shopping The Finishing Touch For Any Occasion
*Betty Crocker Online Shopping Celebrate in Style This Holiday

Am I interested in any of these "offers"? No, not in the least. That's why I clicked "empty folder". :)

Friday, November 11, 2005

A bug bit me!

The scrapbooking bug, that is! I have always said that when I have children, I will do scrapbooking. However, I realize that day may not ever come, so I have decided to go ahead and do scrapbooking. I have two whole pages under my belt. :) It's fun! I found the best scrapbooking store I've ever seen. It's huge, and has everything you would ever think of, need, or want for scrapbooking!

The store has a cropping room, which looks like it would be fun to use. When I went they were having a sale on their clearance items--75% off. Some of what I purchased was clearance, but mostly it was regular price. Their prices aren't too high, for the paper and stickers. I want to get an album, and I was looking in Wal-Mart, and they have some nice albums for around $10, which is much cheaper than this store.

Now that I have a digital camera (that takes wonderful pictures), it will be even more fun to scrapbook! I took some of my pictures in to Wal-mart to be developed, and I was amazed at the quality of the prints from the digital. They are so sharp and the colors are rich. (Thank you, Kevin! :) )

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

My new name =)

Which Jane Austen heroine are you?
created with
You scored as Elinor Dashwood. You're Elinor Dashwood, the "sense" of Sense & Sensibility! You tend to hide your emotions, but you feel deeply. You also feel obligated to carry the burden of keeping everyone in your family under control.

Which Jane Austen heroine are you?
created with

Lunch with a friend

This afternoon I had a friend over for lunch. About a month ago, she'd had me over for dinner (while Kevin was taking an evening class), and I wanted to have her over.

She has a little one year old baby, and he just started walking a few weeks ago. He was into everything, but his mom brought toys for him, so he did pretty good. He got a little rebellious when she wouldn't let him play with the tv/vcr, but after diverting his attention, he left it alone!

I made Italian vegetable beef soup and biscuits. I was going to make a salad, but I ran out of time. Oh well. Soup was enough. :) I didn't have anything for dessert either. I need to leave myself more time when it comes to having people over. I always underestimate how long it will take to get things done, and then I'm rushed at the end, and praying they will be late. LOL

Sunday, November 06, 2005

States I've been in

(Click on the map to see it larger)

create your own personalized map of the USA

Some of the bottom states were a guess, since I was little when we went through them. We moved from Ohio to California when I was 9. There are probably more states that I've been in--I was born in South Carolina (and don't remember it!) and I know we drove from SC to Ohio. However, I just don't know which states those were!

Thanks to Mrs. Happy Housewife for the link!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


My Aunt Jeannie posted about "10-3-30" and I liked the idea so much I will be doing it too. Click here to read what she has to say about it.

In a nutshell, you spend:

Ten minutes
Three times a day for
Thirty days

meditating on one one or more Bible verse(s).

The verse I have chosen for this month is Psalm 143:10. "Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness."

I may or may not be able to meditate on it three times a day, but I plan on doing it at least once a day. I found a blank notebook, and I'm writing down ways God has spoken to me through this verse.

I'm looking forward to this 10-3-30 challenge!

If you want to join me in it, let me know what verse you are doing! I'd be interested to know.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Time Change/Battery Change

We changed back to regular time yesterday. I've heard to change your batteries in your smoke alarm when the time changes. So this morning, we checked the smoke alarm. It didn't have a battery in it! We had the right battery, so it now has a battery in it. I'm glad I remembered to check it! Having a working smoke alarm is important!

Sunday, October 30, 2005


Tonight we went to a bonfire after church. A couple in our church has it every year at their home, and invites all the people from church over.

We were supposed to bring hotdogs, buns, and a snack. I was going to make cookies or something, but I got distracted this afternoon and cleaned off the desk and did a lot of filing, so I forgot about it. But I did take hotdogs and buns!

We had a really nice time, and stayed later than we thought we were going to stay. I talked to a lady for quite a while, and was really enjoying the conversation, when Kevin came to tell me it was time to go. So *sniff* I said good bye. :)

Now that we're home, and away from the fire, my clothes don't smell too good. The smoky smell at a bonfire isn't bothersome, but once you're away from it, the lingering smell on your hair and clothes doesn't smell too good.

Bonfires are fun. :) It's the only time people want to eat burnt food! haha

Saturday, October 29, 2005

20 Things About Me Tag

Here are the rules: Write 20 random facts about yourself then tag the same amount of people as minutes it takes you to write the facts.

I haven't been "officially" tagged, but since both Holly and Rebecca have done it, I figured I might as well too. =)

1. I got a flute from my parents as a high school graduation present. Yes, I can play it. No, I haven't played it for a long time!
2. I have taken typing tests and gotten up to 90 wpm. If I'm going for accuracy, I need to slow down to about 65-75 wpm.
3. I wear size 7 1/2 shoes.
4. Last winter I learned that 30 degrees can feel warm! This discovery was made after a week of below 0 weather.
5. Kevin proposed to me on a ferry which was crossing the Puget Sound. I wasn't expecting it, because I thought he hadn't asked my dad :) .
6. I'm turning 29 in a few days.
7. My glasses are the first thing I find in the morning. I don't get out of bed till they are on.
8. I love to read.
9. Kevin and I met at my church. My pastor introduced me by saying I was a crazy driver.
10. I'm not a crazy driver. =)
11. I taught school for one year at a small Christian school (2003/04 school year).
12. My all-time favorite movie is The Shop Around the Corner, starring Jimmy Stewart.
13. I'm 5 feet and 1/2 inch tall. That 1/2 inch is important. ;)
14. I like to write with blue ink the best. Black will do if it's the only thing around.
15. People always say I look young, usually they say 13 years old. I think I've grown up a little--the picture in this post is me on my 13th birthday. But then, when I was 13, people thought I was 6 or 7. Everyone says I'll appreciate it when I'm older. Huh, I'm tired of people thinking I look like a kid!
16. My first ever trip to the emergency room was last month, for my finger slicing event. I'll stay out of the emergency room from now on, thank you. It's not a fun place to wait.
17. The first baseball game I ever watched was with Kevin, after we were married. He had to explain everything to me. (I never cared about sports at all--and having 7 sisters who didn't either, I knew nothing about most sports!)
18. I love Boyds bears.
19. I decorate my kitchen in apples.
20. I don't care to paint, especially cupboards!

If you're reading this, and you have a blog, consider yourself tagged! :) I didn't pay attention to how long it took me to do this. Besides, it took a while, so I doubt I know enough bloggers to tag.

Friday, October 28, 2005

My Busy Day

I knew that today was going to be busy....I had an appointment at 9 and another one at 2.

The morning appointment was an interview at a temp agency. The office was very busy (which is a good thing!), and when I arrived home, I had a message from the lady who interviewed me saying there was a part time position that had just come in! I don't know if I'll get the position or not, but it's encouraging to have the possibility!

After my interview, I went next door to a thrift store that I had noticed when I pulled in the parking lot. It was a big store, and run by a local mission. I have to say that even in the midst of old clothes and furniture, I saw a Christian testimony. This thrift store is the cleanest, nicest thrift store I've ever been in, and it didn't smell! Thrift stores are usually so stinky. They had free coffee and hot chocolate in the back, and free pamphlets on salvation at the register. I was really impressed. While there, I got a set of brass candlesticks, a Rudy Atwood record, and a flannel shirt. I need to get some brass cleaner for the candlesticks. I have the perfect spot for them.

Then I stopped by the grocery store and got chicken breasts. They were $1.49 a lb. (boneless, skinless). I got $20 worth.

Home again, home again, jiggedy jog--for a short time to heat up my soup and have lunch. I jumped on the computer and said a quick "hi" to my sister and sister-in-law. (That's called multi-tasking. *grin*)

My 2 o'clock appointment was for an "orientation" at another temp agency, for a job assignment I'll be doing next week. I'll be doing registration at a woodworking convention. I know it's going to be a lot of work, but I'm looking forward to it anyhow. I've done registering at conventions in the past, and have always enjoyed it.

And then, I went by my regular grocery store, and picked up the rest of my groceries. Afterwards , I went to the fabric store to see if they had a particular fabric I've been looking for. They didn't. So I came home. And crashed. All that running around is wearisome!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

A Cleaning I go...

In just a little bit, I'm heading out the door to go clean a house. The house I'm cleaning belongs to co-workers at Kevin's job. I started two weeks ago, and clean every other week.

Last week it took me five hours to clean, and I hope that it takes way less time this week! We shall see!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


I'm not sure exactly what is being done, but our road is getting torn up. Well, not technically "torn up" because the workmen have cut huge circles out of the black top, so there is reason to what looks like a mess!

It reminded me of my honeymoon. Kevin and I stayed in a cottage near the ocean (someone in my church let us use it rent-free!). We woke up the first morning to "beep-beep-beep"--the sound, we thought, of the garbage truck. However, after hearing this beeping sound for quite a while, we went and looked out the front window. It wasn't a garbage truck! It was a work crew tearing out the road!

We could have gotten out with our car, I'm sure, but it would have been quite a hassle. Instead, we chose to walk down to the beach. From there we walked into the town, and did some window shopping and got lunch. We had a nice day together.

The next morning, we were getting ready to leave, and they hit a water main. That was pretty funny, especially since the water was spurting across the street, and not into our yard. The work crew made it possible for us to get out with our car. In our honeymoon scrapbook, I have two pictures of this torn up road, and the water spurting all over the place.

Isn't it funny how things like this can turn into good memories? Kevin and I still laugh and talk about it today!

My Pretty Flowers

A week ago last Friday, Kevin came home with some beautiful flowers for me! I've enjoyed them so much over the last week and a half. Isn't my hubby sweet? :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

My kitchen curtains

Last Saturday, I finally finished my kitchen curtains. Actually, the valance is all that needed to be changed; the curtains have been finished for quite a while.

The valance I made was not wide enough, and didn't have any gathers in it. I bought extra fabric and extended the valance. It's nice and full now!



The curtains are actually a pair of pillowcases that were trimmed with lace. I have never used them, and I found them when I was looking through a stack of linens and curtains. They were the perfect length. All I had to do was open them up, sew the side hems, and hem the top. I sewed rings along the top, which makes the curtains easy to open and shut.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

A Lesson in Hospitality

An older couple in our church invited us over to their house for lunch today. It was a very nice meal, and a delightful time of fellowship. They had also invited another couple as well as us.

The meal was very good. When I have company, I can never think of what to make, and usually end up making a main dish, vegetables, rolls, and maybe dessert--if I'm in the mood to make dessert. :) But she had really outdone herself--baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable dish, rolls, cranberry salad, and a jello salad. It was all delicious! For dessert, she made carrot cake, and put two slivers of raw carrots on the top. It looked really cute!

Since Kevin and I have been in our new church, we've been in three people's homes for dinner, and when Kevin had a class one evening, I was invited over to one of the ladies' houses for dinner. Having people over is almost rare these days, and it has indeed been rare for us to be invited over to someone's home, but this church has proved itself to be very friendly and hospitable!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
There came a big spider,
Who sat down beside her.
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

I feel sorry for our neighbors across the street! They were attacked by a huge spider, and their yard is a mess--spider webs all over the place! I sure hope the spider doesn't come across the street to our house!

Further down the street, a neighbor was attacked by a spider that spins purple webs. Again, I hope that spider doesn't come to our house!

Spiders and spiderwebs are popping up all over the city. You'd think that people would clean up the webs. After all, 11 months out of the year we kill spiders and sweep the webs away.

What is it about October that makes people leave those nasty webs alone? Since 1805 people have been reading "Little Miss Muffet" and have been running from spiders just as poor Miss Muffet. Why not now? Why not in October?

Ahhhh, I have a strong dislike for Halloween decorations. I know in fact, that the "spider" who spun the webs will not be spinning them around my house! I'll enjoy my pretty fall decorations and leave the ugliness of Halloween alone. I've never understood Halloween decorations--and these days they are getting bigger and more expensive. For only $100 one can get a huge blowup yard decoration in the shape of a cat (that would deflate in a hurry when a *real* cat clawed at it!). What is the purpose for having a huge black cat in your front yard? (Aren't black cats supposed to be bad luck???) When I was a kid, one house on a block might be decorated. Now it's every other house that is decorated. What is the attraction to spending money to decorate for this holiday? I don't get it.

Oh well. I'm done ranting now! :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Dishes at 10:30

I really, really procrastinate on my dishes. However, since I don't like getting up to a sinkful and counterful of dishes, I do make sure that they are done before I go to bed. The results of such resolution are that I'm up doing dishes at 10:30 p.m. most nights. I don't like doing them at that time (well, I don't like doing them any time!), but at least they get done before the day is over.

Oh, sigh...I just finished my dishes. Someone needs to stop procrastinating. (Hint...that's me!) =)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Winter Squash

I'm really enjoying winter squash this fall. It is such a good-for-you food, as well as very tasty. A friend told me she eats it raw, so I thought I'd try it, but my little taste ended up in the sink. =)

I just cut it up and steam it, or put it in a dish with some water in the oven (if I have something else baking). Last night, I cut up a squash and put it in the slow cooker on low, and it was ready for breakfast. What a yummy breakfast!

Squash is also a cheap food. Last Wednesday we stopped at a stand on our way to church and I got five squashes, several bell peppers, and a bag of apples all for $5.20. That's a lot of food!

I haven't tried any recipes yet that use squash. I just like to eat it plain with a little butter. However, I'm thinking of branching out and trying something a little different.

One squash I haven't bought this year is spaghetti squash. That is a fun squash to cook. :) I love trying all kinds of different squashes!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Something a little different

On Sunday afternoon it's nice to come home from church to a waiting meal, but that often doesn't happen, because I don't plan on it. Or if I do plan on it, I get rushed for time, and don't end up getting the meal in the slow cooker.

I recently subscribed to Large Family Logistics, which is a schedule reminder similar to Fly Lady. I'm still "tweaking" it to fit my schedule and cleaning needs. One of the reminders she sends out every week is to get ready for Sunday. One of the things she suggests is to put a meal in the crock pot, and stick it in the refrigerator. In the morning, you just pop it in the cooker, and when you come home from church--a nice hot meal is ready and waiting!

So I did that Saturday evening. One of my favorite cookbooks is Fix it and Forget it, a crock pot cookbook. I've tried lots of different recipes from this cookbook, and most of them have turned out delicious! (I say "most" because there have been a few that went over like a lead balloon! :) )

It worked great, and I know that I will be using this part of the schedule most Sundays.

On another subject, I'm so happy! My fingers are healed to the point that I can now do my needle crafts. :) Yay!!! My ring finger is still quite sensitive, but I am able to use it a little bit now. For instance, just within the last few days, I started typing with it again. I've been using my pinky finger for all the ring finger letters. Not very easy to do, but my pinky finger adjusted quite nicely. :)

(And if you don't know what I'm talking about, read this post.)

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Lazy Saturday

Today is one of those sleep-in Saturdays. We didn't have anything planned for today, so we're not doing anything! Well, actually, Kevin is getting ready to go get an oil pan. He's going to change the oil on his truck. That was planned for today. I do have things I need to get accomplished today, but I haven't started any of them yet. It feels good to have a "lazy day" every once in a great while!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Uh Oh...I've been tagged!

I had to think for this one! Thanks, Susan, for the tag!

5 Things I Plan to Do Before I Die:

1. Become a better Christian
2. Grow a vegetable garden
3. Learn more about gardening
4. Practice my flute, and learn to play it well
5. Memorize more Scripture

5 Things I Can Do:

1. Sew
2. Knit & crochet
3. Cook
4. Put up produce (freeze, can, dry)
5. Teach myself a new craft

5 Things I Can’t Do:

1. Cartwheels (I used to be able to kind of do them)
2. Whistle loud
3. Sing a solo
4. Speak another language
5. Talk on the phone and instant message someone else :)

5 Things That Attracted Me to My Husband:

1. His sense of humor
2. His voice
3. His personality
4. His love for the Lord
5. How he treated me

5 Things I Say the Most:

1. "Obviously"
2. "The thing is"
3. "I love you" (all the time--to my hubby!)

Sorry, I can't think of any others! I'm sure I have things I say all the time, but I can't think of 5 right now!

5 Celebrity Crushes:

Here, I have to honestly say I've never had "crushes" on any celebrity. I didn't grow up with much tv, and it was only after I got married that I started to know celebrity by their names.

Some of my favorites now (can you tell I like old movies?):
1. Jimmy Stewart
2. Cary Grant
3. Irene Dunne
4. Jean Arthur
5. Humphrey Bogart

5 People I’d like to tag:

1. Corene
2. Erin
3. Rebecca
4. Lydia
5. Sarah

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Yesterday's Project

Yesterday I made a grapevine wreath. I'm happy with the way it turned out, and I'll have fun decorating it later on. The vines still need to dry out first, since most of them are still a little green. I haven't made a grapevine wreath in years, and making it took me on a little stroll down Memory Lane.

My dad farmed 10 acres of grapes when we first moved to California. I remember running through the fields, spending hours playing outside. We kids also helped a lot out in the fields, doing various tasks for my dad. I say we helped "a lot" but actually, it probably wasn't that much. =)

One of the things we learned to do was make grapevine wreaths. I made several, and my grandparents asked me to make a large wreath for their back porch. It hung out on their back porch for quite a few years.

I got the vines from an interesting source. I belong to my city's Freecycle group, and one of the members posted that she had grapevines she needed rid of. I thought it would be fun to make a wreath, so I responded to the offer. Kevin and I went out to her house on Monday night, and got what I thought was a lot of vines. However, by the time I got done with my wreath, I had used them all.

I'll post a picture of the wreath after I get it decorated...which may be a while. =)

Monday, October 10, 2005

Standing in the Corner

Yes, that's me! Standing in the corner--but I promise I haven't been naughty, not one little bit! It's a special corner--just one corner in my living room, that I like to stand in, and only at specific times. You see, there is a heater vent in that corner, and I stand over it when the heat comes on. It sure warms me up! =)

Last Wednesday I talked about our hot fall weather. The next day the thermometer dropped from 85 to 55. Brrrrr...It's been in the 50's during the day, and the high 30's during the night. I was expecting a little more of a transition! Oh well!

The part of fall I am enjoying is the leaves that are turning. Fall is a colorful time of year!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Prepositions and Insulation

When I was learning prepositions in school, my dad would tell me, "A preposition is anything an airplane can do to a cloud."

Well, I have a new one! "A preposition is anything insulation and a blower can do in a bathroom."

We knew we needed insulation in our attic when we bought our house. Kevin went to Home Depot today and bought 20 bales of blow-in insulation. With the purchase of the insulation, we got the blower rental free.

We have steps going up to the attic, but part of the roof structure comes over the staircase, so there wasn't room to get the blower up to the attic. *sigh* Since we have a vent in the bathroom up to the attic, the hose from the blower was able to go up the vent.

So...back to our prepositions. Let's see...

Over the shower curtain
Through my mask
Up my nose
On the walls
In the toilet
Under the door

Basically, all over the whole bathroom! What a mess!!!

However, I'm thankful for the insulation in our attic. Hopefully it will help our gas bill this winter!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Something silly

My sister Holly sent this in an e-mail to me, when I had been married just a few months. I wonder if she'll even remember it? I was looking through my files on the computer, cleaning things up a bit, and came across it.

The following "touching story" is just part of the e-mail she sent me. The whole e-mail was making fun of all the e-mails that crowd our inbox--all those ridiculous forwards that everyone feels inclined to pass on.

The Bible says, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." (Proverbs 17:22) Laugh a little today! The Bible says it's good for you!!!

Now here is a really TOUCHING story that will really brighten your day!

It was a really difficult day for me. The children were cranky, and I really didn't want to go out to do my shopping, but there wasn't anything in the fridge so I had to go. All the way to the grocery store I felt like I was just so alone. I had just moved to the town that I was living in and hadn't made any friends yet. My husband was working long hours and every time we were together, he would only talk about his work. I just felt like nobody loved me. Well, when I got to the store, I went to get a cart and a lady pushed me to the side so that she could get her cart first. At first I was upset, but I just figured that I should get my cart and go on. On my way to the produce I passed a cart with a little child in it and the baby reached up and pulled my hair with all his might! I screamed and tried to untangle my hair, as the mother watched, apparently unconcerned with my dilemma. As I reached for a watermelon a blind man went to rap on the melon that I had my hand on and instead of getting the watermelon, smacked my hand as hard as he could! As if that wasn't bad enough, when I handed my money to the clerk she grabbed the money out of my hands so forcefully that my arm was dislocated! Of course I was in pain, but I had to get my groceries out to the car because I had purchased some meat that needed to get home to the fridge. Would you believe it! When I was unlocking the door the bag boy let go of the cart and being that there was a incline the cart came racing toward me, slammed me into my car door. I don't remember much after that. The medics picked me up and took me to a hospital and somewhere in my delirium someone stole my wedding and engagement rings. As I was laying in my hospital bed, with IVs dripping into my arm, I realized how many people had touched my life that day. I started out the day feeling so alone, but in just those few hours so many people gave me a part of themselves. I FELT SO TOUCHED!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Needle Tatting

I got the stitches taken out of my fingers this Monday, but my fingers are still too sensitive to do any hand crafts. I thought I would share my newest craft with you today.

I've always wanted to tat. My dad always said how time-consuming and tedious it was, so that kept me away from it. (I don't believe he ever tried tatting, so I don't know how he arrived at that conclusion.)

I was in Hobby Lobby, and looking through the craft books, and saw a book that taught needle tatting. Instead of using a regular shuttle, you use a long needle to make the knots on, and then you pull it down and create the rings that are common in tatting. I was fascinated, and after a month or so, went back and purchased the book.

I started right in on it, and realized that it wasn't that hard, and it didn't take that much time (it does take time, but it's not too time-consuming.)

Here are some bookmarks that I have made. I got most of the patterns off the internet.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Fall Weather?

This year's weather has been crazy! We had a very hot and humid summer, without much of a spring, and now that it is supposed to be "fall" we thought the weather would cool down. It's still warm!

I distinctly remember last year, as soon as we turned our calendar page to October, it was cold! We used our heat almost every day in October.

I wonder when we're going to get "true" fall weather?

Monday, October 03, 2005


Last night before church Kevin and I stopped at a roadside stand. There were pumpkins and squashes galore! I picked out 3 pumpkins for our front porch, some mini-pumpkins to decorate the dining room table with and a pie pumpkin. Mmmmm…I can’t wait to cook that pumpkin. I love pumpkin!

I also got some bell peppers, and two different kinds of winter squash. They had great prices on everything. I’m glad we stopped!

Titus Two Ladies Talk, Part 3

*You don't go into marriage with the philosophy "if it doesn't work, there's always divorce"
*You go into it with the assurance of fulfilling your vow of "til death do us part."
*A most important thing for wives, as well as husbands concerning credit cards is this: Pay as you go. If you can't pay, don't go.
*Hindsight, if possible would be wonderful! If I could only relive the times I should have kept my tongue!
--Florence, widowed after 50 years of marriage

These are the scriptures I think would be so helpful if we could learn to apply them when we are first married, but sometimes seem to take so long to be able to really understand what wonderful "tools' God has given us to have a Christ-like marriage:
*"And [Christ] being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:8) Jesus "laid aside His rights and humbled Himself"--two of the most difficult things in the world to do, for if you can do this you give up your self-righteousness, pride, and your rights.
*"For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." (Galatians 5:14) Of course we can't do these things perfectly, but in Christ we can keep working toward the goal as Paul admonished us. Even as we "press towards the mark" when we practice unconditional love, all the virtues and admonitions found in Ephesians will be attainable: patience, long suffering, gentleness, kindness, forgiveness, holiness, honoring your partner, faithfulness, and faith.
--Bonnie, Married 49 years

This concludes the article. I hope it has blessed you, as it did me! I had the privelege of knowing some of these sweet ladies, and they were what they spoke! I know that since 1998, at least two of these ladies have their husbands waiting in heaven for them.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Titus Two Ladies Talk, Part 2

*If possible, the wife and mother should stay at home and raise the children.
*Don’t show favoritism.
*Do reward your children for their special efforts.
*Don’t forget to be a body busy instead of a busybody in the neighborhood. “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.” (1 Timothy 5:13)
*Show by your example that following Christ is everything. “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
—Pat, Married 52 years

*When you marry, you promise before God your commitment is “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health.”
*Never go to bed angry.
*Never quarrel with your husband in front of the children.
*Find time for you and your husband alone.
*Let your children see the love between you.
*Go to church with your children.
*Read the Bible daily.
—Sue, Married 59 years

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Titus Two Ladies Talk, Part 1

A few years ago, my mom had a magazine that she published called Encouragement. She published it for several years. The next few days, I’m going to share an article that was in the first issue (November/December 1998) entitled Titus Two Ladies Talk. My mom asked my grandma’s friends to share snippets of advice, and she published them just as they wrote them down. They are such a blessing to read! Such wisdom is imparted through their words!

Titus 2:3-5 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

*Build your marriage on faith and trust in God and in one another.
*Communicate one with another.
*When problems arise, talk them out.
*Love one another
*Let your spouse know you care by the things you do for him
*In our fifty-six years of marriage, we still love each other as in the beginning of our marriage.
—Louise, married 56 years

*Invite the Lord to be a part of your marriage.
*Don’t buy what you can’t pay for, or in better words be sure you can afford what you buy.
*Remember that bickering over small things never pays. It only widens a gap between you.
*Keep your wedding vows and commitments.
*Similar backgrounds have helped our years together.
—Eleanor, Married 62 years

*Make a decision to stay married the rest of your life.
*Put your relationship above everything else.
*Do loving things for your mate.
*Put God first in your life. He is there to help with all problems.
—Neva Naomi, First marriage—55 years (widowed), Second marriage—3 years

Friday, September 30, 2005

Beautiful Music

My friend Susan posted some links for good Christian music. I had been listening to Faith Music Missions,which she also posted the link for. From her list of recommendations, I have been listening to Old Christian Radio when I'm at the computer, and sometimes even if I'm not. I haven't found a good Christian radio station for our area, and it's so nice to have the variety of music that a radio station offers.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

A little of everything...

I'm sitting here enjoying Celestial Seasoning's Chai Tea. 'Tis the weather for tea!

Our fall weather has arrived. Today's high is projected at 58*. Brrrrr! I like a little more of a transition between summer weather and fall weather. :) The trees are turning more and more each day. This is one thing that I tremendously enjoy about fall.

My fingers are healing well. They still hurt, of course, but the wounds look like they are healing properly. I don't know if I'll ever be able to use that knife again, without thinking of my accident!

I finished Pride and Prejudice. It took me a while to read it, because of the old English. It's funny that people really used to talk that way. :) The chapters are short, and that proved helpful in finishing the book. I had watched the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice previously and realized as I read the book how excellent their casting was. Mrs. Bennet especially! I want to read the rest of Jane Austin's books, but I'll save that for later.

I have a small job! I have been looking for a part time job, without success. The office manager at Kevin's work told him I should clean houses, and that she would have me clean her house. I'm going to start out at every other week. My fingers need to heal first, though. I'm not sure when I'm starting, but I'm looking forward to it. One of my sisters cleans houses, so I'm planning on getting some tips from her.

I want to get some pumpkins for my front porch. Pumpkins are so cheery and fallish. Some years I have cooked the pumpkins I decorated with and frozen the pumpkin puree. (This process involves the big knife I cut myself with. Hmmmm) Other years the pumpkins haven't lasted long enough.

Well, I have much to do today, so I'll sign off for now. Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Potato Pancakes

I love potato pancakes. Kevin does not. On the rare occasions that Kevin isn't home for dinner, I will sometimes make them for myself. Monday evening, Kevin was away, so I decided to make my favorite dinner.

It was a late dinner, because I had gone shopping that afternoon.

I had two small pancakes cooked, and realized that they would be turning out better with butter.

No butter in my fridge. Hmmm, guess I'll have to get out the frozen butter.

I pulled out a knife. Why I used the largest knife in my drawer, I'm still not sure.

I just needed a bit. The knife slipped. Ouch! I grabbed my hands and stood staring at a deep cut. I stood and dripped blood for a minute, trying to figure out what to do.

Finally, I got a clean rag and wrapped it around my fingers, and decided that the best thing was to get help. I didn't want to drive myself to the emergency room, and even at that, I wasn't really sure where it was.

I rushed over to my next door neighbors, who welcomed me in, helped me decide I needed to get stitches, and even came back over to my house and cleaned up the blood all over the floor. I was so thankful for their help. They are two older ladies, sisters, that live together.

I left a note for Kevin and then they drove me to the emergency room. Kevin came about an hour after I'd been there. I had just gotten in a room when he arrived.

It was busy, and after the doctor numbed my fingers, he had a more pressing emergency. So he had to re-numb my fingers again.

After 6 stitches in my left ring finger, and 4 stitches in the middle finger, 2 and a half hours of mostly waiting, I finally was able to leave.

I don't think I'll ever attempt to cut frozen butter again. Live and learn!

I am so thankful that the injury wasn't worse, and that my neighbors were so helpful.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Ok, you can call me weird. No, wait, don't call me weird! :)

Our brains are marvelous! Have you ever talked yourself into something? I have. In fact, my whole family did one time! My grandpa called us, and we all went over to his house. We were going to watch the moon eclipse. So we watched, and wow, yes, the moon was being eclipsed. Yes, it was getting smaller. We sat outside for a good 15 minutes or longer, watching the moon eclipse.

Then my grandma came out. She had been watching the news. Guess what? The eclipse was the next night! We all laughed at ourselves, and then watched the real eclipse the next night!

For the past 10 months, I have done my own convincing to my brain. Kevin gave me a Colonial Candle for my birthday last year. I have enjoyed burning it throughout this year. It smells so pretty. It's red. Everyone knows that apples are red, right? I have always thought this candle was an apple candle. To me, it even smelled like apples. Never mind the fact that there is a picture of a bundle of cinnamon sticks on the front. Apples and cinnamon go together, right? Never mind the fact that the candle is clearly marked "Cinnamon" right by the cinnamon sticks. In my mind it was an apple candle, therefore, it smelled like apples!

It was just a week or so ago that I looked at it and said, "This is a cinnamon candle?"

It may be funny when we're talking about candles and moon eclipses. But what about the people all over this earth that have convinced themselves that they don't need God to get to heaven? Or that they can work their way to heaven? I'm glad that I haven't done that kind of brainwashing towards myself!


“It’s absolutely wrong to change the definition of science by introducing God.”


I heard this on the news this morning. I rushed to get a pencil and paper and make sure I copied it down word for word. The woman who said this is part of the group fighting to keep teachers in Dover, Pennsylvania from having to teach “Intelligent Design” to their students.

I did an online search for “Dover, evolution” and came up with many articles about this feud that has been ongoing since last Thanksgiving.

What a sad state America and her schools are in!

Sunday, September 25, 2005

And the rain came tumbling down....

Do you know that song? Well, we got lots of rain tumbled down on us on our way home from church. Kevin was really tired, so he had asked me to drive. As we were within 5 miles of home, the sky got really dark, and we could tell that we were driving into a storm. The rain came down so hard that I could hardly see to drive. Everyone had slowed to around 30 mph.

Now that we're home, it's raining, but not too hard. Just a nice drizzle, with an occasional outburst.

*Sigh* I love rain!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Praise the Lord for Nice Neighbors!

Kevin asked our neighbor two doors down if we could borrow his lawn mower. He said he wouldn’t mind, but he was out of gas. Well, we had plenty of gas on hand, so that was no problem. Our neighbor’s lawn mower had “Simplicity” on it. Yep! It was simple—but it got the job done. I had a bit of a time getting it up the incline of our front yard, but I was finally able to figure out the best way to get it up. I bet my arms will be sore tomorrow! At least the lawn got mowed. I hate to leave a job undone!

No more lawn mower!

Well, I’m lawn-mower-less. The lawn mower that the previous owners of our house left for us has gone kaput. Now my tree lawn has a strip of un-mowed grass in the middle, and the rest of the lawn is in need of mowing. Hmmmmmmm…..I guess putting oil in your lawn mower is important! Oh well, live and learn!

Friday, September 23, 2005

A beautiful morning!

It’s beautiful out! The air is so brisk and fresh! I feel so invigorated and ready to tackle my chores!

Birds keep bonking into our front window. It’s sad, but kind of funny. They perch in a tree in the front, and then fly to the bird feeder, and as they swoop through the porch, they sometimes fly right into our window. This morning the blinds were shut, and we heard a loud “bonk” and saw the shadow of the bird flying away. I can understand it flying into a window that has no covering, but to fly into it with the blinds drawn? They need to watch where they are going!

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

What do YOUR dogs get for dinner?

Yesterday I was doing some shopping at Sam's Club. I was waiting patiently in line, when I noticed the lady in the next aisle over, who started talking to the lady behind her. This sweet, little old lady had 3 rotisserie chickens that she was buying. She proudly told the other customer that she was buying them for her dogs! Wow! I can't imagine buying roasted chickens to feed dogs!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Another Knitting Challenge

As I've said before, I just love to challenge myself and learn new techniques. Knitting is a relatively new passion for me. I started following knitting patterns just this year. I've known HOW to knit since I was 17 or so, and I had made a few scarves, but I didn't know how to follow a pattern. Library books have really helped me!

I haven't given up on my lace...I just haven't worked on it for a while. :)

But anyhow, my new project was to learn "Entrelac". If you look closely at the picture, the knitting looks like it is woven strips of knitting. It isn't. It's knitted that way! I had a lot of fun learning the technique. It wasn't hard at all, especially since I had detailed instructions out of a book. I plan to make this into a pillow for my couch. I just need to knit a back for it. My next challenge using this technique will be to knit it in two colors, so that it looks like a checkerboard. I think I will work on my lace a bit more, before I get yarn for that project though!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Fall has come to my house!

On Saturday I pulled out my fall decorations and decorated my living room and dining room for fall. I also went to Hobby Lobby (a huge store, somewhat like Michaels)and all the fall decorations were half off! I got a few new things to add to my fall decorations I already had: a leaf garland, a scarecrow, two sets of candleholders, and some votive candles.

Here is the scarecrow I got. Doesn't he look so friendly and welcoming?

I put up a leaf garland in the doorway between the living room and the dining room. I think it adds just the right touch! I plan on putting some sort of garland up for my Christmas decorations.

Every fall, I bring out two afghans that were crocheted by my great grandma, and Kevin's grandma. They were made in the 70's so they are orange and brown and green--not colors I would normally decorate with!

Here is my coffee table~

The doilies are ones I picked up at a yard sale several years ago for 5 cents each. They are perfect for my fall decorations! I crocheted the pumpkins several years ago.

Here is the dining room:

I had a lot of fun decorating for fall this year! I love the fall season....the briskness in the air, the leaves changing, and the apples! Last fall I discovered all the different varieties of apples at fruit stands! I love to go to a fruit stand and get the tree-ripened apples. Last week I got a variety called Honeycrisp. They are tarter than their name suggests, but they are crisp!

Happy fall, y'all!

Monday, September 19, 2005

More pictures!

For some reason, I could only get a few pictures on my one post.

Here is a view from the dining room. This cabinet is where I keep my recycle stuff, and cleaning supplies.

And here I am:

There are a few things I am going to change. I need to change the decorations around on the wall so they don't look like a line of decorations. Hehe...I'm not very good with getting decorations up on the wall and liking their placement on the first try. So I usually have to try a few times.

Secondly, I am going to somehow do something with my valance. I made it today. I'm not sure if the fabric shrunk, or I didn't measure right or what, but there is no fullness to the valance at all. I am so disappointed. I realize that sometimes valances will not have any fullness, but it just looks so plain and unplanned. It looks like it's made for a smaller window. I will have to get another piece of the same fabric, in order to do anything different. I could have cried when I got it put up! Oh well, at least my painting is finished! I'm very happy about that!

My kitchen is finished!!!

I am excited that my kitchen is finally painted. Every surface that needed paint is now sufficiently covered in paint! I am so relieved to have this job finished!

Here are some before pictures. You can see the inside of the cupboards. They were a nasty green. I decided I couldn't live with that, and I was going to paint them. I didn't realize it would take four coats of paint to cover it! It did take a lot of time, but I am so glad that I got it done! The insides of the cupboards are fairly nice, now that they have been painted.

Here's a picture taken after the cupboard doors were removed:

And now, the finished kitchen!!!

Beside the stove is a perfect spot for a small bookshelf. I have all my cookbooks and binders on it. It's very handy! I've never had a good place in my kitchen for my cookbooks, so it's nice to have a spot just for them.

Keep on going...I had to do these pictures in two posts, since it didn't want to take any more pictures for the first post. I changed the time on the second one so that it would appear after this post.