Monday, August 25, 2014

clogged duct

If it is taking over two hours for your clothes to dry I recommend you not turn your dryer to high, set it for forty-five minutes and leave the house. After calling the dryer vent guy we now know why no air was getting through the vent. A rather large birds nest, complete with at least six eggs, was removed. Drying time, for a full load of laundry, is back down to thirty five minutes. Feeling rather thankful I didn't burn the house down.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

a few months ago...

a loud pop followed by a shatter = new oven

Saturday, August 16, 2014


old friends
 master arborist
trees killed by lightning gone
animal pen facelift
loving productive days

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dad! 8.11.2014

Today is Dad's birthday! We had a very small family dinner yesterday. It was about half the size of our normal small family dinners. Dad is in an eating slump so dinner is not too enjoyable for him. He did enjoy his ice cream cake because no matter how little he eats ice cream has become a food group for him. So happy to be celebrating a birthday we were scared we might not see. It is an interesting dance of emotions when dealing with brain issues. So many daily occurrences are nothing like they have been our whole lives. Other things happen and, for just a minute, everything seems to be the way it used to be. The twist comes when his reasoning is not characteristic of his personality. He definitely keeps us guessing and we laugh continually. So thankful for the many laughs. While this journey is hard it is filled with many blessings. My mom is a tremendous blessing to Dad. Thanks Mom, for all you do.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

in the garden

I come to the garden alone,
 While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
 The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
 And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
 I’d stay in the garden with Him,
 Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
 His voice to me is calling.
Charles A. Miles, 1913

Wednesday, February 05, 2014


Up from the ground came a very nice tomato plant, that I did not plant. If I had, it surely would not have looked this good. Frost was coming so I covered the plant and everything was saved. The next cold blast came in the middle of hospital stays and brain surgery and Christmas celebrations; so I picked the tomatoes in hopes that they would ripen after the fact. Sadly, it was not meant to be. They were as hard as a rock at picking and, even though one had begun to turn red, they never did do much. Some began getting brown spots and I eventually tossed them. It was fun while it lasted and quite a novelty in our house. Reminded us of the time we fed the goats watermelon and after moving the goat pen we had watermelon the next winter.

Monday, February 03, 2014

oyster roast


My brother hosted an oyster roast.
We had a great time with family and friends and of course good food.
Missing Seth.
Thank you, Chris!

Friday, January 31, 2014

good night!

It does a momma's heart good to realize this is how he chose to spend his time after she said goodnight! Never sure how to handle those late night hours as my children become adults and can stay up half the night. Even into my college years I would go to bed when my dad said it was time for bed. I guess I never really questioned that because I am a morning person. Now comes the morning challenge...getting them out of bed. This picture is what I walked into early the next morning, the evidence of last nights playing, singing, writing and praising... thank you, son.
Poor quality picture, yes I know, but I couldn't help myself. Needed to have it for future reference.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY... January 28, 2014

Outside my window... it is a cloudy, but warm, 72 degrees.

I am thinking... that, when it has been a really long time since posting, a Daybook post seems like a really good place to start.

I am thankful... for a community of prayer partners. People that love my family and pray hard - every minute that I spend with my Dad - that I live only a 10 minute ride, through the forest, from my parents.

In the kitchen... chili, the same recipe I learned to make in college. Taught to me by a childhood friend, thanks Ellen! And that was a long time ago.

I am wearing... jeans, a sweatshirt (because it is cold in my house, not outside) and flip flops.

I am creating... fabric blocks, quilts - in my mind, and a knitted coffee cozy.

I am going... to a 4-H meeting tonight and a dentist appointment tomorrow morning.

I am wondering... if I could find a new television series to watch. Something I could go back to episode one and watch, no waiting for the next episode and no commercials.

I am reading... The Help, since October. Reading is too difficult right now, my mind is just too scattered.

I am hoping... that the cancer treatment and study my dad is beginning this week will lead to a miracle.

I am looking forward to... all the time I am spending with my parents.

I am learning... to be still and know that He is God. His ways are not our ways and His timing is perfect.

Around the house... things are messy and I wish I was preparing a garden.

I am pondering... quilts in a new book, that I just bought.

A favorite quote for today... When the enemy starts knocking, on a door you closed long ago, you just say, "Jesus, it's for you." (sorry, I don't know the source)

One of my favorite things... when my husband remembers to turn on my bed warmer before I'm ready for bed.

A few plans for the rest of the week: not making too many plans right now, just taking life day by day.

A peek into my day...

Thank you Peggy for the Simple Woman's Daybook {follow links to read more}.