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}.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

World Series!

Lets Go Red Sox!!!

Monday, August 05, 2013

with a heavy heart....prayer request

I have a friend fighting for her life.
On Saturday night I attended a Sidewalk Prophets Concert and thought of her the entire time.
She would have been ministered to and encouraged by their music.
Please join me in praying for and encouraging Tara.


Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Simple Woman's May Day Daybook

For Today... May 1, 2013

Outside my window...skies are grey, we have had rain for a couple of days; that is a bit unusual for this time of year and so wonderful.

I am curriculum for next year. What has worked, what hasn't, what do I want to add how to rekindle my love of teaching my children. Wishing I had the opportunity to attend this conference.

I am thankful for... two broken elbows and the simple lessons this is teaching me.

I am wearing... capris, a t-shirt and hobbit shoes. It is summer.
I am remembering...homeschooling is a marathon, not a sprint. The same thing I was remembering the last time I posted a Daybook, and that was lifetime ago, why change a good thing.

I am going...
to way too many Dr. appointments lately.

I am currently reading... nothing, but I just picked up Francine Rivers', and the Shofar Blew.

I am hoping finish school up in the next couple of weeks, start summer lists, get to the beach often, and tackle a few projects.
On my mind... how to better serve my husband as we alter lifestyle and activities to impact some health issues.

Noticing that... it takes me longer and longer to get simple things done. They seem to require a lot more brain power.
Pondering these words... "Luke warm people do whatever is necessary to keep themselves from feeling too guilty. They want to do the bare minimum to be "good enough" without it requiring too much of them." Francis Chan, Crazy Love

From the kitchen
... BBQ chicken, squash casserole and a lot of salad.

Around the house... so long sliding glass doors and curtains, this has been a long time coming and I am so happy with the new doors.

One of my favorite things ~ when the grass turns from brown to green with just one rainfall.
From my picture journal...
NEW doors, yeah!
Thank you Peggy for the Simple Woman's Daybook {follow links to read more}.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

a story and a dust cover

My husband asked me to make him a dust cover, for a piece of equipment he keeps on a cart in a treatment room.This cover is more about appearance less about protection from dust. 

He has more faith in my sewing abilities than I do. I consider myself a "pretend" seamstress, able to do some mending and straight line sewing. I have always had spacial learning problems and patterns and maps are the places that these challenges are manifested.

A little side story (recorded here for my children's sake).
When traveling with my husband, on our first road trip, he told me to quick get the map and see where we were and if the approaching road was where we needed to exit.
I quickly opened the atlas, found the state we were in and turned the book upside down to place the ocean on the correct side of the car. He simply rolled his eyes and said, "OK, we are now lost." All these years later he usually asks one of the boys to help with the map navigation.
In my own defense, if we have traveled to a location, even if it was twenty years ago, I can usually retrace my steps back there. I believe this is a coping mechanism I have developed due to a lack of confidence in my ability to read a map.

Back to this pattern for covering any type of machine, appliance, electronic, etc.
I followed this extremely easy tutorial by  Crafty Gemini. If I can do it, you can too.
Of course I finished it at 11pm so the lighting in my pictures is not great.

Drum roll please.....

The machine is at the office; therefore, the pictures show the cover over a cart.

The seem down the middle is due to the fact that I wanted the unfinished fringe (salvage) edge 
so that I would not have to hem it.

This on my knitting needles, but I'm not holding my breath...I also"pretend" to knit.
Stay tuned for more Summer sewing/knitting projects.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

happy birthday

Seth turns another year older...19!
He is taking the ACT today, not the way I would want to be spending my birthday.
I think BBQ chicken, potato salad and cheesecake just might redeem the day.

Happy Birthday~We love you!