Archive for February, 2008

Buddy Award!

Friday, February 29th, 2008


I received this lovely award from a blogging buddy at Small Reflections. This is her “Thank You” to those of us who leave comments on her blog. 🙂 She and I both LOVE writing Haiku, which we do every Friday. Then we visit each other’s (and lots of other bloggy friends’) blogs on Fridays to read and comment. 🙂

Blog 365 Haiku

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Haiku Friday

Not supposed to post

Blog 3-6-5 Admin. Says

Rest on Feb. 2-9

It’s not quite Friday

I just have to sneak this in

Haiku must go on

I’ll still be around;

What poems did you create,

Haiku-writing friends?


For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.

13 of My Favorite Plants – Thursday 13 Edition XI

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Inspired by the beautiful and spring like weather we’re enjoying here, I’m posting a list of 13 of my favorite plants
for this Thursday 13.

  • Hostas
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  • Ferns
  • (Look at this site for some beautiful photos of the Pacific Northwest, including of course, ferns.)

  • Rhododendrons
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  • Anemones, or Windflowers
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  • Poppies, or Papavers
  • Bergenia
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  • Foxglove
  • (Here is a beautiful photo of foxglove.)

  • Snapdragons
  • Lilacs
  • Dahlias of all shapes and sizes
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  • Cyclamen
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  • Lupine
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  • Primroses

(None of these images are my own; they are all from Google Images.)

Do you want to save some trees?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

This is the logo for Catalog Choice. These wonderful folks will do the hard work of contacting the various businesses who send you paper catalogs, and tell them that you no longer want all that paper to go to waste.

Think about it. Do you do more shopping after perusing a paper catalog, OR after searching the online company site? If you’re like me, you search online, and then you shop for a book, music, a comforter, or whatever. If that’s the case, think of all the resources you can save by opting out of receiving catalogs. 🙂

I found out about this program from my online friend, Jennic’s blog post on Needless Paper Waste. (One of her commenters actually suggested this site.)

How many paper catalogs will you opt out of receiving? So far, I’ve started the process to stop receiving 18 catalogs.

Stomach Flu or something like it

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008


Last night, poor Debra was awakened by the need to barf. She was SO miserable, because dry heaves continued after the initial barfing episode, her head ached terribly, and she was too warm to the touch (I didn’t take her temperature, so I don’t know exactly how hot she was.). At first she couldn’t keep water down, but perhaps that was because she tried to drink too much water at a time. She was finally able this morning to keep down frequent small sips of a hydrating solution made from 2 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 Tablespoon sugar. She has also been able to eat two grapefruits.

Seth was home from school today with a bad sore throat, plus he was overtired because his rest had been quite disturbed during Debra’s nighttime troubles. Even so, he was the one who took care of his older sister while I was at the Middle School this morning. He made sure Deb had her drink, prepared the grapefruit for her, and read to her for hours to comfort her (Her head ached too badly and her eyes were sore, so she couldn’t read on her own.). I do so hope that Seth and the rest of us don’t get sick with this flu thing.

The thing that concerns me is that, aside from now being able to keep the water and grapefruit down, Debra is worse. Her temperature is higher (as least to the touch), her head aches terribly, and she is so weak and achy. I hear her moaning quite a bit in her sleep. If she isn’t significantly better in the morning, I’ll have to stay home to take her to the doctor, since he is only open in the morning on Wednesdays.

I always worry a bit about appendicitis when something like this happens. Appendicitis runs in families, a surgeon told me. (Two of our children so far have had an appendectomy.) I’m on the lookout for the following symptoms:

  • Nausea not relieved by vomiting
  • Continued fever
  • Extreme pain when walking; walking kind of hunched over, and gingerly as if walking upon egg shells
  • Pain beginning perhaps in the navel region and settling finally in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen

So, this evening I’ve been reviewing the symptoms of stomach flu, checking to see if they include all of Debra’s symptoms. So far, I think everything matches up. Here, if you’re interested, is a handy list I found on

(This information is from the Children’s Health Encyclopedia: Gastroenteritis, an article by Julia Barrett Angela M. Costello)


Gastroenteritis symptoms include nausea and vomiting, watery diarrhea, and abdominal pain and cramps. These symptoms are sometimes accompanied by bloating, low fever, chills, headache, and overall tiredness or weakness. Gastroenteritis symptoms typically last two to three days, but some viruses may last up to a week.

Infants, young children, the elderly, and anyone with an underlying disease are more vulnerable to complications of gastroenteritis. The greatest danger presented by gastroenteritis is dehydration. The loss of fluids through diarrhea and vomiting can upset the body’s electrolyte balance, leading to potentially life-threatening problems such as heart beat abnormalities (arrhythmia). The risk of dehydration increases as symptoms become prolonged. Untreated, severe dehydration can be life threatening. Dehydration should be suspected if symptoms of a dry mouth, increased or excessive thirst, or decreased urination are experienced.

When to Call the Doctor

If symptoms do not resolve within one week, an infection or disorder more serious than gastroenteritis may be involved. Prompt medical attention is required if the child has any of these symptoms:

* a high fever of 102°F (38.9°C) or above

* blood or mucus in the diarrhea

* blood in the vomit

* bloody stools or black stools

* confusion

* severe abdominal pain or swelling

* inability to keep liquids down

If a child has the following symptoms, the parent should contact the child’s pediatrician:

* diarrhea or vomiting that wakes the child during the night

* persistent or severe diarrhea or vomiting

* dehydration symptoms, including dry mouth, increased or excessive thirst, few or no tears when crying, decreased urination, dark yellow urine, irritability, low energy, lightheadedness or fainting, severe weakness, and sunken abdomen, eyes, and cheeks

* no improvement in symptoms after 36 hours

(Here is a link to a cartoon about stomach flu (if you’re interested :P). I can’t actually post the cartoon on my blog unless I pay for the right to do so, but the cartoon site says it’s OK to link to the image, which you can then click to view.)

If I Were a Shoe . . .

Monday, February 25th, 2008

(This meme is from my friend Marmee.)

If I were a shoe, I’d be a pair of comfy Crocs


If I were a city, I’d be Old Fairhaven, Bellingham, WA

If I were a season, I’d be autumn.

If I were a car, I’d be Suzuki Grand Vitara.


If I were a vegetable, I’d be broccoli, fresh from the garden.

If I were a fruit, I’d be a crisp, home-grown apple.

If I were a color, I’d be green.

If I were furniture, I’d be a computer desk.

If I were a song, I’d be a soulful, Celtic ballad.

If I were a country, I’d be Scotland.

If I were a beverage, I’d be a brown sugar caramel macchiato.

If I were clothing, I’d be waffle-weave PJs.

If I were weather, I’d be autumn crisp but still sunny.

If I were an animal, I’d be a faithful hound.

If I were a dessert, I’d be an apple dumpling with cream.

If I were a plant, I’d be a fern by a waterfall.

If I were a word, I’d be well-read.

A Mystery Sonnet

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Our daughter, Debra, just completed the following sonnet as an assignment in her high school English class. I’ll omit the title of the poem, so you can try to guess: To whom (or to what) is this sonnet addressed?

Black as raven’s feathers, blown on fall’s gale,

You come to me like starlight on water.

What ought I offer such beauty? A tale?

Tales of my love for you – the first falter.

When I first met you I bethought you kind.

Yet still, to the senses as Hell’s first touch;

To the taste, as harsh as an iron bind;

Truth you are blest as mother I love much.

Years there have been, still you hold me captive,

Captive of beauty, eternity bound!

I’m reduced to drinking – seductive;

I inhale that white steam that left me cowed.

And now you have heard my tale: come to stay,

You who stole me body and soul, I pray.


Plantation Cake

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

(This recipe is from The Betty Crocker Cook Book.)

1 1/3 cups shortening
1 cup brown sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups water
1 1/3 cups light molasses
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat shortening and brown sugar on high speed of mixer, scraping bowl occasionally, 5 minutes. Mix in flour and salt. Press half of the sugar mixture in greased 9″x13″ pan. Mix water, molasses and baking soda; pour half over sugar mixture in pan. Sprinkle with half of the remaining sugar mixture. Pour remaining molasses mixture over top; sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture. Bake 45 minutes (maybe longer). Serve warm. Good with whipped cream.

Today after morning worship at our church we had a fellowship meal, with each family contributing favorite foods to the meal. The dessert we brought was Plantation Cake, which has been one of the children’s favorite desserts for many a year. We really enjoy the flavor of molasses, and that’s what you get with this dish.

Has Spring Sprung?

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

I’m resting a bit between items on my “To Do” list. I already went on a walk with our old doggie, so figure it’s OK to sneak on over to the computer and type out a quick post. Really this post needs photos, lots of them, but the camera is with Rick on a business trip out to the San Juan Islands. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, as we do, you may be marveling at the loveliness and warmth of this day! I didn’t do a Thursday 13 post this week, so here you have 13 Signs of Spring that I noticed today:

  1. Yard sales
  2. Lots of cute newborn goats
  3. Plowed fields, and our tilled flower beds
  4. Primroses for sale
  5. Stores have their doors propped open.
  6. It’s 50 degrees Fahrenheit outside!
  7. Daffodils are emerging from the soil.
  8. Our neighbor’s pink rhododendron is blooming!
  9. The robins are back.
  10. There is new growth on some of the evergreen bushes.
  11. Native bushes are leafing out.
  12. The wild mallards are congregating in the wetlands to start their families.
  13. The girls are spring cleaning their bedroom.

I’m hoping that Rick is getting some great pictures of the day that I can post soon. Hope you’re having a good day, too. 🙂

Friday Haiku – Reminiscence

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Haiku Friday

Little people days

Thought those busy times would last.

Now, precious mem’ries



Fresh air, play outside, all day

Better than many toys


Queen of all she sees

An imaginary realm

Do you see her throne?


Do you remember?

I let you choose what to wear.

Mis-matched clothes are fun.


Wondered “who” you’d be

Precious babe, I waited long

To see you, meet you



Mischievous sisters

Looking for fun from the start:

Best buds forever



For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.