Archive for March, 2008

For Laura

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008


Our married daughter lives in Vermont, and has been lamenting the long lingering of an extra-snowy winter. You can see some photos she has taken of the way things are there now at her blog. So, Laura, this photo of the neighbor’s rhododendron bush is for you. This bush has been in bloom for about a month now, and is so lovely. It was almost evening yesterday when Kayla took this picture.

And here’s another picture for Laura, taken when our youngest child, Seth, was about the age that her son Diederick is now:


Seth chose Laura as his favorite. She could quiet and comfort him even when Mommy couldn’t. 🙂 (Seth is holding one of Lassie’s puppies.)

Domestic Day

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

I’m taking a little break from domestic duties doing – What else? – a little of this and that on the Internet. First I check my email, then check if my friends on Facebook (you know who YOU are) have made their moves in Scrabulous. Then I open my blog and see what the reader traffic has been like. Thank you so much, my loyal readers! I appreciate you checking in on my little, domestic corner of the universe! So here you have a wee blog post.

Speaking of domestic, that is totally what my day has been. Tomorrow we eat breakfast together at church prior to the worship service. I have desired to make homemade cinnamon rolls for the friends for a while now, so I finally did it. I’m just about done baking all the batches now, and will frost them tomorrow morning. My recipe makes approximately 100 sweet rolls (Ninety-six to be precise, my dear Watson.)

I still need to bake some bread, since we’re totally out. That is a DISASTER around here! Nothing is quite the same as homemade bread, toasted and buttered, for breakfast. Hmm. Guess that will have to come after baking some chicken for dinner, since it’s getting to be THAT time.

Before I do any more baking however, I’m taking old doggie for a walk. That will give me an extra burst of energy that the cup of coffee I just drank didn’t seem to give me.

Throughout the day I’ve been doing load after load of laundry. The girls will do all the folding in a little bit. Two of the girls still need to clean their assigned bathrooms. Rick vacuumed the house this morning prior to some clients arriving at 9a.m., and also used the Swiffer Wet Jet in necessary places. (The dog comes in the house muddy; what can I say?)

Maybe this evening the children and I can play a few games. I’m about out of oomph. It will be nice to relax.

Sleepy Haiku

Friday, March 21st, 2008


So tired this morning;

Wrapping up in warm covers

Would be so luscious.

Why am I so tired?

Am I working way too hard?

Is duty pressing?

The culprit is ME.

Just one more thing online, ‘K?

Time just gets away.

Well, time to go now.

Need to take the kids to school,

Then I’ll work there, too.

Later, make dinner,

Do laundry, etcetera;

Then, stay up too late!

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

A Rice Dish with 13 ingredients for Thursday 13, edition XIV

Thursday, March 20th, 2008




If you count all of the ÂĽ teaspoon spices as one ingredient, and don’t count the topping of cashews, raisins and hard-cooked eggs, this recipe has 13 ingredients. I hope that’s O.K.

This is a wonderful dish, often requested as a birthday meal in our home.

(This recipe is from Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley and Peter Thornton, a children’s picture book published in 1991 by Carolrhoda Books, ISBN: 0876144121)

2 medium onions, peeled and chopped

2 Tablespoons butter


2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1 teaspoon ground coriander

ÂĽ teaspoon each crushed black pepper, cayenne pepper, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and ground cardamom

1 teaspoon cumin


½ cup carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

2 fresh tomatoes, peeled, quartered, and diced

1 cup cauliflower florets

1 cup green beans

1 cup green peas

3 cups half-cooked rice (rice that has cooked for 7 to 10 minutes)

2 Tablespoons water

½ cup cashews

½ cup raisins

2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled

  1. In a large frying pan over medium heat, sauté onions in 1 Tablespoon butter until golden.
  2. Add all spices.
  3. Add all the vegetables and sauté for 2 or 3 minutes.
  4. Butter a large casserole dish and add all the ingredients, mixing or layering rice and vegetables.
  5. Bake at 300 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes.
  6. Sauté cashews and raisins in 1 Tablespoon butter.
  7. Crumble hard-cooked eggs.
  8. When biryani is baked, sprinkle with cashews, raisins, and crumbled hard-cooked eggs.


Wednesday, March 19th, 2008




Ten Places I Would Take a Tourist to See in My Hometown

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008


The prompt this week for Ten on Tuesday
is: Ten Places I Would Take a Tourist to See in My Hometown. I would like to expand that to my home county, Whatcom County, Washington.

My disclaimer first is that I am usually a homebody. I would not have the desire nor the stamina to do all of this at one fell swoop. Another consideration is that we live in possibly one of the most beautiful, temperate parts of the U.S. Just living here is like arriving at a vacation destination. Maybe that’s why I don’t feel the need to get out or away. I’m already there!

  1. First let’s go on a scenic drive up Mt. Baker Highway. It’s a long drive and the guests are getting hungry, so it’s time to stop at one of our favorite restaurants,
  2. The North Fork Beer Shrine. They brew all their own beers, and do a superb job of it. The salads, pizzas, calzones and sandwiches are excellent as well.
  3. We continue on our way to Mt. Baker, which holds the world record for the most snowfall in a single season: 1,140 inches. I’ll stay in the lodge and sip cocoa while my energetic guests go snowboarding! Supposedly this popular sport originated at Mt. Baker.

  4. After resting up a day or so, let’s take a ferry through the beautiful San Juan Islands. We are bound to see some Orca whales, and myriads of birds. Bald eagles are quite common here.
  5. Once we return to the ferry terminal, we’ll spend some time in beautiful, historic Fairhaven. I enjoy browsing in Village Books, and taking lunch at the Colophon CafĂ©.
  6. In Bellingham proper, we have the Western Washington Performing Arts Center,
  7. The Whatcom Museum of History and Art, and
  8. The Mt. Baker Theater. These are all such special destinations, though. Each one deserves its day.
  9. A long-time favorite summer picnic destination for our family is Silver Lake Park. We usually rent paddle boats, and chase after one another. I just can’t tell you how beautiful this place is; the lake is cradled by the surrounding mountains.
  10. If the company comes back in August, we can take them to the North West Washington Fair in Lynden, WA. I’m partial to the horse events at the grandstand, and the various FFA (Future Farmers of America) exhibits and competitions.

There you have some recommendations. Hope you’ll come and visit our lovely county!

Give Me Five Monday

Monday, March 17th, 2008


My friend Storyteller of Small Reflections is participating in Give Me Five Monday which is hosted by Beccagirl of BeccA’s Buzz. I’m following her lead in doing this meme as well. 🙂 The prompt for March 10, 2008 is the one I’m choosing to do:

Name 5 ways I de-stress, relax, wind down, or kick back.

  1. I love to think of posts for my blog. I find this to be a relaxing and rewarding creative outlet. It’s also a great way to meet others who are interested in some of the same subjects and activities, such as writing Haiku poetry.
  2. Each afternoon I enjoy taking our dog for a walk. Sometimes it’s difficult to tear myself away from the computer, especially if I’m engrossed in reading or writing, but . . . I always feel so refreshed after the walk! The old doggie enjoys it, too.
  3. I also enjoy reading books, nonfiction as well as fiction. If you’re on Facebook, you can check out some of my reads on Books iRead. I enjoy writing up short reviews of my reads and posting them there as well.
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  5. Speaking of Facebook, I love playing Scrabulous. That doesn’t mean I’m a champion, just that I find it fun. I have a couple of friends who play their moves so quickly it’s almost like playing in person!
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  7. Uh oh. I need more space, or maybe need to do this meme again. I guess I’ll go for: I enjoy going out for a great beer and pizza at the North Fork Beer Shrine with my husband. The beer is so good, you will never want store-bought again. That restaurant is especially fun because Rick often meets up with old friends from his log home construction days there.

How Social Darwinism has helped to undermine the family

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

I was catching up on some blog reading this morning and came across a fascinating post at Radical Womanhood. The author, Carolyn McCulley, gives a brief synopsis of the devastation to families caused by the philosophy of Social Darwinism. If your curiosity is piqued, you can read her post, The Economic Base of the Family, here.

Circle of Influence

Saturday, March 15th, 2008


There is a new poetry group starting up called One Single Impression. The prompt this week is: CIRCLE. Here is what came to mind:

Not famous, not rich,

My sphere of influence small

Yet I may reach out.

Love my family,

Then neighbors, community,

The circle widens.

Who is my neighbor?

Love will find a way to help

When help is needed.

We have a new driver

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Today was a memorable day.

Dear Rebecca took and passed her driving test. She is now a licensed driver in the State of Washington!

To CELEBRATE, we went to the Starbucks at Barnes and Noble to have lunch. First we ordered a couple of special coffees, mine a hot Caramel Macchiato and Reb’s a frozen concoction which contained chocolate (of course). Next on the menu were a couple of special pretzels. Mine was filled with spinach and feta cheese, and Reb’s was flavored with garlic and cheddar. Very nummy, and appropriately celebratory.

Since I had a discount coupon for 15% off a purchase, I bought her a book also: The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton, a modern take-off on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. I’ll soon hear if it’s good or not.

Reb also needed some under armor-type clothing for track, so we picked that up on clearance at Big 5. After doing a smallish Costco shopping as well, we realized that we needed to head to Rebecca’s babysitting job, which we did and arrived just in the nick of time.

Reb just arrived home, so I can go to bed now, but just wanted to let you all know the good news. (Sweetie, if you read this, I didn’t spend too much money.)