Archive for April, 2008

Ten Things I Love About My Life

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Yano at Ten on Tuesday
has asked her readers, “What are ten things you love about your life?”

There are many more than ten things that I could list. I have a wonderful life, a blessed life, and a busy life. But, since I have such a busy life, I’m thankful that Yano only wants us to list ten things. Here’s my list:

  • I love being reconciled to God, through the active and passive obedience of Christ on my behalf. “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” – 1 Timothy 2:5,6.
  • I love my husband, and am thankful for him. What a blessing to be married to a godly, unselfish, hard-working guy, who also is a teaser-mc-beazer.
  • I love my children, each and every one of them. I am so thankful for all the great times we’ve enjoyed together as they’ve been growing up.
  • I love my church. What a blessing to gather together with God’s people to hear the faithful preaching of God’s Word on Sundays! One special emphasis at our church is learning to love one another, which is a very good thing indeed.
  • I love my work as a paraeducator. Each day is different and challenging, and the work has such a worthwhile end: furthering the educational development of young people.
  • I love my in-laws. They are common-sense, hard-working, generous people who love their children and grandchildren. And, they’re fun to visit, too.
  • I love having internet access, and a blog to write. What a great outlet this is!
  • I love having enough of life’s necessities, some of life’s luxuries, but not so much money that I need to worry about it.
  • I love having a healthy, strong body, still a faithful servant to me, so that I may work and be useful.
  • I love my sanity and intelligence. Thinking about things is a genuine pleasure.

T I R E D, but here’s a post anyhow

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Here is a quick little post, right before bed. It has been such a busy day; I am tired beyond all reason, but had to pop on the internet quickly to visit a few friends’ blogs and do a wee post myself before retiring for the night.

I was thankful today to move my mom from the extended care facility where she has been for the past two weeks (after having the generator in her pacemaker replaced) back to the lovely assisted living apartment which she has called “home” for the past year. Once there, she demonstrated for me her proficiency doing various tasks while using her walker, which is a good thing.

We think we have a good plan to strengthen her. She will have physical therapy twice a week and I will constantly be asking her if she is doing any walking besides just walking to the elevator to go to the dining room for meals.

I am also thankful:

  • to Rebecca for doing the laundry while I was out helping my mom,
  • to Lydia for cleaning up the kitchen,
  • to Debra for vacuuming the house, and
  • to all of them for feeding themselves “catch-as-catch-can” fashion, so I didn’t have to hear the lament, “What’s for dinner?” at 9p.m.

(Image from Snapshots of Joy)

One Single Impression – Green

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

The prompt given this week for One Single Impression is COLOR. This is my offering:

There was a time in my life when I needed GREEN, could not feel calm or well, unless I could behold light filtering through fluttering leaves, and ferns unfurling in the forest. Walking mile after mile along quiet paths, my heart would quietly smile.

Quiet backwoods path

Soul thirsts for it knows not what

In green seclusion.

Like the gradual onset of Spring, the Lord of light imperceptibly dawned in my soul, and I realized that He was not only the giver of GREEN, but of all the colors of the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Now I am willing to strongly embrace and experience and grow from the other colors that come into my life. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1.

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” – 1 John 1:5.

Still, the fact remains: I love GREEN, and am thankful for contemplative times surrounded by wondrous growing green.

Gramma’s Brag Book

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

I’m not going to show you LOTS of photos of grandson Diederick, but in case you’re interested in seeing some more VERY cute photos, our daughter Laura has a blog, too, and she loves taking pictures. Here is one of my favorites:

Lois’ Morning Mug Meme

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Lois’ Morning Mug Meme Rules:
Most folks drink some sort of a morning beverage, be it coffee or tea, and most likely from a mug. Please share a photo of your favorite mug(s) and tell a story about how it became your favorite. Include what you drink with this mug.

Currently, this is my favorite mug. It holds just the perfect amount of coffee (8 ounces), the amount I can drink while it’s still really hot. Another thing I like about this mug is that it’s just the right diameter to fit in my car cup holder. It helps that the mug has a heart on it, ’cause that’s just kewl. 🙂

My morning beverage of choice is Starbucks Espresso Blend, ground fresh right before brewing the coffee, served steaming hot, without cream or sugar.

If you decide to play, grab the cup graphic for your post, and remember to link back to Lois. It’s also nice to mention where you saw the meme, and link back to that blogger. 🙂

I found out about this meme from my friend Storyteller at Small Reflections. This is an opportune moment to also post the lovely friendship award that Storyteller so kindly shared with me:

Haiku Your Garden Grow?

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Question of the day:

What to plant in the garden?

It’s time to decide.

Everyone enjoys

Green beans, broccoli, carrots,

Pumpkins, maybe leeks.

I’ll need cucumbers;

Want to try brining pickles

The old-fashioned way.

That brings to mind beets;

Also delicious pickled;

We need to plant some.

Something not veggie,

Want to see them everywhere:

Smiling sunflowers.

Don’t do much canning,

But we do love fresh produce

Grown in our backyard.

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

Thursday Thirteen – 13 kinds of pets we have had

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Thirteen Pets We Have Had (or still have):

  • Dogs (Currently, just our old doggie Lassie. Our girls are hoping for a new puppy. This is a test to see if Daddy reads this blog.)
  • Cats (The neighborhood cats who run away from home, or never had a home, come here to be fed, loved, and fixed.)
  • Cockatiel (The most lovable, personable bird I ever met.)
  • Parakeets (Never really got a friendly one.)
  • Finches (Messy!)
  • Goldfish (My husband’s outdoor goldfish receive royal treatment.)
  • Gerbils (Many. At one time. Interesting! Update: Our daughter who cared for the gerbils will tell you how many we had.)
  • Hamsters (My favorite was named Precioso. We kept his habitat in our bedroom, and I grew to enjoy the noise of his squeaky wheel at night. Very tame and friendly critter.)
  • Guinea Pigs (Habitats require DAILY cleaning. Very stinky little critters.)
  • Rabbits (We are partial to lop-eared bunnies.)
  • Ducks (Indian Running Ducks are fun; have you ever seen them?)
  • Chickens (The prettiest chickens, in my opinion, are the Auracana breed. The plumage can be a variety of colors, and they lay blue eggs.)
  • Toggenburg goats (Just two of them, a momma named Nanny – of course – and her kid.)

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Trillium

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008


This is an ALMOST Wordless Wednesday post, because I want to tell you a little about this special plant. I believe that this TRILLIUM is a Trillium ovatum, a native plant here in the Pacific Northwest. According to the Sunset New Western Garden Book, this spring-blooming plant is a member of the lily family.

I anticipate the appearance of this particular trillium each Spring, on the forested side of our driveway. From what I’ve heard, trilliums do not transplant well, so I just leave it alone and admire it from a distance.

Do any of you have this type of trillium growing in your area?

Ten Favorite Comedies

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

For Ten on Tuesday
this week, the prompt is Ten Favorite Movie Comedies. I am modifying that just a bit to include comic strips, TV shows, books, and blogs. So, in the order in which they came to mind, please give a nice round of applause to . . . TEN FAVORITE COMEDIES! (clapping and canned laughter):

A Peek at Blogging Central

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Here it is, time to begin winding down for sleepy-time, and I still haven’t posted on the dear old blog. If you checked earlier, hoping for some little spark of creativity from my small corner of the Internet, Thank You!

I won’t take up your time this evening enumerating the many small, medium, and large tasks that occupied me up until this creative moment, but suffice it to say, some of them got done.

When Michael and Kayla were home for a visit this weekend, they snapped some funny photos of Rick and me at our computers in his office. We spend a lot of time together, yet not together, in Rick’s office, as you shall see.

Rick working, Joyce blogging

Rick working at his computer, and me blogging at mine 😛