Archive for May, 2008

A little this and that

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Just a short post to let you know (did I mention that my old oven died?) that I now have a working oven:

Old oven bit the dust,
We’ve been missing homemade bread,
Casseroles, desserts.

My “new” oven’s here!
Rick traveled south last night;
Found it on Craig’s list.

I haven’t actually baked anything yet. Today the girls and I had mega-errands to run in town. Once we returned home we piled EVERYONE in the van (including three of the grown children and one friend) and went out to eat. A lovely time was had by all. We especially delighted in the gorgeous sunset we viewed this evening on the way home.

I wish you all a blessed Lord’s Day. 🙂

To-Do ‘Ku

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Spent last weekend sick:

I was so disappointed;

Things got messier!

I want to clean house,

Garden, bake, get all caught up

Here on the home front.

I’m feeling better

And with a three-day weekend

Might tackle these tasks:

Fetch bulk food order;

Grind some wheat, bake bread again

And dessert, of course.

Deep clean the kitchen

(Refrigerator, at least);

That’s a worthy goal.

Then it’s head outside:

Plant a few perennials

And do some weeding.

This is my idea

Of an enjoyable break;

“Fun” can come later.

As an aside, this desire to get some work done reminds me of this great quote:

“The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic–in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea–known to medical science is work.”

Thomas Szasz (b. 1920). U.S. psychiatrist. ‘Medicine,’ The Second Sin (1973).

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

Thirteen Things I did after work on Wednesday

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

  • Read and responded to my email; read and commented on some blog posts
  • Went to the bank, picked Lyd up from her soccer game, and did a little grocery shopping
  • Played Scrabulous for quite a while on Facebook (TWICE!), and tended my Lil Green Patch, too (virtual gardening). Why is that so relaxing?
  • DIDN’T go for a walk. My excuses: It’s too rainy, and I’m still sick. Achoo!
  • Emptied and refilled the dishwasher
  • Warmed up a delicious chowder I prepared yesterday for our dinner tonight
  • Talked with our oldest son on the phone. He went to pay for a used Dacor convection oven for us. Rick found it for sale on Craig’s List, close to where our son lives. We’ll need to pick it up soon, so I can bake homemade bread again; we really miss it.
  • Washed three loads of laundry, and did some folding
  • Chatted online with our daughter who lives clear across the country
  • Drank coffee; ate an ice cream cone
  • Did a short blog post, asking for stylin’ advice
  • Wrote an email to the high school counselor about one daughter’s schedule for next year
  • Enjoyed a time of Bible reading and prayer this evening with the family

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WANTED: New Hairstyle

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Once the weather gets just a bit warmer, I’ll be wearing my hair up all the time. For some reason I get very annoyed by all the hair around my face when “sweaty” weather arrives. My husband suggested that perhaps I might like a different, shorter hairstyle instead.

What do you think? Do any of you have some suggestions for a new hairdo that you think might be pretty and practical? Here you see the current ‘do:

The hair is naturally wavy, not curly. I’m kinda tired of a perm, anyhow. So, send me links to good ideas, or describe what you have in mind for a change of pace over here. Thanks. 🙂

Ten Movies I Would Like to See

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Well, here I am talking about movies, when I just said yesterday that I would rather read a good book than watch a good movie (or rather it was reread a good book vs. watch a movie again). Well, I want to play along with Ten on Tuesday, and I might watch some of these once. 🙂

1. Iron Man – My girls loved this one, so I would like to see it as well.
2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – My kids have watched all the prior Indiana Jones films (more than once), so this one is one we definitely plan to see.
3. Kung Fu Panda – Animation and Kung Fu sounds like a good combo to me.
4. Get Smart – I really enjoyed The Man Who Knew Too Little with Bill Murray. Maxwell Smart is THAT kind of spy.
5. Nim’s Island – My children have already seen this movie as well, and say that I would LOVE it. Hmmm . . . It’s probably too tame for the man of the family, but maybe on date night?
6. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – Reports from friends have been enthusiastic on this one as well.
7. The Incredible Hulk – If I end up being the driver, I’ll see this one, since my kiddos really enjoy the superhero movies. What’s not to love about the Hulk, anyhow?
8. Wall*E – Of course I want to see an animated Walt Disney film!
9. Journey to the Center of the Earth – I do enjoy the fantasy genre, plus read the book as a kid.
10. National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets – We all enjoyed the first film so much, so I’d like to see this on DVD (Which brings me to a dilemma: our DVD player is just about worn out. My 12-year old son tells me that Blue Ray is the way things are going to be from now on. What type of player do you recommend?)

What to take to a desert island

Monday, May 19th, 2008

The hostess of Give Me Five Monday
asks this week, “What are five movies you would choose to have along if you were stranded on a desert island?”

I CAN and HAVE watched some movies more than once, mainly to be sociable with my family, but movies just don’t compare with BOOKS, in my opinion. I would much rather reread a book than watch a movie again. So I am substituting BOOKS for MOVIES. Here are 5 books I would like to have with me if I were stranded on a desert island:

I say and you think . . .

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings is a meme I found over at my friend Storyteller’s blog. Here are my responses:

I say … and you think . . . ?

  1. Concentration :: Focused attention
  2. Relocated :: Moved
  3. Clot :: Coagulate
  4. Joints :: and marrow
  5. Satellite :: Sputnik
  6. Money back :: Guarantee
  7. Kittens :: Lovable little creatures
  8. Shady :: Business
  9. Drain :: Drano
  10. Stroke:: of Genius

Your turn! I say … and you think . . . ?

  1. Concentration ::
  2. Relocated ::
  3. Clot ::
  4. Joints ::
  5. Satellite ::
  6. Money back ::
  7. Kittens ::
  8. Shady ::
  9. Drain ::
  10. Stroke::

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A Blogthings Quiz (about all I’m up for today)

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Your Blogging Type is Logical and Principled


You like to voice your well thought out opinions on your blog.
And if someone doesn’t like what you write, you really don’t care!
Serious and blunt, sometimes people take your blog the wrong way.
But you’re a true and loyal friend to those who truly get you.

My friend Storyteller took this quiz, and I followed suit.

And while I’m at it, here’s a Linky Love badge from Storyteller. 🙂

Change of Plans

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” – Proverbs 19:21 (King James Version)

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will be established.” – Proverbs 19:21 (Revised Standard Version)

This is one of THOSE days. You know, the kind where your well-laid plans will simply not work out. Throughout this busy week, I looked forward to today, hopeful that:

  • I could get some extra cleaning done. Now that I’m working almost full time, there just isn’t time and energy during the week to maintain things at home as nicely as I would like.
  • I wanted to help serve a pancake breakfast/lunch at our church. This is to offset some of the travel expenses of camp this summer for some of our young people.
  • Since Spring has definitely sprung, Rick wanted us to go on a family outing today.
  • And, just in case time and energy permitted, I wanted to pull some weeds and put in a few perennials near the house.

Well . . . Yesterday I initially thought that seasonal allergies had hit me with a vengeance. Sneezing, itchy eyes, etc. Now, however, sore throat, headache, fever and chest congestion have been added to the mix. The sickness which hit several other family members this past winter, which I thought I had well escaped, is now my very own.

When I was a child, I looked forward to being just a little bit sick, so that I could stay home from school for a day, and snuggle under the covers with a good book. (Gasp! Bad example, I know.) At this point, however, I think I’m more at the stage where a little bit to eat and a hot drink will suffice, and then I need to go back to sleep. I’m just too tired to read.

I’m still hopeful, though. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be well enough to go to church. Probably, though, the responsible thing will be to lay low, to minimize passing on this bug to others.

“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that.

But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:13-17 (King James Version)

(Image from Snapshots of Joy.)

Tree ‘ku

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Old but beautiful

Moss and fern-festooned maple:

Venerable tree

When I take our dog for her walk each evening, I usually stop to admire this old big leaf maple tree. I love the complicated textures of fern, moss, bark and leaves, and find the lines of the trunk interesting as well. This is currently my favorite tree, weird as that might be. I admire its beauty, and am satisfied. By the way, I took this photo at 8:30p.m. this evening, so you can see that longer days are definitely here. This was the first warm day so far this spring, long days notwithstanding.

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