Archive for January, 2009

Thursday Thirteen and Thankful Thursday

Thursday, January 15th, 2009



Thirteen Things for Which I’m Thankful Today:

  1. I arrived home safely this evening from the city, driving in the dark, in the thick fog.
  2. My son-in-law brought in some delicious pizzas so I wouldn’t have to cook dinner after being out.

  1. Daughter #1 did the laundry.
  2. I found a couple awesome gifts this evening for daughter #5, who turns 17 in a few days.
  3. I’m thankful for Costco apple pie. Yum! That was dessert this evening.

  1. The music of Deuter, to which I’m listening just now on Pandora, is relaxing and uplifting.
  2. I feel better this evening, after awakening dizzy (ditzy?).
  3. I’m thankful to have our two grandbabies (and their parents) staying with us while they look for a more permanent residence. Tomorrow may be the day!
  4. The music of Paul Cardall is a blessing. He has a most inspiring life story, and his music is gentle and healing.
  5. I’m thankful that all these years my husband has borne with my faults, and I with his, and that we both want to do what pleases the Lord, though ‘in many things we offend.’ Yep; we love one another. We’re at our computers in the same room, back to back, talking about this and that every once in a while. I guess that’s what brought this blessing to mind.
  6. I’m thankful for daughter #4, who cheerfully lives her life with a major disability.
  7. I’m thankful for good medical coverage to pay for her expensive medications. I’m reminded of this because I picked up about $1,200 worth of meds today.


  1. I’m thankful to be able to stay in touch with friends so easily via the internet. That means you!

Wordful Wednesday – What searches lead others to your blog?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009


Wordful Wednesday is hosted by Angie of SevEn cLoWn CirCuS

Have you ever checked what searches lead folks to your blog? Sitemeter has a ‘referral’ category that I check every so often, just for fun. I couldn’t believe how consistently the following searches bring the curious to my blog:

  • ‘The Dash’, a poem by Linda Ellis. I love this poem. If you want to know more about it, or perhaps purchase an illustrated gift book or short movie of the poem, visit the site Simple Truths. All you curious people who keep coming to my blog looking for this poem, take note!
  • Stomach flu – I think I did one post about this! Instead of visiting a medical site, I guess lots of folks want anecdotal accounts from a mom.
  • Dog pancreas – I triggered a pancreatitis attack in my poor doggie a couple years ago by giving her oily turkey leftovers. Again, O Curious Ones, go to a site like Dogster. I did do my best to give my warning, so maybe that post will help someone.

In keeping with the theme of life’s brevity, and doing something meaningful during ‘The Dash’ between one’s date of birth and one’s death, here is a lovely image from Snapshots of Joy. Is that fair, Angie? It isn’t my photo…Today is so busy and I didn’t have time to go to the little graveyard to photograph a gravestone.


Simply Kind Tuesdays

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009


It has been a while since I’ve participated in Simply Kind Tuesdays, but here I am today, so let’s see what I can do with this topic.

Kindness, the sort of kindness that proceeds from a genuine caring for others, is something I want to see more and more of in my life. I know that this ability to love others selflessly is a gift from God. By His grace, may His love flow through me to others. There’s a verse, James 1:27, that states:

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

This says to me that kindness shows itself in real, practical ways. Galatians 6:10:

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

One opportunity for showing kindness that occurs regularly in my life is that of helping my elderly mom with this and that as she now resides in an assisted living apartment, due to the frailty of her old age. I routinely help her with the practical things, such as shopping and grooming, but just recently noticed something she really enjoys.

Daughter Laura and I went for a visit, taking Diederick, who is 2 ½ and Carly, who is 7 months old, to see their great grandmother. I could see that the visit had to be short, since Carly’s energetic shouts startled my mom, but it was fun while it lasted. Laura snapped some photos, which we developed and framed so that my mom could show them off to her friends.



Would you like to participate in Simply Kind Tuesdays? Here is what hostess Claudia says about this meme:

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
– Scott Adams

This is a new (11/08) meme for Tuesdays. The goal is to keep kindness on our blogs and in our minds. Please join me in reminding the world of the simple power of kindness.

Simply Kind Tuesdays

1. Write about kindness on Tuesdays.
* You may write an entire post about kindness
* You may include kindness in your posts. Even one line will do!
2. Outside of kindness, there is no specified topic. You can talk about the kind acts you are doing, something you saw in the paper, kindness in general, or….
3. The goal of Simply Kind Tuesdays increase awareness of the kindness that surrounds us.
4. To join this challenge, simply grab a Simply Kind Tuesday Banner and add your n ame to the Mr. Llinky at the bottom of this post.

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, January 12th, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…Monday, January 12, 2009

Outside my Window…Well, I can’t see out the window just now, since I’m creating this post at the end of the day. I did step out on the front porch just now to take a deep breath of the brisk, fresh air, though. We have returned to our usual temperate, moist winter weather. No more snow. No more flooding. The challenge now is the temps that dip below freezing at night. If it’s foggy, as it is tonight, that fog becomes black ice on the roads.

I am thinking…of getting a little bowl of ice cream with chocolate syrup for dessert. This is a favorite dessert, or else a cup of hot cocoa. Tonight, the ice cream won.

From the learning rooms…I’ve been enjoying working with some 6th graders on writing short stories. Did you know that slightly modified movie plots and TV shows make a handy-dandy story when all else fails? It’s a beginning, anyway!

I am thankful for…my husband cheering me up when I was feeling down. Thank you, Sweetie, for the cheery flowers and the candy-coated chocolate ‘kisses’!

From the kitchen…Tonight I made chili con carne, which we enjoyed with shredded cheese, sour cream and crackers, a quick dinner ‘thrown’ together after taking my mom to an appointment.

I am wearing…a cozy, long-sleeved deep lavender/pink/grey striped top with lavender sweater over, black skirt, and black leggings (work clothes).

I am reading…about a girl who was born with only the right side of her brain, and how that impacted her learning and personality, in the book The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D. If you are interested in learning disabilities, and some phenomenal stories of people who have overcome them, you would enjoy this book.

I am hoping…to get back in the habit of taking a daily walk, now that the weather is milder.

I am creating…Well, I’ll be putting fresh sheets on the bed in a bit. The laundry is done. The family is fed. So, I could say I’m creating a neat, well-run household.

I am hearing…my daughter Laura talking to me about a photo she took, my son Seth popping in to tell me how much he enjoyed the ending of Wall-e and other family members laughing in the kitchen. Hmmm….other people must be thinking of getting a bite of dessert, too.

Around the house…activities are winding down. We’ll all be going to bed soon. The day’s work is done, and rest will be sweet.

One of my favorite things… is Celtic music. My husband just came into the office and turned some on. We’re listening to the trio, The Espers.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Since sports activities were canceled during the snow days and the flood days, Seth and Lydia will be playing two basketball games each this week, and Rebecca will be playing indoor soccer. I will be helping my friend Sue prepare food for a church supper on Wednesday. We’re doing ‘breakfast for dinner.’ Yum!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


Hostess Peggy says this about The Simple Woman’s Daybook:

Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!

Snapshots of Joy

Sunday, January 11th, 2009


It’s been a while since I’ve used any images from this awesome site, Snapshots of Joy, but I just have to share with you. Please check out the many beautiful images, of various sizes, designed by Abigail. These images are free, but subject to use according to her directions.

Taron Design

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

My husband has been uploading some of the log home house plans he has designed to his blog, Taron Design, Inc.

If you’re interested in log homes, please do pop on over to his blog and sneak a peek.


Procrastination Poetry, or ‘To Do’ Tanka

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Many tasks to do

Too much for one day, really

Yet I’m here again,

Checking my mail and Facebook.

‘It’s lunch time!’ is my excuse.


I need to pay bills

Should go shopping at Costco

Maybe do banking.

There’s baking I want to do

And, oh, yeah, cook some dinner.


I’ll get back to work.

Outside is drizzle and cold.

Inside it’s cozy

But I’ll go run those errands.

Hey, a little chill won’t hurt.


Photostory Friday – Puddles

Friday, January 9th, 2009

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

I’m enjoying a leisurely Friday morning.

I’ve had two excellent cups of coffee already, and a slice of toasted homemade bread. I’ve made a quick round of some of my favorite blog reads on Google Reader. I’ve read some chapters from the Bible online at Blue Letter Bible, and listened to my husband talk about Galatians 3, which he is reading this morning.

All of this I’ve done, but one USUAL happening for a weekday morning that I’ve not done is get ready for work. Our school district remains closed due to flooding. It’s not raining just now, so the flooded rivers and streams must be receding, but I guess some road cleanup remains to be done before school reopens.

We’re just fine here in our home on a hill, but here’s a pic from our walk yesterday DOWN the hill:


Two of my daughters standing in a ‘puddle’. It gets much deeper, as a neighbor in waders proved later on.

Corn Bread Dressing

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

I thought I would give you a break from all of the rainy day, flooding pictures and share a recipe that I used tonight. This is such a delicious, homey side dish.

Corn Bread Dressing
(this is a modified version of the recipe ‘Creamed Chicken With Corn Bread Dressing’ found in my old More With Less Cook Book.)

Combine in Large bowl:

    4 cups corn bread, crumbled

    1 ¾ cups croutons

Melt in skillet:

    ¼ cup butter


    4 stalks celery, sliced

    1 large onion, chopped

    ½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms, if desired

    1 teaspoon celery seed

    2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

    Salt and pepper, as desired

Sauté until tender and add to bread mixture.


    1 cup milk or broth

Combine and turn into greased casserole.

Bake, covered, at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.

You can serve this with creamed chicken, or simply as a side dish. We enjoy this dressing with meatloaf and green bean casserole.

Wordful Wednesday – Oh, the Rain!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Wordful Wednesday is hosted by Angie of SevEn cLoWn CirCuS

Moisture-laden clouds

Grey and misty overhead

The rain streaks windows.

Sky streams soak the sponge-like land.

The river has topped its banks.

The rain falls, snow melts.

Where slush reigned, puddles abound,

Water-soaked terrain.

Instead of white snow blanket,

Winter rains return.

Exciting weather

First, unusually cold

Beautiful, bright snow.

Bad for drivers, good for sleds.

Now, too much rain and flooding.


This is our neighbor’s house at the corner of Alm Road and Gillies Road.


At the bottom of our road, looking south.


Gillies road looking south.


Gillies Road, looking north.


This shot is of the Sumas River (near Alm and Gillies Roads) which is really nothing more than a creek most of the time.


Guess who got stuck while taking these photos? My husband, the intrepid adventurer, and his noble sidekick with a camera, our daughter Laura!


Never fear! Our kind neighbor took a break from bailing out his flooding basement to rescue Rick and Laura from the muck.


Flooded Riverside Park near the Nooksack River.


Here is Rick by the flooded Nooksack River, pointing out to Laura that the water is still rising. These photos were taken at about 3:30pm today.