Archive for February, 2009

Nutrition by Natalie

Friday, February 6th, 2009

In looking around the internet this morning, I came across an interesting website, Nutrition By Natalie. Natalie is a registered dietician who addresses current health concerns. She’s so young-looking that at first I thought she was a high school student who posted a You Tube video of herself talking about nutritional links to ADHD.

Here is Natalie, talking about The Ten Worst Foods. Before you watch this, try to guess what these foods might be. I was surprised by two of them:


Valentine’s Day Poetry Prompt

Thursday, February 5th, 2009


Valentine’s Day Verse

My friend Mad Kane of Mad Kane’s Humor Blog fame, enjoys giving poetry writing prompts. Here is her most recent offering:

Valentine’s Day is coming up — an ideal topic for my very overdue limerick and a haiku (senryu) prompt. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to write some verse about Valentine’s Day. When you’ve posted your poem(s), please return here and add a direct link to your themed poetry, using Mr. Linky. And please post a comment as well.

So, without further ado, here is my limerick:

Some folks don’t like to be mushy.

They love you, but never are gushy.

If treated to dinner

Yourself count a winner

Just give them a kiss when it’s hushy.

Here are a couple haiku stanzas:

Tokens of my love,

Dear Heart, I give you freely,

Openly, often.


Many thoughtful deeds

And kind words shared frequently:

Best Valentine’s gifts.

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…February 3, 2009

Outside my Window…it’s looking like spring today. On my way home from the middle school this afternoon, I saw my first three robins. The air, though cool, has that moist, earthy smell that means ‘spring.’

I am thinking…that February is a busy birthday month in our family. Daughter Kayla should arrive in just a bit for us to celebrate her 21st birthday. Don’t worry; her cake is in the oven, so it’s all good. My husband’s birthday is on Thursday, and then daughters Laura and Sarah have their birthdays next Wednesday. Happy days!

From the learning rooms…I made it back to school today, after being sick since last Thursday or Friday with a sore throat which morphed into a congested chest, and ended with lots of coughing. It was good to see all the students again.

I am thankful for…all of the dear children the Lord has given to us. Rick and I were ‘late’ to marry (29, which was older than most of our friends). I wondered at times if I would be blessed to be a mom, as I so much desired. One verse that I often think of with gratitude is Psalm 113:9:

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

From the kitchen…I baked Kayla’s favorite cake, a traditional German Chocolate Cake. It’s the kind with the custard-y, coconutty topping and filling. Yum!

I am wearing…school clothes: red hooded sweater, black dressy skirt, black leggings and comfortable black shoes.

I am reading…The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being Vegetarian because daughter Rebecca wants to try this in order to decrease her carbon footprint on our small planet.

I am hoping…to get more energy as I continue to recuperate. The whole family experienced this malaise; it’s my turn now.

I am creating…the most cherished birthday goody, a homemade cake.

I am hearing…dear granddaughter Carly complaining loudly that someone should come and pick her up, already!

Around the house…everyone is home from school, so there’s activity in every room. I have the door to the study closed so I can get this typed without too much distraction. Homework is getting done prior to the soon-to-happen birthday dinner and party.

One of my favorite things…is the companionable fellowship of my family.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Rick’s birthday on Thursday. Also, my girls and I are going to a Brandi Carlisle concert on Friday!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


Hmmm….I thought this photo showed more of daughter Kayla (on the right), which I was intending, since it’s her birthday today. It will soon be daughter Laura’s birthday, though. 😛

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!

A Sestina for the Sabbath

Sunday, February 1st, 2009


A Sestina for the Sabbath

There’s no such thing as a blessing that’s little.

Good gifts, small and great, remind me God is faithful.

I see His love, hidden in the mundane.

Even in humdrum duties, there is beauty.

Through cycles of days and life’s transience,

In joy and in sorrow, I am blessed.


Having enough of life’s good things, I am blessed.

In the big scheme of things I am little

Yet you, Lord, provide for me in this time of transience:

Food, and the health to enjoy it, You give faithfully.

Today, again, my senses work; I behold life’s beauty.

All this gracious provision is not mundane.


My daily duties revolve around the mundane.

As I care for my family, I am blessed.

A meal lovingly prepared is one kind of beauty.

Love shown in laundry washed, and other ways that are little.

I praise God for making me faithful

That I might love my family during this time of transience.


Life may be meaningful, though it be transient.

Work, too, be worthwhile, though it be mundane.

In little and in much, I am called to be faithful.

In loving God, I am blessed.

My heart swells in love to Him while doing duties little,

As I clean, cook and wash, I’m aware of His beauty.


I thank you, Lord, for Your holiness and beauty.

You are steadfast eternally; I am transient.

You are Almighty; I am little.

You are wondrous in glory; I am mundane.

By your mercy and kindness, I am blessed.

Through the years of my life, you are faithful.


My voice rises in joyful song for your faithfulness.

One day I shall behold You in Your beauty.

Even during this earthly sojourn, I am blessed.

The sweet joys You give are not transient.

Let me not minimize Your blessings, nor call them mundane.

To see You face-to-face, I must wait a little.


I praise You for faithful care in times of transience.

I praise You for beauty hidden in the mundane.

I am blessed by You, though I am little.