Archive for November, 2009

Give Me Five Monday

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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Becca, of Becca’s Buzz, is the hostess for Give Me Five Monday. Her prompt today is Give Me Five reasons you can be thankful this year.

  • I am thankful for the promise of Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (emphasis added)
  • Two grandchildren were born safe and sound this year, Claire on August 15th, and Koen on October 26th.
  • We are privileged to be members of a faithful and loving church family.
  • In this slow economic time, we have food to eat, money to pay our bills, and a cozy home.
  • Our children are a joy and a blessing to us.

Ten on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009


Ten Things I Wish I Knew How to Do:

  • Play classical guitar well
  • Speak Spanish
  • Knit
  • Sing well
  • Read Old Testament Hebrew
  • Read New Testament Greek
  • Speak German
  • Scottish country dancing
  • Know the constellations well
  • Be more of a healing influence on others

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…November 16, 2009

Outside my Window…I see a wet, windy fall morning. This post is a day late because our power went off (and stayed off) last night, probably due to damage caused to power lines by falling branches.

I am thinking…more and more about getting a simple, reliable point-and-shoot camera. What’s a blog without up-to-date, on-the-spot pics? For the moment, I’m in the gathering information stage. Any suggestions?

From the learning rooms…I will soon be learning how to get financial assistance for my mom. Full care facilities for the elderly are expensive, and rightly so. Money from sale of her house will run out within six months, so I will be navigating the paperwork ocean to secure funds, which along with her Social Security, will pay for her care.

I am thankful for…our power being on again this morning. It’s so nice to be able to see what’s what when getting prepared for the day away from home. It’s also great that the food in the fridge and freezer are cold, and the water’s warm.

From the kitchen…Due to a day full of errands, followed by that power loss, we snacked from my Costco purchases last night. Potato rosemary bread with butter is delicious, as well as their raisin bran muffins spread with cream cheese.

I am wearing…a long sleeved brown and turquoise top, a turquoise-tones marled sweater, and my dressy black skirt. It’s off to school in about an hour for me.

I am reading…(starting to read) The Jane Austen Book Club. I started but stopped reading a book entitled Deadline by Chris Crutcher. The premise of the book was interesting: An 18-year old young man who discovers he is fatally ill, decides not to tell his dysfunctional family about his imminent death, but to live as fully as he can for the remaining year. I just didn’t find the main character likeable or admirable, so lost the desire to keep reading.

I am hoping…my internet service is up again by the time I get to the end of this post. How petty is that?

I am creating…this blog post.

I am hearing…the children getting ready for school and work. My husband and I are tippetty-tapping at our respective keyboards. Isn’t life cozy?

Around the house…Our glass recyclables bin got knocked over by the wind. Guess I’d better head outside to clean up that mess in a few minutes. On the bright side, the gusting winds blew the leaves off the grass, into the forest.

One of my favorite things…is autumn winds. Really. We enjoy the lights going out, and the sudden rearrangement of our plans. The girls and I enjoyed a game of Skipbo by lantern light last night. That’s certainly more enjoyable than fretting about what’s not getting done, or about the internet being down.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…This Friday, some of our children are leaving on a road trip to visit Grampa and Gramma Taron in California. I’ll surely miss them here, but am hoping they have a wonderful time in Inverness.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


This is our grandson, Koen, who is three weeks old now.

Sarah and baby Claire

This is our granddaughter, Claire, who is three months old, with her mommy.

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!

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Friday, November 13th, 2009


My blogging friend Tamy and her friend Joy are hostessing the 2nd Annual Bread Roundup. If you would like to participate, too, please click on the link to go to Tamy’s or Joy’s blog for the details.


This recipe is for 6 loaves of bread, and requires a large capacity mixer equipped with a dough hook.

Combine the following ingredients in the mixer bowl, using the dough hook attachment:

11 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour

3 cups rolled oats

½ cup gluten flour (optional, but this helps the dough to be more elastic and rise better)

2 Tablespoons dry yeast

2 Tablespoons salt

Add liquids:

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup honey

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

9 cups hot (but not too hot) tap water

Mix for 3 minutes. Let sponge for 10 minutes.

Add, 1 cup at a time:

10 cups white flour (or whole wheat, for a delicious but heavier bread)

Knead by machine 5 minutes.

Cover the bowl of dough with a dish towel and let rise until doubled. Stir the dough down and shape into 6 loaves. Place in greased bread pans and let rise until almost doubled.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Turn loaves out of pans to cool on rack.

This is a genuine Taron family recipe. Rick and I developed this recipe about 20 years ago, experimenting with other favorite recipes, until we came up with a whole wheat bread that isn’t crumbly. It makes great sandwiches, and even better toast.

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, November 2nd, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…November 2, 2009

Outside my Window…When I stepped outside this evening, I noticed I can see my breath. Crisp autumn weather is here.

I am thinking…wondering: Why am I staying up late to do this post? Answer: I feel guilty about my posts being so few and far between.

From the learning rooms…In seventh grade math, we have been doing charts, graphs and equations. Today the students were introduced to the TI-83 graphing calculator, and were quite impressed with it.

I am thankful for…the health and strength to keep busy doing useful things.

From the kitchen…Tonight two of the girls and I had a late errand to run in town, so Taco Bell did the cooking tonight. I enjoy their beef taco salad with zesty ranch dressing.

I am wearing…a red sweater hoodie and soft black pants.

I am reading…I just finished reading Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer. In this book, the author especially looks at father/son and mother/daughter relationships, both good and bad. As always, she has a great deal of fun with her characters.

I am hoping…daughter Laura feels stronger soon, after giving birth to child number three last Monday. She is doing just fine, but it takes a while to get one’s strength back.

I am creating…this blog post.

I am hearing…a train whistle blowing, off in the distance.

Around the house…I noticed the pear tree is bare of leaves, but the fruit is still clinging to the branches. I think I’ll bake a pear torte or crisp tomorrow.

One of my favorite things…is working hard all day, and then relaxing at the end of the day.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…My younger sister is coming for a visit! The girls and I need to get the guest room all fresh and clean in anticipation of her arrival on Wednesday.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

carly and koen

My daughter Laura took this picture of her daughter Carly holding newborn brother Koen. She is so thrilled with him. When she wants to hold him, she says, “I need it!”

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!