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Sunday, February 8th, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…February 8, 2009

Outside my Window…overcast, grey skies and cool (40 degrees Fahrenheit) but dry weather today. This is typical late-winter weather for us. As we were driving to church this morning, I noticed more and more signs of spring on the way. There are catkins on some bushes, and the weeping willow stems are getting greener. The distant craggy peaks across the border in Canada still look plenty cold, though.

I am thinking…of the devastating wildfires in Victoria, Australia. Blogging friend Remote Treechanger
lives in that part of Australia, and talks about the fires a bit on her blog. Over one hundred people have died in the fires so far. Some communities have been completely destroyed. What a reminder that our lives can change (or end) so suddenly and unexpectedly. This makes me think of the importance of being on right terms with the Lord NOW, for we have no assurance of tomorrow.

From the learning rooms…I have been learning about detached retinas, lattice degeneration, and sclera buckle surgery. Our 22 year old son suddenly lost vision in one eye this past Wednesday because the retina (the eye’s ‘movie screen’ inside at the back of the eyeball) detached. He had surgery on Friday, and can now sense light. It will be one month before he knows how much vision he will regain.

I am thankful for…God giving us curiosity about creation, so that such things as the intricate working of the eyes have been studied, and reparative operations have been developed. The surgeon who operated on our son has 20 years experience.

From the kitchen…I have been making quick and easy meals during this stressful, busy time. Today we enjoyed a friend’s recipe for CHEESY POTATOES. Since it’s so simple, I’ll just tuck the recipe in right here:

¼ cup melted butter

½ cup chopped onion

1 can cream of celery or mushroom soup

1 small carton sour cream

1 or 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 pounds frozen hash brown potatoes

Sauté the onion in the butter, then combine all ingredients. Pour into a 9×13-inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to one hour.


I am wearing…white, ruffled blouse, dressy black skirt with black leggings, and blue/green oversweater.

I am reading…The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, set in the African country of Botswana. My friend Nancy at school recommended this book to me. I’ve only just started and will try to pick it up again on Monday.

I am hoping…our son has a good report from the surgeon when he returns to the hospital for a follow-up visit tomorrow.

I am creating…my Daybook one day early because I already know I’ll be too busy tomorrow. Sunday is a lovely, relaxed day at our home, a day of piety, and of rest, so I’m not feeling the pressure of a ‘to do’ list. (Uh oh! One of my daughters just informed me that I have a remarkable ability to remain on the computer. This is why I don’t do more of these long posts; I wouldn’t get anything else done!)

I am hearing…our young people conversing together in the living room. This is one of my favorite sounds. It gives me so much joy, knowing that our grown and almost grown up children enjoy talking with one another and being together.

Around the house…the perennials are still sleeping underground. Nothing deciduous has made its appearance yet. For color we have only the faithful evergreens, and the mossy grass.

One of my favorite things…is that the duties of each day are what make the days interesting and full of variety.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…

  • I take my elderly mom to the doctor tomorrow while my husband takes our son to Seattle for his post-operative visit.
  • Our twin daughters have their 24th birthdays this week.
  • I still want to celebrate my husband’s birthday, which we missed last week due to our son’s medical emergency. At least I want to bake him an applesauce cake and give him his birthday card, signed by each one of us.
  • Two of our girls received tickets to the Seattle Symphony performance scheduled for this Thursday evening. How they are going to get there and back is still up in the air.
  • Friday, our church youth group is having a square dance fundraiser, and I’m scheduled to help with food preparation and serving. All-in-all, it’s sounding like a busy week ahead.

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!

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.

25 Random Things

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

25 Random things…

My friend Kerri tagged me on Facebook to participate in this quiz. I won’t tag any of you dear readers, but if you are so-inclined, feel free to grab this idea and run with it.


Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

  • I enjoy being the first one up in the morning.
  • Then I make the first pot of coffee, empty the dishwasher, start the washing machine, start waking the children for school, and sit down at my computer because
  • I read my Bible online at Blue Letter Bible.
  • I work part time as a middle school para educator, helping students with math, writing, and reading challenges.
  • This is my first out-of-the-home job since getting married.
  • I love my job, and work with some outstanding teachers and administrators.
  • I love working at home, too.
  • I very much enjoyed the years when the children were little. Don’t worry, kids! I still enjoy you!
  • My favorite part of home schooling was reading aloud to the children.
  • I favor the interest-based method of home schooling.
  • I suppose I was almost an ‘unschooler’ as far as academics were concerned, though we did use Saxon math and lots of library books.
  • I focused more on the children’s attitudes, such as learning to obey cheerfully, and loving one another, than I did on book work.
  • I enjoy strong, hot coffee.
  • For a special treat, I enjoy a caramel macchiato.
  • I take criticism well, except from those I love the most.
  • I am a cheerful person who has a melancholy disposition.
  • My husband says that I am not a pessimist, nor an optimist, but a realist. I think he’s right.
  • I CANNOT watch violence or horror, nor can I read about it. It hurts me, and I have trouble getting rid of it.
  • I am a quiet person who cares deeply about others. Is that an extroverted introvert?
  • Fall is my favorite season, followed by winter, then summer, and last of all, spring.
  • One of my favorite Bible verses is 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. Not all things ‘are’ good, but God makes even the bad things ‘work together for good’ to those who love Him.
  • I am thankful that Jesus Christ came to save sinners.
  • I seek to be faithful in little things, the everyday, humdrum, ordinary things.
  • I am thankful for the privilege of being married to a godly man.
  • I am thankful to have the privilege of birthing and raising our dear children.

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.


Just a Quick Quiz PLUS Something Cool

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

My friend Storyteller over at Small Reflections took this quiz (I got the same results as her!). If you enjoy this sort of thing, give it a try:

Some time ago, Storyteller also gifted me with this cool badge which she created.


Thank you, thank you, thank you, Storyteller!!!

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Hosted by Peggy

For Today…December 15, 2008

Outside my Window…it is oh-so-cold for the temperate Pacific Northwest: 18 degrees Fahrenheit, winds ENE at 26 miles per hour. It’s not snowy, surprisingly, but snow is predicted for tomorrow evening. In the mean time, I’m thankful for clear roads today. All of our pets are safely inside with us, because this weather is far too cold for our kitties. I haven’t been going for my usual walks in all this wind, since it’s cold enough to cause frostbite to exposed skin!

I am thinking…that I am thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ’s incarnation, sinless life, and atonement for man’s sin, all year ’round. Nowhere in the Bible did He establish Christmas as a ‘high holy day.’ One of the local pastors puts clever sayings up on the church sign. Recently his message was something like: Now open between Easter and Christmas. We need to invite folks to church year-round (and attend ourselves as well), to hear the preaching of God’s Word, that they may believe and be reconciled with God.

From the learning rooms…I’ve been reading some historical fiction set in the early 1900s, the World War I years, as well as the time of the Spanish Flu. This was a flu pandemic which lasted from March 1918 until June 1920, and caused an estimated 50 to 100 million deaths, more than double the number of deaths caused by the war itself. It is thought that advances in travel, and massive troop movements contributed to the spread of this disease which mainly affected healthy young adults. A person could be healthy one day, and dead the next. Very terrible, and very sad.

I am thankful for…the Lord’s providential care, so that we need not be terrified of sicknesses such as the Spanish Flu. Psalm 4:8, I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

From the kitchen…I baked three more loaves of Gramma’s Plain Light Fruitcake tonight, to give to coworkers at the middle school. Our family ate the three loaves I baked Saturday! That tells you this is a good recipe! Barbara of The Great Fruitcake Recycling Project
left a funny comment when I posted my recipe. ‘All fruitcakes are not created equal’ is all I have to say about that, Barbara!

I am wearing…jeans with long underwear, and warm layers, including a hooded sweater on top. This is serious winter weather we have going on here!

I am reading…The Quilter’s Legacy by Jennifer Chiaverini. There are two main characters in this multigenerational story. One is well-developed and likeable, the other not so much. The author is not afraid to admit that some people are downright bad and will never be sorry for the trouble they cause, but she is still tasteful in the tale she tells.

I am hoping…the children get to enjoy some snow without me having to drive in it much. Ha!

I am creating…this blog post at the end of a very busy day.

I am hearing…my tummy rumble. I must resist … I must not eat any fruitcake!

Around the house…it is quiet. Most of the children are in bed, and that’s where I’m headed soon, too. I just noticed: The roaring wind, which sounds like a freight train going by, has slowed way down. It is actually quiet!

One of my favorite things…is the companionable silence I’m enjoying as I compose this entry. My husband is quietly typing at his computer, and every so often we talk about this or that.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Well, the children and I are all wishing for heavy snowfall, just prior to or during our days off from school. Today, it was so cold at the middle school and high school that we all had to wear our jackets all day. I think the high winds had something to do with that. I guess snow isn’t something you plan for, though.

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!

Two Terrific Awards

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Today Storyteller of Small Reflections
shared this friendship award with her readers.

And lovely are the blossoms

That are tended with great care,

By those who work unselfishly

To make the place more fair.

And, like the garden blossoms,

Friendship’s flower grows more sweet

When watched and tended carefully

By those we know and meet.

And, if the seed of friendship

Is planted deep and true

And watched with understanding,

Friendship’s flower will bloom for you.


You are welcome to take this award also if:

  • You consider yourself to be my real-life or bloggy-life friend. If you’re taking the time to read my humble blog, you qualify!
  • You will kindly link back to me when you post this award on your blog

My bloggy friend Storyteller has another blog, Happily Retired Gal. On that blog she introduced me to her other readers with these kind words:

Joyce of Mom’s Musings lives a very busy life. Another working mom (and grandmother too), her attitude is always upbeat & cheerful, and her posts are thoughtful & uplifting.  She leaves wonderfully supportive, encouraging comments on the blogs of others and always responds with friendly emails to those who comment on her blog. Her joy in the Lord shines consistently.

In keeping with her kind words, Storyteller gifted me with The Lemonade Award
(as in ‘If life hands you lemons, make lemonade!’).

If you would like this award for yourself, please comment on this post. I’ll do another post in which I talk about your blog, and present you with this lovely commendation.

Here are the (real) rules for passing on this award to others:

  • Put the award logo on your blog or post.
  • Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
  • Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
  • Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  • Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Thank you, dear Storyteller, for these kind awards.


The Fabulous Award

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Linda, of Remote Treechanger, is a new blogging friend who is from Victoria, Australia. I think we met through the Thankful Thursday
meme. Is that true, Linda? Anyhow, being the very friendly person that she is, she gifted me with The Fabulous Award! Thank you, Linda!

Here are
The ‘Fabulous’ Award

1. You have to pass it on to 5 fabulous blogs.
2. You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions.
3. Make sure you include the person that gave you the award and link it back to them.

My 5 ‘fabulous addictions’:

1. Writing on my blog
2. Enjoying a good cup of coffee
3. Going for relaxing walks
4. Menu Planning and reading cookbooks
5. Reading. I must always have a book that I am reading, or I feel lost.

I am passing it on to the following bloggy friends:

  1. Stacey of 4everMom
  2. Sarah of Coffee at the Cabin
  3. Laura of Life According to Laura
  4. Storyteller of Small Reflections
  5. Susan B of A Life of Grace

Please visit these blogs if you haven’t already; perhaps you will make some new friends.

A You-Centric Thursday Thirteen

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

This list of questions for Thursday 13
was compiled by Maggie of Maggie’s Mind, Piece by Peace.

A You-Centric Thursday Thirteen

  1. For what are you most grateful?

I am most thankful for peace with God, through the Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. Do you like turkey?

Not as much as I like chicken, beef, fish or ham.

  1. How many pets do you have?

One old doggie, three cats, and one fish.

  1. Have you ever eaten McD’s twice or three times in one day?

Possibly. When we travel, we sometimes eat at McDonald’s for breakfast. It’s possible that further on the way we stopped for lunch, too, though I can’t exactly remember.

  1. What languages do you speak (yes, language of L-O-V-E counts)?

I speak English, and a few words of Spanish and German. We are good at doing double-talk in our home. Maybe I’ll blog about it sometime.

  1. Do you talk to yourself, as in out loud?

But, of course, my dear Watson. How else am I supposed to put the proper ingredients in whatever I’m cooking? Or keep track of how many cups of flour I’ve put in the bread dough so far?

  1. What is your favorite scent?

For perfume, Green Tea. For nature, the scent of imminent rain, in the desert.

  1. What musical instrument can you play?

French horn, flute, soprano recorder, and acoustic guitar, but none of them very well.

  1. Can you juggle? (if so, skillfully enough for knives?) No and NO.
  2. Where do you call “home”?

The lovely Pacific Northwest, Washington State.

  1. Are you the popular one with a bucket load of casual friends or a quieter one with a handful of super close friends?

I love many people, and am friendly, but am a quiet person.

  1. Has 2007 er, 2008, so far been a good year, a bad year or a mixed/undetermined quite yet kind of year?

This has been a good year of enjoying my family, appreciating my church, and being challenged by the learning needs of students at school.

  1. Anything else you just want to answer that I didn’t think to ask?

I just want to say, Maggie, that this is a very clever idea for a Thursday 13!

Giving Thanks Challenge

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

I found out about this timely Thanksgiving challenge over at my friend Storyteller’s Sacred Ruminations blog. She introduced her readers to Leah of South Breeze Farm, who is hosting the second annual Giving Thanks Challenge.

If I had signed up at the beginning of the month, I would have listed daily something for which I am thankful. Well, I do love calling to mind the many blessings for which I want to remember to be thankful, so I’ll start now.

My November 13th post was a list of 13 Things For Which I Am Thankful.

Here are some more things for which I am thankful today:

  • Even when we are ill (which some of us in our family are today) we have a clean, warm home in which to rest, nourishing food and soothing hot drinks to move us on the road to recovery.
  • Our discussions in Bible study before church. They are lively, helpful and edifying.
  • Today it wasn’t raining. I AM thankful for the rain, too, but blue skies are a cheering sight.
  • Gasoline prices are going down!
  • Our children love to learn, and are doing well in school.
  • Soccer season and football season are over, so the children don’t have to practice and compete in the chill and rain.
  • I must say again, I am SO THANKFUL for the faithful preaching of God’s Word.
  • I’m thankful for true friendship.
  • Our pets are a blessing, too, in the affection and entertainment that they afford.
  • I am thankful TO the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth, and Redeemer of His people, for Who He is, and for all these other blessings that I listed!

Now it’s time for a quick walk before returning to church this evening, so Adieu!