Archive for the ‘Fun Things’ Category

Ten Favourite Free Things meme

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Ten Favourite Free Things:

My blogging friend Linda of Simply Living Modestly tagged me for this meme. She has lots of great ideas for getting back to basics in homemaking, so do please check out her blog.

  • I enjoy taking the dog for a walk, especially if one or more of the children accompany me.
  • Going to the library is another favorite free activity.
  • Taking the time to prepare a wholesome, delicious meal isn’t exactly ‘free’, but it’s much cheaper than going out to eat.
  • I enjoy playing card and board games with the children.
  • I enjoy listening to my husband talk.
  • I enjoy going sailing with my husband, if the weather is warm!
  • I enjoy the creative things the children do, such as drawing, painting and singing.
  • Interacting with friends on Facebook and through blogging are favorite free activities.
  • Playing with my grandchildren is fun and free.
  • Reading is great. Lately, I am really into wanting to read all of Jane Austen’s books.

There you have my list. I would like to tag my friend Susan of A Life of Grace to be the next participant in this meme.

Beautiful Blogger Award

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I was recently awarded the
Beautiful Blogger Award
by my friend Vivian of My Cards & More.

The award comes with the following responsibilities:

1. I must thank the person who bestowed this honor upon me. (Thanks so much, Vivian!)
2. Copy the award and place it on my blog.
3. Link to the bestower’s site.
4. Enumerate seven interesting things about myself. Here they are:

  • If my husband and I had met in high school, we would have been in separate social groups. I was a quiet, geeky girl, and he was one of the popular athletic guys. Thankfully we met in our mid-twenties, and were able to appreciate one another!
  • The concept of time travel fascinates me. Maybe that’s one reason I enjoy historical fiction and stories set in other eras, such as Jane Austen’s books, and those by Georgette Heyer.
  • I always have a few books to read at the same time, so I can grab the book that fits my mood, whether it be a recipe book, book on a health topic, historical fiction, young people’s literature, etc.
  • We don’t have a TV, though we do watch videos on the computer. When the children were little, we didn’t even do that. It was so calm and quiet, and I got to read lots of wonderful books aloud to them!
  • Six of our children were born at home, one naturally in the hospital, and our twin girls were surgically delivered by C-section. I much prefer natural birth to surgical, as the recovery is almost immediate.
  • We have home schooled, private schooled and public schooled our children. Our oldest child was home schooled until he started college at the age of 16, at which time he excelled, and continues to excel. There were good reasons for the other forms of schooling, though, and we found that “one size fits all” isn’t true in education.
  • I detest horror and violence in movies and books. Really, if I’m going to take the time to read a book, I would like a happy ending, if you please. There’s enough sorrow in the real world without wallowing in it in books and media.

5. Nominate seven bloggers that I find beautiful:

  • Mary of Work of the Poet. Mary is a friendly and talented person who hosts a meme called Ruby Tuesday. Once I get my camera situation under control, I’m going to participate. Mary and I enjoy sending post cards to one another.
  • Tamy of 3 Sides of Crazy. The crazy thing about Tamy is how much energy she has. She develops delicious recipes of her own, participates in several memes, and writes about such things as travel, remodeling projects, and elder care.
  • Melanie of New Creation Cottage. Melanie writes conversationally about her day-to-day life, including her travels, and accompanies this with great photos.
  • Madeleine Kane of Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. Mad is super smart, and super funny. She can get me laughing like no one else. If you’re feeling creative, you can join in writing limericks to prompts that she suggests.
  • Laura of It’s Life According to Laura. Laura is one of my daughters, mommy to three young children. Cute photos of the kids adorn her blog, but best of all are the funny accounts of the kids’ antics.
  • Another very talented blogging friend is Barbara of A Day In My Life. Her entire family is musical; she enjoys scrapbooking and displays some of her work in her blog. She is also my friend on Facebook, and almost impossible to beat at spelling games. I do enjoy trying, though!
  • Nancy of Soliloquy has a photography and poetry blog which is mainly about gardening. What can I say but, “Beautiful!”


Thank you all, including Vivian, for being Beautiful Bloggers!


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

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.

Rhett and Link on YouTube

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

I really enjoy these nutty guys; hope you do, too.

Give Me Five Monday

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Give Me 5 Monday logo

It’s time for Give Me Five Monday. Hostess Becca gives us this prompt today:

Give Me Five end-of-summer wrap up thoughts.

  • I was blessed to be present for the birth of granddaughter Claire, first child for daughter Sarah and her husband Justin, who was born August 15th.
  • My husband repaired the Pelican sailboat he received from his dad. We have enjoyed sailing in Bellingham Bay this summer.
  • This summer, all of the children had jobs, including our 13 year old son who did weed eating and other chores for a neighboring farmer. Other jobs for the children included working for a local plant nursery, janitorial work, and weaving for a small textile company. The kids have enjoyed earning their own money!
  • Daughter Rebecca attended classes for one week in Washington, DC with two other girls from our local high school. They studied global health and the environment.
  • The three youngest children took excellent care of themselves, our pets and the home while Rick, Debra and I spent almost two weeks in California. Rick was doing carpentry work for his folks, but it was also a time of going to the beach, visiting family, and even meeting my blogging friend Susan!

Hostess Becca says this about the meme:

The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Blogging Buddies Meet!

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

One special event of this vacation in California was getting to meet one of my blogging friends: Susan of A Life of Grace. Susan and her husband William drove over two hours to join us at Dad and Mom Taron’s home here in Inverness for a time of visiting, and enjoying a barbeque meal together.

It was fun to discover that Dad Taron had been in the same line of work as William, so they had plenty of fuel for discussion. Dad Taron was so surprised. He looked over at me and asked, “How do you know this guy?” I guess he hadn’t been expecting that he would feel so at ease with his mystery guests!

William also assisted Rick as Rick prepared barbequed fresh oysters for those adventurous enough to partake of this delicacy. While the guys took care of the cooking, Susan and I visited. We talked of such things as our families, places we have lived, and places they hope to travel. We both enjoy the author Jane Austen, and movies made from her books. Susan, the book I wanted to recommend to you but couldn’t remember at the time is Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs by Paula Marantz Cohen, a funny remix of the book Persuasion.

Here are a couple photos taken by Rick:

Susan and William

Susan and William

susan and me

Susan and me!

Honest Scrap Award

Thursday, August 27th, 2009


A couple weeks ago Linda at Remote Treechanger gave me the HONEST SCRAP award. Thank you so much, Linda!

To keep this award, I must complete the following:

1) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award
2) Share 10 honest things about myself
3) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design or those that have encouraged me
4) Tell those 7 people they have been awarded
HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving it.

Here are 10 honest things about me:

  • I greatly enjoyed being stay-at-home mom to our nine children.
  • Currently, I get enjoyment and satisfaction from being a para educator (“teacher’s helper”) at our local middle school, which means grades 6, 7 and 8.
  • My current favorite authors are Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.
  • I’m fascinated by nutrition and health topics.
  • I have made peace with my limitations. When I get tired, I can rest or play, without a guilty conscience.
  • It is easy for me to stay online for a long time.
  • One of my favorite things is going out for a really good coffee with my daughters.
  • I would rather be kind and useful than brilliant.
  • I can be very ditzy at times. Once I worried that I hadn’t gotten daughter Kayla a birthday present, and couldn’t remember, even as she was opening it, what it was. I hope this doesn’t bode ill for the future!
  • I don’t easily “make friends” with machines. I especially shrink from driving someone else’s car.

So, there you have my HONEST SCRAP. Now, to nominate seven other bloggers I admire:

Just to decorate this post, here is a picture from the Farmers Market at Point Reyes, CA taken last Saturday:

farmers market

43 Things Quiz

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

I found out about the 43 Things quiz
from my blogging friend Linda of Remote Treechanger. Here are my results:

I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I’m an

Extroverted Spiritual Self-Knower

McClures Beach Outing

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

As I sit at the computer this afternoon, the fog is rolling in here in Inverness. I love the fog! It is so cozy. Soon it will be time to lend a hand with dinner preparations, but I’m taking a quick minute to post some photos from our trip to McClures Beach. This was only my second trip to McClures. The first trip was during our honeymoon, 27 years ago.

on the dune

deb and me

deb and rick

bird rock

This is called Bird Rock, because of the many birds, mainly cormorants, that nest here. We saw two pelicans.

deb hiking

McClure Beach

McClures beach, with Bird Rock off in the distance

me at mcclures beach

Me, strolling along the beach