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Ten on Tuesday

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009


The topic this week for Ten on Tuesday is:

Ten things I need to plan for:

  • Living in a smaller home. As my husband and I get older, and our children leave to establish their own homes, I hope we have the opportunity to move to a smaller home.
  • Getting rid of items we no longer need or use. This is a great first step in down-sizing. It just plain results in a less cluttered home right now, too!
  • Implementing some of the more time-consuming (but more healthful) recipes from Nourishing Traditions into my cooking repertoire. It is downright difficult for me to change my ways after all these years. This will take conscious effort.
  • Getting physical activity during our wet weather, which is just around the corner. I think I’ll ask my husband to repair the ping pong table. That should do it.
  • Deep cleaning the house, room by room. As I have less energy, and my helpers are getting busier, I need to focus on little bits of cleaning at a time.
  • I want to start sewing again. I’m not sure I want to plan for this until I de-clutter and clean!

Well, I didn’t come up with ten things. How about you? What do you want/need to plan for?

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, August 17th, 2009


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For Today…August 17, 2009

Outside my Window…Today was one of those gorgeous, late summer days that are warm, but not uncomfortably so. Now, at 10pm, there’s an autumn chill and dampness to the air. I noticed wispy swirls of clouds when we took the old doggy for a walk this evening.

I am thinking…that this has been an eventful summer.

From the learning rooms…I’m continuing to learn more about health and nutrition.

I am thankful for…the safe birth of our granddaughter Claire Renee, born to daughter Sarah and her husband Justin just this past Saturday.

From the kitchen…I went all-out this evening and prepared a time-consuming but scrumptious entrée: Three Cheese Teaser.

I am wearing…an olive-green denim skirt and cream colored peasant blouse.

I am reading…Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon, This fascinating book examines the original diets of populations which had/have good dental and overall health. It makes sense to me that we should glean wisdom from previous generations. I’ve noticed that the author uses current large-scale scientific studies to substantiate her points thus far.

I am hoping…to go visit my husband’s dad and mom in Inverness, CA this week. Look this locale up on Google Earth, and check out some of the sights, such as Drake’s Bay and the Pt. Reyes lighthouse. Folks have posted some great photos and videos of this beautiful area.

I am creating…this blog post.

I am hearing…one of the Google Earth videos of the wind blowing in Pt.Reyes. I was once told that this is the windiest place on the west coast of the U.S.

Around the house…My husband and youngest son did some major brush clean-up around the yard today. The bonfire embers are still glowing.

One of my favorite things…is having the time and energy to serve my family a special meal.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…We plan to leave on a jet plane on Wednesday. When we return, it will just be in time for the first day of school.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

Sarah and Claire

Our daughter Laura snapped this picture of her sister Sarah and Sarah’s brand new baby daughter, Claire.

happy family

Laura also took this picture of Sarah and her husband Justin with little Claire.

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!

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, July 20th, 2009


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For Today…July 20, 2009

Outside my Window…At almost 9pm, there’s an amber ‘afternoon’ light, and clear blue skies. The temp is down to about 72 degrees, after a warm day for this temperate corner of Washington.

I am thinking…of the brevity of life. A friend of many years lost her 23 year old son in a swimming accident just this past Friday. I want to treasure family and friends while I have them.

From the learning rooms…I enjoy learning more about nutrition, and have been reading a few articles online about that.

I am thankful for…God’s love to me, which enables me to respond to Him in loving obedience to His wholesome laws.

From the kitchen…We had Little Caesar’s vegetarian pizza and a pepperoni pizza for dinner. I was out so much today, and needed that little break.

I am wearing…a brick red T and forest green denim skirt. No sweaters today!

I am reading…These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. Three of my daughters recommended this Regency ‘romance’ (It’s more plain old historical fiction). So far I’m having trouble getting into it. Each character is referred to by title, first name, last name, and nick names, and I’m a bit confused! I might need to write a list of ‘who’s who’.

I am hoping…to be a comfort to my sad friend. I visited with her a bit today. She is really looking to the Lord, and hoping that her son’s memorial service will be a witness to his friends.

I am creating…a rare thing for me lately: a blog post!

I am hearing…ice cubes rattling into the freezer container. ‘Tis the season for cooling beverages.

Around the house…is a beautiful summer yard. My husband mowed the grass today, so it’s looking especially park-like.

One of my favorite things…is remembering to thank God for the little things in life.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…This looks to be an extremely busy week. I’ll mention just two things: My youngest brother plans to arrive Saturday from out-of-town to visit my elderly mom at her assisted living residence. We plan to take him out to dinner, of course. On the same day, our 17-year old daughter catches a flight to Washington, D.C. to participate in a one-week Presidential Classroom session on global health.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

custom home

This lovely home was designed by my husband, and built locally.

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!

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, July 13th, 2009


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For Today…July 13, 2009

Outside my Window…there’s still a bit of light in the sky at 9:30pm. It would be brighter but for the cloud cover that remained all day. Last night we had so much thunder and lightning, a rare occurrence here. The evening air is damp and cool (50-ish degrees). Not much like summer.

I am thinking…of Rebecca and Lydia, at soccer camp. This is a very intense training time for the high school girls’ soccer team.

From the learning rooms…I learn each day that I will never, ever run out of valuable things to learn. I learned from a doctor today that one way icing an injury helps is that the body sends blood to warm up the cooled area, thus bringing healing blood to the injured part. He also said that it’s important to not over-cool the area. I have lots to learn yet.

I am thankful for…my friend’s recommendation of a GENTLE chiropractor, who is also affordable, and who also educates his patients. Thanks so much, Rhonda!

From the kitchen…The doctor told me that I have a chronically sprained back, and should not plan on getting much work done for a few days. Since I didn’t want to disobey doctor’s orders, we enjoyed a Costco pizza this evening. It was so delish, with fresh basil and mozzarella cheese.

I am wearing…a long-sleeved blue thermal knit top and comfy black pants. Will tomorrow be warmer so I can don summer attire?

I am reading…Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires by Molly Roe. This is young adult historical fiction set in the Pennsylvania coal fields in the Civil War era. What I’ve read so far makes me think I’m going to learn quite a bit about this difficult, dangerous time in our nation’s history, as a result of all the author’s research on the topic.

I am hoping…soccer camp goes well for Rebecca and Lydia.

I am creating…my Simple Woman’s Daybook entry.

I am hearing…faint echoes of daughter Debra’s audio book.

Around the house…all the plants are well-watered by last night’s downpour.

One of my favorite things…is checking my friends’ news on Facebook.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…I want to do the Grandma Thing and sew some pajamas for grandson Diederick, who is turning three!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


This is one of my new favorite photos of my grandchildren, lifted from my daughter Laura’s blog.

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!

Please visit Grandmother Wren to sign Mr. Linky if you are continuing with Simple Woman’s Daybook for the summer. Thanks!

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, May 11th, 2009


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For Today…May 11, 2009

Outside my Window…Beauty: The white dogwood blossoms seem to glow in the twilight. Moisture: We’re experiencing quite a downpour this evening, and it’s coolish: 46 degrees. We even had some thunder and lightning.

I am thinking…The site has helpful information about heart health for women. This evening I filled out their form with my total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, Triglycerides, Blood Pressure, Fasting Glucose, Height, Weight, and Waist measurement. From that I found out that my heart attack risk is 2% and that I don’t have metabolic syndrome. However, they do recommend that I lose some weight (which I already knew), and that I work to lower my total cholesterol a bit.

From the learning rooms…It’s hard to believe that school will be over in one month! We’re still waiting to find out if funding will be available for summer school this year. I helped out with that last year, and found it to be such a rewarding experience. Instruction covers organizational skills, study habits, and positive choices, as well as academic subjects.

I am thankful for…each precious member of my family. Thank you, children, for your loving gifts on Mother’s Day: the handmade card, the “Pretty” perfume, the bouquet of flowers, and the fuchsia planter. I appreciate your loving helpfulness every day, too.

From the kitchen…I made two kinds of chili tonight, vegetarian and the ground beef version. This was a simple but satisfying meal on this drizzly evening.

I am wearing…cozy clothes. It’s not short-sleeve weather yet.

I am reading…I just finished an excellent book for middle school and high school girls entitled Models don’t eat chocolate cookies by Erin Dionne. This was such an enjoyable read, with undercurrents of good advice about health, body image, and how to deal with girl bullies.

I am hoping…that a good night’s rest will help my back to feel stronger and more relaxed. This ouchiness happens every so often.

I am creating…I recently baked banana bread for a friend. That’s about as creative as I’ve gotten lately.

I am hearing…The naughty dog chowing down on the cats’ dry food.

Around the house…The children are watching a DVD, “Frontier House,” about modern day folks attempted to live as folks from the 1800s did. If the kiddos recommend it, I’ll view the next episode with them.

One of my favorite things…is doing things with my kids. Rebecca and I have quite a bit to do together this week. I list a few of them in the next section.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Wednesday Reb and I need to attend a meeting for the Medical Tech Prep program into which she has been accepted. Tuesday, she will begin her Tuberculosis test, which is necessary to participate in the program. Thursday, she registers for classes at the local community college. This is through a program for high school juniors and seniors which is called Running Start. This excellent program pays the whole tuition bill!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


This is a wedding photo of Rick and me that he played with in a paint program.

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!

Sunny Day

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

This morning I awoke to see a hard frost, ice crystals sparkling on the lawn. Later on today, though, it’s supposed to get as warm as 55-60 degrees. The sun is shining. The thick cloud cover and drizzling rain which we have typically been experiencing are absent today.

With this cheery prospect before me, I would ordinarily be energized to action, chomping at the bit to get everything under the sun done. At this point though, I’m just well enough to be up for a bit before crawling back under my cozy covers, perhaps to read a bit before dozing off.

Daughter Rebecca told me she will take care of baking a batch of whole wheat bread for the family. She and I can talk about a meal to be prepared later as well. I know she and Lydia will keep the laundry going. My husband has partially recovered from this flu, so I know he will be working, probably outside, on some interesting project or another.

I’m disappointed. I really thought I would get off scott-free this time, since I stayed well for the longest time. Even in the midst of the disappointment, though, I’m thankful. I have a warm, clean, cozy home in which to recuperate. I have my choice of healing hot drinks and warming broths to soothe and strengthen my ailing body. I have interesting books to inform and divert me. As I mentioned above, I have my dear family to carry on with the work of the home.

I hope that you, dear reader, are well, and that you, too, can find much for which to be thankful in the midst of life’s vicissitudes.

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, March 23rd, 2009


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For Today…March 23, 2009

Outside my Window…is incessant drizzle. In the Pacific Northwest, March showers bring April…showers; April showers bring May showers, and May showers often bring a rainy June as well. Of course, all things green and growing love the moisture, so lovely flowers crop up as well.

I am thinking…that I am up too late, but this is one of my favorite posts to do, so here goes.

From the learning rooms…We are busy getting ready for the 6th grade Science Fair at the middle school. There are always a few stragglers who barely squeak in under the wire. I wish them well!

I am thankful for…daughter Kayla being done with college classes until Spring Quarter. She has been working incredible hours, so we are looking forward to spending more time with her.

From the kitchen…I made some 100% beef homemade hamburgers with all the fixings tonight, much to my husband’s pleasure. He’s about had his fill of my pseudo-meat concoctions.

I am wearing…something neat but boring. School attire.

I am reading…The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook. I’m on Chapter 3 just now, and am learning about the importance of enzymes in the diet.

I am hoping…we can afford to get some major work done on our Suzuki Grand Vitara. First come the property taxes, then the car repairs. I’m also hoping to get my hair styled when our ship comes in.

I am creating…a healthier diet for my family by banishing the 3Ps from the kitchen: Processed, Packaged and Prepared foods (page 80 of The Life Force Diet). It may be difficult to totally banish them. We’ll see.

I am hearing…the click of the doggie’s toenails as she climbs the wooden stairs. This sound means she is going to lie down in our bedroom, which means it’s time for bed.

Around the house…the children are all asleep. Yawn!

One of my favorite things…is helping kids at the Middle School. There’s never a dull moment!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…too many appointments, in fact every day is booked. This evening, youngest son Seth and I enjoyed the Middle School Band Concert. I think the Seventh Grade Band was the best. The sixth graders did quite well, though, and the high point of the eighth grade performance was their drum corps routine. Bravo!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


Grandson Diederick can now open doors. Watch out world! I’m sure his momma will keep a good eye on him. He showed me his new skill when his daddy brought over some homemade soup to some of us ‘sickies’ last week.

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!

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Sunday, March 15th, 2009


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For Today…March 15, 2009

Outside my Window…It will soon be dark on this breezy, chill Sunday. We experienced some slushy rain or wet snow early in the day that didn’t stay, but the foothills did keep their fresh coating of snow. Since I am feeling a bit chilled myself, I’m not venturing out for a walk this late in the day, but will continue to appreciate the warmth emanating from our woodstove.

I am thinking…of the sermon we heard this morning on James 1:2-4,

‘My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.’

The world thinks that joy comes from avoiding trials, which makes sense if the goal of one’s life is to be comfortable, healthy and wealthy.

For the Christian, trials are part of one’s sanctification. Though trials are not ‘good’, in and of themselves, they are used of God to:

  1. Deepen our trust in God
  2. Build our character
  3. Teach us discipline, and
  4. Make us more like Christ

From the learning rooms…We para educators at the Middle School are going to receive some training on the 16 ‘Habits of Mind’ of successful learners. At this point, I will simply list the ‘Habits of Mind’ for you:

  1. Persisting
  2. Managing Impulsivity
  3. Listening with understanding and empathy
  4. Thinking flexibly
  5. Metacognition (Thinking About Thinking)
  6. Striving for Accuracy
  7. Questioning and Posing Problems
  8. Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  9. Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  10. Gathering Data Through All Senses
  11. Creating, Imagining, Innovating
  12. Responding with Wonderment and Awe
  13. Taking Responsible Risks
  14. Finding Humor
  15. Thinking Interdependently
  16. Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

(This list is from an article by Arthur L. Costa.)

I am thankful for…time to think and reflect, a quiet evening, our dog lying companionably at my feet, and so many more things. The rest of the family are at church this evening, while the two daughters just recovering from flu and I remain at home. I think I’m still well. Every so often I get really chilled, so am trying not to get to close to others, and am washing everything on ‘hot.’

From the kitchen…Today was a ‘day off’ for me, thanks to daughter Laura who showed hospitality to all the members of the family who are well, plus some out-of-town friends who are here for a visit. (Hi, Shawn and Tammy! I enjoyed seeing you this morning at church, and visiting with you both a bit there.)

I am wearing…typical attire for Sunday and this time of year. My clothing themes are COMFORTABLE and MODEST. OK. Here you have it: I’m wearing a deep red stretchy Tee with a black/red/white low-waisted over-blouse, dressy black long-ish skirt, and black leggings.

I am reading…The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Think: Lose the 3 Ps:

  1. Processed foods
  2. Packaged foods
  3. Prepared foods

There’s a lot more to the book, but that’s how far I am into it, and must say I feel like I’m learning some valuable information. I have always thought of us as eating a healthful diet, but there’s room for improvement!

I am hoping…to stay well. Each of the children has been sick with this terrible flu. I don’t want it! This is a trial I do not wish to welcome!

I am creating…lots of vegetarian dishes lately (though The Life Force Diet is not a vegetarian book). I personally am cutting back on all animal products, but especially dairy products, to seek to gain control of my slightly ‘over’ blood cholesterol level.

I am hearing…the quiet hum of my husband’s computer, and a daughter coughing upstairs. Did I mention that this flu ends up with a body-wracking, headache-inducing cough? Poor kids.

Around the house…things are looking neat. We’ve been doing some extra cleaning to try to make this a healthier environment. Outside, my husband has the fruit trees pruned. I’ve asked the children to think about what they want planted in our garden this year. My favorite fresh garden veggies are broccoli, zucchini, and leeks. I think we’re also planning on Romaine lettuce and tomatoes. Tomatoes take a lot of TLC to prosper in our cool, short, damp growing season, but we’re going to give it a try!

One of my favorite things…is playing Lexulous on Facebook. This is a spelling game like Scrabble. If you notice that posts have been scarce lately, well…I’ve been relaxing playing Lexulous at the end of a busy day rather than blogging.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Tomorrow I’ll try to schedule a doctor visit for our 13-year old son to see how badly he injured his nose while (unsuccessfully) doing a flip on a friend’s trampoline late Friday. I was told there was lots and lots of blood, yet he sounded fairly calm when he called home to tell us about the mishap. It didn’t seem like an emergency room issue at the time, but his nose is swollen, and he assures me that it still hurts. So…We’ll see what the doctor has to say.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


This is an old family photo taken at Rick’s parents’ place many summers ago. Five of the children are grown now. Only the youngest four are still at home, and the youngest is 13 years old, and taller than me now.

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!

Eggless Scramble

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Eggless Scramble (from The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook)


8 ounces firm tofu, crumbled

1 tsp. ground turmeric

1 tsp. Celtic sea salt

½ tsp. ground cumin

4 tomatoes, quartered (I used some mild tomato-based salsa instead.)

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 small sweet potato, chopped (optional)

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped (I used a green bell pepper.)

(I used some sliced mushrooms also.)

  1. In a bowl, combine tofu, turmeric, salt, and cumin; set aside.
  2. In a blender or food processor, puree tomatoes; set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat, making sure it doesn’t smoke. Sauté onion until softened. Add sweet potato (if using) and sauté until tender. Add celery and red pepper; sauté until tender. Add seasoned tofu and sauté until heated through. Stir in tomato puree, cover, and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until all ingredients are heated through and the flavors have blended.


If you don’t think of this as eggs, it is a delicious, savory dish. I served this with tortilla chips, and shredded cheddar cheese for those who wanted it. It would be delicious over rice also.


The ingredients


The piece de resistance!

Health Hints from the Farmers’ Almanac

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I found the following very helpful information at the online Farmers’ Almanac in an article entitled ‘Never Sneeze Into Your Hand.’ I’m especially interested in the following hints because we have had one sickness after another this winter.

Eliminating germs in your home may prevent some illnesses. Here are a few ways to help show germs to the door:

  • Allow fresh airflow in your home daily. Open a window or outside door for a few minutes each day.
  • Change the filter on your heating and air conditioning system at least once every 3 months.
  • Change your toothbrush after recovering from a sore throat. In the winter, change your toothbrush monthly.
  • Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and all cabinet knobs when there is sickness in your household to prevent spreading germs to other family members.
  • Soak drinking glasses used by sick family members in the sink with warm water and a teaspoon of bleach for five minutes before washing.
  • Wash bed sheets and towels in the hottest water possible, adding ½ cup vinegar to each washer load.
  • Don’t share pillows with sick family members. Sick persons should use their own bed pillow when resting on the sofa.
  • Take Vitamin C supplements, or eat fresh citrus fruit.
  • Always wash your hands after using a Kleenex or caring for the sick.
  • Never sneeze into your hand. If a Kleenex or handkerchief is not available, sneeze into the inner elbow of your shirt sleeve.
  • When you are sick with a fever, chicken soup, herbal teas, and ginger ale are soothing and help keep you hydrated.

©Deborah S. Tukua, Deborah is the author of Pearls of Country Wisdom.