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Sunday, March 8th, 2009


There are many who say that one should blog ‘without obligation.’ No guilt should be felt when a day, or multiple days, pass without so much as a peep or squeak appearing upon one’s blog. Since I am very good at feeling disappointed in myself, however, this type of blogging doesn’t appeal to me at all. I prefer to blog ‘with obligation’, even if I don’t live up to my own expectations.

One reason I feel blogging obligation is that a few faithful friends have come to expect these daily ‘peeps and squeaks.’ I know I feel disappointed when I visit their corners of the world and they have been too busy to post (or have been ill, or have been fleeing wildfires, etc.). Life has been so wild and crazy around here that I am behind as well on reading others’ blogs, a truly regrettable situation.

My excuses, posthaste:

  1. Thursday my friend Grace and I, who both work at the local middle school, drove about two hours south of here to attend a Love & Logic seminar on bringing out the best in underachieving kids. One wise thought presented was that we should encourage students to focus on their strengths, rather than expecting them to be good at everything (the ubiquitous ‘well-rounded’ theory). How many great athletes, artists, writers, scientists, etc. are ‘well-rounded’? Excellence takes focus.
  2. Friday daughter Debra and I spent all day together. First she had some extensive job interest testing to complete. We then took in a sweet but predictable movie together, Paul Blart: Mall Cop. She wanted to see the creepy Coraline, but creepy is hard for me to take. We enjoyed a Taco Bell meal together (taco salads and Fruitista freezes). Of course there was Costco shopping to do since we were in town.
  3. Saturday I babysat SOLO for grandchildren Diederick and Carly, from 8:30 in the morning until about 12:30am Sunday. Laura, mother of said grandchildren, went to Seattle with her dad to help her oldest brother pack up his place to move. Later that evening, her brother took her to a Jewel concert. Both Deeder and Carly are very attached to their mommy (2 ½ years old and 8 months old), so I was nervous, but all went well. I learned that Carly is a tremendous eater who can move quickly without crawling. Diederick keeps track of what’s going on: ‘Where’d Mommy go?’ ‘Where’d Grampa go?’ “Where aunties?’ ‘Where’d Mitch go?’ and then all over again. There was definitely no time for blogging, however.

  1. This morning only my husband and I made it to church, due to the headachy, achy-bone, upset tummy, wracking cough flu that is ravaging our children. I so hope I will be spared this trial. These dear sick children have still been trying to help at home, to the extent that they are able, since I’ve been gone so much lately.

I also have some notable happenings for which to express thankfulness to the Lord:

  1. It seems the front struts are loose or wearing out in the Suzuki, which has caused unusual wear to the front tires. This lack of tread came to Grace and my attention Thursday, as we drove through a heavy rain storm, going a bit below speed limit and I began to lose control of the car. I eased up on the accelerator and continued to drive about ten miles per hour below the freeway speed limit, with no further problem. Did I mention that traffic was heavy and included lots of semis? I was really shaken up, and Grace did a good job of remaining calm under duress.
  2. Saturday, an intense hail storm, mixed with snow, fell between here and Seattle. My husband drove through this in our van while returning from helping our older sons move. He said that all the freeway traffic slowed to 15mph.
  3. Our oldest son drove through this same weather, mixed with another inch of snow, in order to return Laura to her little family here. I must express my great admiration for those of you who deal with this type of road condition routinely. Whew! I find it SO stressful.

That is all, Dear Reader. A few more duties call, then school resumes tomorrow. We have been on mid-winter break for the past four days. Now let’s see if I can put some of the Love & Logic teachings to good use.

Simple Woman’s Daybook

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!

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:


Ten on Tuesday – Best Moments of the Year

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008


The prompt this week for Ten on Tuesday
is 10 Best Moments of the Year:

Before I begin this list, I have to say that I am well aware that I am a blessed person. Having received the gracious gift of reconciliation with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, I know that even the difficult and sorrowful things in life ‘work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.’ (Romans 8:28)

Another thing I have to say is that I am quite an ordinary, home-body type person. I derive a great deal of joy from the little things in life, often enjoyed and received with thanksgiving. I would have great difficulty coming up with ten exciting moments, or fantastic travel moments, or super promotion moments. Mine is more a life of, “Wow! That was a great dinner. I’ll have to remember to use that recipe again!” of “Doesn’t the house look great? I really got some cleaning done today!”

For my ten best moments, then, I would like to list ten of the ‘little things’ or often ‘taken for granted’ things in life that I have most appreciated in this past year.

  1. Religious freedom. Week after week, without fear of persecution, I join in with others to hear the preaching of God’s Word, and to worship Him.
  2. Physical health.
  3. Enough food for nourishment and enjoyment.
  4. Clean water to drink.
  5. Fresh air to breathe.
  6. Enough money to pay the bills.
  7. A loving husband.
  8. Dear children who love us, love one another, and love the Lord.
  9. Dear friends at church, in the community, and online.
  10. Good coffee. I do enjoy a good, hot, strong cup of coffee.

What were your ten best moments of the past year? Maybe you do have some great big wonderful supercalifragilisticexpialidocious moments to shout out about. Let’s hear about them!

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Hosted by Peggy

For Today…December 29, 2008

Outside my Window…It’s dark, since I’m composing this post after dinner, and not as cold as it has been (The temperature is hovering around 32 degrees.). Old, water-logged snow carpets the yard and the driveway, but thankfully the roads are clear again! We had lots of rain today, rather than snow. More snow is in the forecast, but thankfully not such cold temps as we were having.

I am thinking…how brave my husband was to climb up on the cold, wet roof to remount the Clearw’re receiver on its pole and aim it in the right direction. The internet sabbatical was probably beneficial, but I felt very out-of-touch without it.

From the learning rooms…I’m continuing to read Love & Logic Solutions for Kids with Special Needs by David Funk. I recently read that it’s better to be like a broken vending machine (consistently unsatisfying) with children than like a slot machine (usually just takes your money, but may yield a jackpot) (pages 16-19). If I calmly give a whining child the same appropriate, short response, he is more likely to grow tired of whining, than if I try a variety of responses, and worst of all, if I finally give in to the whining. That teaches the child to persevere in whining, because it may eventually yield a jackpot!

I am thankful for…this Winter Break, with more time at home to spend with my dear family.

From the kitchen…Can you believe that I still want to bake some fruitcakes? Also, I need to bake some Honey Whole Wheat Bread tomorrow. Yesterday I served the family some oven baked rice pudding for a filling evening snack after church. It’s so warming and satisfying.

I am wearing…cozy leggings under my denim skirt, blouse and oversweater. If the outfit is comfortable, and preferably well-worn, I’m cool with it. This part of my weekly post is boring, I know, but ya hafta take the bad with the good.

I am reading…about Vitamin D deficiency. Did you know that this is a common deficiency in northern latitudes, especially in the winter time when the sun is so low in the sky? This deficiency can lead to loss of calcium from the bones, and depression, to name a couple things.

I am hoping…that this post will actually work. The internet is still chugging along a bit slower than usual. Of course I’m also hoping to get lots done tomorrow, since I get to stay home all day.

I am creating…many good dinners this Winter Break, but am not getting the hoped-for deep cleaning of the house done.

I am hearing…my husband and our oldest son converse about the web site that our son is customizing. Our son has loved computers ever since they entered his life when he was about 12. He enjoyed reading those thick manuals that come with new computers. From that early age, he became one of our resident computer experts. Now we have to await his visits for any major computer tweaking around here.

Around the house…I hear the other children watching a movie upstairs. Daughter Laura is putting her babies to bed for the night. The good old doggie is lying on the floor by my feet.

One of my favorite things…is family thoughtfulness. I enjoy serving my family, making things comfortable for them. I’m grateful when thoughtfulness comes my way, too, as it so often does. Rick just brought me a little glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, and served me a couple crackers with smoked salmon. Yum!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Daughter Lydia is scheduled for an MRI of her head on Wednesday morning. I think I said this last week, too, but lots of snow got in the way of that appointment! Baking. Cleaning. Playing more board games with the children while we have extra time at home.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


This photo was taken at the deserted gravel pit where Rick and the children went tobogganing during our uber snowy days.

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!

Ten on Tuesday and the Giving Thanks Challenge

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Ten on Tuesday and the Giving Thanks Challenge
can both be covered by this post, in which I list yet ten MORE things for which I am thankful!

  1. I’m thankful for the ready availability of medical care and medicine (in our country), when needed. Today I took Rebecca to the doctor because her throat has been so sore that she hasn’t been able to eat much. Turns out the old tonsils are swollen, pussy, etc. Poor kiddo!

  2. I’m thankful, too, for home remedies that help sore throats, such as gargling with warm salt water and drinking soothing hot tea. Our doctor has the good sense to recommend those things, in addition to prescribing medicines when necessary.

  3. I’m thankful that I don’t have labrynthitis, which is going around the staff at school. I laughed when someone first mentioned this sickness, thinking it meant the tendency to get lost in mazes.

  4. I’m thankful that our daughter and her children are staying healthy, even though the rest of us aren’t. It’s just so sad when really little ones get sick.
  5. I’m thankful for public libraries, which provide ready access to plenty of good books. I’m reminded of this blessing because we ducked quickly into the library to replenish Reb’s stack of books to keep her occupied during this ‘down’ time.

  6. I’m thankful to be ‘on the mend’, well enough to care for my family.
  7. Loving autumn as I do, I just have to mention that I’m thankful for a temperate, blue-skied day today. There’s just nothing like that refreshing autumn crispness in the air!
  8. I’m thankful for excellent quality coffee beans, available at a reasonable price.
  9. I’m thankful for Brown Sugar Cinnamon Macchiatos, especially the way they are made at Woods Coffee.

  10. I’m thankful for the privilege to come to God as my Heavenly Father, through the mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ, casting all my concerns upon Him, knowing that He cares for me.


Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

(Image from Snapshots of Joy.)

What a strange time this is, with Rick and three of the children away in Inverness, California, and just Debra and me at home. I realize that many of you do perfectly well in a small family, or even solo, but I am feeling like a fish out of water!

The usual work that MUST be done is decreased or absent. You would think I would be pounding out the blog posts, or composing some little ditties, but, No! I almost feel like a bug buzzing around in circles, busy going no where. 🙁

Let’s see; what have I been doing?

I have been catching up on reading blogs and various things on the Internet. This is a good thing, and keeps me in touch with friends and family. I also spent way too much time playing an online version of Scrabble , waiting for . . . I don’t know what!

Yesterday I also spent some time before bed reading an entertaining book by Georgette Heyer, Regency Buck, a funny book full of character studies in the spirit of Jane Austen. I found myself chuckling time and again at the mix ups that occur when one is too hasty in forming opinions of others. Just read the book and see. 🙂

Debra and I have been enjoying the lovely summer weather, taking the old doggie for walks. I’m undecided (which seems to be my current state of mind), but perhaps Deb and I will go to the Northwest Washington Fair today. I am scheduled to work in a food booth at the Fair on Wednesday and Thursday. Of course Deb doesn’t want to go around all alone while I work, so this is probably what we’ll do today.

I spent a lot of fruitless time yesterday trying to find out (without actually going to the Fair!) if Kayla had won a prize for the painting she submitted in the adult, non-professional class. My friend Amy told me this morning that Yes! Kayla did have a blue ribbon by her painting, and a nice review written by the judges. Kayla will have to wait until Friday to see the results for herself, since that’s when she has time off from work and will go to the Fair with friends.

Debra and I went to the doctor yesterday for her annual physical, and were informed that she has some sort of problem going on with her thyroid. For those of you who are savvy about such things (This does not include me.), she has low TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) yet high 3T4 (T4 is thyroxine and T3 is triiodothyro-nine). This suggests hyperthyroidism. The doctor scheduled Deb for a scan of her thyroid on Monday, so that’s where she and I will be spending quite a bit of time this coming Monday. Though I don’t like the uncertainty of not knowing what’s going on, I’m thankful the doctor was careful and thorough in his exam. So, I’m also busy waiting for Monday. 😛

I’m thankful for another beautiful day to be alive. Deb and I are doing fine. My conscience is feeling guilty about not being more productive, but maybe I’ll just say that Deb and I are “on vacation”, too, in our quiet, little way.

I’ll let you know how the thyroid scan goes. I think we’re in for a learning experience, which is a good thing. Some puzzle pieces are dropping into place.

Have a great day, and do comment if you are a thyroid expert, or efficiency expert, or just feel like saying, “Hello!” 🙂

Give Me Five Monday – Exercise Suggestions

Monday, July 7th, 2008

The prompt this week for Give Me Five Monday
is Give Me Five ways to fit exercise into your life.

It is late Monday. I did indeed fit some exercise into my day today. First I’ll list those ways, and then direct you to a couple of resources I really like:

  1. If it fits with your busy life to have a dog, the dog will need to go for walks, and you will be the one walking the dog. Our dog knows what time of day I usually take her for a walk, and will come and stare at me expectantly to help me remember. This is the most consistent exercise that I get.
  2. This is weird, but helping my elderly mom get into and out of the car, try on shoes and clothing, etc. when we go to appointments or go shopping is quite a work out. This isn’t a daily thing, but did happen today.
  3. Monday is a big laundry day at our house. I incorporate large movements and lots of bending into my loading, unloading and folding routine. The large items like stacks of towels and comforters for the beds I carry upstairs as they are cleaned, and try to move quickly up the stairs for a little extra push.

O.K. That’s it for what I actually did. Now, here is one great resource I’d like to share with you:

  1. On a great site called Women to Women I recently read an article by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN entitled Seven Myths About Women’s Health. One of the myths is, “You need to exercise 30–60 minutes per day to have any impact on health.” Here is a brief excerpt from this article:

    ‘That’s just not so. “Bursting” is an exercise method where you quickly and repeatedly bringing your body to an extreme and back again — to the point where you’re breathing so heavily, you might not be able to talk. If you exercise in bursts, you may not require more than 20 minutes three to four times a week to improve your health. No matter how busy you are or what sort of shape you are in, you can benefit from this time-efficient method — as long as you keep at it regularly.

  2. Another great resource is a book on stretching that I love, Stretching by Bob Anderson. I do one of the stretch routines every night before bed. There are stretches in this book for before and after every sport you can think of, plus for any problem areas, such as back pain.

There you have it. That’s what came to mind. Oh, I thought of one more funny one. When the children put on music with a catchy beat, start dancing vigorously. You’ll all get a big laugh out of it (at least my children laugh at me), plus a little free exercise.

Another health post . . .

Monday, March 10th, 2008

“What’s with the recent interest in health posts?” you may ask. My answer, “I don’t know! This just really caught my interest!” Maybe it could be because BPA is especially bad for pregnant ladies, and I currently know several expectant mommies. Please view this video to learn about BPA.

I saw this on the blog Funny Things are Everywhere.

Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I know that posting an excerpt from an article is not what I typically do, but I read this this morning and was struck with its importance. Early in the article the shocking statistic was presented that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, more than all cancers combined. Even many doctors are not aware of this fact, and will often dismiss a woman’s heart attack symptoms. Here, then, is the excerpt for your consideration:

A so-called “silent killer,” coronary artery disease
can strike when a woman least expects. According to the American Heart Association, you should always be alert to these “classic” or most common warning signs of heart attack:

• Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back

• Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, or arms

• Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath

As a woman, you may have other, LESS COMMON warning signs of heart attack:

• Stomach pain

• Nausea or dizziness

• Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue

• Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness. Common warning signs of stroke (brain attack):

• Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body.

• Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye

• Loss of speech, or trouble talking and understanding speech

• Sudden, severe headaches with no known or apparent cause

• Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls, particularly in conjunction with any of the other listed stroke symptoms

Especially if any of the above warning signs are severe or exacerbated by physical exertion, make a beeline for the nearest emergency room. New treatments can reduce or prevent damage from the attack, but only if you get prompt help.

Further Resources

The American Heart Association offers age-appropriate information about heart disease in women. Call their toll-free number 888-MY-HEART.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers a free brochure for women with high blood pressure, a common risk factor for heart disease. To get a copy, call toll-free 800-575-WELL.

National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

This non-profit promotes education and awareness about women with heart disease. Its site offers bulletin boards, journal entries, caregiver support sections, and articles on managing heart disease.

Reviewed by Matthew Sorrentino, MD, FACC, a cardiologist and associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Chicago. Dr. Sorrentino also reviews consumer-oriented publications on heart disease for the American Medical Association.

First published May 15, 2001

Last updated November 7, 2007

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