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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

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?

Ten Things on My To Do List

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009


This is the topic today for Ten on Tuesday. I’ll just start typing and see what happens:

  1. Purchase a sturdy lap table for my elderly mom to use when she has meals delivered to her room. It’s kind of like a fancy, old-fashioned TV tray.
  2. Purchase or sew curtains for the house. This will have to wait until time and money are available.

  1. Visit Eastern Washington University with daughter Rebecca very soon.
  2. Have lots of work done to the Suzuki Grand Vitara, to the tune of about $600. The car’s problems have something to do with inner tie rods and a valve cover gasket seeping.
  3. Purchase new tires for the same car. The tie rods being bum has ruined the front tires.


  1. Pay property tax before the end of April
  2. Go to the first semi-pro basketball game of the season this Friday!
  3. Bake bread.
  4. Start seeing the new chiropractor a friend at church recommended.
  5. Send my sister the recipe I promised her.


Ten Favorite Children’s Movies

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009


The topic this week for Ten on Tuesday is, ‘What are ten favorite children’s movies?’ Our family has many of the same favorites as yours, I am sure, but I decided to list some Japanese animated films by Hayao Miyazaki which are some of our all-time favorites. Also, here is a YouTube video biography of Miyazaki by Erica Karen which is excellent. Without further ado, here are some of our Miyazaki favorites:

  1. The Castle of Cagliostro
  2. Whisper of the Heart
  3. My Neighbor Totoro
  4. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  5. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  6. Howl’s Moving Castle
  7. Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  8. Spirited Away
  9. Porco Rosso
  10. Princess Mononoke

Ten on Tuesday – Favorite Clothing

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


For Ten on Tuesday, Yano asks, “What are ten favorite articles of clothing you own?” I don’t know if I have that many favorites, so I’ll begin with what I look for in clothing before it can become a ‘favorite’:

  • Comfort of fit and fabric. No scratchy tags, please.
  • Texture. I’m a nut for pleasing textures, such as chenille and nubbly knits.
  • No wool, as it is itchy for me
  • Modesty of cut, which means longer skirt lengths, pants not too tight, necklines not too low.
  • Comfortable shoes, so clogs or slides are favorites
  • OK. Now onto the favorites. My number one favorite clothing item is pajamas. My lavender waffle-weave PJs are my current favorites, since the weather is chilly. When our youngest son was little I would come home from shopping and ask, “Guess what Mommy bought you?” After a while, he would reply, “It’s not more pajamas, is it, Mommy?” I got a bit carried away with that until he brought it to my attention.
  • Silky black leggings. I find leggings so much more comfortable than tights, yet still nice and warm.
  • My hooded sweaters
  • Long-sleeved cotton/polyester tees. My red and teal tees are current favorites.
  • My dressy black skirt, because I can mix-and-match tops ad infinitum with it.

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!

Ten Ways You Can Save Money

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

The theme this week for Ten on Tuesday isTen Ways You Can Save Money:

  1. Focus on what you already have, rather than cultivating further ‘wants.’
  2. As an aid in contentment, recycle ads and catalogs before you look through them. If you don’t watch TV, you won’t see those ads either.
  3. Maintain your home and your vehicle, to avoid costlier repairs later.

    Oh, and you could carpool to work or use public transit.

  4. Avoid going into debt for items which depreciate in value, such as a vehicle, appliances, furniture, etc. Instead, save money ahead of time to purchase such items.
  5. Cancel subscriptions to any newspapers or magazines you don’t really read. It is possible to keep up with the news online. Your local library subscribes to your favorite magazines, which you can read there.
  6. Check books out from the library, rather than purchasing them.
  7. Prepare your family’s dinners yourself, rather than eating out, or living off convenience foods. If you really get into the groove of saving money, you can look for recipes which provide good nutrition, but use cheaper ingredients. One example of this would be combining plant proteins such as beans and cornmeal, rather than using meat for every dinner.

  8. Bake your own bread. This can be an enjoyable, creative outlet as well, if you have the time.

  9. Buy cheaper shampoos and beauty products.
  10. Purchase necessary items at outlet stores or wholesale when possible. We have a grocers’ supply store, Cash and Carry, which is open to the public where one may purchase herbs and spices, for example, at a third of the price one would pay in the grocery store. I order bulk items such as rolled oats and wheat berries (for grinding into flour) online from a company called Azure Standard.

Simply Kind Tuesday

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Today I would ordinarily do a Ten on Tuesday post, but I didn’t feel like playing along with the topic this week: 10 Things You Want For the Holiday. It’s more blessed to give than to receive, right? So, I’ll do my own little thing here: 10 Things I Want to Give Each Day.

  1. I want to give thanks to the Lord each day, most of all, for Who He is. As stated so succinctly in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, ‘God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.’
  2. I want to give a pleasant greeting to my family when I see them each morning.
  3. I want to give my employer a good day’s work for their dollar.
  4. I want to give thought to what I will serve my family for dinner (Think: Plan Ahead.)
  5. I want to give a smile to others throughout the day.
  6. I want to give my attention to those who speak to me.
  7. I want to give myself some exercise and relaxation by going for a walk each day.
  8. I want to give praise to others whenever possible.
  9. I want to give humble, wholesome criticism when it is necessary.
  10. I want to give encouragement to the students with whom I work, as much as possible.

Now that the list is written I guess I can post it under Simply Kind Tuesdays.

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.

10 on Tuesday – Ten Things I Love Talking About

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Ten Things I Love Talking About:

  1. The Bible and practical Christianity
  2. Good recipes
  3. Learning strategies
  4. I love hearing what my children have to say, and then talking with them
  5. My children
  6. Good books
  7. My blog and other people’s blogs
  8. The funny things my mom does
  9. Birth stories (only to a select audience – don’t worry!)
  10. I love finding resources that fit the person who wants them, and then of course I talk