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Reb in our Nation’s Capitol

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009


Rebecca called me last night from Washington, D.C. It was 10:30, Eastern Standard Time, and the Presidential Classroom students were enjoying a few minutes of free time before ‘lights out’. She said the lectures, classes, and work are intense. I hope to hear more of the story once she returns home on Sunday.

Here are some more photos that Rebecca sent via her cell phone:


This is the group of students with whom Rebecca is studying global health and the environment.


Rebecca in front of the congressional building.



Reb is sitting on FDR’s lap!

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Library of Congress2

WA memorial

Rebecca in front of the Washington Memorial

Blogging This and That

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

This poor blog! I have not been posting very often, and I’m trying to figure out why. I think there is not just one cause, but a number of them, that have contributed to this sorry state of affairs.

  1. Like almost everyone out there, real life has been keeping me busier than usual.
  2. I have been conscientious about doing work in the here-and-now before doing this lovely creative work of writing a blog post.
  3. We have had so much sickness this winter/spring season. This means extra cleaning and laundry, or just not being able to do as much if I am the sickie.
  4. I think I got burned out doing the blog everyday thing with Blog 365 and just wanted to know that I really am not obligated to blog every day.
  5. For recreation, I have been spending more time on Facebook, keeping track of what friends are up to, and playing word games, and spending less time blogging. (If you are on Facebook, and especially if you enjoy playing Scrabble-type games, please add me as a friend!)
  6. Ever since the camera that I was comfortable using drowned in a lake (sigh!), my supply of pictures has decreased dramatically. We have only an old, persnickety, unreliable camera. My husband does know how to make it behave, so I must ask him to snap some photos for me. Without photos, I can’t participate in Wordful Wednesday or Photostory Friday, two of my favorites.

Well, there are lots of things I want to blog about, so, since I started this post with a list, I’ll continue in that manner. At least I can check back to this post to remind myself what to write about later!

  1. I need a picture of the designer laptop bag that I received today from If you want to know what it looks like, go to their website and look for MS1412 Messenger Bag. Mine is the one with stripes. Founders and designers of the bags, Emily and Helena McHugh, provided this lovely item as a ‘Giveaway’ on my friend Grace’s blog, Sandier Pastures: Desert Living, Dubai Style. I still cannot believe that I won this lovely laptop bag. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Grace!
  2. Some pictures of the seeds sprouting on our living room window ledge need to be taken and posted. I told my friend Susiej, who sent me the seeds so that I could plant a Victory Garden of sorts, that I would do that. My husband is the one with the green thumb, so he is doing this project. If you are interested, you can also join the effort to grow a garden for your family’s use, and give the remainder to your local food bank. Susie is sponsoring this project.
  3. My blogging friend Linda of Remote Treechanger, nominated me for an award that I would like to accept. Linda lives in a remote area of Australia, and has interesting tales to tell of living simply in an area where you cannot just run to the store for everything. She reads and recommends interesting blogs from all over the world, so do check her out if you would like to peek at everyday life in other countries.
  4. I want to do some creative writing again. A poem is percolating somewhere, I just know it. I think it needs a digital photo for inspiration (hint, hint!).

Since I’m too tired to stay awake much longer, I bid you adieu! Thanks for stopping by for a virtual visit!

Wordful Wednesday – a Seedy Prize

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Wordful Wednesday is hosted by Angie of SevEn cLoWn CirCuS

This week for Wordful Wednesday I just have to share about a wonderful gift I won from my blogging pal, SusieJ.

Last month, Susie had a drawing for $10 worth of seeds from the W. Atlee Burpee Co. The packet includes:

  1. Bush snap beans
  2. Bibb lettuce
  3. Bell peppers
  4. Big Top carrots, which grow up to 8″ long
  5. Super Snappy garden peas
  6. Steak sandwich tomatoes, which produce 10 ounce fruits

Of course to go with my prize seeds I went out and purchased a seed starting tray and some Seed Starting Jiffy Mix. I know the perfect place in the house for this project. By Friday I should have a picture of our living room bay window, transformed into a seed starting station, for Photostory Friday!

This give-away is part of Susie’s effort to encourage folks to take charge of their grocery bills by growing their own fresh produce, as much as possible. Further, she is encouraging us to donate any surplus produce to our local food banks. If you would like to broadcast this effort, just grab a button from Susie’s blog, then blog about it, and grow your garden!

Thank you, Susie, for the seeds. I’m very excited to get started. Usually, we purchase seedlings to plant in the garden, but I think I can do this!




Sweet Roll Sweeties

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Wordful Wednesday is hosted by Angie of SevEn cLoWn CirCuS

This week for Wordful Wednesday, I would like to thank my dear darlin’ daughters Lydia and Rebecca for making delicious sweet rolls for the family. Monday evening the girls mixed up the dough and shaped the rolls, then placed the rolls in the refrig overnight. When I got up early Tuesday morning, I took them out to warm up to room temp for a while. The rolls were baked and frosted in time for breakfast before school!

Both Rebecca and Lydia learned how to make these delicious rolls in the cooking class at the high school.

Rebecca took these photos with her cell phone:



Wordful Wednesday

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Wordful Wednesday is hosted by Angie of SevEn cLoWn CirCuS



Joie de vivre girl

Embraces life with joy

How I love this bundle of life

Love Dove



Mighty munchkin

Lives with gusto

Whether sad, whether glad

Joy giver


Wordful Wednesday – What searches lead others to your blog?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009


Wordful Wednesday is hosted by Angie of SevEn cLoWn CirCuS

Have you ever checked what searches lead folks to your blog? Sitemeter has a ‘referral’ category that I check every so often, just for fun. I couldn’t believe how consistently the following searches bring the curious to my blog:

  • ‘The Dash’, a poem by Linda Ellis. I love this poem. If you want to know more about it, or perhaps purchase an illustrated gift book or short movie of the poem, visit the site Simple Truths. All you curious people who keep coming to my blog looking for this poem, take note!
  • Stomach flu – I think I did one post about this! Instead of visiting a medical site, I guess lots of folks want anecdotal accounts from a mom.
  • Dog pancreas – I triggered a pancreatitis attack in my poor doggie a couple years ago by giving her oily turkey leftovers. Again, O Curious Ones, go to a site like Dogster. I did do my best to give my warning, so maybe that post will help someone.

In keeping with the theme of life’s brevity, and doing something meaningful during ‘The Dash’ between one’s date of birth and one’s death, here is a lovely image from Snapshots of Joy. Is that fair, Angie? It isn’t my photo…Today is so busy and I didn’t have time to go to the little graveyard to photograph a gravestone.


Wordful Wednesday – Oh, the Rain!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Wordful Wednesday is hosted by Angie of SevEn cLoWn CirCuS

Moisture-laden clouds

Grey and misty overhead

The rain streaks windows.

Sky streams soak the sponge-like land.

The river has topped its banks.

The rain falls, snow melts.

Where slush reigned, puddles abound,

Water-soaked terrain.

Instead of white snow blanket,

Winter rains return.

Exciting weather

First, unusually cold

Beautiful, bright snow.

Bad for drivers, good for sleds.

Now, too much rain and flooding.


This is our neighbor’s house at the corner of Alm Road and Gillies Road.


At the bottom of our road, looking south.


Gillies road looking south.


Gillies Road, looking north.


This shot is of the Sumas River (near Alm and Gillies Roads) which is really nothing more than a creek most of the time.


Guess who got stuck while taking these photos? My husband, the intrepid adventurer, and his noble sidekick with a camera, our daughter Laura!


Never fear! Our kind neighbor took a break from bailing out his flooding basement to rescue Rick and Laura from the muck.


Flooded Riverside Park near the Nooksack River.


Here is Rick by the flooded Nooksack River, pointing out to Laura that the water is still rising. These photos were taken at about 3:30pm today.

Snow Day – Finally!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

WORDFUL WEDNESDAY is hosted by Angie at SevEn cLoWn CirCus

Angie has this to say about Wordful Wednesday:

*Wordful Wednesday is for those of us that like to showcase a photo but that just can’t seem keep our mouths shut about it. If you’d like to play along, post a photo on your blog, and let the words roll. Feel free to “capture” my 7 Clown Circus button on the left to link back to me, and be sure to add yourself to Mr. Linky. Thanks for playing along!

We finally got our wish for a SNOW DAY! Well, part of a snow day. School was dismissed early today because of rapidly falling snow, and lots of wind.

On the way home from school, I first saw a two-car accident near the Nooksack City Park, then saw that some poor person’s vehicle had gone off the road and was front first in a ditch. Our son who came home on the school bus saw that a vehicle had gone into the ditch on the non-steep end of our road. I came up the steep S-curve with no problem, but our Suzuki Grand Vitara is nicely sure-footed when in 4-wheel drive.

Snow is supposed to continue tonight, and then tomorrow is predicted to be colder, down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s 18 to 20 degrees here just now, with wind from the ENE at 21 miles per hour.

That all means that tomorrow will truly be a SNOW DAY! Though this is what we have been wishing for, I have two regrets:

  1. Our daughter who lives about 20 miles from here is done with college for December. We would like to have her here with us, playing games and drinking hot cocoa, while keeping warm in front of the wood stove. She just called to let me know that she’s truly stuck at home. Both the alley behind her place, and the street are like sheets of ice.
  2. Our son has a dental appointment in the same slippery city tomorrow. This is one of those appointments that you make about three months in advance. My hope is that the office will be closed due to snow tomorrow. We’ll see. If I absolutely have to venture out, I’ll attempt to rescue our snow bound daughter at the same time.

How is winter treating you folks?

Is anyone out there keeping nice and warm with moderate temperatures?

Is anyone having way colder, stormier, snowier weather that you would like to talk about?

What does it take in your locale to get a SNOW DAY?

Our front yard, as seen through the office/study window, facing north.

Looking out the east window of the office, you see the van, which is non-drivable during this weather. It’s like a big ‘ice skate.’

This is looking west and south, to the back yard.

Wordful Wednesday – Baby Me

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Today I took our daughter Debra in to get stitches above her right eyebrow, for an injury she received during P.E. Yes, I did take before and after pictures (using my new cell phone camera for the first time!). No, I won’t use those pics for Wordful Wednesday. All of us were quite interested in the pictures, but I don’t imagine you would be.

Now, I don’t know if you will be interested in this picture either, but it comes with a little story.

This photo is of me when I was 1-1/2 years old. The cute little dress I’m wearing was made by my Grandma Schmitz, my paternal grandmother, who was a wonderful seamstress. This photo was taken at her home, I see, as I recognize the pillow on the couch, which she also made.

I don’t really have any memories going that far back in my childhood, but I do have lots of later memories of my grandmother and her home.

  1. Her home was a busy home. I remember she was often baking bread when we came for a visit.
  2. All of our big family get-togethers were at her home. And the food – oh, it was so good! With Thanksgiving coming up, I call to mind that she would serve a variety of pies, such as apple, pumpkin, mincemeat, and pineapple, for the Thanksgiving meal dessert.
  3. Even though she was busy doing projects such as baking, her home was always neat and clean. I recall the bathrooms smelling of Dial soap.
  4. My Grandma lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and had her own date palm trees in her yard. She knew how to hand pollinate those trees, and how to harvest and process the dates. Someday soon I’ll share her excellent recipe for Date Bread.
  5. My Grandma taught me how to properly iron a man’s dress shirt. I’m so glad that isn’t necessary too often anymore!

Well, that’s a little beginning of my reminiscence about Grandma Schmitz. I must quickly post this, as I’m supposed to go to Book Club this evening. Adios!


Wordful Wednesday

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Wordful Wednesday is hosted by Angie at SevEn cLoWn CirCuS

You know, there’s some truth to that old saying, ‘A dog is a man’s best friend.’ I suppose what degree of truth depends on the dog, but when you combine a gentle, old dog who has been raised around children her entire life, with a two year old grandson who loves doggies, you get some major contentment.

We have lots of photos of grandson Diederick playing with our old dog Lassie, where he is following her around, or holding her paw to make her ‘shake.’ I guess recently Deeder has started to emulate the doggie. You can see here that she has done a good job teaching him how to relax.