Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ten on Tuesday, When the going gets tough.

Something slightly traumatic happened this week.
Here is a list of things I am thankful for when the going gets tough:

1. An awesome God that hears our cries for help and comfort.
2. An amazing man, my husband, with a gentle heart.
3. Friends, that will pray, that will drive over to hug you.
4. Technology, to keep informed.
5. The written word and promises of God.
6. Praise Music, worshiping can lift you right out of depression, or stress.
7. Working for people that will pray for me and my family, at work...
8. Distractions, like canning something wonderful for Christmas presents.
9. Sleep, deep, needed sleep.
10. Answers to those prayers.

What are you thankful for?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

You Look Away For One Minute...

Don't turn your back on a zucchini.....or a yellow squash, or apparently a cucumber either.

The garden is doing well.
Growing lots of tall lovely grass.....I mean veggies.
The gopher ultimately ate my basil, but I re planted in a pot. It also ate all of my beans and one of my pickling cucumber plants as well. Something has been nibbling my tomato plant as well, from over the fence...maybe deer. BUT, as you can see we are indeed harvesting food. It supposed to get hot again this week, I am hoping that ripens the tomatoes.

In other yard news two limbs broke off my peach tree. It was super sad. One branch is still connected and therefore is indeed ripening the GIANT peaches. The other, well,I am planning to cut a few open and see if they can be salvaged in any way at all. Sadly I think it's a lost cause, as are all of my grapes. Turns out our very long , super wet winter followed by an oddly mild summer is a the PERFECT combination for grape fungus. Yeah, great. Unfortunately there aren't many ways to get rid of it or save the crop. This is very sad. We looked forward to eating them and making jelly. Perhaps another year.

Off to freeze squash.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, Cabin

I am indeed home now, and we have started school. But here is a photo style list of ten things I am so thankful for regarding last week's visit to the cabin:
Happy, relaxed hubby.

Hip boots....like a pirate.

Happy son.

Wearing Uggs and sweatshirts in August.




Giant swings.

Togetherness,eating, conversing, playing games.


Monday, August 23, 2010

6th Grader

First day of 6th grade.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I was sitting contemplating the success of certain linking blog subjects, like Works For Me Wednesday. I think it's brilliant, and am thankful someone developed that. I have blog friends because of this kind of blogging.

People come and go off the thankful blog train.

I wonder, if I made a linking blog day where people vented and complained if it would be a soaring (and sad) success. People are so quick to speak everything that they think is wrong or lacking in their life, instead of remembering everything that is good and right. I am not perfect in that either, but I don't live in that place anymore.

Life is challenging.
Controlling your mouth is even more challenging, but change your verbal assault to positive, encouraging, uplifting and edifying and you will change your life.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, "The Cabin"

I am currently not home.
I am in a wonderful place that we lovingly call "The Cabin".

Ten things I am thankful for regarding "The Cabin"

1. Naps in the hammock.
2. Reading, reading, reading.
3. Whispering breezes through the pines.
4. Babbling cold streams.
5. Fresh air.
6. Cooler tempuratures.
7. No Cell phones, computers, or electronics.
8. Family time, games, lingering meals and conversations.
9. Wonderful spring water.
10. Rest. Relaxation. Refreshing. Renewal. Restoration.

I am ever so thankful also for a flexible job that allows me the freedom to re arrange my schedule so this trip was possible.

What are you thankful for?

Friday, August 13, 2010


Due to someone mis-scheduling themselves Aaron and I were given, very generously I might add, tickets to a Hillsong concert.

Now, we don't love every song they do, and we have opinions about formula Christian music....but we also love many of their songs, and needed a break from routine and to be in the audience instead of on stage.

It was a rocking, kickin, loud concert. The fabric I was wearing was vibrating with the bass and drums(which I LOVE). Thankfully, being who I am, and doing what I do, I had earplugs with me for the rowdy songs.

What's that you just thought to yourself? ..."If it's too loud you're too old".
On the contrary, 'If it's too loud you'll lose hearing and seem old before your time"
I can't sing if I can't hear, so I protect my hearing.

Back to the concert. We didn't know all the songs, but it was fun and the lighting was fabulous! They engaged the audience and fed off the energy in the room.

They only had one more concert and then they are going home to Australia, South Africa and Sweden. I highly suggest them next time they are around.

A big thanks to HK for sharing those tickets with us.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Swirling High Vilocity Thought

I have so much to share with you, my 3 readers.
My brain is spinning at un heard of speeds lately.
I do NOT have ADHD or anything like it.

Possibility and hope are mighty things.
It opens up ones mind, and heart and , well brain waves. Finding your God chosen path in a sea of possibility is what's hard, but totally worth it.

The problem is, I can't seem to focus long enough to write about just one thing, so then I write about nothing instead.

Nothing is boring.
Who wants to read nothing?
I don't.

I am working on the antidote of nothingness.
I'll let you know how that's going soon, very, very soon.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, August

Ten things I am thankful for regarding August.
In no particular order.

1. My birthday. August has no official holiday. I make up for that by having a birthday. It works out splendidly.
2. Vacations. Traveling has always been high on my list of favorite things to do.
3. Visiting family or friends, either because I am on vacation, or they are and come see us.
4. Ice cream. Well, really this is an all year thing. But FRESH home made peach ice cream....yum.
5. Fresh produce. Zucchini, corn on the cob, peaches, plums nectarines, oh my. So wonderful.
6. Sunshine.
7. Swimming, sunshine usually brings the heat too.
8. August is also back to school month. Spencer isn't happy, but it's a good thing.
9. Back to school supply sales, have I mentioned my love for office/school/stationary supplies?
10. "The Cabin". It is in fact a destination of item #2. It is family owned and wonderful, refreshing uplifting relaxing moment in our year when we get to go, which this year, we do!

Take a deep breath.
Think of 3 things you are thankful for,

Friday, August 6, 2010

Five on Friday

Today's Five On Friday is:
Things I hope NEVER return...

1. Permed Mullets.I know, some of you will be surprised that they left in the first place...
2. High waisted pleated jeans.(Mom jeans, shudder)
3. Line backer sized shoulder pads (too late)
4. Scary meat and veggie filled gelatin "salads".

5. This look:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I absolutely, 100 % stole this right from Lori's blog and had Spencer (currently 9)answer the following fun questions:

I interviewed Spencer .


2. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? A homemade roll with homemade strawberry jam.

3. WHAT IS YOUR MIDDLE NAME? Titanium...or any word that starts with T. (His middle name is "T")


5. WHAT FOOD DO YOU DISLIKE? Most vegetables (sad)


7. FAVORITE LUNCH? Food that tastes good.



10. FAVORITE SPORT? Basketball

11. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? In September (he knows the date, but that's for me to keep quiet)


13. PETS: I wish.

14. ANY NEW AND EXCITING NEWS YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? Uh.....I am celebrating my birthday this year with old friends.

15. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP ? Lego designer, movie maker.


17. WHERE IS THE FURTHEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN FROM HOME? I actually don't know. (Michigan)

18. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK? "Is that a question or the subject of a lecture? I could go on forever" (I asked him for his favorite authors instead:) Jack London and CS Lewis.

19. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? My movie ideas.

20. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? Spiderman 3 if I had to choose.


And, for fun, I asked him the same questions that James Lipton asks at the end of Inside the Actor's Studio.

1. What is your favorite word? Awesome
2. What is your least favorite word? Underwear (He is so embarrassed by the mention of unmentionables, and closes his eyes in department stores when we are near ladies undergarments....and is absolutely appalled that people would model in underwear for the packaging!)
3. What turns you on? (I rephrased with, "What do you like?") Legos
4. What turns you off? (I rephrased with, What don't you like?") Alcohol (as in others consuming it and doing bad things)
5. What sound or noise do you love? Music, especially drums.
6. What sound or noise do you hate? Cuss words
7. What is your favorite curse word? "Dilt",( an insult word he made up...)
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? (other than the things mentioned above...) Zoo keeper.
9. What profession would you not like to do? Anything dealing with sewage.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? (I omitted the "If Heaven exists" part) "WELCOME, My son!!"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, Vacation

I took a lovely trip last week to visit a friend in Idaho.
This week's list is dedicated to Tiff and her family...

Ten things I am amazingly thankful for....no particular order.

1. The Dubs. My destination, my friends,they are a joy.
2. Tiff specifically, bosom buddy, a person to confide in, a person that knows my , um, crap, and loves me anyway.
3. Couponing. I am telling you, check out her blog, this woman is amazing and feeds a family of 7 for very little money.
4. Warm days, and swimming pools.
5. "Nonni", a precious and specifically honoring nickname given to me by a sweet(almost) 2 year old...the only daughter in a sea of sons. She is a special gift.
6. Home made crescent rolls, and the recipe I brought home.
7. "The Midnight Canners"...and the strawberry jam that now exists.
8. Thrift stores.
9. Generous hearts.
10. Modern transportation and modern communication, to stay in touch with people so far away.

Who are you thankful for?

Monday, August 2, 2010


This is brilliant.

Try it for a blue tooth...how sassy would that be?

Love quick, fun stuff....