Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Glimpse, Table

Sitting on my (dining)table Monday:

Ginormous rubberband (HUGE, I could fit it around my waist as a belt)
2 JoAnn's circulars
Cell Phone
Insulated cup of ice water
Part of a doorknob
Secret initial list of superheros on lined paper for future project (no idea)
Place mats, salt and pepper, napkins, candles.
Novel: Half Magic
Ponytail holder
Canning cookbook
Vegan cookbook
And I am sure, hidden somewhere in the little rocks around the candles: Lego pieces.

Give me a glimpse into your life...what's on your table?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thankful Tuesday!

SO THANKFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. For extra furniture we were storing in our garage, because someone else is moving into our house, and he needs a place to rest his head!
2. Yellow squash and eggplant. The only produce we have been able to harvest so far from the garden.
3. OH, and 3 cherry tomatoes. The weather has been too cool to ripen all the lovely green tomatoes we have. SO MANY....all green.
4. Peaches, coming soon.
5. Nectarines from a friends property, so yummy, even if we had to feed half of them to other friends farm animals because they were, well, alcoholic in nature by the time we got them.
6. The computer I am writing this on...for me. Husband was able to clean it off of music stuff so I could use it (he has his own).
7. My brother David. I was able to see him on our family vacation. he is funny, super smart, and a nice guy. He is also sarcastic and clever,and I am thankful I got to hang out with him.
8. SO far it's all good with our change up in how we school Spencer. He seems to be enjoying his classes and "going to school" twice a week. Electives start next week on Fridays,I know he will be thankful for those. He is taking Swing dancing, how fun is that?
9. Larger font so I can read longer.
10. Fred Hammond tickets. Whoop Whoop!

What in the world are you thankful for?
I don't care how small or silly, gratitude lifts your spirits and keeps you from the depths.

Monday, August 29, 2011

What's a Half Wish Between Friends?

As I mentioned, I received a Kindle for my birthday. This gave me the opportunity to buy Denise Grover Swanks book Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes.

I had no idea what to expect.
I was just hoping it wasn't a romance novel.
I was pleasantly surprised, and very relieved that right off the bat we have a character with visions, mistaken identities, a murder, plus a cute guy next door. The cute guy keeps things interesting and fun.

I honestly don't want to tell you too much, I think it would ruin it to know what might happen. I don't like seeing movie previews just to realize what's coming next during the movie! So let me tell you this. I read it in just over a day. I was on vacation at the time, and I did participate with my family during my own birthday dinner, but truly, I stayed up until it was done. I wanted to know what was next. I wanted to make sure the main character, Rose, was still growing and changing and staying alive.
This is not a super heavy read, like Clancy, but it is well thought out and has good twists and believable characters and relationships. I laughed out loud at parts and really felt for the main characters.

Plus?! It's about crazy Southerners. I love books about crazy Southerners! Being a crazy West coaster myself, it's nice to see the crazy reaches across the whole USA.

If you have a Kindle it's on sale for .99 until September, so hurry. The paperback is currently only 2.99, what a deal! Both on Amazon.

It has been discussed by the author that there may be more books about Rose as well. I hope so.

Friday, August 26, 2011


Things got a little busy around here, and strangely, I found myself without any computer access.
Let's see...
Cabin trip, school started a few days later, big concert few days after that, followed by EVERYTHING (almost) getting back into full swing for "Fall", even though we technically have another full month of the season we like to call Summer.

It's fascinating.

For my birthday I joined the ranks of Kindle users, and frankly, I have read more books in the last couple weeks than in the last year. It's not that it is simply a new toy either. I can change the font size, and for anyone with eyes over the age of forty, you know that this is a miracle and a VERY GOOD THING.

We had a friend go home to the Lord, we have a friend moving in with us while he re-locates and finds his own apartment, and a daughter possibly moving out, maybe both. It's hard to know, I rarely see them.

May your week end well, and your weekend be a blessing.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thankful Tuesday, "The Cabin"

Right about now I am so thankful for:

1. Wind whispering through the pines.

2. The bug tent to read in while listening to the stream, but not being eaten alive.

3. Wild flowers, bird calls, chattering squirrels, and hopefully, NO BEARS.

4. Time in the quiet, away from technology. I know, I always say I am thankful for technology, but I am also very thankful to unplug as well.

5. A good birthday celebration in a place that feeds my soul, reminds me of God's amazing creation and surrounded by many of my large, crazy family.

6. For a sweet friend watering my garden while I am gone.

7. My D team clothing getting to see daylight. Well, some of them.

8. Selling the old beater in our driveway, which paid for this trip, and the new brakes.

9. Travelling time with my brother. Kinda like long ago, except I don't have to draw an imaginary line across the back seat.

10. Laughter, games, silliness, time together.

What are you thankful for?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Good Clean Help

I found this site last week.
Soap Hope
If you let them send you a weekly special deal in an e-mail you can get a free bar of soap.They have many, many wonderful choices. I picked citrus mint.

But that's not the best part.
All of their products are free of the harmful stuff. The chemicals and scary things you really should be avoiding.

100% of the profits support women in poverty around the world to run small businesses to keep their family fed and housed. They help women have an opportunity to take care of themselves and others.

How cool is that?

If you make a purchase you also get 5 samples as well.

If you choose to check it out, there is a place at check out to add my e-mail, I'd appreciate a shout out. They aren't paying me for this blog post in any way. I just love it when I find something so wonderful!
Make sure you check out the "Deals" section...I was able to get an additional amount off my small purchase. It made it a super great deal.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

This is Important

My family is not perfect. Not even close. But we are on a better road regarding our eating habits and being very aware of what we are consuming.
I am a researcher by nature, and I try to educate myself on new things regularly.
I believe that the Standard American Diet is indeed SAD, and riddled with poisons you know nothing about. They are causing all sorts of medical problems, yet the simple fact of too many chemicals in our food, remains ignored.

Please go read this regarding BT GMO corn.
Please read the paragraph of linked diseases in humans, are you or a loved one on that list? Please keep in mind that we aren't just talking about eating corn on the cob here. Corn is an ingredient in so many products these days, you may be ingesting this type of corn daily without being aware. They also feed this type of corn to livestock. What if it's in the milk or meat? No idea if they tested that aspect. I am just pondering out loud.

We need a wake up call.

Have you seen?:
Food Inc
Food Matters
Super Size Me
There are many more, and for those of you with Netflicks through their Wii, they are available for streaming. I haven't seen the one called 'The price of Sugar'.It seems worth a look.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Soak In It

My Husband's latest project is a soaking CD.

What's soaking you say?

It's taking some time from your day, and resting in the presence of the Lord, using gentle music to help you. Sometimes on soaking CD's scripture is read. It rarely has full-on vocal parts. The point is not to play something and sing along. The idea is to rest your body, rest your mind, and let God talk to you. It's a beautiful thing. If you have never done it I urge you to start. I always start with cleaning off my plate, so to speak. I lay down at His feet anything I am worried about, anything that might hinder me from hearing from Him. I may ask to hear about something specific, if I am seeking an answer, but usually I just let Him tell me anything He needs too.

This particular CD could also be used for background music during an event, dinner, relaxing, during a massage or time alone with your spouse. It's soothing and beautiful. Of the songs we have let people hear everyone is very receptive, saying they feel relaxed and soothed, which is a huge compliment. We hope to have the CD's ready by our church's summer concert. It's a lot of work in a short amount of time, but time well spent.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Thankful Tuesday,

Somethings we have here, that many of us forget how blessed we are to have, that I am very thankful for:

1. Clean water. This is a major problem all over the world. Even if your tap water doesn't taste good, or perhaps has some elements in it you would prefer to avoid, we are blessed to have water that is not filled with disease and filth from animals, other people and whatnot.

2. Food. Yes, some people in America go hungry. It is a problem. Food in general is much more accessable here. Unless you choose to do so you are not completely on your own growing or raising everything that you eat or need.

3. Medicine, medical help. I may disagree with how "modern medicine" just hands out pills for the symptoms instead of finding the cause, but I am thankful we have access to medical help if we need it. Many have no access to any sort of medical help. Even if it does cost us ridiculous amounts of money, it is here.

4. Smooth roads. Maybe there is a pothole or two here or there, but seriously, have you seen what they call roads in other countries? We have it easy.

5. Technology. I don't just mean our computer, or TV, or DVD player, hand helds, tablets, MP3 players, cell phones, cordless phones and all that either. How about stoves, washers and dryers, water heaters, cars, electicity running our lights, air conditioning, heating units and more.

6. Ready to wear, inexpensive clothing. I am thankful that I don't have to sheer a sheep, spin, dye and weave a new garment everytime my kid grows. I am thankful I don't have to sew everything I wear. I know some people out there love doing that, but I am not gifted in such things.

7. Indoor plumbing, sewers, septic tanks. Enough said.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Just a reminder to myself, and hopefully you, to not take things we don't think about everyday for granted. These items aren't all necessary to live when you get right down to it. These things take us out of constant survival mode and allow us time to dream, create, have leisure time, and good health. Of course on the flip side, people also allow the pursuit of some of these items and more luxurious ones create a different kind of survival mode, one in which work becomes the focus, creating health ruining stress, but that's another post entirely.

Sometime today, perhaps when you turn on a faucet,remember to say thank you.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bring Out The C Team

My brother and I were chatting the other day, and somehow conversed regarding clothing. We both had a pattern of having certain clothing for "at home" and others for out of the house, and work. I think everyone does this. I change out of my A team clothing when I get home, especially if I am going to cook. Nothing ruins my clothing faster, one little spatter of something and it's doomed. I think this especially true of anyone that wears all cotton.

So I was thinking about my groupings of clothing:

A Team: For work, church, casual weddings, going out to a nice dinner.

B Team: General wear, shopping, still nice, but more casual.

C Team: This is more formal wear, surprised? These are rarely worn, usually classic peices, that really come out when I am in concert, a more formal wedding, special stuff.

D team: This is the AT HOME ONLY collection. Items that were once cute, but now have a spot or stretched out, or whatever. These are used for messy cooking, painting, gardening, laying around, and if nice enough, camping. Half of these clothes are for family eyes only, some could be worn in front of a visitor, but I'd prefer it if they didn't see me in them.
We all have them, a favorite shirt with a tear or a bad stain. Sweatpants, or in my case, yoga pants, that aren't flattering, but are oh so comfortable. Jeans with holes in places that would be embarrassing in public. You know these clothes.

E team- Seriously, if you have anything worse than the D Team, THROW IT AWAY!

I used to(as in years ago when I had time) sort my closet by colors, then sleeve length etc (don't judge me). I think now in my closet overhaul I will do it by team. There is some cross over, especially with pants, but I think it could work.

What's your favorite D Team item? Go ahead, you can tell me!