Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

I AM THANKFUL FOR:

1. Being present for a casual yet elegant, very fun wedding on Lake Tahoe.

2. The Aaron Gayden Band (AGB). They were awesome! Jazz, blues, R & B, pop, originals and favorites. They gently played as people dined and mingled and then pumped it up for dancing.

3. Cool breezes and sunscreen.

4. Scallops, heirloom tomatoes and aged balsamic.

5. Captain Dave (and crew) of the Sierra Cloud Catamaran, Lake Tahoe.

6. Comfortable, yet sassy heels.

7. Grace, honest conversations with people I love, mercy.

8. AAA Baseball league games, cotton candy, and fireworks.

9. Friendship. Hospitality. Good natured dogs.

10. Flexible working hours.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Ultimate Provider

I have a sorta big deal wedding to attend on Saturday.

I needed something nice to wear, appropriate for a day time wedding, on a boat, with people who may or may not have a whole lot of money. To say the least, I was a little stressed out. I had little conversations with God about it. I know Aaron prayed for me as well. I never want to be a bad reflection on him, and since he is also providing music for the wedding, it made it that much more important.
Thankfully the weather report says 71 or 72 degrees, perfect. It helps to not worry about sweating like crazy.

I asked one of my daughters to go with me as the big hunt began.
We found a fabulous shirt at our first stop, beautiful color, bling detail to make it look dressier, yet still a comfortable fabric. I also found a beautiful skirt, but the skirt was white so I can't wear it to the wedding. Our 3rd stop had a great sale going on. I wondered around the store and found some great tops for general wear and work, and I found a dress to try on and a little short sleeve sweater to try. It looked nice, but not nice enough. I had grabbed a beautiful skirt, silvery fabric, light, longer. I didn't see a sale tag on the rack, but it was just so pretty. I tried it on and had my daughter go get the shirt from the first stop. It was a perfect combination. Jewelry was on sale too so we bought a bracelet and earrings as well. I looked at the price tag on the skirt. It was $40. To some that may not be much, but for me, especially spending it on myself, it was a lot. I had also picked out a few other shirts. I went ahead and said yes to the skirt,

and it rang up at $15,

BECAUSE GOD IS GOOD.

God knew I needed shoes to go with it as well(black sling back wedges, so sweet).

It's in these little moments, not because I received a possession, but because I received reassurance, I am loved, the little things that matter to me matter to Him too. It's not all about having stuff, it's about relationship.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dwindling Deliciousness

My friend came over, harnessed himself to my trees and picked cherries for me. Sadly, this years wacky weather has left us with maybe a third of the usual crop. Of those, we had some other issues as well. In the end we had enough for eleven half pints of jam, plus a couple pints of cherries for baking or whatnot.

As David climbed the tree my neighbor walked by on her way down our long shared driveway to get mail. I was talking to David, but looking like a crazy person simply talking to a tree. On her way back I blurted out, "I'm not crazy, my friend is in the tree", because you know, that doesn't sound crazy either. David said hello and all was explained. A half minute later my neighbors friend came back and asked what we were picking. Apparently they have a cherry tree in their yard too, and offered the fruit to us. This makes me happy. I haven't seen it yet, I don't know how many they have, but at least I know there are some more on the way.


And that's a good thing.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thankful Tuesday, Summer Among Us

A quick list of thanksgiving:

1. Being home on hot days to open/shut windows and drapes to control the heat in our house. This seriously helps, it's at least 95 outside, but it's 76 inside, NO AC ON!

2. Ice cold watermelon.

3. Tomorrow is my first day in my new office location, wonderful! Bonus, it's much closer to home than before.

4. Our youngest is at camp, and while it is weird that he is gone, and we do miss him, it also means DATE NIGHTS with my Hubby, even if they are at home.

5. Cabin time is being planned, woohoo!

6. Later this week we will experience:
A night at Susie's house (this is a wonderful treat, she is an amazing person)
Baseball game.
Fireworks.
Wedding on Lake Tahoe.(More accurately on a boat on Lake Tahoe)
Reception in beautiful home at lake.
Our son's return.

7. One more...100% juice Otter Pops! Oh yeah!

Monday, June 20, 2011

CAMP!

ACK.
I sent my kid to camp.
I've been apart from him before, but he's never been away for this long.
He was so excited to get to go too.
He EARNED it. It's AWANA Honor camp. We're very proud of him.

I hope he doesn't get eaten by mosquitoes. I hope he isn't cold at night.


I hope it's a positive experience and the kid has fun.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thanks Dad

Thank you Dad for teaching me to fish, check my oil and refinish furniture. Thank you for teaching me to measure twice, and cut once. Thank you for thinking I was able.




Thank you to my husband for taking on my daughters as his own.
Thank you for raising our son to be amazing man, just like his dad.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fluff Blaster

I never set out to write a blog about fluff.
Not ever.

Sometimes life throws stuff at us, and it's hard to be completely honest and say
I HURT
or THIS STINKS
or...
I'D LIKE TO BE CURLED UP IN BED FOR THE NEXT WEEK.

Because you know, we're supposed to always be strong and joyful.
But I have my moments, or weeks. I struggle with my attitude, my circumstances, my relationships, and I try really hard to not whine. My life is not hard compared to those in third world countries, compared to those with terminal diseases, or caring for loved ones who are ill. I am blessed.

Currently I simply feel torn between other people's expectations of who I am, who I should be, and what I should be spending my time doing. Some of them are absolutely correct, some of them see potential where I do not, and others are simply projecting onto me some image of someone they think I am.

I am tired of trying to live up to everyone's expectations.
Someone is simply going to have to be disappointed in me.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Box Driven Purge

Our office is moving. This is a slightly difficult, but ultimately incredibly wonderful move.
It has required everyone to purge as well. I inherited my position, and my desk full of stuff. It has had several owners prior to me. It's interesting to search through the dark depths and see what you can find.

It has created a need in me to go through everything we own and PURGE.
Our garage is full of stuff. Some of it is my daughters', from moving out and then back in. Kitchen gear, and furniture, things like that. But the rest? What is it? I have slightly pack ratty habits, so does my husband. When you are tight on funds you tend to hold on to stuff "just in case". We do not have any scary piles of newspapers or anything like that. Almost all of it could be sold at a yard sale. Of course, now that I have the itch to do this major clean out, the weather is HOT. We went from slushy constant rain to 90 degrees. Crazy.

Sometimes the only reason I hang on to something is because someone special gave it to me. Even if I don't particularly like it, or it doesn't match the house, or it isn't currently useful to us, well, it gets stored(thrown into a box in the garage). We never want to hurt someones feelings. Miss Manners says once a gift is given it is yours to do with what you want. That includes re-gifting and throwing it away. I think it's especially hard if you are in ministry.

The hard work is worth it. I love a clean room, and organized drawers or closets. It calms my inner being down. Too much stuff or chaos makes me feel edgy. I am not a total minimalist, I just like balance and order, and to be able to find what I am looking for. :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thankful Wednesday

I am so very thankful for:

1. My husband rising early every Wednesday to go to 6am prayer with other men from our church.

2. The fence around my garden is now fixed, including the gate, to keep deer out. Weeding and planting are next (finally!)

3. Big trees that shade our house in the afternoon. I can not imagine how hot this house would be if those trees didn't exist.

4. My neighbor needing more privacy and noise blocking from us. He built a beautiful redwood fence, and in return, we have more privacy and noise blocking from him too. Everybody wins.

5. God's never ending source of money.
I haven't had my car for over a month. It's been at the mechanics repair shop. We received the grand total last night. good thing my big Heavenly Daddy has lots of money. Seriously.


What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Anyone Have A Jar?

The cherries are becoming ripe.
The time is drawing near...
canning season is upon us.

I am very excited about this. The cherry products are by far everyones favorites. Well, wait, the Asian Plum Sauce has actually been the top request, but the cherry jam is close second.

We have a call in to our favorite tree climber, David T. He used to work for the power company and climbed and trimmed trees all over California. He is highly skilled and has all the gear. Since our cherry trees are at least two stories tall this is a very good friend to have. He loves climbing the trees and he accepts pies and jars of jam as payment. Seems like a fair trade.

My local canning buddy, and mentor frankly,Nancy, is leaving town, and coming back for a couple days and leaving town again. Although I am perfectly capable of canning alone, it is way funner, and easier to do it with a friend.

We do, however, have someone interested in learning canning this year. She specifically wants to learn tomato sauce, but we can start with cherry jam.

Is anyone else out there interested in learning canning skills?
I would be happy to share what I know.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

Well, hello again!!
Let's see, since our last meeting my computer caught some viruses,including spyware, and while attempting to clean it up it simply wouldn't stay on long enough.
The internet at work is off (too early by error) for our big office move (move is good,YAY)!
We finally heard back from various places as to what we owe

So, while my husband stepped away from his studio I hurried in here to tell you this:

I AM SO VERY THANKFUL:
1. For Alyssa passing her driver license exam! She is officially a driver now! PRAISE GOD!

2. For my niece Kelsey getting a new job, in a real bakery doing cake decorating, this is fabulous because she is quite talented.

3. Miracles. I don't know how the car repair shop bill, the physical therapy bill, and the hospital bill are going to paid, ...I just know that they will be.
God is amazing.