Monday, December 24, 2012

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

We will be going over the river and through the woods,and over the mountain and down through the desert valley to Grandma's house...

I pray you have a safe and lovely Christmas.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

No, No Santa!

I have decided to make a new feature on my blog; Thrift Store Finds.
I thrift, a lot. I don't make a career out of it, and I don't fill my house with stuff just because it is cool, or funny, or whatever. I have even stopped collecting things I do like. Who needs stuff? No one. But when we do need something I often check thrift stores first. This is especially true for costumes for productions. Today our local Goodwill re-opened after a facelift. It was very nice and clean and they are stocked up with some wonderful things.
And we saw this...

Santa, I don't care what you keep in your pants...I am not reaching in!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Little Like This...

Yep. That's how my day was.

But then I had a brief IM with a couple of my good friends, and my hubby, and
 tonight I get to sing praises with people that love God and then I will feel more like this:

So, it's all good.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Focus Changer

Read this today over at A Holy Experience. 
She is a poetic writer, full of aha moments in her world. She is also a real mom with real kids, her life is not perfect and I appreciate that she admits it.

I don't want to give the wrong picture of our family either. We are not your typical consumer machine. When I hear stories of black Friday madness, and the average Americans spend I am shocked. We love family time together, we love so much more at this time of year. And frankly, I think we are super happy to GIVE the gifts, we love it when someone is excited to receive something we made or found for them. It's just who we are. After reading this post I thought, too bad my kids are too old to change all this, too bad we aren't just starting out as a family.
But it's just silly to think we can't change.
We live in such ease. We have clean water, we have food available to us. We have so much stuff we need garages, and attics and storage untis to contain it. Sure we have debt and bills, and hardships, but it isn't disease from our water.

I am not sure what we will do,  I think we would still give a gift, just scale everything even further back, but I know where my focus is shifting.

What about yours?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Tale of Two Squashes

This year I tried to grow something new, acorn squash. I love it very much. The gophers loved them too. The poor little plants tried hard to gorw but that pest would eat their roots and stunt their growth. I tried all I could to help them.
In the end we had a few, very small, squashes to pick.

I bought a couple in the store as well, they looked like giants in comparison. I cooked them for dinner one night, and lo and behold, guess who won?

Not the giant store bought, oh no. The ones we grew were smoothin texture, loaded in buttery flavor and over all just delightful. Even their color was better, signifying to me that perhaps they held more nutrients as well. The store bought were pale, stringy, and lacked flavor.

Next year I am growing even more of these wonderful squashes, and I will protect them from the gophers.