Friday, May 29, 2009

Sewing Riddle

When is a blouse no longer a blouse?


When it is a re-fashioned clothespin bag!
Thrifted blouse $1
Kid's hanger - on hand
$.50 Plastic canvas for a sturdier bottom - one sheet is enough for 10 clothespin bags!
Time: 15 minutes of sewing

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Happy 45th Birthday!

This is my beautiful MUCH older sister, Kerrie-Lee, and today is her 45th birthday!!! I just wanted to wish her a happy day, and special congratulations on this 'milestone' year!

Kerrie-Lee is a wife, the mother of three busy boys, a home daycare provider, a fitness enthusiast, a cyclist, an avid baker, beautiful sewer, knitter and loyal friend! She has lots of other talents too, including the uncanny ability to put things away before anyone has a chance to use them, and she has a passion for unique clothing, as her closet will attest! We live too far apart to spent much time with one another, but she and her boys are planning to visit our little corner of the Midwest in July and we will be packing in the fun as best we can in one short week! I'm excited!

Happy Birthday Kerrie-Lee

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ballerina Dreamer



On Wednesday, our Dreamer had her Spring Ballet Recital. This is her 'burgundy' class - they dance their sweet toes off every Monday night with the lovely and talented Mrs. S.
They danced three dances - two 'on point' and one in soft shoes.
We liked the first dance best - The Sandpaper Ballet!

Poppa and Grammy have not been able to attend the Dreamer's recitals for a long time - they saw her first performance when she was 5 and too cute for words! It was a joy to have them here for this recital - her last recital. Sadly, ballet is no longer fun for our Dreamer - she misses her good friend, Dancer who moved far away last spring.

Poppa presented his girl with a lovely mixed bouquet!
Dreamer does love her Poppa - her eyes were shining!

What's a special night without a bite or two of ice cream?
This was a bit messy, but yummy ... or so they said!


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Friday, May 22, 2009

What have I done now?



Computer woes ... maybe it is in league with our transmission ailing van! Problems like to travel in pairs, don't they? I don't know ... but I do know that we are plagued with annoying pop ups that keep going even after you 'x' them - an annoying man trying to tell me how to make money on Google! He just won't hush! Pop up blocker is on!

Worse then that - I often cannot 'browse' in Blogger to download pictures on my blog. It only works some of the time now, and not all the time like it used to! What have I done, and just how does one go about fixing these things ??? Remember, I am inept with computers - and can't call in an expert!

The good news ... Poppa and Grammy are on their way to our house for an unexpected visit! We are so glad to have them come - but they are just going to have to pretend with us that the dust bunnies are decorative! After all - it's that outside time of year!

Have a lovely Memorial Day weekend! Did it 'sneak' up on you like it did on us? It seems too early to be opening the public pool, finishing up with school and starting summer fun! I did nab my first ripe strawberry from the garden this morning - sweet and delicious! Summer is here - ready or not!


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Monday, May 18, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

I really enjoy participating in Peggy's Simple Woman's Daybook when I am able to.
It's a great way to start the week with a fresh zeal!


For Today Monday, May 18, 2009



Outside My Window...
Cool today, but glorious in every way! The perfect day for our field trip!

I am thinking...
that I'm feeling the 'good' kind of tired after such a pleasant but busy day!

From the learning rooms...
A wonderful all day living History presentation at Quaker Knolls! Wonderful perspective on frontier living - and quite an eye opener for our children!

I am thankful for...
Trials and challenges that strengthen our faith and help us recall just how blessed we really are.

I am praying for ...
a family in grief, a family burdened by uncertainty, and a family experiencing financial crisis

From the kitchen...
We have a few Apple Turnovers left and some brownies - but they won't last long! We shared our treats today at the field trip!

It's hard to plan a menu this week because we are going to have to be flexible and eat from the freezer - we are down to one vehicle for the time being - our van needs another big transmission repair.

Monday: Luscious Leftovers
Tuesday:
Wednesday: *** Historian's Birthday ***
Thursday: Lasagna (in the freezer) & salad
Friday: A special dinner in celebration of the Historian's birthday
Saturday:
Sunday: Roast Beef and all the trimmings

I am wearing...

Denim skirt, oatmeal mock turtle neck and blue and oatmeal sweater - believe me, I was not overdressed for our outing! It was chilly!

I am creating...
a small birthday surprise for our Historian

I am going...
to water our grass seed and than to head to bed as soon as Dreamer gets home from Ballet tonight - the Historian will pick her up, thankfully.

I am reading...
The Backyard Orchardist

I am hoping...
for a healthy week!


I am hearing...
Birds singing outside and the Storyteller talking quietly to his Grammy on the phone while munching on a brownie!

Around the house...
I got some sewing done over the weekend, but not much else!

One of my favorite things...
Children learning in a real, hands on kind of way!


A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
  1. The Historian will be a little more 'historical' come Wednesday - Happy Birthday!
  2. School work, and ballet rehearsal - recital is coming soon!
  3. Garden and home chores - always, right?

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing:

*** pictures still not showing up - sorry ***

Thank you for reading my daybook!

Be sure to visit Peggy to read more Daybooks!
There are many many others participating in The Simple Woman's Daybook
and it is so much fun to read their thoughts!


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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Looking ahead ... to eternity

My sweet friend Lisa lost her mom to cancer last night. We've been praying for her and for their family for a long time, but the last few weeks have been filled with those pressing kind of prayers that almost come without thought, unbidden and prompted simply by the Holy Spirit. In the midst of our trials and challenges this week, I have spent much time thinking about what it would be like to be in Lisa's shoes - thinking about loosing my own sweet Mum, and knowing how hard it was for my dear Historian to loose his. Those thoughts have brought me to my knees, knowing that Lisa would need the uplifting of our prayer support.

The blessing is that all three mothers know the Lord. I write 'know', and not 'knew', because while in life they were certainly trusting in Him, in death they see Him face to face. Lisa's mom was a 'new' Believer - and yet her fledgling faith and trust carried her through her battle with cancer. Now she is forever with the Lord. The Historian's mother was a strong believer for many many years - having walked away from the Lord in her early twenties, she found her way back to a life of faith through some of the most trying circumstances of her life. Her testimony remained strong until the end. My own dear Mum is very much alive and facing many challenges and struggles - but her faith is real, and carries her through the dark valleys. I have no doubt that she will finish well for however many more years or days the Lord has in mind for her, and until then, God will continue to be he rock and her salvation.

What a difference death is when it is merely the end of a life walked in faith. There is the tearing, of course - the sorrow and longing is natural. We were not made for death, but for life - a life of living each day with the sole purpose of glorifying God. Through the sin of one man, Adam, death entered for all men, spiritual and physical. Through the death of One Man, Jesus, eternal life is possible for those who put their trust in Him. That hope alone makes such a marked difference.

Many of you know that my sweet husband, the Historian, was a pastor for almost 20 years, first in Youth Ministry, and then as a 'Senior' Pastor of three different church families. One of the areas of strength God gifted him with was a special measure of compassion and grace for the grieving. Because of this, he was a part of many funerals over the years, bringing comfort to families with his quiet, gentle spirit. In doing so, he ministered as well to the funeral directors he came in contact with - and gained some insight into the 'business' end of comforting the grieving.

On more than one occasion he was told by the funeral director how different it is to plan a funeral with a 'church' family who's loved one lived a life of faith, than for the 'non-church' families. Over the years each expressed the differences differently but it all boiled down to the same idea - the church families had hope and peace, and despite their grief, had an assurance of eternity. The non-church families were often overwrought with hopeless despair, bitterness and anguish - they had no solid basis for ever thinking they truly might see their loved one again. These men saw clearly, but many never made a personal commitment to Christ - putting it off for 'someday', even though they knew only too well that any day can be your last. The Historian gave them a clear and simple reason for the Hope Believers have because of Christ, and presented the Gospel at each and every funeral - whether or not it was requested. He did it with such love and tenderness, giving the 'Good News' when it was most needed.

It's odd to feel that I have gained the perspective of age, but as a child, I never understood the sweetness of heaven, or the blessing the 'home-going' of the faithful can be, in the way I do now. I read these verses in I Thessalonians 4 and puzzled at their meaning - how could the idea of being suddenly whisked away from this comfortable, pleasant earth possibly be encouraging? What about the being asleep would cause grief? I know now that throughout Scripture, 'death' and 'sleep' are often used interchangeably - and that neither is a problem for God. I understand better now how much comfort there can be in thinking heavenwards, and in looking ahead to the coming of the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-19

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Therefore encourage each other with these words.


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Thursday, May 14, 2009

When the going gets tough ....

the faithless faithful start praying ... and apparently, baking and cooking.

Today, I started to cheer my heart up by baking an Angel Food Cake while I prayed. It smelled so good baking. I felt better right away. I've never had one turn out so perfectly lovely and high as the sky - I was thrilled!

Then, I made Souvlaki for supper, or at least got it marinating for supper, and I set out the rice and checked on the salad fixings. I discovered the beets at the back of the crisper and decided to cook them up too.

I made two kinds of bread - simple white and cinnamon raisin swirl. Kneading was soooo therapeutic - I almost cried for joy. I made a fresh jar of fudge chocolate sauce for over ice cream or angel food cake - we were quite out, you see. I also made a fresh batch of my zesty Italian dressing for our salad. Why have I been buying salad dressing and why did I think it was easier?

Then, I just felt like I needed to bake one more thing - a raspberry almond cake for tea time.

A joy for all the senses!

That did it! I didn't have to eat a bite to be reminded of God's goodness and have my faith in His provision restored - I just needed to spend some time alone with Him in my kitchen, putting my hands to work, pouring my heart out to Him.

In between, we did math, spelling, reading and science. Messy, sticky, goofy, giggly science.

I even washed the floor - twice.

Psalm 143:8

Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Isaiah 33:2

O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.


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Monday, May 11, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

I really enjoy participating in Peggy's Simple Woman's Daybook when I am able to.
It's a great way to start the week with a fresh zeal!


For Today Monday, May 11, 2009



Outside My Window...
52 degrees and a bit cloudy, but bright - thankfully!

I am thinking...
That yesterday was about my most favorite Mother's Day ever - except for being so far away from my sweet Mum!
It started with breakfast in bed, cards and flowers, church - a challenging message for mothers, lunch at home (hot dogs on the grill), a long drive (listening to a Boxcar Children Mystery) to a wonderfully inspiring garden center - wandering about looking at trees and dreaming big dreams, an early supper on the porch of a historic hotel - simply delicious, more driving, chocolate hazelnut gelato and watching goofy goats - safely home and curling up in our comfortable bed at the end of a lovely day!

From the learning rooms...
Our Dreamer is doing copy work - Storyteller is making toast.
We are slow to get started again today.

I am thankful for...
God's never ending faithfulness throughout the ups and downs of life.
I'm especially thankful for my Historian, and for the loving ways he cares for our family.

I am praying for ...
a sweet friend whose mom is in the last stages of cancer and could be called home any day now. I am also praying for a friend who is just extremely busy right now with life in general, and with her youngest son's graduation and all that entails. For myself, I am praying for strengthening and an extra measure of patience.

From the kitchen...
The rhubarb is calling to be made into bread, pie or preserves!
I totally deviated from the menu last week - using things that needed to be used in the fridge and freezer and making 'quick' last minute dinners - so I'll recycle the menu and see if I can stick to it better this week!

Monday: Luscious Leftovers
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Tenders Salad
Wednesday: Mama Joy's Meatballs & Salad
Thursday: Chicken Enchiladas & Spanish Rice
Friday: Homemade Pizza & veggie tray
Saturday: Steak and Grilled veggies
Sunday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I am wearing...

Denim capris and a long sleeved navy blue t-shirt! I hope to get out to work in the kitchen garden after schoolwork!

I am creating...
Plans to make the backyard more kid friendly - I think the reason the kids play in the mud is that they are bored and need more to do out there - they have outgrown so many activities and we haven't replaced them with more mature activities to challenge them.

I am going...
To run Dreamer to piano and ballet and run errands with Storyteller later.

I am reading...
I didn't do much reading last week, except a manual on tying seat springs - I am recovering an old chair and the burlap and webbing were rotten, so it is a bigger project than I'd hoped!
I am still reading Misplacing God (and finding Him again) by Joanne Heim
Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is next on my pile

I am hoping...
That we have a good school week and that we can be a blessing to those who are hurting this week. I am hoping to get more planted in the garden, and that the funny hot rubber smell emanating from the front drivers side tire of our van isn't anything serious - after our recent fuel line problems, I am beginning to wonder if our van is becoming a money pit!

I am hearing...
The washing machine, quiet voices working at the school table, and my typing. Outside the neighbor's lawn service is mulching and preening the lawn.

Around the house...
Can we skip this one???? If I type out all that needs to be done, I just might crawl back into bed and give up!!! We were doing really well, but somehow have gotten away from our zones and back into a mess ... we fall into old habits so quickly!
I'll start by tackling the laundry - Mount Washmore!

One of my favorite things...
Wandering around a garden center and looking at trees - dreaming up big budget plans for our yard!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
  1. School work, piano, ballet - recital is coming soon!
  2. Garden and home chores - always, right?

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing:

For some reason, I am unable to load pictures right now, so I'll have to add one later!

Thank you for reading my daybook!

Be sure to visit Peggy to read more Daybooks!
There are many many others participating in The Simple Woman's Daybook
and it is so much fun to read their thoughts!


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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Meals on Wheels

Tonight we were blessed to bring a meal to a family that is in the middle of a crisis - we've been praying for them for a long time, but were blessed to be able to meet a practical need in a small way! Unfortunately - I forgot to take a picture - again! Oh well! We made a green salad, a pan of fresh yeast rolls, chicken pot pie and Texas 'sheep' cake for dessert! I thought I'd share the recipe which I adapted to reduce the fat and increase the veggie content!


A Little Less Chicken Pot Pie

Made from scratch, but a bit less fat - and still delicious! The original recipe calls for ¾ cup of butter and cream instead of milk - perhaps if we were working outside all day, plowing fields by hand, we could do with that kind of hearty eating, but I’ve adjusted it for our requirements.

8 potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
3 carrots, peeled and cut
1/3 cup butter
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, minced
1 cup frozen peas (optional)
¼ cup all purpose or whole wheat flour
2 cups reduced fat chicken stock
½ tsp. each, sea salt, fresh black pepper, basil, and dried parsley
1 cup whole milk, warmed
4 cups cooked chicken - cut in cubes or shredded
9 inch pie crust recipe - bottom and top

In a large pot, melt butter and sauté potato cubes and carrots just until tender. Add ½ cup chicken stock, celery and onion ( peas too if you are using them!). Sauté for 5 minutes or until the onion is transparent. Sprinkle flour over veggies and stir to coat. Pour in remaining stock and stir until thickened. Add warm whole milk slowly, stirring until well incorporated. Add seasonings and chicken and stir until thick and creamy. Taste sauce and adjust seasoning as needed. Pour into two deep 9”x 9” glass pans, or a 3 quart casserole dish. Roll out pastry and lay over filling. Shape edges of crust and cut stream vents. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Use a drip pan !!!! Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving - don’t worry - it will stay hot!


When I used to bring meals to those in need more often, I would scour the shelves at Goodwill or search at yard sales for lidded casserole dishes. I would send them filled with food with a note that I didn't need the dish back ( something less to think about) - it could be filled and passed on to another family in need somewhere down the road. One friend told me that my little note helped assure her during the dark days that life would continue, the Lord would bring healing and that once the sorrow was past, she would be a blessing to others once agsin.


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Monday, May 4, 2009

20 Of My Favorite Things

20 Of My Favorite Things

1. Color-
sage green
2. Dessert- gelato - hazelnut or chocolate
3. Smell- fresh linens washed with lavender and dried on the line on a breezy day
4. Flower- David Austin's English Roses - especially Harlow Carr
5. Animal- I like children better than animals!
6. Month- October
7. Beverage- tea - hot or iced, with sugar please!
8. Pair of shoes- my Mephisto 'Helen' sandals or my Naot's - comfort all the way
9. Snack- Toblerone
10. Song- Open the Eyes of My Heart
11. Book- The Bible has the most influence on my life day by day!
12. Fruit- Honeycrisp Apple
13. Hairstyle- long and natural
14. Piece of clothing- my long swingy denim skirt
15. Store to clothes shop- Does Goodwill count?
16. Season-Autumn
17. Hobby- sewing and baking
18. Thing to collect- E.O. Brody Milk Glass compotes
19. Movie- I'm not a movie person, but I loved Narnia
20. Restaurant- Ruby Tuesday

Hop on over to Peggy's Blog 'The Simple Woman' to find out who else is thinking of their 20 Favorite Things this week!


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The Simple Woman's Daybook

I really enjoy participating in Peggy's Simple Woman's Daybook when I am able to.
It's a great way to start the week with a fresh zeal!


For Today Monday, May 4, 2009



Outside My Window...
53 degrees and a bit cloudy, but bright! We have had so much rain - the grass is very high and covered in 'wishy flowers' - dandelions gone to seed! How our 'lawn worshiping' neighbors must cringe! We also have swamp Maple 'helicopters' strewn all over our driveway from the brisk breezes we had last night - and the gardens need to be weeded - badly!

I am thinking...
That my list of projects always exceeds my budget and energy - I need to learn to scale back and be patient! This old house has so many issues, but we are blessed to live here! We've already done so much - I need to be content!

From the learning rooms...
Our Dreamer is practicing the piano - she had her Spring Recital yesterday afternoon and did very well! The Historian is working with our Storyteller on History. We are getting caught up in our core subjects, which is a blessing - and we need to order new workbooks this week!

I am thankful for...
The list is long - God's protection of our Historian during the gas line leak on Wednesday tops my list, but there are so many other things that I am thankful for too! I am all excited about something I am doing for myself, but I'm not ready to tell you about it quite yet! I'll keep you posted!

I am praying for ...
longsuffering

From the kitchen...
Kitchen - what kitchen? Do we have a kitchen? Hmmm ... I seem to remember now!
We made some lovely deep dish pizza there on Friday - and had 'breakfast for dinner' on Saturday - the kids were delighted! We had Chinese take out for dinner Sunday - so not a lot of leftovers for tonight! I guess I need to get into some real cooking this week! I need to clean the fridge and get some groceries - as always!

Monday: Luscious Leftovers
Tuesday: Cobb Salad
Wednesday: Mama Joy's Meatballs & Salad
Thursday: Chicken Enchiladas & Spanish Rice
Friday: Homemade Pizza & veggie tray
Saturday: Steak and Grilled veggies
Sunday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I am wearing...

Long denim skirt, sage green long sleeved t-shirt and a matching waffle weave hooded vest!

I am creating...
A plan to make better use of space in the Grammy Flat which has become such a dumping ground for everything we don't know what to do with - and a new plan for my sewing area.

I am going...
To run Dreamer to piano and ballet and run errands with Storyteller later.

I am reading...
Misplacing God (and finding Him again) by Joanne Heim
Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is next on my pile

I am hoping...
My hopes are high right now - little things have really encouraged my heart this week - knowing the God is concerned with our well being has been a blessing. Finally getting past the worst of this cold has been a blessing too! We're almost out of tissues, but I'm beginning to feel human again, I think!

I am hearing...
The piano and the voices of the Historian and Storyteller - and somewhere in the background, the washing machine! It is, after all, Monday!

Around the house...
Bathrooms need a touch up and the vacuum is sitting where I left it on Saturday - but all in all things are pretty tidy - if you don't look in the kid's rooms! Oh well!

One of my favorite things...
Birdsong in the morning!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
  1. School work, piano, ballet, and our AWANA year end party - all winding down for the year!
  2. Garden and home chores - always, right?
  3. Mount Ironmore - I tackled it this weekend, but there is still a pile!

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing:


Dreamer was out taking pictures of the garden yesterday! The tulips are almost finished, but still lovely!

Thank you for reading my daybook!

Be sure to visit Peggy to read more Daybooks!
There are many many others participating in The Simple Woman's Daybook
and it is so much fun to read their thoughts!


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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Project Procrastinators Party: The BEFORE Photos


Our room door for size perspective, the door to our master bathroom is right beside this built in closet/drawer combo! Can you say ugly??? Someone stripped the paint very badly and left it as it is!

I've decided to join Melissa @ The Inspired Room in the Project Procrastinators Party with these BEFORE Photos of a project that has been on 'the list' forever. Painting it isn't really hard to do - and it's so nice when it's done! Why have a I put it off for 4 years??? I won't want to do it when the weather heats up, so now is the time! We'll see how far I get! There are more than 80 others who are taking up this challenge to get a long put off project out the way, so I am so glad to find that I am not alone!

Just in case you wondered - our walls are Benjamin Moore 'Tate Olive' - our Historian loves to sleep in a dark room, and this color is just so rich and relaxing!



Inspiration from Better Homes and Gardens

Friday, May 1, 2009

Friday Night Pizza and RODENTS!

Tonight we pole vaulted out of our usual rut and landed deep in the heart of Chicago - Style Deep dish pizza! Can we have a moment of silence please? Thank you! Doesn't it feel good to try something new for a change? I think so too!


Our inspiration - A great FoodWishes Chicago-Style Stuffed Pizza video by Chef John! Yum - and ours looked just like his! I love it when that happens. The kids must think great things of my skills in the kitchen - they were sure it would turn out just fine! I forgot to take a picture so I grabbed the one from FoodWishes.com - but ours looked very much the same! I used my standard no fail Friday Night pizza dough recipe and followed his directions - adding toppings that I knew would make everyone happy and - success! I used a cup of my own pasta sauce canned last summer when the tomatoes were overwhelming me and the herbs couldn't be picked fast enough - enjoying the fruits of my labor is always fun! Now, we have something new to add to the Friday night line up and that's a really good thing!

Hop on over to FoodWishes.com if your looking for something new to try - we're going to make farmers cheese with some of our whole milk next! If you're like me and just a very simple cook, don't be intimidated by these famous 'foodies' who know so much about making food taste good - Chef John has great ideas for regular folks like me too!



On another, less pleasant subject - we got our van back today! The gas line was chewed on by RODENTS!!!! So just why are we feeding our outdoor kitty Mr. Peppermint, such healthy, delicious food when he isn't keeping the rodents at bay??? We even let him sleep in the sun room in the dead of winter and on rainy days, and he only has to have a bath once a year - we are good to him, I tell you - very good!!

We suspect the evil doer was a huge mouse that we found on the driveway earlier in the week. The children are quite used to Mr. Minty's 'offerings' and have a regular mouse/mole/bunny/chippy/bird/ squirrel cemetery, complete with markers and 'decent burial' services, in the back of the compost pile - so they just buried the poor fellow, but they had questions - there were no 'marks of death' on this mouse. Mr. Minty likes to 'play' with his gifts, and he usually brings them right up to the door for us - this guy could have been the culprit and died from his own gnawing ways. We'll never know, I guess. Mintyopolis certainly isn't telling.

We have had three people who heard the story of our gas line leak tell us that we are 'really lucky' and that it should have burned - we've had some great opportunities to share the power of God, the blessing of prayer and Divine provision for our dear Historian because of this fiasco. It's not something we'll be likely to forget for a long while - and that's not just because the whole van reeks of fuel. We're praying that strong odor dissipates quickly because even the short ride home made us all head-achy. That's after three engine 'shampoos' - this could take a while.

Did you see my tulip picture - it's 'evidence' against the gray squirrels - my most combative rodent population! They love to 'transplant' my bulbs after I have put them in in the fall - especially if we don't get a hard freeze right away. We didn't plant a single yellow tulip in our yard - but our neighbor has bunches of them! I have purple, pink, and white tulips and wonderful salmon daffodils - and this year, one bright yellow tulip smack dab in the middle of the purples! Mr. Neighbor has yellow - lots and lots of yellow, and one very pretty salmon daffodil right in the middle of his garden. And way back in the compost pile, my prized alums are shooting high above the rubbish and leaves!!!! What is that all about? Gardening is like the rest of life - best when sprinkled with a lot of humor!


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