Is that not beautiful?? This past Christmas I was looking everywhere for these. I wanted to purchase one as a gift. A few years ago our local Christian bookstore carried them. I found them on the Internet today and I ordered the one in the picture. There are several scripture sets and also some with wonderful sayings. You can find these at Coffee Tea and Thee. Today brought with it thunderstorms and rain. A dreary wet day, but one that calls Spring into existence. Many fat Robins were running around the backyard looking for a place that was dry. There are no leaves in the trees yet and most of them found shelter under the deck. I watched them walking around the yard calmly and then all of a sudden they all ran as fast as their feet could carry their fat orange bellys making a direct line under the decking. Just moments later a bolt of lightening lit up the sky and a rumble of thunder shook the house. Those little creatures knew what was coming before it even happened. Seconds later they came out and continued their walk around the yard, stopping every so often to pull something out of the grass.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Thanks to a giveaway, I found a most wonderful blog!!! Peggy's blog "The Simple Woman" is wonderfully written and full of inspiration and learning. She has a house full of children, a loving husband, who was raised Amish, and an attitude that rings "peace and harmony" in my ears. Through, Peggy's blog I was able to read about a monthly E-zine she was publishing, called "The Simple Woman's Gazette". I was so impressed with her blog I decided to subscribe. Within a very short period of time, the March issue (which is the first issue) was in my e-mail box. I quickly printed it out and read it....more than once. I was so happy with it, I wanted to share with you what "The Simple Woman's Gazette" consists of. Not counting the last section which concerns copyrights and contact information, the Gazette was 7 pages of 10 different sections. I will list each section and my thoughts:
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Most of today was either spent in preparation or celebration of TJ's 3rd birthday party. I woke up with a terrible sinus headache, but a couple of cups of coffee and a shower and I was feeling much better. Charlotte has had a rough couple of days....you may pray for her if you think of it. Life is as good or as awful as you make it. One of the very first lessons Charlotte was taught as my daughter, was that of reaping and sowing. You get what you give. Give good and get good in return. Give bad, and your life will stink! She still has not learned this lesson...though how many adults are still trying to learn that one?
Friday, March 28, 2008
Rachel finished the top of TJ's quilt. She did a wonderful job. I blanked out his last name in the top square, but now you can see TJ's name is Tyler James. Rachel hand embroidered all the cartoon characters. There are all the Backyardigans (TJ's cake will be Backyardigan characters) along with other nickelodeon guys. I will get a better picture when it is finished.So here is what happened. We began to trim the blocks and it seems there were several that would not square up to the size we wanted them. It would have cut off some of the stitching. Yes, it was a mistake that should not have happened (I should have told her), but when cutting the background fabric, we cut them to the size of the design. An easy fix! We (she) framed them all so they would end up the correct size. Blue, the puppy, measured smaller than Tasha, the hippo. When framed in black strips and then checkerboarded, the blocks float nicely on the quilt. Today she will machine quilt and bind it.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Some women have a binder, some keep their schedule in their computer, some in a recipe box. Some women use a notebook and create a new schedule everyday or every week, calling it a "to do list". Some women do not require a schedule at all. To those women I give applause. I graciously accept their ability to do what is required with minimal or no forethought. I think most of these women do not have children at home, a homeschooling day to plan, prepare, or execute, a husband who has very high standards, or the busyness I face everyday. I say most, because there are some, a rare few, who can and do, do it well. I am not one of them.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
My grandson is not a baby anymore. This comes with mixed emotions. He is such a sweet little guy, but in the last few weeks he has become stubborn and quite a good fit thrower! Those boys at 3!! No such thing as terrible 2's. He is getting a mind of his own, which is good. My son and Rachel have a good handle on him and do not allow him to be rude, but he is changing that is for sure! Today we went to see him for his birthday and to take him his gift. His party is on Saturday, but we could not let his actual birthday pass. Here are some pics of our time at T.J.'s house. The wagon was NOT pre-assembled.TJ will help. It took 3 of them! In the meantime, my silly daughter proclaiming herself a "tree hugger"!!Kyle watching the work. Then Kyle wanted to take a picture of me, Rachel and my sister (who was dropping her grandson off for Rachel to babysit). Dominic is 3 too, though he will be 4 soon. My sister's husband is having knee surgery tomorrow in Chicago, so Domy will spend the night with Rachel. Not sure what the "look" is about...he is such a happy guy!!
There we go. TJ had a nice little celebration. His big party on Saturday will be fun. All of his family will be there. Rachel is making TJ a quilt...wait til you see it. It is wonderful!! Oh!! And I almost forgot. TJ said "my grandma" today. He has always just said "grandma", like it is my name, but today he said "where's my grandma?" I melted!!!I spent my afternoon with TJ, but I spent my morning at the hospital with Kyle getting blood work and an EEG done. He did great (I do not anticipate any bad outcome from the tests) and I took him and his Grandma and went to lunch at Kyle's favorite place...Pizza Hut. Thank goodness for a salad bar! We have all been fighting colds for the past week...passing them around and it is my turn. I am tired and would love a nap. Too late for that now, it is almost dinner time.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Today I have a few minor tackles to share. The first was to get everything back in it's place after our Easter dinner. I did this yesterday, and though it does not seem like a big job, it is a tedious one. All the china and crystal, along with a couple of special bowls and plates were put back into the china cabinet. I washed the table cloth and replaced it with a different one. Not because I needed a change, but because...well, I will explain in a minute. I got my new bed. It is a monster of a bed...the mattress measures about 15 inches deep. BIG problem. My quilt no longer fits. This was driving me crazy!! Even worse....I made the Pink and Brown quilt that I am hand quilting to the exact size of this quilt!!! Grrrrr. Now I understand why my Zachary growls when he is frustrated! Well I had a temporary fix, since this was going to drive me mad. Remember the beautiful table cloth on the dining room table?? It is actually a bed quilt. For now it will keep me sane. There is a headboard behind those pillows, but the mattress hides most of it. The bed itself is comfortable, but not easy to get in....or I should say on. It will need a king size quilt instead of a queen, which is what the mattress is suppose to be. My mattress pad barely goes over the pillow top part of the mattress and my fitted sheets stop 1/2 way down the mattress. Deep pockets are needed.
Once I got that little tackle taken care of I moved onto one that was very exciting for me.... This is the inside of my Grandfather's square cast iron skillet. It is a treasure to me and I would love to use it. I have tried everything over the years to get the rust off and make it acceptable for use. While watching the show "How Clean Is Your House", Aggie showed a woman how to get rid of this. Her pan looked ALOT worse than mine and came out wonderfully!! I was going to give it a try. 2 simple things could accomplish the job and I had both.... A potato and dishsoap. I got to work.... It seemed to be working....the potato had rust on it. Wow...would you look at that! Now I will let it dry completely.....