Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Love and Laundry


"We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy...even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry."
~E. B. White


Is there anything better than all those fresh, clean clothes and linens...not to mention a nice, tidy laundry room? I love doing laundry and, though it may sound silly, it's been the source of many happy moments for me.

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My mom's been in the hospital for the last 11 days.......she has been very seriously ill and now has pneumonia. She is finally on the mend, I think, and might even be able to come home in a few days. Keep her in your prayers and say a little one for me....some days I really struggle.

I want to say a special thanks to three of my favorite people who have really been there for me the last couple of weeks.

Emily, thanks for your support and help with Grandma. You are my girl :)
Sherry, thanks so much for the delicious dinner....Mexican food is a big hit around here.
And my Susie, thanks for the love and support from so many miles away.

I love you all.


"Love never fails."
1 Corinthians 13:8

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Please Pass A Drumstick


"Love is like a butterfly...it goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes."


Just a few bits and pieces today.
I have wanted to try making these chocolate-covered pretzels, and today I finally did.
I used short pretzel rods instead of long ones, and they turned out looking a little like a drumstick.
First, you coat the bottom part of the pretzel with carmel. Roll in rice crispie cereal, coat with melted chocolate and then I decided to sprinkle mine with heath pieces. They are crunchy and good....like a drumstick : )

In other news, Timothy and I will begin allergy shots on Tuesday. We went for the testing last week, and what an experience. My initial testing was so highly reactive the doctor didn't want to continue for fear I'd have a bad reaction. As I explained how difficult it was for me to make this appointment, he reluctantly agreed to finish the test, using the weakest concentration he could. Well.........I had a reaction. As soon I as I felt better, Tim had a reaction. Needless to say, we have some whopping allergies. Getting the shots is a demanding commitment, but I am praying it will be worth it for both of us. Did you know that I never had one symptom until after I turned 40?

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Pumpkin had her spaying surgery on Thursday, and is she a little trooper. While she was under the anesthesia, the vet said it was a good time to remove an errant dewclaw, hence the little sock on her leg.

Here Pumpkin is all buttoned down.....outside her bed. Her little hippo toy is nice and cozy inside, however.

Tomorrow may find me browsing the local Farmer's Market or maybe sewing a stitch or two. There's weeds waiting for me and pots ready for a feeding.
Whatever I do, I'll think of you.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. ~Ecclesiastes 3:11


Saturday, July 4, 2009

One Nation Under God



"Where liberty dwells, there is my country."
~Benjamin Franklin


Happy Independence Day!
May we ever remain "one nation under God."

It's a beautiful day here...and I have much to be thankful for. The last weeks have been busy as usual, and my blessings are many. Today I am so thankful for this cool weather. I bet some in these parts are disappointed it's not warmer, but I'm not one for high temps or humidity.

My flowers like the weather too.
There are lemon lillies.....

Key Lime Coral Bells.........
Lavendar Ivy Geranium....
Mixed impatiens......
Tubular Begonias......pink, of course!

I do love the flowers, but this year I don't have nearly the quantity I usually put in. I'm trying to add more perennials each year so I can buy less annuals. I was so hoping to dig a new vegetable garden this year, but no go. Next year.....

I finished the sweet dress I made for Leah. She loved it and needed to "twirl" as soon as it was on. Leah loves "princess" clothes.....who knew I was sewing for royalty?

I have a few other projects I'm working diligently to finish so I can get them off in the post. Needless to say, I can't show anything yet.....the recipient is a friend who visits here.

My mom has rallied and is perking right along. The current schedule has her spending the "day" at her house and then returning here for dinner and bedtime. It's working well this week because the hubster is home on vacation (and I'm working....there's something awry here :), so he is wearing his chauffeur hat these days. Things will get a little dicey when he returns to work, so then I'll just "re-group and think of a new plan."

On this Independence Day, I hope you'll take a moment and thank the Good Lord for your liberty. I'll be adding a special prayer for our president......that God may guide him well and bestow wisdom beyond measure to him in the days to come......he's going to need it.

Prayer at Valley Forge