Friday, April 18, 2014

and if time is a river...

Been spending my time and squeezing all I can out of each and every day. Sunny, warm days here during spring break last week gave us the incentive to get outside and work. The garden has been tended, the paths surrounding our raised beds have been mulched against weeds, and cool weather vegetable seed has been sown. The fruit trees have new deer fencing around them, and the lawn was mowed for the first of many times until October rolls around. Flowers once again decorate our front porch and back deck. Hummingbirds are visiting us once again (they love sugar water). And Charlotte's Easter shrug is ready for Sunday. It must be spring. :)

That crocheted bunting I was working on is finished and adorns my kitchen window. I wish I was more of a decorator...decorations make things so festive, you know? :)

My apologies for the clutter-filled and dimly lit pic. :)

It's Good Friday. Church is at 7 tonight if you care to join us for the opportunity to render particular thanks and praise for the Lord's death on our behalf. In the words of our pastor, "American evangelicals are often accused of doing celebration well, but leaving no room for lament and sorrow. This is not entirely accurate, but there's some truth to it. Thus, against the inclination to be in a state of constant glee, we take Good Friday as a point in our year at which to stop and ponder, with a Godly sorrow that leads to repentance.(2 Cor. 7:10)"

Been reading Death by Living by N.D. Wilson and came across this gem at the end of chapter 8:

Drink your wine. Laugh from your gut. Burden your moments with thankfulness. Be as empty as you can be when that clock winds down. Spend your life. And if time is a river, may you leave a wake.  ~N.D. Wilson

Thankful for so much and especially that time IS like a river. It rolls along. Sometimes slow and smooth, sometimes fast and churning, but never does it stop. I hope I'm leaving a worthy wake...

Planning to catch up here next week and see what you've all been up to. :)

A blessed and happy Easter to you all! It's Friday, but Sunday's coming!


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

tending my yarn garden...

It's spring break and the weather has been gorgeous so far this week -- woohoo! Not a lot happening on the needles due to the sunshine calling me to tend the other gardens in my life. :) 

I have managed to get in a few stitches here and there and am almost finished with Charlotte's Easter shrug. My crochet hook was busy last weekend crafting colorful eggs to string together above  the kitchen window, but that project is currently parked on the coffee table awaiting completion.

A Tale of Two Cities is the finale to our history reading this year. After spending the past many weeks studying the writings of the American Founders, we're traveling to Europe to investigate the French Revolution. While we own a battered paper back, I discovered this clothbound hardcover on Amazon and couldn't resist. Notice the design on the cover. :)

What are you reading/knitting/crocheting? Please share in the comments and join me at Ginny's. :)


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

10 on Tuesday...

Not nearly as exciting as last week's list, this week's 10 on Tuesday list asks for foods that belong together...  Since I don't mind the foods on my plate mixing together (unlike Dan who prefers that nothing touches), this will be an easy one. Some of these are foods I enjoy today, some are childhood favorites. :)
  1. Spaghetti with green salad and ranch dressing.
  2. Scrambled eggs topped with shredded sharp cheddar, sour cream, and hot sauce.
  3. Tuna mixed with mayo and dill pickle relish.
  4. Mashed potatoes with gravy and corn...all stirred together.
  5. Hershey bars with Pepsi (on my grandma's front porch in Pgh.) :)
  6. Potato chips with Ranch dip.
  7. Chips and salsa (and a margarita if it's a warm summer day).
  8. Burgers and tots with sriracha ranch.
  9. Green salad with anything.
  10. Biscuits and sausage gravy.
And now you know far more than you ever cared to about my food quirks and preferences. We try to eat a healthy diet but enjoy indulging now and then. Hershey's chocolate is my favorite, but then, I'm a PA girl. One of my favorite memories is sitting on my grandma's front porch eating Hershey bars and drinking Pepsi out of plastic Tupperware cups...the tall pastel plastic ones.  :)

Joining Carole :)


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Saturday, April 5, 2014


When we recognize God’s mercies, we can only respond with gratitude. And if our eyes are at all open to even a fraction of these mercies, we will be busy being grateful all day long. Imagine the consequences of such a day, busy with gratitude. 
 ~Nancy Wilson

Tomato seedlings started from what was left of last year's seed...such a blessing to not have to buy seed!

My drawer is restocked with a stack of fresh, new kitchen washcloths. :)

Thank you, Tracey. :)

Red light knitting...the last of seven washcloths (pictured above). My kids let me know when the light is green. :)

The view from the red light. See the sign that says, "State I-205?" We live on the other side of the ridge right there where the sign is. Dole Valley is between that ridge and the snow-covered one (Silver Star Mountain) to the east. Not the best image, but just thought I'd share. We were on our way home from Daniel's piano lesson on Wednesday.

Back home looking eastward (that same ridge is in the distance).

Thankful for new friends made, warmer weather, less rain, sunshine peeking through cloudy skies, piano teachers, piano students, seedlings, my yarn stash, my green-light watchers, and the view from my front porch.

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
~I Thessalonians 5:16-18


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Friday, April 4, 2014

...the truth :)

I told you on Tuesday that everything on my list 10 on Tuesday list was true expect for one. Congrats to Patty, Linda, and Rachel who all guessed correctly!
  1. I was born in Braddock, PA -- true!
  2. Which means I was raised to love the Pirates and the Steelers (and Kennywood) -- true!!
  3. My family moved quite a bit (MD, DC, VA) during my childhood before settling out west in Washington state in the mid-70s -- true! I was in the 5th grade when we moved to beautiful Vashon Island in the Puget Sound which was a world away from anything I'd ever known back on the east coast.
  4. When I was 10, I was certain I would marry Donny Osmond one day -- True, and I'm thankful THAT didn't happen - ha!
  5. My love of seafood came from years of fishing off the ferry dock on Vashon Island -- False! Although I enjoyed fishing from the ferry dock at the north end of Vashon, I never developed a love of seafood; in fact, I truly do not like any seafood at all expect tuna. Don't feel bad for me, though, 'cause I'm ok with it.
  6. I came to know the Lord through the AWANA program at a Baptist church in Maryland -- True! God bless the neighbors who invited me to go; I cannot remember my friend's name, but if I remember correctly, her mom's name was Wanda Durham and she gave me a little white KJV of my very own. I loved everything about AWANA and served as a Chums leader when Jessica was a girl. In fact, she wore my old AWANA blouse. :)
  7. I once washed my hair in the bathroom sink of a McDonald's restaurant during a cross-country trip. -- True! We drove back east every summer and did so in only 2 - 2.5 days stopping only for fuel and food, a little site seeing (sometimes), but never for lodging...what's a teenage girl to do?
  8. Fried bologna sandwiches were one of my favorite after-school snacks  (eww!) -- Sadly, this is true...with lots of mayo.
  9. Ditto for peanut butter and pickle sandwiches -- Sadly, this, too, is true. Had to be dill pickles, though. And lots and lots of crunchy peanut butter. :)
  10. I listened to Boston's first album pretty much every day during my freshman year of high school (and still enjoy listening to it today). -- True! One of the best albums ever...

Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me! :)


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