Friday, November 20, 2009

Fill in the blanks...

Outside my window.... darkness.

I am thinking...about what's for dinner.

I am thankful for...Becca.

I am wearing...yellow tee and black pants.

I am creating....coconut toffee bars.

I am look up a strawberry spinach salad recipe on my cooking blog.

I am reading.... How to Raise a Lady by Kay West

I am hoping.....dinner will appear out of thin air.

I am hearing...the dishwasher.

One of my favorite things... the quiet house at 3 am.

A few plans for the rest of the week..... home church tomorrow and birthday shopping for Steadfast.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
but the heart of the fool to the left.

Ecclesiastes 10:2

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Friday, May 08, 2009


These are socks my friend, Lida, knit and sent to me so that I could copy the pattern. They are newborn size, so small on Bronwyn, but I am thinking of making them for a friend who is due to have a baby soon, and stretched out like this it's easier to see the pattern.

So, what do you think, Robin? Is it too girly? Or would it work for both a boy or a girl? :D Oooh, have boy-girl twins (again!), then I can make one patterned like this for the girl, and one plain for the boy... both in the same "sahara" color, so kind of matchy-matchy, but not. :) If you click on the photos, you should be able to see more detail on the socks. But remember, they won't be that stretched out on a newborn... look at the photo where Bronwyn has them loose in her hand for a better idea of how they'd look unstretched. :)

But remember, I don't knit as nice and tidy as Lida does. I've had less practice. :)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Soms heb ik heimwee...

en dan ineens is het over.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Monday, March 02, 2009

Like everyone else, we're all sick...

It's a 14 day virus... Fanny came down with it first on the 17th and this is her first day well.

Bronwyn and Lydia got it for Bronwyn's birthday... they are on Day 10, so they have about four days left.

Jane and I are on Day 8... so hopefully only six more days and we'll feel better.

Mary is on Day 3... she still has a long road ahead. Fever is still high.

Elizabeth & Catherine haven't come down with it yet. I don't remember Catherine *ever* being sick, so hopefully she won't get it.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bronwyn at One Year

Penblwydd hapus, cariad!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Happy Birthday, Sweetie Pie

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Shack Wacky

I think I'm figuring out what cabin fever feels like.

We have been snowed in for just over a week now. We have been without power, without heat, without diapers, without life sustaining medicine, without milk, without fruit and vegetables, without meat.

We've been living on pancakes made with water. We have water.

And I've realized, we could all be dead back here, and no one would know. We could be dead a week and no one would know.

Well, except for the fact I was able to text Steadfast "no power" with my dying cell phone (can't charge them without power, you know)... He is off in California with Elizabeth and Mary. Working hard while the girls stay with my parents. So he knew we had no power and our phones weren't working. Had the power stayed off, he would have noticed, and caught the next plane home.

When the power went back on, a sweet lady from church called. She asked how we were doing, and I told her we were unable to get out and we were without diapers or life sustaining medicine. And she said "okay, well, let us know if you need anything" and hung up. I wondered for a moment what would happen if I called her back and said "we need diapers and life sustaining medicine", but I didn't want her trying to get out here and getting stuck and freezing somewhere.

Steadfast called a colleague at work who came out in their SUV. They were unable to get through, but hiked down through the snow in their nice shoes and brought us diapers and shampoo. Bless their heart. I have cloth diapers, but I didn't have any power to run the washing machine, and washing diapers in below freezing temps is really hard on the hands.

I wonder how pioneers did it? Many did not even have a church family to forget about them. They didn't have phones to lose power. They were without those things to begin with. I remember in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book "The Long Winter" how they twisted straw all day long, without stopping, just to keep their fire going. We had no place for a fire, and our goats need all our hay. But I guess if we lived back then, we would have made sure to have a place for a fire. Thanks to Steadfast we have a healthy supply of firewood. Just no place to burn it. :) I know my cousin Brenda would have us just build a fire in the middle of the living room floor, wouldn't you Bren? :D I wonder, now, how much trouble I got into as a kid and it was actually her fault?

I remember the Ingalls family had to grind wheat in a little hand crank coffee grinder all day long without stopping, just to make enough meal to feed a family of five for supper (Mary was away at college). How blessed I am with my electric grain mill and 25 lbs of wheat berries! When that power came back on, I ground and ground in case the power would go back off again, which it did, a couple more times... but I had my canister of ground wheat! Bread making elitists would say "you should use it right after you grind it, it's not as healthy if you wait". Well. health, smealth. :D At least my children are not hungry. And surprisingly in all this, our chickens are still laying 3 eggs every two days. :D We're going to put eggs in those pancakes tonight!

Or maybe.... we have a bit of a thaw going. The 8-12 inches of snow in the driveway have shrunk to about 6-8 inches... I'm eyeing it, willing it to melt some more.... There is a tree weighted down with ice bent down across my driveway... if it pops back up after the ice has melted, we just might make a run for town... and La Rosas. Mmm... La Rosas. But first I'll make a stop for some life sustaining meds. And the package the FedEx guy called to say he'd leave at our neighbors' house yesterday, since he couldn't get to our house. I wonder what it is?

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Lazy Meme

Lifted this from Jenni over at One Thing (see my sidebar)
Fill free to lift it from me and copy it on your blog, then tell me so I can come see. :)

Just boldface the items that you HAVE done, and leave the rest normal….

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29 Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33 Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41 Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45 Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60 Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason

64 Donated blood, platelets, or plasma (not allowed to having lived in Europe during Mad Cow years)
65. Gone sky diving
66 Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67 Bounced a check (when pregnantly scatterbrained I actually fished checks from a closed account from a burn pile wondering why on earth I put them there and used said checks at Vons)
68. Flown in a helicopter (and flown one)
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (there might be one at my sister's house)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
(Just two toes twice and a nose twice... never a cast)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79 Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life (more than once or twice)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous (more than once or twice)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
(seven live ones)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
Playing Outside May Reduce Child's Risk of Needing Glasses - Get those kids out of the classroom and onto that playground!  What good is reading, writing and 'rithmatic if you can't see to read, write or cipher?  :)