Tuesday, December 16, 2014
|My maternal great grandparents and some of their grandchildren.|
|My great grandma and grandmother.|
|My great grandma is wearing the dark dress. Great grandpa is behind her. I am not sure who the others are, maybe their mothers and their son.|
|My grandmother is on the left. Great grandmother on the right. Grandma's brother is behind her, next to my great grandfather.|
Monday, December 8, 2014
I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black.
I suppose I've passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute
And look at the house, the tragic house, the house with nobody in it.
That they hold the talk of spirits, their mirth and sorrowings.
I know this house isn't haunted, and I wish it were, I do;
For it wouldn't be so lonely if it had a ghost or two.
And somebody ought to weed the walk and take a scythe to the grass.
It needs new paint and shingles, and the vines should be trimmed and tied;
But what it needs the most of all is some people living inside.
I'd put a gang of men to work with brush and saw and spade.
I'd buy that place and fix it up the way it used to be
And I'd find some people who wanted a home and give it to them free.
Looks idle, perhaps, and foolish, like a hat on its block in the store.
But there's nothing mournful about it; it cannot be sad and lone
For the lack of something within it that it has never known.
a house that has sheltered life,
That has put its loving wooden arms around a man and his wife,
A house that has echoed a baby's laugh and held up his stumbling feet,
Is the saddest sight, when it's left alone, that ever your eyes could meet.
I never go by the empty house without stopping and looking back,
Yet it hurts me to look at the crumbling roof and the shutters fallen apart,
For I can't help thinking the poor old house is a house with a broken heart.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014
|My great grandmother's chair|
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I used to feel silly adding a task on my "to do" list after I did it. Was I trying to make myself feel better by recording more tasks. Or, did I want to feel more accomplished? I finally decided not to ask silly questions. I write them down to remember when I did a certain task last. And, what is wrong with feeling more accomplished! :)
On another note, after one year, I have found a sign to go over my stove. It says, "FAMILY The Best Thing In Life." Hooray, the search is over!
Monday, September 29, 2014
Normally I shy away from redundant appliances. However, I recently bought a second slow cooker at a thrift store. My big slow cooker is fabulous for big batches of food that can be properly stored afterwards,but when we go camping, we can't store a ton of leftovers. In addition, the larger cooker gets really hot, even on low, and easily overcooks smaller quantities. I'm thankful to have found this second cooker second hand,too. Tonight the big cooker has a whole chicken cooking, and the small one has potatoes baking. Hopefully breaking my redundancy rule won't stress my limited kitchen storage!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Our dishwasher died. I knew it was only a matter of time. It always seemed to be working hard and making odd sounds. I am really surprised that it lasted almost a whole year, since we use the dishwasher every day, always more than one load a day, too. When we bought the house, we knew the old dishwasher was going to get a workout, and it might not be up to the challenge given that it was not a top of the line model.
So now begins our journey into hand washing dishes. The kids have never had to do such a thing. My husband never had a dishwasher growing up. I had 3 years without one as a young girl who was old enough to wash dishes, which made quite an impression, as in I did not enjoy the chore!
A working dishwasher is certainly a luxury, and eventually we will get it either fixed or replaced, but not for awhile. We have other goals at the moment. Until then, I will relive my girlhood, one dish at a time! Perhaps I will daydream that I am washing up in my old farmhouse, as surely it will not have such a modern convenience. And, my kids will get a chance to try a new chore while having a happy heart, like their mom.
UPDATE: Jeff got it to work, but it is on light duty. Not sure it is 100%.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Everyone who knows me, knows that my cats are super spoiled. So, it is not unusual that I would plant grass for them. And naturally, I would want to plant catnip, their favorite herb. At our last home, we had a splendid patch of it.
|Catnip bed at former house.|
This is the little plant soon after it was transplanted.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
I just really love this time of the year! There is the downside of allergies to contend with, but we can overlook that when we think of how much warmth and sunshine is around us at the moment.
Friday, May 9, 2014
- Pray for hurting church families
- Reading Isaiah 42, and next chapter in Made To Crave
- Write in my paper journal
- Fix ?? (still waiting to fix our upstairs shower)
- Serve my family by getting groceries, buy present for Mom
- Plan for Friday through Sunday
- Cook chili for dinner
- Clean, do a whole house tidy with kids
- Move, do work out with Ryan
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
|photo from My Farmhouse Love|
I love spring!! And right now, I am so enjoying discovering all the plants around my new house. (I will take pictures soon. Right now, the sky is cloudy and we've had over 5 inches of rain this month.) What is really special is that a lot of the plants are like ones I planted at other houses, and sadly had to leave for others to enjoy.
So far I have discovered hosta, lilies, clematis, echinacea, lilac, phlox, tulip, and hydrangea. I am not sure of what one flowering bush is yet. It is not in bloom, but soon. We have 2 nice hard maple trees, and 2 others that I am unsure of. I think one is a cottonwood, which is a messy tree, so it doesn't thrill me.
I bought trellis' for the 2 clematis, just in time. They are growing like crazy! One week, I saw them peaking through the mulch and then the next week they were wrapping around the trellis'. I love clematis. I had to leave one that never bloomed for me. I was told this little saying about them.
Friday, April 4, 2014
"We who live in the quiet places have the opportunity to become acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts, and live our own lives in a way that is not possible for those who are keeping up with the crowd, where there is always something "on for tonight," and who have become so accustomed to crowds that they are dependent upon them for comfort."
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Saturday, March 29, 2014
I stripped the sheets off of our bed and put them in the wash. It will be really nice to crawl into a fresh bed tonight after a busy day.
I watched episodes of The Waltons while ironing shirts and pants for my husband to wear this week. How I love that show! You can learn so much from those dear people. Such things as,"No use wishing for things you can't have." Also, how to be a good neighbor.
For a little break after dishes and laundry, I got out my cherished copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Ozarks to read a selection about work. I love her wisdom! She writes of us needing work that we love beyond being compensated. It stirred thoughts of my work as a homemaker and how I love being home.
And then I listened to some wonderful big band music, as I put a chicken to roast in the oven. In a bit my daughter and I will make some homemade icing for the banana cake. Then soon, my husband will be home from his hard day at work and we will all sit down and enjoy our evening together.
It might seem like one dreary task after another sometimes, but really, I wouldn't have it any other way!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
While not the official first day of spring, it is exciting to be so close. It will be spring in name only, as the powers that be are calling for more cold weather. Even though the temperatures are lower than normal, it has been so cold this winter that below normal is now feeling warm.
This is still a season of changes. We find ourselves with open windows and a furnace turned off. Then in the early hours of the day, we are cold and wish for the furnace to be back on. Hot soup one night and bringing out the grill the next is not uncommon. A winter mix one day and the next we have a perfect spring day to enjoy.
The best part of early spring is the hope one feels. Birds sing of this hope. The air is filled with it, too. I have even seen little shoots poking up in the dirt looking for the same hope. Aww, spring!!!
Friday, February 28, 2014
On the first page, I have written, "Hard work means prosperity; only fools idle away their time." Proverbs 12:11. Oh, do I need this verse!
In my little paper notebook, I write my weekly menus. I write short "to do" lists for each day. I write cleaning lists. I copy recipes that I want to try. I also write down quotes that I want to remember. And I write check lists so that when we have to be away from home for a day, I can check the list and not forget little things that are so easy to forget. It is not fancy at all. It's written in a composition notebook that I usually pick up a few for 50 cents around back to school time. Usually one will last all school year. But, I love it.
Here are the last few things I wrote in my notebook:
This week I found a formula for shower cleaner, which I made today. I will try it out tomorrow.
1 part vinegar, warmed up.
1 part Dawn dish washing liquid, stirred in.
Put in spray bottle and get busy!
This quote from J. C. Ryle , "It costs something to be a true Christian. It will cost us our sins, our self-righteousness, out ease, and our worldliness." Hit me where I live, in my comfort zone!
Crash Hot Potatoes (The were really good!)
Red potatoes, as many as desired, boiled until fork tender.
Preheat oven to 450F.
Drizzle baking sheet with olive oil.
Set potatoes on the sheet, gently smash with a masher, rotating both ways.
Drizzle again with olive oil, season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, favorite herbs.
Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake 20 minutes.
What one of my favorite blogs says to do when recovering from an illness, which I was this past week.
- Clean something
- Cook something
- Plan something
- Read something
- Write something
- Fix something
- Sew something
- Serve someone
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Do you like to celebrate little winter holidays? I do. Celebrating makes life more fun this time of the year, especially when it is snowing again and you are growing weary of snow!
Speaking of snow, we got 5 inches yesterday. This picture was just the start. More is coming by morning.
And finally, a Minimalist Mantra from Money Saving Mom
Stop buying the unnecessary.
Toss half your stuff,
Reduce half again.
List four essential things in
your life, do these first,
stop doing the non-essential.
Clear distractions, focus
on each moment.
Let go of attachment to
doing, having more.
Fall in love with less.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
One of my most favorite pages from Facebook is Porch Sitting Union of America. I love the pictures they post as well as their porch sitting attitude! Here is my favorite one from this week. I could do some serious porch sitting here!
And this house from Abandoned Everything is simply divine! I love the windows up in the attic. I can envision a little cozy room up there for reading or star gazing. Someone just has to restore this gem!
These flowers from Country Living Magazine's page helped me keep my sights on spring. I can't wait to make a bouquet from a cutting garden I have in mind.
Do you have any favorite Facebook pages to share?
Sunday, January 26, 2014
See that beautiful house up there? You might say it is my dream house. When I look at it, I see perfection. At least it is what I think is my dream, despite the fact that I am not a rehab expert, just an average HGTV viewer. And I enjoy my modern conveniences, so there is the second conflict in this dream. But it is fun to dream, and one never knows, it could happen!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I have some good ideas to feed this need of mine. For instance, our front yard gets wonderfully shady in the afternoon. So, I am planning to take advantage of this feature and put a couple nicer chairs, like in the picture below, out front.
Yes, I won't have a porch, but I will have a nice spot to sit and enjoy. I'd really like to make an effort to be out front because I am hoping to meet some neighbors that way. We do have a really nice deck out back, but you can't be neighborly that way! And even if the chairs have to be plastic due to money restraints, who cares.
Image source: Google images