Tuesday, April 30, 2019

May To-Do's and a May Tea Party Theme

Little tug boat in Duluth.  : )

Well, here we are on the eve of May (and I won't say I can't believe it).  The May to-do's are lengthy but, as always, you never need to feel like you have to get all of them done and some may not even apply to all of us.  But here is my list:

*Change the furnace filter
*Keep decluttering every single shelf, cabinet, drawer, and closet in your home in every room - I'm amazed that I try to keep on top of this and I still come up with things to let go of!
*If you have a flip-able mattress, it's time to do that and then wash every piece of bedding.
*Begin to get out and really clean up your yard and old garden beds and start to think of what you are going to plant this year.  Or, if you can only do pots, plan for those as well - I encourage you to do something in this area.  It's really good for our health when we can grow something and take care of it.
*Check your vehicle's tires, fluid levels, and belts before the summer begins.
*Clean the outdoor furniture if applicable.
*Check your gutters and clean them out for the upcoming rains (which is happening today).
*Ventilate your basement - old and icky air down there from winter - open up the windows!
*Make any window boxes and put them up - research plants that do well in containers and for whatever sun/shade they will receive.
*Buy or make insect repellants - so much nicer to get outdoors if you're not getting bit!
*Clean your upholstery and shampoo the carpet(s).
*Install outdoor lighting if applicable.
*Organize and clean out the garage - another good area to get rid of stuff!
*Fertilize the lawn - try to go organic and also there are some homemade fertilizers you can make.
*Wash/repaint walls in every room - nice to freshen things up.  : )

Quite a bit!  But do what you can, delegate help if you need it, and don't expect perfection.  Remember to always enjoy the work you are doing - if you don't enjoy it, you're doing too much.  Step back, regroup, and take bite-size pieces.

Next Saturday, our church is giving a "High Tea" for the women of the church (the men will serve) which I'm looking forward to.  My daughter-in-law is going to join me so a little time together will be nice.  If you're the kind of person who loves to give tea parties, here is the one for May:

*Decorate with different kinds of teacups - I built mine up over the years just by going to thrift stores and then when my sister found out that I collected teacups, she's added to them as well.  : )  Add some beautiful napkins and spoons.
*Also decorate with different colored balloon bouquets (in pretty colors, not the vivid kiddy colors) - tie them with pretty ribbon that will stream down.  Have everyone take one home.
*Serve ladyfingers, chocolate cake, and lemon cookies (try to serve homemade) with a good assortment of teas.
*Play classical music in the background - Mozart, Bach, and Strauss.

For May, here in the northland, it can still be a little chilly, but if you are already enjoying warm weather, having this outdoors would be lovely.  : )

There you have it!  A little work, a little play.  The perfect balance.  Enjoy this day and thank you SO much for dropping in again for a visit - I really do appreciate it.  : )  God bless.





Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday Morning

Summertime beauty.  : )


I was thinking last night about what to post about today and what has come to my mind over and over again is the little boy who was thrown over several floors at the Mall of America here in the Twin Cities.  It came to my mind because I have a Nook and I regularly get news updates (mostly which I do not like to receive - WAY too much information) and the last update I received about this particular story were statements made by family members.  I was VERY surprised that the media even printed what was actually said by them (but am SO glad they did). The family was giving updates on how this sweet little boy was doing and every single time that I've read anything they were ALWAYS giving God and the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior the credit as to how well this little boy was doing.  It makes me cry to even write this because they KNOW where there help comes from in all of this and are NOT afraid to say it.  I absolutely love Christians who are bold and courageous in their faith.

I pray for this little one daily as do a whole lot of people in our area and, I wouldn't doubt,  across our country.   What an act of evil done to an innocent child.  Yet because of God's great Mercy, He has shown miracles in this child's life.  The doctors are astonished as to how well he is doing and how they are finding no brain damage or swelling whatsoever. The broken bones in his arms and legs are healing and he is responsive now.  Our Lord is doing a Mighty work in this child's life and that should be shouted from the rooftops!!!!  : )  

If we're depending on certain laws to be passed to save us for whatever cause you can think of, think again.   It doesn't take a highly educated person to see that everything is upside down. In my prayer times I can't believe the things that I'm praying for.  Never in a million years would I have thought that I needed to pray for our country (our world) to be delivered from what's going on.  But I am and I encourage you as well to be on your knees to THE ONE who CAN deliver!  We can debate and talk and rally all we want but what our country and our world needs is the intervention of God.  

I've said this often but there WILL come a day when ALL will stand before the Holy God of Heaven whether you are saved or not.  And a lot of people don't take this seriously because they feel if it hasn't happened yet, it won't.  But God is big in His Mercy towards us because He is waiting for all to come to Him and be saved because He created us and He doesn't want anyone to perish but have eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ.  THAT'S what the family of this little boy has - they have that knowledge and promise and truth and they are living it out daily - trusting in God to bring this little one through the trauma.

You can have that too!  If you have not asked Jesus into your life - do it today!!!!!  There might not be a tomorrow for any of us - wouldn't you want that assurance that if something happened, you would instantly be in the presence of God?  Please surrender your life to Christ today and feel the peace of that assurance.  : )

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Saturday Morning

Beauty.  : )


A couple of days ago I was thinking about the episode on "The Walton's" where the mother (Olivia) gets a little frustrated in her home doing the same things over and over again - dishes, cooking, laundry.......  So she joins the choir at her church and attends the rehearsals leaving her family to fend for themselves.   One day, after choir practice, the ladies are standing around having coffee and gossiping about others in their community when one of the ladies asks Olivia what she's thinking about.  Olivia tells her that she's trying to decide what she will cook for supper and the other lady responds in telling Olivia that she should do what the others do - let the family cook their own supper.  Politely Olivia responds - "No, I don't think so" and then leaves.

When she gets home she looks at her home with different eyes.  She realizes that the feelings of bondage to her home were no longer there.  She realizes that the work she does in her home and for her family was indeed important work.  The family needed her and she loved her family and her home and she was willing to get back to it.

I know that there will be some who read this and say that yes, indeed, our families should learn to take care of things at home without us.  We shouldn't be the only ones that do everything.  They can lift a finger to help.  Of course that is true.  We don't want our daughters to get married and the poor chap finds out his bride can't even boil water.   We don't want our sons to get married and the poor lass finds out that he can't even drive in a nail.  I truly believe that when our children are under our roofs we should be teaching them all the household duties.  I believe in chores and responsibilities.

The point I think they were trying to make is being content.  We all have within us this need to do different things and have outside interests, but what I want to encourage women in is that when you are taking care of your home and your family it's important work!  The pulls from the outside can be so strong especially when you see other women having things that maybe you would like to have because of the "extra" money they bring in.  Some women get praised and rewarded for the work they do outside the home.  That pull can be really strong especially when your family seems to take you for granted and there are no "thank you's".  They just know that you will be there and you will take care of it.

But if you can get beyond that and those feelings and begin to look at YOUR home with fresh eyes I think you will begin to gain understanding that a homemaker's "job" can be rewarding.  Every dish you prepare for a meal, every nook and cranny that you clean, every decorating project you work on has a meaning and a purpose.   It's all for the betterment of our lives and for those we love and care about.  It doesn't mean that others can't pitch in and help (don't fall in the trap of being a martyr) because a family does work together for the common good.  But it's the woman in the home that creates the atmosphere.  She knows her family.  She knows what it takes to make the house smell good.  She sees things that others don't.  She can effectively multi-task.  She can plan and carry out those plans.  

If you can think today of what kinds of things you can do to make your housework enjoyable make a list!  (I LOVE lists).  : )  What are some things you can do that will add a touch of interest?

*plan your summer garden or at least some pots and/or window boxes?
*stencil around a room or your front steps or on a piece of furniture?
*try a new recipe?
*organize that drawer, closet, or cupboard that holds WAY too much?
*clean out a garden bed or two now that the weather is nice?
*plan a party - will it have a theme? when? who? what will you serve? - Use your home for hospitality for others!
*bake some treats and deliver some of it to your neighbors?
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You can add what you think to the list!!!!  : )   By adding some enjoyable things to our daily work it can help alleviate any feelings of boredom or sameness.  And remember the Bible verse - "Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord" - I sometimes need to remember that even though no one else will seem to appreciate what I do, the Lord sees it and is pleased.  : )

So I encourage you to just get to work, remember it's importance, and be contented and satisfied in all you do.  If feelings of discouragement come, take a step back, take a deep breath, pray for help, and move ahead!

God bless your day!!!!!!!!  : ) 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Yummy Lemon Loaf



Fine weather lately.  : )  Went outside this afternoon and pulled weeds, organized a few things, and just took advantage of the fresh air and sunshine.

To go along with my lemon cookies and lemon muffins, I found a lemon loaf that is very good as well.  It is now in the freezer with the other two waiting for an opportune moment for sharing and enjoying.  

This is moist, lemony and delicious.  It's very easy to make too so I hope you can give it a try!

LEMON LOAF

3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon zest
1 to 2 Tbsp. lemon extract - it does not call for the juice of the lemon and I used 2 Tbsp. of the extract
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and set aside.

To a large bowl (I used my mixer), add the eggs, sugar, sour cream (or yogurt - which I used), and whisk until smooth and combined.  Drizzle the oil in while whisking to combine.  Add the lemon zest, lemon extract, and whisk again to combine.

Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and again mix until just combined being careful not to overmix.  It's okay to have some lumps.  Pour batter in prepared loaf pan and bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  If you find that the domed top is getting darker than you want, just lightly cover with foil during the last 10 minutes.  

Let cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before turning out onto rack for complete cooling.  (It's at this point that I cut off an end to taste and see if it was okay  - it was.  : )  And, as I said before, I froze this loaf but if you want to serve it right away, you can make a glaze out of 1 cup powdered sugar and 3 Tbsp. lemon juice mixed together.  Just evenly drizzle this over your loaf (which I'm really looking forward to - I love glazes!).  That's it!!!  Enjoy.

Don't know why the photo looks like the edges are burned - they weren't.  Oh well!

And THAT is ALL I have for today!!  Thank you for your visit.  : )   God bless.






Saturday, April 20, 2019

Saturday Morning



It was a wonderful Good Friday service last night.  Remembering what our Lord Jesus did for us on the cross, taking Communion together as a body of Christ, and singing praises.  Like our pastor said - "Sunday is coming."  The day of the resurrection.  Jesus lives!  : )

Another Saturday morning.  And a list of things to get done before tomorrow.  The menu is made, the food is bought, now today the work of it all gets done so that we can enjoy Easter together.  The weather is going to be gorgeous so there HAS to be some time to spend outdoors.  My husband brought out the furniture for the backyard and little by little things are getting cleaned up.  

This post is going to be short and sweet in that I want to begin early with my work and I won't be posting tomorrow, so I will bid you a "VERY HAPPY EASTER" and my hope for you is that you enjoy the day the Lord has made.  It's a most special day of the year.  My prayer is that more people, than ever before, will come to know Christ this Easter and be saved.  I pray for a Christian revival in this world that we've never seen before.  I know that with the way things are going it's seems impossible but with God it is not.  : )

Thank you for visiting - I appreciate it when you do!!!!!  God bless.  : )


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

An Easter Menu



I always feel bad for anyone who has to eat a big holiday meal twice in one day, but when you marry (like our son and his wife), that's sometimes what you have to do in order to make everyone happy (especially when both families only live blocks apart so there's no reason NOT to do both!).  

They will enjoy the traditional ham dinner in the late afternoon, so I will be the one who will provide an Easter brunch meal.  I, at least, don't want them to eat the same meal twice so it's kind of a happy medium.  : )

This is what I came up with:

*Egg casserole that has hash browns, eggs, and ham all in one dish
*Vegetable salad that has cauliflower, broccoli, grapes, and sunflower seeds in it with a creamy dressing poured over it
*Monkey bread
*Fresh fruit consisting of fresh oranges, pineapple, and more grapes
*Milk and coffee
*Rhubarb pie with vanilla frozen yogurt for dessert later

The table will be simple with the above centerpiece and the cloth napkins I made, and white plates and I found a cute little favor to make that will be at every place setting (I'll try to remember to take pictures).  : )  

Pretty typical - nothing fancy, nothing out of the ordinary.  But it will be fun to do.  : )

What are YOU serving up?  Thanks for visiting!!!  God bless.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday Afternoon



I hope you are enjoying this Palm Sunday!!!   In thinking about what to post, my thoughts this morning went to a different part of Scripture other than the events of Palm Sunday in the Bible.  Mostly because it is where I am in my reading in Matthew.  The Scripture passage is in Matthew 14: 13-21 and is one of my favorites - where Jesus feeds the five thousand.  In these few verses, there is much to take away from it so I chose it for today.

"When Jesus heard what had happened (the beheading of John the Baptist - this inclusion is mine), he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.  Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick."

"As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, " 'This is a remote place, and it's already getting late.  Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.' "

"Jesus replied, " 'They do not need to go away.  You give them something to eat.' "

" 'We have here only a five loaves of bread and two fish,' " they answered.

" 'Bring them here to me, ' " he said.  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass.  Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.  Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.  The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children."

This was my take-away from this passage:

*Even Jesus, when sad, needed to withdraw to be my himself.  I think we feel that when we need to be alone and away from others that it's a selfish act, but I don't think it is.  We need time to think things through, to pray, to be emotional.
*But........even when Jesus tried to get away, He put His needs aside to be there for the people who were following him.  "He had compassion and healed the sick."  This shows me that if it works for us to get away and have the luxury of alone time, that is okay.  But if there are people in our lives who need us for whatever reason, we should be willing to put them first.  We need the compassion of Christ.  We can't heal them like Jesus did, but we can be a shoulder to cry on.  We can listen.  We can provide encouragement.
*Also, this passage made me think that if we feel like we don't have enough to give, just give what you can and God will certainly multiply it!  I mean, you wouldn't think that five loaves of bread and two fish could feed five thousand (and more), but God made it happen.
*Before giving this food to the people there, Jesus gave thanks to God for what was given - a good example to us in how important it is to thank the Lord for the food that is set before us, no matter how meager.
*Lastly, if we give generously, our generosity will be given back to us in blessing.  The Lord loves a cheerful giver!!!  : )

God is SO good in giving us passages like these to read.  We learn from Jesus - He is our teacher and our goal in the Christian faith is to be more Christ-like and I've always felt that this part of Scripture is such a good lesson for us to learn.  Less self, more others, then give all the glory to God!!!

Have a wonderful day and as we continue to come to this most-important week in all of humanity, I pray that if you haven't given your life to Jesus, that you will do it today.  Just ask Him to come into your heart and take it over.  Repent of your sins and be saved.  He loves you SO much.  God bless.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

This Saturday Morning

Black Hills of South Dakota.  : )


I THINK the snow has ended.  I was just reading yesterday in the "Little Town on the Prairie" book by Laura Ingalls Wilder that when they lived in DeSmet, South Dakota, they moved back to their country shanty after spending their winter in town.  It was the month of April when they moved out to the country and they were all moved in and the weather was nice and pleasant and warm.  They looked out the window one day after they noticed it was turning very cold and saw a blizzard coming and it lasted for three days!   So, it's not as unusual as one might think.  It's just that I get excited for Spring and the warm outdoor weather and get a little bummed when we, once again, have measurable snow on the ground and have to start from square one again.  Oh, well!!!!!!  : )

For those of you who might have a difficult time staying on top of, or even beginning, your Spring cleaning I wanted to share something that has ALWAYS worked for me in our home.  I know I have my Household notebook and the schedule of cleaning for each room of the house, but life happens and I can get behind and then I get a little overwhelmed with it all.  Even with a small house it can seem like a lot especially when I want to do it "right" and keep it at some level of cleanliness.  This is what works for me:

*begin at the front door.  Literally.  Begin at the front door - dust the door and wash the windows (inside and out).  Move to whatever else is at the front door - the rug (shake it out or throw it in the wash), the floor (sweep it and wash it), any pictures or mirrors? (dust them), a front closet for your coats? (take them out and freshen them up, clear out anything that you don't need, clean and vacuum, put things back). 
*now, move to the right.  What do you have there?  I have a dresser next to the door that holds our winter gloves and other items for cold weather, one drawer holds cards and stamps, a couple of drawers holds our games, and so on.......I take everything off the dresser and give the top, sides, front, and back a good dusting.  Put everything back and try to rearrange things as you put them back - that's called puttering - it's good to putter.  : )  Now take out each drawer and go through it - are there things in there that shouldn't be?  Clean them out well and give stuff away that you know you don't use.  Put the drawers back.
*keep moving to the right.  What is there?  We have a window and a loveseat in front of the window.  I move the loveseat so that I can clean behind - dust/wash window, take the curtains down and freshen or wash, clean out the floor vent below, put the loveseat back.  It's a leather loveseat so I have special wipes for it - clean the leather.
*again, keep moving to the right.  What's next.  I think you get the idea here.  Always keep moving to the right, and clean from the top down.  

What you will notice is that a whole room will be cleaned in no time at all!!!  This really does work and I hope you can give it a try if the idea of cleaning is daunting to you.  Because it doesn't have to be.  

I wrote a post that is years ago now about how to tackle that "impossible" room.  You know the one - it's the one that we shove things into it just to get it out of the way thinking that we'll come back to it someday and it just keeps piling up.  We close the door so others can't see it.  I have to admit that thankfully I haven't had that kind of room in a while because I keep throwing, giving, and purging, but there is a surface in the computer room that I tend to lay stuff on which eventually turns into a pile that I have to deal with.

My suggestion for a room like that is to start at the beginning:

*open the door.  Yes.......open the door.  : )  
*now.......don't look at the big picture.  Train your eyes to just look at one thing at a time.  If you look at the big picture you will get overwhelmed and you'll walk out of the room and close the door again.
*the same rules apply to that above.....begin at the door and work your way around the room beginning to the right.
*make sure you have three boxes or bags and start to fill them.  Don't spend a whole lot of thought at this point.  Pick up one. article. at. a. time.  Look at it and put it into one of the boxes/bags (which, by the way, should be labeled give away, keep, throw).  You will deal with these later.
*depending upon how cluttered and dirty this room is, this can take all day or all weekend so set aside a time to tackle this - you will feel so much better when you do.  Don't do the cleaning of this room until you have picked up each item and put them in the appropriate bags/boxes.
*when you are done with the picking up part, now you can clean.  Don't look at the boxes/bags yet.  Just clean - using the the right to left/up and down method.  Because some of those items in the keep box/bag just might go back into this room you want the room cleaned first.
*clean everything and clean it well - this will take time but it's time well spent.
*now......go through the boxes/bags.  Put the "give away" bag into your car so that you can just drive off with it and drop it off somewhere.   Throw the "throw" box/bag away.  Now you're left with the "keep" box/bag(s).  Again, this will take some time.  You might need to think things through and this is the perfect time to figure out how you want to organize - a place for everything and everything in its place.  Organize the drawers in this room, your shelves, your cupboards/closets.
*you're done!!!!!  Don't aim for perfection because that won't happen but you won't have to close the door anymore and it will be a room that you will enjoy and begin to use the way it was meant to be used.  : )

I encourage you to try this kind of cleaning and organizing soon - maybe today?  : )

Thanks for dropping by!!!! I love your visits.  God bless.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Spring Snowstorm and Lemon Muffins

A Robin in the apple tree - he is still singing though!  : )


A mid-week hello to all of you!  We are in the midst of, what they are saying, is another historic Spring snowstorm.  It began around 1:00 p.m. this afternoon and (they say) will go until early Friday morning with up to 12 inches of heavy wet snow expected and up to 50 mph winds!  One year ago this weekend we had our other historic snowstorm - what are the chances of experiencing another?  Pretty good, I guess!  

This was Monday:


The only reason I had to bring the laundry in early on Monday was because of a high pollen alert and since we have seasonal allergies around here, the last thing we want is to sleep on high pollen sheets!!  So, again, we went from high pollen alerts to a snowstorm in a matter of a couple of days.  Crazy.   I think I might have to take a "snow day" tomorrow and do some sewing and crafting!!!  : )

When I was hanging up laundry, I was thinking about how this small town girl has tried very hard to remain a small town girl living in a big city area all these years.  Hanging laundry is one of those ways.  Growing up, laundry on the line was the norm - even in the coldest winter months.  We would literally "walk" the freeze-dried jeans in and then hang them up in the house.  Mmmmmm..........everything smelled so good.

I also try to think back on my growing up days and figure out what made it comfortable and homey (and the things that make me a little homesick at times) - always asking myself what I enjoyed and what I would like to incorporate in my days here at home:

*home-cooked meals including homemade baked goods - nothing fancy, just good food.
*all the windows and doors open when the weather is nice (even in pollen season) so that we can hear the sounds of the outdoors.
*comfortable chairs to curl up in.
*gardens - mostly flowers, but a few vegies as well.
*make things - scrapbooks, clothes, embroider dishtowels, etc.
*enjoy the yard and work in it a lot.

Just a few things that helps me to keep the small town feeling in my heart.  Nothing extraordinary, but it all means comfort to me.  : )

And now, on to the lemon muffins.  These are so very moist and cakey and tasty.  Part of my Spring/Summer planning was to have lemon muffins in the freezer because they are light and delicate for the upcoming months.  I believe this one fits the bill.  Here it goes:

LEMON MUFFINS

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup granulated sugar
zest of one lemon (which should yield about 1 Tbsp.)

Add the above ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.

2 large eggs
3/4 cup yogurt (I used vanilla Greek yogurt)
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
juice of one lemon (which should be about 1/4 cup)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined.  Pour this into the flour mixture and mix just until combined.  The batter should be thick and lumpy.

Divide batter evenly between 12 muffin cups that have either been well buttered or lined with muffin cups.  At this point, I sprinkled each top with organic course sugar on top for a wonderful crunchy texture.  

Bake in a 425 degree oven for 3 minutes and then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and continue to bake for an additional 12 - 17 minutes or till toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes and then move to wire rack to cool completely.  These are not overly lemony - just right for us.  I think this would be wonderful for an Easter brunch.  : )  I hope you can try these!!!!



I think that's about it for this evening - time to get ready for the tomorrow morning.  Thank you SO much for dropping by for another visit!  God bless.




Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sunday Afternoon

Again, Lake Superior.


Yesterday, I was talking about how all the birds are now in our area and singing their little heads off.  Well..........this morning..........about 4 a.m............there was a little robin in the tree right outside our bedroom window and.........singing his little head off.  I really don't remember them getting up at 4 a.m. before and didn't think it to be quite so cute this morning!  LOL  : )   Trying to look for the good in it and since I am an early riser, it IS a happy little sound.  And I do like "happy" in the morning.  : )

Today's post is going to be quite random with different thoughts from throughout the week.  Homemaker's thoughts.  : )

I was thinking about how, being a homemaker, most weeks are about the same (which I like).  I have my lists (which I like).   I have my routine (which I like).  But, fortunately there are little things that are scattered within the week that I also enjoy when they do happen:

*a retired husband keeping busy with his own projects
*having the house to myself once in a while
*having a friend over to craft and chat
*reading when it's rainy
*trying a new recipe
*helping neighbors and friends

All of these things add a little something to the days and weeks and should help us to pause and be grateful.

The other thing that I was thinking about, and has obviously stuck with me, was that at the beginning of the week when we (my husband and I) were having breakfast and listening to one of our favorite radio pastors (Alistair Begg), he was talking about how we can try to disconnect with this world however we want, but the fact still remains that we are sinful people and are VERY capable of being, ourselves, sinful without the help from this world.  Our sinful thoughts and feelings can make us go into places that we wouldn't think we could or would.  This hit home for me because a while back I was posting about how this world is driving me crazy and I wanted to just run to the hills and be disconnected from everything.  But what he said made sense and it humbled me.  There are, literally, groups of people who live in what they think is seclusion, yet they have lots of trouble within their families.  How would that happen if they were shielded by the television, or movies, or the internet or anything else?  It's because ALL of us are sinners.  And that won't change until we go to Heaven.  Yes, when we are saved by the grace of God, we sin less (or should) but we are not sinless.  Good lesson and I'm glad I heard it.  We shouldn't be of this world, but we do need to be in it.

And I know I talk a lot about prayer, but it is SO very important in the heart of Christians.  This past week has been a testimony about staying in prayer for years if need be.  I won't go into details, but prayer was answered after a very long time - which is proof that you shouldn't give up!  Ever.

I think that that is about it for this Sunday.  Thank you, once again, for dropping by for a visit.  Enjoy this Sabbath day and keep it Holy.  Think of others, take care of yourself, and love the Lord.  As we get closer to Easter remember what Jesus did for us on the cross and lift up a prayer of thanksgiving and promise Him that you will give your life to Him.  God bless.  

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Saturday Morning

North Shore of Minnesota


Well, here we are - another Saturday.  Last night my husband commented on how fast Friday came around - I told him not to worry, it'll be Monday morning before we know it.  : )  The days fly by!!!!  I think he thought that once he retired, the days would slow down but he's finding that it's not true.

This morning it's dark and very rainy and is supposed to continue through the weekend.  The snow is gone and it's feeling more like Spring.  The Robins, Cardinals, and Chickadees are all singing throughout the day.  There is a little tinge of green to the grass and the early bulb plants are coming up.  Very hopeful.  : )

It really hasn't been a week of getting to things worthy of posting about!  It seems as if every day we had some kind of appointment to take care of or errands to do, so the work around the house didn't exactly get done as I would have liked.  I will admit to not liking that very much.  Spring cleaning around here is going pretty slow.  

I did, however:

*clean the front screen door window
*write out all my Easter cards
*made a couple of birthday cards
*kept hemming my "Easter" napkins (which I will use throughout the year)
*went through all the drawers and bookshelves in the living/dining room and started filling another bag for the thrift store
*just kept up with the daily cleaning and laundry

But that's really about it.  

Today:

*make a meal for a friend
*do a couple of Bible lessons for the upcoming week
*keep working on my napkins
*make our granola for the week
*keep up with going through stuff for my thrift store bag
*and, I need to begin to think about the gardens - I don't grow food anymore because it's a constant battle with squirrels and rabbits, but I do love flowers so I want to read up on and plan how I will do that

Not a lot - but things that need to be done.  Maybe the cloudy, rainy, day will give me the motivation I need.   Kind of cozy.  

I do hope that today will be of great joy to you!  Thank you for dropping by for a visit because I do enjoy visitors.  : )   God bless.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Keep Reading!!!



I finished the book "Adam Bede" a couple of weeks ago, and I will admit to liking it very much.  It took a while for me to read because of the English terms and way of talking in that time frame, but once I got used to that, it was hard to put down in some areas.  It is an adult book - not that there is anything indecent in it, but a parent would have to read it first to know whether or not it would be suitable for your high school student.  There are some real-life situations and consequences to making unwise decisions that could be a jumping off point to good conversations.  I think it would work very well in a book club setting.


The above two books are what I'm reading right now.  If you know, and have read, any Grace Livingston Hill books you will know her as a Christian author, so you and your high school child can read these and not be embarrassed about content.  You will also know that when you read her books, you might get hungry.  : )  No one else explains a meal like she does - seriously.  You can see it in your mind and almost taste it.  Lastly, you will definitely want to become a good homemaker.  Her women characters are frugal, clean, and organized - it's definitely a motivator!  And, since it IS April, I thought it appropriate right now.  : )

And, then, "Little Town on the Prairie" - well, I may be an adult but I never grow tired of my "Little House" books.  : )  I won't write word-for-word what Springtime cleaning in the Ingall's household was like, but I will pinpoint some of the areas:

*they washed the window curtains and all the quilts and hung them out to dry.
*they washed the windows till they shone and hung on them new curtains made of old sheets and beautifully hemmed with Mary's tiny stitches.
*they made up the beds with sheets still warm from Ma's ironing and the clean quilts smelling of the prairie air.
*then Ma and Laura scrubbed and scoured every inch of the old shanty.
*when it was all perfectly clean, and everything in place, they all stood and admired it.

"It was a beautiful room."  

When I talk about homemaking, these kinds of things stick in my mind.  A woman of the home, with her daughters, taking pride in taking care of these things and then admiring the job they did.  I love that!  Women taught their daughters to love their homes.  It is SO okay to love your home and want to care for it!  

So, to end today's post, I want to encourage you to keep a good book (or two) close by to pick up and read.  But make it a good book!  There are tons of not-so-good books out there.  Be discerning.  Read classic books.  But keep reading!!!!!  

God bless.  : )