Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daybook July 22nd Ed.

Outside My Window
It is a very hot and very humid day here. The sun is not quite shining, but neither is it completely clouded over. A very meh kind of afternoon here. 

I Am Thinking
That I will not be making soup for supper on such a hot day as this. I need to consult the weather forecast before menu-planning in the summer more often than I do. 

I Am Thankful
- for the excellent week of VBS at our church last week. It was so much fun, and the kids learned so much.
- for fresh mint from our garden.
- for having the kind of summer we've wanted to have as a family. 

In The Kitchen
I made A Penne For Your Thoughts from The Looneyspoons Collection cookbook last night. It was very yummy. Here is a photo I took last night...the veggies (mushrooms, chopped baby spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes) sautéing before being added to the pasta. 
The kitchen is taking a break today due to heat, and my sanity.

I Am Wearing
Jeans and a t-shirt...changing into shorts or a skirt soon. Ain't no one got time for jeans in this heat.

I Am Creating
A home that is a haven and nest for our family. I LOVE this part of being a wife and mum. 
As we are about to go away next week on vacation, I am not starting any crafting projects...but am hoping to get some going when we get back. Ideas are starting to percolate on my back-burner. It's good. 

I Am Going
To work on finishing purging, sorting, and organizing. I did both the kids' rooms this week, as well as the hall closet. Now onto the basement...where I always seem to struggle. 

I Am Reading
I finished reading "The Nesting Place" by Myquillon Smith. Lots of good stuff in there for making your, always, imperfect home a beautiful place for you and your loved ones. Good stuff there. I was glad to have spent the $$ to buy it because I can see I'll be coming back to it again and again.
Still reading The Meaning of Marriage, by Timothy Keller. GOOD book. Now, one of my go-to books to recommend to friends who want a good marriage read, or newlyweds. 
Starting Jan Karon's At Home in Mitford. I have all the Mitford books, but one...Amazon will be supplying that "need" (ahem) shortly, methinks. 
Still reading How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. 

I Am Hoping
That the rest of the week goes well, and uneventfully. 

I Am Looking Forward To
Hanging with BFF J. D. before we say goodbye. She and her family are moving, following God's calling from pastoring here, to prepping for the mission field in the new year...in Spain. It's going to be bittersweet saying farewell...they've become dear friends to our family, and a large gap will be there. Our Monday nights will never be the same again!
Prepping for vacation next weekish...going East...visiting family...20th high school reunion (gulp)...looking forward to a good time (please, weather, co-operate...).

I Am Learning
Lessons in kidney stones. I had one blasted via lithotripsy last November. About a week and a half ago I had one decide to kick off and give me some pain (hence my high-fiving of Naproxen last week in this spot). I visited my urologist yesterday...apparently the ones I have left are little wee ones, 1-2 mm, that I pretty much without doubt should be able to pass. Also drinking lots of fluids. Our bodies are truly fearfully and wonderfully made. Also? CT scans are amazing.
I'm also learning not to grease the pan you fry your bacon in. 'Nuff said.

Around the House
Laundry (it does not end...it just goes on and on, my friend).
Cleaning/sorting/purging of afore-mentioned rooms.
Streamlining and simplifying things...so much more peaceful and restful on eye, mind, and soul. Getting that sweet spot of "ahhhh."

I Am Pondering
The why of stores who have back to school sales on less than a month after school has ended...and also the influx of winter clothing in stores already. It may be Canada but really...not a necessity when it's 34C plus humidity. 

A Favourite Quote for Today
"A promise must be about things that I can do, about actions; no one can promise to go on feeling in a certain way." -C. S. Lewis

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week
Gettin' 'er done, as we say up here...the daily grind, some fun, a night away for work for hubby, and a night away for DS at grandparent's. 

A Peek Into My Day
Not today...no much happening here! :)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Daybook: July 13 Ed.

Outside My Window
Rain, glorious rain. My garden is drinking it all up. So is my rain barrel. 

I Am Thinking
About all the things that I need to get done this week, since the weekend was a wash. VBS is happening at our church this week as well, so I'm also thinking about how things will work out logistically speaking. 

I Am Thankful
For Naproxen...it's a wonderful pain reliever.
For the great week my kids had at my MIL's church's VBS.
For my husband, who works hard to provide for our family, and loves his job. Win-win.

In The Kitchen
Chicken Cashew Stir-Fry for tonight's supper.
As DH is away for work this week for 3 days, it will be easy eating and not a lot of homemade. My kids are JUST starting to get to the stage where in another year, I'll have to cook "for real" when DH is away for work. In the meantime, this is when we eat fun food: KD, hot dogs, pizza, alphaghetti...and some good homemades in there too, mostly from the freezer. 
I'm also hoping to bake a batch of cookies and muffins, and possibly try my hand at a cracker recipe. 

I Am Wearing
Jones New York tank top: black with green vine and pink flowers, and a long black jersey-knit skirt. I love wearing skirts in the summer. 

I Am Creating
I just got done creating a scrapbook for friends who are moving...and going to overseas missions. Sweet memories of moments we have shared in their time here. They will be missed...and it was a labour of love to spend the time creating this book for them. Doing this has got my creative juices flowing, and I realize, I need to replenish my card stash and get going on my own scrapbooking, which is woefully behind (ahem).

I Am Going
To be doing registration at our church's VBS this week. 

I Am Reading
The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk.
Hiring Excellence by MacMillan.

I Am Hoping
That I can get to the church for 7:45 a.m. tomorrow...the downside of VBS week. :)

I Am Looking Forward To
Going to our hometown in August for vacation time...catching up with friends and family.

I Am Learning
Lessons in trusting God.
Lessons in pain management.
Lessons in waiting on God.
Lessons in bending my will to His perfect will. 

Around the House
Laundry, always laundry.
Getting things ready to take to Value Village this week, since I missed the pickup on Friday. 
Simplifying and organizing and sorting around the house.
Getting cleaning under control here, in particular, the windows...oh my goodness...how do screens and window tracks get so dirty?!!! Ahem.

I Am Pondering
How to accomplish, reasonably, all the things mentioned in around the house.

A Favourite Quote For Today
"To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved, is, well, a lot like being loved by Go. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pre tense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us." Tim Keller, The Meaning of Marriage, Chapter 3, pg. 95. 

One of My Favourite Things
Paper crafting...after working on that scrapbook this week, I realized how much I missed the feeling of touching paper and working with it, creating, and making. I realized how much I need that outlet in my life....and how much I've been, in a way, suffering, from not feeding that part of me. Time needed here, I think.

A Few Plans for the Rest of The Week
Not much...a quiet week this week...keeping margins quiet and open with DH gone, and VBS on this week.

A Peek Into My Day
A word peek: breakfast, VBS service, BBQ indoors (rain), visit at in-law's, coffee, World Cup on TV, quiet afternoon with DH. :) 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Messenger

It's Five-Minute Friday again. Link-up at Lisa-Jo Baker's, follow the rules, and join in the fun! 


One of the first messengers in my life was my father. 
My father was the pastor of a small, independent Baptist church. He took seriously his vocations as pastor and as father. 
Some of my first encounters with The Message came in my father's study. Memorizing The Beatitudes, the Ten Commandments, basic Bible verses (John 3:16 and such), the familiar Sunday School songs, all those things I learned at my father's knee. 
My father was the first messenger of the Gospel to my small heart. More than anything, he wanted to impart to me a knowledge of the Jesus Who lived, loved, and died for me. The Jesus who changes hearts and lives. The Jesus who met him in a prison cell and transformed his heart to be the man he was. Of all the things he could teach me, that was the most important to him. 
I think my dad would be pleased to know that the seeds he planted then, took root and developed into a deep life-walk with the Jesus who called him to Heaven when I was only six.


Now it's your turn.

Five Minute Friday

Thursday, June 12, 2014

{PHFR} 12 June

round button chicken

Happy to be joining in the {phfr} fun over at Auntie Leila's!

First peony blooms of the season...and of course, the day they are out, it rains. So, the peony has flopped onto the ground. I had full intentions of getting it taped up, using self-adhesive velcro gardening tape...and I never got to it, because I was always remembering to do it at bedtime, or other inconvenient times. 


This is my vegetable garden!!! And it makes me happy! I tried to start seedlings again this year, and they were, to use the words of my kids, an "epic fail." Two years in a row, I've had seedling fails. They've sprouted from seed, and they fail once I transfer them to the windowsill mini-greenhouse thing, or the jiffy pots after that. This year, I had the added "enjoyment" of my cat eating them all. So. I've decided to read the memo that seedlings aren't for me. Which is okay. So, you see I have here a new gardening bed (made by my handy-dandy husband), and I planted my tomatoes there, since the last two years, they've been in the other bed. I also transferred my mint in one corner, intending for it to take over one side. I'll work on keeping it in its place. The other bed, behind the tomato cages, has 3 cucumber plants and my 2 ginormous oregano plants. I have to borrow my BF's food dehydrator already to harvest and dry some oregano...and it's only JUNE!!!! I may give the heave-ho to one of the oregano plants, as I have yet to crack into last year's harvested oregano...I may also keep it, and use the over-abundance as teacher gifts and such. I have still to plant some dill, and some creeping thyme for ground cover in some of my other flower beds. 


As a die-hard NHL fan, I had to share this! :)


This week was a hard week for Canadians, in particular for Canadians with roots and ties to New Brunswick (My home province on the East Coast; one of the Atlantic and Maritime Provinces, it shares the border with the State of Maine.). A young man went on a shooting rampage in Moncton , NB, last week, killing 3 RCMP officers and wounding 2 others. The above photo is a "sea of red serge" as Mounties, along with other law enforcement detachments, etc., paraded to the memorial service for the three fallen officers. The Mountie, as we refer to the RCMP officers, is such a quintessentially Canadian icon...and while I'm proud of them and love seeing them in their red serge dress uniforms, it also is sad that the occasion for this wonderful picture was occasioned by horrific violence. Pray for the families of the three officers...one leaves behind a 19 month old son and his wife is expecting their second child in September. 

More {PHFR} is to be had at Leila's! Check it out and join in the fun! 

Monday, June 09, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook - 9 June 2014

Outside My Window
It is 8:44 p.m., EST. It was an absolutely lovely day here: sunny, a bit of a light breeze, not too hot, not too cold, just a perfect summer day. Right now, it is dusk....the clouds are a mauve/pale pink hue as the sun dips its nightly salute. I am also enjoying looking out on a pretty back yard: nicely mowed, and all looking as it should. 

I Am Thinking
Of the 3 RCMP officers whose funerals are tomorrow in Moncton and their families. May they rest in peace. 
Still thinking about the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and all of those brave men and women who made it happen in so very many ways, from the honoured and medalled to the behind-the-scenes and forgotten from the pages of history. We owe them all a huge debt of gratitude. And I am as ever, so proud to be a Canadian.

I Am Thankful
For a week-long visit with my Mum last week.
Lovely weather, inducing me to get out and play in the dirt, aka garden.
My DH doing a bunch of much-needed "little things" around the house. It means so, so much.
Spending time with my BFF EB on Saturday.
Watching my kids play soccer in the back yard the other night.

In the Kitchen
Tonight we had the rest of a beef stew I made a few weeks ago (it was frozen before you wonder about food poisoning!) and some garlic bread. I have some plans for some pork tenderloin later this week, some salad, and some steak on the BBQ (first steaks of the season!). Yes, I love me a good steak...I'm also low in iron, so it's a win-win.

I Am Wearing
My I Heart NY t-shirt and a pair of shorts. 

I Am Creating
Not a whole heck of a lot. 

I Am Going
To vote in our provincial election this week. UGH...I truly wish "None of The Above" was a legitimate option on the ballot. Alas, it is not. Nor is the Rhinoceros Party of Canada. Boo. So, I am pondering my options. 

I Am Wondering
Not much.

I Am Reading
Book #13 in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk, and The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller. 

I Am Hoping
That I remember to vote on the 12th. 

I Am Looking Forward To
Massage Therapy tomorrow...my neck and upper shoulders are in knots, and my feet are killing me. I hate plantar fasciitis. 

I Am Learning
Lessons in trusting God.
Lessons in peace.
Lessons in what "take up your cross and follow Me" means in everyday life. 

Around the House
LAUNDRY. Just when I think I have it under control, the laundry hamper explodes.
Also trying to get other things done...to whit: washing the outside of all windows and their screens. Emptying and cleaning the china cabinet, and contents, where necessary. 

I Am Pondering
Micah 6:8...still. It has so many implications in all aspects of life. 

A Favourite Quote for Today
"This is how Love wins, every single time
Climbing high upon a tree where someone else should die
This is how Love heals, the deepest part of you
Letting Himself bleed into the middle of your wounds
This is what Love says, standing at the door
You don't have to be who you've been before
Silenced by His voice, death can't speak again
This is how Love wins"
-How Love Wins by Steven Curtis Chapman on Music Inspired by The Story

One of My Favourite Things
My Chamilia charm bracelet from my DH. I love it, I wear it almost all the time, and it is one of my most treasured possessions.

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week
Popping over to the church to work on some library stuff.
Getting things done here.
Volunteering at the kids' school.
VOTING in that blasted election. 

A Peek Into My Day
No pic but these words:
coffee, the Word, morning routine, grocery shopping, gardening, bath, supper, piano lessons, bedtime, TV time for me. :)

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Hands - Five Minute Sunday (er....Friday)

Our hands...eleven years ago this fall, I fell in love with your little, wee hands. They fit into the palm of my hands so perfectly. I remember feeling like I needed to be extra-gentle because your hands felt so delicate in my, by comparison, gargantuan ones. 
Each year, your hands have grown bigger. You are more capable now, and so are your hands. Your hands are learning to play the piano...learning to do the awkward fingering written on the pages of your music lesson books...learning to do the proper fingering for scales, arpeggios and such. 
Lately, your hands have been making all sorts of creations on that Rainbow Loom of yours. I never know what you are going to make next, each creation more complex and colourful than the last.
One of your favourite things to do with your hands is to pet our cat. You love our cat, and you love petting her. She seems to have made a special bond with you, and you enjoy in petting her, scratching behind her ears and along her spine.
Someday, your hands will be as big as mine...but right now, I just want them to stay the way they are. 


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Friday, May 30, 2014

Nothing-Five Minute Friday

Link up at Lisa-Jo Baker's for Five-Minute Friday. 


Nothing is on my ring-finger...on my left hand.
It feels strange, this emptiness on my hand. For almost 15 years, I've worn the ring he put there...16 for the engagement ring, that is also no more. 
Nothing is there...no tangible sign of vows and promises.
No visible circle of gold that marks me as a married woman.
Nothing there to signal to anyone observing that I am "taken," that I am my beloved's and he is mine. 
No token of love...
Nothing on my hand.
But everything in my heart.