Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge


Take a break, join the fun!  Visit Joyce to link up. 

1. So, when did you last take a walk in the woods? A stroll along the beach? A drive going nowhere in particular in the car?


It has been too long since I have taken a stroll on the beach. The beach is only minutes from my house and one of my favorite places to be. Even in the winter I love to sit and watch the waves and enjoy God’s beautiful creation. I’ll have to make a better effort to get there. I went for a drive a couple of weeks ago going nowhere particular. Sometimes when I need quiet and to be alone I hop in the car and take a little drive.

2. Are you sending Christmas cards this year? About how many do you send? Photo card or something more traditional? How do you display the cards you receive?

Yes I hope to send Christmas cards this year. I send out about 70. I like to send a photo card of the kids. I still have to get that photo done so I can order my cards. Good thing you can order online at Costco and they have them ready the next day. I display the cards I receive by hanging them on ribbon that I fasten around the doorways in my living room.

3. What's a word you've heard too much of in the past week?

This question is difficult to answer. I guess I’d have to say “ER”. Since last Wednesday my husband has taken his father to the ER twice. He was having severe pain in his back. The first time they sent him home with Tylenol. The second time they had to give him a prescription for something stronger. Hopefully he won’t need to go back.

4. December 13th is National Cocoa Day-are you a fan? Plain or flavored? Marshmallows or no marshmallows?

I like plain hot cocoa with marshmallows. Well really I like it with whipped cream sprayed in on the top but since I am off cow’s milk that option is out.

5. What is something you do to help alleviate the hectic pace of the Christmas season?

Light a candle and sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and just breathe.

6. Besides jewelry, what's a favorite sparkly-glittery item in your home or closet?

The ceramic snowman that my mother-in-law made and I put out at Christmas time. I can plug it in and the eyes and the wreath he is holding lights up. It is glittery all over to look like the sparkling snow.

7. Share a favorite line or two from any Christmas carol.

I have so many favorites. Here is one from “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”:

Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I need to buy a grab bag gift for this weekend. What is your favorite thing to receive at a grab bag ($10-$15)? Thanks.
~Theresa

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

Join the fun over at Joyce's!

1. Share your traditions surrounding the Christmas stocking.


We hang our Christmas stockings on a mirror that hangs in our hallway. We don’t have a fireplace or a mantel so I found that spot works well. I usually put an orange in them along with necessities like toothbrushes or hand sanitizers along with some fun little toys for the kids and candy. We usually forget to open our stockings and end up doing it late Christmas night or the next day.

2. How many hours of sleep do you average at night? Is it enough?

On average I would say 8. I try for 9 since it was suggested to me by a doctor. It is necessary to get good sleep to heal your adrenal glands. Since stress affects your adrenal glands I am sure everyone could benefit from good sleep ;) Yes, it is enough although I would always probably choose more if given the choice.

3. If you had to give up one thing for the remainder of this year what would it be?

I don’t want to pick food since I already gave up bananas, cow’s milk and eggs this year. I had some testing done and have intolerances to those. How about ironing? I could give it up if I had to and it might motivate me to get my clothes out of the dryer when it goes off ;)

4. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (or Wills and Kate as I like to call them) have announced they're expecting a baby. Do you follow news of the Royals?

No, I don’t follow news of the Royals unless it is on Joyce’s blog. I am very happy for them though.

5. For me, the sound of childhood is__________________.

Laughter.

6. Fruit cake-yay or boo? What's your favorite dessert made with fruit?

I don’t want to say boo because it is a traditional Christmas dessert but I am not particularly fond of it. My favorite dessert made with fruit is apple pie. Good old American Apple Pie .

7. What is one thing you want to accomplish before 2012 comes to an end?

I would like to sell some items on ebay. I am trying to get rid of some things and make a few bucks while I am at it.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Does anyone know how to change the font of your blog using the new blogger? 

~Theresa

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

I am linking up today over at Joyce's.  Visit her and join the fun! 

1. With that being said I think I need to dive right in to some Christmas related questions, don't you? Which do you prefer-pretty gift wrap with a bow or a pretty gift bag with/without a bow? What percentage of your holiday gifts are currently (as in right this very minute) wrapped in some form or fashion?


I prefer gift wrap with a bow but some things just fit better in a gift bag. I have not wrapped any Christmas gifts yet since I haven’t bought any ;) I am still in Thanksgiving mode.


2. What is one item on your list this year?

I haven’t officially made my list yet. I don’t have anything that I have been waiting to ask for in mind. Maybe after I read some other Hodgepodger’s answers that will change ;)

3. What makes a home?

Family, love and warmth make a home. No matter where you are if you have those things it will feel like home. We have a very small house but I try hard to make it a home. I want all who enter to feel comfortable and welcomed. One of the greatest compliments I can receive is that my house feels “homey” and that guests feel welcome. 

4. Motown founder Berry Gordy celebrates his birthday on Hodgepodge Day-November 28th. Are you a fan of the Motown sound? If so, who's your favorite Motown artist and/or song? Here's a list in case you're stuck.

I love Motown. My Dad listens to it and I have great memories of Motown playing on the radio while in his car when I was a kid. It makes me smile. When I was teaching second grade I had my class put on a tribute to Motown for Black History Month. We had so much fun singing and dancing. If I have to pick a favorite it would have to be The Four Tops.

5. Red or green-which one is more prevalent in your closet?

Red, I like to wear read for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. 


6. True or false-bacon makes it better? If you answered true, what's your favorite dish made with bacon?

True. I don’t eat it anymore because I am not eating eggs, but I would have to say my Grandmother’s recipe for potato salad. We boil the potatoes then peel and slice them thin when they cooled. Then we add bacon, onion, vinegar, s&p, and mayo. The finishing touches were pouring some of the bacon fat into it along with a raw egg.  Delicious!

7. Share a favorite holiday memory.

One of my favorite holiday memories is driving out east with my husband and children to cut down our own Christmas tree.  We stop off for hot chocolate on the way home and listen to Christmas music in the car.  We laugh and enjoy each other's company.  There is much joy as we get ready to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior! 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Last week we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary.  We were married the Saturday after Thanksgiving and this year our anniversary fell on the same day of the week.  Throughout the day I was remembering what I was doing at that exact time on our wedding day.  It seems like so long ago yet at the same time like it was just yesterday. 


~Theresa

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

                    Join in the fun over at Joyce's today. 

1. Turkey-love it or leave it? White meat or dark? What's your favorite thing to make using leftover turkey?


I usually choose the white meat so that my husband and children can have the dark meat, which is their favorite.  I like both though.  I love to make a turkey sandwich with stuffing on rye bread with the leftovers.  If there is lots leftover I like to make a turkey pot pie.  I usually plan for lots of leftovers.  I am making a 22 lb. turkey for 7 people at dinner. 

2. Gotta burn off all those carbs the day after a holiday feast so which would you rather do-run a 10K or climb a mountain?

On my own I wouldn't choose either but if I was forced to pick one it would be climbing a mountain.  At least then I could stop and pant, right?  I have always loved the idea of being a runner but am not very good at it...at all!  

3. Do you feel like social networking has made your relationships better or worse? Explain.

I would say it has improved my relationships because I have made many special friends through it. 

4. How do you find and express gratitude for the hard things in your life?

Knowing that everything that comes into my life is part of God's perfect plan and for my good and His glory helps me to be grateful. 
"For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."  Romans 8:28

5. In the US, the day after Thanksgiving has been dubbed 'Black Friday'. Is most of your holiday shopping done live and in person, or is it done more through the magic of the Internet? How do you feel about stores opening at midnight Thanksgiving night? Will you be out amongst the masses on Friday?

Most of my shopping is done through the Internet.  My husband and I usually go out shopping one night and get all the things that are left in person. 
I don't think that the stores should open on Thanksgiving night.  I think those employees should be given the day off to spend with their families.  After all people can live without shopping that day unlike without a doctor or a police officer.  I have no plans to be out shopping on Friday.
 
6. Speaking of the color black-which black item in your wardrobe would you say is your favorite?

Do shoes count?  If so it would be my new $59 shoes that I bought with a coupon code for $18.99 from Lands End.  They are so comfy that I ordered another pair in any color they had available which ended up being navy. 
7. What do you appreciate about your life today?

My family and friends.  The freedom to worship God and to gather with my church family.  The priviledge of  homeschooling my children and creating a home for my husband and children. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Happy Thanksgiving! 
~Theresa

Monday, November 19, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY

Outside my window... it is dark out now.  Today was brisk and gray. 

I am thinking... I left the drapes out on the line and need to get those in.  I don't think they are completely dry but maybe I can just iron them and put them up. 

I am thankful... that we were safe throughout Hurricane Sandy.  We were part of the 10% on Long Island that didn't lose power :)  I kind of feel bad saying that knowing that so many lost so much. 

In the kitchen... meatballs are simmering in a pot of sauce on the stove.  I will boil up some spaghetti and add a veggie for dinner.
I am wearing... gray yoga pants and a teal v-neck.  I dressed comfortably today as I was busy doing laundry, cleaning and organizing.

I am creating... why do I always feel so uncreative when I get to this question?!

I am going... to be busy getting ready for Thanksgiving.  I made a turkey yesterday for our church Thanksgiving meal and will be making another on Thursday. 

I am wondering... why people do the things they do ;)

I am reading... the bible, Lies Women Believe and Young Pilgrim's Progress with my children.   

I am hoping... that my meatballs come out delicious without the egg.

I am looking forward to... celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday and then my 11th wedding anniversary on Saturday. 

I am learning... that God's ways are the best ways. 

Around the house... there is a pile of Thanksgving books on my kitchen table that need to be cleared so the table can be set for dinner.  The blinds need to be closed and the drapes drawn for the night.  I am enjoying all of the fall decorations. 

I am pondering... when to speak up and when to keep quiet.

A favorite quote for today...

Do The Next Thing

(quoted by Elizabeth Elliot)

From an old English parsonage, down by the sea

There came in the twilight a message to me;

Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,

Hath, as it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.

And on through the hours the quiet words ring

Like a low inspiration--"DO THE NEXT THING."Many a question, many of fear,

Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.

Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,

Time, opportunity, guidance, are given.

Fear not tomorrows, Child of the King,

Trust them with Jesus, "DO THE NEXT THING."Do it immediately; do it with prayer;

Do it reliantly, casting all care;

Do it with reverence, tracing His Hand

Who placed it before thee with earnest command.

Stayed on Omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing,

Leave all resultings, "DO THE NEXT THING."Looking to Jesus, ever serener,

(Working or suffering) be thy demeanor,

In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,

The light of His countenance be thy psalm,

Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing,

Then, as He beckons thee, "DO THE NEXT THING."

Isn't that a great encouragemant?  I love that reminder. 

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~Theresa



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

I'm joining the fun over at Joyce's today.  Won't you join me?

1. What rule of life should never be broken?

"Treat others as you would like to be treated."


2. What's your favorite family recipe?

It would have to be cheesecake.  My Mom makes the best cheesecake from a recipe that is called "Anna's cheesecake" although I don't know who Anna is.  I believe it was passed down through the family.  I have made it a couple of times although I put cherries or strawberries on top since it usually cracks on me. 


3. Is the media manipulative?

Yes, I believe so.  Everyone has an opinion and unfortunately many have an agenda. 


4. Hubs and I saw Skyfall last weekend...are you a fan of the Bond films? If so, who's your favorite Bond?

No, I am not a big action movie fan. 

5. What is one thing you hope people never say about you?

I hope people never say that I was a hypocrite.  I hope that I live my life in a way that reflects what I say and believe. 

6. What's a nearby tourist attraction you'd like to see, but haven't gotten around to visiting?

This may be hard to believe but I have never been to The Statue of Liberty.  It isn't something I think of often living here in NY.  It would be a site to see though and I would love to visit Ellis Island. 


7. Where's your favorite tree?

My favorite is the maple tree, especially in the fall.  Isn't it gorgeous?!


8. Insert your own random thought here.

Please keep those affected by Sandy in your prayers.  There is still much devastation here on Long Island.  I just heard yesterday that a friend from high school lost her home.  She is one of many. 

"The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,


A Shelter in the time of storm;

Secure whatever ill betide,

A Shelter in the time of storm."

~Theresa

Monday, October 29, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY




Outside my window... the storm is a brewin'. The wind is gusting and howling.  This morning the lid to the sandbox in our yard was blown off. 

I am thinking...  I hope we don't lose power. 

I am thankful... for electricity.  I can use my dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, fans, watch TV, cook on my stove, and turn on my lights.  So easy to take for granted the things we use everyday. 

In the kitchen... I baked pumpkin bread and oatmeal raisin muffins last night knowing that I may not be able to use my oven soon if we lose power.  I want to make some cookies and bake some chicken today. 

I am wearing... my pjs still.  Pink Lands End pants and a red Old Navy flag t-shirt. 

I am creating...

I am going... to the chiro. later this week is the weather clears up and power is on. 

I am wondering... how much longer until the worse part of the storm hits. 

I am reading... The Bible- right now in the book of Colossians for my morning time.  I took out two allergy-free cooking books from the library that I am enjoying: "The Food Allergy Mama's Baking Book" by Kelly Rudnicki and "The Divvies Bakery Cookbook" by Lori Sandler. 

I am hoping... that all my family and friends stay safe through SANDY. 

I am looking forward to... this storm passing. 

I am learning... how to trust the Lord in all things. 

Around the house... most of  the curtains and blinds are still closed.  The news is on and we are waiting. 

I am pondering... why people don't evacuate when they are warned. 

A favorite quote for today...

"Jesus is a rock in a weary land!

Weary land! Weary land!
Jesus is a rock in a weary land!
Shelter in the time of storm!"

One of my favorite things... the smell of baked goodies coming from the kitchen. 

A few plans for the rest of the week:.. not sure yet.  For now just bunkering down.

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~Theresa



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I am linking up with Joyce for another great week of hodgepodge. 
1. So, do you like beer?

I like root beer and kielbasa cooked in beer. 

2. What's your least favorite repetitive task?

Exercising.  I know it is good for me but honestly don't like it.  I have to force myself to go through the motions and then I feel great afterwards. 

3. When was the last time you rode a bus? Where was it headed?

If given the choice I would never choose public transportation.  When I was a young girl I was on a bus in the city and I smiled at an old bag lady.  She started cursing me out.  Thankfully there was an off duty police officer on the bus that calmed me down. 
I took a shuttle bus at a golf outing about six years ago.  The parking was so far away, it was raining and we had our two little ones with us so it made perfect sense. 

4. What song from your childhood or from your own children's childhood could make a parent's nerves stand on end?

This is the song that never ends.....

5. The US Presidential election cycle is drawing to a close (can I get an AMEN??), and the third and final debate was held last night...what was the last thing you 'debated about'?

Well it was a friendly debate but rather deep.  It was about God's forgiveness vs. having to pay for your sins. 

6. Can a person make too much money? How much is too much?

I don't think so.  There are lots of great things to do with money.  However any amount that makes someone too selfish is too much for them. 

7. Pop-soda-coke-something else...what's it called where you live?

Soda is what we call it here on Long Island. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The phone calls are just beginning for the upcoming election.  I think I am going to have to lower my ringers and stop answering "unavailable".

~Theresa

Monday, October 22, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY


Outside my window... it is dark and the crickets are chirping.

I am thinking... it will be time to watch the debate soon.

I am thankful... for Sundays. A day of rest and gathering with the saints to worship and fellowship.

In the kitchen... clean dishes and leftovers are put away. We had grilled steak, mashed potatoes (boiled potatoes for me) and green beans.

I am wearing... denim capris and a gray button down with a coral tank.

I am creating... a warm home for my family. 

I am going... to acupuncture this week :)

I am wondering... how to respond graciously to every situation. 

I am reading... the Bible, Lies Women Believe, fall magazines.

I am looking forward to... a hot cup of tea while I relax on the couch tonight.

I am learning... that not everyone thinks the same way as I do and it isn't always easy to get along well with others.

Around the house... the laundry hamper is filling up. I didn't feel like doing laundry today so I didn't. That is not so easy for me.

I am pondering... why certain things bother me so much.

A favorite quote for today... "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."  Matthew 6:33
One of my favorite things... spiced cider. I bought some at Trader Joe's and it is delicious.

Click here to visit Peggy and The Simple Women's Daybook.

~Theresa

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge


Link up with Joyce and join the fun!

1. Noah Webster was born this week back in 1758....besides the online version, do you own a dictionary? Do you ever use the hardback copy or is your hunt for a definition strictly online these days?


Yes, I do own a dictionary or two.  The children have a couple on the shelf in the schoolroom too.  I haven't used one for myself in a long time.  If I need a definition I Google it. 

2. Should public schools ban Halloween celebrations? What about other holiday celebrations currently under fire?

Well since I don't celebrate Halloween I would say no.  Also I still remember when I was in public school there was a fourth grade teacher who would dress up as a witch and go around to all the classrooms and barge in scaring the kids.  One year I remember one of the kids being so scared they threw up in the sink. 
As for the other holidays under fire....I don't know. Our country was founded as a Christian nation so I think public schools should acknowledge and celebrate those holidays. 
When I taught in the public schools I always had Christmas decorations up and no one ever complained.  If there were Jewish children in my class or I worked with a Jewish teacher then they shared about their holiday. 

3. What's your favorite 'dog' movie?

I would have to say "Lady and The Tramp". 
4. When were you last somewhere you'd describe as 'too quiet'?

Sometimes when I am alone in the car it is too quiet so I turn on the radio and open all the windows. 
5. Are you a neat cook or a messy cook? In other words do you clean as you go or make a big mess and then deal with it later?

I don't think of myself as a neat cook but I do clean as I go.  I think part of the reason why I do that is I have a small kitchen so I need the room.  As an ingredient is used it gets returned to the pantry.  I put used measuring cups and bowls in the sink to wash when I am all done.  I like everything to be clean so when the food is done I can sit and enjoy it.  Just last night I was baking oatmeal raisin cookies with my daughter and I found myself telling her to put something away before getting the next thing needed.

6. Did you hear about Felix Baumgartner, the skydiver who broke the sound barrier via parachute? Was your first thought COOL! or was your first thought CRAZY! Are you adventurous?

CRAZY!  I am not adventurous anymore.  As someone who deals with dizziness just the thought of skydiving makes my head spin and my stomach turn. 

7. What's not a word but should be?

Gazillion.  I used Google to help me with that one ;)

8. Insert your own random thought here.

These questions have me thinking that I should use my dictionary more ;)

~Theresa

Monday, October 15, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook




Outside my window... the sun is hiding and there is a nice breeze. 

I am thinking... I am glad we finished our schoolwork for the day. 

I am thankful for... cool, fall breezes.
From the learning rooms... North Carolina (we are studying the states and capitals), math, penmanship, reading, spelling.
From the kitchen... penne and a meat sauce for dinner.  The tomato sauce is simmering and smells good :)

I am wearing... khaki Bermuda shorts and a purple print shirt.  I haven't put away my summer clothes just yet.

I am going... to the doctor, book club, soccer and church this week. 
I am reading... the Bible, "Lies Women Believe" and a biography on Fanny Crosby. 
I am hearing... a click ticking, a bird calling and the TV.
One of my favorite things: jeans.  There is nothing like a comfy pair of jeans on a cool fall day. 

Click here to visit Peggy and The Simple Women's Daybook.
~Theresa

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge


I'm linking up over at Joyce's today.  Visit her and join the fun!
1. In what ways do you indulge yourself?

I don't think I do often but every so often I will treat myself to a coffee out.  I don't think it makes much sense to spend $3 on a coffee when I can make several pots for that price, so for me it is an indulgence.

2. Have you ever taken a cooking class? Any interest? What type of class would you most like to try?

No, I have never taken a cooking class.  I don't really have an interest in taking one although if I had to I would pick a cake decorating class.  Does that count?

3. What does it mean to be a good citizen?

A good citizen follows the law and looks out for others.  They realize they are part of a community and see what they can do for the good of that community. 

4. 'Tis the season of the political advert...do these ads influence your vote?

I don't think they influence my vote because to be honest there are so many of them it is hard to believe any of them. 

5. What's something you see today that makes you wish you were a kid again?

I tried not to come up with a technology related question but...I have to say texting.  I don't text as an adult but I am sure it makes things easier for a kid.  I remember as a kid trying to call my friends on the phone.  If the phone was busy it was so annoying.  There was no call waiting back then and the only way to get through was to call the operator and ask her to make an emergency break-through.  Then you prayed that it was your friend on the phone and not her parents.  I realize that not being able to get in touch with your friend for fifteen minutes isn't really such a big deal, but when you are a kid it sure feels like it. 

6. What's your least favorite cliche?

"Pardon my French".  Well usually that is followed by the offensive language.  So my thought is if one can think enough to say "Pardon my French" then one can think enough to choose a better way of expressing yourself.  If it is said after the offending words, what is French about it anyway?

7. What percentage of your Christmas shopping has been completed? How does that make you feel?

Zero.  That makes me feel great.  I don't do my Christmas shopping until December, and often it is the week before Christmas.  I like to enjoy each season without thinking too much of the next season.  For now I think about Thanksgiving, after that I start thinking more about Christmas.  If I do see something I'd like to buy for a gift I always think I may get a better price if I wait. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.   Way to go- to all those who have started their Christmas shopping.  I know for many that is how they work best.  Plus I now I have some cliches on my mind- LOL. 
~Theresa

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge


I am linking up over at Joyce's today.  Visit her and join the fun!
1. It's a brand new month...share one thing you're looking forward to in October.

Apple picking.  I love fall and one of the things we like to do is drive out east on The North Fork and go apple picking.  The weather this week has been rainy so we will have to find a nice sunny day to go while there are still apples left on the trees. 

2. Is chivalry dead? Explain.

No, I don't believe so.  There are still many today who practice chivalry but sadly it seems they don't get too much attention.  Our society would rather pay attention to the negative rather than the positive.  Then there are those who don't want doors opened for them or their chair pulled out for them.  They have the "I can do it myself" mindset.  The Feminist Movement has had a lot to do with that, IMHO. 

3. On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts comic strip made its debut. Which character is your favorite? Which character is most like you? (Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock or Pig Pen) If you need a description click here.

Charlie Brown.  I checked the descriptions and took an online quiz to confirm ;)  Charlie Brown often says the things that I think but would never say aloud. 

4. What's something you're competitive about?

Playing board games and cards.  I don't like to lose and I have to remind myself that it is only a game.  Still, I like to win. 

5. October is National Popcorn Popping Month...are you a fan? How do you like your popcorn?

Yes, I am a popcorn fan.  I like to use our airpopper to make it and then drizzle it with melted butter.  I don't like packaged popcorn unless it is Kettle Korn, which is the perfect balance of salty and sweet. 

6. When did you first realize the world is small?

Well this may be a long story ;)  When my husband and I were engaged my great aunt was very sick and was in the hospital dying.  One night I was at my now husband's parents' house and talking to his mom.  I happened to mention my aunt's name and her eyes almost popped out of her head.  She started asking me questions like  "Where did she grow up?" and "What are her siblings' names?"  Once I answered she told me that she used to sit on the stoop with her sister and my aunt and her sister when they were teenagers.  She remembers my mother being in a baby carriage while my aunt babysat her.  Both my aunt and now mother-in-law were in their 70s when we found this out.  We tried to arrange a meeting but my aunt passed away quickly.  That is a small world! 
It amazes me to think that before I was even born my family and my husband's family were crossing paths.  And even more amazing is that God knew that one day I would marry my husband! 

7. In terms of architecture, what's the most beautiful building you've seen up close and in person?

Well being a New Yorker I would have to say my favorite is the Chrysler Building. 

(picture from thecityreview.com)

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I was browsing through my pictures and found this one.  Aren't cinnamon rolls the perfect fall snack?  I am going to have to make a batch. 




Monday, October 1, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook



Outside my window... it is a warm, sunny fall day.  The sun is shining brightly and there is a gentle breeze. 

I am thinking... what a Monday!   Funny how we have our plan for the day and the Lord sometimes shows us He has another.  We had a little flood in the basement today and I spent much of the day cleaning up and washing all the clothes that got wet. 

I am thankful for... my wonderful aunt.  Happy Birthday Aunt Carol (in case you are reading ;)

From the learning rooms... Christopher Columbus, math, penmanship, reading, writing, science, spelling, etc. 

From the kitchen... I made linzer tarts last night.  I am happy to have found a recipe without eggs.  Today I was planning on putting a pot roast in the crockpot but never got to it with the basement ordeal.  My husband offered to pick up pizza since he knows I am tired from all that cleaning up.

I am wearing... black Bermuda shorts and a hot pink t-shirt.

I am going... apple picking (I hope) this week. 

I am reading... the Bible, "Lies Women Believe".

I am hearing... the fan spinning.  After a while I get tired of hearing it and shut it off ;)

One of my favorite things: driving out east on The North Fork.  I hope we will do that this week and I can visit some farm stands and go apple picking. 

Please excuse any formatting issues with this post.  I am just learning how to use the new blogger layout.  I like the old one much better!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge



I am linking up today for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce.

1. What's the best and worst thing thing about growing older?

The best I would have to say is not caring as much about the little things. When you are younger the things that seem so important usually really aren't that important. The worst thing is getting pesky gray hairs.

2. Autumn arrives this week in the Northern Hemisphere...what one thing do you love most about the fall season?

One thing I love about fall (there are many things I love about fall) is the crisp air and the sound of leaves crackling beneath my feet. Oops...is that two?!

3. Speaking of fall...pumpkin seems to be flavoring everything these days-are you a fan? What's your favorite pumpkin flavored food or beverage?

I like pumpkin as long as it is mixed with something. My favorite would have to be chocolate chip pumpkin cookies. This year I will try replacing the egg with applesauce. Here is the recipe from my friend Amy:

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

1 egg
1/2 c pumpkin
1 c sugar
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla
6 oz. chocolate chips
1/2 c pecans (optional, I don't use them)

Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and pumpkin and set aside, Blend first 7 ingredients; fold in pumpkin mixture. Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts (if using). Drop by tsp on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.


4. Since we're on the subject of fall...what's the worst fall you've ever taken?

Besides falling down the stairs a couple of times, which was nothing serious I would have to say falling off the back of a moped when I was a kid. I chipped my front tooth and tore open my upper lip and knee. I may have told my parents that I fell when my dog pulled me while walking him. He had a habit of doing that when he saw other dogs or squirrels. Really though he was a nice German hunting dog :)

5. If you could own a prop from any film what would you choose?

The Delorean from Back to the Future.



6. What's the most interesting word you've read or learned in the past week?

I don't know. I guess I should have written it down ;)

7. When was the last time you locked yourself out of your house, car, or office? Was it a big deal?

Only once that I remember. It was about eight years ago and I locked myself out of my car with my baby daughter in it. It was a huge deal. My pocketbook was on the front seat with my cell phone in it and I had just loaded the car with groceries. Thankfully there was a delivery man that listened to me when I called out to him and he used a Slim Jim to get my door open.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The kids are watching a Shirley Temple movie. Isn't she so cute? Too bad they don't make movies like they used to!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY
Outside my window... it is sunny and warm. I am still waiting for the cooler temperatures during the day. It is cool in the morning and at night but inbetween it gets quite warm.

I am thinking... what am I going to make for dinner?

I am thankful for... good family and friends.

From the learning rooms... math, spelling, phonics, penmanship, reading, and we learned about Massachusetts as part of our states and capitals study.

From the kitchen... for lunch we had penne with leftover marinara sauce that I used to make pizza yesterday. I have no clue what I am making tonight but better think of something fast!


I am wearing... khaki shorts and a pink polo.

I am going... to lunch with friends, book club, soccer and church this week.

I am reading... the Bible, "Lies Women Believe".

I am hearing... the fan. I told you it was warm today ;)

One of my favorite things: pumpkin spice lattes. I went to order one today at Starbuck's- decaf with soy- and just before handing it to me the nice barista told me that the pumpkin spice contains condensed milk. I had to refuse it since I am not supposed to have cow's milk. I saved myself $4.75 anyway ;) Well really I have a gift card to use so it isn't my money. Now I will have to make my own and figure out a milk free version. I was thinking of sprinkling pumpkin pie spice on the coffee right before I brew it or maybe just replacing the milk with soy or almond milk in this recipe.

Have a great week :)

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge



I am linking up today for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce.

1. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? The NFL is back in action along with all the college teams. Are you a fan? Who do you root for? If you're not a fan what do you do while the rest of America watches Saturday, Sunday, Monday night, and now Thursday night games?

I like watching football every once in a while but am never really glued to the screen unless it is The Super Bowl and my team, the NFL Champions, the NY Giants are in it :) I wrote about it in Wednesday's Hodgepodge back in February.

2. What's something I'll always find in your closet?

A pair of black dress pants. Black goes with everything right? In the summer I can wear them with a dressy top and a pair of wedge sandals and in the winter I can wear them with a nice sweater or top and a pair of dress boots.

3. Share one of your earliest memories.

Playing in the doll corner in my kindergarten classroom. That was when you first learned to write your name with those big, fat, red pencils. Not like kindergarten today! And is it me or were kindergarten teachers always older ladies back then? Now it seems like there are lots of young teachers getting kindergarten positions. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it is just much different.

4. What circus act best describes your week so far?

The ring master. We started back to our homeschool this week and I have been keeping everyone on task ;)


5. What's a food you disliked as a child but you love now?

Pumpkin pie. I thought the smell was so strong when I was a kid but now I guess my sense of smell has matured- LOL.

6. Describe your summer in three words.

Hot, relaxing, fun.

7. Where were you on September 11, 2001? Will you do anything special to mark the day this year?

I was teaching second grade at a lovely public school at the time. We were getting ready for the children to arrive and start the day when I heard. All of the teachers were taking turns going into the teacher's lounge to watch the news. We still didn't know all the details when we had to greet our class and keep things going. I remember on my break I met with my teacher's aide and the guidance counselor and we prayed together.
This year I thought about the day and some of my students. I remembered that one of my student's birthdays is on 9/11 and his uncle was a NYC firefighter who died that day. I hope that he is able to find some joy on his birthday all these years later.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I am still in a New York State of Mind today.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I'm in a New York State of Mind



After watching the news coverage of the ceremonies that took place today to remember those lost on 9/11/01 I can't stop thinking of this song, especially as a New Yorker.



May we never forget!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY
Outside my window... it feels like the beginning of fall :) There is a nice breeze and now the sun is setting over the pine trees in my backyard. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes are still around.

I am thinking... I am tired from a full day back at homeschooling.

I am thankful for... the cooler weather we had today. I love the cooler weather!

From the learning rooms... catecism questions, states and capitals, the presidents, math, reading, spelling, phonics, vocabulary, science and penmanship!

From the kitchen... baked chicken legs, mashed carrots, fresh rye bread from the bakery with butter and peach cobbler for dessert. I love cooking and baking with the windows open.

I am wearing... light beige shorts and a pink v-neck.

I am going... to be busy with back to homeschooling so didn't schedule much this week. We have soccer on Saturday and church on Sunday.

I am reading... the Bible, "Lies Women Believe".

I am hearing... the crickets chirping and my laptop humming.

One of my favorite things: spending the day learning at home with my children :)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge



I am linking up today for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce.

1. Americans will celebrate Labor Day this coming weekend. Do you know what we're actually celebrating? (without consulting your friends Google or wikipedia, ahem) What's a project you're currently 'laboring' over?

Isn't it the unofficial end of summer? LOL. A project that I should be laboring over is getting my curriculum together for our homeschool. Instead I am enjoying the rest of summer and beginning to think about it ;)


2. Labor Day also signals the unofficial end of summer for most of us...what summer food will you miss the most? If you're in the southern hemisphere feel free to substitute winter for summer.

Fresh corn on the cob from the farmstand. I am going to have to get some this week since it won't be available too much longer.


3. A well known proverb states, 'It's easier to seek forgiveness than ask permission.' Your thoughts?

Asking forgiveness isn't always easy but it is something we must do regularly. I don't think seeking forgiveness is easier than asking permission if you knew the right thing to do was to ask permission, then it is harder to do what you knew was wrong. Does that make sense?


4. Food critic, film critic, book critic, art critic....which hat would you most like to wear?

Food critic. Except that would mean I would have to eat lots of different foods, even the ones I don't like.


5. When you were a kid, who (besides your parents) was your favorite adult?


My first grade teacher, Mrs. Baker. When I was in her class we had a new student. Mrs. Baker asked me to be her special friend and show her around. I did and the new student became one of my best friends and still is over thirty years later. Besides introducing me to one of my best friends ever, she was a wonderful teacher who I looked up to. Years later the class I was student teaching in was pen pals with her class! How fun it was to hand deliver our letters and get to see her again.

6. The astronaut, Neil Armstrong, passed away last week. He was regarded as a hero by many generations of people all around the world. Do we still have modern day heroes? What makes someone a hero?

Yes. Heros are all around us everyday. They are the ones who are sacrificing their lives for others- our military, firefighters, police officers, the good citizen, etc.


7. I never get tired of __________________.

Singing God's praises!


8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'll play along. Here are the fifteen vocalists I came up with:

Phil Collins, Richard Marx, John Cougar (Melloncamp),Frankie Valli, Babyface, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Carol King, James Taylor, Peter Cetera (Chicago), Carly Simon, Jim Brickman, Carrie Underwood, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra.

How is that for variety?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY
Outside my window... the crickets are chirping. It is dark out and today was sunny and warm.

I am thinking... I am hoping to keep with my exercise schedule. It is so hard for me to stick with it for some reason.

I am thankful for... food, shelter, clothing, family and friends. The many blessings we have each day.

From the learning rooms... we are on summer vacation.

From the kitchen... BBQ ribs and broccoli. Unfortunately the BBQ sauce on the ribs flared up and the ribs were a bit more done than I'd like ;)

I am wearing... khaki shorts and a magenta top with a white pattern.

I am going... to bed soon.

I am reading... the Bible, "Lies Women Believe".

I am hearing... the A/C.

One of my favorite things: laughing with my children :)

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge



I am linking up today for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce.

1. In an effort to combat obesity, the mayor of NYC has plans to ban the sale of large sugary drinks (anything over 16 oz.), initially in restaurants, movie theatres, and street carts. Corner stores would also be affected if they are defined as food service establishments. You can read more here . Your thoughts?

Ridiculous! Since when does the government have to right to invade our personal liberties?! Well from the looks of things it looks like people have forgotten how this country was founded and what our forefathers fought for. If someone wants to drink five gallons of soda it is not for the government to decide. People need to be responsible for their actions and not look to blame society. If you are obese from drinking too much soda it is not because you were able to be a larger than 16 ounce drink in a public place! If you haven't heard Mayor Bloomberg also is introducing a program called "Latch On NYC". I am sure he means well by trying to promote breastfeeding but here again government involvement is not the answer. BTW I consider myself a breastfeeding advocate and would encourage any mother to breastfeed, however it is not for the government to tell mothers how to feed their babies. As a New Yorker, I am glad I do not live in NYC at times like this!


2. Art festival, music festival, food festival...which would you most like to attend?

A food festival. I am not much into art, probably because I am not good at it, and a music festival would probably be too loud for me. So that leaves a food festival ;)

3. What are you irrational about?

Germs. I am a germ nut and can't help but to think about how dirty things are. If you think I am overreacting go into a public restroom and watch for a while. I really am not that crazy for using a paper towel to turn off the water and open the door. Yuck!


4. Do you feel confident you'll have a comfortable retirement?

Umm, I don't think about retirement. Some may say that is unwise but really I am trusting God to provide for our needs, and if that means working past retirement age then so it is.

5. What's been your favorite Olympic moment so far?
(Not ever, just in the 2012 Summer games)

I have watched only a little bit of the Summer Olympics. I was watching the women on the parallel bars the other night and let's just say I don't think it is good for my adrenal glands- LOL! My heart stopped as they flew through the air. I don't know how their mothers can watch.


6. What would you label as the messiest room in your house?

The basement. We use it for storage as well as our laundry room and my husband's office area. It is so easy to just put stuff down there and close the door. I am sure if I had to walk through it every day it wouldn't be so messy.


7. Do you follow your heart or your head?

I would have to say my head. My heart has deceived me before so I like to think I have learned.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9

8. Insert your own random thought here.

One of my dear blogging friends, Cathy aka Fullhousemama, went to be with the LORD on July 22nd. Her oldest son James wrote a beautiful post letting us all know that her battle with cancer is over and she is now with our LORD. You can read it here. There will be a Memorial Service in California on August 11th, please remember this precious family in your prayers. "Blessed Be Your Name" was one of the songs on Cathy's playlist and I will always think of her when I hear it. "Blessed Be The Name of The LORD".

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge



I am linking up today for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce.

1. I'm joining my daughter1 in the 101 in 1001 challenge. Essentially you create a list of 101 things you hope to do or accomplish in the next 1001 days. What's one thing you'd put on your list?

Learning how to sew better. I have a tote bag that I started for my daughter a few years ago and would like to finish it. Also a quilt that is pinned together and needs to be quilted from over ten years ago. I had someone helping me to work on those so it wasn't too hard. I took out the tote today and cut a few pieces and then put it away.

2. How many remote controls do you have in your house? What's one item in your home you wish could be operated by remote control?

Eight that I can think of. We only have one TV though. Three are for air conditioners, one is for the radio, one for the VCR/DVD, and two for the Wii.
I wish I had a remote control for the dryer. I usually forget that I have clothes in there and they get wrinkled. Then I have to go downstairs and put it on wrinkle release. If I had a remote I could do it from upstairs ;)

3. What does having it all mean to you? Is it attainable?

Having it all to me means following your heart and doing what you love. I am doing that now so yes it is attainable. For me it is being able to teach my children at home and share the moments of life together. I know some will disagree but I don't think having it all involves finances.


4. What's your favorite movie soundtrack?

The Wedding Singer, hands down. Nothing like the 80s for music!

5. Describe the best view you've seen from a rooftop.

I can't think of a time I've been on a rooftop except for when we used to climb out my sister's bedroom window and lay on the roof to tan. All I could see was the street and some of the neighbor's backyards so nothing special about that. Crazy, I know!

6. What's your least favorite thing about summer?

Humidity. Sticky, hard to breathe in humidity. Yuck!


7. Our weekly Hodgepodge falls on the first day of August. In ten words or less sum up your July.

Big birthday for me; lots of sweet memories being made.


8. Insert your own random thought here.

Can anyone recommend a good book, blog or video to learn how to sew or quilt?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY
Outside my window... the sun is setting over the big pine trees in my backyard.

I am thinking... when will Baby Story come out with new episodes? I DVR 4 episodes a day and I have seen them all!

I am thankful for... a beautiful day shared with family.

From the learning rooms... we are on summer vacation.

From the kitchen... not much of a dinner tonight. The kids and I had bagels that my Mom brought us from a great bagel shop so we are pretty full. Lunch was grilled hot dogs, mac and cheese and chips.

I am wearing... gray capris and a purple top.

I am going... to the chiropractor this week.

I am reading... the Bible, "Lies Women Believe".

I am hearing... Jeopardy and the kids playing.

One of my favorite things: rainbow ice.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge



I am linking up today for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce.
1. The Summer Olympics officially begin this Friday night...will you be watching? If you could see just one event in person which one would you pick?

Probably not. I do like to watch gymnastics. I find it amazing how they do that!

2.Do lazy days make you feel rested or unproductive?

Both. I feel rested at first but then I start feeling underproductive so I start doing something. It is hard for me to have a lazy day AND night.

3. July 25th is 'officially' Threading the Needle Day...can you sew? On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being not at all and 10 being Betsy Ross-like, how would you rate your skill with a needle and thread?

I am a 1. I can sew if I have to, but it isn't neat. I wouldn't sew anything other than pajamas or something that isn't worn in public. I do have a sewing machine although I only used it when I took a quilting class years ago. That quilt is still waiting to be finished ;)

4. 'Threading the Needle' can also mean to walk a fine line between two things or issues (think awkward social situation). When was the last time you had to 'thread the needle', figuratively speaking?

I can't think of a time. Joyce stumped me on this question! I bet after I read a bunch of other hodgepodges I might have a better idea- LOL!

5. Kidney, pinto, black, or navy...your favorite bean?

I like black beans when they are mixed with ground beef and on top of nachos.

6. Have you ever hosted a garage sale? Was it more success or bust?

Yes, twice. It was a success to me because I got rid of stuff and made some money.

7. What makes you roll your eyes?

Parents who act like they aren't the parent and give in to their children in public. Yesterday there was a woman with two small children at Kohl's. They were having a temper tantrum and when I looked next the mother was outside of the store while the kids were playing with the handicapped door opener. She was standing there waiting while they did what they wanted which was obviously the cause of their temper tantrum. Prime example of child centered parenting. Okay, I am done rolling my eyes.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

My echocardiogram came back normal :) Thank you to all who prayed.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY
Outside my window... it is dark and all is quiet.

I am thinking... I am thankful that my echocardiogram came back normal :) Praise God!

I am thankful for... a wonderful day spent with my good friend Jen who moved last year and is back visiting.

From the learning rooms... we are on summer vacation.

From the kitchen... grilled sweet Italian sausage with sauteed green peppers and onions on fresh Italian bread from the bakery- YUM! I know we had this last week on Monday too! This week we also had corn on the cob.

I am wearing... coral striped capri pajama pants with a coral top. This week I am weating the same thing but I promise I washed them ;)

I am going... to bed soon :)

I am reading... the Bible, "Lies Women Believe".

I am hearing... the TV and A/C

One of my favorite things: days filled with sweet fellowship with good friends.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge



I am linking up today for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce.

1. The Summer Olympics begin next week and London is playing host. If you had the chance to go in person which (non-Olympic) London site would you most like to visit?

I have been to London and once is enough for me. Tower Bridge is probably my favorite. A traditional pub for some fish and chips with malt vinegar would be in order too ;)


2. What is something in your life right now that feels like an Olympic event?

Organizing. It never seems to end and just when I think I am finished I start another project. I try to get rid of stuff but somehow it just makes more work for me.


3. What's your favorite supper to prepare and serve when it's too hot to cook?

Sausage and peppers. I have to use the stovetop but at least not the oven. I boil the sausage to get some of the fat out and then grill them the rest of the way. I sautee the peppers and onions in some olive oil on the stove. It is especially good on fresh Italian bread.


4. July 18th is National Get Out of the Doghouse Day...when was the last time you were 'in the doghouse'?

I can't think of a time ;) I am sure I do things to annoy people often but not bad enough to be in the doghouse. Although last Saturday was probably pretty close. I asked my husband to take me to pick up two desks that were for free off of Craig's List. It was a super hot day and he had other plans which didn't involve moving big, heavy desks ;) Thankfully he is not quick to anger and forgives easily :)

5. What television advertisement do you find particularly irritating or inappropriate? You may not answer with 'all of them'. I know some of you were thinking about it.

I think it is inappropriate for all of the presciption medicine commercials. I can't stand listening to them, especially when they start going through all of the side effects. I have to hit mute on the remote so I don't have to listen to it.


6. Share one piece of interesting news from the year you were born.

The last U.S. Ground Troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. I was obviously too young to remember but what a terrible time for our soldiers that was, no matter what your beliefs. I am thankful to all those who serve our country, no matter when or where.


7. What's the best part of your average day?

Dinner time. I love sitting together with my family and enjoying a meal together.


8. Insert your own random thought here.

It looks like a lot of my answers this week involve food. I guess I am hungry- LOL!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY
Outside my window... it is dark out now. Today was sunny and hot. 92 is way too hot for my liking.

I am thinking... I hope my echocardiogram comes back with good results.

I am thankful for... making it through the echocardiogram today. It was hard for me to lay still for so long. Turns out there was an apprentice with the technican and of course I said I didn't mind. As a teacher I often took student teachers knowing the real way to learn was through experience.

From the learning rooms... we are on summer vacation.

From the kitchen... grilled sweet Italian sausage with sauteed green peppers and onions on fresh Italian bread from the bakery- YUM!

I am wearing... coral striped capri pajama pants with a coral top.

I am going... to see my friend Jen who moved to NC next week :)

I am reading... the Bible, "Lies Women Believe".

I am hearing... the air conditioner.

One of my favorite things: McDonalds coffee. I know it isn't good to promote fast food but really a large coffee for $1! My new favorite treat.



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Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me!


(photo credit here)
Yesterday I celebrated a big birthday (hint...it wasn't 30)! It was a beautiful day. We headed to the beach and enjoyed our day there. There were only a few other people there so we had lots of space. Dinner was take out from our favorite BBQ place which we ate at the picnic area at the beach. Then home for cake and frozen dessert made with coconut milk and coffee. I received lots of cards, phone calls and emails from family and friends both near and far. My husband and children spoiled me with some new Vera Bradleys. Here is the hipster:

And the cosmetic bag:

And the ID holder (no, that isn't my ID):


I thank God for the gift of life and for His perfect plan for my life!
Trusting Him,

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge- No To The Moon For Me!



I am linking up today for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce.

1. How often do you check the weather? How do you check the weather?

At least daily. I check it on my computer or on The Weather Channel or our local news. If I don't like what one station says I will check all the others- LOL!


2. Since this is volume 84 of the Wednesday Hodgepodge, and since I got married in 1984, and since I'm attending a wedding this weekend it only seems right to post something related here.


"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life." Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Agree or Disagree. Why?

Disagree. Marriage isn't a matter of chance, it is a matter of commitment. No matter how much each one knows about the other one there is always more to find out as they live together and grow old together. It isn't chance that determines whether their marriage will last, but rather a commitment to the vows they took, to each other and to God.


3. Do you like to dance? Have you ever taken dance lessons?

Yes, and yes. I took tap, ballet and jazz when I was a kid. I loved them all. I couldn't wait until I could go on toe (pointe) shoes. I finally was able to and then that year quit because I wanted more time to hang out with my friends. Of course I regretted that decision as soon as that phase wore out.
My husband and I took ballroom dancing lessons when we were engaged. It was a lot of fun. It was hard to follow his lead, which was good practice for marriage ;)


4. Fresh from the oven peach pie or home made peach ice cream? Pick one.

Since I am off of cow's milk I would have to say peach pie with frozen soy on top :)

5. Should people accept unfairness and learn to make the best of it?

It depends on the situation. If it is truly unfair and something that can be done about it then I believe they should try to change it. Especially when it involves others, kind of like an injustice. If someone is complaining simply because someone else has something they want then get over it and try to make the best of it!


6. The top five all time summer movie blockbusters (released between May and August and grossing at least 100 million dollars) are-Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars (the original), Ghostbusters, and ET. Which one's your favorite?

I love Jaws although most of the movie is spent with me hiding my face. And then I have that tune in my head every time I see the water so probably not the best thing for me to watch. Out of all of them ET seems like the best choice.

7. If given the chance, would you like to visit the moon?

No and no. Absolutely no way would I want to go into space. I don't like to fly so a spaceship is not any better to me. Then the whole gravity thing. I am dizzy to start so floating in air is not a feeling I would enjoy. Thank you to the brave astronauts who enjoy going there so we all can learn about it.


8. Insert your own random thought here.

Wow, Joyce sure comes up with some thought provoking questions week after week. This week especially :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY
Outside my window... it is sunny and not too hot. It is only in the low 80s today :)

I am thinking... which to do first- laundry or clean the bathroom. Good options, I know.

I am thankful for... air conditioning. Last week we had many super hot days. I do not like the hot weather to start, even worse when it is humid!

From the learning rooms... we are on summer vacation.

From the kitchen... lots of watermelon and corn. I will grill some chicken for dinner tonight.

I am wearing... Old Navy Bermudas and a brown shirt. I am not happy with Old Navy today. I tried to return two shirts and a pair of shorts in the store today (I ordered them online). They have a new policy that you have to make any returns within 45 days. They wanted to give me $1 and change for a shirt that I paid $18 for with a discount. I decided to keep them and will have to learn to like them. Another reason why I love Lands End- returns anytime for any reason. Now that is customer service!

I am going... to the doctor's tomorrow for my check-up and blood work results.

I am reading... the Bible, "Lies Women Believe".

I am hearing... the fan and Toy Story music coming from the iPod.

One of my favorite things: iced coffee with French Vanilla coconut creamer. Off to have some now :)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday's Hodgepodge



I am linking up today for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce.

1. What do the words 'freedom' and 'liberty' mean to you? Does your mind go more in the direction of not being persecuted or discriminated against or does it head in the direction of doing what you please?

I would have to say doing as I please without the government telling me what to do.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The Declaration of Independence

2. Nathan's sponsors a hot dog eating contest every 4th of July. Last year over 40,000 people attended the event and almost 2 million watched it on TV. The winner ate over 60 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. How do you like your hot dogs?

I like my hot dogs cooked on the BBQ and then served on a bun with both ketchup and mustard. If I am feeling adventurous then saurkraut too.


3. If you were going to enter an eating contest what would be on the menu?

French fries. I was going to say ice cream but then I thought of the brain freeze that would cause. French fries seem like they would go down easily and fast.

4. Do you run your house more as a dictatorship or a democracy?

Well it doesn't sound nice but I would have to say a dictatorship. Our children are still small and they don't make the rules ;)


5. Where was your favorite summer place when you were a kid?

The town pool. My sister, cousin and I would spend our days there. My mom would give us money to buy ice cream or a treat and I still remember the soda machine with Pepsi Light and Tab in it. Anyone else remember those lemony sodas?


6. Do you have a guest room? Would you want to stay there?

No we don't have room for a guest room here. If I did have room and created one I would like to stay there :)


7. Next Wednesday America celebrates her independence. Do you have any special plans for the 4th of July? If you live outside the USA when and how does your country celebrate its own patriotic holiday?

Yes, of course! Our plans include a BBQ at our friends' house followed by a great fireworks show.


8. Insert your own random thought here.





Monday, June 25, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY
Outside my window... it is dark out. It is breezy and cool. This morning and then again this afternoon we had thunderstorms and lots of lightning.

I am thinking... about the yard sale I want to have this Saturday.

I am thankful for... being born in the USA. After hearing a missionary from New Guinea speak on Sunday I was struck with the fact that being born here is such a blessing.

From the learning rooms... our first official day of no school for the summer :)

From the kitchen... blueberry cobbler made with almond milk.

I am wearing... black Bermuda shorts and a pale turquoise shirt.

I am going... to book club this week. It is our first meeting for the new book "Lies Women Believe and The Truth That Sets Them Free".

I am reading... the Bible, "Lies Women Believe".

I am hearing... the fan and House Hunters International.

One of my favorite things: iced tea made from Celesial Seasonings blueberry tea bags.

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