Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ August 21, 2017

As I write ... very early Monday morning

The weather....  Hot! High nineties. Who told the weatherman it's August? Chance of showers this afternoon, but not until after 2 p.m. I hope that will give us a chance to see the partial eclipse just after 1 p.m.

Right now I am... up early. I just put coffee on for my husband, water on for tea for me, and eggs in to boil.

Thinking... I cannot believe this will be my 27th year at home raising and teaching my children. I taught from the birth of my eldest son who was 26 in January. How did that happen?

A quote to share... 

On my reading pile...  I just finished my Summer Reading List with the exception of Bible Faith by Kenneth Hagin. I'm taking my time and studying as I go. There's a whole lot of writing in this book! Some of you have expressed wonder about my attitude and faith as I go through this cancer recovery. This book has helped me see the truth of having a strong, complete faith in God and His love and goodness to me. I'll start compiling my Fall reading list, soon.

Favorite blog post last week...  

Something fun to share... 

Thank you to the precious reader who sent me this just because! I don't know who you are, but I was super-blessed when I opened the box. My only clue was the name Elizabeth on the invoice with my address listed. You are sneaky my dear! It's just as cute as the picture. Now I need to get another project on the needles so that I can use it! 

On the menu for this week.... Sorry, I haven't done this yet!
  • Monday...  
  • Tuesday...   
  • Wednesday...  Church Supper 
  • Thursday...   
  • Friday...   
On my to do list... 
  • Biscuits and Gravy at Braums to celebrate the first day of school. We've done it for years!
  • Doctor appointment to check my blood counts.
  • Work on school planning.
  • Order school books.

In the workbasket...  

  • I'm embarrassed that this is still on my list! I really should hem my husband's jeans. They've been waiting awhile. I'm always afraid to make the cut!
  • You can see a tribble on my needles in the picture above. I just started it for my other mama Annie.

Looking forward to this week...
  • Feeling better! The farther I get from chemo, the better I feel. I'm on a three week cycle. It didn't seem to knock me down as badly this time. Thank you God! I wrote the name of Jesus right on the Perjeta bag before they hung it on the IV pole this time.
  • UPDATE: I've been having some pretty bad side effects since Monday afternoon. Prayer appreciated.

Looking around the house... Streamers leftover from my daughter Amy's 16th birthday party. Laundry partially folded on the table. Gotta get to that after breakfast. 

From the camera... 

My morning tea

My Michael's books so far. 

Devotional...  Revelation to Writer

On my prayer list...

  • Peace of Jerusalem and Israel
  • Wisdom, health, and protection for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and their families. 
  • Healing for our country so that we may be ONE nation under God.
  • Cancer will die the death in my body. My heart, brain, organs, spleen, and healthy cells will be protected. I will live and not die and declare the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 118:17

My prayer for you, my reader...


I ask you Lord to keep people safe during this eclipse. I ask you to help each to focus on you, the maker of heavens and earth, moon and sun, stars and infinite space. May they seek your face dear Lord.

I ask you to bring healing to the many who read this blog who are needing a miracle. I ask it all in the name of Jesus and by the power of the blood of Jesus. Amen.

Thanks for dropping by!
Please say hello.

Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Nothing Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #111

Welcome to another 
Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage!

Each week I share ways I've saved money, my thrifty and frugal projects, and my blessings from God. 

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage

I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!
Please say hello! I'm always looking for new blog friends!

Dear Reader,

  I've done absolutely nothing thrifty this week! While at chemo, my friend went out to McAlisters and got me a delicious french dip sandwich and cup of broccoli soup. On chemo days, I'm tired, but I feel good enough to eat. ~smile~

  Thank you all for praying! I feel pretty good for chemo week. I know it's because so many are praying. I also took a permanent marker with me to chemo. Jesus is the name over every name! I wrote Jesus right on the Perjeta chemo bag! That's the one that's been making me so sick. So far, so good!

God bless!

Just had to share this photo of my Annie and me back in the day.
A Verse for You
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, 
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the LORD for ever:
for in the LORD JEHOVAH
is everlasting strength.” 

Here's my thrifty week including blessings I received.
  • I always save by shopping at Aldi instead of Walmart.
  • We ate out of the cupboards and freezer most of the week. That's always a saver. 
  • A dear reader, Sandra, sent me a bag full of cotton yarn in fresh, lovely colors. Oh, and she sent a gift card to my favorite Christian restaurant Chick-Fil-A! Love it! Thank you!
  • My dad and Annie brought us meat for the freezer and some other supplies. Thank you! I won't have to worry about meat for awhile thanks to you Dad!
  • I bought sandwich fixin's so the kids wouldn't eat out so much.
  • I received a mysterious box with a little lamb inside! The invoice said only Elizabeth with my address! This was the yarn bowl that I showed y'all a few weeks ago.  It's even cuter in person! Thank you to the mysterious Elizabeth! That was so sweet of you! 

That's my thrifty week.

What are you doing in your home this week?


...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!


What do you want your Christmas to look like?

Christmas Gifts for Children... 

Precedents, Disappointment, and Gratefulness


Friday, August 18, 2017

REVIEW: The Legacy by Michael Phillips, Book 3 Secrets of the Shetlands

The Legacy by Michael Phillips
Book 3 Secrets of the Shetlands

The Dramatic Conclusion to the Secrets of the Shetlands

From the publisher: 
Loni Ford's unexpected inheritance of substantial real estate--not to mention a title--in the Shetland Islands has caused more than a stir in the quiet fishing hamlet of Whales Reef. How can life ever be the same with an outsider--and a woman at that--playing such a pivotal role in the life of this traditional community? But it isn't just the locals who have deep misgivings about the current situation. Loni herself never imagined this in her wildest dreams and wonders whether she's cut out for it.

Loni would hardly let herself acknowledge that she's falling in love--with Whales Reef, with its hardy people, and with local chieftain David Tulloch, whose inheritance she has usurped, at least in the eyes of some. Or has she merely been seduced by the simple, peaceful way of life that exists here? 

Yet life in Whales Reef is rarely without drama. Deep rifts exist between certain lifelong neighbors, and when a dead body is discovered, suspicion is cast in the direction of the Tulloch family. How Loni and David face up to this challenge will profoundly shape their relationship, as well as the future of the island.
Read an excerpt.


My Thoughts:
I have savored the Secrets of the Shetlands series! I just loved it. It has mystery, romance, history, and science all woven together into a lovely story that spans a century of family history. It's a series that requires patience. Three long books create an atmosphere of old-fashioned, up-to-date, nostalgic small town, big city dichotomy. If you are a patient reader, who likes to take time to enjoy long stories, I think you will enjoy this series.

The Legacy is book three, the final book of Michael Phillips' Secrets of the Shetlands. As the final book, it ties up loose ends in some surprising ways. The confusion that was begun in the first book, was made clear, and tangled up stories of the past and present came to a point of clarity. Ah, this is all so enigmatic, is it not?

Let me just say that I thoroughly enjoyed the series, and this book was no exception. I was, in fact, sorry to see it end.

Read my reviews of the first two books.
The Inheritance
The Cottage


Michael Phillips is a bestselling author who has penned more than seventy books, both fiction and nonfiction. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly thirty more books. Over the past thirty years, his persistent efforts have helped reawaken interest in the writings of nineteenth century Scotsman George MacDonald. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland, but make their home near Sacramento, California. Visit Michael's website at

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."