Friday, February 28, 2014

One hundred sixty-nine!

Hello Dearies,
  My computer is home from her hospital stay.  The doctor told my husband that one hundred sixty-nine viruses attacked my computer.  Can you believe it?  I'm amazed she even woke up in the morning!  I do appreciate your patience.
  Over the next few days, I'll be posting some reviews that are due.  I've been doing a lot of reading this month.  I know that I've posted more reviews and fewer other posts lately.  To be perfectly honest, I've had a hard time getting back to writing after my mother-in-love's move to Heaven.  I just feel like I've been going through the motions in a lot of things.  She died just before Thanksgiving, so I had to push my grief aside so that I could "make Christmas" for my children.  Mother would have wanted me to do that.  Since then, I've just been so busy doing the next thing.  It's been kind of like an underlying sadness.  Through it all, God is yet good.  It's good knowing that I will see her again, and she will be well and healthy.
  So, over the next few days, expect some reviews.  In the meantime, I'll be thinking about what I'd like to write about.  My husband thinks I always have something to say.  ~smile~
  Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Just popping in to say...

Hello!  My computer is in the shop. I hope to be back to the keyboard in a few days. I hope you enjoy your family, your home, and time with God this week.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Do You Pinterest?

Isn't life Pinteresting?  My friend, Charity, told me about Pinterest a couple of years ago.  Little did I imagine how helpful this on-line pin board would be in keeping track of links and ideas and recipes.  Do you use Pinterest?  I'd love to see your boards.  Talk back!  Please share a link to your boards.  Take a look at mine and be sure to click on my Pinned It Made It board to see my passes and fails.  God bless you all!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  I'm going to be away from my blog for a few days spending time with friends and loved ones.  I encourage you to focus on the people God's put into your life.  Does someone need a call or letter?  Valentine's Day can be a lonely time for some folks.

Enjoy your day, enjoy your week, enjoy your life!
I wish you shalom! Nothing broken, nothing missing, nothing lacking peace!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Five Ways to Find Time to Read

  Winter is the best time of year to grab a blanket, a hot cup of something soothing, and settle in with a good book.  Once upon a time, a long time ago, in the land of no children and husband traveling for work, I would do just that after I got home from work.  Then, I would read for hours until bedtime or beyond!  That was a long time ago, twenty-three years to be exact. 

  This afternoon, Miss Amy of God's Grace Overflows asked me how I find time for reading.  It's a fair question.  After all, I do review a fair number of books.  Here are some of the ways I find time to read.

~~~Five Ways to Find Time To Read~~~
  1)  My children are required to read an hour a day every day.  Sometimes I read during that hour, also.

  2)  I often read when the family is busy with a video or some activity that doesn't interest me.

  3)  After the kids go to bed.  This one can be dangerous if it's a good book.  I can easily get caught up in a good story and even hubby goes to sleep before I do.  Use this suggestion cautiously! 

  4)  Maybe you have small children or find it difficult to set aside time to read.  I recommend Snatch Reading.  Use your minutes!  Five minutes here, five minutes there, "line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little".  Choose a book and begin.  If you have a few minutes to read a blog post, you have a few minutes to start a book.  Snatch Reading works best if you are reading one book and use a post it note to keep track of which paragraph you're reading.  You can use it for multiple books if you prefer, but your progress is slowed.  Once upon a time, Snatch Reading was the only reading I did. 

  5)  "Take a book!"  My children hear that from me every time we go anywhere. 

Now, go forth and snatch every moment!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Yay!!!!! It's Snowing! Did Someone Say Snow Ice Cream?

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     It's snowing!  Yay!  I've been praying for snow to give us a nice pretty blanket on the ground.  Winter is just supposed to be white. 
     I sent my son, Michael, outside to set some pie plates and cake pans on top of his canoe to catch the snow.  The canoe is up on sawhorses, so the cat and the chickens won't bother it.  I want to be sure that the snow he collects is clean.   If we collect enough, we'll make snow ice cream
     This time, I want to try some Trim Healthy Mama snow ice cream for me.  I might even add some maple flavoring instead of the syrup in this Maple Snow Ice Cream recipe from Jacqueline.
     Whichever you try, let it snow let it snow let it snow!

Whose Computer Still Refuses to Upload Photos

Update:  I made the Trim Healthy Mama snow ice cream and a second batch with 1/2 maple 1/2 vanilla extract.  Yummy!
If it starts to snow again, the pans will go back out on the canoe!
That sentence looks really ironic!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Clueless About Superbowl Mania...

That's me.  Clueless about Super Bowl mania.  I was surprised yesterday to see a sign as I went into Wal-Mart stating there was just 1 shopping day until Super Bowl.  There were lots of people shopping, too.  When did Super Bowl become a holiday?  For me, it was a regular grocery shopping day.  Just prior to Wal-Mart, I'd been at Aldi where the checker told me I had the healthiest things in my cart she'd seen all day. ~smile~  Everyone was buying chips and junk food.  I was taking advantage of the broccoli, celery, and veggies that were on sale as well as apples, oranges, bananas, and the cream and cottage cheese I use so frequently with Trim Healthy Mama.

Even at church today the sermon was about the church family being a team much like the unrecognized support people that make the football games happen.  Well, I'm not a football person, but I am going to the church Super Bowl party.  I'm taking a big pot of chili and crackers as promised by my husband.  I'm also taking yarn and a crochet hook.  I'm expecting there will be lots of other ladies who don't have a care about the game to talk with.  We'll also be having our own half-time with Minute to Win It games. 

So, for our family, it will be about the fellowship. 
How about yours?  Are you football folks or clueless like I am?

Happy at Home