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Decorating Update

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With all the worry about storms this past week, not as much got done in the living room as I would have liked. We spent many hours just watching the weather on television. This tornado season has been horrific and every mention of the possibility of tornado's has one imagining the worst. We have been blessed in our area that nothing has been over an F1. The other night, golf ball size hail fell, again, we were blessed that it was not more. That same evening, 9 tornado's hit in North Texas. Seeing all the devastation in Joplin has left us all with fear for what the possibilities can be. We are so looking forward to the end of tornado season ! Back to the decorating.....one gallon of paint finished, another one to go. Thankful that only one wall needed two coats. Today I will be painting the crown moulding corner pieces and we hope to have the moulding completed this weekend and have the curtains put up. From that point on, it will be the fun stuff. When completed and we start o…

Terra Naomi's "Say It's Possible"

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love this song, love this video. Lots to think about

Peace Amid The Storms

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The night was a sleepless one, just before I went to bed I watched the news and saw the horrible pictures from the tornado destruction in Joplin. Today is expected to bring more storms. There is something very unsettling about this tornado season. I read that there have been 1151 tornadoes in the US so far this year and that about 480 people have died so far from these storms. One natural disaster after another has hit our world, causing us to pause and question, "why ?" With so much going on, its not hard to see why so many believe that the world is soon to end. I do know that all I want is peace in my heart though the storms rage around me. I desire to have a faith strong enough that it cannot be shaken, and that takes work. It takes a daily commitment to remember what really counts in life. It takes dedication to build a strong foundation that cannot be tossed about by the winds. Fear can be like an acid to us, eating away at that foundation, slowly but surely. I fell asl…

The Work Has Begun

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Prep work done, so now the fun part of the job begins. Painting ! Recently I saw this drop cloth used in a video about stripping off wallpaper and I was intrigued. We found it last night at Lowe's and I have to say, this one thing has made the job of painting so much nicer. You just stick the tape part to the baseboard and then pull out the drop cloth part. It stays put, and allows me to not worry so much about paint drips. Its a good size roll for about $10 and certainly works better than my usual spreading of newspapers. Hoping to have the room finished by the end of the week. Emery and I checked out crown moulding last night, trying to pick out just what I want and what Emery agrees to spend ! I have expensive taste and always have. Fortunately, I am quite content to hunt for a good bargain.

A Morning Ramble

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Admittedly, I have spent the last few days poking fun at the expected rapture, end of the world. I suspect many of us have no compartment in our brains for such a situation and we as humans tend to joke, make fun of the things we do not quite know what to think about something. My thinking feels pretty clear on the idea of Christs return, we don't know when its going to happen. We should always be prepared, since He may come in our lifetime, but He may not, but regardless, we are all going to die at some point and we never know when that is going to happen either, so be prepared at all times ! Although I have poked some fun at the situation, I never felt fully comfortable about it. Today I knew why. A friend of mine posted something on her facebook this morning that summed up to me, how we should be feeling. It made me feel a bit ashamed for all those jokes I have made in the past few days. She thanked God for these "beautiful people who are waiting in anticipation for you to…

A Bit of My World Today

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No One Knows the Day or Hour

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Matt 24:3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the lov…

Living, really living.

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What I love most about my life is the ability to be who I am complete with all the facets, and be able to dig in the dirt one day and have a proper tea the next. Today was a down to earth day, digging in the soil, planting, weeding, harvesting vegetables. Glad for a garden for food and happy to have a garden of roses to sit in and have a cup of tea. My feet were bare in the warm brown soil, toes wiggling in the loose dirt. Fingernails with remnants of pink nail polish, scraped off by the soil as I planted. I don't have to be just one thing in life, I can fully embrace the idea of "living spherically, in many directions, with childlike enthusiasm." For me, there is as much joy in talking about goats as there is in a conversation about English Literature. I love cooking planet burgers just as much as I love cooking Julia Childs famous bœuf bourguignon. There is as much joy in munching chicken nuggets at McDonald's with my grandchildren as there is in eating in a 5 Star…

Redecorating Progress

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The new drapes arrived last week and the valances arrived yesterday, so the work in the living room has begun in earnest. I am anxious now to see things all put together. Since we love our wood stove and use it for heating, the decorating ideas sort of hinge on what will work with a wood stove as centerpiece ! We have opted for the English Cottage sort of look, it suits us well, as it also allows for us to have books here and there. I am not happy with my sofa as its huge but its relatively new and there is no way I could justify getting new furniture just because I don't like the size of it. There are a few finishing touches we still need to purchase, like the crown moulding but we can get that when we need it, rather than having it in the way while we do the other work. The front guest room will be a rather simple job to do except we will be putting in a wooden ceiling like we did in the other guest room. That's not the easiest of jobs but we like the look and its practical …

Life Just Keeps Getting Better

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This morning Emery woke me up in the sweetest way, playing Frank Sinatra's, The Way You Look Tonight" for me. He had been awake long before I was and moved silently around the house as not to wake me, but he knows I would be very disappointed if he didn't wake me to kiss me good-bye before he left for work. Its wonderful to wake up smiling. We so often dance to that song, nothing planned, just when it happens to be playing on my iPod in the kitchen when I am making supper or when I greet him at the door when he arrives home from work. It might seem a bit like a 1950's movie, but it works for us.
Emery and I feel like we have carved out just the life we dreamed of. Its had hard parts. In our 32 years we have counted nickles, literally. We have nearly lost a child to diabetes. There has been a lost job. Extended family woes and the hardship of seeing Mei-Ling go through so many health crises, but, the strength we get from one another and from our faith, has always gotten…

Quakers and Cheese Have Their First Outting

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Today was the first time the ducks have been let out of their pen. They enjoyed the grass and other green treats. Like good ducks, they marched right back into their pen as the sun began to set, so we know they will be safe from predators. Hard to imagine they were just hatched on March 22 of this year.

Ironing Linens

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Blogspot had some issues this week and some posts were lost. Here is a repost of my last post. It's more work than a lot of people are willing to do these days, but I just love when I climb into a bed made with fresh, crisp sheets. It just feels extra nice, especially when they have been lightly scented with rose water or lavender.

Simplicity and Beauty

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I think a lot about this concept, living a simple life while surrounding yourself with beauty. I have met far too many homestead folk that seem to have it in their mind that they need to be surrounded by starkness, dull colors and only own things that are utilitarian. I have even known of some folk newly embarking on the simple homesteading life that got rid of beautiful dishes and tablecloths just because they were "too pretty". While the children were young, I can remember more than a few meals of a simple nature, after doing farm chores, that were served on beautiful china that I had purchased before I was even married. God loves beautiful things, after all He created the most gorgeous flowers and birds, full of color and design that has nothing to do with anything beyond being beautiful. Luke 12:27 reminds us....."Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Certain…

Spring Storms

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The one part about living in Texas I don't enjoy, is the storms in spring. Today there are no tornado's involved, just thunder, lightening and rain with some strong wind gusts which makes it not so bad. The clouds are beautiful in their own tumultuous way. Mei-Ling is visiting this afternoon and sharing her new Barbie movie with me. Barbie Fashion Fairytale. Cute music and lots of Barbie Pink !

The Beauty of A Garden

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Stepping out the back door into the warm humid morning air that felt heavy and instantly turned my hair into frizz, I hung out the morning wash, wondering if it will dry even in the breeze that was blowing. Task completed I meandered over to the garden to find lots of snow peas ready to be picked..more than a couple of them ended up as part of my breakfast while I finished picking them. Plum tomatoes so numerous on the vines. I can't wait for them to be ripe. Dill, going to seed. The dill plants did a fine job of feeding the caterpillars this year. I didn't mind sharing, knowing there would be beautiful butterflies fluttering around from all that good nutrition. I noticed lots of yellow squash in the back garden, time to pick that and at while out in that part of the land, feed and water the ducks...change the water in their pool too. It stays clean all of 5 minutes ! They seem to enjoy it being nasty looking though My hands smell of soil and that green sort of scent that come…

The Beauty of A Garden

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Stepping out the back door into the warm humid morning air that felt heavy and instantly turned my hair into frizz, I hung out the morning wash, wondering if it will dry even in the breeze that was blowing. Task completed I meandered over to the garden to find lots of snow peas ready to be picked..more than a couple of them ended up as part of my breakfast while I finished picking them. Plum tomatoes so numerous on the vines. I can't wait for them to be ripe. Dill, going to seed. The dill plants did a fine job of feeding the caterpillars this year. I didn't mind sharing, knowing there would be beautiful butterflies fluttering around from all that good nutrition. I noticed lots of yellow squash in the back garden, time to pick that and at while out in that part of the land, feed and water the ducks...change the water in their pool too. It stays clean all of 5 minutes ! They seem to enjoy it being nasty looking though My hands smell of soil and that green sort of scent that come…

Many Irons In The Fire

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Right now there are many irons in the fire for us. First off, we are updating our living room with new paint, new drapes and will be putting up some crown moulding and adding a few more touches. It seems a bit strange to me to be able to just buy exactly what I want, rather than just settle for something that I found in a thrift store that will work, but isn't exactly what I wanted. We have planned for this time in our lives and now we have set a 5 year plan of action to have the house exactly as we want without it setting us back at all. Living free of any debt for years has given us freedom and I mean free of debt, not even house payments on any of our homes. We skipped having the new car, skipped going out to eat with our family when they were young, except for pizza twice a month at a pizza buffet that was probably cheaper than some meals I cooked.


We are also making the final plans to renovate our bedroom, which involves making two rooms into one very large room and building a…