Monday, August 31, 2009

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For Monday August 31, 2009
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...it's very sunny and breezy, our temps have gone done and it's only in the 70's right now. We have the windows open and it's almost too chilly, perfect weather!

I am thinking...how nice it is to have my car back, I don't mind being without one but it's nice to have it just in case! Dh's car has been in the shop for awhile but it's finally fixed!

I am thankful for...Christ.

From the Kitchen...well, we're going out to run some errands so will stop and get some fresh things for a simple supper.

I am Reading...My ESV Bible

I am wearing...white cotton top, plaid skirt, may need to put on a long sleeve top with the chilly air!

I am Hoping...to continue with this sense of contentment, sometimes I get so caught up in things I forget to just slow down and enjoy my simple life.


I am creating...some little prim saying stitcheries, some new kinds of soap (have a wooden soap mold coming in the next couple of days so I can make larger quantities)


I am Praying...for an extended family member going through chemo, for a sweet cousin that hurt her knee and had to have surgery, praying for swift healing for her, also my sweet niece that was bit by a brown recluse, yuck!, hopefully the poison was stopped in time.

Around the House...we have a very quiet house, all I hear are my fingers hitting the keys and the critters in the trees out back.

One of my favorite things...simple days at home, having our kefir, kombucha, sour cream, buttermilk etc. all mixing in their jars in the cupboard.

A Few Plans for the rest of the week...the possibilities are endless!!!

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing with you...
no photo today, still need to upload all our photos to our computer!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Above Rubies

If you've never been to the Above Rubies website, I encourage you to go. I have been so very inspired by these folks, Nancy Campbell is such an incredibly godly woman and I have learned so much from her!
We just received the newest edition of their magazine, Katie has already read it front to back, I'm trying to hold off a little longer because I look so forward to reading it but once I start I can't stop until I'm finished!!!
If you would like a copy of their magazine just go to www.aboverubies.org and sign up, the magazine is free! They always send us three copies so I keep one, Katie keeps one and the third we leave in a Dr.'s waiting room, whichever one we happen to go to first.
Hope you go to the website, you'll love it!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Proverbs 31 Thoughts - The Flourishing Mother

The Flourishing Mother
  1. Knows who she is.
  2. Has purpose and vision. Proverbs 29:18
  3. Overflows with joy.
  4. Is contented in her home.
  5. Is in control.
  6. Lives in rest.
  7. Has a servant attitude.
These are from my Prov. 31 notes, I love to have these things to look at when I'm feeling like what I do really doesn't matter much to anyone. This has been especially difficult since our homeschooling years are over. Somehow I lost sense of my purpose and wondered what I was doing that really made a difference, I mean our kids had learned what they needed from me so now what do I do? Life can be really difficult sometimes and I can't imagine what people do that don't have the Lord and His word. At times when I'm feeling useless I simply read the Word and realize that my problem is thinking too much of self, when we put others first we will always know that what we are doing matters, it's when we start thinking of self that we digress into a pity party and let in the bad thoughts and question our self-worth. I personally want no self-worth, I pray only to be an empty vessel for the Lord to use, we are to die to self daily and follow Him and His Word.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Simple Homemade Recipes - Bran Flake Muffins

Bran Flake Muffins

3 c bran flakes
1 c boiling water
2 1/2 c flour
2 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 c shortening
1 1/2 c sugar
2 large eggs
2 c buttermilk

Combine bran flakes and boiling water in a bowl. Let stand ten minutes. Sift together flour, baking soda & salt, set aside.

Cream together shortening and sugar in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy, using electric mixer. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.

Stir in bran flakes mixture with creamed mixture. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture, mixing just enough to moisten. Spoon batter into greased muffin pan-filling 2/3 full. Bake in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes.

This recipe makes 24 muffins.

Katie made these for us today and they are simply delicious. They are the best bran muffins I've ever had, we've used this recipe many times before and it's definitely a keeper. In the photo are some all ready to eat with some real butter from the butter bell!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Simple Thoughts

10 Ideas for a Great Day

Today I will not strike back...
If someone is rude, If someone is impatient, If someone is unkind, I will not respond in a like manner.

Today I will ask God to bless my enemy...
If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly, I will quietly ask God to bless that individual. I understand enemy could be a family member, neighbor, co-worker or stranger.

Today I will be careful about what I say...
I will carefully choose and guard my words being certain that I do not spread gossip.

Today I will go the extra mile...
I will find ways to help share the burden of another person.

Today I will forgive...
I will forgive any hurts or injuries that come my way.

Today I will do something nice for someone, but I will do it in secret...
I will reach out anonymously and bless the life of another.

Today I will treat others the way I wish to be treated...
I will practice the Golden Rule. "Do unto others as I would have them do unto me" - with EVERYONE I encounter.

Today I will raise the spirits of someone who is discouraged...
My smile, my words, my expression of support, can make the difference to someone who is wrestling with life.

Today I will nurture my body...
I will only eat healthy foods. I will thank God for my body.

Today I will grow spiritually...
I will spend more time in prayer today. I will begin reading something spiritual or inspirational; I will find a quiet place and listen to God's voice.

Monday, August 24, 2009

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For Monday August 24, 2009

Here in Kentucky...


Outside my window...it's very sunny and breezy, our temps have gone done and it's only in the 70's right now. We have the windows open and hear the birds and all the other critters out in the woods.

I am thinking...how wonderful it is to have this respite from the heat, usually our Augusts' are hot, hot, hot but it's just wonderfully cool. God is so good.


I am thankful for...that I finally got to see my sweet little parents yesterday, it was my little mama's birthday so we surprised her with a visit, I love being with them!

From the Kitchen...not sure just yet, probably very simple fare. Maybe some sandwiches and some sliced veggies.

I am Reading...My ESV Bible
I am Hoping...to continue with this sense of contentment, sometimes I get so caught up in things I forget to just slow down and enjoy my simple life. I am creating...finished two skirt for me, some gifts for a dear friend of Katie's...also some prim stitcheries, I love making them with little sayings I find, I need to sew a jumper for me, skirt for Katie, a cell phone pocket for the car and a purse for me...can't find one I like so I'm going to make one the way I want it to be, working on a Christmas tree felt project.

I am Praying...for an extended family member going throug
h chemo, for a dear aunt and sweet little cousin who both took a fall last week, for my sweet mother-in-love...I know she is still struggling with the loss.

Around the House...we have a very quiet house, all I hear are my fingers hitting the keys and the critters in the trees out back.

One of my favorite things...watching some of our DVD's together, we don't watch TV very much because there is simply nothing decent to watch but we love some of our DVD's.

A Few Plans for the rest of the week...Just a few business matters to take care of, nothing much else.


Here is a picture thought I'm sharing with you...

this is what is see out my window as I sit here typing.

The odd green thing is my clothesline all folded up under it's cover.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Simple Joys


The Clothes Line

The clothesline was a news forecast
to neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep
when clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link,
for neighbors always knew.
If company had stopped on by,
to spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the fancy sheets,
and towels on the line.
You'd see the company tablecloths,
with intricate design.

The line announced a baby's birth,
to folks who lived inside.
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
so carefully with pride.

The ages of the children could,
so readily be known.
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown.

It also told when illness struck,
as extra sheets were hung.
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
haphazardly were strung.

It said 'Gone on vacation now',
when lines hung limp and bare.
It told 'we're back' when full lines sagged,
with not an inch to spare.

New folks in town were scorned upon,
if wash was dingy gray.
As neighbors raised their brows and looked,
disgustedly away.

But clotheslines now are of the past,
for dryers make less work.
Now what goes on inside a home,
Is anybody's guess.

I really miss that way of life,
It was a friendly sign.
When neighbors knew each other best,
By what hung on the line.

By Marilyn Walker

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Simple Living Thoughts

27 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

  1. Get started.
  2. Be realistic about the time it takes to do something, never as long as you think.
  3. Work with time available.
  4. Use small amounts of time.
  5. Carve out time.
  6. Don't always start at the beginning - just do some part.
  7. Do worst first.
  8. Set small deadlines.
  9. Small reward for each deadline met.
  10. Do things as they occur to you.
  11. Is there a simpler way?
  12. What's the worst thing that will happen if you do it?
  13. Do nothing - try looking at it for a full 15 minutes.
  14. Clear work area of everything else.
  15. Make workplace convenient.
  16. If I don't make deadline no treat.
  17. Listen to your mood.
  18. Plan a reason to get motivated (invite someone over).
  19. Seize opportunities.
  20. To do is must do.
  21. Tell someone else your deadline.
  22. Expect problems to come up that will keep you from getting it done.
  23. Don't stall - expect to do a GREAT job.
  24. Get back to people - even to say 'I don't know yet'.
  25. Ask for help.
  26. Use leisure time for leisure.
  27. Maybe procrastinating means you really don't want to do it at all.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Proverbs 31 Thoughts

Time Wasters...
  1. The Telephone
  2. TV
  3. Reading novels when there's work to be done
  4. Self pity and worry
  5. Lack of organization
  6. Lack of discipline
  7. Trying to do everything at once
  8. Inability to say 'no'
  9. Too much stuff
  10. Inefficiency
These thoughts are from some of my notes on being a Proverbs 31 woman.
Certainly gets you thinking doesn't it?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Simple Thoughts

Promise Yourself...
...to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
...to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
...to make all your friends feel that there is something good in them.
...to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
...to think only the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
...to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
...to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Simple Modesty

I found some wonderful posts today about modesty. There are so many ladies that are dresses only and I find that so inspiring, in a world of such sin and indecency it's quite refreshing to see these ladies in their pretty feminine attire. I have to say especially that it blesses my heart to see all the young ladies that are so concerned with being modest and are blatantly honest about it.
Here are some links to the posts I found:
http://myblessedhome.blogspot.com/
http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com/articles/weekinfemininedress/merryrose/index.htm
http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com/articles/weekinfemininedress/mrschancey.htm
http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com/articles/weekinfemininedress/mrsb/index.htm
http://bygrace3.blogspot.com/2005/08/week-of-modest-dress.html
http://nataliephotography.blogspot.com/2005/09/unexpected-benefit-of-dressing.html
http://danceranna.blogspot.com/2006/02/id-rather-wear-dress.html
http://nataliephotography.blogspot.com/2007/02/other-girls-prove-dresses-are-beautiful.html
Enjoy!

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For Monday August 17, 2009
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...It's very hazy but sunny, extremely hot and humid. The trees in the woods are blowing from side to side, very pretty from here in my nice cool home!

I am thinking...of all the homekeeping I have to do today, it seems things really pile up on the weekend. I don't mind it but would love
to have a better system in place for keeping surfaces clear and quick tidies.

I am thankful for...for so much, it has been two months since my sweet father-in-love passed on and time and prayer ease the pain, the memories still pop up occasionally and I just can't help but cry and it's still hard to believe he's gone.

From the Kitchen...fresh green beans cooked with a cottage ham and new potatoes, also a salad made from nice fresh ingredients by Katie and corn bread with some freshly sliced tomatoes from the farmers market. We're also rebooting our kombucha and having some yummy kefir smoothies. Just finished putting some of our homemade yogurt in a sieve to
make cream cheese.

I am Reading...My ESV Bible

I am Hoping...we can get our fall and winter items out and washed and ready for the coming season.

I am creating...finished a skirt for me, some gifts for a dear friend of Katie's...also some prim stitcheries, I love making them with little sayings
I find, I need to sew a jumper for me, skirt for Katie, a cell phone pocket for the car and a purse for me...can't find one I like so I'm going to make one the way I want it to be, working on a Christmas tree felt project. Also, have some wood signs to finish and am looking into a brand new crafting avenue for us, I'm very excited!

I am Praying...for an extended family member going through chemo, for a dear aunt and sweet little cousin who both took a fall last week, for my sweet mother-in-love...I know she is still struggling with the loss.

Around the House...washer has been going since early, dryer also since it's supposed to rain so no clothes line today, lots of homekeeping.

One of my favorite things...simply knowing that our children know the Lord and love Him, truly nothing else means anything without Him.

A Few Plans for the rest of the week...hopeful visiting with m
y sweet little parents, haven't seen them in weeks since we're down to one car with one in the shop, I miss seeing them.

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing with you...
I have no photos to share, need to upload some but this image is so wonderful to look at today! It's sunny, hazy, humid and in the the 90's today so this calm, peaceful and cool image is wonderful to gaze at!!! I'm going to put it as my desktop background so I can dream of the cool weather!

Monday, August 10, 2009

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For Monday August 10, 2009
Here in Kentucky...


Outside my window...We're in the midst of thunderstorms, thunder is rumbling, the ground is soaked and the sky is dark. The trees and grass are just so very lush and green.


I am thinking...of how wonderful the house smells when we are making our soaps, I love the smell of bay rum (for the fellows) and pink sugar (for us girlies). I love to make soaps that are pure with no scent but sometimes you just have to enjoy all the smells that come from the soap making companies. My favorites are thesage.com and naturegardenscandles.com.

I am thankful for...the Lord for a quick answer to pra
yer this morning, it all worked out just fine and I am so thankful!

From the Kitchen...enjoying a strawberry kefir smoothie right now, later we have to go out so might just pick up a sandwich along the way. The kitchen is our soapmaking lab today so maybe we'll skip cooking.

I am Reading...My ESV Bible, For the Family's Sake


I am Hoping...to accomplish everyt
hing on my list this week, having a list keeps us on track and is the only way I can keep things organized. This still holds true for this week.

I am wearing...ugly work duds, have some things to do that are messy!

I am creating...some gifts for a dear friend of Katie's...also some prim stitcheries, I love making them with little sayings I find, I need to sew a jumper for me, skirt for Katie, a cell phone pocket for the car and a purse for me...can't find one I like so I'm going to make one the way I want it to be. Also, have some wood signs to finish and am looking into a brand new crafting avenue for us, I'm very excited!

I am Praying...for an extended family member going throug
h chemo, for Tommy and the decisions he needs to make, I just pray for the Lords' Will to be done.

Around the House...dh is home early today...woohoo!!!!...he's watching TV, Christopher and Katie are in here with me enjoing their smoothies and having one of their conversations that very few people would understand...I don't!!!

One of my favorite things...simply knowing that our children know the Lord and love Him, truly nothing else means anything without Him.

A Few Plans for the rest of the week...Bits of this and that, no definite plans.


Here is a picture thought I'm sharing with you...
some of our soaps, I like to put shrink wrap on them and tie them up in a pretty ribbon!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Simple Joys


When I was a very young girl I used to watch my mother crochet and just be so mesmerized watching her stitches. At about age 11 she taught me how to crochet and I still love it and have taught my Katie how to crochet also, not only do I love making things with my hands but I love the steady rhythm of stitching and the instant gratification of seeing your work grow right in front of your eyes.
I have made many, many things through the years but the most complicated I ever did was called the broomstick stitch, I think I made this baby afghan when I was about 14 and did use it to cover all three of our babies at one time or another. These were my favorite colors back in those days and I just loved how bright it came out and the bit of glittering flecks that flow through the yarn. Someday I hope to get a spinning wheel so we can spin our own yarn and as I've never had access to it I would just love the feel of creating with real wool as opposed to these synthetic yarns.
In the images the afghan is leaning against my open cedar chest which is where it lives these days, except when I decide to go on a journey through my memories by looking through my cedar chest. My sweet mama bought me the cedar chest also and I just love it. I keep all the favorite mementos of the babies, our wedding, etc. in there so every now and then it's like Christmas to go through it because I quickly forget what's in there!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Simple Beauty of Nature

We were blessed with a beautiful day today so we decided this afternoon to go for a drive. Years ago when the kids were younger our favorite thing to do was just take off on a drive, our goal was just to find the best back roads and hopefully find a treasure that we had never seen or known about before. One of our drives we started down a road and ended up in Warsaw KY, we had never been there before and it's such a pretty little river town, we usually find a park and just have fun for awhile. Today our drive took us down a road that eventually led to Falmouth KY, it's another pretty little town, we used to go down there and shop at an antique store but it's not there anymore. It was a beautiful drive and it was so nice to have the car windows down and enjoy the sun and breeze.

Below are some photos Katie took on our way:










The gardens are all growing so well because of all the rain we've had. This has been one of the nicest summers we've had for awhile. We've had drought conditions the past two summers so this year has been such a treat. The temps have not been very high either although they will be going up in the next few days and probably stay that way until the end of August.

I hope you enjoyed our little view of our Kentucky!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I Am From...

I am from dust and dirt and sweat of the brow, from chicken, pigs, cows and a horse pulled plow.

I am from the slow and quiet sounds of nature, a home that's a silent and simple cocoon in this world of so very much.

I am from the corn stalks, fields of green beans and tomatoes, the beauty of the many hues of yellow, green and red, the sweet, pure taste of nature.

I am from family reunions and simple joys of a loving family, from Jack and Maude, Amanda and Fred and Rene.

I am from the evenings on the front porch swing and chasing lightening bugs.

From hard working and make do with what you have.

I am from true Southern Baptists, the Patriarch of our family a Baptist Minister but especially from folks that love the Lord and put Him above all else.

I'm from the Burns' of Kentucky, gathering ginseng, growing food for need, raising, nurturing and loving children with a tight reign.

From the coal miners who worked hard and lost their lives to barely make a living, the salt of the earth, and the simple life of working with our hands that have led me to teach myself to make our own soap, crochet dishcloths, food made entirely by hand and from scratch, truly making everything we can by hand and using as little electricity as possible, loving the feel of dirt as I dig in the soil, then pluck a tomato from it's vine, taking our children out of school to homeschool them especially to make sure they have a good firm foundation and most of all to love the Lord with all their heart.

I am from photos filling scrapbooks made by our hands, smiling and non-smiling faces on our walls that we walk by daily as we stroll through our home, the past that is ours only...a heritage that will continue through the generations.

To share in 'I am from' go to http://www.swva.net/fred1st/wif.htm , it's been kind of fun.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Simple Coat of Paint

This is a desk my parents had sitting in their family room for years. I'm not sure how old it is but I remember having it growing up so it must be quite a number of years old. It is solid wood and was stained with a wood stain and had been that way for years. We removed the old metal handles, sanded it really well, applied a primer and painted it a country green. I think it looks really nice and new again.
The photo shows some discoloring, it doesn't really look that way, I think the camera flash is picking up the clear finish I sprayed on it. In person it's just a solid green. This desk was a nice piece but not really high quality, I would never touch a good quality antique piece of furniture, this was simply our work desk.
It always amazes me what a simple coat of paint will do! So cheap and easy but yet you get a fresh piece of furniture and you can us any color you choose.
This is the top of the desk all ready for me to sit down and get some work done. The plants are re-potted from arrangements that were sent to dear fil's funeral, in all we were able to re-pot about 12 plants, I love to have lots of indoor plants and these are special to us. the oil lamp I made with one of my blue mason jars that I collect and the lamp was a yard sale find for $2.00, I had it re-wired and it works great. The country sign we made here in our work shop and the frames are the high school diplomas of our three from their homeschool graduation. We had a simple family graduation ceremony and party for them, Tommy graduated in 2003, Christopher 2005 and Katie 2008, they are such fine young people, we couldn't be more proud or love them more! Here's another view:

Monday, August 3, 2009

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For Monday August 3, 2009
Here in Kentucky...


Outside my window...Beautiful sunshine and puffy white clouds, it's a beautiful day with a slight breeze, the woods in back are just so lush and green

I am thinking...how wonderful it is that time eases the pain of grief, the Lord is so perfect in His timing, love and compassion

I am thankful for...my incredibly wonderful husband, he works many hours so I can be a keeper of our home. Many years ago he had to work out of town for three years coming home every week, in those days I was the parent to our three and also had three jobs. Those days were such a struggle but we did what we had to do. He says that working overtime is fine with him compared to commuting every week. God has been very good to us, we are very undeserving

From the Kitchen...fresh ravioli with a light sauce and wilted arugula, kefir smoothies

I am Reading...My ESV Bible, For the Family's Sake

I am Hoping...to accomplish everything on my list this week, having a list keeps us on track and is the only way I can keep things organized.

I am wearing...white top, denim jumper

I am creating...some gifts for a dear friend of Katie's...also some prim stitcheries, I love making them with little sayings I find, I need to sew a jumper for me, skirt for Katie, a cell phone pocket for the car and a purse for me...can't find one I like so I'm going to make one the way I want it to be. Still working on this list from last week.

I am Praying...for an extended family member going through chemo, yes having our health is everything, for a decision our oldest son needs to make.

Around the House...very quiet and peaceful, I love having a calm atmosphere.

One of my favorite things...visiting with our oldest son, he came over last week and we so enjoyed being with him

A Few Plans for the rest of the week...just the typical household chores, no need to leave the house as we have our meals planned for the week. Just enjoy having dh home with us for a couple of days.

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing with you...Dh bought me my hutch a few years ago, we got it from an unfinished furniture store. Ds stained it for me a pretty deep walnut but I was ready for a change, so we painted it a pretty country blue. I'm so happy with it and am always amazed a what a change a coat of paint makes, especially since paint is so very cheap. I bought a quart at WalMart for less than $5.00, had it mixed to the color I wanted and now I have a nice fresh piece of furniture!