Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A New Project - A Family Cookbook

Katie and I have taken on a huge project and I'm curious as to how many folks have done this with their family.  A couple of years ago we started requesting recipes from our family and friends of the family.  This is my mother's family and she was one of 9 children and her parents had multiple siblings so the extended family is simply huge.  I have more cousins than you could even imagine and of course they've had children and their children are having children, etc.  The list just goes on and on!
Well, we have received quite a few recipes but it's just kind of hard getting folks to sit down and write them down and send them.  I set up an email addy specifically for family recipes and that's been a big help because most folks have their recipes computerized and can just zip them to me through email.  Quite a few of the family are not computer folks and just wrote them up and sent them or sent me copies.
My favorite ones so far are the ones that are handwritten, some of them are the originals or copies of the originals, these are just treasures!  We also request stories behind the recipes or just tales of how often they had them, etc.  We have learned so much and have enjoyed having the stories to go along with them.
My grandparents were farmers and I well remember as a child seeing my grandma frying up the chicken and they raised a lot of their own food and their own critters...yep, chicks for that fried chicken!
I wanted to share a recipe that my aunt sent about my Grandma Burn's fried chicken, feel free to try it yourself:

Grandma Burn's Fried Chicken
Go outside, catch a big young rooster.  Pick it up and 'wring it's neck' (almost instant death).  Hold it up, pour hot water on it to loosen its feathers.  Then 'pick' the rooster.  Cut it open, take out the stuff you don't eat, cut up the rest.  1 breast, 1 back, 1 pulley bone, one liver, one gizzard, 1 neck, 2 legs (drumsticks), 2 thighs.  Roll it in flour and a little meal (this would be corn meal), salt & pepper.  Fry it in a deep skillet and enjoy.

Sound tasty and fun???LOL  Of course she used lard to fry it in, I'm sure my grandma did not know what olive oil was and she certainly wouldn't have called it extra virgin olive oil...they didn't use that sort of talk back then!!LOL

I have a lot of recipes family have sent from those that have gone before us, this same aunt sent me a recipe from her daughter who was one of my best friends growing up.  She died the same year Dan and I got married, in 1982, they found her dead on Christmas morning, she had some health issues but we didn't know they were that bad, sadly she was going to the Dr. the next week to have some things checked out.  I loved her dearly and to have a recipe with her name on it is more precious to me than gold!  

If you've never thought about this idea, I encourage you to try to get one started.  It's taken a while for us to gather the recipes and are still waiting on some but our hope is to have it finished by this fall at our annual family reunion.

We're going to make it in a scrapbook style with scrapbook papers and will add pics and stories to the pages, it should really be nice.  I'll post some pics when we're finished.  It's a bit of a project for us but I know it will be worth all the work in the end and I'm sure everyone will enjoy it.  We'll make sure and print it on acid free paper so it will last beyond our generation.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

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My Daybook for...

Monday March 29, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Very dreary, rainy cloudy sky. Quite chilly.

I am thinking...how I've neglected my blog lately, I need to get back on track with my posting.  Seems spring is just such a busy time, so much work to be done.

I am thankful for...the Lord giving us 'just enough'.

I am remembering...some blessings during our yard sale, met some really nice folks and an old friend of Dan's stopped by that I had never met but I knew his father.  His father is passed now and was best friends with Dan's dad, who passed last year, we had a really nice visit with this new friend.  He talked about World War II with Christopher (who loves learning about WWII) and taught him how to cast the reel on an old fishing pole Christopher inherited from Dan's dad.  It was a very nice day, didn't make much at the yard sale but enjoyed chatting with some really nice folks.
I am currently reading...finished the last book in the Sophie Trace Trilogy by Kathy Herman.  It was excellent!  I will post a review soon.  I was so sad getting to the end of the this book because I had just gotten to know all these folks so well and was pleasantly surprised at the end to see that it continues in a new series, something to look forward to!!!  I've read all of Kathy Herman's books and just love her writing. 

I am hoping...for some nice warmer weather, it was chilly over the weekend and today it's chilly and dreary.
  We have sunny days and much warmer temps coming this week.

On my mind...blessings!  We can never ever out give God, it's an amazing thing to behold.  I love being a Child of God!!!
Noticing that...life isn't about playing games with people trying to make them happy, it's taken me many years to see that it's all about God.  I spent many years thinking that we should be about pleasing our parents, family, etc. and that's just wrong, life improved immediately when I realized that it's about pleasing God and put that into practice.  It's all about Him, every breath of every day.

Pondering these words...if we keep our eyes on Him, always looking to Him, we will walk in the light and shadows will always stay behind us.

From the kitchen...Southwestern Lasagna, salad.

Around the house...some chores being done and reorganization happening, we're preparing our home and ourselves for what might be around the bend.  Still working on the list of to-dos, preparing for a possible change.

From my picture journal...
 Just another felt applique image that I think is so cute from weefolkart.com

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Bekah Tag

Coffee or Tea?  I like coffee in the morning and loose Earl Grey tea in the afternoon

Do you have any animals? Well, there's Dan, no...Tommy, no....Christopher, no...Katie, naw, no pets, I have allergies to dogs and cats!

Any news you'd like to share?  We're having a yard sale!

What is your favorite flower?  orange/apricot roses

Favorite day of the week?  not sure, one day melds into the next most of the time

What time did you get up this morning?  First ask me what time I went to sleep.....5am...I don't sleep like normal folks do, unfortunately :(

What is your favorite TV show?  Avonlea, our favorite show.

What do you usually have for breakfast?  coffee

What food do you dislike?  anything spicy, don't like hot spicy foods

Salty or sweet?  mostly salty, sometimes sweet

What is your best quality?  I'm told I'm a good listener.

What is your name?  Judy Kay, the Dr. that delivered me was Dr. Kay

What characteristic do you most despise?  cruelty, so very unnecessary

Anywhere in the world on vacation?  Switzerland.  But truly if I never left Kentucky I'd be quite happy.  I've been to Hawaii, California, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma...but to me Kentucky will always be the  most beautiful.  I think it's very good when we can bloom where we're planted and I'm happy to be planted right here!

Are you organized?  That is the goal...always the goal!

What is your favorite song at the moment?  "Give me Your Eyes" by Brandon Heath

Where are you going to retire to?  Kentucky

What is your birthstone?  Alexandrite

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?  Orange

What is your favorite drink?  RC

Favorite clothing?  jumper, tee, sandals

Favorite restaurant?  Cracker Barrel

What was your favorite toy as a child?  Dolls

Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate

What is under your bed?  I don't think any of us want to really know that...:)  Actually it was cleaned recently and vacuumed so nothing.

What do you usually do in the evening?  Supper, finish up laundry, piddle on the computer, read, watch something with Christopher and Katie

Monday, March 22, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

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My Daybook for...
Monday March 22, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window
...Very dreary, rainy cloudy sky.  Quite chilly.

I am thinking...that it's time for a change in our home, things have just gotten boring and it's time to spring spruce things up!

I am thankful for...our oldest son getting a job promotion!  He's worked very hard for this and we're very proud of him!

I am remembering...a nice relaxing weekend with my family, still healing from the illness so we just were not up to doing things just yet.

I am currently reading...a new Kathy Herman book, will post about it when I'm finished.  Also, still reading on crafting with wool felt and got some books from the library about algebra, just want to brush up on some things.

I am hoping...for some nice warmer weather, it was nice over the weekend but today it's chilly and dreary.

On my mind...blessings!  Just when we get down and let things bog down our mind, heart and spirit....we're reminded that Christ came so that we can have life and have it more abundantly!  We are not to fret and worry, as my oldest brother Rick tells me 'worry is of the devil'!  I will rejoice in Him today!

Noticing that...there seems to be a change happening in our lives right now, I'm not even sure what it is but things are happening that we did not foresee or cause to happen, good things, truly makes me wonder what the Lord has in store for us!!

Pondering these words...if He brings us to it He will bring us through it.

From the kitchen...something with ground beef, we're just playing it by ear!

Around the house...some chores being done and reorganization happening, we're preparing our home and ourselves for what might be around the bend.

From my picture journal...
This is along the lines of what I'm working on with my wool felt, I'm really enjoying working on the stitches I haven't done for awhile, it's a nice change.  I love all the sweet things on the website weefolkart.com lot's of fun stuff!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Cleaning and Soaking up the Sun and Warmth!

How cute is this clothesline?  I love the old look of it!  I have a clothesline but sadly mine is an umbrella free standing one that we put out as we use.  We have no large trees in our yard and the ground is not conducive to trying to put clothesline poles in it.  For our garden area we had to till, add soil, till, add soil, till....you get the picture....so it's just way too difficult to get those poles in.
I do have a promise that in our next home I can have a clothesline just the way I want it and am looking sooooo forward to it!
In the meantime, I'm such a happy girl because we've had such bright sunny warm days, it just motivates you to get that spring cleaning going!  Of course today is the first day of spring but that doesn't always mean nice warm weather for our little homestead, our area of Kentucky has varied temps through the spring so you just never know.
I do know that even if I can't be working outside I can get my inside spring cleaning finished.  I always find that when spring comes I want things cleared and streamlined.  Winter is always about making everything full and fluffy and cozy but spring and summer mean putting away a lot of the pretties and clearing things.  I love to get all the windows cleaned inside and out and just open all the windows and let the curtains blow billow in the wind!
I sometimes wonder if people clean their windows these days, you just don't see people cleaning their windows, sweeping the porches, etc. like when I was a child.  Even when our kids were little our sweet elderly neighbor (who our Katie is named after) would be out sweeping her front porch every single morning.  She lived alone and I know there was no mess on that porch but that was just her habit and I found it comforting to see her out there sweeping early in the morning!
The best part of my post is that everyone is on the mend!!! PTL!!!  Sadly, Dan is now sick but he's like the energizer bunny, nothing stops him and he's never called in sick a day in his life.  He just suffers through it!

Friday, March 19, 2010

What's In a Word - My Review

by Webb Garrison
Thomas Nelson Publishers

I chose this book simply because I'm a word person, I love the written word and I love to learn and use new words in conversations.  Anything that explains certain words is my kind of book.  I received a copy from Thomas Nelson to read and review.

What's in a Word, fascinating stories of more than 350 everyday words and phrases caught my eye because I've always been fascinated with the origin of phrases, this book answered so many of my questions in the 248 pages!

The beauty of this book is the ability to simply look up your phrase and read that page only, it's an excellent reference book to add to your library.  At the beginning of each chapter there is a list of the words and phrases in those pages and they are categorized by genre; technology, religion, pioneers and cowpokes.  This makes perusing it a bit more fun because you can read about the particular phrases you're interested in for that day.

Do you know what....Fight fire with fire means?  This is how it's described in the book:
Fire was a foe of householders on the American frontier.  Most cabins were built in small clearings, but grass and brush might extend nearly to the doors.  Disaster threatened whenever flames pushed by the wind approached.  In this situation settlers often set backfires.  This meant burning a strip in the path of a big blaze then extinguishing the fire to leave barren ground that would not burn.  To fight fire with fire was a desperate venture, for the control strip might bet out of hand and add to the danger instead of reducing it.  Consequently, the frontier term has come to indicate any emergency measure that involves great hazard.

I think that's pretty interesting stuff!  We also learn about curfew, beau, blockhead, thorn in the flesh, gloss over and many, many more.

I actually wish we had had this book while homeschooling, it's an excellent resource for a learning tidbit for the day for teachers, etc.

I give this book 5/5 stars for the simplicity of reading, ability to quickly learn the meanings of words and phrases and the fun of finally knowing the  meaning behind the phrases I've heard all my life!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Simple Christian Walk - Part 2

Our walk, continued...
Dan sometimes attends mass with his family when the service is for his father and he even takes communion.  I asked him once about that and he said if he wanted to take it he would take it because he didn't think it was a sin and since he didn't drop over dead from taking it I guess he's right, I think it was just his way of supporting his mother through the difficult services.

I have no problem with anyone attending a different church than I.  I am very disturbed that there are folks attending cult churches, only because I know this is not biblical, but I'm not going to go hunt them down in person and scream the error of their ways....I will simply go about my own Christian walk and pray for those that are in the dark to have their eyes opened to the truth.  Truly, it's all about the truth as the Bible tells it, there is no other Word of God, just the Bible.
I'm not in any way saying I do not care about folks that have their hearts hardened to the truth, actually the opposite is true.  I care deeply and to think that someone just might end up in Hell is the most painful truth there is.  But as it is not my job to 'save' people I just live my life, share the gospel when the opportunity arises and give all the glory and honor to Christ.  It is my job to keep my eyes open for opportunities to witness but after I share with them my job is done, of course I will continue to pray for them.

I'm not telling folks to stay away from any church that is different than mine, why would I do that?  It would be like taking a cane away from a blind person.  The best we can do is soak up the scriptures and seek the truth, all of the answers are there that we will ever need to know....not want to know....need to know, we just need to always look to God's Word.

We were all born sinners and we can only be truly saved through Jesus Christ.  He died on that cross so that we may come to God through him without any good deeds, good works, etc.  His grace is freely given to us when we ask Him into our hearts...pretty simple stuff.

What does hurt me deeply and anger me beyond words is the false prophets that lie to people to get them to believe 'their' way, Jesus is the ONLY way.  The false prophets would have us believe that all we have to do is ask  and we will be showered with blessings and nothing will ever go wrong....we are never, ever promised an easy life when we accept Christ....truly whether we accept Christ or not life will be difficult...the difference...huge difference is that when we go through trials and walk through the valleys....He will be there with us, He will never leave us or forsake us.  Yes, that's the promise that I hold on to.

Am I going to go to a Jewish temple and tell those folks not to enter because it's wrong.....am I going to go outside the Catholic churches and tell them not to enter .....am I going to stand outside the Baptist church and tell people they are attending the wrong church?  Of course not!!  I can only search the scriptures for myself and follow the direction that I'm led to go.

What I must do is die to self daily (which means asking the Lord to show me how to serve Him in everything I do, giving Him full control), work hard to stay on the right path, share when the opportunities arise, guide my own children to follow Him and do the very best that I can do every single day to honor Christ in 'all' I say and do.

Above all, I will not hate anyone, especially because of their religion.  Christ loved the sinner just not the sin.  Who am I to think that I have the right to hate when Jesus came to teach about God's love.  Love God and follow His word, that about sums up my Christian Walk.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Simple Christian Walk - Part 1

It's amazing to me that people actually sift through blogs and websites looking for posts to bash because of Christian content.  I've been bashed myself for my opinions regarding buying USA made only items.  What are people doing wasting their time looking through the internet just for something to complain about?  I don't understand at all!
Of course we've all read Ben Stein's remarks about people celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.  His belief is simply, to each his own.  I don't understand why that is not obvious to everyone, why do people just look for something to go after, instead of just minding their own lives. 
I am a Christian.  I went to the Catholic church with my husband for quite a few years, we even had our first two children christened in the Catholic church.  I would have continued to go with him, even though I was Baptist, but he made the decision for us to leave.  Although we had attended mass every week for years and had our children christened in the church and were taking them to mass also (Tommy was 2, Christopher was an infant), it was brought to Dan's attention that he should not be taking communion (which he had been doing since he was a child) because he was married to me.  
You see I had been married before (fairly briefly) so since he was married to a divorced woman he could not take communion.  Suddenly, this man that had been going to mass since childhood, went all the way through school in catholic schools and continued to go to mass and take his wife and children, was told not to take communion anymore.  I must say he was hurt beyond understanding that he was not welcome to take communion and also that I was labeled because of something I had no control over...my first husband wanted the divorce, I had no choice....but Dan in his quiet way simply said 'As of today we start going to the church you grew up in'...and that was that.  Some months later Dan was baptized in the Baptist church and now we have become Reformed Presbyterians.  Our kids all accepted Christ before their teens and were baptized in the Baptist church also.
Now you see Dan could have said 'that's it'!!!, I'm going to talk to this fellow or that fellow and just started a big stink about it but he chose to simply make the decision to quietly leave, no one ever called or came to our home to question it, we just left and never looked back.  I think Dan was saddened that after a lifetime of being a Catholic, attending Catholic schools, etc....he was just forgotten.  
Interestingly enough we had friends who thought Dan was crazy and could not understand how he could leave the church, to them the Catholic church is the only church.  Their anger was actually akin to Dan leaving and abandoning his family, they really could not understand, even when he explained why he left.  I truly believe that some of them thought he should just divorce me rather than leave the church.  Kinda bizarre but that's the way it was.

In this post alone I've given folks ammunition to use against me...but do I care?  No, not at all.  Yes, I was divorced, yes my husband left the catholic church, yes we left the baptist church.....I also truly believe that the Kentucky Wildcats are the #1 college team in the country ever!!!!!!and that homeschooling is incredibly wonderful and fun, that being home all the time with my kids and homeschooling was the best choice in parenting we ever made  But you see those are my truths, and that's it you see....I'm just sharing the truth of Judy's life.  We will all have a different path, my prayer is that we all choose the path that leads us to Christ and ultimately to Heaven, I would love to meet you there!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

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My Daybook for...
Monday March 15, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window
...Very dreary, rainy cloudy sky.  Quite chilly.

I am thinking...that I'm so thankful for the many blessings the Lord showers us with daily, in the midst of everyone being so sick I see His love shine through!  Thank you Jesus!

I am thankful for...a roof over our heads, a functioning furnace, a dryer to dry our clothes, a stove and oven to fix our food....on such a chilly day it's really easy to see the blessings of simple appliances, so many do without.  Yes, we are blessed beyond measure!

I am remembering...something that happened this weekend that was such an incredible blessing, right out of nowhere the Lord just stepped right in and quickly fixed a problem for us...not only that but He blessed us way beyond the problem.  How does anyone survive without the Lord, I guess I could survive without Him, but I never, ever want to!

I am currently reading...reading a lot of how to books right now on crafting with wool felt, some educational books because I really want to brush up on some subjects that I was never taught in school and learned a bit of while homeschooling but I want to take it further.

I am hoping...to finish some much needed chores and tasks before the sun sets this evening.

On my mind...sickness....we've had sickness in our home for well over a week and I'm so ready for some warmer spring weather!  Throw those windows wide and get out all the sick germs!

Noticing that...It is hard to take care of my home by myself, I'm so used to everyone pitching in and doing their own chores that it's tough to get it all done...especially since I've been sick also!

Pondering these words...It is a wise mother who gives her child roots and wings.  Chinese Proverb  So very true!

From the kitchen...stuffed baked potatoes, roasted broccoli.

Around the house...just got back from running errands.  Chris and Katie are just chilling out and resting, Dan is crashed on the couch, he says this is the life!  He had to get up at 2:45 to go into work so he's happy to lay there with his remote control and channel surf away!

From my picture journal...
Our Cute little great nephew who turned 1 this weekend....where does the time go?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Simply Sick and Sanitizing!

Well, the sickies have floated over to Christopher and Katie so we are just a house full of sick germs!  The past few days have been really pretty and we've had the windows open and enjoyed the warmth but today is cold and rainy so we're all closed up again.  I'm looking forward to spring but realize that this is only March and we sometimes have snow in April so I want to make the most of the time I am unable to enjoy the outside.
I'm doing laundry, cooking, dishes, cleaning, sanitizing, working on the decluttering when I have an extra minute, planning some container gardens in my head, sorting through clothes to put away or give away or make into rags or just pitch, working on more things for our ebay store and would you believe I still haven't finished painting my shelf and floor shelf???...they're still sitting in the garage waiting for me!  We've had rain throughout the days most days lately so there's just been too much humidity in the air to paint it with the garage door open and I can't paint it closed because it's oil based paint (which I'll never use again!!!).
Well, sitting here on the puter is not accomplishing much so back to the list I go!  So many chores, so little time...but most of all, so little help!  I'm really not used to doing everything by myself but that's what I have to do because these two are feeling terrible.  I don't mind it at all but it's kinda slow going for me because the more I do the more the bronchitis cough starts up so I do some and rest some, etc.....it's really not bad because I'm not on a schedule, it will get done when it gets done!  Hope to be back in the real world soon!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Simply Feeling Better and a Tag from Katie

I am feeling better (thanks for the prayers..very sweet and kind!).  I went to the Dr. because Dan said I was drifting down the river of 'denile' because I thought it was just allergies!  Well, he was right because I am back to the Asthmatic Bronchitis, back on the same meds again, got a shot and breathing treatment and I'm feeling much better.

My sweet Katie had this little questionnaire on her blog....and well, I like to be like her so I stole this from her blog....don't tell!!!!

1. What's your favorite time of the day, and why?  I really like the early, early morning, like at 6am but I seldom get up that early.  We go to bed very late at our house so our mornings are not quite that early.  Years ago we would get up real early on my grandparents farm and I loved to see the fog still lingering down in the valley.  Their farmhouse was high up on a hill.

2. If health wasn't an issue, what food could you live off of?  Fried chicken...actually chicken in any form.  I grew up eating chicken multiple times a week and still love it.  Sadly Dan does not like 'our' chicken at all, he'll eat it anywhere else but not at home...kinda strange and quite offensive but hey...what are you going to do?

3. If you could have one wish granted (besides wishing for more wishes), what would it be?  If I could only have one wish I could never use it for myself, it would have to be to help someone.

4. What's one thing that you get teased about a lot?  I don't know...we don't really tease in our home so I can't think of anything.

5. If you could choose one movie, book, or TV show to spend your life in, which would you pick? What type of character would you be?  Avonlea, actually the Road to Avonlea series.  I really don't think many folks have watched this series, it was on the Disney channel years ago and we now have it on DVD.  This is an incredible series and we have literally watched them over and over!  I would be Janet King, Sara Stanley's aunt.

6. If you could have one talent that you don't already have, what would it be?  I would love to sing like Twila Paris, such an incredible voice!  Sadly, I cannot sing anything that anyone would want to hear.  Years ago when Tommy (our oldest) was a baby I would sing 'You Light Up My Life' to him....because you see I thought it was so appropriate to sing to my baby boy that I loved soooooo much.  Well, it became a family joke and everyone requested I sing it to him.....not because they liked my singing but because whenever I would start singing that song he cried.....not a little tiny cry, not a scared cry, not an I'm hungry cry....no, no, no...it was a heart wrenching sob like my singing was simply breaking his heart...or hurting his ears, not sure which one!!!

7. If money were no object, where would you go on vacation?  Switzerland, I've wanted to go there since I was a little girl.

8. If you were an awesome singer, which genre would you sing?  Contemporary Christian

9. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, what would it be?  Hobby Lobby sounds really good but to be practical I guess I would say Wal-Mart, you could get so many different things there.

10. If you could live in any point in time, when would it be?  1800's, I agree with Katie on this, I love the 1800's also.  But also, if Katie were living then I would want to also....you see I love her soooooo much!

11. If every outfit in your wardrobe had to be one color, what would it be?  Coral

12. If you were one of the seven dwarves, which one would you be? (Doc, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful, Happy, or Dopey)  Uh...duh....Dopey????  Actually I would have to say 'Happy' because I am generally a very happy person.

13. What's the last album you listened to?  I don't listen to albums, but the last song I remember listening to was 'Testify to Love' by Avalon.

14. What's something we'd be surprised to know about you? Although I decorate with country, almost primitive style and everything is a bit worn looking or used....and I love Country decorating!....I'm just fascinated with anything that shimmers, shines, glistens, etc.  I love glitter in every single color, and would live in a beautiful glittery world with fairy wings and a glittery sky....with beautiful rainbows everywhere sprinkled with fairy dust....I mean glitter!!!  And dew drops everywhere...oh yeah, everyone would be happy and peaceful and calm in my world!

Well, that's Judy in a nutshell!....especially a half of a walnut shell because it would make the perfect little tiny boat to float down the beautiful pink and purple river in my little world!
Since Katie always tags people, I'm going to also!  I tag Sweet Sandy, Sweet Sue and any other sweet friend of mine that wants to do it, make sure and comment so I can come and read yours!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Simply Sick....ugh

I'm dealing with some allergy or bronchitis sickies, not sure which.  Will be back to play when I'm all better!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Spring Cleaning and A Simple Beautiful Day

 This is an image of Tasha Tudor and some visitors.  I have read all about Tasha and just loved her and her lifestyle.  It was a sad day when she left this world.  She was an artist and truly lived the simple life.  A wonderful inspiration for working hard and enjoying the simple things in life!

We have been blessed with an incredibly beautiful day today, the snow is melting and most of it is all gone.  It was nice to go to the mailbox today and not have to reach over a 4' mound of snow to get the mail!  I love these teases of spring!  We are very busy today getting some things moved around and accomplishing quite a bit.  We have plenty to do and not enough daylight to do it all!  The time changes on the 14th, I'll be happy to have more daylight in the evenings.
Here's a wonderful sight I love, she has some spring cleaning ideas that you can follow along with:

Well, lots to do and being on the computer is not one of them.  I pray you're all having a wonderful day and that you look around you and see His many, many blessings and smile with the joy that comes only from knowing Him.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Simple American

I have to tell you that I've received some not very nice emails and a bit of flack for my post on buying American made products.  I find that interesting because we live in a country that encourages freedom of speech.  I disagree with a lot of what I read on the internet or hear on the news, etc.  But you see freedom of speech means that I can give my opinion, you do not have to agree with me, but you better believe I'm going to give it anyway.
I did not allow the comments to go through, which means I silenced them which is not allowing their free speech, but if they have a blog they can post their side of it.  This is my blog, therefore I will post my opinions.  I am not a argumentative person so I will not battle with anyone, but I will speak up for what I think is right.
Most importantly I will defend your right to give your opinion, I defend your right to free speech also.  I may not like what you have to say, I may disagree completely but yes, I will defend your right to say it.
This blog is about my opinions as a Christian, Young Earth believer, Creationist, American, Homeschooling, Homesteading, Homemaking, Proverbs 31 Woman.  You may read what I say and turn away and never come back, that's okay because this may not be a blog that would interest you.  
Above all, I'm about the truth.  I guess it's the truth as I see it.  Am I still going to speak my mind about the things that matter to me, you bet!  Raising our voices is important to make a change and our dear sweet country is desperate for some changes!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

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My Daybook for...
Monday March 1, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window
...Patches of snow here and there, it's definitely melting.  Today is overcast but not freezing cold, feels pretty good outside, not warm but comfortable.

I am thinking...that life can change in a heartbeat, we never know what the next moment will bring!

I am thankful for...everything, whether it be the blessings or the trials, I know that I grow in my faith through each.

I am remembering...a nice weekend, got to see my Tommy again!  Twice in one week!!! Woohoo!

I am currently reading...Just finished Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge.  Excellent book!

I am hoping...to be motivated by the treadmill we got today, really need to get moving on it!

On my mind...list of chores, I've been listing on ebay today and haven't gotten to my chores yet, it's gonna be a long night!

Noticing that...when I'm fine, everybody else in the house seems fine.  Pretty simple stuff!

Pondering these words...'Only a life lived for others is a life worth living.  Albert Einstein

From the kitchen...leftover homemade chicken noodle soup for lunch, barbecue ribs, potatoes and veggies for supper.

Around the house...shower is going, dishes are clicking together as Katie dries and puts them away.  Dan's watching TV, not sure what, it's just background noise to me, I don't usually pay much attention.

From my picture journal...
A pretty petunia from in our front yard a couple of years ago....aaaahhhh, can't wait to start planting flowers!!!