Monthly Archives: September 2006

Month: September 2006 lingering to rush

I always feel like 1 Thessalonians is like lingering over a great cup of coffee and fresh hot bread with butter and jam and then glancing at the clock: and it’s like a race to get out the door to catch a plane. You know what I mean; the times you linger in pleasant conversation and then suddenly it hits you: you’ve got to leave –right now! 1 Thess starts like a soothing chat and ends like… well, sort of like that moment when you’re standing in the doorway of a train and hear the PA system: please step away from the doors. As you hug and say the good-bye’s, you race through all the important stuff you meant to say but reminisced too long to say them and then you recognize that some very meaningful things will be missed or imperative instructions won’t be given unless you just blast continue reading

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Month: September 2006 This and That…

Tidbits I’ve gathered today from previous posts: I’m partial to Susan Branch stuff—Cookbooks, Keepsake books, Calendars… stuff! I just received an email update about her site… I think you’ll like it! Her work reminds me of Karla Dornacher whose work I so admire and like seeing around our home—probably much more because it’s inspirational! Site-seeing: Another great site with GREAT stuff! Though I love-love-love the Silpat sheets that my daughter-in-law gave me, I cannot justify buying more of them at this time (they’re pricey—but worth it, to me!). I just visited a site which offers a baking sheet and I really want to try the nonstick material for baking! These sheets at 12.00 per, look a bit more ‘doable’ than the 27.00 Silpats. Additionally, I’d be more apt to use one sheet for crafting —at that price! Apparently, glues don’t stick to the material and they’re not damaged by heat, continue reading

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Month: September 2006 thinking about space…

I’m looking around and thinking about how to change or beautify the decorating scheme of our home.   I’m thinking about space.  Mom’s of many do this a lot, I think.   Interspersed in thoughts of “simplifying” and decluttering, I think we look around every day and say something like, “I’m sure there’s more space in this house― somewhere!” And then I think, hmmmmm, how can I get a bit more creative with windows, bookshelves and bunkbeds –bcz that’s pretty much the list of more prominent items or space grabbers in our home. I initially think perhaps we ought to downsize –the stuff, not the house(!!!).  Maybe get rid of some lots of the books—I sure don’t want less bunkbeds, that’s for certain.  And I wouldn’t want to trade windows for wall-space.  Then I think perhaps, no, maybe we ought to just get taller bookshelves.  Then I realize we cannot have taller continue reading

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Month: September 2006 “ooooo, that’s different!”

In the ongoing saga of attempting to set up an online “store,” we continue to find out that there’s just “one more thing” to take care of before we can do the next thing and “just one more thing” till that can happen and so on. So, yesterday, we were sitting at the bank opening another account to handle merchant stuff and business transactions. This was our second trip because we learned during the first visit that we needed to have the business name registered… that we could not use the business license we’ve had for many years to open the account because the name didn’t match. Okay… so over to the Department of Revenue. Once there, we filled out the necessary paperwork and gave them what they really wanted: $. O, I know they wanted us to fill out the necessary paperwork to legally conduct another business in this continue reading

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Month: September 2006 CLEAR speech

During a newscast this morning, I’m standing talking to my radio (I know, I know… second mistake) and I’m saying: new-klee-er, new-klee-er, new-klee-er! I hear new-cue-lur.  Again I say:  new-klee-er! It’s: new-klee-er, new-klee-er! I listen on… blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, newcuelur blah, blah, blah, blah, nucuelur… blah, blah, blah, blah newcuelur blah, blah… Ack! No… not new-CUE-lur It’s new-klee-er, new-klee-er, new-klee-er!  C’mon! You’re the President.  Home-schooled children are listening and I’m attempting proper pronunciation and clear speech in our home! NuCLEAR.

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Month: September 2006 Truthy… Truing… True.

It’s all stuff I think about. Pretty often.  Whatsoever things are true…  Truing past events and warding off Truthiness.   The longer I live the more I see that people would rather be -truthy- than just about anything else.  For, really,  if we are truthful, people might not like us or at least might not like what we say, do or think.  But, if on the other hand, we are truthy, we think they’ll likely “buy” our stuff.  You know… stuff like “fine, thank you, and how are you?”  If it’s true, fine. Thank you.  If it’s not true…well, then, it’s truthy.  It’s what you *want* the other person to perceive.   It’s not what’s necessarily true, but what you hope they’ll accept as truth.  Truthy.  Truthy works on most of the people most of the time, some of the people all of the time, but not all of the people all continue reading

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Month: September 2006 smiles

I loved seeing a comment from Kathryn… I miss you guys…I’m tryin’ to act smart for your sake! Love you.” (See the post about Homeschooling below)   How I miss our precious girl!  We always have mixed emotions when she’s gone… wanting her to stay and wanting her to enjoy special experiences.  We’re torn over wanting to keep her home and letting her go, too.  So, she’s out of town visiting a friend in Oregon who leaves in a couple of days to return to the mission field in Yemen.  Many months and a whole world away, Kathryn will be especially sad to see her friend go away again. I’m glad she checked in on my blog… a sweet, sweet surprise.

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Month: September 2006 the progression of pots…

I’m smiling at how things change in life… and how, in a mind-boggling way, they really don’t change all that much at all.  As I reached for a pot for making farina this morning, I smiled as I recalled how I delighted in putting the whole set of my new pots and pans in the draw beneath the stove.  That was a long time ago.  I delighted in that matching set, all neatly nestled in that drawer.  But I didn’t get a pot from that drawer this morning.  None of our pots fit in that drawer anymore.   I got out the pot that I used to use to make large ~wink~ pots of soup for our little family.  Those were the days I would buy Cream of Wheat in boxes at the grocery store and the boxes would last a week or two ― then later in “bulk” from continue reading

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Month: September 2006 Another Homeschooling Year

The above cartoon is funny to me. Funny things always seem to contain a curious blend of truth, a stretch of that truth and a bit of fiction. Funny thing is, the fiction parallels the truth so closely that it’s hard to make a distinction sometimes. Well, so the above cartoon is funny to me. And if it weren’t so symbolic of different conversations had in our own van, I’d likely be smug and not laugh. But I am laughing bcz we have had those conversations… or similar ones. That’s another thing about “funny” things… you just can’t make that stuff up. I think I might have said those things more frequently in the days when I was trying so desperately to do all the right stuff. Get up before the crack of dawn, dressed in my jumper, hair done (long, soft curls), family devotions (or what we used to continue reading

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