Monday, August 29, 2016


The mailman stopped by our mailbox a few minutes ago, and Rosebud ran out to see what he left for us.

Nothing special. A catalog, a credit card offer, and a college brochure. If there's something I miss from our Amish years, it's the interesting mail we used to get.

Everything landed in the trash, including the catalog, which made me feel a little sad as another wave of nostalgia swept over me.

Not so long ago, catalogs were greeted with enthusiasm. Rosebud and Sunbeam would go through them and cut out the pictures of furniture, bedding, food, and clothes. Especially the clothes. They each had a family of paper dolls, which were simply pictures of people found in catalogs.

I can't even begin to count the hours they occupied themselves playing with their make believe world filled with paper people and possessions. Creating homes for their families. Visiting each other, working, playing, laughing.

If I had kept track of the time, I'm sure it would have added up to years.

It was their choice of pass time from the time Rosebud learned how to wield a pair of scissors with any amount of skill, until only a year or so ago.

They flipped through the catalog a little bit before it landed in the trash. "This would have made a great paper doll catalog," they remarked before going on their merry way of working on a craft project. I swallowed a lump in my throat.

I'm enjoying every day, but some days it's harder than others seeing how fast time is flying by. How fast our children are growing up. I'm reminded of how soon today will be only a fond memory, and I want to make the most of it while it is here.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')

There are several pretty big decisions we've been waffling over recently. Nothing I care to divulge at this moment.

2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you?

It does seem as if the seasons are getting a little rushed, but I have no problem with that. I'll eat pumpkin and apple pies and other autumn related things year round. I can enjoy hot chocolate in July and an ice cold lemonade in December. I don't decorate the house, ever, so seasonal things really don't affect me that much. As far as Christmas things being put out in stores in October ...... I'm one of those people who secretly loves it, but doesn't dare mention it because of everyone else raising a ruckus about it.

I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-

make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, be a tourist for the day, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe

Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close? 

We'll probably try to squeeze in a little getaway before the weather gets cold. That is, if part of a day, and local, counts as a little getaway.

I haven't seen the sun set in a long time. I might have to hike up to the fields above our house and park out to watch a sunset one of these evenings.

There will be a new recipe or two tried as well.
3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature?

I really love ferns, wild flowers, and butterflies. So pretty and peaceful.

4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else? 

I think I tend to agree with that, and define myself with a mixture of intentions, actions, and something else.
5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate. 

That depends on what qualifies as a crisis. Fires, floods, and tornadoes ..... I haven't had to really find out. When ever the tornadoes went through our area I was pretty much useless because of my broken ankle.

Accidents .... I have surprised myself that I was able to function above and beyond what I thought I would be capable of.

Everyday crisis ... such as a cooking disaster happening in the kitchen with hungry guests sitting in the living room. I'm pretty calm and useful.

6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?

Hamburgers, and yes we'll have them even when the seasons change.
7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?

I have seen them. I don't understand why they have become a trend. I enjoy coloring, and will help Buddy quite often, with fun normal coloring books. There is no way I want to spend time coloring tiny, often senseless, doodles.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Look who we saw. :)


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Picture my Week

There's something about the dark skies of a rain moving in, and older barns that stirs something deep inside. I can't quite explain it. I had to step outside and soak in the beauty of it all, and then we all stood on the porch afterwards and watched the rain come sweeping over the hill.

Buddy had a slow day when he woke up with a stuffy nose. Instead of charging outside like usual, he plopped on the floor with a piece of bubble wrap and spent several hours, painstakingly popping the bubbles one by one.

Rosebud enjoys trying a new recipe every week. This week that happened to be Mini Chocolate Silk Pie. They turned out to be quite the tasty little treat.

We finished up our third week of school. One of the books we read when looking for an allegory other than the ever popular Pilgrim's Progress was this one. A short, sweet, inspirational read that we enjoyed.

Our roses continue to bloom. This week provided a new orange hued rose that we all admired. Buddy especially thought it's a very special color after all the reds and pinks we had been getting.

I'm not a big fan of ice cream. Sitting down to enjoy a bowl full does not sound enjoyable to me. This week, however, we decided on a whim to get a box of Turkey Hill brand. Oh, my!! If all ice cream were this good I would start looking for reasons to eat it. Creamy, silky, pure delightfulness. The type of treat where you consider locking yourself in a closet somewhere to eat it so that you don't have to share.

It has been a summer of moths, this year, and we saw a lot that were new to us. Several days ago, it was this one that came by.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Flexi Winner

This week passed by quickly, and it's already time to choose the winner for the Flexi Clip giveaway.

As usual, I'm consulting with the random generator, and here are the results.

Comment # 14

Elizabethd said .......

Every time I look at these I think how lovely they are. My hair is blonde with a bit of a wave, and I love the Pearl Drop one.

Congratulations! Please send me an email with your address and I will forward it to my friend, and she will get your clip sent to you.

To everyone wanting a clip, but didn't win. Good news! There's a sale going on right now, so you can get one at a great price.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August?

Letter writing, calligraphy, and the making of a cookbook ..... all things that will be worked on during the month of August here in our house. Learning a new dance ... not so much.
2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain. 

I've never had everything I wanted. Though I am happy and content with what I have.

Without having experienced both options, I'll refrain from giving my opinion on the matter.
3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds. 

I visit thrift stores several times a year. Mostly with a certain item in mind that I need, and I pretty much stick to looking only for it instead of other things that might catch my eye.
4.  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear? 

Every fall my wanderlust kicks into a full blown ten. There's so much I would like to do, so many places I'd like to see, and things I would like to experience.
5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so?

It's been feeling a tad more on the side of a marathon. We started back to school, which somehow always feels a bit marathon-ish to me.
6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives? 

I can't think of anything. I do have apples here waiting to be turned into applesauce, but that's more along the lines of needing to be done before they turn bad, instead of before fall officially arrives.
7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time? 

Interesting conversation with friends tends to make me lose track of time.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

There's still time to enter the giveaway shared in my previous post.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Passing on the Love

Several years ago I acquired my first (and only) Lilla Rose flexi clip. I immediately fell in love with how pretty it looked, how easy it was to use, and how comfortable it was to wear.

It's still in great shape even after having been used regularly all this time.

The friend who gave me the clip is generously offering to also give a clip valued up to $16.00 to one of my readers.

Today there will be several different ways to earn an entry.

  • For the first entry, let's do something fun and easy. Simply leave a comment telling me what color and type of hair you have. For example I have brown hair that also happens to be long and straight.
  • For an additional entry share a link to this giveaway on either your blog or Facebook, or both. Then come back here and leave another comment telling me you did.
  • For a third entry like this Facebook page.
  • For the fourth and final entry go to this website and look at all the flexi clips, and then come leave a comment telling me which one you would like to have if you were the lucky winner.
I will be choosing the winner on Friday, August 19th using the random generator.