Thursday, February 25, 2010

What Were They Thinking?

Every once in a while we see something that makes us wonder "Just exactly what were they thinking?"

One such thing we discovered last week on our weekly trip to town. For the past month or so the phone company has been putting all their little flags beside the road to mark the place for the lines they wanted to bury. We didn't pay much attention to them as bit by bit they were getting things done.

But what they did last week we're still trying to figure out what they were thinking when they did this.......

I applaud the owner for just nicely spreading the gravel around that nuisance this week instead of knocking it over like I would be tempted to if something like that would appear in the middle of my driveway!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Things To Do

We have things to do and places to go and a whole lot of things to get accomplished. But most of those things and places have to wait because of crippling mud we are dealing with right now. I have experienced all kinds of weather in the short period of time I call my life. I have lived through tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, and drought. But I have never before encountered mud on the scale we have now.

Driveways and dirt roads are filled with deep ruts, paved roads are buckling and getting all sorts of eruptions and potholes because of all the moisture that has no where to go. Since we can't do anything else we have been catching up on various odd jobs around our little corner of the earth.

Cleaning up tree limbs and burning them occupied part of a day. The children were all impressed with the bonfire.

There's only a certain amount of baking a person can do before you really don't want to see another cooking spoon for a while.


So now there is really nothing left to do except find a cozy spot and wait until the mud starts drying up and we can continue with our life.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Amish Peace

One of the perks of having a blog is that you get to meet many great people that you never would otherwise. One such friend is author Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Recently I received a package in the mail from her.  Since I have a weakness for packages I laid aside what I was doing at the moment and opened it. Inside I found one of her latest books, "Amish Peace" After flipping through it a little I started reading bits and pieces and before I knew it I had read the whole book.  I found it to be very interesting as each chapter was a short story of either memories Amish people had shared or interviews they had done. At the end of each chapter were a few questions to ask yourself that I found quite thought provoking.

As I laid the book aside I felt acutely reminded what all we sacrificed when we left our comfortable little world in an Amish community. Though we don't even consider returning I was glad to find a book that shows some of the qualities I admire and miss from the Amish culture.

Suzanne did not ask me to review her book, but I wanted to share with all of you that I had finally found a book about the Amish  that I actually enjoyed reading.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Pet Peeves

I was surprised recently when I received an email from a reader that felt I'm not being honest on my blog. That I'm always focusing on good and happy things.  I chuckled about it, deleted it, and have thought about it since and decided to do a post on some of my pet peeves and things I dislike.
  1. Mud.  I don't enjoy going outdoors and having to wade through mud to get to where I want to go. I also don't enjoy having it tracked into the house by people who don't have the courtesy to remove their shoes inside the door.
  2. Health fanatics. I really don't have the slightest interest in the latest greatest health food and healthy diets. I find it very annoying when pale sickly people try to tell me how to eat more healthy.
  3. On a similar note. I really cringe when I have to listen to your tale about the last time you were sick or the details of childbirth. Those are on the list of least favorite topics of discussion.
  4. Bad movies. After watching them they make me feel like I totally wasted an hour or two of my life that I'll never be getting back.
  5. Surprise parties.  I despise these with a passion. If you're tired of having me as a friend go ahead and throw a surprise party in my house for me. That should do the trick.
Those are only a few things on my list of pet peeves and things I dislike. So you see, my life isn't perfect at all, but I choose not to focus on all the little annoyances but rather on things that make me smile. It helps my sanity and the sanity of my family and will hopefully help me be a sweeter person once I'm eighty.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Favorite Things

Every once in a while I have a day where I like to focus on the many things around me that I enjoy.

Up first... my happy helpers. Life would be really dull without our three children.



The little snow fort that Sailor is building in our front yard. He has to walk quite a distance from his building project to the drift where he fills the dish pan with snow to make cubes to place on the walls.

Our kitchen.... happens to be the favorite room in the house.


Good music.

Pretty flowers.

So many simple things that make life a sweeter place.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tidbits

One of the biggest regrets I have is, that I didn't have a camera when our children were babies. So many moments that have been lost because no one was there to capture the moment and preserve it for later years.

Several weeks ago we had family come visit for a little while, and this little guy was so cute and precious that I just had to share his photo with you.

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We have had more snow and mud to deal with this winter than we have ever had since we live here in a part of the country that was supposed to be friendly during the winter. I'm really ready for spring and yet at the same time trying not to feel envious at the folks living where we used to, who are enjoying 36" of snow with more forecast for today.

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I have this huge ivy plant that just keeps getting bigger. Every few months it will bloom, producing clusters of sweetly scented unique flowers. I would like to start a new plant from it and was hoping there are some people with a green thumb who can give me pointers on how to do that.

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