Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hodgepodge

1.  In the USA this coming Sunday millions will be watching as the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49's in the Superbowl.  What was the last event you attended that could be described as super?

An event that I describe as super? I don't get to attend that many events, I suppose the last event I attended or was a part of was several years ago when we were a part of our church's Independence Day celebration.

More recently a day I really enjoyed to the fullest was Thanksgiving.
 
2.  Share something you're a fan of these days?

Chocolate, books, trying new activities, and as always family time.
 
3. How do you feel about wings?  In case anyone is confused, I'm talking the edible appetizer kind.  What's your preferred seasoning on a wing-hot, mild, teryiaki, sweet and sour, other?  Do you make your own or is there a favorite place you like to go for wings?

We love wings. Barbecue, ranch, and the latest spicy cranberry are all favorites. I always make our own rather than buying them.

4.  As long as we're talking sports today...have you followed the Lance Armstrong story?  Did you watch his interview with Oprah and if so what was your reaction to his confession and subsequent remarks?  

I did not watch his interview on Oprah. I did hear about his confession and the gross factor was extremely high for me. Sounds like something that should belong in Sci-fi.
 
5.  What's a question you hate to be asked?  

This may sound petty, but I really dislike when people ask if Buddy is walking already. Once in passing is fine, but every single time we talk is not. When Sailor was almost two years old before he started walking on his own I was worried something was wrong with him and didn't believe his doctor when he told us all was fine and we simply needed to be patient. We went to a specialist who told us the same thing. So when our next children were in no hurry to walk either I was no longer concerned about it. Buddy is busy building his vocabulary and making his wants and wishes known and honing his fine motor skills Coloring is a recently discovered favorite and puzzles keep him occupied for chunks of time. He is very mobile, but sees no need to walk just yet.
 
6. The coaches in this Sunday's big game happen to be real life brothers.  Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49er's and his older brother John Harbaugh coaches the Baltimore Ravens.  Were you and your sibling(s) competitive?  In what way? Are you still?  If you're an only child how did you handle competition growing up?  

We were very competitive, everything we did needed to be the best and we did everything we could to try to win when we played games.

Since we're adults we are much more happy and supportive of each other's accomplishments. How ever when we play games our competitive streak proves to be alive and healthy.

7.  What's your favorite game involving a ball and when did you last play?    

Probably baseball. I help our children play occasionally when the weather is favorable.
 
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

 
Buddy enjoying the snow a few days ago

 
And yesterday all that remains are a few dirty snow piles. Even those are disappearing rapidly this morning from the pouring rain we're having.
 

Monday, January 28, 2013

A New Home for Lily Winners

Time to choose the winners for my latest giveaway.

Congratulations to The imPerfect Housewife for being the first person to correctly answer the question of when Lily had received her lamp and apple dish. You have won a signed copy of Life with Lily and A New Home for Lily.

The rest of the comments were eligible to win a copy of A New Home for Lily.

After consulting the random generator the winner is.....

Comment number 28 ......

teacherpanda said .......

I haven't read the book yet, but my favorite gift as a kid, was my first watch. I got it for Christmas in the second grade. I drove my family nuts that day, by constantly telling people what time it was.

Congratulations ladies! Please send me an email with your address, within a week, and I will get your books mailed to you.

Friday, January 25, 2013

A New Home for Lily ~ Giveaway

In celebration that A New Home for Lily has released  I decided to have a giveaway.
 
 
Today we'll be doing things a little differently. The following two pictures are things that Lily received in book one, Life with Lily.
 
The first person to correctly tell me when she got the lamp and the apple shaped candy dish will receive a signed copy of  Life with Lily and A New Home for Lily
 

 
 
 
If you haven't read the first book or can't remember the occasions when she received these simply leave a comment telling me one of the favorite gifts you received as a child and you will be entered for a chance to win A New Home for Lily.
 
For an additional entry, post a link to this giveaway on your blog or Facebook, then come back and leave another comment telling me you did.
 
I will be choosing the winners on Monday January 28th.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pudding Cups

As part of our family's New Year resolutions we have been trying a new recipe every day in the month of January. So far all but one have been a winner. We don't have dessert often, but yesterday being so cold it seemed like the perfect time to spend a little extra time in the kitchen to create a treat to enjoy after dinner.

 

 
To make these I used one 12 oz. package of dark chocolate chips and melted them in the top of the double boiler. (A microwave would work too if you prefer that method)
 
After they were melted I brushed the chocolate on the inside of foil muffin cup liners and placed them in the refrigerator for half an hour. When they were firm I carefully tore the foil off and filled the chocolate cups with a vanilla pudding. Any type of pudding or even ice cream would work.
 
After placing several slices of strawberries on top they were ready to serve. I kept them in the refrigerator until we were ready to eat them since the chocolate tends to soften at room temperature.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Lesson ~ Winner

Time to choose the winner of my latest giveaway.

Comment number 33
 
 
Content and relaxed for the moment..lol
 

Congratulations! Please send me an email with your address and your book will be mailed to you.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Fun Questions and Answers ~ Part 5

What did you do last weekend?

Last weekend we went to see Emma and the children. LV wanted to give her oldest son a little help and it also happened to be one of the children's birthday so we helped celebrate while we were there.

What is your favorite breed of dog?

That depends on what I want the dog for. I love dogs and it's hard to choose a favorite breed. Our Great Pyrenees was a great farm dog. She was great with the children and also took her responsibility of keeping an eye on all our animals very seriously. Pugs have a way of melting my heart with the layers of folds and wrinkles on their sweet faces. I would like to have a little house dog once the children are grown, I'm not sure what kind yet.

Do you want more children?

As I have said after each of our children was born, "Our family seems perfect, right now." I love how after each new addition it feels right and you can't imagine life without them.

So are there any more children in our future? We'll have to wait and see what God has planned for us.

What is something most people don't know about you?

Hm-mm.... something most people don't know?  I hardly ever talk about this, but keeping in the theme with the previous question.

LV and I have twins waiting for us in heaven. They joined Jesus on cold snowy Thanksgiving Day.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Lesson ~ Giveaway

 
I don't get to read nearly as many books simply for the pleasure of reading as I used to, so I take care when choosing which books to read and make sure they will be something I will really enjoy.
 
So far every book written by Suzanne Woods Fisher never disappointed me, in fact every book seems to be better than the previous one. Her latest, The Lesson, measures up to and even exceeded my expectations when I settled down to read.
 
I loved the main character, M.K. Having read the two previous books in the series I also really liked Jimmy Fisher an ornery boy that M.K. dealt with occasionally. I was secretly hoping that as she grows up she will learn to like him and maybe even get married. Partly because I happen to know from real life that such a change of heart is possible and what used to be the one person you liked the least can become your best friend, and the most special person in the world.
 
I won't tell whether or not M.K. learns to like Jimmy other than to say by the end of the book I was quite fine with the choice she made. I loved the way Suzanne cleverly wove this story together and we also finally learn what had happened to M.K's mother.
 
I was sad when I turned the last page and had to leave the friends I had made between the covers of this book. But knowing Suzanne and as long as she continues writing we can be assured of making many more friends in her future books and I, for one, am already eagerly looking forward to that.
 
Right now I'm giving you an opportunity to read this book. If you would like to have a chance to get your own copy all you have to do is leave a one word comment to describe how you're feeling right now. For a second entry share a link to this giveaway on your blog or Facebook and come back and leave another comment telling me you did.
 
I will be choosing a winner on Tuesday January 22nd.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Exploring

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I love being able to watch Buddy explore his little world. Seeing everything through the eyes of a little child is refreshing and fun. To him every day is an adventure and meant to be enjoyed to the fullest.
 
It keeps me on my toes, because not only does he thrill in learning how to use each of his toys properly, he also enjoys exploring, touching, and pulling on everything.
 
I just got done cleaning up a major mess when I made the mistake of setting all the grocery bags on the floor while I was putting everything away. Buddy waited until my back was turned and explored the contents of an egg carton. And then swished his hands through the slimy mess before I was able to reach him.
 
After a thorough clean up, he is busy playing again. And I won't be setting groceries on the floor again.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I Smile Because.....

.... so many reasons, but to name a few.
  • A fresh dusting of snow on the ground when I got up this morning.
  • Hearing Buddy say "Mama" as he lifts his arms wanting to picked up.
  • Reading the little stories Sunbeam writes.
  • Opening the door and finding a box filled with A New Home for Lily and seeing the children and LV enjoying reading their copy.
  • Cardinals outside the kitchen window.
  • Rosebud's seemingly endless supply of enthusiasm when it comes to creating things in the kitchen.
 
 
 
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And my three favorite men in the world make me smile everyday. Even though I'm trying to grasp the fact that Sailor is almost as tall as LV. Seems like only a little while ago when he was Buddy's age.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Fun Questions and Answers ~ Part 4

Have you ever used a fire extinguisher?

No, thankfully there was never a reason for me to need a fire extinguisher.

What time do you eat dinner? And do you always sit around a table to eat?

Dinner is usually served somewhere between 5:30 and 6:00. And yes, we enjoy gathering around the table in the kitchen to eat. It's a time to relax, enjoy good food and conversation. I find it to be a nice way to start unwinding after a busy day.

What is your most meaningful heirloom?

After we got married LV's parents gave us the big clock that they had received when they took over the family farm. Since they were moving and we were taking over the farm, the clock now belonged to us with the instructions to someday pass it on to our youngest son.

We basically said good-bye to our chance of owning any other family heirlooms, because we left the Amish. That doesn't really bother me, but at the same time when I happen to see something I used to love that my parents or grandparents used to own I consider buying it.

I found a cookie jar at an antique shop just like the one we used to have when I was a little girl. I bought it and on my way out of the store the handle on the shopping bag broke spilling the cookie jar onto the floor and smashing it into hundreds of tiny pieces.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate. Preferably milk chocolate, but please no white chocolate.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Fun Questions and Answers ~ Part 3

Have you ever received a speeding ticket?

No, I haven't. So far I have never been pulled over for any reason. I'm hoping to keep it that way.

What is a sound you hate hearing?

There are a number of different sounds that I don't enjoy.
  • Alarm clock jangling way too loud at four in the morning.
  • Crying.
  • The hiss of a pot boiling over on the stove.
  • Squeaky door hinges.
  • Cows mooing outside my window in the middle of the night.
  • But the one that bothers me the most is fingernails on a chalkboard. Even thinking about it makes me shiver.
What is a sound you love hearing?
  • Children's laughter.
  • The voices of loved ones.
  • Children singing.
  • The basement door, in the evening, when LV comes home.
  • The clip clop of a horse and buggy passing the house.
  • The sound of a rushing waterfall.
  • Wind chimes in a gentle summer breeze.
How do you like your steak cooked?

I'm not a fan of steak, at all. Maybe because I haven't found the perfect recipe yet. LV loves it, and I enjoy cooking it, but  I would rather enjoy a salad than have to try eating a steak.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Winds of Change

 
Ever since we moved into the house where we live now I have always enjoyed looking out the window and seeing the waterfall. When the weather was warm enough to have our windows open I enjoyed listening to the soothing sound of water rushing over the falls.
 
When they started putting up those windmills I wasn't enthused about having them nearby and when the first blades started poking up above the tree line I wasn't thrilled but it wasn't too bad since all we could see were the blades appearing and disappearing as they turned slowly. And then they plopped nine of them even closer where I have no choice of seeing them when ever I look out the window. Again I thought I'll probably get used to them someday.
 
They didn't have them spinning for quite a while, but that changed in the last several weeks. And my thinking I'll get used to them soon has changed also. Since they are in use they produce noise. The first time I stepped outside the house I was wondering how we can hear the traffic so clearly from the Interstate five miles away. Turns out I wasn't hearing the noise of traffic, but the noise of the windmills. Depending which way the wind is blowing the blades turn in a way that the sunlight reflects off of them and every turn throws splashes of blinding light at the house, giving me a headache.
 
A fan of these monstrosities, I am not.