Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond
1. Three things on your spring bucket list? If you don't have an actual list that's fine, pretend you do.

1. Spend more time outdoors. That could include walking the trails, cleaning the yard, and playing by the creek with Steven.
2. Take pictures for the homeschool co-op yearbook. That's something I actually want to get done today. There may or may not have been a threat to have unflattering pictures of the Moms included if they don't get their children's pictures turned in.
3. Clean out the attic and donate or get rid of a lot of the stuff that I only ever see when I clean the attic.

2. Where do you find rest? What restores your soul? When was the last time you did whatever it was you answered here?

I find being out in nature rests and recharges me. I'm looking forward to being out and about more once the weather gets nicer. Spending time reading my Bible and praying restores my soul. The last time I did that was this morning.

3. April is National Celery Month. Who knew? Do you like celery? What's your favorite dish made with celery? On a veggie and dip platter which would you reach for first-carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes?

I like celery occasionally, mostly as a snack to munch on. I don't make any dishes that use celery. LV doesn't care for it in any way shape or form, so I don't bother cooking with it. If it's included in a veggie and dip platter I'll take a piece or two, though I do enjoy carrots more.

4. I read here eight things to do before 8 am to make your day less hectic-Start one load of laundry, drink water, empty the dishwasher, read your Bible, know what you're having for dinner, get dressed, brain dump (two lists-one what you're thankful for and one what's weighing on your mind), and after the brain dump make your to-list for the day

How many of these are you currently doing? Which one do you think would help the most if you added it to your early morning routine?

Of the things I do on the list before 8 AM. I start a load of laundry, drink water, read my Bible, know what I'll be having for dinner, and get dressed.

We don't use a dishwasher, but dishes will be washed, dried, and put away before 8 AM.

I don't do the brain dump, and my to do lists are often created the day before.

5. Describe the view from your window.

The view from my window right now is this

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Yesterday we got to pick up one of LV's nephews from the airport. He flew in from Seattle to spend a little more than a week at our house. I see much laughter, games, food, and fun packed into these next few days.


  1. Hello! Nice to meet you. I've never been to Amish country, but my Aunt went and made shoe fly pie for many years after. Hope you're getting out a lot to walk those trails with your family!

  2. I'm with you on being outside. It's the very best way to recharge your batteries. I'm not sure when spring is going to show up though. We've had rain, rain, and more rain.

    Have a blessed day. ♥

  3. I know you enjoy the snow so maybe you're happy to see it on the ground in April? We've finally got some spring weather here and I'm loving it. Have a nice visit with your nephew!

  4. You have such a lovely view out of your window! Have a good rest of the week.

  5. Being outside in nature gives me a lift too. You have a pretty view. I hope you enjoy the time with your nephew.

  6. I need to clean out my attic as well, but I'm pushing that task to the summer when I'm off for the summer.

  7. That view reminds me so much of the scenes around Shipshawana, IN. I always take my camera when we go because I never tire of seeing the Amish and Mennonite farms in that area. Time with your nephew will be fun for everyone.

  8. Have fun with your guest. Hope you got the pictures taken.

  9. The Squire and I have been playing "Let's Pretend We're Moving" recently, so we've both done a lot of "weeding" in our respective closets and dressers drawers. The attic? Two of our three daughters are now grandparents themselves, and we STILL have stuff up there that belongs to them! Heaven help us all!

  10. I love being outside too! It does restore my spirit.

    I also don't have a dishwasher (now) but I struggle with keeping positive about doing dishes. I feel that is all the more reason not to get another dishwasher.

  11. I, too, love nature and how it makes me feel even though when Spring first comes and I manage to get a moment in it alone I am overwhelmed with feelings to the point of tears sometimes. I don't completely understand it but it first happened the Spring after losing my Dad and a Spring without my Dad in this world emphasized the dawning of life around me after the darkness of death I guess I felt Winter represented ( at least for that moment). I have lost other loved ones now and I still feel this for a while, but it passes. My son and I really get excited seeing the red winged blackbirds and robins returning and even the vultures ( we call them the clowns of the sky because they used to roost across the road and we were fascinated by their playfulness with each other in the evening. They seem so happy go lucky). Now, if I could just stop having to wear a Winter coat and gloves...
    I just got done chopping celery!! I had some leftover chicken, so I put a lot of celery and crushed pecans in it for a change and plan to have it on a toasted bagel.

  12. Goodness, I forgot to say I put the celery and pecans in my chicken salad, not just chicken. Makes a difference I think!!

  13. What a loverly view you have snow and all. We got snow this morning. It's just wrong don't you think to have snow this late in april? Have fun with your nephew at your house.

  14. Hello! Nice to meet you! I would like to learn your story of being raised Amish but have chosen a different path now. Are the books in your sidebar ones you have written and are they about your life? I've never been to Amish country but would love to someday.


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