September 29, 2008
PLEASE COME HOME!
It is time. I am ready. It isn't so much fun all alone;)
I am glad you are having a great time and seeing
the world. BUT, we are all ready for you to return.
Here's what I have been doing for fun, just incase you
*signing lots of stuff
*mediator for workmen
Some things have just been too much fun, so I will
share those with you a little later. But really...
I MISS YOU, PLEASE COME HOME!
September 28, 2008
To Boston Mass. to serve her mission, speaking Spanish! A bit stunned, and emotional, but excited, ready to begin this next experience of her life.
She will leave very soon, and is very happy about that. It will be cold, but she isn't worried about that she just wants to serve. She is ready!
We are thrilled for her! We love having her here during this special time. Her excitment is a blessing in our home and encouraging The Darlings! The Farmer says that there couldn't be a better place in the whole world for her...this is where she is supposed to be! I couldn't agree more!
September 26, 2008
Sis. Thelma is a legend in these parts. She had many sons, and no daughters. She is the most practical woman I know. She has been known to say "you are pregnant for 9 months, that is 9 months to prepare and freeze food for your family." She has not been one to depend on anyone to take care of her. She is now in her 80's, with snow white hair, always placed neatly in a small bun on the back of her head. She is beautiful! She is famous for her incredible school lunches that she carefully and lovingly prepared for her boys. When The Farmer talks remembers her lunches he does so with the most longing look in his eyes. He has tasted them...remember he would "borrowed" a lunch on occasion;)....he talks about the fluffy white bread loaded with Sunday roast beef, topped with fresh tomato and lettuce. Then usually a slice of pie or another sweet treat would be present too. Homemkaing at its best!
Her yard is fantastically manicured. Did I mention that she is a widow? She and her ever trusty yard man keep this very large yard, very well cared for. A weed wouldn't dare show it's face.... fruit trees, nut trees and many, many beautiful flowers.
These are the dazzling Dahlia's that I mentioned. Aren't they perfection??? Now can you see why I actually enjoy leading the music?? I get to sit by "them" and admire and wish and dream that I too could one day grow them. She actually grows certain colors so that they will coordinate for the arrangements, how's that for planning!
There are just some people who teach us all to be a little better. That we can do a little more. I am grateful for her example of work, even into her 80's you will not find her sitting around doing nothing. Thank you Sis. Thelma....for teaching me so many wonderful things, expecially thank you for the incredible arrangements that accompany me each Sunday morning,
September 25, 2008
A new use for applesauce! Carmel Apple Pie Sunday. A little ice cream, with a little applesauce, then a little carmel topping and sprinkled with pumpkin pie spice. Wow! was that ever good!!
September 24, 2008
About doing it all again! A good friend tipped me off to this upcoming run in Arizona. It will be in December so...there is time to pick up the training again. I think I will do it! Why not! Training will begin Monday morning!
I will certainly add this to my ever growing charm bracelet. Actually maybe one for each run...
"Running has changed my life. It taught me patience, deepened my commitment to healthy living, and gave me the confidence and courage to try new things. Now, I seek out start lines, knowing baby steps can lead to big things.
It's the journey that I treasure, not the hour I arrive."
September 24, 2008
September 23, 2008
September 23, 2008
They have been named "Bolt" and "Bess." Bolt was named during the Olympics after that sprinter from Jamacia. Last night I saw previews of a new movie called "Bolt" about a white German Shepherd. I thought that was funny!
September 22, 2008
September 22, 2008
September 18, 2008
We stopped at a little store in a small mountain town and this is what we found on the shelf above the door.
Everyone purchased their snack and climbed into the back of the truck for the ride. This was the snack of choice...Limon chips with chile and fresh lemon, and a Clamato to wash it down, followed by a chile sucker to pass the time...hummmm....where did these children come from??
These beautiful Dahila's were outside of the store where we stopped. The best part was the little old woman who was watching me from her window, while I was taking pictures of the flowers. I tried to photograph her...but she quickly closed the curtains.
Every corner we rounded, we found another beautiful scene. This was taken by The Farmer...he has a great eye.
September 17, 2008
He found so much joy in them and loved to have them around. Most of his young grandchildren have never even met him, but they love him as if they had known him well. I am sure that he is around them, watching and encouraging them. We love our little cemetary, I suppose it is because so many people we love are there. We find opportunities to be there to celebrate life. Monday was one of those days. With hot chocolate and doughnuts, and lots of laughter, we celebrated the life of this man that we all loved so much!
The Farmer...enjoying our family bench...at the edge of our family plot.
After our visit to the cemetary...and the pumpkin patch...we(and the cousins) visited the lake to see how full it was. We have had soooo much rain this year and that makes for a full lake. A full lake is a beautiful site in a farming community!
September 15, 2008
September 11, 2008
September 11, 2008
I thought that this lunch bag was darling! It can keep food warm or cool for quite awhile. The Darlings aren't looking for a "cute" lunch bag at this time of their lives. Practical and disposable would be their two biggest requirements.
So we ended up with this. Pretty boring isn't it? And then the bigger question. Exactly what do you pack day after day that is both exciting and nutritious?? Seriously?! I have heard stories actually legends, about Moms in our community who "back in the day" (that would be back in The Farmer's day) spent full days baking and preparing for the school lunches of their children. These very lunches were often coveted or sometimes "borrowed" by The Farmer and his friends. School lunches are quite a topic around here. So imagine the pressure I felt when my children began taking their lunches to school.....pressure I tell you!!! So once again I am trying to plan lunches so that The Darlings will be fed both physically and emotionally as they spend their days away from home. I came accross this site that you must check out, if I didn't think I was the looser lunch Mom before...I sure do now!!! This Mom is amazing, the lunches are very special. I would love to hear your suggestions for creative lunches, I Need Help! I am sure there are some great ideas out there!
p.s. This is my Dad's lunch box from his childhood, with his initals so sweetly painted on the top.
September 9, 2008
The owners said that they were both a pleasure to have in the restaurant and that Gov. Palin took the time to visit with other people who were dining there.
These are the owners with thier visitors. The words they used to describe Gov. Palin were "genuine" and "delightful."
They also said that she seemed a little overwhelmed with the salsa choices, makes you wonder if they eat chile in Alaska!