Monday, July 28, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, July 28, 2008:
Outside my window... it is a pleasant summer morning. It is still cool from the night, but the sun is shining. Looks like it will be a beautiful day!
I am thinking... about all the things I need to do this week.
I am thankful for... great kids who are able to take care of the household chores when I have a full week like this one.
From the kitchen... nothing special right now.
I am wearing...
a denim skirt with a blue-and-white striped t-shirt.
I am creating... tiny crocheted flower embellishments for scrapbooking.
I am going... to make deliveries for the print shop (where my husband works) this afternoon.
I am reading... Blood Brothers by Rick Acker.
I am hoping... for lots of energy!
I am hearing... a fan.
Around the house... I need to gather up what we need for vacation, and then pack light as we are taking the little car!
One of my favorite things... living in north Idaho where we enjoy beautiful scenery year 'round.
A few plans for the rest of the week... I am scheduled to work each morning for Sonlight, and then make deliveries in the afternoons because the regular delivery guy is on vacation. Also, I need to get things ready for our vacation next week.
Here is picture thought I am sharing...
Lake Coeur d'Alene
(Yes, the water really is that blue.)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Weblog Award

Carrie from Oak Rise Cottage has honored me with this award. If you aren't familiar with Oak Rise Cottage, Carrie blogs about "collections, thrifted decor, and inspirational thoughts." That's just the kind of blog I like to read, so I can see why she received this award.

The neat thing about it is, I get to pass it along to other "brilliant" bloggers.

Here are the rules:
  1. Put the logo on your blog.
  2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers for this award.
  4. Add links to the recipients.
  5. Leave a comment for the recipients or email them to let them know they have an award.
There are lots of "brilliant" bloggers on my blog reader list, but I'm going to take my cue from Carrie and choose 7 who haven't already received it.
  • Aliene at Meditations and Memories is a fairly new blogger who posts... well, meditations and memories! She has also been sharing pictures of some her beautiful antique dishes.
  • Farrah at Light in the Sphere almost always posts about something fun. Probably because she's such a fun person herself, in spite of her very challenging disabilities.
  • LaTeaDah at Gracious Hospitality inspires me to take the time to make things gracious for my family and friends. Her elegant pictures are always so refreshing.
  • Laura at Glimpses of Our World posts beautiful photography and challenging inspirational thoughts. I always look forward to her posts.
  • LeAnn at For the Love of Cottage posts the neatest decorating pictures, as well as inspirational thoughts. She recently re-worked her blog and I think it's going be even better than ever.
  • Melissa at Here in the Bonny Glen has been my blogging buddy for longer than anyone else, I think. She writes about reading, writing, thinking, and her adorable children! And she's really good at word games! We hang out on Facebook together and she almost always beats me at Scrabble and Word Twist.
  • Rachel at A Romantic Porch posts about whimsical cottage living and appreciating the little things in our every day lives. She has a new post almost every day.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Baby Shoes

Earlier this week, when I showed you my pioneer nook I had a comment about the "little black shoes" that I have tucked in on one of the shelves. So for today's Vintage Thingy Thursday, I thought I'd tell you about the little black shoes!

The shoes are definitely "vintage"... but they don't go as far back as pioneer days! They were my baby shoes. They aren't the tiny "first pair" that many mothers save and cherish... but my mother saved them because she just really liked them, and she was sad when I outgrew them. I wore them when I was about 18 months old.
I've had them for a number of years, tucked away in a box with other mementos of my babyhood... but after we moved into our new house this spring, I decided I wanted to use my keepsakes as decor throughout the house. I'm still working on that, but the shoes have found their place here!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

And To Think That I Saw It...

I recently came across a fun Wednesday meme at Muum's Musings where she features weird things she sees at WM. (You know... the big box store? Not sure why it's a secret... but since she whispers about it, we will, too.) I don't know if anyone else participates in her Wednesday meme with her, but they should. Because if you're going to see something weird, chances are, that's where it will be!

I don't have pictures (for obvious reasons) but I once saw a bride and groom shopping in their formal wedding attire. I didn't stare... but I did do a double-take. Why would you go shopping in your wedding gown?

Another time I saw a little kid with a pair of pantyhose on his head, pulled down over his ears like a cap, with the legs knotted together and dangling down his back. You just gotta wonder. Who would let their kid go out like that?

Since we have joined the ranks of RVers we have come to appreciate WalMart's policy (whoops! Iwasn't s'posed to say WalMart!) of allowing campers to spend the night in the parking lot. But I have to say, this one just really caught my eye earlier this spring:
I had the camera in the car, so I made my husband drive closer so I could take a picture. (Sorry about the pickup in the way. This was the best shot I could get surreptitiously.) What I really wanted to do was get out and walk around it and read all the epithets so carefully painted on every available inch of the brightly colored bus. But I didn't.

The ones I could read from where we were had such inspiring messages as "Repent or burn!" or various obscure scriptures taken out of context. I had hoped to be able to enlarge the picture and read more of them after I got home, but I wasn't quite close enough for my camera to pick up that detail.

I have a morbid fascination for weird things like this. I suppose that's what the owner of the bus is going for. Draw attention to the bus to convert people to his brand of religion. (Not quite sure what that is.)

The sad thing, that my husband and I remarked on, is that many non-Christians will probably see the wacky bus and think that all Christians are a bunch of kooks!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My "Pioneer" Nook

When I was a new bride in the mid-1980s the country style of decorating was in full swing, and I loved it! But like all styles, we got tired of it and moved on to something else... and now you mostly find decorative items in dusty rose and country blue, and all the ducks and geese collecting dust in the thrift stores.

Recently, though, I decided to re-visit that style of decorating in one small area of my home, with a "pioneer girl" themed "nook". I was inspired by participating in the "I Remember Laura" Blog-a-Thon and Art Swap hosted by Miss Sandy at Quill Cottage.

I gathered up all my Little House on the Prairie books (including the spin-off series, the picture books, and several LIW biographies) and my set of LHP DVDs and put them together on this small bookcase, and then decorated with a pioneer theme around them, incorporating the pieces I received in the Art Swap. I'm sure I'll be tweaking it some, but so far I am pleased with it.

My porcelain doll actually has a prairie dress and sunbonnet. I just don't know where they are right at the moment, and I haven't bothered to go digging for them because I like her school jumper, too.

Whaddya think? It's not too 1980's, is it?

Coeur d'Alene Lake

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - Edition #29 - "Q"

Continuing with my alphabet theme, here are 13 things in my life that start with the letter Q:
  1. Qi. I just discovered that this is a valid Scrabble word! Only 2 letters and doesn't require a U after the Q. I had no idea what it meant though. I had to look it up. Do you know?
  2. Qualified. Even though I don't always feel qualified for everything I'm called to do, I'm so glad God gives grace and strength anyway.
  3. Quart. A fun childhood memory is of shaking raw cream in a quart canning jar to make butter. Oh, yeah... and rows and rows of home-canned garden bounty in quarts and pints. I never understood why Mother thought that was such a pretty sight. I do now!
  4. Quarters. I've been collecting the state quarters for the past 10 years. I have a map of the US folder to keep them in. Do you collect them, too?
  5. Quartet. I enjoy good southern gospel quarter music sometimes.
  6. Queen. I love being queen of my home!
  7. Quiche. I posted a favorite recipe here.
  8. Quiet. Sometimes I enjoy silence more than music or conversation.
  9. Quilts. I posted about some of my treasured quilts here.
  10. Quilting. I have sweet memories of sitting at the quilting frame that Grandmother had set up on her porch the summer of 1980. Dad was between pastorates for a couple of months that summer and we stayed with my grandparents for several weeks. I was 14. Grandmother taught my sisters and I how to quilt. I have enjoyed it ever since.
  11. Quiver. There's a verse in the Bible comparing children to arrows and saying the man is blessed whose quiver is full of them. Our quiver seems to hold just two... and we are blessed!
  12. Quiz. I enjoy fun blog quizzes once in awhile.
  13. Quote. I like watching for meaningful quotes when I read.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, July 14, 2008:
Outside my window... it's a sunny day. Probably gonna be another hot one.
I am thinking... about the road trip we are planning for vacation next month.
I am thankful for... the recent salvation of someone we have been praying for a long time.
From the kitchen... my daughter made chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Yummy!
I am wearing... a pink gingham dress.
I am creating... a crocheted sunflower doily. (See picture below.)
I am going... to get groceries this evening.
I am reading... Love as a Way of Life by Gary Chapman.
I am hoping... for a good commission check this weekend.
I am hearing... birds twittering.
Around the house... I am working on getting my bedroom organized and decorated.
One of my favorite things... Diet Coke with cherry and lime from Sonic.
A few plans for the rest of the week... I hope to finish my bedroom project, and get some more boxes from the garage unpacked and put away. I also need to work 20 or 30 hours for Sonlight.
Here is picture thought I am sharing...Visit ~The Simple Woman~ for more participants in this theme.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Vintage Radio

I was going to do this post for Vintage Thingy Thursday, but the day got away from me... and here it is, late Thursday night... so maybe I can post it for Show & Tell Friday.

Anyway, I wanted to show you my "new" vintage radio. As a long-time fan of Old Time Radio shows, I've been wanting an antique radio for years. I didn't care whether or not it worked. I just thought it would be neat to have one.

I've seen replicas that are very cool (and also spendy) but they usually just have a regular modern radio or maybe a CD player inside. To my notion there's just something very wrong about modern radio programs coming out of a classic radio! So I've been looking for one that had an XM receiver (because there's an OTR channel on XM) or an MP3 player (because I have lots of OTR shows on MP3).

Well, I haven't found one like that so far. But I have big plans for this one. My husband is pretty handy when it comes to sound systems and all things technical. So I'm pretty sure he can fix this one up for me to actually play my OTR programs!

Isn't it cool? It's an old cabinet radio. The radio controls are on the top, not on the front. It looks like perhaps someone's cat got ahold of the speaker fabric.
On the back side is this deep cubby hole, presumably for storing records...
...because the top flips open to reveal a record player! It even came with 4 records! These aren't the 33 1/3 vinyl records I grew up with, either! They are actually the old celluloid 78s... which was way before my time. They are very thick and heavy compared to vinyl records. Also "non-breakable".
Except they aren't.

It's a little hard to see in the picture, but one of the records had a crack from the outer edge all the way to the middle. I just thought it was ironic that the wrapper said "non-breakable."The record player doesn't work, nor does it have a needle, so it doesn't really matter. But these are Big Band records, so it would have been cool to be able to listen to them.
Neat addition to my living room, huh?

Wouldja like to guess where I got it? And how much I paid for it?

Okay. I won't make you guess. I'll just tell you.


I know! Right? (That phrase sounds totally silly to me... but it seemed to fit right there! So I thought I'd just try it! LOL!)

A couple weeks ago, on a Saturday afternoon, someone posted that she was closing down her garage sale and she was going to pile all her leftovers out in her driveway, and if anybody wanted any of it they could just haul it off. I was very busy that day, but when I realized it was only about 4 blocks away I couldn't resist seeing what she had.

And that's where I found this treasure!

Show and Tell

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Wanna play ping-pong?

I don't have a picture, but I have to tell you about the cutest game of ping-pong I've ever seen.

My brother and his family were at the camp we went to this past weekend. Their little girl is two-and-a-half and just as cute as a button. She has a little cousin who is only 2 months older than she is, and he is equally as cute. I don't know about you, but I think 2-year-olds are more adorable than a little red wagon full of puppies!

One night after service the adults were sitting around in the game room visiting. The little children were very busy running about playing and just generally having a good time. My little niece and her cousin decided that they should play ping-pong. So they each got a paddle and found a ball, and stood one on each end of the ping-pong table, just as they had seen the big folks do. They are so little that they could barely see over the table, but that didn't bother them a bit. One child carefully laid the ball on the table and swatted at it with the paddle. It rolled a little ways and then fell off the edge of the table. Both children eagerly ran to chase it. Once the ball was retrieved, it was the other child's turn to "serve". And so they repeated the process.

The game only lasted about 3 or 4 turns before they were off to the next adventure, but it was just priceless to watch.

Sunday, July 6, 2008


June was simply a whirlwind of trips and activity for my family. And here we are already a week into July. These sweet summer days just go by so fast. I want to slow down and savor the moments.

For Independence Day weekend we went to McCall, Idaho (about 6 hours away) for family camp. We had been wanting to attend a family camp for several years, and finally this year it worked out. Our kids had never been to a "camp-meeting" (at least that they remember) so they didn't know what to expect. Having grown up going to camp every summer, I knew they would love it. And I was right! It was a little bit hard because we didn't know very many people, but probably next year will be better in that regard. Since we are still "between churches" we really enjoyed the preaching and came away challenged.

The teens had recreational activities every afternoon and late at night after the evening service. On the 4th of July, the "Afterglow" activity was going to the lake to see the fireworks. We all went along. The fireworks display was your typical 4th-of-July fireworks display. What was absolutely spectacular was the mountain sunset/moonset over the lake. My brother said it was worth fighting the crowd at the lake just to see the sunset. I have to agree. (If you enlarge the picture you can see the moon setting, too.)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Workbasket (Installment #5)

Volume 16, Number 5.
February 1951.
Check it out! Color printing! But still only 15 cents! What a deal!

"Ideas for the Bazaar, the Home, Gifts, Sparetime Money Makers, with Many Articles, Easily Made and Inexpensive, that find a Ready Sale."

Is that the subtitle?? No, I guess not. There is actually a shorter subtitle at the top. Then why in the world did they start so many of the words with capital letters? Weird.

Now here is an "exciting" product:

Did you know that there were hair beauty scientists? Personally, I had no idea. Think of that! And I can order a "big 4-oz. jar"! Since when is 4 ounces of anything considered big? Isn't that the size bottle that airlines allow you these days? Okay. Moving on.

Here you can get a 67-piece set of "fine Gothamware" for only $6.95. Don't know what Gothamware is? Neither did I.
Oh, wait! There it is, in fine print. "One of the finest plastics known. Will stay bright and cheerful indefinitely." All righty, then.

And in case you wondered what the "Famous Holly Fiesta Colors" were, they are also listed in fine print: toast yellow, clover green, ocean blue and flame red. So now you know.

Next is a couple of the funny little tiny ads. Who knew you could get your very own ukulele just for selling 50 packs of garden seeds at 10c each?

Or if you'd rather have cash, you can sell greeting cards -- a 21-card assortment for $1. Don't you imagine that all the neighborhood housewives got tired of buying seeds and greeting cards from each other all the time?

I was intrigued when this pattern first caught my eye. I had seen a similar hot pad years ago, but it was made from the plastic rings that hold 6-packs of pop together. You cut them apart and then crochet around them . But I was pretty sure they wouldn't have had the plastic 6-pack rings back in 1951. Of course they didn't! This pattern calls for rubber jar rings. Why didn't I think of that? Oh. Because canning jars don't use separate rubber rings anymore... and haven't, as far back as I can remember. I guess if I get inspired to make this pattern I'll have to substitute plastic for rubber. Eh. Why bother? I think I'll skip this pattern.

Now here is a big money saving offer from Grandma Goodwin. She says, "You must be thrilled, or I cheerfully refund your money." She doesn't look very thrilled or cheerful, either one, to my notion!
Imagine how special you would feel if your sweetheart declared his eternal love with this gorgeous engagement and wedding ring set! "Imagine--12 sparkling Pseudo Diamonds, imported from Europe... natural gold color. Your price for both--4.89." Oh! I am imagining... and shuddering. I believe I'll do without. Thank you, anyway.

If you need to beautify the ugly skin on your face and neck, "here may be the most wonderful news you have ever read." What I want to know is, who wrote these silly ads?

What about a mail-order tombstone? Dontcha need one of those?

Notice that Howard McNally died in 1942 at age 56, but Martha is presumably still with us. Let's see... she'd be 122. No, wait. This is 1951. Okay. So she's only 65.

Get ready to Sew for the New Season with these pretty patterns:

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Another Flickr Meme

I did one kinda like this awhile back, and it was fun! So when I saw this version at Vader's Mom's blog I decided to try it, too. Let me know if you do it. I'd love to see your results!

Here’s how it works:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.
d. Save and share your mosaic.

The Questions:
1. What is your first name? Karla
2. What is your favorite food? popcorn
3. What school did you go to? Perry High School (Hey! That's really my school!)
4. What is your favorite color? red
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Tow Mater
6. What is your favorite drink? caramel macchiato
7. What is your dream vacation? road trip
8. What is your favorite dessert? caramel cheesecake
9. What you want to be when you grow up? wise
10. What do you love most in life? Jesus
11. What is one word that describes you? curious
12. What is your flickr name? karlacinid, only that didn't bring up anything. So I typed in "question mark". Did you know there's a "Question Mark Butterfly"? Cool!

1. Hello, 2. Stovetop popcorn..., 3. Perry High School--Allen County, Ohio, 4. How much more red could this be?, 5. Tow Mater, 6. caramel macchiato, 7. Road Trip, 8. Cheesecake w/ Salted Caramel Sauce, 9. Wise Guy, 10. Jesus,Isa,Christ, 11. Curious George & TMITYH, 12. Question Mark Butterfly - Polygonia interrogationis