Tuesday, September 30, 2008
As I've been going about my daily routine the last few days I've been wondering... Would it save money to hang the laundry out to dry on a clothesline rather than putting it in the dryer? What about growing a garden? Is that really cheaper than grocery shopping? And I know sewing my own clothes is not cheaper than buying them ready-made, the way it used to be.
Our grandparents had to work very hard for all those daily necessities we take for granted. Sure, we work to pay for the things we have. At least most of us do. But I honestly don't think we work like they did!
My grandparents, as a young married couple, lived in a tent most of one year around 1940. Not because they were down on their luck, but because that was part of their business. Granddaddy and some of his relatives had a sheep company, and so they lived out in the field and took care of the sheep that year.
I have heard lots of stories about that experience in their lives, but I never heard them complain about it. It seemed to be just an exciting adventure that they remembered fondly.
Makes me wonder if I'm too accustomed to the "finer things in life" to adjust to living like that if I had to.
I like to think I could, if worse came to worst, but I just don't know.
Monday, September 29, 2008
A highlight of our weekend was the cowboy supper show that we went to on Saturday evening. It was definitely a "laughing day"... with a fun comedy skit, a delicious barbecue supper, and then a great cowboy music stage show. Our family thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly our youngest daughter who is a huge fan of Roy Rogers and other vintage cowboys.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Isn't it fun to collect something just a little out-of-the-ordinary and then find a piece for your collection at a very reasonable price?
Just thought I'd show you the latest addition as part of Kelli's Show & Tell Friday.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
My first article appears today: Rhoda the Robot. I would be honored if you would pop over to read it and leave me a comment! Thanks so much!
- Tabitha. Our cat. (If you guessed that she's a tabby, you are right!)
- Tea. I like it iced or hot! Plain ol' southern-style sweet-tea for iced, and usually herbal or chai for hot.
- Teaching. Something I seem to have a knack for.
- Teens. As of this week, both of my children fall in that age range. What a blessing! Truly!
- Texas. I lived there in 1974 and 1975. Both my sisters and their families live there now.
- Thrift stores. Where I love to look for "treasures."
- Tim. My brother.
- Topaz. My birth stone.
- Toyota. My car.
- Train. Fun memories of taking the train from Seattle to Portland last winter.
- Travel. Our favorite family activity.
- Treadmill. I have one. (Oh! Were you expecting me to say something else about it?)
- Trixie Belden. A favorite series of books when I was a girl.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I've been using the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook for recipes and ideas. Here are some of the recipes (with variations) I have tried so far:
- Quick and Easy Nacho Dip
- Chicken and Rice Casserole
- Waldorf Astoria Stew
- Slow Cooker Pizza
- Tangy Pork Chops
- Taco Soup with Pork and Beans
- Easy-Does-It Spaghetti
- Hot Cheese and Bacon Dip
Monday, September 22, 2008
I was in no hurry for summer to be over, and even now, I'm not rushing it along. Still, there's no denying that fall is here. The sun sets a little earlier each day and there's a definite crispness to the air in the evenings and mornings. So I'll just enjoy the pleasures of this season for this day. Won't you join me for an Indian Summer Picnic?
We'll sit on the back deck and munch on popcorn as we watch the sun go down.
Once it gets dark we can build a fire in the backyard and toast marshmallows... or set them on fire and blow 'em out, if that's the way you like yours! I'll even rustle up some Hershey bars and graham crackers for s'mores.
Would you care for a cup of hot cocoa with that?
Stop by Muse Swings for more Indian Summer Picnics... and enjoy the season!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Aunt Donnie has the cake, but I'm not sure what that is Mother is holding. Maybe a pudding or jello salad? Something special, no doubt!
Hope you both have great birthdays this year, too, Mother and Aunt Donnie!
I love you!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
For example, the housewife in 1951 had the opportunity to unscramble 5 state names to be in the running for one of 25 beautiful wrist watches. Such a complicated puzzle. Why, I'd be surprised if they even got as many as 25 women who got all 5 puzzles right. I mean, after all, could you get them right? You just study on it a minute and then let me know.
Oh. You could? Well, yeah. Maybe you're just smarter than the average 1951 housewife. Or then again, it was probably just a gimmick.
I find the ad for Konturettes right there on the same page as the toy pattern just a little disconcerting... but even stranger is the kitchen hint, sandwiched between the pattern and the ad. Just so obviously filler!
Here's something you don't see every day. In fact, I've never seen such a thing. Have you? Seems to me if it really worked, "Magic Loop" Fish Bowls would sitll be around. In fact, I'm pretty sure the fish would suffocate in a contraption like that. Not enough surface area = not enough oxygen. But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm just baffled.
This month's Junior Workbasket project isn't quite as hokey as the paper bag masks were last month. I mean, after all, practically anybody could use a handy-dandy string holder. And yes, I would be proud to have a set of tea towels embroidered by my little girl.
Oh, dear. I thought last month's baby doll was scary looking... but this "doll sensation of the year" with her "blondie braids" growing right out of the sides of her otherwise bald head, does not seem the least bit "amazingly life-like" to me!
I wish I could get a relaxing, soothing gadget that would take off ugly fat where it shows most! I wonder what our happy model is going to do about the bow at her waist when the Spot Reducer jiggles it's way just an inch or so to the right? Do you think that's really what they recommended you wear when you use the silly contraption?
Don't you just love the apron pattern this month? It even shows that it could be cut from a feed bag!
Well, that's it from me for this month's Vintage Thingy Thursday.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
My romantic man remembered that and the next week went to Sportsman's Warehouse and bought an old-fashioned over-the-fire popcorn popper. Much to my amazement, it works great! Especially since he's willing to do the work.
It requires getting pretty close to the fire...
...and a whole lotta shaking!!!
I failed to get a picture of the finished product, but it was delicious!
Monday, September 15, 2008
I am thinking... about writing some devotional articles for Inspired Bliss.
I am thankful for... the decision to delay the debut of Inspired Bliss for another week at least, because I'm not ready!
From the kitchen... I have chicken cooking to put in the crockpot for Chicken Tortillas for supper. (Watch for the recipe at The Persnickety Pantry!)
I am creating... flowers from my new Crochet Bouquet book.
I am wearing... a denim skirt and a cotton print shirt.
I am reading... A Passion Redeemed. Just finished In the Shadow of the Lions and Love Starts With Elle.
I am hoping... that we get a lot accomplished for school today.
I am hearing... laundry going, my children getting ready for school, other children playing outside the public school across the street.
Around the house... we are thinking about rearranging the office space, so that each person has a quiet place to work.
One of my favorite things... a good book to read, and time to read it!
A few plans for the rest of the week... just the normal routine: computer work, school work, house work, and hopefully a little time for play now and then.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Friday, September 12, 2008
One thing that has helped is that I've been doing a lot of crock pot meals on weeknights. I've been trying recipes from the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook. The fun thing is that I have a new camera and my cousin just set up a "share your supper ideas" blog, so I've been posting my recipes at The Persnickety Pantry. I may even get back to Menu Plan Monday soon!
We like to do a lot of weekend camping this time of year, and today we are headed to one of our favorite places in this area.
It is an amazing grove of ancient cedar trees in eastern Montana. The trees are huge! A person could live inside one of them! I'll have more pictures to post when we get back, no doubt.
In other news, I am excited to announce that I have been invited to contribute to the Inspired Bliss channel over at Blissfully Domestic. It's all rather new, so I don't have a lot of details yet as to exactly what my contributions will be, but do check it out... and I'll share more about it later.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
My kitchen window is my favorite in our house, because it has such a nice wide window-sill for knick-knacks, but mainly because I have such a great view of the sunset every evening. I think this is the first time my kitchen has overlooked the sunset!
Martha who uses decorative baskets for all kinds of practical things around her home. She stores her spice packets in a pretty little basket hanging on the wall. I've had the tin Coke letter sorter for a couple of years, but hadn't really used it for anything practical until I saw her idea, and decided it was a perfect place to store Kool-aid packets. Then last Saturday I found the cute coffee-themed pocket banner in my kitchen colors at a garage sale. I hung it on the opposite side of the window and stored my larger spice packets in it. I found it really helps to get those cluttery little envelopes out of the cupboard, but still handy.
So... that was going to be my "works for me" tip for the week, but as it turns out, I have a bonus tip to share, too! I sometimes receive different products from BzzAgent to try out and then talk about, and my latest product to try is Pledge Multi-Surface cleaner. When I went to take the pictures of my kitchen window I noticed that the window sill was dusty and the window was smudged. It was so convenient to be able to use one bottle of spray cleaner for both surfaces! I have found that it really does work great on both wood and glass... and Lyle discovered it is also great for cleaning dusty electronics. One step cleaning. Works for me!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Funny little crooked tree. Not worth much. Not even very pretty. But you know what? It's growing right where God put it... and reaching for the light with all of it's strength!
I want to be like that!
Monday, September 8, 2008
It saddens me to hear women complain about their husbands forgetting their birthdays or Valentines Day. So what? I find it much more romantic to be surprised on random occasions throughout the year than for my husband to feel obligated to go out and buy something just because the calendar says he must.
I find romance and delight in the everyday relationship, not the lavish extravagance that many women seem to expect. That's the kind of romance that matters to me!
This summer Lyle and I had the opportunity to attend our college reunion. You may remember that we met at college 25 years ago this summer, so it was a special trip for us. I posted this picture of us sitting on a bench on campus soon after we started dating with my "how we met" post earlier this spring...
The bench was still there this summer, so I asked my brother-in-law to take a "25 years later" picture of us sitting on it...
I thought the picture turned out nice, but the pretty basket of petunias in the background clashed with my red shirt... and it looks like the flag is sticking out of my head. On a whim, I asked Lyle if he could "fix it" with the magic of Photoshop.
And you know what? He did!
What a guy! Taking the time to "fix" such minor details in a photo just on my whim!
Now that's what I call romantic!
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