Thursday, March 31, 2011

2011 Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2011It's time once again for the 2011 Ultimate Blog Party over at 5 Minutes for Mom! I've enjoyed participating for the last several years. I enjoy the opportunity to meet new bloggers, not to mention the chance to win some great prizes!

If this is your first visit to my blog, I invite you to look around and stay awhile... or "follow" me and come back later... I look forward to making your acquaintance! If you leave a comment so I'll know you were here, I'd be happy to return the favor.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Inland Northwest Homeschool Conference

This weekend I will be hosting the Sonlight booth at the Inland Northwest Homeschool Conference in Spokane Valley, Washington. It starts this afternoon at 2:00 and you can register at the door! I'll be speaking this afternoon at 4:00 on Raising Kids Who Love to Learn.

As a special "thank you" to conference attendees, Sonlight is allowing me to offer a $15 coupon to each family who stops by my booth! Also, if you mention this blog post, I will have an extra small gift for you. These will be available while supplies last, so be sure to stop by early. You will also have a chance to win my drawing for a tote bag full of books! If you homeschool in eastern Washington or northern Idaho, I hope to see you there!

In the meantime, I need to go iron my tablecloths and review my workshop notes. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Campfire Fuel

We don't heat with wood at home, but we do love a good fire when we're camping. So Lyle keeps an eye on Craig's List for bargains on firewood. Last weekend he found a deal on "mill ends."
 We loaded up the back of the pickup with short pieces of 2x4s. Then we packed it into paper boxes. It packed nicely because it was boards and not logs. That will make it more convenient to load up to take camping, too. We ended up with 38 boxes full!
It's probably not the kind of wood you would want to burn slowly in your wood stove, but for camping it will be great. It will be fun to sit around the fire on crisp mountain summer evenings and take turns tossing the small-ish pieces in.

Campfire popcorn, s'mores, coffee in the percolator, conversation by starlight... Is it camping season yet?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Cleaning

All winter my office has been accumulating clutter. I've had other, more pressing projects that demanded my attention, so I've just had to ignore and work around the clutter. But I've also watched several episodes of Hoarders and Hoarding: Buried Alive this winter that have really inspired me to do some major decluttering. And so... this was the week to tackle my office.

I have to admit that it feels really good to get everything in order. Maybe when I'm finished I'll be brave enough to post a picture of my workspace. Having everything in it's place is it's own reward... but my heart gave a little skippity when I just now came across these 40-year-old pictures of the sweet little boy who grew up to become my husband!
I need to figure out the perfect place to put them where I can enjoy them every day. Not buried in the bottom of box!

I wonder what other treasures I might find?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pleasant Places

O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
--Psalm 16:5-6

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Loveland, CO Homeschool Convention

My family and I are headed to Loveland, Colorado this week to host the Sonlight booth at the Home Instruction Ministries Spring Curriculum Fair. We haven't had a road trip since our trip to Helena in November so we are looking forward to being on the road again. This will be my first homeschool convention of the season. (I have a total of five on my schedule at this time.)

As a special "thank you" to conference attendees, Sonlight is allowing me to offer a $15 coupon to each family who stops by my booth! Also, if you mention this blog post, I will have an extra small gift for you. These will be available while supplies last, so be sure to stop by early. You will also have a chance to win my drawing for a nice basket of books and other goodies! If you homeschool in Colorado, I hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fickle March

March is such a fickle month. It can't quite make up its mind whether to go ahead and be Spring... or to just allow winter to linger awhile longer. I could decide for it, but then, it didn't ask me, did it?
Around these parts March came in like a lion. We had frigid winds and snow early in the week. We can only hope that it will, indeed, go out like a lamb!
A day or two later the sun came out and it warmed up a little. Still not exactly what you'd call warm, but at least it melted some of the snow... and the sunshine was definitely welcome!
Then we got rain. Cold rain. It melted the snow a little more. Just at sunset time, the clouds parted and the sun cast a gorgeous rainbow across the eastern sky. I was driving at the time, but hoping that Laura saw it and had her camera handy. When we pulled into the driveway, there she was on the step, camera in hand! (She took the above picture. Isn't it neat how the rainbow is reflected in the street?)

Spring will come! Eventually.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fun honors...

Penny @ Knee Deep in Grace nominated me for the Stylish Blogger Award. This is one of those "pay it forward" type awards. I'm honored Penny thought of me. Thank you, Penny!

The rules are to share 7 things about yourself (which I've done before here and here and here and here!), and then to share 15 recently discovered, great bloggers to receive this award. Here's where I'm going to have to fall down on the job. I just haven't had time to explore and discover new-to-me blogs this winter. I haven't even been able to keep up with all the blogs that are already on my blog reader. Instead, I'm going to name the last 15 bloggers who commented on one of my posts. If you see your name on my list and would like to accept and pass along this award, please do! Those of you who have taken the time to keep up with my hit-and-miss posting the past few months and to encourage me with your comments are definitely what I would call "bloggers with style"! So there ya go!
  1. Keetha @ The Eclectic Company
  2. Laura @ Thru My Eyes
  3. Aliene @ Meditations and Memories
  4. Barbara @ Barbara's Bakin' n Bits
  5. Jan @ Butterflies and Rainbows
  6. Laura @ Glimpses of Our World
  7. Lisa-Anne @ The Berry Patch
  8. PSE @ For His Glory
  9. Angel @ Finding the Inspiring
  10. Rebecca @ Making Memories 1999
  11. Barb @ Santa's Gift Shoppe
  12. Alecat @ Serenades and Solace
  13. Dori @ A Moment in Time
  14. BP @ Raindrops and Rainbows
  15. Flo @ wonderfullyflo
Featured ButtonAnd then... Barb at Santa's Gift Shoppe notified me that she was featuring my little baby booties on her blog. She thought maybe they were tatted, but no, they are crocheted. I can see where it would be confusing, though, as I showed a small tatting project on the same post. Thank you for featuring me, Barb!