Thursday, April 29, 2010

Did it Snow?

No. Thank you, Lord! I might've had a complete breakdown if it had. As it was, I was nearly down for the count.

My mother's surgery lasted hours longer than we were told with a number of complications and then she was in recovery until evening. It was a very long day. The good news is that once she has recovered, she will be able to do so much more than she has been able to since last October. Thank you for your prayers. They mean more than you may realize. At some point in time, I'll update the little corner with my mother's story called Behind the Scenes. As some of you know, I do talk about it, just not always on the front page.

So while I waited for word from the hospital, I read a wonderful book just arrived from Amazon. A fun book. One filled with super ideas and such easy-to-do ideas. It was the perfect way for me to spend two hours because my mind was focused forward on the grands and not back on my mom and my nan. The two generations ahead of me take up much of my thought life so this was a special treat from the Lord via A Woman Who Is at In a Garden. (Thank you, my friend!) I'm referring you to the post Cindy wrote about *Sharon Lovejoy* who just so happens to be the author of this neat book. Perhaps all of us blogging grandmothers who are reading Sharon's books and going to try some of these ideas with our grands will be talking about them on our blogs. That would be cool!



While I'm away, I'll be imagining you in your beautiful garden tending your flowers and herbs, some veggies, maybe chickens, too. :> Or perhaps you're in your craft room creating delights. Whatever you do, whatever you enjoy, until we meet over that proverbial back fence, be good and be blessed. (Yes, I'm taking a little break.)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Waiting

I am beginning this entry on Tuesday evening at 6:16. Having just listened to tomorrow's weather report, I now know that there'll be up to three inches of snow on the ground by morning. On April 28? Good heavens! It has made me go back in bloggy time to that terrible winter and spring when the snow hung on forever. That was the year that I held a contest on when the last vestiges of snow would be gone. Barbara won that giveaway. She said that she just had a feeling that she would. Isn't that fun? In case you're interested in that date, it was April 22, 2008. This year, even with a mild winter and an early spring, it'll be a later snowfall. Nuts!

So there's been snow on the forsythia and now there'll be snow on the azaleas. (This will be something I've never before seen so if it does happen, I'll be documenting with another photo.) Good thing that I took lots of photos of happy azaleas yesterday.



Tonight I will watch LOST. I'll visit Chris and see if she has anything to say about it. I need to start a forum or something for fans of LOST. No, no, I don't. Such things already exist, but if anyone would like to chat about it, do feel free. Nope, it was a rerun. Ugh. But it did force me to find the final schedule right *here,* which explains what will be showing through May 23 the finalé. Only LOST fans need check. :D Just don't anyone be looking for me on May 23. No one. Anywhere. I'll be in a LOST coma.

Let's see, what else, Dear Ones. Oh! I do want to thank those who said that they'd read a book I wrote. That's just so sweet. I don't imagine that you'd be too terribly impressed however. If you've been reading this blog for any time at all, you know the gist of it for, like most first novels, it is autobiographical in nature. Oh, yes, and I'll ponder whether to share a bit from what John read. I did share some *here* from another story I was working on back in 2007. A few of my current readers commented at that time. Would you believe that I have since lost those chapters? You would? Go figure! You'll laugh to see how I ended that post. The word becalmed comes to mind. < insert wry grin >

I'm having a waiting kind of Wednesday, waiting for word, waiting for the phone to ring, waiting... (My mother is having more surgery today.)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

♪ Mi Mi Mi Mi ♪ and a Winner!

Even though I don't give or discuss awards, I still enjoy a game of tag every now and then. That's because there are times when my mind is empty...oh no you don't...don't even go there! Okay, where was I? Oh, yes, Lea tagged me with the "Ten Things About Me" meme and I need a topic for today. How perfectly serendipitous! So indulge me while I sing ♪ mi mi mi mi ♪ and try to tell you something new.

1. I wash my dishes in bleach water. (One must be careful as bleach and soap can be a toxic combination. Just don't use a soap with phosphates. I can safely use Palmolive and bleach. I think. Don't do as I do. Do your own research. I use a teaspoon of bleach to a gallon of water or a TBS for the entire dish bucket. Why? I'm blaming my Aunt Ess for this one! She got me started about 32 years ago and I've been at it ever since. Plus, I may have OCD.)




2. If yellow didn't exist in this world, my favorite color would be... I'm sure you can guess!



3. Last Saturday morning I ordered two books by Elizabeth Goudge from the interlibrary loan program. I've given up on finding them at a flea market. So it'll be The Bird in the Tree and Pilgrim's Inn by week's end. Maybe.



4. As of Tuesday last week, I am without an excuse to finish writing my own book. The missing chapters have been found and John has read them and given them a good report. Well, he would have to, I suppose. But he did sit right down to read them and did so until finishing and gave me this interesting compliment: "It kept my interest." Okie dokie then!



5. One of my secret wishes is to hire some Merry Maids. I haven't been able to give the upstairs, basement or garage the attention that they deserve since Nan arrived.



6. Right behind the Merry Maids, comes a landscaper. John is way too busy at "The Pondersosa" to give our little yard much attention. I want the lawn re-seeded and the garden made larger, and some raised beds built. No time for any of that either.



7. Both of my children have applied for better-paying jobs. I'm praying a lot.



8. I hate to sweat. I could not be like Judy and all you gals who enjoy a mountain climb. Despise climbing, but love to see the views. Yup, I'm one of those — I want to enjoy the reward without doing the work.



9. I've been missing A LOT of my blogging buddies lately. Speaking of which, whatever happened to Kari and Kijsa? I hope that they're busy writing a book.



10. Can you believe that I've made it to ten? Hey! Wake up! I'm getting to the best part: The Winner of the Giveaway is Donna at Cottage Days and Journeys. Congrats! I'm eager to see this tote "in person." One thing's sure, Donna will take an excellent picture of it.


As you know, I don't tag folks these days, but if your brain is ever empty, you can't go wrong with a good meme and I'll certainly allow you the use of this one.

Enjoy your Monday...



roses source: some free gif site somewhere...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mosaic Monday~All About Red



From lower left corner: Nan's coffee mug in soapy water, ring holder, books, poinsettia still very much alive, jelly cupboard drawer, the prize (see below).


Oh I'm so happy to have you drop by. You see, I have a little something that I want to share with you and I'm hoping that you'll help me out because it's been awfully quiet around here lately. So, if you'd like, please visit *this post* right here at A Haven for Vee and leave a comment to win the beach bag you see featured in the mosaic above. It's a wonderful gift and there's no reason why you shouldn't have the chance to win it! All you have to do is leave a comment on that post and have a blog/be a blogger. Comments close Monday night at 7 so be quick! To make it easier for you, I'm closing comments here in hopes that you'll comment there.

Clicking on the red will take you right back to *Mary's Little Red House Mosaic Monday.*

Honey



How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my lips. ~Psalm 119:103

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DB