Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday, Monday

Sunday we attended the dedication for the boys I watch.


We love these little men dearly. It makes my heart swell knowing they are being raised in a godly home. It was a nice ceremony. Followed by a yummy meal and lots of time for the kids to run and play outside.

After a busy Sunday it was nice to settle back in today. I actually like Monday because it means I get back in the swing of things.

The summer like temperatures are gone and more springlike weather is back. Since it was cooler I put a pot of chili on to simmer.


Megan and her little helpers made some cornbread to go with it.

I also took time to do some tweaking.


The land my father-in-law lives on has woods on the property and at one time someone used part of the woods to dump things. That is good for me since he sometimes finds some neat stuff. He found a couple of old milk bottles. I added one to my window sill along with a candle holder I found at Hobby Lobby.

I also added a new wreath to the front door.


It is fun to change a couple of things now and then.

After a day spent at home I am feeling refreshed and ready to face the week.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Heat & Treat

We have been breaking records for heat right and left around here.


I was shocked when I saw how warm it had gotten yesterday afternoon. I had to break down and turn the air on for a bit. I was trying to avoid it, but it is what it is. The good news is that rain is coming in tomorrow evening and we should cool down to more normal spring temperatures. As much as I have been loving this weather I am not loving the thought of the electric bill if we have to keep running the air.

To beat the heat we have been consuming lots of lemonade,


playing in the shade,


taken a trip to the ice cream store,


and made a cool treat. I found the idea for this on Pinterest. Of course!

I took some strawberry banana yogurt and used a pastry bag


to pipe onto a cookie sheet.


Into the freeze they went. Once done I popped them into a leftover deli container.


Don't they look like delicious pieces of candy?


A healthy, cool treat for a hot afternoon.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Clothesline

Over the weekend Chuck finished a project that I have been dreaming of for a long time.

A real clothesline... swoon! I had one of those round metal ones and I never liked it. It was hard to hang large items.

Chuck took great care while putting this together.


He used a half lap to make everything nice and secure.

THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES
(Author Unknown)

1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes--walk the entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.

3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?

4. Wash day on a Monday! Never hang clothes on the Weekend, or Sunday, for Heaven's sake!

5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle.

6. It didn't matter if it was sub zero weather....clothes would "freeze-dry."

7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky!"

8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.

9. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.

10. IRONED? Well, that's a whole other subject!




A CLOTHESLINE POEM
(Author Unknown)

A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew,
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company table cloths"
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside -
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged, with not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way.

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign.
When neighbors knew each other best
by what hung on the line.



I have been putting it to good use. Nothing that comes in a bottle can compare to the smell of good o'sunshine!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Quiet

I am sitting outside on the back porch soaking up this beautiful Sunday afternoon. I am nursing a headache and enjoying the quiet. Megan has gone to my mother-in-law's for the afternoon and Chuck is out in the yard doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that.


The sun is shining and the birds are serenading me with their beautiful song. Every now and then it is nice to have some time where you can actually hear yourself think. Although I will admit that I am missing watching Megan frolic around the yard and the chatter she would be making.

I told Chuck this morning that I feel like I am experiencing springtime in the south because of the warmth we are having. The great thing about is that we are able to get out and do things.

Saturday morning Mike (Chuck's step-dad) came over to help Chuck figure a part of the fence that went around a tree.


Megan loved being near while they were working. Since Daddy and Grandpa were in charge she decided to make mud pies!


Yes, it was messy, but what fun she had! I let her know that mud pies wouldn't be a normal play activity, but sometimes it is nice to let a kid be a kid!

I have always wanted to plant cold weather crops. I never seems to work out because it is usually to wet. The gift of the dry, warm weather has allowed me to work in the garden.


My dad loves tiling so he takes care of that task. He turned the soil Friday evening and we let it set to dry out a little more. He was back on Saturday to til again. Once that was done we did some planting.


First beets and carrots were planted. I added a couple rows of peas. Thne Megan planted broccoli. The remainder of the garden will rest because I am sure a more normal spring will return. Much later the green beans, tomatoes and such will be added.


Last year is the first time I have had a raised bed. I love them!


I planted some leaf lettuce, bib lettuce and cabbage. I am looking forward to trying grilled and roasted cabbage this year. I hear they are wonderful.

I should run. I need to take some more pain reliever and then head over to pick up Megan.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring is in the Air...

and I am loving it! The sun has been shinning and the temperatures have been rising all week. Spring cleaning began with the windows getting a good wash inside and out.


I wish I could say that there has been more cleaning happening. It is really hard to deep clean with the boys here and with the warm air and sunshine begging us to be outside.

I did manage to make a trip to the library this week.


I was after gardening books, but it looks like so was everyone else. The selection was slim.

One of the great things about having kids is that you sometimes get to act like one.


It is fun to sometimes forget the list and just play.

We spent an evening picking up sticks and doing a little raking. Next thing I know Chuck says he is going to push over a dead tree. After a lot of pushing...


it is going....


and gone!


This tree had needed to come down for a couple of years. It stated to fall and then got caught up in another tree. It is behind the fence in the wooded area keep getting pushed down the the to do list.

The warmer temps prompted me pull out Megan's warm weather clothes.



Other then her dresses most everything from last year still fits. She is still wearing size 4 shorts and capri's. She seems to grow up and not out. To bad her mother doesn't have that problem!

Eli was a great help getting all the summer clothes pressed and put away.


This has been a great week.


The warm air, sunshine and outside playtime is just what we all needed.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!



Monday, March 12, 2012

On The Road

Saturday morning we hit the road with my parents. We traveled along the river.

Enjoyed a beautiful country view.



Saw signs of spring.


Traveled by some Amish farms.


Did you notice that they have been working the fields?

We went to a small town gas station where you still hear the dink when you drive up to the pump. The attendant then comes out and pumps your gas. Where I live you don't find that kind of service anymore.

We picked up some ground beef from a small store. You know the kind where it ground in the store from fresh beef. Nothing that was ground in a factory far away and shipped in. The butcher even chatted with us.


We took advantage of the great weather to grill some of the beef on Sunday. Delish!

It was a very enjoyable day. Every now and then you just need a day to get away.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Friday, March 09, 2012

My Week...

I love when the weather starts to warm up and we are able to spend more time outside.


I am an outside girl and it is great for the kids to be able to run off some energy.

Miss Megan lost her first tooth this week.


Her permanent tooth is well established so there isn't much of a gap. She keeps telling me that she looks weird. I think she looks adorable! :)


A yummy meal ready to go into the oven.

It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen ~ Unknown


Rainy days are meant for warm, cozy candlelight and baking...


the old fashioned way (you know, without the use of the kitchen aid.) It can be quite the workout for the old arm. No wonder our grandmothers and great-grandmothers didn't need a gym membership.

Sometimes I wonder why we ever spend money on toys.


A bowl and a spoon or pot and lid occupy this little man better than any toy I have. The marketing is good to make us...me... think that the kids need stuff.

Warmer temperatures mean that I am able to step out in the evening.


Catching a glimpse of the moon makes me happy!

Tomorrow we are taking a road trip with my parents. We are going to chase down some family history and visit a cemetery or two, drive down some country roads and you never know what else we might get into. I am super excited! Do you have some exciting plans for the weekend?

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!