Thursday, March 28, 2013

~~It's Thursday!~~

Outside my window...  I think we must be finished with the rain.  Things are starting to dry out.  There are a lot of fox tails in the grass...they end up on the dog.  There is a very sweet smell in the air.  I think I found out today what it is. . .

Orange Blossoms. . . and the smell is heavenly!

I am thinking...  Company is coming.  The next 6 weeks we are expecting several rounds of company coming through.  I've gotten lots crossed off my to-do list.

I am thankful... I am thankful as always for answered prayer.  Thankful for God's provision.

In the kitchen... A casserole from the freezer tonight.  Amish Noodle Casserole maybe with cottage cheese and fruit.  The kitchen will be busy the next week or so.

Soupa Tuscana
Oven Stew
Sour Cream Enchiladas and Tamales
Veggie Pizza
Hot Dogs on the beach
Carne Asada Nacho's
Smoked Turkey Sliders
Chicken Gumbo with rice

I am wearing...  Finally. . . feeling back to my old self.  Feeling a phantom pain here and there.  I imagine I'm still healing on the inside somewhere.  I've been wearing waistbands this week and they are not too uncomfortable

I have been creating...  I've been busy the last few days creating things and finishing projects.

Dust ruffle for the bed in the office.  I used three fabric shower curtains from Target.

Finished decorating #2 son's room.  It has the big guest bed and turns into the guest room when we have company come to visit.

This is what's on top of the dresser.

In the basket is gifts for my daughter in law~  Orange and Lemon scented soaps,  Orange Body Wash, Orange candles, Note-cards with a fancy "M" on the front and a San Diego postcard that I used as card.  On it I wrote "A bit of California Sunshine to enjoy in the land of the Midnight Sun!"

I also finished printing the graphics I had and put them in some old frames.  Some of the frames are extra special to me because my Dad made them.

(Proverbs 3:5-6 in the frame my Dad made.)

I am going...  It's a busy weekend.  On Saturday the church ladies are getting to gether to oranize Easter things for Sunday.  On Sunday our church is having service in the a local park with a potluck lunch and more preaching to follow.  I'm hoping we'll be packed up and done by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday and home enjoying our free evening.  Monday is my birthday and I want to head to our bonfire beach with my family and roast hotdogs and marshmallows.  Lots of sightseeing next week with my company.

I am praying...  Praying for the desires of my heart.  Praying for travel mercies for my married children who are on their way to Juneau, Alaska.  Praying for far away family. 

Praying for Anna who is starting chemotherapy in preparation for her bone marrow transplant. 
She has Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia.

Anna had her hair cut in anticipation of chemotherapy.


I am reading...  We went to the library today and got some fresh books.  I've got some food centered mysteries waiting for me.

We've been watching a new series.  This series features Brian Keith (from The Parent Trap)~
it's called Family Affair. ( Brian Keith reminds me of my Dad!)

I am looking forward to...  I'm looking forward to company coming my house.  I'm looking forward to getting in the garden, maybe tomorrow and plant all the seeds my husband bought.  We've got three big Coastal Rosemary plants and a Christmas tree to plant as well.  The next yard work project will be purchasing bark mulch and pruning/trimming one more flower bed out front.

From the learning rooms...  My student has been working hard.  I would love to see a miracle happen and for him to not get so distracted while doing work.  He's learning about adverbs and practicing long division and multiplication.

Around the house...  Everthing is very clean in anticipation of our son and his wife being here for about a week.  I only have left to clean the tub and sinks in the guest bath.

A favorite quote for today...
"Family is the most important thing."
Princess Diana

One of my favorite things...  I love taking drives.  It's a relatively inexpensive thing to do.  We took a picnic.  We had Popeye's spicy fried chicken and cole slaw with sparkling apple cider.  I do so love California. 

It is soo pretty here.

There are lots of wildflowers blooming here.  Lupine, Poppies and many others.

These are manzanita branches that have been through a wildfire.

They are for my climbing things in the garden.

A few plans for next week:  Tweaking my menu,  going on lots of picnics, taking my daughter in law to the thrift store for maternity clothes,  enjoying family time.

A peek into my days...
I was itching to do some flower crafts.  I made two different spring arrangements for church. 

(the one on the right goes in front of the pulpit on a black stand with a white, chrochet doily.  The one on the left goes on the piano.)

I've got to add some spring green colored ribbon to the hydrangea arrangements yet. I'll probably take these into church in June.

My husband flew back to the east coast for a couple days.  He was invited to 'pin' our graduating son with his new rank.  He is now an E-4 Electicians Mate.  We're so proud of his accomplishment!

Visiting a transportation museum while waiting to fly home.

~~Have a great weekend dear friends!~~


  1. Lovely post.. you are talented with your crafts, everything looks nice. :) I am in agreement with your prayers. enjoy all your company.

  2. thrilled to read that you're feeling mostly like yourself. you look great. and your projects do too. :)what a fun hostess with the mostess you are. and i'm feeling a gulp about your picture frames. those things that tug on heart strings with special people are so precious.ENJOY your easter...and birthday!!!happy birthday! wishing your new year full of HIS favor. isaiah 61

  3. your blog is like a newsy letter from a friend and I think the photos really help by telling a story,tooI pray for Anna and she looks so ready and excited to start her treatments and begin the miracle of saving her life.I thought they were brothers instead of dad and son;they look so much alike.have a wonderful Easter.

  4. Happy Birthday, sweet friend! Hope you have a terrific one!Praying for Anna!How wonderful that your husband got to pin your son! What a wonderful thing for him to be able to do!