Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hello Thursday!

Outside my window...  I was just saying last Sunday it felt like fall.  I take it back.  Three days of mid 90 degree days makes me think summer is here to stay for a while longer.

(the following pictures are of the new planting I did in the garden last week.  We planted lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, broccoli and cauliflower.)
 spaghetti squash
 baby pumpkin
 more spaghetti squash
 new batch of tomato plants

I am thinking...  I am thinking about lots of things.  Thinking about a trip to Alaska.  Thinking about gardening.  Thinking about camping.  Thinking about picnics.  Thinking about cooler weather cooking.

I am thankful...  I am always thankful for what the Lord provides for me.  He always blesses more abundantly than I deserve. Someone else posted a verse on facebook the other day that received a blessing from.
Deuteronomy 5:9-10   Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. . .  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Especially comforting is the ending to the verse. . . shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

In the kitchen...  Tonight form the kitchen we will be having something cooler.  A vegetable pizza.  A baked pizza crust, cream cheese with ranch dressing and an assortment of chopped vegetables and a sprinkling of cheese.
(pictured are three quart sized bags of seasoned tomatoe sauce from my garden.  It spent two days cooking down.  It smells heavenly.  Its full of peppers, green onion, sage, basil, thyme and lavender)

I am wearing...  I've got on green today.  Capri pants and a lace tank top.  My feet are bare and my hair is pinned up.

I am creating...  Aahh. . .  the creativity department has been put away for a little while.  I finished the projects to send to Juneau, Alaska.  I've already got some ideas for Christmas gifts.  My little student and I need to decorate the office/schoolroom.  We will be going to the store for some decorations.
I made 9 of these little dresses using onsies and fat quarters of fabric.

(*above= these are the things that went into the box to ship to Juneau.  The large ziplock bag on the left contains baby quilts I made for my baby hope chest almost 24 years ago)

(pictured above~ are 10 colorfully decorated burp cloths and 4 over-sized receiving blankets.

(I'm seriously thinking of opening a store with my handmade goods.  On etsy these little dresses are selling for $25.00!)

I am going...Probably to a teacher supply store soon for the above mentioned decorations.  I want to go on a picnic up in the mountains and do a bit of walking with my doggie.

I am praying...  Praying for all the house purchasers I know that are getting new homes.  Praying for many happy memories to be made in their new places.  Praying for my far away children to be content, wise, happy, safe and healthy.  Praying for far away family and friends.  Praying for my witness and spiritual growth.  Praying for good family time.  Praying for Anna who wants to go home.

I am reading...  Picked up a book at the library the other day.  Design on a Crime by Ginny Aikin.  It has been a decent read with a loose Christian plot-line.
We've finsihed Robin Hood series. 
We're back to watching the end of the series Merlin. 
 We've watched several great movies on netflix recently.  The Measure of  a Man,  which would be a great book but I haven't been able to tell if it is a book or not.

I am looking forward to...  My trip to Alaska.  I don't have a date to travel yet.  I have not bought my tickets yet.  I'll be purchasing tickets soon.  Looking forward to hiking in the rain and visiting an Alaska beach.  The weather will be cooler than here at home.  Comfort food and soups and fresh bread will be on the menu!

From the learning rooms...  I ordered my curriculum this week.  English, Literature, Math and Penmanship.  For Science and History we will be doing a form of un-schooling.  Picking items of interest and studying them.  He has suggested different weapons like knives, swords and guns and who made them and for what use.  He wants to look at pond water under a microscope and study blooming cactus and rocks in the desert.

Around the house...  I finally vacuumed after I cleaned up the sewing project.  I didn't do the whole house just the main rooms.  I still need to clean up all the hair dust bunnies that float around.  I've been wanting to update the decor around here with a bit of fall color.  I bought my favorite scent of candle this week, pumpkin.

A favorite quote for today...
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."  ~Erma Bombeck

One of my favorite things...  I've been craving mugs of hot chocolate lately.  It's that fall feeling in the air.
I was reading up in Molasses flavoring different hot drinks like tea, cider and chocolate.  I want to try it.  We bought a jar of Nutella to try the other day.  My husband and son ate it all.  I didn't get to try it.  I heard you could make hot chocolate out of Nutella.  I want to try it also.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  I've got company coming on Sunday afternoon.  I plan on smoking some ribs and making peanut butter pie.  I'm not sure what else I will with it.  I though about collard greens.

A peek into my day...  It makes me happy when my kitty wants to be around me.  I love a good kitty cuddle.  She doesn't give out very many cuddles, especially when it's warm.
(She is sitting in my garden basket, its got seeds from the day of planting. The blanket on my lap is one she likes to get cuddles in)
Have a great weekend dear friends!
Thank you Simple Woman!



  1. You've never had nutella? That's almost a crime! ;)
    Your dresses are adorable! You did such a great job! I bet you're getting so excited. For baby and for Alaska.

    I can't believe you have a second planting of nice to garden so long into the fall. Here we only have a couple of weeks left...I almost planted more beans yesterday but thought it best not to. By the time they start to come in I'm sure we'll be close to a frost.

    Enjoy your company Sunday and have a great weekend! XxOo

  2. Those dresses are so adorable! I wish wish I had time to sew these days but I will have to tuck in the later on file when my precious 2 year old will be older and not so needy! lol You really could open a store with them, they are so cute! I'm looking forward to Fall in Florida also. I want to go bike riding and walking, which I haven't done for a while. Much too hot and too many mosquitos out right now!

  3. Oh, your garden is great. Good job putting up that nice sauce. I am planning to go put in some seeds late this afternnoon/eve, as it is a hot day today. Love all the little dresses!

  4. Thank you for sharing! Your garden looks wonderful! We hope to get our own going....maybe next year. I love your little dresses! How fun! I, too, am excited for favorite season!!! I also picked up some pumpkin smells for the house! Couldn't resist! Thank you for remembering Anna in your prayers! God has been so generous and gracious throughout this whole process! Can't wait to hear of the birth of your first granddaughter!!! How exciting! Love you!!!!

  5. the dresses look awesome! it must be so nice to be able to sew. go for it!

  6. your garden is huge!! i'd hate to do the weeding ;) but would love all the yummy produce! the onesis dresses are cute.. the black and white is my fav. and i don't care for nutella but my kids could eat it by the jar full. they had the hugest tub of it at costco recently - i would have bought it but i wasn't sure where i'd keep it. you KNOW it's big when you have to build a special shed for your nutella jar. haha!!

    hope you had a great summer and that your health continues to be getting stronger after your surgery..