When my brother was leaving for Philadelphia, we all went out to dinner after a long day of cleaning.
We were all pretty tired!
Here is my wonderful brother, whom I miss already! He is one of the greatest people, we have so many of the same things about us and we "get" each other.
i went to this little exchange group tonight. It is nice! It is a odd mixture of people, but everyone comes and have a short meeting to discuss what is going on and then we eat together and tonight people brought things they could trade. one lady had beautiful crocheted hats, whole wheat pita bread and homemade spray deodorant, lip balm etc. Another lady had a bunch of Christian music CD’s she wanted to trade for certain items for the troops. I brought my loaf of whole wheat pumpkin bread, beef barley soup and fruit salad with apples and mandarin oranges in it with yogurt for the meal and so they could taste some of my baking. I ended up trading a lady the 1/4 hour I got for coming to the meeting for three aprons she had. I am probably going to get some hats crocheted too, I will see, as she has reasonable prices and I have HOURS to spend.
<p> It is a community project that has been really good as it is a great way to use our resources instead of money as much. Times have been rough on alot of people, and bartering is an old fashioned way of paying people. One person asked me I would sew him some simple linen bags and I said sure….he baked me two loaves of this really dense wonderful bread. (I am going to get the next one in a week or so).
<p> It takes more time than just paying out your money, but when you do not have money, sometimes you are willing to work for something. Check around in your area if there is a local barter group! It is worth it!
I got awarded my first award…..from my wonderful friend Grace! Grace has been such a sweet friend to me, even though she lives very far away in cold Alaska! If you follow the link you can go and visit her blog and congratulate her on expecting their seventh baby! Thank you, Grace!<p>
1. Please put the logo on your blog.
2. Place a link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 3 or more blogs.
4. Put the links of those blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message on their blogs telling them they’ve won an award!
I would like to nominate the following ladies:
Diana has been a long time friend, if she could put up with me when I was 12, then I know she must be a friend for life!
My mom- Joyce
My mom is a wonderful person whom I always know I can talk to if I have a problem, or just need to chat!
My cousin- April
I really appreciate having her around!
I could go on and on……..
Check out some of these blogs!! Some of them have contests, but others have some great posts on history and other topics! Be sure to leave a comment for them!
Petticoats and Pistols
A Christian Writer’s World<p>
Jane Orcutt Books <p>
Woven by Words
Wednesday: Vegetable soup, pumpkin bread, homemade bread
Thursday: Baked potatoes, salad
Friday: Crockpot beef barley soup, bread
Saturday: Leftover soup, Pumpkin muffins
Sunday: Black beans and rice, salad
Monday: Beef stew, bread
Tuesday: Spanish rice with cooked chicken added, salad
Let’s see how well we can stick to it this week! I made it really simple so I should be able to. We did not have to buy extra food last week except for a treat when I bought ice cream tonight to go with our warm homemade apple pie! I am all stocked up on flour too! I forgot to make the beans so on Saturday and Sunday we had noodle goulosh instead and leftovers on Sunday, along with some bread that I traded sewing for! It was good, it was different, it was a oatmeal rye bread that has some kind of sprouts in it. <p> For breakfast the last couple weeks have either been oatmeal, peanut butter toast or sometimes eggs. I think I need to bake some quick breads to give them something else! Lunch is leftovers or PB and J sandwiches lately! <p> I want to try this recipe I found called Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins, doesn’t that sound good?
I had a busy day today! The boys did alot of their school last night so they could go and work for my sister today.
They cleaned out cupboards, scrubbed bathtubs and other things like that! Anyhow, I had to take Tony to the doctor to originally remove the staples, but after I told them how it was bleeding on Sunday (a wrestling match caused a problem), they wanted to have a look, but they were not sure what they would do.
I went to the doctor and got there on time, to find they were behind schedule so we went down to a toy store for a few minutes and came back. They elected to leave them in until Friday, when I have to go back to remove them. "sigh" Now to keep him still until then, no jumping, running, climbing etc…… yeah right! <p>
On the way home I picked up the cleaning boys, stopped to mail something and remembered the post office was closed. So, I headed home to take care of some apples and since I had to make chicken pot pie for dinner, decided some apple pie filling to can and apple pie for dinner with our chicken pie would be nice. Technically, it was turkey pot pie, but it was good! We had a nice dinner of pot pies, apple pie with vanilla ice cream and I made and canned 7 quarts of pie filling. The house is a mess, but I am happy!
When we were younger we had a older record player and we had a bunch of old records that people had given us, from my grandparents and others. We had the old Your Story Hour records, Sound of Music sound track, West Side Story and others. We had this one by Danny Kaye that was stories from far away lands that we really liked! It was so funny and had Nail Broth (a variation of Stone Soup), and others! <p> Today I found a site where you could listen to it!!! I was so excited to share this with my boys!
<p> A friend sent me this one too, which looked fun!
I am a little late on this one, but it sounded fun! I found this here at My Friend Amy Faith and Fiction Saurday<p>
We all come to faith in Jesus at different times in our lives and we all come to Christian fiction at different times, too! What’s the first book in the Christian fiction genre you can remember reading? What was your impression of it? Did it make you want to read more or less?
<p> The first Christian fiction I remember reading was actually being read to me. My mom read to me when I was about 6 years old, the Love comes softly series by Janette Oke. I guess it would have been classified as romantic western fiction. I loved them! I loved spending time with my mom reading and it still means alot to me that she took the time to read so much to me. I remember being curious as she skipped parts she felt were too much for me at my young age and I wondered what those were and went back when I was older and re-read them! It made me want to keep reading more and more !
Well, hopefully a normal day, which yesterday was not! It was a long night, I kept waking up cold and as a result I had extra people in my bed with me, because it was cold. It was about 58 degrees when I woke up, which means my bedroom was a bit cooler, probably. <p> Anyhow, I got a call about 6:30 am and so afterwards was still tired as the two little ones woke up and were playing around. I was waiting for it to warm up before I got up, so when I heard a loud cry….thought " Oh, no, who hurt someone now." My husband brings me my youngest with the back of his head bleeding. My first thought after I checked it "I do not want to sit two hours in the ER!!!" It looked like a large cut was gaping on the back of his head so, tossing on clothes, throwing my hair up and running around while trying to keep pressure on his head, he is crying as the blood is on his fingers, his shirt and all. We get him in the car with my oldest son to help and head to the hospital. He was much better after an experience that ended with with 4 staples in his head. Yes, staples! That was weird! They told me to wake him up every hour as I think they expected him to sleep after that. I do not think they knew him well! He did not sleep a wink, but ran around like he did not have a hole in his head! It was deeper than the doctor and I thought orginally, so it was a good thing I took him in. He lost some hair back there and we have to make a trip in a week to get them out, but so is life among boys! I feel blessed that this is only the second trip…….never mind it is the same child. <p> What was he doing? He was attempting to get get candy hidden atop the fridge. <p> Do I think he learned his lesson? Unlikely!!!