Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lilac Loveliness


No, I haven't made this, but I think I can. I found this on one of my granny square searches. These are simple granny squares with a lovely series of borders. I like how the color placement gives an impression of a flower with leaves. The lilac color has long been one of my very favorites. 
I have several projects that need to be wrapped up. I keep meaning to take and post some WIP pictures.



Here's another style I would like to try--using three colors, you create a marvelous gingham effect. I have seen this done with reds and yellows. 


And here is the picture I keep posting of the half-granny square afghan. Dear daughter knows how to make these hald granny squares, and she has helped me try my hand at a few of them. These are definitely late-80's early-90's colors. 
I am eagerly anticipating the end of the semester so that I can get some SERIOUS crocheting done!
G'nite . . . .

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Out of THIS World


I think we are approaching the last "two cents to rub together" stage of our budget this month,  but I asked hubby if he, Virginia and I could go today to the Country Bake Shop for lunch.  He didn't hesitate, so we planned it for our lunch hour. The boys were up at the cafeteria consuming their usual hot dog and chicken feasts. 

Right before we arrived, the van told us that it was ready for a fill-up. Michael stopped to get gas. We watched one poor old soul come in to get her handful of lottery tickets. Michael said that when he went in to pay, he was the only one buying gas--everyone else was getting lottery tickets. There were even two fussing over who was next to get their tickets. We have all become dependent as citizens of this state on the revenue generated by this form of robbery and vice. It is ill-gotten gain-j
ust one more reminder of how the "prince of the air" has taken over so much of the world.  

When we arrived in the parking lot of the Bake Shop, I was reminded that goodness and Biblical standards are still here. Those who read the blog and live in this community know that the proprietors are Christians (I think German Baptists) who live and work in the Mennonite tradition. When we went in, I felt that we had stepped out of the world. 
I don't think I have ever enjoyed a sandwich more. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Friends


The richness of the colors is not as evident here as I would like, but you can see the simple afghan I have started anyway.  I love the color names: cocoa, biscuit and forest. I am really enjoying this little project.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Yarn and Thoughts about Homeschooling


Those of you who follow the older blog have seen this picture already. This yarn is Hobby Lobby's Yarn Bee Soft Secret. It comes in the most lovely colors, and serves as their version of Caron's Simply Soft.  I am finishing up a blanket for a friend at our Church, but have also started a simple granny square blanket with three lovely colors of the Soft Secret. I tried my hand at these afghans for years, but they were always a little off because I didn't know how to finish colors and rounds correctly. Dear daughter showed me, and it has changed my life!  Who is homeschooling whom?
A well-meaning friend told me the other day that Virginia needed an activity apart from me. I agree that the kids have to learn to deal with social settings outside the home, and I think they have done a good job. I also agree that they need friends and activities that allow some independence. We have never wanted to smother our children or so shelter them that they can't function, but at the same time, we want their values to come from the Bible, the Church and home--not the tv, internet, school groups or peers. 
We have always, even before homeschooling, tried to spend as much time with them as we can, especially when they ask for it.
At 16, 19 and 20, they still ask us for it, and I am so grateful. 
I tell them all the time that when they have their own children to remember this advice:
"the more time you spend with your children, the more you will want to be with them, and the reverse is true as well:  when you don't know them and allow someone else to raise them, you won't know how to be with them."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Looking Forward . . . .


For many reasons, we are looking forward to the end of this week. Dear Daughter can hopefully get back to life--reading, studying and SEWING!  The play has consumed all of her energy and emotion.  She seems to be the most content when she has a project on which to work. She has some fabric squares she hasn't "broken out" yet. 
I am hoping that Saturday will represent a time when we can all exhale--it might be a good night to have our family's favorite dish, Petros (chilli, Fritos, sour cream and cheese) and maybe a "Darn Good Chocolate Cake." 
The boys have had a great week, but it is also a pretty stressful time of the semester. Last night, they had a marvelous respite in the form of a birthday dinner at a local restaurant for one of their friends.
Earl Warren, who by some accounts,was one of the most influential Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, often looked back fondly on his college experiences at the University of California at Berkeley. What he treasured most were the friendships and comraderie he established there.  I hope that wherever the Lord leads the boys in life, they will look back fondly on some of the friendships and happy times they have had at Truett. 

Bosey!

This year for Christmas, I received a gift that has changed my life.  (We will be paying on it for the rest of my life--ha!) The picture you see is the Bose Wave Radio--you can listen to online radio stations, including my beloved BBN. I have loved BBN since 1986, and I credit their programming with brining me back to the Lord when I was in college. In our part of the state, we cannot get by conventional radio, one of the BBN stations. I have been able to listen to it on my computer, but that is not always the easiest thing to do, and the sound doesn't carry very well. 
Santa Hubby bought us one of these, and it sits in our little dining area where it can be heard over much of the house. It can also easily be moved to another room. We have named it "Bosey" and usually refer to it as "she."  Over the last few weeks when I have been trying to get some significant housework done, I credit the Lord and His beautiful music as being my motivating Companions. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Time For Bed


We had a great night at Church tonight.  It has been so overcast and rainy--we even had a bit of Thunder storms today. The coming week promises to be a VERY HECTIC one, so I am headed off to bed.  We are grateful to have dear daughter 100% well. The boys are gearing up for finals, and the end of the semester. The Pastor and I are trying to get ready for finals from our side. 
Hope your week is wonderful and that you feel closer to the Lord with each day. 

A Beautiful Season


The children graciously indulged me by coloring Easter eggs right after Easter.  During Holy Week, we were so busy. Debbie and I colored eggs with the kids at Church, but my teenagers were scattered here and yon. So, we took some time to do this afterwards. I am so grateful that my teens and my 20 year old still like these things!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday Night Specials


Over the last couple of years, we have fallen into a nice routine of Saturdays being work days around the house. Sometimes we go to town and spend the day out, but more often than not, we spend the day getting some yard and housework done. The day is topped off with a supper of hot dogs and hamburgers (usually baked beans and macaroni and cheese or french fries or something yummy like that)--we eat in the living room while watching Gunsmoke.
Today, Michael did some hedge work in the front yard, and he and JM mowed quite a bit. We have had lots of rainy weather, so mowing has been quite the challenge. I managed to mop much of the house, and clean the boys' bathroom. AND, I must have washed 10 loads of laundry!
A successful day!
We are all pooped, but we talked a little bit about how work itself is a gift from God. 
Genesis 2:15 tells us that God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden " to dress it and to keep it. "  Work is a gift--there's nothing like the sense of accomplishment that comes from getting something done. We rarely if ever get everything done we set out to do, but I am learning to deal with that!
I hope you all have had a wonderful Saturday and that your week's work has brought you a sense of accomplishment. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Growing Pains


This has been an interesting year in our daughter's homeschool group. She has grown in her music skills and in her "get-along" skills. By "get-along" skills, I mean the ability to roll with the punches. And punches she has had--
I'm not sure it has all been worth what she has been through with this group. Some of the very issues that helped us to make the decision to leave the public school have cropped up here in this group. She has been a part of it for 3 or 4 years now. She has taken many things in stride. But I am at the end of my rope watching events unfold. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Thoughts



Homeschooling doesn't keep our children free of hurtful situations. As much as we would hope that it would, homeschooling can't shelter them from learning life lessons. 
We have watched our children each go through difficult circumstances. In the midst of one of these now, I need wisdom and discernment, and a muzzle on my heart and mouth. I desperately do not want to make things worse by overreacting (or underreacting).
If I had heeded my husband's mindset about all of these things, we would all be so much better off! 
Ladies, listen to hubby--his instincts are given to him by the Lord as the head of the home. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April Showers . . . .



We are having some rainy, drizzling days. The beauty of Spring is right around the corner. We just had a week off for Holy week., but we were quite busy all week long. Ima Virginia is under the weather in a major way with a pretty nasty virus. I am hoping that after she is feeling better and her play is concluded, she can get down to a better school work routine. She has sat in on two college courses this semester--one with her dad (American History) and one with the world's best English teacher, Dr. Walton Young. For his class, she has read some serious literary works that have blessed her life--she loved To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby. With Gatsby, she had quite a look at the emptiness of material wealth. 
Today would be a wonderful day to just stay in, but she will have her last day of the homeschool co-op. She is really not up for it, but she wants to go, and has been cleared by the doctor as not being contagious.