>> Monday, May 26, 2008
(third from the left)
(first on left, middle row)
>> Saturday, May 24, 2008
She doesn't really live in the boonies, but it still has some of the old 'country' (rural) feeling about it that I remember from childhood. It certainly still has the sights:
And Yard Art:
Not one, but two!
>> Thursday, May 22, 2008
The blurb is this: "For so many people, they view change as needing to make a one hundred and eighty degree change - a feat so impossible that they give up or never even begin. Yet two small degree changes in our spiritual life, our marriage or parenting, or even our health can lead us closer to God's heart and our loved ones. Making a '2 degree change' towards the Lord or your loved one that can begin moving you in a positive, freeing, fulfilling direction."
The book is easy to read with excellent analogies and historical, scriptural, and literary references.
Back to daily life, warm weather and a certain blonde, we now have a happiness-guaranteed activity at our disposal: water. (It's just not so fun when it's time to come inside. . . )
HAPPY 9th ANNIVERSARY
to Charlotte's parents!!!
>> Monday, May 19, 2008
>> Wednesday, May 14, 2008
>> Saturday, May 10, 2008
>> Friday, May 9, 2008
Just ended our week with Aunt Nancy and Uncle Mark and their dog, Clovis, at Chickasaw State Park.
The kids and I had a cabin (courtesy of Uncle Mark - woohoo!!!), and they stayed in their pop-up camper at the campgrounds. The park is beautiful, and there was plenty to see and do. It was also peaceful and restful and quiet. The 'off' season is a great time to visit!
The weather was perfect - even the one day that it lightly rained off and on wasn't bad. One day, Aunt Arlene, Aunt Patsy, and Uncle David showed up for a visit and picnic - style lunch.
We walked and walked and walked - great exercise that you can enjoy : ) . We worked puzzles (it runs in our family), and we played with fire. We took a couple of little side trips into neighboring towns: Henderson, Bolivar, Jackson.
We finished four jigsaw puzzles.
It's always good to be home, but there is that mountain of laundry to do. Hope to be 'all caught up' in the morning and be able to catch up with bloggy world!
>> Monday, May 5, 2008
Ready to go. We're meeting Aunt Nancy and Uncle Mark at a state park for a few days. THEY are camping, the kids might, but I'm in a cabin. That's as close to the bears, spiders, mosquitos, raccoons, and snakes as I'm willing to get.
>> Saturday, May 3, 2008
Because if I didn't blog, I'd never have come across Muddy's blog. But because I read Muddy's blog, I noticed something that I hadn't before. Or, Mary noticed it.
On the way to Wild Oats / Whole Foods, we pass a little strip mall that I generally ignore. We'd just passed it when Mary said "I saw a store called 'Muddy's Bake Shop' ". I said "no way", and drove back around to check it out.
There it was: Muddy's . Pre-blog, if I'd noticed this store, I'd have thought that that was a really weird name, and kept on going.
Now, however, I felt like I owed it to Muddy the Blogger to go in and visit.
I am torn between that having been the best thing I've done in a long time, or the very, very, very worst.
First glance, I loved it. So quaint!! Benches and tables and mismatched chairs, upholstered rocker, games, pink chalkboard. . . . the coffee was on a table, and above it was a pegboard covered in colorful mugs.
The employees were friendly - the young cashier mentioned in conversation that she was a homeschool graduate. The food was being made out in the open, behind the counter. The women were wearing the cutest homemade aprons, and they sold them in the back of the store.
The best things: the cookies were only fifty cents. We bought five of them - just to be courteous, you know. Chocolate chip, and peanut butter. Were they good? By the time we made it across the parking lot to Wild Oats, Mary and I had inhaled them. Gone. And we've talked about them ever since.
They are made with natural ingredients, organic milk, etc. They taste REAL, not like chemicals.
They were so good that you either didn't care if you had to wear tent-size clothes for the indulgence, or you'd be willing to go to an aerobics class every morning at 8 a.m. I'm not sure yet what catagory I fall into.
Here's how I'm working it: I've found my incentive to list the eBay 'stuff' that is taking over the house...... because Muddy's will be my reward. I'll go and sit and have coffee and treats and read a book or play a game. I'm so looking forward to it that I'm really ready to start my ebay listing.
Visit their website - great food photos and the identity of "Muddy" : )
Just don't do it if you're hungry!!
>> Friday, May 2, 2008
>> Thursday, May 1, 2008
As much as she loved the bears and fish and birds and giraffes and penguins and sheep and cows, she was just as happy about rocking chairs, wooden cut-outs, flowers, and SIGNS.