Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Second, in regard to the little girl who cut off her finger at our church...the doctor did reattach her finger, but we're waiting to see if her body will accept it. Hopefully I can find something out this Wednesday night.
Canning update: As of today, we've canned 49 quarts of green beans and 50 pints of salsa. The kids and I picked tomatoes again this morning and we almost have enough for a couple more cannings of salsa. We've had lots of squash, too. I don't can it, we only eat it fresh and give it away. We have several spaghetti squash growing out there. We're very excited about that. I like spaghetti squash better than spaghetti! We've had lots of green peppers, too. The timing has been better this year. We've been trying to get our tomatoes and peppers to ripen at the same time. We've only had a few cucumbers, unfortunately. :o(
We're still enjoying all the homemade bread. I made two loaves today and we had BLT's for supper tonight. Yummy!
This week I'm spending time getting ready for our new school year. Lots of stuff to go through and organize! It should be an exciting year though.
At church yesterday, we had our pastor's brother, Dr. Woodrow Kroll from Back to the Bible radio program come and speak. He is such a good preacher, and I thoroughly enjoyed his message.
It was cloudy here today, so we didn't go to the pool. It's supposed to be sunny the next few days, so we'll hit the pool again. :o)
Book I just finished: Sunrise by Karen Kingsbury. Her latest book about the Baxter family. She is such an excellent author...the stories just pull me in!
I guess that's it for now. Neal will be finished with the grass in a few minutes, and we're going to play Uno Stacko with the kids. Have a great night!
Friday, July 27, 2007
My favorite book, well actually books, growing up were the Trixie Belden mysteries. My Mom and Dad bought me book #7 and then I was hooked. They started buying them for my birthdays and Christmas' and anytime they felt like it. :o) I ended up getting books 1 - 36. There are actually 39 books in the series. They must not have published as many of books 37-39 though, because if you go to Ebay they are quite expensive! I can see my set of books from my computer and I love them! Beth has enjoyed reading some of them too, but not as much as I did.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I thought of them tonight when I was looking at my friend Perri's blog. She has a short video on there of her granddaughter, Sophie, dancing to some music. It reminded me of Beth.
If you have young kids, check out the Sunny-Side Up Band's website and listen to some samples of their music. There's even a video of one of their newer songs. You can see Neal's coworker, Danny, playing the guitar.
My favorite cd is still the first one they made -- "Walk Tall and Sing a Sweet Song." I think it's most appealing to toddlers and preschoolers. You can hear bits of every song on their website though.
This morning I woke up at 6:30 -- even though it was going on 1:00 before I went to sleep. Since I was awake I went ahead and got dressed and headed down to my mom's. Fortunately she was awake too, so we went yard saling! :o) We found one really good yard sale and bought some stuff there. I wish I had bought more. They had really good prices!
Then we got home around 9:30 and Neal and I started making salsa. A friend from church came over to learn how to can salsa, and that was a lot of fun showing her how we do it. We spent the day canning salsa, making bread, snapping green beans, and now canning the beans. We canned 20 pints of salsa and ate about one. ;o) Now we're canning 7 quarts of beans. We canned 7 quarts last night, too. I think we're at 35 quarts so far this year.
Oh, Ben went blackberry picking with his grandparents and aunt this afternoon. They picked a lot of berries, so we froze those. Carlee and Erin's Mom also brought us some corn on the cob, and then about an hour later Neal's dad brought us 5 ears of corn freshly picked from his garden. We've had some good food today! :o)
I'm going to bed early tonight. Since it's 9:10 I think that means I'd better get to bed SOON!
Friday, July 20, 2007
1. 30 minutes into the party the clouds started rolling in.
2. 45 minutes into the party the lightening started and all the kids had to get out of the pool.
3. We had to sit outside for 2 hours and 15 minutes more and watch the lightening while the kids were running around outside. (no rain yet)
4. We had to watch our daughter try not to be too disappointed when we wouldn't let her run around outside, with all her friends, while there was so much lightening.
5. We had to watch our daughter try not to appear too disappointed when we left 45 minutes early because we didn't want to sit down in the basement watching 45 minutes of a movie.
6. Did I mention our supper was corn dogs? Tasted good, but not on my diet. ;o)
7. We had an enjoyable time visiting with one other set of parents who also didn't let their kids run around in the lightening...and left even earlier than we did.
8. Thrilled when our daughter asked if we could have an activity at our house sometime. (maybe she wasn't too embarrassed by her old mom and pop!)
Monday, July 16, 2007
Other than that I've pretty much been doing my handwriting. We did go to church, and that was nice. :o) I have over 850 envelopes addressed...only a little over 600 to go!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I bought that popsicle maker at a yard sale on Saturday from Neal's cousin. Best dollar I ever spent! The kids love it. We're experimenting with different popsicles. So far we've had yogurt and strawberry, chocolate (using chocolate soy milk), and right now we have orange dreamsicle. Yum!
We camped out here at the house this past weekend. We had my friend's son and daughter for the weekend, and had lots of fun with them. We had a yard sale on Saturday and then went swimming that evening. Sunday we stayed home in the morning and had a campfire, and I did some baking while the kids played and Neal and Beth cleaned up the campsite. Sunday night we went to church and met the kids' mom afterward.
Tomorrow Mom, the kids, and I are going to go to some orchards in a neighboring county. I'm going to buy some peaches and check out their honey. It looks like we lucked out on getting more blueberries. Neal and all four kids drove an hour away Saturday morning to pick blueberries, they got there around 9:00 and the orchard was picked out. They said there were people there before 6:00 that morning! They were selling them so cheaply that people were picking and reselling. I never thought I'd say this, but I hope they start charging more so that people can't take advantage of them.
Update on my friend who lost her husband and son: I thought the driver of the other vehicle was killed, but I was wrong. He was drunk! And, of course, he survived. However, he is being charged with two counts of murder. In the state of Alabama, if you drive drunk and kill someone, you get charged with murder. Too bad it's not that way in every state! Please keep praying for Rachel and Tabitha!
Monday, July 9, 2007
Allen and Rachel were in our Sunday school class when we lived in Georgia. Even though we have not kept in contact for the last few years, I think of Rachel often because I use a few of her recipes frequently. I was her prayer partner when she went through Evangelism Explosion. She is a very sweet lady.
Allen was a cardiologist in Athens, GA. He helped me out with a scare I had with my heart many years ago when I was visiting my parents in Ohio. He was very down to earth and a very genuinely nice person.
Please remember this precious lady and her daughter in the days, weeks, and months ahead. I'm sure she would appreciate your prayers.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
PIT is our new favorite game. If you've never played it, it's very fast moving and loud. Lots of fun!!!
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
I walked through a county courthouse square,
On a park bench an old man was sitting there.
I said, "Your old courthouse is kinda run down."
He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town."
I said, "Your old flagpole has leaned a little bit,
And that's a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it."
He said, "Have a seat," and I sat down.
"Is this the first time you've been to our little town?"
I said, "I think it is." He said, "I don't like to brag,
But we're kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag.
"You see, we got a little hole in that flag there
whenWashington took it across the Delaware.
And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it writing Say Can You See.
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin' at its seams.
And it almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the Texas flag, but she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag."
"On Flanders Field in World War I
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun.
She turned blood red in World War II.
She hung limp and low by the time it was through.
She was in Korea and Vietnam.
She was sent where she was by her Uncle Sam.
"She waved from our ships upon the briny foam,
And now they've about quit waving her back here at home.
In her own good land here she's been abused --
She's been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused."
"And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land.
And she's getting threadbare and wearing thin,
But she's in good shape for the shape she's in.
'Cause she's been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more."
"So we raise her up every morning,
take her down every night.
We don't let her touch the ground
and we fold her up right.
On second thought, I do like to brag,
'Cause I'm mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag."
Happy Birthday America!
"Ragged Old Flag"
By John R. Cash
(C) 1974 House of Cash, Inc.
Pictures taken by Teresa Beasley 2006