Monthly Archives: July 2008


You may wonder if I have nothing better to do than update you on the weather… there was SUN yesterday AND today… so much today it was actually warm this evening. WARM!!  ah. sweet bliss.  I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.  I love the sun.  I love warmth.  I love the glorious brightness and light.  It so lifts the spirits when the clouds have been so heavy its like evening all day, day after day… and then the  sun.

A lot like Jesus.

A crazy life.

Ann touches the corners of my heart yet again, as I stumble through some crazy parenting!! A Touch Crazy?

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR Monday July 28, 2008
Outside My Window… more rain, although the forecast said sunny…
I am thinking… that though my house looks a wreck, we were actually very productive today, and I look forward to more organization and discipline… but as Lydia says… ONE habit at a time! You are so wise Lydia!! 🙂
I am thankful for… people that want to rent one of our two units coming up available in August
From the kitchen… the boys, Bryan and Phil, have just cleaned up from bottling their latest batch of beer. Peonies are in a vase on the island. The house still smells a little of dinner. Baked fresh salmon caught a couple days ago, grilled mixed veggies (yellow zucchini, red onion, yellow and green peppers), mexican rice, fresh strawberries and blueberries for dessert with fresh raw cream. Its a good summer sort of a meal. Even if we haven’t seen the sun. And I’m going to make a rhubarb something for breadfast.
I am wearing… capri jeans (I’m pretending its summer), long-sleeved red shirt (but still keeping warm)
I am creating… today Shand (14 months) and I made bracelets with pipe cleaners and large wooden beads. It worked really great… a variation on the yarn and cheerio necklaces. 🙂
I am going… to bed soon. Our goal is to be in bed early. Bryan, his dad and our boys are going fishing in Hope tomorrow. They didn’t get to go dip netting with us over the weekend, so this is their chance to reel in a few.
I am reading… Grace Based Parenting. again. I just bought Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson and it arrived today in the mail.
I am hoping… for some warm sunshine, especially this weekend for my dear friend’s outside wedding!
I am hearing… Jim Weiss’ CD (Greek Mythology) from the bedroom, and some Moire Brennan out here for me.
Around the house… the boys will be cleaning their room tomorrow morning before breakfast or reading books… this is their consequence since they didn’t do it this evening while listening to their Jim Weiss CD. Keenan is sure he will starve. I assured him it would help him clean faster. Thad wanted to know if they could just make a trail. Three loads of laundry done from camping, most of its folded. Once again, I’m leaving the dishes for the morning. It seems like a cardinal sin in most homes. But some days, it just works better for us.
One of my favorite things… fun and happy family dinners. I love it when we all laugh together as a family. Tonight was one of those nights. The kids loved the salmon. They ate their veggies without too much coercion. (Thad told Bryan it wasn’t a vegetable, it was a veggie!)
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Thad’s last week of soccer (Tue and Th) Keenan’s last week of regular rehearsal, then Friday kicks off 5 days of intense rehearsal at the Performing Arts Center. Tuesday the boys go fishing. Lots of phone calls from potential renters and hopefully choosing two. Friday a bachelorette party and Saturday the rehearsal, and Sunday afternoon the wedding, followed by Souljourn’s worship gathering… an extension of the reception. Not teaching, just lots of celebrating with song and scripture.
Here is picture thought I am sharing… Shand on July 4th in the sunshine.
It did happen once this month, and on a very appropriate day!

You know you are an Aussie if…

So I did ‘you know you are an Alaskan if…’

I thought I’d follow it up with this one.  If you’re an American then this will probably make absolutely no sense whatsoever!

You know you’re Australian if…..

1. You believe that stubbies can be either drunk or worn.

2. You think it’s normal to have a leader called Kevin.

3. When you hear that an American “roots for his team” you wonder how often and with whom.

4. You pronounce Melbourne as “Mel-bin”.

5. You believe it makes perfect sense for a nation to decorate its highways with large fibreglass bananas, prawns and sheep.

6. You call your best friend “a total bastard” but someone you really, truly despise is just “a bit of a bastard”.

7. You think “Woolloomooloo” is a perfectly reasonable name for a place.

8. You’re secretly proud of our killer wildlife.

9. You believe it makes sense for a country to have a $1 coin that’s twice as big as its $2 coin.

10. You understand that “Wagga Wagga” can be abbreviated to “Wagga” but “Woy Woy” can’t be called “Woy”.

11. You believe all famous Kiwis are actually Australian, until they stuff up, at which point they again become Kiwis.

12. You know that certain words must, by law, be shouted out during any rendition of the Angels’ song Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again.

13. You believe, as an article of faith, that the confectionary known as the Wagon Wheel has become smaller with every passing year.

14. You still don’t get why the “Labor” in “Australian Labor Party” is not spelt with a “u”.

15. You believe that the more you shorten someone’s name the more you like them.

16. You understand that “excuse me” can sound rude, while “scuse me” is always polite.

17. You understand that “you” has a plural and that it’s “youse”.

18. You know it’s not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle.

19. Your biggest family argument over the summer concerned the rules for beach cricket.

20. You still think of Kylie as “that girl off Neighbours”.

21. When returning home from overseas, you expect to be brutally strip-searched by Customs – just in case you’re trying to sneak in fruit.

22. You believe the phrase “smart casual” refers to a pair of black tracky-daks, suitably laundered. (Danelle would say this one is for me…)

23. You understand that all train timetables are works of fiction.

24. When working on a bar, you understand male customers will feel the need to offer an excuse whenever they order low-alcohol beer.

25. You get choked up with emotion by the first verse of the national anthem and then have trouble remembering the second.

26. You find yourself ignorant of nearly all the facts deemed essential in the government’s new test for migrants.

27. You know, whatever the tourist books say, that no one says “cobber”.

28. And you will immediately forward this list to other Australians, here and overseas, realising that only they will understand.

(from The Sydney Morning Herald , Australia Day, Jan 26, 2008).

This isn’t really me…

I don’t even know what it means or where it comes from.  BUT what the heck…  I’d like to be a simple woman one day.  So why not today… at least for the last hour.

Outside my window… 62* and cloudy… that is WARM day for this summer.  And I actually saw blue sky this evening on the way home from rehearsal at 9:30pm

I am thinking… that I am glad there was an easy loss of privilege (sleeping in my bed while Dad is at work) and I didn’t yell at my kids when they were still up when I got home at 9:45, having just had a great go-round jumping on our bed, and one accidentally hitting the other in the nose.  Thank you to neighbor/tenant/friends for answering the monitor’s call!!

I am thankful… that the balance of chaos rooms vs relatively peaceful rooms tips in favor of the relatively peaceful.

From the kitchen… flowers from a friend fading in a vase, left over fondue in the fondue pot from Monday that  we’re still working on, and quite a bit of clutter.  But its manageable (for tomorrow morning) so its still considered a relatively peaceful room

I am wearing… black socks, my jeans that fit but I don’t like, blank tank top and long sleeved blue shirt.  One of my favorites.  too bad I don’t still have on the hot pink rain boots I was wearing all day.  Its true!! I own those!!

I am reading… Grace Based Parenting (again… I need more grace flowing out of me) and The Hidden Art of Homemaking (I borrowed it.  I’m surprised that I’m not loving it, so I am glad I didn’t buy it.  Though it does have some great ideas in there.) And the second Boxcar Kids book… I’ll be ready for that to be finished.  Its awkward to read aloud.  Keenan can read the rest by himself.

I am hoping… for some sunshine.  and even better a day over 70 degrees.

I am hearing… the hum of the computer.  almost silence… ah.

One of my favorite things… my 17″ bath tub.

A few plans for the rest of the week… tomorrow a walk with the kids and some friends at Potter’s Marsh on the new board walk.  Hopefully we’ll go dip netting on Saturday across the bay from Homer.  We need some salmon in our freezer for the winter.

A picture thought I’m sharing with you… hang on.  this was supposed to be simple.  dark, warm, cozy, the faint scent of hubby’s sweat from his day slumber and the dog curled up in crook of my legs.  BED!

Good night.

Hideaways… the cave

Winterpromise has a new programmed ride through history using the Story of the World series by Susan Wise Bauer. Since we had already started going through them, I decided to use Winterpromise’s extra suggestions and books to tie it in. This is summer, and it has taken 3 weeks to finish one week. I’m in no hurry… we just do a few internet links from the Usborne Encyclopedia here, a bit of a project there, listen to Jim Weiss read in the car… AND here are the pics of our first ‘hideaway’ The cave. We used the firewood box in our living room. and I couldn’t find my newspaper roll (???) so we just taped their cave art on the wall. One days they jsut suddenly decided to play in it… like their caveman costumes? 🙂 and the ‘fire’ was probably their favorite aspect. You’ll have to excuse Thad’s faces. We are at an awkward stage with pictures!!

And here it is with out flash to capture the ‘fire’. WOW my photography really is lacking!!

Keenan’s prayer for a vision

I love my boy.  He amazes us.  And he makes us laugh regularly at the dinner table.

Tonight’s prayer:

“Dear God, Thank you for the food… (etc) and please give Brandon’s mom dreams and a vision and like don’t force her, but so she’ll want to and has a vision about a play date.”

After his big Irish dancing gig… “I’m WORN!”