Monday, May 13, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday - May 13, 2019

Good morning, Dear Ones! Happy Monday! πŸ’—


I wish each and every one of you beautiful moms out there a belated Happy Mother's Day! I hope you had a great one! πŸŒ·πŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸ’“ 

Mother's Day Flowers
I had a wonderful Mother's Day! I heard from all six of my children and received tokens of love and appreciation from all...messages, phone calls, meal dates, flowers, flowers, and more flowers, cards, cheesecake, and a lovely purple case for my brand new cell phone! (Yes! I've stepped up in the world! I finally got a smart phone! Wow! I never thought that THAT would happen!) 😲 

More Mother's Day Flowers
And More Mother's Day Flowers
This past week has been crazy and the one ahead and beyond promises to be even more so. I worked Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (school groups, scout groups, Monarch Magic homeschool program, and preparation for off-site programs this week). Tuesday and Wednesday were spent spinning my wheels trying to get things done around here that needed to be done, but to no avail. 

Children Gather To Plant Pollinator-Friendly Plants To Take Home
A Kaleidoscope of Coffee-Filter Monarch Butterflies
Tuesday night a chunk of our neighbor's (Pat'sbig ol' pecan tree fell out and it is splayed from her house to the edge of the road. I heard it when it fell and it JUST missed...and I mean JUST BARELY missed...hitting her house! Had it of, she would be out of a home right now. We are so thankful for God's magnificent protection! There had to be angels right there to lay that baby down where it is! We've got friends coming this weekend to clean it up and take the wood. They heat their home with wood in the winter and this will have all summer to season. Again, we are very thankful! 🌳

Wednesday I took Pat to her hair appointment and out for lunch and, beyond that, didn't accomplish much more. 

In the midst of it all, our dear friend, Joe, has been hanging in the balances (cancer) and we have been spending as much time as we can with him and his wife. Please remember Joe and his family in your prayers. Thank you!

Okay...enough about last week! Let's get right on into this week's post! Shall we? And, please, join me as, I link up with Sandra of Diary of a Stay At Home Mom and all the other lovely ladies that make up the Happy Homemaker Monday crew. You'll be glad you did! πŸ’—

Today I am joining Sandra and the other ladies over at
Diary of a Stay At Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday.
Please be sure to go over and check it out! πŸ’—
Right now I am...

... finishing up breakfast and enjoying a cup of hot tea while I work on this post. I'm also enjoying watching the birds at the feeders and in the front yard. Thus far this morning I've observed robins, cardinals, tufted titmice, house finches, hummingbirds, a downy woodpecker, and a bluejay. 


We also had a blacksnake on the back porch. I grabbed a pair of gloves, caught him, and released him out towards the back. Wish I would have remembered to take a picture! 🐍

Am thinking...

... about all the things coming up this week (two school groups, three off-site programs, and preparing to go to spring training...which reminds me...there probably won't be a HHM post next week...hmmmm...unless...if I can find the time I might try scheduling something...we'll see...just thinking out loud here) πŸ€”

On the breakfast plate...

... This morning I had peanut butter and Polaner All-Fruit (blueberry) on toast. 

The weather...

Absolutely gorgeous at the moment...59 degrees and sunny! And the week ahead really doesn't look bad at all! πŸŒž 



On my reading pile...

The Great Buffalo Hunt by Wayne Gard, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Mother Culture by Karen Andreola.

Online this week...

Nothing

On the menu this week...

Monday - Supper @ youngest son's
Tuesday - Fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries 🐟
Wednesday - Turkey Italian sausages, oven roasted potatoes, and green beans
Thursday - Broiled spoonbill, roasted carrots, brussel sprouts, and cornbread (freezer)
Friday - Pasta, meatballs, sauce, garlic bread, and salad
Saturday - Broiled chicken breasts, baked potatoes, and steamed broccoli
Sunday - Out of town

On my 'to-do' list...

Monday - HHM post, plan the week ahead, do home blessing, laundry, pick up new glasses, grocery shop, take Lilla Rose catalog to a customer
Tuesday - Work (present wildflower program @ rehab center in Carthage), figure mid-month budget
Wednesday - Work (school group in the morning; library program in the afternoon); bank
Thursday - Lilla Rose online party ends (if interested in placing an order click HERE); work (wildflower walk @ Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site @ Butler)
Friday - Work (school group)
Saturday - Do a quick spruce up on the house, do last minute laundry, pack and prepare for spring training
Sunday - Leave for spring training (it's @ Knob Noster State Park this year)

In the craft basket...

Temperatures remain cool and steady, so still staying in those same color ranges. Crazy! 


Something interesting that I watched this week...

Irises blooming in our yard...


Purple Iris
Burgundy Iris
White Iris
Old-fashioned Purple and Yellow Iris

Lavender Iris
(These are my favorites. They smell like grape Kool-Aid!)
From the camera...


My New Dishes
(Mainstays Berry Collection Multicolored Stoneware Dinnerware Set - 12 Piece)
Scripture passage...



Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful week ahead, and I'll see you all next week! Blessings!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser - A Book Review and More


Prairie Fires - The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
I was raised on the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My mother read them aloud to me when I was very young; then, when I learned to read, I read them for myself...over and over again. I felt that Laura had written the books just for me. I had put Laura Ingalls Wilder up on a pedestal that she was about to be knocked off of.

The first blow came when visiting Rocky Ridge (Laura and Almanzo's home and museum in Mansfield, Missouri) for the first time. It was there that I discovered there was a whole world of people out there that knew about Laura's books and that they loved her just as much as I did! I felt betrayed! πŸ˜³ (I think I was eight...maybe nine-years-old.)

It didn't detour me though. I was still fascinated with Laura's stories and I hung on to every word of them. I never tired of reading the series and I read them and re-read them over and over again with my own children. Our youngest and I used the series as the basis of our literature one year using The Prairie Primer by Margie Gray which fell out into all kinds of unit studies. 

My fascination with Laura Ingalls Wilder continued until my husband bought me the book Little House in the Ozarks - A Laura Ingalls Wilder Sampler - The Rediscovered Writings edited by Stephen W. Hines. It was then that I discovered that there was more to Laura Ingalls Wilder than was revealed in the Little House series and, somehow, her life just didn't seem as pleasant. The image was tarnished and it frightened me. In fact, I never finished the book. The truth is, I barely started it. 😞

And I never did like Rose (Laura's daughter). I couldn't tell you why though. I just didn't. I remember checking out Let The Hurricane Roar by Rose Wilder Lane at the school library as and I couldn't read it. It was like I sensed that there was something wrong and that somehow Rose had used it to hurt Laura. Isn't that strange? 😲

Anyway, after all these crazy mixed up feelings about a woman...an author...a total stranger...that died before I was even born and was someone that I would never know, Prairie Fires - The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser has finally brought me middle of the road and helped me to accept the truth that Laura Ingalls Wilder was a real person, with real feelings, and real life stuff happened to her on every front. 

I'm convinced that Prairie Fires is the most in-depth look into the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder that has been (or ever will be) written and I am totally fascinated by it!

Not only does the book tell us more of Laura's story, but it also delves into a bit more of her family history and into the history of the characters that made the Little House series come alive.

Drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser (the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series) fills in the gaps in Laura's biography. She reveals the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life and chronicles Laura's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane.

Today I love Laura Ingalls Wilder more than ever and, after reading Prairie Fires, I have a new found respect for this dear lady whose life spanned nearly a century of change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, providing us a unique perspective on American history and a lesson in self-reliance.

At 640 pages (hardcover) Prairie Fires isn't a fast read, but it's a read that I highly recommend for anyone who is a fan of, or has been touched by, Laura Ingalls Wilder's life in any way. πŸ’—

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Happy Homemaker Monday - May 6, 2019









Monday, May 6, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday - May 6, 2019

Good morning, Dear Friends! Happy Monday! πŸ’—


It's the first Monday in May and what a beautiful Monday it is! The sun is shining, the irises are blooming, and the birds are singing! What more could a girl ask for? I trust that you all had a lovely week last week and that your day is off to a great start today!!! 


Irises Blooming in Our Front Yard

(eeeeerrrrrrrr....Rebecca's post comes to a screeching halt)

That's as far as I got on this morning's post before life happened and I had to switch gears...and, now, here it is after 10:00 p.m. and I'm just now getting back to it.

I'm not going to go into great detail about last week's happenings. I will tell you that I've had a lot of school groups this week, my cousin's 'celebration of life' was very nice, and I think we've got the eyeglass situation figured out. 

Apparently, the lenses in the new glasses were flawed and causing distortion. New lenses have been ordered and, hopefully, the second pair of new glasses will be in sometime this week. In the meantime, I am back in my old glasses and I'm glad. I can see better with them than I could the first pair of new ones. Hopefully, I'll be able to see better with the second set of new glasses than I can now with the old ones that I'm wearing! (Are you confused yet???) πŸ‘€

Okay...I'm not going to dilly-dally! Let's get right on into this week's post! And, please, join me as, I link up with Sandra of Diary of a Stay At Home Mom and all the other lovely ladies that make up the Happy Homemaker Monday crew. You'll be glad you did! πŸ’—

Today I am joining Sandra and the other ladies over at
Diary of a Stay At Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday.
Please be sure to go over and check it out! πŸ’—
Right now I am...

... snacking on a bowl of popcorn and listening to the storm rage as I work on this post.

Am thinking...

... that I hope I get this post done and up before midnight, that the electricity doesn't go out before then, and that we don't have any tornado warnings tonight. I really, REALLY don't want to deal with tornado warnings tonight! 😳

On the breakfast plate...

... This morning I had peanut butter and Polaner All-Fruit (grape) on toast. 

The weather...

Heavy thunderstorms at the moment...a lot of rain, wind, thunder, lightening, and even some hail. We are under a flash flood watch, as well. 

The week ahead doesn't look to bad with highs in the 60's and 70's and a few chances of rain. 
On my reading pile...

The Great Buffalo Hunt by Wayne Gard, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Mother Culture by Karen Andreola.

Online this week...

Same-o...same-o! No time for much of anything except a couple of episodes of The Rifleman.


The Rifleman Starring Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford

On the menu this week...

Monday - Pasta, meat sauce, peas and carrots, and garlic bread 🍝
Tuesday - Fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries 🐟
Wednesday - Broiled spoonbill, brown rice, oven roasted carrots, and steamed broccoli 🐟
Thursday - Homemade pizza (freezer) πŸ•
Friday - Broiled salmon, baked sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli 🐟
Saturday - dh's night to cook ❓
Sunday - leftovers

On my 'to-do' list...

Monday - HHM post, work (school group in the afternoon) 
Tuesday - Plan the week ahead, home blessing, laundry, catch up on things around the house
Wednesday - Take a friend to her hair appointment
Thursday - Work (school group in the afternoon)
Friday - Work (homeschool program - Monarch Magic)
Saturday - Work
Sunday - Church, Mother's Day

In the craft basket...



I finally got the bison print curtain
done for the cabinet at work.

While I was at it (and while I still had my sewing machine out), I finished up the black bear napkins that I had started over the winter. I had originally purchased the material back in 2010 and turned it into a tablecloth and curtains for the kitchen in our old house. Once we moved the tablecloth and curtains no longer fit the table and windows, nor our decor...so...here they are...recycled into napkins for use here!

And, I finally got this child's tablecloth and napkin set finished. Our daughter and son-in-law bought a table and chair set for their wee daughters for Christmas and I had intended to make a tablecloth and napkins to go with it soon after. I purchased the material back in January and just now finished the project.

And, of course, I'm still working on the temperature afghan. I will share a photo of the progress on it next week. 
Something interesting that I watched this week...


A Honey Bee Pollinating The Chives In My Herb Wheel
From the camera...
One Of My School Groups This Week
(I wonder what would have happened if the boy beneath the crayfish had opened his mouth?) 
Scripture passage...


Happy Mother's Day To All The Mom's Out There! πŸ’—

Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful week ahead, and I'll see you all next week! Blessings!

Until next time,
~Rebecca

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Spring Rains and Thunderstorms Evoke A Flood Of Sweet Memories

Here in southwest Missouri we're in the midst of one of the first big thunderstorms of the season. Spring rains and rumbling thunderstorms always evoke a flood of sweet  memories in my heart and soul. πŸ’—



When I was growing up, the first really good spring rain of the season would find me sitting in front of the screen door watching the rain, while my mother sat nearby reading Susan and the Rain by Madye Lee Chastain aloud to me.

When my oldest daughter was little, she loved Sesame Street. There was a song that they sang on there about a rainy day and we still sing it on rainy days today. It goes like this...



Soft gentle rains would put us in the mood to watch this version of Beatrix Potter's 'Peter Rabbit'...


And when the first big thunderstorm of the year hit...(for those that live in the Midwest...you know the kind I'm talking about...strong wind, torrential rain, earth rumbling thunder, and cloud to ground lightening...yes! that kind of storm)...that's when we would stop whatever we were doing, grab one of our favorite books, The Key to the Treasure by Peggy Perish, and we would sit down and read it all in one fall swoop! Today would have been that day had my children still been small and living at home. Even with them grown and with families of their own I'm fighting the urge to drop everything and read it again right now!πŸ˜„


How about you? How do you feel about rainy days and thunderstorms? And how do you and your family like to spend rainy days at your house?

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday - April 29, 2019

Good morning, Sweet Friends! Happy Monday! πŸ’— 


Can you believe that this is the LAST Monday in April??? Where is the new year disappearing to??? 😲

I trust that you and yours had a good week last week. Ours was busy, but good!

Monday, of course, was spent at home taking care of stuff around here. 

Tuesday I led a group of local homeschoolers on a hike at Walter Woods Conservation Area near Joplin and we had a ball! Afterwards, we visited All Aboard Ice Cream and Joplin's 'Grand Falls'. The weather was so nice that the children were able to wade and play in Shoal Creek. What a treat! 

Grand Falls - Joplin, Missouri
The Children (and Adults) Enjoyed Wading and Playing in Shoal Creek
Wednesday I took a friend and my cousin grocery shopping.

Thursday John had his consultation appointment with the eye surgeon. He is scheduled for cataract removal on the left eye on May 28th, but the right eye is so bad that they want him to see a cornea specialist before they even consider doing anything with it. They said there is a lot of damage to it, but we're not sure from what. Continued prayers on his behalf would be greatly appreciated! 

I worked full days Friday and Saturday and a half a day on Sunday. I will go in for a few hours today, as I have a school group coming in this afternoon and will be doing a special program for them.

Enough about last week! Let's get right on into this week's post! Shall we? And, please, join me as, I link up with Sandra of Diary of a Stay At Home Mom and all the other lovely ladies that make up the Happy Homemaker Monday crew. You'll be glad you did! πŸ’—


Today I am joining Sandra and the other ladies over at
Diary of a Stay At Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday.
Please be sure to go over and check it out! πŸ’—
Right now I am...

... finishing up breakfast and enjoying a cup of hot tea while I work on this post. 

Am thinking...

... about the day, week, and month ahead. Between school groups at the park, spring training, and John's upcoming eye surgery, May promises to be the busiest month of 2019. I'm already looking forward to June! 🌹


On the breakfast plate...

...  French toast with sugar-free syrup and hot tea

The weather...

... It was raining when I got up, but the rain has tapered off and it's a cool 61 degrees and cloudy at the moment. 




On my reading pile...

The Great Buffalo Hunt by Wayne Gard, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Mother Culture by Karen Andreola.

Online this week...

No time for anything this week other than a couple episodes of The Rifleman.


The Rifleman Starring Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford

On the menu this week...

Monday - Homemade pizza
Tuesday - Fish sandwiches and oven fries
Wednesday - Oven roasted chicken, brown rice, and steamed broccoli
Thursday - Roast beef and oven roasted potatoes, carrots, and onions with brown gravy
Friday - Broiled salmon, baked sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli
Saturday - dh's night to cook ❓ (last week he made butter and garlic pasta, frozen peas, and garlic bread...and it was delicious!) πŸ’“
Sunday - leftovers

On my 'to-do' list...

Monday - HHM post, plan the week ahead, home blessing, laundry, work (school group in the afternoon)
Tuesday - eye appointment, schedule my Lilla Rose Launch Style- Up (official kick-off)
Wednesday - Work (school group in the afternoon), figure May budget 
Thursday - Work around the house and rest as much as possible
Friday - Bank, pay bills, work
Saturday - Attend my cousin's 'Celebration of Life' (she passed away in February)
Sunday - Church

My Cousin, Teresa, and I and One of her Little Granddaughters
I miss this sweet lady so much! πŸ˜₯

In the craft basket...

Temperatures have remained fairly steady this week, so, again, not a lot of color changes. 

Temperature Afghan Through April 28

Something interesting that I watched this week...

Hummingbird Sipping Nectar At The New Feeder
From the camera...

Morning Glory Seed and Plants Bought At Nursery
Scripture passage...



Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful New Year, and I'll see you next week! Blessings!

Until next time,
~Rebecca

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