Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday - November 20, 2017

Today I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
and all the sweet ladies of 
Happy Homemaking Monday!


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Good Morning, Sweet Ladies! HAPPY MONDAY! 😊

Well...here it is...the Monday before Thanksgiving! All our weekend plans fell through as I was sick in bed with a stomach bug for over 36 hours...no work Saturday (that's gonna hurt), no church Sunday morning, and no Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends Sunday afternoon. I was so disappointed! 

As of yesterday morning, I had no idea how I was going to rearrange and manage everything, but, as the day wore on, I felt better and better. I ended up making four pumpkin pies yesterday afternoon. The thawed turkey is still in the fridge, but is going into the oven shortly. We have decided to host an impromptu dinner for whosoever is willing and able to come this evening. Someone's got to eat all this food before we head to our daughter's on Wednesday! 😄

As for the rest of the week everything went pretty well according to plan. All of the Terrific Turkey programs are behind me now (two library programs and the last homeschool program of 2017). The programs were a huge hit with the children. They really enjoyed viewing the real, stuffed turkey borrowed from the Missouri Department of Conservation. I will share a few photos later in this post. 🦃

With the help of the grandlittles I managed to get the main tree up in the Van Gogh room Wednesday night, and my husband and I worked on the outside lighting and the rest of the house on Thursday. We had everything done, but the Jesse Tree in the kitchen and the little tree in our bedroom. I  finished those two last night. We try to have everything done before we leave to go to KC each year. That way it's done and we can step right into the Christmas season upon our arrival home. 

The main tree...the big tree with the lighted angel
tree topper...sits in the Van Gogh room. It just
seems to belong with the color and sparkle of it all!

My Mom's Tree
Last year was the first Christmas after Dad's death. I found
Mom's tree in a Christmas barrel in the shed and put it up for the
first time since she's been gone (over 12 years now and after she
passed, my dad wouldn't have a tree up). Our youngest daughter
about lost it the first time she walked in and saw Grandma's Christmas
tree sitting there...just like Grandma used to decorate it. I used Mom's
vintage lights and all of her ornaments...some of them still from when I
was a little girl. I think some of them were my grandma's even! Anyway,
I did the same thing this year. It's a way of keeping Mom and Dad's
memory alive throughout the holidays for all of us.

Just some little Christmassy knick knacks and
things adorn the shelves in the livingroom.

I have little Christmas trees throughout the house. This
little silver one sits in the livingroom. I think I need
to get some fake snow to set those houses on...don't you?

This is the Jesse Tree. It sits in the kitchen where
we spend most of our time...eating, visiting,
reading, and doing our Bible study. Of course, most
of the ornaments for it will be added one at a time
as we go through each night of Advent. 
This little tree adorns the vanity in our bedroom.
I love the way the lights reflect in the mirror.

And, of course, the Nativity. It's my favorite of
all Christmas decorations always. Someday I
want a big, lighted set for the front lawn. 

Well...on with today's post and we'll see how far we get...

The weather...

Right now it's 44 degrees and sunny. From now on through the 10-day forecast the highs promise to be in the 50's and 60's with lows in the 30's and 40's and practically no chance of precipitation. For now that's great! It makes for fair traveling weather and it's easy on the utility bill! 💵

Right now I am...

Having a cup of tea as I work on this post and thinking about the day ahead. I need to get showered and dressed soon, then start checking things off the to-do list for the day. 

On my reading pile...

Still plugging away on these same two. On the next to the last chapter of first one (should have it done by next week), but am deliberately lagging behind on the second. I recently discovered that there is an updated and expanded edition and I just ordered it. As I started in a previous post, A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George is my all-time favorite book ever! I can't wait to see what's new! 💓

How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God
by Kenneth E. Hagin
A Woman After God's Own Heart
by Elizabeth George

On the menu this week...


- Monday - (delayed Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends here) 
turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, heavenly corn, cranberry sauce, hot rolls, and pumpkin pie with whipped topping 
- Tuesday 
turkey Italian sausages, fried cabbage, and cornbread
- Wednesday - whatever daughter has on her menu in KC
- Thursday - Thanksgiving dinner at daughter and son-in-law's in KC
- Friday - grilled salmon, baked sweet potato, and steamed broccoli
- Saturday - leftovers 
- Sunday - leftovers 

On my to do list....

- Monday - Plan
 week ahead, make lists, weekly "home blessing, laundry (actually only need to do a quick spruce up...cleaned and disinfected everything after being sick over the weekend on Sunday, which included doing the laundry and bedding, so that's all pretty much done)
- Tuesday - Return stuffed wild turkey to the Missouri Department of Conservation in Joplin, pack to go to daughter and son-in-law's in KC
- Wednesday - Travel to KC and enjoy time with family there
- Thursday - Enjoy Thanksgiving Day with family in KC and, depending on what's going on and who's up to it, 
maybe go to the Plaza for the annual lighting ceremony 
- Friday - Travel home from KC, visit with friends in Blue Springs on the way back, unpack
- Saturday - Work
- Sunday - Church

In the craft basket...

Nothing at the moment, but need to be getting some things figured out soon. Family Christmas for us is the 9th of December. It's the only weekend that the whole family can be together and I'm quickly running out of time. Better get to hoppin'! 😲

Looking forward to this week...

Spending time with family and kicking off the Christmas season in Kansas City. 

From the camera...

The stuffed wild turkey from MDC and the library display.
We read SEE HOW THE TURKEY GROWS and A
PROUD AND PERKY TURKEY. What a fun book!!! 🦃

This is a real turkey egg. Our naturalist found it in
an abandoned nest when they were putting in the new
campsites at the park. He watched and waited for a
few days and, when she didn't come back, he took
an egg for us to use for interpretation purposes. 🥚

These two cuties insisted on having their picture
taken with the wild turkey. The children really enjoy
getting to view a real turkey up close and they're
amazed at how big they really are. 🦃

Miss Tay exhibits her beautiful turkey art next to the
wild turkey on display. She's such a cutie and she's super
smart! She literally cracks me up with some of the
stuff that she says! I love this little girl! 💔


Scripture Passage...



Well, Ladies, that's it for this week. I pray that each and every one of you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that the Lord's blessings in your life are many. 

Until next time...
~Rebecca

Today I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and all the sweet ladies of Happy Homemaking Monday!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Homemaking Monday - November 13, 2017


Good Morning, Dear Ladies! And HAPPY MONDAY! 😊

I pray that this post finds each and every one of you healthy, happy, serving the Lord with gladness, and ready and willing to face the challenges of a new week head on!

Much has happened here since our last meeting. I pretty much got the deep cleaning done that I had hoped to and am chomping at the bit to decorate for Christmas. 🎄 If not this week, perhaps next before heading to our youngest daughter's for Thanksgiving. 🦃 We'll see. 

I finally made it to the Amish store last week and got stocked up on dry goods. I laid away a good supply of oat bran, natural sea salt, nutritional yeast, bulk spices, and other things that we were out of or close to being out of. We only make it there a few times a year, so it's always a joy and a blessing when we can actually get around to making it happen! Yeah!

I worked Friday and Saturday, but there wasn't much going on. It was really pretty quiet. I spent most of my time preparing for this week's turkey programs...two at the local library and a homeschool program at the park on Friday. 🦃

Okay...so on to this week...

The weather...

The weather's not been too bad temperature-wise (daytime temps in the 50's; nights in the 30's and 40's), but it's been super cloudy for days! The forecast is showing high temps steady in the 50's and 60's and only one low in the 30's for the foreseeable future. This will be good as far as the heating bill is concerned and, hopefully, it will stay nice, making travel over the holiday more certain for many.

Right now I am...

Having a cup of tea as I work on this post and thinking about the day ahead. I need to get showered and dressed soon.

On my reading pile... 

Still plugging away on these same two. About half done with both. 

How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God
by Kenneth E. Hagin
A Woman After God's Own Heart
by Elizabeth George

On the menu this week...


- Monday - leftover pasta, sauce, and meatballs
- Tuesday 
chili (from the freezer) with cornbread
- Wednesday - turkey burgers and sweet potato fries
- Thursday - turkey 
Italian sausages with fried cabbage and cornbread
- Friday - grilled salmon, baked sweet potato, and steamed broccoli
- Saturday - leftovers
- Sunday - turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, heavenly corn, cranberry sauce, hot rolls, and pumpkin pie with whipped topping

On my to do list....

- Monday - Take a friend grocery shopping, drop donations off at second hand shop, pay taxes, plan week ahead, make lists, weekly "home blessing", laundry
- Tuesday - Go to Joplin to pick up a stuffed wild turkey from the Missouri Department of Conservation for upcoming turkey programs, take turkey out of freezer and put in fridge for the weekend
- Wednesday - Present two library programs at the local library - Terrific Turkeys 🦃
- Thursday - Take a friend to have her hair done, take car to the shop to have oil changed, put the Christmas tree up
- Friday - Work - Terrific Turkeys homeschool program 🦃
- Saturday - Work, bake four pumpkin pies, bake turkey overnight
- Sunday - Church, early Thanksgiving dinner with family here

In the craft basket...

Nothing at the moment. 

Looking forward to this week...

Getting ready for the holidays and spending time with family.

From the camera...

A friend from work and I went exploring
back home (Blue Springs) last
Wednesday and we had a ball!
The autumn colors were absolutely gorgeous!
We found many tiny treasures in nature along
the trail. This is a turkey feather that we found.
I couldn't resist taking this photo of this little
mushroom over into black and white. Beautiful! 
More mushrooms! How cool are these???

My favorite place along the Bethany Falls Trail!
Scripture Passage...


Well, Ladies, that's it for this week. I pray that each and every one of you have a wonderful week ahead and that the Lord's blessings in your life are many. 

Until next time...
~Rebecca

Today I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and all the sweet ladies of Happy Homemaking Monday!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Five Minute Friday - SILENCE



Five Minute Friday - a free write, which means, as our hostess, Kate Motaung, says, "...no editing, no over thinking no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write."

This week's prompt is: SILENCE


Go!


To be honest, this is a really hard prompt for me, because silence is not something that I've had a lot of experience with and, on the rare occasions that I have experienced it, it drives me crazy!

I grew up an only child, but my dad was a mechanic and ran his own business at home. The shop was right next to our house. All day long cars and trucks were coming and going, people were talking and laughing, and the clinking and clanking of metal could be heard ringing out as my dad worked on his customer's vehicles and other equipment. There was always a motor of some kind running.

Besides that, there were always people at our house...friends, family members, friends from church, customers. Sometimes friends or family members would come stay with us for a few days, weeks, or even months, until they could find a job, get on their feet, or deal with whatever else that they might have going on at the time. Plus my grandma and grandpa lived with us, too.

In addition to being a mechanic, my dad was a musician. In the evenings he would sing as he played his guitar and harmonica. Oftentimes, other musician friends would join him and bring their families along and everyone was always welcome! The men would play music, the women would crochet or do some other handiwork while they visited, and us children would play together and have a ball! There was always an invitation to come early and have supper. It wasn't unusual for my mother to go through 100 pounds of potatoes or more in a week's time to feed all the people who came through our doors. It's just how it was and that's how I grew up.

The point is...it was seldom, if ever, quiet at our house...and I liked it that way! I liked all the hustle and bustle of all the people coming and going. What a blessing it was to grow up with such fond and crazy memories!

Then...our own household...a house full of children (four boys and two girls)...24 years of homeschooling, friends, family, neighbors, ministry...lots of people, lots of laughter, lots of noise. It's how it's always been.

Now that it's just my husband and I, it's definitely quieter than it used to be, and I don't mind the quiet. I just can't stand silence. I sleep with a fan year-round just for the noise. Otherwise, I hear every little sound that there is and cannot sleep at all.

I've heard the saying that "silence is golden" but, to me, silence is so deafening that I can barely tolerate it.

Weird...huh???

Stop!
Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits

Good Morning, Sweet Ladies!

It's a chilly Tuesday morning here in southwest Missouri and I thought I'd share a few tidbits with you over a steaming cup of hot tea. How goes things in your world this morning?

As for me...I woke up early and laid in bed for quite some time watching videos and reading the latest news articles on the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. What a terrible and tragic incident! Small town America...families gathered together to worship on a Sunday morning...spanning three generations, nine members of the Holcombe family...27 people in all, killed, and dozens of others injured. It's sobering. It could have been anyone...anywhere. Do we understand? No. Do we give into fear? NO! One of the the things that I watched this morning was the video of the sermon preached by the pastor of that very church the week before. If you watch it, start at about the 28 minute mark. What a timely message!

It's hard to switch gears after thinking about all that again. Things in my world this morning seem so calm...so normal. For those in Sutherland Springs it's anything but! Let's join together in lifting those folks up in our prayers. Pray for the family of the shooter, as well. I'm sure they need it just as much as all the others that were affected. So sad...all the way around!

So...here on the homefront...


Above the Sink - My Mother's Canisters and Three of
My Teapots - An Irish Blessing Hangs on the Wall 

Yesterday I was able to get the kitchen done. I took down all my glassware...teapots, cups, saucers, canisters, etc...and washed them all, cleaned the shelves before putting them back, and washed the curtains. I don't know that it really looks any different, but it sure feels better! I cleaned out cabinets and drawers, too. Today I tackle the livingroom and Van Gogh room!
More Teapots and Tea Sets

Teapots, Cups, Saucers, and More Adorn the Shelves That Run
Along and Not Far Below the Kitchen Ceiling

Teapots, Cups, Saucers, and More Adorn the Shelves That Run
Along and Not Far Below the Kitchen Ceiling

It's such a cool and dreary day today that I decided to change up my menu plan. Instead of sauce and meatballs for supper tonight, I decided to put on a big pot of ham and beans. As an accompaniment for it, I'm going to try Nuke Queen's Cornbread out of the new Trim Healthy Table (page 246). And, no, the cornbread is not nuked. You'd have to know the sisters to understand that nothing has to make sense, but everything is delicious and blood sugar friendly...so...hey! Call it what they will! I can't wait to try it! I've not tried a thing yet out of the new book that I don't like! It's allllll good! 

Well, Ladies...that's it for now! Tea's gone and I need to get to work! You all have a great day and rejoice in the Lord always! His blessings are many and His mercy endureth forever!

 "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice" (Philippians 4:4).

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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