Friday, October 31, 2008

A New Addition to Our Family

Boy time goes quickly!  I wanted to write a little non-political post. wink  Though I'll be so glad when next Tuesday has come and gone.  I am feeling optimistic though, that the people of my country have taken a strong second look at Barak Obama and have learned from his own mouth that his plans for us are not what this country believes in and has fought for.  And that's all I'll say about that, for now.

It is a beautiful day today, a little warmer.  We have had many cold days, mostly cold, and a beautiful snow one day.  I do enjoy so much that we are burning wood again.  We have all our wood for the winter brought in from the woods and stacked neatly outside.  I love the look of that.  Jack continues to cut more here and there, just to get ahead for next year, but we did not take a week off to bring in wood like we usually do.

Jack worked so many long hours through the summer, and is on salary so those hours were not clocked in.  Because of that he has garnered days off here and there that we have used for traveling or what not instead of using up vacation days.  I think I have just been so preoccupied this year that I did not realize until Jack mentioned it, that we still have our three weeks of vacation yet to take this year.  So that was fun to hear as we are hoping to get back into remodeling.  Over the years, and as we grow older, I think Jack and I have lost our enthusiasm for remodeling.  This old house is not an easy remodel, full of reasons that just have made it frustrating.  When you are younger, mental energy is so much more abundant, you just don't even think about how long or hard something might be, you just do it.  Yet, I know that if we get excited again, enthusiasm will grow.

We have never done anything to our bedroom in the over twenty years we have lived here, so that is one of our priorities.  Quite some time ago we had given over our large closet to the boys' room, to make their room larger.  Since then the boys each have their own room, but we still don't have a closet.  So I would love to have a closet again. wink  We have plans for that so it would be lovely if we could get them going.

We've had one major change in the last weeks.  We bought a horse!  This was a long, long time in coming.  Sadly, when we finally got one a few years ago we had a very bad experience over a really nasty horse that ended up in court so we've been a little shy about it.  Because of that, I still find myself wanting to preface anything I feel and say about Baylen, but everything we have seen and experienced with him in the last couple of weeks lead us to believe we have found a very sweet, wonderful horse.  The writer in me wishes I knew his story, his history.  He started out on the race track.  I wonder if he ever won any races? smile Does he still hold memories of those days?  He then went to a girls' school in the Carolinas and from there to a camp in northern Wisconsin.  It has been many, many years since I have been around a horse.  I love the softness of his muzzle, and the feel of his strong soft neck, the sounds he makes, his obvious affection, and the beauty of him.  He is an older horse, of course, but he feels like a good fit for us.  We loved him from the first day he came to live with us, and he seems to love us back.  not one care

Baylen

I have done a little bit of scrapbooking.  This one I LOVE.  I struggle so with some pages, but other pages just make themselves.  This is one of my favorite photos, and I want to thank Judy, my sweet friend, because this scrapbooking kit was one of several she gifted me with on my birthday. Birthday Cake 

Gran berry picking

I have been thinking for some time now that I need to change my blog graphics now that summer and garden are not current, so one of these days I may work on that.  I have come to realize that I may never blog the way I used to . . . well, which was sporadic at best anyway! LOL

Take care...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Old Photos

We traveled last weekend, to my parents for a couple of days and then to my brother's for a couple of days.  It was such a fast trip with so many hours of driving so each visit seemed so hurried but we managed to have good times.  Paint ball fights (in which I did not participate LOL), lots of good food, a fair bit of news and discussion, two LONG walks in the woods, and lots of looking at old photographs.  I brought some home to scan and use for scrapbooking.  I'm so excited about this.  Here is a page I finished yesterday featuring my grandmother and her parents.  I love it!

babygran

I mentioned last summer that my Aunt Helen gave me the shirt and vest my great grandfather wore at his wedding - in the photo above.  This past weekend my mom gave me the hat he wore.  These items are just precious to me.  Mom also gave me a fat little "book" of daily journal papers in which he jotted down little daily items in the year following my great grandmother's death.  I concentrated also on photos of my grandparents, bringing home the camera my grandpa used, the old wire glasses my grandmother wore, and the Just Married sign from their wedding. smile I could have sat for days and days going through these photos so I hope we can make the trip again sometime soon.

I think I am going to consolidate my blogs, move all my nature posts and the posts from my secondhand links site into this homemaking blog.  I used to spend far more time online than I do now and it would just be nice to consolidate things.  If I do, you'll be able to pick various posts out by perusing the categories in the sidebar.

Until then...Wave

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Heartwarming Days in the Midst of Political Chaos

heartwarmingsoupsJack picked up this magazine for me the other day, Taste of Home's Heartwarming Soups.  I'm so excited.  It looks like LOTS of really great soup recipes.  I spied one, Cheeseburger Soup, which I'll try soon.  I think it looks really good.

We had such a nice day yesterday.  It was Sam's 16th birthday.  They were out and about the evening before so we had just a nice at home day with fresh-baked cinnamon braid in the morning and sausage and gravy over biscuits for lunch.  It was just a heartwarming time for me to watch my three kids just have so much fun together, laughing and making Sam's day special.  They'd gotten him two CDs, the Newsboys greatest hits and Third Day's new one, Revelation.  So they listened to those while they worked at putting together a Kitty Hawk model airplane.  It was just sweet watching them all working together and having such a good time.  We had planned to go out for supper but decided to stay in and Jack ran in and got some Chicken Alfredo from Pizza Hut.  Was that ever good!!

Are you watching much election news?  I haven't been around to any blogs in weeks now, so I don't know if homemaking bloggers are discussing this.  I had mentioned last post how exciting I think it all is.  But mostly now I just find it all dismaying.  I watch my "fellow Americans" and I just feel sad and angry.  I am strongly opposed to Barak Obama.  I listened to children singing that song yesterday, that Obama is going to "change and rearrange" our country.  Well, I won't be surprised if he gets elected.  People will get what they want.  I imagine I will feel for the next four years like some people have felt for the last eight.  But, somehow, I think that many people, people who just don't get it now, will understand later why so many of us believe he is dangerous for our country.