Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16 Hodgepodge


Wednesday again, and time for the Hodgepodge with Joyce and friends at From This Side of the Pond.  Head on over and get the questions, answer them on your own blog and then go back to Joyce's and link up!

The photos today will all be from Nevada, and most were taken by my husband or by my daughter or son-in-law.   Please do click on the scenic photos to enlarge them.  The smaller size simply cannot do this scenery justice.

 Here are this week's questions:
 
1. Do your actions match your words? Elaborate.  

I hope that they do.  More importantly, I want for my actions to line up with God's Word.  James 1 tells us,

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
"For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
"For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."  (James 1:22-25)

2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it's a dog's life, every dog has its day, can't teach an old dog new tricks...now doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life?

 Dog tired would be one.  A combination of jet lag, altitude, a red-eye flight, and just plain general busyness -- I'm starting to feel a bit better, though.  Still, I fell asleep while praying this morning and woke up over an hour later!

  Dog days of summer fits too.  It's not bad here, but out West, temps were between 95º and 100º every day.  No humidity, so it didn't feel quite as awful as it does here on a hot day, but still ... We discovered handmade neck coolers on this trip.   

Can't teach an old dog new tricks seems apropos also.  There is so much to all of this estate stuff, and most of it is out of my comfort zone.
3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? What makes it a favorite?

Oh boy, that's a tough one.  As a pre-teen I loved all those tear-jerker dog and horse stories like Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, and many more.  Nowadays (I had to really think about this one) I guess I would say the Mitford books by Jan Karon.  Father Tim's dog, Barnabas, is a true friend and an integral part of the story line.  These are favorite books of mine because I can revisit them in stressful times and just feel refreshed by a visit to Mitford.
4. What's something you hope to one day have the confidence to do?

Start an Etsy shop.

5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke.

You know, I just don't feel in a very jokey mood.  Nothing is striking me funny right now.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Just trying to get my thoughts together as to blog posts I hope to do this month.  I have several in mind, it's just getting my thoughts organized and doing the work.  And of course there are a zillion other thoughts in my head right now -- grocery list and menus, estate tasks, appointments for this week, church activities and pastoral search, friends going through difficulties, Sunday School lesson prep, homemaking tasks, and much more.

Monday, August 14, 2017

A great no-churn ice cream recipe


One of the fun things we did out West was to go to a new ice cream shop that had just opened in Elko, Nevada, where my daughter and her family live.  It featured rolled ice cream, a very interesting concept.  The photo above is of the pina colada variety, which our daughter and son-in-law shared.  I will share a link to the shop and further details when I find time to blog more about our trip.

I didn't get a picture of everyone's ice cream, and the younger kids just got cones.  Our 16-year-old granddaughter (who traveled with us from NH) chose the salted caramel rolled ice cream and commented that it just might be her new favorite flavor.

So later in the visit I remembered a recipe I had seen for a no-churn Salted Caramel Ripple Chip Ice Cream by Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips.  We decided that we would make this ice cream for our last night in Nevada.
Photo by Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Oh, my, is this ever a great (and very easy!) recipe!  I did just two things differently, and one of them made the recipe even easier.  Rather than cooking the sweetened condensed milk to turn it into caramel, I just used a can of dulce de leche (found near the condensed milk in many supermarkets).  And then I used fewer chocolate chips.  The miniature variety is called for.  I think I used about a half cup in the ice cream -- some of the chips are also used in the fudge ripple.

If you are looking for a good homemade ice cream without the trouble of an ice cream machine, give this one a try.  I don't think you will be disappointed.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

August 9 Hodgepodge


Another Wednesday, and time for the Hodgepodge with Joyce and friends at From This Side of the Pond.  Head on over and get the questions, answer them on your own blog and then go back to Joyce's and link up!


Here are this week's questions:

1.  Do you try to set rules for yourself about how you use your time? Explain.

I try to use my time very wisely, but I don't think I set actual rules for myself in using it.  Sometimes I think I should, though.

2. Monday was National Lighthouse Day. Have you ever visited a lighthouse? If not, do you have any desire to see one up close?

I have visited several lighthouses in person, several in Maine and at least one on Prince Edward Island.
Pemaquid Point, Maine
 Of the 10 Most Beautiful that made this list, which would you most like to see in person-

Lindau Lighthouse (Germany), Fanad Lighthouse (Ireland), Portland Head Light (Maine), Yaquina Bay Light (Oregon) The St. Augustine Light (Florida), Peggy's Point Lighthouse (Canada), Start Point Lighthouse (England), Tower of Hercules (Spain), Bass Harbor Head Station (Maine), and White Shoal Light (Michigan)?

I have actually visited two of these -- Portland Head Light and Bass Harbor Head Light.  Any of the others would be fun to visit, but I think I might choose the one in Oregon because we have not yet been to that coast.
Pemaquid Point Light, Bristol, Maine
When you've been away, what's your 'lighthouse' telling you you're on the right road home?

Not sure how to answer this.  It sort of depends on the length of the trip, I guess.  Maybe the New Hampshire state line?

3. What have you unintentionally stopped doing? Is this something you need to pick back up and begin again, or is it something you need to let go of for now (or even permanently)?

Drinking kombucha on a daily basis.  I couldn't find it easily in grocery stores in Nevada.  My daughter did buy us some at a health food store, partway through our visit.   Thankfully there is a fridge full of it waiting here at home, so I can pick it back up.  It's a healthy habit, for me at least.


4. We've had a full week of August. Share a GRAND moment from your month so far.

The week was full of GRAND moments as we spent it (and the week previous) with seven of our grandkids -- six who live in Nevada, and one New Hampshire teenager whom we brought with us.
Sunday afternoon on the walking bridge over the Humboldt River, Elko
At the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko
Near Balanced Rock, Castleford, Idaho
 5. Tell us one song you love with the word 'baby' in the title.

Honestly, I can't think of any song that I "love" which meets that criteria.  But below is a baby that we love -- Jerusha, whom we met in person for the first time this visit.


6.  Insert your own random thought here.

We have had a great two weeks of vacation in Nevada, Utah, and Idaho.  Now it's time to get back into the responsibilities and realities of everyday life.
Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah
No, we did not stay here.  Just got a couple of photos.
Downtown Elko, Nevada -- sporting many fiberglass boots to celebrate the city's Centennial.
Cloverleaf Creamery, Buhl, Idaho
Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

A few verses from Psalm 37

Lamoille Canyon, Nevada
As mentioned earlier, I am keeping my morning times in God's Word very simple during these weeks.  I'm doing simple Scripture journaling and finding it a real blessing in these enjoyable but hectic days.

Last Thursday I was reading in Psalm 37, verses 5 through 9 and found it such an encouragement for my particular situation.  Maybe it will be a blessing to someone else as well.

"Commit thy  way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.
"And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself  because of  him who  prospereth in  his way, because of the  man  who   bringeth wicked devices to pass.
"Cease from anger and  forsake wrath wrath; fret not thyself  in any wise to  do evil.
"For evildoers shall be cut off; but those  that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth."

I found these to be  very encouraging  verses in light of  many of the  things I'm currently dealing with  in my life.  I can ...
* commit it all to  the Lord
* trust in Him
*rest in  Him
* wait patiently for Him
* refrain from fretting about anything
* cease from anger
* forsake wrath
.. because God will  bring it to pass.  He  will give clear guidance and direction  and will enable me to keep a shining testimony through  it all.

I'm  encouraged.  I hope that you are  too!

Friday, August 04, 2017

From the August archives, Part 1


Going back and looking through the archives on either of my blogs is a lot of fun for me.  Here are some of the links I'm sharing for August:

My grandmother’s cool kitchen is a memory post -- one of the first posts I ever wrote,  about something I never wanted to forget.

Flour Sack Dish Towels is one of the most popular posts ever on this blog.  Guess a lot of people are interested in knowing how to make these.
 
Another very popular post has been Building a Prayer Journal -- a practical how-to on this important topic.


Another post on prayer from 2007 may encourage you in your own prayer life: Ongoing answers to ongoing prayers.

And lastly, these Bacon Cheeseburger Subs are completely amazing.  With our avoidance of red meat, we aren't likely to make this recipe again, but it is wonderful!

Later in the month I'll share a few more links from the archives.  Meanwhile, enjoy these!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

August goals


 Another new month!  The summer is speeding by and I have not accomplished half of what I would like to.  Oh well, August is another month and hopefully it will be more productive than July was.  Here are my August goals:
* Continue an informal study of Come Before Winter, by Charles Swindoll, for my quiet time†
* Memorize at least 4 Bible verses and review some older ones.
* Add 4 pages to my "What Do I Know About My God?" Scripture notebook
* Continue new study for Sunday School -- A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus
* Exercise or walk at least 20 times.
* Get to bed by 9:30 pm each night. 
* Limit sugar and red meat.
* Drink enough water each day.
* Drink kombucha each day.
* Keep up with Flylady's missions in homemaking zones of the week.
* Post in this blog most weekdays if possible
* Continue working on several UFO craft projects
* Continue planning for family birthday gifts and work on crafting any handmade ones
* Declutter filing cabinets and bookshelves
* Write at least 4 encouraging notes to friends and family
* Help and encourage my local daughter as I'm able
* Clean church and set up for potluck meal
* Sort out and declutter my dad's house; work on estate
* Plan meals with a greater emphasis on healthy eating
* Visit loved ones in Nevada
* Continue upholding my husband as he continues on with our church's pastoral search

 † While we're on vacation, I'll work on daily Scripture journaling instead of this study.

AUGUST'S HEALTHY HABITS:  Drink enough water/exercise/eat healthfully/drink kombucha

WORD For 2017: Stewardship

And here is how July went:
* Continue an informal study of Come Before Winter, by Charles Swindoll, for my quiet time -- Done!
* Memorize at least 4 Bible verses and review some older ones -- Done!
* Add 4 pages to my "What Do I Know About My God?" Scripture notebook -- Done!
* Continue new study for Sunday School -- A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus -- Done!
* Exercise or walk at least 20 times -- most likely not done
* Get to bed by 9 pm each night -- done occasionally
* Limit sugar and red meat -- done with the meat, not so much the sugar
* Go strawberry picking -- not done, and now it's too late
* Drink enough water each day -- not done consistently
* Drink kombucha each day -- Done!
* Keep up with Flylady's missions in homemaking zones of the week -- not done, though I am trying
* Post in my Christmas blog every day for Christmas in July -- Done!
* Post in this blog most weekdays if possible -- not done
* Continue working on several UFO craft projects -- not done
* Continue planning for family birthday gifts and work on crafting any handmade ones -- not done
* Declutter filing cabinets and bookshelves -- not done
* Write at least 4 encouraging notes to friends and family -- Done!
* Help and encourage my local daughter as I'm able -- not as much as I'd like
* Clean church and set up for potluck meal -- Done!
* Sort out and declutter my dad's house; work on estate -- not done, but it's progressing!
* Plan meals with a greater emphasis on healthy eating -- Done!
* Finalize trip plans to see loved ones in Nevada -- Done!
* Continue upholding my husband as he continues on with our church's pastoral search -- Done!

JULY'S HEALTHY HABITS:  Drink enough water/exercise/eat healthfully/drink kombucha

WORD For 2017: Stewardship

Monday, July 31, 2017

Woodland Lake


I think I've mentioned before that I have a small stack of New Hampshire Troubadour magazines that my mother had given me years ago.  I enjoy re-reading them seasonally.  On the back of the July 1950 issue I found the following beautiful poem:

Woodland Lake
by Ruth M. Hill

A mirror lake, within an emerald grove,
Reflecting dark, tall trees with branches low;
The shadows cool and deep, to where below
In quiet back-curve of a little cove,
As in that strange behind-a-mirror place,
The stems of lilies, with a flowing grace
Find root and to the lucid surface grow.
A roving cloud and bird reflected are;
Nor can a storm this mirror break or mar.
Each storm must pass.  And all the tempest tossed
Upon these liquid depths is quickly lost;
The surface scarless, now reflects a star.
A mirror mingling fantasy and scene,
Beneath blue skies a woodland lake serene.

Such a beautiful poem.  I especially like the line, "Each storm must pass.  And all the tempest tossed/Upon these liquid depths is quickly lost." It's very meaningful to me to think of the storm passing, the surface of the lake smoothing out again and then reflecting a star.  Love those thoughts.
I know I have shared all these lake photos before, but didn't identify the lakes.  The top photo is of Echo Lake; the middle one is Newfound Lake, taken from Sugarloaf Mountain; and the bottom photo is of Back Lake.  Hope you all enjoyed this poem as much as I did!

Friday, July 28, 2017

From the July archives, Part 3


Glorious photo by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings
Here's a final post from the July archives.  Enjoy!

This post about two crocheted dishcloths in Sweet Pea Stripes yarn might inspire you if you're looking for a fun and simple summer crochet project.

God’s pruning in our lives  is a post you may find encouraging as you consider spiritual growth and some of the ways in which it comes about.
Beautiful graphic by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings
Back in 2011, I wrote this post about some of the July flora and fauna around our home.

I love to decorate with banners or buntings using vintage book pages (or sometimes sheet music) as a base.  These Strawberry Book Page Banners are a project I came up with myself, so this post includes a tutorial for making the banners.  They are hanging above my dining room windows at this very moment.
I'll be back in August with a few archival posts from that month!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26 Hodgepodge


 Another Wednesday!  Time for the Hodgepodge fun at From This Side of the Pond with Joyce and friends.  Head on over, get the questions, blog about the answers -- then link up at Joyce's.   Here are this week's questions:

1. We've reached edition number 315 here in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So tell us, what were you doing at 3:15 yesterday? Is that typical? On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being low and 10 being high) what's your energy level usually like at 3:15 PM?

Hmm, what was I doing at 3:15 yesterday?  Not sure. -- probably scheduling some blog posts or doing some cleaning.  Nothing too exciting.  My energy level is generally pretty decent that time of afternoon.  Let's say an 8.

2. A frisbee, a tantrum, a towel, a party, a punch, or a curveball...which have you most recently thrown or had thrown at/for you? Elaborate.

Not a frisbee, not a party, not a punch ... not throwing in the towel or a tantrum .... have to say it's a curveball, but I can't elaborate right now.


3. What are three things that would help you right now. Tell us how or why.

One of those thought questions!
  1) Some sort of personal transporter to get me from New England to Nevada without the hassle of flying.
2) A good night's rest.  It's been a tiring few weeks.
3) A week in a lake cabin.  Too much stress in my life right now.

4. Do you think you're strong? Why or why not? What makes you strong?

Only spiritually strong, which after all is the most important.  And that is only by God's grace.
5. Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? What's your favorite book set sometime in the past?

I used to enjoy historical fiction very much.  Not so much any more.  Of fiction set in the past, probably the Anne of Green Gables series is my very favorite.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Hmmm...  Seems the older I get, the more sleep I need.  Not very profound.



Monday, July 24, 2017

From the July archives, Part 2


Here are a few more posts from the July archives.  I'm planning to do one more before the month ends.

Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Dessert is a delicious frozen treat that I want to make again soon.   I had actually planned to make it for yesterday's potluck at church, but that didn't happen. 

Photo from Jamie Cooks It Up!
I decided I was too pressed for time and made a double batch of no-bake cookies instead. This is so good, and quite easy.  Give it a try this summer, why don't you?

This post may encourage you if you are in need of strength today: The strength that comes from God.
Beautiful graphic by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings
A day in the mountains recounts a fun day in the cool of the mountains while the valley sweltered.  I can still recall how hot and humid it was at home and how blessedly cool in the mountains.

And last but not least, a seashore-themed project which I had so much fun putting together from repurposed items.  It still hangs on our bathroom wall today, and it still makes me smile!
Another archive post to come this month, I hope.  Stay tuned ...