Monday, October 26, 2009

Dreams & Car Rides

Saturday we got out of "dodge" and drove out into the countryside. Hubby and I love going on a drive and the joe-boy puts up with us. We explored some areas we hadn't explored and saw some beautiful rangeland full of sage brush and cattle. But the best part of our drives is our conversations. These can range from what the hubster is studying in his classes, current politics and the idiocy of our govt to how we're doing with the Lord and where we'd like to live when we retire. The later came up yesterday and we had a great meeting of the minds.

Before Michael's accident we often dreamed of having 10 acres with sheep,

goats, chickens,

assorted exotic birds like emus and ostrich, an orchard, a vineyard,

a large garden

along with a huge shop, alternative energy sources and lots of do it yourself projects. A gentleman's farm if you will, making it as self sufficient as possible. But after Michael's vision loss we put those dreams aside.

Yeserday we resurrected them. Now that we're 6 years into our life with Michael's vision loss we have learned better what he can accomplish and what he can't and where I can be his eyes for him.

It's fun to dream. We aren't making any sure and fast plans at this point, but if and when an opportunity presents itself, you just may find us out in the country somewhere.

How 'bout you? Do you know where you want to be in 10-15 years? At retirement? I'd love to hear where your ideal place on the planet is.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

WFW Jeremiah 33:3

It's Wednesday! And that can only mean another round of WFW. I'm so glad I'm back and making WFW a part of my life again.

Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things you do not know.

I just love it when the Lord beckons us to Him, calls us into fellowship. I can just see Him with this little finger crooked and calling us closer, like a fav grandfather who has a secret He wants to share with his grandchild.

Go check out all the other wonderful photos and verses at Christy's place. You'll be blessed.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Sweetie

Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband

This is the card I made for my husband. It's one of my all time favorite cards I've made and I think I'll make a few more like it. Maybe with some different colors.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Random Thoughts

If you were around this summer, you might remember me thinking about moving. But I found that the rents didn't go down that much, and we actually have a great deal here on campus.

But in 7 months, my honey will be graduating and we will HAVE to move. So along that vein, I've been thinking of what I want in a place when that time comes.

More storage!!!
Whether we find an apt, townhouse, or home, we definitely need more storage. Yes, we did downsize and get rid of a ton of stuff, but there's always stuff you have to have on hand that need a home, like hammers, sleeping bags, and turkey roasters.

A porch, balcony or other type of outside living space.
This apt has been great, but its one major downfall is that it does not have a balcony. I really miss being able to open a door to the outside. Or sit outside and watch the world go by. So having a balcony, patio or whatnot is very important.

Pet Friendly
Joe and I really would like another puppy or kitty. Mike is coming around to the idea too. I really miss having a dog. There's just something about canines that make my life brighter.

Those are the main things I've been thinking about. There are other lesser items, but if I could have those 3 I'd be a happy dweller.

Til next time ....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Revisiting WFW .... At Last!

I haven't participated in Word Filled Wednesday in months, and I've been missing it alot! The last few weeks as my routine has settled down into a nice, fall groove, I have kept telling myself, I need to get a WFW post ready, but each week Wednesday would sneak up on me and I would find myself looking at others WFW posts without having one on my blog. But this week all that changed!

Gal 2:10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."

Lori over at All You Have to Give is hosting WFW this week. So go check out her blog which has all the participants listed, including me =) But you already knew that!

And enjoy! God's word is so good. Refreshing, encouraging, and even convicting.

Til next time ....

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Birthday Parade

We now enter what I have affectionately termed the birthday parade. The hubster is first up with his b-day in a week or so, then the #1 boy has his, and finally I get to celebrate mine right before Christmas.

So what did I do today? Went shopping for gifts. I found a couple nice things for the hubster at great prices--gotta love that! And saw a couple things that might be work for the Job-boy next month. Gonna talk it over with Michael and see what he thinks.

Up this week, finding a babysitter for #1 son so Michael and I can go out to eat, a b-day tradition. Make reservations at the restaurant he chose. And find a great recipe for carrot cake, which I will be baking for him. He loves carrot cake!

I look forward to celebrating with Michael. And it really isn't that stressful to put together, even if I do joke about it. For the Joe-boy, the menu is the easy part. Pizza and more pizza! And maybe an ice cream cake, like I used to get when I was his age. But I'm needing some good gift ideas for him. Still I have a month to look around.

We'll see what the boys plan for my day. And it wont' be last minute Christmas shopping!

Til next time ....

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Ready to Brainstorm???

This semester the hubby is taking 3 night classes. It's not our favorite schedule, nor his, but it couldn't be helped. So on Mon, Tues, and Wed evenings the #1 son and I hang out. Now that the weather has turned and the evenings are getting darker faster, I don't see us going anywhere in the evenings. Josiah typically likes to watch his fav shows (Phinneus and Ferb, anyone???) and his dvd's. He also likes to scribble with pencils, erase the scribble marks, and cut with scissors. I need to be in the same room with him, watching over him and this is where my dilemna comes in.

I want to be busy doing something, instead of just veggin in front of the TV or computer. But I can't dive into any big projects that require alot of space or tools. So I'm thinking if I could have some small handwork to keep my hands busy that would work. But what??? Besides knitting, what would be good handwork for our evenings together that I could lay down at a moments notice to help out the young one? And then pick up again, and know where I was at .... I'm thinking something mindless would work best.

So peeps, what do you got for me? Give me ideas so I dont' waste the next 9 weeks of the semester in front of the boob tube.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Good Food, Got Any?

Have you noticed how many great cooks and awesome recipes are out there in cyberland? On Tuesdays in particular, there seems to be a plethora of blogs that have recipe roundups. I haven't participated, per se. But this morning I took a gander at several blogs and just have to let you in on the great ideas. I also want to remember where I found these recipes instead of printing them all out and then losing them in the clutter I call our kitchen.

Here's the ones I found. If you have found some share, share! One can never have too many recipes, tho I think I'm coming close.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Never Fail Pie Crust (freezable) Makes 6 crusts

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Touchdown Taco Pockets

Spicy Sweet Deviled Eggs

Sourdough Starter and Rolls