Saturday, April 21, 2018


Reading ... In the Bible I am reading through the book of Numbers with CBS (Community Bible Study). I’m at the end. Moses has just commissioned Joshua as the new leader of the Israelites. It is at the end of his life just before the Israelites enter the promised land. In fiction I am reading Cold Sassy Tree by Olivia Ann Burns. I’m reading it because 2 teachers in my building expressed shock that I hadn’t read that classic yet. So far, I am enjoying it. It’s a nice change from the typical YA book, which I read quite a bit of since I am a librarian in a HS. Non-fiction: Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors.

Playing ... I have not been playing enough lately. That means it is time to schedule another family game night...or to take time to join the Uno game that some students usually break out with after school in the library.

Watching ... I’ve been watching Escape to the Country lately which is a British house hunting show on Netflix. I love the quirky old houses made of stone. I would love to live in one. I love the little villages. It is such a refreshing show to watch compared to the American house hunting shows because it is down to earth. They show very normal down to earth homes of reasonable size and the clients seem genuinely content with the homes rather than looking at massive million dollar homes where the beautiful kitchens “must be updated” or complaining that the large master bedroom is “much too small” or that it doesn’t have a walk-in closet.

Cooking ... Lately I have been cooking more meatless dinners. Probably 2 or 3 a week, loaded with veggies and whole grains. They are surprisingly satisfying. My new favorite is Mexican Zucchini Stir fry. I serve it over a bed of rice, topped with fresh mixed greens, crushed tortilla chips and a dollop of guacamole. Delicious! I do not miss the meat, cheese or sour cream at all. However, last night we had salmon, baked potato and broccoli.

Calling ... I rarely call anyone. However, I just tried to call my husband on his cell phone and then immediately heard it ringing inside of his gym bag in the corner of the kitchen. That means he forgot it. Oops!

Crafting ... I have not been crafting much lately. I did manage to mend the queen sized quilt I made 23 years ago. I cut off the worn out borders and sewed a brand new binding all around it. It still is large enough to fit on our bed. That is a relief since I was concerned that it wouldn’t.

Loving ... sunshine today and warmer temperatures. In the 50s today...still cold for the end of April in NY...but considering that we had snow on the ground yesterday morning, I won’t complain!

Disliking ... that none of my children will be living home this summer (other than a few short weeks). We are truly entering the phase of being empty nesters.

Celebrating ... That each of my children are doing well and are growing up to be fine adults! Praise the Lord!

Feeling ... calm. I am not worried about anything lately. Content and happy.

Listening ... to an airplane flying over the town. I also can hear a few birds singing and a neighborhood dog barking. I am not bothered in the least by the barking dog. Dogs bark.

Wanting ... to take a significant vacation somewhere. I haven’t done much traveling at all and it’s would be nice to go somewhere special just to be able to experience something new and to say that I did.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Evidence of Spring

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day with blue skies. It got to be about 55°F out. Even so, I was feeling miserable. I woke up with a headache and little energy. I was sloughing along with coffee and a slow start to the day. I finally forced myself to go outside for a walk. I didn’t want to...but made myself. I’m so glad I did!

I decided to make it an “Evidence of Spring” walk. It is still very brown here in upstate NY...bare looking trees and a bit of snow still on the ground, but spring is on the way. I saw evidence and I took pictures. (Make sure to click on each picture so you can see it better.)

He has risen!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Reading is Enriched with the Internet

As most of you probably have figured out, I am a reader. No surprise there since I have chosen librarianship as my profession. I constantly am reading and also listening to audiobooks. While I read, I quite often will pick up my iPad to look something up. I’ll be reading and something will strike my curiosity. Sometimes it is the mention of a place or a historic event. I have explored castle ruins and have strolled through the streets of small towns in Europe using Google Earth. I have googled historic names and events, sometimes to see if they really existed or happened....or to simply learn more.

Today I am reading a book called The Alice Network. It is a book about a young teenager named Charlotte who embarks on a daring journey to England just after the end of WWII to try to locate her beloved missing French cousin, Rose. Adding to the adventure is the fact that Charlie has a “little problem”...she is 3 months pregnant. She had originally been in England with her mother on a stopover enroute to Switzerland to take care of “it.” After ditching her mother to pursue her real purpose for arranging this stopover, Charlotte (Charlie) goes to London to meet up with a woman who may know something. Enter Eve Gardiner, who has a story of her own that takes place during WWI. The story commences by toggling between Charlie and Eve’s stories every other chapter.

So far, this story has prompted me to look up clothing styles of the 1940’s and 1914-1918, small towns in England and France, what a Lagonda LG6 looked like, and to find out more about the spy network mentioned in the book. Seriously, what did I do while reading before the existence of the Internet? The only negative is that it can slow reading the completion of a novel...and rather small trade off to learning so much!

Incidentally, this book has been made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon. As soon as I’m done reading this, I am definitely seeing it.

Does anyone else enrich their reading experience using the Internet? It’s really great! I’m only on the 4th chapter and I can tell this is a great book. If you are looking for a great historical novel to read, consider picking this one up.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Here is Kate, the dachshund we had when we were kids. She was referred to in the last post. In front of the old stove was one of her favorite spots to be....that and right next to us if we were eating anything. She was a terrible beg! This was “her” rug. The picture is probably taken in the early 1980s, although it might have been earlier, judging from the old linoleum floor. I can’t remember what year Mom and Dad had carpet put in.

Those are my father’s boots there on the hearth...another familiar sight.

Thanks goes to my sister, Martha for contributing the picture.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Poor Old Friend

A few weeks ago, I was driving down a road that I had never driven down before and I did a double take when I saw this sitting in somebody’s front yard. I had to turn around to make sure I saw correctly. My heart sank when I saw a familiar  “face” looking back at me. He was rusty and neglected looking, and it broke my heart.

When I got home, I immediately sent the photo to both my sisters. I knew they would understand. I asked my older sister if she had pictures of the wood-burning stove we grew up with.  I was happy when she sent the following pictures.

I have such fond memories of warming myself by this old friend during my growing up years. I slept in a room that used to be the attic. While it was insulated, it had no heat run and used to get quite chilly. Sometimes I would run downstairs on a frosty morning and dress for the day in front of this old stove. After an afternoon of ice-skating, sledding, or simply romping in the snow, I would come into the house with frozen toes and fingers. I remember leaving my snow covered boots, hat, scarf and mittens...and even my skates on occasion, on its hearth to defrost. I would lay on the rug in front of it, stretch out my feet and rest my frozen toes on my friend's "chin." He never minded.

I wish I had a picture of our dachshund. I could almost always count on finding her roasting herself in the heat of the old stove...sometimes splayed out on her back...basking in the warmth. 

So when I saw one of my old friend's cousins...just sitting out in a front yard, exposed to the elements of time and weather, I couldn't help but feel some sadness. I'm also glad to say that my older sister, my niece, and my niece's husband and baby all live in the house where my old friend still resides. He's still safe and loved.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Your Shoebox Gift(s) Have Shipped to....

This year when Jamie and I sent out 3 boxes for Operation Christmas Child, we elected to have the boxes tracked. I got an email saying that our boxes were shipped to the country of Togo.

Having a box tracked is a new option that I think it is very cool. Years ago, we would get a newsletter with a few pictures of children around the world opening their Christmas boxes. I was left to wonder where the boxes we sent ended up. Then, one year when I opened the newsletter I saw a picture of a girl in South Africa holding a shoe box with wrapping paper that was the exact same same wrapping paper I had used to wrap up one of the boxes we sent out. I like to think that the box actually was one of the ones we sent out. My husband, ever the very practical one, said, “Other people could have used the same wrapping paper.” Bah humbug! I was so pleased to see it and the joy on her face, that I cut out the picture and have carried it in my Bible ever since.

Here is the picture that still brings me joy whenever I look at it. The box I sent is the one that is wrapped in green and red plaid wrapping paper.

After taking the picture of the newsletter article I clipped out years ago and getting ready to post it here, I noticed the footnote on the bottom of the page in my Bible. Click on the picture to enlarge it and look at the footnote. 

If you go to this link, you can watch a series of videos of children around the world opening their gifts.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas

I haven’t been so great about posting lately, but I at least wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!