Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I have a feeling that many of our blogs will be quiet for the next few days as we (Lord willing) pause to enjoy the company of our friends and families and slow down the pace of life to enjoy feasting and napping and fellowship with those we love. I am traveling today and I would appreciate prayer for traveling mercies, as I'll be driving by myself this afternoon and evening, in the dark and snow, for about a 9 hours drive to my mother's house, and the another 4-5 hour drive tomorrow to NJ where we're supping at my aunt's.
I'll have lots of fun stuff to share when I get back, and I pray you all have a blessed long weekend (and don't get mowed down, or mow anyone down for that matter, trying to buy a bunch of junk on Friday morning, OK?).
The Armchair Housewife
I got this idea from the Living Christmas edition from 2004. Shockingly, mine doesn't look just like Martha's, but... dare I say i think it turned out nicely? Ladies, this is without a doubt the first real thing I've ever created for my home that was soley for decorative purpose. Haha... it sounds so funny just typing it, but it's true so for me this was an exciting milestone. Hey, putting out the pumpkins was a first in itself! But I *made* that! Can you tell i'm proud? Hee hee...
And then, inspired by some of the lovely winter scenes outside my window
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
It is 6:00 pm on Monday night and, while I should have gone home 3 hours ago, instead i am sitting here in the cold (furnace automatically goes off in the office after 5) and relative dark (not enough light in my section of the office when the sun goes down) working on payroll processing and don't expect to leave until about 8 or so. I am leaving Wed afternoon for Thanksgiving and will be missing two days of work. On top of this my job has just gotten busier and busier lately with increased call volume, more employees on the payroll staff, more payables, etc.
I am SO thankful that, starting Dec when I get back from Thanksgiving break, I will only work Tuesday-Thursday. Granted, the first month or two those will likely be long days, but just having two more days at home will be so wonderful. My heart is so at home now; if I could I would probably quit my job outright but I don't feel led by the Lord to do that just yet. Baby steps here, trusting God and being thankful for the progress I'll be making.
So, back to work here. Ladies who are reading this and are workers at home full time and sometimes feel like you're missng out for not working outside the home, or sometimes wonder if the grass is greener please let me assure you: it is NOT.
The one good thing about working in the office after hours is I can listen to the Beth Moore Archive and blast it without worrying about disturbing anyone. :) Thanks, Miss Beth, for keeping me company!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
And, if that weren't enough, apparently little Baby D is going to let mom have two arms long enough to produce enough of this tasty cranberry sauce recipe for the feast:
The cranberry sauce is the red stuff on the right of the pictureSo, I hope this might be some ideas you can use as you plan your Thanksgiving feast!
Good morning, ladies! Or at least, it's a good morning where i am today, and i pray a good one for you. It's saturday morning, and it's a beautiful winter morning outside, the snow was slightly falling when i woke up this morning. Thanks to staying relativly on top of things this week, the house is in pretty good order this morning, so I popped a load in the washer, made a bacon and egg sandwhich, and have sat down to enjoy catching up with my favorite blogger girlfriends and doing this fun (for me at least) post. Mr. Armchair is at his men's group this morning, so it's just me and Stuart (and I must confess my heart strings tugged a bit this morning that there was no bunny to let out and feed, but again, total peace).
After this post y'all are going to think all I do is shop. And really, it's not true at all, but in the past couple of weeks in my persuit to be more mindful about making my house a home, i have been on the prowl for goodies to warm the place up, as well as my hunt for materials for Christmas crafts (why pay more?). And there's just nothing like second hand stores to do the trick.
Last Saturday I hit up Value Village, which is a chain of large department-sized second hand stores here in the great white north. It's not my favorite place becauase, in my frugal opinion, they overcharge for second hand items. But, I was hoping they would have their Christmas stuff out, beause they usually set a whole section of the store aside with lots of goodies. Alas, no large Christmas section yet, but I did find this gravy boat, something I needed as I have been putting gravy in a cream pitcher since we've been married.
I sort of resent paing 4.99 for it, but I guess that' sbetter than the retail price would have been for a pyrex gravy boat. and it's green and white, so will go with my dishes.
Then, I treated myself to a visit to the Antique Warehouse here in our town. I don't go very often because when I hear "antique store" I think "house of coveting". I love almost everything I see and can afford none of it. But... just for fun I took a wee stroll, and found these goods that I was coveting enough to take a picture of.
They wanted to come home with me, but I didnt have a couple hundred dollars to blow on dishes, no matter how pretty.
A whole ROOM of retro stuff! Bestill my heart!
But THEN, lo and behold, I found this
And I thought, no way I can afford it, but it matches my dishes so I'll look. And it was only 8 dollars! Not too bad! I continued walking around the store and in four different "booths" I found following, all for under 30 dollars!
For a closer look...
I can't tell you how excited I am, because now I have some serving dishes to go with the plates and goblets for my holiday table. This weekend i am going to sit down and do up invites for some friend and family i want to have over for Christmas dinners over the month of December, and I am excited to be able to make my home warm and festive with good food and these fun find. Apparently I picked the right thing to "collect", becuase this sturdy pressed green glass is pretty commonplace and not very expensive, but still retro and pretty (in my estimation).
If that wasn't enough excitement for the week, one of the churches in town threw a "Second Hand Boutique", which was essentially a glorified rummage sale, but they did the genius move of "fill a bag for 5 dollars" and pay whatever you feel led to for larger items. All proceeds went to the comunnity centre, and it was great! Here's the loot I made out with (all for ten dollars, mind you).
It might be hard to see, but that's a stack of mint condition Martha Stewart Living, of which i was excited to find two Christmas editions full of fun ideas!
I've hung this wreath in my dining room.
This purse has never been used.
Don't know what I'll do with this, but it's cute. Any suggestions?
Oh, and on a small-world note, this topiary tree, as it turns out, belonged to Lynne, from the picture above, before the sale.
Friday, November 21, 2008
thank you for your sympathetic words and your prayers. I have total peace that this was the right thing to do, and your encouragement means so much.
Hi Ladies! Just a little prayer request that might sound funny to some of you, but it's important to me all the same. I have decided that it is time for us to put our little pet rabbit to sleep, and this has been a very hard decision for me to make. Not so much because of any deep emotional attachment i have to him (in fact, almost the opposite- I have been so frustrated with him in the past few months as he has been destroying my wall that I have wanted to make sure I wasn't putting him down for the wrong reasons), but because when it comes to something like life and death, even for a rabbit, I want to be sure I am doing the right, and righteous, thing.
And then he started getting sick this summer, and since that time we have spent, literally, 100s of dollars on this rabbit. Firs tit was a hair ball, then an absess on his lower jaw. Then he got an upper respitory infection, and then that turned into an eye infection as well. And hten, when we got back from the cruise at the beginning of the month, the poor thng had a huge absess on his face, on his upper lip. 200 dollars later the vet gave me some antiobiotics and I have been administering them to him for over two weeks now, but the absess is not going down, in fact it's only getting bigger, and now his eyes and nose are running again, which means more infection.
The hard part is that he is "healthy"otherwise; he is eating fine, he still hops around, he's not on his little bunny death bed or anything. But 1, we made the decision after htis last atrocious vet bill that we could simply not afford to spend any more money if he got sick again, and 2, the drugs don't seem to be helping. What's more, he so hates taking the medicine (twice a day) that he won't come to me anymore. And it's no wonder, becuase the absess is all in his mouth, God love him, and i have to stick this tube in there, and I know it's painful becuas eit's te only time I've ever heard him make a noise the whole time we've had him. So it kills me.
So, with a heavy heart, I went to the vet today and said I thought it was time to put him down. And they were very great, understanding, and gentle about it, and very accomodating. I called Caleb, in tears, and told him to let bunny out of the cage, let him run around the room and eat all the wall he can, and give him some treats. When I go home I'll sit on the floor with him and pet him, give him some apple which he loves but can't have too often, and then send him with Caleb to the doctor to go to sleep and go to bunny heaven (and i don't care how theologically incorrect that is... ).
For those of you who don't care for animals or do but can't imagine all the fuss over a rabbit, just say a pray for me anyway, that I'll have peace. I can't stop crying today at work, and yet they aren't tears of regret. I know it's the right thing, but it's still painful.
Thanks for your prayers, and go love your pets for me today!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Whole Chicken I: Boiling the Bird
Whole Chicken II: The Broth
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It's been way too long (in my opinion) since I've posted; I have SO much I want to write about, fun pictures to post, recipes to get up online, reflections on the upcoming holiday season, all good stuff! But this weekend I was very busy, and we socialized twice, which would have been my blogging time. On top of that, I stayed home from work yesterday trying to prevent my oncoming sinus infection from taking over completely (praise the Lord, I was successful). So, now I am at work just sneaking a brief howdy until I can get to more proper blogging, likely tonight after Awanna or tomorrow.
In the meantime, enjoy this cute picture of our dog from our first earnest snowfall this weekend. It would be cooler if he had looked up at the picture, but what's neat is the early morning light and how it made the picture blue. I didn't do anything to alter it.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Over at The 50's Housewife, I was reading about The "Making Your Home a Haven" challenge hosted by The Homespun Heart. I found the challenge too late in the week to really participate, but Monica's challenge to herself to be up and at the table in God's Word by 7am challenged me to do the same thing.
To say I am not a morning person is like saying Charles Manson has a grumpy disposition. That is, it is a gross understatement. It isn't that I like to sleep until noon or anything; in fact sleeping past 9am, even on the weekend, makes me feel terrible. BUT- as far as functioning and doing much of anything productive other than dragging myself out of bed and getting ready for work, first thing in hte morning is a mammoth challenge. Part of it is that I have very weak eyes. I know this sounds like a funny, lame excuse, but it's true. I really struggle with tired eyes from working in front of a computer 6-7 hours a day (plus more at home if I'm emailing or blogging ,woops!) and I can wake up in the morning if the week has been a busy one with just sore, aching eyes. To say this is a discouragement to something like early morning reading is, again, an understatement.
BUT- I have totally NOT been abiding like I need to be. And let's face it: starting the day in God's Word is increasing your chances of being mindful and meditative of God's presence and purposes for you in a day by about 98%. So, I'm up for the challenge.
Here is the first picture I took this morning. Oh yes.. bring the caffeine on, baby.
ANd this is the second picture I took, accidentally of the couch, becuase I was a half-asleep zombie.
Taking a cue from Monica, I lit a candle, and here's my table tableau.
And this is the centrepiece i had mentioned in another post. I know it's simple, but for me, it's a first!
Sorry, btw, of the terrible quality of the pics. My camera is a real "piece" and it was dark in the house at 7:00am, even with the light on.
I'm also following Delina's challenge over at Girl.. to memorize 1Corinthians 13. Any other takers for either challenge? Or are all you other ladies so spiritually disciplined that you're already up at unspeakably dark hours in God's Word and knowing whole chapters of God's word by heart?
Thursday, November 13, 2008
For a closer look:
Lots of bulbs for both decoration and for gifts I am making
And the really fun find: Green dishes.
I have been wanting to get some kind of holiday glassware. My MIL has a great set of cranberry colored holiday dishes that I would love, but when I saw this green glassware, I got excited too. And I don't know if you can see the price tag, but the plates and goblets were 1.00 each. Better still, yellow tags were HALF OFF the day I went in so I got these puppies for 50 cents a piece.
To you blue blood ladies with really great taste, these may seem tacky, and I'll hand it to you that they are sort of outdated, and it's lots of GREEN. But, I submit to you that, when paired with a white table cloth, and white accent dishes, like this perhaps:
that they will just look festive and fun. And notice I also got some green vases which will be great for table decorations through the Christmas season. I'm excited! And I just l-o-v-e-d this pretty little red dish, I guess it's like an hordurve stand or a mini cake stand or something. What ever it is, it will look so cute as the sole red accent on a table of green. Don't you think so?
To, to sum up: Go to thrift stores! Don't waste your money on junk made in China when you can get one of a kind goodies for way cheap (and in this case, the thrift store was MCC, which does missions and charitable work around the world, so extra bonus).