Friday, August 29, 2008

Signing Off

I'm signing off for the weekend. I still haven't forgotten to write about the dog; time has just gotten away from me. I'm canning another seven pints of beans we picked today. I would have done two more but ran out of canning lids.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

18 Months Old

Which picture would you want enlarged on your wall?

God's Pharmacy

A friend sent this to me. I thought it was very interesting so wanted to post it here. As I did, you can take it or leave it; I just thought it was very interesting. :)

It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, and made animals and fish... all before making a human. He made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We're such slow learners...

God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body!
God's Pharmacy! Amazing!

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with Lycopene and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.
Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

SUBJECT: Psalm 46:10
'Be Still and Know that I AM GOD'

Tough Guy Turns Chicken

stay tuned for my newest Aussie story (once I can quit laughing long enough to type)

Monday, August 25, 2008


I'm not sure what happened at the end of last week, but I guess I must have been busy doing something. :) It doesn't look like anything happened in here, but I did some organizing of kids' clothes. A lot of the other organization was in Aaron's and Jason's room. Most of the stuff from their room is in mine right now. I don't know how they acquire so much junk, but they can't part with any of it.

Here are the newest pictures of the garden. Some of the peas grew to about seven feet, fell, and are now climbing the trellis I made again. The corn is not tall at all; only one stalk is over my head, but we can already see where the ears are growing. There are a few peppers out there, and I've still been eating beans and peas. I guess the staggered planting helped with that. They've been good. I pulled the lettuce plants because they were wilting and dried up but left one out there to have with our sandwiches later this week. I had started some peas about a month after the corn to grow around the stalks but don't think they'll get a chance to grow. We've had some cool weather; a couple mornings ago it was 34 here. Today is was 40 and is supposed to get up to 80--strange when you need both the furnace and the air conditioner the same day. :) (Just for the note, I shut the furnace off when it tried to start, and we never did put the air conditioners in this year.)

Over the weekend I finished writing letters to grandparents I had started a couple weeks ago :( and got them out. I'm assuming most of them will arrive tomorrow. At least they made it out late instead of never.

Yesterday we mowed the lawn at the church building. Mike, Aaron, and I each had a mower and were playing tag-team at the very end. Other than that, we just each took our own path around the lawn. There are quite a few branches that need to come down and/or be picked up, but we have no way of cutting or hauling them. I keep asking if we should call someone but never get a straight answer.

Other than that, I don't think much is new. Have a good day!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Prize Find!

I found these at Jackpine when I was mowing!!! :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


The mice are moving in. I looked up in this corner just a bit ago and there was a mouse up along the ceiling at the top of the wall. It reminded me of the time I walked into Mike's bathroom and met a mouse face-to-face.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Big Wheels

On our way to the soccer meeting we stopped and checked out some "big" wheels. Kids got to sit in a race car, ATV, 4-wheelers, check out the cab and run in the back of a semi, ride a school bus, explore a Zamboni, fire truck, lift truck, and other things. Here are the little girls in the school bus and on a 4-wheeler.

Soccer Season is Here

Three of our children are going to be in the home school/Christian school soccer league this year. Practices are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays with most games on Tuesdays and Fridays. We went to the meeting tonight, and practice starts Thursday.

Monday, August 18, 2008


Mike woke to me leaving with the garbage early this morning, and a bit after that Jason was in the bathroom with garbage all over the floor searching through it for his precious stuff. :)


I just got done in Aaron's and Jason's room. They'll have a sink full of dishes to wash and sterilize tomorrow (today) and some things to sort through. Aaron woke as I was dejunking so I had to be more cautious of what I was doing with him watching.

Three of the bins will be sealed in Mike's car at work during tomorrow (today) daytime, and I need to take the garbage out quickly before people start looking through it. The "best" thing I found was the lint from the dryer. I'm not sure what they were using it for, but they sure had a lot in there. It's a case of too much stuff, but they "love" it and their dad seems to think a lot of it is good too. They have tons of stuff in there they pulled in from the shed. Well, enough of my tirade; I'll get those bins out and take the garbage up.

I "cleaned" out my closet earlier tonight only to find out that half of what was in there wasn't even mine but it has no other place to be stored. I think it's time to get rid of more stuff. A bigger house would be nice if anyone has one for me, but that won't solve the problem. :) Good night!

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Laura finally went to sleep so I suppose I should try and get a couple hours of sleep before church this morning. :) Good night; I mean morning, there's already a tinge of light in the sky.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


I think I canned nineteen pints of green beans.

Water Fun

Mike and Jason went blueberry picking again so the rest of us got out the hose and the slide and the pool. It's a hot, hot, hot day! Tonight we're heading to the Point for the customer appreciation dinner put on by the area merchants.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Laura is Reading

Tentative Meal Plans for the Beginning of School

August 18 sloppy joe
19 chicken nuggets
20 pizza
21 spaghetti
22 tacos
23 chili dogs
24 roast
BBQ sandwiches
25 cheesy sloppy joe
grilled cheese and soup
26 chicken gravy over potatoes
27 pizza
28 lasagna
29 chicken sandwiches
30 meatloaf
corn dogs


When asked what she was doing a couple days ago, Melissa replied, "I'm eating like Aussie!" Of course, Laura had to copy her.

Breakfast Menu for School

Payday Week

toast with peanut butter

pancakes and sausage
orange juice

sugar cereal


scrambled eggs or English muffins

Other Week

cinnamon roll

French toast and sausage
orange juice

berry muffins

pigs in blankets

Caramel rolls or sticky buns


some neat clouds on our way home from church Sunday

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Another Day

Today was a calm day. I took Tracy to her violin lesson after making pancakes for breakfast. We had pizza burgers for lunch, and then I took a nap. This evening we cleaned the living room/dining room. Tracy played games with the kids while I pounded on the piano for a while. We watched a movie and kids went to bed. I'm on my way there now. It's been rainy most of the day.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Psalm 91:1-2

1. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust."

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Psalm 93:1-5

1. The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.
2. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.
3. The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.
4. The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea.
5. Your testimonies are very sure; holiness adorns Your house, O Lord, forever.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Li'l Debbie Cookies Part 2

This is the way you mix your dough until you realize your bowl isn't big enough for ALL the ingredients... put it into your huge bowl so the dough looks dwarfed but you're able to mix
The filling reminds me of a not-so-sweet frosting for a cake.
Putting the cookies together. I'll add here that I suggest you grease your pan before baking your cookies. I had a hard time getting mine off.
What's left after a few bites.

Thank you so much, Joy and Beth, for the recipe to try!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

"Li'l Debbie Cookies"

Okay, here's the recipe I was promised. I'm hoping to get to them for breakfast tomorrow. I have very little time left of today but will make a "go" of them anyway. (That way I'll actually have some that make it together instead of six chimes, "May I have some dough?") Just for the record and so I don't get in trouble, the sixth chime is the dog, not Tracy. Ha ha ha :)

Today was fairly relaxing; we cleaned the living room/dining room though you can't tell, canned peaches, and dehydrated raspberries among our daily things. Mike and Aaron went blueberry scouting for some friends and found three more places to pick. I also went to town and some of the kids went to the pool for a while.

Li'l Debbie Cookies
4 cups brown sugar
1 and half cup butter
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
5 cups flour
4 cups oatmeal
Mix all this up and then mix together
6 tablespoons boiling water
4 tsp baking soda
add to mixture
form balls and put on cookie sheet, bake at 350 for 12 minutes then cool
and now the filling:
2 tsp vanilla
4 tbs flour
4 tbs milk
1 and half cups of Crisco
2 cups powder sugar
add two egg whites well beaten
spread filling between two cooled cookies
Makes 3 dozen

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


We went and picked raspberries during Tracy's violin lesson today. We got our orange bowl and the little cereal bowls full in about 25 minutes. However, when I went to report our "findings," we got sent out with more containers and were told to pick more. Laura kept dumping the bowls out!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Another Day

We got our Tracy home today! She's been at her grandma's house since Wednesday. She and I canned six quarts of peaches after we made it home; the seventh jar broke. After work Mike went out and scouted one more time for blueberries so we will be picking again tomorrow. He hit another jackpot area so we maybe can get back the 2 gallons we gave away this morning. :)

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Mike and the kids went out and picked five more quarts of blueberries today, and I canned 7 of 21 quarts of peaches.

Saturday, August 2, 2008


We picked some (more) blueberries after Mike got home from work today. On the way home, we found another spot very close to home so will go there tomorrow after church to pick. Here's what we came home with today.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Water Wars

The glints in the eyes of those in charge of the hose... (I love the water in Melissa's picture.)

I was taking this picture of Laura when Jason came "flying" through...

Jason and Emily were having a "who can stay in the cold water the longest" contest.

Laura finally got in. She usually doesn't like to be in the water without being held...