Saturday, June 24, 2006

While I was away...

So I never leave the house to travel on my own - except last Saturday I went to The General Convention while the ASPer's were returning home.
I wanted to go to church with 10,000 other Anglicans. What was I thinking? A little panic attack ended that as they were thinking about gathering for Communion. I ducked out and had some coffee with Donna.
After that I went to a Tea with Barbara Crafton and company. It was majorly overbooked - but fun. Barbara is an Episcopal priest and author and has a great website The Geranium Farm. One of her speakers was Lane Denson and he is an author also and a great speaker. He too has a great website called The Covenant.
Needless to say I really do believe that there are many ways to think about God and what she wants us to do with our days. At any rate I have been having fun journaling while we construct and the kids (while I was away...) cooked up this great hunt for some wagon wheels that we acquired with the house that are definitely not my favorite. Part of my journaling has been taking pictures of all the commotion - which really helps me to deal with it (sort of) and some great Soy Indulgence Ice Cream (Zig Zag).
Here is the latest of the shed

OK so I snuck my honey in the photo too - like I said I am trying to have some fun while we go through the construction and I surely am having a ball - even caught some bees on the lavendar - but those photos would be really boring and not as cool as the shed.

Decisions decisions - knitting or finish the online course of the WindowsFrontPage 2003 and/or make luch for tomorrow and the Irish Fies in downtown NKY Convention Center - decisions decisions decisions.

Friday, June 23, 2006


Tonight as I reflected on what I was doing 28 years ago today - I decided to begin learning about website manufacturing.

Why? Because out church website is down and has been for quite too long.

I will learn enough to be dangerous and with God's loving nudges I will learn what I need to know - today it was as if a cloak had been raised and I can see clearly what I can learn and do; where it is located and how to utilize it. Up until now all the searching did not make a bit of sense.

Maybe letting go of the twins birth gave me room to learn more - Lordisa knows they taught me a plenty about life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All my children (a soap that I was addicted to when eldest was young) have taught me more each day than I can ever write about in 10,000 lifetimes. My children have been my greatest teachers.

Tomorrow beckons as does sleep. Laundry is almost done as is this day.


Thursday, June 22, 2006

Happy Birth Day


In 45 minutes my babies will be another year older - and that is something to celebrate. They have lived lives that were as distinct as the way they came into the world. I have often said they are as different as night and day - - as infants one slept at night and one in the day (never consistently the same) - - while I carried them - - one liked to kick at night and one in the day - - there has been little rest ever since.

One is a young bride living a few burbs over, the other is in Chicago going to Nursing School. Both in their each own style make me prouder than words can convey because they have learned to be true to themselves and lived lives that never veered far afield.

They are excellent sisters to each other and their older sister. They are loving aunts to their two neices.


For this I am thankful - I have been blessed with three great daughters and they are all friends and can laugh and play well together to this day.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006


There has been plenty of adventure in the last few days since Indianapolis.

There was a week that I did not go to the work place, but that does not mean that I sat around eating bon-bons either. I can hear the girls all chuckling now as I type this.

Hopefully this will make the e-waves and I will post some pictures later today. Currently on the docket is PT - aka - Physical Toture. I went to Jazzercize last night and feel a little pummelled but my hip or knee do not hurt - which is more than my DH can say right now.

I will leave you with this thought:

There are times when it is hard to believe in the future, when we are temporarily just not brave enough. When this happens, concentrate on the present. Cultivate le petit bonheur (the little happiness) until courage returns. Look forward to the beauty of the next moment, the next hour, the promise of a good meal, sleep, a book, a movie, the likelihood that tonight the stars will shine and tomorrow the sun will shine. Sink roots into the present until the strength grows to think about tomorrow.

Ardis Whitman
American Author

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Indy Feis Packing Mission Trip

God is good. All the time. All the time. God is good.

Today, Jennifer, Felecia, Emily and I travelled to Indianapolis to an Irish Feis. Early morning start and not much coffee - we drove straight through. Two hours shaved by minutes.

Through the modern air waves we talked to Becky, on her way to Syracuse and points North. Rain and unfamiliar roads cut that conversation short.

The dancing was grand and it is good just to see the girls have the confidence to dance in such an arena. Medals and ribbons, Starbucks Coffee and Olive Garden were the highlights.

John stayed home and packed for his week long mission trip to Grundy, VA with Appalachia Service Project. He and I have been doing this either together or seperately since 1988. This year he takes his oldest Granddaughter with him - truly a memorable time will be had by all. The worksite this year is located just this side of heaven if you have ever seen the mountains through the tri-state area of KY, VA, WV - truly one of God's better pieces of work. He and Felecia will be there all week.

John also cleaned up the back yard of all the tools and made templates for his rafters. Rain slowed him down a bit (the Lake will be back again if this keeps up) plus the last minute trips to Meijer to get the last of the list of needs for ASP took some time. Currently he is enjoying a good rest in bed - next week it is air mattress and several hundred people in a gym.

Daughter Lori will be home on Wednesday to keep Emily, Jennifer and I company. She is on break from Nursing School at Rush University (Jenn and I wore our Rush tshirts today to bring Lori along to the Feis) and it will be great to have her home. Lori, Jenn, Emily and I are not the usual group that hangs out - the sisters usually hang together with the nieces - so this will be fun! Trips to parks and Art Museums are planned. Baking cookies and making some meals. Sewing some pillows and just chilling will be fun.

Knitting today at the Feis was not very successful. I was laddering down to fix a miss crossed cable and the second time I did it wrong again, it went back in the bag. Tomorrow.

God is good. All the time. All the time. God is good.

Happy Sabbath to you.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Just so you know...

Here is what I really like to do with mud - grow hybrid tea roses of many colors and scents

Body shop work to do - problem being I am lost in row count - is it 6 or 7? I have sent out an SOS for help from my Aranknit group...
and tonight no kites - the hot blade did not want to play well with others - so I said tomorrow we will have a marathon kite day...
Rejoice and be glad for this is the day the Lord has made!!

Monday, June 5, 2006

view of shed platform

This is looking at the deck platform from the neighbors yard. The soil to the bottom right becomes Locust Lake when it rains. I get just the biggest kick out of seeing the truck in the back yard. There is something so wrong with that and yet so natural. It carries the material right where you need it. Years and years ago I would have been ballistic - - but anymore I just shrug and get on with getting on. Much to be said for maturity.

Saturday, June 3, 2006


Sounded like it was going to be a day when things would get done. Not so much of what was on the list got accomplished - but I did off road pretty effectively.

Meetings on Saturdays seem to be highly productive - I am glad that they were church meetings and not work meetings.

Odd and ends and laundry. Communion bread made. Learned how to make shishkabobs. Recipe that has been avoided for some reason - husband likes beef and I like shrimp. Chicken is a good compromise. Talked with my sister. No photos of the knitting, but did get a pic of the truck in the backyard. Hair cut, some polekite shopping and spent time outside with the dog so he could get some exercise.

I have a talent for washing the cell phone. Second time this week. Wonder if it will resurrect itself one more time. Currently sitting on the dehumidifier with the fan blowing - - oh well - - I forgot that the jeans have these crazy side pockets that go all the way to the cuff. I checked all the other 4 pockets. The pants were muddy and I was certainly grossed out having to look in the pockets anyway.

Rest beckons, good Sabbath thoughts to the readers.

Friday, June 2, 2006

Here is the mud part of my life. Tomorrow the fiber.

Friday, June 2, 2006

After reading several other Blogs and wanting to show both the knitting I do and the mud I love to live with - I decided to give this medium a try.

I can tell you that I do not need one more thing to take care of so commenting and daily doses of reality will not happen.

Just a place to communicate.