Thursday, April 24, 2014

Joy Dare~ April 2014


*21st~ 3 gifts found in Christ~~
perseverence; forgiveness; direction
*22nd~ 3 gifts close~~
blessing of being Matt's Mom; an amazing IEP advocate; true faithful friends
*23rd~ 3 gifts reflecting~~
3 year review; attitude in tone of voice; agenda
*24th~ 3 gifts fragile~~
feelings; friendships; new love
*25th~ a gift cloth, steel, wood~~
*26th~ 3 gifts moving~~
*27th~ 3 gifts 'ugly beautiful'~~
*28th~ 3 gifts orange~~
*29th~ 3 gifts in dirt~~
*30th~ a gift given, made, sacrificed~~

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Knitting~ Praying~ Thinking


As I sit here knitting so I can relax and fall asleep...
and wondering how life can seem to be getting so much better...
and yet so twisted...
and feeling thankful for the mp3 player someone gave me out of the blue today (how sweet was that??)...
and those cool magazines someone gave me for Matt (a cool guy needs cool magazines!)...
and I feel so blessed...
and yet...
there is that nagging feeling that something is lurking...
and the realization that doing what is my responsibility can lead to hard feelings...
and yet...
there is the euphoria of bills paid (some early! WooHoo!!)...
and knowing we have a good bit of firewood stacked for 2015...
and the house is getting more organized...
and Matt's educational needs are being addressed...
and my friend who's chosen to be MIA for now needs to know she's still loved even if she's a pita sometimes...
so, as we settle in for the night, I leave it all in His capable hands...
all is well in His care.

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Hedge Against 2015 Heating Costs!


I cannot tell you how good it feels to walk past the growing wood piles out back and know we'll be ready for the cold and snow that's inevitable to return.
So comforting...
So so comforting!

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Landscaping My Parkway


Hi! Today I spent a little time on my alley parkway. When finished it will have a soft hedge of bushes and grape vines edges by logs of staggered heights.
For today, some of the grass and weeds have been trimmed low and more logs were pulled into the alley and added neatly to the others.
My theory is that, if I do a little every day, it will all come together nicely. So far this seems to be a fairly accurate plan!
How are you handling the landscaping of your alley parkway?

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Day 124/ 365


Cloudscaping over downtown Joliet, IL.

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Cass St bridge as seen from Cass St at Ottawa St.

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Cloudscaping as seen from E Cass St west of Henderson Ave looking south.

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Cloudscaping over South Joliet, IL

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Me~ Day 202



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Cloudscaping over East Joliet, IL

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My grey water garden awaits my landscaping plans...!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Joy Dare~ April 2014


*21st~ 3 gifts found in Christ~~
perseverence; forgiveness; direction
*22nd~ 3 gifts close~~
blessing of being Matt's Mom; an amazing IEP advocate; true faithful friends
*23rd~ 3 gifts reflecting~~
3 year review; attitude in tone of voice; agenda
*24th~ 3 gifts fragile~~
*25th~ a gift cloth, steel, wood~~
*26th~ 3 gifts moving~~
*27th~ 3 gifts 'ugly beautiful'~~
*28th~ 3 gifts orange~~
*29th~ 3 gifts in dirt~~
*30th~ a gift given, made, sacrificed~~

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Mental Note to...


When approaching a cave,
cautiously check for occupants...
there may very well be a mama bear and her cub inside...
Mama bears will do much to protect their young...
and ensure their survival, happiness...
and that they flourish...
do not risk it...

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Me~ Day 201



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A Little Laundry Hung!


I so wanted to hang laundry outside tonight, but, as we have storms coming tomorrow, I hung two (2) loads of clothing and two (2) loads of sheets and pillow cases in the house. Yes, our doorways are full of clothing hanging on hangers from the door frames, sheets are drying over doora and the shower rod and pillow cases are draped over kitchen chairs. Fortunately the occupants of our humble homestead appreciate the value of 'line dried' laundry even when it means creatively drying the laundry indoors!
What are you doing to be more energy/ cost efficient in doing your family's laundry?

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No Chill in Our Night Air!


As Matt hops into the bathtub it is gratifying to know I can heat my house even in extreme emergency circumstances. The knowledge that a power outage or gas main shut-down won't affect our comfort is a huge blessing to this single mom. Our little woodstove may appear quite humble and unadorned, but it heats thoroughly and can even be used to cook dinner or heat water for a hot bath.
What provisions have you made on your homestead for comfort during utility shut-down emergencies?
Have you tested these provisions?

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Growing Potatoes Indoors


As an experiment, about two (2) weeks ago, I cut a grocery store potato in fourths and put it in a large pot filled 1/4 full of compost and dirt. Then I watered it and stuck it out of the way in a dark corner of the family room. And, yes, I forgot it!
Well today, being on crazy cleaning mode, I was sweeping under the wood rack and stove and noticed my poor abandoned pot. In peeking in I was pleasantly surprised by potato vines of 4-6 inches peeking back at me!! Wow! I never expected such quick results.
Next I watered slightly then put compost and a bit of dirt on top of the vines and gave a thorough drink. The pot is tucked back in it's corner perched firmly atop my little wood rack.
I am so excited and plan to start another pot of potatoes soon. I'm thinking , if I start a pot every two (2) weeks, we will be able to have fresh, home grown potatoes year-round!
What are you doing at your house to grow produce indoors?
Any success?

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Peace and Blessings From Us to You!!!


With our world in such turmoil it just seems so much more important to remember to pray for eachother.
Please, light a candle to help you remember to deliberately pray for everyone (tutti in Italian).
Pray for friends and family of course...
Pray for our government and governments around the world...
But also pray for enemies...
Pray more and harder for those who seem to make your life difficult.
Pray
Pray without ceasing.

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Fresh Clean Desk!


It always amazes me what a good wipe down will do!!

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A Few Dishes Washed!



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A Nice Fire?


Yes, I do realize it's 55F outside and only dropping to 40F tonight, but a fire seemed like a really nice idea.
I turned off the thermostat a couple weeks ago and we've been quite comfortable without running our trusty furnace. It's still a bit odd to not hear it kick on at 6:00am though!
Tonight I'm in cleaning and organizing mode and the thought of a fire just motivates me even more. I've stopped at home to clean a bit 'privately' while Matt hangs out at the Boys and Girls Club. This gives him extra time with friends and me time to just think my own thoughts...
I'll post pictures as I go, so stay tuned!!

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Faithfully Watching!



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Psalm 110


Just trust in God! He really does see all and really will fulfill His plan for your life!!!
Just trust Him!!!

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Me~ Day 201



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