Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Hug For My Feet

Today, I am thankful for my new workout shoes.
I bought hubby some workout clothes for his birthday;
and he bought both of us some new inside training shoes.

Hubby and I do a lot of interval training - 
strength training and cardio work in quick bursts.
 Our new minimal shoes feel so good and are easier to move in.
They weigh practically nothing
... like being barefoot, but with a little more protection.
Who can argue with the opportunity to feel like you are barefoot all the time :)

...and might I add ...
...they are really cute!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Not Always Easy

Proverbs 28:20 
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: 
but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

This verse reminds me of the Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare:
"Slow and Steady Wins the Race."
or perhaps Robert Frost's poem:
"I - I took the road less traveled by ..."

It is easy to be swayed by "the easy way."
Who hasn't contemplated the easier path?
the fast fix?
the miracle diet?
fast money?

The reward - the blessings - 
belong to the faithful.

Are you faithful in your work today?
Did you look for a way to bless your husband?
Is your "domain" clean?
Did you impart character to your children?
Are you tossed about today or a secure anchor in your home?

Be faithful - 
and wait for God's blessings
when and where He wants to bestow them.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Come and Sit a Spell

Another "gain" in our new home was a large front porch.
We love to sit out on the cool evenings.
We love to meet our neighbors as they walk in the evenings.

The porch had some issues ...
some due to the dripping gutters,
some due to the wrong paint,
some due to boards being placed too close together.
The problems led to rot, mold, mildew, and slippery boards.

Old Porch Floor             vs             New Porch Floor

So we updated.
White base and posts stay,
new wood stained floor,
rope railings,
wide steps,
and some solar lighting
(perfect for evening dates in the fall and winter).

Non-skid tape on porch steps.
It is a reminder of our time in Acadia National Park (honeymoon) and the Seattle, WA area.
It makes me crave a bowl of smoked salmon chowder.
This is probably our favorite improvement and will be the most used.

2 more landscape timber lights.  The other is on the walkway to the house.

The deck was also a learning experience.
We learned that ...
natural rope shrinks when wet (and swells in diameter).
We learned that ...
it is a lot of work to reuse materials.
We learned that ...
there is great satisfaction in hard work.

In the flower garden today.

This used to be a grill table - repurposed as my garden table.
It was made of old pallets and I added extra laminate tiles from the bath and laundry to the top for ease of cleaning.
I am looking for some colorful, cheap "oops" exterior paint to liven it up - maybe yellow, sage, or ?.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Are You Enjoying It Too?

Guess what we have been enjoying with our meals?
At least once a week, I pick up some sweet corn.
What a treat!

This week's Menu:
Sunday:  Teriyaki Deer Tenderloin, Broiled Tomatoes, Mashed Potatoes
Monday:  Grilled Greek Chicken, Grilled Corn, Cucumber Salad
Tuesday: Shrimp Pasta Salad
Wednesday:  Balsamic Chicken, Acorn Squash
Thursday:  Lemon Dill Tilapia
Friday:  Baked Spaghetti Pie
Saturday:  Grilled Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blessing in Disguise

When we began the renovations on the exterior of the trailer,
I sat down and wrote blog entries for each activity ...
then I assigned them to a Tuesday throughout the month(s).
This Tuesday was supposed to show the front porch,
but we had some setbacks.

I thought that we had finished everything before the rain set in ...
but I did not know how rain affects new rope.

We had put in rope railing ... it looked beautiful, 
but ...
it shrunk in the rain this weekend.

With some late research we realized that we should have soaked the rope
and allowed for 8-10% shrinkage.

So where is the blessing?

We hung the rope railing,
but the rain prevented us from cutting and tying it off.

It shrunk and had to be removed,
but we still have the LONG, usable pieces of rope, rather than unusable pieces that had already been trimmed.
Also, it shrunk, but did not ruin or pull down the posts because it was not tied off and there was still some give.

So this week,
I am thankful for the rain ...
at the perfect time.
Rain to prevent a costly mistake.

The rope has now been soaked,
larger holes drilled in the posts ...
and we will be back in business soon.

Hopefully I can share my beautiful porch with you next Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Poverty or Wealth

Proverbs 28:19 
He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: 
but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

Another reminder to stay focused and diligent.

Work = Food
It is so simple and so lacking in society today.
The welfare mentality teaches us that we deserve gifts,
that we can have what we want for minimal effort.
It is not God's plan.

Vain - empty, useless
Who are my friends and companions?
Do they edify, strengthen, and encourage?
or is it all vain activities and conversation?
Wasting time in useless activities and with useless people 
will only breed poverty in body AND soul.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just For Fun

During my many Pinterest searches for deck ideas,
I came across this cute lighting idea.

Just 4 lengths of landscaping timbers,
4 solar path lights,
and a little extra rope from the railing!
We haven't finished the rope railing, so the bottom does not have any rope trim - yet.

What started as one ... will become 3 light fixtures ...
We liked the first one so much that we cancelled the order for solar lighting for the deck posts
and will build 2 more timber lights :)
One will have 5 lights and the other will have 3.

They are movable ... (can you say lighting during a power outage)
the lights are easily replaced ...
and they add to the "dock" look of our NW deck.

The lights do not go on until about 9 during the summer,
so we don't enjoy them much now ...
but you know where you can find us this fall/winter.
Date Night at home!

Monday, July 21, 2014

In The Kitchen

The poor neglected kitchen ...
I spent today cleaning ...
really cleaning.
After 2 1/2 weeks of exterior work,
it was good to give some attention to the interior.
Things had gotten a little crazy.

I did do some cooking over the weekend for the birthday ...
jell-o cakes to celebrate at work ...
vanilla donuts ...
birthday pumpkin pie.

Sugared out now and need to get focused again.

Lots of grilling - hubby got a new grill for his birthday :)
The last one had become a flame thrower and 
our grills are so cheap it wasn't worth replacing the burner covers and such.

This weeks menu:
Sunday: Church dinner - baked potato bar
Monday: Taco rice
Tuesday: Chicken Kabobs
Wednesday: Pork Chops / potato and zucchini bake
Thursday: Birthday dinner with a friend
Friday: Hamburgers
Saturday: Chicken / Rice / Seasonal Veggies

Fair's a-comin'

Our County Fair is not until the end of September,
but it is not too early to start planning
(especially since Vistaprint is having a sale).
So ...
the banner for the booth was ordered today.
"The Bridge" by William Ressler often sparks conversation.
The artist, Mr. Ressler, was kind enough to share his work with us.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sweetheart!
~~Celebrating 35 years today~~

Born 386 miles and 23 years away ...
(the distance between Wappingers Falls, NY and Butler, PA)
(the time between 1979 and 2002)

So thankful for the hand of God that brings people together.
I am a blessed woman.