Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Footprints on the Ceiling

When Dorcas Smucker asked for volunteers to review her latest book, Footprints on the Ceiling, I jumped at the chance to do so. For starters with a title like that, especially after I had just cleaned off a big footprint on our ceiling, it called my name. Delightful title aside, I am a huge fan of her writing. She has a way with words and cleverly weaves beautiful lessons from her often touched by humor, ordinary life.

 
Footprints on the Ceiling is a collection of short stories which makes it a perfect book to pick up and read when you have a few minutes. Each chapter is sure to encourage, inspire, and maybe give you a new view on life, with a healthy amount of chuckles mixed in.
 
From young cooks in the kitchen, sorting through favorite books, travels to Thailand, and everything in between I enjoyed every minute of reading this book.
 
I think you would enjoy it too, and I'm happy to be able to give away an autographed copy. If you would like a chance to win one all you have to do is leave a comment telling me about the latest footprint you had to clean up.
 
A winner will be chosen on Friday, November 28th.

Footprints on the Ceiling is available for $15 per book, postage included.  You can mail a check to Dorcas Smucker, 31148 Substation Drive, Harrisburg, OR 97446.  US addresses only.  For international orders, email Dorcas at dorcassmucker@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. What's something you take for granted, that when you stop and think about it you feel truly grateful for?

Water. After having problems with our water recently we were reminded how much we take good clean water for granted and it's something I'm truly grateful for.

2. The color brown-love it or no? What's your favorite shade of brown? Most loved something in your home or closet in a shade of brown?

I like the color brown for a lot of things, though I've never been a fan of the dull browns of November or parched crispy browns of a hot summer.

I do love browns when it comes to clothing, with a warm chocolate shade being my favorite.

3. What's something you're looking forward to today?

I'm looking forward to seeing some friends tonight.

4. The word 'feminism' is not new, but it has been generating all kinds of headlines in recent days and months. What do you think/feel when you hear the word? If you're a woman, do you want to be described as a feminist? Why or why not?

The word feminist leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I don't want to be described as a feminist, choosing rather to be feminine.

To me the word feminist brings a picture of obnoxious, loud, self centered women to mind. While feminine brings a picture of gentleness, kindness, and things more along that line.

5. What's something you personally can't eat without making a mess?

Spaghetti is something I would never choose to eat in public because it is so messy for me.

6. When did you last surprise someone with a little gift or when were you last surprised by someone with a little gift? What was it?

A friend stopped by on Monday and surprised me with several dozen eggs from her chickens. We use a lot of eggs, so I was happy to receive them!

7. Share a favorite quote, saying, song lyric or scripture relating to gratitude.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

With winter being my favorite season, I am loving the snow that is covering everything. So pretty!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. We celebrate Veteran's Day in the US of A on November 11th. When did you last interact with a member of the armed forces (either currently serving or retired)? Have you ever written a letter to a soldier, bought a meal or coffee for a solider, said an unprompted thank you to a soldier you encountered out and about somewhere? If you're not in the US, comment on a similar holiday in your own country.

We interact almost every single day. Our elderly neighbor served for most of his life, and loves talking about his experiences.

2. You can have fifty pounds of anything at all (except money)...what would you choose?

Food: either chocolate or meat.
Crafty type things: yarn or ribbon.
Things I like: office supplies

3. When did you last receive an invitation in the 'real' mail? What was it for and did you attend? When it comes to RSVP-ing, are you an 'early responder' or a 'last minute, barely-under-the-wire' kind of guest?

Several weeks ago we received an invitation to one of my cousins 25th wedding anniversary. They had an Amish wedding and were now planning on renewing their vows in a "wedding" they wish they could have had.

We would have really liked to attend, but Wisconsin is a little far from where we live.

4. What's something you really don't like to waste?

I don't like wasting anything, but it really bothers me when food gets wasted.

5. Cheers, Friends, MASH, Seinfeld...of the ones listed, your favorite long-running sitcom?

I haven't seen Cheers or MASH. Seinfeld never interested me, and I don't like how they use God's name in Friends so I'm not choosing any as a favorite.

6. What decision are you glad you made?

Moving halfway across the country to where we live today. Seems a little silly now when I think of all the tears I had on moving day.

7. In this month of 'Thanksgiving' what is one thing that's different today than it was a year ago that you're grateful for?

Hmmm ...... maybe that Buddy can talk and we can actually understand what he's saying the majority of the time.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

The local game commission releases pheasants every so often. I feel sorry for them being turned out into the wild having to fend for themselves when they had been cared for all their life. I don't think it's doing them a favor, but I digress.


This guy has been hanging out behind our house for the past few days. He seems quite comfortable around people. I'm hoping he survives hunting season.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Time

I find that the older I get, the harder it is to adjust to time change, and I'm not even that old yet! With a week having passed since the time changed I'm over the worst of it.

When we were Amish we referred to Daylight Savings Time as fast time, and Standard time was slow time.

Daylight Savings Time was the source of a lot of contention in the community I grew up in. A lot of them declared fast time was the devils time and refused to turn their clocks forward. Others weren't worried about that and always accepted the time change and turned their clocks forward. With almost half of the families in our church district turning their clocks forward a compromise was made when it came to school time. The schools would turn their clocks forward half an hour, making that each side was slightly appeased. Church services, however was strictly on slow time year round.

LV's family went the other direction. They liked fast time, and since they had a dairy farm they didn't like messing with time change and throwing off the cows' internal clock which always hurt milk production. They kept their clocks on fast time year round. A few people grumbled a little about that, but since he was one of the ministers nothing was ever done to try to make them have slow time at least during the winter.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Never a Dull Moment

There's never a dull moment in our house.  We don't have time to get bored with so many things on our to do/wish list that a lifetime isn't long enough to get everything done.

And then of course there are the many little things that happen that keep things interesting. Like earlier this week when my friend Sonya and her children came for a fun afternoon. The children were off doing various things while Sonya and I were simply visiting and catching up with what has been happening in each others life when the most dreadful thumping, tumbling sound interrupted us.

We hurried to see what happened and found Buddy sitting near the top of the stairs solemnly  surveying the mess that he had just created when he  happened to drop the container of Legos he had wanted to bring downstairs and they spilled surprisingly evenly all the way down to the bottom.

You know you have a great friend when she jumps right in picking up your toddlers mess.

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There's an explosion of yarn in our living room. I was teaching the girls how to make some potholders and since they have successfully learned how, they have dug up every single ball of yarn in the house and piled them in the living room. So many interesting color combinations are being made, and I'm thinking I'll not be needing any more potholders for a long time.

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Our dog Gypsy is getting older and since the weather is growing colder he gets to spend the night in the basement instead of in his doghouse.

Rosebud hadn't realized that when she went down to the basement to get something and came flying back upstairs saying that someone is snoring down there.

Turns out our dog snores like a person.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Little Lessons ~ In the Kitchen

It's been quite a while since I did a Little Lessons post. I started doing them because so often ordinary little things in life make me think of deeper things. It has often provided topics for discussion with our children some of which I decided to share with you.
 
 
 
When putting dishes away and eyeing our rag tag assortment of pots and pans the girls were discussing how they think complete sets of cookware would be so much nicer than what we have.

Instead of putting the few away that we had just finished drying I opened the cupboard and pulled out the rest of the assortment.

They didn't make the nicest picture. There's one that had its lid broken years ago, there's a small one with a big handle, and another one with no handle at all. Another one has a small dent in the side. There's a tiny one that doesn't look very useful, but gets used every single day to make a single serving of oatmeal for LV for breakfast, and the others while they don't match anything have their own purpose.

I told the girls to look at them again and think of all the delicious foods we have prepared in them already. Every meal we have ever prepared in our home was thanks in part to this motley assortment of pots and pans. When I look at these pots and pans I don't think of the less than perfect thing they are, but what they can do for me.

I took it a step further and reminded them, just as these imperfect items are so important to our family. God also uses imperfect things for His purpose. Misfits and imperfect people are what He uses to do His work and build His kingdom. He uses the broken, bruised, the misfits, and those that appear to have everything together. They all work for His glory.

The pots and pans were placed back into the cupboard carefully and the door closed gently. They had served another purpose other than preparing food today. A little lesson for my daughters that I'm hoping they'll carry with them for a long time.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Flexi ~ Winner

How has the weekend flown by so quickly? Monday mornings seem to come faster than any other morning, and since it is Monday it means it's also time to choose the winner for the flexi clip. I read all your comments and they made me hungry for Thanksgiving dinner even though I just finished a hearty breakfast.

Consulting my friend, the random generator ......  the winner is......


Comment # 12

Becky said.............

I have indeed except for deciding what kind of pies! LOL Turkey, deep fried! With the fixins too!

Congratulations Becky! Please send me an email with your mailing address. I hope you will love your flexi as much as I love mine!