It has been hard not to blog but quite frankly the political season was wearing me out. I have been saddenned by what people will believe and the lack of understanding of our country and how government works. But thankfully, it will all be over soon and while I thought of doing NaBloPoMo, I thought better of it being that it creates too much pressure. πŸ™‚

I have been doing some baking and came across the Yeast Baked Donut recipe last year but never got around to making the donuts. Well, that time came on Saturday morning, well actually Friday night as I started them late Friday night.

The kids decided to be helpers but I think they did more eating than helping, I couldn’t blame them.

Cheryl

Last week, a dear friend of mine passed unexpectedly. Her name was Cheryl and she was only 38. It still has not sunk in yet that she is no longer here and there have been a few things that I have wanted to share with her and went to dial her number only to be reminded that she will not answer.

We met 12 years ago during an internship that I had in my first year of grad school and she worked there and we instantly became friends. She coordinated my bridal shower, coordinated and hosted my baby shower for the Princess, went with us to the funeral for Malachi, in other words she and I were very close. She was even the impetus for me to start this blog.

I have never lost a friend like that and it has been a strange couple of days. The Princess and Cheryl were close she she didn’t take it well, my parents have felt like they loss a daughter….I feel like some things just shouldn’t happen, kwim?

She was a 2 year breast cancer survivor yet her body left this place due to a blood clot. The funeral is this Tuesday and it all still feels odd. Have you ever lost a dear friend?

I had a desire for pizza today and sometimes on Monday’s we head to the local Jerry’s Subs and Pizza for their Monday night special but tonight, I wanted my pizza. So, I made some pizza dough this afternoon thanks to my favorite Joy of Cooking recipe and made 2 pizzas tonight. The kids topped the round pizza with cheese (cheddar and mozzarella) and a few pieces of tomato and green peppers (some of our last from the garden). We used some fresh herbs (basil, parsley, & oregano) and some garlic powder. As for the adult pizza, I added some red onions and of course a lot more green peppers and tomatoes and quite a bit more garlic powder. πŸ™‚ This is what remains:

Yummy pizza

Tonight was the harvest moon..it was beautiful, enjoy!

harvest moon

harvest moon with clouds

Thank you for the kind words that ya’ll shared, I missed ya’ll too! πŸ™‚

Last night, I finally made some applesauce. It was so easy and for the life of me, I am trying to figure out how I have never done this before? The Prince prefers it over Mott’s and what mother needs more affirmation than that….here are a few jars.

Applesauce

I also finished up another 6 quarts of tomato sauce but I froze those. For our 7th anniversary in June, when asked by hubby what I wanted, I told him a bigger deep freezer. Once he got over the shock, he was quite tickled that I would ask for such a practical gift and you all should know that I have a tendency to be anything but practical.

tomatoes waiting

I also had more cucumbers than I could deal with it and we are not big on pickles so I made some relish.

Dill relish

My garden’s yield is dwindling but there are still some peppers out there that I need to pick and maybe there are some stuffed peppers in our future…yummy!

Howdy! I can’t believe I have been away for so long. It’s not like I haven’t had much to say especially in terms of politics, hurricanes and other items, but once you miss a day, you miss a week, then it’s a month or two or three later and you haven’t had a post. I have also been lax about my Blglines reading but I am catching up. πŸ™‚

So much seems different, even WordPress has a host of new bells and whistles. I tell ya, even if you jump off, the world keeps moving. πŸ™‚

So, what has been going on….where do I start…I still haven’t fully unpacked since our move; however, I am okay with that. My garden has kept me quite busy.. No pics right now as I only have a few cucumbers, peppers and tomoatoes left. I planted some collards, broccoli, and cabbage but I think a groundhog made his way through the fence so until I take care of him, I am not going to plant anything else. The many vegetables that my garden produced led me to many cooking adventures. Freezing, canning and more, oh my!

Our home based church has had consistent attendees and some visitors. A lot of work when combined with everything else that makes up my life, but we all do what we have to do. Homeschooling is going well. I even started a local support group for moms and we will have our 1st meeting on Monday. As for creative pursuits, they have been directed towards transforming great fresh vegetables into future food for my family. I haven’t sewn, knitted, crocheted, embroidered or anything in what feels like forever. It’s all good though because I know that that season will come as the cooler temperatures are already being felt in my neck of the woods.

I have been blessed to see a wonderful milestone, my Great Aunt (okay, Great-Great-Aunt) turned 100 in July. She looks great and shared wonderful words of wisdom at her party. We had a good time then the Princess turned 6. We vacationed in Pigeon Forge, TN and Myrtle Beach, SC and just enjoyed living. Here are some pics to share….enjoy!

many generations

I feel pretty

I am trying my hand at gardening this year and I have had a few setbacks but I continue to trudge ahead in the hope that things will improve…one of my main setbacks has been the annoying cutworm. My mom has had a few problems with these this year but hers are quite large and are destroying her plants quickly. Mine, on the other hand, are babies and they are killing me softly like a Roberta Flack song. πŸ™‚ I have lost a few plants – 3 cucumber, 4 squash, and 4 watermelon.

If you are wondering how this relates to politics, quite frankly, the continuous back and forth between the current Democratic contenders is also killing me softly like the cutworms. While I can understand the underlying premise of we should count everyone’s vote, I can’t for the life of me understand how Sen. Clinton’s camp thinks it is “fair” to count votes in Michigan when she was the only name on the ballot. All the other major candidates had removed their names from the ballots in an effort to adhere to the rules issued by the Democratic National Committee. Yet, now she who didn’t remove her name is trying to not count all the other votes by voters who did not vote because of the removal of the names of ther choices. How is that fair?

I think Huckabee would be an interesting VP choice for McCain but his latest faux paux didn’t help his cause. Sen. Lieberman is always at McCain’s side and while I realize they are good friends, is there more there than we are aware?!?!?

Oh well, I think it has been a long and drawn out process and yet we do not have 2 candidates, is it me or is this just going on way too long???

While laying in bed the other day, I thought I would share with each of you my view from my bed, it is great to wake to the sun and go the bed to the stars.

view from the bed

I have spent the majority of the day outside tilling the land for our garden. Yes, my arms, legs and back are sore but I know that it was work that will have a nice payoff for our family. πŸ™‚

From childhood, I have had a love/hate relationship with the outdoors. I love the beach but not necessarily the woods, at least not after the age of 12. I share all of this because I think I have been outside more in the past few weeks than I have been during the last 7 years of marriage. πŸ˜‰

I finally was able to snap some pics the other day, so enjoy!

There are lots of flowers but right now, the azaleas are the only bloomers.

Deck azalea

Entrance azaleas

This is one of my favorite things in the house. There are lots of favorites, but this stone fireplace is just naturally beautiful.

Stone fireplace

I leave you with another item that is naturally beautiful.

Just beautiful

My hiatus is over!! Moving is definitely not for the faint of heart and being without phone/internet is also not for the faint of heart. πŸ™‚

It is pouring down raining and I have no pics to share in this post but we are getting settled in. Our new move has cost me my craft room so I am still trying to carve out some space but the trade-offs were well worth it.

The sun is scheduled to return on Thursday, so I hope to have some pics then especially of my magnolia tree before she loses all of her purple glory. I have been outdoors more than I can recall over the last 7 years of marriage. I was up on Saturday and out pruning the hydrangeas in the front yard before 8 a.m. Hubby and I are still discussing where the garden will go and I am adjusting to living on well and septic.

Our new home is only about 10 minutes from our old home but truly night and day in terms of suburban versus rural and remote versus close proximity. Combine those things with the ever increasing price of gas and I think twice about the trips that I make to ensure that I cover all that needs to be covered while I am out.

The kids are more than happy as they run and play all day. The next few days will be interesting due to the weather and Mommy not fully knowing where all of the craft related items are located.

I hope to catch up with each of you soon as I have missed ya’ll; however, I will be more like the tortoise than the hare as I continue to settle in and get myself together.

Peace and Blessings!!!

Oooh, I tell ya…I have missed ya’ll. πŸ™‚ I am just peeking in as it is getting late and I need to get some rest as there is much on my to do list.

I deeply appreciate the comments that have been made and the emails to check on me. Life is good but we are in the process of moving and that has taken on a life of its own. Closing is scheduled for next Wednesday (continued prayers are still appreciated) and I was in denial that I could continue doing some things like crafting but the reality is that I have had to quickly get out of denial. πŸ˜‰

The Princess has really taken to reading and what a joy considering I remember the days of internal screaming. Of course, the Prince is trying to keep up with her so the two of them go off together and read. You gotta love it!!

Here is our life in pictures:

The Prince wanted a sandwich the other day and I realized that we didn’t have any bread, problem solved.

White bread - delicious

We went to Baltimore and went to the circus with some other homeschoolers:

All together now

Opening elephants

Tigers and more tigers

tigers

Our home church had a Resurrection Egg Hunt in the backyard:

Are there more eggs

Smiling Faces

And we have been packing:

my life as a box

I will be around sporadically at best for the next few weeks but will be back with lots to share and show.

Be blessed!!!!

That is what my life has seemed like lately. Thanks to all that did the spice quiz, fun wasn’t it? I promise that comments via email are on their way, I have just not had enough hours in my day, kwim!

I feel as though I am bursting at the seams, but I will start with some things that I have done:

Journal for a swap

journal front cover

journal back cover

More bread

2nd loaves of bread

I think daylight savings time has also messed with my internal clock as I feel off kilter a bit. I have not been blown away by some of the swaps that I have received so after I finish up what I am signed up for, that is taking a definite break. Additionally, I find that I am always making for swaps and never making for myself. That ain’t good! πŸ™‚

Hubby and I heard from our realtor, the house we put an offer on in January after much back and forth, we have all come to agreement. Thanks for your prayers and now we need to find a suitable renter for our home. We have several prospects so continued prayers are appreciated. The new place has 2 acres, so I will get to be in touch with my inner farm girl. I won’t even begin to think about packing up our home, so yes I am in denial but need to get out of it soon. πŸ˜‰

All in all life is good and I won’t complain. This Sunday the Princess will celebrate 5 years since her liver transplant and while we are celebrating, we know that there is another family that is reminded of their loss. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us, so love and live today or in the words of Tim McGraw – live like you were dying. Peace!

Life Scriptures

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, my great army which I sent among you. Joel 2:25

Something to think about…

"I never teach my pupils: I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." ~ Albert Einstein

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