Saturday, November 05, 2016

What if you knew?

You may have heard..... There is an election coming?  Although I usually avoid political conversations, when those around me get into it, there is a spectrum of feelings- regardless of their preferred candidate.  Most are sick and tired of it ( can we just make a new rule?  Please?  That there will be NO campaigning until 90 days before the election).  Many don't care, don't feel empowered by their vote.  Many don't feel we have much of a choice.  I haven't talked to anyone who is passionate about voting for any one particular candidate.
We live in a small town. Quiet in the winter, busier in the summer when tourists descend.  I don't worry about civil unrest here.  There are only 39% of us who stick around for winter.  We help each other when needed, mind our own business when not.  When we go to vote on Tuesday, the mother of one of my former first graders (that first grader is now in her forties!), the mother of our former neighbor and the lady who used to sell bait to the resident fisherman will be the election workers.  When we voted in the primary, the judge was in front of us in line and he was on the ballot- his dad was our dentist years ago, his son on our son's soccer team.  Comfortable, familiar, peaceful.
The news in recent days has been warning of cyber attacks by bad actors who wish us harm.  Who wish to take advantage of our rancorous political discourse and disrupt our way of life.  Internet down, grid down, civil disturbances.  These are some of the scenarios being projected.
What if you knew that one or more of these events would be taking place next week?  What would you do differently right now?
Me?  I'm cooking ahead.  Getting caught up on laundry.  Cleaning, vacuuming.  Took the garbage to the dump.  Topped off the gas in the car.*
And now I can R-E-L-A-X as our beloved Aaron Rodgers has been known to say ( rather, spell).  I've done what I can.  Plenty of food in the cupboards and good books to read.  One in particular.  The B-I-B-L-E.  Where are repeatedly admonished to "Fear not!"
God is with us.  He doesn't leave us or forsake us.
We can R-E-L-A-X.  
*. Our 14 month old granddaughter will be with us for five days late next week, so even if all the warnings are without merit, I will be so thankful I did what I did.
And you?  Doing anything out of the ordinary?  Anticipating anything out of the ordinary?

Thursday, October 06, 2016


There was a time when I was if not addicted to at least enamored with blogging.
Life circumstances, as they do, changed and I lost my 'voice'.  A few feeble attempts were made to get things going without success.
So, here we go again.  After long neglect, let's see if we can get this thing running again.
I suppose I'm no busier than anyone else.  After all, I don't even have a job. Not a paying one anyway.
Here is what gets me out of bed in the morning:
  • Morning walks
  • Bible study ( a comfy couch, a cup of tea, a well worn Bible opened to the day's passage)
  • Hubby
  • A home I love
  • Children and grandchildren
  • Bible studies
  • Church
  • Other volunteer activities
These are the facets of my life that keep it, depending on the day, energizing, exhausting, real, gritty, fun, wonderful.
I love for my life.  I thank GOD for those He has given me, for a gorgeous place to live, great friends, solid church and so much more.
The days and weeks to follow will be reflections of and ponderings on these things.
I will head out in a minute to teach a Ladies' Bible study.  We are studying Hebrews.  Today's question, ' How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation (2:3).  We should have a lively discussion on this chapter!
Captured on this morning's. So blessed to have these views!

Monday, August 15, 2016


This fella is excited to meet his new baby sister this morning!
He was smart enough to be born on his daddy's 35th birthday.
His sister, not to be outdone, was born on Grandpa's 70th birthday!
We are so thankful and can't wait hold her!

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Happy birthday to hubby who has a rather significant birthday tomorrow.  It starts with a seven and ends with a zero.
So thankful we are healthy enough to serve the Lord together. To enjoy our growing family.  To watch our children follow God. And to go tromping around the woods. We've had some fun hikes lately.
We will have a quiet celebration with family after church, unless of course, grandchild #6 decides to be born on her grandpa's birthday ( her big brother was born on their daddy's 35th birthday, so we could have a tradition going on...).
If that happens?  I'm outta here.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Family migration

The family migration is in the works.  My brother-in- law arrived earlier this week and is settling in nicely to his super cute vintage home. I'll have to get permission to post pictures here.
The local kids move into their new-to-them home in two weeks.  Their current abode is filling with boxes.
The not-local kids who are soon to be local will be here in two weeks and two days.   Their  home is also piled with boxes.
So, I have had moving on my mind.  As far as I am concerned I am content to stay here until the day I die.  But having moved 3 times in the last 6 years, here are a few recommendations:
  • Stop shopping.  This is not the time to buy new stuff, or even old stuff.  You don't know if what you buy will fit in your new place or not.  So, just wait.
  • Stop grocery shopping.  When we moved from Tennessee back home to Wisconsin, I quit buying groceries at least a month before our moving date.  We ate up everything in the fridge, then the freezer, then the pantry. We only ate out a few times toward the end.
  • Boxes from the liquor store are great for packing glasses.  Sturdy with protective dividers.
  • As empty nesters, we could close off rooms as we finished packing them up.  We could also store other packed boxes in that room so we weren't tripping over them.
  • Purge.
  • Purge.
  • Purge.  You will thank me later.  Don't move stuff you don't like, don't need and didn't even realize you still had.
  • Start early.  Don't wait until the week before you leave to start.  That just adds unnecessary stress. I don't know about you, but I prefer to avoid stress.
Even if you are excited about moving, packing can be a chore.  By using the above tips you can make it a bit easier.


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