Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Today's agenda is serving at the Pantry all day.  We serve dozens and dozens of folks each Wednesday and process dozens of bags of clothing, as well as the paper products and toiletries we give away.

We have coffee on and comfy couches available for folks who drop in.  One of the local coffee shops sends baked goods our way.

Many of our guests come and sit and stay a while.  Some of them don't have heat at home, but we had a furnace installed two weeks ago. Thank you GOD for moving the hearts of donors to give.  Norther Wisconsin winters can be brutal.

In addition to clothing and toiletries, we more importantly offer a listening ear and prayer if our guests are agreeable to this.

We hear amazing stories of fear, frustration, but also of faith.

A warm place, with a warm welcome.  People like coming.  And staying.

We like that too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I ignored a little bit of the food preservation I had to do while the grands were here.  We were busy doing other things!

I bought many pounds of cranberries during Cranberry Fest.  Too many, I thought, after canning a dozen or so pints of sauce and freezing some whole berries.

I still had nearly a gallon of cranberries left.  What to do?  Consult some of my ancient cookbooks.

The above Boston Cooking School of Cooking Cookbook belonged to hubby's grandmother.  Copyright 1940.  The world was a very different place back then.

The cranberry juice cocktail recipe looked easy enough.  And it was!  Not only that it was delicious!  So fresh and refreshing.  Much better than store bought stuff.

I cooked the rest of the berries into juice.  It made about a gallon.

I wish I had bought more cranberries.  Next year, LORD willing, I will buy enough to make enough juice to can.

Here's to homemade cranberry juice cocktail!

Monday, October 20, 2014

You could hear a pin drop

Looks like the grands got hold of the ipad again and made use of some of the special photo effects.

What characters!

Last Christmas we were surprised when Lainey, just barely two, was able to use the laptop to play a DVD.

They also figured out how to use some of the special instrumentation sounds on my clavinova.

They amaze me.

But what pleases me even more is the delight they took in walking through the woods, playing games with Grandma, going to church and being sure that we prayed before a meal.  There is more to life than technology.

I love everything about being a grandma.

Except the quiet that descends after they leave.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Too quiet


The super heroes and busy bee are headed back for Iowa now.

And Grandma and Grandpa's house is way too quiet.

Left behind are some stray crumbs on the counters and floors, a leaf collection on the bench, their life size portraits and great memories.

I love being with my grandchildren.  Funny, energetic folks they are.  Sweet.  With a little pinch of naughty thrown in so they will know, like their grandparents do, that they will need a Savior.  Forgiveness.

After saying good-by to them earlier, I pondered these verses:

11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,
12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
I Thessalonians 4:11-12 

Now that the kids are gone it is time for me to get busy and 'work with my hands'.

Busy like that cute little bee.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


  Super girl....

Buzzing with excitement.....
Spidey senses tingling

All in all a flurry of activity.  Fun, fun, fun.

Speaking of flurries?  Yep.  Cold enough for a little white stuff this morning.  

Thankfully our little superheroes are finding enough to do indoors!