Welcome...I'm delighted that you chose to visit! I started this blog in March 2010 and I am so happy that I did. It has made me more aware of the many ways that God is blessing my life. I have made some special friends who bless,teach,encourage,and entertain me! My desire is to be an encouragement to you. I hope you will tarry for a while and that you will come back to visit often.
Sometimes sleep just will not come.Thoughts keep running around in my head...playing tag! Family, friends, projects, Christmas...and then they circle and start all over again. Hoping tonight is better!
Well, it has been a busy week! I have photos to prove it, but blogger won't let me post them. So, until I have time to figure that out, you will just have to take my word for it! It all started on Nov 15, when I went to Grandparent's Day at our grandson's school. We had lunch together and then I visited his classroom. The children sang a song for us and showed us their art work. It was fun and sweet! The next day, I headed to Tenn for the weekend. I went to see our oldest granddaughter's school play and to celebrate our son's birthday. Our girl sang a solo in the choir at Friday night's performance and had a role in the play Sat night. She did a wonderful job! Her song made this Gran cry! She was definitely the star of the show as far as we were concerned! Saturday, my DIL's family had their traditional Gingerbread House making day. The girls and I went for a while so we could watch them at work and the girls could help a bit. It was impressive! They really do it right! They make their own gingerbread and are so creative in their decorations. I sure hope I can post some photos soon. They really are works of art! On Sun night, my son's in-laws treated us to dinner at Olive Garden to celebrate his birthday. It was delicious and we enjoyed being together. I came home Mon and on Wed, our Tenn family came here. We had our Thanksgiving dinner Thurs with most of the family in attendance. It was a beautiful day, and even though some of us weren't feeling that great, we still had a good time. Good food, games, laughter.... made for a sweet day of family! Our construction has gotten to the point where I will be separated from my computer and I will be sharing my hubby's laptop. So, posts may be sporadic for a couple of weeks. We are excited that things are progressing. Up to this point, all the work has been outside. Tomorrow, they come in the house. Now, it is going to be inconvenient! But, the results will be worth it! :-)
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Hopefully. I will be able to catch up in the next day or two.
I will leave you with this line from a song I heard on the radio today...
"the same pair of hands that hold the world, holds you." I like that thought!
These are some of the things I am grateful for today: 91. a warm, dry house on a cold, wet night 92. people who do what they say they will do 93. freedom to get in my car and go where I choose 94. children who are easily pleased 95. children who value time more than money 96. freshly painted walls 97. getting back into clothes I had outgrown :-) 98. a week off for Thanksgiving 99. God's protection (I came very close to being hit by someone who ran a red light last week!) 100. mercies that are new every morning!
We have a little grocery store here called Aldi. The chain originated in Germany...which is where my daughter first discovered it when she was on a study-abroad trip a few summers ago. Anyway, it is small and you bag your own groceries to help keep cost down. Well, I love going there! They have great fruits and vegs. Their meat is high quality and their brand of staple items is good, too. And they carry non-food items as well. There are things they have all the time and then there are things that are different every week. So, you never know what you might see there. Today, they had luggage, a play kitchen. and Christmas M&M's! So, besides saving money when you shop there...you get to have an adventure! :-) Have you noticed that there are some people who are a lot like Aldi? When you encounter them, you never know what you will find. Sometimes they are friendly and interact with (what appears to be) genuine interest in you. And then the next time you meet, they act as if they never met you and you receive the cold shoulder treatment. The difference between them and Aldi is that the adventure is not so pleasant...it's downright confusing! Either you are my friend or you're not...either way I am Okay. Just make up your mind!! Aren't we glad that God never changes...He is the same yesterday, today and forever! We always know what to expect because He always acts in ways that are consistent with His character. Now, that's not to say that He doesn't surprise us sometimes. Oh, I think He enjoys doing that! He delights in giving us more than we ask and in answering our prayers in unusual ways. So, life with Him is, indeed, an adventure. The very best kind!
The house my daughter and SIL bought last spring came with a pear tree in the backyard. She did a good job of using the abundance of pears that they picked from it. She made pear cobblers and pear jam. She cooked some for baby food for Little E and gave some away. One night, she was planning to have pork chops for dinner and wondered if she could find a recipe using pears. So, she used Google and found this recipe. I have made it twice and it has been a hit both times. There are just a few ingredients and it's EASY! So, here it is: 4-6 pork chops (boneless or bone-in) 3 tbsp butter 1 15 oz can of pears in juice 1/3 c light brown sugar 1 tsp brown mustard
Brown pork chops in butter. Set aside. Remove pears from juice and slice. Stir juice, sugar, and mustard together. Place chops in 13x9 dish, pour juice mixture over chops. Place pear slices on chops. Bake uncovered for 40-45 mins at 350. The chops aretender and a little sweet and the pear slices were declared very tasty by someone who didn't think they liked pears!
Here's a picture of our pork and pear dinner last week...
I'm always looking for new and simple meal ideas.
So, I love it when she finds them and then shares them!
These are some of the things I am grateful for today: 81. Seat warmers in my car (great on chilly days!) 82. a field of white cotton (my Hubby's seasonal retirement job is dependent on the cotton crop) 83. dry wall going up in our new addition 84. the privilege of voting 85. the new tasty $5 salad I have discovered at McDonald's (of all places!) 86. the pleasant (most of the time!) people I work with 87. Google (where did we go for info before Google?!?!) 88. God's faithfulness 89. time at home alone 90. sugar free ice cream that stills taste like ice cream! :-) Hope you have a reason to give thanks today!