Monday, April 14, 2014

 This week Abigail is on spring break from kindergarten, so we had fun doing what we used to do for four years...we went to the thrift shop and then to Burger King.  Abigail had fun running around on the playground.

We met a grandmother who was there with her two grandsons.  She noticed we prayed for our lunch and so we got to talking...and come to find out she is the mother of a friend of ours from church!  (Bernard S for my church friends.)  This isn't the first time we've met people there who knew friends of ours.  Such a small world.
 This weekend we made new friends from the "A Candle In The Window" ministry. These friends needed a place to stay for two nights while they visited Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  This is our third family we've hosted.  I wish they could've stayed longer for fellowship.

 Did you know you can mail Easter eggs through the US postal service?  Sarah read about it online...then surprised our mail ladies at the post office.  It took a bit of deciding how to do it, then Sarah told them she read on the internet that you just put stamps on them.  Can't wait to see if/how they arrive at a special little boy's home!
 My heart was warmed when I saw my children playing Parcheesi one day.  It's nice to know that in the midst of all the technology and videos that they still find time to do the important things.  It's been hard having my son work long days and time for our usual card games.
 When we went to Silver Springs last week, our doctor was excited to show us their resident Canada Goose.  This is the female who is sitting on 5 eggs.  The male was roosting out by the exit where a big truck went by...but he wasn't fazed.  When we drove a few exits more to come home, there was another couple roosting next to the busy freeway.  I guess they like cars!
 We came home late one night to find two trees across our road.  Fortunately my neighbor was arriving with a chainsaw.  I definitely didn't want to walk the mile home on that windy, dark night!
 My daughters have been busy crafting.  This is one of two fabrics Maggie made using plain muslin.  She likes anything with green ferns.
 Then she made this gun holder using old black jeans.
Meanwhile, Ruthie bought this bracelet for Anna then turned it into a necklace.  Our thrift shop has the nicest necklaces for 99 cents.  I like to collect the necklaces with initials.  Anna's "A" is the most popular I find.  I'm trying to find a "K" and a "Z" for the little girls in our extended family.

Spring has been a welcome change but tomorrow we will be getting a taste of winter again for a day or two.  I'm so glad I didn't plant anything but onions and beets.
For my quilting friends...make sure you sign up for the Longarm Giveaway!  If you can't use it...we know a few girls who can! 

Enjoy your springtime.  Many blessings ~ Kathie

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

“Great is Thy faithfulness!”

“Great is Thy faithfulness!“
 Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

Friday, March 28, 2014

 I went out to lunch with Ruthie today.  It was so much fun!  My baby is 14 and time is flying by too quickly.  Lunch was delicious...a bento box at Sakura (Allen made the tempura). Allen's Malaysian boss and I kept asking each other questions trying to learn about each other's culture.
 On the way home I found myself in an unusual predicament.  I had a slow Mennonite buggy in front of me...and a police car in back of me.  I wasn't sure if I would get ticketed for going over the yellow lines to get around.  Fortunately I didn't!
 Ruthie and I saw several farmers plowing.  Spring is certainly taking its time this year.  My daffodils are limp from our last snowstorm.
 We call these piles of dirt "snirt".  Definitely tired of snirt!
 Yesterday Mike and I went to a retirement luncheon for our friend, Ted.  It was at a Mexican restaurant.  We sat with some friends from church and had a nice time.
 According to Google, the #1 keyword used to find my blog this past month has been my "agro-tower-grow-pots".  Well, this is what I'm growing so far!
 Here in southern Maryland, one of the towns is called Lexington Park.  Locals call it LP City.  I enjoy seeing all the different ways people put that on their license plates.
 My mourning doves are back.  I have six.  They love my platform feeder.  We also have a squirrel with a 2" tail.  We feel sorry for him and let him feed off the lower feeders.
Sarah gave Ruthie some flowers because Ruthie enjoys cleaning up Sarah's home.  It was a sweet surprise for Ruthie!

Well, that's about all this post.  I decided I would post every time I got enough pictures.  Not much else is going on.  We are singing two songs for church on Sunday but it's been rough with a head cold virus going around and everyone's work schedules. 

Many blessings ~ Kathie

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

 Yesterday we celebrated Maggie's 24th birthday.  I didn't get any good pictures.  I only got this one of Maggie because I thought my camera was out of batteries...and I accidently snapped this while trying to turn the camera off.
Maggie and Lizzie made her cake.  It was delicious and very chocolate! There were 6 layers with a panache icing on top.  Between the layers they put a light fluffy icing.  Meemaw and Grandad came for dinner.  It was simple...Shrimp LoMein...which was good because the cake was rich.

I snapped this picture at church on Sunday (date on picture is always wrong).  I always enjoy the way our church ladies set up the table in the sanctuary.
This is Maggie's latest sushi experiment.  She used canned salmon to make the topping.  She is getting expert at this!  
Ruthie and I enjoy sitting on my bed cutting tracing squares onto old jeans and workpants, then cutting them out.  Usually I trace and Ruthie cuts.  We've been collecting these workpants for a long time.  They are painter's pants, camouflage hunting pants, women's pants, khakis and blue workpants. 
I have no idea why my pictures are insisting on being to the left but I'll just leave them like this.  I took this close-up so you can see the different colors.

I laid the squares out on my floor to try out two different patterns.  I was going to sell these squares...until I saw how many are already on sale on eBay.  I'll just sew these myself.

Ruthie is off the crutches and onto a special brace to keep her foot stable.  Sunday night soccer at church has not been good for our family!

 I found this unique antique at the thrift shop and couldn't help buying it.  I posted a picture of it on facebook asking if anyone knew what it is.  My Israeli friend, Nadim, immediately gave me an answer.  His Spanish Grandmother used it to strain tomatoes.  The bottom picture shows the correct way to hold it.  You rest the tomato against the solid part and the juices run out the bottom.  I never would've guessed!

I found this picture in a weird spot.  This was taken at the Valentine's banquet at church.  My children had just finished singing and were getting ready to eat dessert.  Their faces spell relief.
 I found this picture too...Ruthie's birthday cake.  But I didn't find any birthday pictures.  I'll have to check my other camera.
The theme to this winter is definitely snow!  It seems like one storm after another.  We're due for a few warm days this weekend, so the air is filled with excitement! 

Sarah has been helping a family that has a set of one-year-old triplets and 2-1/2 year-old toddler.  The momma had to have surgery...while the triplets ended up coming down with terrible colds that required trips to the E.R. and the doctor.  Finally the triplets were doing better but the momma got an infection.  The momma finally had to go back into the hospital.  Fortunately the Grandma had moved in for 6 weeks until all is better.  Sarah has spent the nights there as well.  We've spent a lot of time praying for this family!  We enjoy the pictures Sarah posts on facebook.  We sure miss her!

I wish I could say winter is flying by but it actually seems to be never-ending.  We're all anxious to start gardening. 

If you are quilting, please write to me and let me know what you're working on.  I'm looking for inspiration.  Pictures welcome!

Many blessings ~ Kathie

Saturday, February 15, 2014

 Maggie made this delicious vegan lasagna for us this past week.  She used pureed navy beans as a "paste" to replace the ricotta.  It was delicious!  As usual, she has a few more experiments to try with this recipe.

 Last night we made a surprise impromptu visit to Allen's workplace after Lizzie's soccer game.  We called Sarah and Maggie (who had just finished teaching swimming classes) to meet us at 9 pm at Sakura. 
 Granddaddy was with us since he goes to all of the soccer games.  It was a busy night at the restaurant because it was not only Valentines...but also the last evening of the Chinese New Year.
 This is the infamous dragon that I bought at the thrift shop and donated to the restaurant.  I'd forgotten about it until one of my children jokingly referred to me as the Dragon Lady. 
 This was a terribly busy day/night for Allen.  He didn't even say hi to us.  He ended up working 14 hours nonstop.  He was exhausted when he got home at 12:15 am.

 Why are we standing and tossing food?  It's all part of Lashon (?)...celebrating the Chinese new year.  We were given a large plate of spaghetti veggies.  Then we were given lots of little plates of spices, fish, nuts and foods.  You stand up and toss all the side dishes into the spaghetti dish.  The owner seemed a little concerned about our family's hope of a good new year because we couldn't add the peanuts because of an allergy.  Oh well!

Sarah got this Goldfish Salad that was delicious.  It's sitting on a bed of julienned cucumber.  This could easily be my favorite.

So we had a fun evening.  Today we are all very busy.  Allen and Lizzie went to a Krav Maga martial arts clinic on base.  (Krav Maga is the martial arts used by the Israeli army.)  Maggie is making a cake for the banquet tonight.  Mike is putting together the microphone setup since our children are doing the special music tonight (5 songs).  And I am getting ready to cook the dinner to take.  Sarah is babysitting and Anna is working.  Ruthie is helping in general.  I'll be glad when it's Monday...which is President's Day...a holiday!

Many blessings ~ Kathie

Monday, February 10, 2014

 Not much is going on around here.  Allen works long hours at his restaurant.  I took this picture of him last Sunday morning as he was waiting to leave for church.

Then Allen and Lizzie started playing around with my funny phones.  The plastic phone Allen has is an antique Roy Rogers phone.  Lizzie's phone actually works and we depend on it when the electric goes out. 
This past weekend, a couple of our children came down with the dreaded stomach virus, so we thought we'd show our church family how much we love them by staying home.  We spent the time listening to this excellent cd by Voddie Baucham.  We all agreed it is definitely worth listening to.

This past week was special for Anna.  First, she got the last of her braces off.  Hurray!  Then, she drove up to Washington DC and spent the night at a hotel with her second family.  If you remember that two years ago, Anna spent 11 weeks in Uganda being a mother's helper to a missionary family that was expecting a new baby (Anna is holding her in this picture).  Well, this family is in the states doing deputation. 
Anna loved being back with them and she also liked how the children remembered her and felt at ease with her...sitting on her lap and asking her questions.  Baby Ethan was a toddler then but now he is a big boy at four years old!  (But still cute!)

Anna came home and slept on the sofa for a long nap...just like she did when she came home from Uganda!

We're tired of the ugly snow piles.  We want some REAL snow!  And I am tired of all the mess that wood makes around the woodstove.  But I'm thankful to be warm and toasty.

Can you tell what these pictures are?  We were given a free ticket to get a car wash.  The first picture shows the soap being squirted onto the sunroof window.  Now my little black car is shiny and clean.  It was painful to drive my clean car onto our dirt road.

So we are busy into the winter doldrums.  School, work, chores, and soccer keep us busy. 

Many blessings ~ Kathie