Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I'VE MOVED>>>>>>>

Due to the personality disorder I affectionately call PERFECTIONISM, I have MOVED my blog to the following address:

(And, doggone it, you're also going to have to cut and paste the link because I can't get it work tonight either!)

Please don't hate me! Please follow me over there!

Can't wait to see you!!!

(I'm now off the edge, and back into the computer room...

I need blogging help....

Okay people. How sad is this? I JUST realized, right now, that my blogging address is coffeatthecabin instead of COFFEEatthecabin. Are you kidding me? I don't have coffe I have COFFEE at the cabin!!!!!!!!!

So, I went on and registered coffeeatthecabin.blogspot to me, but now I don't know what to do. Export the one blog to the other? Start over? redirect? Is there any way to change the email address of this one? If I switch to a new one, can people be automatically redirected? You know, with the tremendous following I have I need people to find me - hahahahhaha.

Any help from you experts would be much appreciated.

May I just say that I am such a perfectionist in some areas that this may just put me over the edge. I don't know what edge that is, but most certainly I will be going over it soon.


Grumbling to myself...and heck, I think I'll go get a cup of COFFE while I am at it.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook - 2/23/09


Outside my window...Cool, crisp morning - only 9 degrees. Going to warm up this week to (hopefully) 48 degrees! Spring is just around the corner!

I am thinking...of how Mondays always seem to be the craziest day of the week, filled with promise for productive days

I am thankful for...a husband who is a chiropractor as my neck is really stuck this morning on one side! Too bad I have to wait until he comes home to have it taken care of!

From the learning rooms...spelling test that we didn't get to on Friday is first on the agenda. Science and history are on the list today along with the rest of our core subjects. Need to get TJ's story completed that she is writing as well

From the kitchen...pulled pork sandwiches and french onion soup for supper - that's as far ahead as I am at this point!

I am wearing...typical Monday uniform: slippers, socks, exercise pants, long sleeve top, black pullover

I am creating...PILES. Piles and piles of stuff that needs to be put away - I am trying to reorganize my desk with work vs school stuff. Also, starting the process of organizing VBS for the summer with a whole new idea, so that needs to be created as well

I am going...nowhere today! I think my Monday will be completely spent within these fine walls I call home

I am reading...Well, I finished book two in the Mark of the Lion series - AWESOME!!! Now, I have book three available, but have some other ones that are due before it. Might start The Prophet by Francine Rivers first.

I am hoping...that we can get through our science lesson today without litmus paper b/c I don't have any! Also hoping for clear, God-led direction in regards to our VBS program

I am hearing...JT reading things to me. To be honest, I am hearing "blah, blah, blah" even though he is reading joke after joke. Is that bad? :)

Around the house... Operation organization needs to be revamped and revived! Actually, it's not too out of hand, but it needs a little attention. The basement has two tents and an air mattress up still from our weekend "camp IN".

One of my favorite things...how come coffee always comes to mind first? :) A nice roaring fire and a good book

A few plans for the rest of the week: Ash Wednesday, Marriage conference on Saturday, VBS meeting, work meeting Thursday - wow, the week is filling up

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Please join other daybookers through the link on the right!

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I love to read...

As far as I'm concerned, there is never enough time in a day for the reading I want to get done. Whether it be fiction or non-fiction, self help or romance, the Bible!, or whatever, I can't get 'er done. I LOVE to read, and my addiction is never satisfied.

Don't get me wrong...I can veg in front of the tv with the best of them. Brad and I have a standing 10pm date on Wednesday nights to watch "Top Chef". We're not sure what we're going to do after next week's season finale. Somehow replacing it with "America's Top Model" doesn't seem the same.

But, I digress. Back to the books. At any given time, I have a huge stack of books next to my bed. I have discovered that most of the "self-improvement" books are half read...I get into them with all my good intentions, then start to feel overwhelmed, so back onto the stack it goes. (I am NOT going to have that happen with The Love Dare though. I am committed to getting that one done. More on that a different day) I can't read more than one fiction book at a time - it's too confusing to try and keep it all straight in my simple mind. But, if I start one that I love, I typically read before I fall asleep at night, sometimes in a nice hot bubble bath if I feel the need to really reward myself! However, I have also noticed that reading before bed causes me to dream the characters, or the situation many a time. Talk about getting caught up in a book!

I have to thank my friend Suzanne for putting me onto the Mark of the Lion Series. Thank you, Suzanne, for causing me to neglect my family and forego thoughts of meal prep, laundry, and general household chores in order to sneak away to steal yet a few more moments with Marcus and Hadassah. Thank you for not telling me that I would need to have the 2nd in the series on hand as I would finish it over a weekend when I couldn't get it from the library. Thank you for the sleepless nights after I read until 2:30am and was haunted by my ineptness as a Christian witness. Thank you for the jump start to walking on the treadmill because it was something I could do with a book in hand. Thank you for tuning me into the realization that the Lord has placed me in a time where I am better situated, as I would have never survived in Rome, Ephesus, or any other area in that part of the world, or in that time. Thank you for living so far away that a book club would never be possible face to face, and all we could have together is a virtual cup of coffee. Yep, thanks for all that. You're a great friend. :) I laugh at the list I gave you to read...NONE of that compares to this type of historical fiction...

Like I said, I love books and I am thankful for eyesight to read, hearing to listen to books on tape, and the ability to type to tell you all about them. My kids are showing great desire to get lost in a book, and I couldn't be happier about that. Where else can you escape to another world, learn more about your favorite topic, become a thing-finder in your own backyard, laugh with Don Quixote and his misrepresentation of windmills, laugh at the misconceptions of all the mismatched love stories in "A Mid-summer's Night Dream", and deepen your faith in Christ Jesus? All of that in the past couple of weeks...the written word is amazing.

Off to curl up with book 2...

And, here's a quick picture of what's on my bedside table...minus Echo in the Darkness, which was next to my rocking chair at the time of the picture...what a variety of titles...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Road Less Traveled...

When you teach your kids at home, sometimes you just get so excited when your kids "get it"...you know, when something you have taught seems to really be integrated into their knowledge base. JT, your answer yesterday to one of your literature questions helped me to really see that you got it, and I'm so proud of you for taking the extra time on your assignments and striving to always do your best. It is evident in how you write. A year ago, you would cry and complain if asked to write a single paragraph. Today, you write paragraphs with a descriptive style that is fascinating. You take the time to do your work well. You are wise beyond your years and I love how you are thorough in so many areas of your life. Keep it up, dear one.

I want you to remember what you wrote, here and now, at the tender age of 8. So, I'm going to put it in this note, so you and others can see the talents God has given you. Never lose sight of where those talents come from!

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Your response:
You broke a vase while you're all alone. The door opens as your mom walks in. She saw the vase. You could lie or you take the hard way. Its like the kind of choice in the road less traveled. Lying is the road trampled and worn because most people took it and then you wouldn't get trusted. Take the one less traveled by - that would make you feel good and be trusted.

Love you JT...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook - February 16, 2009


Outside my window...Hazy, sunny day that may reach 40 degrees, but the wind is strong

I am thinking...of many things today, mind is swirling with decisions and items that need to be accomplished

I am thankful for...the wonderful gifts God has given me with my husband and children; They are incredible and I never could have dreamed of marrying someone likehim

From the learning rooms...off to a slow start this Monday, but we'll make it up - we're not off like everyone else today!

From the kitchen...tator tot hotdish for supper; plans need to be made for the rest of the week

I am wearing...my most comfy jeans, slippers, wool socks, white ribbed turtleneck and a flannel shirt over the top

I am creating...our lesson plans for the week

I am going...nowhere in particular this week, maybe a bit of shopping with Brad for a few things, also to the office on Tuesday

I am reading...a new book by Karen Kingsbury, but the title escapses me (and I'm too lazy to head upstairs to see what it is)...I finished the first book in the Mark of the Lion series and have to get the second one pronto. OH MY! That is a good book!

I am hoping...I can resolve some inner "issues" that I am struggling with right now;

I am hearing...nothing but my computer fan and the furnace as my two oldest have disappeared from the teaching arms of their mother! :)

Around the house...kids' rooms finished and vacuumed today, need to clean the kitchen wood floors as well

One of my favorite things...hitting the snooze alarm and snuggling in with my dh :)

A few plans for the rest of the week: Starting TJ on piano lessons, errands, work, VBS planning meeting, church activities, dinner out on Saturday with church members

Here is picture thought I am sharing... This past fall, we had corn stalks - not leaves!

Make sure to link up with Peggy and other daybookers through the link on the right...

Friday, February 13, 2009

My take on Valentine's Day...

Anyone out there watch Seinfeld?

I get a huge kick out of many an episode, but one that comes to mind today is the one where Jerry and his girlfriend are all lovey dovey in how they talk to each other and it drives George and Elaine crazy. "You're my schmoopie", "No, you're MY schmoopie..." and on and on ad nauseum.

Brad and I couldn't be further from that scene. We are NOT lovey talkers or whatever you want to call them.

We have "pet" names for each other. Real exciting. I'm "nug" and he's "spousie" or "spouse". Very creative. I realize I rarely call him by his first name though. That's kind of weird.

So, I should call today Random Thoughts with Sarah. I'm full of them today. I'm thinking back to high school and the dreaded Valentine carnation purchase. I went to a Christian high school and some group in the school would have a fundraiser every year on Valentine's Day. You would order and purchase $1 carnations in different colors (each color would mean something) to give to your friends, sweetheart, or whoever. Then, they would be delivered in first or second period, so it was very exciting to see who you would get flowers from, and, conversely, really sad when you wouldn't get them from someone you liked.

Looking back, I realize how much I hated that day. I hated the worry and wondering about whether or not I was going to get ANY flowers, let alone from a special someone. I worried about other people that wouldn't be getting any, and how they would feel. I worried about the reaction I would get in response to giving a flower to a special person. Oh, the angst of high school.

Don't make me go back ------ aaaaaaaarrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhh!

Valentine's Day to me is a high expectation, low return holiday. I remember many a day in my high school and college years of having grandiose ideas about how the day would play out, only to have it dashed with disappointing realities. I grew to dread the holiday, picking up hours where I worked to avoid the possibility of spending the evening alone while EVERYONE else in the world was celebrating their love. Oh, the warped perception of youth.

From early on in my married life, Brad and I didn't do much to celebrate Valentine's Day - we went with the motto that every day is Valentine's Day, and we didn't need a special day to proclaim our love. (Plus, we had NO money so the thought of him purchasing flowers or something like that would have caused a huge fight most likely!) As we've matured in our marriage, we find though that we do need to take time out and make a special point of doing things together, because it is easy to have days and weeks go by without any couple time. That is an ongoing commitment we have to one another - and we both have to work at finding the undivided time.

So, I have no grandiose ideas for V-day. I don't have a gift yet or even a card for my dh. I have nothing for my kids. I am planning on making cookies with them, which will be complete with pink frosting and sprinkles, a rare treat around here. But, I am searching my brain for some ideas of something special to do to make it memorable. I think I want to teach my kids that love is for each and every day of the year, and not something to be officially observed on February 14th. But, I do want to recognize that it is a day to share together.

So, what are you planning on doing? Are you spending time alone with your spouse? Cooking a special meal? I'm interested to hear...maybe I'll get some ideas too!

Now, I leave you with this - what an amazing gift of love we have from our heavenly Father, who loves us each day the same, no questions asked. No lack of carnations, or flowery cards, or nights alone can separate us from the love that is there for the taking.

Grasp the love, and cling tightly my friends.

Blessings to all of you...