Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blessing in Disguise

When we began the renovations on the exterior of the trailer,
I sat down and wrote blog entries for each activity ...
then I assigned them to a Tuesday throughout the month(s).
This Tuesday was supposed to show the front porch,
but we had some setbacks.

I thought that we had finished everything before the rain set in ...
but I did not know how rain affects new rope.

We had put in rope railing ... it looked beautiful, 
but ...
it shrunk in the rain this weekend.

With some late research we realized that we should have soaked the rope
and allowed for 8-10% shrinkage.

So where is the blessing?

We hung the rope railing,
but the rain prevented us from cutting and tying it off.

It shrunk and had to be removed,
but we still have the LONG, usable pieces of rope, rather than unusable pieces that had already been trimmed.
Also, it shrunk, but did not ruin or pull down the posts because it was not tied off and there was still some give.

So this week,
I am thankful for the rain ...
at the perfect time.
Rain to prevent a costly mistake.

The rope has now been soaked,
larger holes drilled in the posts ...
and we will be back in business soon.

Hopefully I can share my beautiful porch with you next Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Poverty or Wealth

Proverbs 28:19 
He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: 
but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

Another reminder to stay focused and diligent.

Work = Food
It is so simple and so lacking in society today.
The welfare mentality teaches us that we deserve gifts,
that we can have what we want for minimal effort.
It is not God's plan.

Vain - empty, useless
Who are my friends and companions?
Do they edify, strengthen, and encourage?
or is it all vain activities and conversation?
Wasting time in useless activities and with useless people 
will only breed poverty in body AND soul.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just For Fun

During my many Pinterest searches for deck ideas,
I came across this cute lighting idea.

Just 4 lengths of landscaping timbers,
4 solar path lights,
and a little extra rope from the railing!
We haven't finished the rope railing, so the bottom does not have any rope trim - yet.

What started as one ... will become 3 light fixtures ...
We liked the first one so much that we cancelled the order for solar lighting for the deck posts
and will build 2 more timber lights :)
One will have 5 lights and the other will have 3.

They are movable ... (can you say lighting during a power outage)
the lights are easily replaced ...
and they add to the "dock" look of our NW deck.

The lights do not go on until about 9 during the summer,
so we don't enjoy them much now ...
but you know where you can find us this fall/winter.
Date Night at home!

Monday, July 21, 2014

In The Kitchen

The poor neglected kitchen ...
I spent today cleaning ...
really cleaning.
After 2 1/2 weeks of exterior work,
it was good to give some attention to the interior.
Things had gotten a little crazy.

I did do some cooking over the weekend for the birthday ...
jell-o cakes to celebrate at work ...
vanilla donuts ...
birthday pumpkin pie.

Sugared out now and need to get focused again.

Lots of grilling - hubby got a new grill for his birthday :)
The last one had become a flame thrower and 
our grills are so cheap it wasn't worth replacing the burner covers and such.

This weeks menu:
Sunday: Church dinner - baked potato bar
Monday: Taco rice
Tuesday: Chicken Kabobs
Wednesday: Pork Chops / potato and zucchini bake
Thursday: Birthday dinner with a friend
Friday: Hamburgers
Saturday: Chicken / Rice / Seasonal Veggies

Fair's a-comin'

Our County Fair is not until the end of September,
but it is not too early to start planning
(especially since Vistaprint is having a sale).
So ...
the banner for the booth was ordered today.
"The Bridge" by William Ressler often sparks conversation.
The artist, Mr. Ressler, was kind enough to share his work with us.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sweetheart!
~~Celebrating 35 years today~~

Born 386 miles and 23 years away ...
(the distance between Wappingers Falls, NY and Butler, PA)
(the time between 1979 and 2002)

So thankful for the hand of God that brings people together.
I am a blessed woman.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


As we renovate the exterior of our home, 
I cannot help but be thankful for a husband who understands.
Who understands the value that my "domain" plays in my life.
Who understands that the appearance of my home affects me.
Who understands an inborn desire in me to tend a keep a home.

I am thankful for the resources and time and patience that he has put into helping me make a house into our home.
I am thankful that he loves to enjoy that home with me.
I am thankful that a more settled and peaceful home has limited our ramblings and wanderings.

I am thankful for the home that God has provided.
I am thankful for those who visit and encourage us.
I am thankful for God's care.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Faithful in All Things

Proverbs 27:23 
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, 
and look well to thy herds.

This week's Proverb reminds me of the need to be faithful
with my tasks and ministries.
There are so many things vying for my attention ...
 so many ministries ...
so many needs ...
so many "good" things.

God wants me to be diligent to my work.
I know he has given me a husband to care for,
a home to tend,
definite church responsibilities.
These things need to be cared for FIRST!

Then there are the extras.

Later in this chapter, we read the results of diligence ...

Proverbs 27:26-27
 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, 
for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.

I do not know what your "herd" or list of responsibilites looks like ...
but I do know that we should be responsible with what we have been given,
whether it be small or great.
God will provide.
Be busy and diligent doing His work.

Luke 16:10 
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: 
and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Face Lift

Trailer color before face lift - sky blue?
One of the easiest ways to brighten a home is a fresh coat of paint.
Before moving in, the entire trailer received a fresh coat of paint inside...
...celery, pine bark, and horseradish.
My restful retreat.

My favorite home exterior color is a pale sage green,
but since I used it throughout the interior,
I chose a blue for the exterior.
There are hints of this blue in the guest bath.
It changes color a bit throughout the day ...
smoky blue ... blue ... blue/purple

This blue is called ... Thundering Clouds

More nature ...
I love a nice storm ... if I am inside.
The call to take it easy ... no work can be done outside!

I first fell in love with a deep blue house when hubby worked at a farm just north of us.
It was like a little cheery cottage.
Blue with white trim and a bright yellow door.

The trim was refreshed,
and the shutters were scraped and given a fresh coat of paint as well.
The numbers also got a quick spray with leftover appliance spray paint.

The pictures are of the side and back,
because the front porch is still in progress
and a reveal for another week.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Surprise Recipe

We are getting back to a normal eating plan - 
slowly but surely.
There was a surprise recipe in the week - 
a google find to use zucchini.
Hubby loved it ...
I thought it needed some Parmesan cheese!

Roasted Potatoes and Zucchini

6-7 Potatoes
2 Zucchini
3 Cloves Garlic
1 Tbsp Rosemary
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Black Pepper

Cut Potatoes and Zucchini in 1" Chunks.
Coat potatoes with mix of garlic, rosemary, salt, and oil.
Bake potatoes 30-35 min at 350*.
Add zucchini chunks and cook 20-25 min more.

This weeks menu:
Sunday: Chef Salad
Monday: Tater Tot Casserole
Tuesday: Sausage Gravy and Biscuits (moved from last week)
Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie
Thursday: Pork Chops and roasted potatoes and zucchini
Friday:  Sloppy Joes
Saturday:  Birthday Dinner ... PF Changs