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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

One Stop Shopping

It may seem a silly thing,
but I am thankful that our local Wally World is carrying our favorite bread now.

A small thing ...
but it helps speed up shopping day.
Not only our favorite bread,
but more and more allergy friendly products.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Delayed Reward

Proverbs 27:18 
Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: 
so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

Being a homemaker can be a thankless job
(though it does not have to be).
There may be days of discouragement,
days when you want to quit,
days when you wonder if it is worth it.

There is a reward for a job well done.
Remember the laws of sowing and reaping?
You reap what you sow.
You reap later than you sow.
You reap more than you sow.

Do not be discouraged.
Give your all today!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Two are Better Than One

Are you curious about what started the exterior renovations?
Well - it was this hole under the front door.
Caused by a drip from a gutter,
onto a porch with no drainage,
leaking against a fiberboard siding.

You can see the remainder of a front porch here.
It seemed that there was no way to pick just one fix.
If we trimmed out the trailer, we needed to paint.
If we were to fix the rot, we needed to stop the leaks.
If we stopped the leaks, we also needed to repair the non draining porch.

One of the thing that we appreciate about our home is the gutters.
With the fiberboard siding, we want to keep it painted for protection
and keep as much moisture off of it as we can.

Gutters can also be a real hassle.
Hubby had tried to repair the dripping gutters using many avenues ...
new rivets, tar, rubber spray, silicone.
The silicone worked the best, but still not perfect.

As we researched replacing the gutters,
we found that one of the problems was that our nearly 80 foot trailer 
needed 2 downspouts per side - not 1!
Our gutters also did not "drop" like they should causing water to just sit ... and drip.

So down come the old aluminum gutters
and up with vinyl gutters complete with 2 downspouts per side.
So glad for the end of the "continual dripping."

You can catch a glimpse of the new paint color in the corner.
Hopefully I can reveal the "face lift" next Tuesday.
I am headed back up on the ladder today.
I am pretty sure that I will not finish again today ...
but I am getting closer.