my favorite place...on the farm...honeysuckle in the air...the summer sun starting to set...serenity

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Friday, October 31, 2008

sunshine state

I am looking forward to going to Florida next weekend for five relaxing days. I will be happy to sit on the beach all day and soak up the sun since it has been cold here. Also I'll see if I can pack just one small suitcase and not take a lot of unnecessary items. Usually I am the one with a bajillion suitcases and bags.

My sister has some plumeria and white ginger plants so I hope they are in bloom. All I can say is it's pretty nice when you have relatives that live in a tropical area!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

my un-smoothie

So tonight I tried to make a smoothie and turns out the rubber thingy wasn't in the bottom of the blender and stuff started leaking everywhere.   I looked all over for that thing but couldn't find it. 

Finally I just dumped my fruit/yogurt mixture into a bowl, stirred everything up and ate it.  It was pretty good because I had a tablespoon of frozen OJ concentrate and that gave it a nice sweet orangey flavor.  So if you  need a yogurt dip for fresh cut up fruit just take vanilla yogurt and add a bit of frozen orange juice to the mix.  Yum!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

skirts on the line


Today was rainy day and I stayed indoors to work on getting my artwork mailed out.  Here is a picture of some of my favorite skirts...I do seem to have a lot of peasant skirts.

Friday, October 24, 2008

jasmine rice

Today at the grocery store I found a good sale on jasmine rice, 20lb bag for $6.99! When I took it to the register the cashier had to call a manager because it kept ringing up as 19.99. Anyways I did get the sale price finally, you have to be persistent and make them check the shelf.

Jasmine rice has a sweeter taste than regular white rice and I prefer it. It is especially good with chili (or maybe that is just me). You can also make it even sweeter by adding 1/2 coconut milk and 1/2 water to the rice cooker or pot. Yum!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

my apartment

If you look closely there's a pan of brownies on the microwave.  Brownies are a must in this household :) When they go on sale I buy 30 at a time.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

on kindnesses

Have you ever done something for someone without expecting anything in return? Like maybe doing their laundry, filling up their car with gas, baking something, writing a sweet note. Sometimes it can be hard not expecting anything in return if that person is especially difficult or if you are the only one doling out the kindnesses. Anyhow you can't ever change a person, they have to want to change! I always say we don't have control over anyone's actions but our own.

I was watching Ed Young and he was talking about dating a person long enough that the eros love wears off to make sure that they have agape love. You can know someone for years and years and they will still surprise you. I like the quote by Rob Bell "Agape doesn’t love somebody because they’re beautiful. Agape loves in such a way that it makes them beautiful".

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

feeding calves


I had the day off on Monday so we went to a dairy farm and had some fresh icecream. I picked up some cream top milk that comes in a glass bottle. The calves were pretty cute!
This peasant dress is from Target, I got this one and another in brown. It is so comfy.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

moving

Today I have been doing a bit of moving. My new place is surrounded by farmlands so I have a beautiful view! It certainly gives you a good workout, running up and down steps unloading heavy bundles.

Right now I am enjoying Mom's ginger chicken rice soup which consists of a Costco chicken, ginger, veggies, and of course rice. It tastes pretty good for this fall evening. Today was unseasonably warm out, it felt like an Indian summer. Although I feel a cool evening breeze coming through the window just now.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Little Heathens


I loved reading this book about Mildred's life as she grew up during the Great Depression. For some reason I love to read about how people lived a long time ago on farms or the western frontier. Or medievals times or whenever. I wonder what are people going to say about the way we lived now?

My Grandpa liked the book as well and he and my Grandma grew up on big farms with big families during the Depression out in Montana. We sometimes give Grandma a hard time because she saves everything and makes do with very little. They are in their 80s and still getting up at the crack of dawn to farm all day long. When you work hard it gives you a strong constitution.

I am starting to wonder if there are any real men left...that actually like to do physical labor!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

celeb baby names

So I just visited Homegirl's blog (www.vivalahomegirl.blogspot.com) and she had a link to a celebrity baby name generator.  Of course I had to put in my last name and I got some girl's and boy's names:

Girls:
Libra Meringue
Barrymore Fox
Sunshine Flouta
Vixen (ok what on earth)

Boys:
Matterhorn Greenwild??
Eagle Figment
Zeus Hawk
Lexus Cactus

Each time I hit refresh the names got more bizarre!! I have to admit that when I was younger I thought I was so creative when I came up with "Montana Skye".  Another one I liked was "November Jewel".  I still like the name November (by itself) but it would be weird to name your kid that if they weren't born in the month of November.  And I like the name Ada, like in the Cold Mountain book.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pello chair


I found one of these on craigslist for under $20 so I am getting it after work. My brother has this chair and it is actually quite comfortable...especially if you are on your laptop. Plus I like the design. It is the pello chair made by Ikea. Yes, that is the store where you can assemble everything with an allen wrench...not sure if that is a good thing or not.

Fall

Well Fall is here I guess...time to get out your sweaters! There are plenty of orchards around here and I'm ready to go apple picking to make applesauce and apple pie.

Yesterday I went to the natural healthfood store and am amazed at how tiny they are compared to the huge grocery stores, yet they still have everything you need. (Even if it is more expensive). I had to buy some coconut water which I had been missing. Next time I will get some vanilla hemp milk, it is great to put oatmeal and you don't even need sugar.

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