Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My World Tuesday ~ April 28









These photos are about 10 days old, they show a place in the bush where there was burning off. I am guessing in preparation for next years fire season.

Please visit the home of My World Tuesday.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Wrap Up Christian Reading Challenge


Just after Christmas I joined this challenge at MizB Challenges You.

"This challenge asks you to:

* create a list of Christian books that you’d like to read…
* titles can be fiction, nonfiction, or a mixture of both
* read these between January 1st - April 30th, 2009
* overlaps with other challenges ARE allowed
* eBooks and Audiobooks ARE allowed"



At the time I wrote this:

Since this goes over 4 months, and last time, I think in three months I read 14 books; maybe I am a bit light. However, it is hot here at least for a couple of months and this house isn't airconditioned and I am going to be looking after the kids on my own mostly until February when they resume school for first term. I have added the last Emilie Richards novel I want to read in the series, so I think I have an achievable list, but not too generous on myself either. Emilie Richards may not meet the criteria, I'm not sure about it, but enjoyed reading the others even though there is a slight cloud over them possibly. This challenge is great because it helps things settle back into a normal pattern after Christmas.

It was interesting to read about the airconditioning as we had a very hot summer, that finished with February 7, February 8 where we are because our weather is a day later than the rest of Victoria. That was the horrible day of the bushfires in Melbourne. By February 8 it was the day I didn't want to cope with the heat anymore, and that day developed heat rash or maybe now I am thinking it was hives. It went away after a very long time, but some has reappearing on my arms.

My reading did slow at one point, though I have been reading a lot lately. Some of the books were new at the library. Another reader realised that they were in at the same time, and I think this reader read them first, so I haven't read them yet myself. Just a bit of juggling with my library list.

This was my list and my original post:

Goal 12 books.

Amethyst, Lauraine Snelling
A Touch of Grace, Lauraine Snelling
Sophie's Dilema, Lauraine Snelling
The Parting, Beverly Lewis
The Forbidden, Beverly Lewis
October Song, Beverly Lewis
Anne of Green Gables
Believing The Dream, Lauraine Snelling
More Than A Dream, Lauraine Snelling
A Dream To Follow, Lauraine Snelling
What Once We Loved, Jane Kirkpatrick
Endless Chain, Emilie Richards



I have read
A Vow to Cherish by Deborah Raney
Endless Chain by Emilie Richards
Winter is Past Morren, Ruth Aztell
A town called Ruby Prairie Smith, Annette Gail
Lynn Austin, Proper Pursuit
The Saddlemaker's Wife, Earlene Fowler
Blue Heart Blessed, Susan Meissner
Wild Heather by Catherine Palmer
A New Day At Tanglewood, Annette Smith
A Town Called Ruby Prairie, Annette Smith (pdf link)
Where My Heart Belongs, Tracie Peterson
Charlotte Leaves The Light On, Annette Smith, still reading
Amethyst, by Lauraine Snelling
Secrets on the Wind by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin
What Once We Loved, Jane Kirkpatrick
Tapestry of Hope, Tracie Peterson, Judith Miller
Vow To Cherish, Deborah Raney, also a movie.

18 books altogether that I know of, including one by Barbara Delinsky, one that was clean except for a word that wasn't particularly nice.

I found today my library does keep a list of books that come in for me, you can expand the latest ones. I found also: (added the read ones to the above list)

Remedy for Regret
Susan Meissner (not read)
Last Light, Terri Blackstock (read some, found it fascinating)
Dream to Follow, Lauraine Snelling, (started)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ April 27


On my bedside table:
Annette Smith, Charlotte Leaves The Light On still.

On my TV:
Austar, something the kids are watching

On the menu for tonight:
Tuna Casserole

On my To Do list:
To pick up mail from the Post Office, I should have sent it to our other address

New Recipe I tried last week:
Honey & Ginger Pork

In the craft basket:
I need to measure up a window for more curtains, but that is not sewing as such

Looking forward to:
Our new dog kennel being built

Homemaking Tip for this week:
Hollow doors have a solid piece around the edge that you can screw things into

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
Ups and downs by Debby, my friend from two forums, a Kiwi married to a South African late of England, who has settled in New Zealand again and having an adventure at their very new place

Favorite photo from last week:



This photo taken on Thursday, now it is raining on Sunday and only 12oC.

Lesson learned the past few days:
Sometimes you don't know how distressed people are

On my Prayer List:
I prayed but again I can't remember who it was for

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Titus 2:4, an interesting thing about love again in a novel, maybe Amethyst by Lauraine Snelling

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Back to Basics Challenge


Sowing seed or Planting


My daughter planted some lachenalias that were already shooting, a present from MIL. One of our neighbours has a square garden in the front lawn bordered in red ones, very pretty, I think when nothing much else is flowering.

My husband got two catepillars from a broccoli plant, that does look rather chewed.

Planning for The Future - meal planning, the next seasons garden plan, working out storage plans or more long term goals and projects like plans for digging root cellars


I have started printing the recipes I will use this week or two weeks. I am in two houses, haven't bought duplicate spices for the second house yet. Not sure if that is the best plan. However, I plan to cart the recipes around in the spare handbag I take between houses with my glasses etc. in it. That way I will know what it needed for that night and make sure I have it whereever I am. Last night we could have done with some salt!

Working for the Future - storing food, managing stores, preserving, building that home made cob or solar oven, adding house insulation, saving for manual grain mills etc


Picked up our second load of free straw on the side of the road.

Put up towel rails in the shower room and toilet room. Reused the ends and bought new chrome pipe. Sealed up more gaps that the mice could be coming in from.




This wall and door doesn't look much, but when we first got the house, the door was that aqua colour and the paint looked old like it may have had lead in it. My husband painted it so the towels wouldn't pick up the paint that wasn't stable. I have since learnt from a public toilet that these bricks look good tiled over. Tiles would make this house look really nice. We haven't ever done much tiling.

Did some work on the top cupboards in the kitchen.

My husband and son and middle daughter got another trailer load of wood for our old house for days we visit during the winter.

My husband has been working on making the louvre windows in the laundry less breezy. He also has looked in his key collection for locks on our bedroom so I can use the bathroom that is adjoining. It doesn't have a door on our bedroom side. We have one to fit but haven't done that yet.

My husband asked a work mate how to fix our blocked toilet. Thankfully it worked saving $400. It was a particular septic tank thing a place where things get caught.

Building Community - volunteering, donations, joining an existing community group, forming your own community group, taking a cake to a friend having a hard time, calling someone you just let drift out of your life, etc


My daughter tried on some shorts for me, and we got a bag and my husband took the shorts to the op-shop.

Learn a new Skill


I have been learning about baking with coconut milk. See some more about it here.



This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook ~ April 27



FOR TODAY Saturday...

Outside my window... I have just closed the blinds, it is only 5.30pm

I am thinking... I hope my husband feels settled soon, we have had near disasters, but I think we are getting there. Well setbacks would be more the word. I don't know how I did all the organising to live in two houses in 2003

I am thankful for... we were able to fix the car. It runs on LPG and would cost $30 extra a week to run on petrol to work which would have been too much. If my husband wasn't able to fix it himself it would have been very inconvenient possibly leaving the car 1 1/2 hours away possible for a week

From the kitchen... good question, I think we have the ingredients for spaghetti bolognaise for our first sleepover night at this house

I am wearing... my good jeans are no longer wearable, two holes have appeared, so op-shop jeans today with polar fleece and t-shirt

I am creating... a place for the dog kennel to go, we have put it in place

I am going... to our old house one day so we can have our evening meal there

I am reading... Annette Smith, Charlotte Leaves The Light On

I am hoping... everything falls into place, maybe I need two fridges, I don't know; things like that

I am hearing... music while our second son does his VCE homework

Around the house... some stick on hooks were put in the girls room to hold their clock and their calendar

One of my favorite things... a doona cover I hope to buy in a few weeks, I hope I can get that organised, it matches my new room, I know I mentioned it last week, still hoping

A few plans for the rest of the week: my calendar isn't here, which must be a disadvantage, maybe I can pick it up tomorrow, maybe organising the kids to go on the bus

Here is picture thought I am sharing... I think this was taken last weekend. It is a lot different, first Thursday was smokey, today Saturday it is raining. I think the trees had more colour as we came past today.



This meme can be found at The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Skywatch Friday ~ April 24









These photos were taken yesterday. There is burning off in the area, not sure if you can see the smoke in these shots.

Home of Skywatch Friday here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday


On my bedside table:
Amethyst, by Lauraine Snelling

On my TV:
A science show was the last thing I remember on it

On the menu for tonight:
We just finished a pork stir fry, Honey & Ginger Pork

On my To Do list:
food shopping

New Recipe I tried last week:
a salad made with chorizos, Curried Brown Rice & Lentil Salad
It could have done with lettuce etc. on the side.

In the craft basket:
my son is making a design for a t-shirt with Pikachu on it

Looking forward to:
Things being settled for the winter ahead, some sort of routine

Homemaking Tip for this week:
I had one, need to write it down when I think of it

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
Still not reading many blogs. I remembered later I enjoyed this Rag Rug Tutorial.

Favorite photo from last week:
Will add it in when I can, have been taking photos of the sunsets affected by smoke from burning off



Lesson learned the past few days:
I am going to fill this in when I get to my computer next.

On my Prayer List:

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

This meme is from Sandra's blog. Please click graphic to visit.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Today's Flowers ~ All Things Red





Walking around the garden today to get the flowers, I also had an unexpected surprise. It was having a feast in the cotoneaster. This is our day at the new house. However we have to go home until the weekend. Maybe by next weekend things will have improved and we can stay in our own beds which have been moved. We are ringing the septic tank people tomorrow, it didn't improve. Our phone is working at home again.




Friday, April 17, 2009

Belinda's Back to Basics Challenge


Sowing seed or Planting


The girls planted some miniature sweet pea seeds. We harvested some of the jam melons. There is a large one still out there. The girls have been picking more raspberries.




We tied up our bay tree.



Planning for The Future - meal planning, the next seasons garden plan, working out storage plans or more long term goals and projects like plans for digging root cellars


We have been ringing different people to pump out our septic tank. There are lots of different towns to try. The one we think we are using has to drive 1 1/2 hours. If we do move this weekend I hope it is OK for awhile. Our phone is not working at our old house and we can't leave a message for them to ring there. The phone company has a guarantee, but they are applying for a waiver for our area. Apparently it was affected by lightening strike. We have been using a Telecard that is charged to our home phone at the phonebox down the street.

I had to cancel three dancing classes for my girls so we can move here. We have decided one day a week to have tea/dinner at our current or old house so one daughter can go to gym and the other hospitality classes. We will light the heater in the morning, I will travel with them, and stay there during the day. I could visit the library and tidy our remaining posessions etc. or just shop or whatever.

Everyday I have been reviewing the plans for managing how we are living. I am roughly following a model we used in 2003 when we lived in a rental and had our own home. We had two sets of things in the kitchen for example.

My ILs visited for the Easter break. They gave our middle daughter a dress that can be used for the reenactment sometimes drama students take part in. If she is doing drama in the early part of next year she will have a dress for the community event.

Working for the Future - storing food, managing stores, preserving, building that home made cob or solar oven, adding house insulation, saving for manual grain mills etc


We put some wood at both houses for heating that we cut ourselves. We borrowed a bigger trailer but it was a struggle for the car to go up a very steep hill after the near cooking the motor last summer, we need to get the radiator flushed. This is some of the wood, the rest is in the shed nearby.


Weeding and mulching using free mulch that would have gone to waste on the side of the road. It is not easy to buy straw here, so very thankful for it.



My husband bought the screws for the kitchen drawers and some catches as well. We have a mouse, and I don't want the cupboards flapping if I get brave and move soon. Even though the cupboard fronts themselves need resealing, we are finding we could be here forever fine tuning things. It would be nice though.



Building Community - volunteering, donations, joining an existing community group, forming your own community group, taking a cake to a friend having a hard time, calling someone you just let drift out of your life, etc


Have donated a bag of clothes, still lots to do with trying on clothes on our youngest.

Learn a new Skill


My husband revisited blind hemming on our machine. This time it turned out differently to last time! However, I think it is right now. I gave him a worn out pair of similar school pants to practice on. So instead of the skirt I was to hand sew, our daughter will be wearing the pants.



This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Simple Woman's Daybook ~ April 20


FOR TODAY Friday...

Outside my window... a new view today, from a different house. A spice bush that was planning to be under that particular window in September 2007. Now it seems to be quite large and cheery looking. I look forward to seeing the flowers soon, if the buds are not already there

I am thinking... wondering how it was really like for my eldest's 21st birthday, I hope he enjoyed it

I am thankful for... I was thinking this this morning, now it seems I have forgotten.

From the kitchen... still more left-overs

I am wearing... same as last week: my good jeans and t-shirt and a very old but practical cardigan

I am creating... a winter wardrobe, just sorting, I had one bag go to the op-shop today

I am going... food shopping, back and forth

I am reading... nothing until the library gets in some more books, hopefully Tuesday

I am hoping... I am not silly about the way I have gone about the moving and managing two homes, and sales/rental or whatever we are doing

I am hearing... the keyboard being played by my second son who is 18

Around the house... the girls are assembling their beds. The first time they wanted to move their beds themselves, or rather our middle daughter, I was aghast. I let her do it though, and it has turned out handy for our move, she is quite happy taking it apart and putting it together

One of my favorite things... hopefully my new doona cover for my new room, hopefully I can afford it because it is a good match and not too expensive. I have needed a new doona cover and was waiting until I found the right one. It is on page 16 & 17 of this catalogue. It is to match this wall, but not the entry.

A few plans for the rest of the week: maybe moving the dog kennel, it is so heavy

Here is picture thought I am sharing... pineapple sage & mondo grass, we have been doing some gardening, and this is the free straw. There was a large damaged bale on the side of the road. The next day is was nearly all unrolled. We picked up some in the trailer and piled it up high.




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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday


On my bedside table:
Secrets on the Wind by Stephanie Grace Whitson

On my TV:
Little House On The Prairie (2005), in six parts. It is on Prime about lunchtime. It has the actress that played the adult Missy from the Janette Oke series. She does an excellent job of playing Caroline.

On the menu for tonight:
Left-overs from what my MIL made us for lunch, sausage pasta.

On my To Do list:
To get the cord so I can put more photos on my computer in its new location.

New Recipe I tried last week:
Tomato, Pancetta & Broad Bean or Fava Bean Pasta

In the craft basket:
same skirt, same hem.

Looking forward to:
My weeding being finished

Homemaking Tip for this week:
If you have one of those thick wire like towel hangers on the back of the door, attach pegs to it to keep "people" from pulling on the towel, I haven't had one for awhile, trying it out in my new house

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
I have been basically off line for a week or less, so nothing comes to mind

Favorite photo from last week:



Lesson learned the past few days:
I am not sure

On my Prayer List:
I have been praying, but again, I can't remember off the top of my head.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Phillipians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.", from the above novel, which gives a clearer meaning of it to me.

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Back to Basics Challenge


Sowing seed or Planting


We hope to plant some sweet pea seeds.
Planning for The Future - meal planning, the next seasons garden plan, working out storage plans or more long term goals and projects like plans for digging root cellars


I found there was a spice we ran out of when making the turmeric pancakes, I think it was garam masala, so have started a shopping list with it at the top, and then bought it.

Made mental note to get two new light fittings for the front section of our newer house, as I noticed the baton on one, standard fitting has a piece of plastic broken off. This is the door that has a new doorknob we reused, however, I still have to work on getting it repaired, and have reminded my husband about glueing up the ceiling. My middle daughter and he got very industrious and it is now glued up. There is another damaged door (remember this is why we got the house cheap) and my husband has some masonite to fix it with. Originally he thought he would have to take the door apart to fix it.

I have since found the original curtain to this room, or nearby. It has all the colours in it, plus a green similar to what we have painted a bedroom. Maybe I will paint the doors that colour one day.


My husband went to where we get wood, and found there is some left. We will be able to start off without worrying about it. We will collect it soon. My husband dropped off his chainsaw for some maintenance. It is not too dry to use the chainsaw. He had to ask the owners permission because of worry about bushfires with the chainsaw.

I bought the ingredients for Raspberry & Coconut Loaf.
Working for the Future - storing food, managing stores, preserving, building that home made cob or solar oven, adding house insulation, saving for manual grain mills etc


I found somehow I ended up with a pumpkin extra, I accidently ordered another one I think. The first thing on the menu for the next fortnight I have worked out to be Fragrant Pumpkin & Lentil Curry. I think I may even swap the recipes around so the pumpkin is used up first.

I printed some recipes for raspberries. My middle daughter wants to make a cake. She ended up making these.

I am not sure when I was at the new house before Thursday, but before we left I think a parcel came for me containing ebay curtains. I tried it on the window, it was twice as wide and a good length next to the drapes. I got my husband to put up the wire, which we had planned out earlier I expect. A lot of things that we have planned out at the house are starting to come together. I guess we have been at it a long time. I have two more lace/net curtains to go. This particular one makes the house look more lived in. It gives a lot of privacy, it is near the front door.

Remember the chook/chicken house? It has been moved to the site I took a picture of. I saw the house from an angle where you can see a little into the backyard and you can see the lovely green fence all around, not the cage, and it looks pretty. So I am glad it has been moved. We had a gate that didn't open from the drive, it works now, and I walked through the bushes where the cage used to be, the other way to the path was planted out with a buddleia before the previous owner left. I ended up standing in front of the pond stranded. But it was fun! Hopefully we can move the buddleia.

The edges of the kitchen benches got finished with the painting.

Building Community - volunteering, donations, joining an existing community group, forming your own community group, taking a cake to a friend having a hard time, calling someone you just let drift out of your life, etc


We found the mobile library in the town of our new house when I came by with the groceries. The girls took my card and borrowed some movies. I ended up taking the groceries home after seeing the newly washed masonite in the kitchen. We have since bought some contact. However it is a beige pattern, not very modern.

The three bags of clothes got dropped off at the op-shop.

Learn a new Skill


Learning the art of moving house again.

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook ~ April 13


FOR TODAY Friday...

Outside my window... it is dark again

I am thinking... I wish you didn't have to turn off one broadband connection to get another

I am thankful for... my children's positive attitude

From the kitchen... Chilli Con Carne with rice

I am wearing... my good jeans and t-shirt and a very old but practical cardigan

I am creating... a new home

I am going... maybe to the holiday house my parents in law and sister in law and our niece are staying in

I am reading... Secrets on the Wind by Stephanie Grace Whitson, I have already read Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin

I am hoping... I make all the right decision about activities, moving, staging, the whole gammat

I am hearing... Austar or pay TV

Around the house... A very happy dog outside who has been playing with the girls all day. The girls named all 13 fish in the pond.

One of my favorite things... my little girl asking me what the A, G, N, and C and perhaps another letter where on the vintage anodised? canisters. I said something like Allspice, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinnamon.

A few plans for the rest of the week: trying to make the most of the week left of the school holidays by getting lots done

Here is picture thought I am sharing... the chicken/chook house is gone! Next job gardening and putting wood in the wood shed. Does anyone know where to buy line wire?


Simple Woman's Daybook home.

Skywatch Friday ~ April 10



I am unsure if I haven't been watching the sunsets, or they are more lovely this time of year. I remember starting Skywatch sometime around May? To put it more positively I know I saw the sky or sunsets last May and it was very nice. I think these photos were taken the same day as the sheep photo.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

That's My World Tuesday ~ April 7




These photos are of the Upper Murray river and nearby. Nearby is a great little IGA. The photos were taken in the last couple of days.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Older Women

Gathering At the Well


Titus 2:2 KJV "That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

3: The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

4. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

5. [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

6. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded."

When I read this today, I was thinking, basically that the older women are to be like the men, so they can teach the younger women. That how they are to be is so they can teach.

Looking around the web for this group of scripture I came across this:

In Tt 2:2-6, if Titus is to teach the older men, older women, and young men himself, why not teach the young women? They were saying it would give the appearance of evil for a man to teach a woman those things. Anyway this deserves further thought.

Someone serving the Lord should be producing the fruit of the Spirit which is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5: 22-23).


Self control

This article deals with self-control. I particularly like the part about appetites. It seems to fit in with simple living.

Restraining our Appetites

The final area I’ll mention has to do with restraining our appetites—and not just our appetites for food; it’s a matter of leisure and pleasure and indulgence of all kinds. The writer of Proverbs tells us that maturity in life is forgoing certain enjoyments, pleasures, and delights because they are not good for us at all. Proverbs 25:16 says, “When you’re given a box of candy, don’t gulp it all down; eat too much chocolate and you’ll make yourself sick” (the Message).

· Proverbs 2:12ff (NIV): Wisdom will save you from…the adulteress, from the wayward wife… who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.

· Proverbs 23:19-21 (NIV): Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

· Proverbs 21:17, 20 (NIV): He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich…. In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.

· Proverbs 25:16 (NIV): If you find honey, eat just enough—too much of it, and you will vomit.

· Proverbs 25:27 (NIV): It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor.

· Proverbs 30:20 (NIV): This is the way of an adulterous woman: she eats and wipes her mouth, and says, “I have done no wickedness.

http://www.donelson.org/pocket/pp-050925.html

Which brings me to the questions of the day:

How are you doing as an older woman?

Do you live in a way that is appropriate for someone serving the Lord?

How is your speech, your attitude?

Are you producing the fruits of the Spirit in your life?

I am over 45. I am in the second half of my life, which is the older half. I still have children at home, one grown son, and three girls. You may read Proverbs 2:12 & 30:20 and think that is pie in the sky, but it is real. It could easily be explained as nothing. Without the person doing anything or very little, to bring this on herself. The alternative can literally stare you in the face while going about your daily duties of conservative wife and SAHM. It will appear like your own husband and basically just cut in. The person can be dismissed but the experience still there, and you will not know if they were serious or not. Unless we go around looking at the floor and not using our manners, self-control must come into play after the fact I suppose.

In our society also apart from "I have done no wickness" where things seem natural and what everyone does, there is also the wineries and the eateries. Maybe it is OK if you don't get drunk I don't know.

I do like having to have less, because it does teach self-control. It is a blessing in disguise.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ April 6


On my bedside table:
Haven't started the Lynn Austin novel yet.

On my TV:
I have been watching Grand Designs, Selling Houses Australia

On the menu for tonight:
Spanish Rice with Pumpkin, Chickpeas & Chorizo

On my To Do list:
To organise a BBQ for our eldest's 21st birthday present, well rather the money so he can buy one

New Recipe I tried last week:
Lamb, Broccoli, Chilli & Mint Stir-fry

In the craft basket:
Altering school and home clothes

Looking forward to:
making a quick mix cake with fresh raspberries, Raspberry & Coconut Loaf

Homemaking Tip for this week:
Try buying curtains from ebay.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
I read this post and meant to get back to comment, it is called I Love the library

Favorite photo from last week:

Photobucket

Lesson learned the past few days:
If you click on a photo in a draft post and then click centre it will centre the photo

On my Prayer List:
I have forgotten who I prayed for, sorry.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Matthew 11:28-30

This meme is from Sandra's blog.