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Monday, August 27, 2007

Monday at Home

Today was very long and I'm ready for bed. I am doubling up on my chores since I'm out of the house on Tuesday and Thursday. Right now I leave at 11:40 but starting next Tuesday it will be around 9:30-9:40. I did laundry today and vacuumed and dusted downstairs. My house is the dustiest! I'm not sure where it all comes from but I can't miss a week or it looks baaaaaad. Julianne's main job today was to clean the gerbil cage. They are now happy in their new fluffy home.

After lunch I did major grocery shopping. I went through the sale papers yesterday and made a list of all the places I needed to go. I also got a call from a friend who has a hurting foot; she wanted me to drop off some stamping supplies so she could be productive while she had to stay off her feet!

I have been reading Like Merchant Ships lately and have been inspired by her entries of various frugal finds. I noticed she talked about saving at drugstores. I have never really paid much attention to the local drugstores around here (Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens) and usually just through their sales ad away without even looking at it. This week I found a good bargain at CVS. They were having a Buy One, Get One Free sale on their deodorant; a brand we use and I had a coupon for it. So I got one free and other was 75 cents off the regular price. The CVS is right down the street so I didn't go out of my way. Another good deal I found at Walgreen's is for Softsoap for 99 cents, good but even better because I have a 35 cents off coupon. It wasn't on my way today but will be later in the week. RiteAid didn't have anything I needed but I am going to keep checking every week. I didn't know there were these bargains out there. Every penny counts these day!!

I have more bargains to share but I'm fading fast so it will have to be another time. Good night!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

O Happy Day!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Surprise Muffins


I made these this morning for Julianne's bowling banquet. No really a banquet--each family had to bring something to share. Trophies were given out but we didn't stay for the free bowling.

These muffins are easy to make and only take twenty minutes to cook. An easy-to-d0-recipe even when I'm first up in the morning!! I always double the recipe because twelve muffins just don't last long between five people.

Surprise Muffins
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 vegetable oil
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
strawberry or raspberry jam (any flavor of jam, really)

Heat oven to 400*. Grease bottoms only of 12 medium muffins cups. Beat egg; stir in milk and oil. Stir in remaining ingredients all at once just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Fill muffins cups about half full. Spoon 1 teaspoon strawberry jam onto batter in each cup; top with enough batter to fill cups about 3/4 full. Bake until golden brown; about 20 minutes. Immediately remove from pan.

Enjoy!

Friday, August 17, 2007

What A Storm!!


Last night we had the biggest thunderstorm I have ever experienced. It started about the time Julianne and I came home from karate. We got home at almost 8 pm. The rain and the lightning were like that pink bunny.....it just kept going and going and going! I went to bed around 1 am and it was still storming. I remember lying in bed and thinking that it should stop soon. I think I fell asleep around 2 am. I woke up later and looked at my clock. It was about 3:30 and it was still lightning bit I couldn't tell if it had stopped raining. I fell back asleep so I have no idea how long the storm went on. But I know it was at least 7.5 hours!!! We are expecting more this afternoon but not as severe. We shall see! Last night's storms weren't supposed to be severe either!

This morning everything is so clean and green. It's amazing what a difference rain can make. I have some Rose of Sharons out front that were not doing well at all. One of them completely dropped their leaves. I tried to keep them watered but they were usually drooping again in a few hours. But this morning they are green, green, green! And so is our grass. God's rain is just what we needed.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Living Water

I forgot to water my hanging flower baskets yesterday and when I went out this morning, they were drooping. If I don't water them everyday, they become wilted. Their flower heads will hang low and their leaves will become flat. If I water them everyday, they are bright and perky even in this 100 degree heat.

Isn't that how we are in our Christian lives when we neglect the Word of God? Everyday we need the Living Water. He is the only one who can quench our thirst. With a daily dose of His Word we can be better prepared to withstand the heat of trials and temptations. Don't neglect the life-giving water of God's Word in the busyness of the day. He is what matters most!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Still Around

I know I haven't posted lately and wanted to say that I am still around but busy. Julianne is an assistant for our church's Backyard Bible Clubs this summer so I have been driving her to and from the various club locations. Our last club was Friday. She did a great job of telling the missionary story each day, playing games, helping the main teacher, etc. I'm very proud of her!!
We also served at the homeless ministry this week on one of the hottest days of the year. Even though the kitchen isn't air conditioned we were thankful for the fans that were blowing the heat away. We served almost 100 men, women and children! It is such a blessing to be able to serve the Lord in this way.

On the 21st I will be going back to babysitting two days a week. I am also going to be homeschooling the little boy. He will be turning 5 in November but he's not ready for kindergarten so I'll be teaching him numbers, letters, colors, shapes, etc. I'm going to use the preschool workbooks from Rod and Staff. These books are so sweet and such a gentle way to introduce "school". I'm looking forward to using them again. I have all the ones that Julianne did put away to look at again when I'm old :-)!!!!

I'm feeling a little pressure to get all my summer projects accomplished before I start working. Julianne will be taking a math and science class this year at a local homeschool co-op. Thankfully it is on the same days that I work and in the same general area. I will be able to drop her off and then go to work. I'm still working out the details about picking her up from school.

I will probably continue to be a little scarce around here while I work on lesson plans for Julianne, finish up my summer projects and prepare for the coming season of work and routine. More on that later........

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Something to look forward to........


The Complete Jane Austen coming this January. Sneak peek here!!! They all look soooo good. I can't wait!!