Monthly Archives: July, 2010

the 3 p’s


you have to have all three to play golf.



on things making me

anticipation of time away with my husband and kids

a new to us car so my kids can ride safely with their dad

orders for bread that so i don’t have to bake in the sun at farmer’s market

the promise of a new school year

my faith that God is good and will provide

home ec

we all had to take that class in middle school. you, know the one where you had to cook and sew. i have vivid memories of my teacher, ms. jones, standing over me with the ripper in hand informing me that my seams were not straight on my caterpillar and i would HAVE to rip it out and start over. that was 20+ years ago, i still have not recovered, but today i took one step towards owning my fear of sewing. i asked to borrow this.

from my mom, the queen of sewing. she has sewn just about everything from lunch bags to dance costumes. this is one of four that live at her house. she has taught my daughter to sew, a gift that i can never repay. now, it’s my turn to learn from both of them. we made a stop at the thrift shop today for some fabric and came away with some vintage prints, some beautiful needlework that i hope i can reclaim and turn into something new, and a few vintage table cloths.

i sewed one seam tonight. it wasn’t straight but jenna cheered me on and told me i did a good job. she’s heard that somewhere before. thanks, mom, you’ve taught her well.

“for you mom..”


i had promised clark that if he helped me with the jam and jelly fest yesterday that he could work outside in the garden today. as this morning brought a cooler day than we’ve had in weeks, he decided that he would rather us do something as a family.

we decided that taking the canoe for a spin sounded like fun, we have already paddled our local creek and were ready for more of an adventure. we headed to an army corps of engineers lake about an hour and a half away. we didn’t leave here until about 11 am and were in the water scaring off wildlife by 1pm.

you have to realize that this kind of trip takes me WAY out of my comfort zone. i am a planner.  normally, we would have left the driveway by 8am, packed a well calculated-doesn’t need to be refridgerated-healthy-protein packed- paddling lunch. instead, i threw what i could find into a dry sack , filled a jug with water, grabbed our water bottles and we were off.

 you also have to realize that i.don’ i didn’t grow up going to the lake, i can’t see the bottom and critters live in them. needless to say, the ideas of hanging out at the lake with my family and my boat is starting to grow on me. we’ll definitely be going back with the camper, for the weekend.