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Friday Favorites…

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I shared a few of these on my Facebook Page this week…but if you don’t follow me there, here are my favorite links/stories from the week… Surround Yourself With More Books Than You Can Possibly Read. I’m excited about this because the library sale was last week and of course I aded a stack of new books to my already unshelved books (because I’m our of shelf space). A new (youth) Hostel in the Pittsburgh area. I have some great memories staying in hostels in London, Ireland and Scotland when I…read more

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January Titles

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I used to photograph every book I was reading and post them to a Facebook folder.  I succeeded in all of 2015 and made it most of the way in 2016. I’m trying something new this year.  At the end of each month, I’ll blog about the titles I read that month.  The most note-worthy reads will include a photo (this will help me remember my favorites for my end-of-the-year favorite books post).   You can follow me on Goodreads if you don’t want to wait until the end of the…read more

What is Saving Your Life now?

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Modern Mrs Darcy reminded me this morning of a great question that Barbara Brown Taylor was given to answer in a speech she was giving.  Brown writes about this experience in her eye-opening and soul-soothing novel, Leaving Church.  I agree that it is one question that is good for us to return to often.  Especially in these winter months (I seem to not be able to write about winter without using the word, “bleak”). Here is what is Saving my Life Right now: Shared Hygge, with friends who get it…read more

a list. because….writer’s block.

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Making : christmas ornaments.  i’m cross-stitching old-world santas for ornaments, beginning to gather material for a christmas tree quilt, and crocheting snowflakes. also, i’m pinning several projects for making cone-shaped christmas trees. and i’m already counting the days until the day after thanksgiving so i can begin decorating again. i think i have a problem. Cooking : in my new Instant Pot. this week, i made an indian meal that actually tasted restaurant-worthy.  Butter Chicken (Kenny calls it Chicken Makhni) with rice and naan for the gluten-eaters. Drinking : coffee now….read more

Vanilla Chia Flax Oats

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This is really for me to remember this recipe as I made it up on a whim this morning, and it turned out great!  I was at Sams Club yesterday and passed by this delicious-looking breakfast treat:   The main ingredient (rye flakes) has gluten, so I couldn’t purchase it.  Sigh. And of course, I woke up this morning still thinking about how delicious it would be – all those nutty, wholesome, delicious flavors bursting with protein. So I gathered my ingredients and came up with my own. And it…read more

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a kitchen renovation, a long time in the making…

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this is a story of a kitchen that just wasn’t working for us.  now, the kitchen is what sold me on the house in the first place when we bought it 9 1/2 years ago, but we knew right away that we would be re-doing it eventually. our kitchen does a lot.  we cook, eat, socialize, and school in it.  it’s the warmest room in the house during the winter months.  but it was just so….ugly. go ahead and take a look at these before photos (pardon the dark first…read more

Happy Birthday, Adam!

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This little guy, the baby of the family, turns 9 today.  He is 100% country boy: born and raised completely out here in cow-country.  He’s not a typical country boy, though.  He is fierce on the soccer field, loves video games, and has dance moves that we hope he uses on stage some day.  🙂 Happy 9th Birthday, Adam Henry Smith!                  

vacation, summer, and back-to-life-ness

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we recently returned from a too-short, but refreshing trip to visit friends in Savannah, GA, where the sun never seems to stop shining, chameleons roam freely in backyards, and the hauntingly beautiful spanish moss hangs in thick canopies providing never-ending shade. the weather here at home is still turning, slowly, from spring to summer. it’s a gradual transition, so to drive 12.5 hours south and be in full-on summer weather was a bit of a shock to the system. it’s been spring/summer in GA since february, and their vegetable and…read more

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lambing season: it’s a wrap!

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 …at least we hope so!  we have one more ewe, but we do not think she is pregnant. or if she is, she is a month away from lambing because she is showing no visible signs of carrying. it is possible that we could have a late may/early june baby from her, but we are hoping that lambing season is done. this season has been a doozy! our last set of twins was born without our assistance (what we were hoping for!), but it also happened at the crack of…read more

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