Saturday, November 29, 2008
BOSTON BROWN BREAD
1 c. raisins
3 c. water
2 c. sugar
4 T. shortening
5 c. flour
4 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
Bring water and raisins to a boil in large saucepan. Turn off heat. Add sugar and shortening. Sift together dry ingredients. Add to raisin mixture. Beat well making sure no large lumps remain. Bake in 6 greased cans at 350° for 1 hour.
I took the kids out to Webster this afternoon. I went in Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, and the grocery stores. I don't suppose I am the only one who visits more than one store for groceries. Aldi is great for basics like juice, crackers, and breakfast items (bacon, sausage, frozen tators...), BJ's is like Costco, and I like to buy meat, cheese, and things like hot chocolate or other bulk items in there, and finally Wegman's, the hometown grocery chain, where I buy most of what we really want or need. I rarely shop in Williamson as the grocery store here seems very expensive. With gas prices down it's well worth it to drive to the better stores.
I'm cooking up another pot of turkey soup for supper. We had some last night and it was very good. I'm not sure what I did different this year but this is the best turkey soup I've ever made. Want a taste?
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Last night we went to church and people had a chance to get up and share a moment of Thanksgiving. I thought about getting up but am still somewhat reserved and so remained in my seat. My son, Dave, got up and thanked the Lord for the opportunity to lead the junior high group at church and the blessing of God teaching him as he prepares the lessons. Had I been braver I would have gotten up and shared that I am thankful God answers prayer and not only that, but He gives encouragement along the way and keeps us trusting in Him. Years ago when my son was struggling, God brought me to my knees and showed me that He really does care personally about me, about my family, and about my son. At one particular time I was reading through the book of Psalms. Each night before I went to sleep I would read a chapter or two, but one night I was particularly tired and discouraged. I didn't feel like reading my Bible. I just wanted to go to sleep, yet I felt as though the Lord was saying, "Read, Martha. I have something special for you tonight." I opened my Bible and turned to the next chapter, Psalm 132. The very first verse says, "LORD, remember David and all his afflictions." In the midst of a mother's struggle to have faith that God would carry her son through, He gave me a verse, a promise that He hadn't forgotten my boy and courage to keep on trusting. Today I am overwhelmed by the power of prayer and a God who loves each one of us in an intimate manner. He truly is good!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tomorrow is the big day. We'll have a turkey of our own on the table, complete with all the trimmings. I baked three pumpkin pies today and a batch of Boston brown bread. Tomorrow I shall stuff the turkey and pop it into the oven. I am looking forward to a wonderful day surrounded by my family. Mom and Dad will be here and most of our kids. I hope Jim gets a big piece of pumpkin pie tomorrow. He'll be spending Thanksgiving in Minnesota, probably with his friend Dan.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
This weekend I sent out my email list of school books. I've had two responses and also took a bag to church. One response came by way of a phone call this morning. "You don't know me," said the voice on the other end... She told me her mother would be passing my way and could pick up the books this morning. During the course of our conversation she mentioned that she had grown up in Webster but now lived on the opposite side of Rochester. I gave her directions to my house and asked her name. She told me her mother's name... Marie Richards. Now I must say, I have this strange and uncanny way of recalling names and faces from my past and "Marie Richards" rang a bell. "Wait a minute," I said, "I know who you are." I told her my maiden name but she didn't think it was familiar. No surprise to me, I hadn't actually known the daughter. I knew WHO she was, but we were both rather quiet and shy and she was two years older than me. Her mother, on the other hand, was one of those loud, effervescent, friendly individuals, one who everyone tends to notice. They went to a church in my hometown, one where my parents had friends and often visited. Marie led the Missionettes group at her church and also ministered to a family of children who ended up in foster care in our home. When I was in third grade, Marie was my best friend's step-father's step mother (figure that out...). I find it amazing how the world is full of people who are bound to each other by tiny threads of familiarity. I enjoyed my short visit with Marie who is eighty years old and claims to "never get tired". We talked of our connections, she gave me several hugs and the boys helped her by carrying the books out to her car. Today I am thankful for late morning visitor who shines the love of Jesus and is not ashamed.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The wind was bitterly cold today. Normally I would choose to stay inside my toasty warm house, venturing out only to gather some firewood or perhaps to let Sofie relieve herself, but today was my day to go shopping so out into the cold wind I went. Ben and Hannah came along because, not only do they need socialization (ha ha), but they also enjoy my company. In spite of our dire economy, the parking lots were packed with cars and the stores with people. We made several stops ourselves, nearly every one requiring a long walk from the car to the relative safety of the store. Now, several hours later I am blessed with another case of chapped lips. Such is the joy of the winter wind and the reason I like to take photos from the doors or windows of my house. I would buy myself a ski mask but I don't think any of the banks or stores I frequent would take kindly to my wearing it.
Josh came to play tonight. His mommy and daddy went out shopping together. Josh wandered around the house, called Sofie a kitty, checked out the cupboard doors, and played with some cars. I decided to get the play dishes out of the toy cabinet and Josh and I cooked up a storm! It's never too early to teach a man to cook just in case he moves far away someday and finds himself in need of cullinary skills. Josh is off to a great start and enjoying every minute of it. Grandmanita, you would be proud!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Cold weather is also great for doing inside projects. Maybe I will be inspired to get some things made for Christmas. I still have a Nativity to finish (just the wise men) and I would love to paint some puzzles too. Maybe I'll work on some scrapbooks or photo albums. Or... maybe I'll take a nap.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Dad had provided little detail and hadn't called either of my sisters. I considered what to do. I had no idea of her problem or condition but an ambulance sounded serious so I decided I needed to call Priscilla and Rachel. By the time we reached the hospital James' cell phone was ringing. It was Ben on the other end saying Grandpa had called and he was taking Grandma back home. Rachel was with us but I had no way to reach Priscilla. (I need to gather some cell phone numbers.) On the way home we stopped at Mom and Dad's house. There was no car in the driveway, just tire tracks and footprints. I still have no idea what happened or why they weren't home when we went back. I'm hoping someone will eventually call to fill me in.
That's me in the picture. I was just getting to know this soft, strong, woman who was my mother and she was just getting to know the tiny, bald person who was her first daughter.
UPDATE- Mom's heart was racing this morning. They called the ambulance and the EMT's agreed her heart rate was much too fast so they took her to the hospital. Once they had her heartbeat slowed down and under control, they started proceedings to have her released and Dad went home to get her some clothes. Priscilla was fortunate to find them in the emergency department but had an old cell phone number for James and none for Rachel. She decided to go out wait for us to let us know what was going on when we arrived. Having been told Mom was gone, of course we never arrived and Mom and Dad left while Priscilla waited. She did finally call here, got a new cell number from the kids, and then went to our parent's house to visit afterward. So, for now all is well and we have learned that we need to keep updated cell phone numbers in case of another emergency.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Find the 6th folder in your pictures directory and post the 6th photo in it.
So here are the instructions:
* Go to your sixth picture folder then pick your sixth picture.
* Pray that you remember the details.
* Post it on your blog.
* Tag 5 others, leave a comment to let them know they’ve been tagged.
(I must admit that my picture folder probably isn't in quite the order that some of yours are. I have my own "Mom's Folder" for all my stuff and decided I had to put things in order before I could figure out which picture to post, so I clicked "arrange icons by name" to find both the folder and the photo.)
These two little shacks stood on the shore of Lake Ontario about a mile north of our house. I blogged about them almost two years ago. I found it somehow comforting that they stood side by side, but in more recent days one of the buildings has disappeared. I don't know how or why but now one stands alone looking cold and lonely. One day soon I'm sure it will be gone too, maybe replaced by another edifice more stately than itself. I'm glad I took the time to stop for a quick photo nearly two years ago.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Today was a dreary rainy day but I had no small children. I decided to go out shopping. On my way to Webster I dropped My Darling off at Dave and Leta's house so he could help Dave with some home repairs. Leta had planned to go shopping too so we went out together (along with Ben and Hannah). It was a nice day in spite of the rain. We enjoyed our time together, returned a few baby things and picked up a crib mattress for the baby. After stops at Walmart, Target, and the bank, we headed for Wegman's to do a bit of grocery shopping.
Tonight I am cookin' up a pot of chili and plan to watch Ben Hur with my family. I think I will plant my rear end on the couch next to My Darling and relax for the evening.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Today is Benjamin's fifteenth birthday. Because he was born on Veteran's Day, he always gets a day off school and a chance to get together with a friend or two. Unfortunately, his mother is a little slow when it comes to planning so, although he has a couple friends coming, I'm not sure exactly what they are going to do.
Ben was born on 11-11 at 11:13 am. The doctor asked me if I could "wait a couple minutes while he got his blue clothes". I figured I had already waited an extra week so what were a couple more minutes going to hurt. Little did I know I would miss the "magic time" by two minutes. I tried with all my might, to the point of my neck being covered with tiny red dots, but he was still two minutes late. To my relief he did not weigh 11 lbs 11 oz, just a healthy 9-12. OUCH!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Someone is bound to ask me who they are... Do you think I should tell or just let them wonder?
Thursday, November 06, 2008
What a mean thing to say but then we aren't always kind, are we? I've been thinking a little bit about President Bush and how so many people are quite anxious to see him move out of the White House to make room for Mr. Obama and "Change". Lots of folks are very upset with how Mr. Bush has run the country the past eight years but I can't for the life of me see anything he is totally responsible for that is so deserving of their disdain. I for one would like to thank him for keeping watch over our country since 9-11, for standing firm on Christian values, and for not giving up as the pressures have mounted. Maybe living five miles from a boarder nuclear power plant makes me think a little more about terrorists. Call me foolish and naive but I am proud to have had him as our President.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Josh came to visit today so we took some pictures. This morning we played toys, old toys, because they're the best. I found these two school buses on ebay. I think they're wonderful!
This afternoon we went outside for some fresh air, sunshine, and leaves. We took a walk around the yard and stopped across the street to say hello to "Grandpa Bob".
When we came back Nathan was raking leaves. Josh helped by walking through and sitting in the pile. Of course he had a little help getting in there
Aside from a ball, Josh's favorite thing is sticks. He wants to be a hockey player like his daddy when he grows up so he got in a bit of practice with the leaf rake.
Once in a great while I catch Josh with a smile on his face. He's usually too quick for the camera, but I got him this time.
Oh, and it was great weather for my little sister's fortieth birthday! Hope it was a great one, Rachel!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
I am looking forward to the Presidential election being over. I hate election years. Tomorrow I will go to the fire station and cast my vote. It is my right and my responsibility, but I sure hate the awful stuff that goes along with it and sometimes have to shake my head and wonder at the candidates. The decision was not difficult to make and no amount of campaigning will cause me to change my mind, I just pray that God's will be done and trust Him to take care of the rest. (Okay, I'm still learning the trust part, but I've come a long way.)
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Although the temperatures are dropping and the days are growing short, there are great things to look forward to. With Halloween over, I can look at the harvest season in a new light. The pumpkins remain on the doorsteps and scarecrows still grace front yards and markets. Now it is time for Pilgrims and Indians (I still call them that), turkeys and mashed potatoes, apple pies and horns of plenty. A bushel of apples waits on my back porch and I'm beginning to wonder if we should make applesauce cake for the shower Bethany has planned for Leta next Sunday afternoon. I guess I am looking forward to doing some indoor projects without the guilt of feeling like I am wasting a good day staying in the house. Baking, canning, painting, and crafting are so much easier when the weather is cold and dreary. Christmas is right around the corner and I need to gather my ideas and start my preparations now.