Tuesday, February 16, 2021


 Looks like it's been a whole month since I last posted! Sorry for being so postally lazy! 

You might recall that a month ago I had just begun a 1,000 piece puzzle. Well, I finished it yesterday. Is that a long time to take on a puzzle? It was challenging and, of course, I was wondering all the while if all the pieces were there. Someone had made a note on the box that said the pieces were "All Here". Sure enough, they were! I may pass this along to Adam's mom who likes to do puzzles. I think it's rather striking and was thinking it might be fun to paint wood carvings. Probably won't, but it looks like it would be fun. :)

It turned out to be 29" by 19". 

It'll be good to have my table back! I think I've had enough of puzzles for a while.

I've been doing a lot of You Tube watching and reading, plus a little exercising. I've gained back a few pounds, so I'd better cut down on the snacking and do more of the exercising!

Is everyone staying warm? It's been well below zero, in our area, for the past couple of weeks. (-25 to -35 or so at night; staying below zero during the day.) Beginning today I think we're crawling above zero during the day. Hopefully we're coming out of the deep freeze and we'll be making our way toward spring. I know there's been some bad freezing rain and snow in Texas. I'm getting news from several family members down there. Rolling blackouts, single digit temps, snow and ice. Praying you can all stay home until the roads are safe and that your heat will stay on!

Good reading weather! I'll check on what you're all reading after I finish this blog post. I finished The God Who Is There by Francis Schaeffer. There's some good stuff in there, but I'll be the first to admit it was hard slogging for this old brain. By the way, I just ordered The Hidden Art of Homemaking by his wife, Edith Schaeffer. In fact, it looks like it was delivered to my post office box yesterday, so I'm looking forward to that. I read it MANY years ago when I was a young home schooling mom, and I remember loving it. I also ordered a copy of Appointment in Jerusalem by Lydia Prince which I read even longer ago and have wanted to re-read for a long time. Finally found a really cheap copy, so I grabbed it. Currently, I'm still working on Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher and Down the Garden Path by Beverley Nichols, because you have to have some sunshine along with your more serious books. :) I'm also still reading occasionally from Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, but that's a long term book. Kind of like reading an encyclopedia. Really interesting, but you need to take it in short bursts.

In Live Not by Lies Rod Dreher interviews many people who have lived under totalitarianism and is finding out how they survived with their Christian faith intact. A subject I've long been interested in and something we can learn from. I'm only a third of the way through it, but so far I recommend it!

I had thought that I might work my way back through my collection of Beverley Nichols books, but I may have too many others I want to read first!

Beverley Nichols...
I love reading about his English gardens and cottage. I am noticing, as I re-read Down the Garden Path, that he makes a slightly off color comment now and then. But on the whole, lovers of things English will find him charming.

Oh, and I finished The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek quite a while ago. It was a fascinating story, but darker than I was expecting.

 I'll finish up with my cards. I keep thinking I'll quit making them for a while, but then I see something that looks like it would be fun. I think I just like being involved with the group and having a deadline and a goal. :)

The Mushroom Swap:

The Yeti Swap:

The Rhyme Time Swap. For instance...
Dragon in a Wagon
Mermaid with a Lampshade
Map with a Flap

Map with a Flap...filled with (s)crap(s).
And a Norse Horse.

Children with Wings Swap: (Strange but true!)

Clearance Swap. Any cards you've made and didn't use in a swap for one reason or another. I never have extra cards, so I made some new ones.
I think this was just a Butterfly Swap:

These were also for the Clearance Swap.

The Green Houses Swap. (House shaped cards with a green theme.)

Postage Stamp ATC (Art themed stamp)

Flowers and Something Extra swap.

All the usual bird people are visiting. I had six big fat blue jays perching in the bare top of my bird feeder tree the other day. Of course, they refused to pose for a picture, but they looked so beautiful against the blue sky! I did get a few pics of Phil the Pil...and a little guy at the bottom of the tree, ha ha.

In my Bible study I've begun making myself an outline of each book. I don't know about you guys, but I've given up on memorizing scripture. It's a good thing to do, but my brain just doesn't retain it! So, I thought at least I could have an outline of each book so I can locate the teaching that I'm looking for. I'm sure someone has already done this and I'm doing it the hard way, but I think that's the point. Writing it down is part of the fun! I'm just putting the chapter number (circled) and then copying down the headings that the translators put in as a guide to find various stories. And, of course, I'm reading a few chapters each day. Trying to go very slowly and mull over each verse. Isn't it amazing how God can show you something new even though you've read a verse many times? Kinda supernatural, ya know? :)

Micah and I drove to Walmart on Valentine's Day evening while Adam was home with the kids. Best Valentine's Day present ever! We had a great time visiting, getting a Caribou, and doing our shopping. Adam's good about letting Micah get out of the house for some peace and quiet. She has quite a noisy brood around her all day. For us, a shopping trip is fun and quite exotic enough, ha ha.

Hope you are all well! Stay warm and may your homes and hearts be filled with the shalom of God! I'll be around to visit blogs soon! :)

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Greetings from up north!

 Hello, old friends! (Young old friends?) I sometimes wonder how long I've been doing this blog thing. I guess I could check, right? Aha! I see that I started my original blog (Backwoods Crazy Quilt) in January of 2009. And I moved over here in June of 2011. I think I had both going for a while and then just dropped the first one. It's still there, of course. I'm not much of one for rehashing history, so I don't go back and read it much, if at all. I like to look forward and live in the present. God brings us through so many hard things. I'm thankful He's brought us through and will continue until the day we meet Him face-to-face. Meanwhile, one day at a time is all He calls us to deal with! :)

Audrey's oral surgery went off without a hitch. The oral surgeon had to make a hole in the roof of her mouth to get to the "root of the problem" and then covered it with a synthetic skin graft. That has dissolved and she seems to be doing fine. 

Here's the happy crew a couple of days ago playing games on my Kindle. 

I was going to say that Hazel doesn't always make faces, but I guess she does enjoy doing that quite a bit.
For those of you who were very concerned about how my puzzle turned out (ha ha) here it is. Sans 5 pieces! I did find one piece under the box lid, so there were only 4 missing then. That's what I get for buying puzzles at the thrift store, ha ha.
Now I've begun this 1,000 piece puzzle. Someone made a note on the box that all the pieces are there. Hopefully nobody has used the puzzle since that note was added. 
I hope this will fit on the table by the time I finish it! Uncle Sam is only one of ten figures in the picture!
Not only did I finish a puzzle, I also finished this scarf that I've been piddling along on for ages. Completely knit stitched, because I'm a coward when it comes to knitting, ha! My next project might be an arm knitted infinity scarf, because it's much quicker!

See the orange blob in the middle of the photo? A snowmobile. They are whining past our place in large groups. They follow the road ditches here where there isn't a trail for them. A couple just came down the wrong side of the road and had to figure out what to do when they came to the huge pile of snow at the end of our driveway. Ha ha, serves 'em right! :) (They just went out on the road to get around it, but they're supposed to be in the ditch on the other side of the road.)
I'm still working on the two books I mentioned in my last post, but this one just arrived in the mail. I think one of my friends on Facebook recommended it. Looks interesting! I'll probably start it soon to counterbalance the theology books.
This morning's reading. Lord give us courage. We may not always have such a cushy Christian walk. 

And then there is a little artwork...
This is a 5x7 canvas I made for a monthly trade. I don't do this every month.
And a few starter cards I made for the Continuous Round Robin.  These were the last of my APC (Artist Playing Card) series, so now I just sit back and wait to get my finished cards back after two more people add "stuff" to them.

When you guys are typing up your rough draft for your blog do you have problems with the scroll bar playing hide and seek? Not sure what that's about. Why can't it just sit there in plain view?

Well, I think that's all I have for now, so I'll hit Publish and be on my way! I hope you're all well and I'll be checking in on you. :)

Shalom and love to all!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Happy New Year!

 Wow! That was a long break from the blog!

Life got busy there for a while. Hopefully it will slow down a bit. We've had some challenges with Micah's van breaking down in Fargo (90 miles away) when she and a friend were shopping.  They rented a car to get back home. (Micah's sister, Missy, who lives in Fargo helped them out, thank goodness!) But then Adam and Micah had to take two vehicles and a trailer back to Fargo the next day to return the rental car and trailer the van back to our neck of the woods. They got snowed in in Fargo for a night due to an ice storm, but finally made it back. The van was quickly repaired by an acquaintance who is a mechanic. Thank you, Lord! 

After this was taken care of Audrey had an issue with a growth on the roof of her mouth. It was scary to look at and kept bleeding. Many phone calls and doctor visits later she and Adam drove down to St. Paul (4 hours away) to an oral surgeon to have it removed. They don't seem to think it's anything serious, but it's been sent in for analysis. They spent the night in St. Paul last night because it was snowing pretty hard. They are on the way home this morning. Glad they took Adam's 4WD pickup! 

We had quite a bit of snow here, too, last night. Micah kept the woodstove going yesterday, and Adam's dad came this morning to stoke it on his way to work. We're so thankful for family! His dad's electricity went off last night. We're only a mile down the road, and were thankful it didn't effect us, but I think it must be back on by now.

We had a great Christmas. Lots of excited kids and way too many presents! :) I had breakfast with the family next door and watched everyone open gifts. It was a fun day!

I found some "senior easy-on-the-knees" ballet exercise videos on a YouTube channel called jessicasmithtv. A change of pace from walking videos, though she has some of those as well. I hope to use a variety of videos to keep things interesting.

I've cleared the art supplies off of the dining room table and have begun putting a puzzle together. I haven't done a puzzle in decades! This one is from a thrift store, so I'm hoping the pieces are all there. It's a painting of some folks acting out Romeo and Juliet on a stage. It looks like a pretty old puzzle. 


I just started reading The God Who Is There by Francis Schaeffer. My mom was a Francis Schaeffer fan and I like him, too. I read L'Abri, which was written by Edith Schaeffer, many years ago and I used a video series called How Should We Then Live? with my kids when we were home schooling many years ago. I'm still in the introduction and I'm hoping it won't be too difficult to follow. :)

I'm going to try some bread baking. Haven't done that in years! I found a really simple crusty white bread recipe made using a Dutch oven, which I don't have. But creativity is encouraged and I think I can make do with two cast iron pans. I'll try to take photos if I do it and we'll see what results!

And here are a few of the cards I've made lately. Probably forgetting some of them. Oh well. 

A Trash to Treasure swap. The host sent us some paper scraps and we had to create some ATCoins.

These were from a swap entitled "Let It Snow". Did you already guess that? :)

And with that I will sign off for now. It's amazing how much mental effort goes into a brief post like this. I'm tired! Ha ha. 

Wishing and praying for a happy new year for everyone! May God bless and lead you all through whatever the new year holds.
Shalom family and friends!