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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Different type of tag...

Here's a game of tag I haven't seen before..it's pretty fun! Do you know the #1 song the day you were born? Go to http://www.joshhosler.biz and look up the number one song for your birth date.

Mine is "I'm a Believer" by the Monkees (you're singing it now, aren't you? Just go ahead and try not to! I couldn't ... now the song is in my head! At least it's a fun one!

Happy hunting! And let me know via comment what you find out!

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Girl & Her Bunny

Just had to share these pics I took this morning of Leah and her pet, Dandylion!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

calling all my prayer warrior friends...


Throughout this week and through the weekend, could you please keep my mom in your prayers? Before Christmas, she was taken off one of her medications because her liver function was "off"--presumably as a side effect of the medication. (You know all those warnings that they casually give in commercials? Yeah, apparently they're true.)

Anyway, recently she found out that things are still not where they should be, and her next test is Monday, where they'll hopefully get some more comprehensive answers as to what is going on and what can be done about it.

In the mean time, in the time of the "unknown" where one's brain goes all sorts of directions--but usually down the darkest path possible, she is frightened. She feels lonely. She feels dread.

Please uphold her in prayer. And uphold my dad, too, as he stands by, loving her, supporting her, and praying for her as well.

Thanks, friends!

What's been distracting us since Christmas

This year my parents went to Prague on a mission trip, and to do Christmas shopping for the family... (grin). For Peter, they purchased this: a 2000 piece puzzle of the bridge and castle of Prague. We started the work on Christmas day.

Here's our progress as of January 7:

Here's our progress as of today: Just the sky is left. I'm hoping we can get it done before we need to use the table for our card club in April!

So if you're in the area and like to stare at puzzle pieces in various shades of sky blue, we could use your help!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Part I-1 no words

We're so proud of the talent God has given her!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tagged? Twice? Where was I?

Oh, well, here's my "random, little known facts..."

1. Uh...(I think I've about blogged it all, and there is very little unknown stuff!) I've never broken a bone (although I have probably broken a toe or two without realizing it), but did have stitches when I was 2, I think, maybe I was younger. After that, all my stitches were "voluntary," as in needed post-op.

2. I've only gotten one speeding ticket, and I "took it like a big girl" until after the policeman pulled away, then I bawled like a baby--my brother mentioned that my timing was off... .

3. I taught myself to knit. And I wish I could afford all the yarn for all the projects I have instructions for downloaded on my computer.

4. My mom is the youngest of 9 children, my dad the oldest of 5, yet my mom is older than my dad.

5. I am a major klutz--okay maybe you already knew that--but because I was considered tall, I was recruited to the 7th grade basketball team, after that year they didn't want me to go out. It took being a cheerleader 2 years later to figure out the actual rules of the sport.

6. I regret dating all the guys I did before I met my husband. And if you're one of them, I'm sorry, but it's true.

Who to tag, who to tag--Jen? Cindy? Rachel (write a facebook note)? Who reads this blog anyway? Carey? Did you want to be tagged? ;-)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Groundhog Soup

Hah! Did I get your attention with that title? Tee-hee! Well the fact of the matter is that this is arguably one of my most favorite of all time soups. And yes, the first time I had it (I believe around the tender young age of 9 or 10) served up by my dear friends the Wilkeys, I was taken aback at the name. Are you kidding? Poor Mr. Punxsutawney Phil's cousin gave up his life for my bowl of soup?!?!!? I mean, those things are perhaps a bit obnoxious, but come on, must we make soup out of him? Then it was s-l-o-w-l-y explained to me--this is ground HOG soup, Miriam! Oh! Well I was still skeptical, because to date the only soup I'd encountered sported either chicken or beef as its main ingredient, not pork. Is pork even allowed to be in soup? Shouldn't it be cooked into submission and smothered in gravy or something? So I tasted it and I was hooked. Trust me, try it, you'll like it. A lot. Here it is.

Groundhog Soup

1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound pork sausage (breakfast type)
1 cup sliced celery (2 or so ribs)
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons flour
1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 medium potatoes
1 can "french cut" green beans
1 cup milk

Brown meat in medium stock pot. Remove from pan, reserving drippings. Add celery and onion to drippings and cook until tender. Add flour, cooking one minute. Gradually add broth, along with 1/2 cup water. Peel and chop the potatoes (bite sized pieces are good). Add to broth with thyme and salt, simmer until potatoes are tender. Add the undrained green beans and return the sausage back to the pan. Heat through. Add milk. Simmer. Do not boil once milk is added.