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Settling in for a cozy weekend…

January 8, 2011

So to finish the rambling conversation we were having….

New grandbaby is a B.O.Y.! They have a little girl already.  How fun for big sister to boss around, fun to see those photos of her sucking him into playing dressup, playing with Barbies, her being coached early on to pick up critters and such, and also him teaching her some noises are just funny…. With two tall parents, I have visions of a basketball goal going up early, with fun games played in the driveway.

Our new car is N.E.W.!
We’ve never, ever bought a new car, but the incentives were too good to pass up. So we didn’t. We knew what we were looking for, and they had it on the lot. I’m not sure which I’m more tickled over – the moon roof, that there is no trace of McDonald’s smell in it, or that it gets 34 MPG on the road. Which we’re on a lot. We’ve driven 250 miles since we picked it up, and the tank is still half full. Watching how slowly the gas gauge needle falls is as fascinating as if I was watching brain surgery.

My daughter-in-law, Janae told me about these socks. They are low cut to wear with tennis shoes, but the best thing about them is the little extra part added on at the back of the heel. They are absolutely fabulous to wear! When I had trouble locating them she told me to look at Target, but her best tip – buy men’s footies, not women’s. They are better quality and also tend to fit your foot better if you wear anything over a size 9. Well worth the money.

The bird has persisted, and I bought these online to remedy the problem. She’s been pecking at our back window now for days, hour after hour, so I’m about to grab some windex and newspapers, give the windows a good cleaning then stick these decals up. I’ll let you know if they work. They are a bit cheesy looking but it has to be better than the constant pecking we’re listening to now.

After a full two days in the metroplex we crawled home last night and tucked ourselves in as early as possible. Waking to music, I wondered what on earth? This new retiree didn’t even recognize the sound. The alarm clock was calling my name, dragging out of bed to get back in the car, sans makeup, to join our Saturday Morning Breakfast Club. A group of women from our church – nothing exclusive about it and don’t I love that. If you want to come, show up. Every single Saturday morning, 7:30 a.m. at Denny’s where you share joys and sorrows and laughs and pay your own bill. It was one of my New Year’s Resolutions – to be faithful in my commitment to this group. Driving our new car this morning with the radio turned up wasn’t all bad. I’m not a speed demon but I do have to say those small cars sure do hug the road, don’t they?

We’re supposedly about to be hit by cold or sleet or something that sends Texans scurrying. We’ll either drive into church if it’s passable, or stay in pajamas and read the paper extra long if it’s not. Being forced to stay at home for 24 hours would be a gift. There’s knitting and sewing and baking and reading all calling my name. Hope everybody out there has a great weekend lined up too. First week of January is in the bag 🙂



January 4, 2011

I’m reading Jan Karon’s “In The Company of Others”.  I dreamed of having tea with Prince Charles, decided Princess Diana was more of the ticket, eventually kicked them both off my list, put Ruth Bell Graham on there, she’s in heaven now, so I’ve replaced them all with Jan Karon. It would be so lovely to listen to the heart of the person who wrote all those Mitford novels. It’s a happy note that our new pastor reminds me a bit of Father Tim (from the novels), without the robes. Looking for a devotional to use this new year, I was intrigued by Jan Karon mentioning ‘The Morning Office’ in her books, and a google search led me to The Book of Common Prayer. I found this link online . It has a fresh feel from anything I’ve done the past 30+ years; a bit more world-wide, one-church. Reading, and mentally reciting the Apostle’s Creed reminds me of my younger days. I’ve been non-denominational, with Baptist leanings, for years (the never to be mentioned on a blog but there it is). See what you think. Or not. If you don’t love The Morning Office, at least check out the novel 🙂

My looks haven’t changed. I tried to update my profile photo and for the love of Mike I can’t get a photo to insert on my blog. There are days I don’t love wordpress, but right now it’s just taking too much effort to bother. I went with a new header because it worked the first try. Soon as I get a new haircut the vanity in me might rise up and I’ll work on it again.

We’re going green after driving a gas-guzzling SUV for the past 12 years. Our current mileage begins with a ‘1’ unless we’re on the highway and then it’s only marginally better. So we’re heading into the metroplex later this week, and hopefully we’ll come home in something that stops at the gas pump much less often. Driving a vehicle whose mileage begins with a ‘3’ sounds so delicious to me, and the fact that the model we’ve marked comes with a sunroof as a standard feature – oh my! Something I’ve always, always, always wanted. Much better than a convertible – with a convertible all my papers and snacks and books would be flying willy-nilly. Visions of driving down the highway, sunroof open, wind blowing through my hair that doesn’t show on this blog because I can’t get a profile photo to post….

We’re living in a sermon….. Huge windows at the back of the house afford a lakeview. We’ve had bird after bird bash into it, they lie there stunned, or dead. Those seasonal plastic decals on the window did nothing. Ttwo days ago Mrs. Cardinal became obsessed with our lower left pane. She continually whacked into it yesterday from dawn to dusk, with no stopping. I dragged all the patio chairs up next to it. Just shortened her kamikaze path. This morning she began again, before 7 am so I’ve taped foil to the entire lower window – it looks lovely – and helped NONE. There is a constant, CONSTANT noise of her bashing her body into the window. Her husband, or beau, sits on the patio table, watching her. Any tips? Is God trying to tell me something?

Did I ever announce on here that we have another grandbaby on the way? Due one day removed from my birthday, thanks to our son and daughter-in-law, and we were asked to attend the sonogram this Friday to find out whether I should knit pink or blue…. That will be #6 and we’re feeling mightily blessed with so many little ones added to our family-fold. Little people are such a nice addition.

We found out our Pennsylvania kids are moving to Idaho in the spring. We are over the moon for them, and us. The trek to PA was 1300 miles and Idaho is 2100 miles away. We love road trips! Especially in non-gas-guzzling cars with sunroofs. We’re so excited about all that part of the country offers – Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, my husband quickly rattled off a list of future trips.  We plan to drive up there later this summer when we’re weary of the Texas heat, and maybe, just maybe I can connect with Gretchen, a blogging friend, who lives in Washington. My PA girlfriends have been given notice – we’ll need to schedule a yearly girl weekend to stay in touch from here on out.

We’re busy with cleaning closets and giving away unworn clothing, setting up schedules for housecleaning, simple meals that hopefully lend themselves to shedding some pounds, and planning to remove wallpaper, paint bedrooms, and find a friend to keep Miss Kitty company while we’re on the road. So it’s hopping around here!

That’s it for what’s up at Sweet Tea right now. If anyone has a tip on how to get a bird to quit bashing into your house that does not involve a pellet gun, it would be much appreciated!

Reading List for 2011

January 1, 2011

This year’s reading list is a mismash of fiction, non-fiction, classics, current issues and plain ole fun, with no particular order.  I’ll grab one, and when I finish it, grab another.

I already own a few, a dozen are downloaded to my iPad, the local library has some, and Sarah and I share books. Don and I are looking forward to reading a few together which should make for fun and interesting conversations over a glass of wine in the evening or while we’re on the road.

There a few blank spots, so I’m open to suggestions. Maybe something on my list will be just the book you want to grab off the shelf. As I finish reading the ones I own I’ll do some giveaways too.

Here it is in all its glory:

  1. The Hole in Our Gospel, Richard Stearns
  2. My Antonia, Willa Sibert Cather
  3. Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Sibert Cather
  4. Quo Vadis, Henry K. Sienkiewicz
  5. Texas, James Michener *
  6. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
  7. Chronicles of Narnia, C S Lewis *
  8. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  9. Her Mother’s Hope, Francine Rivers
  10. Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski
  11. Her Daughter’s Dream, Francine Rivers
  12. In the Company of Others, Jan Karon (currently reading, #2 in the Father Tim series)
  13. Embracing Your Second Calling, Dale Hanson Bourke
  14. When Helping Hurts, Steve Corbett
  15. Cry the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
  16. Outrageous, Contagious Joy, Ed Young *
  17. Hannah Coulter, Wendell Berry
  18. Fried Green Tomatoes, Fannie Flagg
  19. Get Out of That Pit, Beth Moore
  20. Dancing with my Father, Sally Clarkson
  21. Decision Points, George Bush *
  22. To be added
  23. To be added
  24. To be added

Two per month, some would make a good doorstop, some are a pretty easy read. Some were written well over 100 years ago, some in 2010. There are favorite authors in there, and new ones whose names I can’t spell, let alone pronounce.  Add to that a read through of the Bible, Beth Moore’s study of Daniel with our church women, it looks to be a great year of reading.

I’ve read a quote that goes something like: “there are two things that change who you are – what you read and who you spend time with.” Here’s to reading in 2011 that’s a learning, entertaining, priority-defining, and life shaping experience!


December 31, 2010

The seduction of a brand new year. No mistakes, no regrets. Not a negative thought, or comment, not one fast-food meal, or box of sugar babies. No devotions or exercising skipped. It’s enough to make me want to stay in bed, and keep it all perfect.

Alas, that can’t happen. So I’ll get up and get going, make mistakes, have regrets, think thoughts and say things I’ll want to grab back. Likely eat a fast food meal here or there (although after 2800 + miles on the road I’m over that right now!). If I can finish Revelations today (all in one reading I’m ashamed to say) then Genesis is waiting, fresh and clean, tomorrow morning.

So what am I hoping for this year, what goals am I leaning toward, what resolutions?  My husband is proud to say he’s never made a single resolution! That’s okay – I make enough for both of us. Last year’s list was a bit short, and I honestly don’t remember them all, but one was to stay in touch with my parents more, and I’ve done that. I’ve been mightily blessed by doing that. That’s a good one to write down in permanent marker.

This year’s list has a long reading list, dealing with 30+ years of photographs that are a burden right now, loving on my husband, kids, grandkids, family and friends. Reading Genesis – Revelation in even pieces and not skipping Leviticus. Ten pounds off both of us and fighting grandma flab, getting rid of stuff, and putting into action, for the first time, my ‘word of the year’.

Blogging has changed a lot in the past 4 1/2 years since I began, but one blessing that has stood the test of that time is getting to know a few people around the blogosphere that are a true blessing. One of them is Becky, at Keys to the Cottage. She’s chosen a word to live by for the past few years, and highly recommends it, so I’m going to start with that.


My verse of the year, to accompany my word: ‘Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.’ 1 Samuel 3:9

I saw a comment that said, ‘what’s the point to celebrating a new year?’ Oh my! The point is grace! The point is a clean slate! The point is fresh starts! Thank you, God, that I can / we can choose that any day.

Happy 2011 everyone.

Fully present in the moment

December 26, 2010

This time of year I start leaning toward the next one. Everything in me starts making lists – lists of resolutions and menus and cleaning schedules, books to read, muscles to tone and the odd pounds to lose.

But all that can wait til next year, a whole five days away. At this moment we’re nestled in with our kids in Pennsylvania, finishing our time of celebrating Christmas. There’s a light dusting of snow on the ground, a fire burning in the fireplace, leftover fudge and peppermint ice cream, movies to watch, important stuff. Precious stuff.

Before we know it we’ll have too many miles between us, missing our Pennsylvania family again, wishing we could reach through that computer screen and love on them. List-making can wait.

An early Christmas IOU…

December 21, 2010

Remember a couple of weeks ago I complained that MY cat happens to be crazy about my husband and not so much me.

Today he told me when we get back to Texas we can go back to the shelter and pick out a little male, grey tabby to be Miss Kitty’s Beau.

And of course we will name him Marshall Dillon. Of course. If I’d known, I wouldn’t have asked for a bathrobe.

Birthday quilt for a special little girl

December 20, 2010

I started a tradition, four grandkids ago, to give each one a quilt on their first birthday. I’ve never been on time yet.

Til this year.

Miss Jae Beth will turn one on Christmas Day – our Christmas baby! Since we are retired I was determined to get this one done on time, and I actually made the deadline!

She’s a Christmas Day baby, so of course she needed a Christmas themed quilt. Christmas paper dolls 🙂

It should be perfect for passing on to her own little girl someday.

For right now, it’s to be enjoyed just by her, with love from her Grammy.

What a sweet gift He gave us last year, when you arrived. Happy first Birthday Jae Beth!