When I saw today’s word I knew immediately where I was going with this. I remember being in my bedroom with the door shut, sitting against the door on the floor so nobody could just walk into the room. I was much younger then and I was crying to Elton John’s song ‘Harmony’. I would play it over and over while the tears just flowed. 

From the album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, it was released in 1974 on the B side of ‘Bennie and the Jets’. That was the 45 rpm that I had and played so much. 

I still have my record boxes holding all of my old records, though never playing them anymore. I wonder if I listened to it today if I would start blubbering.



It seems like I am always saving patterns. Between Pinterest, the blogs featuring needlepoint, quilting, purses, and more, there is no end to all the inspiration you find on the web.

I honestly get excited to see a new pattern that I am sure that I will actually make someday. Of course, someday usually never gets here for me. But, I still visit these patterns and dream that I will do what I imagine I will.

But, with all the beautiful things I can make, nothing comes close to the beyond campare of nature’s patterns. What could possibly compare with this? So, you see what type of pattern is my favorite!IMG_0163IMG_2392


My husband is known for how he disciplines kids. The kids do not get time-outs, quiet time, toys taken away, extra chores or any of the usual ways some parents use. He gives out “Squat” punishments.
At first I was a little concerned with this, not sure if it was a healthy way to treat misbehaviors.

The following I found on About.Com
How To Do Squat Jumps
This exercise is an advanced dynamic power move that should be done only after a complete warm up.

For the older kids and adults:

Stand with feet shoulder width and knees slightly bend.
Bend your knees and descend to a full squat position.
At the bottom of the squat, powerfully explode straight up bringing your knees toward your chest while in midair. At the top of the jump your thighs should touch your torso.
Release your legs, control your landing by going through your foot (toes, ball, arches, heel) and descend into the squat again for another explosive jump.
Upon landing immediately repeat the next jump.

For the little kids:

You do them, and kids can do them too: Bend those knees (but not too far) for squats and lunges! These simple exercises build leg strength to give kids a good foundation for all kinds of sports and fitness activities. Try forward, backward, and side lunges as well as classic squats. You can also incorporate jumps into a squat sequence by having kids hop after they stand up in between squats.squats_hero-56a2c9d43df78cf77279f449
So as you can see, Is this a punishment or what? I call it a constructive way to discipline.

The Interior

With so many people making lists of New Years Resolutions to make their lives better, easier, healthier, etc; I want to tell you mine. My list has the usual items on it but because today’s prompt is “interior” this is exactly what I need to focus on. My interior.
Work on my attitude, patience, tolerance, and all of the habits that would not please God.
Spend more time in the Bible knowing The Word so I can align my interior with what God wants.
So while I am cleaning rooms, closets, drawers to satisfy self, I need Him to help me to clean up Me.IMG_0048.JPG

Daily Prompt: Surface

My Kitchen Table

One of my many dilemmas is what to do with the kitchen table. We have a big kitchen and the table fits in front of the windows. Our nephew just gave us the table a few years ago because it was too big for his kitchen so we gladly accepted it but no matter how much we begged he would not part with the matching chairs.

Now it sits in our kitchen but there’s a problem. The surface of the table is so sticky with who knows what that it’s unusable. I scrubbed with everything I could think of and yet it sticks. So I put a tablecloth on it and when it was time to take it off, fibers of the cloth were imbedded into the surface of the table. I guess I have no choice but to bring out the sander and get busy.

When I am done with this table the surface will be so slick that the plates will practically be ice skating.