As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this nearly six-acre tract of land, this farmhouse, this domain—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Morning Randomness


My thoughts are kind of random this morning, so I thought I'd just plop it all here as I sip on my second cup of coffee. If you don't have time to chat, no problem! 


We are completing our my 26th year of homeschooling. Before our school got down to just one student, we always finished "formal" schooling by the end of May. But Bekah and I are both the meandering sort and so now school sort of just tapers off and winds down slowly. There is no Grand and Final Day when school ends and summer begins. I had hoped that Bek would be finished this week, but she has a tiny bit of biology left and a few hours of history. (She will continue with Algebra II through the summer . . . maybe one lesson per week.) The thing is: Bekah is totally content to meander her way to summer vacation, so there's no stress.

Speaking of stress . . . Bekah begins driver's ed next week! I can't talk about it. 😨




I am enjoying this new summer wreath on my back door, handmade by a talented friend, given to me by the girls on Mother's Day. I had admired a red geranium wreath that I had seen in Target. Red is my color and I always had red at The Farmhouse, but there is a lot of pink in the yard at Pineapple House. We have a mix of colors in the pots on the back steps, so Kati asked Terri to make a mixed color wreath. I love it! 





The library is finished! It turned out even better than I had imagined and I want to share it with you. The problem is that it is a small room and I am not a great photographer and I am having a hard time taking photos that do it justice. Oh, but I love it and we really did it on the cheap and we are spending lots of time in here (yes, I'm in the library now!). So I am going to try to put together a post about it sometime next week. Here's a peek . . . 





You may or may not have noticed that I have been replying to your comments. I always love it when a blogger does that; it makes blogging a two-way street and encourages friendships. Martha Ellen makes it look so easy. She has always continued the conversation on her posts with warm and engaging responses and I always go back to see what she has said to me. 

I am going to try it for a while, but no promises on how long I'll be able to keep it up! 

How do you feel about replying to comments? Do you enjoy the two-way conversations? If you're a blogger too, how do you choose to respond to commenters (if you do)? 




No explanation necessary. Her face says it all.




A slice of life at our house.

Last Sunday morning, I saw a sticky note outside the girls' bathroom door. 



This is what it said.



Kati, who had discovered a camel cricket in the bathtub in the middle of the night, had left this note for Bekah so that she would not have a coronary if she woke up first and happened to move the cup. 

Of course, Ron says that he would have just killed the cricket on the spot and gone back to bed. No note necessary.

Bekah, however, greatly appreciated the warning.

(Have you ever seen a camel cricket? They are ugly and fast and Bekah is terrified of them. And Bekah is a screamer.) 

Source



Enough randomness for one post. Tomorrow is Father's Day and we are having a gathering so there are preparations to be made today.

My daddy and me, 1962



If you have time to chat, how about leaving one of your random thoughts in the comments? 

23 comments:

  1. Messaged you my random comment ;-), but here's another: I'm currently printing out pages and pages and pages for our school portfolios. And another: Macie just took her first bath in a week (6th child problems).

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    1. Ack! I need to get on the stick with our portfolio!

      Your "6th child problem" made me laugh! :D I'm sure she's still as sweet as can be! ♥

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  2. Love your library and the picture with your dad - not the cricket, however, ha, ha!

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    1. Thank you! I'm with you on the cricket. I'm not a screamer, but if I was, that thing would make me scream.

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  3. Yikes! I've never seen a camel cricket (or heard of it, for that matter). Your library? Oh, my goodness! I can't wait for a full post!
    And random? How about this... On the way home from accompanying Dad to an eye appointment, I spied a most unusual horse. I entered the description on my phone (google) to see if I could find out what it was. I learned all about knabstrupper horses. Yep! That's what it was.

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    1. Who knew?! I had to look up knabstruppers too. Unusual indeed!

      Hoping to get that post up some day next week . . .

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  4. Sugar! I was hoping that the lengthy comment I lost would be here when I returned...a definite case of magical thinking.

    Library...love it!

    Camel cricket...ackkkk!

    Bunny? Well I spent way too much time, before I realized that it was a collage, looking for its expression. Ha!

    Happy Father's Day weekend to all...sweet photo of you and your dad!

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    1. Comments that go are extremely frustrating. Ugh. Glad you love the library too! (And not not the camel cricket.) And I got a chuckle thinking of your search for the rabbit's expression. I guess I wasn't clear on that one. :D

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    2. That was supposed to say "comments that go POOF" . . . not sure what happened to the POOF!

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  5. Cheryl, your pretty geranium wreath looks so lovely against the pretty green on your back door. Such a perfect Mother's Day gift from your girls.
    I was hoping to see a glimpse of your library---the color is perfect and the shelves are just the right size for your treasures. Shelves from floor to ceiling is perfect.
    Now those camel crickets scare me as well. I had a robe drying on a rack in my laundry room last winter. After bringing it upstairs, I proceeded to put it on. A camel cricket was inside. I couldn't get it off fast enough!
    Happy Father's day to all the men in your family. You are such a cutie on your trike with your dad. ♥

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    1. Horror story, Martha Ellen. Horror story!

      I'll tell Terri you liked the wreath, and thanks for your kind words about the library. Now if only the camel crickets will stay away from there . . .

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  6. I've never seen a camel cricket either! Kati is a great sister to leave the warning! Ron surely knows its his job to dispatch of the icky bugs, by now! lol!

    Your library is a dream! I love it!

    I like your geranium wreath. Perfect for your home.

    Hurray for Driver's Ed! Go Bekah! Sarah has to wait another year, but she's oh, so ready!

    Love you all!

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    1. Ron is a good sport, living in a houseful of females. ;)

      It is I who is hesitant about driver's ed. Eek!

      Come and visit me in the library! We'll have tea and scones and talk up a storm!

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  7. We don't really have crickets here, just smaller grasshoppers.
    But... I have a very persistent Mole digging up my lawn.

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    1. If I tell my daughter you have no crickets, she's going to want to move to the UK. :)

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  8. I have never seen a camel cricket and I'm glad. We did have lots of crickets in Southern California but I haven't heard any here in Washington state...yet. Cute photo of you dad and you. Love the photo of Beka's surprise in seeing that little bunny. Cute. I'm sure your house is full and noisy with celebrations today...enjoy.

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    1. Washington state sounds like a lovely place to live . . . no crickets and low humidity!

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  9. My main library is part of my living room which has a large window but it is also where the front porch is located. Which makes it dark most of the year. Which is why there are few photos! I do enjoy photos of your home.

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! I keep saying that I am going to take a photography course so that I can be more in control of my camera, but life keeps happening and so I am still at the mercy of light conditions and other things. Some day . . .

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  10. I don't always come back to read the comments on comments unless they come into my mailbox. I usually do check with a couple like MA who I know comment back regularly. I love your library! And I always like seeing a globe in a room. You have a way of making your home look like Wmsbg! Those crickets--yes we had them but finally got some chemicals as they would drive me nuts. I began to think of them as small frogs with their leaping here and there. Ugh. Sounds like you're on to a good summer.

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    1. Thanks, Dotsie!

      We might need to get some cricket chemicals. Bekah won't go down into the basement for fear of seeing one of those guys, but now that one has been seen in her bathroom . . .

      Ugh is right.

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  11. What a lovely peek into your library! I agree with the previous lady (podso) that your home looks like a "Williamsburg" home. We just visited in May and it was so beautiful to see the way they decorate. I took smaller detailed photos to incorporate that beauty in my home. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love Colonial Williamsburg so that is quite a compliment! Thank you, Melissa and Podso!

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