Monday, October 26, 2015

Who Needs Fancy Cars?

"What's a Lamborghini?" our oldest daughter asked. She had been reading a book and somehow a Lamborghini had been mentioned in it.

"It's a fancy car," I told her.

End of conversation. She went back to reading and I went on with what ever I had been doing.

As we started on our way to church yesterday morning Mr. Pepper tried cleaning the back window of our 13 year old Honda mini-van. It was caked with dust from driving on a dirt road all week. Instead of the usual spray of water and some vigorous swiping of the little windshield wiper, all that happened was a small trickle of water ran down over the window and the wiper feebly tried to swipe at it but got stuck in the upright position.

Mr. Pepper pulled off the side of the road and went back to put the wiper down in its resting position. Getting back in we drove several yards and the wiper again swiped upward and got stuck. After the third time of stopping and putting the wiper back down he gave up and we continued on our way a little faster than usual.

From the back seat, our daughter was feeling amused at what had just happened. "Who needs a Lamborghini when you have a van like this?" she asked.

Somehow that tickled all of our funny bones.

But so true, I would much rather have my trusty little mini-van with its stubborn malfunctioning rear windshield wiper than an overpriced, impractical car.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today...  Monday, October 5th

Outside my window... there is a gorgeous sunrise turning the sky lovely shades of pink.

I am thinking...  that it is nice seeing the sun again after all the rain and fog we have been having.

I am thankful... that the roadwork that has been going on by our house finally seems to be done.

I am wearing... a purple paisley top, and my favorite pair of jeans.
 
I am creating... a bag for my laptop so I can take it with me a little easier when I leave the house.

I am going... to the post office later. I sold a few things on ebay that I now need to ship.

I am wondering... how it is possible for teenage boys to have such a dreadful bedroom, when I had just cleaned it last week.

I am reading... my absolute favorite series of books for probably the twentieth time. I really don't think I'll ever get tired of them.
 
I am hoping... that we can open the drain in our basement without having to dig up pipes in the yard. Right now doing the laundry causes the basement to flood, and everything else water related makes water bubble up out of the drain. Things like washing the dishes, taking a shower, brushing your teeth, etc. etc. Not a fun problem to have. So far it always seeps away slowly, but it definitely needs to be taken care of.

I am learning... the history of our town. It's something we decided to research as part of our homeschool, and I've been enjoying learning right along with our children.

In my kitchen... it's Mexican night, tonight. I have some ground pork thawing for the quesadillas I'll be making.
 
A favorite quote for today... I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. ~ Anne Shirley

One of my favorite things... October. :)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Web Wanderings

   Every week I find things while either on Pinterest or simply doing searches online that I really like.

   This week was no different, so without further ado, here are a few of this week's favorites.

   A recipe for an Apple Pound Cake with a caramel glaze. We have been blessed with apples this year and my searching for apple related recipes turned up this keeper.

   Our youngest daughter loves all things crafty, and while looking for some fall craft ideas I found this tutorial on how to make some pretty leaf shaped suncatchers.

   Then there are always those posts that are food for thought. Reading about "Biblical" Phrases Christians use that are man-made instead of Biblical made me stop and think. Every one of them I have heard before, and I myself am guilty of using three of them. I want to strike those phrases from my vocabulary now.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Things That Annoy Me: Changing Languages in Books

   To all authors out there ..... for the love of all that's good and kind, please, please stop throwing words from another language into your books. I beg of you, please!

  I love reading. Curling up in my favorite nook with a good book, a snuggly blanket, and something to sip on is one of the best things in life.

  As I begin getting lost in a whole other world unaware of my surroundings I turn the page again and ... BOOM .... I'm hit with a sentence written in a foreign language. It's like being rudely hit on the head, or maybe a better way to describe it would be strolling along happily and tripping over something. It breaks me out of the pleasant flow I had been enjoying and it takes a few minutes to get my reading legs back again.

  So please, quit harshing my mellow. I don't have that much time to simply read for pleasure, and when I do I don't want that pleasure interrupted because you added a language the majority of your intended readers can't even understand.