Monday, April 29

garden planning time

Such a late arriving spring this year, but it appears that it's here.  Temperatures were in the 60's over the weekend although there is a chance of a rain/snow mix later in the week when the temperatures dip again.  

My garden may still be snow covered, yet the snow is melting quickly at this point.  It was definitely time to grab my seed catalog and the rubbermaid container with all my planting things to begin preparing for a new season ahead of gardening.  

After checking my food storage pantry, one thing that definitely is part of the garden planning process this year is how much to plant.  As our still-living-at-home family has been shrinking, there's a lot fewer people eating and lots of jars of canned goods still on the shelf.  That factor will allow me to plant less produce, put wider spaces between rows, and perhaps add more flowers (can you see me smiling at the "add more flowers" part?!)
My list was made out and seed packets were checked.  It looks like what I need this year is already in my storage container as I've had great success with this company in using seeds leftover from previous years.  Any vegetable plants needed are noted on the list, too, so I will pick those up as soon as they are available.  

Even though actual planting is probably a month away depending on the weather, I'm now excited to soon have my hands back in the dirt playing in my garden!

How about you?  Planning a garden this year?  

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, April 27

delivery of the sixth

I grabbed my handy dandy name picker and the winner of my 6th blog anniversary basket is:
Wish I could hand deliver it, but the mailman will have to do it instead!

Happy spring, everyone!  (yes, as you can see we still have snow on the ground here.......)

Tammy ~@~

Monday, April 22

celebrating six years

It's time to celebrate SIX YEARS of blogging!  I think this may be the first year that there's still a lot of snow on the ground with more in the forecast.  SPRING!  Where art thou?! Here's my "Thank you, Garden Glimpses readers!" giveaway for this year:

*a pink spring potholder

*a lime green hand towel

*a pack of 20 guest napkins

*a tea time magnetic note pad

*"Live by faith" garden plaque

*Yankee Candle votive in Pineapple Cilantro

*a small pink journal

*a small tea time tissue box

*a pack of cheery flower cupcake cups

*Peach Mango liquid hand soap

*lime green gardening gloves

*four seed packets - sunflowers, snapdragons, cosmos, zinnias

*one Hershey's special dark candy bar

*one pinwheel

You'll have all week to enter my giveaway by leaving a "happy spring!" comment which includes a way for me to contact you. We'll pick a name at the end of the week and send this basketful to the winner.  See you then!

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, April 17

off my shelves

Remember my recent post about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?  That came up from conversations with my oldest daughter who loves to read to her children.

She and I have also been having more conversations about home schooling as she considers teaching her own children at home.  A second generation homeschooler!  How cool is that?! As I thought about the love of reading they have in their home, I realized I had a perfect resource on my bookshelves for her - the Five in a Row series.  
Five in a Row takes one book a week - often a favorite book you may have read as a child - and incorporates different interactive activities each day that cover different educational subject areas.  The entire series covers ages 2 through 12 years and the materials are so easily adaptable to the range of ages within your home as it teaches them.  Plus, they've added additional resources to this series since I purchased it when my children were young. 

If you are interested in more information about this fun way to learn with your children, check out their website Five in a Row

Tammy ~@~

Monday, April 8

Simple Woman's Daybook for April 8

For April 8

Outside my window.....the skies are a heavy gray with a rainy day forecast.

I am thinking.....that the weather forecast for the week ahead doesn't look good for doing much walking or running outdoors.

I am I realize how healthy our family has been this winter.

I am wearing.....a bright green t-shirt with my yellow hoodie thrown over it and khaki pants.

I am hearing.....the sound of rain on the rooftop.

I am wondering.....if the combination of melting snow and steady falling rain has created flooding in my work office like last spring.

I am garden seed order for this spring.

I am see some of my grandkids soon!  Yippeeeee! I miss them soooo much!

I am still reading.....the book "Bonhoeffer" by Eric Metaxas.

I am praying.....for a friend who hopes to find a new job in a new state for a new chapter in her life.

I am muddy spring is each year with the muddy paw prints that accompany the dog going in and out and in and out.

I am quickly finish up the clothing changeover project I started last night with my youngest as we transition from winter to spring weather.

On my mind.....are my adult children and their steady need for prayer.  Our job as moms doesn't end when they leave home!

From the learning rooms.....we are noticing that our books are getting much closer to being done for the year.  That's always a great feeling!

I am to make better quilted triangles.  This link has a good triangle tutorial

Noticing hair is very badly in need of a haircut.  

I am looking forward to.....opening windows once again and the scent of fresh air in my house. 

Pondering these words....."The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month." ~ Henry Van Dyke (I'm hoping it's not greater than a month!)

From the kitchen.....we are still experimenting with fresh juice recipes.

Around the house....are boxes of books that I've been sorting through.  Some to sell, some to keep, some to drop off at Goodwill.

One of my favorite waking up during the night and realizing the cat is sleeping next to me.  A little petting and I fall back to sleep to the sound of his purrrrrrrr.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include a couple projects at work, traveling to visit my grands,  traveling to see the new home of a son and his wife, traveling to visit a different son for a special parents' weekend event,  and arriving back home in time for a meeting.  Of course, most of these plans are weather dependent.  Snow, snow, GO AWAY!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
There are usually surprise photos that show up whenever I download my camera.  This is the clearest one of a series of swinging in trees and apparently jumping into the snowbank below.  Fortunately there were no broken bones or I would have known about this earlier!  

Thank you for stopping and visiting my daybook on this day. If you'd like to visit others who are participating in the April daybook or write a journal yourself, please stop over at Peggy's at Simple Woman's Daybook

Tammy ~@~

Friday, April 5

counting to 1,000

My heart temporarily turned to mush yesterday when I stopped by the local library to drop off and pick up books and media.  I saw their sign for "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" and immediately thought of my granddaughter who is involved in this program at her local library.  It was one of those "awwwwww!" moments.  

What an awesome program!  I can think of no better thing for parents to do with their young children than READ LOTS OF BOOKS.  You are exposing them not only to a whole big world around them, but you are engaging them in a love for reading that will last their lifetime.  It really doesn't take that much time to do on a daily basis and can be as relaxing for you as it is for them.  I still read to my youngest before bed each night and know she looks forward to it.

Do check out your local library to see if they are currently doing this program.  Most programs have a lot of fun incentives to go along with reading goals.  Not only will the reading be great, but you are also establishing a library habit that will last past their childhood which could be why this granddaughter has grown up loving the library.  

If you'd like more information about this program, check out this pdf link: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, April 4

beyond patience

My conclusion this morning is that it is not about patience, it is about contentment.  

Waiting for spring to come has felt brutal this year.  We dipped below zero again this week and snow is once again in the forecast.  We get little teases of spring-like weather when the sun comes out and is warm enough to make roofs drip from melting snow.  

Even waiting for the sun with such a cloudy winter feels brutal. After working the past two days and looking at sunshine out my window, I could hardly wait for today's forecast of sun now that I'm home for the day.  And yet, here we are with clouds a plenty.  There are little tiny peeks of blue sky through the hazier clouds signaling the possibility of sunshine.

Prayers that have been cast before the throne of God also seem to be on a lingering, pausing, tarrying pattern.  Knowing how much better it is to wait on God then jump ahead of His plan, even this waiting seems brutal at times.  When I open my eyes and ears a bit more around me, there are hints of things happening that can only be God maneuvering.  

Patience?  Raising nine children has given me much patience.  I can wait in a long line anywhere or stay on the phone on hold forever without a problem.  

Contentment?  That's the pivotal thing to consider. Is my waiting done in a manner that would please God?  Just because I'm not complaining, is a feeling of resignedness okay or a vow of silence instead of murmuring preferable?  Or is my definition of contentment off?

Contentment:  satisfaction, peace of mind (mentally and emotionally), serenity, fulfillment, harmony, tranquility, stability, comfort, happiness

Although I may be doing just fine in the patience department, as I consider the synonyms of contentment, perhaps it's time to ask God to search my heart to reveal the areas I need to change - with His help - to experience a godly contentment. How much more delightful would patience be if there was a true peace of mind and serenity that came with it!  

Looking forward to all the little ways God will show Himself faithful in this area of my life as I clean up another path in my garden life.  

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, April 3

to commit and establish

Welcome to April!

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed." ~ Proverbs 16:3   Or this version from my own Bible:  "Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established." ~ Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)

I think I would like to combine these two into....commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will be established.

It seems best to me to commit not only my work to the Lord, but to commit whatever I do to Him.  To please Him.  To bring glory to Him.  To do it for His purposes.  That can happen in work or play or rest.  

And it seems to me that it would follow that if I am committing every area of my life to Him in that manner, He will establish those plans.  When I hear the word 'success' it comes with a worldly connotation to me.  Success in the world we live in would look quite different than what success may look like to a believer.  In fact, as I ponder it a bit, do we even use the word 'success' much as one who follows Christ?  God's measuring stick is so different from the world. He looks at the heart, not the outside, plus He says the first will be last.  As we live out our life for Christ our treasures are in heaven, not on this earth.  

However, as we commit our life to the Lord, through the work of the Holy Spirit we will develop fruit in our life which will be noticeable:  "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control...."    ~ Galatians 5:22-23  All of those character traits sound like great ones to establish in your life.

So do make this a month of committing everything to the Lord and see what plans He will establish in your life!

Tammy ~@~
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