Praise to the Lord, The Almighty
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Praise to the Lord, The Almighty
Friday, August 29, 2008
I have bookshelves full of albums...boxes overflowing with prints...shelves of slide reels...and oodles of home-grown VHS tapes. With the advent of digital...I have been taking photos non-stop. The question is always...what do I do with them?
Mt. Cheam...my view every morning from the front porch is featured on the cover. (I had intentions of letting you look through an on-line copy of the book, but I can't seem to link to it.) I'll be packing up a copy to send to someone who stops by My Front Porch on occasion and left me a comment this week.
And the winner of my 'one-year-blogiversary' giveaway is....
...Kath (someone I know as Kathryn). Kathryn lives in another little piece of paradise (so I hear) and has a private blog, where I learn all about life on the beach in Australia! Kathyrn just happens to be my niece and used to spend a lot of time in our home...even came on a house boating adventure with us many years ago. She married the love of her life and followed him to the ends of the earth...and so our paths don't cross too often these days. Hey, I'd love to send you a package of a few things that will remind you of 'home', Kathryn...it's in the mail (almost)!
Thanks to all of you who left me comments and sent me e-mails this week. It was so good to hear from you all...some who I had no idea were visiting me on my blog. I feel like many of us are on a journey together, and company makes the trip so much more interesting. And so ends my first year of blogging...and we'll see what the next year brings!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
peck o' peppers...
I noticed a wonderful looking recipe for Mexican Stuffed Peppers on the Mennonite Girls Recipe Blog...and thought I would give it a try. So I went down the road to the nearest pepper stand...and came home with a brightly coloured 'peck o' peppers' (whatever that is).
When hubby discovered his favorite stuffed peppers were going to be of the Mexican variety this time, he thought that was too much of a departure from tradition...and requested the same old stuffed peppers he had always known and enjoyed. So I'm sure the Mexican ones are great...but we won't know this time around.
Mine were stuffed with a mixture of ground beef, rice, grated onion, grated potato, tomato soup, salt and pepper...and baked in tomato sauce.
I baked six for supper and froze the rest for the another day.
And I have mentioned these potatoes before, but since they are a favorite, I will pass along the recipe for Crash Potatoes once again (thanks to Vee for introducing me to these some months ago). They go well with BBQ'd meats, but last night we had them with stuffed peppers...and I actually used some of those fresh herbs from my garden. And (for the record)...Tim and Heidi came for dinner, so we had help eating that pan full of potatoes!
It looks like it will be another 'in day' today...summer seems a distant memory.
Check back tomorrow afternoon...if you've left me a comment this week, you may just be receiving a small memento from 'My Front Porch' in the mail.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
in the garden...
We picked the last few blueberries...and the foliage is already turning red.
My vegetable garden is rather miniature...a few garden boxes surrounded by a hydrangea hedge, is what I call my garden. It works just fine for me...not a whole lot of weeding! I grow carrots, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and herbs...and strawberries. And the boxes have a bench around the outside...so I could spend a lot of time sitting there (but I don't!). I was reminded what real vegetable gardens looked like when in Manitoba this summer....there's nothing miniature about them, and I'm sure there's no sitting in those gardens!
Brian Minter (our local garden expert) suggests that during the month of August we plant winter crops in our vegetable garden. So I made a trip to his garden shop, and stocked up on a few baskets of winter vegetables...and did some planting yesterday. This is definitely an experiment...and sometime down the road I'll let you know how my garden grows! I planted onions, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. What I didn't realize was that the baskets of cole crops were not labeled, and since they all look the same...I have no idea what I planted where. So it is a bit of a mystery garden!
The herb garden is doing beautifully...I have cut all the plants back to the ground several times and they just go wild. I must admit that I don't use a whole lot out of this garden...but it sure smells nice...and they are perennials, so they take a little break and come back early in spring.
The rain is coming down today...not much of a day for gardening, but there's lots of other things to be done.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
a grand camping trip!
Soon we were on our way home.
The annual camping trip was far too short...there was no time for paddle boats...and why didn't we hike in the forest this year? Hmmm...I guess we'll have to go again next year!And next year, there'll be no leaving Ryder behind. He sobbed his little heart out when he got left behind...and told Mommy he was having a 'bad day' many times while his sisters were away.
He was a quite pleased with his consolation prize, however...he got to go to Dinotown with cousin Ranen. His troubles were forgotten for a time!
If you want to add magic to a camping trip to the KOA...take some enthusiasm along (in the form of two six-year-olds). It was a fun time...just a little too short.
Monday, August 25, 2008
It has been one year since I first began to blog. It was not something I had ever planned to do...my days are never long enough for the projects I have on the go, so I wasn't looking for anything else that would consume huge amounts of time! It was purely by accident that I found a few blogs which were a source of encouragement to me. Before long I began to consider that a blog might be a way for me to be a positive influence in the life of others as I record the happenings (however mundane) of my life. It took a lot lot of courage to publish that very first post...and I had no idea where that would lead.
Blogging has been an amazing experience! I have met the most wonderful people this past year...some who will likely remain cyber friends and others whom I have had the opportunity to meet in person. I have re-connected with old friends...and been introduced to new ones. They have encouraged me to try things I have never done...to cook dishes that were not on my menu...to read books I wouldn't have known about...and to truly appreciate the blessings of my everyday life!
I will also be publishing my 300th post this week. I had no idea I would have that much to say...and maybe one of these days I will be out of words. But there will always be another picture to share! I've always enjoyed taking pictures...and a blog is the perfect way to share them. My friends and family are no longer deluged with e-mailed photos of our latest celebration or adventure...they now check into My Front Porch for the latest updates.
Over the past few years I have been collecting stones from many of the places I have visited...stones from the Grand Canyon, and from Yellowstone, and from Death Valley. They are souvenirs of my visit. I think of my blog in much the same way...the posts are 'stone markers' of sorts...to remind me where I have been. So many things have happened this past year...some I would rather not have blogged about...but God has always been faithful! My desire is to encourage others as I share my experiences.
As for vistors to "My Front Porch"...I will be welcoming my 30,000th guest this week. How incredible is that? A few months after I began to blog, I added a sitemeter...thinking I would see if anyone actually read my blog...and have been constantly amazed that so many would stop by. I have had vistors from around the globe (India, Korea, Slovenia, Paraguay, Finland, Dubais...to name a few) and from next door. Unlike some blogs out there...mine has never been a secret! If my friends and family are interested in reading it, they are more than welcome. Some do on occasion leave me a comment...some send me an e-mail...and others have told me in person that they read my blog, and encouraged me to keep writing. Then there are all those who have become my friends...who come back on a regular basis.Thanks to all of you who have who have made my first year of blogging such a great experience. In honour of this milestone, I would love to send a little something from "My Front Porch" to your front porch. I will be drawing a name at random from all those who leave me a comment this week...draw to be made on Friday afternoon.
Tomorrow, I'll be back to tell you all about our fun end-of-summer camping weekend. And now I must go clean out the motorhome once again.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
great is Thy faithfulness...
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.
Lamentations 3: 23-24
Thursday, August 21, 2008
green bean soup
here and now....
Today looks like a good day to cook soup and bake bread! What happened to our summer? We have two little girls next door who are waiting to go camping with grammy and grandpa before school starts...and we're waiting for a few nice days.
Have a nice day...I'm off to cook soup!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
So as promised...here is all the info you need to DIY!
Step One...Ladder: Pick up the required 3/4 inch PVC pipe and connectors. All uprights are 12 inch lengths...and horizontals are 24 inch pieces. Cut and assemble as per photo or plans found here or here. We never glued the upright portion of the ladder into the base...which makes it easily transported to your favorite location.
Step Two...Bolos: Buy golf balls...six of each colour. Drill 1/4 inch hole through the centre of each ball...balls are attached on either end of a nylon rope (about 13 inches of rope between the balls). We knotted the ends...countersunk the knot...and then melted the rope above the knot with a flame.
...my wisteria is sporting some lovely lavender blooms! I'm thinking it must be a little confused...don't wisteria bloom only in spring?
We have been coaxing the vines over the arbour for a few years now...and had yet to see a bloom. Now as summer is nearing an end, the wisteria decided to surprise me!
I'm off to take the car for an appointment...and then I shall be without wheels for the day.
Enjoy your day!