Monday, May 07, 2007


I hope you all had a good weekend - it was a good one for me! I'm glad I took an executive decision to take the weekend off from blogging because I would have never had time to do all the wonderful things I can blog about to you, today.

First of all, I have to tell you about a few humorous/tragic situations I've had in the past few days...

1. Spray in the face - while trying to spray the bathroom with a lovely scent to increase the pleasure of his bath, I did not look which way the nozzle was pointed and I wound up amusing him to no end by spraying myself full in the face.

2. Clothes full of TP - yep, since I've been living at the 'farm'... with all the lovely pollens I've taken to carrying a pocket full of kleenexes with me to wipe my snerty lil nose... and though I've thought I was faithful to hunt them out of my pockets before starting a load of wash... So, I've spent days picking little white bits off of everything, including out back porch, which has carpet that possesses fantastic cling-on capacity.

3. Miles paid for my own sweater - on the pretext of looking for a side table for our spare room (anyone got a nice side table?) I seeded Miles head with the idea we should take in a few yard sales on Saturday morning. He embraced the idea and we decided to combine it with a photography mission. There was an amazing multi-family yard sale in a pricey area of our town... I only made it to two of the multi, before I used up my budget. But this is what happened - I shed my own sweater to try on a shirt over my t-shirt, asking Miles to hold my sweater for me. He did, and I kept piling things into his willing arms as we went along. I even tried a pair of designer jeans on in our van for fit. At the end of my little try-on, fashion show, Miles negotiated a 'lump sum' for all in his arms, which of course, included my own sweater. We realized this as we were pulling away, but since the lady had been more than fair with her prices we did not go back and tell her.

What DID I buy? I bought 1 pr. designer jeans, 2 (amazing) purses, 1 picture frame, a salt and pepper grinder set and a sweet teapot set (yes, one old teapot goes out to the thrift store now!) All this for a mere $10.


enjoying our fantastic Osoyoos Vista

Our Pastor had a terrific message this Sunday - it was a word of encouragement to STAND FIRM, and he used 1 Samuel 14 to illustrate it. He had us imagining the 600 men trying to hide under the pomegranate tree as the Philistines advanced on them - and then Johnathon's decision to step out in Faith to face the Philistine's army, which was HUGE (besides all the chariots, etc, there were foot soldiers - as many as grains of sand on the shores)

Samuel 14:6 Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few."

And he painted the picture in our minds of how the Philistines were brought to confusion and ended up turning on theirselves. Ah, the power of our LORD - if we will simply TRUST and STAND FIRM.

Samuel 14: 20 Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords.

Won't you TRUST God with your (spiritual) battles today?


1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—

whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life—

of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evil men advance against me

to devour my flesh,

when my enemies and my foes attack me,

they will stumble and fall.

3 Though an army besiege me,

my heart will not fear;

though war break out against me,

even then will I be confident.

4 One thing I ask of the LORD,

this is what I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the LORD

all the days of my life,

to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD

and to seek him in his temple.

5 For in the day of trouble

he will keep me safe in his dwelling;

he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle

and set me high upon a rock.


The other exciting thing to happen to me this weekend, was that Bonnie and I planted some things in the garden on Friday. It was a chance meeting in the first place - I'd gone down to do some raking around the place and bumped into her as she arrived home from a trip to town. It was a beautiful day, and so Bonnie decided to change into her work clothes and come play in the dirt and the sun with me. She brought out her seed collection and we sewed some lettuce, carrots and beans. I can see this is addictive!

"The exceeding beauty of the earth yeilds a new thought with every petal.

The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty

are the only hours when we really live"

- Richard Jefferies


My friend Melanie forwarded this humorous email to me, and I thought I should share them with you - brighten up your Monday:


1. If you are choking on an ice cube simply pour a cup of boiling water down our throat. Presto! The blockage will instantly remove itself.

2. Avoid cutting yourself slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold while you chop.

3. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by using the sink.

4. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins. Remember to use a timer.

5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough.

7. You only need two tools in life - WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.

8. Remember: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.


Today in History:

1429 - English siege of Orl‚ans broken by Joan of Arc

1792 - Capt Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington)

1824 - Beethoven's 9th Symphony performed for 1st time

1915 - Lusitania sunk by German submarine; 1198 lives lost

1927 - SF Municipal Airport (Mills Field) dedicated

1934 - World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan - Philippines

1945 - Nazis surrender to Gen Eisenhower at Reims - France

1947 - Kraft Television Theater premiers

Historical Birthdays:

1774 - Sir Francis Beaufort, naval officer who devised scale of wind force

1812 - Robert Browning, English poet

1833 - Johannes Brahms, enjoys a good lullaby

1840 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (1812 Overture)

1901 - Gary Cooper, actor (High Noon The Plainsman)

1909 - Edwin Land, founded instant photography (Polaroid)

1919 - Eva Per¢n, Argentine 1st lady


Take Environmental Action

The Natural Resources Defence Council is one of the USA's most effective environmental action groups. Their mission is to safegaurd the earth; its people, plants, animals and the natural systems on which it all depends.

(there's a VERY interesting bit about the mysterious killing of America's honey bees)



  1. sounds like you had a beautiful weekend in spite of buying your own sweater lol.. thanks again soo much for all you do :) have a GREAT day!

  2. well that was an awesome weekend for you and Miles....I am glad the weather was great and you and Bonnie look like you enjoyed every minute in your gardens..can't wait to see them Barb ya sis

  3. TY so very much for the great BG pack & the wonderful ornaments from yesterday!!

  4. Good Morning Barb:)
    Question???? Could you possibly be getting TOO much fresh air? LOL As I was reading I thought you were gonna tell us that you had laid the sweater down and forgot to pick it back up..not that you had bought your own sweater again.You must really love it!:)
    I left a comment on DST but will repeat it here..I didn't know you were into "Heavy Metal".... You learn such amazing things about people the longer you know them.LOL
    Thank you so much for your wonderful kit.:)
    I love your Pastors message about trusing in God.Wasn't that the whole theme for Moses and the Israelites? I am sure they would have made it to the promise land in NO TIME AT ALL..if they had trusted DH said he had heard it was a really short space between Egypt and the promised land....but they wondered all over the wilderness for fourty years trying to learn that one piece of info.:)


  5. Spring time ... the gardening bug sure can get you, can't it? There is something about working in the dirt, watching things grow ... it grounds us.

    You found the information about the bees I see. Christians first and foremost should be very conscience of looking out for God's creation ... keepers of the garden. After all, it was Adam's job both before and after the fall. It is so sad that the enemy has us raping and pillaging the earth's resources instead, and all for what?

    There is such an amazing balance that works through all creation. Mind boggling really.

  6. Wow, really cool papers. Thanks!

  7. HI BARB!
    Sorry just felt like shouting out to you. Thanks fro the lovely note this morning. I hope your/Miles' student like my little mini tutorial. I love the responses I've gotten on it so far. Your blog is ever so much fun as always. I'm sorry you sprayed yourself in the face, hopefully you missed your eyes because that just burns. All your little stories were quite humorous, so thank you fro sharing them.

    We too had an excellent sermon this week on judging people and trust. I don't remember the verses. I think it was Acts but don't quote me on that.

    Anywho, thank you for my daily giggle, inspiration and smile. (The last one keeps going for hours after I visit.)
    Hugs to you (and maybe a few extra for you to pass on),
    P.S. If you see or talk to her tell Judy I said, "HELLO!!!"

  8. AnonymousMay 07, 2007

    Hi Barb, Glad to hear you had a fun and funny weekend. Love the funny home remidies,lol...Still laughing at some of them...And of course thank you for the fab freebie...Once again always a pleasure to visit...

    Take care and have a glorious week...Rosemarie

  9. I love the "metal" papers-thank you for sharing!

  10. AnonymousMay 07, 2007

    Love these papers!! They are so unique! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Mrs Miles... always a pleasure to read your blog.. and girl.. your view is so awesome. you are truly blessed to live there aren't you.

    I love the photo of you gardening also.. that is too cute.

    Hugs.. Joy

  12. AnonymousMay 08, 2007

    Absolutely love the metal papers and the ornaments!! Beautiful!! Hugs and thanks! :)

  13. AnonymousMay 11, 2007

    thank you for the metal papers

  14. AnonymousMay 14, 2007

    Great metal kit.tfs


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