What does a face, hair, and WD40 have in common?


My precious baby came down the stairs Monday morning with her hand over her face as if in tooth pain. She said, “Ok, so please don’t be upset.” Instantly – my mom instincts were in full force – what on earth has happened. She removes her hand and I see a comet like white stripe across her face and ear and on in to the hair. Hmmmm. Without panicking and scaring her to death, I’m thinking, “this is a terrible mess!” What I didn’t say to her was: “Where did you get gum before bed?” “I guess you didn’t brush your teeth before bed.” and, “Is there any more gum in your bed?” Instead, I turned to my computer to consult with Mr. Google. What I found was everything from ice to canned air. Well, the ice didn’t work and she didn’t like it on her face either. What I then read was that the really sticky gum doesn’t react well with ice, peanut butter, or oil. Lovely – this gum was the ultimate sticky, peppermint variety. (I still don’t know where she came up with gum.)

So upon further reading, WD40 was mentioned. Did I dare? Oh yes I did! Short of cutting her hair I was seriously running out of options. We covered her face with a towel and I squirted a bit right on that white blob in the hair. After great massage, bit by sticky bit came out of her hair. Luckily she is not tender-headed like one of my other girls. We might have had to sedate that one.

After the hair, we needed a break. I went for a bike ride with the dear husband and upon return she had peeled off the gum from her face. Good! Off to the shower to then attempt to get the WD40 oily mess from her hair. All is well – WD40 did the trick!



Summertime, Summer, Summer, Summertime!!

Hooty Hooo!!!! We’re ALL finally free to frolick! They two youngest homeschooled chickens have been finished since last week but the big 5th grader just finished yesterday. I’m so relieved – if only for a couple of weeks. My plan is to continue our learning this summer just on a modified schedule.

It’s almost 8:00am and the house is still very quiet. DH, bless his heart, leaves every morning around 6:00am for a job that allows me to be here. Oh, I have a full-time job that I absolutely love. As a Director of Children’s Ministries, some days are just more busy than others. The summer months are jam-packed with fun. All of that will ramp up in a couple of weeks. I’ll be tired by August and ready to get back to some sense of normalcy and schedule.

Yesterday was a day for the history books. The girls and I spent most of the afternoon working in the yard. I am determined to become at least moderately adept at yard work/gardening. I must. I must, if only for my mom and grandmother’s memory. I can see them both giving me that tsk, tsk, tsk at the mere look of my yard. Well, it looks better this morning that yesterday – a start!

Already this day: bread is rising, cheese grits on stove, laundry humming, coffee perked

Plans for this day: molasses lace cookies, another section of the yard, laundry, graduation ceremonies for a dear friend’s child tonight, graduation party afterward.

I wish I had pictures this morning but left my camera in my office.   So sorry!

Have a blessed day!

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – May 22, 2008

Outside My Window…
it’s cool this morning (59). All but the birds and squirrels are apparently still sleeping. Our birds have already started their day with song and the squirrels & chipmunks are busy, busy with work.
I am thinking…
about my daily devotion regarding Silence and how it corresponded with the book I’m reading, Celebration of Discipline. Today’s chapter was “The Discipline of Simplicity”. I think our precious Lord has found a way to speak volumes to me. This book and devotion came together on the same day to force me to pay attention. Here’s an excerpt from the chapter, “Simplicity if freedom. Duplicity is bondage. Simplicity brings joy and balance. Duplicity brings anxiety and fear. The preacher of Ecclesiastes observes that ‘God made man simple; man’s complex problems are of his own devising’ (Ecclesiastes 7:30).”
I am thankful for…
From the kitchen…
cheese bread for breakfast. If I were staying home today, I’d love to make up some blueberry scones.
I am wearing…
comfy shorts, tshirt, flip-flops.
I am creating…
a plan for our Vacation Bible School in my mind.
I am going…
to walk a few miles with my best friend. Since the college child is home, I can scoot out for awhile and leave the little people home asleep.  🙂
I am reading…
Celebration of Discipline – The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster. This book was difficult for me to delve in to. After a couple of painful days, I have focused enough in my quiet time to actually absorb the words. Our Sunday School class is reading this book. I did not come to it on my own. From the inside cover, “Dividing the Disciplines into three movements of the spirit, Foster shows how each movement contributes to a balanced spiritual life”.
I am hoping…
for good weather today so I am able to get out in my new “so-called” garden.
I am hearing…
the morning news and the children beginning to stir.
Around the house…
is a mess this morning. Thursday mornings are always cluttered. We have church on Wednesday nights and I am just too tired by the time we get home to do the 30 minute shuffle (pick up junk time).
One of my favorite things…
quiet cup of coffee in the early morning after sweet husband is off to the work.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
Beginning the quest to be simple.
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
This picture was taken a month or so ago. The trees are full of leaves now but I love the light coming through the trees. God is incredible!

Could it be?

I am utterly thrilled with myself! I planted 9 tomato plants, sweet basil, mint, and two red pepper plants. I’ve decided that traditional gardening is not likely for me – or my yard. My mom and grandmother were terrific gardeners. Their yards were always brimming with goodies. Me…not so much – YET! Our yard is very natural with little level ground or grass. My decision is to take a reasonable area that receives afternoon sun and play a little this year. So, in the midst of a few other plants (of which I have no idea the names?) I will plop my little garden. Pictures will be forthcoming tomorrow morning, weather permitting.

Today was Honor’s Day at my oldest daughter’s school. It was nice but I struggle with: is it better to honor so many children with lots of little accomplishments, or…honor the few that have accomplished a few big things. As a mother, in a tender moment, I’m happy for all of these many children that are honored for “trying”. But then I ask myself, are we really doing them a justice?  Hmmm, sounds harsh I guess. Maybe that’s why I homeschool my other two?

My college child is home for the summer! I love having him here but he continually SLEEPS ON THE COUCH! I know we moved a bed to his apartment – did he just not use it? Last night must be the last night he camps out in the family room. Messy, messy college child.   🙂


Since last time – I turned 40!

Oh my, my, my! I cannot believe it’s me that has turned 40! The day came and went without much of a hiccup. Those that didn’t just happen to remember were certainly NOT reminded. It’s a blessing, I know, to be here with my children and husband at 40. I think it’s completely strange to think about 1/2 of your life is quite possibly – all done.

We traveled this past weekend to celebrate my grandparent’s 70th wedding anniversary. They were so cute. Both were all dressed up for their special day. We put together a small video of pictures to commemorate the years. We added some nostalgic music from the 30’s and 40’s. Very fun. My grandmother is the amazing lady that taught me a great deal. She made most of our clothes and cooked like no other. She is now 91 and has Alzheimers so she no longer cooks or sews. I miss that!

We’re experiencing some rough storms today. The rain is much needed. I just hope there are no tornadoes.


Cool, Crisp, Spring Mornings

Before any light pierced the night skies today, the birds began their morning music.  The temperature is in the mid-forties this morning and the air is crisp and clear. As I savored a morning cup of coffee, saw the DH out of the door (before 6:00am!), and took the 3lb pouch out for morning business, I again stand in wonder and awe of God’s mighty world. The birds are singing and the squirrels are busy with their games – life is good!



Homeschool Conference Overload!

Friday morning began early, early. We headed out of town around 7:00 am so that I could meet up with my sister-in-law. The annual CHEF Conference of Alabama was to be in Birmingham again this year and I was armed with my list for each child as well as a list of material I might like to try. We managed to get to the conference around 10:00am after leaving all the little people with the mother-in-law. This is only my second year to go to the conference and I was still absolutely in awe! The number of vendors, the material, the books! I could have stayed all day – literally.  I think what I like the most is that I can touch the books and even compare two or more that I’ve not been sure about. We left a little before 2:00 with most of what we needed. I have a few things to pick up this summer but all in all the day was a success.

For those that actually stayed for the workshops and were able to go repeatedly to the curriculum hall – whew – I would have been exhausted.

Can’t wait for next year!!

I REALLY love to cook…

I promised my oldest daughter that I’d cook something special for her Mexican day at school. She said all of the other children were just bringing chips and salsa. No problem – I’ll work up something extra special. After asking a few friends for suggestions, we decided on simple chicken enchiladas. So, off to school she went this morning knowing I’d bring in the dish later. I have had the best time this morning puttering around in my kitchen putting it all together. I really love to cook! I always have. I wish I loved yard work as much…. hmmmmm, not likely.  🙂

The little people are coming home from the beach today!! Can’t wait to see them, hug them, kiss them, listen to their silly stories….I’ve missed those little monkeys! I had plans to have accomplished much more than I have while they’ve been gone. Their rooms were top on my list but ultimately kept falling to the bottom. Now, neither of their two rooms have been touched. I generally don’t venture up the stairs to their rooms and so, I don’t have to look if I choose not to. Terrible – just terrible. We must change out winter clothes for summer clothes and purge all that doesn’t fit.

The chicken enchilada recipe:

1 8oz. pkg of softened cream cheese

1 small container of sour cream

1 large jar of medium or hot salsa (I used mild.)

4 chicken breasts

10-12 corn or flour tortillas (I used flour – we don’t like the corn tortillas.)

1 package taco cheese (I grated cheddar.)

Season chicken breasts to taste and grill or brown in frying pan. Cut cream cheese or spoon into bowl. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and add to the cream cheese. Stir until melted, then stir in 1/2 of the jar of salsa. Warm tortillas in microwave until softened. Add a heaping tablespoon of chicken imix to tortilla and roll up. Place seam side down in a greased 9 x 13 pan. After all chicken is used, mix sour cream and the rest of the salsa together in a separate bowl. Spread over the enchiladas. Cover the cheese and bake until cheese is melted and golden brown.

Serves 4 – 6 people

Too Quiet Around Here

The weekend was action-packed and crazy. With a soccer tournament out of town, Confirmation at our church, and the two youngest leaving for the beach – it’s taken a couple of days to wind down.

The weather was a problem for the tournament and the games were continually pushed back in the day. Long about lunchtime I met up with extended family on their way down to the beach. Our two little ones jumped in the car and barely looked back. They both were absolutely thrilled to be going to the beach. For the past week they have told everyone (strangers, friends, foe) they were going to the beach. Comments for them to bring back sand and seashells were taken very seriously as they packed ziploc bags and jars in their suitcases. I’ve talked with them several times since they arrived at the beach and they are absolutely thrilled – just giddy with excitement. We have 11 children in our extended family. Seven of these cousins are with my two youngest at the beach. They’ve dug personal swimming pools in the sand as well as what they called a “public” pool where they could all meet up together. The waves have been perfect for jumping for some of the brood. My youngest said only her toes could touch the water because the yellow flag was out ANDDDDD they saw a “SHARK”! I asked her to explain the shark sighting and how she knew it was a shark – her comment was that while looking through the binoculars, she and her comrad cousin could see “pointy thingies on its wing”. She was ever so serious about this sighting!

Otherwise – all is calm, too much so, around here. There were a couple of times yesterday where had to regroup and decide what I wanted to do next – very unusual! It’s been a nice break but two days is really enough and I’m ready for the little monkeys to come back. They’ll be headed this way tomorrow. No idea how we’ll be meeting up with them – need to do that today.

We have a request from my daughter’s school for a Mexican dish. They are celebrating Cinco de Mayo tomorrow (5/7/08)? I’d like to make something special and a bit different from what they’ll expect everyone to bring. I’ll be perusing recipes today to surprise my sweet child and her teachers!

Sweet Life

Just have to post – my senses are overwhelmed at the moment.

Little banchee children on the homemade (and very old) swingset in the backyard. Piercing screams of laughter fill the neighborhood air.

Cool breeze of spring in the south.

NPR on the radio with Kathy Mattea singing about the coal mine disaster in West Virginia. http://www.mattea.com/KathyMatteaCoal.html

Warm smell of dinner on the stove and the teapot telling me it’s time for the teabags.

Washing machine and dryer working in the laundry room – smell of fresh laundry coming back in through the open windows.

Wow – wow – wow – God “sure does” bless us doesn’t he????