Tuesday, November 21, 2017

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 21

I give thanks for safe travel and joyful homecomings for our military service members and other travelers and their families.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 11/20/2017

It's time for another Happy Homemaker Monday with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  Click here if you'd like to join in.

The weather:::

Up and down this week - range is 47 to 64 - I hope the weather will be kind in your area if you're traveling for the holiday.

On my reading pile:::
I'm embarassed to say that Part Four of Keep the Home Fires Burning is STILL STILL still waiting on my Kindle.  I've been too busy with December Daily to read anything.

On my TV:::
Outlander, Season 3, on STARZ
Poldark on PBS
The Durrells in Corfu on PBS

On the menu for this week:::

Monday - Flank Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Mushrooms
Tuesday - Holiday Potluck at Vic's office, dinner will most likely be leftovers from that
Wednesday - Grilled Shrimp, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes
Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Corn, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry Jelly, Rolls, Pumpkin and Pecan Pies
Friday and no doubt for several days to come - Thanksgiving Leftovers!

On my to-do list:::
  • Continuing on with the Holiday Grand Plan - it's Dining Room Week - time to get out all the fancy dishes and make a lovely centerpiece for the holiday meal
  • Thanksgiving Dinner and then it's time to break out the Christmas tree
  • Black Friday
  • 36th Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market
  • Harry Potter performance - the first movie will be shown and accompanied by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
My December Daily Product Play class has yielded some great ideas with circles, hearts, and stars that I will incorporate into my album.

Looking around the house:::
Laundry, sticking to the daily housekeeping plan.

From the camera:::

A photo in front of the tree at the Rec Center where the first craft fair was held - the tree had round, shiny ornaments along with sports ornaments - basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, etc., such a cute idea

Something fun (or intriguing) to share:::

Pottery Barn - so many beautiful decorations, lovely tablescapes and decor items

What I'm wearing today:::
Jeans, long-sleeved shirt, fleece jacket, socks, and clogs.

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 20


I give thanks for Prayer Warriors - for those who pray for others. I am blessed to be surrounded by awesome friends and family who cover our family in prayer.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 19

 I give thanks for central heating, air conditioning, easy access to clean, running water, and sanitation...things we often take for granted.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 18

 I give thanks for planes, trains and automobiles! Although I would love to live in a quaint little English village with a central shopping area within walking distance, I am thankful that I have access to reliable means of transportation. As much as I might think I would enjoy a ride in a stagecoach or on horseback, I'm glad I don't have to rely on those methods to do my errands or long-distance traveling!

Friday, November 17, 2017

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 17

I give thanks for household chores. If there wasn't any laundry to do, it would mean we didn't have clothes. If there weren't any dishes to wash, it would mean we didn't have food to prepare and serve. If there weren't any dust bunnies to vacuum or clutter to clear, it would mean that I didn't have an active family to pick up after. Even chores have hidden blessings!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 16

I give thanks for Praise and Worship music - LOVE it! Among my top favorites are "Lead Me to the Cross", "Awesome God", "Only Imagine", "How Great is our God", and "God of Wonders."

"I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands."
Psalm 63:4

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 15

I give thanks for good health and the access to free medical care. Not everyone in this country has that privilege, and there are thousands in this world who have no access other than that provided by charitable aid organizations. I give thanks to those who give of their time and talents to provide for others.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 14

I give thanks for job security. In these challenging economic times, I am thankful for Vic's career, that his hard work has brought him success, and a comfortable standard of living for his family. The military is not for everyone, but for those who chose to make it a way of life, it has many benefits. The days of long-term employment with the same company and a nice retirement at the end of it are not as common as they used to be, but with the military, those days are still possible.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 11/13/2017

It's time for another Happy Homemaker Monday with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  Click here if you'd like to join in.

The weather:::

Temperatures mostly in the 50s this week although we will have 67 one day and 49 this weekend.  Raining today - fall has definitely arrived.

On my reading pile:::
Part Four of Keep the Home Fires Burning is STILL still waiting on my Kindle.  I've been too busy with December Daily to read anything.

On my TV:::
Outlander, Season 3, on STARZ
Poldark on PBS
The Durrells in Corfu on PBS

On the menu for this week:::

I'm going grocery shopping later today so I need to make menus - tilapia tonight and that's as far as menu planning goes so far.

On my to-do list:::
  • Continuing on with the Holiday Grand Plan - it's Attic Week, how appropriate since our heating system isn't working properly and the HVAC people will be out today to go into the attic to see what's going on.
  • Pick up my earnings at the consignment shop
  • Spouses' group board meeting
  • Manicure
  • Spouses' group field trip to the MacArthur Memorial with lunch after that
  • Bangs trim
  • Dentist appointment
  • Doctor's appointment
  • Start my overseas screening
  • Dirty Dancing - Broadway in Norfolk performance
  • Santa's Stocking craft fair
  • Old World Christmas Market at the local Victorian Museum
It's going to be quite a week!
  • An update on the vintage ceramic tree - I decided to buy it but when I went to Hallmark, it was much smaller than I remembered so I used my reward dollars on an ornament instead - I'm still looking for the tree, but in a larger size

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
A faulty router discovered and replaced over the weekend means that I am three classes behind for December Daily - going to remedy that as soon as this post goes up.  Vic and I made all the Christmas Cards with the Stampin' Up supplies and they turned out very nice - can't post a picture here right now since several of my blog pals will be getting one in the mail.  I can give you a little sneak peak though.

Looking around the house:::
Laundry, sticking to the daily housekeeping plan.

From the camera:::

Beautiful decorations and a cute gift item at the gift shop where I volunteer

Something fun (or intriguing) to share:::
 I can't taken my Kitchen Aid to Okinawa so I was searching for a potato ricer to make easy mashed potatoes.  Oxo had one that has two handles that you push towards each other to force the potatoes through the holes but it looked cumbersome so I searched some more and found this gem - the Joseph Joseph Helix Ricer - you line up the top part with the red dot on the side of the bottom part and twist and voila, the potatoes go through with almost no effort - love it!

What I'm wearing today:::
Jeans, long-sleeved shirt, fleece jacket, socks, and clogs.

Catching Up on 30 Days of Thanksgiving - Days 10, 11, 12, and 13

A faulty router rendered us incommunicado for most of the weekend so I'll be playing catch up today.

I give thanks for my extended family. The majority of Mum's family is in the UK, and most of Dad's family on the West Coast. Mum had two siblings, Grace and Jack, and Dad was one of seven, and there are two surviving siblings on Dad's side - Mary and Carol. Many of my parents' siblings have been married more than once so there is quite a large number of cousins (my cousins on my Dad's side shown above in 2004), and now second and third cousins.

I often wish that I had been born and raised in one place, and had a huge extended family around me, but then again, I value the experiences that I gained from traveling around during my Dad's military career. I give thanks for modern technology that keeps us all connected.

I give thanks for our veterans. As the daughter of a retired Army veteran (Dad shown above in 1948 and Vic in 2013), and the wife of an active duty Navy servicemember, our veterans are very dear to my heart. All gave some, some gave all. I was amazed to rough calculate that I have over 100 family members and close friends who have served or are currently serving in the military. Thank you for your service and God bless you all. 

I give thanks for my friends. Having been practically from one side of the world to the other, they are pretty spread out, but thanks to e-mail and Facebook, we keep in touch one way or the other! There have been many seasons in my life and in each one, special friends.

Hazel, my grammar school (high school) classmate. We had a lot of high jinks in our years together and many, many laughs! 

My dear friend, Sharon in California. We worked together from 1978 to 1991 and she will always have a very special place in my heart.

My Sisters in Christ from our MOPS and Ladies Bible Study days in Florida, my Sisterchicks, how wonderful it was to see four of them this summer in Minnesota.  Our kids started off in the Chapel Nursery together and now they are all moving through their high school and college years. I can't think of Florida without thinking also of Janet L, Sophia's honorary grandmother "Mama Janet".

My dear friend, Jodie from Virgina. Homeschooling and scrapbooking were our passions while we were together, along with American Girl, anything to do with tea and tea parties, and Longaberger.

And Janet B, dear friend of Mum and Dad, who became like an older sister to me and my sister Barbara. Janet managed the retirement community where Mum and Dad lived and is dearly loved by all of us.

I give thanks for precious memories of special family holiday celebrations. Our family (Dad, Mum, Barbara and I) spent so many years in foreign countries, miles away from family, and as adults, we were often separated by an ocean. Now, Vic, Sophia and I are a bi-coastal family, soon to be separated by the Pacific Ocean. Holidays when we were all together were especially precious. In particular, we have our Kettlewell Family Christmas 2001, Thanksgiving 2002 which was Mum's last, and Christmas 2008 in Bend, Oregon which was Dad's last Christmas.  This photo was taken in Kettlewell, it's the bridge over Kettlewell Beck leading to the church.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 9

I give thanks for our home church, EFC (Evangelical Friends Church) Newport, a place of awesome praise and worship music, in-depth study of the Word in many forums, and fellowship with great people.  We really miss it.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

11th Tea Cup & Mug Exchange Reveal

The lovely Stephanie over at The Enchanting Rose was our hostess for the 11th Tea Cup & Mug Exchange in September and today is the reveal post - over 200 tea lovers from around the world participated, giving and receiving tea cups and mugs with lovely goodies to go along.

My package came from Sharon at Tales from Twisty Lane.  The tea cup and saucer were an exquisite Sweet Pea pattern that looks to have been hand-painted on the cup and saucer.  There was a cute dish for a used tea bag, a pot holder and note cards with a tea cup/teapot design, an autumn candle, a box of two Shea Butter soaps, an autumn tea towel, a flip-up notebook (love that kind with the spiral at the top), and a tea canister loaded with my favorite, English breakfast tea.  Thank you, Sharon!

Sharon lives in Houston and I was very happy to read that she was spared the wrath of Hurricane Harvey.  It was lovely to meet a new friend.

My package went all the way to Adak, Alaska to Carolyn whose adventures can be found on her blog, My Seaside Cottage.

Add The Enchanting Rose to your blog list and stayed tuned for the next Tea Cup & Mug Exchange.

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 8

I give thanks for MudLynn, our family dog, and for all the loyal and devoted family pets who have blessed our lives. I give thanks for people who care for their animals, and for those who fight for the rights of all animals to be treated with love.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

If this is Tuesday, it must be England #83

The Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall, and Countess of Wessex watch the Remembrance Sunday proceedings from a balcony in 2016

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 12 November in 2017, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

For the 65 years of her reign, with only a handful of exceptions, the Queen has led the nation in its Remembrance Sunday commemorations, laying a wreath at the Cenotaph with the Duke of Edinburgh supporting her.  This November, for the first time, the Queen and Duke will instead choose to watch proceedings from a balcony, as the Prince of Wales steps in to represent his mother.  The Queen asked the Prince to take her place for the key moment of ceremony, in a significant and very visible change to the traditional wreath-laying.  Now 91, the Queen will instead join her 96-year-old husband on the balcony of the nearby Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as the Duke breaks his retirement to honour veterans and the fallen.
It is the first time the Prince will lay the wreath at the Cenotaph watched by his mother.  He has undertaken the role once before, in 1983, while the Queen was undertaking an overseas tour in Kenya.  It is only the sixth time the Queen has missed laying the wreath herself, including a 1961 trip to Ghana, a 1968 visit to Brazil, and in 1999 when she was in South Africa.  The Duke of Edinburgh has represented her on two occasions, in 1959 and 1963 when she was expecting her two youngest children, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
On November 12 this year, she and the Duke will appear together on the balcony generally occupied during the service by other members of the Royal Family including the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.  An aide said the Duke was determined to attend the ceremony and wished to be with his family while the Queen chose to be alongside her husband.
The couple will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on November 20. 
"The Queen wishes to be alongside the Duke of Edinburgh and he will be in the balcony," a source added.
The moment of the wreath laying will be hugely significant for admirers of the Royal Family, as the Queen chooses to pass over the key symbolic moment to her son and heir.  Last year, she reportedly used a lighter wreath than usual to place at the Cenotaph, in a rare concession to her age.  In 2015, it was claimed that the traditional service was shortened in order to decrease the amount of time the Queen and the Duke had to stand out in the cold weather, and in a sign of respect to the elderly veterans taking part in the parade.
Source:  www.telegraph.co.uk

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 7

I give thanks for our home. It's a modest one-story house with three bedrooms, one bathroom, and a basement we hope to finish one day. It suits our needs and budget perfectly, and it is full of warmth, coziness, and love. It is the place where wonderful memories are and will be made. We are so blessed to be homeowners in this age when so many have lost, or are losing, their homes. We are doubly blessed right now to have an awesome property manager and lovely tenants to take care of our home while we are stationed elsewhere.  One day, perhaps, we will be able to go back to it.

Monday, November 6, 2017

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 6

I give thanks for freedom - the freedom of speech and freedom to worship, the democratic and due processes that so many in this world do not enjoy. I give thanks for the freedom to explore - new careers, new educational opportunities, new places, new experiences. When I wake up every morning, I am free to do whatever I like (within reason and the law, of course!).

Happy Homemaker Monday 11/6/2017

It's time for another Happy Homemaker Monday with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  Click here if you'd like to join in.

The weather:::

A ridiculously high 79 degrees today but then moving down into the low 60s all week - is this truly fall?

On my reading pile:::
Part Four of Keep the Home Fires Burning is still waiting on my Kindle.  I've been too busy with December Daily to read anything.

On my TV:::
Outlander, Season 3, on STARZ
Doc Martin, Season 8, on Acorn
Poldark on PBS
The Durrells in Corfu on PBS

On the menu for this week:::

Monday - Flank Steak, Roasted Red Potatoes, Mushrooms
Tuesday - Bangers and Mash
Wednesday - Salmon, Roasted Red Potatoes, Carrots
Thursday - Lemon-Garlic Grilled Shrimp, Zucchini
Friday - Dinner and a Movie (The Foreigner with Pierce Brosnan)

On my to-do list:::
  • Continuing on with the Holiday Grand Plan - it's Garage Week, Vic's domain, but I have a few things out there I need to sort.
  • Volunteer shift at the gift shop
  • Decision time - to buy or not to buy - the vintage ceramic tree during Hallmark's Holiday Open House (runs until November 10) so I can use my $10 worth of rewards dollars on the purchase

Anyone else have memories of this tree?

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
December Daily - working on my foundation pages, reading all the amazing ideas in the Facebook group, watching past years' videos for more inspiration.  My cover page looks like this - not sure I'm going to add anything else but I'm thinking about a sentiment at the very bottom, just not sure which one yet.

A decorated 6x8 sheet (the tree made from words) with an overlay of a transparency full of green sentiments.  I adhered a wooden star (that I embossed in gold) on the overlay to give it some texture.

Looking around the house:::
Laundry, sticking to the daily housekeeping plan.

From the camera:::

This weekend's haul - we visited a craft fair and drove over to the town of Smithfield (Smithfield ham, anyone?) for the town's Christmas in Smithfield event - I picked up a surprise for MudLynn (it's in the paw print bag) and the lighthouse at the craft fair and the little pig in Smithfield

Something fun (or intriguing) to share:::

Vic started his overseas screening last week.  I have one doctor's appointment to get out of the way and then I'll start mine.

We went to see A Bad Moms Christmas on Friday - be warned, it's heavy on the language and downright inappropriate at times but hilarious.  That's entertainment these days I'm afraid.

What I'm wearing today:::
Jeans, T-shirt, it's 79 degrees, what can I say?