Monday, July 16, 2018

Nothing to see here!

It's been pretty quiet around here, hasn't it? I've been working and teaching but nothing remarkable has happened. Next week is camp already, so along with work this week I will be packing. I will definitely write about camp this year again --- so there will be activity on here in a few weeks! :) 

What have you been up to this summer? 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A refreshing stroll, part 2, and some (a.k.a 30ish) toads

Here's the rest of the pictures from the other evening and also a picture of just about every little toad we saw today on a walk. They were so photogenic and tiny!

Here goes for the toads!! I think there were about thirty. . . I kept these pictures small so this post wouldn't be extremely long. I think if you click on the pictures they get bigger, which might be helpful, because some of the toads are playing a sort of hide and seek.


Um, no, the toadies aren't always in focus and holding still.... ↓

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A refreshing stroll, Part 1

Sunday after church I went out with my camera and took some flower pictures. The weather was lovely --- I always love a good cool breeze, and the gray skies made for some soft lighting. I was having some technical difficulties with my editor tonight, so that's why this is split into two posts. 


Yellow Creeping Sedum, with a little bee :)


I can't remember this one.....

Monday, June 4, 2018

Fruit flies be gone!

It's getting to be that time of year again... When it gets warm and the fruit flies are in your kitchen looking for food. We've always had clementines or apples or bananas out on the counter in a fruit bowl, and we've always tried those fruit fly traps, or the vinegar mixtures to catch them. But we found those weren't very successful. 😕

Well, we finally found something that works, and so I thought I would share it here. Take it or leave it. 

WASH your fruit! The bananas especially, we've found. No more fruit flies! 

I start work tomorrow so I might be absent for a bit as I get into my new routine! 

Thursday, May 24, 2018


We got back from NH this week and what a difference six days makes! The trees are leafed out and the grass was tall, and the lilacs were in full bloom. It was lovely to come home to summer. 

This summer I will try to post at least once a week. I start work in June, Tuesday-Friday and every other Saturday, 6am-2:30, so I'll try to post Mondays or in the evenings. I ended up never hearing from the place I originally applied at, so I looked elsewhere for a job. I'll be working at a local (half an hour from us, anyway) bakery --- rated 7th in the nation for small-town family owned bakeries. My job will be decorating donuts, making and baking cookies, serving customers, and other odd jobs. I am looking forward to it, but I am hoping to still have practice time in the afternoons. 

Camp is the end of July, and the bakery takes a week off the first week in August, so I think the timing will be just right --- I won't have to rush back to work right after death week. ;) 

I finished strong in the college PSEO classes, with A-, A, A+, A+. Hopefully I can keep it up next semester! My GPA is 3.89.

How is life going for you? Are summer activities and events keeping you busy yet? 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Teach Me, My God and King!

Teach Me, My God and King

Teach me, my God and King, 
in all things Thee to see,
and what I do in anything,
to do it as for Thee.

To scorn the senses' sway,
while still to Thee I tend;
in all I do be Thou the Way,
in all be Thou the End.

All may of Thee partake;
nothing so small can be,
but draws, when acted for Thy sake,
greatness and worth from Thee.

If done t'obey Thy laws,
e'en servile labors shine;
hallowed is toil, if this the cause,
the meanest work divine.

~George Herbert, 1633; recast by John Wesley, 1738

This is a new hymn to me, and I really love its honesty and simplicity. Have you heard it before? Our hymnal has it set to the tune Festal Song by William Henry Walter, 1894

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Spring, at long last!

I went out and took some pictures today. Mostly of Sunny, but some of the GREEN that is happening around here! 

Isn't she pretty?!?! 

We only have on little blue flower plant blooming right now, and today I saw a honey-bee on it, so I quickly snapped some photos. This is my favorite: 

And then the little bush that always looks like mini roses as it comes up:

What's your favorite thing about spring? The smell, the fresh air, the sunshine??