Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It Was Hot...

Yes, it was hot!
  
But it was also a beautiful day on the lake.
  
  We put up two canopies and brought tables from the church for us to put all the food on.  We set up our area on the grass right before the sandy part of the beach.  

It was beautiful.   
We ordered large sandwiches from Subway and had plenty of chips.  I made a nice salad with lettuce from my garden.  We also had macaroni salad that Suzanne made. 

Everything was yummy!  
We had so much dessert.  
But who doesn't like cake and cookies?  
I made two types of cake and two types of cookies.  
Another friend, Nicole, made these FABULOUS cookies.  
I really need to get the recipe.

Here I am with my good friend Olga who is the director of our Girls Program at church.  
I teach the junior high class.  Olga teaches the high school class.    
The highlight of the day was the tug-of-war between the girls and the boys!
That's Michael trying his hardest to pull!  Curt, our lifeguard for the day is behind him and Jonathan is also pulling.  He brought his two girls and stayed for the fun!
Here are the girls.  The boys were NO match for them!  
We played 3 games and the girls won all 3!  
It was so much fun!  
As you can see, everyone had a great day!  

The lake was beautiful.  The water is pretty clean!  
You can see the bottom of the lake in the shallow end.   
It's a pretty large lake.  
There were quite a few boats on the lake yesterday and there's even a boat rental. 
    
It was a beautiful day filled with fun and I know all the kids had a great time and that's what it's really all about, right?  
Enjoy your Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Day at the Lake...

We are very fortunate to live near a lake, a state park lake in fact, about 5 miles from our house.

But I haven't been all year!

Today I'm going with the Missionettes from church.  
And the boy's program is tagging along.  
Mainly because most of the leaders have boys that we just can't leave at home!  
No seriously, it's a combined outing.  
Only all the boy's leaders are working, so we will have to supervise the boys as well.  
It always works out that way, doesn't it?

There are no lifeguards at the lake this year.  
This had me very worried.  
But thankfully, one of our karate instructors at the church is also a lifeguard and he is coming.  I think this is wonderful... that this recent college graduate wants to spend a day hanging out with a bunch of old women and kids.  

So I'm off to pick a TON of lettuce to make a nice salad for our picnic.  
I still need to bake some cookies and another cake.  
It's going to be hot today, 
but we have some canopies all ready to go up on the beach
and 
I plan on sitting under one all day!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  
Here at Walking on Sunshine it was FULL.  
A little too full, but there was nothing I could do about that. 

The Colonel started a "surprise" project for me last weekend 
and spent most of Saturday working on it again.  
It's not much of a surprise anymore.  
I'll post some pictures later this week on what he's working on.  

I had worship rehearsal Saturday morning.  
I got to church at 9:30 and rehearsal was supposed to start at 10:00, but of course it didn't get started until 10:35.  
Yes, I'm being precise in my time!
Because I think if rehearsal starts at 10:00, everyone should be there at 10:00.
I will say no more on that!

I like to get to rehearsal early so I can go over the songs one more time on the church piano, hand out the lists, make a copy of the hymns we're singing.  
For some reason they're too small in the hymn book for me now!  
I like to "enlarge" them.  
I'm getting so old.

I finally got home around 1:00 and fixed lunch for all of us and then put some sauce and meatballs together in the crock pot for our Sunday dinner 
while hubby finished working on his project.  
Then we FINALLY headed out to do our birthday shopping.  

Yes, our birthdays were 2 weeks ago.  

We really didn't get each other much because we had this plan to go shopping 
and each pick out what we really wanted.  
The kids gave us gifts though!  
I received some nice shower gel from Michael and Olivia gave me one of those scented sticks.  I've never had them; they smell really nice.  
Both the kids each gave the Colonel books.  

So off to shopping.  
We found these really nice shops a few weeks ago about 40 minutes from our house.  
They're outdoor shops, not outlets, with a bunch of restaurants as well.  
We walked all around and had a nice dinner but...

Completely forgot to buy something!  

Oh well!  

Sunday was full with church, piano, home, dinner, practice, church, more piano.  
I think you get the picture of my weekend!

I will be posting my giveaway this week, so please make sure you come and enter!  

Enjoy your Monday.  
I'm off to spend some time with all of my blogging friends!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Green Beans...

I went to the garden this morning to pick some lettuce for lunch and to my surprise, this is what I came back with!

Thankfully Toni had a post the other day on how to freeze them.

After washing and trimming the ends, boil the green beans for 3 minutes...  
Then a quick bath in ice water to stop the cooking process...
Then lay them out and dry...
 Place in bags, date and freeze! 
 I packaged them in what we would use for a meal.  
They should last like this for a year, but I don't think they'll be in the freezer that long!

I found another wonderful surprise in the garden...
Sugar snap peas...
They were so delicious, I was eating them from the vine while picking them!

And more lettuce for lunch.
  The Colonel and I are really enjoying our garden.  
I'm hoping next year to plant carrots and maybe even look into planting potatoes.  
Just need to figure out WHERE to store the potatoes!  

Any ideas?  

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Guest Blogger...

This was written by the Colonel while he was home on medical leave...ENJOY!

Lois’ husband checking in. I’ll be doing today’s blog entry.

First, I want to thank everyone for their prayers. The Army (on the advice of Airforce Doctors - LOL) has seen fit to grant me a couple weeks’ convalescence leave.
Yes, my condition was a little more serious than I fully appreciated at first.

I want to make it clear that I am grateful for the concern and attention from everyone here at Walking on Sunshine, our church family, friends from the neighborhood, and my unit.

That being said, I am going to make a departure from my physical health and bring up a much lighter topic. This is an awkward segue, but stick with me because this is something that has provided me with a certain fascination for a few years.

Night lights.
Yes, night lights.

When I was growing up in Queens, NY
I recall my parents had a singular night light.
It was a small plug-in model, with a hood and an old fashioned Christmas tree bulb. It was usually placed, if at all, on the outlet near the return vent in the hallway.
Occasionally I would find it plugged into the outlet above the sink in the hallway bathroom.

One night light.
If even that.

Well, how times have changed.
Even faithful followers of my wife’s blog may not know that for the first
2 years after we built this house, I was stationed in Atlanta and
flew up to Pennsylvania to re-connect with everyone every 4-6 weeks.

Needless to say, my family was not the only thing with which I needed to get re-acquainted.

Thanksgiving weekend, 2003 was the first night in my new home.
Lois and the children were already settled in, so I was the new, yet very
much welcomed component in this dynamic.
They had already been here for about 30 days.

On my first night in my new home, I got up in the middle of the night
to go downstairs to the refrigerator to get something.
On the way down, I was guided by at least a dozen of little glowing switches on the walls.
I was immediately struck by just how many.
Then down in the kitchen, there were more.
Plus the LCD clock on the stove and the microwave.

Today, now that the house is put together,
there are the lights from the phones -
the one in the bedroom, and the one in the library.

Then there are the switches and running lights on the computers and monitors, the printers. We have six smoke detectors with their little pinpoints of light
and a carbon monoxide detector with a full digital readout.

There is the light coming from the septic alarm next to the circuit breakers,
and there are the clock radios in our bedrooms.

Did I leave anything out?
Oh yes, there’s the glow from the garage door opener switches, as well as the running lights on the two garage door openers themselves.

This weekend, I did a tour of the house to actually count the glowing light switches.

I gave up when I got to 40.
That's a far cry from the one lonely nightlight I had in my house in Queens!

Have a blessed week everyone.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend! 
 It was pretty good here.  
I was able to learn all the songs that I needed to BUT...

All I really had to learn were chords.  
I was told not to "lead" on the piano and not to worry about playing anything but the chords.  That was very hard for me.  
I've never been told not to lead or play the tempo.  Just play chords?  
I did my best and the worship leader played his guitar and led as he sang.  

I don't want to go into too much detail because I know some people from church read my blog and I don't want anyone to think I'm against the change, but to be honest with you... 
I didn't enjoy playing yesterday.  

I love playing the piano and this was hard for me.  
Let's hope things are different for this Sunday.

And now on to something more pleasant!

I went SHOPPING!

So I will get everything together and figure out how to do this giveaway in a day or two.  

Tomorrow I have a guest blogger...the Colonel.  
He wrote something awhile ago and I almost forgot about it!  
Sorry Colonel.

Well I'm off to spend some time visiting with all of my wonderful blogging friends.  

Enjoy your Monday!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It's Thursday...

And I really have nothing to say!  
Absolutely NOTHING!

Okay let's come back from la-la land.  
I always have SOMETHING to say!

Life has been busy.  
I'm extremely busy learning new songs for church.  
Some I like, some I'm not too sure about.

This Sunday is one that we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out.  

Let's just say I'm having a hard time learning these songs!  

And here's my THOUGHT for the day...

What's wrong with the old songs?  

You know, the ones that speak of God's grace and love for us?  
The ones that mention the blood of Jesus cleansing us from our sins?

Not that I don't like the new ones.  
It's just that some of them are a little too focused on "Me" instead of on "Jesus."  
And isn't that what worship is suppose to be about?  

I can't help but notice as I'm sitting there playing the piano on 
Sunday mornings... 
Sunday nights...
Wednesday nights...
Okay, I'm the only piano player for the moment in our church.

But really, I can't help but notice that when we sing the older songs, our worship becomes alive.  Our worship becomes more focused on the saving grace and power of our Lord.  

So I'm off to learn 5 new songs for Sunday, yes 5!

What are your thoughts on this subject?  

Enjoy your Thursday!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy Birthday...

Colonel!

I think you all know by now how I feel about this man.

He is my best friend and I love him dearly.

I love the way he takes care of me and provides for us.  

Every year we are apart on his birthday.  

EVERY YEAR he has work to do for the Army.  

And EVERY YEAR I couldn't be more proud of him.

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Happy Monday!

I cannot believe another week has come and gone!  
AND...
I still haven't been shopping for my giveaway!

Thank you all for the beautiful comments for my birthday on Saturday. 
 Between the wishes I received on Facebook and here, this has been a great birthday!  

And it was a great birthday.  
A little quiet, but I like quiet.  
The Colonel worked Saturday but managed to get home in time to barbecue some steak and my mom made some great potatoes and I picked fresh lettuce from the garden.  
We had the ice cream cake I mentioned.  
Never did get around to making that blueberry pie!

Today is a crazy day here at Walking on Sunshine. 
 Olivia has a doctor's appointment for a vaccine.  
Then we both need to go to the bank...
YES, she has paychecks to deposit!

Then it's off to the hospital for her final blood work to be taken for her Vitamin D deficiency.  I'm not sure if I shared but her levels are up to 27.  Normal is anything above 50.  
When we first started this journey, she was at a 9.  
So we're thankful and hopeful they will continue to rise.

Michael has a bowling party to attend this afternoon and Olivia has work.  I need to figure out how to pick Michael up and get Olivia to work at the same time...
not sure, but I will probably need to call my mom!  
Then Michael has karate and I will need to pick Olivia up from work sometime later tonight.  
Oh, and let's not forget there's tons of laundry to do!  

I know all this craziness is temporary and the kids will one day not need me to take them everywhere and help them get to their events. 
 
So I will enjoy the day spent in the car.  
I will enjoy running them here, there and everywhere!

Enjoy your Monday.  
I'm off to spend some time with all my wonderful blogging friends 
before the kids wake up and the day gets started!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Happy Birthday...

To Me!
Yes today is my birthday.  

And I have BIG PLANS for today...

Well, not really!

The Colonel is working today but will be home later in the afternoon.

I have worship rehearsal this morning.  Then I need to run to the medical supply store to find supplies for the Colonel...

But first I have to find the store!
Olivia has to work this afternoon.

It's amazing how life just goes on when it's a special day, right?  

I spent yesterday morning at my friend Robin's house.  
She had a few friends over and made breakfast for me.  
It was a beautiful morning.

I will be making a nice dinner for tonight.  
My mom will come over and we will have ice cream cake.  
Even though I would love a nice blueberry or peach pie.  

We will celebrate two birthdays today...

Mine and The Colonel's...

His is on Tuesday!

My favorite scripture verse...

To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. 
O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Psalms 30:12

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

See How My Garden Grows...

I love my garden. 
The Colonel and I have worked really hard on it this year.
Well, he really has. 
 I've just "directed" him.
 I've shared pictures of him expanding it before. 
You can read about them here and here.

I wanted very much to plant lettuce this year. But for some strange reason, I was unable to find lettuce "plants" anywhere! I sent Sue an email asking her a question regarding lettuce and she so kindly answered me and offered to send me some seeds. 

I never imagined the treasure that would arrive a few days later. 
Can you believe she sent me all these seed packets? 

 I went right to work planting the seeds in the garden, 
not really sure if they were going to come up!  
Here are a few of the lettuces and my sugar snap peas planted at the back.  

Here they are just a few days ago...

Another bed with more lettuce and green beans at the back...

This is what I picked the other day for dinner...

Our pumpkins a few days ago...

Can you see the one that has poked through the fence and is now in my zinnia garden?
We also have tomatoes, zucchini and cucumber plants.  
The tomatoes have not enjoyed all the rain we have been receiving in the northeast.  
But they are beginning to "dry" out and do some growing.  
The same with the zucchini and cucumber plants.  
I imagine I'll be picking some in a few weeks.  

I want to say a special "Thank You" to Sue for being so kind 
and supplying our garden this year!  
If you've never been to her blog, I highly recommend it!  
She and her husband have a beautiful farm 
and she shares tons of pictures of the farm on her blog weekly.  

And a really SPECIAL "Thank You" 
to the Colonel 
who so lovingly says, 
"YES" every time I ask.

Do you plant a garden?  Have any pictures on your blog?  
Leave me a comment, I'd love to come see your garden!
Enjoy your day! 

Monday, July 6, 2009

I'm Back!

I've recovered from EVERYTHING!  
Hopefully!

The Colonel is doing really well!  
He goes back to Ft. Dix on Thursday of this week.  Of course he needs to be seen by the doctors down there for them to say it's okay for him to return to work.  
The nurse is coming today probably for the last time to see his wound, which looks really good!  
Well, it's still a hole.  
I guess I'm just use to it by now!

We had a great week relaxing and getting a few small projects done around the house.  
The Colonel had all these plans to do these HUGE projects.  
First he actually considered putting in a new walkway to the front porch.  
Imagine that!  

Then he said, "How would you like a potting shed?"  
I'm glad both the doctor AND the home care nurse said, 
"You can't do that!"  
So we were all able to convince him to take it easy and just try to rest.  

We took a trip on Friday to a nearby town called Jim Thorpe; named after the Olympian from the 1920's.  It's a beautiful town and we only live about 20 minutes from it.  
My brother and his family came with us and we had a great time!   

Beautiful Jim Thorpe...
I have no words for this...
A cute little cafe in between two buildings...
An old tunnel in someone's back yard...
Beautiful building...
The Colonel waiting for me to finish shopping...
We had such a great time.  
I'm off to spend some time with all of my friends.  
I have missed checking in with you all!  
Love my blogging friends!