From The Mud Puddle

Thursday, September 25, 2008

This week for my contribution to TIMHT, I present this framed doily. My grandmother crocheted a bunch of these in the 1950's. My mother had several in her cedar chest that she was not using. She let me have a few to use in my own home. I came up with the idea to try to frame one. About that same time, I found this frame with the circle mat in a nearby Goodwill store. It had a piece of cross stitch in the frame, which I turned around backwards as I inserted this doily. It was the perfect fit for what I hoped to do in order to display my grandmother's handiwork in a different way (than to just use on a table top)

This hangs in my living room currently.

For more TIMHT be sure to visit MSM's blog!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Encounter with Deer is Unsettling

Monday, September 22, 2008

Church Honors Parents

Thursday, September 18, 2008

For more TIMHT check out MSM's blog !
My husband brought home some assorted new storage solutions for us to use in our house.
This prompts all sorts of resorting of our stuff into it's new home. This also prompts chaos and a lot of stuff sitting in various places waiting to be organized-again.
Right now as my house is in serious disarray, I came across these:

(You thought I was going to post photos of the storage solutions, didnt you? That would have been the likely thing to do)

Instead I offer:

AOL software disks. This just is the tip of the iceburg of what I have in my home of these things. Maybe my interest in picking them up here and there came from being a HOST Guide once upon a time there, or perhaps it is just that I thought they were pretty!!

Either way, I now have a collection of them. I dont know what to do with them. It isnt a serious collection by far...I could part with them. But as I look at each one, they are pretty cool, and I find myself not really wanting to get rid of them-even though I should.

This is what I face as I reorganize. I see stuff like this and it's cool-but I really do not need it and probably will never use them (unless I want to make some sort of sculpture like that hangs in my kid's orthodontist office) I pass by the stuff every time I reorganize and have the same thoughts without making headway into actually purging (which I seriously need to do)

So that is my contribution this week. With so much stuff strung out from one side of my house to the other I had many choices of what to share this week.

This is what I picked. It certainly qualifies as "things in my house" though this week I probably need to change the title to read: "things in my house that I need to get rid of" LOL

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Splish Splash with Rover

Friday, September 12, 2008

I know it is Friday, a tad late to do things in my house THURSDAY-but what can I say?
I had another post on my mind yesterday and so decided to hold off playing along with MSM's
meme until today.
I just know you guys were sitting on the edge of your seat in anticipation to see what I would write about that could possibly top last week's submission concerning the mayonaise packet.
I know!
So for this week's submission, I dug deep. Well actually I just picked something I probably was going to blog about anyway.
For this week, I present this:

It is my latest toy, received in the mail earlier this week. You may recall reading about how I received Pride and Prejudice and Family Affair DVD sets from Pepsi stuff lids and Amazon. After collecting yet another 135 lids, I choose the above voice recorder as my new reward for FREE.

It is tiny, and cute and now for those times when I need to do an interview for a story I'll have a better way of getting the information. I had considered buying something, but had not really looked into it yet. Then I saw this thing offered in exchange for our lid codes and it was perfect.

So I've been playing with it, enjoying it's features...wooohoo me! LOL

For more TIMHT that were probably wrote on the right day of the week, check out MSM's blog. There's a great group of contributers that participate each week and it's fun to see what everyone wants to share as we visit house to house via the internet!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It almost feels a tad trite to blog about September 11th, 2001.

I really wasn't planning on doing so. I didn't want to just blog about it just because I felt I should on some level of obligation.

But as my husband and I talked this morning about the upcoming election and things we both had seen and heard, my mind also remembered this day seven years ago.

I remember being online, seeing initial images early that morning a couple of times before it sank in what the headlines were saying. A friend of mine came online and we talked in IM for a few minutes, though words really could not express the thoughts associated with being hit in the gut with the news.

I turned on the TV, even though my kids were busy working on their schoolwork in the kitchen. My daughter, then 11, came into the living room and watched with me. I tried my best to explain what was happening without alarming her. My son eventually followed and watched a bit of the video images. What does a mother tell her children when we are watching an attack on American soil?

As the events unfolded that morning and throughout the day and weeks ahead, as we understood what had occurred, we understood one thing. America would never be the same. We never could as a nation go back to that same innocence that we held onto for so long. Terror had come to our doorstep and left a sense of uneasiness in its shadow.

I felt the hit as our American values and personal freedoms and way of life and faith was attacked from beyond by people that hated us with a deep penetrating hate unlike anything we've ever seen before on these shores. I looked on knowing it could have been me, knowing it might be next time if those who attacked us prevailed in their evil plans.

Likewise it was hard for me to feel the immensity of pain that others in our nation felt, even those like me without personal connections to the events on the East Coast. I had personally gone through my own personal tragedy as three of my unborn babies died one after another in a 14 month period of time a few years before this. I know, to compare the two events is like comparing apples and oranges, but for me, there was nothing that could come close to touching those deep overcoming emotions of loss like I had felt when death knocked at my own doorstep years prior to September 11th.

This left me with a certain disconnect as people wrote about how they felt, where they were. I was probably still very numb to some degree, though I empathized with the immensity of what I imagined others were going through. I read stories and prayed for God to comfort them as He had comforted me in my loss. I was encouraged by the patriotism and those who recognized our God, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, as being in control in the midst of the turmoil, panic and fear.

It was on this day, seven years ago, our nation changed. We watched fellow Americans die and watched as our nation went to war. I remember stating to a friend that if this war continued on for many years (rather than the short time we saw the Gulf War of 1991 last) that it could eventually affect our sons who were very young at the time. Today as I ponder September 11th, I ponder the information knowing my son is now 16 as the war continues on. .

We are touched because as believers we know somehow God is in control in the midst of all of this, setting the stage for end times while likewise working good in the midst of the ashes. And in it all, we know there is a certain peace in the midst of tragedy that is discovered only as you walk through fiery trials that only God can give.

Jesus says,

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Thursday, September 04, 2008

For this week's contribution to TIMHT hosted by MSM , I offer the mayonnaise packet that is sitting on my desk here. It is leftover from the chicken club biscuit my husband brought me this morning for breakfast. This mayonnaise packet was not used, but will be saved for some mayonnaise emergency in the future.

Thanks for visiting my blog for TIMHT!
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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Grammar Police Can't Stand Up To Mom