Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ April 17, 2017


As I write ... Sunday Night and Monday Morning

The weather....  Sunday night... I've been listening to thunderstorms in the distance. I just saw lightening flash in the distance. By the radar, it looks like there are storms all around us—mostly to the south. Hopefully, they will bypass us. Monday morning... The air is fresh and clean, the sky is overcast, and the birds are rejoicing!

Right now I am... thinking about what a wonderful Easter Day it has been. Church this morning with all my children, an impromptu invitation to a single lady at church to join us for dinner, ham, sweet potato casserole, sweet corn, raw carrots, and little crescent rolls. Yum! Supper was popcorn followed by lemon bars for dessert.

Thinking... We watched Do You Believe? Sunday night. Excellent film! It's a must-see. 

A quote to share...
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"God acts at just the right time."

Judith Couchman
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On my reading pile...  

Favorite blog post last week... 


Something fun to share... 
Rambling Thoughts About a Beachball

Blog hopping... 
On the menu for this week.... 
  • Monday night...  Burritos with homemade refried beans
  • Tuesday night...  Something with chicken I think. ~wink~
  • Wednesday lunch...  Salad
  • Thursday night...  Lentil or white bean soup
  • Friday night...   Date night
  • Saturday night... Emily will cook. I'm not sure what yet.
On my to do list... Just going to write a things from my Spring Bucket List this time. Y'all know I've got to buy groceries and face Mount Washmore (laundry).
  • Cut some lilacs to bring in the house. Our bushes did very poorly this year. The fragrance is still heavenly.
  • Work on painting the bathroom.
  • Get a basket of flowers to enjoy outside the door
In the workbasket... I'm still making scrubby sponges. When I run out of acrylic yarn, I'll switch to another project. A dear reader sent me an Easter surprise package filled with lots of cotton yarn. It's so exciting to get packages in the mail, isn't it? Thank you Karla!

Looking forward to this week... The kids have a spring program Friday with their homeschool co-op. Why We Homeschool

Looking around the house... Ants. I've got to call the exterminator! They invaded over the weekend. 
From the camera...

We celebrated Easter at church.

On my prayer list...
  • Peace of Jerusalem and Israel
  • Peace in my home and in me
  • Wisdom for President Trump
  • North Korea craziness
  • Ellen Kuentzel, healing from Bacterial Meningitis, brain injury, fever (See update at end.)
  • Kirsten, Cheryl's niece who is 26 weeks along and has a blood clot in her lungs, trouble breathing, and heart trouble. (See update at end.)
Father God, I pray that each reader will hear Holy Spirit speaking to her or him today. Help each find peace by trusting in you, your son Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I pray that you will bring them and their unsaved loved ones to salvation in Jesus. I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Thanks for dropping by!
Please say hello.
Laura


Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.

Most recent update on Kirsten Chery'ls niece.
Most recent update on Ellen Kuentzel 4/3: 
Ellen has steadily gotten better. Immediately after surgery her left side was mostly paralysed, and now she has most of her motor control, and they are doing occupational and physical therapy, helping her stand again and use her arms and legs.
April 12th they will take her off of antibiotics, and at that point most likely she will be transferred to Carthage health and wellness center, like she was last time. After that we plan on getting her plenty of therapy until she can stand and walk on her own, which will be close to six months.
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Monday
Mommy Moments  Amaze Me Monday - Living Proverbs 31 -  The Art of Homemaking    Modest Mondays - Flour Me with Love

Thursday 
 Home and Garden Thursday -  Share Your Cup Thursday  
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39 comments:

  1. I Love todays HHM! and that you invited a single lady from church to Lunch-: ) I hope you made a forever friend in her. Your movie choice sounds great, I'm writing it on my to watch list! and that 1943 lunch boxes recipes- looks so interesting! Have a great day!

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    1. Yes, Row. I hope to try some of those recipes. I need some new frugal lunch ideas. Thanks for talking to me!
      Laura

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  2. Hello Laura, I enjoyed your Monday post. Have a blessed day.
    Mama Bear

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  3. I love lilacs,your house will smell so wonderful. Tis the season for ants, huh? We had them visit us last week, not what you want to see when you are getting ready to host a large family event. So far (fingers crossed), the cinnamon I sprinkled inside and the spray my husband used outside is working. Hope you have a lovely week!

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    1. Oh Jean, I went out today, and there just aren't enough lilacs to perfume the house. I am going to enjoy the few that we have though. My husband is going to have to prune the bushes and see if he can get them to bloom properly next year.

      I actually found an ant in my salt shaker! Yikes. I quickly dispatched him.
      Thanks for talking back.
      Laura

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  4. Good Afternoon Laura,

    As always, I enjoyed your HHM post. I am so pleased to hear your friend Ellen continues to recover. I will continue to keep her in prayer as she travels through this journey.
    Blessings,
    Mrs.B

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    1. Thank you so much for praying for Ellen. She may be moved to a rehabilitation center in a couple weeks. I appreciate your prayers.
      Blessings to you and your family from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
      Laura

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  5. Laura, until the exterminator gets there, try Terro ant baits. At first it attracts more, but then they just disappear. We haven't called an ext. since we started keeping them handy. They were suggested to me by an online friend in FL, who said they had the worst ant problems ever. I know they work great in FL, CA, & here in KS. We get them at Ace. We empty our counters, put the trap in their path, and leave them be. We eat sandwiches or something easy during those couple of days. Then we don't see them again until the following Spring. And we've been repeating that since 2004 without having to call anyone. (I probably just jinxed myself, huh?!)

    Great picture at church. We really need to get pics with our church friends. They're such dears. Instead, I occasionally end up with my big butt in the church bulletin at an event!!! Ack!

    Debby in KS

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    1. Thank you for the advice Debby. The exterminator did come this morning. He put out some bait for them...probably similar to what you use. I may try that before we call him again. This was a free follow-up since they had treated the house in March.

      I need to get pictures of church friends, too. I wish I had over the years through all the churches we've attended (married 30 yrs). It just seems like they will always be there.

      Blessings,
      Laura

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    2. Terror does work, I used to buy them at Walmart or Lowe's home center.
      Read the main ingredient to kill is borax, yes the laundry kind.
      I put a very small amount in a tiny bit of sugar water, or syrup. Mixed it, then put it in dime size little puddles on scrap pieces of tiny cardboard, maybe as big as a quarter. I put these near entrance spots.
      They will come and take the bait back to their nest, there they feed the queen, and then the nest dies. It does take a few days. It is not fool proof, but works very well.

      They will not cross a white line. I have sprayed the borax using a dry spray bottle around the outside of the house foundation.

      One of the easiest ways to kill ants on your counters is to take a small bit it dawn dish detergent, smear it on your hands, or on a dry cloth or paper napkin, and then just spread it all over your counters. Rub it out, then take a cloth and buff it dry and shiny, so you can't see it. When they walk through it, I gets on their feet, they automatically die.
      I do this often, I put it on my tile table and around my counters. Any time, I have any kind of sweet sugar thing or fruit on the table. Rarely I will find a tenny dead one, never the medium or large ones, the next day, but I never have them crawling around.

      I would not use the borax any where you have kids or pets.

      The dawn smeared out is invisible, but such a thin spread, I would not worry over that. You can not tell it is even there, but if I were concerned over it, I would just use a damp cloth to wipe the table or counter off before I started cooking.

      I learned this on my own, but it does work exceeding well.

      Great photo of you at church!

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    3. Thank you Annie! You've given great advice.
      I truly appreciate your friendship. Have a wonderful week.
      Laura

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  6. Enjoyed your HHM post - have a great week!

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  7. "Mount Washmore," I was cracking up! lol!!
    Such a beautiful photo of all of you! I just love your Monday blog posts! Happy Spring to you, Laura!

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    1. Now Sharon, I cannot imagine why you'd crack up.
      You've heard of the Mount Neverdone in the kitchen, haven't you?
      There's also a Mount Neverrest. Tee hee!

      Thanks so much. Happy Spring to you, too!
      Have you made your bucket list?

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  8. {{{Big, Big smiles}}}---thank you Laura...a very Happy Belated Easter to you. smiles

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    1. You're welcome! Happy week to you Linda! Just think, you'll be done with school in just a few weeks. Is this your last semester?

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  9. What a great post! You make me laugh...Mount Washmore!! Hahaha! You need to have that saying framed for the laundry room.
    Our lilac bushes didnt even bloom, very odd.
    The 1943 lunch box recipes looks and sounds interesting. I love recipes!
    We've had a productive week...Our Easter was wonderful, with a nice church service, a big lunch at home and then....Work! Ha! My cabinets were coming off the wall, so I had to clean everything out of them (that took all afternoon) then hubby braced them, glued them and then I couldn't do anything until this morning...So, today has been very busy too! ;)

    I hope you enjoy your week, Laura!

    Hugs, Amy

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    1. Wow! Those cabinets must have been a doozy to deal with. I think the cream cheese and bacon spread sounds yummy.
      I hope your week is much better than the last week!
      Laura

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  10. Enjoy those lilacs! We are forecast to get snow all week! Yucky!

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    1. Hi Gramma,
      We never got more than a sprinkling of snow this year. It was so disappointing. I've been wanting to make snow ice cream for two years!
      Be blessed,
      Laura

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  11. Lovely day - happy Easter 🐰🐇🐣

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  12. Enjoyed reading your post this afternoon. So many wonderful things going on at your home. I like the link that you provided for the dish scrubbies. That's a perfect size (rather than big dish cloths). I clicked on the link for the 1943 lunch recipes. The deviled egg sandwiches actually sound really good. The egg and celery sandwiches were something my mom made (along with some radishes for color and onions for some kick).

    It's interesting you mentioned ants. We had the same problem here over the weekend. Not sure if it had to do with my daughter making sugar panoramic eggs or what. At any rate, we use the Terro ant bait that is enclosed so other animals (e.g., cats, dogs) can't get into it and consume the poison. It took care of the ants (for the most part) within a day which was great. Terro is available at stores like Wal-Mart or Target.

    Hope you have a great week!

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  13. I enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for sharing some parts of your day with us. It helps me look at my day in the same way. Thank you for your testimony and for sharing your love for your family and for your love for the Lord.

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    1. Thank you so much Gla! You are just too sweet.

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  14. So sweet to visit with you, sweet friend...I always feel like I am right there sitting with you while reading these posts. Love to hear about your day and what is going on in your life, and oh, it blessed me to see that you have been reading my blog and mentioned it here! Love and appreciate you so much.

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    1. I really should comment more when I drop by. Please forgive me Cheryl. Still praying for Kristen and baby. I'll pray for your niece's family tonight, too.
      I wish we lived close. I'd love to give you a real hug.
      God bless you and your men.
      Laura

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  15. I forgot to thank you so much for continuing to pray for Kristen. It means so much to my family and me.

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    1. Absolutely, a lot of ladies are praying for her Cheryl. All will be well.
      Trust God.
      Hug,
      Laura

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  16. I so enjoyed your Happy Homemaker Monday. Thank you for sharing. Blessings for your week. Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much Teri. You're too sweet.
      Happy week!
      Laura

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  17. What a wonderful post dear! We had thunderstorms over the weekend.

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    1. Thank you Michelle. I hope you, hubby and baby are well.
      I hope you have a lovely week. I do hope to meet you one day.
      We live fairly close in the Joplin, Mo. area.

      Father God, I pray for health, peace, and provision for Michelle and her husband. I ask it in Jesus' Name by the power of the blood of Jesus!
      Amen.

      Laura

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  18. Oh Lilacs, one of my favorite flowers, they smell amazing so I can just imagine how good your home smells:)

    Love the church picture. Thank you for joining in, hope you have a fantastic week.

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  19. Laura, thanks so much for that prayer!!
    Lilacs? Love 'em!!
    I need to have a bucket list!
    Living Proverbs 31

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    1. Be blessed Living Proverbs 31! I can't bring myself to call you the name you listed. ~grin~ We all need to recover in one way or another. ~smile~
      Laura

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  20. We've been getting lots of rain here too Laura. The garden is loving it, but I am ready for some sunshine! :) So sweet of you to invite a guest. I bet she was so grateful! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. We're finally having a sunshiney day after a week or so of rain. We need to dry out a bit. I love rainy days, but not water in the basement!

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