Category Archives: My Life

Garden Update – Early July 2011

Note to self: Having a garden full of lettuce doesn’t make you any more excited to eat salads.


But hey, I’ve got my first baby tomato of the season.

This year, the plan was to grow fewer types of vegetables, but then take better care of them. The peas were a bust, as none of them made it past the seedling stage, but everything else is going pretty well.

Vegetable Garden July 8, 2011

In the back you’ll see three bean plans (out of 2 dozen seeds I planted). In front of them are 6 different types of tomatoes. In the very front, there’s Swiss Chard on the left and some kind of lettuce on the right.I can’t wait to eat my first tomatoes of the season. They’re the best thing about gardening.


They always made it up again

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband! I love you very much.

One of the first things my husband and I bonded over was our shared love of C.S. Lewis. Here’s a favorite quote of ours from the last page of “The Horse and His Boy,” one of the Chronicles of Narnia. This quote reminds us of ourselves because we love to argue. Well, I enjoy debating when I’m in the mood, and he loves to argue for fun, but we make it work.

“Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I’m afraid even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up they were so used to quarreling and making it up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently.”

– C.S. Lewis

I realize that this is a strange quote for today, but it will make him smile when he reads it, and that’s what matters.

So today, I’d like to thank him for loving me and taking good care of me. For letting me tell you everything I’m thinking or worrying about, even if it’s you that’s worrying me. For being patient and gracious with me when my emotions over-run my reason, and I get scared even though you have things in hand. For forgiving me when I nag you. And for telling me over and over again that I’m beautiful, especially when I don’t quite believe it. I love you.

And I like to thank all of the people who have loved and encouraged us and prayed for us over the last few years. A lot of things haven’t gone as planned, and we’ve had some hard times, but you were behind us, and God was with us, and we’ve stuck together. Thank you.

Treetops against the Moon

It’s a Dangerous Business, Going out Your Door

{In less than 2 hours, I board a train a travel 700 miles southwest to visit a very dear friend. You probably won’t hear from me again until next Tuesday or Wednesday, but I promise to take photos of the trip. I leave you with a few quotes about trains and traveling.}

“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

“Do you know what the three greatest sounds in the world are? Train whistles, plane engines, and boat anchors.”
– George Bailey (from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’)

“Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.”
– Edward M. Forster

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spring is an open window.

Today in my kitchen, we had dinner with the window open. It was wonderful.

Signs of Spring

Spring is coming to Michigan! How can I tell? There’s this:

And when I got up this morning, the temperature in the house had only dropped 4 degrees, and the heat hadn’t come on all night. It was excellent.

Also, I wore sandals today for the first time in 4-5 months. I thought about posting a picture, but I figured you weren’t interested in my feet. Anyway, here are a few thoughts on spring and her glories:

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
– Charles Dickens

“It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
– Mark Twain

What are you doing to enjoy the spring?