Monday, 4 January 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:
Chilly. It was -9C this morning. Our boiler pipe keeps freezing up. Squidge hates the cold and gets very upset if her feet get cold - she whinged and whined all the way round the village today.

One of my simple pleasures:
Reading to my girls.

On my bedside table:
Far too many books. Including all listed here: I need to cull my book pile. I'm currently reading The Stripping of the Altars and Dulce Domum has said she's going to send me a copy of the sequel to Herb of Grace! Hurrah and huzzah!

On my TV:
Right now there's some mad battle going on between an animated 6 armed statue and Sinbad! It's the Golden Voyage of Sinbad. I'm also really into Dog Whisperer right now.

On the menu for tonight:
Steak pie, mash, sweetcorn and gravy. Gravy, oooh northern lasses looove graaavy.

On my To Do List:
Visit bookshop
Do some shopping
Wash windows (partly done, done the bedroom windows)

New Recipe I tried last week:
No new recipes.

In the craft basket:

Looking forward to:
Getting back into some kind of routine!

Homemaking Tip for this week:
Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto carpets that have developed an odour from spills or other horrid events.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
This post by Cabcree: Santus Real, Forgiven. I've never heard of Sanctus Real, but the words are just beautiful.

Favorite photo from last week:
The girls dragging/pushing Daddy along in the sledge.

Lesson learned the past few days:
That what you think you know about God you probably don't.

Oh, and you really need to keep a cat that won't go out (due to snow) entertained or else she will start to destroy your house!

On my Prayer List:
Family, friends, and some friends of friends.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:1-7 (NIV)

Hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.


  1. I'm so glad you're joining in :)

    I LOVE the pic of the girls pushing daddy, that is so cute.

    Your menu for tonight made me drool, I absolutely love gravy hahahah


  2. Three cheers for gravy!! "Whinged" - I love it, reminds me so much of my Mum - whinging, scriking/skriking (sp?) and raunging - those were three words she often used when referring to her granddaughter!

  3. Minus 8 here this morning, so not much difference between north and south(ish) - though we are still waiting for the next lot of snow. Currently we have one of the thickest frosts I've seen. It looked stunningly beautiful driving through the countryside today.

    I love, love, love The Herb of Grace. Enjoy the next book :). The Stripping of the Altars is good too. And that pie, mash and gravy sounds just the right comfort food for a cold winter's day.

  4. ah, yes, I know about bored cats. Gretchen was not meant to be an indoor cat and she loves driving me crazy. I was off from work last week and nearly everyday starting at 12:30p sharp..."feed me, feed me, feed me". I about went nuts. :)

    and, of course, I enjoyed reading the rest, just not sure what to say about it all. :)

    oooo...what I fun word verification word: sesisity. ha, ha, ha. yeah...I'm weird.

  5. menu sounds great what exactly is steak pie? i have never heard of that

  6. I think "Herb of Grace" must be the British title of the book I love as "Pilgim's Inn" by Elisabeth Goudge. The sequel, "The Heart of the Family" is good also. If I'm on the correct theme here, have you read the first book in the trilogy, published in US as "A Bird in the Tree"?

  7. Just happened upon your blog today....are you possibly speaking of Elizabeth Goudge's book Herb of Grace?? I have long loved her books and have bought every one I could find. I love the Eliot family - they seem like people I really know.
    I'll definitely come back to visit.

  8. Hi Sandra, yes where would we be without gravy? Lol

    Hi Pamela - skriking it's an Old Norse word, many dialect words in my neck of the woods are from Old Norse. It actually still means in Norwegian 'to cry, scream, shout or squeal'. I've not heard the expression raunging.

    Hi Bookworm, have you had your snow yet? We're knee deep in the stuff.

    Hi Cabcree, ah the troubles we cat lovers have to contend. Perhaps we should become The Cat Whisperer and make lots of money like Cesar Milan?

    Hi Shopannies, thanks for visiting. Steak pie is a pie filled with good cuts of beef cubed and made in a beef gravy sauce.

    Hi Mornings Minion, thanks for visiting. Yes, that's the one, I'm really looking forward to reading some more of her work.

    Hi Journeying, glad you enjoyed your visit. Yes that's the book/author. I'm planning to get my hands on some more books!

    ~blessing to you all.

  9. Hi Sarah; I'm backing up to this post to share that you've inspired me to dig out my Elizabeth Goudge books. Its been several years since I re-read them and this snow-cold January seems like a good time to do so. I thought to upgrade my paperback copies, but a visit to the Alibris site suggests I'm lucky to have them. Hardcovers are very pricey.
    Here are two sites you might enjoy.
    The second is the website of a young Christian woman who loves books, gardening, animals, music. I think you might find her a "kindred spirit."

  10. Thanks Morning Minion ~ enjoy your Elizabeth Goudge reading! January is just the time for sitting in a cosy living room, curled up with a book

    I love Lanier's site, I regularly visit although I don't generally comment there. Thanks for the Elizabeth Goudge site. xx