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BSF Lesson 30 - From the Notes

I can't believe this is our last lesson already!
There's a section in the notes this week that has really impacted me, and stuck with me.

The inhabitants of Zion (Jerusalem), God's people,  would also be "called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for th edisplay of his spendor" (Isaiah 61:3).  Those belonging to God are grounded and productive, living and growing in His fruitful goodness and His high moral strength.  Do the people around you see God's enduring stability in you?

DroidLight in the storms
We got hit with the very severe storms last night.  At 3am I woke up to extremely high winds slamming the house, and rain coming in sideways.  All the windows were open. the power was out.  I used the droidlight app on my phone (it keeps the camera flash on, for light) to come downstairs and close the windows.  Very convenient!

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love books that include a little history.  This book almost could have been two books -the mothers story, and the daughters stories, were really two complete books.  I'm glad it was one book though, the author made it work together well!

The history is on Stalin, and Leningrad - which may not sound all that interesting.  It sounds sort of dry actually..  but told as a fairy tale, it will suck you right in.  Although it's no fairy tale, it's more horror.  And it's based on actual history, which makes it even more horrific.  No more so than any war I guess.

I loved this book, right up until the last few chapters.  Then it felt like the author was trying to hard to make it something it was not.  The ending was..  too much.  There was no happy ending here, no matter how contrived, it would have been better to just leave it be a loss, I think.  Wrap up the daughters stories happily, but leave the mother's story as is…

My favorite Cleaning Products

Home Made Glass Cleaner (which I use for counters, appliances, & glass) Home Made Laundry Detergent & Purex Fabric Softener.  Yes, I know you can use vinegar, but I really prefer Purex.
Scott's Liquid Goldfor every day dusting (the BEST for old wood furniture!)
Home Made wood cleaner (for once a month cleaning, a little more oily then the Scott's) Comet & sos pads - for the sinks and stoves The Works Toilet Cleaner, and The Works Shower Cleaner, for hard water stains (Dollar General has their own brand for a few cents less, but I do not think it works as well. )

Home Made Furniture Polish


HomeMakers Challenge - 31 Days To Clean

I just downloaded my book, and am signing up for the challenge.  :-)  The book is available as a mobi file for kindle, or a pdf file.  I chose to download the pdf file, and I am converting it to epub using calibre.  I'll then use the Aldko app on my android phone to read it, that is my preferred method for reading ebooks. 
Although I keep a fairly clean home most of the time (considering there is a goat in my laundry room, and we have 4 teenagers, on a farm...), I have been slacking a lot this year.  I've left my cleaning routines slide, and I didn't really do much spring cleaning at all..  I'm hoping this study will help me get back on track, and renew my motivation.
copied from the joyful mothering blog that is hosting -  Here’s how the challenge will work: Read the chapters each day that week. Highlight, take notes, do what you have to do to engage the material. Don’t just read it. Really allow it to change you. Journal, pray, look up scriptures.Write a post (or more, i…

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

When I looked at this book, I saw the description "On the eve of the United States's entrance into World War II in 1940, Iris James, the postmistress of Franklin, a small town on Cape Cod, does the unthinkable: She doesn't deliver a letter."

At the time it appeared to me that this would be a big, monumental event.  Rereading the description now, I can see that maybe it wasn't even meant to sound that way.  After reading the book, the description seems to sum it all up pretty well...  it really does tell you everything.  There is no surprise, no twist, no big event, and no great story.

That's the other thing I first noticed when looking at this book and adding it to my "to read" pile.  I saw in the back there was a section "the real story" and I assumed, falsely, that this was a book based on a little known real event in history.  Had I read that section first, I could have saved myself a …

Three Cups Of Deceit
Greg Mortenson's book Three Cups Of Tea is a lie??  I really should pay more attention to the news I guess.  I read Three Cups Of Tea.  I loved it.  I was planning to read the sequel this year.  Guess there's no sense in reading THAT now.  I'm so disappointed.  :-(
Three Cups of DeceitHow Greg Mortenson,
Humanitarian Hero, Lost His WayGreg Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books Three Cups of Teaand Stones into Schools, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself. This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.

Before And After

And after - 
Some of the "during" can be seen here -

Paper Flowers

Found the kits at Big Lots last year - they are by Martha Stewart
Now that Meg's room is painted, we finally put them together as accents in her room.  :-)  The vase of flowers here, and another out of sight on the other side of the tv, were also a Martha Stewart kit, also from Big Lots - we made those last year.  :-)

Men's Thought Boxes

Focus on the Family broadcasts have had two episodes recently about the differences between how men and women think.  the first one, shown above, is more humorous (but so true!) and the second is a bit more expansive.{5BC2A206-2864-42DC-8F98-5673EEB64280}
"In a discussion based on their bookMen Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti, Bill and Pam Farrel explain how a husband and wife can understand and appreciate one another's differences. "

This really is something I wish I had heard before we got married!  20 years in, I "get" it, but those first few years, when I asked him what he was thinking about and he said "nothing" I really did think he just didn't want to talk to me.  :-)

Spring Garden Planners

Forsythia in bloom - I have this planted at each side of my clothesline, and probably should move it before they get too big for these spots...
Usually by now my windows are full of plastic cups with little green plants popping up out of them.
Not this year.  
Normally by now we are walking in the fields looking at the pea plants popping up out of the ground.
Not this year.

So what ARE we doing this year? That's a good question. I do need to decide.  The peas are not in because central PA has decided to copy Seattle Washington this spring.  It's rained every day.  Saturday we got 2.5 inches of rain in one day.  The fields are so muddy we can't even think about taking the tractors in to them, not if we want to get them out.  A friend of mine's facebook status Sunday morning read "Watching the sunrise over the lake..  wait a minute,  we have a lake?"  LOL!   Sump pumps have been in overdrive all month.

So currently the garden boxes in the backyard are falling apart. …

There is a goat in my living room

But he's not on the carpet, and not on the furniture (if you do not count the footstool as furniture, which apparently our son does not...) so technically not violating the stated rules.  Note to self - make more specific rules.  :-)

He's outside now, it was just too wet and nasty to put him outside his first day here, so he stayed (HA!) in a dog kennel in our laundry room for the first day, and again overnight last night, just to be sure he's acclimating ok.  He gets a bottle 
twice a day yet.

Coming home from the amish sale...

He's in a kennel in the laundry room for tonight - it's too cold, wet, and windy to leave him outside his first night here. He's obviously used to being bottle fed, he took right to the bottle.

This will be our billy goat next year.  :-)


My notes from the lecture
This week there was an extra handout - Home Training Lesson on Teaching Your Child About Easter.  As always, it's a fantastic resource!
This week was an excellent tie in with our families study of James from last week!  

Beaver Run Consignment Sale (Amish Run Auction)

More Pics and info about the sale here

Just a sneak peak - not sure how many pics I'll get tomorrow, since it's supposed to rain pretty hard!  The weather is having a definite effect on the sale already - there's a LOT less stuff over there than usual.  And you can guess why - 

This is Friday night.  The night before the sale, after two days with no rain.  Did I mention the weather is calling for heavy rains tomorrow?  I don't think they will be able to get most of this farm equipment out of here any time soon.  And the parking area - which is a field - already had cars stuck in it tonight. Before the rain tomorrow.  

See the empty space?  There's not usually any empty space at this sale.  The rows are pretty short, and filled with a lot of trusses and construction items, not nearly as much little stuff.  The antiques tent, which is shown here, doesn't have much in it either..  

Some of the quilts.  :-)  the pavilion with the quilts is full of chairs, people are fi…