Monthly Archives: February 2008

What is your best childhood memory?

Just for fun, I thought I’d try Kailani’s Aloha Friday – she says: In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take … Continue reading

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Works For Me: Keeping Coffee Hot (without a microwave)

If you recall, there are two obstacles for me to overcome regarding my ability to drink hot coffee: 1) I have no microwave to reheat my coffee; and 2) I refuse to drink out of plastic or cardboard – you … Continue reading

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A Habit of Peace

I’ve decided I must pursue peace as a habit of life. I’m calling it a habit because I have some control over this attitude of the heart and mind; peace is a practice and pattern I can cultivate no matter … Continue reading

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Blog Spotting to France and Back

Why are there so many good blogs? Dang, it just eats up my time and I have to exercise great restraint. At any rate, Here are a few cyberstops that may be worth your time. There’s the round of carnivals, … Continue reading

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Norman Rockwell: The People’s Painter

Dismissed by serious art critics in his lifetime, yet brilliant in his portrayals of everyday American life. It’s time for a reevaluation of Rockwell.
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Two Impressionist Paintings Recovered – Madness!

Two of the four impressionist paintings stolen from the Bührle Collection in Zurich have been found. Does anyone else find the circumstances bizarre? A week and a half after being stolen, the Claude Monet (Poppies Near Vetheuil) and the Vincent … Continue reading

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Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt – Wooden (our ranch)

This week’s theme: Wooden That’s a lot of wood! We’re getting there, folks! We continue to build the wooden structure that we call “the ranch.” Here is a view from the back, and I truly hope to show the finished … Continue reading

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It’s a John Wayne Coffee Mug Morning

For Christmas, I bought my husband a John Wayne coffee mug. It’s a hefty, oversized, manly mug with a picture of The Duke on one side, and the motto “A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live … Continue reading

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My French Book List for 2008

Why French books? Mostly because I’m enamored with France, though I’m not entirely sure why. I began to learn the language in high school, and slowly began to absorb the culture, cuisine, and history of this fascinating place. On a … Continue reading

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WW: I Had to Pull Over

Sunset over the Three Sisters, part of the Cascade Mountain Range that I’m blessed to look at every single day. This photo is from last week, and I wasn’t the only one to pull over. Even us locals who see … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci For Kids

The great Italian Renaissance artist of Mona Lisa fame – a perfect introduction for young students who will appreciate his inventor’s side as well. Continue reading

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Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt – Free

This week’s theme: Free Running free along the beach; I took this photo of my niece, foreground, and our French exchange student, background, this past summer at the beach below Heceta Head Lighthouse near Florence, Oregon. It’s such a carefree … Continue reading

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The Sun Broke Through

The Sun Broke Through by me, with apologies to the real poets out there The sun broke through, we must find a trail, Explore the woods, the creatures, the mountains. Creator God, how do You know Just when I need … Continue reading

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Blog Love for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! For bloggers, the best Valentine gift would be some link love, so here’s some long overdue mentions. I was given the E for Excellent Blog Award by e-Mom, and need to pass this on. Here are some … Continue reading

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WFMW: Just Eat the Ice Cream

As you can see, ladies (and gentlemen), there was no room in the freezer for this quart of ice cream, so I simply had to eat it. I believe it fit before I took it out, but somehow, various frozen … Continue reading

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Art Heist: What’s Your Theory?

Artist: Claude Monet Title: Poppy Field Near Vetheuil Style: Impressionist Year: 1879 Location: A white van, last seen speeding away from the Bührle Collection Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, on Feb. 10, 2008, possibly headed to a corrupt Saudi collector or … Continue reading

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Reactionary Homeschooler, Inquiring About Options

Frankly, I homeschool more for reactionary reasons than for proactive reasons. I much agree with many of the “why homeschool” reasons I hear about, like the ability to fine tune your educational approach to meet the specific needs of your … Continue reading

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669)

Revered by the Dutch, this artist’s greatest work, Night Watch, has led a fascinating life of its own, reflective of its unique and creative maker.
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My Sister’s Here!

I’m set for a fun weekend with my sister who just flew in from Michigan! I have to go show her Oregon’s mountains and rugged cliffs, and also our little cow-town, so I’ll check in later this weekend. Here we … Continue reading

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Grapes of Abundance: 13 Thoughts

I had another striking dream last night. It was a very short segment. I seemed to be in a vineyard, watching. I saw in front of me my husband’s large hand, holding a great cluster of grapes, of such mass … Continue reading

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WW: Wear Your Helmet On The Ice!

Now, that’s a good mom…after being reprimanded by the Canadian, I helmeted the kids the next time on the ice. Kind of a no-brainer for three and four year olds ice-skating, why didn’t I think of this sooner? For more … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day: What NOT To Do

There are many fabulous Valentine’s To Do Lists surfacing this time of year, and I have nothing new and exciting to add to those, but instead I’ll give you my Top 10 List of what NOT to do this Valentine’s … Continue reading

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New York Giants Win Super Bowl; but my contest winner is a Patriots fan!

Great big giant congratulations to the New York Giants on their stunning Super Bowl XLII win!! And huge congratulations to the WINNER of my Super Bowl Giveaway: Shannon Jordan at A Reforming Mom, who is a true blue New England Patriots fan (despite her husband … Continue reading

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

A French artist and leading painter of the Impressionist style. A sometimes starving artist, there were times he couldn’t afford paint. He discovered the color of shadows – and it’s not brown or black.
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Who Hijacked My Blog?

If this is your first time here, you won’t know any different, but to all my faithful readers, you’re thinking, what composition, what style, this can’t be Diary of 1! Yes, my blog was hijacked, and quite willingly, I must … Continue reading

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Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt: Narrow

The theme this week is narrow. The narrow Crooked River runs through Smith Rock, one of our favorite hiking spots. There are many narrow paths to hike, and tall, narrow spires of rock to fill you with awe.

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