Monthly Archives: June 2008

America: the good, the bad, and the ugly

This next weekend ushers in the birthday of the United States of America! Here are a few word pictures from this past week from me, in small town America, 232 years and still going. I’ve included the good, the bad, … Continue reading

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It’s all in the glasses.

“Your students would really like you, Mom.” My almost 9-year-old son was speaking in a serious voice, knowingly pointing to his head. I was a classroom teacher before I had all these kids, and I was talking to my young … Continue reading

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Finish Strong

Your house will be judged by the finish you put on it – advice on landscaping, carpet, tile, applicances, and more.
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The Unknown Insect (that’s giving me nightmares).

WHAT is this??? I’m so sorry to post such a disgusting picture. My apologies in advance if you have nightmares about this enormous arthropod crawling in your bed tonight. The kids found this on our property, and I can’t for … Continue reading

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Don’t ask for just a few.

I just read an encouraging story of miraculous provision from the hand of God. It’s from my daily Bible reading, and is found in 2 Kings 4:1-7. There is a widow – her husband was a prophet under Elisha. She … Continue reading

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Drywall and Paint

Textures and colors are the palette of the artist – choose them well.
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The Squeaky Wheel…gets locked in the bathroom.

I do need grease, however. I was kept up half the night by the continuous, high pitched, squeak of a wheel. A little mouse, running on his little wheel, squeaking his little squeak, invading my sweet little dreams. Not a … Continue reading

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Revisiting Father’s Day

I was commenting today over at Tipper’s blog, Blind Pig & the Acorn, on her Father’s Day post, and I’m reposting my comment right here, because it’s a good follow up to my previous post. Tipper blogs about her Appalachian … Continue reading

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For the Fatherless on Father’s Day

I am fatherless. On Father’s Day, I celebrate my husband as father of our children. But I’m still reminded that I am fatherless. You say God is my father. I’ve heard many, many sermons about how even if you don’t … Continue reading

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Of Deer Sheds and Eggshells

“Mom! Look!” I had walked right by the 4-point deer shed, trying to keep my eye on the six children running wildly through our Juniper forest, praying the littlest ones wouldn’t trip on all the volcanic rock outcroppings. We had … Continue reading

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Blog Roundups

I interrupt my irregularly scheduled blogging for a station blog identification. Have to let you know of a few blog carnivals, giveaways, sponsors… The Carnival of Country Living has been posted. The Christian Carnival is up, The Carnival of Homeschooling … Continue reading

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Foundation to Roof

Choosing and dealing with sub-contractors and making sure the shell of your house is built right.
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Homesteading Carnival: Oregon Trail Edition

Welcome to the Homesteading Carnival Oregon Trail Edition! The articles will be arranged around details of the Oregon Trail, so let’s pack our wagons and head west. The Oregon Trail was a route to not only Oregon, but the only … Continue reading

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The Hometown Girl Wins

I just drew the lucky winner of my Father’s Day Giveaway – commenter #13, Julie from Pounding the Pavement, who is an Oregon State University fan. People, this was not staged, I really did a random draw! But this is … Continue reading

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Father’s Day Giveaway

Hey, a reminder about my Father’s Day Giveaway! Leave a comment on this post, letting me know your favorite team logo item under $30 from my online sports store, TeamMASCOT.com. Goodness, only one more day for this contest, enter by … Continue reading

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Calling All Homesteaders!

The Homesteading Carnival will be hosted here at Diary of 1 this coming Monday, June 9. You can submit your blog post/article HERE by Sunday at 9 p.m. EST. The Homesteading blog carnival description reads: A carnival full of homesteading … Continue reading

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Planning & Prep

Finding common ground, work with your land, think about a professional designer.
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Still Dancin’

Almost 12 years ago, we had our first dance as man and wife. It was in the old Franklin Grange outside Eugene, Oregon, just across the road from the tall-spired century old church where the wedding was held. I in … Continue reading

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June random stuff. Blogging, Ranching, Giving Away.

Yesterday was an interesting day of firsts. The kiddos found a chirping nest full of baby birds (children, do NOT touch!) and happened upon (cued by loud barking from the dog) a nest of wild baby bunnies jackrabbits (children, do … Continue reading

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