Friday, June 19, 2015

Five on Friday:This Week's Scoop

Happy Friday to All!

For my five for this week I thought I'd give you the scoop this week from the northwoods.


ONE


The landscaper came and gave us an estimate and everything is a go! Yay! They won't be here until a little later this summer, but I'm excited and they had some great ideas for us. In the meantime we continue to do what we're able to around here. This was our service door to our garage, but now is our main entrance (we use the front door by the bench rarely) we use and comes into our house since our renovation last summer. I usually put pots of flowers by it but this year added the iron embellishment on the right and a welcome mat that I hope makes you feel welcome. 


TWO


Cleaning out the kitchen recently (a post about it to come in the future) yielded some rewards including finding things I hadn't seen in a while. This patriotic warmer was found and went out in honor of our future July 4th holiday. And these recipe organizers were found - by 2 of my favorite artists (Susan Branch & Mary Engelbreit) so I can finally take control of the loose recipes I have flying around! The one can be personalized with our name by stickers ("Anderson" is the example name).



THREE


This little guy came to visit and let me take some lovely photos of him. My daughter and I were out on the deck and she thought he was dead as he just sat in the patio chair with me perfectly still. He was just napping (or posing) as he hung out quite a while, but eventually did fly away. Living on the water we get a LOT of dragonflies in all sizes and colors & i just love them. 



FOUR


Annie decided she wanted to learn how to cross stitch. So we got a little kit and I showed her the basics. Look at that concentration! However, I seemed to have found some enjoyment in remembering my cross stitch days (however I need to focus on scrapbook catch-up) and I might have added some sections for her here and there. We can just blame it on the fairies, right?



FIVE






Worked on more fitbit miles this week! I'm determined to reach a small goal for weight loss and then set another small goal....and so on. So far a couple pounds have been lost that I will NOT welcome back. Ruby likes to help me on this mission with lovely walks on the bay. Some of the wildflowers on the way yield lovely rewards for my windowsill caddy.


ADDENDUM:

I have a couple of things I'd like to add this week. One is that I did hear from the other school Mom about the wild rice pudding recipe and I made the changes on it if you want to go back and check that out. There were some differences to what I had written down.


Secondly, I just want to say that this blog is my happy place and not a place I want to get into politics or anything like that. But I will say that I believe in the power of prayer and after recent events in Charleston and all that seems to continue to happen in this country of mine, I humbly ask for prayers. I ask for prayers that this country can be a place my children can grow up in that is free of guns and fear. Thanks for that.

I'm linking with the lovely Amy of Love Made my Home for Five on Friday.








26 comments:

  1. All of the first five things are of course lovely - especially the pots of flowers and Annie learning to cross stitch - but I think that the last one is so very important. I agree with all that you said, and can add no more other than our very best thoughts to all concerned and hopes that these dreadful events never happen again. Thank you so much as always for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend and enjoy lots of garden time. xx

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    1. Thanks so much my Amy! I'm very tired of hearing endless despairing news around here. Time for some healing and change.
      Happy weekend to you! xo

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  2. I also want my family/grandchildren to grow up without fear so I will certainly pray for World peace.

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    1. Thank you!!!! Prayer is a powerful thing in my opinion. xoxo

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  3. Your photos are lovely. We disagree on gun control and I'll leave it at that.

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    1. Thanks Terri! I think that's the beautiful thing about our country...we get to agree to disagree. I'm sure we have the same goal, though, for peace in this country of ours. ;)
      xo

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  4. Those huge planters by your front door are gorgeous!
    I am absolutely going to show my boys dragonfly photo when they wake up from their naps.
    I love your windowsill caddy and the wildflowers in it. As much as I love a bouquet, there's nothing like the natural look of fresh wildflowers grouped together.
    Thanks for some lovely photos & enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks Laura! Hope the boys liked the photos! ;)
      I agree that there's something downright poetic about a simple bouquet of wildflowers. They're truly one of my favorite! Later in the summer a lot of wildflowers pop up in my backyard and I always have several bouquets around.
      Happy weekend my Dear. xoxo

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  5. Love those beautiful flowers pots by your door. So nice to have a dragonfly visitor. Good on you for keeping up your fitbit miles. The fitbit is on my birthday list.

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    1. Thanks so much! ;) I've been loving my fitbit and it truly seems to work to keep me motivated. However, I have a friend that it worked the opposite for and she said that mentally she'd sabotage herself and gained 10 lbs! Lol
      I guess you have to see what works for you. ;)
      xo

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  6. Love that look of concentration on little Annie. So cute! And as far as 'Anderson' goes, it's a pretty good guess up in this neck of the woods. LOL

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    1. Ha!! You're so right Judy!! It could have easily been an Anderson that owned the book. Lots of Scandinavians around these parts. However, my maiden name was Polish and my Hubby's is French. ;)
      xo

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  7. Love the window caddy! And how sweet your daughter concentrating so hard on her cross-stitch. I remember teaching my daughter when she was about that age! Beautiful photos, too. Yes, I know what you mean...we all need prayer, in this Country and elsewhere!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Marie and the sweet comments! My heart just hurts for our world and we need more peace and healing. Keep the prayers going! ;)
      xoxo

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  8. I used to cross stitch a lot. What a fun thing for Annie.
    We're praying for our country too.

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    1. I used to do it a lot more too Mari. But then scrapbooking took over my universe. ;)
      I bet you and Bob are great prayers!! Keep up the good work. Our country needs peace desperately. xoxo

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  9. I'm sure I looked like Annie when I was cross-stitching yesterday. I used to do such big projects with details but now that my eyes are older, I can't see the holes and it makes it hard to get the needle in the right place. My 16 year old son who is over 6 feet hates dragonfly season ... actually, he kinda hates bugs in general. It's funny. Enjoy your walks. It is my favorite form of exercise but way too hot for it right now. I look forward to my trip to the States next month when I can enjoy the great outdoors again. I stopped watching tv years ago and along with that, no longer kept up with news. I don't read it online or in hard copy, but everyone started posted about Charleston so I had to look it up. All I can say is that anyone who can sit with a small group of people, pretend to befriend them and then gun them down definitely has a true mental disorder. In this world of me, me, me, there is no empathy. It's simply frightening. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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    1. I know what you mean Tammy! This aging stuff is tough with eyesight - among other headaches! Lol
      My teenager is not a big bug person either. My daughter is pretty fascinated though.
      I hope you have wonderful weather for your trip here and can get in lots of lovely walks!! How wonderful for you to not watch t.v.!! I know in so many ways it's such a waste of time - but I'm still too hooked. I'm much better in the summer though.
      I totally agree with you about the mentality of so much of our country and it sorely needs to change!! I believe we really can change too. I think the majority is going to get tired of all of this and some kind of revolution of change will take hold. At least that's what I'm praying for and hope we can all teach our young people now to have a different attitude. xoxo

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  10. Love the flower pots in front of your home! They are beautiful...and your last photo of the water with the reflections is so peaceful and lovely.

    All the best to your daughter as she learns to cross-stitch! I started a cross-stitch project when I was pretty young too--though it took quite a while to get it finished...ahhm like 10 years or so, but it's done! I'm sure it will go much faster for her though with the help of "the fairies." ;)

    The shooting was so sad. I pray that peace and justice will come and that God will give us the strength so we don't have to live in fear. People's hearts and minds need changed. If people are evil, they'll do evil things with whatever tools they have in hand. If people are filled with God's love, they'll share that love with every means they can. Won't it be a wonderful day when the Lord sets things right?

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    1. Thanks Bethany!!
      I agree so much with what you're saying about people need to change and that evil will be evil. I think as a society our priorities have become so shifted and we focus on so much of the wrong things. Amen that God will help bring that change - and sooner than later! xoxo

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  11. Lovely pics, Carrie. The Charleston shootings have been headline news here in the UK, too, and lots of us here are saying prayers, too. I think that's one of the great things about Blogland - the connexions around the world. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. x

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    1. thanks so much! ;)
      I agree! Blogland is beautiful for connecting so many from all over the world. Maybe it can some how play a part in a revolution of change for our poor broken world and help bring healing all over. Thanks for continued prayers for our country - for the help and healing we need so badly here. xo

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  12. I love the patriotic warmer, my niece and daughter love the “Americana” stuff. OK that bug would of just creeped me out, even if it was just chillin’.

    I was so excited to see Annie cross-stitching. I LOVE to cross-stitch, and I still have a project I haven’t finished, a Thomas Kinkade Lighthouse, I was going to make a pillow out of. Maybe with my new glasses I can get back to it, LOL.

    Such a beautiful place to walk, and such an adorable companion!! Have to set those goals small enough to accomplish them and not get discouraged. You go girl!!

    Praying with you dear friend. Being the mom of bi-racial children…I pray daily!! Have a wonderful week ahead!! :) Pssst...it's the first day of summer!! :D

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    1. Hi sweet Friend!
      You are too funny about bugs. You'd have a hard time living here. You should see the size of the water spiders we can get around here! Lol

      I hope your glasses will help you get back to your project. I bet it will be beautiful when you get it done! ;)

      I keep trudging away on the workout journey. I sure wish I'd been one of those blessed folks who have amazing metabolisms. ::sigh::

      I have bi-racial cousins too and know some of the things they've had to go through over the years. Our world needs to get its darn butt in gear and realize what true priorities should be! We need to quit glorifying all of these awful people too. Imagine news coverage on all the amazing things people are doing to love and help one another - but that's too boring. Maybe if we'd quit making such a big deal about these idiots they'd quit thinking their evil acts are a good idea. What's hard is feeling so helpless. I wish so badly I knew the answer and where I could make a dent or difference in it. I'm so tired of hearing about these events continuing and having fear for my children. Keep up those prayers.
      Blessings to you and your precious family. xoxo

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  13. I love that Annie's doing cross stitch!! Look at the concentration on her face, ahh! Exciting news about the landscaping, I look forward to seeing how that works out for you.
    Well done on your Fitbit miles, keep it up!!
    I was so sorry to hear about Charleston, what a terrible thing to have happened. I just can't imagine what must have gone on in that young man's head. Sending prayers your way xx

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  14. Thanks so much Alison. The words of encouragement mean so much and the prayers are everything we need in this world. ;)
    xoxo

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