hope quote

Today I went with a friend to a couple thrift stores. A quote I read on a little cross has stuck with me, so since I didn’t think to take a picture of it with my phone, I created another cross with the quote so I won’t forget it.

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope.

Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.

Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope,

Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,

Psalm 42:11 Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,


pic monkey

I found my alternative to picnik – I like pic monkey because it’s very similar to picnik probably because people from picnik started it. plus, it’s easy to remember the name of it : )

After all this rain things are sure growing out there. Here’s my Greek Oregano and my inside tomato plants

Monday’s walk

Monday before it rained we left early and walked probably over 4 miles at Weston Bend State Park. I used my poles, so Scott had to keep up with me – ha. It was quite beautiful in the early spring blooming.

Now that picnik is closing down I found another ways to enhance my pictures – fotoflexer

from apartmenttherapy.com

don’t live in an apartment but found this really good! Now that dear daughter has moved on to another state I need to buckle down and work on the house; easier to read about than do it, but must get busy.

1) Dealing With What Comes Through The Door Set up a small area by the front door to act as a “landing strip” for incoming items into your home.

2) Do Your Dishes After Every Meal

3) Laundry If you have a washer and dryer at home, do a little bit each day.

4) Whistle While You Work

5) Set a Timer

1. Surface clean living room and kitchen (pick up stray items, dust, sweep, vacuum)

2. Clean bathrooms (toilets, showers, floors, walls, mirrors)

3. Surface clean bedrooms (put away toys, clothes, dust)

4. Surface clean “extra” rooms (basement, office, play room)

5. Surface clean living room and kitchen

6. Clean bathrooms

7. Clean all interior windows (white vinegar and newspaper works great and is cheap!)

8. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house (don’t forget stairs)

9. Surface clean bedrooms

10. Deep clean living room (mirrors, baseboards, dust artwork)

11. Clean bathrooms

12. Clean out closets (hang up clothes, mittens, jackets, hats)

13. Surface clean “extra” rooms

14. Deep clean bedrooms (organize drawers, check under bed, tidy closet, dust artwork, fans, lights, mop)

15. Surface clean living room and kitchen

16. Deep clean bathrooms (clean inside drawers, inside of trash cans, tops of mirrors, tile, mop)

17. Clean all door knobs, phones, entertainment equipment (remote controls), switch plates, banisters and other things that are repeatedly touched.

18. Clean out the refrigerator, take stock of food, organize pantry

19. Clean entryway, sweep porch (if you have one), clean out car (because they’re often our home away from home)

20. Surface clean living room and kitchen

21. Surface clean bathrooms

22. Surface clean bedrooms

23. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house

24. Clean linen closet, straighten towels, sheets or regular closet if not applicable

25. Surface clean living room and kitchen

26. Deep clean kitchen (scrub appliances, wash trash cans, base boards, wipe down and straighten cabinets)

27. Surface clean bathrooms

28. Surfaces clean bedrooms

29. Clean one item you’ve been meaning to get to and haven’t (deep clean your stove, wipe down all light fixtures, tackle a particularly unruly area)

30. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house

To this list you can also add chores that are to be done monthly or quarterly. It’s easier to plan for larger tasks like steam cleaning a sofa or heavy traffic hallway, then it feels like part of the routine instead of that thing you keep putting off and dreading.

Habits are formed by doing and one of the best ways to change a bad habit is to replace it with another action. So if the time spent right when you come home from work is usually filled with email reading and a small nap, try switching it out with your cleaning instead. Making the 20 minute time slot routine will build good habits and help you stay on top of the game without feeling like it’s a real chore.

First day of spring today and the tulips are blooming!

Sourdough Challah Success

I made the Sourdough Challah yesterday and it turned out scrumptious! Here is the recipe. Here are some pictures of the process I remembered to take.

I believe next time I will make a larger number of smaller loaves. happy day! our son’s 22nd b-day. the first I saw of him in the photo below – there were complications so I couldn’t see him in person that first night.