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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

This and That

 So far my book reading isn't going very well! I've been reading biology and history with Kyle, doing lots of research on various topics, but not any 'for pleasure' reading. I'll keep at it.

Baby Klaire about four years ago! My house has changed a lot since this photo!

I keep thinking of projects I want to do around the house, but I'm finding no motivation to get anything done. Sigh. Maybe February will be better.

I haven't started my paint by numbers either. I have lots going on around here, not that I am so busy, but I find I need to feel that the day is ahead of me with no obligations. I think I may paint this afternoon. Kyle will be going to his friends house until evening. However, I'll need to have a plan for dinner for the four of us, so there is that. I'll let you know how that goes.

I have been having some therapeutic massage on my hips and muscles that run down the thighs. I have some degeneration in my lower spine, and in needing to sit more, it has caused a tightening of certain muscles. I've done Physical Therapy and it did help some, but the massage is helping more. So now to combine both and get mobility without pain would be awesome.

Did I mention that I planted tulip bulbs in planters this year? Here is one of the planters I put them in.

Monty Don from Gardener's World says that he uses tulips like an annual, so he does his all in planters in the garden. He said that tulips are at their best the first year, then after that they tend to not be as good. So I decided to adopt that strategy, and put them into pots. I have three pots on my deck with tulips planted, and this one may go to the front steps in the spring. I can't wait to see how they bloom!

Tim and I are waiting on a quote for replacement windows and to have a portico built over the front entrance to our home.

It will likely look something like this. Eventually, once the garage is built, the front walk way will have to change and our steps will be straight on rather than the bottom one angled, which is what we have now. Also the railings on each side to help people to get up the steps and into the house.

I love the look of these two below,

so I will do some planting of climbing roses, to get that English Cottage feel.

Our cottage was a builder grade ranch style home when we bought it. It is also going to get a new roof this year.

I'm not sure when the addition will start. My parents are concerned about inflation. I think this is part of my lack of motivation. We have to pray and see what is going to happen. I need some wisdom.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this walk through the things on my mind these days! Always a bit of this and that!

Monday, January 17, 2022


Our temperatures have been very cold, and the pool is frozen about four inches deep! The kids had fun 'walking on water' Sunday afternoon!

Friday was shopping day and errands day, and Saturday we went to breakfast with Wes and Rachel and then Wes went to work and Tim, Rachel, and I went to Costco. We got there when they opened at 9:30 but they were packed! Our Costco is always packed. 

At breakfast our server was named Deanna, spelled just like my spelling. We enjoyed that because it is not usual to meet another Deanna. I grew up all through elementary school and high school with a Deanna. She married a guy named Tim, also! And the other day, Tim did an inspection for a Tim who is married to a Deanna! Isn't that fun? So I asked our server if she was married or dating a Tim, and she said, "No, Brian, but he's great!" we all laughed.

When I was growing up, my parents knew three couples who were named Bill and Carol! So funny. Have you known couples that have the same names?

We dropped by Rachel and Wes' apartment to drop of Rachel's purchases, then we dropped her off at their work.

Tim and I went to the Amish farm where we buy eggs, then came home.

He had an inspection in the afternoon, but I got to get cozy at home. I folded laundry, read, listened to an interesting interview, texted with Vee

Sunday we were expecting a storm in the late afternoon, but we had church, and when we got home I put together a chicken pot pie. I had cooked the chicken in the crock pot while we were at church, made the creamy sauce when we got home, then through the chicken (which Tim cut up), a mixed bag of veg, and the sauce into a 9x13 pan, and topped it with a can of crescent rolls.  So good. Wes came over for lunch and an afternoon of games. Rachel was helping a friend who is a photographer.

We played Gin Rummy, then Skyjo, my parents played, too.

It started to snow around 3:30pm.

We got more snow than they were thinking we would but then late evening it changed to sleet, then rain. The temperatures warmed up, too, so by time Tim needed to leave this morning for an inspection, the roads were completely clear, and most of the snow is gone though there is still snow on the grass.

Sarah's school sent as many students off campus as possible before a storm hit them, as they tend to lose power on their campus. She went with a friend whose family lives nearby, for the weekend. They cancelled classes until Tuesday morning.

Our daughter and her husband, in Tennessee have cov*d. They had a fever for a few days, and not feeling well, so I had our son in laws sister pick up some soup for them, and deliver it. I'm grateful for her willingness to do that for us.

Emma was so thankful. It's hard to be the "chief cook and bottle washer" as my dad used to say, and be sick. She was feeling better yesterday, which is good. The kids are doing fine, just going a bit stir crazy from being inside for days! I'm hoping that if they feel even better today, that she can sit outside while the kids ride their bikes.

Hope you are all faring well. It's supposed to get up to 40 degrees today, but it's very windy and we can expect gusts of up to 50 miles an hour.

Such is life in winter in Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in the interview I watched you can watch it {here}. Clif High is a very brilliant and interesting man who has been involved in tech his whole life. As with many brilliant people, he's quirky, but I found his analysis of what has been happening all through DJT presidency and this year after, to be insightful. The interviewer is Patel Patriot who has written the Devolution series that I have mentioned several times. I found it so interesting, that I listened to it again last evening with Tim.

Warning their is a language alert near the end of the hour, when talking about some really bad people, and he believes in aliens. So there is that. I however believe any kind of alien type stuff is demonic activity. So there is that! Just wanted to give you a heads up if you wanted to give the interview a listen. We've all seen that the corruption we've exposed this year in our country is not unique to our country and that it is world wide. He is very insightful I believe. If you listen to it, I'd love to hear what you think.

I am a curious person who loves to learn, and over the years I've learned to sort through information from people, to keep the good and toss the bad! That has allowed me to learn a lot, and to see a bigger picture than the narrative our msm would have us believe.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Good News Friday


These photos are from a cafe where my friend Jennifer and I had brunch yesterday. It's a half way point for each of us. It was good to be with someone who knows you well and loves you. Do you have a friend like that? I hope you do.

Let's get to the good news, shall we?

Here is a synopsis that someone put together of what happened YESTERDAY alone!

Isn't that amazing?!

In case you are unfamiliar with the Oath Keepers, what I have researched and read has lead me to believe that this group was started or infiltrated to lead people into doing stuff they wouldn't normally do. Like what happened in Michigan with the kidnapping plot on Governor Whitmer. It turned out that the FBI assets, who infiltrated a small group of disgruntled guys,  were the ones who plotted and planned the kidnapping. The guys who were in the group didn't want to be a part of it. In a group of less than 20 people total, 11 were FBI assets. The case is falling apart.

It'll will be interesting to see what happens here. Also research Ray Epps. This is Stewart Rhoades.

Read and be amazed!

Media all over the world have acted as propaganda machines for their governments. This one is trying to save themselves as the whole narrative is falling apart. (see my last post)

Also we now have that medical scientist, doctor supreme telling us this.

Maybe people won't be so willing to believe anything anyone with power and influence says.

Pedophile rings around the world are still being taken down. Thank God!

Read about Prince Andrew {here}.  There are calls by York MPs and other civil leaders in York to have him stripped of his Duke of York title, as well. {here}

I don't think the case will actually go to trial, as most civil cases in the US settle out of court, but there is talk that Virginia Giuffre has turned down a settlement offer. I don't know if that is true, it will be interesting to see what happens.

Well, that's what I have for  you today, friends. Have an excellent weekend!

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

I'm Pretty Angry


Have you seen the document drop from Project Veritas? This report was put together by a Major in the Marine Corp doing a fellowship at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). 

It shows several things.

1, DARPA did not want to do this research work because "it was too close to violating the Gain of Function moratorium."

2. Fauc* lied to congress.

3. Ivermectin (March 2020), Hydroxychloroquine (April 2020), and Interferon (May 2020) were all identified as being curative of cov*d! Ivermectin is curative in all phases of illness.

This means that they lied purposefully to the American people and the world. They hid the cures, and people died because of it.

Have you noticed that the CDC, Fauc*,  and the media are all now saying that we have to separate out the people who died WITH cov*d from those who died FROM cov*d? Even the Governor of New York is stating this!

When people mentioned this back in 2020, they were mocked and thrown off social media sites! 

The CDC director recently refuted what Justice Sotomayor said in the hearing last week about 100,000 children being seriously ill in the hospital with cov*d and on ventilators! This is patently false. Why has this justice not corrected her false statements? 

Justice Breyer stated that 750,000,000 people had cov*d in the United States. The US only has a population of 339,000,000 people! Did we somehow all get cov*d twice at the same time? There has been no statement about misspeaking from him.

This means they came to the hearing with false information, and would rule using those views. These are not stupid people who are just uninformed. They want to push this false narrative, perhaps because the narrative (the LIE) is coming apart.

People we know and care about who've died from the hospitals using the NIH and CDC protocols in hospitals, died because they were not allowed to treat them with known drugs that would cure them.

This was for political purposes. 

Remember in the beginning they told us that we'd all likely get it, for most that it would be like a flu or bad cold, and that we should protect those vulnerable to such things.  Don't wear masks, etc.

Then they changed the narrative, wear masks, we have to lock down, we need to flatten the curve, so hospitals aren't overrun. 

Do you know that in NYC only two hospitals were taking cov*d patients? They had set up the Javits Center to use as a hospital, but didn't use it, President Trump sent one of the military hospital ships and they didn't use it. 

All so they could 'show' that hospitals were 'overrun' with cases! They even parked refrigerated trucks outside to show that this is where they had to put the bodies because the morgues were overrun, too!

They put people on Remdesivir, which causes kidney problems and their lungs to fill with fluid, so they needed ventilators. We know what happened to most of these patients.

You can read the testimony of Allie from Proverbs 31 Girl blog {here}. Her father died this way. 

I've just felt so sick knowing what they were doing all this time, yet not having the proof. Well, now we have the proof.

Thanks for listening friends. I hope you'll consider the implications of all of this. 

Look into the Great Reset by Klaus Schwab. He lays out the plan in his book. He is the head of the World Economic Forum. This has all been about control.

God help us.


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

More Book Reading In 2022


That's my goal.

I do a lot of reading every day, but it is news related. Current events type stuff.

After Christmas I read one of the books I received as a gift. 

I enjoyed it, as I like this series. It's interesting, tea related, and not horrific. 
I also have been reading through Marion Parson's book.

The last several years have been interesting, and I've not done as much book reading as I've done in the past.

I'm going to start this book soon.

I also have some books on my own bookshelves that I haven't read yet.

I've read some of these, and some I have not. I started Towers in the Mist by Elizabeth Goudge and haven't gotten very far. You can see my book mark in it. Sigh. I've read several of her books and enjoyed them but I just can't seem to stick with this one. 

As a reader, I've discovered that just because people you like or admire like a certain author, it does not mean you and that author will hit it off. I've decided that that's okay, and I am allowed my own taste in books. I love Jane Austen, but not everyone does. 

I like to have a variety of books going at one time as well. Reading a book like "Gentle and Lowly" is fine, but sometimes I need a different kind of book, so I'll pick up fiction. Or a book like Marion's that inspires.

I have some books by Lynn Austin my sister in law brought for me at Christmas time to read. I have book shelves full of books. Lots of material for reading.

What are you reading these days?

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Monday, January 10, 2022



We had a quiet weekend.

The roads were clear on Friday, so Kyle and I ran out for groceries. My Dad came along as he had a podiatrist appointment. I timed everything around the appointment, we even had time to get the car washed! 

It was cold this weekend, so on Saturday Tim worked down in the basement. He has built shelves for my parents many boxes, and the goal is for the boxes to be gone through and labelled. This will make finding things they want much easier! Tim and Kyle also repaired a tire on Tim's vehicle that had gone flat.

He also made our first fire in the woodstove. I wish we had the woodstove in the living room or a fireplace! I love a good crackling fire!

I cleaned my kitchen, and vacuumed, and tidied. Mom made dinner Saturday night! That was nice for me! She made spaghetti and meatballs! Yum.  I prepped a breakfast casserole for Sunday morning, and put frozen chicken tenderloins in the crockpot to cook overnight.

Sunday morning our church was cancelled, so we watched an Alistair Begg message. He is a really good preacher. He has a daily radio program, too. You can find his ministry link if you click on his name. I highly recommend it!

During the day, Kamryn was here, and she and Kyle played some games and went outside in the cold. I made chicken potpie with those tenderloins that had cooked overnight.

We read, talked, snacked, and in the evening Tim and I watched an old movie, "Life With Father." There is a colorized version on Prime.

This morning the house is still quiet, though I can hear my dad's chair in his room, so I know he is up. Tim's at an inspection, and will pop back in before an afternoon inspection. Kyle will be up soon, and we'll do school. Biology, history, literature, math, a career pathways type book. We've already finished a book on logical thinking. We are nearly half way through our school year.

How was your weekend?

I caught the blue hour the other evening!

Friday, January 7, 2022

Good News Friday

 Rachel and I had beautiful weather traveling down to take Sarah to school, and back. We got home before 5:00pm on Wednesday. God gave us the perfect window of 48 hours between snow storms to get down to South Carolina and back. I'm thankful!

It started snowing last night after 11:00pm. It stopped before the sun came up today. It's beautiful and I'm hoping that the roads will be nice and clear this afternoon when we head out for some errands.

The first bit of Good News I have is this!

The UK death rate for people with a positive test for cov*d. 130 over a seven day period. Also not an indicator of whether people died from cov*d or just with cov*d. 

More Good News!

A Federal Judge said Pfizer could not have 75 years to give the information out regarding the jab!

Did you know that the British slang for the v*x is the Jab? Even the Prime Minister uses it. I found a video of him saying it, but his whole message is tainted by the lie that "if you get the jab, you'll keep from passing the virus on to others." Our CDC admits that the jabbed do get the virus and pass it on.

A fashion Instagrammer I follow from the UK was so surprised at how bad she felt recently with cov*d (not her first time having it) since she was "triple jabbed." Sigh. She did expect to get it again! That surprised me until I watched the PM say that you won't get it or pass it on to others! WHAT?! Sigh....

Here is a video of highly censored Robert F. Kennedy Jr speaking out about this whole situation.

There is an interesting website called The Cov*d World where you can read stories from around the world. I just found it so I don't have an opinion on it yet, but if you're curious you can read it {here}.

I don't know if any of you saw Dr. Malone on Joe Rogan's podcast but it was excellent. {Here} is an article with 12 Top Takeaways from that interview.

I continue to get comments on my 'asking a question' post. Ruth is the most recent commenter there. There are several people who've emailed me privately. I hate that this WHOLE issue has become so political and has made people afraid to speak out in public.

I do appreciate your willingness to talk to me about it. 

I thought this was interesting.

The truth often takes longer to come out. It is especially hard when one side holds the media and censors anyone who doesn't repeat their narrative, or lies.

Did you know yesterday that the administration said 5 police officers died on January 6th? Did you know that's not true?

One officer, Sicknick, died the following day from a stroke. Several died in the weeks after from suicide or unknown reasons. They were not beaten or killed by protestors.

However, three ladies who were there were beaten by capitol police, two died, one survived. They were outside the building. One lady who was a veteran was shot and killed inside the building. 

There is a lot of stuff that is being covered up. 

Today the Supreme Court will hear a case about the mandates. Please pray! 

Have a good weekend, friends.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Unexpected Road Trip

 Sarah has had two flights cancelled on her. She needs to get back to school so Rachel and I are driving her down to school.

Between weather and cov*d positive staff, airlines have been hard hit.

It’s a quick trip down and we’ll head back home tomorrow.

I’d appreciate prayers for safety on the road.

Monday, January 3, 2022


 It was a weekend full of celebration and ended with a sad thing.

Friday, being New Year's Eve, we didn't have a family night. Tim Kyle, and I played a game of Clue (I won!) then Tim picked up a take out order for our dinner. Kyle played an online game with his friend Daniel, Sarah went to a party with Wes and Rachel to friends from church. Tim and I puttered around, and then chatted for a while. My Dad came out at about 11:40 to talk a bit and then we heard our neighbor's fireworks start, and I exclaimed "Happy New Year!" We went to our kitchen doorway to watch the fireworks! When they were done, Tim honked the car horn in appreciation!

The next day we all slept in, Tim and my dad went to get pork and sauerkraut meals from my dad's fire company. Pork and Sauerkraut are traditional foods eaten on New Year's Day here in Lancaster County for "good luck." Kyle, Mom, and I got Chick Fil A! 

Sunday was church and our anniversary! 34 years. We didn't take any photos but I'll try to get a nice photo of us soon. I think that we are happier now than we've ever been. Real love born out of going through hard things together, a continuous choosing each other, and forgiveness. Here is a photo from a few years ago.

We went to lunch at Longhorn with Sarah, Kyle, Wes and Rachel after church then we came home. Tim and I both took naps in the living room. The grand girls went to their other grandparents house after church for their Christmas gift exchange so it was quiet here. Mom and Dad went to their small group from church. 

I woke this morning to news that a man from our church died. He was in his 50's. His family had the virus, and he needed to be hospitalized. He ended up on a ventilator this week, and died early this morning. My heart is broken for all the families who have lost dear, loved ones! I'm angry about it, too, because they have been suppressing treatments that work, and keep people out of the hospital and from dying. We rest in knowing that God knows all our days, yet we grieve for those lost, for their families who must go on without their loved one. 

I think that the narrative regarding the virus is breaking down, and I hope so. 

Let's remember to pray for everyone.

Lamentations 3:22 - 23 says - Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not, They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 

Friday, December 31, 2021

Good News Friday

It's New Year's Eve!

As you can see, the tree is gone. I usually keep the tree up until Epiphany or sometimes just after the New Year, depending on the condition of the tree.

Last night however, around 11:00 pm, we were chatting with Sarah after having watched a movie. They weren't working today so it was no big rush to get to bed. I happen to look at the dove tree topper and there are bugs on it! 

Can you guess? Baby preying mantis. Oh NO! 

Well, we quickly took the decorations, lights and ribbon off the tree and took it outside. We worked fast!

This year was one in which many things were revealed about our government, our judiciary, our congress. We found out for sure, as many of us had suspected, that many in both parties were corrupt. That it didn't matter if you had a D or an R after your name. Many are of the very same mindset.

We learned that though you can prove corruption, unless you can get a judge to hear the case and all the evidence, it won't go anywhere.

We learned that our media is the mouthpiece for the deep state. We learned that those who run social media are also complicit, as they sensor anything or anyone who goes against the narrative that they want you to believe.

All of these things we've learned have woken people up. Much of the forced cov*d mandates, the inflation, the mess with leaving Afghanistan have woken people up.

This is not just an issue for the US. This is worldwide. People are awake.

This is good news.

JB has been a failure as a president and even mainstream news magazines are reporting on it. You can read one{here}. You can also read a statement about his presidency {here}. It's laid out well and easy to read.

This week a jury found Ghislane Maxwell guilty of five of the six counts she was charged with. 

This is good news.

The victims of her heinous behavior, along with Jeffrey Epstein, have been vindicated. However, JE was not the only one who abused many of these victims. There are many others, some very well known, who have not been charged. This was not simply a high end prostitution ring. These were underage young women. By definition children. Those other abusers need to be made known.

It is interested that while the judge has sealed much of the information regarding some of these issues, I've read that there has been grand jury work since JE was arrested, that perhaps is using this information and therefore it needs to remain secret for now. We'll see if this is true.

I do know that there are reports that Prince Andrew's lawyers called an emergency meeting after GM's guilty verdict came out.

I don't know if you have seen the information yet, but the CDC has been changing all of their guidelines for isolating, etc. Many of the 'rules' the promoted for the last year, are now changed. In fact it seems like guidelines for cold and flu season. Hmmm. {here}   

It is interesting with the new variant that many people are becoming sick, but not very ill. Flu like symptoms or the common cold.

A friend sent me this video yesterday from a funeral home director in the UK. He speaks about what he is seeing these days.

I want to clarify a few things.

I use the term 'jab' instead of vaccine because of censorship. In person I say vaccine. 

I have deep concerns over the 'jab' but I will defend your right as an American citizen to take it if you so choose. I have a daughter and son in law who have taken it. I know others who have as well. None of the people I know personally have had major side effects, and I pray they don't ever have any.

What should concern us is the desire to force everyone to take it. In the beginning they said it would keep you from getting cov*d. Now they say it mitigates your symptoms. This is hard to know because for many people cov*d has been very mild - that has been our experience, even with my parents who are elderly and have several of the 'comorbidities.'

If you can still get the virus and still pass it, why force the 'jab?' We who have had it and recovered have good, robust immunity!

I think the year ahead will show that much of what was done to fight the virus were basically unnecessary.

The New Year is ahead, and I am still full of hope and even excited by possibilities for the future. So much of what the Dems have tried to pass, or mandate have ended up not happening. Don't be afraid.

Happy New Year Friends!

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Gifts Received And An Anniversary

 I wanted to share a few gifts I received for Christmas.

We used a name generator to determine who was going to give gifts to whom this year. Wes and I tend to get each other, not usually in the same year, but he got me again this year.

I gave him a list of things I was interested in. Several books, and this paint by numbers kit. You can find it {here}.

They have some very nice choices but I chose the peonies. Is anyone surprised by that? (grin)

My friend Kim, from Exquisitely Unremarkable blog has done several of these kinds of paintings, and it was her paintings that made me want to give it a try! This {link} will take you to several of her posts about the paintings. I can't wait to start, but I know that I need to have an uninterrupted period of time to start it for my own enjoyment. It will not be done in a day, so that will make for a nice winter project!

I also received a special gift from Nate and Kay.

It is think and smooth and beautiful! I don't know if I'll be able to chop things on it! But I did use it as a charcuterie board already! I put two layers of parchment on it!
I want to close today with a short video of the snow falling Monday morning.

It was lovely.

Now to the anniversary!

Today marks 6 years of marriage for our daughter Emma and our sil Vinnie! Such wonderful memories of your beautiful wedding, and lots of happy times with you and your sweet kids now! Love you!

I also want to thank you all for your thoughtful comments on yesterday's post. These past nearly two years have been very painful and heartbreaking for our nation and the world. That is fact, regardless of what we think about the virus. 

Also if you purchase a paint by numbers through the link, I get a little bit of compensation.

This and That

  So far my book reading isn't going very well! I've been reading biology and history with Kyle, doing lots of research on various t...