Saturday, February 5, 2011

First Week in February

 The Meaning of  40, 41, 38, 6, and every day moments...

(Photo from church directory)
Sunday we celebrated the 40th anniversary of our church. It was good to see the pastor from those early days when his family lived next door to the meeting room. Since then several building projects have expanded the edifice as the congregation has grown considerably.
(Personally I preferred the steeple on top.)
Every year we share a celebration meal at the Taylor University dining commons.

Monday was our 41st wedding anniversary. For photos of us over the years, go to my post for that day.

 Our day went on as usual. Do you like the heart shaped breakfast eggs?

Lunch chicken pineapple quesadillas were wonderful.

Stephan came out in the afternoon to cut wood. I went out to check on him. He was in the middle of a business call, another ice sculpture ordered.

The ice storm was already coming when we went to Chef and Karen's for dinner. That didn't stop us from enjoying the evening with friends and good food. Later we made it back carefully and spent the next two days at home. We were prepared in case the electricity went out, but it never came to that.
Unlike many, I am loving this winter--the beauty, the quiet, the time to work on projects that have long been on my heart, such as sorting through files, letters, photos of years gone by to sort, digitize, give shape and form to those busy years and pass on the stories to our children and grandchildren. Glimpses into our family history appear occasionally on Facebook and blog posts. The 'conversation' that ensues on these social networks adds so much to the reminiscing.
I also try to tackle a cleaning goal each day. Next week our friend George Verwer will stay with us.

Mike's two main occupations are working with kids at the Red Barn, teaching ceramics, and mentoring the robotics team.

Mentor Mike
He also keeps his worms fed and the garden watered. Everything is thriving, especially the tomatoes. The question we asked, however: "Where did all these healthy tomato plants come from?" Mike said he did not sow tomato seeds. Ah! The worm tea! Those little creatures obviously cannot digest tomato seeds.

Worm Farm
At night we unwind, watch TV or a movie together, and I knit. This week I finished another gift project.

Friday was Leah's 38th birthday. I posted many rescued photos.

For several days we watched a herd of twenty or more deer traverse our back yard. It is a fascinating sight.

Friday was a beautiful sunny day. We explored the winter wonderland that surrounds us and followed the marked deer path for half a mile and back another way.

Today, Saturday, we had lots of plans, but the snow fell all day. This is what it looked like out the front door.

I didn't go anywhere. And I found out later that Elijah's 6th birthday party was cancelled anyway.


sara said...

happy anniversary to your church and to you and Mike!!

I have never seen a worm farm...that is fascinating. what do you do with the worms?

love the sweater!!!

I think I would enjoy winter more if I didn't have to get out in it and could be stuck in side for a few days or if I didn't live in a place that was so hilly!!


Happy Anniversry. Loved your snow pictures and the heart shaped egg. Your sweater was so beautiful. What a great talent you have there. Have a good week.

Kim said...

Winter is definitely more fun when you don't HAVE to get out in it :) Did enjoy your photos of the snow.

Lots of birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated this week!

Very cute heart-shaped egg :) Assuming that was for your anniversary?

RaD said...

That's what I used to love most about snow days, staying inside in the cozy warm and just getting stuff done and then curling up and watching a movie or a reading a good book.

I've seen those little worm farms. The worms survive in the cold weather or do you keep them indoors? Do they compost a lot of food?

Mimi said...

Happy anniversaries!

I really would like to take to heart your attitude about the winter. This weather just depresses me so, but maybe I'll try to dig through photographs or something. Thanks for the inspiration!


skoots1mom said...

such a pretty all the snow pics...stay warm!

The Bug said...

You have some gorgeous snow pictures this week! And I totally love your romantic egg - so clever.

Tiffany said...

Great outdoor photos of the snow and esp. the deer! How awesome that was::! Have a great week!

Oldfangled said...

How funny that the worms provided tomato plants for you! (If you need to give some of those plants away, please pass them on to us!)

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Happy Anniversary!

You are in the midst of a winter wonderland, very picturesque, but I'll take my warmer souther climate any day of the week. I don't think I could handle all the snow.

Your sweater is amazing.

Great week!

Sharon said...

I was an unhappy music major at Moody when George Verwer came to speak, after hearing him I changed my major to missions and have never regretted it.
On a completely different subject, I'm very interested in worm tea. Will be starting my organic garden in a few months.

momma frans said...

a keurig!!! so lucky!! enjoy it!
happy anniversary!!

love the snow pictures!

Tori said...

Happy Anniversary!! I can only imagine the pictures and stories that you have from all of those years!!
I love your attitude about winter. Mine isn't there yet! :)
The sweater is lovely! You and your family are so talented!!
Have a super week!

Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

gorgeous winter pictures and that sweater is too cute, I bet it was loved

Elizabeth said...

Wow... look at all that snow... I love snow, as long as I dont have to go anywhere and I can enjoy a nice warm home...
Happy Belated Anniversary!
Great job on the sweater... i love it!