About Joys and Trials

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me." ~Micah 7:8 (KJV)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall Fun

So, we went to the annual lock-in at the local community college hosted by the R and R Club that my husband and I are members of (He helped found the club). We took Ayla along for a few hours before taking her to moms. She was Goldilocks (minus the gold locks). Have gotten to spend more time with my sister Jessica S, we spent the day baking, and then at the lock-in this past Friday, and then yesterday we went and saw the new 3 Musketeers movie, which we enjoyed greatly. Saturday, Ayla and I went with my parents and cousin to visit my other sister Jessica K, and to meet the newest granddaughter Sophia Elizabeth. She was so tiny(7lb, 11oz)! Ayla wasn't that little (8lb, 9oz). :) So my parents now have three Granddaughters: Zoe Rose, Ayla Isabel and Sophia Elizabeth.  Zoe and Sophia are both Jessica K's, and Ayla is mine. :) On my husband's side of the the family, there's three granddaughters as well (Ayla's the youngest there). Someone really needs to have a boy. ;)   I dropped my English Comp II class at the college, so no more rants about that instructor. Just my history class, which I'm doing pretty well in, and need to get the online stuff done. >.<  I hate online homework. Not taking Ayla trick-or-treating this year. She wouldn't enjoy it....she screams at "bad" things when we watch Barbie or Tinker Bell movies, so we'll wait a while and see. That's bout it for now. :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween Candy to Christmas Ornaments

Halloween is literally just around the corner, and while we are not planning to go trick or treating this year, I thought this was incredibly neat. I am thinking of just buying candy so I can do this, even though I doubt we'll have a Christmas tree as we have no room, I can decorate Mom's tree, since one of these years I will be taking "my" ornaments from her stash.
So after Halloween, take some of those left over hard candies, like Lifesavers, and lets make them into Christmas Ornaments. It's number 5 at the Science20 blog.

You will need:

Heavy metal cookie cutters (large copper ones are ideal)

Vegetable Spray

Lifesavers or other hard candy

Aluminum foil


Narrow shiny ribbon

   Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spray cookie cutters and foil with vegetable spray. Fill cookie cutters with candy in a single layer using however many will fit inside.
   Bake 5 to 7 minutes until candies are melted.
Remove from oven and allow to cool about 2 minutes. Make a hole in each with a straw to thread the ribbon through for hanging, then continue cooling until the cutters can be handled. Gently pull the cutters away from candy ornament.
   Thread with ribbon, and your ready to hang them on your tree.

Though in my case, I think we'll make a garland out of them, and hang them up in the window. 

(As always, green text contains a link. There are several other ideas for candy at the site that are worth checking out, so go ahead! Enjoy!)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Garden Tip

A friend shared a link to a page listing flowers that would help your vegetables thrive, naturally I checked it out. ;) 
According to the link, if you grow plants in a greenhouse, go with French Marigolds as they'll deter white-flies.
Lavender and Sedum will attract bees to your garden plots and your vegetables will be pollinated while they visit. But according to this link, the plant you should have in your garden no matter what, is the Sweet Pea, especially those with "odoratus"  in the name.
Now I love the scent of sweet pea, especially over the scent of the Magnolia and the Mimosa. I just can't stand those particular scents. So I think I'm going to get some Sweet Pea just to have around the place, as well as grabbing some of that mint from my mom's yard that's attempting to take over. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011


I know, that's a pretty common title for my post, but:

It's hard to believe that Ayla's now 20 months old. >.<
 I can't believe she'll be two years old in just four months. These past couple of years have flown by so fast. I am so grateful that she's only been sick once so far *knock on wood*. lol. Her favorite phrase is "wassat?!" (what's that?)
She loves dancing, and tries singing, and is learning so much so fast; which makes her more of a stinker, cause she knows what she's not supposed to do or mess with and still does it. I really want a TV like my parent's, where you can't hardly see the power button, just so she'll be unable to turn it off and on. She likes her baths, but hates the shower. She's trying to dress herself, more often with mommy and daddy's clothes than her own. She's doing better with the separation anxiety, and goes more willingly with Nanna now, but screams at bedtime when she can't see me. So we usually are together till she falls asleep and then I put her in her bed, where she'll sleep all night most nights. I'm not sure if I should call her my little monkey, or my little parrot, cause she climbs everything, but is also in that stage of mimicry too. So maybe a "parr-key" or "monk-rot".....no, not that second one. lol.
She's an adorable stinker, but I am so glad to have her, and wouldn't give her up for anything.

Friday, October 7, 2011

It's Cold Season Again

Got a cold, but hate the affect medicines have on you? Try some herbs that you can grow in your own garden and make into tea yourself.

Or, don't have a cold yet, but want to prevent one? Check out other herbs for cold prevention.

(Click on "herbs" for 2 different links.)