Thursday, August 26, 2010

This and That

I thought I'd try to answer some questions and statements which have come through on comments and e-mails lately.  I do apologize as I know many questions go unanswered.  It is a case of "out of sight, out of mind"... or more likely as I grow more ummmm... mature... my memory is not what it used to be (which was never great).

The Book and Film Recommendations #2 should be available by the end of next week.  A combination of a prolonged illness, my availability, and that of the desk top computer has been hard to come by but I do see it happening very soon.

For my sweet and patient blog friend who asked for advice on homeschooling an ADHD child.  I will write you back but also plan a blog post on lessons learned during the many years of of experiences.  I've been pondering it now for months and hope to write soon.  Thank you for YOUR patience.

I agree completely about driving and talking on the cell phone.  Christopher and I have both stopped answering the phone while driving and very rarely talk on the cell phone until we reach a safe place.  The only exception being when I was picking him up on days I borrowed his car and I'd call to tell him I was a couple minutes away.

There have been numerous accidents in our area (two of them fatal) where cell phones were either known to be a contributing cause of the accident or thought to be a cause.  I used to think my driving was fine while I talked on the cell phone until my passenger (hubby or son) told me otherwise... after their color returned to their face and their hands stopped shaking.

The basil vinegar turned out great and I posted the instructions on how I made it on my recipe blog.  While I made it to use with salad dressings, I tried it in bean soup yesterday (as recommended on the DVD) and it was delicious.  I hope to make one more batch while the basil is growing.

I can't recommend the West Ladies DVDs enough... in this case the Homestead Blessings Herb DVD.  While not an indepth teaching about growing and using herbs, it gives lots of good ideas to get you started.  While I order through Amazon using credit (thank you!!!), if you go to the Franklin Springs website, they do offer specials from time to time.

Regarding my favorite radio station, K-Love... it used to be available here in the Midwest only by streaming it from their website through the computer.  It was a happy day when I found out they were building towers in the area which made it possible to pick up on my radio.

K-Love is a California based radio station (the music is definitely contemporary Christian) but they have moved their morning show to Indianapolis, Indiana.   When we were returning from Stephanie's home in New England last year, we were able to pick up K-Love from time to time while scanning for Christian radio stations.

Hubby still prefers Moody radio (and I do for teaching) but then again, he thought The Second Chapter of Acts was a wild and crazy group.  Our taste in music is one of the only ways one can tell there is a seven years age difference.  I became a Christian during the Jesus Movement which gave birth to contemporary Christian music.  :)

Then there are those days I have a headache and only classical music on the NPR channel can sooth the aching soul (or head).

My yellow pantry and garage "pantry" shelves are going to be a feature pantry on The Perfect Pantry blog in October.  I forget the exact date, I'll post that later.  In the meantime, if you love pantries, you will love this blog.  Thank you to the blog reader who reminded me of it a couple months ago (it is one of those blogs I used to read all the time and missed switching from Bloglines to Google Reader).

I do plan some more pantry posts very soon.  Isn't it the season for squirreling away?  The squirrels on my deck have been seen scurrying across with their little mouths filled with big black walnuts!

Speaking of which, the black walnuts are once again raining on our roof (literally).  Autumn is near.


Terra said...

Brenda, I enjoyed this post very much. You had a good idea to answer some questions, and maybe one day I will get inspired to do that too. Basil vinegar sounds delicious.

Carina said...

Brenda, I knew you hadn't forgotten me and now that I have 4 days of homeschooling "under my belt," I look forward even more to your wise counsel!

Hope your day is full of joy and blessing!


The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I really want to order one of their DVD's. It's hard to choose which one!

I'm looking forward to your pantry posts. I came by to take a look at those in your archives. I remember you talking about how you stock up by buying one or two things as funds allowed.

Hope you're having a good week!


Sharon Lovejoy said...

You know you're right! Out of sight....I get questions and if I don't answer them IMMEDIATELY they slip out of my mind.

I love making opal basil vinegar. That color can't be beat.

How do you do it all Brenda?


Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Mrs.Rabe said...

I have been purchasing the West Ladies dvd's for the last year. I love them as do my girls, and I have used them as a basis for a great home education home ec program!

Black Walnuts are plentiful here...I have been learning interesting things about Black Walnuts in our herb class. One thing is that when you cut open the hard green outer shell, it will stain your hands...the stuff that causes the stains is iodine!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Brenda, when I was reading your bit about the cell phone, and only calling Christopher to let him know you would be there in a few minutes, I was reminded of something funny that my grandson did last year. My daughter and I could barely stop laughing. He often played at being a knight and rescuing the princess (his mother) while riding on his spring horse. But this day, he had us in stitches when he whipped a toy cell phone out of his pocket and said, "Hold on Princess, I'm almost there." It makes you realize that small children don't have a great sense of how the past might have been different!

suzel said...

I enjoy your post. Yet I discover the radio, I can enjoy earing her over the ocean in France (Yes I'm a french women who read regulary your blog).
Thanks a lot for all your share with us.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Hi Brenda -- your pantry will be featured on Other People's Pantries on Saturday, October 9. Hope your readers will come and take a peek!

Christina said...

I know it's been a while since you posted this, but I just gotta say that I LOVE Second Chapter of Acts. "The Roar of Love" is probably the best music album EVER. And I mean, EVER!!!