Five Things Friday

Here it is Friday already and I haven’t written a blog post all week. It seems other projects have a way of creeping into my days and writing gets put on the back burner. Today is no exception, but just for fun I thought I’d join in the “Five Things Friday” theme and share a few random things that you might like to know about.


…just because I don’t have anything else to do, I’ve taken up a new hobby. I saw some beautiful string art greeting cards on display in a little shop we visited recently, and thought, “I could make those!” I actually think that about a lot of things I see. I can’t help it. I blame my mother for that. It’s just the way I was raised. But in this case, I actually tried it because I already had the supplies on hand. I’m still getting a feel for it. My needle holes were too big on the first design I tried. My thought is to try selling the cards, but it remains to be seen if I actually enjoy doing it enough to want to make them to sell… and if there’s even a market for them.

I have a special fondness for the look of string art because it’s a hobby Lyle enjoyed as a teen and we still have several pieces he made. I currently have them hanging in the front office of the print shop. It’s interesting to me that a lot of people comment on them.



…I came across this lovely journal at Costco the other night. I’m usually pretty resistant to impulse buys, but this time it came home with me. It’s such a pretty shade of blue and I love the verse stamped in foil on the front cover… but the inside is my favorite part.

See the lines? They are not actually blank lines, but the words of the Psalms in teeny-tiny print. My intention is to letter the entire book of Psalms into this journal, a few verses at a time, as part of my daily devotions.



…some of you have told me you appreciate me sharing free Kindle books I find.  The thing is, sometimes the freebies are only available for a limited time so rather than doing an occasional round-up of available titles, I’ve started posting them as I find them on my Facebook page. With Facebook’s weird algorithm I have no idea who sees my posts there, even if you subscribe to my page. So I added a sidebar widget here on the blog to show my most recent posts. You should be able to see the Kindle freebies there… plus, I think if you comment on my posts on my Facebook page future posts will be more likely to show up in your news-feed, but I wouldn’t necessarily depend on that either.



…I’ve been urging spring on with imported fresh-cut flowers.
It’s been an unusually harsh winter in our area. We’re finally beginning to see a few hints of spring around the neighborhood. Not that I’ve noticed any buds or growing things much yet, but at least the temperatures have been in the 40s the last couple of weeks. We’ve had too much a lot of rain, too, which has helped to melt the snow. What’s left now is in the big piles from the snow plow and in the shady spots. Yesterday we even saw sunshine for a few hours. That was definitely a welcome novelty!



we are Rebecca is thinking about getting chickens again. They’ve been available in the local farm stores for 2 or 3 weeks now, but we’ve been putting off getting them, waiting for it to warm up some. Yes, they’ll be in a brooder to start with but we remember that they out-grow that faster than you think they would.

My friend Heather’s family ordered their chicks by mail. I loved reading about their trip to the post office to pick them up this morning. We won’t be getting our chicks by mail, but it reminded me of the children’s book, Mailing May. Have you ever read it? You should! It’s a true story of a little girl who was “mailed” to her grandma about 100 years ago… labeled as “live poultry”!

I guess that’s it for this week. What have you been up to lately?


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