Saturday Stuff

     What a lovely day it was today.  The weather was sunny and warm and just delightful.  We were able to open doors and windows and let all that wonderful spring air refresh the house as we worked.  What a blessing!

     The beds were all stripped, the sheets washed and clean linens put on before bedtime.  In the meantime, the mattresses were freshened and aired from the sunshine and fresh air allowed in through the open windows.  I debated about putting the cotton sheets on my bed today instead of the flannels.  Our nights are still a bit cool (though we’ve been sleeping with one window open part way), and my husband does not like cold sheets.  The flannels went back on for at least one more week. 

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     Though we are not staying for our church’s fellowship lunch tomorrow, there was still plenty of cooking and baking and kitchen work to be done for our day tomorrow.  Dani made her wonderful, extra-yummy, to-die-for-good Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast tomorrow. 

 

 

 

     

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     Covered and rising on top of the stove.

 

 

 

 

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     I boiled potatoes early and then put them in the fridge to cool for a bit.  After dinner tonight, I put the potato dish together in a pretty glass 9 x 13 pan, covered it with plastic wrap and popped it into the fridge.  I will put it in the oven as soon as we get home from church tomorrow.  Cherry Pie Jello is a holiday meal staple, so a double batch of the jello was made up and given a chance to set up a bit in the fridge before I stirred in the sliced bananas.

 

 

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      And did I mention there was going to be cheesecake? 

 

 

 

 

 

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     The boys were busy with all of their normal Saturday chores.  Lots of extra work in the animal pens cleaning water buckets, spreading clean straw bedding and raking up droppings.  The chickens get a bit of fresh grass in their laying boxes as well most weeks.  Aaron’s big job of the day is to mow and edge the front grass area.  Dani caught him out without his straw hat yet again.  Rather than take him his hat, she took a different tact in helping her young brother protect his skin from the sun.

 

 

 

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     My kids are so funny!!!  Will’s face is shaded so you can’t see it, but he is just giggling like mad following along behind!

 

 

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     This evening we spent some time setting up our traditional holiday goody table, in much the same way that my late mother-in-love did.  Oh, hers was a site to behold!  Mine doesn’t quite measure up, but it’s a close second.  

     Do you see those See’s rabbits on the left?  That’s a tradition that sweet Lola started, and that I have continued.  Every year I make a spectacle of myself in the See’s store because I cannot buy these without tears.  She was the best mother-in-love ever, and it’s such a bittersweet thing to be buying the chocolate bunnies in her stead. 

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     The basket with all of our fun activities for tomorrow is on the floor under the goody table.  There is a nice selection of kites, a huge tub of sidewalk chalk, frisbees (with stickers so each person can decorate their own frisbee), and little white clay pots that everyone can paint tomorrow.  We’ll fill the pots with dirt and plant Marigold seeds on Thursday if the paint doesn’t dry in time tomorrow.

     Aaron and Dani  moved the big dining table to the school room, put in the leaves, and then spread out a lovely linen cloth.  The table is set with candles, silverware and napkins.   I don’t have any matching napkins for any of my tablecloths.  One of these days I will either make or buy some special napkins for special events, but tomorrow we’ll content ourselves with our freshly laundered and ironed everyday napkins.  The china dinner plates are stacked on my back kitchen counter at the end that will head the buffet line.

 

 

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     Finally, at the end of it all, we sat down on the kitchen floor and filled dozens of plastic eggs with candy. 

     Though this Saturday was spent with a lot of time preparing for our afternoon tomorrow, we did not neglect preparing for worship.  My sons clothes were ironed and hung in the doorway of their room well before dinner.  Both have new black slacks for tomorrow, and rather casual cotton shirts.  I was pleased to pull out a springy blouse and skirt that I was gifted with last year, and I ironed and hung those ready for morning as well.  Though we aren’t spending the day at church tomorrow, our church basket is still the best way to keep all of our Bibles, notebooks, pens, etc., all together in the car.  I’ll have it packed and ready to go before bed time.  It’s so simple for my husband or son to carry in our big basket on Sunday morning with everything tucked safely inside.  When church is over, everything goes right back into the basket so that we don’t leave anything behind. 

     My husband is being considered for some extra responsibilities at our church.  This means that we need to arrive at least thirty minutes earlier than we used to; and our drive to church is just a bit more than an hour long.  Making sure that everything is ready for Sunday morning on Saturday night is one way that I can be a help meet to my husband, enabling him to assume such responsibilities.  My husband does not get home from work on Saturday evenings until about 8:00 p.m.  The children and I make sure that everything is ready to go on Saturday night, and I try to have as much done as I can before he comes home.  The van has been washed, all of the seats (removed yesterday for shopping) are back in, and the tank is full of gas.  Never let your husband be hindered from his work in the church so long as you can do anything about un-hindering him.Thursday thoughts 044

     I know that I have promised several recipes this week that I have not yet posted.  I am so sorry!  I hope to post them next week, here and there as time allows.  I do appreciate your patience and understanding.  However, if I do not keep my priorities in order – God, husband, children, home, church/ministry, everything else – then I really have nothing to share here at all. 

 

     Have a blessed Lord’s Day tomorrow.  Hallelujah!  He is risen, He is risen, indeed!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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