Monday, June 30, 2008
Doesn't he look handsome? David needed a haircut desperately, so his sister talked him into getting a buzz cut, instead of the usual short-on-the-sides-longer-on-the-top-with-bangs look. I was scared as I put the electric razor to his head. After all, if he didn't like it, there wasn't much I could do until it grew out again. But he loves it! In fact, he was sad that today wasn't school, because he wanted to show off for his friends there. But he did get to show his church friends yesterday. He says it's a lot cooler. With summer here, I think he'll enjoy this.
Here's a closer look at his head:
I like it the most.
With just a little bit of sand and sea,
But it's a whole lot colder than Hawaii!"
Once again, we proved that true when we took Heather and her friends (and David) to the coast on Friday. They had a ball playing on the beach, while Nelson and I sat in the car, napping, reading, crocheting. (Well, Nelson didn't crochet, I did.) Not only was it cold outside, the wind was whipping along and turning the beach into a giant sand-blasting machine. When you roll Nelson's car windows up or down, you can still hear the grinding and scraping of the sand that blew into the mechanism.
I don't know what it is. People say they love going to the coast, but every time I go, it's cold and windy, and I'm miserable. I like to watch the waves breaking and the seagulls wheeling around; I enjoy the rugged coastline and the hazy view out to sea. But don't ask me to play on the Oregon beach.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
My dad has always been one of my heroes. He is a faithful priesthood holder, a great father and husband, a funny man, a smart man. He has been a hard worker all his life, working as a farmer/dairyman for many long, hard years. He also is a wise man. Let me tell you a story.
Now, my mom was a rather ... excitable gal (a bit like me). My dad, however, is just the opposite. One afternoon many years ago, as Dad sat in his favorite easy chair, reading the newspaper, he heard my mother's excited voice from the kitchen.
"Myrl! Come here!"
Thinking maybe something was on fire, he jumped up and ran into the kitchen, where my mother was looking out the window.
"Look!" she cried, pointing outside.
As he looked, he saw that a famous (infamous) Idaho wind was whipping across our farm. As it blew, it was grabbing the neat windrows of cut hay and blowing them all over the fields.
Dad said he realized he had four options:
(1) Stop the wind.
(2) Go out and try to sit on the hay to keep it from blowing around.
(3) Wring his hands and get an ulcer.
(4) Go back to reading his paper and, when the wind stopped, go out and clean up the mess, which is what he did.
When things spin out of control in my own life, I try to remember Dad's wise advise. I may not be able to stop the wind or sit on the hay; I sure don't want an ulcer; so maybe I'd best just relax and do what I can.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thanks to Lisa W. for the heads up on the free movies at Regal Cinema this summer! Nelson sent me some information about free events sponsored by the Eugene Public Library. You can read about them here.
Gotta do something to keep those kids busy!
Also, you might check out the River Road/Santa Clara Volunteer Library, just off River Road near Goodwill. Here is their website. An annual card is only $10 (beats what Eugene Public charges us out-of-city folk). They also have summer reading events.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
So, our family loves tomato soup, but I've been looking for a homemade recipe, because Campbell's has corn syrup in it, and we just don't need that. I've found the recipe! It can be made with canned or fresh tomatoes, and now this is our favorite with cheese sandwiches:
Tomato Basil Soup
4 C. fresh or canned tomatoes, pureed
4 C. tomato juice (I use 2 cans tomato sauce + 2 cans water)
12-14 fresh basil leaves, minced or 1 tsp. dry basil
1 C. cream or half and half (I use 2%--works great)
1/4 C. butter
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper (NOT 1/4 C. as first written!)
1 tsp. salt
Combine tomatoes, tomato juice (or sauce and water), and basil leaves in a large saucepan or soup pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes (more or less). Add cream and butter, stirring to blend. Add pepper and salt. Heat through, but do not boil.