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    March 23: Day 6 of Our COVID 19 Adventure

    Whew.  Okay.  I was thrilled when this day ended.  Not because it had been a bad day, but because it was the last of the yucky weather and there was a promise of sunshine and warmth tomorrow.  I CAN’T WAIT!!! Visitor from the Outside Mike made the trip up and was a hit (of course) with the kids.  He sat in the floor and played with them and they were so glad to see him.  Izzy was happy to see her daddy and that was a sweet thing for today.  Mike stayed for dinner and took some left overs home to Jillian.  Jillian and Mike are great cooks and I…

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    Homemade Sandwich Bread

    A New Bread Recipe I have a ton of bread recipes.  I have artisan bread that is chewy.  I have Nana’s Parker House roll recipe.  I can’t count the number of cornbread, hush puppy and biscuit recipes I have. But one thing I have never had (before now) is a recipe for bread that compares to the soft sandwich bread we buy in stores.  Here is my  “soft bread” experiment. First, let me say that necessity really is the mother of invention.  Jerry was making hamburgers.  We had no buns.  We have the babies and chewy bread wouldn’t do.  Voila…the necessity of a soft bread recipe finally weighed heavily enough…

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    March 22 – Day 5 of Our COVID 19 Adventure

    Blessed In the middle of all of this, all I can think about (well, all I think about because there are moments where I do feel a bit overwhelmed) is how blessed we are.  I need to focus on that more and more.  I get to spend my days with the cuteness you see above.  I am blessed. A First Baptist First We started today with our first ever live broadcast from First Baptist Church Mertens.  Do y’all remember “Broadcasting from beautiful downtown Burbank…”?  I think that was the Hour of Power from the Crystal Cathedral.  Downtown Mertens isn’t Burbank, but the word of God was preached and people on…

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    March 21 – Day 4 of Our COVID 19 Adventure

    There Is Nothing Wrong at Our House There is nothing wrong at our house except… The furniture has turned into a playground and the house is a racetrack. Izzy took off all of her clothes during nap time and realized she can use her toes to climb out of her playpen.  I caught her seconds away from diving headfirst onto the concrete floor.  Not exactly something I want to explain to her parents.  Not to mention having to go to an emergency room these days. JW is at the age where everything (most of the time) is his.  If he looked at it a few minutes ago, it is his. …

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    March 20 – Day 3 of COVID 19 Adventure

    Irony Okay.  I was trying to fall asleep last night, but my mind was revisiting all of March 20th’s events.  How would I make sense of them?  Irony seemed to fit the bill best. Since school is closed for most, here is a vocabulary lesson.  The first definition of irony is “the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.”  That isn’t my style… The second definition is “a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.”  Hmmmmm  Okay, I thought, this is getting really close to…

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    March 19 – Day 2 of the COVID 19 Adventure

    It Is All About Learning I keep seeing lots of posts from my teacher friends about what they are doing to keep teaching during this.  Many are plowing new ground in the virtual world, others are old pros.  Some parents are also beginning to reach out.  They are asking for ideas and support. Here at White Rock, we learned a lot today.  Here are a few of our discoveries. Thunder Follows Lightning On top of our self-imposed semi-isolation, it was storming this morning.  I am wondering if the rain is serving to make staying at home seem more natural or more painful.  It changes moment to moment.  This morning it…

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    March 18 – DAY 1 of Our COVID 19 Adventure

    The Adventure Begins On March 17, instead of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Jerry headed north to get our grandson.  I headed south to get our granddaughter.  I don’t know what it is about times of uncertainty, but when things like this happen, I want my babies with me.  John and Beth are working from home.   Jillian and Mike are basically doing the same.  One daycare had closed, giving no warning to parents…the other was days away from making a similar decision.  Jerry is teaching online for the foreseeable future and so it made sense for us to have the babies. We told the parents we wanted them for two weeks…

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    The Most Interesting Room in the World…Seriously

    I have a friend in Virginia who painted her laundry room a bright orange color that she loves in order to inspire her to keep up with the most thankless household chore.  This is our 29th house in our almost 34 years of marriage.  I have had laundry rooms that were windowless, located behind bi-fold doors in a hallway, in a dark and cold basement, and even out in a detached garage space.  I have had to go upstairs, downstairs, and outside to wash clothes.  When we lived in an apartment right after we got married, I even got to go to a laundromat located inside the complex. I guess…

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    1st World Problems at the Homestead

      Ha!  It makes me laugh when my “worlds” collide.  Back in Virginia, I kinda got on a subsistence life-style kick.  I learned how to make wine, can vegetables from our garden.  We even had goats so I could milk them and make cheese.  It was fun and it was a lot of work.  I loved the forced routine.  When it was time to milk the goats…it was TIME.  When the vegetables needed picking, we were out gathering.  I loved the routine and the order it brought to my life.  I had things that absolutely had to be done and it was fun to pretend that there weren’t grocery stores. …

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    Christmas Decorations at the Homestead 2019

    I’m dating this post because I have big plans for the future.  This is what we were able to accomplish this year.  Next year is still being discussed.  I have hopes for garland and trees in the old part of the house.  I need to do some research on what 1850 Christmas decorations in Scotland and Texas would have looked like.  I want the house to twinkle.  But this year, we just hadn’t really had time to plan it and we weren’t up to it. Seriously, the exterior isn’t completed.  The yard is a wreck.  There is very little traffic on the country road in front of our house.  Lights…