Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Mashing the berries was definitely the most fun task on jam day!
These are my two "artsy" pictures of raspberry jam. Doesn't it look so yummy? I'm having fun with the settings on my new camera. I was pretty happy with the true red color of the jam. You could almost blow these photos up and hang them as art in your laundry room or something, don't you think? Or, maybe you have to love raspberry jam a whole lot more than the average person to do that.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
We were in Lynden for a few reasons...1: to fill our bbq propane tank. We didn't know where, but we needed it filled because we have 43 people coming for a bbq tomorrow. Yikes. Drove up to Cenex, saw a propane tank outside, got it filled, paid $12. Cool. Reason #2: to look for an umbrella stand. We've been wanting an umbrella for our patio so we can eat out there in the shade (because you know Ed hates the sun). We ended up settling for one at Walmart that was on clearance (hideous color) because it was large and tilts, which is important. Only problem was that it didn't have an umbrella stand with it. So today we went to look in Lynden, with our backup being to borrow the stand from Mom & Dad's patio table umbrella. We went to True Value, there was a REALLY heavy stand (also important in the windy city of Whatcom County) that was ON SALE! Boy, were we on a roll today!
So, long story short...all good things! Except then Becca jumped on the couch and ripped the fabric...and Elise bumped her head about a hundred times today...and it's almost 10:00 and we're still watering the lawn (I'm watering a lot these days because I killed a bunch of it when my fertilizer spreader malfunctioned and dumped weed killer on too fast in a few spots).
Have a blessed Sunday! We ourselves are looking forward to church and lots of fellowship!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
This morning we woke up late, which was nice; but soon discovered that my laptop was completely dead. Nothing. It'll sort of turn on, but that's it. So, we spent a little time messing with it and making some phone calls. Ed finally decided that on our trip to B'ham we would just buy something to recover everything off the hard drive because just to get someone to look at it to try to fix it would cost half of what a new laptop would cost...and that's before we even know if it's even fixable! So, we accomplished that task and he has already recovered everything, pictures included. Thank goodness I have a computer nerd for a husband! Anyway, for now Ed & I have to share a computer...imagine that! ;) We'll watch for deals and take our time buying a new one. I have to get used to Ed's computer and figure out where everything is that he recovered, but I think I can handle it.
Anyway, here are the fourth of July pictures!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Speaking of which, my siblings would be interested to know this story about our mother...So, yesterday she took Sarah, Bethany, & Rebecca to pick some strawberries out at Boxx's Berry Farm way on the Northwest Road. They were supposed to be home around 11:30. By about noon when they hadn't returned, I was getting a little worried, but figured they had just had some cookies and raspberry water before heading back and would be home any second. When Dad finally called around 12:20, I have to admit I was a bit worried. I was hoping that it was something simple that was making them late, like Mom locking her keys in the trunk, but I knew that couldn't be it because that is what she did last year when she took the girls to pick berries. So Dad calls and says there's a little problem with the berry pickers and I'm thinking oh dear. I knew his voice didn't sound like there was some terrible tragedy, so I wasn't terribly worried, but I wasn't expecting this: "Your Mom locked the keys in the trunk and I just left there after going out there to open it for them." WHAT?!?! AGAIN?!?! Not seriously. But she did. So, her name is now on the waiting list at the Lynden rest home, so no worries. ;)