Someone’s turning 10 in less than a month

And people who love her are working with her mom to put together a sweet book about turning 10.  This was me, so long ago.  I was in 5th grade.  I enjoyed English and music and tetherball.  I could only get to the third or fourth ring, ever.  My mom had me and my brothers on swim team and in the youth group choir.  I was allowed to ride my bike around most of the neighborhood as long as I didn’t cross the Major Intersections.  I thought the USA was the best country in the world and California was the best state in the USA.  I had classmates from Poland, Ireland, Japan, China, and probably other places that I don’t remember.  And that’s what I can currently recall about being 10.  Martha Marie


2015 Monthly Goals – it’s a start!

January – hem curtains and re-hang rods at new heights

February – File taxes by end of month – buy external hard drive and transfer all photography files

March – paint guestroom and move office into guest room – paint (former) office and set up guest room

April – start seeds by mid-month

May – prepare garden for June planting

June – plant seedlings – Complete a 1/2 marathon



September – sew Christmas gift bags

October – finish Christmas gifts

November – design and print Christmas cards


January 2nd 2015

Whoa, so nearly a year has passed since my last post!  We’ll see if the trend continues, but I hope not.

So, my sweetheart gave me a sewing machine for Christmas and I’m eager (though intimidated) to get started.  There are chores, of course, like mending and hemming curtains.  But I envision making bags, toys, pillows, accessories using [insert less cliche word than “re-purposed” here] fabric.  And maybe I’ll even post some results here.

The beginning of a new year always stirs up an energy towards goals, hopes, change.  I’d like to ramble on about these things, but instead I think I’ll bullet three things, with a deadline.  Abruptly, here they are:

– Hem those curtains by 1/6

– Make a space for all my cookbooks by 1/5

– Publish a list of monthly goals by 1/5

I’ll pop back in on 1/6 to update my accomplishments.

And now, here is a cute picture.

Mia and Sterling

Well, that wasn’t so great


Looking over yesterday’s goals, I didn’t do so great.  Our walk was less than 3 miles.  I cleaned: Nothing.  I did try out (with decent success) a crockpot lasagna recipe, served with salad.  I still need to make a week’s meal plan.  I did manage to get out for the beautiful sunset, so that was nice.

Today I had my annual physical (which I seem to have once every 2.5 years) and tomorrow will go in for a hearing exam, to see how much worse the hearing loss has gotten.  My daughter is studying ASL, and recommends that I do the same.  It would be much better than asking everyone to repeat everything!

Soon I’ll be going out with the pup again, and I’ll log how many miles we complete.  Tomorrow I swim, as usual, and will try to get my “run” in before the doctor’s appointment.

Monday I will lay out some goals for 2014.  Feeling happy about that!

“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

What to do today . . .



We are signed up for a 1/2 marathon in May, and I’m in pretty unfit shape.  I’ve decided to spend the rest of January working towards going the 13.1 distance at a walk pace.  Today, I need to go 7 miles, so Rio & I are about to head out.

In keeping with my “Nest” theme, I also want to cook a healthy meal this evening, and get a simi-major task done.  Thinking about digging up the garden and raking in the leaves.  Or cleaning out a closet.  

What I really need to do is get back to making a weekly meals list!  So, I’ve added list-making to my list.  How about that!

Also, will try to catch that beautiful full moon tonight.  Tomorrow I will update with what I actually accomplish today.

“Be an encourager.  The world has plenty of critics already!”


Its nearly halfway through January 2014.  Seems like a good time to put a few thoughts into words.

I often read Kim Klassen’s blog posts, and something she does at the start of the year is to choose a word that represents a focal point.  Her post is here:

I’ve decided to chose the word nest for 2014.  To focus, meditate and act on creating a home that nurtures, revives, welcomes and energizes my family and me.  Some of this activity will be going through a bunch of stuff (boxes, drawers, cubbyholes), and sending things off to a new home, or getting them out where we can enjoy them.  Another area is food: planning healthy meals and savoring the time spent preparing and dining.  Finally, by the end of the year (if not sooner) I want to be on track for a “golden years” career.  I don’t even know what that means yet — only that I want to help with our financial goals and also spend my time on worthy endeavors.  Some self-examination is in order!

As part of my meditation, I will get back to regular posting, using this space as a journal.  If anyone is out there reading, my hope is that there may be encouragement in my words, images and links.

As I write “Happy 2014!” my heart is heavy for some friends who will spend this year (and beyond) feeling the deep loss of a family member.  I pray for grace and peace for them, and that joy will find them again.