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Six years ago, my husband and I spent a few weeks in Pennsylvania.  We soaked up the relaxing, picturesque scenes of the Amish countryside ~ rolling hills, green fields, covered bridges, and ambling horses and buggies.

covered bridge

While we were in the neighbourhood, we decided to take a little jaunt over to the coast of New Jersey.  My mom graciously loaned us her car and some friends loaned us their GPS “Tom Tom” unit.  We carefully planned our trip, trying to avoid toll highways and as much of the city of Philadelphia as possible. 

As first time GPS users, we were marvelling over its capabilities.


In fact, I was so excited about it, I even photographed “her”.  “She” would cheerfully warn us of upcoming turns well in advance and skilfully navigated us through some tricky intersections.

All was well until we hit heavier traffic near Philadelphia.  We were in the thick of 6 lanes of traffic and unable to get to the proper lane in time.  Instead of going over Ben Franklin bridge, we were stuck on Liberty Bell Lane!!

As the car veered off our GPS’s intended route for us, we heard for the first time:


Somehow, at that moment, the previously cheerful GPS voice suddenly became annoying and struck fear in my heart. It caused a sort of panic that things had gone off track.

We quickly navigated ourselves to the proper road…and then promptly figured out how to turn off the voice option!:)

I’m glad to report we did make it to our final destination ~ which still holds wonderful memories for us.

beach scene


Sometimes, I find that life itself requires a whole lot of “recalculating”.

I’ve been doing that for the past week and trying to figure out how to tell ya’ll.

I know you’ve been rejoicing with me over the fact that my time in the camp kitchen was over.

As it turns out, it’s not.

It didn’t work out to get a new cook after all.

I did, however, have a few weeks’ break from the camp kitchen scene, which was just what I needed.

And now, I’m doing some mighty big “recalculating” exercises.

I’ll admit, it’s been hard.  And, I’m scared. I’m fully aware that in the big scheme of things, this is small potatoes compared to what horrific things some others are going through in life…  But, it seems quite overwhelming to me at the moment.  I’m a planner, and this wasn’t in the plan!;)

If you wanted to know right this minute what “The Next Plan” is, I’d be unable to tell you.  We’re taking it one day at a time, and I’m carrying on as if I need to do this until the end of summer. (Just FYI, 7 day a week food service begins May 1 until August 31st.  The months of July and August are groups up to 220…) 

As the reality of this new “recalculation” was setting in, my husband sent me a message with this song attached.

It’s become the theme song of my days.

This is no time for fear
This is the time for faith and determination
Don’t lose the vision here carried away by the motion

Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
Oh, God is in control, oh God is in control

                {Twila Paris – God Is In Control}

Hallelujah, He’s in control.

If He can hold the whole world together…

He can certainly hold me together, AND help me figure out how to “recalculate”!


So, if you’re curious about our bathroom reno…well, it has a nice old window in it!! Beyond that, it’s still very much unfinished…;)

I still hope to be able to work out time to have some semblance of a home life and blogging time, but, honestly, I just don’t have the answers now.  So, if this blog is silent, know that I miss talking with you, and I’ll pop in whenever I can.

Blessings to each of you~

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find the final steps of a project tricky.

Take, for instance, the hanging of our new chalk painted old window.

The actual painting of it was quite simple and easy.  But then we had to figure out how to attach its VERY heavy self to the wall.

Thankfully, a few years ago, my husband discovered this nifty little trick.  We’ve been using it ever since.

how to hang large objects with words

First, he cuts a strip of wood the length of the object.   He then slices it in the middle at a 45 degree angle with a table saw.


I must confess, I really don’t understand how “cut at a 45” is done.  If you want details on that, I’m sure I can go up to the shop and have a lesson and take pictures along the way…

But, in our case, he just does it, walks in the door with it, and we go on our merry way…

The top piece is then predrilled

pre-drill holes

and screwed down to the top of the object being hung.


The bottom piece is screwed to the wall. 

attach bottom piece to wall

There are two important points to this step.  First, make sure the bottom piece is pointing the right direction.  We did a trial run to make sure everything lined up before we started attaching it to the wall.  And secondly, you must make sure that this piece is screwed into the studs of the wall.  (This is when a “map” of your walls is helpful!)  If this piece is not attached securely to the studs, your object is sure and certain to come crashing down!!

Once those things are done, slide the object down so the top board hits the bottom board.

slide object down

The 45 degree angle in the board will “lock” into place and be very secure on your wall.

And voila!  It’s now safe and secure on the wall…

hung window

{and begging to be accessorized!!}


Homemade Chalk Painted Old Window

April 1, 2014

I’ve been reading about chalk paint on blogs for years now.  I’ve always wondered what the big deal was about it. It gets varied reviews, but most people claim it covers surfaces quicker and easier than other types of paint (without priming first!).   I’ve studied and priced out different options of actual chalk paint (like […]

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25 Things

March 31, 2014

Happy Monday!  I’m excited about a brand new week full of great possibilities…  My mind is mulling over a myriad of topics, so here’s 25 random things that’s currently floating around in it. 1.  I’m on an online learning kick.  First, I signed up for Emily’s Simple Graphic Design Course.  Oh, mercy sakes…  It’s so. […]

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Sisters, Saddles, and the New Vanity

March 26, 2014

Every now and then ~ usually a Saturday or Sunday afternoon ~ the phone will ring. I can immediately tell based on my husband’s voice who’s on the other end. There’s few things in life that excite me more… Whatever I’m doing, I drop it and spring to action. The first step?  Grab a nice, […]

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Add a Sprinkle of Seasalt…

March 25, 2014

Our poor bathroom sat with a big ol’ hole in the wall for nearly 2 weeks while we waited for the electrician to return from holidays. Up until the day before he arrived, though, we had our sink and toilet in there and running.  It wasn’t pretty, but it was functional. During the waiting stage, […]

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The Arteries and Veins in your Home

March 24, 2014

I’ve often wished that the houses I’ve lived in came with a detailed map of all of its “guts”.  You know, those really ugly, yet vastly important things that are lurking behind the pretty painted walls (ie water pipes, framing studs, and electrical wires).  That idea came to mind many years ago at about 10:30 […]

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The Unusual Faces of Renovation “Progress”

March 23, 2014

Sometimes the process of renovation is simple.  A + B = A neat and tidy before and after makeover ~ Kind of like the painted barker board project I showed you the last time I posted. Other times, “progress” takes an unexpectedly long and convoluted route.  One thing leads to another and you just might […]

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Ham & Cheese Slider Sandwiches

March 17, 2014

Friday was a big day for me.  It marked the end of my stint cooking in the camp kitchen.   {Whew!!}  Well, it probably doesn’t mean an complete end, but *hopefully* it marks the end of the full responsibility of it all… So, in celebration of that monumental day, I thought I’d share with you a […]

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How to Paint Barker Board

March 3, 2014

I just finished the very first project of our bathroom renovation.  (Yippee!!) The last time I gave you an update, I was diving headfirst into this: I was on a mission to do something about the look of the “tile” above the tub.  Although it appears to be tile (from the 70s’ era?) it is […]

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