29 October 2013

Tuesday's Tasks

Yesterday was not a good day
(although it did have its bright, sun-filled, warm, lovely moments).
The handle on my wonderful, beloved slow cooker broke
(but the stoneware insert didn't--yippee).
We picked part of our fuzzy kiwi crop because of the possibility of a hard freeze last night
(but we didn't get a hard freeze and so,
 the ones left on the vine have a bit longer to get sweeter).
Mmm kiwi!
The turkey strips I was planning to cook expired 10/26 and not on 10/28 as I thought.
(But I had a backup plan--yea!).
But then my backup plan, chicken, didn't defrost correctly
(my fault, totally my fault),
and I was left with partly frozen chicken with
 little bits of shredded packaging paper all over it.
Double sigh with a BIG argh on top!
(but I had a backup to my first backup--hurrah)
And that third plan succeeded!
And then, of course, there are always the things one chooses to keep to themselves
(but I've called in heavenly help and wisdom on those).
So now, here we are, this Tuesday afternoon and I am finally starting on my 'to do' list for today
(I blame the late start on my warm, snuggly comforter and flannel sheets):
In the sink our lovely hydrangeas are drying
(using a method my best friend, who I've done wedding flowers with before, told me about).
Since I didn't have enough vases handy,
I am substituting the sink and my wire dish drainer temporarily.
I am hoping to come up with a substitute quickly as dirty dishes
 are in the other side of the kitchen sink:)
One itsy bitty setback--the water from yesterday somehow drained out last night.
Easy solution--fresh cuts to all stems and back in water.
Another of my Tuesday Tasks...
yesterday, in the midst of the many mini-storms that hit our place,
I baked a lovely pie pumpkin
and now I just need to decide what to do with it...
any ideas?
Pumpkin cookies with orange glaze?
Pumpkin loaf?
Mini pumpkin muffins?
Not part of my yesterday, but definitely a part of a recent adventure...
and bunnies are just SO cute!
Well time to get on to these tasks
(and a few others).
What tasks are you working on?
And for my fellow poetry lovers--a small excerpt for this beautiful, cloudless Tuesday:
Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.
The Rainy Day (1842).
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Public Domain)
You can find the full poem in many places on the web as I did.
Or here at this site:


Linda W. said...

Sorry about your trying day yesterday. Hopefully today is much better. The bunny is cute! My daughter used to have a bunny like that one.

Teresa Kasner said...

I took the day to catch up on a pile of email that needed answering. I'm glad I got that taken care of!

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

aimee said...

Thanks! Today was much better with no broken handles, problems with dinner, etc. :)
That is SO neat about your daughter owning a bunny! I would love to have one but I am afraid my DH would cook it for his supper (blech). We saw this one (and a few others) at a place in Neskowin. My granddaughter loved them--I guess it's a girl thing:)

GREAT job on finishing your task today! I love it when I am able to cross a task off my 'to do' list:)
PS: Your dog is SO cute!

Grayseasailor said...

I was just reading through the lesson for my Thursday morning Bible study group and one of the Scriptures that was quoted was Is. 61:1-3. "He gives beauty for ashes..." Such an encouragement during trials, isn't it, Aimee.

Betsy said...

It sounds as though you had a day that although nothing was absolutely devastatingly bad, it would still try anyone's patience. The bunny picture makes up for a lot though doesn't it?
Hope today was a LOT better.

Betsy said...

It sounds like although nothing was devastatingly bad, your day would try the patience of anyone. I hope today was better. (The bunny picture is really cute.)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I love that poem. Praying your week goes better. Looks like you've been very busy lately. Loved all your pictures. Have a great week!

aimee said...

Thanks SO much for sharing that Scripture with me! I went out to my fav Bible site (http://biblegateway.com and read all three of the verses you mentioned). Very good for today's needs, and extra special because Christ read the first part of this passage at the synagogue! Thanks again for sharing:)

The last two days have been MUCH better! There is a lot going on in my life, that I can't openly discuss on here, but I am learning new things about God because of these things:)
Trials can be a good thing--even though they're not much fun at the time one is going through them.
LOVED the bunnies we saw that day--this one was quite the cutie:)

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed my choice of poetry:) I am getting quite fond of my distant poet relative, so expect more from him--in time.
THANK you for your prayers! Wishing you a great week also.

To all who might be interested. Here is Isaiah 61:1-3 that was mentioned in Gracie's comment:
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To anoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified."

Christ quoted the first part of these verses, from Isaiah, when he read in the synagogue in Nazareth.


Terri Buster said...

Oh I have those kid of days at least twice a week! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with nary a bad spot. God is good!

aimee said...

Yea I think everyone does:) I LOVE your wonderful weekend wish! I wish for you the very same!
PS: YES, HE is!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

My mother always recited that poem (well not always, but on days when she or I had the kind of day you had yesterday.) So it brought back nice memories, because I don't remember the bad days that caused her to recite it, I just remember the poem!!

Anyway hope you're having a better day today ... I love that you are drying hydrangeas. And I'd make pumpkin bread. But that's just me.

Also, flannel sheets were pretty much all that got me through our last few winters in Oregon ;>)...don't need them here much.

aimee said...

That is such a great memory!! Love, love, love it and I am very happy to bring back sweet memories of your mom!
I did have a better day -- the sunshine, prayer and getting some tasks done) helped.
It's my first time drying hydrangeas this way...I am SO hoping they turn out well as I have plans for them later on this year.
Mmm--pumpkin bread. Sounds even better then candy right now!
Yep, flannel would probably be way TOO warm for your little home away from 'home'--LOL.

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