you have to!


My three year old boy settled down to nap today!  Oh, thank you Father, for the last 2 hours of peace and quiet …..I needed it so much!

I just spent a wonderful half an hour, reading this book.  I say, friends, you simply must read it, too.  You have to!  It’s only five dollars on the Kindle! 

  Cabin Fever, Notes from a Part-Time Pioneer, by William L. Sullivan


“Rich with humor and natural history, this memoir describes 25 summers of
back-to-the-earth adventure as author William L. Sullivan and his wife Janell
build a log cabin by hand along a roadless river deep in the wilds of Oregon’s
Coast Range. Along the way they confront beaver in the refrigerator, raise a
family, and puzzle out a murder mystery that had haunted their homestead site.
Cabin Fever takes readers to a warm world of kerosene lamplight, wood stoves,
and ghost stories that may be true.”

It has depth and feeling, mystery, cows, great dialogue, nature, and family.  I’m almost half done with it and am already sad that I’ll be finished with it soon.




I was so shaky-tired last night that I went to bed at 7:30 and then got up this morning at 6, still tired.  Deep, down tired.  After 15 years of experience, I have learned to not try to change much of the routine on tired days, especially if I have preschoolers in the house.  There really is no point in trying to lay around on the couch or whatever; I would just get frustrated when things didn’t go MY way.  (selfishness is wrong).  So, instead of going back to bed, I yelled at Ethan and Caleb as they got ready for school, got into an argument with my husband, and cried, all before 7:30.  (don’t worry, we all made up)  THEN, after they had all left I calmed down and went into the kitchen to empty the dishwasher.  Little Sarah loves to sit on the counter as I work so I plopped her into place, right by the kitchenaid mixer.  Would you believe, the baby asked for some butter?!?!  She wanted to bake!  Baking was certainly not in my plans but all of a sudden, because of her, I wanted to bake, too!  We made the most DEE licious chocolate chip cookie bars.

(Why didn’t I think of this sooner?  I’ve recently decided it’s MUCH easier for large families to bake up the cookie dough in a sheet pan, as one big batch of bars!)

We doubled the recipe, using four sticks of butter for Sarah, and four eggs.  Sethie helped, too.

As they cooled, we took a trip into town to fill a prescription (mind you, still close to tears with fatigue!)

Then, the McDonald’s drive thru because I still hadn’t had a proper breakfast.  (although who can say if a drive thru is the best place for a proper meal!)

Then, with my head aching and my cheek hot and throbbing (I’ll explain later), we went to the library to get books and dvd’s for the trip to NY tomorrow.

I stubbornly picked out books for myself in the adult section with some mild shenanagins by the two toddlers, grabbed a “Birds and Blooms” and headed for the children’s section.   Seth and Sarah got started with the toys and I….could it be…..was able to settle down for some quiet reading…, not yet.  Seth cried, “PEE!” and I jumped up as his pants began to darken with wetness, grabbed his arm and we rushed into the bathroom, too late.  I ran out to the vehicle to grab an extra change of clothes, leaving them with the toys, and rushed back.  I got him all changed and then he had to go #2.  I was so pleased that he made it to the bathroom, I cleaned him off, got him back to the toys, and sat down with my magazine…….no, not yet.  He hadn’t finished, and went the rest of the way, IN HIS PANTS!  I can’t tell you (oh, I’m laughing at the craziness of it all) how I felt.  We marched right back to the bathroom and I cleaned him up the best I could and yes, I finally finished reading that wonderful magazine.

We left just as soon as I was done, mark my words!

After another trip to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription (drive through pharmacies are such a blessing), we went home no worse for the wear, just a little bit MORE tired.



(children’s book recommendation, especially nice to read just before eating sausages for dinner)


I put the children to bed after they ate lunch, and ate a cookie bar.  It was so good I wanted another one right away.  But, I hadn’t had my lunch yet so I made myself a big spinach salad and THEN I ate another cookie bar.

I snuggled into bed with my book for a while, then went outside to wander around. 



Look at the pretty eggs I got, green and blue.




I heard a strange bird and ran to get my spring gift from Rich; a pair of binoculars.  I prayed that the bird would still be there when I got back but it was a let down to discover it was a brown headed cowbird.  I do not like those birds ever since I watched two of them silently rolling around under the feeder, fighting!  Plus, they lay their eggs in other bird’s nests, because they are too lazy(?) to sit on their own eggs or feed their own babies! 

Now I not only have a camera dangling around my neck, but binoculars, too!

Yesterday evening, Seth wanted me to throw the baseball with him.  He had found a glove and a ball and was so very adorable that I couldn’t say no.  We played catch for quite a while before it happened.  He threw the ball at me point blank when I wasn’t looking.  The pain was stunning, but I was and still am, very thankful that the point of impact wasn’t my eye, it wasn’t my nose or my jaw, but it was my cheek bone.  It swelled up and now it’s bruising.  It is hot and pink.  It HURTS like the dickens. My entire cheek is in pain.  It feels worse than it looks.  I’ve never been punched before, and I can’t understand why anyone would want to fight or box, honestly.  This is my first baseball injury.  Not entirely unexpected as a mom of five sons, right?

Now, about those cookie bars.  I used the recipe off the bag of Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips and I just dug the bag out of the garbage to type up the recipe for you.

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup butter (I used half salted, half unsalted)

3/4 cups sugar

3/4 cups brown sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

2 cups ghirardelli milk chocolate chips (I doubled the dough but still used just one bag of chips, which is more than enough)

1 cup nuts (I didn’t add the nuts)

Cream the wet, add the dry, spread in a 9 by 13 pan, or if doubling, a sheet pan.  Or, bake up into cookies.  Bake at 375 until just barely done (light brown top).  You want them baked but not over-baked…and they’ll be wonderfully soft yummy cookie bars.

There’s no question about whether or not you should bake them, YOU HAVE TO!  winky


0 thoughts on “you have to!

  1. You are such a dear. Love you bunches. I hope your cheek heals up quickly. OUCH. I too am glad that the ball hit your cheek, though it hurts it should be temporary I recommend ice, ibuprofen, and arnica gel if you have some. If you don’t have Arnica, then I recommend it as a natural ointment that helps heal bruising and muscle aches. Little ones and potty issues do take up so much energy and time with outings, so glad you managed and had a nice rest later. You managed to make it sound nice. I love libraries, and can remember similar outings! Thinking of you and your family, and praying for a good time together to share, grieve, and love on one another.

  2. I have a theory about libraries and potty-training children. My theory is that the former has a laxative effect on the latter. I remember a stretch of time when EVERY time we went to the library, the child that was currently potty training would have a “number two” accident. Kinda funny thinking back, but not so much at the time. I’m sure you were much more gracious than I during your similar experience. I’ve been praying for you today, that God would give you an extra measure of grace and peace as you prepare to travel. Praying for rest as well. You are loved!

  3. Oh, ow. Ball to the face can’t feel good!!I have had one of those tired, tired days too. I work night shift so I was up for over 24 hours. (how is a woman to nap in the middle of the day with “stuff” to do?! I was just dog tired and even several hours of sleep doesn’t help. Just think I’ll curl up with a book and give myself permission to vegetate this evening. (yes, there is school work to be done, but I think I will take care of ME tonight and those papers to be written will be there in the a.m., right?)Thanks for the bar recipe. Isn’t it great to make them that way? I always end up burning at least on cookie sheet of cookies….LOL. Prayers for a burst of energy for you, dear friend!!

  4. Cookie bars were a staple in the house when the kids were in the house. Made every single night…Everyone would have one…then there was enough to pack in the lunches for school…and a couple three or four for after school.It was just part of the routine…especially when the boys were older. They ate EVERYTHING!But you know about that.I’ll be thinking of you this weekend.D xo

  5. oh my goodness, your cheek! hope that it heals soon. i can’t imagine how much it must have smarted. oh goodness. what an escapade in the lirbary eh? wow. llooks like you had a good journey and thankfulness for the chocolate bars 😉 that book is so you…i love it. i found a homesteading book when i was at chapters (our barnes and noble)a nd totally made me think of you!

  6. Oh my goodness can’t wait to try those!! And shanda indont know how many times I have said how much I relate!!!! Oh I could honestly write the exact same stories sometimes:) I am commenting from a bathroom as myLittle ashley is doing number 2 on the toilet of a house we are looking at with our realtor! Oh life is never boring! Bless you hope you feel better soon friend!

  7. Ouch! your cheek does look sore. I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather and trust you will have a good trip this weekend and a special time with your family. The cookies look wonderful — my family always like chocolate chip anything!

  8. Ghiradelli chocolate chips are my favorite. hands down.Your bars look so good, I am going to for sure try them. =)Hope your cheek feels better soon.And what a wonderful gift for spring!

  9. saw the bars and made them right then with my 3 little guys =) hard to wait to taste them till after dinner as we made them right at 5 o clock! they are so good!hope your cheek gets to feeling better – looks painful!

  10. I enjoy reading about your days – even when they have been frustrating. I so remember the weariness of having a busy household, and trying to meet everyone’s needs. Blessings upon blessings to you today.

  11. Whew! What a day! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has days like that!!! I know what you mean about the painful cheek too. During my pregnancy I had a fainting spell and landed on my face and the tile floor… My eye was swollen shut for almost a month! NOT fun. But this cute little baby is worth it.
    I am going to make those bars. mmm
    I have egg envy for those pretty green ones to go with our browns and blue. 🙂 I’ll have to look up the breed.
    Oh, and I’m adding Cabin Fever to my library list. Sounds like a fun read plus someday I’m going to need to know whow to buiold a log cabin… someday (in my dreams-ha!)
    Happy weekend!BJ

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