...and a good time was had by all.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Julie and I decided on an international theme for our office area. She wanted a place to arrange items from her trip to Malawi, Africa.
The other day I remembered my international treasures. When I was in elementary school I collected postcards that my uncle sent me from the countries he visited as he worked with Habitat for Humanity. I chose a few of my favorites to display on the wall.
Thanks Uncle Wayne.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Julie and I hosted our family and Lauren's folks and brother at the Cookie House on Christmas Eve.
spinach salad with mandarin oranges, pomegranate and pecans
green beans with slice almonds
lasagna (regular and vegetable)
angel food cake
brownie bites and cookies
vanilla ice cream
vanilla ice cream
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Betsy arrived home Thursday night after spending a couple of weeks on the other side of the globe. With the help of modern technology, I was able to video chat with her several times during her trip. Great as technology is, it doesn't compare with actually watching your sister walk through the airport exit and sighing with relief that she's home.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
During my holiday break, I planned to visit the beach. It meant spending the afternoon in the crew cab of a truck with three guys in Carhartts, but yesterday I made it. After a short hike, I stood at the edge of Lake Michigan at Saugatuck Dunes State Park. I forgot about broken water-heaters and college syllabi and Christmas preparations as I marveled at the bigness of the water.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Logan, with the help of Aaron, hung a door between the kitchen and the stairway to the upstairs. Betsy found the door somewhere in the granary. It's an old door with character that viewers either love or hate.
For the past couple of weeks, as I near the end of the semester, I've dreamed of how to paint it.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
With the colder weather, I often walk through the fine art building on my way from my office to the education building. We could blame my abstract period on that. Or, we could blame it on the fact that light is limited this time of year and I am desperate for subjects.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
When friends come to tea, we can watch "Mennonite TV" together.
In an attempt to stay warm in a drafty farmhouse with little insulation and a propane furnace, Julie and I purchased a biomass stove. The stove, which can burn corn, sawdust pellets or dried cherry pits, is now the centerpiece of our living room.
It's our home entertainment system.