Things I love. The pre-fall edition.

The seasons are about to change. It’s in the air. We went from warm days and warm nights to warmish days and cool nights. Today is a rainy, chilly day and my son and I are staying in doors. Tea of the peppermint green tea variety will be enjoyed. Books shall be read. We may even bake cookies. I have a few books I need to finish for review {I’ve got Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley waiting for me on my iPad but I have to finish the others first!} and I think today will help me get at least part of the way there.

It’s a lovely day. There are many things to be grateful for and a lot to love in my life right now. Fall is coming, my favorite season. We all sat around the TV watching football last night. Requests are being filed for mashed potatoes and gravy. There are blankets and candles and warm beverages to enjoy. As much as I’ve loved summer, I will also love fall.  Here are a few of the things we’re already enjoying.

If you can get your hands on this candle, do so! It smells like apple pie in our house when it’s on and it requires no effort on my part. It’s most excellent. I’m also a fan of the Apple Pumpkin variety. It’s also quite decadent and definitely brings fall into the house.

I’ve been waiting since July to wear these jeans. They are the perfect shade of not quite but almost black. They have just the right amount of flair and they are ridiculously soft. I picked them up off a clearance rack for 25$ at Banana Republic while we were shopping for some golf shirts for my husband. I am in love!

I may have the coldest feet in the world.  I’m not making this up, ask my husband.  I also never wear socks.  I should but I don’t.  I wrap my feet in blankets instead.  This blanket is particularly lovely and I dug it out this week.  It’s soft and warm.  Everyone should have a blanket like this.

My tomatoes are growing like crazy.  I have some on the counter ripening {if they’ve fallen off or are just about there}.  They are great in sauces or raw.  They are delicious and moist.  I’m enjoying the fruits of my harvest and am excited for the larger tomatoes which are just starting to turn.  Thinking about the harvest has got me excited for squash and pumpkins and pie.  It’s going to be a delicious season.

Speaking of a delicious fall I’ve recently dug out one of my favorite cookbooks.  With requests coming in for comfort food I’ve been looking for different ways to incorporate healthy ingredients into the meals we eat.  Colleen Patrick-Goudreau never fails to come up with great options.

These are some of the things I’m enjoying right now but what about you? I’d love to know what things you love. How are you preparing for fall?


Fun stuff on Friday

It’s Friday.  I’ve accomplished almost nothing today but I’m alright with that.
It’s been quite a week here.  This week my biggest post was actually Muskoka Bean Salad, an old recipe from last summer.  I would guess that people are getting ready for BBQs on the weekend!

If you’re looking for some youtube entertainment can I suggest checking out The Maccabeats.  They are a Jewish A Cappella group that I discovered while reading Mayim Bialik’s blog.  They are very good and some of their stuff is really catchy.  I quite enjoy listening to them.  Here’s one of my favorite videos:

I realized this week that I’m a writer.  Now whenever people ask me what I do I say “I’m a mother, I minister, and I write”.  I guess you could say I’m rather busy and I like it that way.
My local coffee place recently informed me that they could make iced soy chai lattes for me this summer so I wouldn’t be deprived of my favorite drink over the summer.  Can I just say ‘dangerous’?  They are so delicious!
Donald Driver is going to be on my fantasy football team.  Why you say? After all he’s a 5th receiver, right?  It’s a simple reason.  He won Dancing with the Stars and I need a mascot.  Also all the cardio he’s done while training for the show makes him a potential threat.  It might be risky but I am a gutsy girl who needs to win this year!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  To my American friends – Happy Memorial Day Weekend.  To the rest of you, have a fantastic normal weekend.  After all, holiday or no holiday a weekend is the best part of the week!!!

Ten reasons I’m looking forward to the summer

I’m looking forward to the summer.  The sun, sand and swings are waiting.  I’m also anxious for strawberries.  Here are 10 things I’m looking forward to most:

  1. Warm summer nights.  There are few things nicer than sitting on the deck while a warm summer breeze blows at days end.
  2. Peaches.  The sweet, tangy fruit that drips down your chin while you eat it is one of my favorites.  I cannot get enough of them.  There are also strawberries and raspberries and well you get the point.
  3. BBQ.  I know we’re plant based now but there are so many things that belong on my BBQ.  From tempeh burgers to grilled mushrooms the possibilities are endless and waiting to be explored.
  4. Picnics in the park.  I just can’t wait until we can hit the park with our backpack filled with snacks and lunch so we can play all day.
  5. Watching the sunset on the deck overlooking the lake.  We don’t live right on the lake but there are plenty of restaurants that have beautiful decks with delicious food and a great view.  It’s one of my favorite date night activities with my husband.
  6. I love relaxed church!  As congregations get smaller and shorts start to appear in the pews I find people are more relaxed and people seem happier.
  7. Afternoons spent reading on the back deck.  My summer reading tends to be light and fluffy but it’s oh so enjoyable.  A glass of iced tea and a good book make for the perfect summer afternoon.
  8. I love to hike and explore the countryside.  We often hike while on vacation and love to go on long walks by the lake when we’re home.  I can’t wait to get back on the trails.  Perhaps I should begin training…
  9. Leisurely visits with friends.  As many of my friends are ministers and others are in school or have children in school I find that the best time for getting together is the summer when things quiet down.  With BBQs and get togethers happening weekly there’s no excuse to not see one another.
  10. Sandals.  I love when the weather is warm enough that I don’t needs to wear socks it means summer really has arrived.

Things I love.

  1. My farmer’s market.  The asparagus is here and sweet cherry tomatoes are available.  Local, delicious food is a favorite in our house. 
  2. Homemade cookies.  MMM. 
  3. Sleep.  I don’t get enough of it and every moment is sheer bliss.
  4. Warm blankets.  It feels like fall here.  I’m not joking.  I’m freezing here. Heavy warm blankets are keeping me cozy. 
  5. Reading books on quiet afternoons alone or with a partner.  We love books here and find they pair well with warm blankets. 

What do you love?

Celebrity Lullaby

Just in case you’re having a little trouble sleeping…

My son adores this clip. A friend of mine posted it on facebook and it happened to be on a random Sesame Street we taped this week. When we stumbled upon it while watching the show X.’s eyes lit up and he was in hysterics on the floor. I have to admit it is pretty funny.

Sweet dreams!

Grateful for the ordinary.

I am sitting at the kitchen table contemplating the sour taste remaining in my mouth after having eaten an overripe strawberry.  The light is fading but still plentiful.  I see a dead patch on the grass and wonder if there are grubs to deal with.  My husband and son sit together in the other room surrounded by matchbox cars and potato head pieces.  It’s the end of an ordinary day and I am grateful.  I am grateful for the ordinary.

There is beauty in the ordinary.  A sense of blessing surrounds me.  I am able to sit and know that God is near.  I am grateful for this feeling.  It is a feeling I am lucky to have.  In many ways I feel as though I am standing in the eye of a hurricane as I watch those around me deal with crashing winds and rains.

I have been in the rain.  I have felt the winds blow.  I know the time may be coming where I will face them again.  This sense of calm may be a temporary thing but I embrace it.  I cherish it.  I am grateful for it.

If my posting is irregular or my thoughts seem light it’s because I’m taking in these moments.  If I’m not here I’m out running in the park or baking cookies with my boy.  If I’m not here I’m in prayer and reflecting in the wee hours of the morning.  If I’m not here I’m embracing that which is ordinary, that which is blessed.

I know the rains may come.  I feel the pressure of the wind pushing against me and I wonder where the storm will take us.  For now though I sit.  I sit in the stillness and embrace these gifts.  I thank God for these moments.

Scene: Becky sits, head hanging sheepishly as her fingers hit the keyboard.

So I bet you’re wondering where I’ve been…
I’ve been reading a lot.
I’ve been lost in it actually.
It’s not great English literature.
It’s not about Jesus.
I’ve been reading The Hunger Games.

Embarrassing and true.

It’s okay.  You can laugh.

I was obsessed.  This has happened to me before with other series.  Characters like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson draw me in to their alternate realities and I can’t stop.  I didn’t think it would happen with Katniss.  I didn’t think that a dystopian novel written for young adults would draw me in.  It did.  I was hooked.  I just couldn’t stop.

Now I’m not sure what to read.  I know I should get back to Jesus and the Church but I feel drawn back into the world of young adult literature.  Should I reread Harry Potter?  Does Percy Jackson deserve another visit?  I’m not sure where I will go but I can guarantee it won’t be Twilight.  Vampires that sparkle just seem stupid to me.

Summer Chives

Look at this…

Don’t they look like summer chives?
They aren’t.  They are March 21 chives.
It’s not even summer yet and these chives are full, lush, and delicious
There’s just sitting on my back patio waiting to be eaten.

This is a very unusual year.

It’s the first day of spring.
Outside it’s 25 degrees and feels like a cool summer day.
I’m in heaven.
I have summer chives.
Life is good.

You know a church is comfortable with you when….

You know a church is comfortable with you when you drive up on Sunday and find this sign:

Never before have I been on a church sign as Rev. Becky.  Seeing this was so great!  Usually it’s Rev. Rebecca {insert longest last name ever here} and very formal.  It’s funny in a way as I’m never called that.  It’s always Becky or Rev. Becky and that’s it.  I’m so glad they felt comfortable enough to just put me up as they see me.  I loved this sign!

This was my last Sunday with this congregation.  I’ve enjoyed the time I spent with them but they’ve found a new minister and I’m happy for them.  I hope they experience many blessings as they continue ministering in their community.

Things I love {Valentine’s Edition}

Happy Valentine’s Day!  In honor of the occasion I have compiled a list of things I love.

  1. Cinnamon hearts.  I know they aren’t great for you with food colouring and tons of sugar but I delight in them each year!
  2. Searching for red foods.  We’re having Strawberry-Kiwi smoothies for breakfast.  There will be spaghetti and tomato sauce for dinner.  I love finding ways to incorporate the holiday into the days {cause I’m super nerdy like that}.
  3. Tiny valentines made by tiny hands.  My son has been colouring and adding stickers to his projects daily.  The results have been wonderful and we’ve had such fun.
  4. Getting out my gorilla with a heart. The first valentines day of my married life my husband bought me this gorilla.  When he makes his appearance in our home after a year tucked away it always makes me smile.
  5. Last but definitely not least are my boys. They bring me joy and love each day.  I’m so grateful for them and they make the day worth celebrating.