Not Your Grandma’s Doll Clothes

I posted this yesterday on my sewing blog at, but I wanted to share it here, too.   When I was a little girl, I liked to play with dolls. One of my fondest memories is looking through the Sears catalog each December, circling all of the doll clothes and accessories that would make my dolls' wardrobes complete.  I don't recall receiving any of those items that I wished for, but several times my mom and sister surprised me with handmade doll clothes.  My mom did the sewing, while my oldest sister did the knitting.  Those doll clothes, stitched with love, were among my … [Read more...]

A Temporary “Fix” for a Dripping Faucet

dripping faucet temporary solution

This has not been a stellar month at Grandma's house.  Jack and I both have colds right now, and two weeks ago I had a sinus infection.  There's been a lot of whining going on around here.  Whining can be annoying, but not as annoying as a dripping faucet.  Did I mention that we've got one of those, too? Dripping faucets drive me crazy!  Why? 1.  I can't stand the thought of wasting water by running clean, fresh water down the drain even if it is happening just one drop at a time.  Wasting water isn't about money for me because we don't pay for our water since we have a well.  Wasting … [Read more...]

Scripture Memory Challenge: Verse 6

I can't believe that it's past time for verse six already!  This year is flying by at breakneck speed, and I'm not doing a very good job at keeping up! This week, I've got a short and simple verse to memorize.  A few weeks ago, I was reading the book of James during my daily Bible time.  When I got to chapter five, I read these few words in verse nine that brought me up short.  Here's the verse: " Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door!" James 5:9  NLT This is one of those straightforward warnings from God's … [Read more...]

Scripture Memory Challenge: Verse 5

I'm almost a week late posting my current memory verse.  I'll blame that on a sinus infection that monopolized most of the past week for me.  I'm not abandoning this project in spite of being a bit behind this time. This week, I'm continuing in Daniel 2, adding verse 22 to my spiral notebook.  Here it is: "He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness; And light dwells in Him." Daniel 2:22 NKJV What a comfort to know that nothing surprises our Most High God!   … [Read more...]

My Health Insurance Decision

Health Share not Health Care

Last fall, most people who had been buying their own health insurance received notification that the insurance plan that helped to cover their medical expenses would no longer be available effective January 1, 2014.    I am one of those persons. For the past ten years I have been purchasing my own health insurance because I was not covered by any employee health insurance benefits.  With all of the speculation about the impact that Obamacare would have on the health insurance industry, it was no surprise to me to learn that my insurance plan was to be discontinued. No health insurance? … [Read more...]