- The Simple Life
You may have never heard of a young man, Wesley Britt, unless you
are from Alabama. Wesley is a 6 foot 8 inch, 312 pound lineman for
the Crimson Tide. Wesley was one of 22 players chosen to the
Playboy All-American team, which included a week of pampering at the
playboy mansion. Who would not jump at the chance? Wesley, for
one. Wesley is a committed Christian who simply said that wasn't
the sort of thing he thought he should do. Instead, Wesley spends a
lot of time visiting churches and inspiring young people with the
importance of embracing and living out your faith.
Thanks, Wesley, for reminding us about what really matters.
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"It's really important for me to be around and involved with people
who are inspiring and who inspire me." -- Chris Cornell
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without
seeing any. - Fred Astaire
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A couple weeks ago I began asking my online friends as well as some
locals I found hanging out at Christie's Potting Shed in Marion,
what their favorite flowers were. Here are some responses I have
gotten so far:
Several people said that their favorite garden flower is the Hosta.
No matter what the weather be in spring, summer ,or fall. they
always seem to look good, neat and tidy. They die back for the
winter, but in spring they resurrect and start all over
again.~~Deanne Downs Chris from "The Shed" agreed, adding that they
are so easy to care for.
My favourite garden flower is the hollyhock. As children we used to
play with the flowers, putting them together to make dolls. I
gathered some seeds from Mackinac Island and now have some plants
growing in my garden. What a joy to see them come up each year.
~~Elaine Swartz ~ I have to agree with my Aunt Elaine. Old
fashioned single Hollyhocks are my favorites, a cottage garden
Favorite garden flower... anything that blooms year after year
without being taken up, replanted, etc. Start with crocus, tulips,
daffodils, go to lilac and peony's, then come the roses and daisy's,
and I have mums that bloom with the snow.~~ Jackie Beagle, Cadillac
My favorite garden flower is the Stargazer Lily. I think they're
beautiful, and without knowing that a dear friend once gave me a
dozen bulbs of them to plant at my new house. When I left that
house I took some with me to plant at the new place. I smile every
time I see them.~~Gardening friend
Aileen Keller's favorite is the miniature rose. Here is what she
When my mother passed away from cancer in June 2000, I stayed with
my father for six months to help him cope and sell the house and
move. While I was there I watered my mother's backyard garden. I
am not a gardener myself and don't know much about it but I could
really appreciate her beautiful garden with the peach and plum
trees, and the different varieties of plants and flowering bushes.
My favorite were the miniature rose bushes. My mother had several
of them planted in the garden and along the side and front of the
house. They were so beautiful, yellows, whites, reds and a flame
colored orange-red variety. They smelled so wonderful. She had
several bunches of these dried roses around the house and I dried
and took some home with me as a memento of her lovely garden.
I will always miss my mother and the garden she so loved. But now I
have special reminders of both in my own home.
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Thanks to all! Let me know what your favorite flower is and we will
keep printing them this summer. My e-mail is
Simple Family Ideas
Summer is family time! We have 3 great grandkids and we are really
looking forward to having some fun with them this summer. For one
thing, I hope they will keep learning this summer, even though it is
vacation. We are going to make some charts and if they read for ½
hour a day, I will take them for icecream once a month, and at the
end of summer I will take them all to the movies. The new
movie "Finding Nemo" looks like a great family movie to go to this
The kids seem to enjoy doing whatever we do, so they will help in
the garden and the kitchen baking some cookies is a favorite, of
course. When they get to stay for a few days, we will go swimming,
read a bedtime story, and go for walks.The kids all love to help me
find new rocks for the garden, and we get out the paint so they can
paint their names on them. This year we may do some real rock
painting and do some neat designs. We might get to throw in a
camping weekend as well. Having kids around is so much fun. We get
to be kids again with them! Campfires, marshmallows or s'mores, are
just part of the fun.
Keeping Summer Simple,
- THE SIMPLE LIFE
This year hubby Richard wanted to plant one of his favorites
red potatoes. Fine with me. But fourteen pounds of seed
potatoes??? I thought that was going a bit overboard for our first
real crop, but, what the hey. Planted, potatoes just do their own
thing, right? Well, that's what I thought. Until about two weeks
ago. Richard mentioned something about finding a few potato bugs.
No problem. He took care of it, right?
We were out watering and found a few more. Now I was
introduced to the potato bug family. Adults are hard shelled with
black stripes on their backs. The larvae stage bugs are orange with
spots and babies can be as small as pin heads. No matter what the
size, they will munch away on potato plants, eventually destroying
them. We promptly laid them to "rest". This morning I thought I
would take a stroll into the "killing fields", opps, er, potato
fields. Wow! Many of the plants were clear, but I killed quite a
few of our little friends, who were obviously introducing
more "friends" to our potatoes by laying orange eggs on the
underside of the leaves. I may have to get desperate, but if we
keep on top of it, maybe not. I really hate to go the chemical
route. We will see. Maybe chili powder??? I did a little research
and found that lady bugs are natural enemies of potato bugs. How
come when we were infested with lady bugs a couple years ago, they
weren't wiped out then? Robins, chickens, and other birds are also
their natural enemies, so maybe I could put up a sign?
I am quite puzzled by this. This is the first year we have
planted potatoes here, so who told them where to find our potato
plants? Oh well. I guess that's kind of like life, isn't it?
Sometimes we see little things happening and just think the problem
will go away. They don't. They only get bigger. Then, after a
while, they get to astronomical proportions.
We were in a restaurant this past week. A small boy would
scream at the top of his lungs every so often, but it only lasted a
few moments. Why did he do this? It worked. It seemed that if he
screamed loud enough, he would get what he wanted. Its hard for a
parent to ignore such behavior or leave the scene, but giving a
child this much power is the beginning of a big problem.
I mentioned a couple weeks ago about cabbage worms. Since I
found them early and just picked them off my cabbages, I have had no
further problem, but I am really keeping my eyes out for more! My
cabbages are coming along really well. So, I will keep an eye on
the potato bugs and see what happens.
PS - My cousin Kathy Bradford, from Delaware, says that spraying the
potato plants with a dishsoap spray will make the little buggers
sick and discourage them from gobbling up our pretty potato plants.
If you see her at the Gettysburg Reinactment next week, say 'HI' to
her for me!
Sometimes the most sensible things are the hardest things to learn:
The Second Ten Commandments
1. Thou shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all
2. Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never
come to pass.
3. Thou shall remember that when someone says something about you
that isn't true, or is just plain hurtful, it is about them and not
about you. You know the real truth and what other people think,
really just doesn't matter in the long run.
4. Thou shall face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one
at a time anyway.
5. Thou shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make very
6. Thou shall not borrow other people's problems. They can better
care for them than you can.
7. Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is
gone forever. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be
8. Thou shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you
hear ideas different from your own. It is hard to learn something
new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.
9. Thou shall not become "bogged down" by frustration, for 90% of it
is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.
10. Thou shall count thy blessings, never overlooking the small
ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.
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"The best way to help the world is to start by loving each other,
not blandly, blindly, but realistically, with understanding and
forebearance and forgiveness." --Madeleine L'Engle
"Intimacy between friends involves a nondominant love, as well as
vulnerability. With a true friend we can share the deepest places of
our hearts, the dark as well as the light. --Madeleine L'Engle
YUMMY BLACK FOREST CAKE
Stir together 1 chocolate cake mix, 2 eggs, and 1 (21 oz) can of
cherry pie filling. Put into greased 9 x 13 baking dish and bake at
350 for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out
clean. Frost with your favorite frosting or while cake is baking
get a small saucepan and put in: 1/3 c milk, 5 tbls oleo or
margarine, 1 cup sugar and bring to a boil. Boil 1 full minute and
remove from heat, then add 1 cup chocolate chips and stir until
smooth. When cake comes out of oven, pour on top. This cake is
nice and moist.
SIMPLE FAMILY FUN
Here in Northern Michigan, we are not more than an hour from
beautiful Lake Michigan. Sunday we visited Silver Lake, took a dune
ride on Mac Woods Dune Rides a really nice and fun ride around the
dunes on a guided tour with a bit of humor and information thrown
in and visited the nearby lighthouse and took a swim in the
wonderful big waves of Lake Michigan. The sand here is sugar sand
with not a rock to be found and the water is very shallow a long way
out. There are four wheelers and dune buggies to watch climbing the
dunes or maybe just building a sand castle in the wet sand is more
your style. Any way you slice it, a trip to the lake is a "must"
for summer fun.
Keeping Summer Simple,
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