Monthly Archives: August 2014

Five Minute Friday

In what can only be described as a complete and utter lapse of reason, Craig and I gave in to two years of begging and brought home the first puppy of our married life for these boys that we clearly love more than our furniture.


Her name is Stella which wasn’t my first choice but all the menfolk nixed Miss Bennett as “too girly” and “too long” so we went with Stella so they could channel their inner Brando every time they called her.

She barked all.night.long the first week we brought her home and have I mentioned that I got the idea to get her while Craig was in California for the week and I was the only adult to get up three times a night to let her out for 4 days straight? And, of course, the first night he came back she didn’t make a whimper and hasn’t since.

As typical with the Scates children, she adores Craig and goes into our room every morning to greet him even though I’m the one who feeds her, walks her, trains, and treats her. BUT I AM NOT BITTER.


We are in the process of socializing her and she adores little kids, is okay with the one dog she’s met thus far, and liked hanging out on the sidewalk at the corner bakery. She’s met the mailman, the neighbors, and several friends and, so far, so good.


Car rides? Not so much.


Sleeping? She’s a champ.

Welcome home, Stella. Please stay adorable and please don’t eat my couch.

Have a nice day.

Summer Catch-All/Catch-Up

Hello, my name is Susan and occasionally I write a blog post.

Since I’ve forgotten how to properly compose one, today I’m borrowing from Stephanie’s blog and using her prompts.

Outside my window….

I can hear the hammering of the work crew next door. They’ve been at it for a month, getting the house ready to sell. The previous owner recently passed away from cancer and the family is moving on. I will miss my neighbor. He was gruff, no-nonsense, plain-spoken and, interestingly, a former Israeli soldier who fought in the Six Day war. I would have loved to talk to him about the current situation in the Middle East and get his perspective.

Giving thanks….

Almost all of the leadership spots are filled on the planning committee for next year’s conference. Securing the volunteers for those roles has taken up much of my summer and available brain space. I’m looking forward to the kickoff next week and having a group of women help shoulder the load.

I am thinking about….

Seeing my family in a few hours! Craig forked over some of his frequent flyer miles and is sending me home SOLO this afternoon to soak up some time with the Oklahoma crew. It’s my dad’s 80th birthday and I’m happy that I’ll be able to celebrate with him.

I am also thinking about the chocolate pie I hope my mother is making.


In the craft room…..

I finished a baby quilt from fabric a friend gave me.  It was fun finding a pattern that went with the vintage-y vibe. This was my first attempt at making half-square triangles and, for the most part, I was pretty happy with how it came out.

Like most things, though, don’t turn it over and look at the back.

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From the kitchen….

The boys have been learning how to cook this summer.  It has been nice to sit at the bar watching them manhandle knives and simmer sauces while I supervise.  They’ve learned how to make a mean Alfredo and that the idea of Chinese food is better than the reality of spending the afternoon chopping.  Tommy has turned into a baker.  He made a beautiful batch of Snickerdoodles that had to be tossed because Mom didn’t know the Crisco in the pantry was from 2009 until she took the first bite.

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So he learned to make them again.

I am creating….

Trying to do a little writing that isn’t blog-related but that furthers some personal goals.  I finished a short piece for inclusion in a friend’s book that took me longer than it should have for 500 words.  Creativity comes and goes but I’m trying to learn it’s useless to wait for the muse to wave her magic wand and that sometimes she comes while I’m going through the motions and just grinding it out.

I’m working on….

Trusting the Lord to provide.  We just finished an 8-week series in Sunday School that has smacked me in the face about how much I worry.  I don’t do a lot of it out loud but my brain is constantly churning over one thing or another.  It’s exhausting.  Last night we received word that Travis’ new one-on-one assistant had been hired for the school year and immediately I started thinking about all the things that could go wrong, wondering if he was going to be a good fit, worrying that he was so young, blah, blah, blah.  AND I’VE BEEN PRAYING FOR THIS PERSON FOR WEEKS.   I had to remind myself to turn it all into prayers of thanksgiving.

God has it all and holds it all.

I am reading…

Finished Crossing Oceans and cannot recommend it because SPOILER ALERT, the heroine dies at the end.  So annoyed and wishing I had those hours of my life back.  Happy endings, people, happy endings.

I am hearing….

Silence in the house.  The kids are soaking up the last two weeks of vacation.  Travis is making a movie, Tommy is on the couch with an ice pack on a tender shoulder (today was the first day of full pads and hitting in football practice), and JJ is looking at pictures of puppies on the Internet.  We are in full dog-search mode.  The kids want a Labrador Retriever, Great Dane, Dalmation (no), or  German Shepherd, I want a Giant Schnoodle, and Craig doesn’t want any of the above but is humoring us.

A few pictures from last month….

We knocked off six more states in our quest to visit all fifty.  This time we made the loop up through New England and visited Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut .  It’s a complete post in and of itself so for now, here’s a peek at what we did.

And I still haven’t figured out my camera, so hopefully these aren’t too blurry.

I have better ones on my iPhone.


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Forty down, 10 to go.

One of my favorite things…..

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Mushy, I know.

Have a nice day.