Sunday, February 12, 2017

Buying Sleds Hancock County, Maine

I wanted to share this one post as a reference for anyone searching Google for information on where to buy sleds in February when there's a snowstorm.

Last night I went in search of sleds. Sabbath ended around 5 p.m., and I found out Marden's in Ellsworth closed at 5, so my next option was Renys, which closed at 6. I called and they had a few, so I went there. They had a few plastic tibaggan-shaped ones for $7.99 each, so I bought 2. They also had inflatable snow tubes, so I bought one of the larger ones, which came to $20.03 with tax.

Next, I called Walgreens, Walmart, Home Depot,  and none of them had sleds in stock. Tractor Supply had some foam ones, which is what I was looking for, so I bought the larger one for $35, which is more than I wanted to pay, but not much more than I would pay online, and I would have it in hand. I also picked up a small round plastic saucer style sled for $6.99 while I was there, just to try it out.

I went to Bar Harbor to deliver 2 sleds to my friends, and stopped for some groceries at Hannaford. Surprisingly, they had foam sleds for $20, which was $10 cheaper than the same size at Tractor Supply, so I got 3 of those also. My friends picked the tibaggan style sleds, so I returned 2 of the foam ones to Hannaford on my way home. Now I have a decent collection of sleds in preparation for today's blizzard, and all I need now are some recommendations for good sledding hills near Trenton, Maine. Suggestions welcome. Happy sledding everyone!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Groundhog Day 2017 - We are getting adopted!!


Last summer, we had some friends visit us and while they stayed with us, they gave us some positive peer pressure to start going to bed earlier, like 8 p.m. instead of 10. Jenny gave us a whole spiel on how the hours before midnight are worth double, so if you shave a couple hours off your bed time, you can get an extra month out of your life with all the extra time you will get back from getting up 4 hours earlier every day of the year. I have tried to implement this with moderate success. until the introduction of these tasty minty little vitamin D pills (it's hard to get enough sunshine up here, especially in winter) and more importantly a very personal loving God who finds lots of ways to wake me up early and get me going for the day.

Lately, I've been under a lot of stress from every area of my life: work deadlines, projects at church, piles of clean clothes and dishes, weeks without having time or energy to go to the grocery store or do any cooking to speak of (contributing to feelings of failure as a wife), friends who want to hang out that I can't accommodate, holidays that come and go with no word from me of holiday cheer, let alone gifts for my 6-year old nephew or college-age sisters. Don't worry about putting pressure on me, since I obviously don't put any pressure on myself.

But God is good. Back to the pills, so because of my long hours working on deadlines, I come home exhausted, and often just go to bed without supper, which actually suits me well. I have a little extra fluff I could afford to lose from holiday season 2015 when I went home to my dad's for about a month and told myself I was going to enjoy myself and eat whatever I felt like eating, within reason. Don't ever do that when you're about to turn 35. Don't you remember them telling you as a teenager that your metabolism would magically drop off a cliff when you turned 35? Yes, you need to listen to them. They are telling you from personal experience. Anyway, because I'm going to bed earlier, and taking the vitamin D pills and heaven is mercifully answering my prayers for help to get everything done, I'm now waking up (at least this week) around 12:30 a.m. or 1:30 a.m. in the morning some days. Sounds crazy, right? They say the Lord works in strange and mysterious ways, and I'm happy that is true.

All this time in the mornings leaves me with more time to spend searching scripture for interesting jewels, and there are an endless supply. Today, for example, I was reading in Romans chapter 8. Wow. This is the part about getting adopted. No, I didn't say we are adopting. I said we are getting adopted! Yes, that's what it says in Romans chapter 8 (check out verses 15-23, or at least verses 15 & 23). I'm picturing what other people have described of the orphanages in China; endless cribs with silent babies. That is this earth. We are suffering. We are alone. But wait, we're getting adopted! We're just waiting for our adoptive Heavenly Father to come to our orphanage in China to get us. We don't know what it will be like in America until we get there. We don't know what it will be like to be with our Father until we meet him face to face.

Not only are we going to America (okay heaven, even better), but after 1,000 years, we're going back home to China to our very orphanage (earth), but our dad (Abba/daddy/Father) and our brother (Jesus), who was born in the same orphanage as us, by the way, just a few years back, are moving in here (check out Revelation 21:1-7). This is good news, friends. This is the time that he will wipe away all tears from our eyes and we shall be his son, forever at home with a heavenly family. Praise God for that blessed hope.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Why I love Mondays

For the first Monday of the new year, I want to share joyfulness, since I believe we benefit from sharing the things that we want for ourselves (hugs, smiles, words of affirmation, gifts, quality time, a helping hand, etc.).  One reason I love Mondays is that I get to walk with a friend after work, my top two love languages being quality time and acts of service, so visiting with me for an hour and helping me get the exercise I need really fills my heart with joy. I have a job that I enjoy, too, which makes it easier to at least accept Mondays. Finally, Monday evenings are usually free, so if I didn't get everything done that I needed to on Sunday, I can finish up things like putting away all the clean laundry and dishes that are hopefully dry by now from being washed yesterday. Have you found a reason to love Mondays yet? If not, I challenge you to find one, not just for the first Monday of the year, but something consistent that you can look forward to every week. If you love life, you can love Mondays because it's another day of life! God bless you friends.

Love,

A

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hello Sunday. Have I told you lately that I love you?

Why do I love Sundays? They're catch up days. They're autonomous days. I can sleep, eat and get things done on my schedule. Every other day of the week I have to cater to other people and work my schedule around them, but not on Sundays. Last night after returning late from our friends' house we fell asleep in the basement because the wood stove makes it so nice and cozy that it's hard to leave. With the thick dark curtains covering the glass walk-out basement door, it's easier to sleep in past 8 (gasp) since you don't notice the sun for a while. Before my smoothie breakfast at 1 p.m., I rearranged our bedroom, put away all the clean dishes, start a load of laundry, spend 45 minutes on the elliptical while drinking my lime water (organic limes are cheaper than organic lemons and I haven't done a yield comparison yet), and tidy pretty much everywhere, accumulating over 6,000 steps on O's pedometer (because his has yet to find out whether it is me-proof, whereas mine has proven it is not).

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome 2015

Zero based budget for January done! Next on the agenda - decide on some sort of 21 day cleanse to start tomorrow. I'm thinking something oil-free, mostly raw, involving juicing, etc. Suggestions welcome.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Give Anyway

Man’s abuse of the gift could not turn God’s blessing from the giver. - DA 614.3

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Future Happiness

I don't know about you, but for me it's easy to end up in a rut emotionally sometimes, especially when it comes to motivation. I read a couple of great blogs my friend Bipin shared on Facebook late last year about why procrastinators procrastinate & how to overcome procrastination. I got a lot out of them. If you haven't seen them, you can check them out here:

http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html
http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/11/how-to-beat-procrastination.html

Lately spring in Maine has been toying with us. The snow is being washed away by the rain and most of the time it's above freezing now. I started making popsicles. I put Welch's grape juice in ice cube trays and enjoy them for days. I made some on Friday and last night there were just enough for each of the 16 people at our house to have one. It's such a simple thing to do now that will create happiness in the very near future. Let's see what else I can do today that will bring about happiness, rather than disappointment into my future. I think that sounds better than a "to do list". What do you think?

Today's brainstorming & other random thoughts: I'm thankful for the inspiration I get from Pinterest, and sometimes Facebook & Google+. Also, I think I should make a blog called "Closer to the Garden" that could encompass everything from country living, beautiful landscaping, gardening, food, recipes, eating, picnics, composting, crafts with food, rest & relaxation, hammocks, bonfires, healthy living, wellness, natural remedies, reducing, reusing, recycling, do it yourself ideas, simplifying...