Saturday Seventeen

October 1, 2011 | My Jottings

1.   My husband Michael evilly whispered the word “Rabbit!” in my ear this morning, while it was still dark, and when I was barely awake.

2.   We had tacos for dinner last night — there’s nothing like home-fried corn tortillas and fresh homemade guacamole to make a lowly taco taste fantastic. I grew up watching my mother fry our corn tortillas, and have never done them any other way. Do you fry your own corn tortillas? If not, look at this video I found and try it!

3.   I have twenty Words With Friends games going on my iPad and l-o-v-e it. Three games are with Sharon.

4.   Michael and I are now devotees of a few British mystery series. We finished “Ballykissangel” and “Rosemary and Thyme.” We’re currently going through and love “Foyle’s War” (thank you Helen!) and “Doc Martin” (thank you Su!).

5.   I would have a professional massage every day if I could. What would you indulge in if you had the time and funds?

6.   We are going on a big boat out in Lake Superior today.

7.   The fall colors are gorgeous right now — I never get tired of oohing and aahing over the glowing crimsons, oranges and golds that contrast against the dark evergreens.

8.   My oldest grandson and I are memorizing Bible verses together. The one we have down pat now is Proverbs: 12:18: The words of the reckless pierce like swords but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Did you know if there’s someone in your life who’s a little difficult for you, you can help heal them (or wound them further) with your words? Oh, how I want my words to be more healing.

9.   We had a conversation with friends recently and actually toyed with the idea of moving to the Highlands of Scotland for one year. Sort of a Scottish test drive. The more we talked about it, the more they thought they might, and the more we thought we couldn’t.

10.  Throwing things away, paring down, simplifying, makes life calmer and more manageable. If you like that idea and don’t know where to start, you might read this wonderful book.

11. We used to have cockatiels. Their names were Rosie Shackadorum, Chester (the Molester) Pondaleeky, and Walter Whomperwhacker. I would get another cockatiel if they didn’t have such a lot of dander. The older I get the less time I want to spend cleaning up bird powder.

12.  The most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept on in my life was two weeks ago, here. If you’re wondering what the mattress brand was, I took the sheets and mattress pad off to have a look — it was a Jamison.    

13.  If our house sells I’d like to paint our next kitchen something other than dark red. If you haven’t seen our kitchen wall color, click here. But I have tons of blue and white accents that look good with red. I’m wondering if having turquoise walls is too trendy. Here’s a photo of the color I’m talking about, with blue and white plates on the wall, in a bedroom.

14.  I bought some new Three Irish Girls yarn and plan on making a scarf for my husband. In this log cabin. Right on the shore of Lake Superior. Surrounded by beautiful fall foliage. With a fire crackling in the hearth. And snacks within reach.

15.  If you haven’t gotten your free album from Josh Garrels you are missing out. I can’t stop listening to the song “Farther Along.”

16.  Now that I’m 54, I’ve got it in my head that I just should not have to cook anymore. Does anyone have any advice on how to get that out of my head?

17.  Here are some ways that help start the day well:

*I find that if I count my blessings the day goes better in general. I say Thank you Jesus! a lot. And I mean it.

*If I hold my tongue and don’t have to be right, peace reigns.

*If I kiss my husband at least 5 times in one day it makes him happy.

*If I do five things in the morning right away, (i.e. throw a load of laundry in, unpack the dishwasher, make the bed, sweep the floor, clean the kitchen) somehow the day doesn’t seem so overwhelming.

Now, what are your seventeen things? Or your eleven things? Or your five things? I would like to know! (Please try not to list an even number of things — make sure it’s an odd number, okay? I prefer odd numbers.)

Thank you for reading!


  1. Sharon says:

    1. That wall color is not trendy. It is classic, just like blue and white is. That color — dating back to the 17th century when they discovered a way to make that color paint using the byproducts of silver smelting — is what people with money had in their homes for hundreds of years. The clearer and brighter the blue, the more expensive it was.

    I would like to see you do something even a little lighter than the picture to have more contrast between it and the Delft, so your collection really stands out.

    2. I am really bad at WWF. Perhaps I just don’t get it.

    3. We just had six cords of wood delivered, which will hopefully keep us warm most of the winter. Now it all has to be carefully stacked, which is a huge undertaking.

    4. After three solid weeks of work, our yard is sort of coming together. You can’t tell by looking at it, but we’ve hauled at least 10 truckloads of branches, saplings, woodchips, and other refuse to the dump. It will look much better next summer.

    5. I told my daughters that if they helped me finish the planting in the yard today, I would take them to the yarn store, let them pick something out, and teach them how to knit.

    That’s it for me!

  2. Just Julie says:

    I think you could beat anyone you wanted to at WWF. 🙂

    Will you send a couple samples of the lighter paint so I can see what you mean? I’ll put it up on the post too.

    Your yard looks great and I can picture it next year.

    How wonderful to learn how to knit at a young age! A friend of mine told me she learned at a young age and knitted when she was upset or nervous. When she didn’t have yarn, she used thick string and two pencils for yarn and needles!


  3. Sharon says:

    Check out Sherwin WIlliams Tranquil Aqua 7611, Jetstream 6492, and I like a 50% recipe Peacock Plume 0020.

  4. Just Julie says:

    Thank you! I will look at those right now, Sharon.

  5. Ember says:

    Foyle’s War is made and filmed in Hastings, where we live.

    I hope and pray you get your chance at the peaceful blue kitchen.

    I don’t want to cook any more either.

    I went to Buckingham Palace to look at the State Rooms. We were allowed to convert our tickets to one year passes for no extra cost. So next year – let’s go halves on yours cos mine will be free :0) Tea in Buckingham Palace Garden next summer?

  6. Just Julie says:

    I didn’t know that about Foyle’s War! And tea at Buckingham Palace Garden?? Sounds divine. But not as divine as in your own garden….that’s what I’m praying for. 😉

  7. Tauni says:

    Just wanted to share that tacos in our home while I was growing up consisted of pre-made taco shells out of a box from the grocery store. Curt (at 17 yrs old) taught me how to fry taco shells. To this day, tacos is the only meal he will prepare. We have modified them a bit to help make them a little more healthy (he will consume ~ no joke about 12 tacos in one sitting he loves them so much). We usually use chicken now, and will fry the tortillas in olive oil (instead of corn oil). Every now and again we will have old fashioned ground beef, but mostly chicken. Goes great with peach/mango salsa! Yum, yum! I will list my odd number tomorrow!

  8. Just Julie says:

    I use olive oil too, Taun. I would love the recipe for the peach mango salsa! Sounds delicious with the chicken! Can’t wait for your list….:)

  9. Ganeida says:

    1.I hate cooking. Can someone tell me why everyone else wants to eat but I get to prepare it?

    2.M.O.R.S.E, Frost, Taggart [the Brists have a thing for these one name shows] ~ um Taggart is *very* gritty.

    3. I prefer odd numbers ~ especially 13. Everything changes at 13.

  10. Just Julie says:

    Hi Ganeida! Your number one is my new motto. Sigh. Thanks for the recommendations too. And somehow you always make me smile with whatever you write – even if it’s about the number 13.

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