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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Stream

No deep thoughts here my friends but rest assured I am praying for many things right now. Take it to the Lord and leave it there as the old gospel song says. This stream is not deep or wide but I hope you enjoy wading in for a few minutes this first Wednesday morning in June.

1. Many of you wanted to know what makes up a Starbucks Medicine Ball. Well it is a mixture of hot lemonade, honey, Citrus Mint and Peach Tea. Unfortunately the grande has as many grams of sugar as a can of Coke, so take your pick. There are several recipes on line for making it at home. They do suggest you purchase Teavana Tea. I did not realize that this is the Starbuck's brand of tea so it is a bit more expensive. You can also have the barista add a pump of peppermint to enhance the  drink. I will only be getting this drink if I have a cold. It would be very soothing. When I was a little girl I got pneumonia frequently and our family doctor suggested Hot Lemonade for me to help with congestion. So the Medicine Ball would be approved by Doctor Meacham.

2. It was the high light of my week to see Audrey and Joshua. Audrey is learning to read. Isn that always exciting? To see her world expand as she realizes the power of the written word makes this Nana very happy.

3. I finished reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.  If you read the Hunger Games series you will find it interesting to see what made President Snow turn to the Dark Side.( Pardon me Darth Vader for stealing your phrase!)  It also gives some insight as to why President Snow did not like District 12. In fact, it has made me consider reading The Hunger Games again this summer. I also finished An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden. It is a sweet story with a happy ending but not my favorite book she has written. It is a reminder that the world was very different in London in the days after World War 2.  Her main character, Lovejoy, is one that will remain with you after the last page is turned. And finally I completed Jane Austen At Home by Lucy Worsley. It was as if Ms Worsley was reading this book to me. If you have ever watched any of her programs, shown here on PBS, you will remember her distinctive voice.  This book relates to Jane as a woman of her times, Georgian versus Victorian. I would recommend all three books.

4. In my redecorating, I had a few questions....Where did I get the turquoise tray on my coffee table? That was  a Hobby Lobby find and purchased with a 40% off coupon. You could find any wooden tray you like and it is easily painted. I think the "Chippier" it looks with other colors showing through, the better.   Another question, Where were my sofa cushions? I had removed the cushions I had there as I just did not like them. They found a home on the bed in the guest room. Those cushions were just a bit too big for the sofa. I am still looking for replacements.( maybe those roosters from Tractor supply would be a fun design choice.lol)

5. Speaking of decorating, check out two blogs on my blog roll.  One is We Bought a Farmhouse. Sam and Josh bought an old farmhouse in upstate New York quite a few years ago now and they have been working on renovations. They just completed their living room and it is so pretty. Check it out. Welcome to Paige from Farmhouse Vernacular. I just added her blog to my roll. She and her husband purchased an old farm house in Kentucky and they are renovating it but sticking to an early 1900s style.  She just posted a tour of her house on the blog.  I admire people who have the guts to take on a renovation and do most of the work themselves.

6. This week I am anxiously checking my mailbox for one of my birthday gifts, The Hits of John Denver. It should arrive any day now. I can put it in my Nanavan and I can listen to John Denver whenever I want to hear Thank God I'm a Country Boy. No mean children in my house who will hide it from me at every opportunity. I think I have mentioned that my mean teen agers put my John Denver tapes in the freezer wrapped like some sort of frozen food.  All they had to say was Mom, we don't want to listen to John Denver AGAIN!!

Have a good week my dear blog friends.

10 comments:

Brenda said...

When you hear "Country Roads" think of this old lady who grew up in WV...and misses it. We call ourselves WV Strong...I live in Indianapolis now...and have lived Ohio, South Carolina, etc., but there is no where on earth like my home town...lol...love this blog...

Laurel Wood said...

What a creative way for your kids to get rid of John Denver! lol Even today, I prefer to listen to music from the late 70's (my college years music)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That's SO funny about the John Denver tapes in the freezer! I have 4 sons and they sure got up to some pranks like that when they were teens too. I used to listen to Helen Reddy over and over! lol Fun to hear more about your decorating and those missing throw pillows! We need something to throw right now, that's for sure! Hugs!

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

I am understand remodeling a house as we are doing the same.....it is a JOB! Hope your John Denver comes today and I had to laugh at your kids putting your tapes in the freezer. I enjoy his music too.

Robin in Virginia said...

Oh Arlene, I am still chuckling about John Denver being stashed in the freezer. He continues to be a favorite. How awesome that Audrey is learning to read! That makes this former teacher happy as well. Thank you for the information about the Medicine Ball drink and the tray on your coffee table. Be well, my friend!

Sandy said...

Apparently John Denver went to high school here at our local school. Pictures of him in yearbooks and all to prove it:)
I have the book coming and can't wait to read it. I am afraid to start it because if it is anything like the others you have to stay up half the night to finish. Yikes.
I sometimes get tired of the pillows on the couch anyway. I throw them over on top of the dog box when I get like that. Lucy and I used to have a daily war about them away. I would fluff them and leave the room and she would promptly jump up there and put them on the floor.

Dewilla Hooper said...

John Denver was put into the freezer! Wow! That is funny!

Terri D said...

That's a funny story about the kids putting your music in the freezer! I happen to enjoy John Denver so we would travel well together! I enjoyed your stream, Arlene!!

Mari said...

Those kids! They just don't know good music!
I am going to have to get the Hunger games book. I want to know the rest of the story.
I'm going to check out the blogs.

Mary said...

I think it's hysterical how they delegated John Denver to the freezer!! I'm quite sure it was the highlight of the week to see Audrey and Joshua!! I hope Audrey enjoys a lifetime of reading.