Crochet Sweetness


I’m composing this ahead of time and scheduling it to post today (which I often do when I know I’m going to be busy or out of town). I’ve been in Phoenix all this week visiting friends and family.

I recently made a special afghan for my daughter, Kathy, and am bringing it with me to give to her. It’s called a Pineapple Squares Afghan and on this Sweet Saturday, I’d like to share how it turned out:

As I’m writing this several days ahead of time, my sweet Kathy hasn’t seen it yet. I can’t wait until she does! This was one of my favorite crochet projects and I definitely want to make it again. I can picture it in all kinds of colors.

This pattern came from the February 2011 issue of Crochet World magazine and is available for download here for a fee of $3.99. A free version (very similar but not exactly like the Crochet World version) is available for download here.

I feel blessed when I’m crocheting because I enjoy it so much and because it is one of the few things I can do even when I’m feeling my worst. And I especially like to crochet for my family and a couple of places which shall remain anonymous.

Frugal Tips 101

As a follow-up to my last Frugal Friday post, I’d like to share with you a few links to sites where you can find recipes to make your own dishwasher detergent:

Being Creative to Keep my Sanity

DIY Natural

I currently use a brand of dishwasher detergent that comes in pre-measured and sealed packs, one of each you insert into your dishwasher detergent dispenser for every load you run.

According to something told to a friend by a dishwasher installer, these pre-packaged dishwasher detergents can actually shorten the life of your dishwasher. The installer advised using a powder type detergent but only a very small amount, and to experiment to see how little you really need to use to get the job done to your satisfaction.

Once I use up my current dishwasher detergent, I’ll be making my own using one of the recipes from the links above.

Now here are several sites where you can find many other uses for vinegar:

Reader’s Digest

Vinegar Tips

Versatile Vinegar

Thank you, Donna, for taking the time to research these and sharing them with me!

Wonderful and Pink


If you’ve read my posts enough or visited this site before, you know how much I ♥ pink! So, on this Wonderful Wednesday, I’d like to share with you one of my most wonderful pink things.

My daughter, Kathy, gave this purse to me after she used it awhile and decided it wasn’t really her style. Well, guess what? It is definitely me! And I really, really ♥ it!

Thanks again, Kathy, for gifting me with this purse and for sharing my love of things pink!

My Treasures

I’ve been thinking lately about the treasures in my life:

My Lord and Savior: Jesus Christ

 “I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.”—Isaiah 43:11

 My sweet husband: Rick

 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” –Ephesians 5:31-33

 My precious children: Kathy, Alan and Denise (my daughter-in-love)

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” –Proverbs 22:6

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” –Mark 9:37

 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” –3 John 1:4

My loving mother (home with the Lord now) and father

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” –Exodus 20:12

My four wacky and wonderful sisters: Nancy, Palma, Julie and Maria

“In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips.” –Author Unknown

“To the outside world we all grow old.  But not to brothers and sisters.  We know each other as we always were.  We know each other’s hearts.  We share private family jokes.  We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys.  We live outside the touch of time.” –Clara Ortega

All my close and special friends: you know who you are!

“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” –Bernard Meltzer

“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” –Donna Roberts

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” –C. S. Lewis

A caring and supportive church family

“Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.” –Acts 9:31

A snug and cozy home in a beautiful part of the country

“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” –Isaiah 32:18

“For you will go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”— Isaiah 55:12

Enough food, clothing and everything else I need to be comfortable

“He enjoys much who is thankful for little; a grateful mind is both a great and happy mind.” –Unknown

My precious Bible with tons of hand-written margin notes, highlighted passages, and sticky notes marking certain pages

“Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.” –Psalm 119:2

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” –2 Peter 3:18

My ongoing journey with chronic pain illnesses which have grown my faith, trust and dependence on my Lord

“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” –Proverbs 3:5

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” –Revelation 21:3-5

I am ever thankful for all of these treasures. The Lord has used each and every one of them to make me into who I am today. And I’m also so thankful that He continues to use them in my life daily as He molds me more and more into His image.

“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. –Psalm 9:1

Out and About


Today’s mishmash is a collage of photos from places Rick and I have visited. Enjoy the tour!

Praise the Lord!


On this Happy Sunday, I am praising the Lord for too many reasons to count but also because:

The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

—Lamentations 3:22-23

Frugal Dish Washing

On this Frugal Friday, I’d like to share how I changed a hit-or-miss operation into a huge HIT!

I have always had a problem with things coming out of my dishwasher looking streaked, spotted and sometimes not even completely clean. And that’s after scrubbing each and every piece before I placed it in the dishwasher! Someone I know—maybe my forever friend Donna?—referred to her dishwasher awhile back as a “dish wetter.” Oh, how true that was for me! And using a rinse agent didn’t help at all. I know, because I tried lots of them.

Until … about a month ago, I decided to pour some white vinegar (approximately 1/2 cup)  into the bottom of the dishwasher before starting it up. I still use dishwasher detergent, but the addition of the white vinegar seems to enhance the cleaning effectiveness of the detergent. AND I end up with a little something extra: a very clean dishwasher!

If you’re worried that you’ll be able to detect a vinegar odor on your dishes and glasses, don’t give it another thought. It just isn’t an issue. What you should find when you unload your dishwasher is squeaky clean everything!

These days I don’t scrub anything. If something crusty is on the plate, I do rinse it a bit before loading the dishwasher. Also, I have a tendency to overload my dishwasher, so before I thought of the vinegar method, I tried running lighter loads. That didn’t help at all. And white vinegar is a super buy, especially if you purchase the gallon size like I do.

Happy dish washing!

Death or Life?


This is the coolest card I have ever seen and it hangs on our refrigerator. If you hold it one way, it says “The Wages of Sin is Death.” Flipping the card (same side) shows how the same printing reveals “The Gift of God is Eternal Life” phrase.

On this Thankful Thursday, I’d like to say that I shall ever be thankful for Jesus Christ’s precious gift of salvation: that eternal gift from God that allows us to live with Him forever in heaven.

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:22-23

If you’d like to know more about how to receive this precious gift, read this, or write to me at annap51 (at) msn (dot) com.