Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving: Charlie-style

Happy Belated Thanksgiving, everyone!  Charlie, here.  It's been awhile since I wrote about anything going on with me, so I thought I'd tell you about my trip to Topeka!  That's right - I got to go home with Kensy for the holiday week/end.  I was so very thankful to not be left home alone for those few days.  I hope you were also not home alone.  : )

Kensy helped me document my trip with some pictures - enjoy!
After our long drives to this place, Q and I were both pretty sleepy...even though I slept in Kensy's lap almost the whole way.  Yeah...I wasn't too excited about riding the whole way in that cat carrier, so I asked (maybe too loudly) to be let out.
They have a laundry basket here?!
Ah, yes.  I love these!
Then, Q gave me a ride in it!
Then, I got sick.
Just kidding - this actually isn't what it looks like.  I'm just really obsessed with toilets and was excited to figure out how a different one works.  I wasn't drinking out of it in this picture, but that doesn't mean I never did...
I got a little tired of everyone trying to play with me, so I found a cozy corner by the piano rolls.
Look!  I found the tub - my favorite!
Do you think water comes out of this faucet, too?
Yep - sure does!

AND the drain cover comes off here, too!  Too bad I couldn't get my paw further down this one, though...
Even though I couldn't get on top of the cabinets here, I still supervised the kitchen like I do at home while Kensy was making these...
What a fun new toy for my Thanksgiving day alone!  After playing with it awhile, I figured out the top comes out/off, so I could get the ball out no problem...I don't think the designers counted on me being able to do that.  It was still fun, though!
I never get the chance to leave footprints on cars like other kitties do, so I made up for it during my time in the garage!
As much as I liked exploring the garage, I quickly figured out how to ask to be let back inside (i.e. meowing politely)...and how not to ask (i.e. scratching at the door).
I was glad Kensy brought one of my straws for me to play with.  I do love straws!
Kensy let me hang out on her bed for awhile...
...she's so nice!
Even though I'd never really seen stairs before, I was a pro at navigating them!
Kensy and Q let me watch The Office with them!
It was fun to watch the guys put up the Christmas lights.  I wish I could've helped!
I had soooo much fun over the weekend, but it sure wore me out!  I sat/slept quietly in the car on the way to Manhattan, while Kensy hung out with Q and some other great people, AND all the way back to the coop.  Once we got back, I made sure everything was as I left it and settled in for a good night's sleep on my favorite pillow.

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and the week is off to a great start!


Favorites of the day:
 safe traveling
the new toys I brought back from Topeka

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Giving thanks, of course!

Howdy!  I hope this finds you staying warm and enjoying the end of fall!

Since Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I thought I'd share a few things I'm glad to have in my life.  : )

In no particular order, I'm thankful for:
flexibility (as in time and activities, not body - haha)
my employers
my students
our young adult and single women's Bible studies
coupons/sales/bargains  : )

The list goes on and on...and on, of course.  I'm thankful for life in general, right now!  I'm blessed in countless ways and by so many people each and every day.  There's really no other way to explain how grateful I am.  Most of all, I'm thankful for God's amazing grace.  I hope I am expressing my thankfulness for this each and every day as I live my life for Him.

In other news, I'm contributing these surprise (no longer a surprise, I guess!) treats to the Thanksgiving table this year:
I did a little research to accurately name this group of's a "rafter."
Also, wanted to share this: Last week, I received 3 treats from 3 different students on 3 different days - Tuesday was a mini mini loaf of banana chip bread (yes, a MINI mini loaf - it was sooo cute!), Wednesday was a red velvet cupcake, and Thursday was homemade and personally decorated sugar cookies!

That's all from here.  Maybe you could leave a comment about something you're thankful for!  : )


Favorites of the day:
jam sessions (I was spoiled by the amount of these in college...they're too few and far between nowadays and need to happen far more often!)
something we bought for Charlie
roomie weekends
family time!
subbing at a wonderful school...and actually getting to teach!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Out of the mouths of babes...part 2

Hello all!  Hope your week is off to a fantastic/awesome/stupendous start (after filling out 38 student evaluations this weekend, my synonym bank is pretty full)!

I have a few kiddo quotes for you:

Conversation I had with a student at her lesson on her 6th birthday (some of you may have already seen this on Facebook):
Student: "Do you have a daughter?"
Me: "No.  I don't have a husband."
Student: "Oh. (pause) I have an uncle.  He doesn't have anybody.  He came over for my birthday.  He lives alone in his house."
Me: "Oh?  How old is he?"

Student: laughs and says, "Oh, he's a grownup." (as if I thought he was a child living alone)

When filling in "all about me" pages to put in Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes at a family's open house (which they held for the purpose of filling a lot of these boxes!), some finished "I love Jesus because..." with the following phrases:
...he is magic.
...he is speshel (translation: special).
...he dide (translation: died) on the cross for us.

Finally, a quote from the 4-yr.-old I nanny for...who is "off" dairy products and knows he's not supposed to eat them:
After reading books and getting into bed, I turned his music on for the night.  We sang to the first song, "Do You Know the Muffin Man?" during which he asked, "Does that man make dairy-free muffins?"  I replied, "I don't know, but I bet he would if you asked nicely!"

There's more where that came from, I'm sure!  Never a dull moment...

Enjoy the rest of the week!


Favorites of the day:
Cherry on Top (with coupons and gift cards)
Husker football

Friday, November 11, 2011

Do you know what today is...?!

Yes, it's 11-11-11 (better make a couple really great wishes at 11:11 a.m. & p.m.).

Yes, it's Veteran's Day (and I'd like to express my deepest gratitude to all who have served and are serving in the various branches of the armed forces).

BUT, it is ALSO the one-year anniversary of this blog!  Can you believe it?!  About a month ago, I looked back through my posts to remind myself when I started this "project" and had prepared to be prepared to write something deep and meaningful about what this year of blogging has entailed.  Then, sure enough, I realized late last night that the day had crept up on me!  So, instead of a lengthy reflection, you get a few semi-deep thoughts.  Not sure whether or not to apologize about that...  : )

This year has brought so many small changes, big blessings, new people, exciting opportunities, unforgettable experiences...and I've been so glad to be able to share it all with such a receptive audience!  I so very much appreciate your faithful reading, positive feedback, and support as I continue on this path God has laid out before me.

As a small tribute (or something to that effect), I'd really like to know your favorite "Scoop from The Coop" post/quote/picture.  Hopefully you've figured out the comment section, by now.  If not, there's a post about it!  Or you could contact me via one of the many other ways technology allows for these days.

Here's to another year...or more!


P.S. I did not win the costume contest - FYI.  I came in a close second to a beautiful Renaissance lady with a homemade headdress.  : )

Favorites of the day:
yoga classes
having a working car (after its second trip to the mechanic...and an additional replaced headlight)
discovering new pieces of information/meanings in the Bible

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Martin Luther.

Hi there!

So, in honor of Reformation Day, the sermon at church on Sunday was all about the life, teachings, and music of Martin Luther.  It took a sermon like that to remind me just how monumental Luther's actions were.  I feel like we should be reminded of what he did more than once a year, because it was kind-of a big deal.  : )

Can you imagine sticking up for your beliefs in a way that so drastically and completely changes the course and vehicle for the beliefs of others for generations upon generations to come?!  (I know there are plenty of others who have done so over the course of history, but I'm going to stick to Luther, for now.)  I wonder how fully he understood/realized the implications of his actions at the time.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Luther's "actions," here's an explanation in a nutshell: He believed salvation cannot be bought with money or earned through good deeds, but rather, it is freely given by the grace of God.  This was a new concept in his time, and it went against the Roman Catholic Church's teachings.  Luther stood firm in his beliefs, though, and went public with them, resulting in his excommunication.  Subsequently, he went into hiding and too this time to translate the Bible from Latin to German, making it much more accessible for the people.  Basically, he initiated the Protestant Reformation.  Wohoo!

This all led me to another thought: Why do we have so many denominations within the Protestant church?  I know, of course, there is plenty of explanation to be found in history, research, and others' commentary - some of which I have heard/read - but I'm looking to dig deeper.  Are these divisions something Satan caused, or were they prescribed by God?  Were they meant to cause conflict and bitterness among believers, or were they created to allow for a variety of traditions, music, etc. for believers to choose from and ultimately find their niche?  Maybe there is commentary on this, too, that I should seek out.  For now, though, I'm just speculating "out loud."

I don't believe in a hierarchy of denominations, mostly because I don't know the answers to the questions above.  All I know is this: We are all sinners and are saved by the grace of God through the death of His Son on the cross.  The choice of whether or not to accept this grace is ours to make.  Upon accepting this gift of eternal life, our life on Earth should be a reflection of God's love and mercy.

I'll leave it at that, for now.  I hope none of this offended anyone - it certainly was not meant to.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on any and all of this, as usual.  At the very least, I hope it made you think a bit...and maybe be thankful for Martin Luther.  : )

On a lighter note, here's a student story for you: 
After taking pictures in our Halloween costumes, one of my students said, "There's two kinds of cheeses: the kind you say when you smile for a picture and the kinds you eat.  I like the kind you eat best.  cheddar jack is my favorite, and then just plain cheddar.  What's your favorite?"  This was the kiddo, by the way, who dressed up as Beaker from the Muppets.  Best. costume. ever.  Here's a link to his picture on Boo at the Zoo's contest site (I think you might have to copy and paste it): 
AND here's a link to the video he sang/acted out for me:

Take care,

P.S. FYI - voting for the costume contest ends tomorrow (Friday).

Favorites of the day:
freshly-washed flannel sheets, towels, and PJ's
best friend visits : )