Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pain and Eugene O'Neill

Pain and Eugene O'Neill

I must have wrenched my back during the sit-ups in Group Power on Wednesday night. Not knowing it, I had two elliptical workouts and a walk between then and Friday night when the spasms came! Saturday morning brought unbearable pain. So, I took Naproxen, sat in my ergonomic computer chair, and read this book all day (getting up frequently and stretching).

It was interesting to go through physical pain as I read about the emotional pain of this autobiographical, Pulitzer Prize winning drama by Eugene O'Neill. That man went through such pain growing up. No wonder he was such a tortured adult! His genius shines through in this drama from the era of Realism. It is nothing short of brilliant and SAD. I'm glad I have HOPE.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Bad Picture Day

Bad Picture Day, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

I had a full day and no pictures. So I snapped this picture of Friday Night Boys Group without my glasses on. It is blurry and grainy, but it keeps me humble. :)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Winter Morning

Winter Morning, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

It snowed this morning.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Beaded Up

Beaded Up, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

This table cloth repels everything!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

More Hope for Missy!

More Hope for Missy!

For you my dear friend, Missy! This is only six days later. They may have popped up before today, but I haven't had enough time to "stop and smell the flowers" to look!

(Missy used my picture from six days ago for her desktop to give her hope for spring, and I thought I better look to see if there has been any progress)

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Baptism, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Kim asked me to baptize her today. It was a joyous event!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Food Art

Food Art

My girlfriend and I send pictures of "food art." I saw this on my son's plate, and I thought it was too pretty to pass up. I love the food colors on our new plate!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Movie Making

Movie Making

Michael and Paul spent most of the day "on location" for the movie Road to Freedom. Michael is a British soldier, and Paul operated the boom (on the blanket). The goats cooperated pretty well, and I loved the way the light danced through this little one's fur.

Thursday, February 19, 2009



The American Literature class we listening to the lecture "Romanticism in America," and this slide popped up on the Power Point while we were all sucking on heart-shaped suckers. I love it!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

George's 47th

George's 47th , originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

We walked to Applebee's for a birthday celebration tonight. These three are delightful conversation partners as we talked seriously about racism, slavery, and Appalachian poverty.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

I took a walk in the wonderful sunshine, and there were purple crocuses in the neighborhood. I rushed home to see if my purple crocuses had bloomed. Not yet, but soon.

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Plate Smiling

George came in and said, "I have your picture of the day!" These are my new dishes with a smiling omelette on top. (Purchased at "Taking It Home" going out of business sale)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ecclesiastes by Candlelight

Ecclesiastes by Candlelight

We start a new book in Bible Book Club today. I got up really early (4:25 am!), lit the candles from last night's Valentine's Dinner, and enjoyed some time with the Lord.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

Early Valentine's Day Surprise

Surprise Valentines

George led sight boys in making Valentine cookies for their moms. So, I got an early surprise.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Listening to LibriVox Uncle Tom's Cabin

I read Uncle Tom's Cabin back in 2004. This year, my kids are reading it for their American Literature class, and I found a fabulous reader at This site has public domain books read by volunteers and downloaded for free! This guy is phenomenal with different voices for different characters. I am getting so much more out of this "read through" since we have been reading other non-fiction narratives of slaves and learning the history behind this important time in US History.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My Big Backyard

My Big Backyard, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

I've been sick. Today would have been a beautiful day to go out and take pictures because the afternoon light was amazing, but I just couldn't get myself up and out. So, this is the view from the couch. The best I could do.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Overdue Haircut

Overdue Haircut, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Rachel said this is the first time in eight years of cutting Paul's hair that he was looking forward to getting it cut. It had gotten WAY too long because I forgot their appointment with her in December!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Mellow Day

Mellow Day, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

I had a stay-at-home day and read a bit of Walden from this photographed version.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Published Picture!

Published Picture!

I snapped the picture in this "Play Ashland" brochure when I went with Laura and all her friends (and sister and mother) for her 40th. We are all the women on the steps. I didn't bring the tripod. So, it was a challenging. I mounted it on a table and put some books under the lens to tilt it up. Then, I put the strap around the books and a pillow underneath it in case the camera tilted over backward while the self-timer went off!

They gave me two complimentary tickets to a play for the 2009 season and credit on the brochure:


How fun!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Reason #1: He's the Man

He's the Man

I love him with all of my being. I never have said the #1 reason of my TOP 10 Reasons Why I Married Him from Carol365 2007. I guess it is that I just enjoy and cherish the man that God has made him to be.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Proper Cup of Tea

A Proper Cup of Tea

Julie taught me how to make a proper pot of English tea:

1) Boil water and pour in pot to warm. Discard water.
2) Pour boiling water over two bags of PG Tips English tea in a Brown Betty Tea Pot*.
3) Cover and let it steep for a few minutes
4) Pour with milk (I also use sweetener)

There you have it!

* Julie sent me this tea pot about five years ago. It was so fun to actually have tea together and use it! I won it in a drawing for Bravewriter because I submitted a picture of my son, Paul, and me having tea. I couldn't find it on the web though.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Julie in Trader Joe's in OREGON!

Julie in Trader Joe's in OREGON!

"Seperti Mimpi" (Like a dream in Malay) is what I felt when Julie came to visit me! How fun.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

iPhone Shane

iPhone Shane, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Shane came to visit from Indiana. It was a great day, but I forgot my camera. We went out for Thai food at a Woodsman Tavern in Philomath. Then, Shane came and spoke at our Perspectives class. It was great to see him!