Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Cowgirl's Dream

Like most pre-teen girls (and a lot of teen, 20-something, 30-something, 40-something, etc. girls), Johanna loves horses.  

So, a-way back in March, I bought a LivingSocial deal for a 1.5 hour riding lesson at Woodloch Stables up in Hugo.  

Well, with one thing and another, I put off scheduling the lesson until things slowed down a little. 

Last week, I finally decided to dig back through e-mails and actually read the details of this deal.  I found, to my deep dismay, that it had already expired.  

But, with my daughter's happiness on the line, I called the stables and begged them to let us use the coupon anyway.  They said yes.  I think they figured that the possibility of a new paying customer outweighed the arbitrary expiration date of the offer.  Very true.  And very appreciated.

So, last night, we went and Johanna got to join some Girl Scouts in a group riding lesson.

The teacher, Bill, immediately reminded me of Clancy from "The Man from Snowy River." 
He didn't' have long handlebars on his mustache, but put Bill in a cowboy hat and give him an Australian accent, and there ya go.  

He was a good and patient teacher (the other girls were quite little, maybe second grade) and Johanna learned a lot.  

She didn't get as much riding time as she would have liked, but the lesson went well over 2 hours so we certainly got our money's worth.  

I only had my camera phone to record the fun, so please pardon the quality.    

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Sounds like a good excuse for chocolate chip cookies!

In fact, I have a batch in the oven right now!

Well, I went sort of the lazy way.  I made chocolate chip bars.  But they taste the same and are easier!

I use a recipe from the Lisbon RP Church cookbook, contributed by Barb Mann.  So, I always think of Barb and the wonderful folks in Lisbon when I make these.

Just another reason to have chocolate chip cookie (bars) today!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Art and Drama Night

Last Thursday evening was Art and Drama Night at Johanna's school.  

Johanna's class presented a version of the Christmas story which focused on what might (or might not) have been the innkeeper's side of the story.  

Not exactly a classic of dramatic history, true, but Johanna liked it.  

Johanna was the angel who appeared to the shepherds and she shared the role of "Innkeeper's Wife" with another girl.  (She's in the middle, above.)

She did very well and enjoyed herself immensely.  

Great job, Jo-Jo!  

Friday, May 11, 2012

On this date...

On this date in 1685, the widow Margaret McLauchlen and eighteen-year-old Margaret Wilson were drowned for their faith at the mouth of the river Blednoch.  Their faith would not let them acknowledge any king but Christ.  
The older Margaret was staked farther out and as she struggled, someone asked the younger Margaret what she saw.  Margaret answered that she saw Christ suffering there.  
"Think you that we are the sufferers?" she said.  "No; it is Christ in us.  For he sends none to warfare upon their own charges."   
Though all about her were clamoring for her to compromise, she knew she could not swear loyalty to the English king while her heart and soul belonged to king Jesus.  
After she had struggled against the water for a little while, the soldiers pulled her out and demanded that she pray for the king.  Young Margaret answered,
"God save him, if he will; for it is his salvation I desire."
This was hardly satisfactory to her captors.  They demanded she abjure the Cameronian oath which said, in essence, "no king but Christ," but she would not.  She said,
"I will not; I am one of Christ's children; let me go."  
And they pushed her back under the water.  That day Margaret Wilson, along with her friend, Margaret McLauchlen, joined the saints before the Throne of Grace.   
The reputation of the Scottish Covenanters has fallen on hard times; many villify the leaders and discount what they call blind fanaticism among the congregants.  Others put a worldly construction on their oaths, covenants and resolutions.  And what the Covenanters did had political consequences, but they did not think primarily in terms of politics or any earthly pursuit.  They thought in terms of loving and following Christ alone.
So, while we cannot blindly praise the Covenanters and all that they said and did, neither can we blindly condemn; for, at heart, the Covenanters of old share our faith.  Faith which says that Christ alone rules in our hearts and Christ alone is our hope of salvation.   

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Amusement

A friend recently pointed me toward a WikiHow article titled "How to Speak like Shakespeare."  It was a fun little bit and followed by a YouTube video of some impromptu Shakespeare players in Chicago trying out their Shakespeare speak on ordinary citizens.  


What I found even more amusing, though, were the article titles selected below the Shakespeare thing.

And these weren't suggested titles for reading, but for writing!  So, I could write a WikiHow article on:

Elliptical Volume?  Huh?  Sounds like it's related to math, so, again, huh?  

Even the "artsy" one is beyond me.  

So, I got a little chuckle out of their oh-so-helpful suggestions.

Unfortunately, I think I'll have to keep looking if I want to write a WikiHow article.