Monday, November 17, 2014

Family Sadness

Wilbur Maust Obituary
It's been over 4 months since this dearly beloved father, uncle, grandfather and husband left this life.

He is my great uncle, my paternal grandmother's brother-in-law. One of 2 "Uncle Bill's" in my Nana's family connection, Uncle Bill Maust was an ardent musician, inveterate optimist and with a gentle way that captured the heart of this great niece of his.

One thing you could always count on was his gentle humor. Towards the end of his life he was able to make the visit from Canada to my Nana's 80th birthday celebration. While there he asked my Mom if he could keep her company at a table. (She was in the middle of a nasty cold and didn't want to 'contaminate' anyone.) The way he asked was so graceful, as if Mom was doing him a favor, that it sticks with me almost 2 years later.

I can never remember hearing him talk about how bad his health was. What a shock it was to me to read of his battles with cancer.

Uncle Bill Maust, musician, husband, friend, father, uncle and too many more things to be named; we will miss you.

One Of My Favorite Things

I want to tell y'all about one of my favorite tricks for packing lunches.

I live with several hearty eaters who have raging sweet tooth's. And not every day can there be cookies or any other dessert.

My solution? The pint size plastic deli containers you can find at restaurant supply stores. (Or at the deli counter!)

They're perfect!
Seriously, though. Instead of trying to scoop the jello or pudding once it's already been made in a big container, put whatever fruit (for jello) or Nilla wafers for banana pudding into the bottom of your containers and top with jello or pudding, refrigerate. 

Next morning, plop a container into the lunchbox along with anything else needed and ice packs. 
Boom - instant dessert, no work in the morning!

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Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Worship and Thankfuls

I am thankful for my mom and brother back in safety from their trip(s) 
I am thankful for my sister-in-law to-be, E.M. She is awesome.

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Changes are aplenty 'round here at the moment.

I started working with my dad and brother in the drywall business at the beginning of September. My dad's been in business for 30 years.

Drywall is among the most hated jobs to have, but it is a important one. Where would we be without drywall on our house walls? Physically, the job is very demanding. Mentally it is not bad at all.

Youngest brother and his fiance are steadily getting closer to their wedding date - it's the day after our mom's birthday!

My maternal grandmother is also visiting for about a month.