Monday, November 17, 2014

All kinds of good things...

 Oh boy, are these muffins good!  Only thing is.....they are the Queen of fattening.  And at my age, I must sometimes not eat goodies.  I'm trying to lose 8 lbs. but just started today....haha.

Hubby got us these beautiful flowers and our grandson sent me this special tea bag holder he made in school on Grandparents Day.  

I feel like making all my pictures extra large today.  Hey look,  you can see the cabbage leaf design on the vintage salad bowl!  We bought this bowl for under $5. at my favorite thrift store.  And....found that 3 lb. of peanuts fills it beautifully.  They don't attract fruit flies,  or go moldy, or need covered with foil to keep.  So I get to enjoy the large bowl,  and it is fun to look at beside the gourd our garden gallantly gave us as a freebie.  And these are along side the castle cookie jar I bought when I was about 15 years old, paying the store manager 50 cents a week.  What a hoot!  I must have been kind of cute for them to agree to that.  But eventually I got it paid for and here it is...51 years later.  Praise the Lord!  I'm amazed  it is still here in one piece.

 I bought a Paul Detleftson print the same way when I was a little when I had a first job. When it was  paid off,  my Dad went to pick it up with the car....and would you believe?? he decided he liked a different print by Paul D. better, and brought it home and hung it up.  I must have finally got up the nerve to protest because he took it back and exchanged it for the one I had paid for.  My lands!! He was ornery to say the least.

I'm sorry its taken me so long to update my blog.  I hadn't realized time was going by so fast!  My sewing machine has broken and I jokingly went to Good Will and told honey I'd call him in if I found a $10 machine.  AND I did!   an old Singer ...pretty color..yellow and white...but with no foot pedal.  And the foot pedal works by air coming through the hose to it.  Did you ever?

We ordered said foot pedal from ebay.  $19. ouch.  Paid $9. for the Singer (thanks to senior discount).  My Huskavarna will go to the shop in December....and hopefully the Singer will sing to me while finishing the snap bags for the donations I've promised to make.  Hope so!

Hope your day is blessed by the Lord,  I know he delights in those who love him back.

Psalms 3:3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

 My Ryrie study Bible has a footnote that says says the word 'blessed'  in the Hebrew means 'Oh, how very happy!'    Don't you just love that?  Hope you are having a beautiful day.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

 Home is the best place in the world to relax.  The small chair pictured above belonged to my Grandmother long ago.  My Mom said NO one sat in her Mums chair!  Mom tells the story that one time when her Mother had gone somewhere,  the girls, all 4 of them...decided to bake biscuits.  Their Mother came  home unexpectedly and  when they realized she was coming...chucked the biscuits into a laundry hamper.  They still got what for.....I miss those stories she used to tell.  I miss her too.

I've been using little quilts on the coffee table and love them.  The mismatched socks were bought that way...for fun!  The pocket purse was made by a weaver in SC.  And,   I love miniature twig chairs.  Appreciation is a good thing,  even though the day comes when some things must find new homes.  Not yet!

 I'd make every picture extra large if I wasn't afraid blogger would cut me off =(.  I don't like it to overlap the scripture portion though.  Here is the little tea set with translucent 'eyes' you can see light through when you lift the tiny cup to drink.  I keep it busy lately with sweet tea.

I broke this little guys' sweetheart.  The glue didn't hold her together so she is just laying around lately.  Isn't the red Fiesta ware bowl a pretty red!  And I'm loving their new color 'Poppy'.  (new to me...)  Colors are so beautiful everywhere they are.

 Wishing you a blessed Sunday!

'The spacious firmament on high,   with all the blue ethereal sky,   And spangled heavens, a shining frame,

Their great Original proclaim.   The unwearied sun, from day to day,   Does his Creator's power display,

And publishes to every land....The work  of an Almighty hand.'       Joseph Addison 1672-1719

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Aren't I adorable?

 My daughter and her family found this sweet little (but sick) raccoon at their place.  They gave it something to eat and her hubby picked it up with a towel and carried it gently to the woods.

 I am having such an enjoyable time reading!  I just finished Keeper of the Doves by Betsy Byars,  a wonderfully sweet story.  She is one of my favorite children's authors.  She makes me smile alot.  And think.  And appreciate the fine art of living.  And I finished reading 'Morality for Beautiful Girls' by Alexander McCall Smith.  Although not Christian fiction,  treasures none the less.  Next I am going to reread 'The Kalahari Typing School for Men' by A.M.Smith also.  Envy me,  deep in the stories of courage, tranquility and humor.  Reading opens the doors to wonderful people and their story.

 Now hubby and I are making lots of dried apple slices.  Oh the flavor!  delish!  Worth the time, for sure.  Yesterday was so beautiful,  in the 70's but sunshine.   Chilly.   Some days you just have to make your own sunshine by enjoying life hour by hour.

Isaiah 54:17 'No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Is Color as good as sunshine? Maybe!

 I just loved these 'mums'.  Isn't the orange color yummy?  And the center of the flower is stunning.

 Happy mail from our grandson....

 Beautiful fall!  Just a touch of brilliant color  makes everything special. (even silk leaves work) =)

A friend made this beautiful card.  It was love at first sight.  Red and yellow are so cheerful together and the printed page is something I have always been drawn to.

We've been busy helping out with our school yard sale. Which was gigantic and fun to help unpack things and see what was donated.  And it was fun to buy things also of course.  Its been a rainy, overcast grey day here.  Sunday & Monday the days were fair and we enjoyed the rich foliage as we drove here and there. I've been lazy today but I did cook for us, which I'm glad of. (and I helped hubby make more applesauce)  We were able to stay in all day long, out of the drizzle.  How I wish for energy to tackle some projects I've started!

Has anyone watched 'The Incredible Dr. Pol'?  It is available on netflix.  It follows his veterinary practise for more than one season.  For the most part,  it was So Very enjoyable....getting to see all the different animals that he took care of.  He wrote a book about his experiences.  I'm waiting to borrow it from my library =).  I enjoyed that series very much.

Psalm 19:14  'Let the words of mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer'.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Isn't this wonderful?

 I've never seen another quilt like this one.  This is beautifully done and so appealing.  I'm liking wonder it got a blue ribbon.  It was on display recently at the library and I snapped a picture.

 Hubby got me this little tea set at a yard sale....and I've used it so much.  It keeps the tea nice and hot and the little 'eyes' (translucent spots) are see through.  You never know what will turn out to be a favorite of all the things we lug

 I bought this pattern recently and am looking forward to embroidering it.  Embroidery is popular again.  Whoever would have thought!  My Mom used to embroider pillowcases.  Green and purple/lavender seemed to be her favorite colors.  We were in a store recently and they had about oh...let me see....50 to 80 embroidery patterns...some stamped right on the pillowcases etc.  I was very impressed.

This isn't a very good picture but I bought this joyful little girl flinging her music notes around with delight.  As soon as I saw her I knew it was a purchase for certain. Reflected in the glass are the artist and my fingers though.  Craft shows,  aren't they great!

Hope you have a blessed Lord's Day and   a nice week.  I got a skirt sewed this week and am happy...happy that it fit.  Now I want to sew more.  You know how it goes, right?  Success is the energy that runs the whole train sometimes.  Does that make sense?  =)

"I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD."       Psalm 104:33,34.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Applesauce from Hubby

 My dear husband made applesauce several times this week and it tastes sooo good!

Here it is,  ready for the frig and freezer.  We are blessed.

Psalms 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Apples & Animals.....

 These beauties probably smell the apples.  We are blessed in America, aren't we!  Scenes like this are frequent sights in pastoral Pennsylvania.  I love living in our beautiful state.  The leaves are starting to turn gorgeous colors.  Just a bit here and there.

 Look at the flies on this horse! I felt sorry for it.

 Sunshine makes everything better.  I can still recall the cheerfulness of my Grandma's kitchen.  There was a window over the table that looked down over the valley.  The table was always messy with things.  Good things like homemade bread and of course...stuff.  I thought there was no place on earth as nice as Grandma's house!  And back then....there wasn't.  Grandma had a dish cabinet that reached from floor to ceiling, filled with pretty glassware.  And opening the door to the basement you would find all her skillets and pans hung on the wall.  It seemed like heaven to me back then.  For many reasons. She and my Aunt lived there in the country together....replete with books  and needlework, huge flower beds and always a cat or two.  Grandma was my very own Gladys Tabor...come to think of it!  When life is hard,  the special times are even more cherished and longed for.

I know its silly to post a picture of your frozen blueberry bag....but I was fascinated.  It had these perfect round dots of frost from the blueberries thawing on the way home from the store.  By the time I got the was melting rapidly.  But still...what a moment!

Psalm 9:2  I will be glad and rejoice in thee; I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most high.