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 today.....no 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 it...no 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 home...lol.


 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 camera....it 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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Fun...

 I love this fall table runner!  I had bought my friend one so very similar when this one caught my eye.  The perfect size for our dining room table.  The best part is that it was intended for a small throw rug and was under $5.   Fall has such rich colors!  Those cute fabric pumpkins were made by a quilters group.


 This is such fun.  Have you seen these before?  It is called a 'snap bag'.  You open it by pulling the cloth triangles apart and when you let go it shuts automatically.  In the top casing are cut to length pieces of  metal tape measure.  It is sheer genius.  I made this one and about 6 small change purse sizes. There are tutorials for these over on YouTube.  They are very easy to make....I'm delighted to have come across this pattern.  =)


 We had been putting a good many puzzles together lately.  This one was oh so pretty,  but hard.


 Beautiful Fiesta ware!  We enjoy our collection every day.


Can you tell this is an old favorite of ours?  I'm afraid it got caught in the back of the drawer quite a few times.  Still,  if it could talk it would tell you how much we have loved it over the years.

I am getting over a bad headcold.....hopefully!  I almost forgot to tell you about the book I just finished reading....what a gem.  'A Promise to Love' by Serena Miller.  Never have I read a better book!  10 *s ... I bought the ebook.  This book is the 3rd book in her series.  But!  Serena does not leave you hanging...each book is complete in itself and the  research she did is really interesting!  She is a wonderful author,  and this series....which starts with 'The Measure of Katie Calloway' (which is free on Amazon ebooks just now)  and the 2nd book is 'Under A Blackberry Moon' and 'A Promise to Love' is 3rd and oh So So good!

Friday, September 05, 2014

 Come along and browse the antique shop with me!  It is full of fun memorabilia and books galore.  My latest find  here has been vintage Fiesta ware.  Lovely colors with squared off corners.  Hubby got me a set we sometimes use for a breakfast set.


 Do you see that sign?  $250. for a set of chairs.  They are charming and in good shape but a girl would have to save up a while for these.  Too rich for me...lol.   Years ago I read of someone saying she loved to buy second-hand and at thrift stores.  That way....when she wanted to change anything she had no qualms about it.


 I was tickled to find this!  I'd heard of Red Ryder but this is a first for me.  He looks like a hero, doesn't he?

 Old tins that thankfully somebody saved.  They are so interesting. The band-aid can hasn't changed too much, has it.

Just look at this happy pig.  Cute! And the high chair with the metal insert tray is a great idea.  I guess plastic is just as good.  Maybe.   Everything seems to be replaced with something supposedly better.  You know....new and improved?  And when we find a product we really like we want it to stay just as it is, but it rarely does.

Over at Amazon's free ebooks,  they are giving away 'The Measure of Katie Calloway' by Serena Miller.   I really....really enjoyed reading it and if it is still a give-a-way.....I hope you get it.  Wishing you a blessed week-end!

'I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.' Psalm 17:6         verse7. 'Shew thy marvellous loving-kindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.'