Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sunshine in the Snow...

I just had to save these bits of cheerfulness from the coming snow. No time yesterday to find a vase, so I just stuck them in the watering can before hurrying away to get groceries.  Just looking at them here is a sweet blessing.  How could I not trust God, when he is the creator of everything beautiful !

I am trying to be efficient today, (haha).  Our Ninja smoothie maker died over the week-end, overworked and under appreciated by me.  Husband bought a new one last night at Sam's  Club and we had our daily smoothie of spinach and beets, frozen berries....juice....and just whatever we have on hand. Yum, in a veggie way =).

Still having back trouble....found a new British tv show to enjoy...'Off to the Country' (or something like that).  Two issues of 'Spin-Off' magazine came yesterday.  Chock full of very interesting things to read and try.  My spinning wheel is ready to continue plying...partially done but the PD really has made an impact on things to slow me down.

In the 'Spin-Off' magazine there was an article that I loved....about the founding of the 'Healing Fibers Foundation'. This group reaches out to anyone who are challenged by illness, physical or emotional. They offer free classes ...some over Skype.  I sat in the car reading about the founders, Lynne and Josh Rule,  wiping away my tears.  How special they are...reaching out to others as they do.

I hope Lynne's life story is repeated in their web address....I'm going to go see.  have a happy day if you can, and hopefully the snow will come and go quickly.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Dried Apple Rings...yum

I often forget about the things I enjoy most!  Dried apples are so good, and if you have a dehydrator easy to do.

On to a different subject,  I've been watching.....(well, re-watching)  The Great British Bake-Offf...what a beautiful show.  The high def....the gorgeous scenery, the beautiful music.  And the suspense and admiration of the bakers competing to be #1 baker of the day.  And the complex recipes, truly show stoppers!  I couldn't bake anything like that in my dreams.   Love...love...love it.

Isn't there an American version of baking like that?  And then, I watched  (on you tube) the preview of a new quilting book, 'Sew Flower Quilts and Gifts' by Atsuko Matsuyame.  Enchanting sewing!

Wishing you a blessed Sunday!  Deut. 11:18a Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

'Country Cottage' called my name...

All of my de-cluttering efforts fall away like a mist in sunshine when something calls my name...and says 'I'm for you' ...take me home.  Ah, this is a blessing to me.  And no matter what your home is like...sometimes hominess, coziness and small comforts are very close at hand.

I get an immediate 'lift' of my spirits when I simply tidy up a room, and hang up clothes...clean off the counters in the kitchen, wiping them down...putting away cluttery items.  Its soothing and makes the every day boring into a special time and place.

For those of us with limited storage (having since remodeled the garage into the most pleasant sitting room ajoining the patio via french doors) well....we  have almost no storage....just one small sewing room and...enter with caution!  Still....it was worth the garage make-over!

Do you ever wonder what a home looks like when the 'staged' look for tv is over and the lady of the house decorates with her own furniture?  I think...in a perfect world, that the designer would/could offer to help re-decorate the home with the owner's own furnishings. Don't you ever wonder about that?

I had an interior designer switch things around in my home once and it was awesome...what she did.  Well,  warm wishes for a pleasant day!

Psalm 17:6  'I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me and hear my speech.'

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bunny stories...and my 2 cents worth.

This book has a charming story and also delightful artwork on every page. I loved it and I bought it, even though I am a Grandmother. Its too bad they don't illustrate adult books with artist sketches, like they used to. The artwork reinforced the story....helping it to become even more enjoyable.  (the Trixie Belden series, had sketches throughout the story, remember?)

I am listening to 'Whitefoot the Wood Mouse'  by Thonton Burgess, a master storyteller good at giving little lesssons along the way.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cosy Country lunches...

Our favorite place to stop for lunch is....you guessed it!  Cracker Barrel.  The snow and wind were just swirling outdoors....like a 'white-out'.  And cold...brrrr.

The weather can make you appreciate warmth and cosy like nothing else. I found out that I have a couple of bulging discs. Physical therapy is making a wonderful difference in my discomfort (miserable-ness).

I've been crocheting on the walnut pattern throw every day....I try for half an hour or more, and I am getting reacquainted with my spinning wheel. I tire very easily but am determined to gain back a little ground here and there.

The new Magnolia Journal magazine is out now....you know, the one by Chip and JoAnna Gaines and it is really a special issue. I like it and have read it cover to cover. It has great tips for simplifying a wardrobe and yummy looking salad recipes. (plus, other good stuff)

We stopped at a thrift store this afternoon and happened on a buy one get 2 free.  Yippee, that was fun. My favorite purchase was a James Herriot book about his lovely England. 'James Herriot's Yorkshire'.  I've always liked his books, but I thought the tv series about his vet's life a bit dull. Maybe I didn't stick with it long enough.....anyway, there's nothing like a book. And I love the way he always told the bad right along with the good stuff. (with humor, of course..which is easier to do after the fact than during, for sure).  Wishing you a happy week-end,

Psalm 119:50 'This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.'


Thursday, February 02, 2017

Crocheted Walnut Throw....

How do you like this 'walnut' pattern?  Every time I ran across it while looking through old 'Workbasket' magazines....I had the recurring urge to give it a try.  And so here it is and I like it more than ever. The pattern calls for two long strips this wide and a larger panel of olive green in the center of them.  Part of me wants to start over and just make the whole thing with this yarn and then I'd have no joining.  What do you think?

Sorry I haven't posted for so long.  I am having trouble with my back and supposed to get an MRI but scheduling doesn't call and I wonder really what they can do anyway besides PT.  Something 'clunks' and 'clicks' in and out at the bottom of my back. yes, really, it does.

We are having a sunny day with bare roads here in our part of Pa.  Love the sunshine so much. Yesterday was so dreary and overcast.  I  hope your day is a sweet one.  Some are like that you know.

'Thou art my portion, O LORD'  Psalm 119:57a

Monday, January 02, 2017

Puzzles that are favorites.....

 We had a wonderful Christmas, and now things have settled down....and I've been relaxing with puzzles.  These two are just a delight to look at and only 300 pieces and the pieces are large and of good quality.  I did this one twice!  Do you enjoy a few puzzles this time of the year?


This one is by the same artist...Susan Brabeau.  I've only shown half of it here,  isn't it the sweetest thing?  300 pieces also. These puzzles almost put themselves together, there are so many different subjects in it.  Wishing you a cozy day!

Psalm 18:1 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.