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.'

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dog Eat Doug Comic Strip on GoComics.com

Dog Eat Doug Comic Strip on GoComics.com   This comic made me laugh.  Well timed!
 The Lord is so generous....look at all the tiny seeds in this seedpod!  I wonder how many pansy plants they would make.  Make...create....as only God can do.   oh...the beauty of it all!

 August is all about flowers here and everywhere I think.  They practically glow.  Pinks, oranges, yellows & reds....all beautiful!
 The small flower container is nice and rather special. Old perhaps.  It has a dome of criss-crossed wires to separate and hold the stems.   I think it was all of 50 cents at the thrift store.   This is the first bouquet I've put in it and isn't it beautiful!  Hoping you have a great day.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summertime Lazy

 This was a fun day....getting to see vintage aircraft with our whole family.  We also got to see the jet our  friend pilots.  Talk about impressive...wow!

 Here I am, in the flight simulator....taking off from the ground and getting airborne...with the pilots help.  It was so serene....up above the earth....but (in the simulator of course)  I crashed on the landing. But it was wonderful to get to try to experience.....up, up..and away.  =)

 The glads are gorgeous.....I feast my eyes daily on the wonderful flowers all over the  place. Good job hubby!  He brought home loads of them and our portulacas' came up in droves by themselves.

  Btw...In A World of Drama ...is an apple app that is tons of fun.  (Inaworld..is all run together)   Easy to use but remember it has a parental  switch....some of the suggestions need avoided.  Our family had lots of laughs with it.  It uses the voice of Jonathan Cook...who is famous for voicing....movie trailers.  You choose from lists what you want said..his voice says it and you select a photo from your camera roll to go with it.   Hilarious and touching. Create your own movie trailer is what you are doing....it ends by saying...'coming this fall to theaters near you'....or something like that.

I was so thrilled with this shot of the bumblebee.  Isn't it pretty nice! ....... How sad about the death of Robin Williams....I am so sorry for him and his family.

I went to knitting group yesterday (though it was raining and I was watching an old B&W western before I left and was tempted to stay home), and we knit and chatted our way through the afternoon. I think we made our own kind of sunshine.  We also had a great community yard sale 2 weeks ago and that was fun.  I'll have to post a few pictures of the fun things I bought.  In the meantime....I know I've needed to update my blog and so on.  Summer heat tends to make me slow down.  Summertime lazy.

 Our hope is in the Lord who made heaven and earth!  These are terrible times...they touch us but faintly....while others suffer so greatly I cannot imagine it.  Our help is in the LORD...

'Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name....thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.'   Luke 11:2-4

Monday, July 28, 2014

On summer's wings....

 We have just spent the most delightful week.  Our daughter and grandsons were here from the sunny south.  We spent one day at Storybook Forest in Ligonier.  Such a beautiful place, lots of storybook cottages and such.  And the name is charming in itself.   The ladies that were dressed up as Mother Goose and in particular the Old Lady in the Shoe....and yes,  the nice little lady on The Good Ship Lollipop....grabbed our boys for sweet hugs.

 Here is the big bad wolf!  Isn't he scary looking?  That sly fellow.

 Our grandson liked this clock.  I liked those cute mice on the rail.

 Every little thing was charming and took one back in time when fairy tales came to life in our imaginations.

    Wheee, what fun!  Papa and I just watched but we did stay until dark when everything lit up.

 There were hardly any lines to wait in and the temperature was in the 70's.   It couldn't have been a nicer day.  Stuffed animals were won and candy apples were brought home like prizes.  Sort of like your dreams coming true for one perfect summer day.  Loved the family fun.  I hadn't realized my blog was so over due for an update!  Summer has been flying by.  I thank the Lord for these special times!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Special Things....

 We live near a nursery that has an amazing sale every summer.  Our yard and patio are filled with beautiful flowers we would not  have if not for this  give-a-way sale.  Oh,  how blessed we are. I think most all places have something special about them.  Stores or antique shops or  something that is unique to that area.  For instance,  Newell, WV is a small town,  and not much to offer but...the Homer Laughlin factory is there,  with their fun outlet.  Ahhh...you'd love it!

 How sweet to have an angel fountain in your garden.....even if she doesn't pour water,  and was a clearance item because her pump is broken....and one may not have electricity way out in the back yard!  Broken in the eyes of the store manager,  but a thing of sweetness to the customer.  Just the very thing to sit in the midst of an old-fashioned circular flower bed.

 My larkspur!  This beauty, is a great re-seeder and one  of the few flowers that are a gorgeous blue.  This one is more purple-y....but really the flowers are a combination of blue & purple.  Sometimes pink or white also. They retain their color when pressed also.

 Part of my Gladys Taber collection.  She has a wonderful way of talking to you....through her books, and lived life so appreciatively.   I have tried a couple of times to start a journal...but.  It fell flat, and I stopped trying.  My best effort was a collage 3x5 daily card journal.  Now...that I like to do and have forgotten all about it.  May be....its time to get back to it.  We forget how  important our own lives are and that God loves us like we can't imagine.  John 3:16 is proof of that.  There is no love compares to his.

 Here is an old vintage treasure!  'A Spinner in the Sun' by Myrtle Reed.  (You can download the Kindle edition of this book for free on Amazon.) We read this aloud one summer and really...really....enjoyed it.  I have a collection of her books, and enjoyed almost all of them.  Picture flickering candlelight....and a woman at the piano,  quaint and earnest.  With a story...and song.

 Wishing you blessings!