Friday, January 20, 2017

Today's the Day!

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams

Inauguration Day!

I don't remember the last time I watched all the inauguration ceremony and events.  Today's was refreshing and hopeful.

Melania looked absolutely gorgeous.  She reminded me so much of Jackie O.  So graceful and classy.  Loved her jacket/dress (and gloves)!

Seeing President Trump signing all the papers with the different pens was interesting.  The grandchildren behaved very well ~ although the little blonde boy was sticking out his tongue.  That didn't last long and he was ushered toward the back by his father.  Too funny!

I'm excited to see the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue (which will soon begin).  May God bless President Trump and Vice President Pence and keep them and their families safe.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Home Again

I am home again after being away for almost a week.  I was visiting my daughter, son-in-law,. and grandchildren.  I am exhausted but I miss them already!

Isaac is almost 5 now and he taught me everything there is to know about planets (nebulas, stars, etc) and I learned the 50 states song!  I can recite the 50 states almost perfectly though I tend to forget Rhode Island and Vermont.  He is very proud of his nana!

Hannah is almost 1 1/2 and a real doll baby.  She is tiny but chalk full of energy.  She has a very subtle sense of humor and loves to dance.

The weather was quite cold in New Jersey and I am soaking in the sunshine now that I am home.  The temperatures are in the low 50's and it feels wonderful!  The bulbs are starting to wake up from their earthy beds and I fear they will catch a chill later this week when the temperatures drop.

I did not have my computer with me while I was away.  I wrote posts ahead of time and then scheduled their daily publishing.  I am trying to blog/post something every day in 2017.  We'll see how far I actually get!  Other than moderate comments, I had very little time for writing while I was away.  I will now respond to the comments and visit everyone.

Much love!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What's in a Name?

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ~ William Shakespeare

I've been thinking a lot about baby names.  We are expecting a little grandson in May!  I don't officially get to "choose" the name but I can (nicely) suggest a few.

I have my favorites but just for kicks I looked online at what names were "favorite" this past year.  It seems that old fashioned names are in - Emma, Charlotte, Amelia  and Noah, Elijah, Jacob to name a few.

I went with Biblical names for my children.  Sadly, we only have 4 children and I didn't get to use some of my favorite names.  I have always loved Esther and Susanna.  For boys names, Samuel and Jonathan are very nice.

I am told that in the South often the baby's middle name is the grandfather's first name (or grandmother's if that is the case). Isn't that interesting?

What are some of your favorite baby names?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

When Someone Says They Hate Scones...

...when someone says they hate scones, it generally means they've never had a good scone...
~ Anonymous

I love scones!  They are much more legitimate than say a donut. I really like this particular scone recipe because it is a bit crumbly and biscuit like. Not too sweet ~ unless you'd like it to be. Perfect with butter and a bit of jam.

2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 stick of cold butter
2 large eggs
1/3 cup milk
(you don't need to use heavy cream. Whole milk is very nice with this scone recipe!)
**optional ~ fresh fruit (blueberries, blackberries, etc) or chocolate chips

*Preheat oven to 425 F.

*Add flour, sugar and baking powder into a large bowl.

*Blend butter evenly into the flour until mixture is crumbly.

*Add eggs, milk and fruit etc.

*Stir just until combined.

*Pat into a ball and place onto a lightly floured board.

*Roll dough into a log, 16 inches long. Cut into 16 pieces.

*Place rounds onto a prepared cookie sheet.

*Brush tops with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

*Bake approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.

The recipe calls for rounds but I'm much more of a triangle kind of girl.  I generally roll the dough flat and cut into triangular wedges.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Morning

Why hello!

Happy Monday to you!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Then Sings My Soul

O Lord, my God,
when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds
Thy Hands have made
I see the stars,
I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout
the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow with humble adoration
And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Nature rejoices in God's greatness.  Surrounded by this great reminder, my heart does sing "how great Thou art".  This day I will cut and paste in my memory book to revisit when the day is dark and my heart no longer feels like singing.  And my spirit will rejoice once again.

Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

Deuteronomy 7:9

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Living Several Lives

A good book should leave you slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
~William Styron

Do you find yourself reading a favorite book over and over?

I do. 

I just can't seem to find a newer book or author that even remotely compares to Lucy Maude Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, CS Lewis, or JRR Tolkein.  Those are my go to favorite authors.

Can you suggest a book or a favorite author of yours?  My goal is to read at least one book a month.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mrs Marge

You've met Miss Peggy.  I'd like to introduce you to Mrs Marge, another member of the Gray Dame Society.

Mrs Marge is the oldest member of the Society.  Oldest and wisest as Mrs Marge would say.  There is some truth to that but I would be so bold to say oldest and wiseguy-est.  Mrs Marge had connections.

Mrs Marge is Italian like ITALIAN Italian.  She grew up in Brooklyn, NY in the early 1930's.  Boy, those were the days! (to hear Mrs Marge speak about them).  Everyone knew everyone. Though the neighborhood was poor, it was share and share alike.
I love listening to Marge's stories.

Mrs Marge was married long ago, was widowed several years later, and never married again.  She raised her brood of children with the help of her family.  Being a working mother in those days was very challenging.  Marge has never been one to back down from what needed to be done.

Mrs Marge is a delightful and valuable member of the Society. And she is an excellent cook.  She has been known to show up at your doorstep with a pan of homemade lasagna or pot of Pasta e fagioli.  Mrs Marge is the real deal.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I've Got a Golden Ticket

I never thought my life could be
Anything but catastrophe
But suddenly I begin to see
A bit of good luck for me

'Cause I've got a golden ticket
I've got a golden twinkle in my eye

I never had a chance to shine
Never a happy song to sing
But suddenly half the world is mine
What an amazing thing

'Cause I've got a golden ticket
I've got a golden sun up in the sky

I never thought I'd see the day
When I would face the world and say
Good morning, look at the sun
I never thought that I would be
Slap in the lap of luxury
'Cause I'd have said:

I never dreamed that I would climb
Over the moon in ecstasy
But nevertheless, it's there that I'm
Shortly about to be

'Cause I've got a golden ticket
I've got a golden chance to make my way
And with a golden ticket, it's a golden day

~Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Soundtrack

The squeaky wheel does get the grease!

Read more → Eggland's Cage Free but not Carton Free Eggs Debacle

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Your House Becomes Your Story

Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.  ~Erin Flett

I have long admired all things Emma Bridgewater.  There's just something so endearing to her patterns.  They resonate "cottage" to me.

They do tend to be a bit pricey and the shipping fee can be outrageous ~ everything is shipped from England.  But if you wait for a sale....... AND a free shipping offer (even to the USA) then you can reasonably justify purchasing a few items here and there.

My first Emma Bridgewater purchase was a few months ago.

I love the Pink Hearts pattern. I chose two 1/2 pint mugs. And anything chickens is so hard to pass up. This particular pattern is called Hen & Toast. I chose a baby mug. (I would have rather had a 1/2 pint but this size was on sale.)

And speaking of chickens... I could not pass up this set of Hen & Toast tins or caddies as they say in England.  I'm a tin kind of girl.  I love biscuit tins, cookie tins, all sorts of tins.

Yesterday, I placed my second order ~ treasures on sale and free shipping!  I can hardly wait for them to arrive!

Do you like Emma Bridgewater too?