Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Good Shepherd


I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.  And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
John 10:11-16

Sadly, this is not my little lamb.  The photograph is from Pixabay. Who could say no to a little face like his!

Knowing that Jesus is my good shepherd is such a comforting truth. He is ever there caring, guiding, and loving me.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Popcorn & a Show ~ A Man Called Ove



Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. ~Jessamyn West




I love the scenery in Swedish movies and television shows: the green pastures, the blue Baltic Sea, the gorgeously white snow, and the little thatched houses. Yes, there are cities as well but even those seem quaint to me.

I chose to watch the Swedish film, A Man Called Ove. It really is hard to describe what kind of movie it is. I've seen it described as a dark comedy but I would say it is closer to a romantic drama. There's pretty much a smorgasbord in this movie!

A Man Called Ove is not a movie for children. There are some dark themes ~ not scary but definitely not for children.

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors. (click on the link to see a trailer for this movie)

If you haven't watched a foreign film, give it a try. You might enjoy it.  I found the English subtitles a bit distracting in the beginning but now they don't bother me at all.

My goal is to watch and review one foreign film a month this year. You can find links to my foreign film movie reviews in the right sidebar. Enjoy!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Flowers Smile Upon Us

Flowers adorn our lanes, fields and fells, and... smile upon us and cheer and bless us in our country rambles.... the lovely blossoms... kiss the clear brooks and mountain wells...
~James Rigg, 1897

I am very pleased to report that the flowers in my aerogardens have bloomed!  I've snapdragons, lavender, and I'm not quite sure flowers.



The lavender is still an off white color. It won't be long until they will have a soft purple hue. I can't decide if I will plant them outside or just enjoy their beauty and scent inside. I definitely plan on drying them to make sachets.



You may remember that not too long ago, my aerogardens look liked this. To read more about their beginning, you can click on the post here.


I moved the aerogardens into my laundry room as their LED lights are on 16 hours a day and there is a slight hum to the planters. It seems I am always in my laundry room for one reason or another so I am able to visit them quite often. When the flowers are a might larger, I will prune them and put some of them in a pretty vase or pitcher.

I absolutely love watching plants of all kinds grow.

I splurged with my allowance and bought a couple of more aerogardens on sale. If you bought a medium size on, you received a smaller one free plus 20% off (and free shipping). In these I will plant herbs(Genovese Basil, Curly Parsley, Dill, Thyme, Thai Basil and Mint) and mini cherry tomatoes. If you are interested in reading about Miracle-Gro AeroGardens, you can read about them here. My new one is in the Harvest Premium one in this lovely copper color and the little one that I got for free is black.

*This is not a sponsored post. I just love them and want to share.*

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

All Things New

I mentioned last week that I started going to a ladies Bible study at church.  That in itself is a miracle as I normally shy away from people I don't know but I felt the Lord's prompting and so I went.  I was thankful that I had.

This morning was the second meeting and I admit that I felt quite apprehensive about going.  I was a bit lightheaded and my heart was racing.  I prayed and sang praise songs in the car on the way and I made it.

I was quieter this week than last week.  Some of the ladies shared some of the struggles that they either are dealing with or have experienced.  I struggled whether or not to share and almost did but we ran out of time.  I thought I would have a sense of relief but I did not.

The verses that stood out the most to me are 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

There is great risk in sharing. Would they see me differently? Would they understand?  And would I be afraid?

It is far easier to share in writing than in person.  I am a writer and not a public speaker.  My sharing comes at great cost to me but my desire is to share how much God has turned what was meant to be bad into something very good.

But is it fair to burden others with what happened?  I know what the "answer" would be is that as the church we are to bear one another's burdens  Still, I am uncertain what to do.

God does make all things new but that does not make the suffering go away.  I do not know what each day will bring ~ how I will feel ~ but I do know that God's grace is sufficient for me.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nightmare Chili and Guacamole

Tonight, I made one of my husband's favorite dinners ~ Nightmare Chili and Guacamole.

The chili recipe I use is from a little cookbook that my husband bought me when we were first married.  It is a basic recipe and I've tweaked it over these past 36 years.

The guacamole I make is just like my the one my mother used to make.  The recipe is quite simple and I prefer it to the guacamole that you often find in restaurants.  Usually, the restaurants add tomatoes, cilantro, and lime.

Guacamole

2 Fresh Avocados
Diced Onions
Chopped Green Chilis
Lemon juice, just a bit
Garlic Powder to taste
Salt to taste

Mash avocados well.  Add diced onions.  Add chopped green chilis (canned is ok if you can't find fresh). Add a few drops of lemon or lime juice.  This will help your guacamole not turn brown.  Add garlic powder and salt to taste.  Mix well.  Serve with tortilla chips.

The amount of ingredients is really up to you.  Some people like it spicier than others.  You may have to mix it, taste, add more of something, mix, and taste again until it is just right.  Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Farewell to Easter Decor



Taking down holiday decorations is always a little sad.  But it needs to be done.



I've gathered the Easter baskets, wooden eggs, chicks, and most of the bunnies and they are waiting to be put away. The more spring-ish garden bunnies are allowed to stay at least until summer.

On a lighter note, the sun shone today!  We have had such gray days with so much rain for the last several days.  The ground is so soggy and ready to dry out.  Thankfully, the garden is quite resilient and determined to grow in spite of April's torrential showers.

Have you put your holiday decor away?  Did the sun shine?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dinner by the Numbers



Life is more fun if you play games.
~Roald Dahl





My husband and I love to play the number tile game Rummikub (rumma~cube). It is mostly a strategy game ~ no adding or subtracting numbers. My husband and I are evenly matched when we play (even though he has a bachelors and masters degree and I have neither). I feel smart when I play. Bwahahaha

This past weekend was busier than usual and there was no time to play. I suggested that we play tonight during dinner. I made some delicious chicken parmesan, set the table, and won 2 of the 3 Rummikub games. Win win! ♥

Do you have a favorite board game?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

What Strange Weather


April Showers
Bring
May April Flowers

We should soon have lots and lots of flower!  It has been raining nonstop today.  Actually the last few days it's been raining but more off and on.  The temperatures today dropped 30 degrees from yesterday.

What strange weather!

This morning, I went to church wearing a cotton floral dress and a little white lacy blouse on top.  I was fine arriving at church but leaving ~ I was freezing!

I was smarter this afternoon and wore pants and a floral blouse for our "Dessert with the Pastor".   I was nice and cozy.

Back home again and in my pajamas.  A cup of tea and a little something sweet and I'll be ready for bed in no time.  Sweet dreams!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Books, Hot Cocoa, and More


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

~William Styron, 
Writers at Work, 1958


Today, I spent a glorious morning (2 plus hours!) sitting in Barnes and Noble with a few books and big stack of magazines. Add a grande hot chocolate and I'm in a literary paradise. My sweet husband had a photography club meeting and I was very content to spend time all by my lonesome until my eldest daughter dropped by.  What a lovely surprise!

I wasn't certain that she would be able to visit but she was and she did.  I wanted to give her the little baby booties that I had made. She was thrilled with them and I was thrilled with her.  We chatted for a while and then she left to run errands.

I barely touched the magazines.  I decided to work on my Bible Study homework first.  I joined a Ladies Bible Study at the church and we're going through a study on 2 Corinthians by Kelly Minter. It's been ages since I've joined a ladies study and I am so glad that I did.  I am generally very shy but with God's grace, I went and enjoyed the study and getting to know the ladies.

After Barnes and Noble, my husband and I went to our favorite hamburger joint, the pet store, and Costco. Home again and it was time for a quick nap. We are still stuffed from lunch so dinner will be light and delicious and maybe just dessert. ♥

Friday, April 21, 2017

Baby Crochet Surprise Reveal


Mike Wazowski!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about hoping to finish a crochet project before my daughter's baby shower.  I wasn't able to finish it in time but now I have.


My daughter loves Disney's movie, Monsters Inc.  Mike Wazowski is her very favorite.  I decided to make baby booties in a sage green with a single eyeball. (just like Mike!)



I had a terrible time crocheting the soles for the slippers.  I lost track of how many times that I had to take them completely apart.  Finally, I got the soles right.  I was so happy! (And yes, I made two booties but posted just one.)



I found the pattern for the above slippers in this really cute crochet book.  This particular pattern was for an alien with antenna but I tweeked it to look like Mike W.

I plan on giving the booties to my daughter tomorrow.  I think she will love them.  I know I do! ♥



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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Mother of Level Measurements

Fannie Farmer

I was wandering about a second hand store and I found a rough copy of Fannie Farmer's cookbook. It reminded me of my mother as she had one years ago. I decided to not buy this copy as its pages were a bit gummy (yikes!). Instead, I checked Amazon and found a brand new copy that was on sale.


The cookbook arrived today and I am enjoying reading the recipes and techniques that Fannie Farmer suggests. I was very curious about Fannie Farmer. Who was she?

Fannie Farmer was born on 23 March 1857 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, to Mary Watson Merritt and John Franklin Farmer, an editor and printer. Although she was the oldest of four daughters, born in a family that highly valued education and that expected young Fannie to go to college, she suffered a paralytic stroke at the age of 16 while attending Medford High School. Fannie could not continue her formal academic education;[1] for several years, she was unable to walk and remained in her parents' care at home. During this time, Farmer took up cooking, eventually turning her mother's home into a boarding house that developed a reputation for the quality of the meals it served.

At the age of 30, Farmer, now walking (but with a substantial limp that never left her), enrolled in the Boston Cooking School at the suggestion of Mrs. Charles Shaw.[1] Farmer trained at the school until 1889 during the height of the domestic science movement, learning what were then considered the most critical elements of the science, including nutrition and diet for the well, convalescent cookery, techniques of cleaning and sanitation, chemical analysis of food, techniques of cooking and baking, and household management. Farmer was considered one of the school's top students. She was then kept on as assistant to the director. In 1891, she took the position of school principal.[1](from Wikipedia)

Fannie Farmer was also known as the Mother of Level Measurement.

I have heard a homemaker referred to as a Domestic Engineer but not a Domestic Scientist before.

I like that!

Do you have a Fannie Farmer cookbook in your cookbook collection?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Such a Ham!

You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good from fresh ingredients.
~Julia Child

Dinner tonight was just a little something that I threw together.  I made some au gratin potatoes then added ham and asparagus.  Bake it all together and, oh YUM, I must say it was delicious!



I cut up the rest of the Easter ham and divided them evenly into three different meal portions.  I'll freeze them to use for another time.

Sadly, there are no more leftovers. Whatever shall I make for dinner tomorrow?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sweet Spring is Near



Welcome, welcome,
little stranger,
Fear no harm,
and fear no danger;
We are glad
to see you here,
For you sing
"Sweet Spring is near."

~Louisa May Alcott,
"To The First Robin," 1840



Sweet Spring is indeed here!

The woods have come alive with beauty and song. I am spending as much time as possible either outside or in the back porch. Springtime seems to go by too quickly and the heat of summer will soon be upon us.

I love this little birdhouse that we bought on our visit to Boone, North Carolina.  I've yet to see a bird peeking in or out but the season is young.  Welcome, little birds!

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Dinner After

What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.
A.A. Milne (1882–1956)

Is there a dinner more wonderful than leftovers?  All the work is but a memory!  You can enjoy a holiday meal without being exhausted.

Unfortunately, the asparagus didn't reheat as well as I'd like.  They ended up a little limp tho still tasty.  The twice baked potato was already put together but not baked twice yet until this afternoon. The ham is more delicious today.

I may have to freeze some of the ham. There is quite a bit left over (even after sending some home with my daughter). I think I'll freeze it in meal portions and can either use it in a quiche, a hash brown casserole, soup, or just as is.

I could never have too much Berried Treasure pie!  There are two slices left, one for me and one for my husband. ♥

Sunday, April 16, 2017

From my Home to Yours


It has been a lovely Easter.

As the sun rose early this morning, a number of believers gathered around the old rugged cross at a little church in the hills of North Carolina.  The air was cool but the gentle rays of the rising sun and the joyful fellowship warmed our hearts.  After worship and prayers, an abundant breakfast was served.  How wonderful to share a morning meal with fellow believers.

Once home, it was time to get to work. Thankfully, I had made the dessert yesterday so that was done.  I made two Berried Treasure pies so my daughter and SIL could take one home with them.  The potatoes went into the oven to bake for the first time (twice baked later).  Fruit was washed and cut for the Heavenly Hash fruit salad.

Next it was time to make the glaze for the ham.  I brought apple juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, brown sugar, and honey to a nice simmer.  I basted the ham and wrapped it up well in foil before popping it in the oven.

Time for a second cup of coffee.  I'd gotten up at 5 am this morning and I needed more umpth to keep me going!

After the coffee kicked in, it was time to set the table and gather all the serving dishes, serving spoons, glasses, silverware, and napkins together.

Baked potatoes were done and needed to be halved, scooped out, mashed, and embellished with butter, sour cream, milk, and cheddar cheese.   After all the ingredients were combined, I filled the potato skins and topped them off with more cheddar cheese. As the ham was resting, I popped the potatoes in the oven to bake for the second time.

Asparagus was rinsed, dried and ready to be roasted.  I gently rubbed olive oil on them and added salt and pepper.  It didn't take long for them to roast to perfection.

While the oven was working overtime, I whipped up a sweet heavy cream to add to the fresh fruit and miniature marshmallows. The Heavenly Hash was now ready.

My daughter and SIL arrived for Easter dinner.  We ate and ate and visited and laughed and then ate some more.  Everything was delicious!

I didn't have room for dessert quite yet but the others had a small slice of the Berried Treasure pie. (I think I'll have a piece now!)

My daughter and SIL have gone home.  The leftovers have been put away. The dishes are done.  I am tired but happy.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bunny Memories


Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin', Easter's on its way

Bringin' every girl and boy
Baskets full of Easter joy
Things to make your Easter bright and gay




He's got jelly beans for Tommy
Colored eggs for sister Sue
There's an orchid for your mommy
And an Easter bonnet too

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin', Easter's on its way

Try to do the things you should
Maybe if you're extra good
He'll roll lots of Easter eggs your way

You'll wake up on Easter mornin'
And you'll know that he was there
When you find those chocolate bunnies
That he's hiding everywhere

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity, happy Easter Day

Gene Autry - Peter Cottontail Lyrics

I've never heard all the lyrics to Gene Autry's song before ~ only the first verses.  Have you?  The rest of the lyrics are really sweet.

Bunny memories

As a child, did you believe in the Easter Bunny?
I did.

The Saturday before Easter, I would write a letter to the Easter Bunny and leave it for him to read when he visits during the night.  (I'm not sure why I've always assumed the Easter Bunny was/is a boy.)   Sometimes instead of of a letter, I would make up a questionnaire for the bunny.

What's your name?

Where do you live?

Do you have a family?

What is your favorite candy? and so on

Upon waking up Easter morning, I would rush to see what the Easter Bunny left.  I was more interested in the Bunny's answers than the candy.  Sometimes we would find bits of torn lettuce or small remnants of carrots scattered on the floor.

In the basket, I usually found jelly beans, chocolate marshmallow eggs or bunnies, and a hollow chocolate bunny.  Sometimes I'd find a coloring or sticker book too. ♥

Did the Easter Bunny visit your home when your were a child? 
What did he leave you?

Friday, April 14, 2017

This is How LOVE Wins


My life began like any other man
held beneath a mother's loving gaze
Somewhere between now and then
I lost the man I could have been
Took everything that wasn't mine to take
but Love believes that it is not too late
Only one of us deserves this cross,
a suffering that should belong to me
Deep within this man I hang beside
is the place where shame and grace collide
And it's beautiful agony
that He believes it's not too late for me

This is how Love wins, every single time
Climbing high upon a tree where someone else should die
This is how Love heals, the deepest part of you
Letting Himself bleed into the middle of your wounds
This is what Love says, standing at the door
You don't have to be who you've been before
Silenced by His voice, death can't speak again
This is how Love wins

Did you see this moment from the start
that we would drink this cup of suffering?
I wonder, did we ever meet?
Childhood games in dusty streets
For all my many sorrows and regrets
nothing could compare to just this one
That in the presence of my King
I cannot fall upon my knees
I cannot carry You up to Your throne;
You instead, will carry me back home.

This is how Love wins, every single time
Climbing high upon a tree where someone else should die
This is how Love heals, the deepest part of you
Letting Himself bleed into the middle of your wounds
This is what Love says, standing at the door
You don't have to be who you've been before
Silenced by His voice, death can't speak again
This is how Love wins

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood, nothing but the blood
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood, nothing but the blood
Cause this is what Love says, standing at the door
You don't have to be who you've been before
And silenced by His voice, death can't speak again
This is how Love wins.

Steven Curtis Chapman

This song's truth is the heart of the gospel.  We are sinners saved by God's grace.  Jesus bore our sins on that cross and it is by His blood alone we are made whole.  We can one day be with Him in heaven.  Thank You, Lord Jesus.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Update on Little Bear


Little Bear and I visited the veterinarian on Tuesday. The doctor at the animal hospital suggested that we follow up with our vet this week. And so we did.



Our vet agreed with the one at the animal hospital that most likely Little Bear injured her neck/back and has an injured slipped disc (or worse). He advised us that she continue with her medications: anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, and pain medication as needed. We are to do our best to keep her "calm" for at least 30 days. Within 30 days, if she were to injure it again, she may end up paralyzed. Scary, I know. I am doing what I can and leaving the rest up to God.

Little Bear turns 10 years old this month. In spite of her injury etc, she is a happy little soul. My prayer is that she will be comfortable and heal well.

**I never did finish making my Easter cards. I've put that idea on a shelf and hope to mail out some sweet Easter cards (not homemade) this weekend. Clearly, they will be late and I do apologize but I know that you all will understand. I received 2 sweet Easter cards in the mail today and they are a smile upon my hearth. ♥

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Berried Treasure Pie


I've decided what to make for Easter dinner dessert ~ Berried Treasure Pie!  I make this dessert at least once a year and it is a family favorite.  I was thinking of making something different but I changed my mind.  My daughter loves this dessert.  "If it's not broken, why fix it?"

I posted this recipe before on a different blog but I'm posting it again here.  I'm committed to making this one stick.  I'm very proud of myself for blogging for 103 consecutive days and counting.

So without further ado, I present to you: Berried Treasure Pie.

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp. sugar
1 c. plus 2 tbsp. milk, divided usage
1 deep dish pie crust, baked
1 c. sliced strawberries
1 (3 3/4 oz.) pkg. lemon instant pudding
1 1/2 c. whipped topping, divided usage

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and 2 tablespoons milk until smooth. Spread evenly in bottom of pie crust. Arrange strawberries on cream cheese mixture. Prepare pudding mix with remaining 1 cup milk as directed on package for pie. Fold in 1 cup topping until smooth; pour over strawberries. chill 3 hours or until ready to serve. Garnish with remaining 1/2 cup topping. Makes 8 servings.  Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What's Cookin'?

Easter Menu

Spiral Glazed Ham

Twice Baked Potatoes

Roasted Asparagus

Heavenly Hash Fruit Salad

Crescent Rolls


Are you cooking Easter dinner?

If so, what are you making?

I'm making Easter dinner on Sunday.  My daughter offered to but the baby is due in 3 weeks. I told her no! Relax, rest, and enjoy this quiet time before the baby arrives.

I decided to make a different Easter dinner than usual.  We always have ham but I usually gently boil it (as my mother did hers).  I am going to glaze the ham and slowly warm it up (it's already cooked) in the oven.  I've looked up online how to make the "best" glaze and I think I know what I'll do.  What kind of glaze do you use with your ham?

Because I will be using the oven for the ham, I don't want to make my usual au gratin potatoes.  I am going to make creamy twice baked potatoes.  Instead of the cheesy green bean casserole, I am going to season fresh asparagus with olive oil, sea salt, and a touch of garlic and then roast them.  The potatoes I will cook the first time earlier in the day and then after the ham is out and resting, I can twice bake it and roast the asparagus at the same time.  The rolls can bake at the last minute.

The heavenly hash fruit salad is  a recipe that my mother made as far back as I can remember.  My son-in-law requested it.  It doesn't really go with ham but I aim to please. ♥

I haven't decided what to make for dessert.  What are you making? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, April 10, 2017

April Showers for Baby


Every baby needs a lap. ~Henry Robin

Saturday was the baby shower at my daughter's friend Rebecca's house.



Everyone had a wonderful time especially my daughter. She is so blessed with caring friends and coworkers. Most of the family was not able to make it ~ one daughter & family are in Hong Kong and the other daughter was not quite as far away as Hong Kong but unavailable nonetheless. My daughter's mother-in-law, Faye, was able to attend. It was an all ladies event except for a little one month old baby boy ~ who was adorably by the way. Yes, every baby needs a lap. I had just met this new mother and didn't feel brave enough to ask to hold the baby. Still I admired him from close by.

There was a lot of food ~ ladies love to eat! There were vegetables & dip, fresh fruit, humus & pita chips, croissant sandwiches (ham and cheese) with a few different spreads to add, and of course, cake. No one went home hungry!

My daughter received an abundance of gifts: blankets, clothes, diapers, books, and baby toys. The one gift that stood out to me was a rubber Duckie for the bathtub and evidently it changes color if the temperature of the water is too hot. What will they think of next?

I've tried to remember any bath toys I had as a child. I can't remember but I'm guessing it was just an empty cup and maybe a little boat. My children didn't have a rubber Duckie but would play with little cups or dolls or boats ~ nothing terribly fancy but they still had fun.

What kind of bath toys did you and/or your children play with?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hosanna


The children shout hosanna
And the men cry out hosanna
And the women cry hosanna
O King of Israel

Blessed is He
Who comes in the name
Who comes in the name
Of the Lord

And the babies cry hosanna
And old men cry hosanna
Everybody shouts hosanna
O King of Israel

Blessed is He
Who comes in the name
Who comes in the name
Of the Lord

The Children Cry Hosanna
the Donut Man

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Cottontail's Candies


Bunnies are cuddly
The large and the small
But I like chocolate ones
The best of them all.
~Author Unknown

The above quote is so true!  Chocolate bunnies don't bite or scratch or require feeding.  They may require cleaning up afterwards but what doesn't?

Today, I am sharing a little shelf I have on the wall in my dining room.  I thought about adding some more Easter decor to the top of the shelf but things are crazy busy here and I decided that simplicity is best.

How do you like your bunnies?

Friday, April 7, 2017

Simply Lovely Giveaway Winner

Thank you everyone for joining me for my Simply Lovely Giveaway. Today, we have a winner.  Our winner is...
Karen
of

Congratulations, Karen!  I will mail out your Simple Stories planner and goodies as soon as you send me an email with your snail mail address.

You can email me at bylanternlight@yahoo.com.

I updated my post from yesterday. The weather has changed and it is way too cold to wear what I had planned on wearing! There is a freeze warning for tonight. Has the weather been crazy for you lately?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Daughter's Fashion Stamp of Approval

Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul. ~Mark Twain

My third daughter is my fashion go to person.  If I don't know if something looks "special occasion" good, she does. ♥. The outfit that I've chosen to wear to my eldest daughter's baby shower has my daughter's fashion stamp of approval!

I've rewritten part of my post as my plans have changed. I wasn't expecting the weather to change as much as it has. It is cold! So the capris are off the table, so to speak. I've some nice gray slacks that I will wear instead with the vintage blush tunic. It will be boots instead of sandals. I don't want my toes to turn blue! Brr!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Snip! Snip!


a hobby a day keeps the doldrums away ~phyllis mckinley

Who remembers paper dolls?
I  do!

I remember cutting up Sears catalogs for the pictures of clothes to put on my paper doll.  Occasionally I'd have a real actual paper doll book (about the size of a coloring book but thinner).  I'd very carefully cut the dolly out and all her pretty outfits.  The hats, purses, or muffs were the trickiest because you had to cut a slit in it just right so the dolly could hold or wear it.

Joan Walsh Anglund's drawings are so sweet.  I love all the little easter outfits available for this little doll.  Too cute!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Bit of Whimsy

Today has been a better day for Little Bear and me.  We are both resting and taking our medicines.  Thank you all for your kind words and prayers.

Now for a bit of whimsy...


On my mahogany drop leaf table in the little nook off the kitchen and living room are some sweet Easter touches.  I found this Jim Shore Easter tree on eBay.


Next to the tree is this fine bunny fellow on his trusty tortoise steed.  They are pulling a little cart filled with woodland friends and Easter eggs.


The little woodland friends were meant to hang on the Easter tree. You can see the little hooks on their heads.  I like them better in the cart.  On the tree, they look like they were being lynched. Yikes!

Monday, April 3, 2017

No April Fool's Joke

It is only the third of April and I already feel like I'm behind the eight ball.  The last few days have been rough.

Saturday morning, we went to the Urgent Care in the next county.  I don't even think there is one in my county.  I was pretty sick.  I'm still not sure what it was/is.  The doctor prescribed an antibiotic because he thought I needed one and hopefully I am on the mend.

Saturday late afternoon, Little Bear decided that she could fly. Well, she was wrong.  Outside, she jumped up onto a few different things and then onto brick wall and took a flying leap off.  The wall was about 5 1/2 feet off the ground.  She did land on her feet but started limping a tiny bit later that evening.

Sunday morning, she was not able to put her front left paw down at all so off we went to the one Animal Hospital that was open on Sunday (two counties away).  Little Bear was given some pain medication and had x-rays taken.  The doctor said that she didn't break or fracture her legs (thank God!) but she either has soft tissue damage and/or slipped a disc in her back.  Time will tell how much damage was caused from her fall.  We were sent home (after 4 hours) with three medications for her: a pain medication, a muscle relaxant, and an anti-inflammatory medication.

She is a little out of it on all her medications.  I have to write them all down each time I give them to her so I don't forget and accidentally give her the wrong one at the wrong time.  We are supposed to keep her calm and no jumping or running.  Like that is going to happen.  She lives to jump and run.  We've blocked all the furniture again like we did when she had her surgery and have so far kept her as calm as possible.

I'm still not feeling very well.  I was supposed to rest and drink plenty of clear fluids and take my antibiotic.  Being at the animal hospital so long kind of messed that up but I'm doing my best.

And for some reason, my crochet surprise project is a disaster.  I have been working on it but have ended up taking it apart and starting over (at least 4 times).  I'm wondering if the pattern is wrong.  I'm not going to have it done for the shower by Saturday.  I was getting very frustrated and discouraged with it so I've decided just put it aside for now.

So far, April has been no joke.  I remember that God's mercies have no end and they are new every morning.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A Different Lullaby

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
His mercies never come to an end
They are new every morning
Great is Thy faithfulness, O Lord
Great is Thy faithfulness.


This is one of the first praise Maranatha praise songs I learned long long ago.  It was also one I would sing as a lullaby to my babies.  Lifting up God during those late night feedings or when the children were sick truly strengthened my faith.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ~Lamentations 3:22-23

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Welcome April



And Spring arose
on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love
felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb
on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams
of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley