Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Aging Beautifully ~ Finding Beauty in Others and Ourselves

It has been some time since I last wrote a post in my aging beautifully series.  Life happens and whether  the days are challenging or restful,  they are always sacred ~ each and every moment that God has given us.

In aging beautifully, we find beauty in others.

There are times when it isn't easy to find the beauty in others. Sometimes tragedy smears all the beauty's colors. Instead of the pastels being soft and the brights being clear, it all looks muddy.

We can each try to stop the colors from running and smudging but in the end, the picture remains a mess. With all the fixing we try to do, the paper becomes soggy and tears.

The Master Painter comes to restore the beauty. His canvas is strong. His colors are new. His brushstrokes are gentle.

What does the Master Painter ask of me? He asked me to sit still and let Him work.

I do my best. Some days it is easier and some days it is more difficult. The beauty is restored regardless. The Master Painter sees what I can not.

In aging beautifully, we find beauty in ourselves.

We are often our own worst critics in how we see ourselves.  How do I look?  What will I wear? Will this makeup fix my face?   Is my hair turning gray ~ should I color it?  Will I fit in if I don't "look" like everyone else?  Do we judge our individual beauty based on what others think?  Or... do we judge our individual beauty based on what God sees?

On the outside, I look rather ordinary.  The beauty that I see in my eyes when I look in the mirror is the beauty of a gentle spirit that loves the Lord. Spending time reading my Bible, in prayer, and in worship should be my daily beauty regime. I often rush through it and then I am a mess. When I take my time and scrub away the cares of the world and hydrate my wholeness with His Spirit, my beauty will reflect my Lord.

This is the third post in my Aging Beautifully series.  To revisit earlier posts in the series, you can find them by clicking on the link in the Sampler left sidebar.

In this series on Aging Beautifully, I hope to touch on all aspects of beauty and how we can nurture beauty in our lives and ourselves. I hope that you will join me and celebrate our beauty within and without (not without without but rather on the outside).
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fireworks, Parades, and Stars

With the 4th of July right around the corner, I thought I would get a head start on my holiday cards. Here are a few samples of the cards I made this afternoon.

Stories of Summer

Anyone remember decorating their bicycle  with a flag and ribbons? Perhaps playing cards in the spokes of the tires or streamers in the handles?

Starry Starry Night

Twinkle, twinkle, starry night.  Odd shapes and cut outs make for an unusual patriotic puzzle card.

Banners and Balloons

I have such fond memories of standing on the back of a tricycle as my friend peddled as fast as she could.  Such sweet summer memories.

Old Glory

My favorite card of the day! I add touches of burlap to this tattered Land of the Free.

Four cards down and at least ten more to go.  I'm on a roll! ♥

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hearts and Homes

On this Memorial Day, let's pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the example of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of Jesus. May God bless the families of our fallen troops and fill their hearts and homes with strength and peace.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Streams of Mercy Never Ceasing

Come Thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise

Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Here by Thy great help I've come
And I hope by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home

Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
Here to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

Oh, that day when freed from sinning
I shall see Thy lovely face
Clothe it then in blood washed linen
How I'll sing Thy sovereign grace

Come my Lord, no longer tarry
Take my ransom soul away
Send Thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless days

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constraint to be
Let Thy goodness like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart, oh take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

Here's my heart
Oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

Robert Robinson, 1735-1790

Come Thou Font of Every Blessing is one of my favorite hymns. My heart does tend to wander bearing burdens I need not bear. God, in His grace, draws us closer reminding us of His love.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

An Unwelcome Visitor

I hate and fear snakes, because if you look into the eyes of any snake you will see that it knows all and more of the mystery of man’s fall, and that it feels all the contempt that the Devil felt when Adam was evicted from Eden. Besides which its bite is generally fatal, and it twists up trouser legs.
~Rudyard Kipling

It was bound to happen...  We found a snake in the woods in our backyard.  Little Bear saw it first and barked and barked alerting us to the danger.  She circled around the snake as she barked.  It took a few minutes to get her to go back into the house.

I watched the snake as my husband went inside to get his camera and a big hoe.  After taking a few pictures, he chop chop chopped the snake until it was dead.  And then he threw the snake deep into the woods.  Yikes!

From what we can tell, it was a rat snake ~ not poisonous but it still could do some damage.  It is a constrictor that squeezes its prey before it eats it.  Rat snakes eats small animals, reptiles, and birds.

Due to the lighting, the snake looks greenish in the photograph but it was really a dark black color.  It was about 3 feet long. The snake had creepy beady eyes and a long thin hissing tongue.  Little Bear keeps looking for it.  Sorry, Little Bear, the snake is no more.

Friday, May 26, 2017

this moment ~ Outside Looking In

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Using the F Word

I used the F word this week.  Disappointing, I know.  Shame shame shame!

But I'd do it again under similar circumstances...

For those that may have missed my previous post involving this scandalous utterance..   FULL PRICE is the F word in my house.

I rarely pay full price for anything but I pinched my pennies and clipped my coupons and saved enough money on my grocery shopping that I splurged and bought myself a "f" treat.

What did I buy?

1 Watermelon
5 Gala Apples (even on sale, why are apples so pricey?)
1 bunch of Bananas
1 basket of Strawberries
1 basket of Blueberries
2 pkgs of Ball Park Hot Dog Buns  (Buy 1 Get 1 Free)
2.5 lbs of Ground Beef
3 pkgs of Sargento Balanced Break Snacks
1 pkg of String Cheese (Buy 1 Get 1 Free)
1 container of Cozy Shack Rice Pudding (Buy 1 Get 1 Free)
8 Dannon Lite Yogurts
1 can of Refried Beans
2 boxes of Cheerios
2 bottles of French's Mustard (Buy 1 Get 1 Free)
5 bottles of Ken's Dressings (Buy 2 Get 3 Free)
2 bags of Lay's Potato Chips
3 boxes of Magnum Ice Cream Bars (dark chocolate!)
1 Johnson's Baby Powder
1 pkg of "F"ull price treats (to be revealed at the end of the post)

Typing it all out, it doesn't seem like I bought all that much.  It certainly seemed like I did at the time.   A number of the items are for our Memorial Day barbecue.  I stocked up on salad dressing ~ they will be great to take to potlucks and leave with the hosts.  LOVE the Sargento Balanced Break Snacks.  There are 3 little containers in each package filled with different cheeses, nuts, and dried fruits.  I almost never ever buy fancy ice cream bars (regularly $5.49 a box!!! but on sale 3/$10 and I had coupons that doubled).  I couldn't pass them up.  I wouldn't buy the rice pudding either except it was on sale and with a double coupon, I only paid 25 cents for a 22 oz container.  I am so pleased with my stores sale policy that if it is a Buy One Get One Free sale, you don't have to buy two items.  You can just buy one and the price is half off.

After using my store card and coupons, my total for the above was only $68.19.  Without using either, it would have been double that.

And what was my "F" price treat?

I posted it in a small size in hopes it would be a SURPRISE. (If you click on it, you will see a bigger picture.). A few weeks ago, these were on sale ~ Buy One Get One Free....  Oh bother.  Now I'm addicted!  They are really good.  It is hard for me to rationalize paying the "F" price of $3.49 a package but I threw caution to the wind and splurged this week.

When was the last time you treated yourself? What did you buy?

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Secret Garden

One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever...

One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands out and throws one's head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one's heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun--which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. One knows it then for a moment or so. And one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness slanting through and under the branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries. Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with the millions of stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes a sound of far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look in someone's eyes.
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden was my mother's favorite book.  She insisted that each of her children read it.  When I first read it, I liked it but it was not one of my favorite books. As I have grown older, I have come to appreciate the story more and it is now one of my favorites.

I never thought I would have my own secret garden in the woods. And then one day, I did.  I remarked to my husband tonight that I feel as if I am living at a beautiful church retreat ~ so peaceful and serene.  The woodland creatures reflect what God desires me to be: joyful, loving, and trusting. They do not worry what they will eat, drink, or wear.  God provides.

Spending time in prayer in the woods has calmed my heart.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I was hoping to visit others blogs last night but I just didn't have the heart to do so.  My husband and I were watching the news in the wake of the Manchester attack.  So much hate and evil in the world.  My heart and prayers go out to the families.

I rarely post anything political or newsworthy and it even feels strange to post what I have.  I tend to shelter myself away from as much of it as I can.  I'm not sure if that is entirely healthy, but for me, it is what I can do.

May God grant peace, comfort, and justice for those who are suffering.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Wonder of the Woods

I love looking at the little touches of wonder in the woods.  Everywhere I look, there is something new.

I find mushrooms quite fascinating.  I know ~ Do Not Eat them! (although the strange man down the street showed me some mushrooms in his yard and said they were edible...  I was thinking no thanks).  I do enjoy looking at them.

I was remarking to my husband just last week that I hadn't seen very many mushrooms this year.  And then it rained a lot and BOOM!! Mushrooms!!

In my photograph above, I am especially fond of the big mushroom in the front.  It almost looks like a scone or possibly a meringue.  I imagine the fairies in the gardens are as delighted as I am.

Have you mushrooms in your garden, field, meadow, or woods?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

About the Sheltered Garden Ground

About the sheltered garden ground
The trees stand strangely still.
The vale ne'er seemed so deep before,
Nor yet so high the hill.

An awful sense of quietness,
A fulness of repose,
Breathes from the dewy garden-lawns,
The silent garden rows.

As the hoof-beats of a troop of horse
Heard far across a plain,
A nearer knowledge of great thoughts
Thrills vaguely through my brain.

I lean my head upon my arm,
My heart's too full to think;
Like the roar of seas, upon my heart
Doth the morning stillness sink.

Robert Louis Stevenson
beautiful photograph via pixabay

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happiness Blooms

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. ~Author Unknown

It seems I often find many of my favorite decor items either at a thrift store, a craft store, or an estate/garage sale.  I love this wooden sign that I found a few weeks ago.  I placed it in my entry way above the bench seat.

Happiness has bloomed in abundance for me this week.  Two days with little Sam, a day of church, and a day of Ladies Bible Study. Five or six days of sunshine. Countless cups of coffee. Mornings on the back porch. Strolls in the woods.

Did you have a blooming happy week?

Friday, May 19, 2017

this moment ~ Rustic Potatoes

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lullaby Time

Hush my baby, don't you cry
while your mama
sings a lullaby
Hoot owl murmuring
in a nearby tree
that tranquil evening melody

Peace, be still, the Lord is near
He will kiss away night tears, lay all your fears upon Him
By your side He will remain
And chase the misty night away and beckon golden dawning

Hush, now baby, close your eyes while your daddy sings a lullaby
Wind chimes dance beneath the starry sky
To a tranquil evening lullaby

Peace, be still, the Lord is near
He will kiss away night tears, lay all your fears upon Him
By your side He will remain
And chase the misty night away and beckon golden dawn in

Peace, be still, the Lord is near
He will kiss away night tears, lay all your fears upon Him
By your side He will remain
And chase the misty night away and beckon golden dawn in

Peace, be still, the Lord is near
Peace, be still, the Lord is near
Peace, be still

Jamie Owens-Collins, Peace Be Still

This evening I want to share with you my absolute favorite lullaby.  Jamie Owens-Collin wrote and sang it in the '80's.  I first heard it on a lullaby album that is no longer available.  I'm thinking it was around 1986 because I remember singing it to my third daughter.

I found a youtube video of the song sung by Jamie Owens-Collins but the pictures are really random and not so great.  Not nasty or anything, just not what I think works.  If you'd like to hear the song, you can listen to it here.

Do you have a favorite lullaby that you would sing to your baby?

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cookbook Countdown


I ordered three new cookbooks and I am excited to get started cooking. Have you ever seen the Taste of Home magazines?  I received it years ago and really enjoyed their simple delicious recipes. Since we've moved and found a lovely church family, we are going to be breaking bread with various groups of people on a regular basis. I need some new ideas!

The first cookbook is Taste of Home's Make It Freeze It.  There are 275+ freezer-friendly recipes for busy families.  I love the idea of making some meals ahead of time whether it be because I am too busy to cook or perhaps I want to make a meal for someone that is not well or just had a baby.  They can put it right in the freezer until they need it, thaw it out, and then bake it.

The second cookbook is Taste of Home's Ultimate 9x13 Cookbook. In this book there are 315 recipes for my 9x13 pan. There are main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and more.  I love this size pan because it's perfect for a potluck dinner ~ enough for a number of hungry people but not too much. All the pictures on the cover look so delicious. I've never made a 4th of July cake like the one picture but I've had one that looks like this and it was good.  I did look at this particular recipe and it is different than the one I tasted. Can the 4th of July just hurry up already!

The third and last cookbook is Taste of Home's Church Supper Recipes. There are a whopping 359 crowd pleasing favorites inside. Love the pictures, recipes, and inspirational Bible quotes that are in each chapter! There also are bonus chapters with holiday favorites and extra-large yields. I'm not sure what extra-large yields are but I'm guessing the recipe makes a LOT! (for some reason, I'm picturing a road worker with a really big YIELD sign!)

I would love to try a new recipe each week from at least one of these cookbooks. Practice makes perfect! ♥

Have you tried a new recipe lately?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Simply Rustic Frittata

The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you're not a traveler. You're a tourist.
~Guillermo del Toro

Love the quote from one of my favorite movie director/producers. Recipes, like journeys, sometimes need to be spontaneous. You need to mix it up a bit and see where you end up!

I decided to wonder off the beaten path with my latest frittata.  As you may remember, I made a delicious Ham & Asparagus Frittata. I had ham and asparagus left over from Easter and decided to whip up a frittata.  It was a hit with everyone. ♥

I was plumb out of asparagus and though I have some ham in the freezer, I decided to make a Spinach and Mushroom Frittata.  I picked a tomato from the garden and added that as well.  Oh my!  I think it was even better than the Ham & Asparagus Frittata.

I love cooking & baking in my big cast iron skillet.  And I absolutely love simple rustic dinners.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tired but Happy

I am exhausted!  In fact, I think I will be in bed before 8 pm.  I'm desperately trying to stay awake until then.

Today I had the joyful opportunity of taking care of baby Sam for several hours while my daughter slept.  Who would have thought that snuggling a sweet baby would be so exhausting?  He drifted off to dreamland after some quality lullaby time.  I put him in his little bed and had time for a cup of coffee before he awoke and needed to be changed.  A little more rocking and singing and he was down for the count.

I am tired but very very happy.  I could get used to this! ♥

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Mother's Day to Remember

If I could have anything, anything at all this Mother's Day, I would choose to relive as many beautiful moments with my children that I could remember.

I would spend the day at the Zoo with the twins.  They would be three years old.  I would push the double stroller and we would visit all the animals.  We would laugh at the monkeys ~ especially the orangutans who were especially interested in my purse.  We would eat crackers and drink from juice boxes.  We would watch the mice in the little bread house.  We would pet the soft downy fluff of the chicks.

I would spend an afternoon singing Bible rhymes with my third daughter.  She would be two years old.  God pushed up the mountains and rolled out the seas.  He painted the skies and then he made me.  We would make all the hand gestures together that matched the little songs and we would laugh.

I would march along with my son.  He would be almost two and have a large yellow mixing bowl on his head as he marched.  Then I would  sit on the floor and play trucks with him.

I would visit the library with all the children.  They would be all ages and so excited to explore other worlds with books.  We would carry armfuls home for a week, read them, and then return the following week to repeat the same.

I would read aloud to my children.  So many books ~ especially all the CS Lewis Narnia books. Their eyes sparkled at the wonder and beauty of the land beyond the wardrobe.

I would sing with them all the Donut Man songs we knew together.  I would listen to the Adventures in Odyssey cassette tapes again and again.

I would watch all the old Disney movies with them.  And then of course, we'd watch Star Wars.  We all loved the original Star Wars movies ~ especially my son who would pretend he was Luke.

I would play countless board games and card games and even the really noisy Hungry Hungry Hippos.

I would plant a garden with the children.  I would watch them grow as surely as the plants did. Water them with encouragement. Harvest their love for learning. Oh how they bloomed!

I would hold their hands as we walked.  I would hold them in my lap.  I would rock them to sleep.

So many things I would do again if I could relive those moments. But now is the time for grandchildren. And love begins again.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Popcorn & a Show ~ The Orphanage

I'd grab the camera and tell people what to do, and when I was 14, someone told me that it was called directing. ~ Guillermo del Toro

My goal is to watch and review one foreign film a month this year. So far this year, I've seen one Swedish film, one Korean film and two Persian films. This month, I chose a Spanish film.

The Orphanage is not a new film to me. It is one of my favorite movies, foreign or otherwise. I love the characters ~ especially the main character Laura (in Spanish pronounced La-or-a). The scenery is gorgeous. Guillermo del Toro is the executive producer/director. I am a big fan of all his films! And although the film is in the drama/horror genre, I didn't find it scary at all.

The Orphanage is a movie you will not soon forget.
Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simón together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simón tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simón tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she's too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simón has also disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery. (click on the link to see a trailer for this movie)

If you have never watched a foreign film before, the Orphanage is a great one to start with. Enjoy!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

this moment ~ Berry Hopeful

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

All in a Golden Afternoon

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.
~Henry Ward Beecher, Star Papers: A Discourse of Flowers

Snapdragons are such cheerful flowers.  I am so delighted to have freshly cut flowers that grew in my very own AeroGardens. These remind me of the song All in a Golden Afternoon from Alice in Wonderland.  

Little bread-and-butterflies kiss the tulips
And the sun is like a toy balloon
There are get-up-in-the-morning glories
In the golden afternoon

There are dizzy daffodils on the hillside
Strings of violets are all in tune
Tiger lilies love the dandelions
In the golden afternoon

There are dog and cat-erpillars and a copper centipede
Where the lazy daisies love the very peaceful life
They lead...

You can learn a lot of things from the flowers
For especially in the month of June
There's a wealth of happiness and romance
All in the golden afternoon

All in the golden afternoon, the golden afternoon

You can learn a lot of things from the flowers
For especially in the month of June
There's a wealth of happiness and romance
All in the golden afternoon

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The F Word

It is difficult for me to pass up a good deal when it comes to grocery shopping.

Yesterday I shopped out of necessity. Our cupboards were bare and now they aren't.

My grocery store has great buy 1 get 1 free deals or even sometimes buy 2 get 3 free!! And since FULL PRICE is the F word in my house... I do my best to take advantage of sales.

I think the best sale yesterday was on the store brand shredded cheese (buy 2 get 3 free).  I bought mozzarella and cheddar.  I see chicken parmesan and enchiladas in my future (not together ~ separate dinners). Win Win!

Today I went grocery shopping again because there were new sales and if you spent $100, you would get $20 off.  I very carefully added up my items in my head as I placed them into my cart.  I didn't want to end up with $99.  I was spot on and happy with my purchases.  The best sale this week is on Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice (buy 1 get 1 free).  My husband and I like the 50% sugar Cranberry Juice (not the lite one).  We've both been good about not drinking soda (though I do splurge once a week and have a diet 7up float).

Is FULL PRICE the F word in your house?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Key to Happiness

I don't drown my sorrows; I suffocate them with chocolate.
~ Author Unknown

I love this little metal trinket tray.  It has lacy metal edging and a metal key standing upright in the middle. As soon as I saw it, I knew that it would make a perfect candy dish.  It reminds me so much of Alice in Wonderland.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Playing Catch Up

I feel as if it has been ages since I've been home when in reality I've been home in little bits and pieces.  Today, I am not going anywhere!

Friday's this moment ~ Storyteller Woods photograph is of my front side yard.  In the right corner of the picture, you can see a portion of the fence and the gardening shed.  Isn't everything a lovely green?  I love North Carolina.

Saturday and Sunday's posts were little bits of  baby news.
Yes, he has arrived!

My daughter went into labor around 7:30 Saturday night.  Off to the hospital we went to join them.  We spent most of the evening & early morning, visiting my daughter during labor and waiting in the waiting room.  She preferred we not be in with her for the birth so we decided to go home for a bit.  Their dog, Toby, needed to be taken out etc. so my husband and I left at 2 am to take him out and go home to take Little Bear out.  We went to sleep around 3:15 am until 5:30 am.  Coffee and off we went to pick up Toby to take him to his dog daycare/boarding.

Sweet Toby in the back seat!

He hopped right in the car and plopped down.  After we took off his leash, we were good to go. Toby is a HUGE Airedale that my daughter adopted a few years ago.  He is deaf and a BIG love bug!

After we dropped Toby, his bed and food off, we drove back to the hospital.  Just in time to meet baby Sam!  He is a little peanut of a baby weighing in at 6 lbs 5 oz.  He has reddish blonde hair (more peach fuzz than hair) and is the sweetest little baby boy.

We spent most of Sunday helping them and holding the baby while my daughter slept.  It's a hard job, I know, but someone has to do it! ♥  We left the hospital after 6 pm and went home.  I think we were in bed asleep by 8:30.

Being a nana is the best!  But boy am I tired still!  Today is a day of rest and tomorrow I need to go to the market as the cupboards are bare.  Wednesday, I plan on going to my daughter's home for several hours to take care of the baby while she sleeps.  I love holding Little Sam.

I think I've caught you up with my news and I am hoping to catch up on your new posts throughout the day.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Welcome Baby

Welcome Baby Samuel!

I am utterly exhausted.  I will, Lord willing, be able to post a proper update tomorrow.  Thank you for your prayers.  All are well!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

It's Time

We are at the hospital!  The baby is on his way ~ tonight or tomorrow! ♥

Friday, May 5, 2017

this moment ~ Storyteller Woods

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Lovely Days of Spring

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. ~Ruth Stout

The greeness of the spring is upon us. Little touches of yellow and pink are evident in the budding flowers.

Dawn arrives earlier each morning to softly chase away all the sleepiness.

On the other hand, dusk is in no hurry to arrive and bid the day good night.

Evening whispers to turn down the sheets and climb into bed.

These lovely days of spring are to be treasured.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

To Bake or Not to Bake

I never met a cookie I didn't like.  
~yours truly

It seems as if I haven't baked in ages. I've missed it but if I bake, I eat. and eat. and eat.  Oh bother!

Yesterday, I baked dozens of our favorite cookies: Aunt Selma's Oatmeal cookies. They are thin and delicate and delicious!

And I had good reasons to bake...

1.  To eat cookies
2.  To share cookies
   2a.  with a new friend
   2b.  with my daughter and son-in-law
   2c.  with relatives and visitors that come to the hospital to visit the new baby
3.  To enjoy making cookies

Do you enjoy baking?  What did you last bake?

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Frittata in the Making

Simple dinners are on my mind lately.  I want to be able to dash out to the hospital when my daughter goes into labor.  I don't want a roast in the oven or a stew simmering on the stove.

 On the menu tonight was a rustic frittata.

I started off with these beautiful sweet peppers from Costco. I have baby pepper plants growing in the garden but none to harvest any time soon.

I diced some of the peppers along with some sweet onions.  I then sautéed them in a bit of butter in my cast iron skillet. Next I added some diced ham. In a medium size bowl, I whisked together eight large eggs with some salt and pepper.

When the onions and peppers were done sautéing and the ham warmed, I added the egg mixture to the skillet. After it had cooked a little while (eggs almost set), I topped it all with shredded cheese and popped it under the broiler for a few minutes.


It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.     ~CS Lewis

Do you have any simple dinner suggestions?

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Monday, May 1, 2017

A Vintage May Day

I love this old vintage calendar page and sentiment.

My May Day  was a bit unusual.  It started out like an ordinary day. Coffee & yogurt.   Tidied up. Made cookie dough to bake cookies tomorrow.  Bible study homework. And then the phone rang....

My daughter called and said that she had just been to the doctor's office and discovered she had a flat tire. Road side assistance was on its way but it would take an hour and a half.  My sweet husband and I drove to where she was to bring her a little something to eat and to keep her company.  I really didn't want her to be alone waiting in her car.  She's now 39 weeks pregnant.  It took about 25 minutes to get there and then we visited in the car until the man came.  And of course, it was pouring rain. After the donut tire was put on and road side assistance gone, we all drove to Costco to get a new tire.  Her original tire was shot. After another hour, everyone was on their way home.

Home again before the REAL heavy rain & thunderstorm hit. Little Bear was happy to see us.  BOOM the thunder rolled and Little Bear hid under the bed for the next couple of hours.

Oh bother!

The storm passed.  Little Bear emerged.  Dinner was served and now for a bit of quiet time before bed.

How was your May Day?