Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Planning an Escape

The imagination is a palette of bright colors. You can use it to touch up memories — or you can use it to paint dreams.
Robert Brault

Today I am very excited to share with you a new project of mine. I'm not sure what to call it. It is a combination of journaling and art (my own and also papers/stickers/clips etc).

I love love love this planner from Simple Stories.  It is made of a beautiful leather with a split leather interior, and gold binder rings.  This planner comes in a number of colors.  Mine is in Ballerina Pink. Each planner comes with a little charm on a chain.  If you click on the picture above you can see this one says CARPE DIEM.  The planner is 8"w x 9.4" h.

I believe you can buy the planner as a set or you can buy it by itself and then add whatever features you please.  My planner came with 12 monthly calendar pages, 12 monthly tabbed dividers,  72 weekly inserts and 4 different assorted inserts.  I also purchased some clear binder pouches to store various treasures that I want to add with any particular month.

I am starting with March. I need to add the dates to the month's big picture calendar, monthly goals, and any  birthday/special occasion information.

Next, I have my daily pages. I will start off with Wednesday as that will be the 1st of the month. Here I will add quotes, pictures, or random thoughts.

Lots of encouraging words along the way.

And lots of creative touches.

I hit the jackpot with scrapbooking materials from various craft sources.  I've been organizing them by different themes: Faith, Home, Nature, Adventures, etc.  I've craft containers to store each of them in to be readily available at my fingertips.

I love this planner SO much that I am planning to host a giveaway in the near future of a Simple Stories planner with goodies to boot.  Stay tuned for more details!

Sharing with Beverly
How Sweet the Sound's
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson's

Monday, February 27, 2017

Only a Flesh Wound

I am bound and determined to post something every day for a year.  I hope that I will be successful in my endeavor.  Some posts may be on the short side.  Somehow I've injured my right arm and it is difficult to type much.  I have been to see a couple of different doctors in the last week and will start physical therapy on Wednesday.  I'm not sure how I injured it but my arm has been fairly useless and painful.

X-rays have been done and nothing conclusive.  They will do an MRI in a few weeks but the insurance wants me to do the PT first.  I am thankful for our health insurance but to me it seems kind of dumb not to just do the MRI now.  I guess the insurance would rather not pay for it if it can be fixed via PT.  The doctor suspects that I've torn the ligaments/tendons in my arm which can only be seen with the MRI.

I am doing my best to stay in prayer and be content with how I feel and what I can get done.  Thus the song references yesterday.  I am trying to dwell on being thankful instead of any problems.

That's how my Monday is going.  How's your Monday?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Whatever May Pass

Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name

The sun comes up
It's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes

Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name

You're rich in love
And You're slow to anger
Your name is great
And Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness
I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons
For my heart to find

Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name

Bless You Lord
And on that day
When my strength is failing
The end draws near
And my time has come
Still my soul will
Sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years
And then forevermore

Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name

Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name
Yes I'll worship Your Holy name
I'll worship Your Holy name

Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name
Jesus I will worship Your Holy name
Worship Your Holy name
Matt Redman

This familiar praise song spoke to me this morning.  Especially these verses...

The sun comes up
It's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing 
When the evening comes

Whatever struggles we may face each day, if we can still praise God and worship Him. then it is a good day well spent.

*pixabay photograph*

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dances With the Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tiptoe through the Tulips

through the window
By the window,
that is where I'll be
Come tiptoe
through the tulips with me

Tiny Tim

I love this tulip wreath! 

I ordered it online at Grandin Road along with the matching tulip arrangements for the urns on my front porch. They are backordered for a few weeks so I'll just have to be patient.  I'll share photographs when they are all set up.

The tulips are so delicate and it is hard to tell that they aren't real. ♥

Have you placed any spring touches on your front porch or door?
Sharing with Beverly
How Sweet the Sound's
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson's

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lunch with Miss Frances

A big thank you to Dianna for including a link to a Ding Dong School with Miss Frances clip on YouTube.

Lunch w/Miss Frances

Oh gosh.  She is so annoying.  She speaks soooo slowly and in a sing song voice.  I can feel myself getting all stabby.  Yikes!

Now peanut butter and bananas I can understand...  even on a sandwich.  But with lettuce?  LOTS of lettuce?

I noticed Miss Frances did not cut off the crust.  Did you have to eat the crush on your sandwiches as a child?  I did.  Did you make your children eat the crust on their sandwiches?  I did.

When I make a sandwich for my grandson, I cut off the crust. ♥

Life's funny that way.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ever Have One of Those Days?

You know, 
those days
when everything
seems to go wrong.
And you wish
that you could just
stay in bed
underneath the bed?
Little Bear has.
Don't worry, Little Bear.
Tomorrow is another day.
Perhaps some tea and biscuits?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ding Dong School with Miss Frances ~ Jingle Bell Jack

Going back further than Little Golden Books, does anyone remember the Ding Dong School books with Miss Frances?

I have several books that are older than I am! They were published by Rand McNally & Company from Chicago. According to the book information, Ding Dong School was a television program on NBC years and years ago.  Does anyone remember this show?  I don't remember ever watching it.  I do remember Romper Room and Captain Kangaroo.

I'd love to share a few of the stories with you.  My children loved Lucky Rabbit and Jingle Bell Jack.  I love Lucky Rabbit too but Jingle Bell Jack kind of gives me the creeps.  (I don't like clowns either.)

I will highlight the dialogue in blue.  I don't like to look at the "backwards front" quotation marks.

Jingle Bell Jack has lost his cover. Isn't his face a little scary?  This book was published in 1955.


Jean and her mother were on their way home from the circus. They were riding on the bus. Jean was looking out the window.

Mother, I liked that funny clown with all the bells, said Jean.

I liked him best of all, answered her mother.

Can we go back and see him again?

I wish we could, Jean, but we can't spend more money for the circus.

I want to see that funny clown again, Jean repeated.

Oh, Jean, I have a good idea.  We will make a clown for you. Then you can have him do the tricks that you saw at the circus this afternoon.

Mother pulled the buzzer because it was time for them to get off the bus.

Hurry, Jean, we must get off at this next corner.

The bus stopped. Jean and her mother stepped down from the bus carefully. Then they hurried home because it was time for Mother to get dinner. Daddy would be home soon.

Jean was tired, so she rested on the sofa while Mother was busy in the kitchen.

When Daddy came home, Jean jumped up and told him all about the circus. Mother called them to the table when dinner was ready. While they were eating, Mother and Jean talked about making a clown with bells.

After dinner, when the dishes were finished, Mother and Jean went over to the chest where Mother kept her scraps of cloth.  In the bottom drawer they found many small pieces of cloth.  They were all different colors and sizes.

We have enough to make a clown, I am sure, said Mother. Tomorrow afternoon, after your nap, will be a good time for us to make the clown.  I will put these pieces of cloth on top of the chest right here.  It is time for you to go to bed.  You have had a big day.  Say good night to Daddy.

Jean really was tired, and it didn't take her long to get ready for bed.

The next day, after her nap, Jean and her mother got ready to make the clown with bells, Mother took her scissors, needle and thread. Jean carried the pieces of cloth, and together they walked to the dining-room table.

Mother cut the cloth into circles like this. She cut a whole lot of them. Jean fixed them into a nice pile.

Then Mother took her needle and thread and sewed each circle until it looked like this.

Jean looked at all of the little pieces.  She didn't think they looked very much like a clown with bells.

When Mother finished sewing all the pieces, she laughed and said, Now comes the real fun.

She put a long piece of thick thread through a big needle, and then she went back to the chest and got five small jingle bells out of the top drawer.

Now, Jean, watch what I am going to do.

First, she put the needle through the little hole in the jingle bell and pulled the thread. Then, one by one, Mother pulled the needle and thread through the center of several pieces of cloth.

There is one leg, she said.

What is the bell for? asked Jean.

That is the clown's shoe.

Jean laughed and jingled the bell.

Then Mother made another leg just like the first one.

Now he has two legs.

Next, Mother made the body and two arms. Guess what she used for the clown's hands? Jingle bells, of course.

Now we have to make his head, said Mother, and she took another piece of cloth and stuffed it with the small scraps of cloth until it looked like a ball. Then she sewed it to the clown's body.

He needs a hat and a big collar, doesn't he, Jean?

Oh, yes, just like the one at the circus.

Mother made the collar and sewed it on.  Then she made the clown's hat, and just for fun she sewed a bell on the point.

The clown was almost finished when Mother said: Do you know what is missing?  Take a good look.

The clown has no face, laughed Jean.

Go get your black and red crayons and you draw the face.

Mother helped Jean hold the clown while Jean made the eyes, nose, and mouth with the crayons.

There, said Mother.

There, said Jean, hugging her new clown.

Just then Daddy came into the dining-room. Jean ran to him and showed him her new clown.

Wonderful! He is a wonderful clown. I like him. What is his name, Jean?

Jean stopped and thought for a minute.

Let's call him 'Jingle Bell Jack' like the clown in the circus. Maybe he will act like him.

Jean dropped the clown on the floor, and he look like this.

Look! cried Daddy. He's doing tricks on our dining room floor.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Little Golden Books

One, Two, Three, Four,
Little Golden Books and more.
Three score and add just four
the number of Golden Books in store
for Isaac and Hannah
and baby boy due in May.

The last part doesn't rhyme.  And there may be more grand babies in the future.  Sixty~four Little Golden Books are ready and waiting to be read.  Most of them are well worn from being loved by my children.

I don't remember what year it was that I bought the two in the photograph but look at the price ~ eighty cents from Target!  I did a quick look online at Amazon's price and they are regularly priced at $4.99 each.

The Boy With a Drum is one of the most loved books from our collection.  If you haven't a copy for your child or grandchild, you need to go out and get one as soon as possible.  It is the sweetest story about a little boy who plays his drum (Rat-a-tat-tat-a-tat Rum-a-tum-tum).  He is joined by different animals as he marches past them.  The pictures are precious and the rhythm of the story is very soothing.

The Little Red Caboose is another favorite.  Choo Choo!

Do you remember the Little Golden Books?  Do you have a favorite one?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Be Still My Soul

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul, though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears.
Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay
From His own fulness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Catharina von Schlegel, 1697-?
Translated by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897

I listened to this hymn and fell in love with the lyrics and melody.  I don't remember hearing it before.    The words so comforting and a timely reminder that our souls need just rest in Christ.
*pixabay photograph of Bar Harbor coastline*

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Blooming Beauty

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. 
~Emma Goldman

My sweetheart roses are loving their sunny spot on the Mahogany drop leaf table in our little cottage nook.  Their fragrant scent is heavenly.  I absolutely would rather have roses than diamonds.

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Modest Cottage

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.
~Thomas Jefferson

I love this English cottage.  My humble abode has flower gardens but alas no flowering vines creeping along the walls.

It won't be long before spring is upon us.  I am eager to work in the warm earth.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy Birthday Boy!

Happy Birthday
my grandson

Isaac is 5 years old today!

This picture was taken about 3 1/2 years ago. Isaac was visiting us in Northern New Jersey.  We'd just had a big snowstorm and my husband was shoveling the snow off the sidewalks.  Isaac and Little Bear were watching him work.

He is so tiny in this picture.  He has grown so much since then.  I think he will be taller than his nana before we know it. ♥

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How Do I Love Thee...

Let me count the ways...
I can not count that high!

There are so many options on this new oven.  I can proof dough for bread or rolls.  Convection vs Conventional.  And more!  I haven't read the entire manual yet.

I made pizza for dinner!  And it tasted delicious!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sweet Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day!

It has been a lovely day.  My husband surprised me with these beautiful pastel roses.  So pretty!

I received some sweet valentines from family and friends and I visited the grands via FaceTime.

How was your ♥ Day?

Monday, February 13, 2017


Today is a wonderful day!
Little Bear had her sutures removed
she is cone free!

Life is just better when you aren't wearing a cone around your head.  You can scratch your ears.  You can lick your front feet. You can drink water whenever you want.  You don't have to wait to have your cone removed to eat your delicious breakfast and dinner.  And best of all ~ you can snuggle with your mama much easier.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

In Your Mercy, Lord

In Your mercy, Lord, You called me,
Taught my sinful heart and mind,
Else this world had still enthralled me,
And to glory kept me blind.

Lord, I did not freely choose You
Till by grace You set me free;
For my heart would still refuse You
Had Your love not chosen me.

Now my heart sets none above You,
For Your grace alone I thirst,
Knowing well, that if I love You,
You, O Lord, have loved me first.

hymn can be sung to the tune for
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

This past week I read this hymn in the Magnificat prayer book.  I don't know who wrote it but the words deeply touched my heart. ♥

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday Night

Middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you.
~Ogden Nash

Friday, February 10, 2017

Bits and Pieces

I am always on the look out for enchanting items to place in my flower garden.

I saw this handsome rabbit atop a turtle online.  I ordered him along with two different rabbit riders.  Two of them arrived safe and sound.  This one did not.  His head had broken clean off.  So tragic!

I contacted the online company and they refunded the price of the item and gave me an additional $5 credit to apply to my next order.  I'm hoping a good bit of glue will fix this gentleman bunny.

My new stove/oven arrived this afternoon ~ badly damaged.  

We refused to accept it and that was that.  My husband and I are driving to the big city tomorrow to look at different models of stoves/ovens.  We will go with different appliance store.  There really is no reason the appliance today was in such shoddy shape.  Thankfully, the delivery men opened the new box and showed us what the problems were before they moved our old stove/oven out.  We will be getting a refund for the purchase.

We will remain oven~less until further notice.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Popcorn & a Show ~ Under the Shadow

No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.
~Roger Ebert

Isn't that the truth!

Though I do love movies, I seldom go to the theater any more. I prefer to watch them via iTunes, Netflix, or DVD.  I'm cancelling Netflix soon.  I think I'll try Acorn TV (British shows/movies) instead.

I especially love to watch foreign films in their original language with English subtitles. One of my goals this year is to watch at least one foreign film a month.

Last month, the foreign film that I watched was About Elly.

The month, I chose another Persian movie Under the Shadow. As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home. (click on the link to see a trailer for this movie)

I thoroughly enjoyed this award winning movie.  I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire time.  If you are looking for a little something different (and scary), you might enjoy Under the Shadow.

Have you watched a movie lately?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Passing of Time

Old Time, in whose banks we deposit our notes
Is a miser who always wants guineas for groats;
He keeps all his customers still in arrears
By lending them minutes and charging them years.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Happy Birthday Laura!

All around them there was nothing but grassy prairie spreading to the edge of the sky.
Little House on the Prairie

Everything from the little house was in the wagon, except the beds and tables and chairs. They did not need to take these, because Pa could always make new ones.

The attic and the cellar were full of good things once more, and Laura and Mary had started to make patchwork quilts. Everything was beginning to be snug and cosy again.
Little House in the Big Woods

Rabbits stood up with paws dangling, long ears twitching, and their round eyes staring at Mary and Laura.
On the Banks of Plum Creek

… and Laura let her sunbonnet slip down her back so that she could feel the wind on her face and see the whole great prairie.
By the Shores of Silver Lake

Laura Ingalls Wilder and her writings will always have a special place in my heart.  Her words resonate a simple life well lived.  I loved reading her books and especially loved reading her books aloud to my children.  I look forward to reading them to my grandchildren.  I know they will love her adventures and sound wisdom.

Happy Birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder!

February 7, 1867 – February 10, 1957

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.

Monday, February 6, 2017

May I Present to You ~ Your Highness...

Queen Little Bear
First of Her name
Protector of the Realm
Khaleesi of Riverwind
Lady of the Carolina Foothills
Mother of Stuffed Dragons
the Unbrushed
Breaker of Bones

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Showers of Blessings

There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

There shall be showers of blessing,
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.

Daniel W. Whittle, 1883

This hymn has been on my heart and in my song all week.  So many mercy drops falling on Little Bear.  I am so thankful. ♥

*pixabay photograph*

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Night the Light Went Out...

Wednesday night my oven died.  I was baking a lovely chicken parmesan and all of a sudden... the baking turned to broiling. Had I not been standing in the kitchen, I may not have caught it in time.  I noticed a red glow coming from the oven.  I opened the oven door and the broiler coils were red red hot!  And the mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken parmesan was brown browner brownest.  I quickly put on the oven mitts and pulled the parm out of the oven.  I fiddled with the oven knobs. I turned it all off and then on bake again.  Nope ~ just the broiler went on.

I was able to save the chicken parmesan.  I removed the top layer of too toasted cheese, added fresh mozzarella, and popped it in the microwave to finish cooking.  Dinner was delicious.

We looked into getting the oven repaired and it would have been 1/2 the price of a new oven.  The old oven was roughly eight years old.  We searched online and found a great appliance sale so we decided to buy a new oven/stove.  The earliest it could be delivered is Friday, February 10th.

My plans for Super Bowl snacks have been put on hold.  I was planning on making some appetizers in the oven and either a chocolate cake or brownies.  I'm not sure what we will have instead.  Oh bother!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Wedding Registries

A dear friend of mine's son is getting married next month.  The wedding is in California and unfortunately, we won't be able to attend.

I was happy to see that the couple had a wedding registry.  That made buying them a gift much easier.  And it is great that the gift is sent directly to them.

When I said I do (36+ years ago), I was young and naive and didn't even know about registries. All the gifts that we received were greatly appreciated ~ we didn't have anything and needed everything.  Life was simpler then.

Did you have a wedding registry? ♥

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Good News

The veterinarian called me this afternoon.  Little Bear's tumor was benign.  It is not cancerous and the vet said that he believes he removed all of the tumor.

Happy Day!

Thank you so much for praying for us.  God bless you!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hello February


Another day, another dollar ~ that would be $28 dollars this month!
Did you turn your calendar page?

I was surprised to see such a springlike picture on my February page.  I suppose flowers are blooming and butterflies flying somewhere in the world but here in North Carolina, not so much.  The LOVE sentiment is nice.  I think I'll have to add my own Valentine touches though. ♥

I've yet to change my Thomas Kinkade perpetual calendar yet. It's not a priority.  It is lovely to look at but no pockets like the one above.

What does your calendar page for February look like?  Romantic?  Spring?  Valentine?