Sunday, September 30, 2018

Celebrating National Coffee Day (A Day Late)

When you realize that you missed National Coffee Day... you need an extra cookie to go with your next cup of coffee!

I want to hear the simmer
Of the old coffee pot;
I want to hear it hummin'
When it's gettin' good and hot;
I want to see the vapor rise,
Like incense in the room,
And float about a-fillin'
Every corner with perfume.

~John W. Fellows, "The Old Coffee Pot,"
The People's Home Journal, July 1903

September 29th was National Coffee Day.  This is one of my favorite National Days!  I didn't technically "miss" it.  I just missed writing about it.  My mister and I were away visiting my eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson in South Carolina.

Thursday, September 27, 2018


I love going to thrift stores and sifting through old things and finding buried treasure. On a recent excursion, I found the sweetest little Christmas teacups. They were twenty-five cents each. I bought all of them.

I have been thinking about making teacup candles for a long time. And so I did. Or should I say we did? My third daughter was down visiting and we gathered all the ingredients and went to work.


We melted the wax. I decided to go with unscented paraffin wax this time. I may choose a soy based wax next time.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

It's a Banner Wednesday

With the changing of the seasons, I decided to change the banner above my breakfast nook.  The lighting isn't the best.  If you click on the photograph, you can see the different florals and patterns on each pennant.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Friendship is a Sheltering Tree

I should be canning my beef bone broth but I'm taking a moment to sit down and share this Sheltering Tree card that I made for a lady from my Ladies Bible Study.  She was in a car accident recently and she hasn't been able to attend the study the last few weeks.  I am also sending her one of the floral journals that I made.  I hope she likes them.

While stamping, I made a smudge in the upper left part of the card and drew it freehand into a bird. Then I drew another bird. I hope they look ok. I hate when the ink smudges!

Now it is to the canning I must go but I will return to visit everyone!


❀ If you'd like to learn how to make a Sheltering Tree card, click on the Gentle Stamping with Gina link below this blog's title.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Dresses of Red and Gold

"Come, little leaves," said the wind one day,
"Come over the meadows with me and play.
Put on your dresses of red and gold;
For summer is gone, and the days grow cold."
Soon as the leaves heard the wind's loud call,
Down they came fluttering, one and all.
O'er the brown field then they danced and flew
Singing the soft little songs they knew.
Dancing and whirling, the little leaves went,
Winter had called them, and they were content.
Soon, fast asleep on their earthy beds,
The snow laid a coverlet over their heads.
- George Cooper

Happy Autumn!
And what a glorious autumn day it has been.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Rain, Rain, Go Away

I love this picture that I found on Pixabay. The beautiful imagery is all distorted. It almost looks waterlogged. The clock and lamppost twisted from the winds and rain.

Friday, September 14, 2018

A Tisket, A Tasket, Groceries in a Basket

I am really enjoying watching YouTube homemaking vlogs especially showcasing people's grocery hauls.

I don't quite know why I'm fascinated by them.  It might be because usually it involves buying a LOT at once.  The titles tend to be something like $1200 Grocery Haul from Sam's Club, Walmart, Trader Joe's or $750 September Grocery Haul for Family of 5, etc etc.  Some of these families don't live close to the grocery stores, I guess.

As I watch them point out and describe each item, I'm wondering where do they put all this stuff...  They must have multiple refrigerators and freezers.

It is rather hypnotizing seeing all the groceries and grocery receipts and listening to each item's price and what they will use it for.

I wonder if it might not be cheaper to wait and watch for the weekly sales and buy those items.  It would involve driving more, I guess, so maybe the price of gas wouldn't be worth the difference.

It might be kind of fun to make a homemaking/shopping vlog.  Anyone else mesmerized by these kind of videos?

PS I enjoy the videos that are less than 15 minutes or so.  Some of them go on for an hour.  I'm thinking.... aren't the frozen food items thawing out?.... or the dairy items going bad?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Vintage Photograph - Can You Guess?

Today I am sharing with you a photograph.  Vintage in that it is over 50 years old.  Can you tell which little girl is me?

These lovely adults are my Aunt Therese and Uncle John.  I always felt safe with them.  They both passed away last year.

Sharing with Jann
Have a Daily Cup of Mr's Olson's

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Not Our First Rodeo

I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies' skirts across the grass--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wind

The wind will soon be singing here in North Carolina but I don't think it will be singing lullabies.  I'm afraid it may be singing Heavy Metal band music.

Today and tomorrow, my mister and I are preparing for Hurricane Florence's visit to the Carolinas.  Where exactly she will hit is a mystery. Still it is good to be prepared.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Friday, September 7, 2018

Pillow Talk & September's Winner

Before we get down to business, I wanted to share some of the autumn pillows that I found. I love this little bench that I bought at an estate sale last year. It is the perfect size for small grandchildren.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

When Your Heart Says Bake and Your Head Says Don't Bake

My head says "It is not autumn yet and it is too hot to heat up the oven baking frivolous things like Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins!"

My tummy says "Hush, head."

My mouth says "Yeah, listen to your tummy."

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Let's Rewind That and Start Again

That still small voice - if you get too busy, life get's too loud and you don't hear it. But you feel it. And when you take time to be still, you can then listen.

You see, I haven't been still or listening. I got all excited about starting an online store, making items for the store, and trying to make it all perfect. And I didn't feel settled about it. And now I know why.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!  What a lovely three day weekend to relish the last bits of summer.  Technically, there are a few more weeks left but traditionally after Labor Day is when students return to school, one shouldn't wear white sandals, and so on. As a homeschooling mom, our schooling schedule was different and does anyone really care what color sandals anyone wears?


It's a lovely weekend to spend with family and friends and go shopping for those last minute school supplies, shoes, and clothing.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Welcome September Giveaway

Is it just me or did it seem like August lasted longer than 31 days?  Today, I have hope that autumn soon will make her appearance like a grand lady at the theater.  I shall welcome her with applause and a standing ovation.

Let's welcome September with a little giveaway!