Friday, October 31, 2008
.......and I do.
But this time it was a case of forced hiatus. My computer must have caught some kind of horrible virus and suffered a terrible crash. It is presently "in the hospital". While I have missed blogging and reading certain blogs, I also realized that the times of going back to those days of the not so faraway past are over.....I most certainly rely upon this form of technology more than even I would like to admit. Emailing for upcoming horse shows, 4-H events where I am the one in charge of food, prayer news, etc. One must shout," Alexander Graham Bell arise! " Therefore, if my telephone did not ring enough with everyday calls and the recent deluge of political calls...now was added all the calls of missed emails!
So hopefully by next week I will have it all taken care of.....so stayed tuned. I have had a delightfully splendid week of an afternoon tea at a charming hotel, Christmas ornament making, horse shows......minus the extra phone calls. Thankfully my answering machine is working beautifully!
And the most thanks go to Alan for allowing me to borrow his laptop this afternoon in order to get this post out.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
"What did she say to that?"
"She said, That's just it. You had causes. You didn't live.' The girl is obsessed with living, daily living, that's all you can call it," said Bella, more than ever incensed.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Corn Muffins were on the menu to prepare to go along with a pot of chili being served at a basket making class I was attending- such Fallish comfort food should always be shared.
Corn Bread Muffins
1 1/2 cup cornmeal
3 tablespoons of flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups buttermilk
Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Beat egg and add to the buttermilk. Add this mixture to dry ingredients and beat well. Add the melted butter. Pour into greased muffin pan.
Bake 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until brown.
I prefer to crumble my muffin in my bowl of chili.....but you can do whatever suits your fancy.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
In my imagination we pull up to a hilly countryside meadow, open the boot of the car, pull out my treasured picnic hamper that has been filled with chicken salad sandwiches, havarti cheese and crackers, crisp granny smith apples, chunky brownies, and iced tea in the thermoses. The lovely vintage tablecloth is spread upon the grassy ground and floral cloth napkins are brought out.
But this is not just a daydream........ such picnic days are being enjoyed and it is only in my imagination that I hear the picnic basket speaking in a enticingly beautiful British accent, "How lovely a picnic would do today, don't you think?"
Saturday, October 11, 2008
In order to make a cluttered attic look somewhat straightened, I rallied my troops, however unwilling, together today. Our mission was to get all the clothes, scattered from here to there over my attic, distributed to their proper places - some piles to be given to friends and other piles donated to goodwill. Rose's outgrown clothes were neatly boxed and labeled in order to be ready for Charlotte as she grows each year, because even if I tell her in a firm voice, "Absolutely do not grow any bigger.... I am going to put a brick on your head to keep you little...." still much to my chagrin, she grows!
We moved into this house 5 1/2 years ago. I was seven months pregnant, therefore many boxes were carried upstairs to the attic... for later. I found so many treasures today as I opened box after box.
Such as these pillowcases I started embroidering about twenty-five years ago. The skirt was to be crocheted lace ( I have not found that box yet).
And these pillowcases I embroidered as a ten year old maiden and slept on throughout my childhood. So many of the stitches have come out and need to be redone. This does not even distress me. Homemade things should be lovingly used and it is a good feeling to see normal wear from such purposeful use.
The greatest find by far was my grandmother's hand crocheted lace edgings. As I gently fingered them I knew my grandmother would have liked that. Now I must begin embroidering pillowcases once again. Twenty-five years has been entirely too long!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
It was a pitiful sight!
All contents were removed and laid on the counter, then neatly rearranged and stored back in the cabinet. In the process some old hazelnut coffee beans were discovered. Just enough to place into an old "Quaker Oats" oatmeal dish with a chocolate scented candle- coffee house aroma permeated my kitchen. What an added treat to my now orderly cabinet!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
But tonight we were all together...eating and talking and laughing...My family.
I want to believe it was chiefly for our company that he stayed, but it might have been the spaghetti with homemade basil pesto swimming throughout the tomato sauce.
And after dinner, Charlotte danced for us.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Many of the things she suggested we already do as a family, but I am now inspired to undertake new traditions that I hope and pray will be engraved on the lives and hearts of my children and their children and their children and so on....... that is quite a rich inheritance to leave behind and one that I most definitely desire to pass on.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Highly recommended!
"...to teach their children, the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands." Psalm 78:5-7
Friday, October 3, 2008
Yesterday the girls and I were in the next town for a morning Bible Study and were invited to stop by for lunch at a dear friend's house. This is the sort of friend that is as comfortable as chili and cornbread served by the fireside on beautiful glazed pottery dishes. It just feels so right! I sat down this afternoon to write her a little note and thank her for her graciousness and to let her know how much I appreciate her. That too feels so right.
Friday, the 13th, and at last the weather has turned cooler. I breathe deeply as I turn off the air-conditioner and slide open a few windows...
Knitting and reading... ahhh; a most delightful pursuit on the best of days, irregardless of the weather outside. And my world is shout...
Thanksgiving is over and even though we lighted our first Advent candle on Sunday, and the Christmas tree is up and the decorating ...