Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Not Feeling So Chatty

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
 ~Psalm 42:11

There's just so little to chat about. I usually can count on a posy or two so I went out to take photos of the garden. Beyond sad. It is. That's because the hordes of Japanese beetles descended and have pretty much wiped out any hope I had of roses or mallow or astilbe or anything. I didn't even plant morning glories this year. So the garden is out; here's a windowsill instead.

Then there's the house all dark and gloomy and rainy for days on end. Out.

Then there's picnics and bbqs and fun summer activities. Not so much.

Retail therapy. Nope.

I can see that I am going to have to change my attitude right off quickly — Little Susie Sunshine I am not. 

What do you do on days when it's dark or gloomy and it seems as if the sun will never shine in your spirit? I think I'll go for a little walk. The air is fresh and fine and cool. The humidity is very low. I'm off to the river and I promise that I'll not throw myself in. 

So what I'm looking for are little cheery day brighteners that require going nowhere, doing nothing special, and that are absolutely free. Have one?

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Our Hope is in Him

When life is going swimmingly — the bills are paid, one's health and the health of one's family and friends is good, the tomatoes are ripening, relationships are peaceful, the weather holds, and there's food in the pantry, it is easy to praise God and thank Him for everything. If life is going less well, then where is God? Is He still in His heaven and all's right with the world? 

God is forever the same. He loves us with a never ending love no matter what we are experiencing today. He is working everything out for our ultimate good. Every day and each circumstance is a wonderful time to praise God.

We must put our hope in Him. 

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given us the ministry of reconciliation...

II Corinthians 5:18

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stuff and Things

In the spirit of sharing and paying tribute to the theme of Enchanted April, I thought I'd link to some of the tricks/tools I use. There may be no cohesiveness in these offerings at all so prepare yourself for whiplash.☺

  Every now and then I need a photo not having one of my own that'll work. I go to Photopin and usually find just what I need. One still needs to check for licensing, but this one was free to use without constraints as long as there was a link back.

This has been shared here before but it was so long ago and I love how fun this is!

This is another resource of books that I sometimes don't remember: Source — Oh look — The Enchanted April!

A teaser...

Frederick had been the kind of husband whose wife betakes herself early to the feet of God. From him to them had been a short though painful step. It seemed short to her in retrospect, but it had really taken the whole of the first year of their marriage, and every inch of the way had been a struggle, and every inch of it was stained, she felt at the time, with her heart's blood. All that was over now. She had long since found peace. And Frederick, from her passionately loved bridegroom, from her worshipped young husband, had become second only to God on her list of duties and forbearances. There he hung, the second in importance, a bloodless thing bled white by her prayers. For years she had been able to be happy only by forgetting happiness. She wanted to stay like that. She wanted to shut out everything that would remind her of beautiful things, that might set her off again long, desiring . . .
~Mrs. Arbuthnut (chapter 1)~ 

Have a favorite author? You may just find wonderful resources containing his/her advice. In this case, the advise comes in the form of letters from one of my favorites: Letters of Note~C.S. Lewis on writing.

Here's some practical stuff like knowing how to create en dashes, em dashes, fractions, and ☺: Source 

That should keep you plenty busy for now. Have a blessed weekend and I promise never rarely to mention Enchanted April again.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Books Can Be a Problem

Yes, well, moving right along... Kinda. This is what I should be doing today...

Sprucing up Gull Cottage
from The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

 The Ghost and Mrs. M is also on my Netflix these days. What fun! I love that movie!

So I'm not scrubbing floors...I got sidetracked by books. It's always the books!

When I got to the library I came to a standstill, — ah, the dear room, what happy times I have spent in it rummaging amongst the books, making plans for my garden, building castles in the air, writing, dreaming, doing nothing.
But it is impossible, I find, to tidy books without ending by sitting on the floor in the middle of a great untidiness and reading.

(Both quotes are from Elizabeth von Arnim books) 

Did you ever get in on that color coding thing for your books?

Foolish me. I did. I don't care for the look now; John doesn't either. (I messed with his books and he has a perfectly good method understandable only to him.) I would mess them all up all over again, but I'm going to allow them to drift naturally. John has already set plenty adrift, believe me. This used to annoy me. Now I see the error of me ways.


 Here's a cozy living room with lots of books. The child's chair is loaded with books. 

What I like best is that poster!


A classic New England library...white and blue with a punch of red for good measure.

Which room would you prefer to read in or are you an outdoor under the tree reader? 


I'm thinking this would work well for me. It is the best of both worlds and when, after I've read a page or two, I feel the need of a nap, I'll be all set.

(If you are a pinner, please pin from the original source. Thanks!)

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