Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Thirty-### Year Old Dress

Yes, darling, I have dresses older than you!

Yesterday, Lovella hosted a gathering of graduation dresses. I certainly hope that you will read her wonderful essay and look at her beautiful yellow dress, which she can still wear! There are also links to follow to see other beautiful gals and their graduation dresses.

My dress and I parted company some years ago...she remains ever the same, but I am much changed. Yesterday, I was unable to find her, but this morning I remembered that she was tucked in a pillowcase in the bottom dresser drawer. She has seen better days, my friends. I don't even have a photo to prove that I ever wore this number, but I assure you that I was fetching. FETCHING I tell you!

The pictures are a fright, but here goes...







We can all be grateful that I was unable to find my lavender gingham dress...graduation had so many events.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, June 9, 2008

I Remember Laura Week 2

It's all about buttons this week at Quill Cottage.



A button jar has always been on display in my home for years. It's a collection of buttons started by the former owner of the home that my husband and I purchased in 1979. She was an avid sewer and had many, many buttons stored in jars and tins all over the place. After we had been in the house for some time, I found more stored on the top shelf of the pantry in the shed. Calling to tell her about them, she laughed and said that they were all mine. Goody!

As a child, I was not allowed to play in button collections. Perhaps that is why I kept some on display and allowed all the children who were interested to play with them. My niece was the one who loved them best. She still does and has her own collection now and uses buttons in her art all the time.

Oh, did you notice how clever I was to display the buttons on top of the tabletop quilt that I spoke about at last week's "I Remember Laura"? Yup, just had to show you that I did get it accomplished after all.

Have a wonderful time on this week's button tour! Follow the link at the top of this post...

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Perfect Love

"So why do I have so much fear in my life?"

"Because you don't believe. You don't know that we love you. The person who lives by her fears will not find freedom in my love... To the degree that (imagined) fears have a place in your life, you neither believe I am good nor know deep in your heart that I love you. You sing about it; you talk about it, but you don't know it." Chapter 10 The Shack

(Imagine a man skipping rocks on a misty lake shore.)

There is no fear where love exists. Rather, perfect love banishes fear, for fear involves punishment, and the person who lives in fear has not been perfected in love.. ~I John:18 (Click on scripture verse for a word from Joyce Meyer on this topic.)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Let's Take a Trip Part II

One of the joys of living in my corner is that in about an hour I can be at the ocean if I travel east or in the mountains of New Hampshire if I travel west. Yesterday, we chose the mountains. It's a trip that I've planned for the first good day for the past few weeks.

The unfortunate thing is that the weather here has been unsettled for over a week. Yesterday promised to be the best day with promises of partial sun in New Hampshire so we struck off by nine a.m. with a picnic lunch and planning to find a little diner where we could have some breakfast.

Some time later and with grumbly tummies, we found the Morning Glory Diner. I didn't even take a picture because it was such a hole in the wall, but the food was great.

We were supposed to be taking the famous Kancamagus Highway, which we did right up to the point that we were welcomed to Vermont. Oh well! Someone can't read a map. Now you can see bright sunny New Hampshire day photos anywhere, right? But where are you going to find any like mine? LOL! I'm going to allow the photos to speak for themselves for the most part...







We did a lot of this...


















We followed these vintage cars to 2855 feet where the mountain was covered in mist and so no pictures from the peak...darn! My ears popped repeatedly...guess that I'm a lowlander.






















A small ski museum offered this display of "When Girls Wore Skirts to Ski." I tell you what...those gals of the 1930s and 40s were well dressed on the slopes!



Mt. Washington Inn




Finally, some lunch! Have you ever seen anyone more happy?


This is how he spent much of the day...patient man!


Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet is the highest mountain in the Northeast United States. A weather observatory sits at the top that measures some of the craziest weather on earth including the highest wind velocity ever recorded anywhere on earth...231 mph! It's up there somewhere, but was wearing a stole of mist yesterday. We decided not to chug the car up that steep mountain road. The joke around here is NEVER to buy a car that has a bumper sticker claiming that it climbed to the top of Mt. Washington.


Homeward bound...


I don't usuallly enjoy following lumber trucks, but this was one well-fitted load.








The day ended with ice cream just as all perfect days do. Thanks for looking at my pictures again and please join Judy at Let's Take a Trip. I see that she went to Hawaii yesterday. ;>

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I Remember Laura

Oh how I've wanted to participate in Miss Sandy's "I Remember Laura" Blogathon at Quill Cottage. It's all about quilts this week. My goal had been to whip up a quilt...tabletop quilt that is, but I've discovered that I am not Wonder Woman, after all.

Instead, I am sharing this quilt, which my dear mother made for me a few Christmases ago. I love the color combinations and the beautiful flannel background that she used. It's made over an old blanket so my mom is very frugal. Although pieced, it is not yet quilted and I hope to figure out how to do that without taking it to someone.



A close-up of the block...



Such a party gal I've been this week participating in three events. Hope that you'll click on the link above to join Miss Sandy at Quill Cottage!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

This and That

A few loose ends to tie up...

Just the mention of Italians yesterday and wouldn't you know that I couldn't stop thinking about them all day until suppertime when nothing would do save ordering some at the local Mom and Pop store.





His has all the trimmin's and hers has no onions and no oil. Yummy!

This is a pic I was supposed to put in my Drive-by post and overlooked.



I like the classic black shutter on the white.

Finally, a before and after that I've been meaning to share. Regulars here will recognize the corner.



And a close-up...



Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Let's Take a Trip

Judy is hosting "Let's Take a Trip" at My Front Porch this week and I want to play, too. She gave me permission to share a day trip; now I'm wondering if she'll give me permission to play twice because I am taking another day trip Thursday.

Since one should seize an opportunity, I've decided to focus on my Pemaquid Point Day from last September. You can read about the day as posted then right here; I have selected some new photos to share as well. (Perhaps you'll notice a titch of difference in my cropping skills. ;D)

We wound down to the coast that September day via Jefferson so that my daughter could show me this scenic view.







Of course, I think that all scenic views are improved by having my daughter pose in the middle of them.

This is the church spoken of...



We had already picked up our picnic lunch consisting of Italians and chips. I found the graphics on this chip bag interesting so took a photo.



Pemaquid Point is a cozy spot high upon a bluff overlooking the Atlantic. Its main draw is the scenic lighthouse and the beautiful vistas of seascape.



staking our claim...



lobster boat...



Funny to think that a few hundred years ago, lobsters were used as bait or even to fertilize fields...they were that numerous. People who ate them never told anyone because it was considered shameful to resort to eating such a creature. Personally, I don't like lobster unless it is dragged through mayonnaise and lands in small bits in a lobster salad roll.

We left Pemaquid after a few hours and wended our way along taking lots of pics...



The following pics were taken for my father who, as a true son of Maine, drinks Moxie until it runs out his ears and loves nothing better than eating at Moody's Diner.





Closing with a favorite photo from the day...



Hope that I'll see you on the tour!

DB