Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Tuesday MEME

Last week, Pat at Mille Fiori Favoriti tagged me with a Five Question MEME.

Here are the five questions I must answer:

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

2. Five things on my "To-Do" list

3. Five Snacks I enjoy

4. Five things I would do if I were a millionaire/billionaire?

5. Five places I have lived

1. Ten years ago, I was packing up my classroom of thirteen years for the final time. I am certain that I was worrying about what would be next, but "next" came and has continued to come every year since. Sometimes I don't understand how it has all worked out, but I do know that the Lord has always been faithful to me.

2. Clean the garage, clean the basement, clean out the spare closet, paint the second coat of paint on the deck, cull books...why am I so "cleaning" oriented? I wish that I were thinking along the lines of visit Rome, read The Odyssey, learn to bake the perfect apple pie, lose weight, and write a book.

3. Peanut M&Ms, Sunchips-original flavor, Lindt balls, buttered popcorn, any kind of cookie, cake, pie...okay, no wonder I'm not losing weight!

4. Well, of course, I choose to be a billionaire so I will build a library for my hometown, pay off school loans for son and nieces, start some kind of business that would employ a number of people, travel, and finish restoring my home...this one.

5. Virginia, New England, Oklahoma, Arizona, back to New England

Five bloggers should be tagged to answer the same five questions...

I am going to select five relatively "new to me" bloggers who visit me from time to time.

1. A Thrifty Mrs

2. Shanda @ Front Porches-Sweet Tea&Old Aprons

3. Barb @ The French Elements

4. Jenny @ Things From My House

5. rose_michelle @ A Cup of Tea With Friends

Ladies, please feel free to accept this challenge or not depending upon your own plans. I will not be offended or upset if you choose not to participate, but I really would love to know more about you!

Monday, June 16, 2008

I Remember Laura Week 3

"This week we will be sharing family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation." ~Miss Sandy @ Quill Cottage

Years ago now, I was attending the funeral of one of my paternal grandmother's dearest friends when I overheard a wonderful conversation between my aunt and one of my aunt's childhood friends. They were reminiscing about time spent in my grandmother's big square kitchen around the large table eating hermits and drinking milk. My aunt's friend said, "I know that this will seem shallow, but I loved spending time at your house because your mother was so much younger than my own. I thought that she was so pretty and so nice. You know, she fed many more children than her own five."

The thought of my grandmother as a wife and mother "young and pretty" feeding the neighborhood kids her delicious hermits and serving up glasses of milk has remained a powerful image for me. My own memories of her were of a woman bent and bowed by time, rheumatoid arthritis, and the cares of the world. I have much appreciated being able to replace those harsher memories with warmer ones.

This is my grandmother's Hermit Cookie recipe. It's hearty — good for growing boys and girls for she always said it was rich in iron.



* 1/2 cup shortening
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1/4 cup molasses
* 1 egg
* 2 teaspoons milk
* 1-3/4 cups flour
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon clove
* 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 cup chopped raisins

Cream together shortening and sugar. Add beaten egg, molasses, and milk and mix well. Mix and sift flour, spices and baking powder. Add to first mixture and mix well. Add chopped raisins and mix thoroughly. Drop from teaspoon 2 inches apart on greased pan. Bake in moderate oven (325ºF) 15 to 20 minutes.

My grandmother always baked hers by spreading them on a cookie sheet and then cutting them into generously sized bars.

*printable recipe*

Happy Monday, everyone!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Father's Day Weekend

It's Father's Day weekend here in the United States. I can no longer assume that this is a world wide event as I have in times past; I learned my lesson with Mother's Day!

Some people say, and I believe that it is true, that a person experiences the Heavenly Father in the same way that he or she experiences an earthly one. My own father and I have had one of those rocky road relationships. I have nearly given up hoping that we'll be able to mend it this side of Glory; although, I earnestly believe that we will have a healthy, whole relationship then.

My experience with my Heavenly Father has been evolving with the reading of good literature and Classic Christianity and a constant going back and forth to scripture. For now, though, my best visual is the relationship that my son has with his two sons. It has taught me more about what it means to love and to be in relationship with God.

Well, see if you can tell what I mean. I was having a playdate with my grandsons yesterday at their home when my son came home for lunch...

Both boys had been busy, very busy, playing, so totally involved in their own pursuits that their mother and I had been having trouble getting their attention. The sound of their dad's car and their dad's voice calling to them was all that was needed to break into their sphere. The anticipation was palpable.

And then the look on their dad's face as he rounded the bend...priceless!

The joy of being in relationship with our Heavenly Father is that He is never absent! We can call on Him at any point through the day or night for He never sleeps. We can snuggle down with Him and tell Him what's on our mind, where our fears lie, what we need. He knows us, loves us, and calls us by name.

Have a wonderful Father's Day weekend!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sunset over Mt. Washington

A week ago, I was picnicking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Last night, I was picknicking atop Quaker Ridge overlooking the White Mountains approximately 90 (ETA 68.8) miles to the west. We wanted to watch the sun set over Mt. Washington.

Thank you for your kind comments about the photography. I have so much to learn and yesterday proved that for me. I lost all of my photographs at one point. I think it was because I thought that I was deleting only one. Hopefully, I won't make that mistake again.

Early this morning, I took an outdoor photograph of our dessert...Rhubarb Platz from Mennonite Girls Can Cook...and so can you. I'm very grateful for the "so can you."

Interesting shape we left it in, eh? Looks like the map of a new state or province. Oh, by the way, this is delicious!

Speaking of delicious, my friend gave me two...yes, two bags of Lindt balls...two 19-ounce bags of Lindt balls. They used to fill the jar, but you can see that there's a dent being made.

Gee, does the room seem to be tipping? Must be because that's where I'm standing. ;>

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Standing Still at June

If the year would stand
Still at June forever,
With no further growth on land
Nor further flow of river,
If all nights were shortest nights
And longest days were all the seven,
This might be a merrier world
To my mind to live in

~ Christina Rossetti

Lupine House

Garage Hanging Basket

Cream Peony with buttercream center and a tinge of pink in front garden

Lots of green and not much color...yet!

Bridal Wreath

Lupines against a fence

Just a few photos of flowers around my home and neighborhood...I love lupines and they are in full bloom now everywhere in the countryside and, for the brave gardener (they can be invasive), in some gardens. Have you ever been charmed by reading Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney? If not, it's a must read.

Have a beautiful almost summer day!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

An Award

Two wonderful bloggers have presented me with the same beautiful award. First Christi of Charm and Grace Cottage and then Barbara of Ramblings from an English Garden.

This award is "dedicated to many who nourish and enrich the spirit and creativity. They see dedication, creativity, camaraderie, joy and above all, ART, much art. I wish that this prize is entertaining to all those bloggers and to bloggers who day by day share this space and enrich it a little more each day." ~Arte Y Pico

Now for the rules:

1) Select 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award, creativity, design, interesting material, and also contrubuites to the blogger community, no matter the language.

2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3) Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

4) The award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y pico"blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5) To show these rules.

To limit this to five blogs is a huge challenge because there is no one on my blogroll who doesn't inspire me; it is why each and every one is there. Anyway, here goes and in no particular order:

1. Terri @ Wind Lost who writes about life in the most compelling of ways. She does this in the middle of gathering beauty and ideas for her home and thereby our own. If you've not ever read one of Terri's amazing posts, you're in for a revelation. (Hint: you may need your tissue box. I often need mine.)

2. Suzanne @ The Farmer's Wife offers up a daily dose of fun and wit all balanced delicately with a liberal dose of poignancy. You won't be disappointed to read this one on a daily basis.

3. Trish @ My Corner of the Universe writes about everything with humor and insight. She has also shared some wonderful poetry that resonates so powerfully with me that I hope that you'll all read it and enjoy it.

4. Linds @ Rocking Chair Reflections shares her life in a wonderfully transparent way and with such insights that I find myself there nearly every single day to hear from her. I enjoy pulling up a rocking chair alongside Linds'.

5. La Tea Dah @ Rose Garden Cottage who is offering the most exquisite photographs of roses, their descriptions, poetry, prose, and quotes. I have much enjoyed my time there.

6. Judy @ My Front Porch lives in God's Country with the most exquisite scenes of British Columbia that you'll see anywhere. Beyond that, she writes so well and shares so much and I love visiting her every single day.

7. Alice @ Tea in My Cup faithfully posts on the joys of tea and all the ways that we can create those joys in our own lives. If you need wonderful ideas for entertaining from the food to the decorating, you will love Tea in My Cup.

8. Miss Sandy @ Quill Cottage may be too busy for awards, but she writes one of the most thought-provoking blogs in Blogdom. It's always an inspiration and often a walk down memory lane.

9. Dawn @ The Feathered Nest is one of the dearest, most generous bloggers always gifting her readers with beauty, ideas, and images. If you've never visited her blog, you must today!

10. Lovella @ What Matters Most is a talented gal, also from BC, who charms me every day with her thoughts about life and love. She also shares fantastic recipes (how DOES she stay so thin?) on her new blog called Mennonite Girls Can Cook.

That's ten! Five for Christi and five for Barbara. Thanks so much, gals, for giving me the opportunity to share with ten of my blogging buds and to feature their blogs here once again.

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!