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.)