Sunday, October 12, 2008

Now Thank We All Our God

Now Thank We All Our God

Now thank we all our God,
With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom his world rejoices;
Who from our mother's arms
Hath blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in his grace,
And guide us when perplexed,
And free us from all ills
In this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given,
The son, and him who reigns,
With them in highest heaven,
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

Comments are off...have a wonderful Sunday!

Photo Source allowed to stand

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

Yesterday afternoon we were able to get Nan out of the house for a few hours to do some leaf peeping. John drove and Nan sat atop her front seat cushion in the hopes that we could raise her wee little self high enough so that she could see. I sat in back and every so often saw that golden moment — that "glory in it all" view. I yelped. John braked. Thankfully, no one was behind us. This is one of the scenes all taken in a 270º arc.

A lower field overlooking the White Mountains to the west.

Just to the right, the farm house.

To the right of that, the road.

And across the street, my chariot awaits.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all my Canadian blogging buds! I hope that you are in the midst of wonderful preparations and plans and that many of you have family and friends who will join you at your table to give thanks once again this year. Lovella shared a wonderful heartfelt message right here about giving thanks in challenging times. It blessed me to pieces and I know that it will bless you, too.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Red Leaves and White Birches

There was just something about those vivid red leaves and that white birch...

You've come a long way, Baby! Happy Birthday!

Have a happy weekend, Dear Ones!

ETA for clarity's sake: Baby photo is of darling daughter at 6 months of age.
The bottom photo, which was first posted here, is also of my darling daughter playing with her nephews (and my grands) on my parents' back lawn.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

It's Not Number One Observatory Circle

President Abraham Lincoln had a vice-president who hailed from Maine. This is his home. I don't believe that that's his vehicle. Ha!

(As you can see, I've been playing with settings. Which do you prefer?)

It was beautiful there yesterday afternoon. I hope to take my grandmother on a drive there soon; she'll enjoy getting out to see the beautiful colors.

Thank you all for your kind comments yesterday. We'll have ourselves as good a time as we can without wearing my poor nan out. You all have a wonderful week as well. I'll be sneaking in to visit you as I am able. As for my blog, I'll have a picture here and there to post.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Grands in Autumn

"Cumpkins, cumpkins, cumpkins!" was the cry as my daughter-in-law set my grandson down at the pumpkin patch. Then "Twenty, twenty, twenty!" as he ran around trying to comprehend the vast numbers of them. Since he can count to 20, repeating that number over and over became his best attempt to count them all. At some point, he decided that pumpkins were edible in their natural state and was quite disappointed to discover otherwise; at least, for little boys.

You'd think that my son could handle the yardwork. No, he has the wee one doing it! Hmmmm, wonder if I can borrow that child for a day.

Tomorrow begins another week caring for my grandmother. My parents are returning to Canada to enjoy Thanksgiving there with family and friends. I had no idea that we would be called upon in October so find myself looking for God in the interruption. Anyway, if posts are sporadic or absent altogether, you'll know what happened to me.

Catch you as I can...

Monday, October 6, 2008

Pumpkins On a Canoe Ride

Is it Monday already? Where'd the weekend go so fast?

I know! This is what happens when someone spends all day Saturday buried in the garage; I'm sharing before and after pictures at the end of this post.

We're in an unsettled weather pattern, which means angry clouds can scuttle in at any time producing showers that come and go quickly. In spite of them, we were able to go for a drive yesterday afternoon to enjoy the foliage. Here are two of my favorite shots.

What's not to appreciate about pumpkins going for a canoe ride or a big red barn?

The next two are not one bit pretty, but to me they are a thrill. I'm still grinning every time I enter the garage. Any time that the garage is reserved for vehicles instead of just stuff, I am happy. All of those things in the back left corner are awaiting a trip to my sister's so that whole corner will be cleared soon.

Hope that you can tell the before and after on your own because Blogger, as per usual, is being a pain in the keister. And, on that cheerful note, I bid you all a Good Day! :D

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Clean Heart

I awoke with this song playing in my thoughts, a good way to start the day it was, too.

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me...

Enjoy a wonderful Sunday, Dear Ones.

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Best Laid Plans...

Sometimes those adventures just don't work out as planned. We woke to yet more rain and so decided that our plans to attend the Fryeburg Fair would not be working out this year. I refer you to my post on the fair that I posted a year ago right here. I don't think that any of my regular readers had shown up by then.

You can read all about my food choices of that day. Oh my! And you can decide who the friend was that I quoted with regard to manure and pine needles. Oh yes, three guesses and the first two don't count.

I love Bloomin' Onions and will miss not having one this year, but I did make up for it a little when I made some of Ree's Onion Strings to serve with lunch. Have you tried these? They are so delicious and very easy to make.

I'll be back later with a pic of my baby grand. No! Not the piano, the littlest grandson with whom I am spending the day. I'm looking forward to the fun.

Have a great Friday!

Leaving you for now with yet another autumn picture taken earlier this week at the Farmer's Market.

ETA: I've tried to do as promised, but Blogger is having a fit tonight with uploading pictures. I've tried both editing this post and starting a new post. Either way, uploading pics is not working tonight. Perhaps I'll try again tomorrow.

ETA: Saturday morning try...

A Happy Stroll Through the Cemetery

Give a Boy a Box

Yay! It worked!

My Saturday plans are to clean the garage. I seriously mean it this time. No really. I am serious.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Garden

This past Monday, after three days of rain with Hurricane Kyle taking his time to blow past, we needed to run a few errands and so decided to have a McDonald's picnic at the garden.

My friend tells the story of how years ago the "Dean of Maine Gardeners" was a member of the church she and her husband attended. One day, he kindly asked if they wouldn't like to come see his garden. Sadly, they declined not realizing what they were missing. Little did they know that a few years later they would be working hard to establish the garden as a community gem.

Enjoy the photographs and thank you for looking. I'm off on an adventure today and will share it with you soon. Have a fantastic Thursday! ETA: Alas, no adventure today after all. The weather is simply not cooperating. Still hope that you have a fantastic Thursday!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Carl Larsson and Me

Flower Window by Carl Larsson

For some time now, I've been looking for my book on Carl Larsson's home Sundborn. I've even mentioned to more than a few of you that I was looking and looking and looking for that book. I have been most eager to find it since I married. My first husband was Italian by heritage and my new groom is Swedish. I wanted to impress my groom with my vast knowledge of all things Swedish beyond Swedish fish and all don'tcha know.

The Lost is Found

Today, I'm happily reporting that I found the book about a week ago. I'm so excited. And I'm further intrigued because I had no idea how much I have been influenced by this Swedish artist and designer and architect and all on a completely subconscious level. But I shall leave that for all of you to decide — just take a peek and see what I mean!

We both have yellow front doors...

We both have big old cupboards in the kitchen...

We both have a gallery...

We both have a ledge...

We both love books and color...

This could go on and on for a long while. Please click on any photo you'd like to see enlarged and also click on highlighted words for further information about this much-loved and well-admired Swedish artist.

Leaving you with two of Larsson's paintings celebrating domesticity. I am always completely charmed by them.

For a Little Card Game

When the Children Have All Gone to Sleep

Picture Source Allowed to stand

ETA: For Alice (By the way, Alice is looking for an answer to a question. Perhaps you can help her out!)

Edited to Add: Yes, changes have been made this 30th day of January in 2010 (and 5/15 2011). I was appalled to see that the formatting had not held and set about to fix it. This was a dangerous thing to do for pictures were lost, which required replacing. Since this post will be featured in the first week of February, I thought it best to get it right. Thanks for visiting!