Friday, January 2, 2009

Little Projects List

This is an alphabetical list (incomplete) of projects that have appeared on my blog. It's an easy way for me to link to them without slowing down the sidebar or creating yet another blog. One last thing, many of these projects would not have been possible without the inspiration gleaned from other far more creative bloggers than I. Hopefully, I have always given credit where credit is due.

A Bird, A Star, and a Calendar
A Gathering of Spring Wreath Ideas
Altered Placemat Wall Hanging
Birthday Apron
Cabinet Painting
Easy Decorated Lamp Shade
Expressions Wall Hangings/Decorations
Gingerbread Student
Interview with a Glove Rabbit
Last Minute Ideas for Gift Wrapping
Little Ideas
Mail Caddy Makeover
Mirror Makeover
My Favorite Bulletin Board
Old Photos
Perfect Pumpkin/Street Address and more...
Pot Holder
Sewing Experiments
Scrabble Fun
Tea Cozy
Valentine Mobile
Wax Paper Tip
Window Project Mosaic

31 Days of Simple Pleasures

Just following others' good examples of popping this into the "permanent" record for future review. Thanks to Teresa at Plumwater Cottage for giving me the opportunity to continue with my gratitudes from Thanksgiving.

31. Finding an old friend
30. Organized closet
29. Vivid sunny days
28. Foggy mornings
27. Company
26. Quiet evenings
25. Hassocks
24. Sweet carols
23. Tim Horton's English Toffee Cappuccino
22. Fresh air...very
21. Quiet times
20. A project completed
19. The smell of gingerbread
18. Ham pizza
17. Morning devotions by the tree
16. A leisurely breakfast
15. Listening to a shopper hum along with Silent Night
14. Cozy fleece blankets
13. A Christmas card
12. New baby news
11. Cranberry English muffins
10. A drive to see the lights
9. Blog hopping
8. Outdoor fun
7. Time alone
6. Time with a grand
5. That certain slant of light
4. A well-constructed box with a lid
3. Sharp scissors
2. A thrift store find
1. Waking to fresh snow

You may notice that I've been tidying up in here, changing pictures about, shaking the dust off, but not the snow. No, I'm keeping the "snow effect" for a while since it's part of our story here and often into April. As proof, check the date on this post.

So I've been cleaning here because Christmas decorations remain with me until January 7, January 6 being Epiphany and all. John is still shaking his head and has begun saying at every turn, "Oh, I know what we'll do...take down the tree." Boy, he is in for a surpriiiiise. :D Of course, I am a huge believer in Christmas being a state of the heart and not a date. I find myself saying "Welcome Him" a lot these days.

Did you have a good New Year's Day? We decided to go to Portland to spend a gift certificate at Borders that it turned out we didn't have in the first place. It was so crowded that I didn't last long. John took my hand and led me out of there in the nick of time. (I tend to have serious troubles coping with a lot of people in crowded conditions. Anyone else deal with this?)

Have a fine Friday and an even better weekend. May it be a restful weekend with much time for relaxing and regrouping.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Prayer for a New Year

A Morning Wish

The sun is just rising on the morning of another day, the first day of the new year. What can I wish that this day, that this year, may bring to me?

Nothing that shall make the world of others poorer, nothing at the expense of others; but just those few things which in their coming do not stop with me but touch me rather, as they pass and gather strength:

* A few friends who understand me, and yet remain my friends.

* A work to do which has real value without which the world would feel the poorer.

* A return for such work small enough not to tax unduly anyone who pays.

* A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed.

* An understanding heart.

* A sight of the eternal hills and unresting sea, and of something beautiful the individual hand has made.

* A sense of humor and the power to laugh.

* A little leisure with nothing to do.

* A few moments of quiet, silent meditation. The sense of the presence of God.

* And the patience to wait for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to know them when they come.

~ W.R. Hunt


Wednesday, December 31, 2008


When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not. ~ Mark Twain

Twain, what a pistol he is even after he's been gone for nearly a hundred years. He reminds me of a pastor friend who often says, "I've already told you more than I know." Sometimes I feel this way blogging.

Today, I am reflecting back over this past year. Those who have been reading Haven, and I thank you, know that two eventful things happened to me in 2008. The first was that my sister married in January. This is made more pertinent in that we had shared a home for seven years. Even now we co-own a home, this very haven where I am now living. 2007 was a year filled with anxiety as I did not know how I would cope with all the changes; 2008 began in anxiety as these same fears continued. I was trusting God on the one hand, but still feeling nervous. Here I was, just like the disciples in the boat with Jesus, yet scared silly when a storm blew up.

The second eventful thing was that I married in July. I'll not retell the story, though you can find it here, if you are unfamiliar with it. What a blessing to marry a friend! I highly recommend it.

Still, there are concerns. The economy struggles on and this has affected us a lot. (I know that this is true for many of you as well.) I find myself wondering what 2009 holds and what challenges we will face. Grateful I am that God does not reveal everything in advance. Even as I am asking (begging?) for answers, I don't want to know e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Enough light for today — enough grace, enough mercy, enough love, enough wisdom, enough with some to spare.

And there are also many joys: A new family to get to know better, grands growing up like weeds, children who delight. And John will become a great-grandfather twice in the new year! (Let's not mention what that will make me as I'm just now used to being a grandmother. :D)

Thank you, Dear Ones, for being a part of my journey here at A Haven and for being the supportive souls that you are. I appreciate and love you more than I can possibly express. I look forward to sharing your journeys in the new year, too.

May your reflections on 2008 be sweet and may 2009 be the best year evah!

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 3:12–14

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I Am an Award Snob

The horrible truth is out. Sigh. Wonderful bloggers present me with beautiful awards and I leave them on the table. I do believe that the last one was a gift from The Voice of Melody...a delightful blog, though I am not sure if the blogger's name is Melody. Perhaps she can enlighten me...anyway, my way of handling these has been less than satisfactory all the way around. I save the award in a special folder and I usually save its name and the person who gave it. Sadly, I am equally as likely NOT to do so. Sometimes, I send the information to myself in an email, but now that my email is wildly out of control...ackkk!

So, one of my New Year's resolutions is to rejoin FlyLady and start receiving her daily reminders again until I get a grip on this organization thing again. Three Four of my blogging buddies are in the throes of moving to new homes...Melissa at The Inspired Room, Sue at Thistle Patch Hill, Jenny at Things From My House, and HappyOne at Life is Good. (How could I have forgotten this one? I mean, I've been watching her beautiful townhouse go up for several months now and the time for moving is next week!) Perhaps I can take some clues from them and pretend that I'm moving.

Last up today...Mystery and beautiful...even classic. This playlist is from one of our dear friends in Blogdom who must fly under the radar for a while. It's too good not to share.

Monday, December 29, 2008

An Assortment of Christmas Leftovers

Saturday's post brought my third and final win of the week. What incredible good fun it was to look forward to the mail. (That's one of my favorite things about the Christmas season...actually looking forward to the day's post.)

This was my win from Miss Sandy at Quill Cottage. It's a Christmas Cookie Recipe Book for me to write in my favorite recipes.

Don't you just know that that sweet little Merry Christmas tag was recycled for Saturday evening's party.

Thank you, Miss Sandy! Your craftmanship is unequaled and I treasure this highly. Now I'll have to work on my penmanship for jotting in the recipes I especially want to save. Let's revisit this in a year, shall we?

Now for some of my favorite photos of Christmas Day at my parents' and here Saturday evening...most will speak for themselves.

Do all of you look that intently at your laptops? ;D

The boy has toys, but he's inspecting coasters.

Rocket Launching

I wish that John would stop fighting with the dog!

Do you remember all the references to sewing and aprons? Here are my aprons all in a row...

Though I tried to capture each recipient's response, I only managed to capture one good niece's who looks quite pleased with her apron.

There was an apron for every woman in my family, including my grandmother. She's particularly pleased to have an apron made with one of John's old shirts...a purple one at that!

Thanks for looking at my pictures...have a fantastic Monday!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Soaking Music

(Imagine the Lion of Judah)

A week ago, Karen introduced me to the term "soaking music." This so blessed me and touched me that I looked into it further. I am just sharing a site that tells more about it and which has also blessed me this week. May it bless you, too.


Have a wonderful final Sunday of 2008...

(As always on Sundays, comments are off.)