Saturday, January 17, 2009

My Neighbor's Roses

My Neighbor's Roses

The roses upon my neighbor's vine
Are owned by him, but they are also mine;
His was the cost, and his the labor, too,
But mine as well as his the joy, their loveliness to view.

They bloom for me, and are for me as fair
As for the man who gives them all his care.
Thus I am rich, because a good man grew
A rose-clad vine for all his neighbors' view.

I know from this that others plant for me,
And what they own, my joy may also be;
So why be selfish, when so much that's fine
Is grown for you, upon your neighbor's vine?

~Abraham Gruber

This little poem comes from this book discovered by John at the local flea market for a pittance. The book is loaded with wisdom and I've enjoyed every page.

I find My Neighbor's Roses so meaningful because it very nearly perfectly explains how I feel about so many blogs...each one a life shared. I don't own the beautiful homes nor the rooms that fill them; no, nor the treasures that fill the rooms, but they are still somehow mine because they have been shared. Makes me feel like sharing, too.

Can you believe that another week has passed and that the weekend is here? Enjoy this day and your weekend...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Valentine Mobile

This delightful craft was discovered at Lorrie's Fabric, Paper, Thread. She presented excellent instructions in such a way that even I was able to believe that I could do it!

Here's my effort...

You'll probably want to follow directions closely and use the thread that Lorrie suggests as my sheer ribbon does not allow much movement. Other than that, I am delighted with my little kissy mobile. Thanks so much, Lorrie!

Hope that you'll all go visit Lorrie and tell her that I sent you. She has a beeeeeaaauuuutiful blog!

Goodbye, Mr. President

Last night, President George W. Bush said his formal goodbye to the nation. It feels right for me to express a little of what I am feeling about this President for whom I have voted twice. I know that his approval ratings are very low. I'm in that 30–34 percent of Americans who approve (most of the time) of the President. He and his strong decisions have kept this country safe for the past seven years. John and I do not take that lightly. To me, President Bush is a tenderhearted man and a strong man of faith who has made some of the toughest decisions of recent history. I admire him. I respect him. He has been in my prayers for nearly the past decade and he will be in my prayers for a lifetime. God bless you, Mr. President. I thank you and your family for your service to our country. Job well done.

(As I have learned not to trust comments on political issues, comments on this post have been turned off. Any political comments on any other post will be removed. Thank you for understanding.)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Five Things Tag

Carol of Charli and Me recently tagged me for the Five Things Tag.

Here are the rules:

* Answer the following questions
1. Name five things in your purse
2. Name five things in your workroom
3. Name five things you've always wanted to do
4. Name five things you're "into"
5. Why aren't there five questions? Okay, I'm making up my own. Name five places you've always wanted to visit.

* Tag five other bloggers and let them know that they've been tagged.

1. Name five things in your purse:

-a wallet with no bills just coins
-a video...It's a Wonderful Life (Picture taken Sunday morning; Video watched Sunday evening.)

2. Name five things in your work room:

-a sewing machine
-iron and ironing board
-a cutting table
-an armoire

3. Name five things you have always want to do:

-teach an adult ed class
-take a course in genealogy
-learn how to make a quilt
-write a book

4. Name five things you're into:

-learning more about the Lord and my life in Him
-creating home

5. Name five places you've always wanted to visit:

-Great Britain
-British Columbia is now on my list (or will be once the flooding is gone)

There! Now you know all the truly important things about me. ;>

I am not tagging anyone because you're all invited to play! Just let me know so I can read yours, too. Enjoy your Thursday!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Writing on Photos Using Paint—Photo Tutorial

The photos should speak for themselves...if not, email me. You can also click on each picture to enlarge and to read the directions as each one is named according to the step. Best wishes!


The Paint Program is found via the computer's START button... ETA: Judy has reminded me that if Paint has not been placed as a shortcut that you will find the program under "Accesories."

Once the eyedropper has been selected, one can select color either from within the photo itself as shown below (eyedropper tool has been circled in red to show up better)...

or choose the color from the palette as seen below.

Once the color has been selected by clicking on it, the color goes to the box on the left so that the color chosen is readily known.

One Country Home

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til it's gone

So until I read Linda's laments followed by Kathy's of January 9, I really wasn't aware of what was going on in the publishing community.

As it turned out, Saturday afternoon I took two boxes of my culled books to the library so they can store them in their attic until this May's book sale. As I set the boxes of books on the bench labeled "Set Book Donations Here," I saw a big box of magazines labeled free. I grabbed just the top one without paying much attention.

Reading it Saturday evening was pure pleasure...

Linda and Kathy will understand...

Edited to Add: Photo can now be seen on new post above.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Don't Ignore It

Ever pass by a room and be annoyed by an element in it? If it's a window or a door, that's a problem, but if it can be solved by moving furniture about or shifting a decorative piece from here to there...well, then, the problem is easily solved and will relieve that minor irritation. (We could probably apply this to many things in life.)

The beginnings of this post were planted by my two Terris. Yes, they belong to me! => Terri of Lakewood Manor did two posts about her bedroom *here* and *here*. You can see the before and after pictures of all that she was able to accomplish in just one weekend. It inspired me!

Terri of Windlost did a post on Vincent Wolf Tablescapes (see January 9). Though I can't possibly aspire to Wolf's level, it did make me think that I could do something that I'm about to show you. When you ask. Now!

So it all began with this photo...

The plant stand is much too small for its location, but the Christmas cactus must remain there for the light...what to do...what to do...

Use this tiered table located on the opposite wall? But I really like something there by the built-in bookcases.

Okay, the picnic basket (still loving it, Suzanne!) works just fine there.

And the tiered table is better scale, holds the plant, and provides a place to set a cup of tea!

But, and this is where Vincent Wolf comes in, does that plant stand look okay on top of the coffee table? (The Carpenter is unimpressed.)

Both Fioré and I agree that it does. What do you think?

So here we are back where I started with the tiered table instead of the plant stand. Better?

Last week when I was stripping down the Christmas decorations and came to my dining area light, I could not remove it all. I really like the little embellishments and will probably always keep something there year round.

That's it for today...thanks for the inspirations, dear Terris!

P.S. Did you happen to notice the little cloth ball? No? Neither did the grands for whom it was made. I'll share more on that later, if anyone is interested.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Love is in the Air's been mighty cold lately. As I recently told Linds, even the cat has taken a lover.

Now I knew that The Cat in the Hat meant t.r.o.u.b.l.e., but this is ridiculous!

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On another note entirely, I just wanted to mention the wonderful posts that LaTeaDah has been doing at Gracious Hospitality about all things tea, but most especially I have enjoyed reading about the history of tea and the health benefits of tea. Perhaps I've discovered a secret that I've long sought...see her January 10th post. You'll also note that there is a button linking to a sweet give-away right there in my sidebar. Don't miss it!

Do stay warm out there...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Esther's Insights

What a blessing to find this blog via Trish a contributor at Mennonite Gals Can Cook. Trish's sister Gwen inherited their mother's collection of a lifetime of saved poems, thoughts, notes, journals, Bible studies, etc. One cannot begin to imagine the wealth of material there. It's been a delight for me to visit each day to find something new from *Esther's Insights*. What a labor of love for Gwen to go through it all and type up something new each day. Check it out! I'm sure that you will find treasure, too.

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

~Selected verses from Proverbs 31