Saturday, March 7, 2009

Letters, Packages, Ribbons, and Bows

Just sharing my pretty envelope from a certain Auntie whom I love around here. I have been shaking faerie dust off everything for a while now. ;>

And in the same day's post a package from Robin with extras tucked in. Shop with Etsy or with Ebay or from some of our wonderful blogging buddies and you'll know the joy of finding a unique, one-of-a-kind item.

Oddly enough, it was Aunt Amelia's where I first saw this darling picture and thought to myself that it would look sweet in my sewing room. Fine. Fast forward just a few short days and there it was at Robin's The Punkin Peddler.

Look at the other treasures that Robin tucked in...I so love the decorated clothespins, which I have already put to work.

See how prettily everything was wrapped and just look at the ribbon, which is a gift, too. I couldn't resist doing this with it...

That idea was borrowed directly from something Melissa shared at The Inspired Room yesterday.

Thanks to both Aunt Amelia and Robin! You gals know how to make a day brighter.

Have a happy, restful weekend.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Kitty Cat

Do you all have a little stash of ideas or photos for use on your blogs? Quite a number of them exist here. Ninety-nine per cent never get used. I was planning to go in quite a different direction this morning until...

This morning while my beloved ran to the store for the morning paper and some milk, I busied myself in the kitchen getting breakfast ready — oatmeal, orange juice, our vitamins measured out, the coffee perking — the usual. When I sat down at my place, there was a cute little fuzzball perched by my bowl looking at me. My beloved obviously extended his shopping list.

Tiny little kitty cat has been placed on a high shelf out of harm's way. If Miss Fioré ever finds her, she'll not know that it's a kitten, she'll think mouse.

Another wintry mix here today, but that does not prevent me from wishing you a warm almost-spring day!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Perhaps Today Is The Day?

...that we shall see how this looks on the gal and not on the hook?

Don't you love it when all the loose ends get tied up into one neat tidy package? I do! That's why I'm so happy to send you right over to see Lovella wearing the new apron that she won on my recent giveaway. She wears it beautifully! (And do look for the added bonus in wearing one of these aprons.)

Have a happy day, Dear Ones...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Turtle Cake Among Other Things

When my parents moved to the home where they now live, I was almost four and my sister almost one. A few years later, the Smiths arrived and within months my mother and Sibbie Smith had a path beaten across the field that separated the two homes... a path that led directly from one back door to the other.

What an easy friendship Sibbie and my mother had. They rarely telephoned one another; they simply showed up on each other's doorstep whatever the need — a cup of sugar or a cup of coffee and conversation. This went on for years, but eventually the Smiths bought another home across town and the relationship changed. Not that my mother and Sib don't maintain their friendship to this day, but they certainly don't enjoy that ease of visiting.

Somewhere along the way, by the time I left home for college, most mothers were working outside the home. My own mother returned to teaching to help with my education and things changed radically for her. When she returned home at the end of a day in the classroom, she simply didn't have the energy to pursue friendship in the way that she had before. She would sometimes mention it wistfully in passing.

Today, as I sit at my keyboard and try to stay connected at some level, I find myself wishing that more women were able to stay home. In those former times, women created the sense of neighborhood. They were the ones who cemented the kids and the husbands and everyone together in community. My father and Eb Smith were/are close friends because their wives were friends first.

By the time that I was a young wife and mother, I, too, was working outside the home. There were precious few hours to pursue friendships. They occurred naturally at the workplace, but not in the neighborhood. In fact, one was fortunate to know his or her neighbors. I didn't know all of mine. I didn't have a path beaten to my neighbor's back door.

What am I trying to spit out here? Just that I appreciate Blogdom for the sense of neighborhood that it provides. It may be artificial, but it is a good alternative to talking to oneself and twiddling thumbs. You see, there're precious few women I know, either in my neighborhood or out of it, who aren't in the workplace. Can you imagine if I visited and communicated this much with any one of those women I know who do not work outside the home? I'd wear out my welcome very soon.

So thank you for inviting me to your homes in Blogdom. Thank you for sharing your ideas and the books you read. Thank you for telling me about your projects, the flowers you grow, and the way you decorate.

You will note that I have made a few changes here. I really didn't want to, but A Haven was getting quite sluggish and so slow in loading that I've had a few complaints. When it became a problem for me, I knew that something had to be done.

My plan is to feature five blogs a week in the new format right here and then rotate around. You may see that some blogs have been dropped at the new site and some new blogs have been added. I hope that you'll peek in on my buddies from time to time. This may not be a solution that works at all. I've agonized a fair bit because featuring other blogs makes me happy and I'd prefer to do it on this page. We'll see how it goes...

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We're celebrating another birthday today. John is 26...again. ;>

We baked Tina's Chocolate Turtle Cake last night. You can find this delicious recipe right there with all the wonderful photos that Tina is so well known for doing. I'll leave you with a photo of molten caramel as a tease...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Bowl of Sunshine

Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the flowers, kind deeds are the fruits. Take care of your garden and keep out the weeds. Fill it with sunshine, kind words and kind deeds. ~H.W. Longfellow

I'm not finished here, but coffee is on! (On second thought, yes, I am finished here and will save what I've been pondering for tomorrow. Enjoy your Tuesday!)

Monday, March 2, 2009

What's in a Name Game

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said that I could play and I thought it high time for some levity around here. Either that or I'm losing my marbles.

1. REAL NAME: Vee (hahahahaahahahahahahaha...)

2. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's and father's middle names): Jane Willis

3. NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad): John Victor

4. STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name): Swave (Oh that's awful!)

5. DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal): Yellow Cat

6. SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, town where you were born): Lynn Quantico

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning): The Blue Flavored Water (huh? huh? It's got a certain ring!)

8. FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name): Eeon

9. STREET NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie): Rocky Road Thin Mint

10. ROCK STAR NAME (pet's name and street where you live): Fioré Oak (I made that last bit up. I'm already in the witness protection program and I'm not telling you where I live!)

11. EXOTIC NAME: (1st pet, street you grew up on): Ginger Pleasant

12. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (first 3 letters of real name plus-izzle): Veeizzle

13. YOUR GOTH NAME: (black, and the name of one of your pets): Black Towser

Would you like to play, too? If so, consider yourself tagged!

Oh, hint, hint, Kathy shared that she would be celebrating 200 posts in March. Perhaps we should keep a careful eye on her blog. ;>

Have a wonderful Monday...

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