Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Fun Twist

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread had a birthday and she gave me a present! Now isn't that a fun twist?

Dinner was on the table yesterday when John brought in the mail. I had worried about the lack of dessert and figured that I might just have to open a can of peaches, but those yummy little Reese's peanut butter eggs worked delightfully. Thanks, Kathy! The bookmark is beautiful and the little tag has also been made into a wonderful bookmark. What a great birthday party it was with wonderful birthday favors!

Has anyone read The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey? After just finishing one of Beth Moore's books written in a conversational style, we are finding Yancey's quite intense and thought-provoking, even mildly disturbing. That's good. We need to be disturbed from time to time.

In other news...

Yes, it's the end of sap season in the Maple Grove. I forgot to tell you that I was able to enjoy something that I've always wanted to do because of the sap collecting going on right next door. I was able to have a cup of cold sap to drink straight from the bucket. It was really very tasty and thirst-quenching. Some time, if I'm blogging next maple syrup season, I'll share more about this strange wish of mine. Sorry that we didn't document it! Just imagine my neighbor visiting one day and my sharing this long-held wish and even my considering borrowing stealing a cup in the dead of night. He laughed and said, "The time is now!" Yes, he's getting a gallon of maple syrup, but the sad thing is that he is allergic to it. I've never heard of that before.

John would like to thank you all for your sweet comments on his great-grandfatherhood. He's feeling a little old these days so he most appreciated those that included some surprise and shock that such a thing was possible. =D

I'm off to help take my grandmother to the doctor and for some tests today even in the rain, but I hope to be around later to visit. Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 20, 2009

*Bunny Tales

Pssst! Psssssttt! Right over here...it's me the bunny. Listen, the bird and I have a few things to show you.

There've been a few changes over the weekend.

For one thing She-Who-Always-Putters put that forsythia way over there so I wouldn't be able to eat it. Drat! Oh well, that's one thing — the forsythia is blooming.

Yup, here we are again. She-Who-Always-Putters found an old window frame. Big deal! But, noooo, She thinks it's the greatest thing since soap. Apparently, so does He — He-Who-Always-Putters. See that joint on the end there below? He goes ga-ga for that kind of stuff. So between her going on and on about patina and his going on and on about old construction...weird!

What did She do with the old frame? It's out on its keister...

But that's not the best news of the weekend. The best news is that He is a brand new great-grandfather. Yup, great: G.R.E.A.T. Grrrreat! His granddaughter and her husband have welcomed a precious baby boy to their family.

Say, come back tomorrow and see how much mileage She can get out of the same old story retold. Oh, She says to have a great day!

*Every pun intended. Check out "the real" Bunny Tales. Err...the real Bunny Tales.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Trust in the Lord With All Your Heart

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. Proverbs 3:5

"I once asked the Lord why so many people are confused and He said to me, 'Tell them to stop trying to figure everything out, and they will stop being confused.' I have found it to be absolutely true. Reasoning and confusion go together." ~Joyce Meyer

"I once believed that after I prayed, it was my responsibility to do everything in my power to bring about the answer. Yet God showed me a better way and showed me that self-effort always hinders His work." from Streams in the Desert (emphasis on always mine)

"The difference between those who are being led by the Holy Spirit and those who are being deceived is joy, gladness, and a calm expression instead of sadness, sorrow, and depression." ~Smith Wigglesworth

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Abraham Lincoln Quote

(Imagine your own home pictured here.)
Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable...is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built. ~Abraham Lincoln

Quoted from Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Pencil Caddy

Here's a vignette — the telephone table where the rolodex, tape, phone, and pencil caddy are kept. Until three days ago, the caddy was the holiday one made from an old L.L. Bean Christmas catalog cover. This one is made from a couple of pages of my Laidlaw Basic Reader titled Making Storybook Friends. The "spring" side features this little poem:

Sing a song of springtime
Skies are blue today,
A swing hangs from the treetops,
And spring's the time to play.

The "autumn" side is this picture of a little boy raking leaves in his knickers, suitcoat, and tie. It is a bit of a joke on John who always lets me know how much he hated basal readers. (He never thought those little boys were doing things that ordinary little boys were doing.) I, on the other hand, loved basal readers and still do. You just know what John thinks of this little guy, especially since I slapped that lace at the top. Ha!

Enjoy your Friday...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Stand of Pine

My Cathedral

Like two cathedral towers these stately pines
Uplift their fretted summits tipped with cones;
The arch beneath them is not built with stones,
Not Art but Nature traced these lovely lines,
And carved this graceful arabesque of vines;
No organ but the wind here sighs and moans,
No sepulchre conceals a martyr's bones,
No marble bishop on his tomb reclines.
Enter! the pavement carpeted with leaves
Gives back a softened echo to thy tread!
Listen! the choir is singing; all the birds,
In leafy galleries beneath the eaves,
Are singing! listen ere the sound be fled,
And learn there may be worship without words.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Creating Tidy Links

Edited to Add...Disclaimer: Don't bother reading this if you have any other host besides Blogger or if you are not working with a PC. Just like to save people the trouble as this is picture and word dense.

This post is dedicated to Leann at The Old Parsonage who has asked me twice for help creating neat links. I've ignored her once and once is enough. =D Blogger covers this, but knowing how much I hated Blogger HELP back when I began, I have decided to give this lesson a go. Since Haven is hosted by Blogger, this is is how it works here. I'm not sure of other hosts. (Also, the new Writer program, which I discussed *here* makes the process easier.)

First of all, have two internet pages opened. This creates ease of movement between the two. Just open them and minimize them to the tray until ready to go. For example, you can see that I am 1. listening to *Leann's playlist* 2. working on my blog page 3. keeping a second "A Haven for Vee" open so that I can easily go find my links.

[Yikes, I'm already in trouble because John says that I should treat this post as if I were teaching him and he knows nothing. Okay, here goes...this could get wordy...my apologies. Minimize means to click on the minus button at the top right of your screen in the blue bar. There are three buttons: a minus (minimize), a double screen icon, which either maximizes or diminishes your screen, and the big red X that closes the screen.]

Since left and right clicking are going to be used, let me put this photo in while I'm at it.

All comments on each photo are from this point on going to be below the photo.

I usually use the word *here* set off with asterisks and italics so that it shows up as my intended word for the hyperlink. 1. Type the word/s you'd like to use 2. Get behind the word with your mouse 3. Click using your left click or what I call the regular click 4. Drag while still holding the left click down until the word is shaded at which point you can stop holding the click.

Now it's time to either minimize the blog entry page or open your second internet page over the top of your blog entry page. Find the page and copy the entire address showing in the addy line as pointed out with the red arrow above. You do this just the way you left clicked and dragged for the word you selected to be hyperlinked.

ONE MORE THING: after you have left clicked and dragged to get the address, you must then right click using the top right button on your mouse. A box will open and you will (left/regular) click on the word "COPY."

Now, believe it or not, you have everything you need to create a tidy link. You have a shaded word within your text and you have gathered your new addy. Now, once again back on the post you are writing, you click (regular old left click) on the icon you see in the picture above.

A box pops up with this beginning bit that must be removed. Just hit your delete button on your keyboard or backspace or whatever but lose it.

Now you have an empty box and you are going to place your new addy right there by right clicking on the mouse and selecting PASTE from the drop down menu.

The addy drops into the box and you regular click on the OK button as shown.

If I have left anything out, I hope that someone will rescue us because I'm pretty done with this lesson. I do think I should make John try this as that will be my test. If you have a question, feel free to ask. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Romantic Vignettes

When a gal's been blogging for a while, there're very few areas of a home left to show. I've even shown the inside of my medicine cabinet for cryin' out loud. Still, when I read that Louise at Whispering Poppies (long gone) was going to have a Romantic Vignettes Party, my gears began to turn. About time, too!

This is a small dresser tucked at the top of the stairs under a sloping wall. I pass it twice a day, more if I'm working in my sewing room. Haven't changed a thing on it in forever. My sister made me the wash basin and pitcher in a ceramics class she took thirty or more years ago. The photo on the left is a group picture of some of my cousins at a family reunion. The pictures on the right are of my son and daughter. There's an embroidered sampler behind and old books. And those roses atop a full-length mirror are very handily covering a hole in the wall. The mirror provides much needed reflected light in this dark corner.
This is my bedroom dresser. I love using the small vintage make-up case instead of a dresser tray. This way, I can whisk it off easily and clean without disrupting everything nor are bottles knocked over by my inquisitive cat. The dresser is antique and has a tall back where I hang a splasher. Love old linens!
Christmas is never completely packed away and this little sign is one of those Christmas items that works for me dangling off the top of the case. (Edited to Add: Suzanne calls this a "train case.")

This is a narrow wall arrangement at the end of the piano. Old keys are often tucked in places around the house. Small plates are purchased either new from T.J. Maxx or more often from flea markets. Things displayed in odd numbers are more pleasing to my eye so this is a grouping of seven. I try very hard to keep groupings lower rather than higher. Unless I were decorating from floor to ceiling, I would not place things on the wall higher than eye level... eye level when seated in a standard kitchen chair. This keeps everyone's perspective roughly the same. Try it, you'll see what I mean. Seat a tall person and a short person side by side in kitchen chairs. When seated, their perspectives will be very similar. Not so true when they're standing, of course.

I'll leave you with the vignette that regular readers here are most familiar with. The Easter rabbit showed up months ago and I'm not ready to part with her yet so she's carrying a cabbage rose in her hat these days instead of one filled with eggs.

Please join the Romantic Vignette Party at Whispering Poppies. You'll love it! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A New Song

Praise God for His resurrected life! In that resurrected life and because of it, we have all the hope that we shall ever need. We will sing a new song and that new song will be...

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth. Revelation 5:9–10

photo source (allowed to stand)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

For the past several weeks since the time change, we have been able to see something that intrigues us on every good weather morning when the sun hits the telephone pole on the lower road. Look at the following pictures and it'll become clear to you as well.

Truly, it's been quite an image to see a white cross of sorts floating in the sea of brown and gray branches. We won't be able to see it much longer when the forest greens up, but it has given me the opportunity for much reflection.

The word from Our Daily Bread this morning sums it up better than I could...

It is a simple thing to say that Christ died for the sins of the world. It is quite another thing to say that Christ died for my sins...

Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise! Rev 5:11–12

God bless your Good Friday!

One more thing, if you haven't had the opportunity to visit Sandi at Holding Patterns or Kari at Just Livin' Large, perhaps you'll check in today. You may know that Sandi is Kari's aunt. Doesn't it seem that things seem to hit families all at once? Anyway, you'll find both blogs in my sidebar under featured blogs.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thursday So Soon?

The Conference is keeping me on my toes. My day gets restructured in interesting ways to accomodate the schedule and not as much is being accomplished about the house nor with blogging visits. Still I'm trying to get it together because I just learned that we will be hosting Easter dinner for my side of the family after all. Yikes!

As much as I'd love to hop through all the hoops of creating a memorable dinner, I think we'll be keeping this one a little more low-key. No sitting at one table, no Grandmother's china, no big to-do tablescapes, no polishing of silver. It's going to be spiral ham and Green Ivy Corelle dishes all the way baby. That and much joy. Easter should be filled with joy.

Backing up to the conference, I just know that you want to know what I thought of Melissa's presentation. I. found. it. fascinating. One thing that I'm learning across the board with the presenters, many of them bloggers in Blogdom, is that all are a little shy. Everyone feels as if she has stepped out of her comfort zone. One even suggested today that many bloggers are shy. I know that I am. I feel much more comfortable chatting with you here than I would in person. Much. So Melissa comes across as one who has stepped over that comfort zone line...a little surprised to find herself where she is today yet so willing. Refreshing!

So this was my funny story of the day... John decided to talk budget at 9:30 this morning just as I had taken my seat before the computer screen. I tried to ward him off with "the look." Eventually, wouldn't you just know it that one of the speakers talked about having a good marriage and little tips that would help. One of those tips included greeting the hubby at the door with a smile and a kiss. Fine. I'd give it a whirl just as soon as I could boot him out the door.

Fast forward to one o'clock when I greeted him at the door. More like startled him at the door, actually. He later said that he wasn't sure that he had the right house. After dinner, we were discussing the afternoon — what he'd be doing and what I'd be doing. I told him that I didn't care what he did as long as he left me alone between 3 and 4 as I would be listening to Melissa and that. was. that.

This is what the poor man did while I listened to my seminar session...

I tapped on the window...
he looked around wondering. When he saw me, he waved. Look at that lit-up face! Well, I just know that I can make my face light up the same way whenever I see him. Shouldn't be tough at all.

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter 1940, Etc.

Isn't that an interesting magazine cover from the 1940 Easter issue of the Saturday Evening Post? I'm loving the colors and the dress, the hair and hat, the shoes, the purse, and get a load of those butterfly wings. Woooieee...I want some! (PETA people should be pleased that I did not mention the mink coat dangling from the apple tree.) (Edited to Add: The cover design was done by J.C. Leyendecker.)

I even found a matching car to go with the outfit.

It's a beauty isn't it? A real corker of a Chevrolet.

I should be thinking about *Easter eggs,* the way that Rose Cottage has been. Oh do read this scrumptious post. You'll be glad that you did and most especially if you want to create some beautiful Easter eggs dyed using all natural dyes in many different colors. Check out the exquisite colors of Rose Cottage's Aracuna hens' eggs, too. If you love blues...

I'm so excited that I will get to hear Melissa's voice today. Yay! You may know the story...Melissa was the first to ever leave a comment here at Haven so I feel a little connection. I believe that there's something very special that she will share with the women attending A Woman Inspired. And it's not too late to sign up.

Enjoy your Wednesday; I know that I will!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Windows Live Writer Experiment and Much More

I am writing this on Friday evening (4/03/09) using the new Windows Live Writer and will post it sometime next week. You know, I’ve been complaining for some time about the limits of Blogger. When I want to set a paragraph in, I expect it to happen. When I want to center something, I expect it centered. You know, the usual formatting issues. I just downloaded Windows Live Writer and I suddenly have my MSN Messenger back, along with a lot of other neat things. (ETA: Not everything works. The new picture program nearly crashed my computer.) The screen looks like this by the way. (This photo was added Monday night from the regular Blogger program.)

Let’s see if I can center this.

Oh yes I can!

I am brilliant lucky!

Just was able to add a picture albeit an artsy, crooked one from the photo album using the button pictured above. It's on the right side of the screen. Oh, I don't like that "view full album" feature one little bit! It shows up automatically and hyperlinked below any photo uploaded using this program. I was able to remove it, but that will prove to be a pain because it needed to be removed using Blogger in Edit Html.

View Monitor

Surprise, surprise! I think that I will be sticking with Blogger after all! Otherwise, I would have to go back and forth between programs to get the best features of both. I'd go with the Live Writer if the photos worked the way that I want them to.

Google "Windows Live Writer" if you’re interested in learning more. I don’t dare to try the hyperlink. If you've used this program, please let me know how you like it.

You may already know that I am one of the most blessed gals in Blogdom. Truly.

Yesterday, another package arrived. Though the resident prankster tried to keep me from getting my hands on it, even he couldn't manage to keep it away. Gheesh! The things some gals must go through!

This is a wonderful package from Miss Sandy who shared all about it here. I have also added a button on my sidebar so that you may check out this event for yourselves. What a wonderful seminar for Christian women, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! So far, I've listened to one live session, but I will be able to download all the sessions in the future and I plan to. I'm so excited about Wednesday's session with Melissa who spoke about it here.

The pretty package picture story follows...

Is it any wonder that I feel so blessed?

Click on any photos that you'd like to see better. You may even be able to read what I circled at the bottom of the page. Nope, it's too tough. It says: Prayer is not all that you can do. It's the best that you can do.

Thank you again, Miss Sandy. You are a blessing.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sap Buckets and Sweater Pillow

Weather Report: Sap is still running. No, not all over the ground. There are lids on those buckets. Yup, it's been windy. The snow is going fast.

My mother returned a sweater vest to me that I had given to her because she had given it to me. Are you still with me? I decided that there was no way that I wanted a blue stripe right across my mid-section with ducks swimming in it so was preparing to pop it into the Goodwill bag when I thought that I'd save the sweet buttons on it. Yes, they're sheep.

Then, just as I was preparing to take the first snips another thought. Whoa...Wait a minute, Chickie. You can do what Judy did right here. So I did, minus the felting. I remember that Manuela also did one...a red one...at her former blog. OOPS! Manuela informs me that the information is available right *here* . (My memory is shot! I actually did a search this morning, but must've been too specific.) I think she said something about not being too fussy so I wasn't too fussy following Manuela's good advice. It was the kind of project that wouldn't make any difference in appearance whether one spent 30 minutes or 3 hours. So there it is and, no, I'm not packing it away until next winter. Even though it's a sweater, it has a springy scene...apple trees, flowers, ducks swimming, and sheep grazing.

Enjoy your Monday, Dear Ones!