Saturday, April 18, 2009

Abraham Lincoln Quote

(Imagine your own home pictured here.)
Property is the fruit of labor. Property 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 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)