Monday, May 2, 2011

Nan's Dishes

Shield your eyes! This is the dud mosaic for yesterday. What was I thinking?
Click to enlarge at your own peril

In my own defense I'd like to say that I was very tired last night. I've spent the last several days cleaning the yard. Then yesterday afternoon, John and I cleaned the garage because we were moving a bunch of stuff in.

It was a great morning to load up the goods from the storage facility above and take them to the new storage facility below.

Ever since, I've been unpacking Nan's china. (My mother's is still at her home.) The table and counters are loaded with it. I'm washing, dividing, and repacking it. Sis gets half.

Nan's china is named Derbytone from Myott and Sons, England. The pattern has been discontinued. My mother told me that, when she was trying to replace some chipped pieces, she learned that the factory had been bombed during WWII and the pattern was lost. Therefore, there are precious few replacements. The china was a gift to my grandmother from my grandfather. (I've told you what a sweet gift giver he was.) Sometime prior to WWII, he was shopping in Boston when he came upon this set of china. He liked it so well that he purchased two sets, one for my grandmother and a set for his mother-in-law as well.

I remember eating from these dishes only on very special occasions—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

Scattered throughout the Derbytone are pieces of Bavarian china. This little plate is darling and so modern looking to me. The top is porcelain and the bottom is rougher like stoneware. It's called Royal Silesia (Possibly Prussian).

There'll be more to share as I delve into the depths of those boxes. It's a bittersweet day. How are you spending yours?
Love Vee

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hope of a Garden~Mosaic Monday

Taking pictures of the few green things up through the soil. Spring's been a long time coming, which makes it all the sweeter. Even the rabbit is happy!

Linking to Mary at Little Red House. If you've ever thought you'd like to join in the fun, please do; we'd love to have you!

In the Morning

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. ~Psalm 5:3

Even with a small garden, I find new things every morning. This was my new find of the day. It's blooming among my frilly daffodils, though it has this much different shape.

I spent some time looking up this the clear blue sky and the budding trees.

I see a hornet's nest getting started...


Just you see the unusual daffodil with her sisters? Listen to the birdsong. The chickadees are singing their spring song, "Phoebe, Phoebe." May is off to such a lovely start.

Have a wonderful Sunday. Many blessings to you...

As always, Sunday comments are closed.

Love Vee

Saturday, April 30, 2011

April Blogging Poll

Just posting my poll information for my own satisfaction.

#1 How often in the last month have you experienced difficulty with Blogger?

Of 47 Votes

  • 16 have never had trouble
  • 7 have weekly troubles
  • 7 have daily troubles
  • 17 have had a few troubles in the past month
#2 Specifically, have you lost pictures?

Of 38 Votes
  • 29 no
  • 9 yes
#3 Are you able to move paragraphs, edit posts, place photos where you want them?

Of 38 Votes
  • 22 yes
  • 16 no
#4 How long have you had to wait for your blog to post on blogrolls and in readers?

Of 34 Votes
  • I have never had to wait. 17
  • A few minutes. 11
  • Hours 4
  • My blog never updates as it should. 2 (I know one of these gals and it is terribly frustrating for her and for all of us who follow her blog.)
#5 How long have you been blogging?

Of 38 Votes

  • A few months 3
  • A year 8
  • Over a year 1
  • Years 26
Thank you to everyone who took my little poll. Although it does not meet statistical requirements for accuracy, it says a lot to me.

Comments are closed.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The World Will Always Welcome Lovers

(Having now watched the wedding and the balcony scenes, I am able to add my own review and photos. ☺ Edited bits are posted in red.)

Why I'm writing today is anyone's guess as I'm sure that every eye around the globe is on some tv screen watching the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

I've been known to expound on this topic a bit...was it in your blog???...about all the hype and hoopla. I went the hype and hoopla route for Prince Charles and Diana and had/have no intention of going that way again. Prince Charles really was a cad for whatever reasons and, while I have more hope (way more hope) for the current royal couple, I simply wasn't going to get involved this time around.

"I can not believe what Vee said about me!" ~Prince Charles

Late yesterday morning, I found a couple of somethings that changed my mind a bit. Another royal couple was hanging out in my sewing room. What? You don't believe me? Just follow along and I'll show you.

Right up to the top of the stairs we go.

And into the sewing room...don't trip on the vacuum cleaner or that wrinkle in the carpet!

See that bag on my chair? Let's take a closer look, shall we?

Entry for January 30, 1939

Nan's diary saying that my grandfather "Jack came in around 1 a.m." Yadda, yadda, yadda and then she went to see the movie You Can't Take it With You. "Swell too" she adds. Now I want to see that movie. I'm a sucker for a good review.

And who is this?

The Queen Mother!

And her beloved King George VI!

What a radiant smile she had!

THEY WALKED among their people — and to the day of departure, everywhere joy was manifest.


There are some striking similarities and interesting parallels between Prince William and Kate's courtship story and his great-grandparents' story. You can Google it and find out more. (Wikipedia offers this {under Marriage} and this.) I think that The Queen Mum would give Kate her heartfelt blessings and approval.

The last thing in the bag? A music book...first song up... As Time Goes By. Seems appropriate somehow...

As Time Goes By
by Herman Hupfeld

You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss
A sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by

And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you"
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by

Moonlight and love songs never out of date
Hearts full of passion, jealousy, and hate
Woman needs man and man must have his mate
That no one can deny

It’s still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by

Of all the outfits worn, after the bridal couple's, I most loved the Queen in yellow. Did you watch? What did you think?

*** The magazine covers are from the Canadian tour taken by King George VI and his Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon) in 1939. They were married April 26, 1923. Yes, Queen Elizabeth and her mother shared the same name. Queen Elizabeth became known as the "Queen Mum" after her daughter became Queen. This is not to eliminate confusion so much as to make a distinction between her status as the King's wife and her status as the King's widow. (Queen Mary was King George VI's mother married to King George V.) 

I think my grandmother's 1939 diary was in with the magazines because of the year. Sadly, Nan did not write about the royal trip to Canada, even though, as a loyal Canadian, she kept the magazines. This should be a lesson to us all when journaling. Do talk about the events of the day! (Just clearing up a couple of misconceptions because I wasn't clear in my explanation yesterday.)

It's interesting to note that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Canada from *June 30 to July 8.* (Note the date on these magazine covers.) What a great time for Canada to have the royal couple over Independence Day!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Just Yesterday

Just yesterday morning, I made a date with him for lunch. (I still don't know if he noticed the front door.)

Just last week, the ice was in.

Just last week, the daffodils were only buds.

Just yesterday, we dreamed about having a little cottage on the pond and living there year round.

Just yesterday, it was fun to dream...

Do you have a little dream you'd like to share? I'd love to hear it!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Concerns and Projects

The odds are looking good. < insert wink > (I can just hear you saying what in the world is she talking about now?)


Last evening when I heard about the tornadoes in Arkansas, I fired off an email to our own Miss Sandy at Quill Cottage. Sure enough. Her community has been under watches and warnings for several days and were expecting more rough weather overnight. Now that Blogdom has brought us all together, we are truly affected by weather and any single thing that affects our friends. So check on your "neighbors" and tuck them into your prayers. April has truly been the cruelest month as far as death and destruction from tornadoes in the U.S. (Edited to Add 4/28/11: Becky's in the Basement in Pennsylvania and Jen's Community is devastated in Alabama.)


When John saw yesterday's frilly daffodil he said, "Wow! That's a beautiful picture." He didn't realize that he was looking at his own yard. Ha! Now that's what I'm talking about!


I am spending my week in the sewing room. Am I sewing? Oh I wish. No, I am sorting buttons (the collections that I inherited from my grandmother and mother), pins, material, you name it, I'm sorting it. Three boxes of projects are waiting for a day that may never come. I do have a few projects for my sister as she wished to keep a lovely sweater of our grandmother's, if I could work it up into a pillow; I think that I can. I did find the sweet miniature crocheted dress that my mother made and placed it here.

What do you suppose are the chances of John recognizing his own front door? Minimal, I'd guess.

Are you doing any projects this week? Tell me about it!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fake Out

Sometimes my family gives me a hard time. They wonder how I can possibly be blogging when I have nothing to share. Really. They don't get it. Everything at the Haven looks pretty ordinary to them and so they have told me that I'm great at faking people out.

This would be a good example.

My Frilly Daffodil

It's the only thing, besides grape hyacinths, blooming in my garden. Looks rather impressive, eh?

Nah, there it is in its humble setting. Nothing to stand up and cheer about.

And there are my fading orange tulips. I'm sharing them again because, even though they are fading, they've reached that level of luminosity that I love in tulip petals. It's a fragile stage. The one just before they fall from their stems.

So anyway, here you are still reading. Perhaps you thought that I had faked you out about celebrating my 1,000th post. No way! This is going to require a bit of trust on your part, though, as I am not revealing the prize. It's going to be something that will take a bit of snooping on my part (you know how I love that!) This is the deal: 1. You must be a blogger and have a blog where I can visit. That means your blog addy needs to be connected to your profile. 2. Please leave one comment explaining what you think makes a great giveaway right here on this post. (On the other hand, please do not comment if you don't want to participate.) 3. Please do not share my giveaway on your blog; I am not looking for increased traffic. This is only for those with blogs who wander in here and wish to have some fun. 4. I love my followers, though there is no need to become one to participate. 5. This post will remain open for one week closing at 7 p.m. on May 3. 

Create yourself a wonderful Tuesday...

Edited to Add: 5/03/2011 Comments are now closed. Winner to be announced tomorrow!

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Fun Easter

Did you have a lovely Easter? We certainly did, though it was much different in many ways. Last year, both my grandmother and my mother were still with us. Last year, my sister and brother-in-law were still living in state and, last year, my hometown niece wasn't working Sundays. Though we may have limped along a bit, still we celebrated the day.

My daughter was the only guest at our table besides the "Unseen Guest" who is always with us. She requested lasagna, which made for an interesting Easter dinner. I'm not sure that I've ever had lasagna for Easter before.

Darling daughter had planned lots of activities for the boys who joined us later in the afternoon, along with their parents, of course. She planned a treasure hunt using pictures for the clues. It was a very good idea for children who aren't yet readers.

The first clue

Finding the second clue

They'll be finding the next at the chippy fence

Needless to say, the grands both loved it!

One of my favorites was a rousing game of tag where we were split into two teams—blue and orange. Each person had to tuck a length of streamer into his/her waistband allowing a bit of it to drag on the ground. Then we were off trying to step on the opposing team's tails. Lots of fun, though still nice and safe with no shoving and pushing and, if the tail was stepped on (I lost mine early), it caused no stumbling.

Orange tails

Blue tails waiting for the game to begin
All that salt on the ground? John was also cleaning up from our egg in a spoon race.


I'll be visiting your corners before the day is out. Have a wonderful Monday...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Then They Remembered

"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'" Then they remembered his words.
Luke 24:5b–8

May all the blessings of Easter be yours!

Love Vee

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Up to My Elbows in Easter Bread Dough

We enjoyed such a fun time with John's family yesterday afternoon. He had invited them earlier in the week to join us for Easter Bread yesterday. They were skeptical and considered taking a raincheck until he mentioned that I only make Easter Bread once a year.

John's conversation went something like this:

Easter Bread. It's delicious. She only makes it once a year. Not pasta.  No noodles in it.

I thought it was a very funny conversation. Long story short, everyone enjoyed the bread and the frosting. John picked up this product for the frosting as a gal like me can't be too careful with the health of her husband's sisters. 

Yes, I'm making another batch today, though I'm quite certain this will be the end of it until Easter season 2012.


The day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, I always think of as being in the hollow, away down in the valley. So low. We aren't, of course, so low. We are sympathizing with the disciples, followers, and Mary who felt as if they had lost everything. I often say, and have said it on this blog before, we shall never know the sorrow of those people who saw Him die and believed that God had failed. Never. No matter what happens to us.

My reading this morning was Max Lucado's Cure for the Common Life. Love his work, if you've never read one of his books, treat yourself soon.
What clout do a tiny manger and a bloody cross carry in a forest of Jewish tradition and Greek philosophy? How can a backwoods movement headed by a rural carpenter gain traction in a religious world dominated by Epicureans, Stoics, and Gnostics? This is a kid on a skateboard entering the Daytona 500.
And how!

A blessed day to you...

Edited to Add for clarification's sake 4/23/11 - 4:00 pm:

*Easter Bread* at Mennonite Girls Can Cook Lovella's recipe (which I use) and Marg's recipe (more loaves and while we're at it, here's Ellen's *Easter Bread spread*).

*Easter Bread* is mentioned on my own blog 1. here and 2. here for starters. (My search won't allow me to move past page 1 and I have a page 2. That's how much we love Easter Bread around here!)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Yard Clean-up and Maundy Thursday Thoughts

First chance I've had to be on the computer today. It feels so right. ☺Sigh☺

My darling niece came to help me with the yard work this morning. We are so grateful for her help. Though we have a tiny little lot, there's always such a mess after a long winter. So much sand all over the lawn—remember my neighbor and his shenanigans?

A friend and I have been having a little race with snow melt. This is all I have left, Christina! (Check to see how much she has left. Oh I adore that song that's playing there... I could listen to it all day.)

And it's not mine! It's my neighbor's. Still, in the interest of the game. ☺

A little scene from my walkabout the house today...the first time since last fall.

Isn't this little box cute? Kinda reminds me of my house. BJ at Sweet Nothings urged her readers to try out some new features on Photoscape. I have had the program (free) downloaded for some time now and had never explored until BJ said I could. The pink things coming up? Peonies on the left and rhubarb on the right. I love that my plates are always blooming on the chippy fence. (John and I think that the chippy fence's days are numbered and so perhaps this summer, there'll be a new less chippy one.)

Here's a little view of my backyard looking across the rock wall my daughter made for me to the ravine beyond. I see that one of the maple syrup buckets landed down there. On the left is the scene as a watercolor and on the right SOOC. So much fun!

Thanks, BJ!

On Tuesday, Janette of Janette's Sage posted on the songs that Jesus sang. I'm directing you there for a wonderful word. Janette shared that one of the songs He would have sung was Psalm 136. John and I have been reading it every day since. The psalm is unusual in that each line ends in the same way: His love endures forever.

So much to ponder here. Jesus, The Last Supper, singing songs, ending with Psalm 136 where all lines end "His love endures forever," just before Gethsemane, the long night of beatings, a day on the cross, a death most brutal. As you know, I seldom connect the dots. It's lovely when we connect them for ourselves.

Many blessings to you this day...