Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Farm in Western Maine


Is this a prophetic word?

The *Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not. ~ John Adams

* Some minor differences of opinion with the founding fathers over when Independence Day would be celebrated, though what an amazing quote! Dare I say prophecy? I do.

Happy 4th of July! Many blessings...

Love Vee
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Yankee Doodle Dandy Shortcake and Posies~Mosaic Monday

Yankee Doodle Dandy Shortcake

Just as I finished my mosaic for this week, the first peal of thunder cracked. The computer was shut down as promptly as possible and I turned my attention to dessert for tomorrow's picnic. You can find out the particulars from Jen at Our Southern Table. I can say this...it's very good.

 My Own Yard


We returned from shopping to find the yard looking great. Our neighbor, bless his heart, had mowed the front lawn for us. It was raining and, for some reason, nothing looked so good to me as my own little home in my own little neighborhood. I am blessed.

Linking to Mary at Little Red House. Thank you, Mary, for all the work you do to host this fun event weekly. If you've never joined us, why not? It's a lot of fun!

Love Vee

One Indissoluble Bond

Church Steeple on Fish Street




Little Country Church

Love Vee
comments are closed...enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

North America Celebrates

Thought about posting more, but decided instead to do a bit of Americana as all of North America is in the midst of a long weekend celebration honoring Canada Day and the 4th of July.

It can take some doing to find the Maple Leaf flying around these parts, but here it is flying in New Hampshire at the Eagle Mountain House.

~Eagle Mountain House~

Hope that all Canadians are still celebrating a wonderful holiday weekend! I never think of Canada without my heart growing just a bit larger.

And to my countrymen, I wish a delightful holiday weekend filled with memories, happy times, good food, the joy of companionship and family, and the love of country, which knits us all together no matter what our political leanings may be. God bless us all.

~a patriotic bouquet in my home~

~old-fashioned veranda all decked out for the 4th of July~

~darling sandwich shop in New Hampshire with a sweet 4th of July hanging basket~

~quilt shop~

~former one-room schoolhouse now a home~ 

Have a wonderful weekend wherever you are!

Love Vee

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Look for Me Another Day

All of you who said that a washed car means rain made me laugh. No, no, a washed car around here means road trip! (We have just arrived home again after three days and two nights away...perfection.)

A Sweet Bouquet

I've gathered so much to share with you, which will keep me busy for some time to come. Just now, there's laundry to do and blogs to visit. Hmmmm, which is more compelling...

A lovely day to you!

Love Vee

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Beautiful Day


He washed the car, which means just one thing! Yippee!

While I was out there documenting the car washing, I noticed that my neighbor has put up her 4th of July bunting. It looks so charming on her sweet cottage. (Her home, my home, and our mutual neighbor's home were all built from the same plans. Hers has evolved quite a little bit and is the more darling of the three.)


Oh, it's a bit hard to see the bunting behind her azalea bushes. Here's a closer peek.



Love those rockers and, yes, she and her husband do sit out there from time to time. Doesn't it make you want to sit there and sip some sweet iced tea and rock a morning away? You could spy on me. ☺ I also notice that we're sharing the same flowers (Calibrachoa~MiniFamous™ Double Lemon) in our hanging pots this year. Must've been popular at the local nursery or our daughters, who are good friends, shopped together for Mother's Day.


The only new news in my own yard, other than car washing, are the new Gerbera daisy plants keeping the everlasting company. I love these the more I see them...so vivid, cheerful, and hardy. Do you like Gerberas? Do you like everlasting? I sure do!

Have a great day...

Love Vee

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Boleros~Mosaic Monday


After so many days of rain, I was delighted to get out into the garden where I found the Bolero Lilies blooming. While they are blooming, it's all about them. Vivid, large, and healthy, they do very well in all the damp and chill and seem impervious to slugs. Wish that I could say that about the rest of the garden as I have been busy rounding up all manner of icky creatures and dispatching them to the great beyond.

The background used is a vintage wallpaper and I failed to mark the source. If you know...

Connecting to Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

Have a blessed week!

Love Vee

Many Books


John's Stack of Books

All for $2.00.

And this one, which he is reading so it wasn't in the stack.


hmmmm...

Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
Eccelsiastes 12: 12b


Love Vee

Saturday, June 25, 2011

This is Not Dieting Weather

I must remind myself never to begin a diet when the weather is as vile as it has been in my corner since the second day of summer. We have not seen 60F since; we hover in the 50s and below. When neighbors walk by, they can hear my teeth chattering. I mean it. I am not a happy camper. I probably need a pill or something...perhaps a lot of pretty colored ones like *these.* Since Nan saved everything, I might even be able to find some in one of those boxes possibly some with the lettering printed in black and not white as one sees today. Now that is something I do not remember. Must ask John.


Speaking of John, he was just reading his paper at nine minutes to the hour when he discovered that the library sale was on today and that it'd be all over at the top of the hour. He took off so fast, I never saw him leave. Perhaps I'll have something to share when he returns. I doubt that they're going to hold it open just for him to browse. But who knows? It's quarter past the hour now.

Other than unpacking boxes, repacking boxes, absorbing, and trying to behave on this diet, there's not much going on just now. I always wondered when bloggers announced a serious writing block. Mine has arrived.

Going back to my rainy day read: In the Company of Others by Jan Karon. I've read less than stellar reviews, though it's reading fine for me. I like quiet, descriptive reads with a bit of meat and a bit of mead and a bit of sweet. It's raining in Ireland, too.

Since John has not yet returned, I'll wish you a happy weekend. Hope that the sun is shining where you are, unless you're desperate for the rain.

Love Vee

Thursday, June 23, 2011

No Yard Sale Please

Please forgive me. I don't really know whether I'm coming or going; I may say things that make no sense. I had to delete an entire nonsensical post and this one could be right behind it. I am truly out of the loop; have no idea what is going on in the world beyond my own driveway; just thought I should pop in so that no one would worry.

Nothing much is new other than the tornado that blew through and dropped a flea market in my dining room.

Windowsill

Dining Table

Somewhere or other, I said that I couldn't get rid of stuff. Wrong! I can! Whatever doesn't get absorbed by family is being donated. No one has the energy for a yard sale.

Boxes to Donate

And more to donate

It's time to allow others to enjoy these treasures.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Love Vee

Monday, June 20, 2011

June 18, 2011

Edited to Add: Please feel free to snag this sheet music graphic for use in any art project.

We've come to the end of a lovely weekend. Perfect weekend? No, but sweet all the same.

It rained off and on all Saturday morning. Each time it rained, the steamy terrarium effect would heighten until I was ready to jump in the cooler with the cold drinks. By two in the afternoon at the graveside, the sun was beating down upon our heads until a large cloud covered it for us and cooler breezes began to blow. It was a moment of sweet relief.

So, yes, the weather gave me fits. When we realized that we couldn't depend on it, John and I cleaned up the garage and arranged seating and serving tables there. Now that definitely was not perfect, though it was where everyone congregated preferring the garage over the house.


My grands requested games. We always play games so this day should not be any different; my mother would have approved.

The day ended with a cold front coming through and torrential downpours. My cousin and his wife heading home east to New Brunswick ran into hail and powerful thunder and lightning storms and my uncle and aunt heading home to the west did as well. Both men were concerned for the paint jobs on their respective vehicles. They should have stayed longer with us and played in the pool as the grands did. :D


Finally, some odds and ends of the day.


Yes, that's John in the top row about to get zapped by my aunt who is after a mosquito (yes, a likely story). She missed and clobbered John right in the head. He said that he never felt a thing. :D

It is my fond hope to visit and catch up a bit in Blogdom; however, my sister is here and going through boxes with her seems to be the prudent thing to do.

Have a great Monday...

Love Vee

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day


Children are a heritage from the LORD,
offspring a reward from him.  ~Psalm 127:3
Yesterday, as I looked across at each family member's sweet face, I thought of this heritage I enjoy for I am truly blessed to belong to such a family as my own with all its foibles. We are someone's heritage and our children and grandchildren are ours. God is awesome! He knew that family would be just what we need to belong. I'm so glad that I belong to His.

Blessings this Father's Day!

comments are always closed on Sundays...

Love Vee

Friday, June 17, 2011

Scottish Shortbread and Stuff

I've decided to bake after all. :D That's because I'm nearly caught up with my chores. Nearly.

I'll whip up a batch of sugar cookies and toss in dried blueberries, craisins, and white chocolate chips. They're yummy and colorful, too.  Quite often, I make them for the 4th of July; Canadians could make them for July 1 if they leave out the blueberries. Even though Mother was Canadian, she liked blueberries so I know she won't mind. It's not being a holiday, I don't think anyone will notice.

And I'm baking the last recipe that my mother ever worked with and loved — Scottish Shortbread, which she declared "very good!"



Scottish Shortbread

Ingredients:

* 1 pound salted butter (softened)
* 5 cups flour
* 1 cup white sugar
* ¼ cup brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon good vanilla or 1teaspoon almond flavoring as preferred

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F

* Cream butter and sugars in mixer.
* Add flavoring of choice.
* Add flour and mix with wooden spoon.
* Use hands to mix thoroughly.
* Press into an ungreased jelly roll pan.
* Prick with a fork all over making sure that the fork hits the bottom and the pricks are close together.

Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 300F and continue to bake 40 minutes. Wait 2 minutes and then cut into finger size rectangular bars. Cool completely in the pan.

*Printable Recipe for Scottish Shortbread*

Here's a little video of John declaring that he is right most of the time. Just like a man! He backs this up with a percentage that makes me laugh.

video

Have a great Friday...

Love Vee

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Message in a Spider Web

Spiders. Such troublesome little creatures. They are running around behind me building their webs as quickly as I leave a room ruining all my good work. Not only that, they do it with their fingers in their ears, their tongues waggling out, and their little eyes rolling around in their heads.

This spider was a little different. He left me a message in his web. I feel so honored rather like Wilbur the spring pig in Charlotte's Web.

See?

Better?

Thank you for all the votes yesterday. We will return to this subject, believe you me. I am closing with a pretty picture of my lantana and that poinsettia, which my mother gave me the Christmas before last. It just doesn't want to quit.


Hugs to all those disappointed Canucks fans. John sided with you just last night saying that he had no regional loyalties. "What's Boston ever done for us?" Ha!

The comments are closed today so that you may zip in and out. I'll be doing the same and may not have time for comments. Besides, my keyboard is already a painted nightmare.

Have a great day...

Love Vee
Edited to add: I just read an email from a gal whose first question was: Are you losing it? What are we supposed to see?  Oh I needed a bit of levity and then it dawned on me that I am indeed losing it. Okay, here's what I see.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I've Been Painting the Door

(Another post got away...I really must pay attention to postdating. I've got a few in the wings so it's a nightmare when I don't. Nope, not leaving yet.)

I am painting a new door. It's the bathroom door that John replaced yesteday. The old door was tired and original to the home circa 1955; it was an inferior door from the start. Now we have a solid wood door with some heft to it.

And the minute that you eager ones began to bolt making suggestions for the main door, I got right to work. Here are some of our choices using the Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer.

 Black Emerald

Burgundy

Chamois (I'm hoping that this looks like mustard.)

Backdrop

Laurel Woods

Light French Gray

Studio Blue Green

Rockwood Red

Has the choice that you first made held? I'm leaning toward three of these (no, not telling). John is leaning toward two others (no, not telling), but he chose the house color so it's my turn. Go ahead, please make a selection. Thanks so much!

Love Vee