Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Do you receive the *Dover Sampler* every week? I keep a folder of sweet Dover graphics and have been saving this one for just such a day.

We are planning a quiet day with more rest than a person ought to be allowed. I will be baking some soda bread and making some delicious potato soup. What fun to celebrate a remarkable people and a beautiful country!

Blessings to you...

Love Vee

Friday, March 16, 2012

Five Decorating Ideas

1. Hide the tv  (You know how much I've complained about the tv showing. I'm trying to figure out how I can employ this method.)

2. Label Those Jars (This is great and she even provides the downloads for free!)

3. Make Your Own Carriage Doors (Nope, I do not care for my garage doors. I wanted carriage doors. The budget did not allow. This would be a great, and cheap, compromise.)

4. Photography Tip (Always looking for the simple things I can do to take a better photo.)

5. Mantel Makeover (Love everything, even the spray painting, except the chalkboard. Having taught for all those years, there's little about big chalkboards that I appreciate.)

Now here's my bonus offering... I am always trying to add "presence." That's because I tend to drift off to lots of little things with my decorating. Hence the changes to my refrigerator.

The picnic basket and trays...

and the picture attached by magnets to the front of the refrigerator. I like to keep the front cleared of magnets and stuff, though I find it much too stark. Why not try using something with more presence? It could be a framed piece...anything really that isn't too heavy to be held up by magnets. I'm using seven magnets on this 8 by 18 inch frame. (Edited to Add: For those not wishing to use magnets or not able to use magnets,  Command Strips would probably do the job.)

A wonderful weekend to you...

Love Vee

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Funny Old Book and Downeast Humor

Yes, what with two surgeries in the family this week, we're in need of a bit of levity.

Thank you for praying for Sam and family. He is home and doing a little better and will continue to do better. The family is still a bit know how vile the guilt monster can be. Sam will require more surgery in about a year as that metal plate in his leg can NOT stay. Odd as it seems, there is no cast. He'll move about on crutches or using a walker just his size.

And John and I thank you as well for praying for John's cataract surgeries. As of nine this morning, both eyes will have been done and he will be one happy camper. Though I do swear that he's ready to drown in drops. Twelve drops a day per eye until we run out of drops. Is it wrong to pray for the end of eye drops? It is, however, a small price to pay for his good sight and good eye health.


We have a lot of old books hanging around the place. They're in various stages of disrepair. I'm not much of a fan of the latest new decorating thing where the covers are torn from old books and they are displayed wearing nothing more than their longjohns.

John is completely disgusted by decorating with books. To him, books are for reading and He tells the story of shopping for old books at the Salvation Army store where he overheard a discussion that went like this:

Lady 1: No, no, not that one. It has to be blue.

Lady 2: Blue?

Lady 1: Yes, the covers all have to be blue.

Lady 2: Will this blue work?

Lady 1: Yes, any shade of blue.

Finally, John could bear it no longer so he asked the obvious question: What in the world does blue have to do with a good book?

The answer: Everything, if you're decorating a client's room and she likes blue.

Sunday afternoon I happened to look at this old green book. In my world, it's hanging about for its green color and the cute embossing on the cover. I had never looked inside before. I couldn't even remember if it was one that belonged to my family or one that John had picked up in his travels. We now believe it to be his.

The cover is nearly off so I opened it gingerly. Inside there were quaint graphics and the most unusual dedication.

How funny I thought. Wonder who wrote this book...obviously not Josiah Allen's wife (Samantha—she's shown on the front cover in the first picture).

It was not long before I was reading snatches of the book to John and we were laughing our heads off.  At one point, a character named Widder Doodle (Widow Doodle) enters the story. Her head is so soft that if she hit the top of it nothing would prevent it from flattening like putty. Maybe we were tired, but we laughed at that for five minutes. And on and on. After a while, I became convinced that Mark Twain must have written the book (though I had never heard of his writing under a pseudonym).

Thanks to the internet, I soon had an answer to my questions. The author was Marietta Holley who in her lifetime was as popular a writer as Mark Twain. Mark Twain was not only a contemporary, he was also a personal friend. By clicking her name you can find out the interesting tidbits. She told stories in the Downeast tradition, which about explains everything.

Downeast humor is known for colloquialisms, malaprops, exaggerations, irony, pure nonsense, etc.

Yes, we have a long tradition of Downeast humor in my corner. One of our state treasures is Tim Sampl*. Above, you see a sample of his style in this short clip called "Is That Your Cell Phone?" If you listen carefully, you'll hear him slip "out of character" ever so briefly. Some may recognize Tim from CB$ News Sund*y M*rning where he submitted a P*stcard From Maine piece every few weeks.

Which Way to Millinocket?

We also have Bert and I stories, which are a wonderful listen. Some are quite lengthy, but worth every second. And dry. Dryer than a hot August Day with a Canadian high blowing in. The clip above is about a minute and a half long and represents the style well.

Our contemporary lady of Downeast humor is known as the Marden's lady: Birdi* Go*gins. Do you suppose that's her real name? And, after listening to this short piece, I really want to know more about her sister!

Have a great day...

Love Vee

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Prayer Request for Sam

We had a call at ten last evening. My little grandson Sam fell off his bike around 4:30 yesterday afternoon and broke his femur. He had to have surgery and a plate and screws and whatever is used to repair such breaks. We're all feeling terrible about it and yet we are so grateful that he was not even more badly hurt. It is tough to learn life lessons when you're six. Speeding on your bike (thirteen miles per hour) is not such a good thing.

Thank you for your prayers. We're trusting God to restore Sam to good strong health with strong and healthy bones. Sam's parents are a little frazzled...they could use prayer, too. Grandparents and aunties are a little frazzled...count us in as well.

Love Vee
Edited to Add: 8:00 PM

Sam is home from the hospital and feeling as well as can be expected. The doctor made sure that he could move and function on crutches or with a walker before he was allowed out. Sam told me that he still hurts a lot even though he'd left the hospital. I guess he thought that leaving that place behind was going to mean feeling better instantly. His parents are looking forward to a good night's rest in a bed. They both spent the night with him last night while his little brother stayed with his maternal grandparents.  Little brother was very happy to see his family! Thank you so much for your prayers and concern. We appreciate each and every one.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Note Card Party

~Yellow Tulips~

Have you already started looking for your four favorites? I realize that such a low number is a challenge; that's part of the fun. It's going to be interesting for your visitors to see the ones you've selected. 

It took me quite a few tries with the "grab the button" feature. Speaking of which, I used *this tutorial* from Manic Mother. It was excellent, though don't be like me, be a good student and pay close attention when and if you try it.  (This button I speak of is coming soon. I'm working on it right now. I just needed a post to link to first.) ETA: Though I can not seem to get the feature to my post, it is now sitting in my sidebar. Let me know if it's working, Somebody.

I also offer a regular button in case you prefer that method. I believe that you can copy and paste the following without taking the added steps of saving to your own picture files. I'll check that in a minute.

Note Card Party 

True! I just copied and pasted this from my sidebar; however, it can not be placed into your sidebar that way. 

Rules Summary: 

1. Search for four favorite photographs on your own blog. They must have appeared on your blog by the time you link up. (ETA: It might be helpful to remember that you're pretending to create a set of four notecards. Who knows? Maybe you really will!)

2. Write your post.

3. Link directly to your post when Mr. Linky (or whatever) is available here. 

4. Visit ten or so others (at least) and comment. Knowing that new visitors are viewing and commenting is part of the fun. (I give permission for you to look and not comment at blogs practicing safe commenting. All those word verifications get very tiring when trying to visit a lot of blogs.)

5. Have fun!

Looking forward to setting things up here on the evening of March 20! Have a great Tuesday and thank you for helping me get the word out.

Love Vee

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Arrived a Little Early

She came with the morning mail...

as lovely as any gift of spring could be. And what's inside?

A quilting book by Vicki Bellino and

Notecards by Sheila of Starshine Through My Windows. Sheila, like so many of you, takes awesome photos. Eventually, these will be used and you may be the recipient, though for now, I'm just enjoying them. One will most likely be framed. Looking at them again, I may decide on a sunset since we don't see very many. Thank you for the gifts, Sheila. They are delightful; you brightened my day; and my world will be experiencing very springy, ten-degrees-warmer-than-usual days all this week. You really know how to send spring!


Now, I have been wondering, if you were going to create a set of notecards from those photographs used on your blog, which four would you choose? Would anyone like to play this game? We could have a Mr. Linky Party. (It would be the first one that I have ever hosted.) We could do this on the day after spring...March 21, 2012. If there's any interest, I'll get a button set up for any who'd like to have one. It sounds like fun to me; how about you?

Love Vee

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Note Card Party Information

♫ The next Note Card Party is scheduled for 
September ? ♫

That's right! The summer off for good behavior! Thank you for all the wonderful participation in the past two years. It's been fun!

nEw Note Card Party Rules:

1. Use only four photographs that would make a nice set of note cards. They must have appeared on your blog by the time you link up.  As long as you have at least one photograph that has already appeared on your blog by the time you link up, the remaining three (two, one) may be new photos.  

Four pictures plus a box top cover/sample if you choose featuring all for a total of five. One more and I will visit without commenting. I know. Tough punishment.

2. Write your post and have it posted before linking up.

3. Link directly to your post. (Click on your post's title to get the direct address to appear in the addy bar for an easy copy and paste.) 

4. Link directly back to the party in the same way so that others may follow along.

5. Visit ten or so others (at least) and comment. Knowing that new visitors are viewing and commenting is part of the fun. Please consider removing word verification for the day of the party. (Permission granted to look and not comment at blogs practicing safe commenting. All those word verifications get very tiring when trying to visit a lot of blogs.)

6. It is fine to connect with other parties as long as you, yourself, are not running a linky party in your Note Card Party post AND you can make the rules fit both parties. For example, if you are doing a party called Terrific Ten, it is obviously not going to work for this party that allows a maximum of four plus a box top cover (for your selection of cards).

~Example of a Box Lid Sample (it does not have to be a collage)~

7. Have fun!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at this address: Dunnpark at hotmail dot com. 

See you at the party!

Love Vee

Please feel free to copy an image and use in the old-fashioned way providing your own link or simply grab the new button on the side bar. The old button code is at the bottom of this post. Thanks so much!

**Note Card Parties are currently scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month right here at A Haven for Vee. Mr. Linky will be available for sign-up between 2:00 and 2:30 the afternoon before.

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The latest button in lavender with the tea cup links directly to the home page of this blog, if you use the code. If you snag in the old-fashioned way, please link it either to the home page or this page. Thanks so much!

Must be linked in the old-fashioned way.

Links to Past Parties:

May Note Card Party
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February Note Card Party
January Note Card Party

December Note Card Party
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December Note Card Party
(November's Party was postponed.)
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