Saturday, March 24, 2012

First Easter Bread Party of 2012

John woke me at five this morning just as I had requested. What was so urgent of a Saturday morning? Two words: Easter Bread.

My sister, her husband, and her daughter were all coming for breakfast at 8 and I had to have Easter Bread freshly baked. It's just a terrible chore don'tcha know. ;> Then I heard my cell phone beeping and found a message saying that things were going to be delayed for an hour, which one might think would have given me more time to document. Not so much. I thought of the camera when the aroma of baking bread wafted about.

There I am in my ooh-la-la apron peeking through the oven door at my nicely baking loaves. Oh, there's Molly right there peeking through the oven door with me. That dog has a nose for news. Gosh that's a great picture!

Then we had a delicious breakfast that included a savory egg casserole, crispy bacon, Gevalia coffee, refreshing orange juice, rum pound cake from Jamaica, and Easter Bread. We were so full. Did I think of the camera? No. Did I take a photo of the yummy food? No. My family? No. 

Therefore, portions of this post have been re-created. Easter Bread, coffee, and frosting. Oh yum. What I won't do for the cause!

~Something to Cheep About~

If you've never eaten Easter Bread before, you can find the world's best recipe for it right *here* at Mennonite Girls Can Cook or you can stop by this evening and I'll brew up a pot of tea and we'll have ourselves a time. Sprinkles! I knew that I'd forgotten something...

Love Vee

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Banner Spring Day

Reality sets in this morning as we return to normal spring weather. Still we have our memories. ☺ Four days of glorious temperatures, low humidity, and dreams.

Dreams arrived in the mail yesterday in the form of books, postcards, and art. What a blessed gal am I!

Brenda of Coffee Tea Books and Me sent me two classics: L'Abri and Hidden Art by Edith Schaeffer. If you read Brenda's remarkable blog, you know that she discusses books often; she has referred to both books more than a few times. I sat down at my earliest opportunity to read and I was not surprised that she references the books often nor was I disappointed in what I was reading. I'm only 41 years behind, and longer, with these wonderful books. Thank you, Brenda. (Brenda announced a new venture in yesterday's post. Check it out!)

Kate of Postcards From a Real Life sent me postcards. Wonderful postcards. They feature Maine scenes of 100 years and more ago. What a thoughtful thing to do...thanks so much, Kate!

This one is meaningful to me as I spent many happy summer days at Schoodic Lake. A family member has a year-round home there and I do believe he'd have some interest in this postcard.

My paternal side of the family hails from Bangor. Wonder if they know any Seaveys. Love the writing on the back of the card on the right. Jack wrote it. Jack and not Lee, Jack's wife. I'm not sure if I believe it. Perhaps Lee wrote it for him. What do you think?

This last package contained gifts and my order. I have loved this piece since Miss Sandy (Quill Cottage) first featured it over a year ago now — maybe over two. She recently decided to sell some things that have been "piling up." I hope that she doesn't regret sending this to me because I love it. Love is not too strong a word to use either as the layers of design and thought and meaning in this creation just amaze me.

...a Christian, above all people, should live artistically, aesthetically, and creatively. We are supposed to be representing the Creator who is there, and whom we acknowledge to be there...If we have been created in the image of an Artist, then we should look for expressions of artistry, and be sensitive to beauty, responsive to what has been created for our appreciation. ~Edith Schaeffer

So attractively packaged...

Sigh... Do you see the bird in the hand? 

In Place

And Again

Such a scrumptious detail...

Thank you so much, Miss Sandy! 

Told you that I had a banner spring day! You go have one, too.

Love Vee

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Now That Was Fun!

Thank you so much for making the first Note Card Party Let's do it again! I'll have a new button made up in plenty of time for April 18, 2012, which is the third Wednesday of the month. Remember, you have an additional month to post pictures that may be used for the party. Only four! F.o.u.r. FOUR. Just four. Mark your calendar. You guys are the best! One gal said, "You have the best friends." Why, yes, I do! (If you have any feedback on this event, please feel free to mention it in comments or email me.)


Today is the fourth and final day of temps in the 70s and 80s. My little Mr. Snowman on his head will be leaving asap because this is the last of the snow as of 7 this morning. It's all gone now.

Oddly enough, we may have another snowstorm in the middle of next week. Crazy weather!

Enjoy your spring day...

Love Vee

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Note Card Party Welcome

Okay, friends, I had to select a theme for myself. Otherwise, I'd have been sunk. I found the photo that a few had commented on as a favorite (it was also a favorite of mine) and from that photo settled on the theme: dishes. And, yes, I would like to have a set of note cards featuring dishes.

Note Card Party Rules:

1. Let's try not to make too many rules... ☺
2. Search for four photographs on your own blog that would make a nice set of note cards. They must have appeared on your blog by the time you link up. 
3. Write your post.
4. Link directly to your post below. 
5. Visit ten or so others (at least) and comment. Knowing that new visitors are viewing and commenting is part of the fun. (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. Have fun!

Let's see how this goes. If we enjoy it, perhaps we can do it all over again on the third Wednesday of every month. Twelve times a year sounds about right to me. What do you think? One thing is certain, we all have pictures to share! 

Love Vee

Monday, March 19, 2012

Just a Quick Chat

Blogging friends are the best...they want to know things like how John is doing after cataract surgery and how my grandson Sam is doing after breaking his leg.

First up...Sam. Saw him last night and he was gimping along like a trouper on his little walker sized just for him. He'd spent the most wonderful afternoon outside in the Adirondack chair watching his mom set up her garden and plant her snow peas. Talk about the life! He told me that he didn't know that it could be in the 70s in winter. So cute. I hadn't ever thought of it that way before. He was not terribly impressed with me as I had not brought pizza for supper. Well some fine day, I'll have to surprise him.

John's second surgery did not go as smoothly as the first. Did you know that we have nationwide shortages of many medications? Yes, we do, and John found out about that first hand. Let's just say that if he had a third eye, he'd probably not return for any more surgery until the proper medications are available once again. He did have the same wonderful results, however, so that is a very good thing.

~I'm trying to decide if I can get used to him without glasses.☺~

It's been so delightful here that even I have been out and about today. I've raked both leaves and mud and John and I have taken a walk...a short walk, but still Dr. Oz says it's good for starters. We have to start slow with my back still wonky.

Oh, and before I forget to mention it. My header is a blatant rip-off of something I saw at Melissa's Inspired Room. I think. I've been looking for it and can't find it. So, if you know whom I stole this from, please say. I have got to learn to send myself an email or something.

Hope that you are all going crazy looking for four photos to include in a note card set for Wednesday's party. It is much more difficult than I thought! =D

Love Vee

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Evidences of Spring~Mosaic Monday

~This daffodil pierced the brown oak leaf~

From ferns starting to green and fill in along the banking to vivid green moss growing on a rock wall to a muddy drive or daffodils and peonies coming through the hard earth, even a lone iris spiking up through the icy snow, spring is on her way. And, believe it or not, she is early. Is spring early in your corner, too?

Linking with Mosiac Monday at Mary's Little Red House, come visit. If you've never participated,  please consider it. It is a lot of fun!

Love Vee

Difficult People

This is a series of lessons by Beth Moore on Loving Difficult People. At one point, perhaps video two or three, she says that whoever doesn't have a difficult person to love does not get out enough. Difficult people are everywhere. =/

When coming to grips with the fact that our difficult person (a parent, a child, a friend, a sibling, a co-worker, whomever) is going to be a part of our lives, we need to believe that better days are ahead: Romans 5:5...hope does not disappoint...

Moore also discusses the uncomfortable fact that sometimes we ourselves are the difficult person. Ouch. I really learned a lot from this series and was completely invested because I do have a difficult person in my life...very. (No, not John, Silly!) I'll allow you to seek out the other five videos on your own, if interested,  as this is video one of six.

A blessed day to you!

Love Vee