Saturday, January 12, 2013


I like a little guitar any day, especially if played by Chet Atkins. The complement picture is a sailboat knick-knack circa 1940-something. There are two and they sail through the treetops around here day after day. They are pretty representative of my corner. Say, what knick-knack would represent the essence of your corner? 

Answering two questions today and then sailing off because chores are demanding attention.

1. The name of the story is Sankewi. You can always find it on my sidebar directly beneath "My Friends and Favorite Blogs."

2. John chose place over chair. He is just starting to shift as of this morning when I found him on his chair instead of in his place. Ha!

Love Vee

* The first video was removed at You Tube. Drat. I loved the interaction between Steve Wariner and Chet Atkins. Chet told Steve that he learned the song from him. The first was instrumental; this is Steve singing, beautifully I might add, and the two of them on a guitar duet.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday Morning

I should be run out of Blogdom on a rail for what I'm about to pass off as blog fodder. Really. It's pitiful. I can almost hear the whoosh as you run back out the door.

There has been a substantial shift here in the morning. Perhaps newspapers across the land would like to sit up and pay attention. John, weary of the bias in our local paper and lousy reporting or rehashing of subjects from the mainstream news agencies gave up his morning paper. We're saving a fortune—$38 a month. Now John reads his Kindle Fire (a Christmas gift) and stays perfectly up to date. 

Here's a fun little experiment to try...a shift of another sort...move your hubby's favorite chair to a new corner. Replace it with an inferior chair and see if he is more drawn to the chair or to the spot where it used to be. Want to make a guess as to what I discovered? [The answer is *here.*]

Here's a photo just because I can as Auntie sez. Auntie doesn't know this yet, but I have been having a lot of fun with something she taught her readers awhile ago. 

If you would like to check that out, visit My Friends and Favorites in my sidebar where I employed her methods of creating my own background. The fun thing about creating one's own backgrounds is that there are no limits to color and design. Also, the background shows up on my iPad whereas the others only show up in bits here and there. If you'd like to read Auntie's Tutorial, you'll find it *here.*

Thanks to all who've been following along with my little story. I hope to have another portion up today.

A lovely day to you!

Love Vee

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


You'll be happy to know that I took your advice and a great many strings of lights are now in the bin.

I did manage to rescue this little puddle of lights, which I've tossed unceremoniously around the mercury glass tree. It gets left out through February. Not sure how long it will be attended by the adoring crowd.

Whoever asked me if my fingers were hurting—yes! That's when I finally learned that the little gadget has a tool for removing those wee little bulbs. I really should pay better attention to that 41-minute teaching video.

There was a fair amount of tidying up the place as I went along yesterday. I've left this where a grand may find his missing robot. I'm sure that I could have used a working robot the past few days and I'm pretty sure that that is what the grand thinks, too, as this one is just for looks. Just for looks? Right. It does nothing! What kind of a toy is that? A futuristic doll. Pah!

The Volkswagens were shoved about and now one of them holds the place where the tree once stood. A very poor substitute for a tree, I must say.

Today begins the work upstairs. I am so happy to have the new iPad so that I can check in from time to time without coming down the stairs. That way, I may truly accomplish something.

How goes it at your place?

Love Vee

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It's a Jumble Over Here

Why? Because before Christmas I purchased one of those Light fixing kits. Need I say more?

And now that I'm an expert a novice on fixing light sets, I can truthfully say that perhaps one would be better served to use her funds on new lights. At the very least, have lots and lots and lots of replacement bulbs on hand.

John is getting ready to take down the tree so I must go pay homage.

I've not forgotten my promise...

Love Vee

Monday, January 7, 2013

I Won the Most Lovely Christmas Apron

Oh, yes I did!

She came all the way east from Washington state arriving Friday in time to get acquainted with the girls.

She's so lovely inside and out. Look at that lining!

And all those beautiful cardinals. I love cardinals.

Susan at My Mother's Apron Strings gives away an apron every single month. I know! That is a lot of aprons. Susan is an amazing gal. She shares many wonderful recipes. Do you know what? She also tucked in some Tahitian vanilla beans for me to try. She says that they are "the best." Susan, thank you so much for both the apron and the beans. I promise that I will not freeze the vanilla beans!

If you read her recent post entitled Gratitude, you'll get much more of a sense of who Susan is than I could possibly convey. When you visit, would you please tell her that I sent you and give her some of that warmth and love that my readers are known for? Cuz you are the best. (And I get told so all the time.)

Oh, you think I should dare to try my apron on? Right. In a month or two. I'm waddling around like a duck just now and so I'd prefer to get back to my svelte self. *Cough* *Sputter* *Choke*

Off to do some packing...

Love Vee

Sunday, January 6, 2013

William Who?~Mosaic Monday

I used the graveyard beside the church as my background photo for both of these mosaics.

Fascinating the things a gal can learn if she stops long enough to read one of those plaques on a rock in the churchyard on the ridge above her home. (Yes, I do love a prepositional phrase.) Honestly, I never knew. I'll spare you and send you to Wikipedia instead, if you are curious.

So nice to see Mary's links up early. Because of today's activities, it works out well for me; however, I am not happy to learn the reason why. 

Follow along at Mary's Little Red House.

Love Vee

Pressing On

I am not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward — to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back. ~Philippians 3:12–14 (The Message)

Yes, I did get out yesterday. Took a picture or two and a blogging buddy's advice. Such moments are always liberating. God is so good and patient with me, one who is alternately timid as a mouse and then the resident loudmouth. And today, I'll drive in the snow by myself to church (not this one) where we'll sing "Standing at the Portal" because another blogging buddy featured it on her blog last week and I liked it so well that I just happened to email the pastor about it and he liked it so well that...

Embrace and enjoy this *Day of Epiphany. Think what you might do. It's not too late! My table is set, the menu is planned, the food is waiting, my heart is full and ready. 

Many blessings to you this Sunday and all week through!

Love Vee
*Edited to Add: There is no epiphany greater than meeting God.