A Haven for Vee

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Scenes About Town

This is the little garden shed that sits behind a home along the river. It's been calling to me for months and every time I see it sitting there looking so cute, I do not have my camera. What they say about always having one's camera is so true! Today, John helped me make sure that I got the shot. I'm so glad that he did. Now I'm looking forward to his help with the next event that Melissa has scheduled: Fall Front Porches: Get Your Cameras Ready! Oh yes! I plan to have mine with me at every opportunity.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sixteen Pounds and What do You Get

Hi Hon! You look like a cricket!

No, seriously, what do you have that thing set on?

Sixteen pounds? Did the doctor say 16 pounds?!

You don't care what he said, do you?!

Right. Bye, hon. I've got a blog to write.

Course it could be worse. Perhaps the next time I see him in that contraption he won't remind me of

he'll remind me of

Disclaimer: Do not try this at home without a doctor's counsel.

Yes, I sourced Google Images for both of these photos and I'm really not concerned. If you are, don't look.  
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Hurricane Kyle update: It's wreaked a lot of havoc, but by nature a hurricane has about spun out of trouble once it hits cooler waters. I do, however, believe that all five inches of rain that fell in my county are now flowing slowly through my basement. It's every bit as flooded as it had been after a summer of rain. Trying not to grumble too much as so many have had it soooo much worse. See? :D I'm still smiling. Hang in there, New Brunswickers and Nova Scotians!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Last week, Hurricane Ike in Texas, this week Hurricane Kyle barreling for Maine. Sometimes these storm seasons hang on for a lonnnngggg time. Life can be like this. Some of us have been dealing with a big old storm for a very long time. I feel as if I have been through a year of one storm after the next. Perhaps you've felt this way. It's a restlessness, a feeling of being wobbly and unsure. We need some direction. It certainly doesn't feel like contentment. Is there any way to learn to be content in every situation? Paul did. He said:

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:11

Now that's what I want. If we turn our eyes from the storm to Jesus, we will find every single thing that we need for every single thing that we need comes from Him. Let's place ourselves in His hands for there we are safe. It isn't about being self-sufficient; it's all about being dependent on Him.

Comments are off. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Celebrating Fall

One hundred ninety-six miles later and we were home again where I found this beautiful card from Kari waiting for me. It's so gorgeous and the photo doesn't quite do it justice. Thank you so much, Kari! I simply love it. Imagine it perched in my header because that's where it is between the posies and the pumpkin.

This is going to be such a photo rich post that I will try not to make it text rich as well. Here's the basic story...John felt that the foliage would be better north of here so we struck off for Rangeley via

's hometown. You'll see the theater where he got his start and a picture of the Municipal Office. (No, I don't know him, but I know a number of people who do. It's a two degrees of separation thing.)

A detour high on a ridge provided some of my favorite pics of the day of wagons and mums and pumpkins. We stopped to pick up Italians at Jack's and then went to Sandy River for a picnic. We climbed through the forest to find the old swimming hole where I used to allow my children to jump thirty feet for a dip...ackkkk!

The foliage was much better north of here and, because of construction on Rt.4, we were able to enjoy it even more. We hadn't realized that Rt.4 is a dead end at a boat marina on Rangelely Lake, but we found our way again past Suzanne's vegetable stand over Height of Land and then made our way home. Basically, we traveled in a big circle. The day ended with ice cream, as all perfect days do, and the local Farmer's Market.

We had a fun day! Thanks for looking at my pictures. You may click on any to enlarge. Since Blogger is really smoking after all this uploading, I may not post for a few days, but I'll be around to visit you soon.

ETA on August 17, 2016: This is the first selfie we took and perhaps the only selfie. And, for the record, I had no idea it was called a "selfie" way back in 2008. I didn't like this photo much then, but it has grown on me since. We took so few photos together...less than a dozen.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Blogroll Fun

Say, I don't know what's going on with my blogroll, but I love it! I didn't do anything different to it since I first set it up the new way a few days ago (except for changing the font colors) and now, as of yesterday, I have these wonderful little pictures. It has been quite distracting sometimes, I confess, but what's not to love about being enticed by such lovelies?

l–r Penny, Lovella, Teresa, Miss Mari-Nanci

I have been highly distracted since visiting Melissa's 20 Things to Treasure in Autumn, too. Oh my! The beautiful blogs out there. They go on and on forever! I've just reached my own name on the list and hope to get to all who participate. Speaking of which, dear ones, Melissa says that anyone can keep right on signing up. So do it if you're at all interested. I think that I've found something new on every single list.

We're off today for a leaf peeping tour and a #14 from said list. Hopefully, I'll have some good pictures to share before week's end.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Final Blooms of Summer

This is a blatant rip-off of a photo that was posted at Turkey Feathers called September Days. I loved that photo so much that I tried to emulate it in some small way.

Busy Tuesday, you have a great one.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Twenty Little Things to Treasure in Autumn

Melissa has been sponsoring 20 Little Things to Treasure in Autumn at The Inspired Room. Though I'm late to the party, it's been fun to pull some thoughts together.

1. Autumn colors — the crimsons, yellows, and oranges that fade to russets, golds, and coppers
2. Fresh, crisp air
3. The scent of burning leaves and woodsmoke
4. Cozy bedding — quilts and fleece blankets and sheets
5. My favorite flannel nighty
6. The opening of the tree canopy revealing views lost for months
7. Long walks through fallen leaves — swish, swish, swish
8. Apples, pumpkins, and the gathering of harvest foods
9. Reading beneath a throw while curled up on the sofa
10. The slant of light that enters the house from a sun now lower in the sky
11. ***Hot drinks sipped by candle glow in the longer evening
12. Baking the first apple pie and the first pumpkin pie
13. Fryeburg Fair Day
14. An autumn picnic
15. A hayride to the top of Hall's Hill where we can view the foliage and the White Mountains while the harvest moon rises
16. Mums, glorious mums
17. Farmer Whiting's Market
18. Christmas Fairs
19. The little ones on their way to school chattering like squirrels
20. The honking of Canada geese on their way to warmer climes


Pumpkin Spice Mocha

Ingredients per cup:
* 2/3 cup coffee
* 1/3 cup cream or half and half
* 1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 TBS Splenda or sugar
* 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
* Whipped cream for top, if desired

Brew coffee and add remaining ingredients. May need to reheat in the microwave for desired temperature. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

Have a wonderful Monday and don't forget to visit Melissa!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Give Me Jesus

In the morning when I rise, in the morning when I rise, in the morning when I rise, give me Jesus...

So many have experienced the storms of life this past week, both figuratively and literally. Brin of My Messy, Thrilling Life posted this powerful video of Hurricane Ike images. It was made by her uncle. "Give Me Jesus," sung by Fernando Ortega, is playing in the background. Perhaps the song is based on Philippians 3:8 where it says "I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord."

It's good to know that things don't remain bleak forever.

Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

~Psalm 30:5


My prayer for all the victims of the storms has been that the Lord will restore what has been taken away.

Have a blessed Sunday and a blessed beginning to a brand new week.

("Give Me Jesus" has been added to my playlist just for the weekend. ETA: Nope, longer!)

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Friday, September 19, 2008

1939 Saturday Evening Post

Visiting Nan yesterday afternoon, I noticed this old magazine and, after chuckling my way through it, requested permission to borrow it so that my readers might have a few chuckles, too. Nan's parting words, "Okay, but I want it back!" Not surprising since she's been saving it since she was thirty years old. She's too cute.

Here's the back cover...

Now doesn't that just sound appetizing filling one's tummy up with a bunch of air?

Hmmm, oatmeal never did that for me!

Isn't this ad for Cornflakes bright and cheery?

A fairly straightforward approach in advertising. Ha!

Hmmm, a bread diet never did that for me!

Eat all the hot dogs you want?!!! Oh boy!

Right, just what I've always wanted to do.

Ominous and disturbing...

I want this fridge! I'm not kidding! I love it!

I've saved the best one for last. This one had me laughing so much that my grandmother was worried about me. Maybe I was just tired.

Socially acceptable? Hahahahahahaha...

Have a great Friday and thank you for not reminding me that yesterday was Thursday when I told ya'll to have a good Wednesday. I love Bloggers!