Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
~Mother's tea cup collection~
Gosh that took me about half an hour to find and it's a mess (the photo not the display), but still it shows my mother's evolution in decor. I see so many of these tea cups, which I use more than she did, but do not display en masse.
What struck me most about the photo was the very different demeanor I see in my young parents. They would have been about 24 and 29 at the time and they look happy and playful. I think this is the direct result of the photographer capturing the moment. (I am not quite sure who that photographer was, but she may well have been my mother's friend who lived in my current neighborhood then. I see her former home every single day. What a tight web we are weaving.)
I just found it interesting...
Have you ever seen a new-to-you photo of your parents that surprised you in some way?
I was so happy to hear from our dear Miss Sandy at Quill Cottage. Perhaps she'll pop in and tell us her community's tornado story, but I did want you to know that she and her family are well and their properties are okay. She tells me that she has been finding debris from other properties around her home.
There's just so much weather activity out there now. Prayer is so important.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
It's after nine and I find myself thinking about the events of that first Good Friday. It is good to ponder. How do I reconcile all that I am doing today with that sacred timeline? Oh! I remember. Jesus came to give me a reason to live, to do the little things that create a life worth living.
I will be cleaning and baking and watching my grands.
|~book gift from Great-Aunt K~|
We will probably read this story by Max Lucado again, if the weeks' past are any indication. The story has captured the boys' attention.
They have wondered aloud how such a day could be called "Good." In the end, we have learned that it is "good for me." Very good for me. The best it could possibly be for me. For you, too, if you have realized your need to receive the greatest gift ever given.
A blessed Easter weekend to you. Don't forget, Sunday's coming!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Though I tried repeatedly to get the code for button making to work, I failed. After three hours, something has got to be more important. Picking fluff from a cotton ball would be more important. So, if you'd like a new Note Card Party button, feel free to snag this the old-fashioned way. You may link to the home page here or you may link to the *directions page.* Thank you so much for linking; it is much appreciated.
Tomorrow Mr. Linky will be up between 2 and 2:30. After this post is published, I'm going to start having some fun with this month's Note Card Party. I have my props all gathered. It will be different anyway.
This is the final picture showing snow-melt progress in just two short weeks. I can't believe that two weeks ago, it looked this way:
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
There's plenty that needs setting to rights around here. Winter has been more unkind than usual. I'm taking it slow.
There! One thing back where it belongs.
I am working on a project that will include some spring flowers.
The Christmas leftovers will be tossed over the banking as soon as I don't sink to my knees in snow and mud. In the meantime, the birds have been enjoying the old berries. If I plant tomatoes this year, perhaps the birch log can serve as a support.
Probably better pick up that dead chicken by the door.
A lovely weekend to you.
Friday, April 11, 2014
~a carved box, rick-rack with crocheted edging~
~ivy on the kitchen windowsill~
~a rose star...photo taken in last summer's garden~
These were edited in Photoscape. This is what I am doing these days to edit most photos. (It may change again. I go through phases.) Once I have the photo resized, I take it to Photoscape and use the auto level, auto contrast, and sharpen buttons. I choose low for the first two and 6 for sharpen. Then, I use the blur tool to lose anything in the background that competes. In the case of the ivy, it was John's old truck in the drive. In the case of the rose star, it was the other plants. My camera is a Nikon Coolpix P7100 on Auto setting, which means that the ISO 100 is probably overidden. The more I learn, the less I know.
Linking to Donna's Personal Photo Challenge. Please have a look. There'll be some amazing photos! Thank you, Dear Donna, for hosting. You're the best!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In my experience, life is what you make it.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A certain, very special daffodil is brightening the place having arrived just yesterday. It is a watercolor creation of Lorrie's and has this quote by G.K. Chesterton:
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
Here it is propped on my china cupboard along with the ivy, Easter eggs, and bunny peeking through. Makes me smile every time I see it. I used "watercolor pencil" from Photoscape; it's the only way I paint watercolors. A thank you doesn't seem like enough for such a sweet gift. Thank you very much, Lorrie. What a day brightener it was yesterday in sun and it is again today with the pouring rain.
Monday, April 7, 2014
...what's the matter with your sister? Does she want to go to prison or something?? Everyone knows you can't remove furniture labels 'under penalty of law' - and funny, but I don't know how old I was before I realized that meant before you purchased it. But you can't be too careful these days. Big Brother IS watching!
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