A Haven for Vee
Friday, January 29, 2016
A Road Not Taken
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Keeping it Brief
I like using trays and cookie sheets and tin lids to put my pieces together elsewhere (think easy chair) before bringing them back to the table. If I need help with the transfer, I use a large spatula. (All tips learned from my mother who loved doing puzzles.)
Notice the fleece blanket is gone! Thanks to all who suggested it, including Catherine herself. ☺
My other tools of the trade are a flashlight and a magnifying glass.
I didn't know that I would have the grands' school pictures to share today, though they seem like a fitting bookend for Monday's post. I was so pleased with both photos. Love these guys!
~Samuel age 10~
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Monday, January 25, 2016
Thank you for all the feedback on sleigh rides. A number have been on one. It was surprising to me and, of those who said that they had been over the Jingle Bell trail, no one had any disparaging comments to make. I may need to rethink the idea that they sound more fun than they are.
The picture I used for the sleigh ride was an old Christmas card from my grandmother's collection as seen on my fridge above. It contains a nice note from Ross and Effie (who were among my grandparents' dear friends). They owned a dairy farm with a view on the ridge above "the lake" in New Brunswick. (I do adore a prepositional phrase.) It was always great fun to visit them because the barn was full of kittens. Lots and lots of kittens. I don't remember the cows. Besides that, Effie kept the tidiest home and had the most darling yellow and blue kitchen. I have liked the combination ever since.
I removed the Ruth Fielding series from the bookcase that lives in the closet and packed it away in boxes along with the vintage Nancy Drews and the newer Nancy Drews and the Bobbsey Twins set. I decided that they were taking up prime real estate. The closet will be this week's chore I believe.
As I have mentioned many times over, there are boxes and boxes of vintage photos. This particular one was taken in 1925 when Nan was Sweet Sixteen. As you can see I have tucked it into my winter display. My goal is to keep these photos accessible so that I can rotate and show them off. I also have my gallery wall for display, though it is filling up fast.
It was fun to get out my magnifying glass and take a closer look at this photo. Nan (her name was Irene) is wearing a pale pink dress, a string of pearls, a bracelet, and a pair of silver shoes. There are ribbons hanging from her shoulder...very feminine. This edit is very much to my liking with the blues beyond her.
One of these stuffies is an old friend. His name is "Monkey." I must have had a twisted sense of humor as a child for anyone can see that he is actually a rabbit with his long ears. He's a mess. Anyone holding onto old stuffed animals that have been loved right to death? I don't think that I could part with him, but he probably needs to be given a decent burial. Wait until I show you who else I am holding onto one day.
My one Downton Abbey thought...no spoilers (Susan Branch is providing wonderful commentary for Downton Abbey, [link goes to last week's; click on her home page for current offerings])...is this: has Tom gained a wee bit of weight?
That's enough yabbering for a Monday. Join me Wednesday when I reveal how much progress has been made on the Catherine Holman puzzle and show you a positively geriatric stuffy. Aye! Life's exciting and, yes, I have been watching a lot of Monarch of the Glen. How could you tell?
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Labels: family treasures, vintage family photos
Friday, January 22, 2016
Sleigh Ride? I Think Not
This watching of old PBS programming is reminiscent of the winter five years ago when I watched one show after another of Larkrise to Candleford. My mother had passed and I needed diversion of the highest order. Larkrise to Candleford helped get me through until spring when I could gain some equilibrium.
- 1 1/2cups flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup white sugar (feel free to skimp if applesauce is also sweetened)
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup walnuts are optional
1. preheat oven to 350°
2. grease and flour a standard bread loaf pan
3. mix eggs, sugar, oil, add in applesauce, mix well
4. Into flour, add dry ingredients and, using whisk, stir well
5. Add flour mixture slowly to wet mixture
6. When well incorporated, fold in walnuts, if desired
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 60 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick or cake tester. It may take up to 20 minutes longer.
Cool on wire rack
Yummy! Better the second day...
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Labels: Blog recommendation, movie recommendation, recipe, winter
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
*Chimney Smoke and Cheery Snowfolk
Thank you so much, Cathie! I'll let you know when it's done and I'll even take a picture.
Want to take a guess how long it'll take me? Pertinent information: five hundred pieces, in the round, and a fleece blanket to fight. You might let me know if you do puzzles in the wintertime.
See you Friday Lord willing and the blizzard stays away.
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Labels: Blog recommendation, Giveaway win
Monday, January 18, 2016
of all time.
No spoilers, but I did wear a big grin for the last twenty minutes of Downton Abbey.
Some asked if I would be watching Mercy Street. I lasted all of 12 minutes. Too many severed limbs for me. I remember visiting a living history museum where there was a discussion of 1800s medical practices. The story was that if you fell from the hayloft and broke a leg that you hoped and prayed that the doctor was out of town. In that way, you might get to keep it. Doctors were saw happy and not only in those foul conditions of war time, but in regular communities in small town Maine.
My great-grandmother (who wrote me the letter I discussed a few posts ago) had a grandfather who served in the Civil War. He made it through, but died of his injuries a few short years later. Her grandmother received a widow's pension for the rest of her life. You'd think I would appreciate Mercy Street. Not so much. You?
We have had a snowstorm over the weekend and are having another today. We have celebrated two birthday boys. Now they are ten and nine. I took zero pictures. I must be losing it.
Next time, I have a blog win to share. Hint: it meant that I put up a card table in the best light I could find.
A good week to you! Thank you for peeking in. Say, do you have a favorite classic speech?
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Friday, January 15, 2016
This I Know
~ Julian FellowesPeople who are too fat know it and we don’t need to keep being reminded. I eat too much and am too fat, but my real vice is that I am bad tempered.
I am joining Amy for Five on Friday for the first time! I am using the format "This I Know" inspired by reading the above quote at the above source.1. Since I am a horrible copycat, I will echo Julian Fellowes' comment. I am fat. I know it. You can shut up now. (Does this also make me bad-tempered?)2. Winter became a little brighter when Downton Abbey returned. I'm already in high anticipation for episode 3 on Sunday evening.
♥♥♥3. Spoilers are no fun. It can be a challenge not to be Newsy Nancy so thank you to all who are in the know, yet play it cool and coy.4. The minute you pull out of the donate dock at your nearest Goodwill, you will think of a way to use whatever it was that you dropped off.5. ♪Jesus loves me, this I know. (And He loves you, too.) The Bible tells me so. ♪
You can find the other participants at Love Made My Home.A happy weekend to you!
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Labels: Downton Abbey, Five on Friday
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Hodge Podging Today
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy~Burano, Italy~Havana, Cuba~Rio de Janiero, Brazil~Chefchaouen, Morocco~Balat, Istanbul, Turkey~Menton, France~Jodhpur, India~La Baca, Buenos Aires, Argentina~Guanajuato, Mexico~Capetown, South Africa~Valparaiso, Chile~Wroclaw, Poland~San Francisco, California~and Pelourhino, Salvador, Brazil.
Of those listed which would you most like to see up close and in person? Of all the places you've seen or traveled in your own life, what would you say was one of the most colorful?
5. What song almost always makes you cry?
7. Write a two word note to your younger self. What does it say?
This was the first picture of Sam to appear on the blog way back in July of 2007. He was a year and a half old. The photo on the right was taken last summer. I removed Jakob (his hand is on his brother's shoulder) for this side by side comparison collage, but Jakob's birthday is coming right up so I will be pairing him with a photo of his younger self next week.
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Labels: Hodge Podge Wednesday
Monday, January 11, 2016
That snow out there? It has been greatly reduced after a massive rain storm throughout Sunday and overnight. I imagine the ski resorts are bemoaning the fact. It will get good and cold this week so they can make their own snow.
So I am as ready as I can make myself for winter with twinkling lights on a wee tree that make me grin just to see them. What are you doing to make winter easier to bear or do you not require the little games I play?
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Labels: decorating, ramblings
Friday, January 8, 2016
One of These Things is Not Like the Other...
~With Sweet Messages~
As a regular reader, you know that I have been going through the vast amounts of ephemera that landed in my world when my parents' home was closed in autumn 2015. My mother saved so much! This is a precious, precious card and letter from my great-grandmother (pictured above with my grandmother). I was only six years old when she passed away so this was almost overwhelming to read. She writes and tells me how much she loves me and always will. She shares her memories of my singing and dancing for her. She offers sweet, gentle advice on how to cope with a challenging little sister. ☺ She sends money for my birthday for a dress with bows on it as that is what I told her I wanted. She closes with hugs and kisses for each member of the family telling me that she sent plenty for me to share. Yes, I did say overwhelming.
I am more determined than ever to remember to write sweet little notes in cards and letters. Sometimes we do not imagine how valuable they are to those who receive them, even years and years later.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
"Do you think that I don't know how to open a cereal box?" I asked rather testily.
"Are you telling me that you have never opened the wrong end?"
"That's exactly what I'm telling you!"
"So all those other things you do are just flukes?"
Well, I never! If this keeps up we'll be a short skip and a hop from Can This Marriage Be Saved? ☺
We visited the boys and their tree last week. Sam had invited us as he wanted to show it off. It was a very pretty tree. They always have a real one and it smelled so good. Sam's favorite ornaments are the Santa hats, which are really egg cozies re-purposed.
Jakob made a sweet ornament that has hung beautifully on our tree this season. I may have been reaching as it was being presented when I was politely told by his mom that he had made it especially for John. Yes, John and Jakob are buds. And that warms this Nonni's heart.
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Monday, January 4, 2016
Where Did They Go, Et Cetera, Etc.
Off to dismantle a bit more Christmas. I am playing a game. If I am caught taking down Christmas, I lose. How good that John is not the most observant man. Slowly is the name of the game. No more than five trips up and down stairs a day carrying a tray of treasures. In the mornings I pack those away and start over. Perhaps the tree will be all down and packed away by the weekend or perhaps I shall decide that we need a winter tree with lights only to cheer us for another while. After all, I decorate seasonally all year through and winter is the current season.
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Labels: Downton Abbey, ramblings
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