A Haven for Vee

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Tints of Autumn

 So here I am again as promised. Just as I was about to write this post, I heard footsteps on my stairs so went in search of whomever~whatever and found my sister-in-law Mary peeking in the garage window.

That caused her to jump. She was just wondering if I was in the garage working as I have been quite often of late. One thing led to another and pretty soon we were off for lunch. We both opted for hamburgers. They were huge. I couldn't eat all of mine and she couldn't eat all of hers. Nevertheless, lunch out was a pleasant diversion.


Last Friday, a rainy Friday, Laurel and I took off for our annual Leaf-Peeping Day. We began by eating lunch at one of our favorite places and for the next three hours, I spent a lot of time wondering where I was. Laurel knows a lot more roads than I do.


...I see the sunset light flooding the river valley, the western hills stretching to the horizon, overhung with trees gorgeous and glowing with the tints of autumn--a mighty flower garden, blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, Frost...

~John Greenleaf Whittier

The softened light, the veiling haze,
The calm repose of autumn days,
Steal gently o'er the troubled breast,
Soothing life's weary cares 
to rest.

~Phebe A. Holder

As long as you have a window, life is exciting.
~Gladys Taber

And all the way home again where my own view isn't so bad. 

No, that is not a bottle of beer in the window. It's a pumpkin pie soda bottle...truly awful, but the bottle was too cute to leave on the shelf. 

Thank you for your visit, thank you for the kind comments on yesterday's post.


Thus concludes October foliage posts from my corner, but don't conclude those from your own. I do love foliage reports.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020


This is not much of a post, friends, but since some have become accustomed to seeing a post on Tuesdays, I will share the most exciting thing of my week so far.

You may remember that I had given myself the assignment of cleaning up the garage. It really needed it. There were many personal papers of John's that I had to go through piece by piece. When I had done that a few years ago while still cleaning in his barn, I found money and an old coin collection. This was passed on to his daughter to give to the great-grandchildren.  So I was not willing to just toss those bags of papers without going through it. And so far I have found thirty-five cents!

Help arrives!

Even though I didn't meet my deadline of the end of September, I'm calling this task a success. Yes, there's more to do, but what a burden has been lifted.

Tomorrow, I hope to do better. I actually have my annual leaf-peeping drive with Laurel at the ready. Those of you who have had enough of that can be forewarned. I sense that some are growing weary of such posts. 

Thanks for popping by...



Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Astonished by October


This first photo is an experiment. I am trying to figure out how to have a photo actually show up in the blog profiles. I have grown weary of blπŸ‘€πŸ‘€ger deciding how my blog shows up. I am willing to bend to their standards if I only knew what they were. 
Let us move on to more pleasant things asap.

[Edited to Add: The experiment proved that hoping a small picture would show in blog profiles is not the answer. ]
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Photo taken by my daughter in her corner. This is her friend's home; Laurel is on cat duty this week. That's Sugarloaf in the distance.

I was out a few days ago...I really needed a chauffeur as my head was on a swivel looking at the beautiful foliage. That, in itself, surprised me because we are a week past peak. I kept asking myself how it could be that it all was so glorious and that's when I realized that it was the light. The light was able to reach the deepest reaches of each tree illuminating them from within. Glorious!

Over the house

Along the house

hardy marigolds

daughter's birthday bouquet

one new school picture

Very happy to have Jake's new school picture...last year was a bust. Now I'm waiting on Sam's. 

Have you been astonished by October, too? I hope that you are enjoying this exquisite time of year. Keep sharing!


Wednesday, October 7, 2020


 This is a post to introduce my peeps who are most often mentioned on the blog. It's a reference post in actuality. It will be posted on a back page and then will be linked in my sidebar.

John~my second husband who was a large part of this blog for eight plus years~was a contractor and began his experience at A Haven for Vee as the hired help and wound up as Lord of the Manor. There are many photos of him in the pages of this blog and fun stories. The photo below is one of my favorite pictures.

Sam and John

I have two children. My daughter Laurel is two and a half years older than her brother Adam. She appears quite often on the blog. I'll be adding a more recent picture soon.

My son Adam and his wife Michelle...the little girl from next door...literally. ☺

Sam and Jake are Adam and Michelle's sons and my grandsons.

Jake on left and Sam on right a few years ago...


⬆️And a dozen years ago⬇️

Jakob at John's knee

Jake and Sam School Pictures 2020

Sam Fall Cleanup 2020

Jakob fall cleanup 2020

My sister Kim and her husband Steve

I am almost four years older than my only sibling.

Kim's daughter Kirsten and her family...Joel and Emmanuel

Kim's youngest daughter Keanne with Baby Anneke

Kim and Grands

The "Mountain Climbers"

The End

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Am I Making Myself Clear?


There is such a lot of unsettling news in the world these days and that's an understatement. I am believing God's Word where He says that He is with us always even to the end of the world. (Matthew 28: 20) We don't need to be anxious. (Yes, I sometimes am anxious, but I don't need to be.)

As I was thinking about a post I might write, I thought I'd share a couple of fun conversations I've had recently. A little chuckle can sometimes snap me out of the gloomies. I woke laughing in the night thinking about these moments. Hope you enjoy them. 

On Saturday evening, my daughter arrived for a visit. She was going to make a delicious salad for supper—a Big Mac salad...yummy! All I had to do was provide the ingredients. Good deal. 

As we were chatting, munching on our salads, I said that I had heard a fun joke that day. Let's go with dialogue instead of my describing it blow by blow. 

me: So there was a ten-year old boy who received a big box of manure for his birthday. (I know that my timing was not impeccable...eating supper...talking about manure...yikes!)

Laurel: Why?

me: Why what? 

Laurel: Why did he get a box of manure?

me: But that's not the point. I haven't told you the rest.

Laurel: muttering... What kind of parents give children a big box of manure? It doesn't make any sense.

me: Well it might if you let me finish the joke.

Laurel: Go ahead.

me: So the boy starts shoveling right away saying, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!" ツ

Laurel: Still doesn't make any sense. 


On Sunday, my grandson Jake and I had one of our Arby's dates. Dialogue ensues...

me: I have two orders here. One is a Roast beef classic double with curly fries and a medium Dr. Pepper. The second is a regular Roast beef classic, small diet soda, and no fries. 

Arby's person: So that's two doubles with two fries and two Dr. Peppers.

me: Nooo, let me try again, One is a Roast beef classic double with curly fries and a medium Dr. Pepper. The second is a regular Roast beef classic, small diet soda, and no fries. 

Arby's person: Okay, two doubles, one curly fry, one regular fry, and...

me: interrupting...Listen, pay attention, I said two orders. The first is...

Jake: Maybe he needs to know that it is #16. 

me: Two number 16s...one double with curly fries and a Dr. Pepper. The other a regular, no fries, and a small diet soda. 

Arby's person: Two number 16s and one double and one regular with curly fries...

me: πŸ˜³Stop! 

Jake: Nonni, are you still on your meds? 

me: Bwahahahahahahaha...

Yes, we did finally get our correct order. 

Do you have fun conversations with your family, too? I'd love to hear about one. 

Thank you for stopping by...