Welcome friends...thanks for coming by. We're seeking beauty in all of creation... in our faith and our families; our art and our music; our crafts and kitchens, and even in our own backyard. We'll share a poem or a recipe, a picture or a memory; maybe a dream of how we wish our life could be. And though we acknowledge that the world can be harsh, we're keeping it pleasant in our little corner; endeavoring to keep the words from the Book of all Books: ...Whatsoever things are lovely; think on these things.

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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Raspberry Beret; NOT the Kind You Find in a Second Hand Store!

"I feel so silly in this hat..."

So I've started knitting. Made 2 stocking hats and 2 pair of wrist warmers. Today I finished another hat. A beret. Raspberry-colored. You know that catchy song by Prince..."She wore a raaaazberry beret; the kind you find in a 2nd hand store..." I've been humming it the whole time I've been knitting. Imagining myself or some lucky recipient of my creation walking jauntily down the street in this bold fashion statement.

Except that now that my beret is done, I realize that it would be more likely found in the pharmacy, right next to the hot water bottles. Because that's what it looks like! It's a raaazberry hot-water bottle; the kind you find next to Pepto-Bismal...

I tried it on my husband (what a good sport)! A thermometer in his mouth would have completed the look. When I asked him what I should do with it,he quipped, "Give it to someone you don't like!"

Oh well, on to the next project...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Flashback Challenge

I re-read "Heidi" for the Flashback Challenge. It was even better than I remembered. This time, as a grandparent, I could totally relate to the grandfather. I didn't realize as a child what it must have been like for the old man to lose his grand-daughter. Another thing I noticed as an adult is the very nice underlying message of forgiveness and redemption within this story.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Finishing the Project

I finally got some projects done today;

I stitched the 'stuffing hole' in my painted rooster pillow...
(I couldn't decide if it was 'puffy' enough. I finally decided
that puffy or not, it had to be done.)

Finished Jordynn's wrist warmers- she's gonna
love those peace sign buttons!

Completed Juniors hat (my first shaped knitted project!)
Sure hope it fits...

Stitched up the hems on my pillowcases; I made them
to match the pretty floral duvet I bought at a garage sale,

and weekend I finished "Heidi" for the book-challenge
issued by http://www.scrabblequeen.blogspot.com/, what a fun

Then I wrapped up Linda's birthday gift.

Finishing things is hard for me. I just love to start things; but once it becomes hard work, it quickly loses it's luster.
I often think about my faith. I want to finish well. Like the apostle Paul. He said, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. (I Tim. 4:7)
Of all the things I want to complete; the most urgent is to complete the tasks that God has assigned me to do on this earth.
Lord, help me to stay on course. And thank-you for Your promise that You will perfect that which concerns me.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Reading Challenge

Thanks to http://scrabblequeen.wordpress.com I have entered a fun reading challenge, and found out about a great site to organize my bookshelf! It will take me many hours to fill my bookshelves (at left). I've started with my favorite author; Dickens. If you love to read, stop by scrabblequeens site and join the challenge!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Tea Time; and the Trials of a Tea -Totaler

Once in a movie, a young man was visiting a very proper old woman. She offered him tea and he declined, saying, "I don't like tea." She stiffened a bit and answered haughtily, " Sir, there are over two thousand varieties of tea; do you mean to say that you dislike them ALL?"

I too, feel a bit haughty about my tea. I have certain favorites. And I detest some of those trendy new varieties, that, though they look nice in the bag; taste like grass clipping strained in water.

If a waitress really wants to irritate me, she only needs to toss a little assortment of tea on the table when I have specifically requested green tea. Then after I have sorted through the bags of licorice-mint and orange-camembert (I jest) tea; I am forced to ask for the green tea. To this request the waitress invariable gives me a dirty look and retorts; "This is all the tea we have."

And why is it, pray tell, that my favorite local coffee shop, switched to a loathesome brand of tea, just because the people who make the brand are local also? Why doesn't he switch to a local coffee, rather than that rich Columbian blend that he offers? I'll tell you why, because the local stuff tastes terrible!

Oh, the trials of a tea-totaler!


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