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

Friday, June 25, 2010

Check it Out

Remember how I told you that we're on Etsy now? Well we just listed a great vintage cookbook called "Farm Journal's Freezing and Canning Cookbook. Besides being a great reference for preserving and freezing, it's got some really neat recipes. We decided to put one of the recipes out there for everyone to use. It's a great recipe for Apple Cranberry Pie Filling that you make and freeze for later use. So check out the site and jot down the recipe! Here's the link: www.etsy.com/shop/rubysgirls


Life is Good

Friday afternoon: The sun is shining
The sheets are drying on the line,

The garden is growing

Roses are in bloom


Life is Good!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

We're on Etsy, We're on Etsy!

My sister Linda, and I are taking it to the streets-figuratively speaking that is. We've just opened an Etsy shop called 'Ruby's Girls'-named after our mom. As you can see, this post is being written at 1:23 am because I've been up all evening working on policies, shipping, paypal, and the like. So far we only have a few listings, but that will change. It's a small start, but sometimes big things come from small beginnings. Wish us luck! Here's the link:

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Father's Day Tribute

I'm dedicating this poem to my husband, Kelly, who has done so much for all of our children:

What Is A Dad?

A Dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall,
but instead picks you up
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.
A Dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes,
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.
A Dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you-even when you fail...

Happy Father's Day Kelly!
Love you lots!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Which Square is the Bestest?

When you were a little girl, did you ever lie under a special quilt or afghan that was made by your auntie, your mama, or someone else special; and try to decide which square was the prettiest? Me too. So I'm crocheting a granny square afghan with all the pretty colors found in this sweet Mary Engelbreit pillow on my sofa. With each little square I create, I imagine my sweet grandchildren curled up beneath the afghan, (little pink toes poking through the holes), picking their most favorite square. I must admit, I've been playing this little game of favorites with myself-but every time I make a new square, it becomes my favorite! I'll post a picture of it when I get done.
Note: Many thanks to Alicia Paulson http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/ for her amazingly inspirational creations. Stop by her blog look at that Sunshine Day baby quilt. It'll make a granny square lover out of you!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Gathering of the Clans

The MacKinnon Clan Crest:
Fortune Assists
the Daring.

We attended the Highland Games on Saturday. As a great-grand-daughter of Alexander Laughlin Mckinnon (on mothers side), I have more than a passing interest in all things Scottish. Even as a little girl, whenever the bagpipes passed by in a parade, I'd get a lump in my throat and all misty-eyed.
Mom was Scotch and English on her mother Lydia's side, Dutch on her father, Walter's side. The McKinnons, according to mom, were a lively clan. They were a lyrical, musical bunch who loved to sing, dance, and laugh. Grandpa's side, in contrast, were serious, hard-working, and religious--steady and responsible. When the folks migrated west from Michigan where many of the Mckinnons lived, to Lynden, Washington, a Dutch community (and still is a largely Dutch community), mom was miserable. She longed for her Scottish kin.
I love both of my heritages; though I must admit; when faced with the dilemma of whether to attend Highland Days or Holland Heritage Days (both being celebrated last Saturday), I chose former. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to kick up my heels and do a little jig with the Wicked Tinkers! And yes the drone of the pipes at the gathering of the clans still brings a tear to the eye!

BTW: The crest depicted above is that of my clan- Mackinnon. The slogan is "Fortune Assists the Daring".


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