Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Random, Unrelated Topics and Lethargy


Wow. This is rare indeed. A picture of Yours Truly. Can you believe it?



Not this year, but a summer picture of our Sears Kit Home.  Living here brings much joy to us.  It is truly my dream home, and I intend to live here forever.  So far, so good!





Dear, darling Sunny.  A.k.a. Hunny.  What a delight he is.  He is very smiley.  Did you know that cats smile by slowly blinking their eyes?  It's true!



A favorite dessert of Mister's is a Blueberry Gateau.  It's easy to make, once you are familiar with it, and I've made it with raspberries, apples, peaches and mixed berries as well.  Every year, he gets one for his birthday.  It's very good, but it is one dessert I can resist.




And an update on the little half grown feral cat I domesticated this summer. I have neutered him, vaccinated him, dewormed and made sure he does not have Feline leukemia virus or FIV virus. I thought his name was Jasper, but I later realized that it is actually Cooper. He has kept his rightful name and has a home! With 2 other cats and a pug. He pretty much moved in and took over.

Now, I have another cat to catch. He sprays in our front door sometimes, and he is not neutered. He needs help.

I've been feeling tired, lethargic, unmotivated and cranky on the inside for the past week and a half. Let's hope for Mister's sake, that it lifts soon. I am trying to be pleasant, but it doesn't always work. Fortunately I have a patient and understanding husband.
Does that ever happen to anyone else?

Wishing each of you a happy, fulfilling and energetic day!
Carol

Linking to Shanda for What's on Your Heart Tuesdays.

Aftermath

I hope all of you affected by Irene are recovering. We lost power for about 24 hours. With a generator though, we still had electricity for necessities.


Damage was minor. Lost some roof shingles....we're going to need a new roof in the near future anyway, but we are getting repairs tomorrow.
One of the glass pieces in our new porch light (above) was blown out and broken. A statue shattered. Little things.
We are fortunate.


Summer will soon be drawing to a close. Savor the last bit of it, enjoy the transition. Personally, I am waiting for my motivation and energy to return!

Have a beautiful and wonderful day,
Carol

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Big Blooms


This old fashioned hibiscus bloom is a favorite of mine.  Blooms the size of saucers.  
Talk about extravagant beauty!

Join me as I join Dayle for Simple Summertime Pleasures Thursday

Have a lovely day!
Carol

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Old Dishes!

When Mister and I were vacationing in July, we did some antiquing. I fell in love with a set of plates, and of course, he encouraged me to get them. So I did!


They make a beautiful display in the kitchen hutch. I have the rest stored in the cabinets where I can use them regularly. Otherwise, why have them? At least half of the enjoyment is in the using.



Johnson Brothers Ironstone. English Chippendale pattern.



The cups and saucers have beautiful lines.



As do the sugar and creamer.



Then there is the platter!


The plates are lovely to eat from.  The whole family enjoyed doing just that this weekend as we celebrated my parents' 65th wedding anniversary.



And every day I enjoy my cereal, or cottage cheese, or ice cream.... in these bowls!

Have a wonderful day! I will, as I visit Kathleen for White Wednesday and Sue for Rednesday!

Carol

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Beauty in Nature


When I witness the beauty in nature, it speaks to me of God's extravagant love for us. I took this picture when we were on vacation at Pretty Byrd Cottage, (http://oursearskithome.blogspot.com/search/label/Pretty%20Byrd%20Cottage)  a cottage on an island, in a pond, on a farm, in Harborton, Virginia.



When I sighted this beautiful butterfly on a peaceful sunny afternoon, my soul worshiped my Creator, and I was filled with joy.

Joining Dayle for Simple Summertime Pleasures!

Carol

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Year Round Colors

Red and white are wonderful all year around. They are fresh and summery, or warm and cozy, to suit the season. Let's enjoy some of each today!


Just before going up to bed the other night, I looked up over one of the kitchen doors. (NOTE: foyer woodwork is now white, not red...just a teaser for a later post...)
I saw a little something I didn't recognize.



I looked closer. It was an old Calumet can!



"Where did that come from?", I wondered.



I asked Mister. He didn't know either!



What a wonderful mystery!



Scored this enamelware teapot on vacation this summer.



Mister found the old porch light. What we had was "fine". This is so much better!



Kind of Victorian, kind of Gothic, kind of Cool. And Pretty.

I'm going to hop on over to Kathleen's now for White Wednesday, and then visit Sue for Rednesday. Please join me!

And have a wonderful day!
Carol

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Simple Summertime Pleasure!


Dappled sunlight on a pretty porch railing. 
Ah, summertime!

Thanks for hosting, Dayle!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

His Glory Reflected in His Creation

I've alluded to the worship that rises in my soul when I see the beauty of creation.  To me, it is a physical illustration of God's extravagant, passionate love for us.  As His creation glorifies Him with its beauty, so my heart rejoices in Him and praises Him!
The following poem by Grace Livingston Hill in "A Chautauqua Idyl" illustrates it beautifully.



The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
The spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great original proclaim;
The unwearied sun, from day to day,
does his Creator's power display.
And publishes to every land
The work of an Almighty Hand.

Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale.
and nightly to the listening earth
Repeats the story of her birth;
While all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,
and spread the truth from pole to pole.

What though, in solemn silence, all
Move round the dark, terrestrial ball?
What though no real voice or sound
Amid their radiant orbs be found?
In reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice,
Forever singing as they shine,
The Hand that made us is divine.



Joining Ginger and Charlotte to celebrate Spiritual Sundays,
Have a blessed and joy-filled day!
Carol

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A White and Lovely Master

Today, we'll tour the master bedroom at Pretty Byrd Cottage.

From the living room, you enter through a pair of french doors.




The bed is made up with luxurious linens.



The pillows were edged in lace, as were the sheets.  I do love white sheets.  Edging in lace only makes them better!






Two french doors on each side of the headboard lead out to an intimate deck, with a table for two.  Great place for coffee in the morning, a drink any time of the day.
Two arched windows flank the other wall.





More white.  Attention to beautiful details are further evidence of Cathy's considerable talent!




The ceiling fixture is so romantic.



The late afternoon sun brings lovely light to the room. Yes, there is a fireplace! It can be enjoyed from the living room on the other side of the wall, or in the bedroom.
What a lovely place to get away for a week!
Joining Kathleen for White Wednesday today.

Have a wonderful day,
Carol

Inside the Cottage

(click on pictures. not sure why, but the Cottage looks so much better with sharper detail when you do ;))


As you know, we vacationed at Pretty Bird Cottage, which I found here.  Come with me, and I'll give you the tour of the inside!
Pretty Byrd Cottage is the result of a vision of Cathy Tignor. She and her husband, Rhet, live in the plantation house of Evergreen, a home built in 1766. She bought the estate house 30 years ago and restored it to its former splendor.
Several years ago, she had a 3 acre pond dug and Pretty Byrd Cottage built on the island in the pond's center. The Cottage is an example of exquisite craftsmanship in design, function and delight! Nothing is "fake", it's all real, beautiful hardwoods - from the clapboard siding and gingerbread, to the floors, cabinets and built-ins.



As we enter the front door, we see the kitchen.  Most of the cottage is in yellow and blue.  The yellow countertops are a fun touch! An inviting tablescape welcomes us.




The kitchen is small, but very functional.  Cathy Tignor brought her outstanding talent in design and real estate to the cottage when she envisioned it for visiting family.



I have never seen a fridge so thoroughly stocked!  Let me tell you a few of the things inside:  milk, OJ, eggs, croissants, muffins, ham, bacon, several cheeses, bread, English muffins, butter, all condiments, a beautiful German chocolate cake, grapes, apples, oranges, honeydew melon, strawberries, blueberries, crackers, cookies, bananas, yogurt...I left things out, but I think you get the idea.



The living room is to the right of the door.  Beautiful wood paneling, built-in bookcases, gorgeous furniture.  The fireplace is wood-burning, 2-sided.  The other side of the fireplace is in the bedroom!



The living room's generous bay window looks over gardens and the footbridge to the island. Anyone up for tea??




A coffered ceiling in the dining room is elegant. Custom paneling under the windows and around the room adds its beauty. The center piece of the paneling under the windows was rescued from an old house that was torn down.
There is a master bedroom suite and a sleeping loft.  We'll save those delights for another day!

Joining Marty for Tabletop Tuesday and Sandi for Tea Time Tuesday today.
Have a beautiful day,
Carol