Thursday, August 30, 2012

General Warren Inne

A few weeks ago, Mister and I took a little trip to Malvern, PA and stayed at the General Warren Inne.

It is a gracious and lovely place.  Built in 1745.

Warm and welcoming.
The fine dining is fabulous.  The pastry chef is an artist.

Charming, romantic getaway.

Some dining tables are out front.

Out back is a beautiful area for relaxing.

The stone is exquisite.

There is an old stone springhouse in the middle of it.

Mister and I took something to read and relax with while enjoying our refreshing adult beverages.

It was a treat to get away for a couple of days this summer.  The Inne has specials at wonderful prices.

Check it out!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Why I Cut Zinnias for the Kitchen

Zinnias are the only flower for cutting that I am growing this year. They are easy and cheerful and productive.
As Grace Livingston Hill said in "In The Way",

"...and she knelt beside the one wooden chair the room contained and asked the Holy Spirit to guide her in her selection and furnishing of the room. 

What! ask the Holy Spirit of God to stoop to the selection of a chair or picture, to trouble himself with the texture of a carpet or the pattern of a curtain?  And yet these things have more to do than we think with the influencing of human lives.

People who live in a house made beautiful by refinement and taste, even though they may not have much money with which to carry out their pleasure in such taste,

are nevertheless more able to appreciate beautiful words and high thoughts and holy living, than those who live where harmony is not and where colors and shapes are forever at variance.

There is an education and an uplifting in beautiful things and in quiet, peaceful, restful surroundings

which does not count for naught,

else God would not have made the world so beautiful."

How wonderful is that?!
Wishing you a wonderful, beautiful Monday!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

One of My Favorite Summer Places

Come to my back yard.  I want to show you something.
See the white railings on the top and bottom porch?  I stained them last year, turning 'decks' into 'porches'!

That's the original sunporch to the right of the railing.  It was scraped and painted when I painted this side of the house.  It's a  special place.

This year I have put lots of plants on the back porch. 

I spend a lot of time out here, and the plantings have brought the porch to life.

If you were here, we could rock in the chairs while sipping a cup of tea or a refreshing drink.  I'd serve you chocolate, too!

Have a wonderful week, and a great Monday!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

August Note Card Party...Views from a Back Porch

Our yard is tiny.  Ok by me.  I can mow and sweep the walks in 15 minutes, start to finish.
But we do have our privacy!

Because we replaced the garage, and much of the back yard was torn up in the process this year, I mostly gardened at home in containers.  We found the chamberpot for $1 at a flea market.

The rooster is from Big Lots several years ago.  The little pot was free, and the sweet woodruff was dug up from the garden.  The table was picked up curbside.

Petunias are a bit high maintenance, as far as I'm concerned, but when they are right there on your porch, and you spend a lot of time on that porch, they are great.

I am joining Vee for her Note Card Party, held the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  Join me, won't you?

Wishing you a beautiful week!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Summer Mornings at Home

Here is where you will find me, of a summer morning.  I sit in the red chair on the left.

The blue table (found while shopping the curb) is right handy for my coffee.  And for my books and Bible while I have my scheduled Quiet Time.
If I don't schedule my Quiet Time for first thing, I may never get to it.  Have to be intentional about it.

The view reminds me of the extravagance of my loving God that I see in the beauty of His creation.

It is a quiet place.  A blessed meeting place.

My blessings are too numerous to count.

I am working through the Old Testament.
I use Lee Robert's book, "Praying God's Will for My Husband" to do just that. I have used this book for many years to pray Scripture over my loved ones.

As you know, when you start your day this way, it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Be blessed!

Joining Charlotte for Spiritual Sundays.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Daily Harvest

Here is an example of a daily harvest from the garden.

So you know what I've been up to!  Canning, freezing and eating my veggies.  What am I to do with 30-50 jalapenos and cayenne peppers every 24 hours??!

Hope you have a wonderful, bountiful, and beautiful weekend!