Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sun Porch Restoration

Mister did it himself, including the painted design on the floor. 
All the paint is exterior paint because this porch is not heated.
He also rediscovered the original brass hardware.
No surface was left untouched.



















Blessings!

Carol

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Homer Laughlin Riviera, Broken Foot and Computer, and TWO Jobs

 
The post title sums up the news nicely.  My paternal grandmother used the dishes in the family cabin getaway.  I love them, therefore, and keep an eye out for them.

Every morning, these days, I use this cup for coffee.  Mmmmmmm.


I have the dishes in these 3 colors.
 
I am working at a trap/neuter/release foundation for feral cats, performing surgery.  Gorgeous facility, aaaannndd.......
Last week I returned to private practice at the veterinary clinic that I retired from 2 years ago as a partner and veterinarian.



 My computer is now officially defunct..... hence the lack of blogging.......
 
 
..............and I broke my foot last week.
 
Other than that and a bunch of other stuff, nothing has changed!
 
Hoping you are enjoying summer in your neck of the woods!
 
Carol

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sightings

It is slowly morphing into Summer around here.  



Mister took a Tbird for a TEST DRIVE.
NOT buying it.
A. Test. Drive.



Chickie and I went for ice cream.  This was not the only time.  Ahem.


The clouds were so gorgeous on an evening drive.  (Ice cream was included this evening, too.)


Their pure white light transfixed me.


A petunia is extravagantly blooming in the teacup planter.

What sightings have YOU seen??

Carol

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thanks

Thanks......as in the noun.
It's my "word" for this season, perhaps this year.

Chickie and I returned to Longwood Gardens this week, to see spring in its glory.
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."   G.K.Chesterton



"Lord, if thanks is the highest form of thought, make it my first thought.  Turn me towards thanks first - so my life doesn't turn into the last thing I'd hoped for."  Ann Voskamp



"The stability of the world depends on this rejoicing of God in His works."  John Calvin



"The answer to anxiety is the adoration of Christ."  Ann Voskamp

It's not exaggerating to say that I see the glory of God every single day in His creation.  Whether it be the glory of nature, the thoughtful, perfect striping on a tabby cat, the subtle daily change of the seasons, sunrises and sunsets.....all invoke worship daily for me.

Is it any wonder that growing things grow heavenward, reaching for light?  I don't think so.  All a part of glorifying its Creator.

He loads blessings on us every day.  Blessings. Gifts. Graces.  All undeserved, but all because of His goodness and His love for us.

The lesson is to learn to keep eyes fixed on Him, as we forge ahead with joy through a life that must include trials and tribulation.  I'd say it's an ongoing process here on earth.

Be blessed!

Carol

Thursday, May 1, 2014

It Felt Like Friday.......

But it was Thursday.  And the sun was in and out all day.
I kept chasing it though, and got some sunny shots for you!

It was a nice day to putter about outside.  My mom had given me a flower arrangement for Easter, so I broke it up into different pots for outdoors.


 Here's my favorite little planter.  Because it's my favorite color and because it's a teacup!


I pulled out the chairs and re-furnished this back porch.  Mister picked up this wonderful chair at a vintage shoppe a few years ago.


I do love a dianthus!!!  And the mum is a cheerful yellow too....look at all those blooms!


 The little pots on the table hold a marigold and an ageratum.


All the chairs on this porch rock.  Literally!
And then....there's my hammock swing.  Blissful.


The surprise lilies are growing like crazy.  The leaves will disappear in a few weeks, and then in midsummer the lilies will bloom on tall leafless stalks where you see the leaves now.

Hoping you are seeing some sun coming your way!

Carol

Joining Courtney for Feathered Nest Friday  (frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gathering the Moments.......April

April is always a busy month for us!
We've LOTS of birthdays!


Dear Chickie turned 22 on the 29th.  The two of us went out for breakfast and she requested a special dinner be made in her honor.  (Steak, sweet potato fries, spinach salad)
Oh, and we can't forget the ice cream cake I made for her!


I made danishes.  This is homemade phyllo dough, people!
It is a long and involved process, but basically cookbook and highly satisfying!
Sometime, I'll share.


Mister celebrated a birthday too!
Happiest man I've ever met.
Had a multitude of other family birthdays, as well.

We started dining with more regularity on the sun porch, now that the weather is warming.

I started digging and working the community garden plot.  Peas, carrots, and beans coming along.  The plot is 25'x50' and you sure can't beat the exercise you get by tilling the whole thing by hand!

Thank you, Cheryl (thinkingabouthome.blogspot.com) for hosting such a great party each month!!!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

He is Risen!


He is Risen!!!


He is Risen, indeed!


And so shall we greet one another on this glorious Resurrection Day!

Have a blessed and beautiful day.

Hallelujah!

Carol

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Note Card Party........Sunshine!!

Joining Vee for the monthly Note Card Party.


Sunshine lifts the spirits!  I am anticipating the lush foliage of spring.


Yellow is the ultimate sunny color.  My favorite color, too.
Purple and yellow sing to me of Spring.


Every year I take out my (yellow!) teacup planter and set it on the railing.  Sweet woodruff looks lovely, as do pansies in this planter.


Dappled sunshine through the trees always fills my heart with joy!

Yes, we still have the April showers to go through, but they do yield the splendor of May and June....and July.....

But....The birds are singing!  The worms in my garden are growing!  The seeds will soon be planted!

Looking forward to sunshine and more beauty!

Carol

Join Vee for April's Note Card Party!  (ahavenforvee.blogspot.com if Links still don't post)


Monday, April 7, 2014

Whites In The Kitchen

I found some beautiful whites a few weeks ago.
Not all practical....at least not the fridge.....but I sure like looking at them!


Classic lines.


Simple and old fashioned.


Timeless.


 This freestanding cabinet in my own kitchen never fails to delight.


And here's the rest of the kitchen.
Love working in here!

"They" are calling for sunshine starting tomorrow.  That's very different from the weather report this am.  Hopefully the newest report will stick!

Have a blessed week...and I hope it's filled with sunshine.

Carol
Linking up with Becky for Blissful Whites Wednesday!  (http://www.timewashed.com/2014/04/blissful-whites-wednesday.html)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gathering the Moments......March!

This is a new and delightful event for me.....Gathering the Moments with Cheryl (http://thinking-about-home.blogspot.com/)
(Please, oh please work, dear Blogger, and let me have a link to Cheryl's blog on her name!)
So, looking back on the month of March.....

We had snow, ice, and cold.  Even this past Sunday, we got an inch of slush.  All of which is gone, now....Hallelujah!


In the midst of all the wintry weather, we had the perennial anemones bloom.


I gathered my cast iron skillets and started using them daily.  For meat, veggies, bread and dessert!


Spent lots of time in the kitchen...a good thing.  Made Danishes from scratch.  Homemade dough.  Homemade filling.  The works.  That's future blog fodder, 'cause there are lots of pictures.


Made applesauce.  After I made it a few months ago, Chickie decided that all our applesauce must be homemade.
Made laundry detergent.  Nothing new there.  But that's what's in the little pan.  15 minutes of work, 6 months of detergent for pennies.


Gave a cat a lion cut.  Now that was interesting.


Oh, and Mister retired!

I had a most encouraging email exchange with Cheryl where she 'got' what I was expressing in a post, and she described dealing with change this way, "Sounds as if you are in the midst of lots of changes at your house and are finding the courage to forge ahead with joy!"  Isn't that a beautiful description of life with Jesus??!!

Thank you Cheryl for hosting and for sharing yourself with the rest of us!