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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Old But New


It was hand-pieced a bit at a time, of remnants which remained after making dresses for the girls of the family. There were evenings spent picking the seeds from the cotton and getting it ready to use as batting. Then the frame was lowered from the ceiling, and the lining sewn in. The cotton was carefully placed to cover it all. Finally the top was stretched and pinned to the lining. Many hands spent long hours taking careful, even stitches around each piece of the design. At last the quilt was removed and bound all around by hand, then safely stored. Found many years later in a hidden closet...this old quilt...yet like new. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Finding Beauty








"The power 
of finding beauty 
in the humblest things 
makes home happy 
and life lovely."
 
— Louisa May Alcott 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Shaded Carpet


Love the soft carpet of pine needles 
where the daylillies and irises grow wildly
at my Mom's house in the country. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mind Over Matter

 "... if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times 
to be glad and rejoice, 
He must want us to do it
 —SOME."

- Eleanor H. Porter
Pollyanna



“It's been 
my 
experience 
that 
you 
can 
nearly 
always 
enjoy 
things 
if you 
make 
up 
your 
mind 
firmly 
that you 
will.”
 
―- L. M. Montgomery,  
Anne of Green Gables

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fruit Salad


Prepare your favorite fresh fruit combination, 
then add a large can of pineapple chunks to the mix! 

Drain pineapple, and combine the juice w/ a packet of 
instant pudding. Toss to coat all the fruit, and you'll 
have a very quick, easy, and luscious fruit salad! 


Above: Peaches, Strawberries, Bananas, Grapes, and Pineapple w/ Coconut Instant Pudding


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Persistently


Of elegance it speaks, of beauty, grace, and charm. 
This fair rose wildly blooms, weathering passing storms. 

Of a lovely old variety, rooted here years ago
Requiring no attention, yet so persistently it grows.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Juicy Bites


I'm glad we planted the tomatoes. 
I'm glad for the sun and rain that made them grow. 
I'm glad for the colorful harvest that we gather, a little at a time. 

And I'm glad I observed my teen-age son tossing them in the air, 
dancing about strategically to catch them in his mouth, 
and savoring the juicy bites 
again and again.

It does my heart good :-)  

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Canvas Wannabe


wan·na·be 

\ˈwä-nə-ˌbē\

Informal
noun

A product 
designed 
to imitate 
the qualities 
or characteristics 
of something.


I delight 
in editing
my photographs,
and most often 
use the free 
online services

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Like Pink Lace



Along
this
rocky
shoreline
grow these
wispy
willowy
trees

~
flaunting
their
delicate
petals
like 
pink lace
in the 
breeze.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fake Baked



Well, I love those meals that are 
quick and easy...and yum!!! 
So this has become a stand-by 
and it is always a hit at our place! 

I don't have a "recipe" to go by. 
It just depends on what's available 
and what sounds good that day. 
But basically, I boil the potatoes 
instead of baking them. Then 
make like a loaded baked potato!

This time, I estimate that I peeled 3 lbs. 
of russet potatoes. Cut them up evenly 
and pour water just to the top of them. 
Cover w/ a lid and boil till they feel tender 
when tested w/ a fork. Drain.

I added 1 slice chopped onion, 
1/2 stick butter, 8 oz. sour cream, salt 
and pepper to taste, and mixed these 
altogether. I used 1 c. shredded 
cheddar, and 1/2 lb. bacon for topping. 

Tonight it will be our meal, but it could be 
a side dish...whatever works for you!

Made 3 very large servings. 



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Blue Bell

 Has my husband ever disliked a Blue Bell flavor? 
I don't think so!  Not likely!

Happy Father's Day, Sweetheart :-)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Locally Grown, Anyone?


Well,  my squash plants were loaded with blooms, but then I didn't water them, and they're looking pretty puny by now. I did get a handful of small squash...enough for a casserole. And we do get a few cherry tomatoes and bell peppers, and my son pulled a carrot and munched on it while he was mowing the yard...

But oh my! My hat is off to those gardeners that have lush crops of beautiful produce... My parents must have been alot more amazing than I realized because we practically lived off of our garden! Deliciously fresh home-grown, home-cooked meals every day of the week when I was growing up, and I took it for granted. 

Anyway, I found this amazing website that lists local Farmers' Markets all over the United States!
I found one listed in our area that I was unaware of, and am really hoping to visit it this weekend.
I'll bet the local farmers would appreciate our support, and who doesn't prefer vine-ripened veggies?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wedding Prayer


Have you seen this photo? I noticed this on Facebook, and thought it was sweet. 
But today I stumbled upon "the rest of the story", and thought you may enjoy it as well. 
Here is the link to the bride's account of this moment. 

Photo credit goes to Kim Burke. 



Monday, June 10, 2013

Shore Birds

 
My husband and I took time out for a "date". 
We drove along the shore line 
to see what we could see 
just before sunset.


These are Yellow-Crowned Night Herons, which I identified using whatbird.com. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sharing

What do you do when a squirrel begs for your french fries? 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

New and Colorful!


The top left picture...It's a sunflower with petals still tucked away, just getting ready to burst open
And do you see all those little baby squash in the top right picture? My mouth is watering already! 
A flourish of blooming Coreopsis with many more blooms-in-waiting in the bottom left picture...
And last, but definitely not least...big bold Canna leaves in the bottom right picture.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Benefit of Variety

Left picture: Plains Coreopsis w/ Coriander blooms  
Right top - bottom: Hydrangea, Double Daylillies, Lily of the Nile


The benefit of planting many varieties 
is that something is bound to survive and thrive! 


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Bouquet


We watched this movie this week
and I'm just bursting
to recommend it! 

Reminds us to put into perspective 
people vs. things / position / plans, etc. 

And it ends ...oh so sweetly. 

I really, really loved the ending. 

I rarely watch a movie twice, 
but I may have to see this one again.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bedazzling


The muted greens 
stirred my curiosity 
to see what new blooms 
were opening just beyond 
the misty window panes.

It had rained 
the night before,
but now the sun 
was bedazzling 
the beaded curtain
and casting sparkles 
on the wall.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Taters


Here are the new potatoes dug a few days ago...
along with a chopped onion. Coated in oil & seasoned. 
I baked @ 400 for about 50 minutes, 
and let me tell you, they were good!


Unfurled


All bundled up so neat and sweet,
Then bursting at the seams
Till pretty petals all unfurl
To catch the bright sunbeams! 

Saturday, June 1, 2013