Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The desperately, needed and much appreciated, kitchen re-do was recently completed.With the help of Drake (who comes decked out in well equipped tool belt) and Ben, the makeover is accomplished. John and Casey also worked on it. White bead-board back splash( replacing pink rose wallpaper :-[ Oh what a change! ) , silver drawer pulls, outlet covers and lights.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
If we opened our minds to enjoyment, we might find tranquil pleasures spread about us on every side. We might live with the angels that visit us on every sunbeam, and sit with the fairies who wait on every flower.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Ivy, Ilex, Holly and I enjoy a day in the herb garden.
Design you own Herb Garden
Step 2 ~ Take a page from traditional English herb gardens - give the bed a focal point for year round interest. Plan for a sundial, bird feeding station, wire obelisk, tall sculpture or trellis at the center of your herb garden.
Step 3~ Choose cottage garden ambiance for a friendly herb garden that overflows its borders with flowers. Use any shape - circles and ellipses are popular - for a cottage style bed and define it with a path that circles and bisects it for maintenance.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I Am David
~ Anne Holm~
set in Europe
Island Of The Blue Dolphins
~ Scott O'Dell~
set in an island of the Pacific
Cricket In Times Square
~ George Selden~
set in New York
Star of Light
~ Patricia M. St. John~
set in Morocco
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I'll warn you now, this is a long post for the usual *woman of few words*
Yes this is really my Dad-- not some movie star.
Happy birthday on Sat. Dad. Love you!
Have I mentioned that I also love picnik - first a little color adjusting to warm it up, then crop a bit, then 60's effect, then sepia with some color added back, then clone out some of the age specks, then frame with postage stamp, and add a caption.
Voila ! Today I have a handful of photos to prove that we indeed lived in some pretty interesting places once upon a time. And if I hadn't described all this in detail you might have gotten the mistaken impression that I had these darling postage stamp photos lying around all over the place.
I owe a great debt of gratitude to my parents for being brave enough to leave these sunny shores and embark on the great adventure that was our life. For them to serve as missionaries in Portugal, Spain, Morocco, and Aruba, for the next 40 something years, takes true and brave hearts.
Strangely, my husband ( whose family were also missionaries) and I married, built a house on 20 acres and put down such deep roots that we hardly ventured across time zones much less international date lines with our 3 girls. I guess the adventurous spirit was all used up for us in our youth.
Sadly for our children then, we were only able to pass on the Global Perspective through tales and perhaps osmosis. The books I chose for our home library tended to also be set in foreign countries which is probably the second best way, besides travel , of getting a child out of their small world view.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Drenching the pavement, warming the wall, bathing the cat in a slumbering sprawl ...Waking the buds that break from the tree. Shaking out gold, and all for free.
~ Tony Mitton, Spring Sunshine~