Sunday, November 16, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ November 16, 2014

Squeaking in just under the wire . . .


Snow!  We had snow today!  Okay, so it was just a dusting, but the first snowfall is always exciting.  By February I'll be ready for warmth and sunshine, but today I enjoyed the snow.

Both of these were taken from the screened in porch, which I
understand is a no-no, but hey! It was cold out there!

Ice on the pond the day before it snowed . . .

Photo courtesy of Man of the House


The geese are very happy with our pond, it seems.  Various groups come and go, or maybe it is the same few groups that go away and come back again?  I don't know, but you should hear the racket they send up when landing or taking off!

Another photo taken by Man of the House


Seen on Friday in two separate stores~

Apparently manufacturers don't know that Christmas and Advent are not the same things. 

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ November 9, 2014

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It's high time I shared pictures of my kitchen.  The kitchen, living room, and dining room are all one big space.  (Remember when I showed you those?)  It's not a big, luxury kitchen~ that would have been entirely against my in-laws' principles and way of life~ but it does have some nice features such as two full-sized sinks, a double oven, and plenty of cabinet space.  Plus, there is a good-sized pantry just a step away.

You can see how it connects to the dining area, which is the blue space on the left.

The gargoyle sees all . . .

Yes, the walls are really the intense red-orange you see in the pictures.  The camera did not exaggerate one tiny bit!  The color works here, I think, because there is not very much wall space and it is an open area.  On the other hand, the master bath is this same color, and let me tell you, it is very . . . shall we say?. . . exuberant in that small, enclosed space.  My in-laws liked color; what can I say?

I love the big open expanse of countertop that divides the kitchen from the dining area; I love it if I can manage to keep it cleared.  It does insist on becoming a catch-all, but it is being trained out of that Very Bad Habit.  I don't love the white appliances, but they are all good and serviceable, so they are here to stay.  The floor is a hard, stone-like tile which is pretty but unforgiving to anything that is dropped.  So far, nothing of consequence has been broken.

Remember when Leila did "pretty over the kitchen sink"?  Here's my sink area now:

From the picture, it looks like the truck dominates the view, but in reality, it is easily overlooked for the wooded hills and sunsets.

If you stand in the middle of the kitchen and turn around, this is what you see:

So you can see that the three areas~ kitchen, living room, and dining room~ are really all one big, open space.  This arrangement requires that the kitchen stay picked up, but since I don't like an untidy kitchen anyway, it doesn't really bother me.


Man of the House and I attended a symposium on bioethics at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis yesterday.  During the lunch break, we headed over to the library to look at this:

It is J.S. Bach's personal Bible!  With margin notes in his own hand!

A close-up of said margin notes

This Bible has a surprising history.  It was listed on an inventory Bach had made of his books, but no one knew where it was or even what it was as it was listed by the last name of the author whose commentary is included as part of the three-volume set.  All three volumes turned up in an attic of a Michigan farmhouse in 1934!  Mystery solved!  And now I have seen it.  *happy sigh*  


When my girls were babies, parents did not usually dress their infants up for Halloween, but the times, they are a-changin', and my newest little granddaughter went as a bag of popcorn.  Attached to her baby carrier was a red and white felt popcorn "bag," and she wore the hat you see below. Very clever!  She, however, was unimpressed by her cuteness and cleverness, as you can see~

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Our Front "Yard"

I went out on the deck to admire the scenery one day last week when I noticed four friends of the web-footed variety playing on the edge of the pond.

While I was watching, two friends of the four-footed variety joined them for a drink.

The show continued for about ten minutes.  I held my breath, stayed stock-still, and took oodles of pictures.  I love our front "yard"!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ October 26, 2014

I neglected to take a single picture this week!  I almost gave up on having anything to post for {phfr} when it occurred to me that instead of pictures, I'd post some favorite quotations appropriate for each category.  So, from my commonplace book~


"We are needy creatures, and our greatest need is for home~ the place where we are, where we find protection and love.  We achieve this home through representations of our own belonging, not alone but in conjunction with others.  All our attempts to make our surroundings look right~ through decorating, arranging, creating~ are attempts to extend a welcome to ourselves and to those whom we love."~ Roger Scruton


"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions and not upon our circumstances."~ Martha Washington


"The drowsy stillness of the afternoon was shattered by what sounded to his strained senses like G.K. Chesterton falling on a sheet of tin."~ P.G. Wodehouse


"In living and moving and having something of our being in a home culture, even with its all-too-human fuss and bother, if we but smuggle in something of the simple cargo-sturdy, comfortable furniture, fresh food, home-cooked meals, good wine, one set of fine china for special meals, paintings and ancestral portraits on the wall, an old upright piano, acoustic guitar, any non-electric instrument, a time set apart to read aloud before prayers and bedtime~ if we but make a welcome hearth for the songs of the Muses, we too will know that even on this earth, now and again, a courage will visit among us in those comforting, beautiful reflections of the permanent things, quite surprising yet strangely familiar for us who are passing to and fro in these playful shadows, and we will begin to see as Odysseus recognized, 'something very much like perfection.'"~ James S. Taylor

The obligatory picture (though this one is from a month ago)

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ October 19, 2014

Whew!  The past two weeks have been a whirlwind with a trip to Ft. Wayne, IN, for the Lutheranism and the Classics conference followed hard on the heals with a family gathering and not long after that a visit from out-of-town friends.  It was fun and worthwhile but exhausting!


Yesterday we took the long way home from visiting my mother-in-law.  It was a gorgeous day perfect for a drive in the country.  Dave is vaguely familiar with the area and also possesses an excellent sense of direction, and even though he didn't know the exact way to go, he just kept us pointing in the right general direction and we eventually came out in a recognizable spot.  In the meantime, our route took us along the Missouri River.  Such beautiful scenery!

Here, the bluffs were on our right and the river on the left.

More signs of fall~


One day last week it was cool enough for a fire.  That is definitely a {happy}!


We parked our Sonata next to this Rondo.  Aren't we amusing?


I've got a headstart on Christmas presents this year . . . except I had planned to make this stocking for Hannah two Christmases ago!  I made it my first priority this year and finished it in plenty of time.  But alas, nothing is perfect in this imperfect world.  Notice anything wrong?

Now do you?

Yes, the presents on the cuff are upside down., despite me doing all kinds of mental gyrations to be sure that wouldn't happen.  Evidently, I forgot a step.  *sigh*  You know how Mennonite girls will purposely put a wrong stitch in their needlework so it won't be perfect since only God is perfect?  I'll never have to do that.  I'm plenty imperfect without even trying . . .

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Beauty Around the House

This fall wreath matches the front door perfectly!

I gotta have a pumpkin in the fall.

The drawer liner is a vinyl tablecloth I cut up.  I bought it on
clearance for $2 after gasping at the price of real drawer liner.
This is much cheaper and prettier!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ September 29, 2014

Just a quickie this week, with a link to a longer post . . .

{Pretty} and {Happy}

Except for one or two final touches, I think we're finished putting our living/dining room together.  It was a challenge moving into a house that was already full.  We spent much of the summer sorting and combining two households, but it had to be done and I think the results are pleasing and comfortable.  If you're interested, you can read a longer post about it and see more pictures here.

Don't worry~ our couch is not really neon blue!

The couch color is much truer to real life in this photo.


We once had a pastor who advocated couples regularly engage in "relationship building activities."  He we are picking up load of manure for our garden from some local horse stables.  I wonder if our pastor would think this counts?


This is the view into our dining area from the living room.  Do you see that box under the little table near the lower right corner?  It has sat there so long and has become such a regular feature of the room that I didn't even notice it while I took most of the pictures.  It's full of binders that I want to keep but have't found a good place for yet.  So there it sits . . .

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