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Merry Ol' England Part 1

Hello, again.  I didn't mention this before because, well, I couldn't announce to the entire internet that we would be out of the country for two weeks, but Dave and I took a long dreamed-about trip to England.  We will be married thirty years in August and we thought a trip like this was a worthy gift to ourselves.

I won't even try to show you everything we did and every place we went.  We squeezed as much into each day as we could and made the most of our time there.  We decided to stay in London the entire time rather than spend our time moving from hotel to hotel, and I'm glad we did.  Even with two whole weeks, there were still places we didn't get to.

One of my very favorite aspects of England was the continually happening upon historic sites and monuments that were not part of our planned itinerary.  Everywhere you turn there is something to see, some plaque marking the spot of a historic event or a memorial to someone or something.

We used public transpo…

What's Growing Around Here

So far-- and I'm keeping my fingers crossed!-- our vegetable garden is doing really well, especially compared to our first two attempts since we moved here in the summer of 2014.  Take a look!  (Photos by Dave)


The cucumbers are blossoming~



There are no blossoms on the beans yet, but they sure are lush!




Little tomatoes are forming~



And little cabbages are growing in the middle of those enormous leaves.  Something about cabbages makes a garden look so abundant.


We also have cauliflower and herbs growing.  
In the flower department, these are a few things blooming in my flower bed~




And these wild roses are creating quite a show just now!



Hey, I'm Still Alive!

Hi, there, she said sheepishly.

I didn't mean to take a long blog break; it just happened.  There was nothing earth-shattering, but day after day went by without time for blogging.  Hopefully, I can pick it back up.  Here's to trying, anyway!

Since we last talked, my part-time, on-line teaching job has come to a close.  I've been teaching young people on-line about the great masterworks of classical music and the people behind them for fifteen years, and I look back at that period of my teaching life with great satisfaction.  But it was time to move on.  Family life had become too busy and demanding.  By the way, all you young mothers out there, don't think that once your kids grow up you will have time on your hands.  No sirree.  Grown children have different needs, and the support you can give is essential.  My mission continues to be as a ministry partner to my husband, but I've discovered being available for my grown children also takes time and energy.  Not th…

Easter

It's about time I shared some Easter photos, eh?  The grandkids and I colored eggs a few days before.  I always use the old-fashioned method with food coloring and vinegar.  It's the way my sisters and I did it when we were kids and it never occurs to me that there is any other way!




I love Easter morning service.  The more pomp and circumstance, the better I like it.  The processional and recessional, the decorations reminding us of the resurrection of our Lord, the brass instruments adding to the excitement--it all makes for a glorious celebration! 

Our house was the gathering place for Easter dinner and egg hunting.  I have such wonderful memories of holidays at my grandparents, and I believe we are making great memories too.







And in other news~
I've got a hobbit for a granddaughter!

Spring at My House

April Already

Whew, it's April already!  That means the redbud trees are blooming and the daffodils are just about over.  Dave and I have been hoeing in the vegetable and flower gardens in preparation for planting.  He's going to till once or twice still, and besides, it's too early to plant.  I did get some pansies into pots.  The allium are growing full speed ahead.  When they bloom, I'll share pictures.  They are absolutely stunning!

The grandkids have been here everyday for the past six workdays. It's always fun, but it's sooooo exhausting!  They'll be here tomorrow too, but then it's back to normal.  We've made crafts, baked cupcakes, played games, played outside (between rainstorms), fed the geese and ducks, worked in the garden, washed cars, sorted Hannah's buttons, watched movies, read books, had baths, been to church, ridden a carousel, eaten and played at Chick-fil-A, visited the baby chicks and bunnies at the farm store with Grandpa, been grocery s…

Two of My Favorite Blogs

Among my favorite blogs, I have two that rank high on the list.  The first is The Daily Connoisseur written by Jennifer L. Scott, author of the Madame Chicbooks.  Now, "chic" is not the first word that comes to anyone's mind~ including my own~ when describing yours truly, but the books and blog reflect so much of my own thinking over the years.  Jennifer's main point is to live beautifully, and she demonstrates her idea of how to do that coupled with encouragement to her readers that we can too.  She generally posts twice a week, including short videos.  Her blog is refreshing and positive and she is very accepting of imperfection, so don't be intimidated!





Another favorite is Charming the Birds from the Trees written by MamaBirdEmma, the wife of an Orthodox priest and mother to three.  Emma also lives a beautiful (though imperfect) life and graciously shares it with her readers.  She likes to post about her daily life~ her flowers, her cooking, her children, thei…