Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beauty Around the House

From my daughter's house~

Lovely flowers

Beautiful children

Fuzzy little noggin!

Her dishes are pretty even when dirty!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ September 14, 2014

I have still have grandchildren on my mind, so I'm continuing last week's "visiting the grandchildren and their parents" theme.


While we were in West Virginia, Dave took a short side trip to Maryland to preach at a church that generously supports him in his seminary studies.  He took this from the roadside just inside the Maryland border.


Last week, Arane picked some flowers and helped arrange them in the vase.  This is a two-year-old's idea of floral beauty. :)


These people make me happy.

Arane (2yo), Justin, Elizabeth, and Verity (9 days old)

And ice cream from the ice cream man, courtesy of Grandpa, makes this little one happy.


I'm departing from the theme for a moment~

One evening last week after dark, we heard some geese settling in for the night on our pond.  The next day these two (later joined by a third) proceeded to spend the morning perched on one foot on a log in the middle of the pond.  I thought only flamingos did that! 


Why don't babies ever like their baths?  *sigh*  Poor little thing!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ Sept. 7, 2014

We have lots of {pretty} and {happy} to share this week thanks to the birth of our second granddaughter.  She is an August baby by the skin of her teeth, being born at 11:24 pm on August 31. We are at my daughter's house helping and at the same time getting a large grandma/grandpa fix.


Here she is, Verity Roseanna.  She is so sweet, snuggly, and good as gold!


There are sweet little pink things on the clothesline again~


Besides oo-ing and ah-ing over little Verity, many of our duties include having fun with her big sister, Arane.  This child loves to swing.  "Higher! Higher" she says.

When it rains, a puddle of prodigious proportions appears across the street.  It's a favorite spot of puddle jumpers.  

Wellies are so practical.

Who needs toys when you've got a stick and a puddle?


Baby's first selfie~


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ August 31, 2014

We are all waiting with eager anticipation for the second grandchild to make her appearance.  It's a special kind of anticipation that doesn't happen very often.  Hopefully, I'll have pictures to share next week!


Sometimes, it's just Man of the House and I for supper and then we eat at this little table for two by the window.  The table and chairs belonged to his grandparents and then his parents and are of a very good quality.  The blue and white china sets off the wood tones beautifully . . . or maybe it's the other way around.  Either way, the dishes and furniture seem made for each other, don't they?  This day, we were having a simple meal of good ol' bangers and mashed and a plain vegetable.  This kind of meal is among our favorites.  We are hobbits at heart and like plain food and plenty of it.  (Yes, we had leftovers! :) )


We are mostly settled in our new house, but there are still quite a few jobs needing to be done that have little to do with the livability of the house but everything to do with its aesthetics and homeyness.  One of them was attaching the headboard on our bed.  It's a stinker to attach, but Dave came up with a better solution than we had before, and voila!  It makes the bed and even the room feel more finished. 

Yes, the walls are  . .  orange.  I'm getting used to it and I'm not sure I'd want to change it even if we could.  It is bright and sunny, which I think we'll be glad for this winter.  The bathroom, on the other hand, is even brighter and more intense than this.  I will show it to you someday.


This is too real for me!  You see before you a picture of a snake--yes, a snake!--that got into the house nobody knows how for sure.  Dave thinks it came in on his shoes after a sunset trip to the compost pile, which is likely.  The little fellow was about six inches long, approximately half as round as a pencil, and had a red ring around his neck.  We looked it up and found out that he is a northern ring-necked snake. Dave removed him to the outside post haste, where he definitely belonged and was glad to get back to.  

I apologize for the poor picture quality.  The snake was moving fast, Dave was waiting with the dustpan, and I didn't have time to adjust my camera settings or focus or anything.  The floor is really a dark gray slate, though you would never guess it from this picture.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beauty Around the House

A rainbow. . .

"Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand."

Yummy goodness from the bread machine, that blessed invention!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ August 24, 2014

Whew, is it ever hot around here!  It looks like summer decided to show up after all.  Most kids have returned to school, but we still have two weeks of vacation left, sometime during which granddaughter #2 should make her grand entrance. Anticipation mounts!


This corner is between a bedroom door and an outside door.  Though I do not love the color of the walls, this quilted wallhanging Hannah made me goes there very well, does it not?


We were happy to have out-of-town friends stay with us while they were getting their son settled in at college.  It looks like we will be seeing a lot more of them over the next four years.  That's one of the benefits of our moving to a college town.

Here are some of the goodies I made for while they were here~

This is the first time I've used this cakeplate to actually hold a cake. . .

Blueberries have been on a terrific sale
 lately.  They made yummy muffins!

In other news, Hannah's Etsy shop (see sidebar) is gaining speed.  Here is her latest WIP~

It makes me happy to see her being so industrious and creative.  I wonder what this will be. . .

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beauty Around the House

Scenes from our house~

The view at twilight from our front door.

This little guy (gal?) was crawling slowly but purposefully on our deck railing today.
I can't get enough of these zinnias and Jerusalem artichokes!

(Yes, I am posting something other than {phfr}!

Go get your smelling salts, everyone.

When I started this blog, I had visions of writing lots of erudite posts on Deep Subjects, but that has never materialized.  Rather than be frustrated at my inability to get anything down on paper at all, I'm going scale my expectations waaaay back and just try semi-frequent postings of pictures of happenings at our house~ pretty things, homey things, comforting things.  I may make some commentary from time to time, but mostly it will just be pictures.  It seems the idea of "home" has fallen on hard times, and it's my hope that I can show in my own small way that home is worth the effort.  Don't expect Martha Stewart, but do expect a real home with a real family living in it in all our glorious imperfections.)