Sunday, November 22, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ November 22, 2015

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We awoke to our first dusting of snow Saturday morning.  It soon melted, but it was exciting while it lasted!

I think winter sunsets are the prettiest of all.  The black outline of the trees is striking against the colorful sky.  This sunset was predominantly purple!

Sorry for the glare.  I took it from inside because, well, it was cold out there!


Dave said McDonald's has released its Advent cup a week early.  We hope it won't cause a controversy since it's not just plain purple but has a wreath and all . . .

We spotted this while getting a jump start on our Christmas shopping.  This is what I don't want for Christmas!

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ November 15, 2015

{Pretty} and {Happy}

Last week I showed you our newly painted bathroom.  This week I will give you a glimpse into our newly painted, completely pointless, glorified hallway we call the conservatory.

This room was built for growing plants.  That is its raison d'etre.  My father-in-law even had tomatoes growing in here, but I harbor no such ambitions.  Houseplants, fine.  An indoor vegetable garden, not fine.  Mostly we walk through this room to get to other places.  Nevertheless, since it is here, it may as well look nice.  I forgot to take any before pictures, but this will give you an idea of the color it used to be:

This shows the three colors we were contemplating.  The aqua is the original color we wanted to cover up.  Here is a part of the room post-painting:

I love the big fig tree!  There is plenty of natural light for the houseplants, which are to the right and can't be seen in the photo.  We have big plans for this room which I will share once they are realized.  Right now, I'm thrilled that it is painted.  And now I realize that the futon is completely the wrong color.  You can hardly see it! Steps will have to be taken.

I had a little money set aside, which I used to buy this terrarium.  I'd had my eye on it at Hobby Lobby for months and finally took the plunge when it was marked 50% off.  A few plants, a little sand (scrounged from the garage), and it looks fabulous!

I think once we are finished, I may decide this room isn't a waste of space after all!

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ November 2, 2015

I took pictures this week!  Hurray!


We had some painting done at the end of October, which I will reveal little by little starting with the master bathroom.

As you know, we are living in my in-laws' house.  (My father-in-law died in 2014 and my mother-in-law, by her choice, is living nearby in a retirement facility.)  Their taste in colors was . . . shall we say. . . exuberant. The brighter and more intense, the better.  But, hey, it's their house and they liked it, so . . .  Nevertheless, we had the three brightest rooms painted to suit our tastes (with my mil's permission, of course).

Here is the best picture I could find to show you the wall color that used to be in the master bath~

That saturated red-orange was pretty intense, especially in such a small space.  Here's what it looks like now~

The blue is different in each picture, and in reality it's a little duskier too.  Oh, to be a better photographer!

Elizabeth made this wreath last summer for a housewarming gift.  The gray looks great against the blue!

New cabinet knobs make a difference too.  Half-price at Hobby Lobby!


We had visitors from two different quarters this week.  (This was after Dave was in St. Louis most of the week.)

First, Dean from the AALC national office came for dinner on his way from St. Louis to Kansas City.  Here, he and Dave are talking theology.  It's always a pleasure to spend time with Dean.

Dean (left) and Dave (right)
 And here are fellow Missourians and Potter's School teachers, Bill and Lisa.  It's a lot of fun when we get to meet in person folks we've known on-line for years!  Plus, they are a very entertaining couple!

From left to right: Bill, Lisa, yours truly, and Dave.  Photograph courtesy of Hannah

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ November 1, 2015

Happy All Saints' Day!  I don't have a lot to share this week because I've been sick.  As in emergency room trips.  Two of them.  It turned out not to be serious, though at the time, we weren't sure.  That was the first time I'd ever been to the emergency room as a patient.  It was long and drawn-out and unpleasant, though I *am* grateful for their help and expertise.  I'm also grateful to be feeling better!


This young fella came into our yard last week to eat corn that had actually been left for the geese~

The picture is not great.  I took it through the window and was lucky to get that.  He was wary as it was without me opening a window or actually going outside.  The geese did not get their corn.


Now that Arane is three, she is getting into the swing of holidays.  She and her sister dressed up as flowers.  Arane had a great time trick or treating . . .


. . . though I'm not so sure Verity, one year old, did, judging by her quizzical and concerned expression!

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ October 18, 2015

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Autumn sunlight is different than that of any other season.  Is it the angle of the sun or the clarity of the air or . . . ?  I don't know, but I'm thankful for it.


I'm (slowly) working on a quilt for Hannah, but I took a little time this weekend to make a fabric pumpkin.  I used scraps of fabric and a leftover piece of ribbon from another project.  Even though I'm not an expert seamstress, sewing makes me happy.

I think I should have stuffed it more.  Ah, well, next time . . .


Dave pulled everything out of the garden on Saturday.  It was our worst. garden. ever.  It had three strikes against it:

1)  It was the first year in this location and the soil was not great.

2)  It rained and rained at the beginning of the summer and then got very dry.

3)  With Dave's broken wrist, we couldn't get the fence up and the deer and rabbits thought we had planted them their own personal salad bar.

Here's the grand total of our harvest:

Tomatoes-- 4 (from 12 plants!)
Cucumbers--lots (at least these were successful)
Carrots--1 lb. or so
Green beans--5 freezer bags (so not too bad)
Field pumpkins--0
Butternut squashes--0
Mini gourds and pumpkins--0 (though the volunteers in the compost pile made up for it)
Spinach-- enough for a couple small salads

Dave will work on the soil this winter and hopefully we'll have better luck next year!


Dave's favorite method of washing carrots is to run them through the washing machine!

And here you see the sum total of our carrot harvest.

Of course, he had to vacuum it out with the shop vac afterward . . .

Sunday, October 11, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ October 11, 2015

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I love the angles of the autumn sun.  This is a little corner of our bedroom~

I love these plates.  I have a large collection of blue and white transferware, and these are some of my very favorites.  We've never actually eaten from them, though most of my collection is in actual use daily,  But I knew when I saw them that I'd be displaying them, not eating from them.  They are Spode and feature scenes from Colonial Williamsburg, one of my favorite places to visit.  Part of the fun of collecting these dishes is the hunt.  Whenever possible, we stop at antique shops and thrift stores to search.  Yes, I've found brand-spanking-new Spode plates at Goodwill for $2 each.  One day not long after Christmas seven or eight years ago, I stumbled upon these and grabbed them, even though at $18 each they were over my normal limit ($15 for a dinner plate), but I had Christmas money newly in my possession and . . . it was a matching set of three!  And Spode!  And Williamsburg!  I've never once regretted buying them nor spending almost my entire Christmas stash on them.


Such a gorgeous day yesterday!  Dave and I headed to Rockbridge State Park for a walk.  The leaves are turning, though without their usual brilliance because of an almost total lack of rain for the past two months.

But I forgot my camera and had to use Dave's phone, alas.

These next two pictures are of old logging/access roads.  We walked the first one a good distance.  Dave says that when he was young and there was less shepherding of people in the park, trying to keep them on certain paths and keep cars out, his parents actually drove the family car on it!  It seemed more like a wide path than a road to me, but they lived to tell the tale. So did the car.

This one particularly looks like something out of Middle Earth.  It makes me think of the path the hobbits took to Bree.


Sweet Arane with her sunglasses on upside down.  I love how children are so unself-conscious!

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ October 4, 2015

It's October and today I'm wearing a sweater and boots for the first time this fall.  There's an extra blanket on the bed and I'm thinking about new soup recipes.  By the end of the month the last vestiges of Indian summer will have disappeared and we will be prepared for the cold winter months.  It sounds very appealing right now though I know in February I will feel like it's always winter and never Christmas.  But at this moment, I'm looking forward to it!


The distilled, mellow, autumn sunshine makes our front "yard" more beautiful than ever.


Yesterday, Dave and I drove to Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, MO, to hear Craig Parton speak on "Christianity for the Academic and the Artist," a topic of keen interest to us.  Craig is a lawyer and apologist and serves as the US director of the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism, and Human Rights.  He's an excellent speaker and thinker with many insights into bringing the gospel to people of various stripes.  Afterward, there was an exhibit of liturgical art by the talented Kelly Schumacher.  Thomas Winter, violinist, provided music. We had dinner with my mother on the way home.  Such a lovely day!

There was a good crowd.

Signing the books Dave bought


If you live within shooting distance of St. Louis, I urge you to check out Village Lutheran's on-going lecture series, which focuses on issues relating to the intersection of Christianity and culture.  This is the first one Dave and I attended and we thought it was well worth the drive. We are already planning to attend the one in April.  


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