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~

{Pretty}

"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

{Happy}

"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

{Funny}

"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

{Real}

"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!

{Pretty}

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~




{Happy}

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



{Funny}

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



{Real}

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.

{Funny}

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?



{Real}

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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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

House Tour~ Living/Dining Room

At long last, the first tour of the new house.  We moved here at very tail end of May to be near Dave's mother, who needs someone nearby after the death of Dave's father in April.  This is their house, which his mother graciously offered to us for our living quarters.  (She moved by her choice into a nearby assisted-living facility.)  They built this house in 2007.  It sits on the edge of a pond on a gazillion acres of land.  The setting is beautiful, as is the house. We feel very blessed to be living here and hope to offer much hospitality in this house.

The living room, dining room, and kitchen are all one big room and are open to each other. The picture below is taken from the vantage point of the kitchen, which I will show another time.



The big windows look out onto the deck and overlook the pond.  That's a door in the middle with access to the deck.  The windows have very nice blinds, but I am contemplating adding curtains. Nothing heavy.  What do you think?  Do I want curtains?

The floors throughout most of the house are some sort of ceramic tile (they look like flagstones) with in-the-floor heating.  I think the cat will love that this winter!

I have always wanted a little table and chairs by a window! When it's just two of us eating,
we usually sit here. The chair in the corner we call the Introvert's Chair because it's
situated all by itself out of the mainstream of activity. lol

Here's the view from the door that leads to the deck.  Aren't the fireplace and built-ins glorious?  For once in our lives, we have more than enough bookshelves! These shelves house our non-fiction collection, not including the theology books which are in Dave's office, our CD/DVD collection, and about half of Hannah's books. I have fabric to make pillows for the couch and/or chair, but I just haven't gotten to it yet.  The paintings in this room were all done by Dave's grandmother, Dorothea Kelsey.




 The two paintings here are still in the locations that Dave's parents put them.  I can't decide if they need a little rearranging or additions made or if they are fine as is.  What do you think?

The sculptures and pottery are by Dave's grandfather, Luman P. Kelsey

Here's the dining area.  It overlooks the pond too.  It's so bright and cheery!

I think my stained glass piece will go in this big window.  We just haven't done it yet.
That's the front door.  Well, actually, there is an airlock on the other side, so technically this isn't the front door, but it is the main entrance.  The wall on the right is a 3/4 wall, and on the other side is the kitchen.


Looking into the living room from the dining area.  The biggest drawback with this house is that with so many doors and windows and openings, there is not much wall space.  It's been a bit of a challenge arranging furniture and finding a place for everything.


So there it is!  Though there is still much to do, we feel settled and at-home.  We know we have done nothing to deserve the blessing of living in this beautiful place, but we thank the Lord for providing for us, as He always has!  May we use it for His glory and the benefit of His kingdom.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ September 21, 2014

Hello, autumn!  I do so love you after the hot and humid days of summer.  I love your deep blue skies, your crystal clear air, your tangy mellowness.  Won't you please stay awhile?

{Pretty}

I just happened to have my camera with me as I was crossing the uphill side of the yard after a trip to the compost pile when I really noticed for the first time how attractive the house is from that angle.



We are so blessed to be surrounded by so much natural beauty and to be living in such a pleasant place!

{Happy}

The dead tree that fell into the pond years ago has proven a popular spot with herons, geese, and, this week, turtles.  They are {happy} to climb on it and catch some rays in the cooler weather.

I took this picture from our deck using the zoom.

{Funny}

Remember the squirrel from a few autumns ago who provided great amusement by "hiding" his half-eaten apples all over the place?  Well, the squirrels here are not as amusing, but Dave and I do enjoy finding piles of nut shells on the deck railing and even on top of the mailbox!

The black walnuts are profuse around here.

{Real}

It is impossible to keep to the cobwebs down to an acceptable level here.  This one is kind of pretty, though, and is it close to enough to Halloween that I can claim it as a decoration? 



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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!