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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real ~ June 30, 2011


Remember this post in which I showed you the dreary view out my kitchen window? Well, I have a new house now which has a fabulous view from the kitchen window! Look at this!

And this!

And this (taken by Girl of the House)!

One of the things I missed most while living in Appalachia was the wide open spaces of the Midwest. Those darn hills kept getting in the way of the scenery! Instead of feeling claustrophopic, I feel like I can breathe again. I missed the cornfields too and now I can see one from my backyard. *sigh of contentment*


We had a pet rabbit for four years, but there were no wild rabbits in our old neighborhood. This little guy (gal?) visits almost nightly with a few friends and relations.

Here's another backyard visitor. I've never seen robins as big as those around here!

Man of the House and I visited the only antique store in town last Saturday. Sadly, it's going out of business. Happily, everything was half-off, so we nabbed these crates f…

Classical Education, Classical . . . Liturgy?

My family has been part of the classical education restoration since 1995. In terms of the contemporary movement, that's a long time. Man of the House teaches Latin, Greek, and ancient literature. We have both taught at a classical Christian school. We've attended ACCS conferences. We have read most of the "right" books, and we even agree with some of them. ;-) We attempted/are attempting to educate our own children in the classical tradition. (I use the verb "attempt" because I know we have not really captured classical education in all its fullness. Having so far to come in our own education leaves us starting out behind, but I believe by God's grace our children are better off than we were. Our hope is that they will contine recovering what has been lost with their own children.) We've been around the modern classical movement for awhile.

When it comes to being Lutherans, we are newbies. It's only been two and a half years since we …

2011 Reading Challenge~~Book #24

With life just beginning to settle down, I'm having trouble posting book reviews on time, but hopefully I'll be back on schedule soon. I thoroughly enjoyed this week's book, Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton, perhaps because I'm married to my own modern-day version of Mr. Chips. I've long been a fan of the 1939 movie, and it was fun comparing it to the book. The literary Mr. Chips is just as endearing as the live-action Mr. Chips, and the movie does a wonderful job translating Hilton's book to the big screen. I especially appreciate the way Mr. Chips (whose real name is Chipping, by the way)embodies the Christian doctrine of vocation. He wasn't terribly ambitious, he knew his strengths and limitations and lived accordingly, and he faithfully and steadily labored to teach his students and help train them to take their places in the world when they grew up. He understood that small tasks performed quietly and faithfully reaped big results, and he didn&…

Pretty Happy Funny Real ~ June 23, 2011


As you know, we moved last week for Man of the House to begin a new phase of life as pastor of a Lutheran church. These were sent to us from a parishioner as a token of welcome. Aren't they gorgeous?


Raspberries right in our own backyard! These were given to the former pastor by a parishioner, but of course he couldn't take them with him when he left, so here they are for us. They are yummy!


This may not be laugh-out-loud funny, but this kind of mushroom always makes me smile. It's been cool and misty around here lately, and a whole circle of these popped up in the church yard. Did you know that a complete circle of mushrooms is called a fairy ring? Isn't that delightful? I would show it to you, but alas, someone knocked down most of it before I got a picture.


This little beauty is the the light fixture for the backdoor of the parsonage. I'm hoping we can get it replaced one day, but in the meantime, at least it works. :-)

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2011 Reading Challenge~~Book #23

With no interent to distract me (it hasn't been hooked up to our new house yet ~ I'm writing this hasty review from Man of the House's new office), I've finally finished Q's Legacy by Helene Hanff. I loved it! However, if you're not a fan of 84, Charing Cross Road or have never read it, you won't get a lot out of Q's Legacy. In this book, the author tells the story of 84: how she came to write it, how it grew to be a cult classic, and how it took on a life of its own and was eventually adapted into a stage play. (The movie didn't come out until 1987, six years after Q's Legacy was published, and so isn't included in the book, obviously.)

The "Q" of the title refers to Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (rhymes with "pooch"), a Cornish author who used "Q" as his pen name. He taught at both Oxford and Cambridge and is probably best known for the Oxford Book of English Verse. As a young woman who had to drop out of colle…

2011 Reading Challenge~~Book #22

Hi, everyone! Moving Day is tomorrow and there are some last minute things to take care of, so today's review is short and sweet. I listened to another Miss Marple book this week, this time narrated by Joan Hickson, who played Miss Marple in the BBC series in the 1980's. She is as delightful in an audiobook as she is on screen! In fact, Agatha Christie actually told Joan Hickson that she (Agatha) hoped she (Joan) would play her beloved Miss Marple. The book, The Tuesday Club Murders, is a collection of short mysteries loosely woven together and is the book in which Miss Marple is first introduced. I enjoyed it very much.

I hope I will be able to get back in the swing of reading (rather than listening) this week, but we shall see. I'll leave Q's Legacy at the top of my queue as I am thoroughly enjoying it and think I will be able to squeeze a few minutes of reading into the days as an escape from unpacking. The next time I post here I should be in the Midwest ins…

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real ~ June 9, 2011


I like to hunt for blue and white transferware in antique and thrift shops. If money weren't an object, my collection would be huge, but since it is and I pass up many an overpriced piece, my collection grows more slowly though more thriftily. :-) Dinner plates are by far the easiest to find; I estimate I have about 30 and all of them different. What's not so easy to find are serving pieces, especially at a price I'm willing to pay. So I was absolutely positively thrilled to find this beauty for $8.50 a year or two ago. It's Wedgwood and in perfect condition! It hasn't yet been packed, so I thought I'd share it here. The picture is of the White Swan, a coaching inn in Warwickshire dating from about 1350. Maybe someday I'll get to see the real thing!


I have two "happy" pictures to share. The first is of Man of the House's alb hanging from a closet door after being laundered. He wears this when conducting the divine servi…

2011 Reading Challenge~~Book #21

I wish I could have met Agatha Christie. As someone interested in out-of-the-mainstream educational methods, I would have asked her how her own unorthodox education contributed to her ability to create such ingenious crime novels. I would have also asked her about her views regarding human nature. She seems to have held no romantic illusions about the universal goodness of man. I don't know her religious views, but it is obvious in her books that she is operating from a Chrisianized (if not outright Christian) moral conscience and worldview. And I would have liked to get a peek into the mind that concocted one of my very favorite literary characters, Miss Marple, the sharp-as-a-tack, elderly English spinster who solves complicated mysteries by relying on her knowledge of human nature gained by living in a typical English village.

A Murder Is Announced is my favorite Agatha Christie book so far. (I've read a handful.) I like the way quiet, unassuming Miss Marple sees what…

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real ~ June 2, 2011


In the summer, the evening light is so luminous through this window over our fireplace. Look at the shadows it throws on the wall through the lace curtains. There is something about the evening light that always gives me such a feeling of contentment and well-being. I will miss this little spot when we move.


I haven't mentioned it much here, but Girl of the House has had a challenging year due to a chronic condition which became acute. She has borne it with grace and patience, and I am happier than I can say that she is a bazillion times better than she was a year ago. Thank the Lord.


This is from the same photo shoot (I use that term loosely) as my {pretty} picture. Look at the left side and you'll see our Martin and Katie Luther bobbleheads. They always make me chuckle!


And speaking of chronic conditions, Man of the House has suffered from migraine headaches for twenty years. They have truly been a thorn in his side, but over the years and th…