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Commitment to Loveliness Update

Last week I joined Emily at Charming the Birds from the Trees for her "Commitment to Loveliness." So how did I do? Update below ~

1) Pick out paint for the bathroom. I've been stumped about this bathroom since we moved here in June, but I think I've gotten myself unstuck by deciding to get a new shower curtain. I just couldn't reconcile the old one with the large swaths of white tile. And since Girl of the House only has vague recollections of the shower curtain before this one (which means it must be twelve or so years old), I decided it was okay to buy a new one. Here 'tis:

Now that I've made this decision, everything is beginning to fall into place in my mind. I'll share pictures when it's finished. So while I didn't pick out paint, I did get the ball rolling in the right direction. That counts in my book. :-)

2) Get started knitting new dishcloths for the kitchen. I've got one about half finished in pretty Peaches~n~Cream yell…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ February 24, 2012


(Girl Out of the House and That Boy, you may want to skip this part if you don't want to know what one of your baby gifts is going to look like.)

Girl of the House has been diligently putting together a quilt for her niece who will be making her appearance in June, Lord willing. It's coming along very nicely! She's past the assembly stage and is on to the quilting, which she is doing by hand. I think it's going to be adorable!

(Girl 2 had just washed her hair, which is why it's wet and messy. lol)


Man of the House's birthday was Wednesday. Because it fell on a major church holiday (Ash Wednesday), our celebration was rushed and low-key. Here he is in the middle of the day opening his presents.

I have to explain about this box (which I think qualifies as funny!). Like most men, Man of the House is not very adept at wrapping presents, so he came up with the idea of a box with a generic label on top. He decided to make it as tacky as possible, so…

Commitment to Loveliness

Emily from Charming the Birds from the Trees has designated next week as a "Commitment to Loveliness." She's invited other bloggers to join in, so here I am. This is a time of year when a little extra beauty goes a long way!

Here are five ways I hope to add a little loveliness to this week:

1) Pick out paint for the bathroom.

2) Get started knitting new dishcloths for the kitchen.

3) Move the box of Christmas dishes out of the laundry room into the garage. (Help required.)

4) Write a thank you note on a pretty card for the lunch we enjoyed today with an elderly parishioner. (Spread the loveliness, yes?)

5) Attend Ash Wednesday services and contemplate the loveliness of the Savior.

I will report back next week to share how it went.

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ February 16, 2011

Well, will you look at me. I'm on time for {phfr} this week!


I just happened to be in Walmart yesterday and saw these marked half off. I had contemplated buying one for a couple weeks, but waiting until after Valentine's Day paid off. At this time of year I am absolutely longing for flowers, so a miniature rosebush seemed ideal. It's a bright spot in a usually dreary month.


It's always a happy day when the first seed catalog of the year arrives, but it's an even happier day when the seeds themselves come! We've got seeds for butternut squash, peas, pole beans, carrots, tomatoes, decorative gourds and little pumpkins, flowers ~ oh, lots of things. Later when the weather is warmer, our apple trees, strawberry plants, lavender, shasta daisies, prairie mallow, lemon tree (for indoors), and climbing roses will arrive. Today, I started lettuce in a pot. It's too soon to plant lettuce outside, but I've read of people growing lettuce indoor…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ Feb. 10, 2012


February, not April, is the cruellest month no matter what Mr. Eliot says. Winter has lost its charm and spring is still too far off. This week was a dull, gray one in my part of the world except for Thursday when we had a day of welcome sunshine. Even scissors are beautified by sunshine!

More glorious sunshine:


What's happier than a birthday? Last Saturday was Girl of the House's 15th. The tradition in our family is that the birthday girl/boy gets to choose the dinner menu. Girl 2 chose corned beef, put-back potatoes (readers of Milly-Molly-Mandy will recognize those!), peas, homemade bread, and blueberry pie instead of a cake. After she opened presents, we played Settlers of Catan. We are addicted! The next day Girl 2's friend, who wasn't available on Saturday, went with us to a local pasta place after church. Then we played more Settlers, but I forgot to take pictures, alas. Here are some shots of Saturday:

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From My Commonplace Book

"Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely expressed for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent busybodies." ~ C.S. Lewis

"One of the strangest disparities of history lies between the sense of abundance felt by older, simpler societies and the sense of scarcity felt by the ostensibly richer societies of today." ~ Richard Weaver

"We cannot teach citizenship if we are not citizens; we cannot free others if we have forgotten the appetite of freedom. Education is only truth in a state of transmission; and how can we pass on truth if it has never come into our hand." ~ G.K. Chesterton

"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,…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ Feb. 3, 2012

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter for {Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}. . .

There's not been a lot of {funny} or {real} going on here lately, but there is plenty of {pretty} and {happy}! First is the happiest of all~ ultrasound pictures of our first grandchild. It's a girl!

We are all so excited to have a baby in the family once again. Her due date is June 12 (Magna Carta Day! lol). Isn't she sweet?

Girl Out of the House and That Boy have decided to do the nursery in Classic Pooh, which I love, of course! I've been trying to find Classic Pooh fabric, but it's not so common anymore. I was happy to find two coordinating CP prints unexpectedly at Jo-Ann Fabrics today, so I bought some of each and also some polka dot prints to round things out. Now Girl of the House can begin making her baby quilt. Won't it be sweet?

I've been a bread machine devotee, but ours started acting erratically not long before we moved, so we got rid of it. Since I haven't bought a …