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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ March 31, 2012

Well, I failed to make a post between {phfr} posts. I haven't done very well with my attempts to post more often. I have so many blog-worthy thoughts swirling around in my head, but finding the time to get them down in black and white continually escapes me. Ah, well.


An early spring means the violets are out in March instead of April (although since this is our first spring in this part of the country, we aren't sure what the normal time is here). I love so many flowers that I couldn't say which are my favorites, but these sweet little blossoms certainly are contenders for the top spot. In our old house, I always reminded the neighbor boy who mowed our lawn not to mown down the violets. I'd take him on a little tour and show him where they were just to be sure. Now that we live in a parsonage and the church takes care of the lawn for us, I don't feel like I can let great swaths of the lawn grow long just to save the violets. So when the mowers showed …

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ March 25, 2012

I'm back from my unexpected absence and joining Leila and Rosie with a {phfr} post. Lots to catch up on . . .


Remember all those bulbs Girl of the House and I planted in the fall? They are up and lookiong gorgeous!

This is what I see from my window over the kitchen sink. It was looking winter-weary, but I cleaned it up this week and it's much prettier now, even in the rain.


We've been having phenomenal weather for March! Man of the House broke out the grill last Sunday, which made us all very happy.

We're so high class we even use Spode when we bar-b-que!


Farmer John brought us a big load of beautiful dirt for our raised garden beds, only we didn't have all the beds put together yet. No matter. He and Man of the House just moved the frames around as needed and shoveled the dirt in. So now there are mounds of dirt temporarily in our yard. Looking out the window this week, the thought struck me that they look like graves!


Man of the …

Mrs. Miniver

I suspected I would love Mrs. Miniver the book since I already love Mrs. Miniver the movie, and I was not disappointed. I am sure I will return to it again and again, and it may have even earned a place on my "desert island" list. It is, however, quite different than the movie, and if I hadn't seen the movie first and fallen in love with it, I would be annoyed because of the great liberties it takes and the additions it makes. But I resolved this in my mind by keeping the book and movie in separate compartments. Each has a high enjoyability factor in its own right.

The book is set in late 1930's England and includes the start of World War II, but the war does not figure prominently in most chapters. Each chapter is a three- to four-page vignette about the various people, places, and happenings in the life of the Miniver family. Housekeeping and housewifely concerns predominate, which delight me but I know are not everyone's cup of tea. Mrs. Miniver and Chris…

From My Commonplace Book

"Perhaps the greatest gift any father can bestow upon his children, apart from the. . . blessings of parish life and a comprehension of the doctrines of grace, is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives a knowledge of the world, and it offers experience of a wide kind. Indeed, it is nothing less than a moral illumination."~~Thomas Chalmers

"There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact."~~Mark Twain

"Ponder the difference between the man who was educated to believe himself to be a little lower than the angels and the man whose education permits him to ignore both angels and God, to avoid knowledge not of the five senses, and to presume mastery over nature but not over himself."~~David Hicks

"I believe the majority of the silent majority, young and old, will sustain the loss of liberties without raising their voices as lo…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ March 11, 2012

Whew! Here I am at last! I bet you all were wondering about me, right? lol This has been a fast-paced weekend~ much faster than I like, but it couldn't be helped this time. But in light of it being Sunday night and I'd really like some downtime, I'm going to post a few pictures with little commentary. Enjoy!

{Pretty} and {Happy}

{Pretty} things usually make me {happy}. The snowdrops I planted last fall have come up, and guess what! There are crocuses, too, planted by someone who came before me. What a nice surprise, especially since I didn't plant any myself!


This is what the front garden looked like before Man of the House and I raked it yesterday. Ahem . . . It's much better now!

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The Online Resources That Have Been Most Helpful to Me in My Efforts to Educate Myself

If you're like I am, you received an "okay" education from your government school system. The more I talk to people, the more I realize that my schools were actually better than average. Some vestiges of the classical education model that had been universally pervasive before the advent of John Dewey in the early twentieth century still remained. The old, time-proven methods hadn't been entirely jettisoned in favor of the new educational progressivism. That being said, there was still much lacking in my formal education, including my college education, though it is unfair for anyone to think that any form of education is going to give him all he needs or wants for life in twelve or sixteen relatively short years. There is so much to learn and know and understand and the world is so interesting that education should be a lifetime pursuit. But very few of us have the luxury of continuing our formal education indefinitely. There are livings to be made, children t…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ March 3, 2012

At last it is March, and no matter what the weather is doing, March is the beginning of spring in my book.


It is actually still light while I'm cooking supper now. Last week I ceased dinner operations long enough to snap a few pictures just as the sun was beginning to set. See the red tips on the tree? A sure sign of impending spring!


My tomatoes seeds have sprouted! These will eventually be transplated outside.

Another {happy} sight~ the 108 bulbs I planted last fall with Girl of the House's help have poked their noses out into the air to see if it's warm enough to come out and play yet. The snowdrops are on the verge of blooming. I can't wait to see all the bulbs in full bloom!

I don't have {funny} or {real} this week, but I do have {interesting}. Another sign of spring is that the turkey vultures have returned. I noticed them roosting in a tree across the street and a little further down the street. They seem to have made those trees their …