Sunday, March 24, 2013

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ March 24, 2013

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On Monday, the dark, heavy sky began to clear in the west just as the sun was going down, creating unusual light amidst the gloom~

Hannah is getting a new skirt, hopefully in time for Easter.  This introverted girl has a strong preference for extroverted clothes! 
My first great-niece (great-anything, for that matter) was born on Friday.  What a sweet little potato!  I can't wait to meet her when we visit in June!
Our new phonebook arrived this week.  It covers two towns, ours and a nearby. . . ahem . . .  metropolis.  We chuckled at its extreme diminutiveness.  (But we really do like it here.)


Here is what our strawberry plants looked like after spending the winter under a thick layer of straw~

They don't look too promising, do they?  There is still some green there, so we are hopeful they will bounce back.  And after all, what would you look like if you'd just spent a cold winter outdoors with nothing but straw to keep you warm?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

From My Commonplace Book

"Men despise religion.  They hate it and are afraid it may be true.  The cure for this is first to show that religion is not contrary to reason, but worthy of reverence and respect.  Next make it attractive, make good men wish it were true, and then show that it is."~ Blaise Pascal

"True education is a kind of neverending story~ a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness."~ J.R.R. Tolkien

"The smell of the food had been exciting from the beginning.  It was rich and good and full of promise.  It made hunger merry.  It made craving a joy.  The rare memory of it would come into lean weeks for long after."~ Neil Gunn, Morning Tide

"I am always hopeful that the pendulum will swing back and that women will see again not only the necessity of a mother's being at home, but also the infinite and rich choice in that occupation for women of all ages.  Some will complain of monotony, but how few going out to a paid job have the opportunity to make their own schedules, to choose the routine of their week's labor, to follow up creative interests that women have within the home.  Our ever-present disciplines, the pattern of creaturely necessities~ cooking, laundry, decently clean houses~ are a blessing.  Beyond the physical care of the family, for better or worse we are shaping souls and characters.  Women learn slowly the magnitude of their influence.  Perhaps we would be more contented if we could realize that one of the few remaining free professions is that of a housewife.  If a woman resents being just a housewife, let her be called an artist." Josephine Moffett Benton, At the Pace of a Hen.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ March 17, 2013

Let's just plunge right in, shall we?


Here's a glimpse into our new sewing room.  It's been painted and a new table bought.  Every scrap of fabric and paper, every bit of notions and trimmings has been sorted and organized.  Maybe now the dining area will no longer look like an explosion in a New York garment factory.

The windows still need curtains.  The cabinet holds fabric and how-to books.

The closet~

These also hold gift wrapping supplies.

I think an organized space is pretty in its own way, don't you?  It's certainly prettier than a big, jumbled mess!


My cheerful, delightful, kissable granddaughter, Arane (photos courtesy of Elizabeth via Facebook)~

Such sweet, chubby legs!



Arane's hair has been a challenge from day one.  It's particulary unruly here because it had been up in a Pebbles-esque "sprout" all day . . .


Alas, alas, I mourn for an old friend that I broke this week.  I began collecting mismatched blue transferware about a decade ago, and this was the second piece I ever bought.  *sniff*
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Sunday, March 10, 2013

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ March 10, 2013

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter again this week . . .


It snowed this week.  Humph.  Snow in March shouldn't be allowed.  I am waiting for snowdrops, for crocuses, for daffodils!  Instead, what we got was this:


Isn't he cute?

I have to admit, the snow was pretty!


Dave planted our tomato seeds yesterday.  Last year, not being familiar with spring in northern Illinois, we planted them a bit early.  They turned out fine~ in fact, we were really pleased~ but we opted to wait a couple extra weeks this time.  Seedlings in peat pots on our counter under the grow light is a sure sign of impending spring!


A week ago Saturday was a sad day at our house.  It was the day when we ate the very last of our homegrown tomato sauce and green beans.  It's back to store-bought for the next several months . . .


I knew this day would come eventually. I managed to get through high school and college without having to dissect even a little bit. Elizabeth was also not required to dissect in her high school science studies. But Hannah is taking biology through The Potter's School and, alas, she is required to dissect, a worm for starters. The various animals~ frog, crayfish, grasshopper, perch, starfish, and the said worm~ came preserved and vacuum-packed in plastic along with a dissection kit. The things one can send through the US Postal Service! It's a good thing Hannah is not squeamish. In fact, she enjoyed it!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


I like snow in December, January, and February, but snow in March shouldn't be allowed.  Remember when I showed you the snowdrops that were coming up in my garden a few weeks ago?  It's been snowing off and on ever since and I haven't seen them in all this time.  Now Saturn is passing over us and we are supposed to get four to eight inches.  I know it could be worse, so I'll stop complaining . . . for now. ;-)

I'm looking forward to when I can post pictures of daffodils! 

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