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

It's time for {phfr} again! After my dismal photographic efforts the past couple weeks, I made sure to take more pictures this week.


What you see before you are some of my birthday presents.  The canning jars are from my dearly beloved.  (Yes, he knew just what I wanted!)  One is gallon sized and holds coconut flour.  The others (there are six of them! :) ) are half-gallon and hold a variety of items~ popcorn, oats, brown sugar, and other essentials.

The butter dish is from Elizabeth, Justin, and Arane.  I love its round shape!  They bought it when we were visiting last summer and sent it home with Dave, unbeknownst to me.  He safely and secretly squirreled it away until it was the proper time.  Isn't it pretty?

I neglected to take pictures of the beautiful shawl Hannah knitted for me.  Maybe next week?


I was happy to find a low-carb banana bread recipe at Elana's Pantry.  Though we aren't paleo, I try to keep things fairly low-carb for Dave, who gets m…

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

Linking up with Leila again this week for {pretty, happy, funny, real} . . .

I forgot to show you this.  I put this together last spring using Cottage Thoughts free printables. I just printed it, trimmed it, and cemented it to scrapbook paper I already had. I already had the frames too, and I painted them with leftover black paint.  This favorite verse from a favorite hymn is a daily reminder to live in God's grace.

These are hanging in our windowless hallway.  It's so hard to take a decent picture of them!  (Obviously, I failed.)  The walls are really not bright yellow.
For your edification, here is Fernando Ortega singing "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing."

Dave did some work with the compost pile not long ago.  It's hard to believe that anything is ever really happening in a compost pile, but when he dug below recent layers there was all this lovely dirt, full of worms, which he has been working into some of our garden beds.

I dug sweet…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ November 3, 2013

I know it is pretty pathetic that I can't seem to post regularly except for {phfr}.  It weren't for Leila and her intrepid band of daughters, this blog would probably be completely dead.  As it is, it is merely on long-term life support.  So for my family members and the two or three faithful friends who are still reading, here goes. :)

It had been so long since I'd sewn anything that when I found myself with a spare hour last night, I hied myself directly to the sewing room and shut the door.  I'm not a very accomplished seamstress, but I do enjoy it.  It was so good to cut into fabric and hear the whir of the sewing machine again.  Since I didn't have much time, I opted to make a couple potholders with fabric I bought a year ago.  These can be whipped out in practically no time following instructions from Kelly, who appears to be no longer blogging.  A few years ago she put out four issues of a perfectly delightful digital quarterly magazine for young gir…