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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ August 31, 2014

We are all waiting with eager anticipation for the second grandchild to make her appearance.  It's a special kind of anticipation that doesn't happen very often.  Hopefully, I'll have pictures to share next week!
Sometimes, it's just Man of the House and I for supper and then we eat at this little table for two by the window.  The table and chairs belonged to his grandparents and then his parents and are of a very good quality.  The blue and white china sets off the wood tones beautifully . . . or maybe it's the other way around.  Either way, the dishes and furniture seem made for each other, don't they?  This day, we were having a simple meal of good ol' bangers and mashed and a plain vegetable.  This kind of meal is among our favorites.  We are hobbits at heart and like plain food and plenty of it.  (Yes, we had leftovers! :) )

We are mostly settled in our new house, but there are still quite a few jobs needing to be done that have little …

Beauty Around the House

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ August 24, 2014

Whew, is it ever hot around here!  It looks like summer decided to show up after all.  Most kids have returned to school, but we still have two weeks of vacation left, sometime during which granddaughter #2 should make her grand entrance. Anticipation mounts!

This corner is between a bedroom door and an outside door.  Though I do not love the color of the walls, this quilted wallhanging Hannah made me goes there very well, does it not?

We were happy to have out-of-town friends stay with us while they were getting their son settled in at college.  It looks like we will be seeing a lot more of them over the next four years.  That's one of the benefits of our moving to a college town.
Here are some of the goodies I made for while they were here~

In other news, Hannah's Etsy shop (see sidebar) is gaining speed.  Here is her latest WIP~

It makes me happy to see her being so industrious and creative.  I wonder what this will be. . .

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Beauty Around the House

Scenes from our house~

(Yes, I am posting something other than {phfr}!

Go get your smelling salts, everyone.

When I started this blog, I had visions of writing lots of erudite posts on Deep Subjects, but that has never materialized.  Rather than be frustrated at my inability to get anything down on paper at all, I'm going scale my expectations waaaay back and just try semi-frequent postings of pictures of happenings at our house~ pretty things, homey things, comforting things.  I may make some commentary from time to time, but mostly it will just be pictures.  It seems the idea of "home" has fallen on hard times, and it's my hope that I can show in my own small way that home is worth the effort.  Don't expect Martha Stewart, but do expect a real home with a real family living in it in all our glorious imperfections.)

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ August 17, 2014

I made these muffins last week and even took pictures . . . or so I thought.  I can't find them anywhere.  They were going to be my {happy}, and now I am rather sparse in the picture department this week.  Alas and alack.  Trust me when I say they were delicious!

We've been in this house for two and a half months, and I haven't really shared photos yet.  That's because I'm still deciding what to do about hanging pictures, etc.  Not only are there our own pictures to think about, but there are also my in-laws' pictures, which consist of my mother-in-law's parents' artwork.  So I can't go about it willy-nilly and still do the job justice.

I will show you this, however.  I didn't stage this.  It is just how I found it.  One of the good things about moving is that your books end up in different places and the reshuffling means that forgotten titles are rediscovered.  That's the case with this one, which I bought on clearance after the e…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ August 10, 2014

Dave and I celebrated our 27th anniversary on Friday with a trip to the St. Louis Art Museum.  It was a bit of a drive, but after three years of living in Nowhere, USA, we count a drive of two hours as nothing.  Our time there was refreshing to our souls if wearying to our bodies.

{Pretty}and {Happy}
The museum sits in the heart of Forest Park, which is as lovely as any park I've seen.  The building itself is the only permanent building left from the 1904 World's Fair. 

The museum houses many well known works of art.

What's so funny about Gilbert Stuart's famous portrait of George Washington, you ask? 

Nothing at all, but look at his comment about the money-making possibilities of selling copies!

I do not understand the artistic significance of making metal trees when you've got the real thing right there. . .

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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ August 3, 2014

Hello, everyone!  I just have {pretty} and {happy} this week . . .

My in-laws were diligent gardeners, so we are now reaping the benefits of their hard work.  Jerusalem artichoke:

And purple phlox:

Fresh cut cedar in the wood pile, making me look forward to winter!

But in the meantime, I'm enjoying summer.  The view from our deck:

Around here, we love flowers and must have them, but we give vegetables a fair shake too. Here's the start of our vegetable garden:

Yes, it's next to the driveway and will be one of the first things you see as you pull up.  It's the sunniest, flattest spot there is on the property, but we still had to terrace it a bit.  Dave was the mastermind behind it; I helped by holding and fetching a good deal.  Now we will work on the soil (lots of compost and manure, hurray!) and be ready for planting next spring, Lord willing.

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