Sunday, November 16, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ November 16, 2014

Squeaking in just under the wire . . .


Snow!  We had snow today!  Okay, so it was just a dusting, but the first snowfall is always exciting.  By February I'll be ready for warmth and sunshine, but today I enjoyed the snow.

Both of these were taken from the screened in porch, which I
understand is a no-no, but hey! It was cold out there!

Ice on the pond the day before it snowed . . .

Photo courtesy of Man of the House


The geese are very happy with our pond, it seems.  Various groups come and go, or maybe it is the same few groups that go away and come back again?  I don't know, but you should hear the racket they send up when landing or taking off!

Another photo taken by Man of the House


Seen on Friday in two separate stores~

Apparently manufacturers don't know that Christmas and Advent are not the same things. 

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ November 9, 2014

Joining Leila at Like Mother, Like Daughter for {phfr}.  Let's just dive right in, shall we?


It's high time I shared pictures of my kitchen.  The kitchen, living room, and dining room are all one big space.  (Remember when I showed you those?)  It's not a big, luxury kitchen~ that would have been entirely against my in-laws' principles and way of life~ but it does have some nice features such as two full-sized sinks, a double oven, and plenty of cabinet space.  Plus, there is a good-sized pantry just a step away.

You can see how it connects to the dining area, which is the blue space on the left.

The gargoyle sees all . . .

Yes, the walls are really the intense red-orange you see in the pictures.  The camera did not exaggerate one tiny bit!  The color works here, I think, because there is not very much wall space and it is an open area.  On the other hand, the master bath is this same color, and let me tell you, it is very . . . shall we say?. . . exuberant in that small, enclosed space.  My in-laws liked color; what can I say?

I love the big open expanse of countertop that divides the kitchen from the dining area; I love it if I can manage to keep it cleared.  It does insist on becoming a catch-all, but it is being trained out of that Very Bad Habit.  I don't love the white appliances, but they are all good and serviceable, so they are here to stay.  The floor is a hard, stone-like tile which is pretty but unforgiving to anything that is dropped.  So far, nothing of consequence has been broken.

Remember when Leila did "pretty over the kitchen sink"?  Here's my sink area now:

From the picture, it looks like the truck dominates the view, but in reality, it is easily overlooked for the wooded hills and sunsets.

If you stand in the middle of the kitchen and turn around, this is what you see:

So you can see that the three areas~ kitchen, living room, and dining room~ are really all one big, open space.  This arrangement requires that the kitchen stay picked up, but since I don't like an untidy kitchen anyway, it doesn't really bother me.


Man of the House and I attended a symposium on bioethics at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis yesterday.  During the lunch break, we headed over to the library to look at this:

It is J.S. Bach's personal Bible!  With margin notes in his own hand!

A close-up of said margin notes

This Bible has a surprising history.  It was listed on an inventory Bach had made of his books, but no one knew where it was or even what it was as it was listed by the last name of the author whose commentary is included as part of the three-volume set.  All three volumes turned up in an attic of a Michigan farmhouse in 1934!  Mystery solved!  And now I have seen it.  *happy sigh*  


When my girls were babies, parents did not usually dress their infants up for Halloween, but the times, they are a-changin', and my newest little granddaughter went as a bag of popcorn.  Attached to her baby carrier was a red and white felt popcorn "bag," and she wore the hat you see below. Very clever!  She, however, was unimpressed by her cuteness and cleverness, as you can see~

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Our Front "Yard"

I went out on the deck to admire the scenery one day last week when I noticed four friends of the web-footed variety playing on the edge of the pond.

While I was watching, two friends of the four-footed variety joined them for a drink.

The show continued for about ten minutes.  I held my breath, stayed stock-still, and took oodles of pictures.  I love our front "yard"!

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