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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ February 22, 2015

It's time for this week's edition of {phfr}!

After a mild, dry January, February has been comparatively cold and snowy.  The pond is frozen solid and there's been quite a bit of snow, though nothing like what the northeast has experienced.

February is the hardest month, don't you think?  Christmas is long over and winter has lost its appeal. Anything that reminds us that spring is on its way is welcome.  So when I saw these Valentine flowers on clearance for $2.24, I brought them home.  They are dianthus, which I've always grown outside in the summer, but they look great in this container I got for Christmas.  I may plant them outdoors when the weather warms up.  Dianthus will return the next year if the winter is not too harsh.

Speaking of spring and planting flowers, I'm trying my hand at growing impatiens from seed this year.  The yard has so many possibilities for gardening, but it could get expensive buying flowers from the nursery.  I plant…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ February 15, 2014

Linking up with Like Mother, Like Daughter . . .

{Pretty} and {Happy}
It's all {pretty} and {happy} this time!

Lots of sickness in the family this week.  First Dave, now Hannah.  Hopefully, I will be spared!  Dave managed enough energy and lucid thought to help me hang the new curtains in the entryway.  I don't know how many curtains he's hung for me over twenty-seven years of marriage (dozens, I'm sure!), but he always does it cheerfully.  He's gotten very good at it too!

The space is so small that I couldn't get a shot of the entire window.  I was standing as far away as I could!  The curtains are about six feet long.  All I did was sew up the top and bottom and left the selvages on the sides as they were.  Then I added some clips and there you have it!  The world's easiest curtains!  I'm pleased with the way the orangey-red in the fabric matches the door and also with the shot of color they give to this otherwise white space.  


From My Commonplace Book

"You are indeed the heirs of a remarkable legacy~ a legacy that has passed into your hands after no little tumult and travail; a legacy that is the happy result of sacrificial human relations, no less than of stupendous human achievements; a legacy that demands of you a lifetime of vigilance and diligence so that you may in turn pass the fruits of Christian civilization on to succeeding generations.  This is the essence of the biblical view, the covenantal view, and the classical view of education.  This is the great legacy of truth which you are now the chief beneficiaries."~ Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

"The world is a stage, and most of us are desperately unrehearsed."~ Oscar Wilde

"I have been feeling very much lately that cheerful insecurity is what our Lord asks of us."~ C.S. Lewis

"It is like walking up an escalator or swimming with the current~ to beget children, to love children, to encourage their growth, to ease their sufferings, and to suffer…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ February 8, 2015

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter (as is usual on a Sunday night).

Want to see my new terrarium?


I had a terrarium when I was a teenager, and when I saw some on the web recently-ish, I wanted another.  But naturally I didn't want to spend much money.  I managed to scrounge everything but the plants themselves, so I was pretty happy.  I found this glass container in the storeroom (it was my in-laws').  Perfect!  I had to try several stores before I found two different kinds of succulents~ I guess they are in high demand now~ for a total of $8.  There was (never used) aquarium gravel in the storeroom too.  That storeroom is a treasure trove!  I got some moss out of the yard, and also a big rock (which you can't see in the picture).  I always have potting soil on hand.  A piece fell off the big plant when I was handling it, so I found this little pot and the little dish it's sitting on in the~ where else?~ storeroom!

Is it a sign that I lack personal dep…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ February 1, 2015

Hello, everyone! Welcome to a new installment of {phfr}!

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This is the time of year I am most tempted to buy flowers.  From the violets and daffodils of April to the poinsettias of December, there is usually something floral going on in the yard, except in the case of the poinsettias, which I buy, of course.  I saved this year's amaryllis for January, but alas, it has bloomed its last.  I was flowerless.  That is, until I saw these little sweeties at Aldi for 99 cents.  At that price, I bought two.  They are heartening, aren't they?


I'm making curtains for the entryway from this lovely, lovely fabric.  I went to Jo-Ann and narrowed the semi-finalists down to about six, and from there I chose three finalists, and this eventually emerged the winner.  It's "Spring Floral" from Legacy Studios.  I'm so happy with it, I bought more for the kitchen window.  The red/orange color matches the (quite intense) wall color.  I'll show…