Saturday, November 14, 2015

Still Taking It Easy

Well, as easy as possible. I've been reading, of course. I find myself rotating through books by my favorite authors: Rosamunde Pilcher, D E Stevenson, Angela Thirkell, Grace Livingston Hill, L M Montgomery, Miss Read, and possibly Muriel Spark might become a favorite. I also want to read more from Maud Hart Lovelace, having finished the complete Betsy-Tacy series a few years ago. Occasionally I sneak in a different author. As for non-fiction, I read Joyce Meyer (I want to reread some of her old works that I haven't donated to the library; my name is down for The Mind Connection, but apparently so are a lot of other people's), and other inspirational authors as the Spirit moves me.

These last couple of months I've enjoyed an increase in my Bible study time. Maybe 2-3 times a week I read a NT chapter (NIV), highlighting whatever speaks to me during that reading, and if something really speaks loudly to me, I write that passage in my Bible journal (I'm not illustrating it, just writing out verses). In the same study session I read 1-2 chapters of the OT in the NIV, depending on length. Then I read about the chapters from two handbooks (Halley's and Unger's), and finish up by reading the same chapter(s) in the Amplified. Again, if a passage seems extra meaningful to me, I write it in my journal. I don't own any commentaries, but once in awhile I do get on BibleGateway and do a more thorough study. Most days, however, the two Bibles and two handbooks are satisfactory.

Let's see. Haven't been overly creative, but I am knitting a "skinny" scarf. It's slow going due to an old shoulder injury, but I work just a little at a time because I still dearly love to knit. I do have the urge to learn to knit socks, which I have never done before. 

I finally finished my little, old Betsey Clark coloring book from the 1970s. Coloring is finally the "in" thing to do! I've started another page in my Dover floral book, and a friend of the family gave me a lovely book by Millie Marotta entitled Animal Kingdom. It's quite intricate, but will be beautiful if I ever get much filled in. I also hope to purchase Valerie Sjodin's coloring book Colorful Blessings, when it comes out. Looks like it will be lovely. 

I spend a little time on Pinterest enjoying beautiful art, cozy rooms, and gardens. And I do look back at what I've pinned when I need a dose of loveliness. I used to be able to scroll through it all at one time, but now I can only partake in a portion at a time. Watercoloring is very much on my mind, but good light and commitment have been lacking. Maybe soon. 

And then there's still (!) the Christmas cross-stitch pillow that has no end. If I could just complete the white, then maybe the remaining bits would fly by. And speaking of Christmas, my carols are at my piano for enjoying throughout the season. I played some selections the other evening, but not since. Where do the days go?!

I have watched a few movies on Netflix. My two favorites have been Quartet (with Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey) and Haute Cuisine. Very low key but excellent, especially for those of us of a certain age. I've also begun the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. I wasn't too impressed with the pilot, but have watched a couple more episodes and liked them. One has to become invested in the characters, I suppose. On TV I watched the Masterpiece series Home Fires on PBS, which was right up my alley.

In other news, I was gifted with a new range after nine months without. Nothing to be alarmed over; microwave, crockpot, and electric skillet allowed for ample variety. But it's been fun to use an oven again! Alas, there's been a slight learning curve because I boiled over water/macaroni the first time I cooked on the stove-top. I hope to be well-acquainted with things by the time I prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this year.

Otherwise, things remain the same, which is a good thing. My household is doing well, and I hope yours is, too. I first posted five years ago today, and I will still try to post from time to time, but for now that's the most I'm shooting for.

Many blessings to you and yours,
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Time for a Break

Dear Ones,

All is well, but I'm going to take a break from blogging for ... I'm not sure how long. I still don't have a good spot to create vignettes to photograph, and I didn't intend for this to turn into solely a blog for sharing my attempts at creating art.

My 5-year blog anniversary will be mid-November, so I will try to do something around that time, if not before. But for a very long time now I've felt my blog has been dying a slow death, and I don't know if it, or my interest in it, can be fully revived. Time will tell. I like to share the titles of books I'm reading, so will probably keep that up on my sidebar ... and Pinterest, too, at least until "enough is enough"!

My brother is doing well, and might even get to take a break from hospice care for a bit! Quite the miracle since he was expected to pass away months ago! I'm still helping him quite a lot, which is my pleasure to do so.

I hope everyone enjoys a long, lovely Autumn!

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2:2-3  NIV

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Put on a Happy Face!

"Grey skies are gonna clear up! Put on a happy face."

Hi All!

Should you be needing a little lift, here's a link to Dick Van Dyke and Janet Leigh singing this fun song from Bye Bye Birdie. Or if you prefer, here are the great Tony Bennett and James Taylor (with a bit of talk; song begins about 48 seconds in).

He gives us "a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."
Isaiah 61:3

Hope you are enjoying a happy weekend,