Monday, July 20, 2015

Fits and Starts


Oh dear. It's getting so that I can't even think of post titles, let alone new and mildly interesting content.


Things continue on the same here, which is preferable and good. I admit to being fatigued sometimes because of keeping the craziest hours since the days of being the mother of a newborn (who will turn forty in six months!).


I should be making better use of my spare time at home, but I'm more often indulging in reading and watching Netflix and only occasionally doing something more constructive. Well, hopefully it's adding up even though done in fits and starts.

And I suppose if one keeps at those fits and starts, eventually one accomplishes what she has a mind to. Ah good. I don't feel so guilty now. Fits and starts to the rescue. :O)

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory,
are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18


I hope you are having a scrumptious summertime. It's flying by, isn't it?!
Grateful for you,
Bess


Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Talk: The Bee Cottage Story


I had pre-ordered this bookand looked forward to it with great anticipation. Perhaps hard to believe, but I had never heard of Frances Schultz before this book began showing up in my Amazon emails of book recommendations. She writes (wrote?) for House Beautiful and Veranda, but about the only magazines I've read regularly in many years have been Victoria and The Cottage Journal, and I've been hit or miss for the last couple years with those.


The first part of the book is memoir, and the second half or more shares the decor and gardens of Bee Cottage in East Hampton, New York. I enjoy reading both memoirs and decorating books, so this was a fun read. Its only shortcoming is that I would have liked even more details in the memoir and more photos of room areas not shown in the decor section. But I guess that fits the old adage of "Leave them wanting more."  I recommend this sweet book, which I'll be reading again before too long.

Sorry for the dreary photos. It is a dark day here, but at least it is cool.

Enjoy your week!
Bess
PS: The link is an affiliate link. I profusely thank each and every one of you who enters Amazon through my blog.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

First Bloom ... and a Turkey


I had just about given up on my hibiscus that I overwintered from last summer, but it finally gifted me with its first bloom. There are several more buds as well. (I took the photos with my phone, and the color washes out a little bit in the transfer to my computer.)

Then this afternoon while running an errand, I spotted a wild turkey crossing a side street. I went around the block, and by the time I returned, it was sitting in the shade. I know there's a development on the edge of town that has had flocks(?) of wild turkeys show up, but this is the first I've seen in the center of town, and all by itself. I hope it stays safe in all this heat ... I wouldn't want it to roast!  ;-] (Edited to add: I'm told by a neighbor that this bird could have been a female peacock. Since we have both [the peacocks stray from a local park], I really don't know which it is!)


Female? At any rate, this gobbling visitor makes me think of being thankful for all my many blessings. And I'm so very thankful for my family and for all of you wonderful visitors to my blog.

Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare...  
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge.
Psalm 91:3-4  NIV


God's creation is so awesome, and that includes you! 
Bess
PS: I know I've plugged it before, but I love zooborns.com. I can't help but praise and worship God when I see all those strange, wonderful, and sweet babies He's designed and put on this earth.