"Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion.”
~ Jani Ortlund

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weight Loss Update

Quick update -

I've lost 15 pounds.  I'd love to have 20 gone by now, and I thought I might with the cold I had, as I wasn't eating much.  But I think I didn't lose more because I wasn't fueling my body.

Anyway, 15 pounds in 8 weeks is good, and I am happy about it.

I also have lost 3 inches in my hip area and 3 1/2 inches in the waist.

I'm smiling today!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After The Rain

This morning is a bit hazy, it may be partially cloudy all day, but the rain that came and dropped 4+ inches is gone.

 I can't quite capture it, but this small red tree is so stunning.  It is in my sight every time I walk in the kitchen.  I see it out the sliding door to the deck.  
I took this with my phone from my deck this morning.  They aren't great but they give you an idea of the beauty in the changing leaves that I am experiencing at our home.

I am hopeful that the chairs and table on the deck will dry up and I'll be able to sit outside and enjoy the beauty.

How is Autumn coming along where you live?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


It's a gully washer, as my dad likes to say.

 How's the weather where you live?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Music: Lessons and Practicing

One thing we have done for our kids is allow them to take lessons for playing an instrument.  

Nate was our first with guitar.  I miss hearing him play!  Lindsay and Emma were next with piano, but Lindsay liked the violin better and switched to that.  Rachel took piano for a year, and has now playing the cello for the past two years.  Sarah has done a bit of piano over the last few years, very casually with friends, and loves it.  So we sought a more permanent teacher and found just the right one - our son in law Joseph!  He and Lindsay come by one night a week, I feed them dinner and Joseph gives Sarah a lesson.  They are both enjoying it very much.

See Sarah's notebook sticking out behind her music book?  Joseph writes practice squares for her to check off and how long to practice certain things.  She loves this - it satisfies her little OCD heart to check off those boxes!

Rachel takes cello every week, also.  Rachel is naturally gifted and so gets a tad lazy about practicing.  I'm trying to be better about helping her not to procrastinate.  (smile)

Kyle wants to learn the bagpipes.  Seriously.  I may look into it.  But not yet.  We may start with a chanter.

 Do you play an instrument?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Reading: Books To Savor and Enjoy

I am a reader.  I read books, magazines, online.  I'm always reading, as a kid I would even read the cereal box at the breakfast table.

I have favorites and I love re-reading them, and I adore getting new books.

Here is what I've been reading lately.

 I got all these books for my birthday.  I finished Jan Karon's book.  What a delightful time with old friends in this book.  I have read Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson last year but I didn't own it.  Now I do!  I love owning books that I love.  The Nester's book is delightful as well.  Her style is very different than my own, but her decorating philosophy is alike, "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful."

 Today, I have been reading Tasha Tudor's book 'Pumpkin Moonshine' to Kamryn.  She liked that little Sylvie Ann looked just like herself!

 I am also enjoying Victoria Magazine.  What a delight to soak in the beauty in this magazine.

What are you reading?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sewing: Working On A Christmas Gift

I've been planning this project for quite sometime, but finally got around to going through my fabric stash today.

I thought I'd end up with pinks and purple but I ended up with pinks, reds, and brown.
 I took this photo tonight and the colors aren't exactly right, even with editing.

This one is much truer.

I love how it came together.  Now I have to get the backing, I'm thinking flannel, and the batting.  

I'm breathing a sigh of relief to have this part finished!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Home Keeping: Outdoor decor

I took some quick photos the other day, after we went to get pumpkins and mums.

 This year, I could solve the drought in California.  Just let me come out and put a table cloth on an outdoor table!  Everytime I do it rains.

 It's the rare person who comes to our front door, so I wanted to do a nice display by the kitchen door.

Artsy shot…
Love the way the sun is shining in on this photo of the lamppost area out in the front garden.

Do you add decor outside of your home?  

Are you like our neighbors who go all out for every season?  Giant spiders, or Turkeys or Santas?  Bunnies with eggs all over the yard? Or do you prefer a more subtle decor?