Showing posts from September, 2009

Make New Friends, But Keep The Old....

Image - Afternoon Tea - Alexander Rossi

One is silver and the other gold.

Do you remember that little song?

I am busy preparing for our church's Ladies Tea. The theme this year is Friendship. I am decorating with fall things; pumpkins, leaves, natural things. But I am doing a little twist - the pumpkins are going to be either gold or silver. How will I do this? Spray paint! It is so fun to do. One lady at each table will have the chance to take the pumpkin centerpiece home.

I am bringing all the scones and all the things that go with scones; lemon curd, jam, Mock Devonshire Cream, Maple Butter.

I am making the Pumpkin Scones, regular sweet scones and I think Cranberry - Orange scones.

I also am bring the tea and all the tea items. Good thing I have been collecting for years! I also am making what I call "Holiday Tea." Here is the recipe.

Holiday Tea

5 tea bags of regular black tea

2 cups boiling water

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon

6 ounce can of or…

Fall Foliage Trip

We are so excited! For a long time we have wanted to head up to New England, and the chance to see the trees at the peak of their color change is so fun!
I have a birthday coming up this weekend and then next week we will be headed out for 4 days. We are going to spend them exploring small towns and hopefully fun shops, taking tons of photos, and having fun together.
Mom and Dad are also going along. They didn't take a special trip at their 50th anniversary time as July is very hot, so we all decided the fall was the perfect time for a trip. Plus Mom has always wanted to see the trees in Vermont in the fall.
We are going to have such a good time!
The kids are on the mend, but Sarah is having a rough day. She should feel better tomorrow.
The pumpkin scones turned out very well. Emily thinks they could stand to have a bit more pumpkin so I will try to tweak the recipe this week. Here is the recipe as it appears in Tea Time magazine.
Pumpkin Scones
1/2 cup sugar 1/2 …

Quiet Weekend


We had a quiet Saturday.

Tim was home during the day but worked overnight. He did a bit of work on the barn, and then helped me by hauling all the weeds and cuttings from the front flowerbeds, to the gully where we dump them. I love to cut the garden back in the fall, many perennials were ready to be put to bed for the year.

I also tried out a recipe for pumpkin scones with maple butter. They were very good! I think I will be making these for our tea at church.

Several of the littles have colds and with it being gloomy and then rainy this afternoon and evening - it is still raining - they spent a quiet day as well. They helped a bit outside, but mostly played quietly and listened to Jonathan Park on cd and watched a movie. They got ready for bed early and also went to bed early. Kyle took a while to go to sleep so I let him snuggle in bed with me. Rachel who is one of the sickies, is now in my bed sound asleep. It is precious to be able to care for them when th…

Fair Time Again! UPDATE!

Lindsay, Sarah, Rachel and one of Lindsay's riding students all won ribbons at the fair!

Bethany, Lindsay's student, did the grooming and showmanship. She has just started lessons and wanted to participate in the fair in some way. She was one of 8 participants in this category. She got 6th and earned a ribbon.

Sarah did the Open Lead Line with Grandpa and won a 5th place ribbon out of 9 participants!

Lindsay had fun this year with the games like musical chairs, dollar bareback, and the boot race. She won a 5th place ribbon in the boot race and had such a fun time!

Rachel participated in the 10 and under Walk, Trot, Jog Equitation. She placed 2nd out of 6 participants!

We also need to mention that they did all this with the same horse. Sandy is the hero of the day! She gets extra Rounders tonight!

Unbelievably it is time for the fair again!

It seems like just last year we were there and the girls where doing fun events with Sandy, Lindsay's horse.

Yesterday we went by the e…

Stay, Stay At Home

Image - Michael Humphries - Autumn Breeze

"Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest; Home-keeping hearts are happiest, For those that wander they know not where are full of trouble and full of care; To stay at home is best." ~Longfellow

Our Identity

Image - Garden Path - Michael Humphries

How Who We Are in Christ Affects What We Do and Why We Do It
"Our own identity is rudimentary to ministry because how we understand who God is and what He's done for us affects how we work with other people. If we are trying to help people become more like Christ, we had better know who He is and how He relates to us. Unfortunately, I think we have come a long way in the wrong direction and lost that beautiful picture of who He is. We need to once again grasp the depth of how great our salvation really is and the enormous provisions that are ours through Him.
We are God's sons and daughters, eternally adopted to share in His inheritance with Christ. Orphans live in fear; they fight and connive to survive because they are not secure. But as His children we are already totally acceptable to God and cannot improve our standing with Him through our …

We're Off To Go Thrifting! UPDATE

We haven't been out poking around shops for a long time! So we girls are headed out this afternoon. My Mom is coming with us and two of the little ones will be hanging with Grandpa. Seems like a great arrangement to me.
Update! We found rings for Lindsay and Emily, at an antique mall. They have wanted one that would be a symbol of the choice they have made to wait for marriage. We found rings that they both love. I also found a birthday gift for my friend. She collects a pretty pattern of stoneware that is an aqua color with dark blue tulips stamped on. I found a pitcher for her collection that she uses! I was very pleased. At Goodwill I found a pair of paddock boots for Sarah. They are in perfect condition, just were dusty from use. They were not priced but the other children's shoes were $3.97 so I assumed these would be too. At the register, I mentioned the price of the other children's shoes and the cashier said "I was going to say $1.97 since they are…

Signs of Autumn


Several days ago came a sound that told me indeed the season is changing. Geese. Flying overhead looking for a place to rest for the evening. We have seen them every evening since then.
Another sign is that many of the trees have a hint of changing color on them! This is so exciting to me every year! The kids laugh as every year I say "Look at that tree!" or "That is gorgeous!" They love it too!
In our county a there are local fairs - especially agricultural fairs. You know that the last few years the girls have done different events in the youth rodeo on our horse Sandy. This year they will be doing that as well. But they are also entering their photography. One fair was this week, and Emily won a second place ribbon for this photograph of hers.
Sorry it is so small - I can't get it to enlarge! It was shot on sepia tone. With her little point and shoot. J…

Quick Post Today

I know you don't know if a post takes me a long time to write or not!
Today is the first day of our homeschool co-op. I am a tad anxious because of some changes we have made with the classrooms. I think they are good changes but new things have a way of throwing people for a loop, don't you know?
Kyle is going with us this year. Last year he preferred to stay home with Grandma, they had great times together! Grandma is going to miss being with her sweet boy!
Also this year we bought a laminator for our group and made new name tags to be worn with lanyards. This is a huge improvement!
I have much to do this morning. Lots to think is some huge generators that are being taken from Port Deposit, MD to Three Mile Island - they will be travelling down a road near our home TODAY at a rate of 3 miles an hour. The road will be closed. Will need to consider what time I need to head out. I also need to stop by the hardware store for some floor cloths to cover the carpe…

Birthday Gift Ideas....

Dear Family,
I thought that I would give you some ideas for gifts for my birthday. Some are mere items of whimsy - not really practical. Like the romantic white hammock. That would be white for like 10 seconds around here....and many are way too expensive.
These are all ideas from Victorian Trading Company. I get all their catalogues but I don't know as I have ever purchased anything from them.
But I LOVE this shawl....perfect for fall and winter. Sigh. It's lovely.
Then there are the cute Jane Eyre and Jane Austen Hats. Love them.

Icouldtotally see myself bringing all my many things to co-op in this beauty. But then it would need to be carried down the stairs...hmmm.

Hereisthegorgeous white hammock!

Another great idea I am sharing is an iPod, of some sort. I have never really felt the need for one, but I get frustrated with the radio - there is so little I would like to listen to, and end up listening to talk radio, which is fine but sometimes I want a break from all th…

Blog Hopping

Do you ever do this?
Usually I am reading a favorite blog, minding my own business, and I happen to take a look at the blog list on their blog. Something will catch my eye and before you know it I have spent a year - well, not that long really - reading the new blog and looking at photos.
I have found some of the most encouraging blogs that way. Regular people who don't have 100's of comments everyday, sharing their hearts and lives.
Today while checking out The Inspired Room I found a new to me blogger Teresa from "whatever." She has a warm and welcoming home, and even though our homes are quite different from each other there are great ideas to be had.
I must show you a photo of her kitchen. I love this kitchen. Love it. Even though I believe I would need to stand on a stool to get plates off the plate rack. I would totally do it!
Are you ready?
Here it is!

You may not love it but I do...the color is very similar to mine and I love the white cabinets, especially the one t…

Modesty and Femininity

This is a subject that I usually stay away from here on my blog. The reason is that it is controversial and can lead to a lot of unkindness, which I am not a fan of.
I have been pondering this subject for many years, asking the Lord to show me how to be modest, ladylike and feminine. He has helped me a lot, and while we have come to wear more skirts and dresses in everyday life, we aren't a dresses only family.
The key word for us is feminine. I want my girls to be lady like and not look like a boy wearing pink colored clothes! Sometimes the work we do around here on our property is more easily accomplished in pants. Also for riding horseback...although I found a pattern for a split skirt for riding that is cute!
I decided to write about this subject today, because this summer my daughter was told that basically there was "modest" and then there was "too modest" and we (gasp) fell into the "too modest" category. We have also heard accusations of be…

It's Been Raining...

and raining, and raining. Sigh.
I know that many of you in Texas are so pleased with your rain, and I know our rain is necessary too....
Our barn has come to a stand still, work-wise. My husband is working all this weekend but hopefully this next week will be nice and after work the girls and I can help him get some more trusses up!
Today we worked in the house. The little girls room tends toward clutter mania so we cleared it out, moved the bed around to a new location, which then meant that their desks got moved too. It is a tiny room, but workable. Oh, and remember how I mentioned that the little girls wanted a canopy too, after Lindsay and Emily made them for their beds? We managed to do that today too! They are very happy!
I will get Lindsay to get some pictures and I will post them. I think I will need to do a post of all the photos I have promised to show you!
We have a church picnic tomorrow and the weather is supposed to be fine. I hope so. We are une…

In Memorium

Those of us who lived through that day will never forget...we must not forget.
The fear of 20,000 people or more would be lost at the World Trade Center - the attack on the Pentagon, the flight crashing into the the farm field in Pennsylvania....
An ideology, a religion that believes that all "infidels" must be killed was behind the attack. We have been fighting ever since.
The weather today couldn't be more different than it was that beautiful early September day...we feared our lives as we knew them would never be the same. Now today we are again at risk from an ideology that would fundamentally change our nation.
We must remember and fight to keep our nation free.
As President Bush said....
We will never tire
We will never falter
We will never fail

What Is Your Decorating Style?

Melissa from The Inspired Room shared a fun design quiz link today. It is from HomeGoods.
I did the quiz and found out -
Deanna, you are aCOUNTRY CLASSICYou have a naturally refined sensibility with an appreciation for tradition and history. You value beauty, craftsmanship, and family heirlooms, but you like to open things up with pretty, easy-going pieces like painted wood or distressed furniture, lovely florals and other patterns, and bunches of fresh flowers that give your home a breezy, relaxed feeling. You love unique finds, have a thrifty, creative side, and can make these things work together.You value comfort. Your home is a warm and open friendly place, and you feel happiest when everyone is cared for and relaxed in your space. Elements like pillows, throws, overstuffed furniture, and good lighting set the mood. You may also enjoy layering different fabrics or mixing patterns to create a cozy effect.I think this is pretty accurate for me. My style has changed from my youth when…

Barn Update

Tim took a few days off from work last week. He and my dad started working on the barn. The barn is 12'x32' . There are two 10x12 stalls and a 12x12 storage area for hay and grain. So it isn't a huge barn but just what we need!
They started off by using a post hole digger to dig 16 holes.

They used a premixed concrete so all they had to do was pour in the concrete, add water and mix! My dad said that he realized that he can't shoulder 80 pounds of concrete - he can still lift and carry it in his arms, though! Not bad for a 70 year old grandpa!
I was so delighted to see all the kids helping out when they could. The girls worked the first few days of the project and Lindsay also worked Saturday.


Even the little girls worked...yesterday they took nails out of 30 trusses that Tim was able to purchase at a salvage place.

Emily worked the saw - she did most of the cutting of the 2x4's.
Here you and see two of the trusses up. Leaning …

The Barn Begins

I am listening to the sound of men's voices outside. Deep, rumbly sounds. Often the sound of a laugh or two floats through the windows....
My dad and Tim are beginning the horse barn and shed today!
I fixed them a hearty breakfast of scrambled egg with bacon, toast w/organic jams and freshly canned local peaches. Oh and of course coffee for dad and peach juice for Tim!
The little ones are having a learning day - being the helpers and gofers. I am keeping the home front moving right along and later will be going over to our church to clean the carpet in the fellowship room.
The barn when finished will have two stalls and the shed area which will house hay, horse tack, and things like our mower. We are so looking forward to being able to put the horses in the stalls when bad weather comes. Right now they use a run in. The barn will add value to our property and if we ever decide to sell this place, having a 2 acre fenced pasture and barn will be of interest to horse owners.
I will…

Welcome, Autumn!

There is a hint of it in the air this week. The coolness of the mornings and evenings, the warmth of the day without the blazing heat and humidity. Here in Central Pennsylvania, we know that it is as likely to be hot and humid again next week, as it is to be cool. But the signal has been given.
Soon we will see the beginnings of the early turning trees start to lose their chlorophyll and we will begin to see the true colors of the leaves. Such amazing beauty.
I love the autumn. I love the way the light looks, softer and more golden. I love the colors and the smell of burning leaves. I love seeing beautiful mums of all colors, and delight in carving pumpkins into beautiful luminaries to shine out in the early darkness that comes this season.
One of my favorite bloggers, Melissa of The Inspired Room, is once again hosting a Fall Nesting Party! She made a list last year of "20 little things to love about fall."
Here is my list of things I love.
1. The trees changing colors. 2…