Showing posts from June, 2011

The Horse Trailer

Several years ago, someone gave us an old, well used horse trailer.  It was barely usable but use it we did.  Tim as able did a bit to it here and there, always amazing me with his skill at figuring out what to do and how to do it and then doing it!

This weekend we are driving across the state to pick up a pony for the younger kids.  Tim has spent this week, along with his side kicks Emily, Lindsay and my Dad working to get it in proper shape.  We do not have a photo of what it used to look like as we did not want to commemorate that!  Now though I wish I had even one to show you for comparison.

I guess the trailer used to be black with white but by the time we got it, it had faded to a dull navy blue.  Lots of rust and holes even.  They sanded it and primed it and painted it.  

My Dad has worked on the wiring - they put new lights on and Tim put that new metal flashing on the front! 

We think it looks kinda retro - we still may add its curved white stripe but it is not important for this…

Blueberry Citrus Cake

A few years ago, one of the Grandmas of Hospitality Lane brought an amazing cake to one of our fellowship meals.  She is very casual when she speaks about her amazing cooking and said "Oh, I got it out of a cookbook I have had for a long time."  I began asking for the recipe!

She gave me the recipe earlier this year and finally, Wednesday, I had all the ingredients on hand and I made this yummy cake.  

While I ran an unexpected errand this afternoon, Rachel made the frosting.  This cake can be made into a layer cake with this delightful frosting in between the layers as well....sigh!

I know you are all drooling onto your keyboards about now, so I shall share the recipe with you -

Blueberry Citrus Cake
1 box lemon cake mix 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup cooking oil 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries 1 T. lemon zest 1 T. orange zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and lightly flour two 8 inch or 9 inch round cake pans.  You can also use a 9x13 pan.  …

Blinker Bob

A few weekends ago my Dad's fire company had their yearly company dinner.  They decided to do a picnic this year.  A large percentage of the company is made up of Amish, who are very community minded.  

Many of the ladies help with the monthly breakfast - all you can eat for $6.00.  It is a great breakfast.  The money from these breakfasts go to pay off the companies new fire truck. 

The families often all where the same color, but there seemed to be several 'couples' who were dressed in the same colors.  That is pretty unusual, as they usually keep who their courting a secret.
See the same color dresses?  This dad was wearing his fire company shirt.

The Amish are a friendly, warm people.  Each community is a bit different from each other.  There are two communities who serve with the fire company.  One of the bishops is a lot more strict than the other community's bishop.  And when they vote for officers they all discuss ahead of time and then all vote for the same perso…

Teatime Tuesday

Welcome to Teatime Tuesday!  

Today I want to show you my most interesting tea cup.  It is a lovely soft aqua color and has really interesting details.

Here is the marking on the bottom of the teacup - I've tried to Google this but am not finding it.  Any one familiar with this company?

The saucer is just a bit darker in color than the tea cup.

I think the details are really stunning - 

It is very fine china - very thin...


I bought this teacup in Vermont about 2 years ago.  I don't use it often but I do use it.  It's just lovely.

I am having such fun getting to know new friends that love tea and all things tea related as well.

Thanks for joining me today - don't forget to visit Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Teatime Tuesday.  And Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor.  
I am also joining Trish at Lily-Rose Cottage for L.A.C.E.

What To Do With All Our Books?

The house has been in need of freshening up - you know trim that is nicked, or marked up, furniture in the same condition.  It just needs a fresh coat of paint.

There are many different areas that need this but this evening, taking advantage of the kids swimming at my parents house again, I painted the hallway trim, Kyle's closet trim, my desk, bookcase and armoire.  They all have been given a fresh coat of a soft white. 

Doing this has lead me to see the need for more bookcases, and some organization of stuff.  We have way too much stuff.  And many, many books.  Speaking of books, I have been researching home library programs for the computer, such as BookCAT. 
Do you use a computer program to catalog your books and other media? I have a huge problem - I love to loan out our books, movies, homeschool materials - we are always happy to help someone out. The problem is that I cannot always remember who I have loaned things to etc.  I would love to be able to use a pro…


Over the years I have been inspired by authors who have written about how we as woman can have influence in our homes; we can create atmosphere! 

Atmosphere is essential.  How do you want your home to feel, smell, sound?  I love a comfy bed with fresh sheets -

Fresh picked strawberries from our garden, hot soapy dishwater, 

the birdbath filled with water after a rainstorm.  I love books read aloud, and read silently while we all sit around in the living room with oil lamps and candles burning - for atmosphere.

What is the tone in your home?  Is there lots of yelling and chaos, or peace and order?  My home is all of those things sometimes!  But we are always working to check our attitudes and walk in grace with each other.  The atmosphere in our home is seen in home sewn skirts, kids sitting around the kitchen table working on projects and listening to Jonathan Park.  It is my husband calling us all together for family worship, trying to sing new songs, teenagers laughing and having fun w…

Dirt Under My Fingernails

I have been spending a bit of time, everyday, in the garden.  Today after weeding 4 veggie beds, I went out to my front cottage garden and did some dead heading and cutting back on several plants.  

I took the opportunity to use my new clippers that my husband bought for me, to bring some flower beauty into our home.

My hydrangea are so beautiful...all hydrangea is beautiful!  I saw an oak leaf hydrangea in someone's yard today and it was stunning.

I love the way they look in this canning jar on my piano.

I love beauty, and have always wanted a lovely garden so I could have fresh flowers in my home as often as possible.  I love to learn and started reading books about gardens and visiting gardens, especially Longwood. I bought perennials thinking long term.  Annuals bloom longer but once they are spent you need to spend money to replace them - every year.

Perennials bloom every year or every two years.  They can easily be divided and you double the beauty in your garden.  I have given …

Teatime Tuesday

My dear friend Kelly from Cozy Comforts used to host a Teatime Tuesday which was very fun to participate in every week.  She has become very busy and isn't hosting anymore so I thought I would start it back up!  I discovered that there are a few Teatime Tuesday parties with link ups, so I won't be doing that.  I will link up with those and encourage you to do it too!

I am showing a photo taken early this rainy morning with my terrible point and shoot camera.  These are my Spode "Blue Room" teacups that I bought at a yard sale last year for a total of $2.00!  Yes, all four for $2.00!

Now on this rainy first day of Summer, I will go brew a pot of Yorkshire Gold and have a cuppa.

I hope you have a delightful day!

I am joining Sandi for Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage, and Lady Katherine for her Tea Time Tuesday!

I am also joining Trish for L.A.C.E at Lily-Rose Cottage.

Kyle's Blue Room

Kyle's room is now a lovely blue - True Value premium paint in 'Pacific Starfish.'  You can see the color the room was on the other wall.

Tim very kindly helped me with the cutting in between the wall and ceiling - I am usually the painter - we have different "styles" of painting...I have problems with my lower back and did not want to climb up and down the step stool.  Kay helped too, and I taught Sarah and Kyle how to roll...

It didn't take very much time at all.  He loves it and so do I!  It is so fresh looking with the white trim...

Linking up with Smiling Sally's Blue Monday!

Father's Day

My Dad has served with his local volunteer fire company for 10 years. He is one of those people who head out day or night when the pager goes off.  Rain or snow or hurricane strength winds, they go out to deal with fire, accidents, downed power lines, and other things.  They do not get paid.  Not even those who serve as officers.

My Dad is the one who shuts down the roads and deals with rerouting traffic.  This is not a fun job.  People get angry when they are inconvenienced.  Sometimes it is hard to deal kindly with people who are cursing you, and are mad because they are stuck in traffic...yet you know that someone has just lost their life in an accident.  My Dad did duty for many hours the day of the Amish shooting - knowing that many of the Amish families in his fire company had likely lost family. He had to check press credentials as the world came to report on what happened.

My Dad was honored at their company picnic on Saturday.  They recognized the work he has done in the compan…