Showing posts from August, 2011


We are studying Astronomy for science this year.  Guess who is loving it?  Today while learning about Venus, he recognized a NASA photo and ran to get this fun book...

It is a 3-D book on the planets - so he of course had to put the space shuttle 3-D glasses on too!

Sarah and Rachel were working on doodles while I was reading history.  I find it helps them to keep their brains engaged to be busy with their hands.  Sometimes they knit.

This is one of Sarah's pages...

This was Rachel's...

We are using Jeannie Fulbright's "Exploring Creation with Astronomy" book.  You can find this great science book at Apologia or through Christian Book Distributors.

For history we are using Genevieve Foster's book "The World of Captain John Smith."  

We are learning so much about Queen Elizabeth the first, King Phillip II of Spain, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Frances Drake, Mary, Queen of Scots, the three Henry's, the wars due to religion, El Greco, and of course, Captain …

Teatime Tuesday

As I was out and about yesterday, I stopped by T.J. Maxx to look for Yorkshire Gold tea.  They are a great source for me.

While there I also found this tea "The London Cuppa."  This is what I am drinking today.

I am drinking it today in the tea cup that I inherited from my great aunt.  I used to visit her and my uncle while I was in Bible College in Michigan.  They were very sweet to me and always welcoming.

When she died a few years ago, she left me this tea cup.  It is unlike any I had ever owned at the time.  I really love it.  This is inside the cup.

Here is the name of the cup and the manufacturer...

Florida Oranges in the morning light.  There are so many pretty and dainty details on this cup.

And the tea?  It was delightful!  A yummy blend of Assam and Kenyan.  Lovely.

Join us today at the following tea parties:

Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Teatime Tuesday,

Martha @ Martha's Favorites for Teacup Tuesday,

Terri @ Artful Affirmations for Teacup Tuesday,

Wanda Lee @ Silken …

We Lost Our Power Last Night...

just as we had started a movie.  When it was apparent that it was not going to come back on for some time, we went outside into the unusually cool weather.  Sitting on our deck we watched God's show - the day after a hurricane, with the clearest skies we have had in a long time.  A hurricane will do that for you - clear out the gunk in the air.

These are Lindsay's photos...she took advantage of absolutely no lights in our area.  We don't have a lot of light pollution at night but the little we do have makes a huge difference.

The Milky Way was stunning last night...

I enjoyed holding my granddaughter and telling her all about God's creation and how He loves her so much.  She fell asleep in my arms.  That is pure delight.

"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You have visited him? Psalm 8:3-4
Because of the preparations we made for the sto…

The Morning After

We had a lot of heavy rain and wind over night.  I went to bed around 12:00 am and I woke up when Tim was getting ready to leave for work around 3:10 am.  Our power flickered a bit and then stayed on.  After telling him to call me and let me know he got to work safely, I went back to sleep.  I got the call right at the time he would normally get to work that all was well, he had no issues on the road.

Our church was cancelled for today - we have families that come from quite a distance and with the heavy rain, potential flooding in areas from swollen creeks, and trees and branches down - it was the right decision.  

My Dad decided to come with my mom to our house last night and stay.  He listened to his radio and his station had two small calls - one for wires down - and felt there was no need for him to make that call.  He is at their church right now - they didn't cancel and he had sound today.  He may make calls today - the first responders are going to be busy all day.  Wind and…


We are in the red band "high" for threat level.  We are certain to get lots of rain - perhaps 8 inches.  We have cleared the decks so to speak - my whole deck is cleared off except the frame of the gazebo.  We also have taken the swings down, so they don't get broken if the wind is really whipping around. 

We are on the border of damage possible and widespread damage for wind impact.  This will be the problem for downed trees, branches and the possibility of power loss.  

My Mom and Nate are headed over to ride out the storm with us today.  My Dad is going to stay at their place or at the Fire Company - last big storm the guys just stayed at the Fire Station, they got called out so often.  If you think of it pray for my Dad's safety.  He is not a spring chicken anymore if you know what I mean, and the last hurricane that we got wind and rain from he was out in 75 mile and hour winds.  He is the guy in charge of closing roads etc, for flooding, downed trees, etc.

Tim is …

Do You Live In A Museum?

I love to make my home a delightful place for our family and friends to gather.  I guess I have talked about that quite a bit.  But a post on Rebecca's blog Life and Godlinessmade me think about a message I heard recently on this subject, that I had completely agreed with. 

Our homes must not become museums of beautiful collections, and things that no one can touch.  I have known of people who never used the living room.  It was only for company.  Or of people who had so many collectibles that they were uncomfortable having families over because something might get broken.

I have never been one to 'baby proof' my house.  Shocking, isn't it?  I taught my children from a young age to just not touch certain things.  That didn't mean I left an heirloom item on the coffee table, though either.  My children were taught to ask before they touched something.  It's normal for them to be curious about certain things and if they wanted to see it or hold it, I took the time…


This baby is headed up the Eastern Seaboard.  We might only get rain from the outer bands, but we might possibly get much stronger winds and rain.

I am planning to take the fabric cover off of the gazebo on my deck and actually pretty much clear the deck of the table, chairs, plants, potting things.

We have some shallow rooted willow trees along our creek.  A previous owner cut these trees down years ago but never took care of the stumps.  Out of these stumps grew four to five trees each...too much rain - we lose one - too much wind, we lose one, so we anticipate losing a tree or two with this storm.  There are no trees that could damage the house, but we need to check the trees near the barn.  

Tim is supposed to work this weekend, so we are keeping an eye on the track of this storm.  His work stays open in all kinds of weather and we are wondering what the storm would have to be like for them to close.  I'd like to have him here with us if the storm is bad.

Another consideration is …

New Pottery, an Earthquake, and Sweet Babies

We have a tourist town about 30 minutes from our home that has a lot of great shoppes.  There is also a "village" of shoppes that has everything from Amish Buggy rides to a Tin Shop, a fudge shop and a jam and jelly kitchen.  Double yum!  Tucked in beside the fudge shop is an open air shop that sells pottery.  It has become a favorite of ours.

It is hard to read the colors, my camera is not great, but this one is a deep green blue.

This one is smaller than the first one.  A great size for the kids or adults who don't want to drink half the coffee pot in one sitting! 

Tim picked this one.  His reason?  "I can dribble coffee down the side and who will know?"  Real reason?  He likes usual patterns.

This one is so pretty - the blue is amazing in person.  

This one has much more muted colors and more of a mat finish than the others.  This is a favorite mug of one of our regular guests!

The potter's name is Garnett.  

Do you have any special pottery you collect?  We use…

Teatime Tuesday

Sitting on my kitchen counter, a remnant from last evening.  We read two chapters of "Little Town On The Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and then had family worship.  We like Tim being back on day shift!

The day had been a perfect weather day - blue sky, big white puffy clouds, sunshine and mid 70 degree weather!  The evening cool I decided, of course that a cuppa was needed and Sarah, Lindsay and Kyle joined me.  I love these evenings together, and more so because having us all home at the same time is getting rarer!

Oh, also a tea tragedy happened last week -

My Old Country Roses creamer fell off the counter into the sink....I am sad.  This was part of a set that my husband bought me for an anniversary gift a few years ago.  Does anyone know if there is a way to repair it so that it is usable?

I am once again, joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Teatime Tuesday, Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return To Loveliness, Martha at Martha's Favorites for Teacup Tuesday,…

Little Lottie

Joining the Barn Hop at Homestead Revival....

Our chicken has been gone for a week.  We aren't sure if she, tired of waiting for us to bring more chicken friends for her, went off to join the neighbors.  I guess we should go over and ask if a cute, one eyed chicken who doesn't lay anymore has joined their flock.  There is no sign of an attack on her coop - no feathers etc...she is just gone.

She was really more of a pet, once her sister Lola died and Lottie stopped laying.  We liked her.  I miss her.

So now instead of just talking about it, we need to be proactive and get more chickens.  We are going to buy pullets - just weeks away from laying.  We also now have to get organized - we want these chickens to free range but within limits.  Also our coop is on the small side and is moveable so we are planning on putting them in the horse pasture while the weather is good, use some fencing that is easy to move along with the coop and and move them around every few days.  

During the w…

Creation Sings

This and That

My days have been rolling along here at the cottage I have been knitting and have done some sewing...This hat is for Lindsay.  She picked the yarn out and asked if I would knit her a new hat.  We really liked the combination of colors in the variegated yarn...such pretty pinks, moss green, a deeper burgundy.  

I am getting to be a braver knitter - doing things without a pattern...this is one that I just winged - having the basic idea and knitting away at it.

She is going to look adorable in it! 

My mom and I spent the afternoon together yesterday - shopping a favorite craft/country store, having lunch, and then going to a huge Re-Uzit store.  I scored some great things at both places.  This three bucket planter has a handle and is going to either house some herbs on my deck or hold candy in the fall on my dining room table.  I am going to age it a bit first though - it is a tad shiny!  Last year, I had fun buying the autumn color m&m's and using them in canning jars for part of o…

A Picnic Supper

I made blt's for supper - our main meal of taco salad was eaten at lunchtime with Tim.  We also had strawberries, thanks to Kayleigh, and a couple of homemade chocolate chip cookies, thanks to Rachel.
Sarah was really wanting to have a picnic out in the front yard in the shade of the maple trees.  Rachel and I joined her.

The weather was perfect!

So was the light...soft, warm...Autumn is on its way.

Happy girl...

This little goofy guy - he was listening to Jonathan Park...

Then out came the bikes...

After this we had showers and read many chapters of our Little House book "The Long Winter."  We will finish it tomorrow.

Thank you all for your prayers for my friend Susanna.  God knows what is needed.

Have a lovely day!