Showing posts from January, 2019

The Roads Conditions Can Deteriorate Quickly - A Lesson Learned

The sky was blue and the roads were clear yesterday morning, so Tim (whose inspections had been rescheduled) suggested breakfast.  I readily agreed and got ready.  When we arrived at our favorite breakfast spot we saw they were closed.  That was kind of surprising, the artic air hadn't arrived yet, the wind was mild, and the roads were good.

We just came home and ate, but I was happy knowing the roads were good.  My friend Jen and I had plans in the early afternoon to go to tea, and we were both happy that the roads were good, and having learned my lesson with breakfast, I called the tea shop to make sure they were open.  They were!

The drive to Jen's takes 30 minutes and the further we went the more settled I was that the roads were all clear.  Until I got to her road.  It looked like it had not been plowed by I went slowly and it was fine.  Jen and I set off and my traction control kicked in going uphill but once we were on the other road it was all clear.

We enjoyed a leisurel…

Beautiful Winter Morning

We haven't had much snow this winter, but we have had cold weather!  Yesterday we got a pretty snow, and today we have sunshine (for now, some snow due later).  We also are going to have plunging temperatures later today, and it will be very cold tomorrow!

Here are a few photos for you!

So many of us are going to be in very cold temperatures, so be careful and stay warm!

Country Home

We live in an area that is semi-country.  We are definitely not a suburb, but we do have houses around us.  Most of the houses are on a half acre to one acre lot.  We have four acres, so we are like a farmette or a homestead.
For years I've decorated in an eclectic cottage style, because I used what we had, furniture wise, and most of it was free.  Also we were raising 6 kids here and didn't want anything too precious to us that we had to worry about it getting ruined.
I've always loved English Country Houses, and have begun to style my 'grown up' home this way, now that we mostly have to kids left at home and they are teenagers.
Here are some photos I've pinned on my Pinterest board For The Home.
I already have wood floors like this, its just lighter.  I do love this color, and hope that we have move toward this tone in our floors.



I love the cozy, warm feeling in these rooms.



I love this entryway but our home doesn't have the spac…

My Weekend

Friday is one of my busiest days of the week, but I always consider it the start of the weekend!  Do you?

This was my house on Friday morning watching the sunrise through my kitchen window.  I don't know what you see, but I see a pink riding horse on wheels, my jacket and purse on the table, a sippy cup, a nerf gun, a rice sock on the coffee table, LIFE!

I was invited to a luncheon at a new friends home on Friday.  It was really nice and a wonderful way to get to know other ladies.  This gentle giant lives at this home.  He's a Bernese Mountain Dog.  He was the sweetest dog, and he liked me. (grin)

Photo I took last night while chatting with both of my out of state girls.  Its a Valentine's SnapChat filter.

I took a few minutes this weekend to freshen up my decor a bit.  One of the things I did was change out the tea cups from the ones I had displayed for Christmas, and brought out my three red transferware and a pretty Johnson Brothers 'Rose Bouquet,' that I got in Ve…

New Friendships

As regular readers now, last spring after 10 years at our church, we made the difficult decision to leave.  I haven't spoken about it much, and I won't, but we needed to make a change for our children's sake.  There are no families left at our former church.  

We started visiting churches and settled in at one for a few months, that we really liked, but it was a bit of a drive and most of the members lived in a neighboring state.  Yes, Maryland.  So we realized we were going to have to look for a church closer to home, where we could be a part of the church community.

We started attending a church that friends of ours have been a part of for years.  In fact, they've moved farther away, but still drive down for church.

We really like it.  It's warm and welcoming.  People have been friendly, the pastor took us to breakfast, a couple reached out and invited us to their small group.  A lady I met two weeks ago, emailed me this week, and invited me to a lunch at her house …

Wednesday Words

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life."  J.R.R. Tolkien

Book Talk - Girls' Club

I'm helping with the book launch of Sally, Sarah, and Joy Clarkson's book, "Girls' Club; Cultivating Lasting Friendship in a Lonely World."  I was given three chapters to read, and I have pre-ordered the book!  

I'm really excited about this book because friendship (which is one of the purposes of my blog) is really important to me.  I don't have sisters, so friendships with women has been a need all through my life.

God has graciously given me a friend at every point of my life, but there have been times where I didn't live near my friends, and I've been lonely for my kindreds.  I'm one who gives all of myself to my friendships, and so I find myself lonely at times.

God also graciously gave me four daughters.  I intentionally built relationships with each of the individually and I am so thankful for each one!  We've shared tears, laughter, tea, food, babies.

I'm grateful for the relationships I have even with my far away kindreds.  I'…

Beauty After The Storm

We, being on the southerly edge of the storm, ended up with less snow AFTER the storm than we had on the ground before the storm!

We had a little freezing rain, but it ended up mostly a rain event for us.  We're not complaining, and we're not blaming the weatherman either.  Storms are active and they can move and change.

A bitter cold front moved in on the heels of the storm though, and it is really cold here.  Seven degrees currently with a real feel of -14.  

However, the sun is shining today, and that always cheers the heart and mind.

I'm fighting a cold, so I slept in today and stayed home from church yesterday.  It was a good weekend.  Did you see the eclipse last night?

It was so cold here that we could only go out for brief views, but we had a gloriously clear night!

I watched some of it from a local view on You*ube.

I took a screen shot of it on my ipad.  An amazing event.

I hope you have a great day.

ps - my daughter's weather in the Adirondacks is -9 with a real feel …

Friday Five - Winter Storm Preparation

I don't have five photos today but I do have this one

This is not the worst winter storm we've ever had, but I thought I would share five ways we are preparing for this storm.

1. Heat - Our power lines are buried where we live but we have lost power before due to something happening 'downline' some where.  We'll be able to stay warm by using our wood stove in the basement.  It heats the house well and we also are able to heat water and do some basic cooking on its top.  

2.  Water - We have a well, so we'll be filling some gallon water jugs to insure we have enough drinking water.  For flushing toilets, we can fill a huge bathtub and use buckets to flush, or we can melt snow and use that.

3.  Food - Like I mentioned above, we can cook on the flat surface of our woodstove if necessary, but I will also insure I have foods that do not need to be cooked, and also by preparing food ahead that could be reheated on the woodstove.

4. Light - We have camping lanterns that wo…

Book Talk - Currently In My Stack

This is the stack of books that I am currently working through.  'Mother Culture,' by Karen Andreola just came this week, and while I've looked through it, I haven't started it yet.

I've been mostly reading 'On The Shoulders of Hobbits,' but Brenda at It's A Beautiful Life mentioned 'Book Girl,' by Sarah Clarkson this week and I realized that I never finished the book!   I haven't started Miss Read either.  

However, this weekend the weather is going to be nasty here, with snow and freezing rain, and Monday the high temperature is supposed to be 10 degrees (F).  So, the plan is for lots of reading, and tea, and yummy food.  Might as well make an event out of it, right?

What books are you enjoying right now?

Photo Editing - Lightroom

I've been trying to get better at editing photos.  For years I used PicMonkey until they were no longer free.  I've used as well, but since I take all my photos on my phone, I wanted an app that I can use right on my phone, so I can edit photos anywhere.

I took a photo yesterday, of a sweet bird that kept flying up at my window.  

I was inside the house and with the sunshine and being morning, the garden was in shadows.  

My first edit was to just lighten it all up, and give it some warmth.

My last edit was to get rid of the neighbors vehicle and yard.  I know its not a great photo to start with, but I thought it was fun to try out the Lightroom App.

Here are a few more - 

A photo of my stack of blue and white dishes

Then the photo cropped and edited

Doesn't it look better cropped?

Now these photos of my little red cabinet with my pathos plant

Here I cropped and straightened it, and used a filter to bring out the red, and the blue in the green.
I'm learning as I go, and…

Tea On Tuesday

January is National Hot Tea month.  It seems like a good month to promote the drinking of hot tea.  I know I've been drinking a lot more hot tea this month.

I drink mostly Irish tea, Barry's or Lyon's, as I like a good robust black tea for day to day.  

source I have branched out in trying new teas, especially flavored teas, in the last few years.  I like chai, I like Earl Grey and Lady Grey.  I like Paris tea 
But I also like

When we go to tea, I will often try a house blend, or a specialty tea.  
My sister in law bought me 
when they were in England last year.  It is delicious, and the tin is beautiful!
Good thing I have a lot of tea cups to choose from...

Happy Hot Tea Month!  What's in your cup?

Scenes From The Cottage

We got 2 1/2 inches of snow Saturday late afternoon into Sunday morning.  The snow is a light powdery snow, and the roads were fine for going to church.

It looks like this outside right now - 

Winter's early darkened sky means that the lights inside glow for more hours and make everything so cozy. 

2018 was a rainy, cloudy year, and so I am enjoying everyday that the sunshines!  It makes every room cheery!

The plants like it, too!

I'm so thankful for the home we have and I take delight in making it cozy and welcoming for our family and friends.  I'm also mindful that this is not where my true treasure lies, but I'm storing up treasure in heaven.  Luke 12:34 says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."