Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday five ~ September 13



Taking a very few minutes for a quick version of Friday five!

1.  Breakfast with friends at Cracker Barrel on Saturday.

2.  A few moments last weekend for crafting and blogging!
 
3.  Getting some fall decorating done.  Some cleaning, too!
 
4.  The Bible study I've been doing in 1 Corinthians.


5.  The opportunity to attend a ladies'  retreat this weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

A few more late-summer scenes


 I went out with my camera again this week -- I think it was Tuesday's walk, which ended up not being until afternoon.  It was such a gorgeous afternoon with relatively low humidity that we lingered to enjoy many scenes along the walking route.
A gate was opened and the late summer asters and goldenrod peeked through.
I leaned into the gate to get this shot of the same flowers.
It seemed as if there were berries everywhere along the roadside.  These pink ones (above and below) were particularly amazing.
I think the red berries above may be winterberries.  It is hard to tell at this stage. 
Then above, some yellow berries which may possibly be bittersweet.  Again, hard to tell at this stage.

Below is another shot of those brookside flowers -- pink, yellow, lavender and white.

More crab apples like the ones at top.  I liked this angle.
Goldenrod against a little old sugar house.

And there you have a few more late-summer scenes from our neighborhood!

Monday, September 09, 2019

Scenes of late summer


Just sharing a few photos I took on Friday.  I admit to having no photography expertise of any kind; these are just some pretty scenes I saw around the neighborhood on Friday morning.

The first few, including the one at top, were taken on the grassy bank of a brook, just as a heavy fog was beginning to lift.  I took these around 7:30 on Friday morning and got my feet very wet from dew in the process.

 In the photos above and below, you can barely see what I was hoping to capture -- pink joe-pye weed, white and purple asters, and yellow goldenrod.  The pink flowers are near the center of each photo, just down from the top.  The fog really prevented them from being seen well.

When I got back home,  the sun was shining brighter in a few areas around the yard and it beckoned me to snap just a few more photos.
 A pretty leaf on the patio walkway.
 Lush ferns by an old mossy stone wall.

Wooden steps over a stone wall, surrounded by green, green foliage.

All too soon, fall will be here.  In my limited way, I wanted to capture just a bit of the late-summer beauty while it is still with us.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Friday five for September 6


How can we possibly be in September already?  This entire year has flown past so quickly.  It is September, though, and it is Friday, so I will see what blessings I can share.

1.  Time for blogging.  I wish I could post every day, but anytime that I can post is good.  I was able to post last Friday, then Tuesday and yesterday.  I don't take this time for granted because I don't always find it.

2.  Having our younger friends over for a meal -- we made chicken pot pie and served with cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes --  and Bible study on Sunday evening.  Always a blessing.  We were doing a review of one section of the study, and even though some had forgotten to bring their study books, we could still review what we had learned.

3.  Completing a project I'd been working on.  No photos -- the recipient reads my blog.

4.  A lovely phone chat with my daughter and granddaughter on Tuesday, not to mention my dear friend Jennifer.
 
I learned that granddaughter Emily (11) had earned some amazing prize ribbons at the Elko County Fair for her strawberry rhubarb pie.  She used her other Gramma's pie crust recipe and my filling recipe, so it's fun to think her grandmothers had a part in her win.  Hopefully I'll have photos and more details to share later on.  Below you see Emily (at left) tutoring cousin Julia in making a pie crust, last fall.

5.  A truly relaxing Labor Day weekend, in which we consumed far more than our share of delicious food:
A hot fudge sundae at Frosty Scoops on Friday night
Haddock baskets at a seasonal seafood shack on Saturday night
Ice cream on a rainy Monday at our very favorite (but not local) ice cream place
The ice cream in the polka dot bowl was mine, with the heart garnish.  Above is my hubby's.
 We also ate breakfast out on Monday, but I failed to get pictures of that.

And there is this week's Friday five!  What blessings are you thankful for in the week just passed?

Thursday, September 05, 2019

While summer lingers ...


I really need to post some pictures of my hutch from Summer 2019.  Soon I will be changing the hutch decor to fall, and so today I finally made time to take a few pictures.

Often I will put up items with a strawberry theme for the beginning of summer.  Sometimes I've changed to things with a seashore theme for August.  In a perfect world, I guess I'd do strawberries for June, patriotic things in July, and shells and so on for August.  However, this year I put strawberry items out in June and just left them in place. 

I'll just share some pictures and captions now.
The bottom shelf:  The little hand painted blue strawberry dish is a particular favorite of mine.
Middle shelf -- love that McCoy teapot in the middle!
Next shelf: I love how the milk glass looks with the jadeite.  Such a refreshing summery look!
Trying to show a closer look at that vintage notecard.
Here's a scan that shows it much better.  I love this bit of verse and the illustration too!
The very top shelf; a green and white cup and two jadeite coffee cups
In its entirety
Hope you've enjoyed this peek at my strawberry hutch.  Over the years people have gifted me with many strawberry themed items (and I've collected a few myself) so I have plenty to choose from!

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

September goals


September already! I'm a few days late setting some goals for the month, but here we go:

 * Do a September Scripture writing challenge
 *Start a study in 1 Corinthians
* Memorize at least 4 Bible verses and review some older ones
* Continue our discipleship study with new believers
* Continue to help a recently widowed friend with the challenges of life in general
* Continue study for Sunday School -- A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus
* Get to bed by 9 pm each night  
* Limit sugar
* Drink enough water each day
 * Walk and/or exercise at least 4 times each week
* Keep up with Flylady's homemaking zones of the week (with some help from Clean Mama)
* Do something creative each day
* Post in this blog several times per week
* Post in my Christmas blog as often as possible
* Continue planning for family birthday gifts and crafting any handmade ones
* Send a birthday package to Nevada -- yes, another one!
* Craft a simple gift or two for a friend
* Spend a little time on some UFO craft projects
* Continue stocking my Etsy shop and continue selling vintage items
* Work on Etsy and trust bookkeeping as necessary
* Write at least 4 encouraging notes to friends and family
* Help and encourage my local daughter as I'm able
* Continue to encourage and support my hubby as he works through a pastoral search for our church
* Clean church and set up for fellowship time
* Continue to sort out and declutter my dad's house, hopefully taking many loads to the dump and thrift store and consolidating the remaining items yet to dispose of;  work on estate
* Possibly spend a day helping my cousin get started with a similar task at her childhood home
* Plan a getaway with my hubby
* Have a special Saturday celebrating his birthday
* Get together with friends visiting from Indiana
* Maybe go out for breakfast with friends from Vermont
* Maybe attend a Bible conference with my hubby
* Attend a ladies' retreat at The Wilds of New England
* Plan meals with a greater emphasis on healthy eating
 
HEALTHY HABITS FOR SEPTEMBER:  Drink more water/get more sleep/limit sugar

And here's how August went:

* Do an August Scripture writing challenge -- done!
* Continue reading through the New Testament -- not done; I actually gave up on this and will tackle it again next summer
* Memorize at least 4 Bible verses and review some older ones -- I think I only managed a couple
* Continue our discipleship study with new believers -- done!
* Continue to  help a recently widowed friend with the challenges of life in general -- done!
* Continue study for Sunday School -- A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus -- done!
* Get to bed by 9 pm each night   -- not done, though I will say we are diligently trying
* Limit sugar -- not done
* Drink enough water each day -- not done
 * Walk and/or exercise at least 4 times each week -- done!
* Keep up with Flylady's homemaking zones of the week (with some help from Clean Mama)  -- not done
* Do something creative each day -- done!
* Post in this blog several times per week -- done!
* Post in my Christmas blog as often as possible -- done!
* Continue planning for family birthday gifts and crafting any handmade ones -- done!
* Send a birthday package to Nevada -- done!
* Finish a cross-stitch sampler -- done!
* Register for ladies' and couples' retreats -- done!
* Spend a little time on some UFO craft projects -- not done
* Continue stocking my Etsy shop and continue selling vintage items -- done!
* Work on Etsy and trust bookkeeping as necessary -- done!
* Write at least 4 encouraging notes to friends and family -- done!
* Help and encourage my local daughter as I'm able -- done!
* Continue to encourage and support my hubby as he works through a pastoral search for our church -- done!
* Clean church and set up for fellowship time -- done!
* Continue to sort out and declutter my dad's house, hopefully taking many loads to the dump and thrift store and consolidating the remaining items yet to dispose of;  work on estate -- I've done some of this, but still a long way to go!
* Help with a church booth at a town market day -- done!
* Get together with friends visiting from Wisconsin -- they ended up not coming
* Spend quality time with a cousin from out of town -- done!
* Attend a concert with friends -- done!
* Spend a day helping my cousin get started with a similar task at her childhood home -- not done
* Plan meals with a greater emphasis on healthy eating   -- done!

HEALTHY HABITS FOR AUGUST:  Drink more water/get more sleep/limit sugar (that last one was sort of a moot point with all of the seasonal ice cream places open; we went out for ice cream a LOT this summer!)

I guess that does it!  September looks busy but fun!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday five ~ August 30


Some weeks Friday seems to roll around very quickly.  This week it seems to have taken a bit longer.  I am looking forward to the weekend!  No concrete plans as yet, other than having a friend over for supper tonight; we aren't even sure yet if my hubby will have Monday off.  But weekends are always a nice respite!

Without further ado, here's my Friday five:

1.  A nice change in the weather made it cool enough to bake cookies last Friday.  I had bought some of these baking chips on clearance at Walmart.

Have you seen them?  Here's the description:
I was quite surprised that they contained no artificial flavors.  All I tasted was salted caramel, but still I assumed artificial flavors were used.  Guess I didn't read the bag too thoroughly!

I used the cookie recipe on the back of the bag.  Here's the link:  Sea Salt Caramel Chip Cookies.  I made them quite a bit smaller than specified and I formed them into balls rather than dropping them.  l also used the Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour.
After so much hot, humid weather where one couldn't even think of turning on the oven, it was nice to be able to bake.

2.  A great time with friends on Saturday as we were invited to a get-together to see their family members visiting from out of state.  This is what we like to do ourselves when our faraway family is able to visit -- we try and host a get-together where they can see a lot of family and friends at one time.  I took along this  S’mores Pizza, plus a tortellini salad.


As mentioned in a previous post, it took less than 3 minutes for this dessert to disappear!

3.  A beautiful afternoon on Sunday for a hike to a peaceful lake.  Sometimes one just needs to be near water.  That's how it was for us and we tried to store it up for the week to come.  Something about that sailboat just speaks peace to my heart. 

4.  Seeing God answer prayer for wisdom this week.  When I'm outside my comfort zone, I might tend to ask someone who is comfortable in a specific area for advice.  This time my hubby was working on a job site where he had no cell service.  I briefly thought of consulting someone else, but the Lord impressed upon me that He is wisdom and that He promises to give wisdom when we ask.  There was no need to rely upon anyone but Him.  What a blessing to see how He answered my prayers!

Delightful graphic from Abby at Little Birdie Blessings
5.  Nicer weather this week made it possible for me to work on some of my projects outdoors at the patio table on the back deck.  (We bought this table toward the end of last summer and I hadn't really thought of it as more than a place to eat.  But it's a nice large rectangular table, perfect for working on many different kinds of projects.)  Here's some of what I did:

* Planned menus and made my grocery list

* Worked on my Sunday School lesson

* Made some mailing envelopes to package orders from my Etsy shop, using repurposed calendar pages.  I made 5 larger envelopes and 1 of the smaller ones.  This is a project I plan to take up north when we go at the end of September.  If we get some rainy days (and it would be truly surprising if we didn't), I will work on a bit of envelope making.  They are easy once I get started.
Back of a larger envelope
Front of the same envelope
Back of smaller envelope
Front of smaller envelope
* Did some work in my scrapbook journal.
 
I'm currently using this as a place to journal my study of this book: Make Room for What You Love.  Inching my way through this book one question at a time has enabled me to work in my scrapbook journal much more regularly.


Oh, what an encouragement this book has been to me!  I've been so blessed by this thought:

And I really find myself thinking about it when I am about to set something down in a place where it doesn't really belong.  Try this for yourself and see if it doesn't help!

Yes, it truly has been a blessed week!  What are some blessings you've seen in your own life this week?