Saturday, November 26, 2022

A timely reminder ...

 


 I've shared this post before, but I'm feeling led to post it again this year and maybe make it an annual tradition.  I'd like to encourage my readers to do an Advent Bible study or participate in an Advent or Christmas themed Scripture writing plan.  It has never been more important for believers to become thoroughly grounded in God's Word.  You may have plans to get more serious about Bible study in the new year, but why not start now? 

 One of the easiest ways to do this is to participate in Abby's 25 Days of God-Given Gifts at Little Birdie Blessings.  Abby has beautiful free graphics -- like the one above -- for each day, as well as verses and illustrations for each God-given gift.  These readings are not lengthy but they are most meaningful, so you might wish to go over and look at this series each day, maybe writing out the verses and even journaling them using the SOAP method of meditating on Scripture.  I have done this in the past.  Abby also provides links to follow the series on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.

Another relatively easy way to do an Advent study  is by doing a Scripture writing challenge.  You can find  a number of Scripture writing and journaling plans at Rachel Wojo, among other places.  

The one shown below,  the Birth of Christ Scripture writing plan, is from Shannon at Sweet Blessings.

 

A couple more from Shannon are Gifts & Blessings, Peace, and a general December plan.  It looks like Shannon is no longer writing Scripture plans,  but the older ones are still easily available.

One plan I have done in the past is The Light, from Rachel Wojo.  It was such a blessing!

 
The Road to Christmas, from Love God Greatly is an Advent study I've done in the past and highly recommend.  God With Us is another Advent study I've done from Love God Greatly.  It seems as if the journal and reading plan may be downloaded for free on their site, but if you want to purchase the book it may be found on Amazon.

Another Advent study I have done which I greatly enjoyed in the past was this free download from Good Morning Girls: Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus

In 2020, I used Peace, Be Still: A 31-Day Christmas prayer journal, from Women Living Well.  I'm thinking that I may use some of my thoughts from this study as Sunday Scripture posts during December, but we will see!

I definitely suggest starting an Advent study or Scripture writing plan if you can make the time.  You will gain so much.  It is never too late to begin a good Bible study that may impact your life for eternity!

For one final bit of inspiration, you might visit my Christmas devotionals Pinterest board.  Lots of good reads there, and also a Christmas-themed Scripture writing plan that, again, it wouldn't be too late to start.

I hope you will seriously consider an Advent study or a Scripture writing plan for December.  You will find it such a blessing!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Cruising into Thanksgiving with the Hodgepodge

 


 It's Wednesday again, so time for the Hodgepodge -- the linkup where Joyce, at  From This Side of the Pond, asks the questions and bloggers provide the answers on their own blogs.  This week's Hodgepodge questions involve Thanksgiving, Christmas plans and much more.   Here goes!

1. Have you ever been on a cruise? If so where did you go and how did you like it? If not, do you have any desire to take a cruise someday? 

Nope, no desire for a cruise.  If I was ever to take one,  I would want it to be either a cruise down the Mississippi or possibly an Alaskan cruise.

A lake cruise is a lot more my speed and I've been on a number of those on large lakes.  Below are a couple of scenes from the M/S Mount Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee. 

 

2. Tell us about your Thanksgiving plans...are you hosting? cooking? eating out? turkey or some other main? is it stuffing or dressing in your house? homemade cranberries or cranberries in a can? are pies on the dessert menu? what kind? what are your 'must have' sides? Tell us one thing you're especially grateful for this year.

Not hosting, but I am helping with food.  Turkey, cooked by my daughter using Deanna's method, will be the main event.  It's stuffing in our family, but not everyone likes it so I'm making stuffing separately and bringing it in a crockpot.  Homemade cranberry sauce is my preference, but the grandkids all like the canned jellied kind.  Only thing is, it must be the Woodstock organic kind as one of my grands cannot tolerate high fructose corn syrup.  Woodstock is the only brand I've seen without it.  Pies are definitely on the dessert menu -- an apple cranberry, two pumpkin, and a pecan so far.  Must-have sides include Carrie's make-ahead mashed potatoes and honey rolls, and broccoli casserole from my sister-in-law Dawn's recipe.

One thing I'm especially grateful for this year is the opportunity to know God through His Word.  Knowing Him and learning about His character makes it more possible to see His sovereignty over all things and to rest securely in His care regardless of all that is going on in our world.  It helps us too to understand that He has the power and wisdom to do what's best and to change things as He chooses.

Above is my Caramel Pecan Pie:

CARAMEL PECAN PIE

36 caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup pecan halves
1 9-inch unbaked pie crust

Combine the caramels, butter and milk in a heavy saucepan; heat until the mixture is creamy and caramels are melted, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt with an electric mixer; gradually blend in the caramel mixture. Fold in the pecans and pour the mixture into the pie crust. Bake at 350º for 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Cool pie until firm before cutting or serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

And I'll add my pumpkin pie recipe too:

EASY PUMPKIN PIE

1 9-inch unbaked pie crust
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 425º. Combine all ingredients except pie crust in a large bowl and beat with electric mixer until well combined. Pour into crust.

Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350º. Bake pie for 35 to 40 minutes longer or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool pie before cutting or serving. Refrigerate leftovers.
 

On a more temporal note, I'm super thankful to have sold the last piece of property for my dad's trust.

3. If someone approaches you and asks for money do you give it to them? Do you drop money 'in a tin cup' that belongs to a person on the street? Do you have a specific charity you support during the holiday season and/or year round?

No to all.   I will put money in a Salvation Army kettle if I encounter a bell ringer at Christmas time.  

And of course we give to our local church all year round.  We also have some missionary friends we have personally helped to support for years.

4. Have you started decorating for Christmas? Is your tree up? Shopping done? Wrapped? 

No to all.  I have started my shopping and making, but nothing is wrapped.  My tree is not up and my decorating not started.  My hubby has, however, started baking Christmas cookies and has gone through two batches of fudge already giving it out for various occasions.

 He has baked a batch of Whipped Shortbread (above);

 a double batch of Secret Spice Cookies (above);

and two batches of Heavenly Delight fudge (below).

He's also baked a double batch of Chocolate Mint Crisps.  And he's talking about baking more cookies today.

5. Create your own acrostic using the word THANKS. 

Trustworthy God

Home (heavenly as well as earthly)

Abundant blessings

Nearby family and friends

Knowing God through His word

Salvation in Christ

(I borrowed part of this from last year's "Thankful" acrostic.)


6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

So looking forward to Thanksgiving!  My favorite holiday, though I love Christmas dearly as well.  If you've never read my Thanksgiving memories, you might enjoy them here.

There's the Hodgepodge for today.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Sunday Scripture

 


 Again this Sunday, I'm sharing from the Made for Community reading plan from Love God Greatly that I worked on back in 2015.  With this study, as I have often done, I used the SOAP method of Bible study.  Just a quick reminder that the S is for Scripture, O is for Observation, A is for Application and P is for Prayer.  The seventh section is Living in Community in Our World.  So here we go with the Scripture for the first day of that section.

S= "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
"For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."  (John 3:16-17)

O= These verses are part of a conversation that Jesus had with Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews who came to him by night with questions.  After explaining that a man will not see the kingdom of God unless he is born again, Jesus goes on to tell why He came to earth -- that God loved the world so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for their sins.  Whoever truly believes in Jesus will not perish, but will have eternal life.  

C.I. Scofield notes that "belief, in the New Testament, denotes more than intellectual assent to a fact.  The Greek word [pisteuo] means adherence to, committal to, faith in, reliance upon, trust in, a person or an object, and this involves not only the consent of the mind, but an act of the heart and will of the subject ... 'whosoever trusts in or commits himself to Him'."

Verse 17 tells us that:
* God didn't send Jesus into the world to condemn the world;
* God sent Jesus so that through Him, the world might be saved.

A= Verse 16 is an oft-quoted Bible verse that many people have memorized.  Yet many of those who recite it so glibly haven't personally applied it.  Intellectually, they believe in Jesus, but they are not truly saved.  

I need to be sure I am telling others of God's love for the world, and just why He sent Jesus.  I also need to make sure they go beyond intellectual assent to true belief.

P= "Lord, I am so thankful that You sent Your Son Jesus into the world so that we might be saved from sin and have everlasting life.  I thank You for drawing me to You.  I pray that You will help me to be faithfully sharing that Good News with others so that they also may trust Jesus as Savior.  I praise You for the opportunities You will give.  In Jesus' name, Amen."

There is the simple study for this week.  I would love it if, one of these weeks, someone else studies out the Scripture with the SOAP methods and shares their thoughts.  It would be interesting to compare notes!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

On the fast track to the Hodgepodge

 


It's Wednesday again, so time for the Hodgepodge -- the linkup where Joyce, at  From This Side of the Pond, asks the questions and bloggers provide the answers on their own blogs.  Since this week's Hodgepodge lands on Fast Food Day, the questions mostly involve fastness in some way.   Here goes!

 1. When did you most recently need to 'think fast'? Elaborate.

 Last Thursday we were at our little camp doing a bit of cleaning, yard work and cooking prior to our friends coming for breakfast on Friday morning.  Mr. T was outside raking leaves and I was in the kitchen chopping a tomato to add to a dip recipe.  [Important information: The only door to the camp is in the kitchen, and my back was to it as I worked at the counter.]   I was nearly finished with my task when I heard a rhythmic thumping sound emanating, it seemed, from the next room.  It sounded almost exactly like a washing machine out of balance.  But there is no washing machine at the camp.  We had a fire going in the woodstove that afternoon, and we have an Incinolet toilet.  Could something have gone wrong with one of these?  Mystified, I went into the next room only to find a child perched on the bed, drumming her heels rhythmically against the bed rail.   This girl, below, now a few years older but wearing a similar hat as she was dressed up "as a young lady" (her words).

She had sneaked past my hubby outdoors and managed to come in the screen door and through the kitchen without me ever noticing.  She then went up to the loft and waited, hoping to scare me when I came into the living room.  When I didn't do that, she came back down and waited in the sleeping nook, finally drumming her heels in an effort to get my attention.

She did that!  I had to "think fast" as to how she had gotten there.  But first, I jumped.  And screamed.  Very satisfying reaction, from Ari's viewpoint.

2. The Hodgepodge lands on National Fast Food Day. What was the last fast food you ate? What's your favorite fast food? How often do you grab fast food? 

The last fast food we ate was at McDonalds back in mid-October as we headed north for our Back Lake getaway.  We were in a hurry and yet wanted to stop for a very short break in our journey.  This McDonalds is the last fast food outpost on our route.  It was okay and served its purpose of refueling quickly.  Favorite fast food?  Probably Wendy's.  How often we grab fast food -- as seldom as possible.  Very, very rarely. 

In years past, we often took our grandkids to McDonalds for breakfast during the Christmas season.  This lodge-themed McDonalds, complete with fireplace,  was a favorite of ours.

3. Life in the fast lane, get nowhere fast, on the fast track, not so fast...pick one and tell us how it applies to your life in recent days. 

Life in the fast lane describes our October.  We were constantly on the go, meeting up with friends, attending a retreat, spending a week at our volunteer jobs.  We did have that getaway up north in the middle of it all, thankfully, but it meant 3 hours of travel each way.  Below is one of the roads at The Wilds of New England.  A slow lane within the fast lane of October, you might say.

4. Are you a fast walker? fast talker? fast worker? fall asleep fast? stay fast asleep without too much trouble? 

I'm not a fast walker and I try not to be a fast talker.  I'm a lot less fast of a worker than I used to be: everything seems to take longer as we age.  I do tend to fall asleep fast, and I do tend to stay fast asleep without much trouble.  I guess those two may be more valuable in the long run than being fast in other areas.  So thankful that God gives rest.


5. What is one 'hard and fast rule' in your house? 

My grandchildren know this one well: No boredom allowed.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

We're supposed to get our first measurable snow of the season tonight (as I write this on Tuesday).  My hubby has been doing a lot of work preparing for winter -- cleaning the garage so cars will actually fit inside, putting away outdoor furniture both at home and cottage, draining water at the cottage, removing freezable things from there -- such a lot of work.  We still may stay a night or two at the cottage now and then if the temperatures allow -- but it will be more like camping.

Above, a November snow in 2017.

And this week's hodgepodge is a wrap!   Why not go see Joyce at  From This Side of the Pond and snag the questions to answer on your own blog?

Monday, November 14, 2022

Fall meet-up with friends #5 -- another breakfast and lunch at our little camp

 


It's a rare treat when we are able to get together with our good friends Syd and Cyndy from Vermont.  So when it happens, we like to spend most of a day together, usually beginning with breakfast.  Often it's at our home, but in summer and fall we love to entertain at our little cottage.  And thanks to a mild November, such was the case on Veterans Day.  Amazingly, this was the second meet-up with them this fall; they are the same friends mentioned in my October post about meet-up with friends #4!

I kept breakfast super-simple with breakfast sliders and with a Hash Brown Casserole, which I kept warm in a crockpot rather than baking it in the oven.   (The oven at the camp is tiny and only has one rack, so I could only bake one 13x9 dish.)   Cyndy is somewhat of a baked-apple specialist, so I had asked her to bring baked apples to add to the breakfast menu.  She surprised us with an unusual but scrumptious variation -- baked apples filled with bread pudding!  Of course we also had coffee with our breakfast.

The sliders were from Jamie at My Baking Addiction.  They were delicious!  I tweaked the recipe in a few ways.  I couldn't find Hawaiian rolls in the right size, so I bought Pepperidge Farm slider buns.  (They were still expensive -- $4.29 -- but not as expensive as the Hawaiian rolls would have been.)  I made homemade sausage patties instead of using purchased sausage.  And, I used American cheese for the cheese on the bottom roll layer and shredded cheddar for the top layer.  I really liked the cheddar, so another time I would likely use all cheddar cheese.   There will definitely be a next time! 

I imagine some readers might like to have the homemade sausage recipe.  I have posted it before, but it's been years.  So here it is:

HOMEMADE SAUSAGE PATTIES

1/4 cup water
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. rubbed sage
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
2 lb. ground pork

In a bowl, stir together water and seasonings. Add pork and mix well. Shape meat mixture into eight 4” patties (or a larger amount of smaller ones). In a skillet over medium heat, cook patties for 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in the center.


This is such a yummy recipe for homemade sausage! I often cut the amounts in half to make a smaller batch. This sausage is very lean and not at all greasy.  For these sliders, I used about 1 1/4 pounds of ground pork, which is what I had, and used half the amount of seasonings specified here.

We lingered over breakfast just enjoying the fellowship and wonderful food.  After the breakfast dishes were done,  we decided to take a walk at nearby Quincy Bog.  Syd took these photos with his phone.

There is just something about red berries after all of the other foliage is gone.  Love them.
We were fascinated by this large tree apparently growing out of a rock.
Such unusual moss growing vertically on this stump!

For lunch, we were joined by our daughter and three of the grandkids, who walked through the woods from their house next door.   Chili seemed like the perfect choice for a fall day, although the day turned out to be quite balmy. Once again I served  Easy Crockpot Chili.  And again I need to add a quick note that I tweak the recipe by cooking the spices and onion with the ground beef first.  It seems to add a very measurable depth of flavor to the chili.  (And the grandkids LOVE it!)   Even though this is a super simple recipe, I usually get many comments about how good it is.  I also use much less meat: a pound or less rather than the 3 pounds called for.  I often add an extra can of beans too -- usually kidney beans.  And I'd forgotten about this, but I usually cut down on the water and sometimes on that large quantity of tomato sauce as well.  It all depends on how many people I'm serving, the size pot I use, and whether or not I'm transporting it somewhere.  This time I used around 16 ounces of tomato sauce and no water, as we were transporting a very full crockpot over a bumpy dirt road.  (Once we got there, I transferred some of the chili to a saucepan and added some of the tomato sauce to each batch.)  So if you make this, feel free to tweak it too! 

Cyndy brought a pan of delicious cornbread and a jug of cider,  and we also had tortilla chips and a Baked Taco Dip.  I had seen this dip recipe on the Hodgepodge this week and decided to try it.  With teenage appetites present for lunch, I wasn't sure if the chili would stretch far enough without it.  (It certainly did, because two of the teenagers in question enjoyed leftover breakfast sliders and hash brown casserole.  After which I heard, "Amazing food, Grammy!")

For dessert, I had made two Turtle Pumpkin Pies.   This is apparently a Kraft recipe, but I found it in my Gooseberry Patch Big Book of Holiday Cooking (the link will take you to my review of the book).  In fact, it's one of the cover recipes!  I got this book at Thriftbooks for $5.99 a couple years ago.  It's always worth checking there for good deals on cookbooks.

 
I made homemade graham cracker crust (which the recipe I had specified doing).  Instead of cinnamon and nutmeg (which totaled 1 1/2 teaspoons) I substituted 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice.  My pie slices came out looking just about exactly like the picture, which was surprising and encouraging!

 


(My family has teased me for years about trying out new recipes on company.  I'm notorious for doing that!  But this may be the first time I have tried three new recipes on one hospitality occasion.) 

Just one more photo, for fun.  Our dear friend is "Miss Cyndy" to our young granddaughter Arielle (as well as to many other children).  When she saw Ari's deer costume (purchased on clearance after Halloween) she decided a photo shoot was in order.  A little deer is bounding through the woods on a gray November afternoon!

What a delightful day it was!  So thankful for good friends as well as for family "just through the woods". 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Sunday Scripture

 

Again this Sunday, I'm sharing from the Made for Community reading plan from Love God Greatly that I worked on back in 2015.  With this study, as I have often done, I used the SOAP method of Bible study.  Just a quick reminder that the S is for Scripture, O is for Observation, A is for Application and P is for Prayer.  The sixth section is Living in Community in Our Spheres of Influence.  So here we go with the Scripture for the fifth day of that section. 

S= "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."  (1 Peter 4:10)

O= I like the way C.I. Scofield has titled this section [1 Peter 4:7-19] in the Scofield Reference Bible:

"Christian conduct in light of the times in which we live."

Peter begins this thought back in verse 7 with this admonition: "But the end of all things is at hand; be ye, therefore, soberminded, and watch unto prayer."  Verses 8-9 declare the importance of fervent love, discretion, and ungrudging hospitality among believers.

Now verse 10 speaks of the importance of using our spiritual gifts to minister to other believers:

As each one has received a spiritual gift, he is to minister that gift to others.

This is being a good steward of the manifold, multifaceted grace of God.

A cross-reference for "received the gift" is Romans 12:6-8: "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us ..." and goes on to describe the manner in which we are to use specific gifts: "He that giveth, let him do it with liberality; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness."

For "good stewards" a cross-reference of 1 Corinthians 4:2 is given: "Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful."

And for the phrase "grace of God" there is a note by Scofield: "Grace is the method of divine dealing in salvation and in the believer's life and service ... Having by grace brought the Christian into the highest conceivable position, God ceaselessly works to impart in him corresponding graces.  Grace ... stands connected with service, with Christian growth, and with giving."

If we were to read on to verse 11, we would see the reason for ministering our spiritual gifts one to another: "that God in all things may be glorified."

A= I'm so humbled and thankful as I consider the spiritual gifts God has blessed me with.  Scripture tells us that every believer has at least one gift, and I think most believers have been blessed with several.  I'm thankful that over time, God has helped me to identify my spiritual gifts and to prayerfully consider how He might have me to use them.

But I am responsible for actually using those gifts to benefit others.  I can't just put them on a shelf and allow them to gather dust.  I must be using them to minister to others.  In so doing I will be a good steward of God's grace and will bring glory to Him.  What a privilege and responsibility!

P= "Lord, how thankful I am for the spiritual gifts You've given me.  Even one spiritual gift would have been far more than I deserve, yet in Your mercy and grace You not only saved me, but but then equipped me to serve You and others with several spiritual gifts.  I pray that You will help me to use these gifts as a good steward to minister to others and glorify You.  I praise You for all You have done and all You will do, in Jesus' name, Amen."

That's our study for this week!  I hope it encouraged you as much as it did me.

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

November 9 hodgepodge

 

It's Wednesday again, so time for the Hodgepodge -- the linkup where Joyce, at  From This Side of the Pond, asks the questions and bloggers provide the answers on their own blogs.  This week's questions mostly have to do with the number 9.   Here goes!

1. Last time you were 'dressed to the nines'? 

I'm not sure I have ever been dressed to the nines!   One memory that comes to mind is of a dress I once owned  similar to the lefthand view (View 1) below, only it had a straighter skirt.  It was purchased at an upscale dress shop, not homemade, and was a pale aqua wool.  I think I was around 15 at the time and I remember wearing it to a dressy event I attended with my parents.  I may even have worn gloves like the models in the pattern illustration!  That's probably as close as I have ever come to "dressed to the nines"!

2. Something recently that had you on 'cloud nine'? 

Hmmm ....  maybe our recent getaway up to the Great North Woods, which I have yet to really blog about, though I have posted a few photos.  It was a truly relaxing time and we just soaked up the beauty and tranquility of God's creation.

3. Tell us about a time, circumstance, experience, or decision you made where the saying 'a stitch in time saves nine' proved true. 

 Oh, there have been many of those times and it is always a huge blessing to see how God gives wisdom to think ahead and be proactive.  One recent time was when my hubby realized if we did not schedule our planned foliage trip on the Cannon Mountain Tramway for the very next day, we might not get to take the trip.  That was so wise!  Had we not scheduled that trip when we did, we would have been scrambling to fit it in on a day that might have not been the best weather-wise.  Or, even worse, we would now be kicking ourselves that we didn't go, and telling each other lamely that there's always next year.

4. A recipe you make that calls for exactly nine ingredients? 

I am going to say my favorite chili recipe: Easy Crockpot Chili -- it calls for 10 ingredients but one of them is water, which I believe is not counted when one is counting the number of ingredients in a recipe.   I'm shamelessly sharing this recipe again though I linked to it only a month ago.  It's that good, and I plan  on making it again for company on Friday.  

As I mentioned in that post about the get-together where I served this in early October, I do tweak this chili recipe in a major way as far as how it's put together.  I think it makes a huge difference.  So what I do differently is, while browning the hamburger, I also brown the chopped onion and all of the spices along with it.  I really think that doing this adds a very measurable depth of flavor to the chili.  Sometimes I use ground turkey instead of beef, but with the spices cooked with the meat like this, one would never know it was turkey.  Even though this is a super simple recipe, I usually get many comments about how good it is.  I also cut WAY back on the meat in this recipe, using a pound or less rather than the 3 pounds called for.  I often add an extra can of beans too -- usually kidney beans.  

Spice rack made by my wonderful hubby
 
5. This coming Friday is Veterans Day in the US of A. Will you mark the day in some way? Are you a veteran? If you live outside the US does your country have a day dedicated to celebrating veterans? 

I am not a veteran (but my dad was a veteran of World War 11) and there is not much for celebrating Veterans Day here in our rural area.   We do have friends coming to spend the day with us at our little camp, so that will be a special way to mark the day.  It might be a nice thing to go and visit his grave on Friday if it's not raining.  The cemetery is only a few minutes from our camp.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I've been adding lots of things to my Etsy shop (link in sidebar) in the past week.  Mostly sewing patterns and Christmas cards, but one item I recently added is the book below.  Illustrations are by the inimitable artist Marjorie Cooper, who is well loved for her greeting card designs.



I've also sold a couple books in the past week.  A good reminder to me that I have dozens more to list.

And this week's hodgepodge is a wrap!   Why not go see Joyce at  From This Side of the Pond and snag the questions to answer on your own blog?