Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday musings

I didn't get here for a Friday five, and on Saturday I posted a recipe, so I guess this afternoon it will be a brief Monday musings post.  This time we are currently living through feels surreal, doesn't it?  My days feel fairly normal until I remember the crisis our world is in.  I am just so thankful that God is in control.  This is no surprise to Him, and this situation has not been out of His control even for a moment.  I can trust His good purposes in this even when I don't understand much of anything else about it.  Getting out into His creation and seeing His handiwork is such a spirit lifter!

Let's see, what to share about the past week?  The photo at top is from Thursday afternoon, when Mr. T and I took a drive up into the White Mountains for some perspective.  The day was beautiful and we had thought of going for a walk in Franconia Notch, but there was too much snow and we hadn't brought boots.  There were a few cars in trailhead parking lots, so some people were out hiking.  We stopped for a bit in the tram parking lot, and Mr. T snapped a photo looking southeast.  I should know what these mountains/ledges are, but sadly, I don't. 
Interestingly, apparently some skiers are hiking up Cannon Mountain and then skiing down, even though the mountain and lifts are closed.  We saw one of these skiers, but did not take his photo.  We're just glad that he made it down safely!

Here are a few more photos from our drive that day.  We turned around and headed back south and did a bit more exploring.  We covered a lot of territory!  It was just good to be out and about in such beauty, even if the time was mostly spent in the car.
Northbound on I-93
Southbound, Franconia Notch Parkway
Not sure where this was
Lake Waukewan
We've been continuing to clean out my childhood home.  Perfectly safe and socially distant since we are the only ones there.  Here are a couple of fun photos from my mother's childhood.   She is the plump little girl in the buffalo checked jacket, which I believe my grandmother had made by cutting down a jacket or wool shirt of my grandfather's. 

In other news, Mr. T decided to display a few of his vintage acquisitions on the front of our garage.   I think they look pretty good there, and it is a lot better than just stashing them here and there inside the garage.
 The items are three antique saws found at my dad's place and a telephone pole crossbar complete with insulators, a gift from a friend who recently downsized and couldn't take it with him. 

I'll leave you with the the pretty illustration below.  It's from a book jacket on a book titled
One Thousand Beautiful Things.  Another find from the vast number of books at my childhood home.

Isn't it lovely?  The artist is simply named Georgi and the title of the painting is The Stream Flows On.  A wonderful reminder for us today.

"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."  ~ Genesis 8:22


  1. Those rugged mountains! Love seeing them up close. It’s good to get out and see things beyond the four walls. I’m sure the drive was a blessing. That photo of your mom’s little girl self is so cute! I like the way Mr. T has adorned the barn. I have some of those kinds of things on the inside wall of my grandfather’s old tools. And a lovely note to end on...sweet thoughts.

    1. It really is good to get out, especially into creation. Mountains and lakes and babbling brooks and rivers especially speak to me. And birdsong ... Today (Monday 4/6) is gorgeous, sunny and warm, and we're going out for a picnic and hopefully a walk. (Although Mr. T has already walked 6 miles today and I've walked a couple miles!) We hope to go to a state park but we will see. Trying to find the silver lining here but some days I fail miserably.

      Yes, I'm glad he put those things on the barn. They seem appropriate there.

      And yes, my mom and her sisters were indeed cute little girls. I don't know how their mother did all that she did. An amazing woman for sure ... I realize that more and more the older I get.

  2. The mountains are pretty. The northeast is on my bucket list for travel. I don't have desire to travel to terribly much and certainly not right now, but down the road maybe. I have never really traveled to the northeast in our great country. All over, but somehow I have missed the northeast. I could probably spend hours looking at all the books!!! Take care!

    1. I hope that you can get to the northeast sometime, Sandy. It would be so much fun to get together, to meet for ice cream or seafood or something.

      We have a western trip scheduled for mid-June; sure hope our plans can still work out. We will see!

  3. Lovely to visit with you, Mrs T! You live in a beautiful part of the world...I so enjoyed seeing pictures of the majestic mountains covered in a blanket of snow.
    Must have been wonderful to drive through that area!
    Happy last day of March...sending hugs your way!

    1. It is a beautiful part of the world, indeed! Hugs to you too!

  4. So much fun to take drives with our dear husbands! I enjoyed hearing about your drive up into the White Mountains, so beautiful, and reminiscent of a lot of our mountains here. I think it's wonderful that you're finding such lovely treasures in your childhood home. I enjoyed the book cover you found, what a delight! I know it must be a lot of work to undertake, but the treasures are so worthwhile :) Many blessings to you!

    1. Yes, isn't that book cover amazing? I always thought it was pretty, but now taking a closer look there is so much to see.

      You do take some lovely drives with your husband, don't you? Such a blessing. I so hope that we can visit your part of Idaho some day.


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