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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here is one of the tablecloths. I decided to go with my Homer Laughlin teacups and desert plates. (I just love this pattern by Homer Laughlin, Georgian Eggshell.) The vase in the middle I thought was so pretty with the old-time look. It is made by Burton & Burton. Went with Brown Betty for tea and the napkins I got in the brown bag also.
Now, I realize there is no silverware on the table. Hum. This is a hard one for me. The stainless I have matches, it is serviceable, but not for show. So I just won't show it. (Just pretend it's there and is like slightly tarnished mostly gold.) Works for me!
Being good, minding my own business...
Up to the register I went with a couple of tablecloths, a couple of sets of napkins...
Adding it up in my head, could I get away with a 10 spot or would I have to pull out one of the big bills, $3.50 + $3.50, a couple more bucks,
My turn came up, I am at the register and the clerk tells me, "you know today is fill a bag day, you fill a bag it is $5.00." I say, hum, okay, I can either pay like $12.00 for the stuff I have or go back and fill this brown paper bag up and pay $5.00. WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE???? Sure 'nough, I went back.
Do you know how much stuff actually fits into a brown paper grocery bag? A lot. Approximately 8, could have been 9 tablecloths later, and about 30 to 40 cloth napkins I left the store. That was 1 paper bag, 3 loads of laundry. I am trying so hard NOT to collect stuff. I went over to my daughter's house and we tried the tablecloths on her table. The ones that fit my daughter's table she kept and I went home with the rest. Oh well. Good thing I have that big garage.
Hee, hee, my table is gonna looks so pretty, my table is gonna look so pretty!!!! (I'll take pictures)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
We love how the snow has settled on the table outside, looks like a cake don't you think? A few huge candles to go on top would be fun. That's a lot of snow!
We went on a little tour about town today to check out some of the local church buildings.
They have some very pretty ones here. I did not take pictures of all of them.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Let me introduce you to my kids there in the hall. Chad, married, (number 4 child) has his back to us, he's working on his doctorates in medical physics at MD Anderson in Houston, TX. Steve you met before, a virtual snow shoveling machine and gonna be accountant (20, single, overall good guy, single). Mom, Heidi, married (the nurse practitioner) is in her hello kitty britches by the rail, and hiding out in the back is number 3 in line Kammi, married, living in Germany with her husband who is in the Air Force. She just got her master's degree in education and right now is in Ghana on a mission trip.
I like this picture a lot. Chad (the physicist) trying to get the gingerbread house to work right. Pictured there at the table is my very sweet daughter-in-law Kristy. My oldest, and of course favorite child, is not pictured but can be found at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=292559127. He has his master's degree from Yale in opera performance and has a particularly beautiful rendition of Peace in the Valley on his website. Chad and Kristy have just had a little baby boy, the first grandson, and Danny and Kathryn have two beautiful little girls. That's the family. I had a lot of fun raising those 5.
I have a lot of fun now too now that they are grown and on their own, hahahahah!!!!
These are my latest finds. These pieces are really fun. There were 4 plates, 4 salad plates, 4 bowls, and 4 mugs for $9.99, I think that's a good price for this set. It's going to be so cute. The big plates are just a bit different than the little ones, so adds some variety. Could not get both in the pictures. A couple of records in the background. Love my LPs, but that's another post!
The really BIG, BIG news is that we are under a BLIZZARD WARNING!!!! They are expecting it to be... -20 degrees there. YES, that's twenty below 0. We are pretty well stocked. We have extra fuses (yes, I said fuses) and food, although not sure if there is enough chocolate. I mean, is there ever enough chocolate?
I leave you with a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The Celestial Surgeon
If I have faltered more or less
In my great task of happiness;
If I have moved among my race
And shown no shining morning face;
If beams from happy human eyes
Have moved me not; if morning skies,
Books, and my food, and summer rain
Knocked on my sullen heart in vain: -
Lord, thy most pointed pleasure take
And stab my spirit broad awake.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Here is my fireplace this year. How fun is this. My aunt had given me the little elf about 20 years go and I found the little fireplace by accident on a quest for something else a couple of days ago. A little tea candle fits right inside. Unlike your "full size" fireplace, this one is easy to clean. When I saw it, it made me smile and I wanted to share that with you!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I so enjoyed seeing everyone's Thanksgiving and fall pictures and look forward to sharing the Christmas season with you all over the miles.
Time for a poem!
The Winds of Fate
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow,
'Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through life:
'Tis the set of a soul
That decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife.
Friday, November 21, 2008
In keeping with my scaled-down house, I went scaled-down shopping for mini things for our thanksgiving day mini tablescape. My granddaughter and I have been working on the table decorations for this year together and I was looking for finishing touches. Keeping everything in mind I was looking for small touches for a small table that will move easily. I was able to find some cute things that will work very well.
and I started to dream about Christmas vacation and cookies and hot chocolate and chatting with my Anabelle about oh so important 5-year-old things.
Yep, they all came home with me. We may have a mini house but we have a hugh garage!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I love this passage. Isn't it a great thing to aim for, this kind of trust. No matter what state I am in Christ will strengthen me.
I have to admit though I am one of the rich of this world, never been hungry, never been without shelter, never have know real need. So...I guess this applies to me,
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (King James Version)
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Thank God for all he's given me!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Our 1909 house in Guthrie, Oklahoma
The little egg is the Wonder Wash. You put hot water in it and crank it for a couple of minutes and your clothes actually do get clean! Then into the sink for a last rinse. Then on the right you have an extractor. This is a great machine, it's actually electric and your clothes are damp, some near dry when you get them out and we hang dry in the bathroom where we have a couple of folding laundry stands where the washer and dryer should go. Believe it or not this is not that bad. We were actually happy to have it when we were iced in during the blizzard. We still take the big stuff either to the laudromat or to my daughter's, or if we get behind. I think it's kinda fun. My son, yes, he thinks it is "lame" hahaha!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I am having fun journaling my tea experience. I am trying my new teas and then journaling my experience with it, what it smells like, the color, taste with and without sugar, etc. I tend to be forgetful about the details sometimes and think this should help. Doesn't take very long and ... it's all mine. My experience, my journal, my reference, my thoughts.
So, someday if we ever meet and you say, for instance, "so, what is your impression of Taylors of Harrogate Spiced Christmas Tea," I can reply, "well, I think it smells soothing, homey, wonderful. Has a rich, dark color. Good plain without sugar, great with sugar, would like to try this as an iced tea. What is your impression?" Ha, and go from there!
Well, we have had a couple of exciting weather days. We started with some rain and ended with some heavy wet snow. Most all of the roads were closed going out of town, airport shut down. Pretty exciting.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Hoping for you a "fine" day today!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
My mom passed on 6 years ago and you know I never thought to ask her if it was from my dad, ha. I don't think she had opened it for years. I had never opened it. My 20 year old son (the baby of 5, still at home, in college for accounting), right before I took this picture said oh, what's this, opened it up and smelled it. I'm glad he did because that meant I got to and you know what, it still smells good!
Friday, October 3, 2008
My reason to be in Minot
Pictures from the beautiful Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot
"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the priced of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me ... Give me Liberty or give me Death."
-- Patrick Henry