Showing posts from January, 2011

Living The Wonderful Life

It occurred to me this week, while I was away from my computer much of the time, how delightful it was to be disconnected from it. I love my computer, my iPhone and all the other tech gadgets I have, but I also enjoy being away from them from time to time. Not being connected is kinda freeing. I certainly feel that I have accomplished a lot more in the past week, since my time was less tied to checking email and facebook. Cold mornings I enjoyed the task of getting the stove going in the morning and sitting on the floor in front of it, just enjoying its warmth, watching the flames dance and listening to the winter winds howl. I had time to sit with pencil and paper and plan the spring garden. I found joy in doing it the old fashioned way, instead of on the computer. Don't get me wrong here, I love the computer, but it was nice to be away from it for a while and even now I am not running crazy trying to get it working. But rather have found it suitable to just use Emery's lapto…

Seeking Gentleness, Seeking Simplicity

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
We all want to be happy, we all want to have peace in our lives and most of us, if we were really honest, would wish to be known as kind and gentle. Oh sure there are plenty who embrace some sort of false bravado, that spouts off, "don't tread on me" sort of personality, but in many cases, its clearly seen by others that this is a wall set up to protect from being hurt and nothing more an…

First Lesson in Felting

Mei-Ling is visiting this morning and I decided it would be fun to show her how to felt wool.
I first needle felted a little green snake and then we felted it with hot soapy water. What fun she had rolling and squeezing the wool. Now she has to be patient, waiting for her new toy to dry !
Plastic toys are just not as much fun as the ones you can make : )

Vacation Time....well, that was the plan

Change in plans ! Gods plans are not always our plans. Woke up with a miserable sore throat this morning, guess I have not kicked this "whatever it is that is going around" stuff after all.
So, plans are on hold. Being flexible is good : )

Foggy Morning

Woke to a foggy morning today which is fine with me. I love the fog, its as though the world around me is veiled in thin gray silk, turning all that is around me into a Monet of sorts. The straight lines seem to become the lines of impressionism. I love how the wonders of nature, the beauty of Gods creation is ever changing, never stagnant.
As soon as I could, I grabbed the camera and headed off to the local duck pond. As soon as my feet touched the grass, a gaggle of geese came to welcome me, loudly I might add. To their disappointment, I didn't have food for them, so they went on their merry way, leaving me to marvel at the colors of land, water and sky, dotted with seagulls, ducks, and even a great blue heron. The damp, cold air felt so good on my face, as if I was having some sort of spa treatment.
It was the perfect time and place to take with God, share with him how thankful I am that he has given us such beauty each and every day.

Admitting I have been wrong

Never easy to say those 5 words, but important to say them if they are true. For me, its a bit earthshaking in a way what I discovered, or began to feel, or led to see....which ever way it happened. And yes, its not earthshaking for anyone else perhaps, just me. Shakes what I have been thinking for the past couple of years, which in turn had taken me down some side roads of life that perhaps I didn't really need to go.
Its about this whole motivational mindset that has filled just about every corner of society. Its preached from pulpits, spouted from every television talk show, in every magazine, even in religious book stores and certainly in a huge percentage of calenders sold or given away each year. I bought into this mentality but there was always a little corner of it that didn't lay right, but I excused it as being negative thinking, some kind of emotional baggage eating at me, doubt is bad, the books say. Believe, grasp and enjoy was the mantra of the day. God let me hav…

I Won

Jenny over at Aunt Jenny's World had a giveaway for some hand knit socks a little while back and I entered and WON !
At this very moment I am wearing a wonderfully knit, pair of wool socks. They fit perfectly, they are warm, they are gorgeous and I am so excited that I actually won something ! The colors are beautiful. Thanks Jenny !

Winter is here

The cold winter winds have been blowing. This morning I woke to a very cold house. It was in the 50's in the living room, making getting a fire going in the stove, the first order of business. Even the sunrise looked cold this morning. I saw on the news today that the record low for this day in our area was 1 F in 1912. I could not help but think back to the family that lived in our house then. It was just a simple batt and board structure, no insulation. A 3 room house, rooms in a row. Living room, bedroom and then the kitchen. I figure they had a parlor stove, and a wood cook stove in the kitchen, with both those going, perhaps the bedroom, sandwiched between those two rooms with stoves, stayed a little warm while the fires burned. Emery brought in a lot of wood this morning, which most of which I have burned. I spent the morning working on some little needle felted birds for Mei-Ling to play with. She is a real bird watcher. Loves birds and imitates the songs of her favorites and …

"My Obituary"

I read this today and wanted to pass it along to my readers. Sobering thoughts .
My Obituary by Rachel Weaver

Winter Birds

It seems I have a nasty head cold which has turned me into a rather lazy human today. I haven't even done any knitting today. I did manage to make a loaf of Swedish cardamon bread and that is the full extent of my days activity, aside from bringing in some fire wood in order to keep the house warm on this very chilly day.
However, the birds have been busy at the feeders and on the berries around our place. As I was sitting on the sofa, right on the other side of the window, this little finch was busy having a snack.

Treading Gently Through The Day

It's one of those days when all of God's creation seems to unfold moment by moment into deeper beauty...and we have chosen to tread gently as we go about on this day, discovering and capturing it with the camera. How thankful we are for a good stack of wood to help keep us warm this winter.

A Restful Sunday

A quiet day, fire blazing in the wood stove, hot tea beside me. Emery reading. Snow falling softly outside. Music playing that suits the mood perfectly. 10 Grain hot cereal for breakfast and now Chocolate tofu pie for lunch. Life is good.

Yen Turns One

Yesterday we celebrated Yen's 1st birthday yesterday and he thoroughly enjoyed himself as you can see from the photos. Amazing how fast this past year has flown by. Thanking God for the wonder of this little boy and how sweet he is.

The Day In Picture


A Quiet Winter Morning on the Homestead

sharing a bit of my morning with you


First order of the day, chase the chill away with a good fire in the wood stove, then make coffee, it in my favorite corner, read the Bible for a bit, sip Green Mountain Spiced Eggnog coffee that my sweet Melissa sent to me, and glance out the window from time to time, watching the birds at the feeder. My contentment, felt tangible. It seemed as if you could breathe in the solace of the moment. Hold it in my hands and cherish it, gain a warmth that went right to my soul.
This is what living without chaos is like, living simply, without being pulled in two directions like Taffy. My spinning wheel soon humming along as the soft Shetland wool slipped through my fingers and onto the spindle. A steady rhythm, making music of the morning. The sunshine dancing on the wall in morning shadows. No noise from a television or traffic noise. Just this simple sound of the spinning wheel humming and the treadle clicking in a quiet sort of way. The phone rings, I answer it with a smile, pr…


"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching. . ." Ephesians 4: 14
The new year is a good time to take stock in how we have lived our lives in the past 12 months and to envision what we hope to be in the next 12 months. As I age, I am much more comfortable admitting my faults and weaknesses, seeing them more as lessons to help me move past them, think for a short moment about why they happen over and over, but move beyond that to a conscious effort to rid myself of them. To be aware of bad attitudes, or unkind thoughts and seek actively to change them, not just make excuses for behaving that way or blame it on some childhood truth that no longer is a truth for me. I heard it said that after age 35 you can no longer blame your parents or upbringing for your actions. So no excuses to be found in blaming others for what you are as an adult. What I have noticed in myself is that I often feel unsettled, un…

A Winters Day With Mei-Ling