Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dreams Do Come True

Way back in 2006 I wrote about my love of baby prams Prams and Perambulating and then again in 2007 I wrote about my dream to own a Silver Cross doll pram, which I personally consider the Doll Pram of all doll prams for my first grand-daughter. For the past few years I contemplated ways to acquire one without feeling a bit guilty for being an over indulging Grandmother and buying one for her to play with at my house. I knew that the reality was that I wanted one so my grand-daughters could learn to love prams and discover the joy of walking dolls and then later in life, babies. Tonight, my husband surprised me with a navy blue Silver Cross Doll Pram from England for the girls to play with here at the house, and he so wisely suggested that even if they don't fall in love with it, then I can use it to keep my childhood doll in it. I am spoiled, I know. But, I am not complaining one bit.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring Morning Breakfast

A simple life doesn't have to be drab and can be filled with color and beauty, just as our world is. This morning, breakfast on the porch. Birds singing, and the sunshine making it feel just right.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Afternoon in Pictures

Maddox discovers he can bark


Maddox is such a joy, so laid back, so much fun, so patient with the little ones and just an all around great puppy. He did try to "round up" the hens last week, but they gave him a peck or two and that was the end of his wanting to herd the chickens.

Sirens and Tornados

Yesterday the weather was looking pretty bad and then we got a telephone warning to head for shelter, just before the tornado siren began to scream. I drove down the road, picked up Melanie and the children and we headed for the storm shelter. We were notified that the tornado would reach us at 3:40 and it was just about 3:20. Cell phones were not working which meant I had no way of letting Emery know he should be taking cover. He works just a couple miles from home and his computer at the office is less than efficient. Its actually slower than molasses on a cold winters day. It was difficult just sitting there with no way of knowing what was going on outside. We could hear the wind, the thunder and some hail and the sirens kept going off. By 4:20 we had the all clear. What a stressful day it was. Steven saw a tornado on his way home from the shop. It touched down in the town right next to his office and also hit right near the two state parks we hike so often at.

Friends have had hail the size of soft balls pound their car and damage their roofs. We thank God for His protection during this very active storm season and we know that we have a couple weeks to go before we reach the peak of the tornado season here.
I keep thinking about the first few verses in the 7th chapter of Revelation. It feels a bit like the 4 angels are letting loose of their grip. Matthew the 24th chapter seems more real to me all the time. Yesterday, I realized I have far to go to have peace in my heart in the midst of a storm.

Faith and trust need to be stronger, the foundation greater. The desires of my heart need to be more single minded. Focused on living a simple and pure life even when the entire world may be saying that is not the way to live.

Life lessons are there for us at every turn, if only we will take the time to see them.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Blessed Easter

Beautiful service, beautiful family and thankful for the many blessings in our life. Thankful for a risen Savior.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Storms on the way

praying they are not bad tonight.

Raw Cupcake Recipe

There is hardly a week that passes by without my making some raw cupcakes. We just love them and they are satisfying. They take care of my sweet tooth and they are filling. Right now I am having fun coming up with new "frosting" recipes. Sometimes I use peanut butter with banana, other times we like a nice coconut frosting.
For the basic recipe I have found the one on Rawdorable to be our favorite.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Live A Simple Life

Richard J Foster set down some principles that we can follow to live simple lives:
Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status
Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you
Develop a habit of giving things away - de-accumulate
Refuse to be propagandised by the custodians of modern gadgetry
Learn to enjoy things without owning them
Develop a deeper appreciation for the creation
Look with a healthy scepticism at all 'buy now, pay later' schemes
Obey Jesus' injunction about plain, honest speech
Reject anything that will breed the oppression of others
Shun whatever would distract you from your main goal

Earth Day, Quaker Farm, Michigan

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dutch Apple Pancakes

Its a cool, damp evening. Perfect weather for some nice comfort food for supper.

Lots of eggs on hand, plenty of goats milk and thanks to Melissa, some great Vermont maple syrup. Emery was greeted at the door by the smell of one of his favorite meals. I don't use a recipe, just add what I know and use my eye for the measuring. But I did find a recipe on line that looked much like what I put together. I bake mine in a cast iron skillet, nice and hot when I pour the batter in.

An Afternoon Ramble

Once in a while I need a reality check. I am human, all too human at times and fall prey to the modern concept of how we paint a picture of success I watched Oprah today since I seem to have sprained my ankle when Maddox ran up the stairs just a second before me and caused me to trip. He is fine, but my ankle is a tad bit sore today. But perhaps this little pain turned into something very valuable. I was sitting on the sofa with some ice on my ankle watching Oprah when the show turned out to be the very reminder I needed to see. The show was about Tom Shadyac's story THE HOLLYWOOD SHOCKER: FROM MULTIMILLIONAIRE TO MOBILE HOME Some of the points he made and some of the things he talked about just hit me like a ton of bricks. I knew that, I know that, I believe that, but I also get off track from time to time. God is good, He finds a way to bring me back around just when I need it. All this week I have been feeling discontent, not in the way most people use the word discontent. But for me, we have been spending more than usual, buying things we have had on our list of "wants" for a while now, but strangely, I felt more empty from all this shopping. The new stuff, although not very frivolous, just didn't up the happiness level at all.

It is said that to be authentic, we need to be the author of our own lives and I believe that to an extent. I think God has to be the editor for what we write. But what is the authentic me ? I know what it is, but its just so off the beaten path and so not in accord with the majority mindset that I shrink back from living it from time to time.

I like to keep it simple which more often than not, is not on the scale for successful living.

Guess I will just have to get back on the narrow path once again.

Matthew 6: 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hail !

A storm came through just a while ago. Thunder, lightning, rain and hail, some the size of golf balls. Thank God we are all fine and so are the cars. This has been some spring and we are not even to the most active storm time.

A rose, unharmed.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Simple Monday

Tending the garden, cutting fresh roses for the table. Tea and a book. Playing with the puppy. Folding laundry. Painting the trim on the porch. Cooking supper. Making raw cupcakes for dessert. Watching butterflies and listening to bird songs. Going at whatever pace the job demanded or didn't. Telephone chats with loved ones. A tall glass of iced water, when the thermometer reached 90. Beautiful music, flowery skirt with a long hem that was just too tempting for a little puppy so he tugged at it and growled as if it were a monster. Time enough to watch ducklings swim and notice their feathers growing.
Bare feet, dirty fingernails from working in the soil. Whispered prayers when a name comes to mind. And there was time to watch the man from the electric company fix the power line and cut down the offending tree. Simplicity, mixed with the scent of rose petals and fresh air. Pretty dishes on the table, collected through the years and many were gifts given in love.

This is living the simple life.

Brunch On The Porch

Organic White Rose Tea, cheese and crackers. Perfect brunch for a perfect day. Now time for me to get busy and work on painting the porch trim.

Weston Gardens Fort Worth

A little video clip I took with my phone from Weston Demonstration Gardens. The music playing there was Frank Sinatra, a favorite of ours too.

Weston Gardens

Come spring, I spend a lot of time tending my rose bushes and dreaming of the ones I want to add to my collection. Yesterday, Emery took me to Weston Gardens to purchase a couple of new bushes. This brings my total number of bushes to 3o I think. Would have to go out to the rose garden and count them to be sure. I was disappointed that they were out of a vigorous climber I wanted, "New Deal" so Emery ordered it this morning on line for me from

Now I can't wait for it to arrive. The bush can grow up to 20' and I have just the right place for it at the end of the south porch. Its a fragrant rose which means we shall have the wonderful scent of roses drifting by us as we sit on the porch each evening.

We are often told to "stop and smell the roses" in an attempt to slow down our hurried life and see the beauty around us. I guess that concept appeals to me on so many levels, and stopping to smell the roses is a true joy to me.

I am anxious to see my new rose bushes bloom. One is a David Austin bush, "Heritage" and the other new bush we found yesterday is called "The Star of The Republic" . Perhaps we should start calling our home, Rose Cottage ! It is a cottage home for sure, matching the official definition, "a small simple house, esp in a rural area" and yes, we have plenty of roses.

Simple living has nothing to do with denying oneself the pleasure of being surrounded by beauty. It has to do with taking time to smell the roses and not be so burdened down with having to keep up with the Joneses.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thank You Kim

A knock at the door, a beautiful lady standing there with a basket. Even at a glance, I can see it is filled with the things I love. In that instant, I am hoping she is not looking for the folks next door.
She is looking for me ! A long time blog reader, she knows we have had a difficult week. I am moved to tears. French Lemonade, chocolate, wonderful bread, flowers, treats for the little ones, even some Hello Kitty items. Cheese, my favorite kinds too and salami. Loose tea, and more. Kim, you know me very well through my blog, because you filled that basket with all the things we love. Such a bright spot in a difficult day, a tough week. I feel so blessed.

This basket of compassion is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen !

Thank you ~

For The Love of Roses

A walk around our property will soon share with you my love of roses !

Every single night before I go to sleep and every morning before I hop out of bed, the same prayer in on my lips.  Of course I pray for m...