Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Bottom: While touring Old Spring Town, we came across a small specialty shop which I was instantly attracted to. I saw this pretty box on the very top shelf. I asked the clerk if it was for sale, which she assured me, EVERYTHING was for sale! :) I got a great price for it, plus its very sturdy & I love the handles on the side!
I'm too excited about it!!!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Last week, I made my own little "quiet place" by moving our wicker chair underneath the pear tree! Add a small table, southern sweet tea (in a Mason jar, of course!) and a good book-- You've found yourself the perfect place for a little "Rest & Relaxation"
Thursday, May 15, 2008
"Sage is a silvery-green plant with leaves that offer a memorable fragrance. The most common variety of sage was first found growing in regions around the Mediterranean but now grows in regions of North America as well. The leaves of the sage herb serve both medicinal and culinary purposes.For thousands of years sage has been used for a variety of culinary and medicinal purposes. It has been used in connection with sprains, swelling, ulcers, and bleeding. As a tea, sage has been administered for sore throats and coughs. Herbalists have also used this herb for rheumatism, menstrual bleeding, strengthening the nervous system, improving memory, and sharpening the senses."
While sage has links to many cultures throughout the world, it is thought to have originated in Syria. From there it spread throughout the northern Mediterranean and then on to the rest of the world via the trade routes. With over 500 species, from colored varieties to dwarfs to non -lowering varieties, sage is grown throughout the world (almost anywhere there is good drainage and full sun). Most of the varieties are perennials, fast growers, require low moisture and are deer resistant, making them a favorite with gardeners and cooks.
Sage is easy to grow, decorative, medicinal, culinary and spiritual. With so many virtues to its name, is it any wonder that Italian medical students in medieval times recited: "Why should a man die who grows sage in his garden?" Eat, drink, be merry and remember the sage!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
"Early this morning we awoke to the sound of violent winds and continuous flashes of lightning. Our Mothers Day was a unique one--my planned ahead breakfast of biscuits, bacon, pancakes and eggs had to be replaced with cereal and fruit due to the power outage. We attended church as usual, and found that the church (and surrounding neighborhood) was also without electricity! We(our church) persevered though, and you know what?
The sweet simplicity of a Titus 2 teaching, and congregational singing (with only a guitar & piano), made worship so much more personal. We spent most of the day at home, but later drove into town to buy propane for Dad's gas grill. To say that our fellow traffickers were in peril seemed an understatement! Gas stations were closed as well as many chain restaurants and convenience stores. So for those who needed gas, refrigerator-free food, and ice--lets just say, the Kroger parking lot looked like the eve of Thanksgiving day!
To make matters worse, tree branches & storm debris blocked many roads, and most of the traffic lights weren't on (what a mess!) But through all of this, we praise God that many weren't injured!
All in all, although its only been a day without power, its been an adventure" :)
My dad took the day off, and we did yard work along with trying to consolidate food and cook all the meat we had. Remember that mother's day bacon and eggs? yum, they sure did come in handy--I was able to cook on the stove-eye that's on our grill.
Tried to make kettle corn. Came out slightly burnt...both the popped corn and the pan!
*If you scroll on the right panel of my blog, find the 'playlist', then you can pause the background music to hear the video*
As it got darker, My brother and sister started shelling the peas they picked earlier...I was able to get a quick video :) I really am not starting to mind getting prepared for bed by candle light. Actually, now that I'm more aware of the candle(s) burning, I go to sleep earlier!
Dad took the day off, and is now starting to prepare for our camping trip this weekend.. but haven't we (for the past 3 days) basically just been "urban camping?" :D
Today was laundry day, and to my chagrin (and my parents delight) I had to wash ALL my clothes by hand....I must say, the thought sounds ideal and somewhat romantic...but in reality, its alot of work. I did it though! In record time I washed three loads, and hung them up outside on the clothesline. Hangers just had to do since we are out of clothespins!
I must say that I'm surprised, I really enjoyed washing by hand! I know I'll appreciate my fresh clothes so much more this week!
1:45 pm--Power's on!!! What did I do? Warm up some sausage in the microwave for sandwiches, get on the computer, and recieved two calls! Am I a spoil-sport or what?! :D Let me tell you though, I wouldn't trade the last three days for anything in the world.
3 days living the Pilgrim Way-- Priceless
Friday, May 9, 2008
Yesterday we discovered wild Blackberry vines that were growing in our front yard!There weren't enough to harvest, but hopefully in a year or two, we'll have more! They taste delicious--I can't imagine homemade jams and syrup...
"Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and live there in safety." Leviticus 25:19
Thursday, May 1, 2008
"My Heart Belongs to Him"
I'm so excited to start this study with my Mom! Its written specifically for Mothers and Daughters. Its a study on growing closer to Jesus and giving Him your heart FIRST. At the book sale, I found these books at 2 completely separate tables and for a great price of $4 each!
"Keepers at Home" Book Set
"In the Shelter of the Little Brown Cottage"
I *love* vintage books (in any condition!) and at the GHEA used booksale, I saw this lonely little book amongst the newer, 21st century books & had to buy it! Copyright 1920, it has a library card showing it being checked out from '29-31.
Our newest Goodwill contains a cozy "bookshop" and cafe, and while browsing through the Gift Books, I came across this small gem for only $1.99!
This is a cute little book that contains gorgeous 19th Century artwork and poetry.