Monday, March 21, 2011

The Blessings of Everyday...

View of the side porch and cottage garden
These beautiful pre-spring days have flown by, and now the month is nearly over! Where has the time gone...please forgive my tardiness. I need to slow down and update more often :)
We go on ahead and let some of our greens bloom at the end of the season.
Click here to see my post on these lovely edible blossoms!
~My sister uprooting some collards
As we slowly begin to fill our garden with tomatoes and other veggies for the season, we start to remove the winter greens that we so enjoyed during the cooler months.

Mother gives a much-needed trim to the bushes..


As I weed the garden, I'm kept company by my ginger cat as always.
My sister decides to bring in fresh flowers to brighten the table

This flowering shrub blooms while its still chilly,
so its a cheery encouragement that Spring is on its way....
From out-of-doors to the kitchen table.
Paired with the fragrant red-bud tree blossoms.

Outside in our compost heap, 'volunteer' collard and cucumber seedlings have begun to spring up!

Our blueberry bushes are beginning to fill in. Everyday we're working hard to keep them mulched heavily to prevent weeds. This will be their 2nd year, and I'm looking forward to it! We recently had cheesecake w/ homemade blueberry jam as a garnish, and it was lovely.

We have the infamous squeaky screen door, and it has a habit of sticking because our doorway is a bit uneven. So my brother decided to start working on it and now its repaired!

Heirloom tomatoes ready to be planted...

Once again, homegrown collards to go with dinner.
Country meals are historically simple ones--families would often eat seasonally/locally, therefore considering the fresh, wholesome foods a normal 'poor mans' resource, not specialty like it is today.
To me, home-cooked food is slow food. Ingredient by ingredient you create a masterpiece that can differ slightly every time, but be as warm and familiar as a fond childhood memory.
Situated against the old shed, a vibrant flowering quince makes its appearance!
A peek into one of our projects:
We have a vintage (airstream) camper that makes a wonderful spot for reading...
Its far enough from the house that it feels like a get-away, tucked right alongside the woods...
Filled with inspiring books and stashes of old fabric...
'Tis one of our many hiding places :)


By request...
I was asked to post more on our dresses. We didn't sew these, although I am drafting a dress based on the simple style. My Mother purchased these over 8 yrs ago along with other antique/vintage dresses..she never paid more than $5 for any of them. Those were the days that you could find true gems in the secondhand stores before they became popular!

Recently I traveled out of state with a friend to attend a re-enactment. It was a four day event, and it went by so fast! We camped in an A-frame canvas tent, and even used hay as mattresses and insulation. The temperature did drop though, but we kept (somewhat) warm!

It was good to camp next to old friends from our last event, and we had fun reminiscing and bringing up stories that happened the last time we were all together.
My friend had some luck at antique shops, and (when the public wasn't around) we enjoyed looking through her collection of tintypes and daguerreotypes she brought along. Referencing to portraits like these really help us to sharpen our authenticity and continue to learn more about the 1860s.
Once you dive into re-enacting, most start to collect authentic items or reproductions that you can take to events to improve your impression. Since my friend and I came as poor refugees, I could literally stuff all my belongings in a large basket.
~ But I must say, it was nice to have neighbors you can borrow from! :) What I love about events is the camaraderie and family atmosphere that develops over time, especially around the campfire.
I don't have many photos because at events I try to keep photography to a minimum. There were spectators everywhere (all day. every day), and so I really tried to be in character around visitors. However, I did dress the same as I did last year in this post. A few times it was requested for me to sing (songs from the era), which I think the spectators enjoyed.

Back home...
My brother began building this dwelling as a project using scrap wood
Pear blossoms in the afternoon sun
In the front yard we're creating an English inspired hedge/flower garden. Its in its early stages, but everyday we've been transplanting bushes, perennials, bulbs, wild roses and other plants from around the property. Its an old-fashioned way to garden, using your own native and local plants that are accustomed to your region.

~A setting sun beaming across the flowers in the meadow~
Spring has officially arrived.


Jamie said...

What a beautiful blog! I must admit I'm rather envious of your garden... its still snowing here!

Gillie@LivingSimpleFrugalityBlog said...

Your floral pictures are so beautiful- and I love your apron and re-enactment photos, no wonder you haven't had time to blog, you look like you've been so busy! Hope to hear from you again soon :) x

Anonymous said...

i loved your post. thank you so much!

Julian said...

so beautiful Mia, and as always, you were missed , but thankyou for your newest post! Love your land, and reading nook.
Blessings, Christina

AJ said...

Thank you for all of the beautiful pictures.

I'm sure it's hard to sit in front of a computer when you have fun things to do and enjoy outside. :)

My husband does re-enactments too...they use the a-frame tents as well, but have just simple bed rolls made of wool blankets...simply what could be carried on your back.

Having homegrown fresh produce from your garden sounds wonderful. And using that produce, throughout the seasons, for your meals is not only healthier but economically wise. Could I go down to the local grocery store and buy exotic produce?...Yes...However growing my own produce and harvesting it when it's ripe in season is SO much more worth it. :)

Blessings to you and your family.

Jenna said...

Spring brings so much joy to one's heart, does it not?! As I viewed each of the photographs you shared with us, I was delighted to see the beautiful blooms and vegetables you have produced. It looks as though the Lord has certainly blessed you with a bountiful harvest!
I have been wanting to start a garden of my own, and we already have the space. Since I am taking a short break from my studies this week, I am planning on weeding it, if I get the time!
Thank you for sharing, Miss Mia! May the Lord bless you and your family!

Love In Christ,

Hillary said...

This is only the second time I've read your blog but I love it, love it, love it! Your photography is beautiful and you have such a calming and peaceful way with words. I'm sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for your next post!

Grace said...

Beautiful, Mia! I ALWAYS enjoy a peek into your beautiful life! Thank you so much for sharing. Yes, indeed, spring has official sprung.

Ooo, those white bushes are so pretty. We used to have those sweet-smelling rose-like flowers grow up our pine trees; come springtime/early summer they would bloom and when the wind passed by, it looked like snow!:)

Many Blessings,

Shelley said...

A wonderful post Mia...I enjoyed it very much...blessings to your little cottage

AML said...

I love your garden and the flowers in your home. They are breath taking.

Stephanie Ann said...

I love that blue, patterned dress. I am also excited that things are growing there already. We have to wait a few more months.

Annabanana said...

So nice to see a new post from you...would you mind sharing how you like to cook your collard greens ? We grow them also, and I enjoy them but I can't seem to find that perfect point between not having them tender enough and overcooking them. Any tips or recipes would be greatly appreciated !

Amy said...

Spring has sprung here too. The Texas Bluebonnets are blooming. Any space of grass by highways, roads, or public building are deemed "Wildflower Areas" and bloom every spring. They are so gorgeous.

Miss re-enactiments. Last time we did them we lived in Ohio. We are planning to go to one here at the Battle of San Jacinto. Where Texas won it's independence.

My garden is coming along. Lots of greens. I am still babying my tomato plants and the pepper plants.

Have a blessed day.

Emily of A Beautiful Life said...

You have such a beautiful life! I am always so inspired when I stop by!!! Thank you for holding true to your way of life! Your family is such an inspiration. God Bless you all!

Rachel said...

This is my first time visting your blog. You have a very beautiful home. I can't believe how green it is where you are, it is only started here. Can't wait for spring! Oh, and I LOVE your camper!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Lovely post, Mia. I really love your camper/get a way spot! So cozy.

Nancy said...

Beautiful post! You are all SO inspiring!

AuntLou said...

Hooray! Mia posted! Thank you for brightening my snowy day!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Mia,

Oh, everything was so lovely. I actually got "lost" in all the love vintage items. Your side porch is b eautiful and inviting. I could really see myself sitting there with a nice glass of iced tea, a comfy quilt and a nice book and goody to eat, too :) :) Your home is so lovely ) :) :)
Oh, trailers are cool...especially vintage Airstream trailers. How nice it is to have one of your own that you can use as a retreat ;) :) What a blessing ;) :)

Oh, the photo of the pear blossoms reminds me that we have a Pear Blossom festival every year here in Southern Oregon :) :) We have LOTS of pear orchards in the area :) :) Have a lovely week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

DeeMama said...

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures and a peek into your peaceful God,family, friends, and homestead lifestyle! You truely live and I believe God intended for us. You have much appreciation for the true beauty in life and thank you so much for sharing that with others!
I wish you posted more but as another mentioned we can understand why you do not! :)

Blessings to you and yours!

happy momma said...

So good to hear from you again. Love the photos as always, thanks for putting on the photo of the quince bush, my mother has one of these growing in her yard, it just came up, and we were not sure what it was, (until now) again thanks!

God Bless

Hey there! said...

Lovely blog Mia! This is my first time here and I must say, my first impression is warm and cheery! Your photography is wonderful!

God Bless,

Mrs B said...

Such beautiful dresses! And what a charming camper you have :)
It's wonderful to see how far the spring has come at your place, where I live we still have a lot of snow - but HURRAY! it's melting day by day :D
I always love to watch your pictures, you seem to live such a harmonic life.

Rhonda said...

Hello Mia!
As of yesterday, I have this little song in my head: "Spring is here, Sping is here, Spring is finally here! After reading your lovely blog, I'm singing it even louder! I so enjoyed reading your blog!

Cathy said...

Your weekend away sounds like a lot of fun...well, maybe not the hay bedding. :) What beautiful pictures as always.

kpaints said...

What lovely gardens and your trailer is wonderful! Your photos are just stunning as usual!
Sure glad someone is getting Spring...maybe it will be here soon.

Kate said...

I was so glad to see that you updated! Your blog posts are always so uplifting and inspiring! Seeing all that green brings me hope, for despite being the first full day of Spring, we had a snowstorm!

I loved seeing pictures of your airstream! It made me think that you have your own little boxcar like The Boxcar Children! I hope to create a hideaway for my children someday.

rebwey said...

Your posts are such a treat!

We have tiny little brassicas in the cold frame and red blossoms on the maple trees here in PA.

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

What a stunning happy bright place to visit!! :-)
I so enjoyed all the images and plan to come back to spend more time!
Thanks for all you shared,And Happy Spring! Blessings, Linnie

Autumn said...

I was so glad to see a post from you today!

We are beginning our garden, here, and are very excited about it!

I loved this post- your brother fixing the door, the beautiful dresses you shared, the blueberry cheesecake, and the airstream- I would like to spend a night there! =)

Many blessings,

.Casey said...

Hello Mia :) It's Casey from FL.

I'm so glad to see you updated again. It was so wonderful to see you at the event here. I'm glad your spring is going well. The garden looks beautiful. We'll be planting ours again soon.

Anonymous said...

I have stoped by here on several occasions and have throughally enjoyed my stay every time. I wish you all the best in moving your plants to make a natural hedge as well as all the best in your garden this year. *smile* Thank you for sharing the snippets you are able to from your adventures in turning the hands of time back. *smle* Sincerely, Mommy of two little blessings & so much more!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I so enjoyed this lovely post/visit with you!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful camper, how lovely to have a quiet place to sit and read! Your blog posts give my city life a real sense of calm :)

Leaetta said...

Lovely post! You always inspire me to live more simply and to enjoy lifes little pleasures! Thankyou!

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

It always does my heart such good to come here, Mia!
Simply beautiful, dear lady :-)
You and your family are inspirational.
Thank you for sharing these lovely moments with us and encouraging us to live out our own dreams.
God bless you..Trish

Una Mariah said...

I dream of living in a place like you do.

BLD in MT said...

Your photos are truly stunning.

Mammka said...

Always looked to see if you've written. I am very happy now! Beautiful pictures!
God bless you!

Kennesa said...

Wonderful post Mia! I love your reading nook, garden, and dresses! Thank you! I'll shoot you an email soon!


Elizabeth said...

Beautiful photos!

Far Above Rubies said...

This is my second time passing by and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

I do wish you would post more often as your an inspiration to many young and older women.

God bless you,

Plum said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. It is simply beautiful, and I cannot wait to see more of it!

Quaker Cottage said...

Beautiful post and photos Mia!

Susannah said...

I love all the pictures of the flowers and garden...and green! I can't wait for spring and when it's time to plant the garden :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mia, I just get lost in your beautiful blog! YOur post on the blessing of everyday is just so true. I is a blessing to enjoy each moment of each extraordinally ordinary day!
God bless you!

villarosa said...

We've missed you but we know you have been busy! How delightful to read your new post. Your home is PEACE lived out and it comes through your writing and pictures. They speak so loud and clear, yet softly, and brings peace to our hearts as well! Thank you so much for taking the time to blog as we are all truly blessed!

Acacia ♥ said...

Oh, Mia! This is beautiful... where I live I most certainly don't get to see the kind of scenery you see everyday ... Thank you so much for sharing.

In Christ Alone,

Acacia (ahh cass ee ahh)

Lisa M. said...

Hi Mia! :) Great to see a "peek" into what's going on with Y'All!...Miss you Say Hey to the rest.

MAG DURU said...

hello, my heart leaped after looking at all t beautiful photos u posted on your side lovely dear. thanks for sharing. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS!

Beth said...

Your blog makes me smile, so I rush to see whenever you put up a new post. love, Beth

Lisa M. said...

You painted the picket!! Looks great!!

elizabeyta said...

I have missed your posts. This was just lovely.



Anonymous said...

You have a beautiful family and home life.

I saw your post on being at a re-enactment. Here is a site "Re-enactors Missions for Jesus Christ"; this page has a short clip on Alan Farley who goes to re-enactments as a chaplain and has given out over a million tracts, copies of tracts distributed during the war.

I found it when looking for more information on Robert Sheffey, a circuit rider.

Vilisi@islandmusings said...

I enjoyed your beautiful blog. Looking forward to your next post!

Savories of Life said...

I love your blot. I see you live in one of my favrites states. You like the civil war? I am crazy about it! Check me out.

Love Unawakened said...

SO beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Hi ya!
No telling what macy has said about to justify myself...ah, great. I have nothing to say. um,
I love your dresses!!!! hi to andrew and family :)
-Kitt (oriana) <><

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Have a lovely and blessed day!

~Miss Grace~

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Hello from Ohio. I have just found your blog and am simply enjoying every bit of it... You truly have a different life style than most and seem so very happy in it and your lovely, lovely surroundings... I have just become your newest follower... Many blessings sent your way....

Picket said...

Beautiful post sweetie....I love any homegrown comfort food and especially collards and cornbread! lol That camper is so pretty with all the vintage touches and love those dresses! Hope you and yours have a glorious week....Picket

Anonymous said...

Hi Mia! I am a new follower, just found you recently. What an awesome place you have here, and I so enjoy your way of life and all of your beautiful pictures. I've gone back to read several posts, and I just love them. This is coming from a person who has been a housewife/homemaker for many years - I enjoy it more after visiting with you here. You are an inspiration! Can't wait to read more when you post again.

dicienan said...

Mia, you never disappoint your readers. I love the little camper you have decorated so sweetly as a place to go to enjoy a good book. You certainly do make the day seem a little bit calmer and more peaceful by reading your posts and looking at the pics. Again, the background music is lovely and has been on here~for hours!
Thanks again,

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Enjoyed catching up with you today!

kitty25 said...

Lovely just makes me smile, like a nice relaxed visit at a dear friends home. Thank you for sharing! God bless

Coleen said...

You have such beautiful flowers and leaves in your garden. Have you considered pressing/drying them and selling them?

Lee Family said...

We've enjoyed visiting your lovely blog for some time now. Just wanted to let you know:) Lovely pictures!

Madeline said...

I love your dresses! They are so modest and feminine and vintage-y
p.s. check out the giveaway on my blog here:

Natural Homeschooling Mama said...

Your blog is so beautiful (I so love the peaceful music!)
Springtime is beautiful there in Georgia and I see that you have been very busy with reenactments. Fun! The vintage camper looks like a whimsical getaway. Enjoy your freedom and the beauty around you :-)

Anne said...

Oh my! Those pictures are breathtaking. And so charming!

Anonymous said...

Sure we love a new post! You're pictures and comments are so inspiring. They make me want to change my life.

Mia said...

Dear Readers,
Thank you all for your encouraging comments, I've been out of town and have finally returned home! I look forward to getting up another post ASAP ;)
I appreciate y'all for continuing to stop by, your kind words make my day!!!


Nina Pundarik-Dossin said...

Dear Mia,

I'm so glad that I found your blog. It is such a lovely piece of work. Protect your beautiful thoughts - you have a heart full of love and we all know that we need more love in this world!


Rachelle said...

Love your blog and miss your posts! Hurry back. :o)

utgrad78751 said...

I love your lovely pictures on the edge of your blog. It's so nice to know someone is dedicating themselves to creating a beautiful life based on God's simplicity. It's so inspiring! I wish I could break away from this hectic rat-race and join you in this pursuit. It's been a while since you last blogged. I hope everything is okay. Blessings!

The Hughes Family said...

Oh Mia! Thank you SO much for your post! You are such an encouragement to another Stay At Home Daughter! Your love for the Lord is such a blessing and a sweet refreshment to me. There are not many were we live that hold to the same values, so we (my mother and I ) dearly l love that you share just a bit of your family life with us! Again Thanks!!!


~ Mikaela