Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fav Photographs For Pinterest

These are some photos from other blogs that I just love. I've been saving them on my computer desktop, and now that I'm on Pinterest I wanted to Pin them. The only way I could figure to do this was to put the images in a blog post and THEN pin them. It worked. If anyone knows an easier way, please let me know! I was going to delete the photos after pinning them but then thought that ya'll might like seeing them. My favorite is the reading nook. Oh...my...goodness. If I had a place like that in my house, I might never come up for air!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Visiting Amish Country

My new header photo was taken in Lancaster, PA when we were there two weeks ago visiting our youngest son and his wife. He's in seminary at Westminster Theological Seminary. We visited between semesters so were able to spend a good deal of time with him. Sweet DIL was able to take off some time from her job as a nanny. We took our youngest daughter and our oldest grandchild. They're only four years difference in age. Weren't we smart to plan things that way? Yeah, right!

I've always wanted to see Amish country and finally got the chance. I know they don't like to have their pictures taken, so I was very sneaky. 99 percent of the photos I took were from a moving vehicle. It's a wonder any of them turned out, but amazingly they did.

I love the incongruity of the man dressed in colonial clothes talking on a cell phone!

Here are a few of my favorites.

Monday, June 18, 2012

More Charlotte Mason Wisdom

My beautiful daughter with her second son, Landing
“This duty of devout meditation seems to me the most important part of the preparation of the mother or other teacher who would instruct children in the things of the Divine life.”
Charlotte M. Mason.

Friday, June 15, 2012

After The Rant

After my rant of a few days ago, I thought I'd give you an update. I'm in a much better frame of mind today. The reason being that my DH took our daughter everywhere she needed to go yesterday. I didn't leave my house one time. Woo Hoo! I got an amazing number of things accomplished; mostly housework, ironing, repairing, and the like. I have a hard time trying to create something when the house is a mess. My goal this summer is to decrease my stack of clothing repairs to be made, ironing basket all ironed, and all superfluous papers put away/thrown away. I'm making good progress. I'd dominate these things if I could stay home every day. I hope that by the time school starts in August I'm ready to tackle some big projects.

I downloaded Dracula by Bram Stoker on my Iphone and listened to it while ironing and repairing. I really enjoyed it and was surprised by the Christian overtones. It reminded me of Frankenstein in that way. I'm searching for a movie that closely stays with the Dracula book. The Frankenstein movie with Kenneth Branaugh did, and I thought it was really, really good. I'm trying to listen to more classics while I do my housework. Right now I'm downloading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. My husband and I took a trip a few years ago to the Hudson River Valley in New York state. We went to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and visited Irvings house on the river. It was the cutest, romantic cottage. I love the cottage architecture from the mid-1800's. It reminded me of Sir Walter Scott's house in Scotland; same sort of feel.

P.S. The cottage in the photo isn't Washington Irving's but the caretaker's cottage at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where our son is attending. The books are in the library there. I'm not planning on reading deep philosophical tomes anytime soon. I'll let Dylan, our scholarly son, give me the auditory, abbreviated version. Right now I'm settling for lighter fare; like Dracula.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


We don't need thousands of photographs of reflections. We need thousands of moments to reflect in between each photograph.
~ Jim Austin ~

Monday, June 4, 2012

A New Pet Peeve

I've noticed a trend in new fiction that's making me crazy; yeah I even throw books across the room. And that's when they don't use quotation marks. It makes the book way too hard to read.

I don't want to take time to try and figure out who's saying what and when they're saying it. Why do they think quotation marks were invented in the first place?

Here's my stand. If there are no quotation marks, I'm not reading it. Period. I say, "Put back the quotations marks!"

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Know What You Want

I found a great article on a blog called Helen Jane. Here's the link:http://helenjane.com/2012/05/23/know-what-you-want/">

I made a list of what I DON'T want. :


1. Negative people and/or people telling me I can't do something
2. Frantic activities
3. No margins
4. Being gone from home too much
5. No time for creativity
6. Being overweight
7. Sickness/Weakness
8. Spending too much time on minutia
9. Spreading myself too thin in time and/or relationships
10. Ungratefulness

What do I WANT in my life? The opposite of the above plus some.