Tuesday, December 31, 2013
just in case the Bear family raid the pantry again this year.*
I am joining these ladies for Tea-Time Tuesday this last day of 2013 ~ Enjoy !
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage *
Artful Affirmations *
Martha's Favorites *
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog *
Antiques & Teacups *
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Our Christmas dogs. Hawk, wearing a bell and a worried expression, and Whimsy , just waiting to play after pictures are taken .
We hope your Christmas festivities and celebrations were times of making new & precious memories with loved ones, and times to reflect on the many blessings God bestowed upon you in the years past. May you also be able to look forward to whatever 2014 brings to you with boldness and peace because you know the One in charge... Jesus !
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
" And the angel said to them ( the shepherds in the fields ), "Do not be afraid ; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all the people ; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior , who is Christ the Lord. "And this shall be a sign for you ; you will find the baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.". Luke 2: 10 - 12
Friday, December 20, 2013
Berry Butternut * cookies while I decorated and wrote Christmas cards, which will be mailed out on Monday, too late for Christmas delivery. I am so behind in my Christmas duties ....
...but as Tiny Tim says..." God bless us everyone " .
Monday, December 16, 2013
Christmas brings to me the joys of the season, the importance of our celebrations of the birth of Jesus , and the time for family gatherings. Cliché I know, but no less significant for it. I think also the impending end of another year and a new year soon to begin also adds to the reflection and for me, the melancholy of this season.
The decorating, baking, gift giving, family gatherings, too-busy times, and just plain fun times are all what I expect, look forward to and even dread sometimes. However, looking back ( yes, with melancholy ) I realize these are the good times, as were the times in years past. A messy kitchen and the piles of dirty dishes from all the family dinners and gatherings just shows you're blessed with food and family to share it with. This means your kitchen clean-up is also a blessing ! ( even more so if some of the family & friends help )
"Christmas ! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given -- when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes." Joan Winmill Brown
"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred , and we are better throughout the year for having in spirit , become a child again at Christmas time." Laura Ingalls Wilder
"melancholy -adj. seriously thoughtful or meditative " Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Wee Little Sheep *. Often , while making the little sheep I place them around my little shepherd boy. This little flock seemed to be gathered around him as if they love him and my little shepherd seems sad to see them go.
"Shepherd :to tend as a shepherd; to gather, guard, herd, lead, or drive sheep, as a shepherd. " Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
"Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, in His arms He will gather the lambs, and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes. " Isaiah 40:11
"I am the good shepherd ; and I know My own, and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep." John 10:14,15
Sunday, December 8, 2013
She checked out our first dusting of snow...
...and the ice on the pond.
Whimsy also checked out the red bows on our Christmas decorations and thought they were great chew toys. But she is a very smart dog and after 3 attempts to dismantle the decorations for her amusement, we convinced her this was not acceptable behavior for a good dog like her.Now she leaves the bows alone. Good dog Whimsy .
Whimsy & Hawk
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Please join these ladies for December Tea-Time festivities ~
Martha's favorites *
Artful Affirmations *
Rose Chintz Cottage *
Bernideen's Tea-Time Blog *
Antiques & Teacups *
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I enjoy the many tea-time blogs & posts I read from so many other ladies. I especially appreciate seeing how they use the china and teacups they are richly endowed with being used practically. Using the lovely china and tablescapes to set a table for sharing good times, celebrating family & friends, to encourage and uplift people in their lives. Do you have a friend, relative, or neighbor who would be cheered and delighted to be invited for a cuppa and a snack ? If you need any inspiration for a tea-time recipe & good time then check out the blogs listed below.( Just remember you don't need anything fancy , expensive, or even too much fuss to offer what is most important, hospitality that shows you simply care ).
*Antiques & Teacups
Sunday, November 24, 2013
"Who me ? " Yes, daughter, I am talking about you !
Happy Birthday Autumn , we love you !
"...serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind ; for the Lord searches all hearts , and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him , He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever." I Chronicles 28:9
"For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His."
II Chronicles 16 : 9
"The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good." Proverbs 15:3
" And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do."
" Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4 :16
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
My newly woven rug !
Back to work, making or winding my warp, but unfortunately NOT at warp speed.