Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Little Fellow Follows Me



The weather is blustery and blowy and dripping rain, so I want to wish you a warm and dry day in the home. I am sharing a photograph that was taken a few months ago of my husband and his two-year old grandson. I have included one of his favorite poems that he often uses in church bulletins on Father's Day or in sermons about Christian manhood.  The photograph is too adorable to wait until 
Father's Day and my DH asked me to post it just now.  I do not know how the camera caught this little fellow aping his Papa almost perfectly, but God may have had His hand in it. They were taking a walk to the end of the road to check the mailbox just behind that tree. I will brag and say the little fellow is following a man I have known for 44 years, and that I have never been able to find anything wrong with him.  Therefore, I think its safe for some little guy to follow him. 



THE LITTLE CHAP WHO FOLLOWS ME!"


A careful man I want to be;
A little fellow follows me.
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he'll go the self same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate'er he sees me do, he tries.
Like me he says he's going to be;
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I'm so very fine,
Believes in every word of mine.
The base in me he must not see;
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go
Through summer's sun and winter's snow,
I'm building for the years to be;
The little chap who follows me.



Author: Unknown



The Guest House




Today I will show more pictures of the guest house where we went for Tea. See the previous post for the tearoom photos. Upstairs in this wonderful old house, now restored, are three guest rooms, a dining room and a kitchen.  I will show the eating area in the next post. Above you see the landing at the top of the stairs on the way to the bedrooms.


Each room was named after someone in the family of the original owners of the house.


An old closet was removed to accommodate a fireplace.


Guest Room 1.


A day bed on one wall in this room.




Guest room 2 has light green tones.





This is one of those lamps with a light that moves to make the picture look like live ocean waves. I remember seeing these "in the old days".




Gest Room 3 is very small but space is used efficiently.


A closet made into a space for a dressing table.




A seating area in the third guest room.






It was a dark, rainy day but it did not matter. These old houses look their best even in the worst of times. 

I hope you check back soon for the next post. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Visit to A Tea Room



Today we went to a Tea Room/Bed and Breakfast in a town that was quite a distance away. We got home after 8:00 p.m. The lady who invited us I first became acquainted with through my blog a few years ago. Her name is Jan and she comments as Mrs. W.  Our husbands came with us and both thought the food was great.  The collections you see of books and antiques are merchandise, as the tea room is also a shop.  

                          

                Wendy has the tea areas divided by colors. She has a white room,

      

                                                              ...a blue room,





                     

                

   

                                              ...a green room,

                             



                                       ...a pink room,






                   

                    

                                                  other colors, too.



                             

 The tea room was full Of things for sale, including a very large collection of books.





This is also a guest house, and I have so many photographs that it will take a couple of posts to show everything.  I will show the guest rooms upstairs in a separate article and show more of the outdoor area too.  I hope you will click on the pictures for a larger view.







Please see the post above this by clicking on "home" at the upper left on this blog, just under the header, and you will see the next series of pictures featuring the guest rooms.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Peaceful Day

Greetings Dear Ladies,

It has been a quiet and peaceful day, and I have been busy with ordinary things.  If I wait too long to write a post, I get calls from around the world to see if I am still alive, so I thought I better not wait too long to write.  I am still working on an article and am not ready to publish it, so for today, these pictures are all I have to share.  The cheerful yellow teacup (pictured above)  is one of the new designs at Royal Albert.com.  



I found this picture in the recent Women's World magazine, which is sold at the grocery store. I do not usually buy this magazine but when I flipped through it I thought so many of the photos were so inspiring that I could put some of them in my scrapbook, including this one, above, with an interesting ornament theme. Click on the picture, above, for a larger view.




 Here is another one of those beautiful cups from Royal Albert.com.
Today was a lovely day and I did not get any photographs of our ladies luncheon but I can describe briefly the event: Each lady made a comment on the 2nd chapter of Luke, describing the birth of Christ, and one particular comment stands out in my memory: The birth of Christ was wonderful, but many people do not understand that His coming also involved His new law which would be written on our hearts if we willingly embrace it. Some people just leave Jesus in the manger and do not realize that the Christian life goes beyond that, into a change of life. It is easy to love a tiny baby but the strong teachings of Christ are another matter. Let us go beyond the babe in the manger and know Christ as an adult.

Thank you for your comments, especially those of you who read regularly but have never commented. I appreciate it.






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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Afternoon Tea in the Home



Good afternoon dear ladies,

If you are spending quite a bit of time alone at home, I would like to encourage you to do something special and elegant for yourself. Sometimes it is hard to do that if you are used to pulling out all the best things for others, but today I hope, especially if the day is overcast or you must be indoors due to very uncomfortable temperatures, to stop and enjoy a beverage from a nice cup and to read a little or catch up on your correspondence or journaling.


I have been using these led-lite emergency candles from Dollar Tree and I really like them. They are run by batteries so I use the kind that have the longest life for heaviest use.  I enjoy the white light. They come in packages of two for a dollar, with extra little cups to stand them in. They can also be used in taper candle holders.


The teacup I am using is from an old  Japanese company called Enesco, and it is a teacup of the month.  I find them at thrift stores and second-hand stores. This one is June.  I have found five of them of them over the last few years: March, April, May, June, and October.  I am on the lookout for January, February, July, August, September, November and December.   I use them when I extend hospitality, and have found that these are always chosen (I tell my guests to pick out their own cups, straight from the china cabinet) and are a favorite.

Surely most people have a few niceties from a former time, and maybe a fine teacup in their home. You do not have to drink tea to enjoy one of these cups. There is something quite elegant and rich about using them.

Regarding the luxury cupcake, there are recipes available on the web to make cupcakes using honey, with cream cheese frosting. These are bursting with flavor, and if you use tiny muffin tins, your bite-size treat will not bring on too many calories.  If you have a lot of family in your home, you are better off, because there will not be any left over to tempt you!


Above is another picture of my small tree adorned in clip-on whites magnolia blossoms. It is dark here today but we are coming up on longer and brighter days. I know there are some people who do not use Christmas trees, but I always liked them in he northern climes for the light they extend in the home. When  I lived in Alaska in the 1950's our christmas lights were turned on in November and used until February before the days were lighter.


I am spending the evenings sewing, and am working on a girl's Victorian-style dress. In these pictures it does not look too promising, but I guarantee it will look much better when it is finished. 


Thank you for your visit and for your inspiring comments.


Here is another small tree belonging to another family member, with pastel lights. 

And here is an old saying that helps correct any complaining that enters your home: It is better to light one candle, than to curse the darkness."  Think of the results of complaining compared to the results of praising and being kind, loving and forgiving.

Enesco lusterware teacups in March, April, May, June and October.


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