Tuesday, March 19, 2013

a new shawl pattern

I tried a new shawl pattern.. it is really pretty.  It is a half circle.. I usually like triangle ones.. the color is all the same pink, just the lighting made the bottom come out light. I think it is so feminine looking! Looking for a home for it now :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

One more shawl

I need more yarn... maybe tomorrow.. problem is the only way to get nice yarn is to go 45 miles...

This is the latest shawl. I made this one a bit longer than usual. The yarn was so nice I just went until I had just enough left for the fringe. The color is "linen" which doesn't show up well with my inexpensive camera, but is the color of real linen, not beige but not tan.. very neutral.  I have someone in mind for this one but need to get an address.

I recently found a shawl I thought I had to get rid of, and was so happy. It is a lovely gray, and I made it in the lacy pattern and large enough to wrap up in. It was one of the first I made.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Shawls, shawls, shawls...

As I watch my Jane Austen movies.. I crochet.. I can't keep still :)

 This is one of my favorite patterns. It can be made with light or heavy yarn and is so lacy and feminine.

 I love making the granny square pattern.. this one goes so fast though that I find it is done in only a few nights.. or a couple movies :) It also can be made with any weight yarn, warm and cozy or light and pretty.

 The internet is a wonderful resource. When I was looking for patterns 10 years ago I couldn't find many. Now I can search and come up with pages! I have a notebook printed out with so many I want to make. I have even started a knit one.. not as good at knitting so I hope I can keep it up.

I enoy making and wearing shawls..

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My pretty room

It does seem that cleaning an already clean room is so much more fun than cleaning a dirty one... my bedroom was in good shape.. but I wanted to change it around a bit.. so I moved the bed and dresser.. and played around with some new ideas.

 This wicker rocking chair needed new cushions.. so I finally got on that and made up rather quickly these covers. The chair is horribly uncomfortable! But I do love wicker.. I only use it for some Bible reading in the morning and sometimes the evening. So it doesn't really matter that it isn't the most comfortable!

 I moved the dresser between the two bookshelves, I am happy with it there.. as it fills the wall nicely. The runner on the dresser was crocheted by my Great-grandmother.. I have a matching bedspread, that will go on in the spring. I will need to evict my puppy to use it though... so we'll see :)

 I found this crocheted bedspread at a thrift store.. so sad that someone put so much work into something and it ended up in a thrift store.. there are 2 little spots.. pillows cover one and Raggedy Ann sits on the other. I love Raggedy Ann. My daughters got her for me for Christmas a few years ago. The pillows are also from the thrift store!

I adore hat boxes.. and any other pretty box I can get my hands on! The roses are silk.. they look so real, I enjoy them! The quilt covers a wall that has a closet I have stored my husbands books and "junk" in that I will need to get rid of at some point.. even if he comes home he can't read... but for now it was a quick fix to put them all in there!

I enjoy my pretty room. I sit in here at night and read and drink my hot vanilla milk.. Guess I will have to get to work on the other rooms! Warm weather is coming.. and I expect my energy level to go up too. I dislike cold so much.

I am counting my blessings daily!

Monday, February 11, 2013

I am so happy to be able to post pictures again easily! I am out of propane for my stove, so am experimenting with my toaster oven. I can make 2 or 3 biscuits very nicely in it :) I have been making a point of making my breakfast look nice, a pot of tea and toast or a biscuit. I read a bit and think about my day ahead.. I love being home again. I'm not getting as much done as I'd like.. but once the weather warms up I'm sure I will! Cold days make me want to curl up with tea and crocheting.. I'm watching all my Jane Austen movies again, and some others along the same line. The other day it took me 8 1/2 to watch a 5 hour movie, because I get up a lot and fuss around. It was nice..

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Jane Austen day..

I had such a lovely day.. my daughter had to take my car to work so I couldn't go out if I wanted to, which I didn't! I ahve been working at getting my house in order after 7 years of being out of my home and working.. so today I decided to indulge.. I put in the 2010 version of Emma.. made lots of tea all day long.. and crocheted my day away. I was alone all day.. (except for my puppy and 5 cats, and 5 guinea pigs and a bunny...)  :) it was quiet...

I had time to stop and think.. every now and then hitting pause and doing something else for a bit. Baked a cake, had a little lunch, thought about some sewing I want to do.

Tomorrow it's back to real life.. but for today.. blessed by Jane Austen :)

Friday, February 1, 2013

so many things to do!

I don't understand when I hear I am bored being home.. I have so many things I want to do I can't decide each day what to do! Besides cleaning.. which I am slowly working on.. there's sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, journaling, crafting of all sorts.. not a crafty person? There's reading.. writing.. searching out fun and interesting blogs..

I learn so much online! I have fun and meet new friends.. I have not wanted to leave the house all week. I did feel a bit of cabin fever today.. the weather has been so awful, it is kind of dull and gloomy. So I went and visited my husband for an hour.. and couldn't wait to get home!

I'm liking this..

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I've been reading this delightful book.. For the love of Christian Homemaking.. by Mrs. Sharon White.. this lady has seen some difficult times, yet she remains devoted to her home and family.. struggling to take care of both.. while dealing with illnesses and heartaches.. I am finding her such an encouragement! I have to stop myself from reading the book straight through.. it is a collection, journal like.. of her thoughts during her quirt times in the early mornings..

I am still struggling with finances.. and this whole situation.. she reminds me how thrilled I am to be home again! Today as I paid bills I was again feeling down because there just wasn't enough to cover them.. not and make a payment to the nursing home.. which needed to be done, but Sierra stopped by and encouraged me.. reading a bit of Mrs. Whites book encouraged me.. then I got a text from Myriah.. I was upset I can't pay the bill and they are getting mad.. Myriah texted.. "Nothing more you can do! And they won't get the money any faster if you're sad :) "

Encouragement... it can come in many forms... written, spoken.. and sometimes.. no words at all.. just a hug.

Is there someone who needs your encouragement today?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Learning my way around home again...

I love being home :) I am slowly getting tings picked up and fixed up.. long way to go, but i ma encouraged each day to get a few more  little things done..

I am adjusting to the difference in being home now.. compared to before I went to work..

No children around.. no schooling to be done.. no dance classes to run to..

No daughter to drop everything and have a cup of tea with.. no daughters to drop by their room and chat a bit.. no daughter to discuss sewing.. crocheting..

I still have them :) but they're not HERE. So I am still trying to find who I am in this home journey without little ones around...  am I a writer? Always wanted to be.. should I look at an online shop to sell my crafts?? Thinking about it.. Taking more time to read my Bible and pray.. absolutely!

For now I am enjoying the journey back home.. cleaning, baking, sewing.. maybe along the way I'll find the woman God has planned for me to become :)

For now.. although the circumstances are hard that brought me home again.. I will praise God and thank Him for giving me this time...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Storms in life....

"Sometimes the LORD calms the storm...
sometimes He lets the storm rage,
and calms His child".

I have clung to this quote so many times in the past...
Kind of ready for the storm to end...
but until then... Keeping on.

Sometimes He uses friends and a pot of tea :) This was sent to me by some dear online friends to cheer me..  I have sat with a pot of tea and a devotional and let the peace of God wash over me... I need peace so badly...

God bless those who have taken time to encourage me.. my tea friends.. online messages.. anonymous gifts to help with heat.. my brothers coming through with tires for my car... I will get through this... and maybe come out a better person.. at the very least I have seen myself stronger than I was.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts....and be ye thankful"

Col. 3:15

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Todays meditation...

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" Phil. 4:6&7.

I have been seriously meditating on these verses all afternoon... my stress level is pretty much off the charts lately.. which leads to a 4 day headache.. and hasn't solved a single problem yet.. so today I wrote these verses out and have stopped and read them over and over.. and then.. I acted on them! Starting with prayer.. went to my room and poured my heart out to the Lord.. all my fears.. cares.. worries.. gave them all to Him.. then I just sat there... quiet.

Until I had my answer... I felt such peace in me.. I have a couple ideas to handle some of the mess.. some phone calls to make Monday.. solutions I feel God led me to.. once I stopped trying to solve everything myself.. there are steps I need to take to get things in order.. but I have been so overwhelmed I have been avoiding taking action.. well.. all that has solved is putting me further behind and making me worry more.. so it's time to take control of my situation.. remembering to let God lead ther way!

Feeling hopeful.. nothing is going to fix this mess fast.. but if I can get a grip on it all and start the process...I can have peace and enjoy being home while I can be! Maybe be a bit more fun to be around too :)

My kitchen

SO.. I've been working on getting my kitchen painted for quite a while.. last few days I've finally had some energy and got it done.. still want to do a few things, but for now I am pleased with it. Lots of pink :)

The valance over the stove.

Looking straight in.

                                           My tea set up... with my bottle of vanilla for hot milk!

                                                       Mrs. Tea waits to serve you.

It was nice to finally get it done. Now to move onto another room.. one by one I want to get things cleaned up and cleaned out... so much stuff!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Always a Mom....

Something really bothering me lately.. all these changes with finances.. basically I have half what I had 3 months ago.. but MANY more bills... more every day. I am adjusting to doing with less.. I have heat.. food and shelter.. mostly I am content.. I love being home.. but what does upset me.. is not being able to help my children like I could before! Now.. they are grown and doing pretty well.. it is not something they make me feel guilty about or anything.. they have always been thankful when I could help out some.. when I needed help they were there for me too!

But I find myself resenting this situation.. one that was none of my doing.. or theirs.. because I am now limited to what I can do.. One has a car repair bill.. used to be I'd drop by and pay it.. one needs tires.. used to be I'd just go get it and get them... or fill the tank.. one of my delights was surprising them with gas!

So now I need to accept that it is a different time.. I can't do the things I did before financially.. but I can pray.. I can pray for God to bless them and provide all they need.. and maybe even  bit more for an occasional treat :) I can be here for them when they need me.. While I do pray every day for them, I am going to begin a special time that I pray for each ones needs specifically... and I'm going to write... so as I see what God is doing for them.. it will build my faith also.. and help me be content with where I am!

They know I am here for them.. anything I can do.. I'm thinking that is what matters.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tea breaks...

I got quite a bit done today.. the dining room is looking good.. kitchen is ready to paint, but haven't felt like getting into that. Thinking I will work on tidying up more before jumping into a big project.. maybe living room tomorrow..

One thing I am doing.. is allowing myself tea breaks... not the grab a cup of tea and hope to drink it before it gets cold, but the fix a pot and use a pretty cup kind of tea... then I sat and read a little from a really nice book I got today. It is written by Mrs. Sharon White, titled For the Love of Christian Homemaking. It is almost a journal of sorts, Mrs. White would sit quietly in the morning before her household was up and about, and these are a collection of her writings during that time. You can visit her at "The Legacy of Home" blog.

htttp://the legacyofhome.blogspot.com/

Today I read...

"Sometimes one of the greatest secrets of joyful homemaking is knowing when to quit"

I tend to do nothing.. or overdo! I get so involved I exhaust myself and then am no good for the next few days. I need to work on pacing myself, so I can get the things done I want to. So today I made time to sit with tea and read.. 15 minutes was enough to refresh and give me energy to continue.

I wanted to put a picture of the teapot I used today bit for some reason I can't get it to work... maybe tomorrow. For now.. I think it's bedtime.. Buddy is waiting :)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Phone calls.. and my peace of mind...

I hate making phone calls... unfortunately, I have spent the better part of some days on the phone since Winston went in the nursing home.. I call.. leave a message.. they call.. leave a message.. when I actually get someone they say I'll check into it and call you back.. and don't. I can't get anything resolved or settled..

So this upsets me.. I get aggravated and annoyed.. and that solves nothing.. just makes me aggravated and annoyed! So I am trying to develop a better attitude about phone calls.. first.. I pray before making it.. if I don't get the person I am looking for.. I pray to just accept that it wasn't time to talk to them.. if I don't get the answer I want, (or need) then I pray for Gods answer.. and I pray for contentment as I wait on His reply...

I really need an attitude adjustment when it comes to being content... I am so happy to be home.. but am discontent with things.. not knowing what my situation will be day by day.. I am working on accepting this moment.. enjoying what time I have home, because I could be looking for a job tomorrow... one phone call with the wrong answer and this could all be over...

I don't know how I'll ever get caught up.. thousands in bills... but I have heat.. food.. and no one's taking the house.. I need to work on being content with what I have. Which is a real delight in being home again...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Stress? Got the solution....

Meet the best stress reducer ever....

Ignore the date :) I've had "Buddy" 3 weeks tomorrow.. I've wanted a puppy for  along time.. when I made the decision to leave work my girls started looking.. Sierra found this little guy and surprised me with him.. He is amazing... he just moved in like he has always been here.. sleeps with me... follows me around.. but here's the best part.. usually in bed is when my mind starts working overtime and I get worried and stressed.. Buddy will curl right up next to me and cuddle.. it is completely impossible to worry and stress while rubbing that tummy :) He is so loving!

Today I got a lot done.. cleaning out the kitchen so I could paint.. fussing around, washing sheets and cleaning out some notebooks of stuff I've printed out, sorting through stuff. Realized as I was texting with Myriah... I never got dressed! This is not a habit I want to develop! So tomorrow getting dressed will be first on my list :)

Started working on a homemaking notebook.. something I have started a few times, but never really had time to work out the details.. basically a notebook to keep track of things around here! I am a list person.. while I know things that need to be done, having it written in front of me helps me to actually do it. I have some big goals for getting this house cleaned up and decluttered... I also need to keep track of tons of paperwork for the nursing home, medicare, medicaid etc... so this notebook is going to help me keep track of my life!

I haven't had to count pennies for a while... I was working and he got SS... now it's only his SS and I have a pile of bills and I need to start budgeting and figuring out who is getting paid, how much and when! Aaron likes to eat now and then too... He's lived on frozen pizza and the occasional meal when I was off...  since I've been home these past few weeks I've been getting back into cooking for him. He's thrilled!

So my notebook will definately have a budget section! I'm going to work on it tomorrow and maybe post some pictures. There are so many good blogs I've been looking into all day for ideas.

I am so excited to be home again... so many things to do.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

This is my absolute favorite hymn..
                             Just listening to it brings me a feeling of peace... should listen more!

Worrying my life away...

My daughter bought me a Jane Austen devotional. Each page has excerpts from one of her books, and a devotional take on it. The first page I opened to was on worry... something I do a lot of lately. It included the paragraph where Mr. Woodhouse is concerned about going out into a storm after a dinner party. Now.. that seems like a reasonable thing to worry about.. unless you know Mr. Woodhouse.. he even worried about GOOD things! I would always laugh at him.. (I have about every video/DVD made of Jane Austens books).. it's fun to see the different ways he was portrayed.. but one thing for sure.. he worried about everything!

It seems that God sent me to this devotional first... it's not the first in the book..and it's a good sized book.. but lately.. I worry..a lot. During the day I get tough and say I can only do the best I can.. but at night.. I lay in bed and the bills.. the letters.. the phone calls.. all start going around in my head.. my heart starts racing.. I can't breathe..what makes me think worrying about them in bed is going to do any good! Why can I trust God during the day but not at night? Obviously.. I'm not trusting... day or night. This worry is stealing my rest, my faith, and my health... and not accomplishing anything!

God says.. "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God" Phil.4:6.

I can't pay a single bill while laying in bed worrying... but I can pray.. I can give to Him who owns everything.. my problems..my anxious thoughts... I can let Him carry the burden of the bills.. the letters and the phone calls... I think from now on.. before I even open mail or answer the phone.. I'll give God a call and ask Him to take it for me :) I don't know how I'll ever get caught up.. but this past week God sent me 3 angels to help me and to encourage me.. so I am choosing trust. (now let's see how I hold up when I go to bed!) let you know tomorrow!

My first goal for the year... more prayer... starting each day with a devotional and prayer. Day 1 done! See you tomorrow!