Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Snow Day

I am happy to announce that we are 3/4 of the way through January, a fact that puts a smile on my face. If you have been around long, you KNOW I am not a winter person. For those of you who are, you can have mine, but it is my experience that a lot of people who "love winter" don't live as far north as Michigan.  I don't know anyone here who loves it this time of year. Many have fled to Florida by now, something I have no desire to do simply because all I have to do is outwait winter and it will leave. Today it has snowed all day. Even I can admit it is pretty right now, but later when it turns to grey slush? Notsomuch.
So today was baking day. Nothing chases away the gloom and chill better than firing up the stove and making something yummy. In this case, apple pies for the Pastors.  Pastor appreciation month was October but why be tied down to showing gratitude and love just because someone chose a random month? Don't you think they would like a little appreciation year round?
So, three pies this morning for the Pastors and a little one for Earl and I. I ran out of apples and filled in with some blueberries that were on the edge of going bad for our little pie.  Oh it was good, real good.  The apple pie in the window is keeping company with those .98 primroses until it cools and gets boxed up, then off to the church tonight.  It has been a slow month of stocking the etsy shop, cleaning the house and trying not to fall asleep during the day, (while I try to fall asleep at night with very little success). I'm fighting the urge for a nap right now.  I've added a countdown to Spring widget to my sidebar for those of you who are aching for Spring like I am.  How do you fight the gloom and cold  on a snowy winter day?

P.S. I have been told by some of my blog friends that I am showing up as a no reply commenter and in one case as a blog in Russia!  There just seems to be no end to the glitches that have come our way in the past few months. I think I have the problems resolved, but if my account is showing up oddly please let me know. I'm not even sure how to resolve the no comment blogger problem because I always visit while signed in, so it shouldn't be happening.  Anyone know how to fix this?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Heavenly Sunshine

Heavenly Sunshine,
heavenly sunshine,
flooding my soul with
glory divine,
heavenly sunshine,
heavenly sunshine,
Hallelujia , Jesus is mine....
Does anyone remember singing that as a child in Sunday School?
It's been running through my head as I go about my housework this morning with the sunshine streaming in through the windows. It may be a balmy 11 degrees outside, but I don't need to go anywhere today and it isn't so much the cold I hate, (although I DO hate the cold!) it's the days of endless grey that January in Michigan brings. I have come to the realization that I am solar powered and what seems like never ending dark in the winter puts me in a tailspin that only bright sunshine can pull me out of.
Well, sunshine and a few flowers.
Try to ignore the dirty window and focus on the orchid I found at Home Depot for $5.  They had racks of them in all different colors, along with their dependable January offering of primroses for 98 cents a piece. I bought 4 of those for the dining room table. Seriously, if you were getting married in January can you imagine these gorgeous orchids lining your reception tables, maybe with the stems wrapped in ribbon and oodles of candles? For five bucks each!? Don't think the nursery or florist is the only place for your flower fix, Home Depot rocks my flower world.
So here's my day, clean up the house, work on etsy orders and then collapse and try to stay awake after 6 p.m.  What does your day look like?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

If Winter Comes, Can Spring Be Far Behind?

Even though it is bitter cold outside today in Michigan, (9 degrees right now!) We finally had some sunshine today. A little sunshine makes the cold so much easier to bear. You know what else makes it easier? Pink sweetheart roses in the clearance bin at Kroger. $4.50 worth of Springtime dreaming. Worth every cent.
 Our niece is home from New York City for a few days and asked if she could visit tonight. Can she? I just about jumped up and down with joy :>) So we asked the rest of the family over too, since they are being kind enough to share her with us, and I set the table for a dinner party tonight. A winter woodland theme, silvery candle sticks with my "birch" candles, a crochet tablecloth and ticking stripe runner and the brown transferware.
Earl made Shepherds Pie, and Crème Brule and I'll round out the meal with a salad full of  lettuce, strawberries, feta and toasted pecans. It's nice to have something fun to look forward to now that Christmas is past.  How about you? Do you have something fun to look forward to this month? Are you getting any sunshine? If not, some clearance flowers make it feel like Spring. I highly recommend getting some :>)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Year in Review

I always enjoy making the year end collage, choosing a photo from each month is such a fun way to put the year in review and sum up what I was up to.  2014 was heavy on wedding prep ♥
It may be a little late, (I am fighting a cold, that also seems to be a New Year tradition in this house!) but here it is, 2014 summed up in photo's.  It was a colorful year, full of good things and I look forward to starting 2015 with a fresh slate.
We have some big plans for this year. I'll share them as they develop. Now I'm off to pack up the decorations and freshen things up. The Snow is falling for very nearly the first time this winter and a cup of coffee and some errands will round out the day. What are you planning for the month of January?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Drawing to a Close

Well here we are, on the cusp of another new year.  I planned to show you the quilts I made for my kids for Christmas, one for each of them to snuggle under while they watch t.v. or read, but it turns out in my haste to get them finished in time I took photos of only one. All were done in shades of blue and white, all different patterns and all included scraps of some of Earl's shirts as his contribution. They all seemed to love them but I will have to get pictures of the other three when I visit them at their new homes. 
 Note to self, work on your embroidery skills.
It was a relaxed Christmas, a little time with family, perhaps a new tradition of seeing a new release at the theater with the kids. I haven't taken the decorations down as we will have guests celebrating with us this week, but come the New Year it will be a clean sweep!
I just finished reading Jan Karon's new book, "Somewhere Safe with Someone Good", the first book I have actually taken time to read in so long I can't remember.  What a treat! So good I have determined to re-read the rest of the series beginning to end.  Of course there is that sadness at having finished and wondering just how long I will have to wait to read more of the series. They are such uplifting books, I highly, highly recommend them! I trust you all are preparing to celebrate the New Year, we will be spending it with dear friends, the best way to celebrate! I'll be back later in the week with a year in review.
Let me just say, it is a privilege to share little pieces of my life throughout the years with you. Thank you for stopping by, for saying hello, and for sharing little pieces of your life with me too! I look forward to another year of talking over the back fence with you at ...