Thursday, September 18, 2014

Old Rose, Pleasure Stations, & The Middle TV Show

While perusing my old Victoria magazines, I came upon an article entitled "In Search of the Quiet Center of Our Lives" in the September 1995 issue. It was "A Victoria Tea and Conversation" with Francine Prose, Judith Thurman, Carol De Chellis Hill, and Susan Minot, all who had written articles for Victoria. The following snippet is taken from Judith Thurman's portion:

"A Danish friend of mind ... told me that she has pleasure stations that mark her day. She chooses a record with great care and plays it for herself at three o'clock. Writing is a pleasure station for her, so is the bath. I like the idea of thinking of writing as one of the pleasures to be had in a life filled with other commitments."

Oh my. Aren't those "pleasure stations," or breaks in our routine during which we pamper our souls, so important?! Personally, I don't think I could exist without them. They lower my blood pressure and my pulse, calm my nerves, delight my senses, and strengthen me for the journey of life.

Dessert Plate

Cup front

Cup back


Reading Victoria is one of my pleasure stations, along with reading books, trips to the library only one mile away, checking favorite blogs for a few minutes, knitting a couple rows, sipping a cup of hot water with lemon and honey ... so many sweet blessings to occupy myself with. I have to agree with Thurman that writing is one of the pleasures to be had. How fun to hit "Publish" and to be read by my few loyal visitors and followers. A satisfaction but for Blogger I would never have experienced. (And I so appreciate your kind comments.)

Older photo of the teapot and friends

Another of my pleasure stations has to be the ABC sitcom The Middle. I only discovered this out of desperation after cutting back on my cable channels. I'm so glad I did because it's become my favorite TV show. (Well, not that I watch a whole lot of TV, but still ...) I can't imagine a better cast anywhere. Sue Sue Heck (not a mistake) is a gem with her positive approach to life (most of the time). There's an old episode where she's trying out for the track team that's positively inspiring. And the roles of Axl and Brick, her brothers, couldn't be written or played any better than they are. And though some of the Heck family's problems might be a little over the top, the show does an excellent job depicting life for your average, nondescript Middle America family just trying to get through. And it's clean- a true rarity these days. Bravo! Well done! If you haven't seen it, it starts up again this Wednesday, Sept 24. You may just find yourself wanting to watch the old episodes!

I'm not being compensated for the above paragraph, of course. But having grown up the female child between two brothers, I get such a kick out of the family dynamics on this show (even though not overly similar to mine).

The very fallish September '95 Victoria is an excellent issue overall, with a lovely watercolorist, a memoir about a favorite teacher, and pretty autumn clothes in photo settings only the old Victoria knew how to do well. Hope you can find your copy and enjoy it with a cup of tea or coffee! 

Sometimes I enjoy just a simple treat of a dark chocolate bar and peanut butter on graham crackers:

What are your favorite pleasure stations throughout your day or week?

They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
Psalm 19:10

Have a sweet weekend,
PS: The tea set was my mother's, is showing its age, and every single cup is chipped. I still adore it! The stamp is below:

Old Rose by John Maddock & Sons

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Choices and Revisiting Corrie ten Boom

I must choose a notecard for a special note to a dear friend.

During World War II, Corrie ten Boom was imprisoned by the Nazis, at Ravensbruck and other camps, for harboring Jews in Holland.

I read her books The Hiding Place and Tramp for the Lord years ago, but want to reread them. Just lately I've read Don't Wrestle, Just Nestle and Not I, but Christ. Her books are amazing lessons on getting through whatever life hands us. Her choice was to do so with an attitude well-pleasing to God, through Christ.

I purchased both of these pretty Hallmark cards on sale.

Corrie died on April 15, 1983, her 91st birthday. She had finally ceased being a "tramp for the Lord" in 1977, making her home in California. In August 1978, she suffered a terrible stroke, leaving her mute. Subsequent strokes left her with paralysis, still unable to speak, read or write, and bedridden. Until the end, she "drew her strength from the Word of God, and from the Lord Himself, with whom she still constantly communed."

"He [Jesus] will come, and there will be a moment that everyone will bow before Him, everyone. Then the matter will be whether you will bow your knees before your Savior or before your Judge." (From Not I, but Christ)

It's our choice.

I think I'll choose this one.

"I once heard that a person gave the advice that we as Christians should learn Morse code. Then, if we were imprisoned it would be very useful. Well, I cannot agree. When during the war I was in prison, I knew the Morse code, but it did not help me very much. What was valuable to me was every Bible text and every hymn I knew by heart. Learning these by heart is a preparation we can all have." (Ibid)

I also have found memorizing Scripture and singing hymns and praise and worship songs an invaluable choice. What a comfort during the dark nights of the soul, during medical tests and hospitalizations, and during those hours and days we wait for answers for loved ones or ourselves.

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
1 John 2:28

Abiding in Him is the most important choice we make! Hope you are enjoying a
splendid  weekend,
PS: I did have to break down and turn on my heat! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

On the Fly

That's what this post is! The above demitasse cup was my mother's. It says "R/Y Hohenberg, Bavaria, Germany" on the bottom, and it has a crown, if that means anything. It's one of my more autumnal-looking cups.

Here are a couple quotes from Corrie ten Boom in her 1978 book Don't Wrestle, Just Nestle:

"Prayer changes our attention from the problem to the Power, from anxiety to the Almighty."

"There is only one force more powerful than fear, and that is faith. Does your need seem big to you? Then make sure that God knows how big it looks to your eyes, and He will treat it as such. He will never belittle it, however trivial. He will not laugh at it, or at us. He never forgets how large our problems look to us."

We're headed for a big change in the weather, which we could use. I just hope we don't have to turn on the heat in September. (I refuse to!)  :O)

Thanks for visiting, and have a wonderful day! Off to work I go,