Sunday, November 27, 2011

If I Didn't Have to Work Tomorrow, I Might...



- polish more of my inherited silverplate silverware than the few pieces I use for blog photos, 



- spend a couple hours reading Victoria magazines and sipping tea, or stay in bed all morning reading a delicious book,


I haven't read The Enchanted April yet.
(And I see I grabbed a Hoffman magazine, but not Victoria.)


- go through all the family photos and organize them into envelopes so I could see just what I had of who,

My grandmother and mother in the forefront; my grandmother's sister behind them.

- sit at the piano and play through some lovely, soothing music,




- do a little beloved knitting or crochet,

A prayer shawl that's taking me forever to knit!



- wash and iron all of my grandmother's old hankies and find a prettier box in which to keep them, 


The cup is EIT English Ironstone.


- write a nice newsy letter to one or two friends, tucked inside a beautiful card,



But...




Since I do have to work at the office tomorrow, I hope to make the best of it, enjoying the day and doing what little I can to "mine ownself be true" while fulfilling my obligation to perform my duties well.  And that takes practice ... and prayer ... and singing ... and patience ... and knowing oneself.  Knowing that I can't knit a shawl tomorrow, but I can knit a couple rows; I can't read a whole book, but I can read enough to feel satisfied; and most importantly, knowing that I am so very blessed to have a job, one that is a gift from God and suits me well... 




Every now and then, though, a gal's gotta do a little daydreaming!  I think of it as just a pause that refreshes, but just in case:

Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10   (KJV)

Hoping your tomorrow is splendid, wherever you are!
Bess

I hope to be linking this post to the following wonderful places/posts. Please go visit them, you'll be glad you did!

Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday
Pam at A Breath of Fresh Air for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee at Silken Purse for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Patti & Paula at Ivy & Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Mary at Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Thank you, Gracious Ladies!




Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Eating German-Style with Betsy Ray








I am one-fourth Swedish, one-fourth Irish, one-fourth German, and the rest is English, Welsh, and Scotch.  For most of my life I've identified with my mother's mother's side of the family: the Swedish side.  That is, until I read about Betsy's stay in Munich from Betsy and the Great World (not shown) by Maud Hart Lovelace:

They always ate and made tea on the alcohol lamp
before going to bed.
This was quite in the German tradition, Tilda said.
Germans in their homes ate six meals a day:
breakfast, second breakfast, dinner, afternoon coffee, supper,
and in the evening tea or beer with sandwiches and kuchen.


Oh yes.  I definitely take after the German side of the family!  :o)  (Edited to add that I'm referring to the food here and not the beer!)


Even though the book takes place around 1914 (based on the actual trip to Europe taken by Maud Hart Lovelace), it was an "aha" moment when I read those words.  I've struggled so much with trying to follow the French Chic/three moderately-portioned-meals-a-day way of eating.  Perhaps it just isn't natural for me!  Yet at my age I'm going to have to make a major adjustment in my calorie consumption if I ever want to lose some of my extra weight and keep it off.  If someday I come up with a plan that works for me, I'll let you know!

Look closely ... do you see something in the upper right corner?

Misty was traipsing all about while I was hurriedly
trying to take some photos in the sun on my lunch hour.

In the meantime, I'm going to throw caution and dieting to the wind and enjoy my Thanksgiving with gusto!  Hope you enjoy yours, too!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Bess

I hope to be linking this post to the following wonderful places/posts. Please go visit them, you'll be glad you did!

Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday
Pam at A Breath of Fresh Air for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen for Tuesday Tea for Two
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Mary at Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Thank you, Gracious Ladies!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lazy Saturday: Books, Bear, & Bunny


Well ... I'm feeling lazy, so this is what you get today:  a stack of books in the corner!  And they're not even orderly (must restack them).


Here's a better look at the book titles (I would recommend any of them):


I have my own Peter Rabbit who visits often:


He (?) is getting plump for the long winter months ahead:


The cute grizzly bear was a gift.  He used to growl if I pressed his paw:


This snowman looks happy that Winter and Christmas are coming!


Celebration and then hibernation.  Sounds good to me!

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter,
day and night will never cease.
Genesis 8:22

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Bess

I hope to be linking this post to the following wonderful places/posts. Please go visit them, you'll be glad you did!

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Thank You Kind Ladies!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

First Blogiversary!


Hello Dear Ones,

I published my first post on November 14, 2010, so to celebrate I'm looking back over this past year and sharing some mosaics with you.  Most of the photos made it to the blog, but I threw in a few new ones, too.  To start, here's a review of the dollies and other guests that were in my posts:


Then there were the kitties:

Clockwise from upper left: Baby, Kallie, Sweetie, Misty, & Sassy

There were the usual bits and bobs, odds and ends:


Plus some of my beloved books:

For some reason, Blogger has changed yet again, and at the time I posted this,
clicking on the photos doesn't allow one to enlarge them.
I was hoping you could read all the book titles if you wanted to.

And numerous vignettes: set up, photographed, and immediately torn down and put away (sigh) because of the precious purrbabies above that came to live with me:


A bit more:


Mine is a humble blog, not quite reaching 10,000 pageviews my first year.  But I have enjoyed it immensely, and the Good Lord willing, hopefully I'll come up with enough to share for another year.  I want to thank anybody and everybody who has stopped by.  I hope you'll keep checking in, because it just might be that the best is yet to come!  So here's to next year, and here's to you, the most wonderful folks in the world!  May God richly bless you.

Just one of a sweet set of cordials that were my mother's,
probably a wedding gift.

Blessed to be blogging and blessed by each of you,
Bess

I hope to be linking this post to the following wonderful places/posts. Please go visit them, you'll be glad you did!

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday
Pam at A Breath of Fresh Air for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee at Silken Purse for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Mary at Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Thank you, Gracious Ladies!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Moose, Dolly, and Boxes


This grouping is normally on the floor next to my dresser in my bedroom (so you are apt to notice some cat fur, etc.).  The light is just too poor there, so I set it up in the living room.  The cup from my sister-in-law, little vase, and lamp are extras.  The wooden dolly is from my mother.  I think she purchased it in OKC:



The moose was hers:


The hankie was amongst my grandmother's things:



The small round boxes were gifts from a friend.  The others were purchased back when they were found in all the gift shops (mid-90s?):





For now I have an extra piece of furniture (maybe two) in my living room.  That's why everything is lined up, until I decide how I want the furniture arranged.  (My entire house is only 750 sq. ft.; it truly is cottage-sized!)  I used to just adore my living room; I'd say it was done in romantic cottage style. But just adding the two furniture items that I wanted to keep, plus having "the kitties" come live with me, really made a change.  Sometimes a transition period lasts a long time, but I think it's best to live with things for awhile before one starts getting rid of them.  That way there's less chance of a mistake being made and of living with regret thereafter.

Here's a sneak peek at something I was blessed to buy today from a thrift shop.  It's been there the last four times or so I've gone in, and I kept hoping it would be sold.  I certainly didn't need it.  But they lowered the price to almost a steal, and it insisted on going home with me.  (Sometimes one feels a moral obligation to give something lovely a good home.)  Until I create a tablescape with it, here is my new tea set:

The bottom identification says Noritake Nippon Toki Kaisha.
I thought that sounded like something old, but even if it
isn't, I think it's terribly sweet.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.
Isaiah 6:3

Hoping your days are suffused with loveliness (and for wonderful loveliness
be sure to visit the sites listed below),
Bess

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday
Pam at A Breath of Fresh Air for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee at Silken Purse for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Mary at Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Thank you, Gracious Ladies!