Saturday, July 30, 2011

Testing the New Hard Drive

Mandevilla Buds

I was tickled that the new hard drive seemed to get here in record time, and a family member has spent much of the day downloading software.  (Thank you!)

Of course, everything I had on the old hard drive is gone, except that I have my memory cards and flash drives, so I can still access the bare bones.  I have begun the process of deciding what I want on my computer.  Rather than a loss, I will consider it a chance to start over!

I had forgotten, though, how long it takes to upload a photo, etc., and I do hope I can figure out Picasa again!  Ah well, it's good for my brain to have to think.

I had a lovely visit with family, and the time passed far too quickly.  Prior to their visit, I spent my evenings and weekends washing and cleaning much that they wouldn't even see!  But that, too, was enjoyable.

My thanks to all who stop by and to all who light here via a Google search.  Of course, I don't know who they are, but I find what people are searching for very interesting.  Some want help with banishing negative thinking, but my two biggest search items are Hyacinth Bucket and Red Wing Pottery.  Book reviews are also popular.  Do all of you bloggers like to check your Search Keywords under Traffic Sources under Stats?  It's fascinating, and I like to say a prayer for whoever has come here via a particular search ... as well as prayers for all my readers.  (For what it's worth, and I heartily believe every sincere and godly prayer has worth!)

... serve one another humbly in love.  For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command:
"Love your neighbor as yourself."
Galatians 5:13, 14   (TNIV)

To get back in the swing of things, I'm linking to Beverly's Pink Saturday with my little Mandevilla flower!

Still singing my way through life one day at a time,
Bess (if you don't know what I mean by that, see here)

Friday, July 29, 2011

My Hard Drive is Kaput

Hello Dear Readers!

Just a quick note from work to let you know that I'm waiting on a new hard drive to arrive for my laptop at home.  Hopefully that will do the trick, and I'll hope to have a post for you soon.

Praying that God's blessings are raining down on you,

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Book: Vintage Notions

This is the third book of the vintage-themed books I purchased with my Mother's Day gift card.  A beautifully designed book, it's divided into months, and I'm nearly at the end.  I am really enjoying it.  It's too good to rush through, so I've been treating myself to a little bit most evenings. 

Compiled by and with additional writing by Amy Barickman, this book is a treasure-trove of vintage inspiration on a myriad of topics:  cooking, sewing, beauty routines, housekeeping, embroidery, etc.  The vintage artwork is fantastic, and I find myself searching out every detail.  The 1920s fashions are to die for!  (Even though I don't sew.)

For keepsakes and ideas, the book contains four pocket pages, separating the months into seasons.  The Winter pocket doesn't come until just before December, so it is at the back of the book instead of the front.

Each month begins with an essay taken from the writings of Mary Brooks Picken, and every one is a gem.  She was born in Kansas in 1886 and founded The Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences in Scranton, PA.  Nearly 300,000 women enrolled to learn skills via correspondence or classroom lessons, allowing oodles of them to even earn some money sewing for others once they were proficient.

I love the following quote by Picken (on p. 141):  "This is a glorious morning and I've had the best time reading your letters.  Everyone says I've been at my desk the entire forenoon, but I haven't.  I've been miles and miles away, over in the Orient, down in languorous South America, and out in our own bustling Middle West.  And if you've been responsible for carrying my imagination to such physical distances, you've been no less responsible for showing me life in its contrasts.  That's the idea that comes up oftenest when I read your letters-- how widely many of you are separated by distance and by environment and by circumstances.  Yet I believe you get together here on an unusual plane of sympathy and understanding and that you draw inspiration from one another."

Could there be any better description of the joys of blogland?

If you enjoy visiting feminine life of yesteryear, I highly recommend this book.

On vacation and just sneaking in a post,