Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sweet Saturday Repose


Midst the usual Saturday chores, I've been enjoying this beautiful autumn day. The sun has been coming and going, but I drove around awhile looking at the pretty color on the trees.  They were at their peak here the past few days.  I also am enjoying reading this sweet little book (lots of photos and maps):


While out I stopped to see some Christmas pretties at a local shop.  So, so lovely, but I only bought a little white chocolate/peppermint bark.  Is it too early for that?  Yum.  Now I'm doing a quick post while listening to Paul McCartney and Wings on Last.fm.  I haven't shared the other portion of my small thimble collection (see more here), so below is a photo (taken with the flash, the snap without the flash wasn't in focus):


Some serene sunshine:

A glimpse of my Christmas/Winter doll;
I might let her out for a future tablescape post. :-)

Dust or sunlight?  Probably a combination even though
I dusted Wednesday evening ... it's a never-ending battle!

Sweetie has been enjoying this lovely Saturday as well:


Hope you are enjoying yours,
Bess

Linking to Cindy's My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.  Great blog party!

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Short Mammogram Story

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Last week I had my annual mammogram. It's only natural to dread the whole thing, which is one of the reasons Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so important ... to help us override the dread. Anyone undergoing such tests worries about the outcome, and many women feel real discomfort and pain during the x-ray. I am fortunate in that I have rarely felt any pain or discomfort. Another blessing for me is that it’s a brief respite from the rush of the office, and if I have to wait long in the waiting room, a chance to do some much-cherished reading. 

In fact, during one of my x-rays a few years ago, after exchanging greetings with the technician, I enthused over how I was so glad to be having a mammogram that day because it was giving me a break from the office. My technician was quiet, stared at me briefly, and then said quite seriously: “That’s just sad.”

A little humor while I wait and pray for a good mammogram report ... for me ... and for you,
Bess
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   (NKJV)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

1960s Paris Knits


Today I'm sharing a fabulous book of chic knitted and crocheted fashions circa 1965.

But first, especially for the Tea Ladies:  The demitasse cup in the photos below is one of my mother's collection.  I think it is ever so sweet.  The pin was my grandmother's, and I thought it looked like it might be from the Sixties.  I crocheted the bookmark for my mother.  I suppose I should starch and block it one of these days!



This china doll is a music box that plays "Happy Birthday"; it belonged to my grandmother (on my mother's side):


Now a look at this divine book. Click on the photos to enlarge, and if a photo strip, you have to click on the "Image from ..." link to the left below the photo, and then click again to get a really good look:




Below are my favorites (the back cover is the same as the front):


There are a few more photos in the book, but the garments were on the bland side for Paris and didn't "send me."  ;-)  In the following mosaic, the itsy-bitsy teapot and the covered dish for trinkets were both dollar store purchases a few years back. Maybe cheap looking to some, but I liked their delicate appearance.  The tin was made in England, and the little fan-shaped bookmark was tatted by one of my great-aunts.  The placemat was a thrift-shop purchase.


Thanks for visiting my blog, and if you haven't already, I hope you'll visit the lovely blog parties listed below.  Their hostesses are all such kind, beautiful ladies, and you'll find so many wonderful posts!


Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12

Wishing each and every one of you a great big download
of peace and serenity,
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!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Sweet Book with Much Wisdom


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Hello Dear Readers!

Although I have read from the Austen book shown in my last post and will do so again, over my break I've actually been reading Heidi by Johanna Spyri, among other books.  (I always have too many books going at once, but eventually I finish all of them.)  Several passages captured my heart, but what follows really spoke to me.  I hope it speaks to you as well.  Here the doctor from Frankfurt is visiting Heidi at her mountain home:

"Can you understand, Heidi, that a man may sit here with such a shadow over his eyes that he cannot feel and enjoy the beauty around him while the heart grows doubly sad knowing how beautiful it could be?  Can you understand that?"

..."Yes, I can understand it.  And I know this, that then one must say [sing] one of grandmother's hymns, which bring the light back a little, and often make it so bright for her that she is quite happy again.  Grandmother herself told me this."

"Which hymns are they, Heidi?" asked the doctor.

..."Shall I begin at the verse that grandmother says gives her a feeling of hope and confidence?"

The doctor nodded his assent, and Heidi began,--

Let not your heart be troubled
Nor fear your soul dismay,
There is a wise Defender
And He will be your stay.
Where you have failed, He conquers,
See, how the foeman flies!
And all your tribulation
Is turned to glad surprise.

If for a while it seemeth
His mercy is withdrawn,
That He no longer careth
For His wandering child forlorn,
Doubt not His great compassion,
His love can never tire,
To those who wait in patience
He gives their heart's desire.

                *  *  *
That's a great example of what I'm talking about, Friends.  Only I prefer to sing songs of love, hope, comfort, and strength to myself, silently in my head.  Reciting Bible verses, hymns, praise and worship songs works, too, but there's just something about the singing of them that works wonders.  BUT, once is not enough.  We sing the songs to ourselves over and over again until our spirits our lifted and we can go about our day feeling the Joy that is ours in Jesus ... or until we drift off into blessed, peaceful sleep when we turn out the lights.

Singing my way through the day so helps me to feel at peace.  Learn some short wholesome songs, then learn some more, in order to build up a wonderful repertoire the Holy Spirit can choose from to have you sing.  Whenever a song comes to my mind, I sing it in my head until either I'm engaged in my work or play, or until the Spirit brings another song to my mind, then I begin singing that song, until .... 

You can find more about this method of finding peace and joy on my sidebar under Tools for Overcoming Negative Thinking (the first, second, and third posts are the most important).

Have a wonderful start to your week,
Bess

I'm linking up with Charlotte for Spiritual Sundays.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Reading and Relaxing



I'm thinking I'm going to take a week or two to relax, take in the gorgeous autumn weather/ambience, and catch up on some reading in the evenings ... but if I get a burst of energy I'll be back sooner! 

Incidentally, I bought the magazine Christmas Cottage by Hoffman Media today.  I was surprised to see it already, so grabbed it while I could.  Looking forward to reading it very much, but may put that on hold while I immerse myself in the glorious month of October.

Thank you all for visiting, and please stop by again!

If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Romans 10:9,10

Hoping you, too, are able to find some time to relax with a great book or magazine,
Bess