Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Moving On (?)


Dear Friends,

It has become clear to me that I no longer have much desire to work on posts for my blog.  It has been a wonderful experience, but now I'd rather use my spare time to pursue other interests.  I will still be visiting your charming blogs, of course.  They give me much pleasure, and I learn new things from each of you.

My heartfelt thanks to all who have stopped by this little spot on the world wide web.

May God bless you and keep you and yours safe
and sound until that day,
Bess
Edited to add a PS:  Keep on singing to yourselves ... and I suppose it's possible I may pop in and post something from time to time.  But I sure have had fun the past few days knitting, reading, and amazingly enough ... cooking!  :o)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Amazing Mrs. Willet



After telling of the various country talents and activities of
Mrs. Willet (a "Proverbs 31" woman), Miss Read writes:

The fact that she can do so many things, and take enormous pride in doing them well, is, I think, the secret of this apparently inexhaustible energy. There are so many different things to engage her, that when she tires of one, there is another to which she can turn and get refreshment.

... It is a creative life.  There is something worthwhile to show for energy expended which engenders the desire to accomplish more. Small wonder that the Mrs. Willets of this world are happy, and deserve to be so.

From the book Village Diary by Miss Read, a/k/a Dora Jessie Saint, 1957

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and to all the
"Mrs. Willets" out there,
Bess

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sitting and Resting



I find that after a particularly trying time, it's a good thing to do as the above photo suggests, and then:


Hope you are having a good week,
Bess

(Click on blue above to hear "Pick Yourself Up," music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, from the 1936 movie Swing Time.  It's an instant mood-lifter!)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Note to Self: K.I.S.S.



Hello Dear Readers!

If you've wondered where I've been for so long, well ... I've been "hovering somewhere near exhaustion."  :o)  The huge event overseen by our office has taken place, so hopefully, with a little R&R, I will regain some vim and vigor.

While I was absent from my blog, however, I did a little reflecting, and have decided to change the format a bit so as to make my blog less time-consuming and more pleasurable (for me, and I hope in the long run for you, too).  I have "pretty much" already shared every single belonging I have most of my pretties, and I refuse to go crazy buying things I don't need and can't really afford just for the sake of this blog.  But then again I've already succumbed to that a time or two. (Do you know Joyce Meyer's barbecue story?)

So most of the time there will be fewer photos per post, and less chatter (well, that won't be easy, but I'll try).  I will be sharing quotes from my reading and, of course, Bible verses.  Most importantly, by making my posts less of a "big hairy deal," I hope to be able to post more frequently.  That's my goal anyway.

And when I have something to say, why ... I'll just chatter away!

"I am the true vine,
and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts off every branch in me
that bears no fruit,
while every branch that does bear fruit
he prunes.  ...No branch can bear fruit by itself;
it must remain in the vine.
Neither can you bear fruit
unless you remain in me."
John 15:1,2,4

Just so you know: I think you're wonderful, and I dearly hope you'll keep stopping by,
Bess
PS:  Let's pretend the post title stands for Keep It Simple Sweetie, instead of the other ... so much nicer, don't you think?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Which is More Important?




This is what the Lord says:
"Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
but let those who boast boast about this:
that they understand and know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,"
declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 9:23-24

Day by day,
Bess

Linking up with Charlotte for Spiritual Sundays.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Beauty in Ordinary Little Things



It was important to Caroline to do things right, to do whatever she did to the best of her ability. She saw beauty in ordinary little things and took pleasure in it (and this was just as well because she had had very little pleasure in her life). She took pleasure in a well-made cake, a smoothly ironed napkin, a pretty blouse, laundered and pressed; she liked to see the garden well dug, the rich soil brown and gravid; she loved her flowers. ...when you leave youth behind, your eyes open and you see magic and mystery all around you: magic in the flight of a bird, the shape of a leaf, the bold arch of a bridge against the sky, footsteps at night and a voice calling in the darkness, the moment in a theatre before the curtain rises, the wind in the trees...


Enjoying the beauty,
Bess

Linking with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday

Excerpt from Vittoria Cottage by D.E. Stevenson; copyright 1949 by Dorothy Emily Peploe; Rinehart & Company, Inc. New York, Publisher