Saturday, August 31, 2013

Book: Miss Nonentity by L.T. Meade


I finished Miss Nonentity yesterday. It's a very old-fashioned book, with behavior by the men and even the mothers in the book that seems very outmoded these days. But once I was finally moving along with it (I had put it down to read other books that were calling to me), I enjoyed it.

This book had me fooled. I began reading it with a preconceived idea of what a "Miss Nonentity" would be like, and I actually didn't know which was the title character until I grew suspicious because of the lack of involvement of a certain one. 

As to the plot/setting, it involves education and families in the late 1800s; the effect money and lack or surplus thereof has on two friends; and by attempting a grand gesture- getting oneself into a "pickle" that just keeps getting worse. And of course, Miss Nonentity saves the day.

This is only the second book (to my recollection) that I've read by L.T. Meade, but I hope to read others. 


She wrote 280 - 300 books, mostly for girls and women. You can read more about her here and here. (Here is the London cover for the book. It was published in 1900. Note: The edition I have is 310 pages long. Amazon claims to have a paperback version with 98 pages. Something seems amiss. Eventually I will be checking online with my library for other Meade books.)


I've added the book to my little hallway table. It belonged to my great grandmother, and within its drawer I keep an old scrapbook/baby book my grandmother made re my mother, an only child:

The photo must be from a magazine or paper.

The drawer also holds my mother's paper doll (or paperdoll):


Sometime on this blog we will have to take out both keepsakes for a better look!

I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend (for many of us). You may have seen my previous post, and the work has begun to slowly and carefully close down the office. In the midst of our circumstances, God reminds us to trust in Him for the future and not in what we are planning. Plans are good, but He is better! So I will carry on, one day at a time, and see how His plans for me unfold. (But I'm still hoping for retirement at 62!)

Have you seen Shelia's Tilda dolls? They are darling! Click here for her first Tilda.

Well, I must skedaddle! Things to do; food to eat. (I've already gone the places I'm going to go, for today.)  :O)




For we are God's handiwork ...
Ephesians 2:10

... I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...
Psalm 139:14

There may be a book, but in reality there's no such person as a Miss Nonentity!
Bess
PS: I forgot to share the inscription. Love the penmanship, the old names, and the ink:


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Change




Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: 
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Psalm 23:6  KJV

Rest in peace, Boss. You will be missed.
Bess

Sunday, August 11, 2013

All Over the Place

I thought if I sat on Mama's chair she wouldn't blog. Oh well.

Hi Friends!

Weather-wise, this summer has been all over the place. In June, I would have thought we were in for another hot, dry period, which would have extended the drought we've been in.

Then a miracle happened, and periodic rains fell ... 1/4" here, 1/2" there, with some lovely, cooler days sprinkled about.

Now, however, some of our neighbors have had too much rain, and my thoughts and prayers are with them. Not us, fortunately, though the 5" total last week bordered on being too much.  One thing we have been short on lately is sunshine! There have been many cloudy evenings and weekends, which don't allow the best lighting for taking blog photos.

But I can't complain. The moisture has been an answer to prayer, and an outright miracle. (As I write, we are under another flood watch; there have been many such watches this summer.)

We kitties are experts at keeping Mama from making the bed.
By the way, see my Black Belt?! 'Nuf said.

Likewise, and you may have noticed, my blog has been all over the place. Some blog authors declare they are "keeping it real." I think that's super, and I read several like that. Others are more of a deliberate escape from reality ... a pretty little spot of repose. I love several blogs of that ilk, as well.

As for me, I think I've been going both ways (although my main intent is to keep this blog as positive as possible). Anymore what you get on this blog is a real mixed bag, just like my life! So some posts have dishes, while some dish on an observation about life.

And probably far too many of my posts are about books. No ... wait ... a blog can never have too many posts about books!  :O)

Of course, I truly hope my love for God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit emanates from this spot on the web, or for me my blog has failed to be in the most important place of all.

If I ignore her maybe she won't throw out this ugly pillow like
she's been threatening to. Nope. It's left the building. Bummer.

So for you who are faithful visitors, I thank you and appreciate you so very much. I want to also extend a big welcome to my new followers and readers! Welcome!

My boss often teases me about how much I keep my eye on weather reports. Guess I'm a lot like Mrs. Bale on As Time Goes By: "... I'm far happier with a good book and the shipping forecast." Yep, that's me!

"When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- 
to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."
Marcus Aurelius

Go away. You will never get a good shot of me. Never!

Revel in it all, and keep on paddling!
Bess
PS: The kitties want to thank you for putting up with their gratuitous photos.
                                                                                                                                                    

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New to Me Book(s)


I may be the last to learn of the Tilda books, but I just received and read my first, Tilda's Seaside Ideas, and it is so cute! It is written by Tone Finnanger and apparently originates from Norway. Fortunately, the books are available in English. 

It is a craft book, but I don't know that I'll ever make any of the crafts. However, I adore the lovely vignettes; the sweet crafted dolls and other items; the soothing, soft colors ... all beautifully photographed and printed on wonderful paper (yes, I think I might have a paper fetish!).


There are many other Tilda books to be discovered on Amazon or ilovetilda.com. (I'll only show the one inside page ... don't want to spoil it for you!)

Do you have any of the Tilda books? Do you have a favorite? Have you made any of the crafts? I'm going to enjoy them as gentle, slim, decorating books, and if I ever make something, that will just be icing on the cake!

Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is surnamed Peter; he is staying in the house of Simon the tanner by the seaside.
Acts 10:32


If you would like to read more, here is the Amazon link:


 
If you haven't been able to escape to the seaside in body this summer, then I hope you've been able to in spirit! (I have to do the latter.)

May an abundance of beautiful blessings be yours,
Bess