Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pearls


" ... it's good for pearls to be worn.
Pearls become sick if you shut
them up in the dark." 
(from Gerald and Elizabeth by D.E. Stevenson)


Interesting thought. I don't know if it's true or not. Though my first strand of pearls I received as a teenager or young adult (a long flapper-style rope that could be tied in a knot, below) is showing signs of its old age (deterioration), and it's been "in the dark" for 40+ years. I'm sure all the pearls I have are faux, but they do at least have knots tied between each bead.



You can learn more about pearls and fun ways to update their look from the lovely Duchesse at Passage des perles, here and here.



Here are some pearls I've gathered fairly recently:

From my desk Kitty Calendar:

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. 
(author unknown)

God loves to get knee-mail.

The secret of happiness is willingness to let go of the bad-- and hold on to the good as your most precious possession.

Faith is the bridge between hoping and knowing God is with us.

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, 'til it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." 
Harriet Beecher Stowe

From Joyce Meyer:

"I think the greatest tragedy in life is to live and not enjoy life."
(from The Battle Belongs to the Lord)

And from Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster:

"Did you ever hear of such a discouraging series of events? It isn't the big troubles in life that require character. Anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh-- I really think that requires spirit."

and

"It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones-- I've discovered the true secret of happiness, Daddy, and that is to live in the now. Not to be forever regretting the past, or anticipating the future; but to get the most that you can out of this very instant."



Time to put the pearls to bed again.

Again the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a dealer in search of fine and precious pearls, who, on finding a single pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.
Matthew 13:45-46  Amplified


Hope your Thanksgiving week has a lovely luster!
Bess
PS: I would have to do some serious practicing to bring "Soaring" up to snuff! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Quiet Saturday

A Bristol vase and other old pieces in my hutch.

Even though I have heard the sound of mowers picking up leaves for most of the day, it still seems so peaceful and serene today. Loving it!

She says Geo Z Lefton 1956 on the bottom.
Poor girl broke off some fingers.

OK. Leaf blower right below my kitchen window now. Ah, it's moving farther away.

This is a doll made from an old sugar sack.

Not much time to blog these days. Very few breaks at work and then early to bed. I wish I could nap on Saturdays as easily as the kitties do:

Kallie looks as if she'll fall off the table.

Sweetie looks a bit more comfy.

Someone, aka Baby, is up already and hoping for some kitty treats:

(I should be vacuuming!)

Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will praise you forever ...
Psalm 79:13

Have a beautiful weekend!
Bess