Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I Spy


I've been reading through my old Victoria magazines. Well, looking through them, to be more exact, and occasionally reading an article. 



I began by reading the month's issues corresponding to the actual calendar month, but now I am forging ahead and am currently enjoying the May issues. When I saw page 92 of the May 1990 issue, I did a double-take, and then went to the lower cupboard of my china hutch.


Yes! It was the same. I only have the one plate since it was the only one I found in my mother's things. But I do have this "feeling" that at one time she had an entire set that would have been her "good" dishes until she replaced them with the Rose Chintz dishes. I have no idea what she did with the Tudor Roses set.


Tudor Roses by J & G Meakin.



In searching I read one remark placing the pattern in the 1950s and another the 1970s. The 1950s would seem more likely since I'm trying very hard to think I remember them from my childhood. Anyway, spying something in Victoria (or elsewhere) that we also have is a thrill for some reason, don't you find?
























Basket by Mikasa.


















Odds and Ends:

I have had the large depression glass platter shown below since my great aunts passed away (the last in '83).


Every winter I treat myself to Camille Beckman hand cream. I love it even though I doubt there is anything that really helps my old dishpan hands. More humidity might help, though. We'll have plenty of that soon enough!


I have been enjoying watching my Rosemary & Thyme DVDs while winter and spring continue to battle it out. Seeing the beautiful flowers and English gardens is so soothing. (The mysteries aren't sophisticated, but the gardens are wonderful.) High winds here today, but not quite as high as off the coast of New England and Nova Scotia!

And finally, I had a dream about these, so what could I do but buy some?!!! :O)




For in Him we live and move and have our being.
Acts 17:28 (All of Acts 17 is worth a read!)

Linking to Pink Saturday. Please give Beverly a visit!

Blessings,
Bess

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Enjoying the Light

Taken in the evening hours.

I must be "losing it" for sharing these photos of my eclectic cottage living room with you today. I should have prepared by tweaking and refining every little thing. But these were taken on the spur of the moment a few days ago. I guess I must have paused and looked at the waning evening light coming in and felt such peace that I wanted to capture the moment.

So this is my humble living room with towels on chairs and the buffet (which holds Kallie kitty), rag rugs on the floor, the exercise bike, and yes ... clothespins holding back the curtains (until I'm inspired to find something more attractive). Oh the humanity! Do I have no shame?! ... But it's comfortable. The window Kallie is looking out faces east, the other south. 

This room is 19 x 12, I think. That's a glimpse of the kitchen doorway.

I wish I could properly convey how I felt when I stood in my living room on the first sunny morning after my being home during the day began. Peace just flooded my soul as I sat down on my couch and took it all in. Being as there were no windows in my work office, I had been "daylight starved" for many years. It even seemed the weekends rarely cooperated. 

Grainy because the light was growing dim,
and it would have defeated my purpose to use the flash.
This view is after one comes in the front door.

I'm not a very outdoorsy person, especially these days. So I need the kind of light that floods a room and then later slowly, gently says goodnight. I even prepared by switching my old loveseat from where the buffet now stands, to a position where I can sit and see the light (and sometimes look beyond to my quiet, small-town street). Now I often just sit there, enjoying the light.


Many are the plans in a human heart,
but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21

(The scripture today is for me, and anyone else who needs it!)

Many blessings, and I hope you'll come back again,
Bess

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A New Routine


Pretty stationery by Papyrus

Hi Friends! First of all, I apologize for my absence. My thanks to all of you who continue to stop by and to my first-time visitors, too.

I don't know how long it will last, but with the end of my previous job I've been able to exercise more and eat less, read more, sleep/rest more, clean more, go out less (saving gas), check on my elderly neighbor more, and so on. 

But the big addition to my routine is job hunting ... which is a job in itself. I spend a few hours almost every day checking all the sites I need to, and submitting my resume. (Since I last looked for a job, most everything now is done via computer initially, which I think is an improvement over "beating the pavement.") I have no idea what this will all lead me to: semi-retirement, retirement, or postponed retirement. My future holds many variables.

But I finally, I hope, have become less controlling and am giving God the freedom to guide me as He wills.

Daily I'm reading Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Two recent entries have been especially apropos:

March 11: "... If you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing Me work through you. When I gave you My Spirit, I empowered you to live beyond your natural ability and strength. That's why it is so wrong to measure your energy level against the challenges ahead of you. The issue is not your strength but Mine ..."

March 12: "Waiting for Me to work, with your eyes on Me, is evidence that you really do trust Me. If you mouth the words 'I trust You' while anxiously trying to make things go your way, your words ring hollow. ... You can wait expectantly, in hopeful trust. Keep your 'antennae' out to pick up even the faintest glimmer of My Presence."

Thanks, Lord. I needed that!

It's a gorgeous day here. Hope it is where you are as well. If not, look to the Spring in your heart. 

Until next time,
Bess