Saturday, March 21, 2015

Springing Back

Hi Dear Readers! Is it March 21st already?! Amazing. Today I'm sharing some vintage green.

It has been a beautiful month. The weather has been lovely for many of the days, daffodils are blooming, the fruit trees are beginning to bloom, and tulip leaves have pushed up halfway.

I spent the first two weeks of March helping a neighbor prepare and move to an assisted living facility. It was a job in more ways than one, but I think it's a decision that will prove very beneficial for her. Then ...

I promptly got sick with bronchitis. I am feeling better, although my cough will probably be slow in leaving, if the past is any indication. But this is "majorly minor" compared to what many others are dealing with right now, and I know I am blessed.

In my life, "springing back" from a huge project or big shift in priorities, or whatever, has rarely been immediate. It's usually a process; sometimes an agonizingly-slow one!

Also during March, I've been pondering my blog, and was not feeling one ounce of inspiration for new posts. But then I realized it probably wasn't the blog, but me. Enthusiasm waxes and wanes regarding many interests, but I'm sure I won't regret persevering.

"I hope I will always be singing--not asking what the future holds, but being thankful for the present; content to work, to spread some happiness if I may, and always trying to be my best self." 
From Upon My Lips a Song by Kate Smith.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the appearing of the glory
of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Titus 2:11-13

I can't think of a circumstance where springing back wouldn't be worth the time and effort. It just feels so much better!

Enjoy your weekend,
PS: The little trays are well-worn papier mache from Alfred E. Knobler, Japan. The teacup is Heathcote from England. The trinket holder is Lefton. The ring holder is a little dusty. :O)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I've Been Keeping On with Keeping On

Vintage books. I don't have the faux flowers anymore.

So sorry I haven't been posting much. I just haven't had the time or energy. Not even to do much reading, so I don't have any new quotes to share!

Books in my closet. I donated the Ohrbach books to the library. They were my mother's and after awhile
I realized they weren't quite "me." Pretty books, though.

But it looks like the demands on my time are going to be lighter in a couple weeks or so. Then I hope to post more. And read more, and get back to my attempts at watercoloring and scripture art journaling.

Some of my Stoddard books and a few others. These are old photos, so I don't
have the Ohrbach books anymore. Someday I may regret not keeping these two.

And I especially hope to visit all of you more often!

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name's sake.
Psalm 23:1-3

Tired of winter? If the weather is dreary, we must make our own sunshine! I think I'll sing a happy, hopeful song to myself while I put clean sheets on my bed: "Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh, what a beautiful day..." And I'm looking forward to getting cozy tonight and watching the Downton Abbey season finale. It's all been good, but I've especially enjoyed this season. (For one thing, the clothes have been amazing!)

Thanks for stopping by! Be blessed,