Saturday, November 14, 2015

Still Taking It Easy

Well, as easy as possible. I've been reading, of course. I find myself rotating through books by my favorite authors: Rosamunde Pilcher, D E Stevenson, Angela Thirkell, Grace Livingston Hill, L M Montgomery, Miss Read, and possibly Muriel Spark might become a favorite. I also want to read more from Maud Hart Lovelace, having finished the complete Betsy-Tacy series a few years ago. Occasionally I sneak in a different author. As for non-fiction, I read Joyce Meyer (I want to reread some of her old works that I haven't donated to the library; my name is down for The Mind Connection, but apparently so are a lot of other people's), and other inspirational authors as the Spirit moves me.

These last couple of months I've enjoyed an increase in my Bible study time. Maybe 2-3 times a week I read a NT chapter (NIV), highlighting whatever speaks to me during that reading, and if something really speaks loudly to me, I write that passage in my Bible journal (I'm not illustrating it, just writing out verses). In the same study session I read 1-2 chapters of the OT in the NIV, depending on length. Then I read about the chapters from two handbooks (Halley's and Unger's), and finish up by reading the same chapter(s) in the Amplified. Again, if a passage seems extra meaningful to me, I write it in my journal. I don't own any commentaries, but once in awhile I do get on BibleGateway and do a more thorough study. Most days, however, the two Bibles and two handbooks are satisfactory.

Let's see. Haven't been overly creative, but I am knitting a "skinny" scarf. It's slow going due to an old shoulder injury, but I work just a little at a time because I still dearly love to knit. I do have the urge to learn to knit socks, which I have never done before. 

I finally finished my little, old Betsey Clark coloring book from the 1970s. Coloring is finally the "in" thing to do! I've started another page in my Dover floral book, and a friend of the family gave me a lovely book by Millie Marotta entitled Animal Kingdom. It's quite intricate, but will be beautiful if I ever get much filled in. I also hope to purchase Valerie Sjodin's coloring book Colorful Blessings, when it comes out. Looks like it will be lovely. 

I spend a little time on Pinterest enjoying beautiful art, cozy rooms, and gardens. And I do look back at what I've pinned when I need a dose of loveliness. I used to be able to scroll through it all at one time, but now I can only partake in a portion at a time. Watercoloring is very much on my mind, but good light and commitment have been lacking. Maybe soon. 

And then there's still (!) the Christmas cross-stitch pillow that has no end. If I could just complete the white, then maybe the remaining bits would fly by. And speaking of Christmas, my carols are at my piano for enjoying throughout the season. I played some selections the other evening, but not since. Where do the days go?!

I have watched a few movies on Netflix. My two favorites have been Quartet (with Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey) and Haute Cuisine. Very low key but excellent, especially for those of us of a certain age. I've also begun the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. I wasn't too impressed with the pilot, but have watched a couple more episodes and liked them. One has to become invested in the characters, I suppose. On TV I watched the Masterpiece series Home Fires on PBS, which was right up my alley.

In other news, I was gifted with a new range after nine months without. Nothing to be alarmed over; microwave, crockpot, and electric skillet allowed for ample variety. But it's been fun to use an oven again! Alas, there's been a slight learning curve because I boiled over water/macaroni the first time I cooked on the stove-top. I hope to be well-acquainted with things by the time I prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this year.

Otherwise, things remain the same, which is a good thing. My household is doing well, and I hope yours is, too. I first posted five years ago today, and I will still try to post from time to time, but for now that's the most I'm shooting for.

Many blessings to you and yours,
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  1. Dear Bess, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season. I decided in early October to not look at blogs. I was spending too much time, and also seeing too many things that were keeping my mind focused in the wrong place. I do occasionally come through here to order from Amazon, but will not be visiting often. I feel much more peaceful living where I am and not so much in the lives of the blog ladies, though I have been very much encouraged by you and so many others. I hope that you are doing well, and wanted to let you know why I am not visiting. God bless you. Dianne L

    1. Dearest Dianne, I understand completely. I, too, find that I only visit the same 2 or 3 blogs daily, and then others far less frequently. And at least for now, I will be posting only rarely. I find I don't have the energy to keep up with blogland anymore, plus all the advertising annoys me, unfortunately. I thank you so much for entering Amazon through my blog. That is so thoughtful of you. I can't even get my family to remember to do that! :O) Enjoy your life, and I wish you a most blessed Christmas season, too. Take care, my friend. Bess

  2. I see you like some of the same authors as I do. Very pretty colouring. I have bought some wonderful colouring books lately and enjoy colouring when time allows. Once I start I don't want to stop. Had to give up knitting because of painful finger joints though think I could go back to it now but have got out of the habit.

    1. Hi Barbara from England! :O) If only our joints would behave and not age just because we are. I find coloring very relaxing except for when the kitties pester me at the same time. I always enjoy your blog when I visit, Barbara. Blessings, Bess

  3. Sounds very calm and cozy in your home. Good books are treasures and I have a few I read and re-read. I especially like Gladys Taber's books , along with Tasha Tudor's books. And of course, my Bible.

    Needlework is something I love to do when watching t.v. with my husband, and spinning the wool of my sheep into yarn. I don't knit or crochet but do know many women who knit beautiful socks. They enjoy knitting them and wearing them too.

  4. Hi Bessy, I'm sorry I seem to have missed this post, but was glad to read it and find you enjoyed a cosy Autumn with your new range (is it an Aga?) And gentle pastimes. Glad things are ticking over nicely,

    I actually popped over to wish you a Very Happy New Year...I haven't forgotten you. Don't sorry if you can't post often, (neither do I!)
    But it IS nice to catch up.
    God bless day

  5. Dear Bess, I just wanted to stop by and wish you a very happy new year! Like you, I took a bit of a break from blogging. Partly because life got a bit overwhelming. But the insanity has passed, and I'm looking forward to reconnecting with this part of my world. Your friendship and encouragement have always been special to me, and I just wanted to say thank you.

    I'm so glad to read that you are doing well. Congratulations on your new range, and on finishing your coloring book! All the women in my family got coloring books for Christmas this year. I kind of love that they are coming back into style for adults. It really is relaxing to bring a picture to life. (And since I have no great talent in drawing, coloring is a supremely better activity. :-)

    I smiled when I read that you had Christmas carol music just waiting for you on the piano. I do that too -- leave music out to play. I always intent to play more than I do, and like you, find the time flying by. But there's a part of me that loves that it's always there...just waiting for me.

    Until next time, God bless you my friend!


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