Wednesday, May 27, 2015

More Dishcloths


Sometimes I go to desperate lengths to be able to take a few photos in good light/sunshine. I wasn't successful today. The sun has been teasing me. Not unlike trying to snap a photo of our resident cardinal or the male house finch for their gorgeous red feathers. That is another exercise in futility for me. I am so impressed when you talented gals capture such clear images of birds/wildlife in your photos.



I usually have a dishcloth going, even though it takes me forever to finish one. You can find my simple pattern for the knitted ones here. But this week I made a dishcloth using a crochet pattern from Olga's blog (here and here) just because I so wanted to try the stitch. It worked up easily although I need more practice! I'd like to try the pattern using maybe a fingering yarn to make a narrowish scarf sometime.

Olga's stitches are much prettier, so be sure to check out her post!

I wish we could spread out the rain that Texas and Oklahoma are receiving. I pray they get less and California gets more!



That's it for today! Have a good one!
Bess

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Candid Kitties


Just wanted to share this snap I took of Baby with my phone. It makes me smile. Then, not to be outdone, Sweetie took a selfie:


Silly kitties.  8-]

Blessings,
Bess

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Garden Beauties


The flowers in this post were spotted on a couple of errands about town recently (photos taken with my phone). I'm a little bit tired today, so I will just let you look!








"I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley."
Song of Solomon 2:1  TLB


In God's garden, we're all beauties! 
Have a lovely day,
Bess
PS: It's too early for Rose of Sharon bushes to bloom here, but I'll keep my eye out for them later in the summer.




Monday, May 18, 2015

A Teacup in the Sun


My teacup today belonged to my mother. It is from China, and is rather sweet. She had three from the same maker, and this is the sturdiest. The other two (you can see the first I shared here) are more delicate.





I so wish I knew where she bought them, if she bought them all at once, even what her mood was that day. Did she need a pick-me-up? Were they a bargain she couldn't resist? Did she intend to plant violets in them? My knowledge of the provenance of her belongings I now have is not as complete as I would like. Ah well, perhaps I'll think to ask her when I see her again in Heaven.  But it's best to ask while you can!



I resorted to shooting some photos outside today, and boy, was it ever bright. Some of the photos aren't as clear as they could be. 

I enjoyed Victoria Classics Gardens of Bliss very much. It's a lovely magazine. You can buy it at victoriamag.com or go straight to hoffmanmediastore.com. They also have a new Victoria Classics that will be available tomorrow, May 19, entitled French Cottage. I think I'm going to have to have that one as well!  :O)








I have found that being home caring for my brother has made me lose track of what day of the week it is. It seems like the weekend all the time. He is always thinking it's Saturday, too, because I'm home! On the whole, it has been a most pleasant time. Since his health has stabilized, I am indulging in more and more bits of time spent on my own pursuits. There's often a silver lining if we look for it!




The cute little table, daisy pin, and seed pearl ladybug pin all belonged to my grandmother (my mother's mother).

I'm joining Sandi, Martha, Bernideen, Ruth, and Kathy for their lovely parties this week. Please pay them a visit and enjoy all the nice posts. Reading them is like an infusion of serenity!





... The cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15

It's a gorgeous day here, and God is good!
Bess

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mystery Flowers and a Kitty Nose


I was finally able to open the above photo (taken by my phone) using Yahoo Mail instead of Outlook. I don't know what kind of flowers those are. If you know, please leave a comment and tell me! I would really appreciate it.

Some of you have met Baby, our littlest kitty. Compared to the other three, who have "turned-up" noses, Baby is very leonine. In fact, sometimes I refer to her nose as a proboscis, but she says that's going a bit too far!  :O)  


If I roll on my side at night, Baby has taken to resting on my arm and shoulder in the Sphinx position. I can remember when she and her sister (both feral) wouldn't come near us! She really is a little cutie now.


Just a silly post for another rainy Saturday night!
Bess

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Peonies and Company


I took a short walk today, and an even shorter walk yesterday, to bring you these photos. Enjoy!










I forgot about my little spirea bush that was overtaken by the cedar trees. As dark as it is under there (without a flash), it managed to get a few blooms anyway:



These iris have the prettiest pale blue upper petals:



My back yard has practically become a forest, but even the trees have beautiful, fresh new growth:


Later I had to run an errand and snapped a photo or two of an unknown plant with my phone, but so far I can't open them on my computer. I will persevere, and perhaps I can share them next time and someone can enlighten me as to the flower's name. Until then, one last white peony with a photobombing hose.


I was so busy taking photos that I didn't smell that wonderful peony fragrance! Maybe I was too far away (using the zoom lens at times). I will remedy that and draw in a deep breath of that sweetness soon.

Blessings,
Bess

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tea and a Magazine or Two


There's lovely sunshine today (and yesterday was particularly nice), but getting to a spot of it in the house is not going well! Finally I resorted to snapping a few photos at my kitchen table this morning, and have used Picture Manager's Auto Correct on most to brighten them a bit.

Today I'm sharing thoughtful gifts from my sister-in-law. She's such a sweetheart to surprise me from time to time with something just for me. The teacup actually was a gift from a couple or so years ago and is Gracie Bone China. It is a large cup that feels really nice to hold.















































This past year she has also gifted me with subscriptions to Tea Time and Midwest Living. I've enjoyed Tea Time in the past and still do, but I haven't read Midwest Living before. It's mostly a travel magazine with interesting places to see in the Midwest, plus it had some nice, longer articles that suited me to a "T": Mackinac Island; the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin; large florals being used in decorating, and more.





I also learned from the latest issue of Tea Time that the six vintage Dirigold forks (from Sweden, I think) I have that I thought were maybe seafood forks are actually pastry forks. They are brassy in color, and mine have developed some imperfections.




Alas, I had no pastry today to have with my English Breakfast tea that was part of a Mother's Day gift from my beloved son and equally beloved daughter-in-law! But the tea tastes wonderful and gives me an excuse to pick up some pastries.  :O}



I'm sharing today with these wonderful spots on the web:

Rose Chintz Cottage
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog
Martha's Favorites
Antiques and Tea Cups




Wake up, wake up, break out in song!
Judges 5:12

Thanks Family! And thank you, Friends, for stopping by!
Bess