Sunday, September 28, 2014

remembering September

I've enjoyed Cheryl's Gathering the Moments over this past year. 
As time passes so quickly it has caused me to look
back, reflect, and be thankful for God's gifts.
Otherwise I tend to fly on to the "next thing."
September included much time away from home. 
When visiting with old friends we did a lot of walking, and
enjoyed lunch on the river. Home to put out some
fall decor, enjoy a new tea shop "just around the corner," 
dinner with friends, spending time with the grandees,
a morning of photo taking, and a big church picnic.
The month ended on the road again. 
Looking forward to October and planting my feet firmly at home.
Joining Judith's Mosaic Monday and Cheryl's Gathering the Moments.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

one thousand smiles

Yes, one thousand smiles for 1000 photos. I could hardly imagine it. 
But there we were on a beautiful fall morning, all our family gathered together.
A young friend gave to me, a grandma, the gift of a photo shoot.
For me to share with my daughter in law. 
How thoughtful is that, to gift her gift and skill to me?
I was intrigued when she wanted to go to the kids' rooms and 
photograph them jumping on their beds or playing with their legos. 
Totally fun stuff. 
She even brought along her eight-year-old son/assistant to make the kids laugh.
Most of the time. 
Acorns dropping from her head helped too. 
A gift I will treasure forever, but
not as much as her friendship!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

on 2 corners

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway there is a town called Little Switzerland. 
It's not much but two corners, but the views are worth a visit.
And so is a cozy lunch spot  . . . and the 30,000 books housed in a "little" ...
 … bookshop on the two corners, called "Books and Beans."
We always stop there for a browse. There's no online selling.
No, you need to come and have a look through three stories of books . . .
and smell the coffee, which is a new addition since the last time we were 
there. And the way time flies, that could be a few years ago.
I thought I'd stop in the restroom before we left,
. . . and I'm so glad I did. I thought this window alone
would fit well joining Judith's Mosaic Monday, and that's
just what we're doing.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bread Day

A day with Little Brother seemed a good
time to try a new bread recipe. He wanted
to help, and helped a lot, sticking with it
through each stage.

Maybe he'll be the family bread
maker some day!

Kneading this heavy, healthy bread was a bit hard but he did his best. 
It was even hard for grandma.
It may be the first time I really just went with a made up recipe. I had the basics down but I 
wanted to try to make this very healthy. So the ingredients, in no special order were: Coconut 
oil, black molasses, yeast started in water with a pinch of sugar, whole wheat flour, white flour, 
water, pinch of salt, Chia seeds, flax seeds, and oats. I have to say it was delicious.
Someone ate three pieces! Fresh from the oven, 
it didn't even need butter,
though one of us enjoyed using some. :-)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

thru a lace lightly

Two windows from our time in Germany, both lined with lace.
This lace is in a tiny window not 18 inches wide.
You might guess which room of the house it was found in!
Our hotel room was at the back of the building and 
I loved seeing the beautiful lace in this window against the green of the grass.

Joining Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.

Friday, September 12, 2014


I didn't have a clue what to do for a motion image but then
remembered that we had seen motion in water
this past weekend in MN.
 So here we are, three images of movement, one showing the power of water;
the other two more gentle. The latter two were taken with my iPhone.
Joining in Donna's Photo Challenge today, 
where the challenge is "Motion." 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

five days

 Five days away, up near the top of our country. 
Cooler temperatures. Different terrain. Delightful outings.
Best of all, time with old friends. We take up where we left off
as the years between fade quickly and we're back lining our
babies up for photos, going on picnics, working on a project together, 
all while learning how to be parents.
 As we remember, we gazed at the beauty 
of summer gardens at Como Park Conservatory.
Fading they were, in preparation for fall, while
the scent of "old fashioned" roses fills the air.
We walked, sat and talked, and walked some more.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Last summer in Germany my camera was drawn to one window after another.
This is maybe my most favorite of them all. I love the shade of green on the tattered shutters, 
the deep pink flowers interlaced with white stretching up to meet lace at the windows. 
Reflected you can see the tower on the rather humble church across the road. 
It would be lovely to be standing or sitting inside this window, looking out on a busy street. 
I think it would be a good place to have a cup of tea.
And this just arrived today, hot off the press. A friend
pre-ordered it for my birthday and I think we
will be reading it for our book club. It's a thick
book and looks good. I love the title.
It will be good to be back in Mitford.

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