Monday, December 27, 2010

Wonderful.

How was your Christmas? I hope it was as wonderful as ours was. 
It was this little bean's first Christmas and we had the best time watching her as she "opened" her presents!


I made her a little basket of soft fruits and vegetables. An ear of corn, a carrot, an apple, an orange, a pear and a little pod of peas. The peas are my favorite.


But,  Emma prefers the carrot. At least she likes her vegetables! Next year, she will be receiving Vanessa's darling stuffed turkey and some more fruits and veg, along with some desserts. Eventually, she'll have one extremely well-stocked pantry of fabric food stuffs! I also made her a knitted blanket, with big red and white stripes. It's soft and cozy and extremely squishable. Just like Emma!
In other news, we had our very first official WHITE Christmas! It was lovely to see soft flakes falling to the ground, even if the did melt on contact. But, after the sun went down, the flakes stuck and made a beautiful blanket of white on the world outside. Church was cancelled due to icy roads yesterday so, we stayed inside and watched old movies- Pollyanna, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Escape to Witch Mountain, Swiss Family Robinson- and we even snuck in Despicable Me. I love that movie. Gru is hilarious.
All in all, it was a quiet Christmas spent with family, the best gift of all.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Crunchy Goodness.

Have you seen these? I found them at the Wal Mart and Oh. My.Gosh. - are they yummy!


 Plus, they are super cute little guys, aren't they? I could play with them all day!


 Well, that is until it's time to dump them into the Really Big Pot.

 

They take on a rather Dali-esque appearance as they begin to melt. And, yes, it is disturbing. Very disturbing.


But they do make the most delicious treats!


CRUNCH!


Yum.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Let Your Star Shine.

 No matter how small and insignificant something seems,


inside there is always something beautiful..

                                                                                    
Maybe the best way we can let our stars shine is to look for them in others.
Shine today. :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Glow.

There is nothing like the cozy glow of lights coming from windows and doors on a cold, Winter's night.  It makes you wonder what  the family is doing inside- gathering at the table for dinner. playing a game, watching a movie. So, to satisfy your curiosity, you venture a little closer to find......


 Chickens!
Hello, Flora!


 Hello, Mavis and Hazel!


Pearl must be playing hide and seek. Silly thing.
Stay warm and cozy, girls!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Much. Too. Fast.

Why does time fly when you don't want it to? Two weeks is not a very long time in the grand scheme of things, is it? Most of Nathan's time home was spent doing this:


 Holding Emma. Who can blame him?


 She is very holdable.


 He delivered a package for a friend who is in Iraq. It's for the young man's girlfriend. I bet she was surprised! (Her dad answered the door. I'm sure he was wondering why someone was standing at the gate taking photos.)


 He opened Christmas presents, giving a "thumbs up" to Aunt Gayle's superb taste in t-shirts. He also got a booboo on his forehead. Don't ask. It really shows up with his "I have to go back to the Army" hair cut.


 But mostly he just loved this baby, giving her all of the kisses and hugs he could fit in in a short period of time.


And she loved every minute of it.

Nine months. That's how long we will wait for him to come back. It had better fly.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Words of Hope and Kindness.


Have you heard of The Brave Girls Club? I hadn't either, until a week or so ago. It was started by two sisters out in Idaho and you can read about them here.
A few days before Thanksgiving, I read a post that made me stop and think. It was a simple thing really, a challenge to go out and give strangers a little strip of paper with words of hope and kindness on them. How hard could that be? So, armed with my kindness messages (that I printed from here), I went to work on Black Friday prepared to share. I thought it would be better if I eased into this project by giving them to people I know first. So, I stuffed my apron pocket full of paper and randomly, throughout the morning, asked my friends to reach in for a happy thought. It was wonderful to see the reactions as they read their strips of paper! So much so, that I spread out the project to the customers. But, it all came to a halt when Nathan walked in the shop! I left with my pocket still packed with paper strips.
Last Thursday, Nathan, my friend, Cilla, and I went out shopping for Christmas gifts for Cilla's party. I was armed with my strips of paper, determined to share them with complete strangers and wish them a Merry Christmas. Our target location was Wal Mart.
It took me a minute to bring myself to walk up to a perfect stranger and ask them if they would like a "happy thought". There were a few who said no, looking at me as though I was crazy. But there were also those who gladly accepted them and rewarded me with a big smile or a hug. These positive moments spurred me on to complete my task. I gave half of the strips to Cilla, with the challenge to give all of them away. She did.
There was one woman, an employee that I nearly walked by, who touched me in a most profound way. I turned around and said to her, "I think you need a happy thought." "You know, I do.", was her reply and she chose her strip of paper. Quiet. Then, tears, as she showed me what it said-
You can be brave. You can do difficult things. It will be worth it!. 
Her next statement shocked me. "My son was murdered last Friday. You don't know how much I needed this. I come to work because I can't stay home."  Tears. More tears. A hug for a woman I didn't know but was compelled to give as I thought of my son coming home that same day. My joy, her loss combined together in a moment that is truly beyond description. I will remember her forever.
Cilla and I have plans to go out with pockets full of little strips of paper again. And again. The feeling that comes from doing such a simple thing is better than shopping for presents. So, go. Be brave. Make some one's day. You'll be better for it. Promise.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Word Nerd.

That's me in a nutshell. I love words. I like the fact that there are words out there that allow you to sum up your thoughts in one fell swoop instead of carrying on and on and on. I make it a point to find new-to-me words, research their definitions and then use them in conversation. It is really great fun.
The other day I was perusing the latest Country Living magazine when I found this:


Lara Robby/Studio D
Journal
Crafted from recycled paper and soy ink, this diary provides a handy spot for jotting down "extraordinary or quotidian thoughts." 

Did you see it? The word of the day?  Quotidian. Go on, say it! What kind of book would be worthy of holding quotidian thoughts? Apparently, this journal. So, if this journal will also hold extraordinary thoughts, what are quotidian thoughts, one might ask. Can you say "Google?" 
Here you go:

quo·tid·i·an

adj \kwō-ˈti-dē-ən\

Definition of QUOTIDIAN

1
: occurring every day <quotidian fever>
2
a : belonging to each day : everyday <quotidian routine> b : commonplace, ordinary <quotidian drabness>
quotidian noun
See quotidian defined for English-language learners »

Examples of QUOTIDIAN

  1. quotidian quarrels that other couples had, they had rows that shook the entire neighborhood>
  2. quotidian coughing fit, the result of years of smoking>

Origin of QUOTIDIAN

Middle English cotidian, from Anglo-French, from Latin quotidianus, cotidianus, from quotidie every day, from quot (as) many as + dies day — more at deity
First Known Use: 14th century
 In other words, those things that you do every single day such as washing dishes, sweeping the floors, brushing your teeth, making the beds, cooking dinner and every other thing that occurs on a daily basis are quotidian. But how much better do they sound when attached to such a glorious word? I rather think it elevates the mundane into something much more admirable. Journal-worthy, if you will.
Now all I need to do is find a way to work this new word into a conversation. Wish me luck!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

In My Dreams.....


If I was thinner than I am right now (I'll just leave it at that!), I would be wearing some of these clothes.
As I am not, I just dream.
These photos come from this blog:  Atelier des Ours. It is beautiful and very, very French. I like to read through and see if I can translate it using the French that resides in the far reaches of my brain. It's like a mental exercise. It also brings back memories of Mrs. Brown, my freshman year French teacher. She was old and cranky. Her lips were always pursed together and I don't think I remember her smiling. Ever.
But, we're not here to talk about Mrs. Brown. We're here to talk about these clothes!


Who wouldn't want to dress a bit like Laura Ingalls Wilder, only hip and cool?
They are the epitome of casual chic

I want to make this scarf! How hard could it be?
.

I can just see me going out to tend the chickens in this!


L.O.V.E.

Anyway, if you know me, you are aware that this is a far cry from what I wear every day. But, it's what I would wear if I could get away with it. Absolutely.