I don't know about you but I am certain I was meant to hibernate when weather gets this cold. It feels much like running through sorghum to complete necessary gotta do's this morning.
So... I am hoping two rather large mugs of coffee with Splenda and cream have caused my brain to become alert enough to write. The jury is still out on that.
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I'm hoping someday to get the blue wing back chair reupholstered. It was purchased to compliment my former living room furniture in the late 1990s and not the "tobacco" shade of our current sofa.
In a perfect world, it would already be dressed up in a pretty print of some kind. However, that is very low on our priority list. Fortunately, the shade of blue works fine in the meantime.
Oh, yes... I'm sure it has broken Edith's heart as her son as written such unkind things about his family. I know in all Edith's books, she talks about their own inadequacies and has never tried to come off as a perfect family as he promotes. Especially in The Tapestry, she is quite open about their flaws... including Francis' temper and the way she tries to get too much accomplished in too little time, which makes it hard for people to keep up with her!
There is an excellent rebuttle to Franky's book by Oz Guinness but it is now archived and one must subscribe to Books & Culture to read it. Oz spent many years at L'Abri and was best friends with Franky Schaeffer.
Nancy Pearcey (also a L'Abri alumni) wrote an equally excellent review of Franky (now called Frank) Schaeffer's "tell all book"... (here). It is long but well worth reading.
Both were shocked at the disrespect and "meanness" in which he writes about his parents but both also talked about the problem of people romanticizing the Schaeffer's beyond truth.
I can tell you two things I took out of the scandal of their son's book.
First, he was definitely a spoiled "much longed for son" and I noticed the difference between how he and his sisters were raised. The three girls all were active within the ministry, helping out even as youngsters. Franky was part of it later but in his important growing up years, he was pretty much raised by other people at L'Abri.
Second, it had the opposite affect on me than I think the younger Schaeffer was hoping. I mean, really, if that family is as flawed as he says (which is dismissed by all who knew them as not true) and they could reach the world for Christ... my own flaws will not keep me from finishing the course He has set before me!
Back in my former life when I worked in a corporation, I was taught by a wise boss that different employees can view the same "truth" differently through their own filter. My responsibility when meeting with a group was to sort through each individual's truth to find what was really True. I am certain Franky had a lot of hurt in his youth which brought about a warped lens of truth as he grew up to reject his parents and his parent's god.
On a lighter subject, I was asked about the crustless quiche recipe I use. You can find it on Jewels' blog (and yes, I miss her writing!)... here. I copied the whole post to Word and printed it out at the time so I could have available all their different options.
While I miss Jewels' writing on her blog, I do love her daughter's blog... here. Rosie's Ramblings is one of the few blogs that when I see a new post pop up on my rss feed, I stop what I am doing to read it.
Her photography was the inspiration for me to start My World This Week, I wanted to look at my life through the camera lens the way she does so beautifully.
The potato pancake mix which was shown in the photo is available in the kosher section of the grocery store.
I bought a couple boxes when it was on sale last year after Passover. :)
Yes, that is the Farmgirl Butter Cookie pie crust recipe taped inside my cabinet door. You can find it... here. It is yummy!