Thursday, February 20, 2014

My World this Week

I placed the little thyme plant in a favorite stoneware dish
We are having a temporary warm up!  Although so far the gravel lane still has about two inches of slushy ice that has caused some... issues.  Once March arrives we can have ice and snow but we know spring is going to be here soon.

Speaking of being here and all.  It looks like I will have very limited access to the computer until the taxes are done.  The info for the handy man work Hubby does (mostly in warm weather) is all in Excel so the receipts are carefully laid out on the computer desk.  I'd better not sneeze.

Here is what has been happening in my world through the lens of the camera.

Cozy winter reading

I am still in the beginning chapters of Stevenson's Sarah Morris Remembers.  There has been more watching than reading this week.  I pulled two biographies off the shelf as I am in a bio mood.  They always seem to offer encouragement and inspiration.

I have read W. Phillip Keller's Wonder o' the Wind a couple of times but not recently.  He is one of my all time favorite authors and while all of his books offer a little biography, this one is his official autobiography.

It tells both the joys and heartache of being a child of missionary parents in Africa as well as his amazing journey through the stages of his life.  It reads like a novel.  I can't recommend it highly enough, especially if you have been touched by any of his books.  More info can be found... here.*

I purchased A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter (info... here)* a couple years ago, after reading about her in Noel Piper's fabulous book Faithful Women and their Extraordinary God (info... here)*.  I had just begun to read it when "life happened" and I entered a very busy season so it was set on the shelf for a later date.  That day has arrived.  :)

By the way, it was Noel Piper's chapter on Sarah Edwards that started my whole stalking Jonathan Edwards journey.

Cozy winter watching

It was a good day when I found out China Beach was now available on DVD (info here)* and for a very low price.  This was a favorite TV show of my hubby and I and up until this time, it had only been available in DVD in a set that cost over $200.00!

Season 1 contains the two hour pilot.  I will give this warning... this was a gritty TV series and probably not one you would want to watch with young kids.  It is, after all, about a real medical unit on the shores of the South China Sea in the Viet Nam war.

I've also been watching skiing and ice dancing with the Olympics many evenings.


When I stopped by the antique mall last week before doing my $50.00 stock up challenge, I came upon this beauty.  Cheap.  A large Pyrex bowl in perfect condition.  In one of my kitchen colors.

Definitely a God wink kind of thing as I still had a little Christmas cash left.

A Taste of Summer

Remember my husband bartered work for organic veggies and fruits?

We kept the strawberries for February...  They are shown defrosting here.

Tea Time

It has been so cold, we have been going through pots of tea served in mugs!

Definitely hot coffee with cream and Splenda in the morning and tea the remainder of the day.  Hot drinks warm the soul in February.

Her Forlorn Fluffiness

Poor thing, she so longs to be out in the cold and the snow. If only she knew...  ;)

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Mrs.Rabe said...

Love your bowl, teapot and mug! Ah sunshine in the form of useful things! I love it!

Looks like good reading - I came to a real slow down in my own reading due to the last minute wedding details! The week following the wedding is a vacation week. I'm not planning anything!

Just got the new Victoria at the store! Beautiful!


Anonymous said...

I love the yellow bowl and teapot. Such a cheerful colour.
Here near Toronto it's snowing like crazy right now. We can't wait for spring.
Give her fluffiness a pat for me.

Melissa said...

I just bought the smaller green Pyrex bowl at my thrift store! I've had the 70's version for many years, with the wheat design, but I would like to find the older plain colors, blue and your yellow one.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Have you read Marriage to a Difficult Man about Jonathan and Sarah Edwards? I have that yellow bowl too. Always seems comforting to mix things in it.

Vee said...

So often I gather wonderful suggestions for reading material here. I certainly have enjoyed reading a few Keller books so am intrigued by that one. Your yellow Pyrex bowl is so cheery and will look beautiful in your red and yellow kitchen. Hope that your hubby gets the taxes done without too much of a hassle.

Judy said...

As the daughter of long term missionaries, I always love to hear about a missionary biography - thanks for the recommendation.

Anonymous said...

Your yellow bowl is just like my Momma's, which I inherited!! I actually have her whole set. I have lots of memories of her mixing up pie dough, cookie dough, cakes, etc. in that bowl! I once saw the same set in an antique store for $65! It's a priceless treasure to me! So happy for you that you found it for an affordable price! What Fun! Enjoy it! Thanks for sharing.
Laura C. from WA