It is quite difficult to believe but it is true... Coffee Tea Books & Me is celebrating its' ninth anniversary. Within a week I will begin the tenth year of writing at this Internet address. Amazing.
I will write more about those ponderings next week. But still... that is a very long time to be typing away and I believe I have gone through two (perhaps three?) computers and one laptop. ;)
So... here is what is happening in my world through the lens of my camera. I have found the simplest of days are quite nice.
I finished Listening Valley and absolutely loved it. I didn't think I would at first but the way D. E. Stevenson can bring a plot together in the end is genius. It brings together two literary subjects I love to read about... WWII and Scotland. More info... here.*
I've been reading Heaven on Earth for a couple of weeks off and on as time permits. It is part of my continuing Stalking Jonathan Edwards reading. Excellent book! More info... here.*
I've been listening to more podcasts recently instead of watching television (except for my favorite programs, of course). I must say if my Podcast App was stuck on only one, I would want it to be The Eric Metaxas Show.
I think I first heard of Eric Metaxas through his work with Chuck Colson. I also began watching his Socrates in the City broadcasts when they would come on the NRB channel Friday evenings. You may know him from his books, the two most famous being Amazing Grace and Bonhoeffer... although he has written many. Did you know he also wrote for Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber? :)
But his Podcast is absolutely amazing. He is so funny and smart and has the best guests. You know I'd love it when talks about Bigfoot one week and interviews literary types at Oxford the next week. My kind of man. More info about this podcast can be found... here.
Another podcast I thoroughly enjoy listening to off and on (listened to two episodes last night) is called Authors on the Line with Tony Reinke. He has not been making new episodes this year but the archives are worth having this podcast available.
Tony Reinke is the author of Lit: A Christian Guide to Reading Books and John Newton: On the Christian Life. The podcast can be downloaded or listened to on your computer... here.
So... my husband takes a look at this scone after I baked a double batch, one for us and the other to take to Mrs. Christopher as her sisters were visiting. He turned his nose up at it and said that he really was not a scone type of person.
Then I cut the scone in half and added lemon curd to the middle. He is now a scone type of person. At least with lemon curd. Recipe... here. ;)
Soon after putting together this "tea time", I knew I had to take a photo and show you what my real world can look like when I am busy. While I love brewing tea the way it should be and enjoying it in pretty china cups with my snack on an equally pretty plate... this happens more often.
I ran water through the Keurig to make it hot and then steeped the teabag in a mug. I cut half a piece of my friend, Sheila's bread to enjoy. My favorite red plastic plate was brought out... yes I said plastic. These plates are leftover from when the guys used to enjoy having dinner in front of the TV while watching sports. Real Life. So when I do have a proper solitary tea time, it is quite enjoyable.
The morning light filtering through the lace curtains in the Study has been beautiful this summer. That room tends to be dark most of the days as we are surrounded by trees. So I enjoy filtered light when I can get it.
I had a sweet potato sprout before I had a chance to use it and well, I've been thinking of growing a sweet potato vine...
I Love My Family
This is for Pam to see as I told her about it recently. When I visited my New England family in May, they had saved this Bigfoot sticker for me. They know their Grammie. As I told Pam, it kinda' makes me wonder what they think of Grammie and her Bigfoot obsession. But hey, it makes me an interesting grandmother to say the least. ;)
Decorating By Tweaking
I have thought about hanging artwork below this window for years and years. But I wasn't sure what would work until I did all that artwork switching recently. I love this print, I purchased it directly from the artist when we lived in Detroit. So when I removed it from where it was, I tried and it is perfect there. When the light is on, it shows the lovely autumnal colors of that scene!
|I love that face...|
|I adore those snowshoe paws....|
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