Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My World this Week

Tweaking the top of the buffet with autumnal teacups.
The trees are beginning to turn color and the temperatures at night are quite chilly!  Back again is the habit of making an entire pot of tea in the afternoon to keep warm... half for me and half for Hubby.

I really must get the garden ready for its' winter rest but a flu-bug of some kind has been holding on.  Nothing horrible, just enough to make one feel icky and yucky and without energy at all. 

I'm posting a My World this Week  while I have the computer and a little more energy!  As anyone who works with and around chronic illness knows, you take advantage of those times.  ;)

Now... this is what has been happening in my world this past week-ish:


The cookbooks were all found while thrifting!  All are wonderful additions to my cookbook library.  That one on the bottom... the title that is hard to read from the glare... it is a lovely cookbook called Dining in the Smoky Mountain Mist (info... here*).  We spent the first part of our honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains and I have always had a fondness for those mountains.

Not feeling well at all, the only place I could think of spending time was with Henrietta, Grandfather, and the wonderful folks in A City of Bells.  It may be my favorite Elizabeth Goudge book if I had to choose but one.

David Wilkerson is a review book that just arrived.  I am very excited about reading the long awaited biography written by his son, Gary.  I will write about it in the end of the week but further information can be found... here.*

Last Week's Books

I was asked by a few people just what those favorite books in the small bookshelf are.  They are my small collection of Elizabeth Goudge and D. E. Stevenson!


My husband went over to Mr. & Mrs. Christopher's home to do a little work recently, so I baked some mini muffins for him to take to them, keeping a few for us to have with coffee.

The recipe is... here.  I kept them as mini muffins instead of shaping into donut holes, which is an option.  Quite yummy!  I had just a little more dough left from filling the mini muffin tin so I baked the rest of them in my small heart shaped mini muffin tin.  Yes, there are a couple little hearts peeking out!


Many years ago two things happened at once.  I realized I was missing spoons (the culprits either my young son or forgetful husband who took them in his lunch at work) and I saw a photo in the old Victoria magazine of a spoon collection.

So I started purchasing spoons at Goodwill one or two at a time, in the style that I liked.  The collection now resides next to the larger coffeepot.  Inexpensive. Practical.  Beautiful.


A thank you card for my daughter for the amazingly wonderful week she brought together for my birthday.  It is also decorated on the inside but it had a personal message that was, well... kinda' personal.  ;)

The photo was taken in Saugatuck, the day Hubby and I returned home.  But I am so glad my daughter, daughter-in-law, and oldest granddaughter and I made a quick trip to one of my very favorite towns.  This photo was just printed out in the printer!

Changing Chairs
It all started when my husband asked if I wanted this desk chair from our home office.
So my desk chair went into the Family Room and yes, that is a vacuum cleaner tucked aside ready to use.
So the rocking chair from the Family Room came to live in the Study.  I rather like it there.
Study Photos
I like pretty, even by taping favorite cards to a folder in my files to view all day.
The current scene from one of the Study windows.
Her Fluffiness
She loves it when the window can be open and she feels the cool breeze through her fur!  Sorry the photo is a little blurry but I wanted to snap it before she saw me and hopped off the window.

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Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I hope you continue to feel better, but glad you were able to enjoy some favored reading while you rested. My daughter is recovering from Mono. Poor girl - it took three weeks to get a diagnosis. She is on the mend though she still tires easily.

I know you are enjoying the changing leaves and cooler weather. I hope you are able to go to your walking path and enjoy an Autumn stroll.


Anonymous said...

What a lovely daughter you have ... both inside and out! Cute card - you did good!

Love the pics of your home. Cozy is the right word.

Hope you continue to feel better. It's hard to be sick when there is so much that calls your name! Hopefully you can get your outside work done before the snow flies, which should be a month or two yet. ; 0)

The muffins look scrumptious ... I'll go check out your recipe. Pam (SD)

Dale Ann said...

Oh how I love your house and yard. I love how you decorate and wish you could decorate my house for me. It's so inviting. I just want to come visit and sit a while and share hopes and dreams. How blessed you are to have such a wonderful house and Goodwill finds. i too shop the local Goodwill store. My grandmother used to take me to our Goodwill store as a child. She instilled the love of the 'hunt for a treasure" that I continue to do to this day. i just love your house!

Kathy said...

Hope you feel better soon!
Love the pictures of your home! I have a fluffy kitty too.
The muffins look delicious; I will have to get some pumpkin to make them.

suzanne said...

I agree with Dale Ann...your home is inviting, and sometimes when I look at the pictures, I wish to be sitting in your study...sharing a cup of tea,,perusing your books. i think that rocking chair has found it's true home there in your study...it looks perfect! Also like the old, pretty spoons as decor. Great idea. I hope you feel better and stronger soon. You bless so many of us with your blog!

My Cottage Diary said...

Brenda, I like your idea of gluing cards on file folders. I usually make bookmarks out of the ones I can, but on some the design is too large, so your idea would put them to good use. The David Wilkerson book should be interesting. I wonder how many young people today even have any idea who he was. I like the way the rocking chair looks in your study. Enjoy! Blessings, Bess

Robin W. said...

Absolutely beautiful post! I love the bit about "echoes of Eden"and in our DNA exists the memory of beauty... you inspire always with your thoughtful, and often, practical advice for living the Christian life.

Instagram.com/melissasnotes said...

So glad you are able to be creative again with your card making, nice card you made for your daughter. Those spoons....they are just like our everyday-ware that we used for about 30 years!...until we purchased a new set with a much smoother, less decorative finish.

hopeinbrazil said...

I´m intrigued by your comment about City of Bells being your favorite Goudge. I have yet to read it, but now it is moving up in priority.

Karen Andreola said...

I hope you recover and bounce back very soon.

I like your spoons with the roses on the handles and wonder at your sleuthing abilities at the local Goodwill. Simple decorating is my first choice but when it comes spoons, the ornate swirls and roses are a welcome feminine delight.

Your snug and tidy small-bookcase is home to the authors I am exploring further. Thanks for your recommendations.

I am savoring the green outdoors but also anticipating the upcoming colors.

Good healing,
Karen A