Friday, December 30, 2011

feeding the homeless

It was a quiet mid-winter's day in which nothing much transpired.

There was some cleaning, knitting, baking, laundry, and the cutting out of lacy paper snowflakes.The most excitement occurred when we spotted a pure white goose bobbing in the icy river. Back & forth he paddled, honking plaintively and looking quite flustered.

 Bundled in my winter white mohair coat, I ventured out with a handful of bread. When he spotted me carefully tramping along the edge of the hill, he quickly headed toward me, honking all the way.

When I left him, he was gobbling up the bread like a starving hobo.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Making Much

Today I will make much of His mysteries.

God in the flesh, all powerful -and yet a babe.
The Author & Completer of one towering act of redemption- born in a manger.
Love so sacrificing, so earth-shaking and history-making - so quietly He came,
and so meek.

Oh, wonder!
and hush, my heart!

Stand up & take note of these astonishing truths
which brand the soul with His stamp,
strap up falling faith,
and set the wanderer back on the highway.

Oh, wonder!
and hush, my heart!

Today I will make much of His mysteries.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

a quick check-in

 This photo pretty much sums my house up: the rolling pins represents all the cookies I haven't made.
The laundry basket in the background represents the housework I haven't done.
The paper cut-out snowflakes on the hutch represent that there is no snow on the ground.
And the bowl of fruit represents that I want some fresh fruit salad right this minute.

There is nothing in this photo to represent what a sorry excuse for a blogger I am.
After the rehearsals, finals, recitals, and recording sessions are over, I may mend my ways.
 For my historic birthday last week, Hubby took me to Vermont. We spent a night away, ate a scrumptious steak dinner, and did a little shopping.

I spied a wooden tree JUST LIKE THIS ONE in a shop & fell in love. The price tag was a bit steep to say the least, but my thrifty husband told me how to make my own little sapling. So, with the help of two guys ( #1 Son and Geoffrey the Forger) I did. Actually, I am making my own little forest of them.

I leave you with this: the morning sun gracing a Christmas flower.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

a thrifty Christmas

 Every day, a little more of Christmas comes together at our house. 

This year, I declared it to be a "Thrifty Christmas" & everyone enthusiastically agreed. This means our gifts will be thrifted, re-purposed, refurbished, or hand-made. I'm certain there will be few exceptions to this self-imposed declaration ( somebody say "gift cards!") -but we are all looking for ways to be creative. It's going to be a fun challenge!

As a matter of fact, as I was uploading these pics just now, I was only a tad surprised that each photo has something in it which fits our Thrifty Christmas description! Allow me to illumine you.

The two shutters (above) which grace our front porch this year were found  a few years ago in one of our barns. Hubby attempted to chuck them into the truck headed for the dump, but I rescued them valiantly.

"These will be really good for something, somewhere. Someday." I said. I was so right.

Here, on the "Tibetan armoirrrrrrre" ( Joe, I hear you groaning) , we have two vintage Christmas cards that I bought at an auction. They are from Japan, circa 1920. I love that they depict the birth of Jesus with Japanese features. They cost me a few cents each and they are in inexpensive frames.

The stacked wooden boxes are from local thrift shops, as is the copper tin, which I filled with fresh greens.

The old coffee grinder lamp was my grandmother's.

 On Black Friday, my guys staked out Lowes & Home Depot for contractor bargains. They thoughtfully scooped up assorted poinsettias because they were 99 cents each -and also because they love me.

My sweet niece potted this one for me in a chipped china pot which I got in a box-lot at an auction. Total cost: less than $2.

We already know all about my crazy owl lamp. Just wanted everyone to know that it joined the Christmas decor. too! The pine cone candles were a gift from a dear friend who knows how I roll. The brass candlestick was a thrift-shop find.

 Last summer, I picked up an old milk pan for cheap at an antique shop. It is now the centerpiece for the dining room table. I'll bet the farmer's wife who used it every morning in the milk-house never imagined someone would want it on their Christmas table someday!

The iron stars are salvaged architectural end-pieces to old buildings. I've had 'em for years & years!

This final photo is of my lovely antique hutch, which was a gift from my mom -who inherited it from my aunt. Most of the things in it were gifts over the years -or bargain-bin finds! When I put the final touches of the season in it, I will share another photo of it. It certainly is a fun place to "play" as the seasons change!