Monday, November 19, 2018


Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice, 
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice; 
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they 
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day; 
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men, 
Buildin’ the old family circle again; 
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer, 
Just for awhile at the end of the year. 

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door 
And under the old roof we gather once more 
Just as we did when the youngsters were small; 
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all. 
Father’s a little bit older, but still 
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will. 
Here we are back at the table again 
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men. 

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer; 
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there. 
Home from the east land an’ home from the west, 
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best. 
Out of the sham of the cities afar 
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are. 
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank, 
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank. 

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun 
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done; 
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest, 
Let me sit down with the ones I love best, 
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song, 
See the old faces unblemished by wrong, 
See the old table with all of its chairs 
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.
by Edgar Guest (1881-1959)
 "the poet of the people"

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Favorite Books/Authors

Challenged to post the dust jackets of 7 favorite books (on Facebook), WITHOUT any explanation, I spent a week contemplating the possibilities.

First, for the sake of simplicity, I am limiting my choices to fiction.

Second, I decided to divide my life into decades.  That made it easier to select a favorite from that time in my reading life, despite the fact that ten years is too long of a period for choosing just one favorite.

Third, as I was jotting down titles, I realized that many were part of a series by a single author.

Finally, in order to ease the pain of not defending myself (the selected book titles) on Facebook, I am logging my opinions here, where I can later re-examine them.

Elementary Age (0-9yrs)

I loved reading biographies and have very pleasant memories of library time in elementary school.

The one book cover to make the cut is Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, probably because it fits the series approach for cataloging my reading experiences.

Youth (10-19)

I remember loving historical fiction/romance, and started collecting books for my own library.

Lighthouse by Eugenia Price, the first in a trilogy about St Simons Island, is a clear favorite from this time period, in addition to being a favorite vacation spot.

Young Adult (20-29)

I first read Gail Godwin, the author of A Southern Family, during this decade, and did not re-visit her until my forties, when I read five of hers in a row.

Adult (30-39)

Frankly, in my twenties and thirties, I read mostly non-fiction (theology, childbirth, and parenting stuff).  So, anything I read during this decade was very light.  I only finished four in this particular series but it fits my taste for historical fiction.

Adult (40-49)

Over the years, I have revisited this Georgia author sporadically.

This title I enjoyed so much that I bought another and gave it to a good friend.

The first Terry Kay novel that I read was The Year the Lights Came On.

Adult (50-59)

Not too long after I read this book, I heard author Susan Vreeland speak at The High Museum.  What a treat.

Girl in Hyacinth Blue was the first of hers that I read, but not before I'd been introduced to Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring.

In comparison, I prefer Vreeland's novels over Chevalier's.

I was sorry to read that Vreeland died about this time last year (August 2017) at age 71.

Adult (60)

Just now finishing up this 14th novel by Jan Karon, I can wholeheartedly recommend all the Mitford novels.

"I feel like I am there" when I read about Mitford.  It's like a mini-vacation.  Relaxing.

Oh! and I recommend Esther's Orange Marmalade cake, which I have personally baked and shared.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fashion on Fridays

Spring 2018 Pantone Palette

Time to identify the colors already in my closet ~

Little Boy Blue:  Talbots ruffled jacket
Lime Punch:  Long-sleeved T-shirt
Spring Crocus:  Cardigan sweater (perfect w/navy slacks)
Ultra-violet:  Purple Rain nail varnish (on the toes)
Arcadia: puffy vest perfect for cool spring days
Meadowlark:  Short-sleeved floral swing T-shirt (wearing today)
Almost Mauve:
Pink Lavender:
Blooming Dahlia:
Cherry Tomato:
Chili Oil:

Hope to fill in the blanks soon.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Fashion on Fridays

"Making my feet my friend" via Autumn Maple

Quote J M Barrie

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fashion on Fridays

Pantone Palette 2017 Fall/Winter

It's time to start the closet re-organization.

Autumn Maple has caught my attention.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bourbon Slush

9 cups water, divided
3 black tea bags (or 1 family size)
1/2 cup sugar
12 oz frozen lemonade concentrate
6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
2 cups bourbon

ginger ale, chilled, for serving

In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Add the tea bags and steep for 10 minutes.  Discard the bags.  Stir in the sugar until it dissolves.

In a large container, combine the sweet tea, lemonade and orange concentrates, 7 cups of water, and 2 cups of bourbon.  Place in freezer for a minimum of 6 hrs, but preferably overnight, until the slush is firm all the way through.

For serving: scoop slush into a tumbler, top with ginger ale, stir and serve with a straw.

Recipe doubles well.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Baptism Luncheon

On March 18, 1990, in honor of DD#4's baptism,  we hosted a celebratory luncheon after church.
16 adults and 12 children enjoyed the menu.

Honey Baked Ham
Peach Salad
Broccoli Salad
Steamed Carrots

Frosted Banana Bundt Cake
Lemon Bars
Brownie Bars

"Spending and Being Spent for Christ" was the title of Joe Morecraft's sermon expositing
 II Cor 12:11-19.  It is available online at SermonAudio.

We even have the baptism vows/charge on cassette.

What a blessing to be able to listen again to these.

PS  Still looking for more pictures of this event.