beloved · February brings the rain · purple day · Winter

Rat-a-tat-tat


The good:

Saturday evening the Marblehead regiment met at the old town hall and began their short march up to old burial hill to honor General Glover. I had marked the occasion in my calendar but forgot about it until we heard the musket shots fired. We live in old town Marblehead in a house that John Merritt from the revolutionary war once owned. We scrambled to put on our boots and our coats and ran up the narrow road just in time to the see them finishing their ceremony. Next year I will do better at remembering the event!

The fun:

On Saturday afternoon we drove up to see Joey’s (my step-son’s) basketball game. It is so much fun to watch him play.

The random:

Since we’re on the subject of Joey, I stumbled across this picture of him. I think it’s about from about 7 years ago! Such a cutie. It occurred to me while we were watching him play basketball that I should probably start calling him Joe instead of Joey. It won’t be too long until he is towering over me.


The good, the random, the fun

February brings the rain · Seeking Sabbath · Winter

Selah


I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord

In the land of the living.

Do you? I felt so strongly about this verse last week that I had to share it again this week. Last week I shared a picture of my table set for a meal shared with my mother-in-law and father-in-law when they were visiting at this time last year. It was a sweet time for us to all be together and as it turns out the last time we will all be together because my father-in-law passed away last week.

I posted that particular picture with that particular verse because I wanted to show how I see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living.

Every time we share a meal with loved ones, every time we smile at a baby, every time we show patience when we have little of it, every time we hold out a hand to help some one in need, every time we hear a beautiful and moving piece of music…and we don’t even have to be directly involved…when we see lovers embrace, when we see people greeting one another at an airport or a restaurant…I once saw a mother and grown daughter get off the subway together and hug each other before going off in different directions.

Choirs of angels may sing, those who are very ill may be miraculously healed, Jesus himself may walk on water but, let’s face it, we will probably not see or hear those things in the land of the living.

The verse says, “I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord…” It doesn’t say I shall see…So, even if you can’t see it, even if your eyes or your heart are broken or heavy, even if you are walking through a darkened valley, all you have to do is believe that you will see it…all you need is faith that His bounty is here, in the land of the living…where we are.

So….A two-fold challenge you this week is to look for the bounty of the Lord as you go about your days. And to remember that you, that we, are a bounty of the Lord, so if you can’t find it..be it.


Sunday scripture blessings

Scripture and a snapshot

beloved · Green day · home · January brings the snow · Out and about · Winter

Yellow tulips

* My mum was been sick with a cold/flu for 2 weeks and only just started feeling better last weekend. On Friday she went out to run a few errands for the first time and picked up some pretty yellow tulips for me. It was her way of thanking me for taking care of her while she wasn’t feeling well. I stopped at the store a few times for her on the way home from work and Joe and I invited her upstairs for dinner a few times as well. One time we made dinner upstairs but brought our plates, and one for her, downstairs so she wouldn’t have to tackle the stairs. She’s 85 and in great shape but stairs are difficult for her. She’s feeling much more like herself now…we all joke that her social life is more active than mine, my brother’s and my sister’s combined!

*on Saturday Joe and I went to Joey’s basketball game. He is number 24. His team lost by quite a bit. The other team were literally head and shoulders taller and at some point Joey just started laughing about it. It didn’t seem to matter how hard they tried because they were just outsized. Learning to lose is a valuable lesson to learn in life though. After the game, I heard Joey’s uncle tell him, “Don’t worry about it, there’s always going to be someone taller.” I thought those were great words.

*Saturday was absolutely beautiful weather here. The sidewalks were full of people walking to and fro, the sun was shining, I think it was around 60 degrees (F), and smiles were all over the place. Being a dyed in the wool New Englander, I’m waiting for the winter to come back full force…there’s no such thing as free weather here. But it was certainly a lovely day and I’ll take it!

*Monday night I made a quiche for dinner and it came out delicious. I usually make a soup for supper on Mondays but I didn’t get to it over the weekend. So I threw together some veggies, cheese, and ham and we had quiche.

*on Sunday my brother and sister-in-law, and my mum came for dinner. We celebrated my sister-in-law’s birthday which was this week. It was lovely to all get together on a winter’s eve.


Friday fave fives

home · January brings the snow · Winter · yellow day

The conservatory

There is a very small room just off the kitchen in our apartment. It has many purposes and many names. This picture is my old desk and the office part of the room. It also has two armless upholstered chairs and a brightly coloured round rug. We keep Joe’s guitars here, an old pair of drumsticks, and a thumb piano that I picked up a church fair years ago. I also keep a big basket of books and toys for my grandchildren in the corner. In a sort of tongue in cheek way we refer to the room as the conservatory because we do play music in it and it also holds a few of my houseplants. My grandson has christened it the playroom however. Either way…there’s my desk.

I’ve been participating in A Bowl Full of Lemons challenge. We are organizing and decluttering one room a week for 14 weeks. We just moved here in July so there isn’t years worth of decluttering for me to do. I purged so much stuff when we downsized to this apartment. I still have a few things that need to go however, because I wasn’t sure if I would need certain things or not…turns out…not. Also, it was a big move and I didn’t take any time off of work so some rooms aren’t put together as well as I would like. This challenge is the perfect opportunity for me to straighten things up.


Little Things Thursday


Chill December · home · rhythm of a simple spirit · Winter · yellow day

A heart for home


Wednesdays are a yellow day and in the morning I use a yellow candle on the kitchen table, a yellow dish towel hanging on the stove and a yellow dishcloth at the sink.

We usually do seafood for dinner. I stop at the market on the way home from work to pick it up fresh. It comes in from one of the local fishermen. We live in the seaside town we grew up in and went to school with most of the fishermen.

Wednesdays are laundry day. I wash all of the clothing and kitchen towels that we’ve used that week. There is only two of us so it’s not normally over two loads. On Saturdays I wash the bathroom towels, the bedding, and any other little things that didn’t get washed earlier in the week.

I use the colour pink to categorize self-care. Wednesday’s are the day I check in with myself. What have I done for myself lately? What do I want to do for myself? What do I need to do for myself?

In 2020 I am going to pay a little more attention to how I do self-care. I will be 57 this year. I want to be happy with myself physically, mentally, and spiritually when I turn 60. So, I’m starting to make that happen this year.

I’d like to add some bible studies both on-line and perhaps at church. I have set up a walking routine for the winter months and in April, I plan to start running. Also, I plan to get a pedicure once a month. I don’t normally do this because I never seem to have the time. I’ve been letting my hair return to it’s natural colour. Which is brunette with a fair amount of grey. I don’t think I’ll be all grey till I’m well into my sixties. Self-care, for me, is not having to spend so much time and money at the hair dressers.

Strength and dignity are her clothing

and she laughs at the time to come.

She opens her mouth with wisdom

And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue


Make it pretty Monday

Home and garden Thursday

beloved · home · In the garden · January brings the snow · purple day · Winter

Oh happy day


The good

My brother and sister-in-law came over on Sunday evening to celebrate her birthday next week. We have some food constraints in the family I did some creative cooking and everything turned out delicious.

The random

We had a sunny, sixty degree day here on Saturday! I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy enjoying it in real time…so here’s a picture of a sunny, yellow tulip on my kitchen table.

The fun

We went to see my step-son’s basketball game on Saturday. Even though they lost it was fun to see him play. There’s always going to be someone taller…lesson of the day.


The good, the random, the fun