Friday, January 24, 2014

Antique Leaves

I like to browse antique/junk stores for old books, but usually I am on a time crunch and cannot leisurely peruse the shelves as I would like to. Recently I did have a free afternoon, and I took the children with me to the Blackwell Antique Mall to do just that! The kids like to look around at the cluttered shelves of things, and I got to prowl through all the books. But just on the first floor. I went upstairs after I had piled up several books to purchase, and found that The Upstairs will take a whole 'nother day! So I curbed my enthusiasm and went back to the ground floor before I could get buried in more old reading matter!

I found a real antique book that had an interesting title to me, since I am a "holiness" Christian. The title is White Robes: or Garments of Salvation.

Publishing date is 1883, and there is an inscription in the front dated August, 1888.

Imagine my surprise, while thumbing through the book after I brought it home, to find pressed between the "leaves" a dried 3-leaf clover!

I've read of other people finding flowers pressed in an old book, but this is the first time I have ever had this experience. Usually the only thing I ever find in a book is some kind of defacement. So this was a pleasant little surprise.

I have never heard of this author, and I can't say I wholeheartedly agree with every one of his lines of reasoning, but on the whole it was an interesting and helpful read. There is not much teaching about practical Holiness in our era. This subject is vital and important, and  merits any time spent in finding understanding on it. 

Actually, my purpose in this post is not to expound on a Bible doctrine...I just wanted to share the photos of my interesting "find."  You know, more and more, I treasure books and the printed page...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Cooking with Julia (my) Child episode 5

Happy New Year 2014!!!!!

Time for New Resolves!

Julia wants me to cook with her so bad...she told me before the New Year got here, "Now Mom, this next year you HAVE to cook with me! I want to know everything by the end of the new year!" haha
really I am not exactly quoting her, but it was something like that.

She is a self starter...not at all like me.

Her Big Sister and Husband gave me a new RED Kitchenaid Mixer for Christmas!
It looks great sitting on my kitchen countertop. So today, being NEW YEAR'S DAY, Julia and I broke it in! We made Easy Yeast Biscuits for supper to go along with our homemade chili. Yes, it is very cold this evening here. By the looks of my recipe card, you would think I made this a lot! I don't know how all the food splashies got on this because I really can't remember the last time I used it.
Julia remarked, "Looks like someone spilled hot chocolate on it." As the name implies, this really was a simple and quick recipe. Actually, it knocked me off my low-carb "roll" for the evening- of course I HAD to taste the finished product! I caved in and ate two...but I will be back on track tomorrow. (promise!) Dear Hubby said, " You save those for me!"
So, our new year is off to a great start, on the resolutions side of things. Another fun resolution I made was to try to empty my tea cabinet of all the teabags I have not been using. I think today I had 5 different kinds of tea :)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmastime's A-Comin'

The glad Christmastime is here again :)

I seem to have no time for blog posting now...but here is my latest photographic success. I just found this tea tin at TJMaxx and had to buy it for this saying. This was my motto for a while...I think I'm doing a little better at keeping calm :)   I have not tasted the tea yet...

This Christmas dinner napkin is from my mother's collection of table linens. She is living in a skilled care facility now and on one of my last trips to see her, I picked this out of her cabinet to bring home. There is a tablecloth and 10 matching napkins! Do you use nice linens at Christmastime? I would like to, but in this degenerate age (LOL) no one wants to iron them, including me... I have a lot of nice cloths but they just stay in the drawer...The red plate came from a thrift store! I bought the two that were available and plan to make a Christmas goodie basket for "someone" and include them in it, along with some hot chocolate, cookie biscuits, a cute snowman mug, and a candy-cane candle. 

We have snow!!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Summer is Winding Down

So School is back in session, and the summer is coming to a close...I took some photos of our sunflowers this evening. Their heads are drooping and so is mine! LOL I am feeling like a grandma tonight, and at last I can really say this, as I became a grandma in May! I am happy for our little granddaughter that my son and his wife have brought into our world. I went to spend the night with them last week to give them a break at night, and OH MY I paid for that for quite a while after I got back home. That loss of sleep at night is for the YOUNG parents. The little lady is 3 months old now so we can all hope that she will begin to sleep all night soon. Hope. Her mommy found a little plaque that says, "you are my favorite reason to lose sleep at night."
Anyway, here are my droopy sunflowers. They are taller than I am.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Boy Toy

So...for Father's Day my husband wanted a Looftlighter! ever heard of that?
It's an electric lighter for your outdoor grill, etc... 

So we got him one and yesterday, "Father" got to use it at suppertime. 
Here he is, making the grill ready...
(in the background is his Dad's dozer, that he is in the process of repairing)

and here's the new toy!
just waitin' to be tried out...

stand back, Son! Let's see if this'll really work like they say it does!

charcoaled wood is beginning to smoke...
(In less than a minute!)

getting after it now...


flames coming along nicely...

and the steaks are on!

judging by his smile, the gift is a success!

Here's the scoop from the Looft Industries webpage: The Looftlighter is a Swedish patented invention that lights your charcoal grill or fireplace with super-heated air in 60 seconds without lighter fluid. It can also “fast-forward” your charcoal or briquettes and make it possible to start cooking in just a couple of minutes. We ordered ours from the bbq guys website (

So, YES, the looftlighter does perform as stated! and YES, the steaks were delicious!