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Saturday, August 23, 2014


Nanaland ~ Mildred and Diane
The Lavender Bouquet Diane (see above)
My Irish Cottage Home ~ Betty
Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth ~ Abby
The Red Feed Sack ~ Kathy
My Journal Reflections ~ Pat
A Bit About Britain ~ Mary and Pam
Love Made My Home ~ Pam (see above)
Motherhood and Muffin Tops ~ Karen

These were the new to me blogs that dear readers suggested. If you'd like to read why, check comments in yesterday's post. The new blogs are on the left and the old blogger who suggested it is on the right. Something's wrong with that sentence. 

 Jill suggested *one,* too, but that kind of blog is reserved for those with a certain panache. I have zero panache. Betty suggested her own blog, which I thought was very spunky of her! Thanks, Betty! ☺ Others suggested wonderful blogs that are already on my list. Great minds and all that.

Yesterday's post resonated with most of us since we have all lost favorite bloggers. I still hold out hope that they'll be back. After writing the post, I visited Deborah at The Beautiful Matters where she was discussing the successful ways that people age. One of them was the ability to gather "new" people after loss. I don't really want to gather "new" people, but the fact is that you were new to me once and I'm so glad that I gathered you. 


It is interesting how little changes can affect mood positively. I made a little change in the corner by my stove. I know. We're talking simple here. This is a photo from 2009 when the former microwave lived there. Not a happy arrangement at all...such a tight corner you see. 

You know, looking at this again, I think my antique stove top may require moving and it's providing some lovely extra storage, too.  John will kill me. Maybe I can keep it for the function of it.

So, where was I? Oh yes, there've been some changes...the vintage white enamel kitchen table is now in my sewing room. The jelly cupboard was painted red.

Those streaks on the walls are why I want to whitewash them. We'll see. I don't move too fast over here.

 ~do not look at dirty grills~

Impressive, say what? ☺ The angled platter turns the perspective back into the room rather than ending it. Right? Don't you think so? Simple changes. 

Well I had to have someplace to stash the cookbooks. Don't look at that either. ☺

Nope. I've got to keep it. I have no place for tea pots, candles or vases. Besides, I do love those sheaves of wheat.

Thank you for reading. Hope that you'll visit a new blog or two!

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Friday, August 22, 2014


Sometimes she promises to be right back. Sometimes she keeps her promise, yet her posts are further and further apart. Then she's gone. 

Just like that.

I hate when that happens!

As you know, I keep *a separate blog* with links and buttons. More and more, I'm finding those who've moved on to other pursuits leaving their once lovingly tended blogs behind. I deleted five just yesterday. I was clinging too hard, but one has to let go. Right? I must allow others to have their own minds about blogs, life, interests. So I let them go...eventually...and sometimes I keep the tissue box handy. 

So I am looking for a new-to-me blog. Is there one that you have recently found that you love? I'm eager to hear what you think is a great blog that perhaps not too many know about yet. We all love PW, but perhaps a blog not quite that big, not quite that popular.

Say, want to wander in a lovely home garden and see wonderful quilts made for cozy days? You can't go wrong visiting Mia's Country Living. Mia lives in Norway. (She writes in English.) Just a sweet get-away from it all blog for sure.

You're not planning on going anywhere, are you?

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Receiver

The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.
from The Giver by Lois Lowry 

~Water Closet and Hallways...Make what you can of it~ 

Who is that woman stuffing her face with popcorn? My! It does look bad. In my defense, Sis left me holding the bag and the Sierra Mists and anything else I could hang onto.

So we went to see The Giver. It is from the book of the same title by Lois Lowry who so happens to be a part-time resident in these parts. The movie premiered last week in her hometown. My aunt sent me a blurb:

*Friday, August 15th, join us as we welcome Lois Lowry (author of "The Giver") following our 3:30 showing, as she speaks about the writing of the book, her involvement in its transformation to film and to take questions from readers. Don’t miss your chance to hear an amazing award winning author speak about her great work. This event is sponsored by the Bridgton Public Library, Naples Public Library, and Bridgton Books. 

The story is a dystopian one about a young boy who becomes the receiver of all memory, both good and bad, from the time before his perfect world banned such knowledge. 

a society characterized by human misery, squalor, oppression, disease and/or overcrowding.

It was interesting to see the changes between the book and the movie. I believe that Lowry has said that she has no qualms about the changes as the book is introspective and not suited for Hollywood without some jazzing

While this book is not a Christian book nor written from that perspective, there is much to ponder. You know, the big topics:  free will, rebellion, pain, suffering, peace. Yup. Plenty to think about, even for adults. The book was written for children in elementary school...somewhere around age ten, but don't let that stop you. Some of my favorite books were written for children — Tuck Everlasting, Bridge to Terebithia, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, A Wrinkle in Time and ...

I did find this nifty article on Dystopian Themes in Christian Fiction. My favorite is the last paragraph.

If you're intrigued at all, this is a quick trailer that's pretty good.

Lowry writes an interesting blog that you might find fun to read. I'll let you Google it.

And so that's how we happened to be four days late for the premier. I believe that The Giver is opening in theaters on August 24. It's been awhile since I last went to a movie...War Horse (speaking of children's books made into movies) and prior to that The King's Speech. No, I am not a regular movie goer. Are you?

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Fun Day

Cousins are a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.

Yesterday, my sister and I wended our way slowly west toward New Hampshire and for fifteen minutes or so we actually were out of the state. I was tempted to say that it's all we could handle, but since we both love NH, that would not have been true.

We did a little of everything, but the highlight was visiting with Aunt Ess and Uncle Bee and their son, his wife, and three children. We have not seen our cousin for a quarter of a century or so. (I have not seen my aunt and uncle for three years for that matter.) As we were leaving, I told his little girl (seven years old) that I might not see her again until she's 25 or 36 or something. She looked at me so perplexed and said, "But we're coming to visit again next year." We adults chuckled over that.

After a delicious lunch of Sloppy Joes, salad, and watermelon, we played briefly with Pinterest sharing folders and ideas. My 
aunt has had some trouble with a very unfriendly gal who leaves her  unkind, hateful messages. Aunt Ess  decided that Pinterest was too unfriendly a place to enjoy and deleted her first account. Then she changed her mind deciding to try again and not allow one person to ruin her fun. I was shocked about her negative Pinterest experience having never had a problem with another pinner.

Then we took off for NH; then a thrift store, then we landed in Bridgton at the movie theater. If you ever happen to be in Bridgton, Maine, the movie theater is the most interesting place. It's filled with wonderful movie-making memorabilia and it is so charming. I'm waiting on photos so I can share them with you. Anyway, I'll tell you more about that experience tomorrow.

~past Moose Pond on our way to the movie~

After the movie, it was off to a grocery store with a sale on butter ☺, a picnic supper from KFC, and home again, home again jiggety-jig-jig.

Today, I'll be catching up with you! 

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