Thursday, July 31, 2008

Camp Meeting

Camp Meeting--- Late Wednesday Night, July 23, 2008
Good friends listening attentively to a 'fishing' tale from Brother Williams. From the looks of the cafeteria, I think it's time to retire for the night. What great times we had visiting.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Away for a Time

Kitchen of the Future Giclee Print

After much deliberation, I decided it would be best to organize all of the china, glassware, and kitchen items for my home in tubs and place them in the garage. Our kitchen needs room for Mum's things, and my hopechest treasures have been crowding the rest out! It is difficult to pack them all away because I don't know when I'll have a home of my own...two, five, ten years, never?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Red Devils Cake

Do you mind making this cake for my co-worker's going away party, Amy? This Red Cake just jumped off the shelf...I hope she likes it. Yes, of course Mum I'll make it for you.

Real bakers may not use cake mixes, but they make the baking process a breeze
when you have limited time before work.

What about dreamy cream cheese frosting? Yes, that looks great Amy.
Now I just hope she likes it.
P.S. Red Devils just happens to be her favorite.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Lark Rise to Candleford Quote

'Little Brown Cottage'
by Dwayne Warwick

'The garden did not adjoin the house, but was shut way between high hedges on the other side of the cart track which led to it. It was full of currant and gooseberry bushes, raspberry canes, and old hardy flowers run wild, almost solid and with greenery, for, since the gardener had grown old and stiff in the joints, he had not been able to do much pruning or trimming. There Laura spent many happy hours, supposed to be picking fruit for jam, but for the better part of the time reading or dreaming. One corner, overhung by a damson tree and walled in with bushes and flowers, she called her 'green study'.'

The Illustrated Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

On My Nightstand

On the Dominican Republic Mission Trip I was able to read

  • Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally

  • Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts by Dr. Les Parrott and Dr. Leslie Parrott

and now I am reading a thorough biography of Alergian Missionary, Lilias Trotter entitled, A Passion for the Impossible by Miriam Huffman Rockness.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Time with Grandma

While Gran'ma stayed with us in May we showed her the town.

Gran'ma has had a life long dream to see this historical site.

Sunnyside Schoolhouse, Post Office, and replica of Laura Ingall's "Little House on the Prairie"

Inside Little House on the Prairie Schoolhouse, Independence, Kansas.

Earlier that morning at the Farmer's Market May 17 downtown.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Camp this Week

In the Nelson-Deal Dining Hall at Campmeeting. Rachel, Me, Mother, Sister Regina

Away until Friday evening for Family Camp in Central Oklahoma. Looking forward to seeing my friends across the state, feeling the presence of God and hopefully visiting with someone!

Native Gardening at Stillwater, Oklahoma

Viewing the Garden with fellow OSU Master Gardeners.
Each bed represented the plants available in the greenhouses down the hill.

I quite liked this bed of all native plants.

Native Oklahoma Wisteria, with a delicious fragrance.

The Beauties up close. They had such a wistful aroma.

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Green Bedroom

Becca's serene room also doubles as our families guest bedroom.
Pastoral framed landscapes on a background of hydrangea floret.
Hand me down linens decorate a $5.00 bed.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Desk and Keepsakes

When needing to jot a note to a friend or family member, or pay a bill, this is where I sit.

Letter opener (Colonial Williamsburg) in hand I am ready for incoming letters.

A suitable box for storing antique family photos. In the matted and glassed hinged cover I chose to feature my Grandfather Stone's side of the family, with a copy of his Father and Mother's wedding invitaion and pictures of his childhood.

Each side of the family has their own bundle.
Gramzie (Henderson) Grandad (Stone)
Gran'ma (Fasnacht) Grandpa (Newton)
It feels good to have them in a safe dry place away from mildew,
dust and the danger of getting crumbled in a card board box.

Recent Creations

What do you do when you find a section of cloth designed for making a stuffed chicken pillow? You can turn it into a nice muffin or tea cozy! This one found its home at my Aunt Carole's, who has recently fallen in love with range fed chickens!

My Gran'ma sent me a cheerful flower sack tea towel last February in the post. Since there were several stains in areas, I created this simple tea cozy for my future home. I added some gingham and lined it with a small blue floral print.

Also a small tea pot holder

Becca started this rug in 2001, abandoned it shortly after and then handed the baton to me.

This photo was taken shortly before the last color scheme was added, a cream and red plaid, blue plaid and solid red. All wool rug, with one fabric selection from an old cashmere coat.

It is finished after 130+ hours. It now graces the end of my bed. Aproximately 5 x 3.5 feet.

Reader's Digest-Back to Basics is an excellent book to consult.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Home from the Republica Dominicana

Last night at 10:45. Still saying Si,Si and thinking in Spanish. What a beautiful language! One of the young men from the "Instituti de Biblica" gave me a copy of praise and worship music. What a blessing and I have listened to it over and over today as I have unpacked, washed clothes, and adjusted to living again in such plush surroundings. Things like paper dinner napkins, bathroom tissue and towels were scarce.

Our Mercy Medical group helped provide comfort care for 850 people, not counting many additional children which their parents didn't register, but wanted to be seen. We reached five villages, the first three in remote areas north west of La Romana. The family is predominantly Catholic and family oriented. Their homes are minute. Babies, children, and young adults are in abundance. Men are dominating for the most part and women are passive. They are a very loving people, easy going, and possess beautiful smiles despite their rough living conditions. The people are either poor or well to do, there are few between.

I hope to be posting photographs from my best friend's camera some time next week but for now photo courtesy

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Youngest Manners Expert

Coaching the Sharman Explorer Scouts
December 2007
William Hanson, I believe will be one of the most influential young men of the century not only to his generation, but to older and younger alike. Keep up the good work William!

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