Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Gentle Art of Cloistered Cooking

The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. ~Thomas Moore



cloister:
-a place of religious seclusion, as a monastery or -convent.
-any quiet, secluded place.

In this time of seclusion, I have discovered the gentle art of cloistered cooking. The very act of preparing a meal is a prayer of thanksgiving and praise.  Peeling potatoes, cutting up vegetables, and turning it all into a supper of substance is a beautifully meaningful act. Because of the times we live in,  this very ordinary act doesn't seems very ordinary at all.

I often listen to praise music as I work.  My hands may be mashing potatoes or stirring a pot of chili but my spirit is singing.  I am not alone.  I feel God's presence in these every day moments.

In times like these, cloistered cooking becomes a gentle art, a gift, an offering, and a praise.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Whom Shall I Fear ~ God of Angel Armies


I wanted to share two videos. The first short video is the amazing account of how this song came to be. God is working always.  The second video is the song with lyrics.  May we see God's angel armies. Amen

Friday, April 3, 2020

Introducing Miss Lilah Rose

My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet.
~Edith Wharton

Some of you may be familiar with my Lilah Rose and some of  you may not be. I thought I'd introduce her once again.

Lilah Rose is a rescue (for her & for me). We adopted her when she was three months old.  We had no idea what mix she was so we took a dog dna test and discovered she is part chihuahua, part dachshund, part terrier, and part who knows what.  She has a sweet face and chihuahua ears.  Her body is long like a dachshund and her legs are very long like a gazelle.  She is very fast.  I thought perhaps she is part Italian greyhound.  She is all love.

She is my shadow.  Wherever I go, she follows.  She loves to snuggle and sleeps in our bed every night.  She likes to burrow under the covers.

She will be three years old in July.  We don't know the exact date so we celebrate it on the fourth.  I tell her the parade and fireworks are for her! ♥

This photograph was taken a few months ago at our house in North Carolina.

Sharing with Beverly

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Giving My Groceries a Time Out

The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one. ~Unknown

This quote has quite a very different meaning nowadays.  You can go into the store wanting bread and come out with nothing.  I think the odds are better than three billion to one.

Do you give your groceries a time out? We recently started doing so. It is wise to be as careful as you can possibly be.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

My Writing Desk

Why is a raven like a writing desk?  Have you guessed the riddle yet? the Mad Hatter turned to Alice again.  

No, I give it up Alice replied What's the answer?

I haven't the slightest idea said the Mad Hatter

~Lewis Carroll

While it seems we are living in an upside down world just like Alice, I am trying to find an upside up world in the every day. I thought I'd take some photographs of my new home and share with you little bits of my every day.

Years ago, I went to California to visit my dear friend Cherie and we went to the sweetest tea shoppe.  Not only did we have a proper English tea luncheon, I bought the above Little Miss Gardener dolly.  She makes her appearance every spring and usually visits until autumn.

Monday, March 30, 2020

You Get What You Get...

Out of the mouths of babes...

My grandson and granddaughter taught me a very wise saying that comes in quite handy for all of us during these times we live in.

You get what you get and you don't get upset.

I repeated this to myself after receiving my online curbside pickup orders from two different grocery stores. It wasn't that long ago that I would have been annoyed receiving a substitution for something I didn't order.  I've decided to make the best of things and "try new things"!  I am so thankful that there are store shoppers who will shop for others.  They are a godsend to many of us.  If they get something wrong, I'm not complaining.  I am certain it is stressful for them dealing with crowded stores.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

When Love Sees You

Life is better with music.  Music that reminds me that I am not alone and that God sees me and loves me is better than better. On Sundays I'll try to post an uplifting music video that has blessed me.  Know that you are loved, gentle readers.


Tell Me your story, show Me your wounds
And I'll show you what Love sees when Love looks at you
Hand Me the pieces, broken and bruised
And I'll show you what Love sees when Love sees you

Sharing with Beverly

Saturday, March 28, 2020

What a Beautiful Friendship

I made this scrapbook sampler and placed it in a frame for my dear friend, Cherie.  (This photograph I posted looks a bit wonky because I had to edit the frame to straighten the picture.  Imagine the frame complete.)

what a BEAUTIFUL friendship we've grown

Today was a strange sort of day.  I had scheduled to have a curbside grocery pickup order this afternoon.  I received a text that it would be delayed.  It didn't say for how long.  I tried calling the company and there was a hold wait of 53 minutes.  Too long for me to wait on hold!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Repurposing on Purpose ~ the Latest Fashion Must Have

No, it isn't the latest designer pocketbook or trendy earrings... it is the (hopefully) virus protecting face mask.

This is me.  I can't decide if I look fashionable, paranoid, silly, or a combination of the three.

I purposely repurposed a head scarf into a (hopefully) virus protecting face mask.  What do you think?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

On the Trainwreck Track ~ Potato Trainwreck

I have fallen in love with the potato: tasty, versatile, economical, and filled with nutrients.

Before, I occasionally bought & cooked/baked potatoes.  Nowadays, it's not unusual for me to go through a 5 lb bag in a week.

I love that you can stretch a lot of meals with potatoes.