Saturday, January 30, 2010

Furniture Scarves

Know what I'm talkin' about?  Grandaunt Ada had them on her furniture.  Little doilies or linen cloths which decorate and protect the arms and headrests.  Do people do that any more? 

We do that.

Ours are warm and furry.

And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.  This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.  II John 1:6

Friday, January 29, 2010

Lundin on the Range

Some days we eat a single meal betwixt noon and night, and we name it lundin.  This little peculiarity appeals largely to the cook (*raising hand*), as she escapes an entire meal prep for the day.  [Not like she's slaving over a stove thrice daily, because she usually absents herself from the straggledy breakfast scenes in the first place, but lunch and dinner normally do require some measure of attention.]

All snowy behind the ears again on the plains, Charles left to pick up Son3 from work mid-afternoon, and Son4 and the little woman determined to set a prairie table for the meal. 

As Son3 and Dad closed the door against the blustering winds and snow, they were greeted with a serenade of Home on the Range and a piping hot repast (round steak baked in wine and mushroom soup, smashed potatoes, vegetables, apple cobbler) from oven and range.  Sometimes ya just gotta make your own entertainment out o' nothin' (or outta food) on a snowy-blowy day.  And it just ain't all that bad.

Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.  II John 1:3

Monday, January 18, 2010

Thought Gem 1.18.10

It may be a subjective assertion that sunsets are more pleasant than garbage dumps; it is also a truth.  For a person to say that he prefers garbage dumps would alter our judgment of the person, but not of the garbage dump.   ~Rick Llewellyn, Fundamental Evangelistic Association

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  ~Ephesians 5:8-11

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hey, What's That Lump?

Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.  If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?  But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.  I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.  My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.  ~Psalm 130:2-6

Saturday, January 16, 2010

January 16, 2010

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.  Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.  ~Romans 1:16-32

Friday, January 15, 2010


For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. ~1 Timothy 4:8, 9

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Sleep.  It's what Purrley cats do best and most.

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. ~Romans 13:11-14

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tabletop Decor

Sugarplum was here for an overnight visit, and when I heard the telltale sound of pattering feet, I knew the little munchkin had awakened, so I stood to greet her, and we made our way to the kitchen, where I left her with the cat for only a moment.  They're fast.  Returning to the kitchen, I found the two of them planted on the kitchen table, the plum a little shivering mass in this room which isn't so roasty-toasty in the early morning hours.  I grabbed my shawl, cozied her up, and set about cooking her eggs, but not before I'd snapped a couple of shots of the table.  I quite liked the arrangement.  I'm the nana.  Let her daddy teach her "at," not "on," the breakfast table.

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  ~ Jude 1:21

Sunday, January 10, 2010

No-Cal Cupcakes

Poor Charles walked upon the scene when I was decorating nearly 3 dozen of these things.  He stood watching for a few moments, then said, "Oh, they're snowmen, aren't they?  I thought you were trying to make clocks and having a really hard time of it."  In his defense, a plateful, turned every which way but upside-down, was a dizzying spectacle.  Who, though, would want a clockface cupcake?  The president of Timex?  This, my friends, is a snowman cupcake — deftly fitted to our current, frigid, snowbound environment.  Really tasty, too: chocolate fudge cake with icing made of butter, coconut oil, and powdered sugar.  Who wouldn't?

Calories in a snowman head?  Uh, wouldn't that be zero?

They're all gone now.  You reckon they melted?  Hey, not in my mouth ... well, not all of 'em.  There are three other people to feed: one for Charles, one for me; one for Son3, one for me; one for Son4, one for me....

You eaten any snowmen lately?  They're tasty!

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  ~ 1John 3:2

Saturday, January 9, 2010

It's a Rug

But first, here's the cushy proof for you, Cousin Annie:

I had to move the fat cat out of the way before I could finish the finish work:

Now I've never crocheted a stitch (chain, sc, dc) in my life,
but here I am with the whompin' big crochet hook my mother gave me.
Is this Size Stupid, for beginners?

Look at me, all actin' like I'm Queen Crochet and know what I'm doing:

Woooo, looks like someone can at least snag ugly yarn with a crochet hook:

I know you're in there.
Get Out!

It offends me, so I'm lopping it off.
That's Biblical, you know:


It's a rug:

On the floor:

Okay, it's not quite as diminutive as it appears in the photo, but if I had it to do over again (perish the thought), I'd probably add 6" all around.  In fact, it was intended to be about a foot larger both directions, but since I didn't really know what I was doing, this is what I got.  Maybe we could saw a few inches off the table, which is WAY going to happen before I weave another rug this size...or larger.

Anyway, I'm happy.  It is all about making me happy.  *snort*

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  ~ 1 John 4:10

Friday, January 8, 2010

Rug - It's Growing

Funny how things have a way of working themselves out.  Initially disappointed that this blog layout won't accept larger photos than the old one, now I can use the photos to help stop the stringing of my words from one side of the horizon to the other.  This photo was captured by Son4 the afternoon of the 6th, and truth be known, by the time this post publishes, I expect the entire rug will be off the loom, for on the morning of the 7th, it's draping far over the edge of the table, and there are only 3 more strips to weave.

What you see here will actually be longer than it appears, for this maiden voyage in peg loom weaving has taught me that progress really scrunches what's come before.  That would be keen, if one wanted a 30-pound, 3-foot long rug, but one doesn't.  She'll adjust the scrunching when it comes off the loom and have a 4' x 5' rug.  Cool.  ºÜº

Are you working on any indoor projects during these frosty months?

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  ~Psalm 91:1-4

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cuz Cuz Annie Asked

What's kefir?  That's what I said, too.

It was never engaged to Julia Roberts and is the epitome of docile.  Little Loo, who has water kefir and makes ginger beer with it, informed us at Thanksgiving that the correct pronunciation sounds (to me) like a sneeze, with the accent on the second syllable.  Webster told us we can, though, continue to confuse people with thoughts of Hollywood, and while I'm not all about Hollywood, I'm not into that sneezing thing either, so around our place it's kE'-fur.

An animal?  Evolutionists might believe that biiiillions and biiillions of years from now, it'll become a heffalump, but we know it's going to keep on keepin' on as kefir.  Kefir grains look like big tapioca pearls kinda stuck together.  Over time and in the right environment, they multiply under the covering of milk.  Milk.  They turn it into something akin to, but more healthful than, yogurt.  My original 3 tablespoons of kefir grains (eBay purchase) have been engaged in propagating, so that I separated them and have a clump to give to Connie, if it ever stops snowing and Algore's global warming comes back.  Exhale. Exhale a lot.  (Where are those cows anyway?  They need to trot down there by the cemetery and turn their backsides to the road.)  Four foot drifts have, overnight, returned our sheet-of-ice road to an impassable state.  The last snow, which is still with us and was shoved around by the county plow, created some walls of snow taller than the mailman's truck.  With highs in the teens and lows in the negative numbers, Kefir and I are going to be hanging out here for a long time, and Algore's going to get his flood in The Heartland, when the cows show up.  And he thought it would be on the coasts.  Silly man.

Kefir.  It's a good thing.  So are exhaling and cows' toots.  ('Xcuse me for saying so, and I'm gonna go sip a smoothie now, like the lady I should be.)

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.  1 John 2:15-17

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Favorite Thing - Smoothie Stemware

This lovely little rose-colored stemware is my one-of-a-kind, just-for-me receptacle for my morning smoothie.  How pampered do I feel?  I found this little gem at the new Goodwill Store, and it was mine for a whopping 27¢.

Out of blueberries, which are normally part of my smoothies, this one was strawberries, banana, kefir, coconut milk, and agave nectar.  No lip-smackin', though, when the lady is sipping from stemware.

Sometimes it's the little things.

Favorite Thing:  Smoothie Stemware

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:3-6

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Kwality Kontrol Kitty

Comfy place to snooze.

Good for window-gazing.

Works fine for takin' a bath.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.  ~1 John 1:8-10

Monday, January 4, 2010

Favorite Thing - My Peg Loom

First, this new layout doesn't allow me larger photos.  That is NOT my favorite thing.

Okay, I'd meant to snap a photo of the nekked, finished loom, which was under construction when first I wrote of it, but I was so eager to weave, I forgot to do it.  That's okay, because it's a tad more interesting in use anyway.  I was amazed by how quickly the weaving moves right along ... if one has the foresight to make and piece all the fabric strips before she begins weaving.  This one didn't have that foresight.  Not long after these were taken, I stopped weaving and began assembling strips.  I may be ready to weave again by nightfall today.

Favorite Thing:  My Peg Loom

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  ~1 John 1:5-7

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Snowball Bob

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. ~Romans 5:1-5