Saturday, April 28, 2007
Notice that some of the shadows are smudgy, and seem in the background behind the more clearly "drawn," darker ones. And here I always thought that shadows were two-dimensional. God is more creative than that, fer sure!
We went on to discuss the different shadows cast at different times of day, and different times of the year. And the fact that God chose to create shadows at all. It was really neat to find this little picture painted by the Lord, while we were discussing His word.
Our verse this morning was so wonderful--Hebrews 13:20-21:
"May the God of peace...equip you wih everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ."
This is a prayer I can pray for all of my children, and for myself as well. It was truly "magic" on the porch this Saturday morning.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
We had a nice day earlier in the week, and Charming had Alvin *tied to his leg* for the day. They went to the old-fashioned plumbing store, where if they don't have the piece you need, they can make it--good for when you live in an older home. But they bought pieces "off the rack" to fix the leaking bathtub faucet. They also replaced light phosphorescent light bulbs, and then tag-teamed the mowing and weed-eating in the back yard. Alvin got to do both in our (smaller) front yard.
After he finished, we noticed the teeny-tiny doggie across the street, yipping at his front door:
Friday, April 13, 2007
There were thirty of them, and Robin gave me sixteen, and she kept fourteen.
Somehow we always think of these ancient women making perfect, tiny stitches, but the quality of these is not quite "up to par" with that assumption. I don't know if maybe they were made by her in her old age, with arthritic hands. But let me tell you, they make me feel good about my *talent* or lack thereof. My Quilting Motto stands: Finished is Better than Perfect.
This week I made a "gig bag" for my autoharp. Charming bought me this instrument 15+ years ago. It came in a chipboard (read: cheap) case, and within the first year the handle came loose. Over the next years the case has ripped and been taped and re-taped. Not that I even play it very often; it usually comes out only at Christmas.
I was going to throw away the old case at first, but the bag is not the most adequate protection for the instrument, which is pretty heavy, so I kept the case as added security. Here you see the lining, a pretty, vintage-looking blue:
Friday, April 06, 2007
Absent-mindedly, I didn't remember until the night before that I had the responsibility of a birthday cake. Hello. We have celebrated One Hundred Eighty-Seven birthdays in this family already, [not counting Charming's and mine] yet somehow I forgot. How timely that just this morning I read of a very cute, cute cake idea here:
Now to the presents! In our family, the privilege of drinking coffee is reserved for those over the magic age of 14, so this was the "morning" gift: Then Daddy and Alvin Fernald went shopping for this baby: Don't fail to note the Cubs-logo baseball.
This gift would have gotten more use if the weather had reached thirty degrees here. Hello--April?
Susan assured herself of full family attendance at dinner by choosing Steak and Mushrooms for her meal. Her older brothers marveled that they had chosen things like hot-ham-and-cheese sandwiches and pizza when they were coming along the pike. Can Susan help it if she's a little more savvy than they? I think not.
Susan finished her wonderful day by having brother/sister friends overnight. She and Alvin and they played cards and Apples to Apples till about 11:30 pm. It is now 1:30 am and they are still talking in their sleeping bags.
Good. Maybe I'll have a little time for myself in the morning.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Here are a few more of the fabrics. I need several more, but not to worry; I have a rubbermaid tub-ful: