Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Another gadget....

While out shopping one day, I happened to find this:

No time to use it as yet, but it's in my plans.:-)  I thought it was a bargain at under $10!

Do you happen to have one of these gadgets - or something similar?  How do you use it?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Creeping in....

Good wishes to you on this Tuesday!  How are things with you today?

I have been looking for signs of Autumn for a couple of weeks.  

The door has been adorned and waiting!  

There has been some gradual changing here.

Yes, the burning bush is coming on board with the changing seasons!  

These flowers are even coming on board!

Are you having some Autumn signs where you are?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

About the week-end....

Monday has arrived!  Did you have a good week-end?  Do you expect a good week ahead?

It was a busy week-end for me.  It was time for our Conference UMW Annual Meeting and Training, so I was off to Lake Junaluska, NC.  In addition to being present for our yearly business session and worship, this was also time for me to provide the Program Resource Room for the members.

A "first" for Annual Meeting was a special concert presented by the musicians who had been asked to come to lead us in music.  We were blessed by wonderful hand bell selections as well as outstanding vocalists!  It was a truly special time!

I apologize for the lighting in this picture.  I was supposed to be seated on the stage, and I just had to try to sneak in this picture of the altar!  The word "Love" is on the highest point above "Hope."

"Feed My Lambs" was announced as the new theme for the next two years, and the artwork was chosen for illustrating the theme.  As soon as a copy of that is available, you will probably be seeing it on the blog.:-)

So - it was a very full week-end, and the week ahead will probably be busy as well.  I have not been able to make those usual blog visits, comments, or replies, and it will take me awhile to work back into the routine.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014....

Continuing on with a quote from Apples of Gold, compiled by Jo Petty, we find these words:

     "Let us realize that what happens round us is largely outside our control,

          but that the way we choose to react to it is inside our control."

The Mission Focus from the UMW Prayer Calendar for 2014 for today is the Houchen Community Center in El Paso, Texas.

May today hold many special blessings for you!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Still thinking pink....

Saturday is here!  Do you have some good plans for a relaxing week-end?

Continuing with the motivation to post pink on Saturday, here are some more to enjoy.  

Beginning preparations.

If there are glasses, there needs to be a pitcher!

More mugs needed for that hot tea!:-)

The mugs, from the left, are a Mother's Day gift, a souvenir from Emory and Henry, a Longaberger special, and the mug/pitcher set that came from a resale shop, as did the glasses.

The tray was a special sale purchase at Target this summer!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

It's on the way....

Cooler temperatures, that's what!  At least, that's our forecast for the week-end.  So, with that possibility, perhaps it is time to head straight ahead into plans for Autumn!

What is better for doing that than this book?

This is just about the best resource I have ever seen for helping us prepare for the coming season.  The edition I have was published ten years ago and has been out-of-print for awhile, but those of you who do not have one are in luck!  A special ten-year anniversary edition has just been released and is available for order from Susan Branch's website - 

In addition to her on-going commentary of making meaningful Autumn memories throughout the book, there are recipes for delicious Stuffed New Potatoes,  Indian Shuck Bread, Crunchy Chicken, and those wonderful Butter-Bit Croutons.  That is just in the Appetizer section!

This little book is packed with other wonderful ideas including Roasted Beet Salad, Sweet Potato Casserole, Pumpkin Cheesecake,  plus super ideas for a Spooky Halloween!  What I'm heading off to do, though, is bake some of those Molasses Cookies!

I didn't mention something else that makes this book special.  Susan has done her very own water color illustrations throughout, and everything is written in her very own handwriting!

This is truly a special book, and I don't think you'd be disappointed to have a copy on your shelf!

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

More September surprises....

Thursday already!  This means the week-end is not far away!  Has it been a busy week for you?

Our garden continues to surprise us.

Does anyone know what happened to cause this sweet potato to be like this when it was dug?  All the sweet potatoes from one plant were like this, but worse.  Never fear, though.  The Husband was able to find these:

We have good luck with keeping sweet potatoes through the winter months, and this is only a portion of what we hope we will find as the rest of them are dug!

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