Sunday, October 26, 2014

Will I Ever Learn?

Do you measure? I mean, when you decide to purchase something, move furniture, relocate pictures, transfer china... If you see a purse that's beautiful on eBay, do you notice it's a bag for Barbie? Have you ever planned to serve green peas in a Johnson Brothers Strawberry Faire bowl only to unwrap a butter plate? Well. I don't. I have often decided to measure, to grow up and fly right... But if you saw this pretty chair and ottoman at an awesome price for sale by a dear friend..
...wouldn't you think it might be the perfect cozy chair in your bedroom corner? It's a fabric I adore.Dark floral... I had two lovely rockers like this... It's that ottoman/cozy chair style I love. My
son and I once scored a set of two of these when he was a teen... Such happy times watching movie marathons, snoozing all weekend...
But... It's kind of like that joke, "Which is bigger? Mrs. Bigger? Or Mrs. Bigger's baby?" Of course, a mom is larger, right? Um, no. The baby is just a little Bigger.... Hahahahaha! That chair requires a re-do of my room, at the very least. My son manhandled it home, in, and to the spot I reserved. Nope. Not on a bet.
However, I will pull a Minnie Samantha... My gramma could find a way to stash a fold-out couch in a phone booth. I've seen her shuffle furniture and fit in yet another china cabinet, table, plate rack, recliner, or framed picture... I WILL find a way to fit this chair in my room! It looks amazingly comfy...
For now, just enjoy what's left of the beauty of fall. I took these pretty tree pictures at my son's
doctor's office. He had three visits one week apart to fight off a really persistent virus. Happy to report my son is much better! Love the show of color. Little. Great! Gorgeous! My sister/cousin tells me the leaves fell off yesterday! Sad face.

Enjoy your Halloween week!

*update.  It's 1:35 a.m., and I finally wiggled the big chair in... Not cleaned up yet. Wishing for a big dumpster. I can't get to the light, the bathroom, or the bed... Chair is comfy,..... but only ...with some pillows. I am suffering buyer's remorse...  Mom will hate it. I solemnly promise not to buy anything larger than my space again! I need a good fairy....

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Its hollow eyed magic follows me, October's muse, so very beautiful. Each year I think the Autumn gets more beautiful than the one before. Slanted sunbeams, chilled nights, frost breathing down our necks in forecasts yet to come. I sometimes think I'm dreaming through the year when I imagine the beauty that is fall. Surely one season cannot outdo all the rest in spectacular climate, color, aura, and
magic? Oh, but it does... I love wintry sparkle, spring's welcome green, summer's abundance... But
I'm enchanted when the leaves turn, dance on the wind, and mound up in the yard. The dawns and
twilights intensify, leaving me in total wonder.

The house is filled with little bits of harvest finery. I confess I began in late August, so Mom is really beginning to tire of my golds, coppers, pumpkins and leaves. Decorations take up a lot of space in our home. I kind of know I have too many, but... It's just something I enjoy. 

We've had so much rain lately..  Just day after day of heavy, ropy rain, chilled and grey. You must know me by now, so the idea of loving that kind of a day is not foreign to you. It's so very different not to get up every day and go out into the elements as I head in to teach..  I feel as if I need to cling to the seasons even more because these kinds of mornings and late afternoons can easily slip by as I work indoors more and more.

My son scored a big box of pumpkin Keurig coffee and not one, not two, but three big bottles of Pumpkin creamer! Each morning I slip upstairs and have a Halloween cup full of my own particular witch's brew...

This incredible photo of my grandfather's barn was captured on my way to school a few years ago. It made me late and drew disfavor from an unkind woman supervisor, but I do not regret the few moments it took to record the halo of dawn cresting behind that old, dear, dilapidated building. If I won the lottery, I would give half to my son and fix up that barn to its former dignity with the other half.... Hoping to have more than enough! But, as they say, you can't win if you don't play! So I'm not going to win any lotteries. 

What beauties lie in your particular parts of the world? I wish you a good week with time to stop and enjoy the magic.

Happy Fall! 
Whimsy and Hugs!

Happy Sunday!  Enjoy each other! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Life Art...

Met a new artist online... Heather A. Stillufsen

Love her work...

All positive thoughts for a good tomorrow!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Magic in a Cup...

The day --- kind of grey, chilled... Calling my name to cozy in and find my own sunshine inside. Suddenly, "Knock. Knock," my sister/cousin arrived bearing gifts, bearing potpourri, bringing a little pink bag filled with magical tea. What? Magical tea?  Is there such a thing?

Well, yes.  Yes, there is such a thing. My sister/cousin's granddaughter had given her some flowering, art tea. We had to get a clear container.  Um...  one that holds boiling water?  Unfortunately, the only thing I had was our measuring cup...  It worked!

We put on the red tea kettle.  ****Whistle. Whistle. **** It was time...  Before our very eyes this tea began to dance among the steamy drops of rain...  Becoming more than the original ball, becoming a plant, then Voila! Becoming a lovely lily-like flower. It was amazing.  So much fun.

A little honey in the bottom of our cups, some delicious Danish...  and the three of us, Mom, Sister/Cousin, and I... we transcended time and place to a lovely Oriental tea house. We could see the lovely women, in far-away China, sitting there stitching together little strands of green tea, hibiscus flower, and jasmine... Could she have imagined our happiness to witness this little miracle?  Blessings to her...

Yep. Magic in a cup.

Whimsy and Hugs!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Uh oh....

Have a wonderful weekend. I'm rearranging just a wee bit, shuffling what furniture I can! How I love to do that! Inspiration comes to me late at night. Luckily that overpowering focus usually wanes by dawn!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Weekly words...

Well, not the big things, of course... But it sure soothes the soul, especially in a pretty mug or cup. I like big mugs because they hold a lot and they keep it hot! Plus.. A nice big mug, all steamy, fits perfectly in the eye socket area to dispel a little morning headache. I think I heard that first from a dear friend! Coffee does even better!

Back to hot weather for a few days. That's typical Missouri weather. We took two trips Friday and Saturday. Had to return to Amish country to score some tomatoes. Mom and I will be sad to see the big red, homegrown jewels end.

Then yesterday was too pretty to stay in, so we hit Macon Lake with a little picnic lunch. Gorgeous!
However, to be an uptodate weather reporter, I must add that today began with red skies... And then one storm after another! Right now lightning and thunder and hard, hard rains. So I had to do it.. It was impossible to resist. Made a big pot of chili for supper! I'm a super messy cook,, you won't be seeing my stove after I cooked!
I'll leave with this thought. So true!