Friday, August 26, 2016

A Beautiful Place...

Step on over to visit my sister cousin at her blog! She is an amazing photographer and has a cheerful outlook on life. Check out some of her back posts!  From My Country Sunrize is the place to be...

Whimsy and Hugs!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Ocean's Blue

It seems like forever since I wrote an honest to goodness post on here about something other than the daily goings on in our world. I want to share my bit of beach and sun on the mantel before sweet autumn arrives and lets me change it all out for my favorite time of the year.

I love these aquas and silvers and have used them for Christmas time as well (minus the seashells, of course.) These big shells are years and years old. When I was a little girl my dad and mom were friends with a sweet couple who wintered in Sarasota, Florida. They had a little dachshund named Ginger Baby, and they loved to spoil me and bring me all kinds of treasures from the sea. I am not sure it is legal any more to get such big shells, but I'm sure they gathered them  when it was. 

I have been fortunate enough to see all four major bodies of water available to Americans. I traveled up to the Great Lakes, and I've visited the beautiful blue Gulf of Mexico. I spent two summers in California and visited the wild and wickedly misnamed Pacific Ocean on many occasions, never able to get too far out due to the scary riptides. I also saw briefly one magical day the grey Atlantic beyond the beach's blue stripe along Boca Raton. Gorgeous!

You are looking at a 2016 Holiday Barbie I got for Mama while she was in the hospital. I thought the "snow globe" looked amazingly like a sea bubble, and her colors were perfect, so we tucked her right in after she came home and claimed her prize.
So true. I have lived landlocked in Missouri all my life, but I believe the restorative powers of      the vast blue waves would do wonders in our souls. I think it possible to journey everywhere via books and media. No, it's not as good as being there, but it isn't like missing out altogether. 

Sparkle. It is the sparkle that changes the day from just a day to a blessed 24-hour span. How do we each add that sparkle. That's the ultimate question, isn't it. I think a key to finding it is to believe the glow is truly there waiting to be dug out or polished off... not feeling the burden of actually striking flint and finding kindling and re-inventing the flame...  just fan it. My mom's nurse is a joy to us. Today she told us of her plans for tonight. She has two school age children who begin classes Monday. They have been looking forward to a final campout for weeks. Well, the forecast was for high percent chance of severe storms, so she decided to take her kids to a nearby farm and with permission, of course, set up the tent in the machine shed! I call that sparkle! When lightning, thunder, and strong winds beat on my window about 1 o'clock a.m., my first thought was how glad I am they were inside! 

All that said, yeah... The sea tide ebbs and the pull of crisp Autumn is happening. Tomorrow night is supposed to be 57 degrees! I have my caramel sauce recipe and Granny Smiths are on my short list! Time to light my pumpkin cocoanut candle from Bath and Bodyworks...

Enjoy a blessed weekend.

Whimsy and Hugs!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hazy August Sun...

As much as I want to leap into Autumn, I am enjoying Summer's glory. Hot and humid Missouri has been a doozy. Mornings see steam caught between the window and the screen... I am loving the summer salads and Mom wants a huge garden next year... (!) and a dog!!!! I am going to have to pray about those.

Hope you are all having a good week.

While I would love to take credit for these pretty cookies, I bought them from QVC. So delicious, too....  

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It is such good advice...

Whimsy and Hugs!

It is almost that magical time of the year for families with young children. In the early evening the late-summer's golden slant of light sets the stage for the song of the locusts, and I would know without a calendar or a Payless shoe ad that it is time once again for book bags and new crayons... It is back to school once again without me. 

And it is not as if I have stopped needing to learn things...  Oh no! I have more to understand than ever as my days wind into months, seasons, and years.

I have been enjoying most days with planning, journals, good books, and of course, Mama. In all honesty, the nights are not as good.  We spend a lot of time in a life lock to see whether madness or dreams will rule the night... Honestly it is too close to call.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Actual Student Responses

Whimsy and Hugs!

Thought these were a hoot for upcoming back to school! Enjoy...

Have a good week!