Saturday, April 14, 2018

Monday, April 09, 2018

Spring quotes

“Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'”
~Robin Williams

“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different 
kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”
~Mark Twain

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life. “

~John Burroughs

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Fabric shopping

I'm getting my order for Whittle's Fabrics I really need more fabric...
...but you see, Whittle's has flat-rate shipping and they also have great prices on quality fabrics that you just can't buy (outside of an expensive quilting shop) 
((check out their collection of Riley Blake- here))

My plan is that this new fabric will inspire me to clean up the sewing room and SEW!

.....hmmmm...maybe not the best plan, maybe I should clean first, and then maybe buy fabric....maybe. 

But, that would not be nearly so much fun now would it???  

On another note- how do you like these Fabric Advertisements?????
Even if I lived back in the day, I can see (from looking at the prices) that I'd have been buying the cottons and not the silks and rayons!

So next time you want some pretty cotton, give Whittle's Fabrics a try!
(read my pros and cons about Whittle's HERE)

(I'll share this post on "Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson")

Monday, April 02, 2018

Tulips and me...

...go way back.  In Abilene, we grew red tulips around our trees in the front yard. (In the front, so we children would not pick them, lol!)

Did you know:
1) Texas-Tulips (tulip fields) is in Pilot Point???
2) Tulip bulbs are chocolate candy to Moles...we can only grow them in pots or wire cages around here.
3) Tulips are originally from Central Asia. (During the 1500's, Europeans became plant explorers, and went out and found the tulip...and made it what it is today)
4) Mary Brown Stewart imported a few of the tulip bulbs from Holland in 1906; her mail-order business took off with orders from garden clubs in the Northeast. Mrs. Stewart's small business has flourished into a booming industry! In 1998 more than 40 million bulbs left the valley, many of them sold to Holland.
5) The Tulips have lots of festivals too- here are 2:  Washington HERE and Kansas HERE. 
6) The SONG "Tulips From Amsterdam".

Language of flowers~ Tulip: 
Tulip (General) Perfect Lover, Fame, Flower Emblem of Holland
Tulip (Red) Believe Me, Declaration of Love
Tulip (Variegated) Beautiful Eyes
Tulip (Yellow) There's Sunshine in Your Smile
Easter 1988
(Mom sewed her dress, and that is our neighbor Scotty's house behind us.)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Musical Monday: Dream A Little Dream Of Me

 Wikipedia said: "...."Dream a Little Dream of Me" is a song, from circa 1931...It was first recorded in February 1931 by Ozzie Nelson ...A popular standard, it has seen more than 60 other versions recorded, with one of the highest chart ratings by Mama Cass Elliot with the Mamas & the Papas in 1968...."

 Mama Cass- Listen HERE

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My Birthday- 2018

Lots of fun was had at the first party/event of my birthday season- we played "Worst Case Scenario" and "Clue"... =)

 Blackberry Jam party favors =)

The second party/event of my birthday season- we went to the North Texas Irish Fest at Fair Park (in Dallas), we met Papa & Grandma over there. =)

Party number 3, we had homemade pizza, Butterscotch Beer (think root beer or cream soda) and played IOTA!  I went out, but Dad won. =)

I was surprised and blessed by 2 letters, a bunch of cards, 2 phone calls, around 70 FB greetings, lots of gifts, food, friends & family this year!

Fourth, and last party: Lunch at the Blairs!  =)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Daffodils and me...

...go way back...and I'm happy to report that my main Daffodil beds had not the 27 flowers I thought that they would have this year, but 32!!!  I am quite happy.  =)   (I brought 14 of them inside for a nice big vase full, made me feel quite frivolous and elegant.)

Did you know:
1) There are Daffodil Festivals? Old one HERE  or new one HERE.
2) Daffodils came to the Puyallup Valley around 1925 to replace the area’s dying hop industry. 
3) Daffodils are from Spain and Portugal.
4) 1955 was the beginning of: "The American Daffodil Society" (info about daffodils here)
5) Gloucester County, Virginia held the title "Daffodil Capital of America" in the 1930s and 40s.
6) DO NOT eat daffodils. They are toxic/poisonous. (HERE)

Joshua & me  at Papa & Grandma's in spring 1988...we were allowed to have 2 each.

Language of flowers~ Daffodil: Regard, Unequaled Love, You're the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining When I'm with You

Mom and me in March 1988 at Papa and Grandma's house.

"Mount Rainier forms a backdrop for daffodil fields of the Puyallup Valley" ~1944
Click HERE for more Vintage Daffodil Postcard fun!
Hundreds of acres of bulbs in the valley around Mt. Rainier....

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Guest Post 1: thoughts from a Mother

Dear Brave Heart,
There will always be those who don't understand you or the issue. They have their own bias/assumptions/opinions/emotional baggage/wounds and maybe aren't open to another perspective and that's all they know. You weren't writing your posts for them. You were writing your posts to help your near and dear understand you better. I know you've been mulling this series of posts over for a long time and finally felt ready to share. I know it's difficult when people don't understand and pick you apart and you feel violated in some way. Keep your eyes on the purpose and those you hope to bless with your story. There are others out there like you and you want them to know they aren't alone.

You don't fit into any clear box or label and that's good. =) You aren't even trying to fit in to any particular teaching or group and that's very good. You are navigating this life the best you can. And staying true to your convictions. Would you have done some things differently? Maybe, most of us would have if we were honest. Would you have become a career woman if you'd realized you'd still be single at this point of your life? Not likely. That's just not your style or your ambition. You've always been a homemaker/care-giver/nurturing type of person and you've blessed MANY, MANY people with your talents and love through the years...whether it be church folks, extended family, friends, neighbors, strangers, political comrades, etc, etc. EVERYONE is different and not all women desire to be what the world would have them to be....many simply want to love and serve their family (and extended circles). It is the highest and noblest of callings....nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing for which to apologize to ANYONE.

Most who can't understand why you are “waiting” for a husband don't have a grasp on the Sovereignty of God. If He'd wanted you to hang out your shingle and say “looking for a husband” He'd have put that on YOUR heart...just as He has others...He obviously has a different way for you. Like you wrote, you aren't an Amber, or Marianne or Lydia, etc. Your personality IS more reserved and that is the way GOD made you. Most people don't know that there have been several possibilities that you chose not to encourage...for various reasons. They weren't right for you or (we knew) you weren't right for them in some ways or other. Most people don't know that you've had the opportunity to meet/rub shoulders/work with thousands of people and certainly hundreds of men who were all's not like you've been hiding in a closet!!!
And you certainly are not a shrinking violet trying to be invisible (well, only on occasion!)...many of those have been brother type friends and you interact with them as such...playful, open and friendly and ready for a hug. We certainly trust you to “be alone” with someone you are aren't a teenager. You are a mature young woman and you trust yourself, too. We also know that you wouldn't want to be alone with a guy until you felt comfortable with could take one hour, one day, one week, one month, etc etc....only you know how long that might be and what you'll feel comfortable with doing whether it be kissing etc. But YOU have decided that you won't be in that position or situation unless the guy is someone you are intending to marry. You aren't interested in casual dating, relationships that aren't going anywhere or whatever. When it's time it will happen. With the right guy and you'll know it. That's where you are coming from. At least right now. Who, but God, knows what tomorrow will bring?

Some naysayers are simply a variation on “sour grapes”. Deep down they are envious that you have such a life. I would have liked such a life, but my personality and situation were different and I had to get free and scramble up. But deep down I only wanted to be married as well...even though I always worked and was usually in some school or degree program up until and after I married and had children....but that's not where my heart was and I just didn't know it at the time. All those years ago.

Yes, you've been raised to be a “keeper of a home” and partly because that's where your heart lay...from a very early age. If you'd been a different personality and been an ambitious “go-getter” you probably would have gone on and “done more”. But why complain to the Potter for making you the way He did? He's obviously fitting you for some purpose, for some person somewhere yet to be seen.

Be thankful, you ARE blessed. 

What a mess. Or is it?

I keep my blog for my friends and family. I keep it for me.  I also keep it because I feel that maybe, just maybe it will be a help or encouragement someone along their way- be it friend or stranger.

I opened my heart and life to you four times over the past two months.  I did it because I felt that I had to, had to share...I think that God was leading me to.  I was not looking for pity or accolades or lectures. (At the very least NOT from perfect strangers. People who don't know or like me at all.) 

I have to admit that I was surprised/found it funny/shocked/hurt to find a thread on a dumb forum had been created just to discuss/make fun of my life, blog, family, etc....I know that these kinds of forums are often created and commented on by sad and hurting people. 

Positive thoughts:
~I did receive some sweet/nicer comments...a few people I actually thought that we could maybe like each other if we met in real life.
~I always wished that I had a slightly larger blog audience, now I have it: I have had a huge boost in numbers of folks visiting my blog (over 500!).
I pray that someone is blessed by my posts.  I pray that God will soften hearts, and that people will realize that each one of us is unique and has a different life story.

That said, I'd like to address a few of the things people seem to be "worried" about: 

~Yes, I depend on my Mom, and she depends on me. I depend on my Dad too, for that matter. We ALL depend on someone- sibling, partner, boss, roommate, friend, co-worker, etc.

~I'm not opposed to dating, in that if I knew I liked and trusted a guy enough, I'd go out with him.

~I DO have guy friends. I like guy friends. I had brothers, male cousins, and in my Sunday school, I was the only girl (nice), for 4(?)years!  It's just that I have to know someone a while before I feel comfortable enough to consider them friends, let alone family. (My highest praise of you would be for you to land a honoree relative title.)

~I don't have the happy knack of making any kind of friends- I find it very hard to find subjects of common interest, and the right questions to draw people out.

~Am I a perfect "Stay at Home Daughter"?  No, not me...just ask around.

~I don't "dwell on marriage"- If the recent number of posts suggest that, not true- I've just been writing as I feel led, hoping to be honest and maybe encourage some other life traveler.

~In my circle the number of "singles over 30" is less than a handful.

~I believe in the sovereignty of God- His plans for my life and ordering the universe.
Proverbs 21:31 "The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD." Man proposes, but God disposes.  I do what I can with the life God has given me, and results are up to God.

~Sure Jane Austin wrote fiction, but there are no book/movie/play characters who don't have some truth- every character is based in some way on one or more person in real life.  Why else do movies tend to have disclaimers? 

~We don't have strange political views.  And we are not neo-cons.

~I/my family are NOT Fundamentalists. We aren't average Evangelicals.  (Reformed people & Presbyterians are not your average cup of tea.)

~We do not consider ourselves "amateur" soap makers.  Mom and I started making soap in 1997, and have been selling our soap since the early 2000's.  And Colloidal Silver is silver in water. It is not damaged by heat. Our soap is labeled properly- we believe that all products should have all ingredients listed.  How else can one make an informed decision to buy them or not?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Musical Monday: Peter, Paul & Mary's "If I Had Wings"

"If I Had Wings"

If I had wings no one would ask me should I fly
The bird sings, no one asks why.
I can see in myself wings as I feel them
If you see something else, keep your thoughts to yourself,
I'll fly free then.

Yesterday's eyes see their colors fading away
They see their sun turning to grey
You can't share in a dream, that you don't believe in
If you say that you see and pretend to be me
You won't be then.

How can you ask if I'm happy goin' my way?
You might as well ask a child at play!
There's no need to discuss or understand me
I won't ask of myself to become something else
I'll just be me!

If I had wings no one would ask me should I fly
The bird sings, and no one asks her why.
I can see in myself wings as I feel them
If you see something else, keep your thoughts to yourself,
I'll fly free then.

(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)