Saturday, November 28, 2015
Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, Advent begins tomorrow. The 2 days are not always so close together, but it seems appropriate to move from the posture of marking gratitude to these next weeks of waiting and expectancy. I love so many things about these celebrations. There is the time set aside for personal reflection and recollection. There is time for family gathering and celebrating. This Thanksgiving has brought a keen awareness of how precious our times together are and how much I appreciate the occasion because it draws people home. The coming year brings great change for all of us, some already known. Jobs and homeplaces are relocating, our grandchildren are growing up. Next year gatherings may be different in numbers and place. So I need to say one more time how grateful I am that all our thirteen of our sons, their wives and our grandchildren were together for hugs and laughter, fun in the kitchen, remembering, and circling our great feast for Joe to pray a blessing and thanksgiving for our family, our food, our being together. Not many pictures, but so many, many good memories.
Thanksgiving 2015. Blessed.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
When I was sorting through the crumbly pages this time, I was doing so in order to pass the music on to Nora Opal Parker, since she carries Mother's name. Knowing that I might not be turning the pages again myself, I may have looked more closely. But I don't recall ever seeing this title before. It is a piece in a book of waltzes and fox trots. There must be a story in that title!
Before the music goes into a box to pass on to Ben and Kristen to keep for Nora, there is one more way to use it. A few pieces of love songs will be used to help decorate for a wedding in about a week, I also think I will sit down and play through some of the old songs again. I think Nora's great grandmother will be listening.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
"The heart of Autumn must have broken here, and poured its treasure out upon the leaves."=
Charlotte Fiske Bates
There are a number of favorite books of different genre that I keep and go back to regularly. The little book in the above photo is one of those. Autumn. by Susan Branch, "From the Heart of the Home." This wonderful collection of whimsical drawings, quotations, celebrations, and recipes was given to me. It is autographed by the author: "To Mary Ann - Happy Fall! Susan Branch 2004." But I value more the note written under that - "Thanks for all the nice things you do for others. With love, Jen."
As the title announces, the book is an invitation to celebrate this time of year in magical ways. I love to settle down with a cup of tea or hot cider and turn the pages one more time. And yes, we do follow up with "doing" and enjoy some of the recipes. I particularly enjoy the seasonal quotations sprinkled throughout.
Hang bunches of fresh herbs, pepperberries, yarrow, and hyrangea.
Candles, candles, candles! Lots of votives in green or gold glass. Pop a votive in a citrus shell.
"If you were to ask what is most important in a home, I would say memories." Lillian Gish
"In the village store someone says 'I heard the geese go over,' and there is a moment of silence. Why this is so moving I do not know. But all of us feel it." Gladys Taber
Recipes for Spiced Pecans, Garlic Shrimp, Red Chili Onion Rings, Corn Pudding, Indian Shuck Bread, and Maple Butter!
Bring leaves and pinecones in for a Thanksgiving table.
Fun gifts to assemble in baskets and old bowls for Christmas.
"Display old books! Heidi, Pollyanna, Wuthering Heights, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. And all your favorites!"
"Autumn is the best season in which to sniff, and to sniff for pleasure, for this is the season of universal pungency." Bertha Damon