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Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2012 on The Best of Me at Under the Tulip Tree
For over a year now I've been contemplating moving this blog to a new space (one that doesn't cost me one hundred dollars a year!). I've finally decided to make the move. I do hope that you will come and visit me at my new home: Tea & Cake. I enjoyed reading everyone's comments on my last post--so many good thoughts. I've replied to them all in my comment box here, and I am continuing the conversation at my new blog. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at home hum
Thank you all for sharing your good thoughts with me :-) Sarah, you bring up such a good point about Google, and the need to work things out for ourselves. The other day Google had up another one of its clever doodles, celebrating the birthday of Nicolas Steno, the father of Geology. The information that Google shared was so bare bones that it really gave an inaccurate portrait of the man, who was not just a scientist, but also a Catholic theologian who converted from Lutheranism and is in the process of canonization (he was beatified by the Church in 1988). Brandy, I think that our schooling, above all, makes us focus on things like data rather than experience, and being present with a thing. I have always been drawn to Charlotte Mason's method of education, primarily because it relies so extensively on observation and being in nature. Tara, you and I are definitely on the same wavelength.
This Red-tailed hawk has been keeping an eye on my chickens. I don't have much to share these days...the new year has gotten off to a bit of a rough start for my family, but I know that only means there are brighter days ahead. Hope and love, and all that stuff, you know? Here is a passage from a novel that I'm reading, that I thought was interesting. What do you think? "The tree's an acacia. The bird? I have no idea." "I thought you knew everything about the wild world," I teased, and watched him bridle. "Our people... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at home hum
When I was a little girl I thought in poems. Then I grew up and now I mostly think about grown-up things like bills and what to make for supper and what time it is. If I try very hard to remember what it was like to think poems, I can sometimes catch a small glimmer of it. (Warning: none of my poems are very good). In a corner of my kitchen Near the window Live a rabbit and a bird. The bird cheeps and twitters While I stand at the sink The rabbit silently chews As I dream out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at home hum
Every so often I write a letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe. They never publish it, but I write anyway in order to let off a little steam ;-) . Imagine my surprise when I opened this morning's paper and saw the letter that I wrote last week in response to this article: The Sleepover: Teenagers and Sex. At first I was giddy with excitement. Then I read the letter. It wasn't mine. I mean, it was, but I barely recognized it. I certainly can understand the need to pare down letters for length, and my original was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at home hum
White pine forest at Horn Pond Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were abundant with joy. Candles were lit, carols were sung, feasts were prepared and enjoyed, and gifts were exchanged. On the 26th we walked in the woods together, counting the geese on the pond and marveling at the fast forming ice. On Tuesday my husband went back to work, and the children and I ran around the house playing with marshmallow shooters (this year's favorite toy :-), while our dog happily cleaned up after us. Today we found places in our home for all of our bright new things.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at home hum
Love Came Down At Christmas Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine; Love was born at Christmas, Star and angels gave the sign. Worship we the Godhead, Love incarnate, love divine; Worship we our Jesus: But wherewith for sacred sign? Love shall be our token, Love shall be yours and love be mine, Love to God and to all men, Love for plea and gift and sign. ~Christina Rosetti 1830-1894 So many people have written such lovely Christmas messages on their blogs and websites. My favorite this year was written by Carrie at The Parenting Passageway: A... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2011 at home hum
I think I may have finally succombed to holiday madness. After rolling, cutting, baking, and decorating one hundred forty sugar cookies with the kids yesterday, I brainlessly threw my watch into the silverware basket of the dishwasher. My husband found it this morning with water sloshing around inside its crystal face. It gave him quite a chuckle. I think I know what I'm getting for Christmas :- ) Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at home hum
I saw these mugs on Soulemama's blog, and thought they would be nifty gifts for my children to make for their friends and grandparents. We went to the dollar store to buy our mugs; they had a very nice selection. I decided to skip the step with the graphite paper. Instead, we free-handed our friends' names by copying one of my favorite fonts, Stripes and Bubbles. We filled each mug with an envelope of Starbuck's Hot Cocoa, mini marshmallows, Hershey Kisses, and a candycane for stirring. They were a quick, easy, inexpensive gift, and fun to make--a good last minute... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2011 at home hum
Six more days! This week I am... ::Baking five kinds of cookies~Italian filled cookies, spritz, sugar cut-outs, jam thumbprints, and blossoms ::Making edible ornaments for my woodland friends and hanging them on a little white pine near the big rocks :-) ::Getting out the board games~Parcheesi, Uno, Bananagrams, and my new favorite, Ticket to Ride. ::Listening to Christmas music and singing along all day everyday. ::Watching our favorite Christmas films: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Jingle All the Way, and A Christmas Story. ::Visiting and bringing gifts to our neighbors. :: Petting a very soft, very curious bunny :-) ::... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at home hum
This morning I awoke with this carol playing in my heart. This version, by Legacy Vocal Ensemble, is the loveliest that I have heard, and the accompanying images are deeply soul-stirring. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2011 at home hum
On Friday mornings in December we visit a local nursery to walk among the fresh cut Christmas trees and breathe in their dark and spicy fragance. We stuff our pockets full of cracked corn to feed the Christmas goats (and llama). Afterward, it's hot cocoa at Starbucks. These are the small moments that I live for :- ) Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at home hum
Thank you, ladies :-) Peace keep you all this Christmas.
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2011 on Elfing at home hum
Hi Kort! I'm so glad that the package arrived, but my, it did take a long time to get to you--I sent it out on Dec. 3rd! I had a feeling that green tomten might be trouble ;-) ~S
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2011 on Elfing at home hum
In the past few weeks knitting has been about Christmas. This little toy set Is a gift that I knit for a friend. The toys fit inside the little knitted sack :-) The tomtens were made from this pattern, and the mouse and sack were knit from patterns in this book. I used O-wool Balance (50/50 cotton/merino) for the white, and Plymouth Select (superwash merino) for the green and red colors. All through Advent I've been reading books about the Blessed Virgin. I love this book about the many apparitions of Mary and the miracles associated with them. It's difficult... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at home hum
"For me, prayer is the heart's impulse, a simple gaze toward heaven. It is a cry of gratitude and love, from the depths of trial as well as the heights of joy. Finally, it is something great, supernatural, that expands my soul and unites me to Jesus." ~Therese of Lisieux, The Story of A Soul Joining Kerry, Linnea, and Kyrie for Quotable Sunday. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2011 at home hum
The day after Thanksgiving, Luke and I looked out the front window and saw this cardinal aglow in the morning light. The rest of the house was still asleep. The carndinal looked like a colored leaf, the tree like stained glass. On another branch was a robin (truly, there was!), and on the ground beneath was a squirrel. It was a splendid sight. The first two weeks of Advent have been filled with: :: walking in the woods with bags of seed and crusts of bread for the cold birds and critters. :: decorating! :: knitting little gifts for friends,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at home hum
Seven signs of the season: One :: Christmas music all day everyday on WROR Two :: Spanish Clementines on the counter (my children cheered when I brought them in yesterday. They really are "candy sweet and easy to peel") Three :: Chipmunks and squirrels busily gathering for the winter at our feeders Four :: Candles lit on every table in the evenings Five :: Wool wrappings: throws, hats, socks, mittens, scarves... Six :: Chocolate Advent calendars at Trader Joe's :: Seven :: Joining Jennifer at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at home hum
Today was a very full day. There was storytime at the library in the morning with Luke, and then after lunch Seth and I drove into Boston to spend the afternoon comparing ancient sculptures at the Museum of Fine Arts. We've taken three trips to the museum this semester, and every time it has rained. I'm glad to be home now with a steaming hot cup of tea, and my book and knitting beside me :- ) A couple of weeks ago I saw this quote on Kortney's blog, which led me to The Illumined Heart, by Frederica Mathewes-Green. What... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at home hum
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” ~ Mother Teresa This morning we sat quietly in the kitchen after putting peanuts out on the deck, and waited for our furry friends to come: one, two, three! This one is the littlest and the boldest. He hasn't yet learned that there is much to fear in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at home hum
"The bread you do not use is the bread of the hungry. The garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of the person who is naked. The shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot. The money you keep locked away is the money of the poor," said St. Basil the Great. St. Ambrose agreed: "There is your brother, naked and crying! And you stand confused over the choice of an attractive floor covering." p. 89 from, The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation, by Frederica Mathewes Green Thank you Linnea,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2011 at home hum
Right now I'm trying to take each day as it comes and be thankful for it's work and for it's bread. I'm trying to be a good steward of my time each day, seeing every minute as a gift, an opportunity to serve and love, which has made me more productive and cheerful. I am trying to abide in Christ the only way we can: moment-by-moment, day-by-day. If I look ahead I lose all perspective. Joy is in the moments: the baby's eyelashes, the toddler's happy song, dust motes sparkling in a sunbeam, the smell of good things cooking and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2011 at home hum
Progress on my Tea Leaves Cardigan has s l o w e d this week due to pain in my right hand. The large joint at the base of my thumb is really sore and my entire hand is weak. I have a regualr physical scheduled on Friday, so I'm going to mention it to my doctor. I hope it's not arthritis :- ( Since I can't knit (much), I've been reading more. I'm thoroughly enjoying Miss Read's Fairacre series. I'm also reading My Life With the Saints, which is excellent--very engaging. I'm also enjoying walks in the woods. Last... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at home hum
Skogskyrkogården Sweden on All Saints' Day Photo: Michael Cavén/Flickr Gradually I found myself growing fonder of these saints and developing a tenderness toward them. I began to see them as models of holiness relevant to contemporary believers, and to understand the remarkable ways that God works in the lives of individuals. Each saint was holy in his or her unique way, revealing how God celebrates individuality. As C.S. Lewis writes in Mere Christianity: "How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerers have been: how gloriously different are the saints." ~James Martin, SJ, My Life With the Saints p.6 Today... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at home hum