Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Beautiful Ordinary. Glimpses.

The discovery of God lies in the daily and the ordinary, not in the spectacular and the heroic.  If we cannot find God in the routines of home and shop, then we will not find Him at all.  -Richard J. Foster

Hi De Ho Everyone!  Just thought I would share some day to day glimpses...

The first glimpse is of our little Guisseppe.  He is our little blind dog...He is very sweet as you can see and loves Pops.  I take him in my arms and say...Hello Guisseppe...Little Man.... 

The next glimpse is of the little skirt I made for the little grand-daughter of the checker at the store I told about in my last entry.  I made the skirt, tie belt and put a nice little new tshirt I had on hand for with it.  The little daisy appliques make things very cute I think. 

This skirt too went to that same little girl I had written about.  This was formerly my skirt, a bit billowy on me, so my handy scissors went to work! 
...And I just happened to have some fabric left from my billowy skirt.  Voila.  A bag for her schoolbooks and lunch! 
This is the pattern I used for the basic skirt.   I actually made the skirts a tad shorter then the ankle length pattern and they still may not be the correct length, I gave plenty of growing room and her grandma can hem I'm quite sure if needed.   Simplicity 9001.  I made the elastic waist adjustable so they can tie the elastic to fit her little waist.

It was nice being able to use my old skills again of fashion illustration...I was a little unsettled on how it would turn out since it's been years ago since I had done one.  But I quickly sketched the aqua outfit out with a little girl her age wearing it.  I had an un-used frame in my closet.   So, there she goes!  Goodbye little drawing, I hope your little face will bring cheer to that little girl and she will feel loved and of great worth in God's eyes.
 You are Beautiful!  I also wrote a note in the package explaining everything and shared...Always look to God.   From Mrs. Amelia. 

 The next glimpse is a sunset here at the Forest. 

Gracie enjoys the sunset too.  She is a love.  She was hairless, scarred and on the verge of death when she was found.  She is a beauty now.  I hug her and say.... Miss America Gracie Girl!!!  The most beautiful girl in the world!!!  Yes, I tell her she is beautiful too.  She is a very sensitive creature and fearlessly loyal as well.

Another glimpse is the USO Service Center I wrote about in the last entry.  You know...  ; )  The one with Joan Leslie and Robert Hutton walking out of?  Hand in hand?  This is the real place, very un-changed.  

The entire town,  USO town is very much like that too.  I say this is where Judge Hardy and Andy Hardy live with the family as follows...

There are many large two story homes here, the kind with white pillars and picket fences just like what you see in the above Andy Hardy trailer. 

...Jem and I wonder who lived here in this town years ago...My long lost third cousin owns a pharmacy nearby.  He knows everyone by name.    One day maybe I will ask him what history he knows.  So far he is one long lost cousin who I have actually met and he seemed equally as excited to meet me too.  Now-a-days, that is a breath of fresh air!  : )

The WWII USO Service Center for Those Serving Then.  Oh if those walls could speak!
The old lanterns aglow at the front...So neat.
Photos taken in a moving car! Please oblige!

The WWII era center is the iconic buff colored brick from the 40s and as I wrote on the last entry, it has all kinds of extras and wings for our precious servicemen back then.  In my last entry I also included a clip of a USO Canteen with Roy Rogers, one of many old stars who would entertain our brave troops. 

Well I guess that's about it for today.  I'm plodding along with life...I try to keep my eyes and ears wide open whether it be smalltown or bigtown or wherever, if there is a little something I can do to bring cheer and shine God's love I want to be able to do that as I see fit using my natural gifts God gives. It might be just smiling at Adolph the doorman and saying his name.  ...It might be right in my own home.  There is an awful lot of fulfillment in that. 

...One thing for sure.

I haven't time to be a millionaire!  : )

I want first of all...to be at peace with myself.  I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life...I want, in fact--to borrow from the language of the saints--to live "in grace" as much of the time as possible.  -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Jem was saying at the supper table the other night... I want to live inside-out, not outside-in.  In other words, what is in, we share, it's what is inside that counts!   ...Not seeking material things to pack in selfishly and thus never fulfilled.  We can be fulfilled by what is inside!

Me too!  : )

Have a great day, loves,    -Amelia

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Yay for Goat-Goat and Clifford! Don't Fence Me In! 'Hollywood Canteen' (1944)

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions--the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.  -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Well, well, well, look who I got to visit with last week...Is Goat-Goat not the sweetest ever?

My sweet friends, Goat-Goat and Clifford.
These characters make me laugh, they are buds until there is competition!  Uh oh.  Clifford was getting a bit upset here.  Do you see the body language?  He actually galloped at Goat-Goat to make him go away!  I cannot believe you Clifford!  lol

Please pet me won't you?  I really like you a lot Mrs. Amelia.
(Look at little Goat-Goat's hooves...So cute I think...)
I like you too Mrs. Amelia.
I had a good little visit with my buddies!  They are fenced but  have plenty of acreage and a neat barn on the other side.  Where else can I go and have a drive-thru experience like this but in Smalltown?

Please enjoy!  Don't Fence Me In from the movie:  Hollywood Canteen (1944)

I've always loved this act at the Hollywood Canteen by precious Roy Rogers and Trigger!  I believe the old movie is entitled simply,  Hollywood Canteen  (1944) and is very entertaining!  Wow, has Hollywood changed.  Back in the 40s there was much patriotism in our Hollywood stars.  It was such a different time in our country when there was a healthy fear of God.  Many of our stars served in WWII.  A much better time morally.  Many will say those days are gone...  Not here at the Cathedral. : )  I pray people will wake up.  I don't understand the worship of this present culture at all.  Let's be strong.

You have probably heard me talk of USOtown?  The town actually still has a USO center there from WWII for the soldiers.  On the front glass door, a sign says... "Please remove your chewing gum before entering."  More then several times Jem and I have stopped and peered through the front door.  There is a large room with the original clock on the wall, a counter and kitchen where the refreshments would be served.  Locker room, old gymnasium and auditorium attached.  It's an amazing place among the beautiful trees and street lights.  You expect Joan Leslie and Jimmy Stewart's fill-in during the war, Robert Hutton, to come out arm-in-arm at anytime. Flags are still flown there.  Greatness. 


I hope you all are having a nice day!  Signing off from the Forest Cathedral...Amelia

Joy is the echo of God's life within us.
-Joseph Marmion

Sunday, April 9, 2017

'Call Northside 777' (1948) Film Noir at it's Finest...True Story

Hello Friends, I have a new movie suggestion for you all!  Call Northside 777 (1948).  A reality-based film noir.  Jimmy Stewart plays a doubting detective...Until the truth blares.

A very poignant scene:  The accused young man's most precious mother verbalizes to the detective (Jimmy Stewart) that she doesn't have any friends left if he walks out on her as he is her last friend.  As the door closes and Jimmy exits you see an old world Catholic altar in the humble home as the accused man's precious mother says...I'm sorry I *do* have a Friend, *You* are my Friend. 

Broke my heart.  Touched my heart. 

Fascinating movie, true story and family friendly, especially for those who like suspense, detective mysteries and justice.  A good lesson of the system and how it unfortunately works when lazy and unrighteous men are involved, and how it can fortunately work at times with hopeful diligence and perseverance not to mention a praying, hardworking mama and an equally hardworking and just detective.   Call Northside 777

James Stewart in Call Northside 777 (1948)

Hope everyone is doing well this fine Sunday afternoon!  I've been busy making a skirt or two for a little girl who doesn't have a mama.  No child that I know of is going to be called names if I can help it. Her grandma shares she does the best she can, buying simple tops and making sure the little girl's clothing is clean.  When we hear stories like this from trusted and longtime acquaintances it really puts a light on things.  ...But oh such Joy to put our Gifts to work!  I may even draw a fashion illustration for the little girl illustrating one of the skirts...Yes indeedie...I think I will by George.  Fashion illustration has always come natural to me and this will be the perfect chance to do one for God.  It's amazing what we can do in middle-age as our talents re-emerge from our younger day so to speak.  One way I could form bridges in highschool was sharing fashion illustration.  ...So  here we go!

That little girl has a friend.

I had fun with Goat-Goat and Clifford last week, more pics to come soon!  They are so funny, like two little dogs!

That's life in the Forest and smalltown.  Good afternoon, loves,   Amelia

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teach me Father. Reflections on Every Day Life in Photos

Teach me, Father, to value each day, to live, to love, to laugh, to play.   

-Kathi Mills

God looks at the world through the eyes of love.  If we, therefore, as human beings made in the image of God also want to see reality rationally, that is, as it truly is, then we, too, must learn to look at what we see with love.

-Roberta Bondi

Goat-Goat and Clifford...Clifford cares for our little goat friend.  As many of you know this is behind the drive-thru in smalltown after a grocery trip.  Clifford and Goat-Goat saw me walk up to the fence and meandered up to see me.  I sometimes think animals take better care of each other and are more nurturing then humans.   I do.  

Clifford likes the camera, he was doing quite the photo shoot for me.
 Goat-Goat was too, he had the cutest expressions.

I felt horrible because I did not give Goat-Goat enough attention, I intended on it but he didn't know that.  He turned around and was walking off.  It made me really sad...  

Look at the poor little fella walking back to the barn...

Clifford says, I'm here.

Bye-Bye Clifford, love that windblown look dear one, great shoot.  Please tell Goat-Goat I didn't mean to ignore him, I guess I just waited too long to reach down to the little guy...Do you think he'll come to see me next time?

One of the perks of my sweet married daughter marrying a local sweetheart is that  they live close to us!  Mar and I ran into her at the store and after she drove on to the the drive-thru and just parked right next to us.  It was a nice little visit we five had. Me, Mar, Delle, Clifford and Goat-Goat. : )

I am a TCM fan as many of you know and it was sad upon hearing that Robert Osborne had passed away.   I just watched an interview with Robert Osborne with he and Kim Novak.  I wasn't planning to watch that particular interview, I didn't know that much about Kim Novak.  I mainly remember Kim Novak from the movie with Jimmy Stewart, Vertigo.  I didn't know her well at all.   Oh my, upon listening to her I felt like I had found one of those long lost sister-cousins, just the way she thought and felt about things...   She also lives in a forest.

I do hope they will re-run the interview on TCM, the TCM site or youtube.  If you subscribe to TCM you may be able to catch a re-run of the interview. 

One thing I noticed about her was that she didn't like to force things ever.  She did not like things to be forced.   Me neither.  

She was saying she delicately touched doors and if they opened they opened.  No pushing.

She lives in the forest with her vet husband, she wanted to be an artist as a little girl and then an equine vet.  I suppose since she became an actress as a young lady, not becoming that vet, she married a vet instead! *big smile*

She loves all of her many animals and just did not get into the city Hollywood scene and she had sense enough to leave it.  

A little randomness...Please oblige.

Along with my vintage Avon puppy and kitty perfume decanters, I have this little card in front of my bathroom sink.  Our oldest daughter, Lea made it for me more than a couple of years ago.  She wrote on the little notecard...   

It is such a comfort to drop the entanglements and perplexities of life into God's hands and leave them there.   (Streams in the Dessert/July 1)

I thought it was so sweet the way she decorated it with little stickers too.

I look at the card and read it usually at least once a day. : )

I love these little animal figures, they all make me smile.  The black and white vintage dog was given to me by Marianna one Christmas and the little Dachsund pin cushion was mine from when I was a little girl.  My parents owned a popular old-family-owned resort on the bay and the animal pin cushions were in the souvenir shop. 

Recent Evenings...

Charlie gazing into our pond, reflecting on the beautiful reflection of the sky.

 An evening walk.

I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there, too---your reassuring presence, coming and going.  This is too much, too wonderful---I can't take it all in!   Psalm 139:5-6   

 Have a great afternoon, loves, until the next time...      Amelia in the Forest.

One of my favorites...Here's to you, Mrs. Blount, a true friend who taught our girls piano...Mrs. Blount left us a while back, she is with God now...I miss her.

Monday, March 6, 2017

What Constitutes Success?

What constitutes success?  She has achieved success who has lived well; laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent people and the love of little children; who has filled her niche and accomplished her task; who has left the world better than she found it;...who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty, or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given the best she had. 
-Bessie Stanley

The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.           
 -Albert Schweitzer

 My mom turned 87 last month!  We did a little homie lunch just me and our four girls.  Homie things are best I think. : )

 Mar helping out a bit...

 Lea looking on...Let's see, what is this?

Mother, Mar and our married daughter, Michelle, sometimes we call her Delle because that is what Baby Becca used to call her. ; )  For over a year it has been a trial for Michelle healthwise but she is doing so much better now thank God.  Oh wow, talk about why mother's get grey!  Becca had to leave for work this day so we won't see her in the pics. 

 Someone said something really funny and Mother cracked up!  (really cute I think)  I love it when people are cracking up so hard they get that look!

Okay, time to calm down and look pretty. ; )  Yes, Mother is 87.  A friend of mine attending Michelle's wedding asked Mother if she had had a face lift.  No! With a big smile, she answered, feeling quite flattered!

Oh that quote up at the top?  Yes, that describes my mom quite a bit.  Quite a bit.

I found the material for the table up in the closet and as I sat and looked at it?  I decided it would make an awfully pretty skirt...

We served a nice meal of  my grandma from Naples' Eggplant Pasta.  The cake is gluten-free sweetened with stevia!   Marianna made the cake and helped me with the eggplant.  She also made a whip of coconut milk flavored with stevia and cocoa powder.   It's much like a cool luscious mousse.

I think everything was plumb luverly.

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.  
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I hope everyone is doing well, I'll start the close with music my mom and our entire family likes!   Things are plodding along, many Mitford-like stories I observe and hear that I will be sharing...