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...


Monday, February 20, 2017

Sewing and Designing my Wearable Art. Today. Thoughts.

“I will not buy any more fabric until I use up the stash I have at home,” I said. And then I laughed and laughed...


This is my latest sewing art design, a maxi skirt made with a wonderful cotton fabric called, A Day at the Museum.  I purchased the fabric where else but in the museum district?  I had been admiring it for over a year.  It was purchased from High Fashion Fabrics.  You can order online if you like.  I adore that store...Especially the huge, huge, huge room with retro ballet-pink wooden fixtures (the real deal, older-then-me fixtures I am thinking) in the huge room of totally wonderful and inspiring cotton fabric prints.  There are retro prints, modern prints, you name it.  I spent more on this fabric then I normally do but it was worth it on this.  (What is Christmas money for anyway?)   It took more fabric then usual because the print is one-way. 

 Elbee liked the fabric too.

"I will sit myself here as I enjoy the view," he says.

My pattern, a tried and true:  New Look 6843.

The simple "View 'A'" lengthened to a maxi length and widened waist band. I kept the same width at the bottom of the maxi, shaving off a bit at the sides.  I usually go by the finished measurements if the pattern manufacturer is gracious enough to print them!  : )  Usually they are on the pattern pieces if not on the envelope.  Warning:  The size will usually be two sizes larger then your store bought size, just eat the pride and go with it, right?   ; )

I just love the simplicity of a long maxi or midi A-line skirt with a simple knit top. It reminds me of that Mary Tyler Moore/Rhoda look.  Give me a print skirt with a modest but fitted black or navy knit top and I feel very comfortable.

I've always loved to draw since I was a wee little girl.  Since junior high I have been drawing people, designing clothes on paper, drawing girls in pretty dresses, and then portraits, fashion illustrations in high school. 

We can use our talents in a variety of ways in many seasons of life I have found.  In homeschooling, I had and still have a great time with my art in sewing and designing my own clothing.  My husband reminds me that creativity is of God.  God creates and loves it when we do too.  

There was and is always art of some kind going on in our home ..and musics.  Once in the suburbs a neighbor came over and let's say things were a bit undone....  She just smiled and said when I apologized... "You just have a liberal arts house!"  --  lol! 

Yes, we creative messies do have a knack for being a bit undone...I strive to declutter but many times things evolve into something similar like these guys have...

Einsteins Desk

 Einstein's desk.

Steve Jobs Desk   Steve Job's desk.

Creative clutter is more blessed than tidy idleness.  ; )

I'll close with some photos of our fur angels here at the Forest Cathedral.

Elbee... There you are, you little character....

 Becs captures the moment as well.

This is our precious little Guisseppe.  He is our little elder fur angel and blind.  He is much like a little child to care for... An angel.  The vet's assistant calls him, her baby.

 Muffie this evening, a heartbeat at my feet...

Charlie, his eyelashes are beautiful, and he is quite a character.  Sometimes I call him Carlos, the character from the comedy, My Man Godfrey (1936) since he is so dramatic.

  Gracie.  She loves the tiny bed.  She's quite a character too.

That is a sampling of our fur angels here at the Forest Menagerie that we care for. 

Today I watched   Penny Serenade  (1941)  while getting some things done.

I love this movie...I cried as if it were the first time I watched it...  I really enjoy any movie with Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, and Beulah Bondi in it.  Greatness.  It reminds me of my mom and dad in happy times years ago.  

This evening before dinner, I listened to this song by Fernando Ortega from upstairs, Mar was playing it.  It makes you want to just stop and contemplate life.

An evening walk here...

Sometimes it captures my heart...far away...beyond the sky, beyond all telling, our Father Himself will be our Light...   

Have a great week, loves,     Amelia at the Forest. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Songs from Sunday, Heartfelt Sightings and Sharings

Live your life while you have it.  Life is a splendid gift -- there is nothing small about it. 
-Florence Nightingale

Half the joy of life is in little things taken on the run.  Let us run if we must --even the sands do that--but let us keep our hearts young and our eyes open that nothing worth our while shall escape us.  And everything is worth its while if we only grasp it and its significance.  -Victor Cherbuliez

As we go on to know Him better we shall find it a source of unspeakable joy that God is just what He is.  -A.W. Tozer

Yesterday:  It's Monday, I'm sitting on the screened porch typing here...I think this will be my writing room today.

What a lovely Sunday Jem and I had.  I will share sights below.  We took a drive into town, listening to a Zac Poonen short sermon and then pretty musics.  Even when I was very young we would listen to 'pretty musics' together.  Jem got that and I appreciated it.

Beware, some of these photos are taken in a moving car by a sentimental brunette named Amelia.  And yes, I say music - musics.  

God uses musics in my life.   He created it of course. You can listen to this song with us as we travel along, love this song, gives a good rush I think.  Jem is also a musican by the way.

The lyrics are very appropriate for my life in many ways these days...

Sunday had started in a foggy kind of way, Jem takes a prayer walk with the fur angels.

Things clear up..the weather changes like the wind.

Who has seen the wind?  Neither I nor you....  -Christina Rossetti

We then got ourselves dressed up and went on that trek to Midtown to eat at a fun Greek restaurant...It's a nice treat with the outdoor seating.

Jem was amused...At this...

Very merry firemen, making a stop to eat some good Greek foods!

After lunch Jem takes a drive down Main, he said he hadn't been down there in a while...and what greatness do we come across...

This old church built in 1917-20.  It's the Episcopal church my Uncle Wesley was married in.  As you may know if you keep up with this blog I've been on an emotional adventure of sorts.   

Jem thought at first it was the old Catholic church he would visit when a little boy, but then I saw it was Episcopal.  Wait, I think that is the church Uncle Wesley was married in!  I felt it in my heart.  After checking that 1940 society page?   It was indeed.   My heart melted.

Minutes away, the  Rice University entrance where Uncle Wesley attended.  A beautiful, untouched campus.

The Museum of Fine Arts...My sweet mother attended art school in the area as a single young lady.  She and another student, Delores, another conservative young lady met and became lifelong friends.  Delores was married to a farmer and became an art teacher, teaching until she had children.  She, her husband and children would come to visit us and us children would watercolor at the kitchen table.  I'll always remember that...so fun.  They were such sweet people, I like sweet people don't you?

Our youngest daughter also attended the art school in the area.  I thought it was wonderful that she was able to do that.

I've always loved this area of town, just look at the beautiful tree canopies...This older classic area is a comfort for both Jem and me.  It's interesting, many of the trees in the city are much like the shape of the many trees here in the Forest.  The city is a great place to visit every once in a while.

Here is another song we listened to that I think is just beautiful.  This was played at my Italian grandma's funeral right around the time of this video.  I'll never forget that day in the old stone chapel on the lovely grounds, it felt so European.  My Grandma was born in Naples, Italy.  Her family arrived in Boston and moved to New Orleans where she grew up into her teens then  moved here.  When I cook, I think of my grandma.  She always said, We'll have good eats and lots of laughs...  In her simple home that is the way it was on holidays, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.  There was always eggplant with pasta gravy and lots of pasta of course.  Do you know that many Italians call pasta gravy, gravy not sauce?  I can identify another true Italian when I hear...the words pasta-gravy.  Our pasta gravy is savory, and I love that about it.  Now back to that beautiful music...

Andrea Bocelli is a favorite of mine, a fellow prolife advocate.  

I hope you all are having a nice week so far and that Valentines day is a sweet, pleasant, uncomplicated holiday for you. : )   I have a neat sewing project in the works, a maxi skirt with a great art print.   I'll be putting together a bracelet for a nursing home resident as well.

Every day is a journal page what will we compose?  

Signing off, until the next time! 

We'll have good eats and lots of laughs....


Happy Valentines Sweet Friends!
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