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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Give Us Steadfast Hearts

New London Ledge Lighthouse

Give us, O Lord,
      steadfast hearts, which no unworthy thought can drag downwards;
      unconquered hearts, which no tribulation can wear out; 
      upright hearts, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.

Bestow upon us also, O Lord God,
      understanding to know you,
      diligence to seek you,
      wisdom to find you,
      and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thomas `a Kempis, 15 century

To Be A Politician…

One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one. Henry Miller, writer (1891-1980)


The cherry tomato bush on my deck is loaded with green fruit and yellow blossoms. Should have plenty for my family and some to share.

Another Helpful Harry Hint —

We’re going back in time again. (Just found the copyright in the back of the booklet) It’s 1940 and Tintex has unleashed Helpful Harry on harried housewives….

My mom and dad are in the front. Mom's sisters with their husbands and Gramma and Grampa Dinwoodie complete the photo.

“Push tush,” you say, “hanging pictures is a pipe.” But listen, you hunks of honey, there’s a right and a wrong way to keep those pictures from going whacky at the slightest touch. Give a tilted picture a bit of time and you’ll go nuts. Anyway, swipe a hunk of Dad’s fish line (has wire ** a mile). Now, hang Aunt Lizzie up and turn her around — all the way so the line makes a little loop at the hook — from then on no nervous breakdowns. 

Hunk of honey? I write romances and wouldn’t there…

Also, I took out a word that had to be a colloquialism of that day but means something entirely different now. I’d never seen or heard the word, but it’s on-line in the Urban Dictionary and in this day and age, it’s not cute or nice or anything a corporation would use in an piece of advertising.

How times change!

The photo in this post is from the 1950’s or perhaps early 60’s. The Tintex booklet featuring Helpful Harry was given to my Aunt Yvonne (second row on the far right, white blouse) from my Aunt Alsetia (second row middle). Just love this photo. Daddy has hair!!!

Three Butterflies Card

This card was made using the Stampin’ Up stamp set called ‘Priceless’. I like the flourish and how it made the white background more interesting. Unfortunately, this set was discontinued the end of June. I decided not to add any stamped wording so I can use it for any occasion. This card is another one of my favorites.

Can’t wait for Stamp Camp to start up again in the fall. Always so much fun!

Give Thanks

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord…” Psalm 92:1

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4 

What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?

This question has a hold on me and won’t let go. What if…

I give thanks to God for loved ones and my health and the ‘big stuff’ that comes to mind. And each night before turning out the lights, I make a list of three things I’m grateful for in my gratitude journal.

But I can’t weasel out from under the conviction that comes from knowing, deep down, I often skate through the praise and giving thanks portion of my morning quiet time to get to the ‘gimmies’. I approach the Throne of Grace more often with my hands stretched out to receive rather than lifted high in praise.

Change begins now.
For this deeper understanding of myself, I thank God.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I Thessalonians 5:18

Pencil and Eraser

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser –  in case you thought optimism was dead.
Robert Brault, software developer, writer

Zentangle Notebook Cover

Couldn’t let a week go by without posting a Tangle!!

I drew this one using a Sharpie on a 9 x 11 inch piece of 140 lb watercolor paper.

It was fun departing from the traditional black and white and adding a bit of red in the hearts. This is the first color I’ve used in a tangle and already have ideas for adding more color to future tangles.

This one will be inserted into the clear cover sleeve of the three ring binder that holds my 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch tiles.

Penny Rug

I’ve always loved the look of little ‘penny rug’ runners and mats and have wanted to make one. Most often the ones I see in gift shops and mail order catalogs, are dark colors giving them an old primitive look. Though I love the ‘prim’ look, I also love color, so going through my felt stash, I found several ‘colonial’ colors that worked well together.

Penny rugs originated in the 1800’s. Women gathered bits of wool and wool felt from old clothing and hats, then using coins as templates, created table mats, floor rugs and bed covers. The blanket stitch was used to apply each small fabric circle to a background made of feed sacks or burlap.

Instead of laboring over the tracing and cutting of ‘pennies’ like my sisters of days gone by, I cut the felt circles using my Cuttlebug machine and the Sizzix Circles #2 die. How easy! Tonight I’ll go through my embroidery floss and pull out complementing colors. Hope to have a finished doily-size penny rug to show you next week.

Do you have any projects in the works?

Pesto Genovese

The basil is loving our hot humid weather. I had more than enough to make a batch of pesto.

 I use my food processor to mix all the ingredients.


The recipe originally came from a James Beard cookbook. He adds a little parsley which isn’t always done, but I do like the flavor.

4 cups fresh basil leaves
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup Italian (flat leaf) parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 cup olive oil – to your taste.
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Put first five ingredients in the food processor with 1/2 cup of oil. Process, adding more oil to make a paste as dry or wet as you like. Add cheese and process a few more seconds.

I enjoy this fresh on pasta, as a spread on sandwiches or brushed on grilled vegies. This recipe makes a large amount, so what’s left goes into ice cube trays and is frozen to use through the winter. Just defrost and use as you would fresh, or pop a cube in a pot of beef stew or minestrone for added flavor.

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