A friendly welcome to my
friends and new followers.
I'm so glad that you're all here.
Thank you for coming by.
I hope your week has been filled
with wonder and delight.
New experiences and a quiet
contentment with the familiar.
I do enjoy winter very much.
Walks in the chilly air.
A good game of Fox and Geese
Campfires in the cold
Steaming cups of tea
Neatly stacked fire wood
What good is the warmth of summer
without the cold of winter
to give it sweetness.
And another thing
that I enjoy is thrift store shopping.
It's one of my favorite
things to do.
Do you find it relaxing or exciting to look?
It can be both for me!
A few months back,
I found these old hymnals. I like most old books
and music is such a big part of my life.
I am a gatherer..
Sheet music or any kind of
book that is related.
I love the look of aged paper...
especially with notes.
I have seen crafters and artists
use it for creating many different projects.
I enjoy using it for that as well and
some I just collect.
These two are too special to take apart.
(I find it really hard pulling books apart anyway.
They just seem sacred to me...
or something like that...am I strange? )
I have never seen a Psalter Hymnal..
I was very excited o find it.
The gilding and details on both of these
books are so special.
The edges and corners are so tattered
and torn from hands taking them from
their place in the back of the pew.
And possibly from falling to the floor from
the hands of little ones that are so
eager to read and sing along...
When I thought of these photos,
the colors of winter came to mind...
The words still read the same.
Bringing peace and hope.
And the old scratched teapot.
It's lid wouldn't stay on but it really
was a beauty to me with all of it's
the pretty botanical handle and tarnished finish.
Winter days just seem to call
to my heart to be still.
Here's a handmade, cotton apron with it's
corn flower-hued roses and
vintage green leaves. I knew it was very old when
I saw it and I couldn't resist bringing it home.
The cotton fabric is so soft
and the added ribbons are so nice.
(The apron is tied on my thrifted wedding
dress that I found for a dollar.
But she deserves a post
all her own and so that will come later!)
Winter is a time for comfort,
For good food and warmth,
For the touch of a friendly hand
and for a talk beside the fire:
It is the time for home.
It is no season in which to
Wander the world as if one
Were the wind blowing aimlessly
Along the streets without a place to rest
Without food and without
meaning anything to one.
Just as time means nothing to the wind.
How many lessons of faith and
beauty we should lose,
if there were no winter in our year!
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
April Days, 1861
I hope you've enjoyed your visit.
Stay warm and be safe.