Sunday, July 15

Palest Pink Geranium Dress

Our darling girl sewed this Geranium Dress (with her grandmother's oversight) in one day.  I am so proud of her!  The pale pink linen is so lovely and the pattern was easy for our girl to follow.  It is wonderful to see our daughter create such beautiful and useful things.  She will soon be helping her aunt sew two more dresses just like this one for the other two lady cousins in our family.  I can't wait to take photographs of the three of them together!

Saturday, July 14


It would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry tree all white with bloom in the moonshine."

L.M. Montgomery

Thursday, July 12


Each day the children spend several hours playing and swimming in the pool.  I brought our outdoor pillows from the front porch swing to the chairs on the patio and set up a nice little oasis in the shade to keep cool and comfortable while watching my little fish.

Tuesday, July 10

Rose Petal Bird Bath

I pruned the spent roses from our bushes this afternoon and floated them in the fresh water of the birdbath.  I got this idea from an online friend who places her dying roses in the arms of her Saint Francis garden statue.   There is still so much beauty in these little flowers, so it makes me very happy to continue to enjoy their loveliness for a few more days.

Monday, July 9

Monday Sickies

Our poor girl woke up this morning and was quite ill with a stomach bug and spent the day resting and sleeping.  Thankfully, the sickness seems short-lived...  she is weak, but feels better this evening.

Friday, July 6

Early July Nature Table

Lavender from the farm :: a framed print from an old Phoebe Wahl calendar ::  Rabbits and their hutch

Thursday, July 5

The Feast of Saint Elisabeth

It has been one hundred years since the Bolsheviks martyred Saint Elisabeth and her companions.  


Causing meekness, humility and love to dwell in thy soul,
    Thou didst earnestly serve the suffering,
    O holy passion-bearer Princess Elizabeth;
    Wherefore, with faith thou didst endure sufferings and death for Christ, with the martyr Barbara.
    With her pray for all who honor you with love.

Saint Elisabeth's life can be found here.

Tuesday, July 3

On The Eve of Independence Day

My brother- and sister-in-law live in Philadelphia and it seemed like the perfect place to  celebrate Independence Day this year.  The kickoff to our holiday was a trip to the baseball stadium to watch the Philadelphia Phillies play the Baltimore Orioles.  It was the Trio's first time seeing a real baseball game, which was a lot of fun!  We ate Philly Cheesesteaks and the best french fries.   The Phillies won, which made most of our group very happy!

A Pretty Little Porch

One of my friends brought me this wonderful shallow basket and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.  I have been looking for something to hang on one of the walls and it needed to be large. This tobacco basket fits the bill exactly and really has brought me joy each time I spot it coming up the steps or opening the door.

Monday, July 2

Living and Learning: The Week Ahead

In My Knitting Basket:   I have neglected my knitting quite a bit these past weeks.  I have half of a Charlotte Beret on my needles and am determined to get it finished this week!

Watching:  I've finished Fraiser (sob!), so now I find myself casting about  for something new to occupy my time.  I think I may rewatch Foyle's War!

On My Bedside Table:  I am in the midst of listening to The Diary of a Provincial Lady, which is hilarious!  I'm also reading my final Elizabeth Fair book, The Mingham Air.

In Pursuit of Beauty:  I have been trying to take the children somewhere inspiring every week for the past few months and on a whim, I decided that a visit to nearby lavender fields was to be this week's adventure.  A bouquet of freshly picked lavender is just heavenly!

Kitchen and Pantry:  As I mention last week, the children and I went blueberry picking and have quite a few blueberries stored up for the cooler months.  Now that the fast is over, however, I don't think that I can resist the siren call of a blueberry galette!

Sunday, July 1

Beach Days

My goal is to take the children to the beach once a week during the summer.  So far, I'm two for two!

Twelve Years!

Today marks twelve years as a priest for Father John!  You carry the heavy burden well, Husband. I love you!

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