Join me as we weather tropical storm Isaias, do some cleaning, tidy up the parking lot, and weed. Plus, we get a parcel from House of Brinson!
Monday, July 27
Sunday, July 26
My husband had to visit a sweet baby boy at the hospital today to bring him Holy Communion. Please pray for him and his family as he was born with only half a heart.
The property of the hospital has several beautiful buildings. I loved seeing this tower. I could almost envision Rapunzel letting down her long hair from the turret. Can you see the swan on the weathervane? It is so charming!
We just finished painting the trim on the house and church building and really need to choose a color for the shutters. I loved the color scheme of this house at the hospital and it would look perfect for our stucco and red tile roof. I have to see if we can get some paint samples to test the sage color!
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Saturday, July 25
Friday, July 24
My friend, Mirona, made these wonderful plum and apricot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They are based on the New York Times Plum Torte recipe that we all know and love. They are lovely treats at any time of day. Thank you, dear Mirona!
Thursday, July 23
Thursday, May 7
I spent a little time searching for the perfect quote for our letter board this month and finally happened upon this one by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans). It's lovely for this situation that we find ourselves in. Lovely for any day and age, when you get right down to it.
Wednesday, May 6
I look for thin spears of asparagus whenever I am able to shop. They are a true taste of spring for me. I prepare them simply with a bit of olive oil, salt, freshly ground pepper, and some crushed cloves of garlic. They are baked in a hot oven (450 degrees) for ten minutes or so... just until there are lovely crisp edges. Once they are out of the oven, I grate some Parmesan cheese right on top, which melts perfectly.
Tuesday, May 5
My eyes have really been opened to all the many things that are blooming at Rectory House. There are those things that we have chosen to plant: daffodils, lily of the valley, roses, ivy, rosemary, lavender, lamb's ear, hydrangea bushes, etc. And those that just spring up of their own volition: violets, mock strawberry, dandelion, lady's slipper butter cups, etc.
It's been glorious to watch unfold.
Monday, May 4
Sunday, May 3
Here is an evening scene from the couch. My husband and I have taken to seeing a news programme each night which is rather depressing, but also rather addicting. I've also taken to eating dessert while we watch, but it would probably be better if I did some knitting instead. My hands would be busy and my kitchen washcloth stack would be my better served. That said, I do believe that ice cream and chocolate are medicinal at this particular point of quarantine. What say you?
Saturday, May 2
Friday, May 1
Thursday, April 30
An absolute deluge flew in from out of nowhere this afternoon. The sky turned black and the rain came down in sheets. We lit candles and enjoyed the sound and scent through the open doors of the garden room. Eventually the rain stopped and gave way to a magnificent sunset. The woods looked like they were on fire. I loved seeing the puddles glow. It lasted such a short time, but I am thankful that I witnessed it.
In other news, the first roses bloomed at Rectory House today!
Wednesday, April 29
Tuesday, April 28
Monday, April 27
I made sausage and pepper pasta à la Old World Home for lunch today! Here's the recipe: boil some pasta (I used penne today) and sauté some ground sausage and bell pepper (I also sliced in an onion and added salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning). Once pasta is cooked, add a ladle full of pasta water to the sausage pan and a bit of heavy cream. Allow sauce to thicken and then pour over drained pasta. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Scrumptious!
Sunday, April 26
Saturday, April 25
I've been going to a nearby flower farm once in awhile to buy a cheering bouquet of flowers. Though I can take a busy two lane road to get there quickly, I opt to take the back roads. I love looking at the houses on the way, but this is my favorite thing to pass.
Friday, April 24
Our mailbox has been in rough shape for the eight years we've lived here. Recently, someone hit it (and quickly propped it back up so no one would know 😂) and it went from being dilapidated to being basically unusable (taking in water from multiple holes and not staying closed). We're finally installing a new one after all the letters we got today were soaked. I can't wait to see our mail carrier's face when she sees that we have a respectable mailbox for her to use! In our defense, we were trying to wait to get a new one until we did some work on the front entrance (tree removal, stone wall and arch, and new sign) so that it wouldn't get accidentally broken and the style would match the work.
Belinski looked at the bedside table with its lamp, its carafe, its silver biscuit- box, it's two books, one of them in German. A lower shelf held cigarettes, matches, ash-tray. He looked at the primroses on the bureau. The warmth of a hot-water bottle communicating itself, he shifted a little and looked at the small mound it made through the bed-clothes. Then he looked at Andrew.
"It is unbelievable, " said Mr. Belinski.
"All of it. That I should be here-- in this house-- with your parents-- is like a dream."
Belinski nodded seriously. "I had forgotten that such people were. No, that is wrong: I never knew such people. They are good like saints.
From Cluny Brown by Margery Sharp
Wednesday, April 22
Tuesday, April 21
The children left their father and me some presents. I have Iron Man staring me down from my bedside table and my husband has some guy from Star Wars. These kids drive us batty all day long and then we desperately miss them once they've gone off to Dreamland. #cliché