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Snow Days

"So all night long the storm roared on the morning broke without the sun in tiny spherule traced with lines of nature's geometric signs"

"In starry flake and pellicle All day the hoary meteor fell"

"And when the second morning shone  we looked upon a world unknown on nothing we could call our own"

"Around the glistening wonder bent the blue walls of the firmament"

"No cloud above no earth below a universe of sky and snow!"
John Greenleaf Whittier

"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again."
Lewis Carroll

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Powder Room Re-Refresh

It's an afterthought.

And not a very good one at that. A powder room in a breakfast room in close proximity to the table at which we eat most of our meals is not my idea of a great plan. It certainly was not part of the original layout.

Do I advise it?


But that is precisely where our teeny powder room is to be found, squeezed into a corner of another room. I have schemes of removing it to some other [far better] location on the main floor of this quite large-enough house. Somewhere away from the center of the house would be ideal.

My best plan, unfortunately, requires drilling through a thick brick and concrete wall in order to install the necessary plumbing and places the aforementioned room at the front of the house, next to the foyer. Such a great concept! It's a troublesome thought for my husband - that drilling a hole part - but it would certainly put things in a much more appropriate place.

Never mind all that. Instead, I give you a simple little blogpost on a simpl…

Compelled to Find Him

Though singularly unqualified to hear from the heart of the Father I am offered personal and continuing revelation of His Word. I marvel that He even considers me or notices that I exist, much less pays any kind of special attention to me. But this is indeed the priceless privilege of the Christian.

Why did the Lord of the universe create people to populate the earth then give each one a free will?

The vast majority of the world's inhabitants seem intent on seeking pleasure or pursuing evil. On the surface it appears to be a sad and fearsome disaster. There is, after all, untold misery, malice and discontent all round the globe. But stop a moment.

Didn't God say we have been created to display His majesty and glory? That indicates a glorious purpose for all those created in His image (Genesis 1:27).

"Bring all the people who claim Me as their God, for I made them for My glory. It was I Who created them." Isaiah 43:7
This compels me to search for Him until I find Him.…

2. Home for the Holidays

Christmas Day was silent and still in the village. Living along the main thoroughfare in Amish Country will keep you in tune with the varying moods of the days and seasons. This is what I would designate as one of the most calm, peaceful mornings I have seen. 
Jacquelyn and I took to the streets early for a brisk walk in the village. We encountered perhaps a handful of motorists from beginning to end plus a few locals out for their daily constitutional. Usually this route is humming with traffic from about 5 AM until 8 PM. 

We, of course, had hoped for a snowy Christmas morning but it's quite barren. Still, the air is crisp and cold, serene and hopeful. That is beauty enough and we thank the Lord for this new day dawning.

Jacki knew how much I wanted Chocolate Brioche and made it just for me. She actually mixed it the night before then finished the process on Christmas day. 

It is a light, sweet, airy pastry that pairs well with a cup of earl grey tea.

We played 7-up, watched a f…

1. Home for the Holidays

Christmas Eve...

"will find me where the lovelight gleams I'll be home for Christmas"

Ours is not the same-every-year traditional celebration of the holidays. We have sometimes been away from home, sometimes given gifts to the children, sometimes taken the family on trips instead of handing out wrapped presents, and sometimes been with extended family, so there has not been a set pattern.

This year, upon the realization that both children have off work the week between Christmas and New Year's I began to search for that winter hideaway in Vermont; or that dreamed-of return to our honeymoon destination on Roatan Island; maybe someplace closer to home like the northernmost tip of Michigan would fit into the budget; we need to go somewhere because we have these precious days all together and really must take full advantage of them.

But nothing was ringing a bell. Dale was cautiously trying to remind me not to get too invested in a vacation.

Take a clue, woman! Right? Bu…