Friday, October 30, 2009
For all the information on how wonderful Elizabeth Goudge is see my post below. I will be picking a name and announcing a winner by early next week.
Also if you want a peek at Dan's Birthday Party you can head over to Woman Who Wine and see how we spent the day at a local winery.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Now ladies this is truly a treasure and a find. The last time I was able to find one of her books to purchase was two summers ago at the beach in this crazy old bookstore that went on for miles and miles. Click here if you want to read about that find. Now at this point I could go on and on about this author, but my wonderful blogging buddy Sara has already written so many informative blogs about this author that I am sending you her way. Click on the last line to pop over to Sara's for a lot of info about Elizabeth Goudge.
The simplest way I can describe this author is that to me she is like Jane Austin writing about a later time period in England. She does a slow, deep character development, and can get very descriptive about a place. She also shares her faith in the most subtle of ways, and yet at times there it is and it grabs you right in your heart. I find myself writing down some of her passages in my journal.
Renewal...the goodness of God coming down like dew
Everything God touches is changed.
Extraordinary reversals of God
Death to life, emptiness to liberty...He is himself reversal...loss turned to restoration, and decay to renewal at His touch.
The Scent of Water Elizabeth Goudge
After my treasure find in Missoula I was a happy little gal. As we were meandering our way back over I- 90 from the freeway there was this humongous sign 100,000 used books Montana Valley Book Store. Should we stop...well maybe??? DH pulled over and we found our selves on a street asking the first and only pedestrian if there was a bookstore close by. He pointed up the road and away we went. Another large musty old bookstore with volumes and volumes of books on shelves high up to the ceilings. I quickly found the fiction, G...G... Goudge. Bingo two volumes of a great story The Pilgrims Inn, both library additions from 1948.
By the way I did happen upon my table!!!! Whoo hoo! After a few more stops. We ended up in this little town of St. Regis and two amazing antique stores right off the freeway. The first place I went into I found it. The lady told me to first go check out the other store and then decide. Only in Montana : D I knew the minute I saw it though that this was the one. It came with four leaves and opens up to seat at least eight. Perfect! Now I have to decide how to refinish it. Keep it stained, painted black or cream. I will see what the wood really looks like when I sand it down.
A description by Sara of several of her titles including Gentian Hill, The Dean's Watch and A City of Bells
To read about all things Elizabeth Goudge go this website
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Well I am home from Montana and this is what greeted me this week. I was driving along the river road, and just had to pull over and start snapping pictures. At the same moment another lady pulled over just after me and we were both mesmerised with the scene before us. She had a fancy camera and I just had my snap and shoot. More and more I am thinking I would like to invest in a decent camera.
What I most love about the Tri Cities are the amazing clouds that pattern our sky.
Such a beautiful day!
Tomorrow I am bringing Meg out here with her camera. I hope with the babies and all she will be able to get some really good shots.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
You know it just never occurred to me that if you were traveling in the U.S.A. you would have to plan to use a rest room or hold it for three hours. Okay, okay enough already about Montana’s lack of modern day conveniences. It was rather astounding, but what also has grabbed my attention just like it did the last time I was here 2002 is how strikingly gorgeous this country is. Big Sky Country does not even begin to tell the story.
On top of the hillside/mountain where my sister’s home is I took a few snap shots. The day was a little over cast and threatening to rain. After a wonderful lunch of hot tortilla soup and corn bread Chris and I went to town to do a little shopping. We had a wonderful time chit chatting it up with the town folks, and bought a few do dahs. It was so funny when I was rummaging around in this one shop and I kept eyeballing this funny little wired bird thing…just as I was deciding whether to buy it or not, my sister tells me she bought two of them one in each size. That did it; I had to have one too. I have no idea where I am going to put it? We tend to like similar things, and if one of has it, well…it is just a sister thing: D
I have got to admit I can see how this country can get a hold of you and kind of grab you by the throat. Everything about this place is slow and easy. There is only one spot on a bend of one road on the way up to my sisters that we can make a cell connection for our phones. Internet…well I have to sit in one particular spot of the coffee house to get on line. I can see myself coming here for weeks in the summer just to sit on my sister’s deck and paint. I can’t wait till they get this place done so I can come home for some Montana reprieve from the real world where my life seems to be spinning in constant motion. Who knows I might get to see one of those double rainbows again touching down on either side of me , a place where God smiles over His creation.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Yes we do have some deciduous trees, but they do not get brilliant and they certainly don't dominate the landscape. So forget the fancy store bought fluff, I have real New England leaves on my mantel.
So here is the before and after of just one rose. Everybody looked like a wild hairy armpit. I had some major whacking to do. Now we can get in the front door anyways :D
So I am all tidied up outside and in. This week we were preparing for a frost. Nothing really hit, but I have soooooooooooo much produce to process now. You will have to wait and see what I am up to with all that hoopla next week.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Let not your heart be troubled...it was a little message from God one morning as I was just about to face a new day. Hmmm was it even in the Bible? Yes it was, and I can't tell you how those six simple words have changed my thought patterns for the last three weeks. As I pondered those words, they became a choice I was going to have to make over and over again in the weeks ahead. But the choice NOT to let my heart be troubled proved a great way to navigate...trouble. Sounds awfully simplistic I know, but for me God has used these words to help me grow into a new level of trust in Him.
As I was sharing this with a blogging friend of mine this evening who is facing a whole lot of trouble. I realized it maybe helpful to some other folks out in blogland. We all get to face various levels of trouble at one time or another. Some seasons can get pretty rough...I know. But here is the good news...
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
Let NOT your heart be troubled!
These words are found 2x in John 14