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Backboard makeover

backboard  in bedroom great

I’ve been wanting to fill the wall above the bed  backboard for a long time…just couldn’t pull an idea together until I recently received these beautiful watercolors in the mail.   A big thank you to my sister for sending me the brochure/booklet of BritishWatercolors from Madison Wisconsin’s exhibit The Golden Age of British Watercolors.  1790-1910.  

The  grapevines  came from  out back along the fence line .   The little white thing on the upper part of the branch is a  plastic cable staple that  holds up the branch on the wall marvelously.  

The painting of the little girl  is by a woman artist about this watercolor   Lovely!  She’s holding some plums by her hands, but on the wall the grape leaves are in the way; on the link you’ll see the picture with  her hands visible.   The Still life of plums on a mossy bank  looks so lifelike! info on this on this page.    Hope you like my bedroom backboard wall that was made possible by  a big  vanilla envelope arriving in the mail.


Favorite Renoir

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This is my all time favorite Renoir painting-  On the Terrasse  painted in 1881.   Below is some information about the painting from this web page some info on this painting.  

  Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted this delightful homage to springtime, youth, and beauty on the terrace of the Fournaise family’s restaurant on the Seine River at Chatou—where, six years before, he had made Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise. The painting was already under way by April 19, 1881, when, at lunch in Chatou with the American painter James McNeill Whistler, Renoir spoke of postponing a planned trip to London: "The weather is fine and I have my models; that’s my only excuse."

The young woman in this painting wears the blue flannel dress favored by lady boaters at the time. She and the girl at her side were not actually related. The art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel invented the title Two Sisters when he bought the painting from Renoir in July 1881.

(below) I’d like to take the Seine River cruise in France!

The header painting on this blog is a Renoir too.


roses october 2011I got smart and started fertilizing (miracle grow)  my rose bush frequently which paid off by these lovey rosés developing.   The bush was here when we moved in some years back, so I don’t  know the specific type of rose it is, but I do know that it is a very fragrant one- rich, fruity and floral.  

got a grittibaenz

gritibaenz evy dec 16 2011

He’s waving; see his arm?  It’s a grittibaenz.   I feel special to have this little Christmas dough boy and I barely got this photo of him before we ate  him as we turned him into a turkey sandwich.   Thank you Evy!

The cake

imageThis royal wedding cake was very inspiring to view and is motivating me to make a cake.  I try to put less sugar than the recipe calls for and it usually turns out.  Cakes symbolizes happiness, hope for the future and celebrations- that’s why I like big fancy cakes!

   Below is a quote from the wedding message:

Marriage should transform as husband and wife make one another their  work of art”

   Just for the record- Thank God I live in the USA  where there is no Monarchy, although there is corruptness in politics, I’m glad the revolution in 1776 got us away from a Monarchy!


Veterans Day your town USA

civil  air patrol Civil Air Patrol (have to be 12 to join)

color guard pic 2010 veterns day from left to right- Coast Guard flag, Air force flag, Marine flag, Navy flag, Army flag. Don’t quote me on these!

court house vet day 2010 Parade starts and comes back here to the courthouse for taps  being played on the grounds and how sad it is to hear the taps and think of the dead that never returned. 

pow flag The POW flag that I blurred so bad because of holding on to a dog’s leach at the same time. It is the loneliest flag there is.

vet train 2010 Vets rode in this.

color guard vet day 10 More color guard photos

courthouse stone carvings vet day 10 Above the entrance to the courthouse there is this carved stone decoration that looks like it is from Roman times of a Greek God nature.  Dragon in the ship on either side with two undressed men carrying something- that cylinder shape thing above. 

parade route veterans day 2010 On the parade route before they stop and shoot the guns while on their way back to courthouse.

praire city iowa vet day Some old hay cutting machine, I think on the courthouse grounds.  By the wheel it says Prairie city Iowa where the piece was manufactured.  The green metal thing a little higher than the wheels is where you sit.

Another Civil War diary

imageFear in North Carolina is the book I read recently.   I am  glad for getting  to know Cornelia  through her diary.  She was a good women and  I enjoyed the sweetness of her kind husband she so often wrote about.   It was the civil war era (chalk that up for my 3rd civil war diary that I read since summer!), yet each lady I read about had a different situation  (the previous posts were July 11, 12, 31st).   This recent book was called “Fear in North Carolina” compiled and edited by Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell.  2008 copyrighted.

 image Here is Cornelia’s photo many years  later.

This lady, Cornelia Henry, lived on a farm in the mountains  outside  of Asheville North Carolina with her husband and operated a hotel for a short while till it burned, afterwards they took in boarders (like a mini hotel) in another building on the grounds which she writes about, making it an interesting read for an hour at a time on the sofa.  All the farm hands were slaves.  this was the first time I had known about middle class people owning slaves, just thought it was for big cotton plantations.  On the link above  you’ll find the touching excerpt of when Atheline ( house slave) dies.  Atheline’s parents were there when Cornelia’s father in law had the farm.  You can bet Cornelia made her dresses that she has on in both photos.  She was always sewing for her family and the slaves.

Here’s a quote from her diary that sums up the risk you take concerning marriage:

April 9th, 1868   This day 13 years ago I paid a last adieu to the home of my childhood.  Put my happiness in my dear husband’s keeping.  He has faithfully discharged his trust as it lay in his power.  I am happier now than I was as a bride for I know him now to be  a high toned gentleman.  Then I did not.  He was almost a stranger to me.    When I think of it now, I see how much we both risked.

Doesn’t that about sum it up as far as marriage goes?  You really don’t know how the character of each other will develop until the years go by!

imageDon’t let Cornilia’s big hat scare you away from reading her diary when you see her on the cover  of the book.  I think it was a wedding photo.  I’m glad the authors (Richard Russell and Karen L.  Clinard) compiled this work into a book since I gleaned so much out of it. 

  To me it was a true love story about a  good  man who was a “high toned gentleman” (as Cornelia puts it) in the community and his  family,  with Cornelia shining throughout the book as  a mom who dearly cared for her children.  All the people mentioned in the book caught my attention and the time period of the book- the start to the end of  the civil war covered.  There was no insurance claim to be had  when the hotel burned down either.  If they had one, they could have rebuild.  What a loss  if you had a fire on your property back then!

photos courtesy of google books online reading.

the grown up bully

I found this article online about grown ups being bullies.     The grown up bully

I thought of men as I was reading this, but I know women too like this, not very many I’ve come across, but it doesn’t mean they are not out there just because I’ve not experienced them.  What an article!

image Industrial and cooperative bullies is what this article is about .  I’d think it includes church settings too.  Have you met one before?  Do you have a husband like this? Pastor?  Neighbor?  Co-worker?  Boss?  Relative?    I had to read this article  a few times over in a weeks time to digest all of this.  The bully is  exposed!

Holding the KJV dear to our hearts

thou has magnified thy word above all thy name

Psalm 138:2b

Johannes Weiland oil painting "Reading her bible"

Do you associate reading your bible with  this oil painting as in  something not for  us today, but was for people to read a long time ago?  Reading the King James Bible is for  us today too.  It’s hard to make the time, especially if you are reading it on a regular basis with someone else, which means  there are two or more daily schedules that have to have time  set aside for it.

It helps us get ready for heaven, by learning what  we’re being taught in Pauls books,  to get all the history out of the Old Testament, and to see what the Tribulation and beyond will be like which comes after Pauls 13 epistles.   It also helps to get our thoughts off of worldly enticements that are always bombarding us .

Reading the Bible out loud

It’s the best thing you can do with your kids. It’s been about 10 or 11 years now that I started our day out with a chapter or two from a book of the bible. It’s the right thing to do. When you’re dead and gone your kids just might be reading the Word of God with their kids around their sofa too. That’s the goal isn’t it?