Friday, May 30, 2014

Prayers Needed


Dearest Readers,

I was going to post today about all the little things in my cozy life here on Honey Hill Farm.  About alpacas, the garden, some sewing I have planned...just the simple everyday lovelies that make up our lives. And then we received a phone call from out Soldier Son....

A fellow soldier, his first friend in the Army, was killed yesterday in an aircraft accident in Afghanistan.

All the "little things of life" suddenly seemed to stop and fade away...

He was a joyous, sweet, kind, funny, newly married, young man.  His family, his delightful family, is heart-broken and asking to be remembered in everyone's prayers.  They are leaning in and laying down all their grief at His feet...searching for strength.  

If you would be so inclined would you please say a prayer for this family?  (I do not wish to disclose their name here on my blog without their permission.)

Also, all the young men who have served with him are in a state of shock and it would be very uplifting if they might be remembered in your prayers tonight as well.

Kindredly,
Shan

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wintertide....Sigh.....

The lamp on the table was a Goodwill find...how lovely

Dearest Readers,

It is Wintertide...still...again....sigh....  The snow is coming down with great fury, sometimes sideways, covering everything and anything in a coat of white.  I have just returned from my sojourn outside...checking on critters, starting a fire in the greenhouse, and gathering more wood to keep the back parlour stove blazing...now it is time for tea!

The curtain on the left works wonders helping my dear little kitchen to stay warm!

I will endeavor to make my bread this afternoon, but first must warm-up our cold kitchen. If I close the curtain that leads to the dining room, I can harness the heat from the wood stove in the back parlour.  We do indeed have a furnace, but I keep the house relatively cool compared to the temperature that encourages bread to rise.  

This cozy vignette is in my kitchen....I love the light gleaming through the lace

While the snow lends it's luster to the out of doors, the shadows of the afternoon have crept inside.  I will have to light my lamps early today.....

A wall pocket in our entryway...it holds the very last addition of our beloved Rocky Mountain News

Now, I shall wait for Dearest to return home, tending to fires, baking, keeping a keen eye on our critters and looking forward to the warmer temperatures promised for later in the week. I have grown weary of this Wintertide and look forward in earnest for the warmth and joys of Springtime.

Yours kindredly,
Shan


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Home and Hearth...


Dearest Readers,

I have longed to visit with all of you in this New Year of 2014, but my heart and priorities led me inward, towards home, keeping close to kin and hearth.

Dearest had knee replacement surgery in January and has been bravely moving forward through the long process of healing.  He will have his other knee operated on next month, hoping to be in fine fettle before the summer embraces us with all its diversions.  I have been his faithful nurse, offering cold compresses, hot soup and loving encouragement.  

We are now the proud parents of 4 Alpacas.  It is a long story, but they came to us around Thanksgiving and we have enjoyed their gentle ways, learning as we go about their care and feeding.  I promise a post dedicated to them....your heart will melt. 

There was time to organize my dear old cottage after all the Christmastide decorations were tucked away.  I re-arranged a few rooms, tidied closets and drawers and made a list of any little repair that might be needed. I also made a list (I keep it in my purse) of any item that I might want to look for at yard sales, antique shops, Goodwill, etc. throughout the coming year.  For instance, I have a darling print for the middle bedroom, but no frame.  Now, I could just go and buy a new one, but honestly, I would rather find an old frame, so I will be patient and look for a beautiful one...a lovely pursuit. Antiques, the gems of recycling...

This will be a year of concentrated effort to broaden our skills with regards to our garden, greenhouse and canning, drying and storing the bounty.  I fear that we are headed for some difficult times as a country, and I hope to be prepared to not only be a blessing to my own family, but to those who may need a helping hand. Keeping a full pantry and root cellar will be a very good place to start.

My sewing room has been long neglected, but will be a bee hive of activity as I  have need for some new aprons for the coming year.  I have a stash of fabric that will be put to good use...darling and practical...my favorite combination.

We have no big plans for projects this summer, just the usual maintenance that an old house requires, along with gardening, tending to our animals and enjoying the sunshine after the longest winter I can remember.

So, here I am, back to a routine, hoping to share my simple, lovely life in the coming days...it is my dearest hope you will pour yourself a cup of tea, settle in and join me...I have sorely missed your company.

Most kindredly,
Shan