Saturday, October 18, 2008

Prayers Needed......

Dearest Readers,


Would you be so kind as to offer up a prayer for my cousin Dana.  This morning she went in to wake-up her daughter and found her to have passed away sometime earlier....she was only 14 years old.  Her heartbreak is unspeakable and it would mean so much to me for her to be lifted in prayer at this time.


I won't be blogging for awhile, I'm sure you will understand.


Yours so very truly,


Shan

Saturday, October 4, 2008

In My Reading & Sewing Basket....

Dearest Readers,


We are expecting a cool front later this afternoon. What better way to spend a cloudy, cozy day than curled up reading one of my most treasured books....."Letters from HoneyHill, A Woman's View of Homesteading 1914-1922". 


This book is a gathering of Mrs. Cecilia Hennel Hendricks' letters to her family back home in Indiana as she homesteads out in the Wyoming dry lands beekeeping with her beloved.  Her letters are full of everyday life, from how she does her wash to her menu for meals.  She loves her husband so dearly and finds purpose in being his help meet.  Their faith does not waver even though they find themselves living through WWI and the terrible influenza epidemic, not to mention the ups and downs of the honey business. Be sure to read the Introduction as it explains the background of each family and the marriage proposal that brought her to the wilds of Wyoming!


After reading HoneyHill, I named our little place here in Colorado in honor of Cecilia....Honey Hill Farm.  A place where each day is greeted with the knowledge that it is a gift from God...a day to be treasured.  What a wonderful inspiration this lady has been to me! If your library does not have a copy, you can order it here. 


Until the clouds settle upon the farm, I plan to start on my sewing basket projects.....



I want to make this charming vest out of the rose covered fleece.  This is an older pattern, but I like the way this fits me.  I won't be adding the little appliques,as they are a little too country so instead I will add a more Victorian trim.



Next, I want to try this pattern from Vogue...very easy Vogue, that is! It looks pretty straightforward, so I think I will be successful.  Has anyone used this pattern?  If so, please let me know what you thought of the finished jumper.


Dear Readers, I hope that each of you have a gentle and simple day.


Yours kindredly,


Shan



(Please note that there is another edition of Letters from HoneyHill that takes you from 1914-1931, I was able to obtain a copy from my library...this edition just seems to have a different feel to it.  Probably because it includes the Depression Era and its devastating effects on homesteaders.)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Making Things Cozy.....

Dearest Readers,


I have missed you so very much over these past days.  Please forgive my lack of posting....there is much work here at Honey Hill Farm.  We have begun the gentle task of making our dear home and farm snug in anticipation of the coming colder weather.


Garden tools have been cleaned and put away after a day spent re-organizing the garden shed.  We continue to add fallen leaves to our compost pile and look forward to the "brown gold" that will be forthcoming.


I like to go from room to room in the house and make sure each room is in the best possible shape before the first flakes fall.  First, all the curtains are washed and re-hung or, if they are summer-weight, they are carefully tucked away and the heavier curtains are brought out.  While the wash is churning, each window is cleaned and then caulked and painted (if need be).  Second, closets are straightened, with any outgrown clothing given to charity.  Next, it is time to dress the beds in flannel sheets and warm coverlets. Afterwards, a thorough dusting and vacuuming render the rooms sparkling clean.  Any painting, carpet cleaning or re-organization is completed and the house feels orderly and ready for a long winter.  


Dearest and I also take the time to inspect the outside of our 100 year-old home and make sure that it is up to the challenge of howling winds and blowing snow.  We have several outbuildings that need to be snuggled up for winter as well.  All in all, this can take several weeks of work, but it makes for a lovely winter as we watch the snow swirl about while we are cozy inside!


Now don't let all this talk of swirling snow and howling winds fool you, dear reader, as it has been quite warm here lately.  I soooo want to curl up in a nice warm sweater with a hot Pumpkin Spice Tea before a roaring fire...but alas, we are still wearing short sleeves and drinking iced tea next to the grill.  But now that it is October, we can pretty much count on snow by the end of the month! 


I still want to purchase long underwear and a burgundy turtleneck in order to round out my winter wardrobe.  I also hope to finish a skirt and a few jumpers, as well as a fleece vest and a new robe.  I have everything stacked in a neat pile in my sewing room...reminding me to get busy! 


So, with that in mind, I am off to do a little hand sewing......


Yours kindredly,


Shan


The photo was taken in my kitchen...my little towel rack...and a few cherished towels.