Friday, January 01, 2010
I moved into a house this August having come from a fully furnished suite. It meant no more renting but it also meant that I needed to furnish a two bedroom home.
My partner is slowly designing and crafting some tables. He has completed a coffee table and the two matching end tables for the living room. There are many sketches all over the house but it will take time and money to get all the pieces made that are needed around here.
Tonight I wanted to hostess a fine dining experience in our empty dining room for the beginning of the new year. I dragged a folding table from another room, added two chairs, found a homemade tablecloth, and lit 3 candles. I used Don's maternal granny's ancient china (Laurentian Snowdrop) and added my sterling silver cutlery. The stage was set!
The ham was tasty without being salty, the potatoes had some sour cream and chives. I boiled some Brussel sprouts and some sweet corn for some colour interest too. The Keen's mustard was a ka-pow of flavour. Instead of wine, I used some low calorie cranberry juice.
I've never used an elevated cake plate until this evening. My homemade carrot cake made with Slenda, was fine without any icing.
I located a CD with instrument love songs and played it gently in the background. The lights were dimmed and everything was ready at the same time.
It's funny how a little extra effort done with love and caring can develop into an "event".
We had stayed home for New Year's Eve, ( when we were exhausted) and instead, enjoyed a dinner at home -- a celebration 18 hours later. This was much more enjoyable in our opinion.
Haven't we been told over and over to use the china, wear the purfume, burn the rose-shaped candle... because life is too short to save up for "someday".
Can you transform a simple activity and elevate it into an "event" too?
Monday, December 28, 2009
My family is well aware that I have tried my hand at many artsy-crafty hobbies, also, I've given karate a try for 3 years and bellydance for another three.
Since my move out west, I haven't been sewing, knitting or embroidering like in my 'former life'.... and I have felt the void.
Yesterday, I picked up a paint brush, some acrylic paint in a tube and began smearing colour on a canvas.
Let's just say that Leonard da Vinci's work will not be threatened in any way by my contribution to the arts. I seem to have all the finesse of a mud fight.
I have taken some books out of the library to try to gain insight into the how, what, when and who in the painting world, but it is a lot like learning brain surgery from a video, if you know what I mean.
Stay tuned. I may have a jazzy little picture next week to hang in my kitchen or I may use it to line a bird cage. I haven't decided yet.
Karen Learns To Paint... The Continuing Saga!!!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I walked into my laundry room and there was one little bloom on my Christmas Cactus! The blossom is a salmon pink and it just the cutest thing. I wasn't expecting to see that surprise but it has always been a quirky plant.
It is growing in four "arms" but only one of them has bloomed. Perhaps it will take a notion to show off with another one at Easter time.
Maybe I can get a photo of this little Christmas surprise. (I rescued this little guy, so I wasn't expecting it to be healthy enough to flourish.)
Did you get a cactus to bloom this season?
Thursday, December 24, 2009
This is totally worth 3 minutes and 30 seconds of your life....
I hope it works for you!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I was reminded of the song, My Adult Christmas List yesterday. It has been recorded by Amy Grant, Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, and can be found on Youtube if you are interested in listening and watching it being sung.
Today my devotional reading has included a posting my one of our Spark friends and it dovetails nicely with an adult Christmas list. It may be too Christian for you, but here goes:
My Christmas List for 2009
* peace in the home as in Proverbs 15:17 "better a meal of vegetables with love than a meal with a fattened calf and hatred.
* to be a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor
* a garment of praise
* some oil of gladness
* a crown of beauty
During this rushed and indulgent season, it can be so easy to forget the focus and reason for the feasting and joy. The Gift was delivered plain and simply. MANY through the ages will ignore or mock Jesus who became the Light of the world.
My Christmas list is impossible to buy at a market or on line. You can't wrap it in coloured paper nor can you stick a bow on the top.
We can pray for each other that The Holy Spirit will infuse each of us to take on the blessed attributes that He wills us to display and share with others. We have been commanded to help the poor (it may be the poor in finance, the poor in spirit, the poor in status, the poor in nutrition.) We are able to assist others in all kinds of ways and all through our calendar year.
Share your happiness, share your energy, your enthusiasm, your perspective, your hope.
Does your gladness draw others to want to be with you? Are you a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor?
What better calling is there than that?
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