Thursday, May 31, 2012

A beautiful blog...

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Abilaine just featured my blog in a "blog encouragement post" at her blog, Miss Emma Woodhouse. I thought I would return the favor, dear fellow Emma-lover. :)
Abilaine's blog is so beautiful! We seem to have a lot in common... for one thing, we both LOVE Emma. :) Two, her two favorite movies, the 1995 Pride and Prejudice and the 1995 Sense and Sensibility also so happen to be MY two favorite movies as well. Many other unforseen similarities reside between our blogs as well. I encourage you to visit her blog for some uplifting and inspiring loveliness! :)

By the way, I have been awarded by two sweet young ladies and I promise I am going to be posting about those soon, never fear. :)

Yours truly,

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Construction Warning!!


Just to let y'all know, I'm completely re-doing my blog with a new design that may take a while, so please excuse things looking a bit disarrayed in the coming days. But I promise the new design will be bigger and better than the last! :)

Blessings,





(Yes, the new signature is the official first change :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Courtship vs. Dating

Loved this comparison from one of my favorite blogs: Your Sacred Calling!

 


Enjoy.

Awkward and Awesome

Following suit with other girls' "Awkward and Awesome" posts... here are a few awkward and awesome moments of my own. :)

(Warning: Yes, these have all really happened to me :)


~ Awkward ~

  • When you need to ask a guy a question, and he can't even look you in the eye when you're talking to him because you can tell he likes you and it's making him so darn shy. You find yourself talking to his shoes.
  • When you're taking your dog for a walk and you just got a new book that is so interesting, you decide to take it on the walk. Soon you find yourself standing in the middle of the road, your nose in the book, and a huge pickup is stopped just a few yards in front of you, with a young guy sitting in the drivers seat, his arms resting on the wheel, giving you an amused expression. You quickly move out of the way, mumbling an excuse even though he can't hear you.
  • When you are talking to your friend about how awful mini skirts look on people and some lady walks by you in the church doughnut line who is wearing the mini-est mini skirt you've ever seen. Both of your mouths snap shut like traps.
  • When your younger brother's friend comes over and gives you a hug and says you're his favorite girl
  • When you are riding your bike down the road, and your skirt fills with air as you come down a hill, and a car happens to be rounding the bend, and..... I'll stop there. :)
 
~ Awesome ~
 
  • When you are eating your ice cream with a baby rabbit hopping around on the kitchen table and your mom doesn't even care. 
  • You are riding a horse, and you come to a jump, you lean forward, grip the reins, you can feel his mane whipping your face, and for a moment you're really flying as he clears that big cross rail..... awesome. :)
  • When you take a bike ride down the country roads, and you come to a rise, pump hard, get to the top, and then sail down, past the cornfields, the old red barns, white farmhouses, the wind filling your hair, and the birds swooping by far overhead,..... glorious. 
  • When your dog comes to you with a snake in his mouth.
  • When you are holding a baby rabbit and all of a sudden, it's eyes open as it's nestled in your hand. The first thing it sees of this wonderful world is you. :)
 
Blessings
 
 

    Saturday, May 26, 2012

    Closing Day - A source of inspiration

    At the end of this week, now that all is coming to a close, I would like to feature my "other" source of inspiration promised at the beginning of the week.
    Here, my dear friends, is the second lady who's life has greatly impressed me....

    Beatrix Potter

     
     Born: July 28, 1866, Kensington 
    Died: December 22, 1943, Near Sawrey

     
    This is Beatrix Potter's farm; Hilltop Farm. -->>

    Here is a brief story of her life

    ~

      Beatrix Potter was born on 28 July 1866 in South Kensington, London. She lived a lonely life at home, being educated by a governess and having little contact with other people. She had many animals which she kept as pets, studying them and making drawings.
    Her parents took her on three month summer holidays to Scotland, but when the house they rented became unavailable, they rented Wray Castle near Ambleside in the Lake District. Beatrix was 16 when they first stayed here. Her parents entertained many eminent guests, including Hardwicke Rawnsley vicar of Low Wray Church, who in 1895 was to become one of the founders of the National Trust.
    His views on the need to preserve the natural beauty of Lakeland had a lasting effect on the young Beatrix, who had fallen in love with the unspoilt beauty surrounding the holiday home.
    For the next 21 years on and off, the Potters holidayed in the Lake District, staying once at Wray Castle, once at Fawe Park, twice at Holehird and nine times at Lingholm, by Derwentwater, famous now for its rhododendron gardens. Beatrix loved Derwentwater, and explored Catbells behind Lingholm. She watched squirrels in the woods, saw rabbits in the vegetable gardens of the big house. She made many sketches of the landscape. They still kept in touch with Rev Rawnsley, who after 5 years at Wray, moved to Crosthwaite Church just outside Keswick.
    Rawnsley encouraged her drawings, and when back in London Beatrix made greetings cards of her pictures, and started a book. Rawnsley encouraged her to publish, and eventually Frederick Warne published 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' in 1902. Her third book, 'Squirrel Nutkin' had background views based on Derwentwater, Catbells and the Newlands valley. Fawe Park featured in 'The Tale of Benjamin Bunny'.
    In 1903 Beatrix bought a field in Near Sawrey, near where they had holidayed that year. She now had an income from her books, Peter Rabbit having now sold some 50000 copies. In 1905 she bought Hill Top, a little farm in Sawrey, and for the next 8 years she busied herself writing more books, and visiting her farm. In 1909 she bought another farm opposite Hill Top, Castle Farm, which became her main Lakeland base. Seven of her books are based in or around Hill Top. Tom Kitten and Samuel Whiskers lived there. Hill Top is still as it was then, and is now the most visited literary shrine in the Lake District.
    Beatrix Potter married William Heelis, a solicitor in Hawkshead, in 1913. Then started the next stage in her life, being a Lakeland farmer, which lasted for 30 years. The office of William Heelis is now the National Trust's 'Beatrix Potter Gallery'.
    In 1923 she bought Troutbeck Park Farm, and became an expert in breeding Herdwick sheep, winning many prizes at country shows with them. Beatrix continued to buy property, and in 1930 bought the Monk Coniston Estate - 4000 acres from Little Langdale to Coniston - which contained Tarn Hows, now Lakeland's most popular piece of landscape.
    In 1934 she gave many of her watercolours and drawings of fungi, mosses and fossils to the Armitt Library in Ambleside.

    When she died on 22 December 1943, Beatrix Potter left fourteen farms and 4000 acres of land to the National Trust, together with her flocks of Herdwick sheep. The Trust now owns 91 hill farms, many of which have a mainly Herdwick landlord's flock with a total holding of about 25000 sheep. This was her gift to the nation, her own beloved countryside for all to enjoy. Beatrix was the first woman to be elected president-designate of the Herdwick Sheepbreeders' Association, which continues to flourish.
     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Notice both of my role models are illustrators :). Here are some pictures of her and her work....
     
    http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/is/enroom/illustrators/images/potter/letter1.gif 
    A page from her journal from 1893


    Tom Kitten is one of my favorites :)

    And he and Jemima and Rebeccah Puddle-Duck set off up the road.

    Seriously... a bunny on a leash!!! I have to try that....

    Beatrix and her husband, William Heelis

    Beatrix and Peter :)

    I hope you have enjoyed Country Handmaiden Week as much as I have!!
    Hopefully I will do another one sometime soon. 

    Have a lovely day!

    Yours,

    Friday, May 25, 2012

    Novena for our future husbands

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    Sorry for another interruption! But I just had to post this: http://catholicyoungwoman.blogspot.com/2012/05/54-day-rosary-novena.html

    Yours,

    Friday: Oh What to Do with your Hair? - Easy Loose Twisted Updo

    Now I know the name of this is totally weird, but this hair tutorial is one of the best that I have seen. It can accommodate almost any length of hair, and looks so old fashioned! Enjoy it....


    Yours truly :)

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Thursday: Homemaking - Notable Homemakers and Homemaking Sites

    Instead of writing an essay, I decided to take a different turn with this one.
    Here I have featured some notable homemakers of past times. :) These women may not have been rich and famous, but they showed true virtue with raising their families and keeping a happy home. Also, I have included links to wonderful homemaking websites and blogs for you to browse!
    I am still in the process of writing my essay on Traditional Courtship, but have decided to add some things to it and post it a little later, possibly next week. So, here you go for now...

     First and foremost, Our Blessed Mother is the true model for all homemakers. 
    Her sacred role of raising the Child Jesus was carried out with humility and great love.
    Holy Mary, pray for us!

     
    St. Zita is the patron saint of domestic servants.
    She is most notable for her willingness to serve others faithfully. 
    This is truly one of our calls as homemakers, is it not? :)
     
    St. Martha is also known as a patron saint of homemakers. 
    "But one thing is necessary..."  :)


    And lastly, I just couldn't leave out my own patron saint, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. 
    (We have the same first and middle name; I have been practicing my signature to look like hers :) 
    I believe St. Elizabeth was a wonderful homemaker. She cared for her children while her
    husband was still alive, and when he died she carried on bravely. She lost some of her own children.
    When he was gone, she began teaching children and eventually founded an order and really watched over them with that motherly grace that always shown about her.
    I always look to her as my best friend and teacher especially now in these formative years.

    St Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!


    And now, for the homemaking sites:


    Have a lovely day and enjoy the rest of Country Handmaiden Week!!

    Sincerely,

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Submissions for Lianne Taimenlore's contest!

    There's a new contest going on at http://liannetaimenlore.blogspot.com/2012/05/contest-at-lianne-taimenlore.html. Here are my entries!! I am a big Bolt fan, so here are a few of my favorite quotes:




    Sorry for this little interruption, this IS still Country Handmaiden week, but I wanted to submit my entries. :)

    Wednesday: Guest Post by Stephanie - Making Butter and Buttermilk

    Today we have the privilege of hearing from my friend Stephanie at Hopeful Homemaker. She wrote this very interesting and lively post on how to make homemade butter and buttermilk. Enjoy!

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    How to Make Butter and Buttermilk
    Making butter is an historic skill which dates back to the time before Christ. Before the invention of modern manufacturing techniques, butter was made in a churn.

    To make butter, the following ingredients are needed:
    -Raw milk
    -Salt (optional)

    Instructions:
    1. Pour milk into a shallow dish and let sit in refrigerator for 24 hours.


    2. A thin layer of cream will rise to the top of the milk. Once this occurs, skim the cream off with a skimmer and place in the churn.



    3. Churn the butter by moving the dasher up and down continually.




    This may take anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours, depending on the temperature of      the air. As the cream gets thicker, it will become harder to churn.

    To determine whether the butter is ready, take a peek into the churn; you want the solid (butter) to be visibly separated from the liquid. You can also hear the solid and liquid beginning to separate – when there is a splashing sound, you can be certain that the butter is ready for the next step.


    4. Use a slotted spoon to remove the butter, being careful to get as little liquid as possible. Place the butter in a bowl with flat sides.



    5. Once as much of the butter has been removed as possible, drain the liquid into a Mason jar or pitcher. This is buttermilk! Feel free to taste the buttermilk…it is much sweeter than its store-bought counterpart.


    6. To remove the rest of the buttermilk from the butter, press it against the side of the bowl repeatedly with a butter paddle.



    Be sure to press with the grooved side so that the liquid can run down into the bowl. You can add this buttermilk to the pitcher as well.


     7. When as much liquid is extracted as possible, you may add salt if you wish to have salted butter. This will help to draw out a little more liquid.  However, if you prefer unsalted butter, you do not have to add salt.

    8. Place the butter in a small covered crock or dish. 


    Historically, butter would have been stored in a springhouse or lowered into a well. 

    However, we now store butter in the fridge. Once it has been in the refrigerator for several days, it will get hard, but it can still be used.



    NOTE: If you are unable to obtain a churn, you can also make butter in a Mason jar. To do this, complete steps 1 and 2 above, and put the cream into the jar. Shake until the butter and liquid separate, and then complete steps 4 through 8 above.

    FUN FACT: The color of your butter will depend largely on the time of year. If it is springtime, the butter will likely be very yellow. This has to do with the amount of chlorophyll in the grass when the cow consumes it. The more chlorophyll, the more color. Thus, if it is winter, the butter may be almost white. Of course, in grocery stores, butter is dyed with food coloring to maintain the yellow.
    Once you try homemade butter and buttermilk, you will likely be unable to return to manufactured butter. Homemade has a much sweeter flavor than store-bought.



    Stephanie is a 17-year-old homeschool girl who loves the Lord and strives to be like Christ. She has chosen to be a stay-at-home daughter to the glory of God. Visit her blog at http://hopefulforhomemaking.blogspot.com.


    Thank you, Stephanie for such a lovely post!
    See you all tomorrow...

    As always,

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