Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Keep Us in Your Prayers...

   My family has been going through some very difficult times recently with my dad's business.  If you would keep us in your prayers, especially my parents, who are going through so much, I would deeply appreciate it.  Thank you in advance; you are such an encouraging circle of friends, and mean so much to me! 

"Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened."  ~ Matt 7:7-8

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bulletin Misprints

    So my friend sent me these a few weeks ago, and I've been meaning to post them on here because they are just. so. funny.  These are little bulletin excerpts that were really printed in actual church bulletins, however, either somebody wasn't paying attention to their spelling and grammar, or they didn't realize how they were wording the announcement.  The results are pretty hilarious.  I was pretty much in tears by the time I got to the bottom.  Read on and find out for yourself. :)

~ The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
~ The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on Water.”
   The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”
~ Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
~ The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.
~ Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.
~ Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.
~ Miss Charlene Mason sang “I will not pass this way again,” giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
~ For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
~ Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
~ The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing: “Break Forth Into Joy.”
~ Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
~ Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
~ Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
~ The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment, and gracious hostility.
~ Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow
~ The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would send him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
~ Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet on Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
~ The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
- And, my favorite..
 ~ At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Hope you enjoyed these! :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Rather Exciting News

Goodness, I haven't posted in over a week!  Time has been getting by me this summer between working, volunteering, keeping up with my ensemble music, running my shop, and planning for the fall.  But, today I wanted to share an exciting thing that has happened recently. 

I'm going on a pilgrimage in September!!!!  Two old friends of mine and myself are going to take the trek up to Auriesville, New York for a three day pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of the North American Martyrs, over 63 miles.

We will start out early Friday morning in beautiful Lake George, NY, which I am really excited about since my dad has been there and he says it's beautiful and from the pictures I have seen he is definitely right.

After three days of walking, we will reach the shrine, overlooking the Mohawk Valley.

 I can't believe it's still two months away, but I am very excited about it and am sure it will be a wonderful experience, both physically and spiritually.  They have daily confessions and Mass in the extraordinary form, along with singing, meditations, the Rosary, and other prayers as we walk, all accompanied by priests and religious.  It's going to be amazing.

Oh and did I mention we'll be camping for the whole trip??  Yeah.  And did I mention I haven't gone camping in nearly a century? Yeah. :)

Well, I better quit the rambling now.  Hope you are having a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Shop | Mr. Thornton and Margaret Silhouettes

Recently I was cleaning out my old craft room (which is still a nightmare, but I'm working on it).  As I was sorting through some bins I found a bunch of embroidery hoops I had never used.  So, since I have been greatly admiring the trending "hoop art" that has been all over Etsy, I decided to try some of my own.

I am not really that experienced with embroidery.  My mom is the master, but she has taught me a few things about it over the years, enough at least for me to dive into a project on my own, so I decided for my first project I would do silhouettes of my two favorite fictional characters of all time: Mr. Thornton and Margaret Hale.

I used the likenesses of Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby Ashe for the portraits.  They will forever be Thornton and Margaret to me. :)

Of course I had to pick one of our "Helston roses" for the shoot.  I don't know exactly what type of rose they are but they are just like the one he picks for her in the movie, so I like to call them Helston roses. :)

I couldn't resist making a little collage with N&S screencaps.  What do you think?

This set is now available in the shop.  I am working on another one right now, which I will hopefully finish tonight and be able to post pictures soon!  Not telling you who the couple is though; it's a surprise. :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Homestead Diaries | Grain Threshing Day

Here is the promised post about grain threshing today!  First off, I was there two hours before they actually got started, so in the beginning we were preparing last minute food and getting the tables set out.  It was a beautiful day, just like last weekend. This time I had my camera for the first part of the day, so I got some pictures, and then my mom and dad took it when I was busy and got some more pictures, so I have credited them accordingly.

Once the tables were out we watched the men start up the steam engine.  I had never seen one up close like that before; it was quite a sight, and very noisy!

The men worked for a solid two hours with that big old thing in the beating sun before they finally took lunch. It went through quite a bit of wood as the day wore on.  I liked it though.

When they finally finished the wagon load they were working on, all of the food was ready for them.

We had prepared mint and lemon iced tea and ginger beer for drinks, all served in mason jar glasses.  I just love drinking out of mason jars.  I think for my wedding reception I'm going to use mason jars for glasses. :)

(copyright: Momma :)

For dinner, we had roast pork, redskin garlic potatoes, green beans, brioche, sauerkraut, applesauce, and picked asparagus.  For dessert we made spice cake and "plumb duff" which is like plumb pudding.  Each dish was entirely made at the farmhouse, and the pork was from the hog butchered back in February at the farm.

(copyright: Momma)

It was surprisingly quiet during the entire meal; all we heard was silverware on plates and an occasional "Pass the salt" or "Where are the napkins?" or "What in thunder is plumb duff?"

(copyright: Momma)

It's so much fun when one of your friends volunteers on the same day you do!  Ali was there most of the day.  We really hit it off, and whenever we're at the farm together we like to imagine we're in one of those old west romance stories we both love reading, like Love Comes Softly. :)  We have so much in common!

Oh yes, and I finished my apron at 1:00 in the morning just so I could wear it today.  It's actually a Sense and Sensibility pattern for the 1910s, but it passed. :)

(copyright: Momma)

 That dinner was so much work, that after Ali and I had cleaned up we sat on the porch for half an hour just talking.  Then we took a walk by the creek while the men got back to work.

(copyright: Dad)

The sun was even hotter in the afternoon.

There had been thistle growing with the wheat, so when they were threshing it the tufts of fuzzy thistle were floating around everywhere, getting in your hair and tickling your nose.

It was white, snow white....
(A hundred bonus points if you know what I'm referring to :)

Unfortunately, as the afternoon wore on, the belt on the thresher kept coming off.  The men fixed it twice after much fiddling around with it, but when it came off for the third time, they decided to call it quits for the day.

Which of course means it's time for Duke and Bella to bring the remaining wagon loads back into the barn before it rains!

They are the sweetest things, so docile, willing, and strong.

And so ended a very hot but very exciting day.

Now I'm ready for a nice shower and a few chapters of North and South before I go to bed.

Yes, just thought I would let you know my plans. :)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Homestead Diaries | Apples and Blackberries

Just like last weekend, this weekend is going to be busy.  This morning I put some baked applesauce on the hearth in the second summer kitchen to cook while I went blackberry picking.  Tomorrow is grain threshing day, and before the men go out to work we prepare a "thresherman's dinner" for them.  It's more than just dinner, though.  I took a look at the menu and blinked.  It's truly quite a feast.  I don't want to tell you though, because I'm sure I will have lots of pictures of it tomorrow. :)  So today I made applesauce, some of the other girls have made bread and pudding ahead of time, and tomorrow we will prepare everything else. 

We heated up the dutch oven.  I love cooking with cast iron. :)

 I just put a small pat of butter in the pan, let it melt, and then poured in my peeled and sliced apples.

While we were in the kitchen the men were getting the equipment lined up for tomorrow's demonstration.

After I cleaned up my mess, I put on a slat bonnet and took a basket on my journey to the woods.  Rumor had it that blackberries were sighted along the wagon trail, so I was determined to find them.

Sure enough, I soon caught sight of the creeping, thorny bushes full of ripe berries.

  I put the blackberries in the bowl, and the basket served as my 1880s camera bag. :)

It was a gorgeous day.  If it wasn't getting late, I would have taken my boots off and waded in the cool creek that runs through the woods, but I needed to get back to check on my baking apples.

I passed the farmers on my way to the house and they had all of the equipment out in the side yard, ready for tomorrow.

When I got back to the kitchen, I took out my apples and stirred a bit of sugar into them.  It actually was very good.  I hope the men like it tomorrow.  The head homemakers take turns being in charge of the annual threshing day meal, and each one tries to top the one from last year.  I was told that maybe I would take next year's dinner.  Wouldn't that be exciting?

 Then again, it's a lot of work. :)  We'll see.

I will be back tomorrow with a full report on the event.  In the meantime, have a lovely Saturday evening!

Yours truly,

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Homestead Diaries | A Grand Old Independence Day

I did not write my usual Homestead Diaries post on Saturday because I wanted to save it for today, since we had a very big event on Sunday.  On July 7th, we had our "Grand Old Independence Day" celebration, where we celebrated our country's independence in the style of the late 1800s. 

 When I got there in the morning it was threatening to rain, but I prayed that it wouldn't and God answered me with a lovely, slightly overcast day.  Perfect weather!

There were lots of people that came through the farm.  One of the highlights of the day for me was a tourist group from Algeria who all wanted their picture taken with me and my friend Allie.  After that the tour guide asked us to give a little presentation on the farm and what we do as volunteers.  The people from Algeria were very friendly and gracious to be there.

 Above is Allie, Caitlin and I supervising the bucket brigade.  You have two teams, and the members of each team have to take turns filling their glass jar with a spoon and a bucket of water and the first team who's jar overflows wins.  It was very exciting, especially as it got down to the end.

We had period games like the bucket brigade, egg toss, pie eating contest, and sack races.  There was a tug of war at the beginning which was quite rough and very competitive.  After the visitors finished, the volunteers did it, even us girls. :)  It was a lot of fun, though our side was no match for Rick (the big burly man in the straw hat in the picture below :).


Around three o'clock we had the pie eating contest.  I do not have any pictures of that event, which I am glad I don't.  It was quite grotesque, especially when it got to the adults.  My mom had the camera for the day, so I don't have as many pictures as I would like for this post, but I have a few and I also stole some from a friend. :)

Aren't they adorable?  The sack race was so cute to watch.  (and that's my sister, second from the left)

My brother got there a bit after I did, and he worked in the blacksmith most of the time.  After he was done we all took some of the little kids to the country store to get candy.

We also had wagon rides pulled by the draft horses going throughout the day, and we even had a vocalist in costume come and sing the Star Spangled Banner right before we began the pie eating contest.

After we cleaned up all that pie, I played with my other friend Elise on the back porch.  We did some popular tunes like the Star Spangled Banner and Swallowtail Jig, and then she pulled out some different pieces I had never seen before.  I'm very excited because they asked me to be a part of their social orchestra, a music group of about ten people with period instruments that plays in costume for different events.  I can't wait to start! :D

While I'm on the subject of reenacting, Caitlin was telling me about how she got a job at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.  If you have ever been there you know what it's like.  The costumes, the people, the buildings, the excitement..... *sigh*  She's going to be doing spinning demonstrations and working with textiles at one of the shops there.  As she was telling me about this, it hit me.  Can you imagine how AMAZING it would be to work at Colonial Williamsburg??  I think I've finally found my dream job.  I was talking to a friend about how much I enjoy reenacting and then I thought about it later and never really realized just how much I like it.  Mom thought it would be a great thing for me to get into seriously now that I'm done with school.  Anyways, how did I get so off topic?

Overall it was a lovely day.  There were so many visitors coming through the farm, and a bunch of my very dear friends were there, which I was so very thankful for.  It's so nice to see people you know and care about come to a big event that you are a part of.  So, if you're reading this post, thank you, dear friends!

Well, now I've got our Grain Threshing event to look forward to next Sunday, and then Draft Horse days and the United States Plowing Contest over Labor Day weekend which will be a really big event.  So much excitement! :)

I hope you had a lovely fourth of July weekend...

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