Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Eat Drink Read

Browsed my latest Keepers at Home and Victoria mags while enjoying my coffee and sourdough this morning...

And came across this quote in Victoria: "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Marcus Tullius Cicero
 Well...almost everything...

Reading Called to Be Amish, (another book in the Plainspoken series), and knitting fingerless gloves for Bec's shop...

And from Keepers at Home, this Poem by Amy Carmichael...

Love Travelling - Amy Carmichael

Love, travelling in the greatness of His strength,

Found me alone,

Wearied a little by the journey's length,

Though I had known,

All the long way, many a kindly air,

And flowers had blossomed for me everywhere.

And yet, Love found me fearful, and He stayed;

Love stayed by me.

"Let not thy heart be troubled or dismayed,

My child," said He.

Slipped from me then all troubles, all alarms;

For Love had gathered me into His arms.

Off to 'dig in the dirt' (AKA gardening)
Hope you are having the bestest of days!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wednesday Words

Faithful obedience or obedient faith?

Hebrews 11:8-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 
 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 
 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

This was one of my bible readings this morning.  I'd never noticed the progression of faith before...

By faith  we...

obey... dwell/wait... receive.


And on a sort of related subject...

I have been attending the Seventh-day Adventist church and the Mennonite church for the last 10(?)
months.  Marnie and Denver were attending the SDA church so I went along.  I've had some contact with the SDA church over the years, but thought I would give myself 12 months to decide whether I would attend there long term.

While at the same time....

attending the Mennonite church to try and come to some decison about them also.  I have had contact with the Mennonites/anabaptists for about 8 years now and when I first moved to this area I fellowshipped with them for 6 months.  This was when the church was just starting up here (in 2013?) and they only had about 15 folk attending, and most of those where the family that had come from Canada to start the church.  Now they have around 80 members and also some Australian families have joined.

But I wasn't ready to take the final step, even though I could have continued fellowshipping with them and not actually join the church, I felt if I wasn't going to commit completely, perhaps I should not stay, so attended the Uniting church until it closed down earlier this year.  Interestingly the Mennonites are now using the Uniting church building for their meetings.

I have come to the conclusion that I will not go with the SDA church.  I do not agree with some of their theology/bible interpretations/beliefs, and due to some issues in the local church here recently and the way they have been handled in a very unbiblical manner, I have made my decision sooner rather than later.

So I am...back with the Mennonites :).  I must say, having attended a vast number of churches/denominations over the years, that they are the most godly, humble Christians I have met.  My heart has probably always been with them, it's my stubborn will that God needs to work on :)).

I feel much more ready at this time to make a decision/commitment, but will give myself 12 months.

to be continued...

And to finish on a lighter note, these are the beanies I have been knitting recently to take to Bec's shop...

She wants some fingerless gloves now, so will start on those today.  It's raining, so good knitting weather.

And some of the books I have on the go...

They are from the Plainspoken series (true stories, not fiction).  I'm reading Simple Pleasures at the moment.  It's a lovely book...

Surely it's coffee time now...I'm all talked out :))

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Beanies Books and Brrr

Knitting more beanies for Bec at The Brush Rabbit...

Reading Why Cows Learn Dutch...
 brings back memories of my time on the farm...walking behind the cows, with the dog, to the shed, for milking

And yesterday we had snow...
it was so pretty watching it fall
They tell us it's Spring...
But I don't believe them...

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Friday focus

Was up with the sun this morning...

So drove down to the supermarket to do a 'stock-up' shop before it got too busy, then back home for breakfast.

Put a casserole in the crockpot to cook...
 it sure smells good!!

And stewed some apples and rhubarb for my breakfasts...
my standard breakfast is quinoa, stewed apple/rhubarb, and yoghurt...yum!

All my knitted items I took to Bec at the Brush Rabbit recently have sold!!!!  So I hope to get to her later today with these items...
 2 crocheted hats and 2 pair of house slippers

This is one of her shop windows...

And this is one of my knitted hats in her window...
And a few days later I saw a lady walking around the river wearing it :))

Better make me some lunch and get on down the road...

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday Miscellany

Made a Banana and Walnut Loaf today...

And ate some...

Here's the recipe...

I replaced some of the white flour with wholemeal flour and almond meal.  Also added some cardamom and allspice.  And sprinkled brown sugar/cinnamon and chopped walnuts on top before cooking. 

Then went outside and chopped down more rose bushes...
the hellebores are pretty...aren't they!
It's been a lovely day weatherwise.  I'm just back from my afternoon walk.  Time to light the fire (I think it's going to be a cold, frosty night), cook some tea (as in 'dinner') and settle in for the night.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday on Friday

I had planned on getting this post done yesterday, but as it was a sunny day (and there is rain forecast), I decided to do some more tidying in the garden.

It's grey and cool kind of day...


I have discovered I am a homichlophite...a person who loves fog :)  I was reading an article about pluviophiles (lovers of rain) and wondered if there was a name for lovers of fog...there was!

Grey is my colour...matches my personality :))

So...I've made some soup...

And added some leftover vegies and meat...
 one bowl for today...and one for tomorrow

Here's the recipe...
if you enlarge it you should be able to read it
I varied it a bit, to use what I had

And on the knitting front, I've ordered some yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills...

I'm using this pattern as a guide...
but not doing the diamond pattern

Will do garter/moss stitch across the body and sleeves like this...
using THIS yarn

While waiting for the yarn to arrive, I continue knitting my charity blanket squares...
 yeah...yeah...I know...  bit of a colour contradiction n'est-ce pas!
but it's not for me!!

And reading THIS book from the library...

As recommended by Lisa.  Only just started's different...will see how I go...

heure du déjeune!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Weekend Words

This is Brennan Manning...

the face says it all...pain and compassion...sadness and peace...
I think it's a beautiful face

And this is what he wrote...
“A Word Before All Is Grace was written in a certain frame of mind—that of a ragamuffin.
This book is by the one who thought he’d be farther along by now, but he’s not.
It is by the inmate who promised the parole board he’d be good, but he wasn’t.
It is by the dim-eyed who showed the path to others but kept losing his way.
It is by the wet-brained who believed if a little wine is good for the stomach, then a lot is great.
It is by the liar, tramp, and thief; otherwise known as the priest, speaker, and author.
It is by the disciple whose cheese slid off his cracker so many times he said “to hell with cheese ’n’ crackers.”
It is by the young at heart but old of bone who is led these days in a way he’d rather not go.
This book is also for the gentle ones who’ve lived among wolves.
It is for those who’ve broken free of collar to romp in fields of love and marriage and divorce.
It is for those who mourn, who’ve been mourning most of their lives, yet they hang on to shall be comforted.
 It is for those who’ve dreamed of entertaining angels but found instead a few friends of great price.
It is for the younger and elder prodigals who’ve come to their senses again, and again, and again, and again.
It is for those who strain at pious piffle because they’ve been swallowed by Mercy itself.
This book is for myself and those who have been around the block enough times that we dare to whisper the ragamuffin’s rumor—
all is grace.”
I read this book a few years ago, but as I was browsing the bookshelves looking for some Weekend Words, I came across it again.
If you haven't read it...please do
And if you have read it again
It's a beautiful book!
Tout est Grace