Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Family and Friends are Like Patchwork Quilts

Patchwork Quilt

Our family is like a patchwork quilt,
With kindness gently sewn,
Each piece is an original,
With beauty all its own.

With threads of warmth and happiness,
It's tightly stitched together,
To last in love throughout the years,
Our family is forever.
~ Author Unknown ~

Friendship is like a patchwork quilt of caring words, thoughtful deeds, lots of laughter, all stitched together with understanding.
~ Author Unknown ~

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Quiet And Gentle Living

I am all for simple living and living a gentle, quiet and cosy life.

My thoughts on simple living are by slowing down, cherishing the small things in life and seeing the beauty in everyday living.

I thought that I would share a few thoughts of mine from our home.

♥  Putting thought into how we keep our home by using what we have, getting rid of what we do not need and keeping within a budget as we make our home into a warm and cosy haven.

♥  If there is something we want to bring into our home, save for it, buy quality as it will last a long time.

♥  When family and friends come to visit, welcome them and be prepared to offer food and drink.  It is nice to have a little space in my pantry stocked just for that purpose.

♥  Take time to linger.  Enjoy the moment.  Slow down.

♥  Enjoy what we have.  Be content and satisfied with what we have.  Take care of what we have.

♥  Everything does not need to be perfect.  Keeping things simple, but nice is what works for us.

♥  Sharing what we have is important.  It gives us a good feeling to share with others.

♥  Lighting candles is a way to cosy our home.  We even have two rustic little battery candles on our front porch.  It adds such a warm and cosy touch.

♥  I find it so important to take time throughout the day to be quiet, to rest, to relax.  It makes for a pleasant day.

♥  A nice warm bath ... candle lite ... soft music.  A perfect way to end the day.

Simplicity, to me is to enjoy simple pleasures of life, feeling warm and content and has nothing to do with material possessions, but to do with people, happiness and enjoying the moment.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Words To Warm The Heart

As I have mentioned before, over the years I have collected words and snapshots that are near and dear to my heart.

Today, I thought that I would share a few of my gardening ones with you.  Perhaps you will find them as heartwarming as I do.

Spread seeds of joy and happiness.

The harvest you gather tomorrow are the seeds you plant today.

A beautiful garden is a work of heart.

Friends are like flowers in the garden of life.

God blesses the hands that work in a garden.

Herbs add spice to your life.

Grow where you are planted.

Plant smiles, grow giggles, harvest love.

The seed is hope, the flower is joy.

Kind thoughts are the root, kind words are the blossoms, kind deeds are the fruit.

Spring blessings as we enjoy this beautiful spring season.  Summer is just around the corner.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Good Morning

Here it is, the last day of May.  This month has gone by so very quickly.  I have taken time away and now I look forward to being back.

In the days ahead, I plan to come by and visit your little spaces during my afternoon quiet time.

I had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.  My 'daughter' and I enjoyed out and about time on the Saturday before Mother's Day.  We both love gardening and flowers, so we enjoyed time together choosing 'pretties' for our homes and our gardens.  On Sunday, we went to church and enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day sermon and good fellowship.  We were with our son, 'daughter' and grand doggy after church.  I have a pretty hanging basket on our front porch and a pretty Mother's Day card from them that I am sharing with you.

Most of all, my hubby and I cherished the time that we were all together.

We also enjoyed dinner at Texas Roadhouse on Mother's Day and dessert and coffee that evening on our front porch.


We enjoyed two getaways during the month of May, one in our little RV and one in our little SUV.  We enjoyed good times and now it is good to be back home.

The month of May was spent tending to our home, our yard and garden, good times with our kids, two little getaways and chats on our front porch.  We have enjoyed peaceful and quiet days and there were a few busy days.  We have so much to be thankful for and we feel so very blessed.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Just A Note

I will be taking time away from my little space.

I will be fluffin' and featherin' our nest.

I will be piddlin' and putterin' in our yard and garden.

There may be time away in our little RV and a few out and about days in our little SUV.

My Gramma

I want to share from my heart the love, the sweet inspiration and some very fond memories of my Gramma.

 My Gramma was a very important part of my life, an inspiration to me for sure.  I would spend time with my Gramma throughout the year, as well as many Sunday afternoons, even writing letters and talking on the telephone to one another throughout the week.  Such sweet and precious memories.

My Gramma always wore an apron.  I remember as a little girl following my Gramma as she went to the chicken house, to the garden, to the clothesline and back into her warm cosy kitchen. 

She lived in a little town just a short way from our hometown.  She had an old fashioned two story home, a covered front porch with a porch swing and pretty flowers all around her porch.  As I would walk up her front brick walk, the most beautiful Iris were along a steep bank leading to her front porch.  There were many pictures taken of my Gramma and me with flowers all around us on her front porch and her side yard.  Clotheslines were abundant.  She took in washings and ironings to make ends meet.  My Gramma did not have a lot of money, but she did have a lot of love to give.  I am so thankful that I was one of those to receive her precious love, as were each one of her grandchildren.  She made each one of us feel that we were so special to her.  

In her side yard were her chicken house and fenced area for her many chickens.  I do remember so well, helping her gather the eggs in her apron.  I might mention that in her backyard was a large garden with fruit trees that lined the back of her property.  She planned, she planted, she gathered and she preserved.  I remember that she would send us home with her jars of home canned produce from her gardens. 

She had flowers all around her home, always having a fresh bouquet of pretty flowers in a fruit jar on her kitchen table.  Many of her flowers were made into bouquets and decorated the graves of family and friends.

We enjoyed many old fashioned holiday dinners around her dining room table.  I remember Gramma, my Mom and my Aunts working together in her little kitchen preparing delicious meals for all of us.  I loved being with my Gramma, my Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister, Uncles, Aunts and being with the best cousins anyone could ask for.  I have so many wonderful memories from those days gone by.  

When it was just my Gramma and I there are many precious memories with the two of us sharing meals at her kitchen table where she and I would eat and chat.  The window at her kitchen table looked out to the back garden.  I loved sitting there with her.  I remember what I loved most from her cooking and baking, were her homegrown home fried chicken. I loved her homemade cinnamon rolls, homemade pies and her delicious fresh homemade bread from the oven.

Another special thing that comes to mind is how in the evening when I would stay with my Gramma, her days work done, we would sit and swing on her front porch swing.  We would listen to the evening birdsong and the evening sounds as she would read her newspaper.  I can still hear the crinkling of the newspaper as she so quietly would sit and read and we would swing together.  If I were going to be homesick, missing my family, that was the time it would happen.  It didn't last for long though.  Gramma had a way of taking my mind away from being homesick.

When we would go inside for the evening and we would get ready for bed, her routine, I will never forget.  She had very long hair that she would wear in a loose bun on top of her head.  I loved the wispy little curls around her sweet round face and rosy cheeks.  She would pull the bed covers back, a feather bed, soft and comfy and I would snuggle in.  She would take her hair down and she had an ivory dresser set.  She would brush her hair forever it seemed and then she would braid it into one long "pigtail" down her back.  She had old fashioned handmade cotton nighties for the summertime and handmade flannel nighties for the wintertime.  To this day, I love my cotton nighties and my flannel nighties.  We would lay and chat until we would finally fall asleep.

Each morning, very early, we would begin our day.  Gramma had a pretty round ivory container with her dresser set that held her Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder with a fluffy little puff and she would "fluff" on her talcum powder.  I do remember it was so pretty smelling.  When we were dressed, we always had to tend to feeding and watering the birds outside before we could have our breakfast.  When we finished the few early outside chores, we would sit down at her kitchen table and enjoy our breakfast.

Gramma never had a car ... never drove.  She walked wherever she needed to go.  Before I began driving, when I stayed with her, she and I would walk to church on Sunday mornings.  During the week, we would walk to the grocery store, the post office, the bank, the dime store, the drug store and the little library.  When I was old enough to drive, Gramma and I would go in my car.  We always enjoyed each other's company.  Gramma always loved to go for rides.  She especially liked to stop for an ice cream cone.

My Gramma and I were very close.  I do believe, I take after my Gramma in so many ways.  Oh, how I would love to sit and chat with her again.  For now, I have the many fond memories.

♥ My Gramma was the perfect Gramma ♥

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Simple Saturday

Keepin' it Simple

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spring Days

We have been enjoying perfect spring days.  Our days have been warm, sunny and a pretty blue sky.  We have enjoyed refreshing spring rains.  We have been puttering in our yard and our garden.  Such sweet pleasures and simple blessings.

Our days ahead look as if we may be in for some chilly days with rain.  It looks like we may be enjoying inside days where it is warm and cosy.  I do like those kind of days now and then as well.

♥ Spring Sweet Spring ♥

Gardening God's Way

Plant three rows of peas:
Peas of mind
Peas of heart
Peas of soul

Plant four rows of squash:
Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be patient
Lettuce really love one another

No garden should be without turnips:
Turnip for meetings
Turnip for service
Turnip to help one another

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love.  There is much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow.

To conclude our garden, we must have thyme:
Thyme for God
Thyme for Study
Thyme for Prayer
~ Author Unknown ~

This is a good way to tend to our garden ... inside and outside.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Simple Saturday

This is a quiet and peaceful place that we love to visit during the spring time.

~ ♥ ~ God's Beauty Abounds ~ ♥ ~

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hearts Garden

With this being spring, it is time to plan, prepare, plant and harvest in our little kitchen garden and around our yard.

I keep a Home Journal and have for many, many years.  I keep poems, sayings and quotes that I have found throughout the years.  I love to browse through them from time to time and thought that you all might enjoy this one as well.  I found it to be heartwarming.

Hearts Garden
by Katherine Merrill

My heart is a garden where thought flowers grow.
The thoughts that I think are the seeds that I sow.
Every kind loving thought bears a kind loving deed,
And a thought that is selfish is just like a weed.

So I must watch what I think each minute, each day,
Pull out the weed thoughts and throw them away,
And plant loving seed thoughts so thick in a row,
There will not be room for weed thoughts to grow.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Simple Saturday

Easter Blessings From Our Little Cottage To Yours

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Small Space Gardens

A small kitchen garden, a small raised bed garden, patio containers, assorted planters and pots are all good ways to enjoy small space gardening.

We have a double washtub that we use for a small herb garden on one side and the other side for a salad garden.  It is just as pretty as a pot of flowers.  We love our rain barrel.  It is on our patio near our kitchen garden and our washtubs.  It works well there.  So far with the spring rains that we have had, our rain barrel is full of harvested rain water.

We use our small kitchen garden outside our backdoor, just off of our patio for tomato plants, cucumbers, peppers, a few herbs and a few pretty flowers.

These were simple ways that we have planned, planted and harvested our little kitchen garden in past years.  This year will be much the same.

It is nice to keep our garden plans simple as we enjoy fresh produce, fresh herbs and pretty flowers without spending all of our time in our yard and garden.

We also have a small raised bed that sits along the fence in our backyard, close by our garden shed and our compost bin.  This little space has our windmill and an old fashioned hand water pump to add a little country charm.  Plans are being made as to what we want to plant in that little garden bed.

We also have a rustic homemade wooden planter in our front yard that our son made.  We too are working on plans as to what we want to plant in there.  We have our birdbath close to this flower bed.  We plan to use this flower garden to bring in song birds and hummingbirds.

We like to spend time on our front porch or our patio.  We enjoy fresh from our garden foods to put on our kitchen table.  We also like to pick a pretty bouquet of fresh flowers to pretty up our kitchen table or to put on our front porch table.

Such sweet pleasures and simple blessings.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Simple Saturday

Keepin' it Simple

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Clothesline

A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy" sheets
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company tablecloths"
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside,
As brand new infant clothes were hung;
So carefully with pride.

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed
You'd know how much they'd grown.

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "we're back" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare.

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and grey,
As neighbors carefully raised their brow,
And looked the other way.

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less,
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybodys guess.

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line.
~ Author Unknown ~

I love using our clothesline.  I also use an inside Amish wooden drying rack when the weather is so that I cannot hang our laundry outside on the clothesline.

I am thankful for my washer and dryer.  I enjoy doing laundry whether I use my dryer, my outside clothesline or my inside Amish wooden drying rack.

I love fresh from the clothesline laundry.

It is wonderful to snuggle under fresh from the clothesline bedding for a good nights sleep.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Simple Saturday

Keepin' it Simple

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Simple Blessings ♥ Week Five

 Welcome back to Simple Blessings.  This is Week Five, the last in the series and I will be chatting a bit about old fashioned living.

This is a series that I have shared each Wednesday in March.  I have shared my thoughts on simple every day things that bring love, joy, peace and contentment to the days in our little cottage.

Many years ago I came across this saying that was very common during the Great Depression, a time when things were scarce, very hard to come by and everyone learned to be a bit more frugal, thrifty and learned how to become creative.  

These are a few thoughts of mine to share with you.

Whenever possible, we use up what we already have before buying something new.  We try not to let anything go to waste.  Before we throw something away, we make sure that it cannot be used for something else.

Instead of throwing away stained or faded items, we use them to work in or we make them into cleaning rags.  We find if we buy quality goods that they will wear better and longer.  We make sure that we get the full use out of those things that we have.  Taking care of what we have will make our goods last much longer.  Getting the most for our dollar does not mean paying the lowest price.

We fix it rather than toss it.  We try to repair rather than replace.

 Doing without simplifies our life and certainly helps with our budget.  Being thankful for what we have helps us to do without "stuff" that we don't need.  Contentment helps us as well to not buy "stuff" just to be buying.  

I love this saying and try to follow it as we live simply in our little cottage.  We are thankful for simple living and for all of the simple blessings that simple living brings.

Thank you to each one for sharing your thoughts on my Simple Blessings series.  You all have warmed my heart.

Sweet Pleasures and Simple Blessings.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Simple Blessings ♥ Week Four

Welcome back to Simple Blessings.  This is Week Four and I will chat a bit about sight, scent, touch, sound and taste from our little cottage.

This is a series that I have been sharing each Wednesday in March.  I am sharing my thoughts on simple every day things that bring love, joy, peace and contentment to the days in our little cottage.

When I think of Simple Blessings the five senses come to mind.

seeing loved ones warms my heart
seeing the sun rise and the sun set
seeing our little cottage all neat and tidy
seeing our lawn all spruced up
seeing our little garden

from a pretty candle
from comfort food being prepared
from fresh coffee brewing in the early morning
from fresh bed linens just off of the clothesline
from fresh homemade bread from the oven

from hugs making us feel loved and cherished
from a soft throw
from a hot cup of tea on a chilly day
from a glass of iced tea on a warm day
from the feel of pages of a good book

from soft music playing
from a tea kettle singing
from the pitter patter of rain on the roof
from sweet birdsong
from our wind chimes chiming in the gentle breeze

of a homemade meal as we gather at the kitchen table
of homemade cinnamon rolls
of homemade bread and butter
of a cup of fresh brewed coffee
of fruits and vegetables fresh from our garden

These are just a few of our sweet pleasures and simple blessings.

I will be back next Wednesday to share with you from our little cottage.

Please share your thoughts on your simple blessings.