Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Quiet Time

Finding quiet time in my day is so important to me.

I find it is best to have a favorite place for my quiet time.  I want it to be free of distractions.  I want it to be comfortable.  I actually have two quiet places that I choose depending on the weather.  When the weather is nice I like to have my quiet time on our front porch.  Otherwise, I love my comfy chair in our front room close by the bay window and my reading table.

I love the early morning.  I don't have a set amount of time.  I think that the most important part is not the amount of time but being consistent with the time.  I also cherish a bit of afternoon quiet time.  Often that is when I will sit down at my computer and visit your "little spaces" and "chat" with you for a bit.  I too, love our evening quiet time as it is a way to end the day in a quiet way and to get ourselves ready for snuggle in time  and to look forward to a good night's sleep.  

My morning quiet time, I read and study my Daily Devotional, followed by reading and studying my Bible.  I then have silent prayer time.  By this time my hubby is up and he has his time for his Daily Devotional and his Bible time.  We enjoy our morning cup of coffee together.  We then prepare and have our breakfast.

It is important to commit to doing so consistently.  It requires sacrifice to begin with.  Habits and lifestyles form this way.  We even use this time in the same way when we are away from home.  We have done this for so long that it just seems right for us.  This is our way.  Each one has to choose what works best for them.  

I might mention that my hubby and I love getting up early.  We just do not want to go anyplace early.  We have our exercise time in the morning and tend to our home keeping.  If we have errands, shopping or appointments, we try to schedule those in the early afternoon.  If we are home, we tend to our outside chores in the afternoon.  In the evening we enjoy our evening cup of coffee, a homemade treat and again we cherish our quiet time.  This seems to work for us.  I am sure it would not be to everyone's liking.

Our plan is to keep our day as quiet as possible and to enjoy it in the most simple way.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Simplicity

is
 having what I need and not having more

not being controlled by "stuff" but using the resources the Lord has blessed me with

meaningful work

having time to focus on what is important in my life, such as knowing God and tending to relationships with others, especially the relationship I have with my family

not always looking for "more" or "better" but making do with what I have with a thankful heart

the saying ... use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without

 Simply put, simplicity is the freedom to really live, rather than spending my life acquiring, consuming and coveting.

It seems that SIMPLICITY is something I work on daily.  It is my work in progress.

Praying that your week is filled with sweet pleasures and simple blessings.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Vintage Charm

I love my little kitchen, cosy and quaint.  I love using old fashioned kitchen gadgets, vintage bowls and dishes, vintage linens, all things from days gone by.

Today, I am sharing my favorite vintage bowl set.  They are the Pyrex Ware Color Bowl Set, very old, vintage, antique and charming.  I love using them most every day as I plan and prepare our meals.  I love the primary colors.  They are a bit faded from many years of use.

I wish that I could say that mine are a family heirloom.  They are not.  My hubby bought mine from an estate sale in our town a few years ago.  They do have a lovely history.  They belonged to a hometown family.  We went to School with their children and we went to Sunday School and to Church together when we were growing up.  There are many memories as I use them in my kitchen.

We also found this Pyrex Ware Refrigerator Set at an antique shop during one of our out and about days.  They had a lot of tender loving care before they became a treasure in my kitchen.  I use these often as well.

I think of those who were keepers of their homes, oh, how they must have loved the pretty colors to brighten their kitchens and to use and nourish their families so many years ago.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tea Time

The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on my face and warms my heart.  It shares quiet, peaceful and gentle thoughts.  A pretty teapot adds such charm and warmth to our humble little cottage.  It is such a plain and simple part of my day, a cherished time for me.

If you are cold, tea will warm you.
If you are too heated, it will cool you.
If you are depressed, it will cheer you.
If you are excited, it will calm you.
by William Gladstone

I would love to invite you to come inside our little cottage, where it is warm and cosy, to share our friendship over a cup of tea, a sweet homemade treat and a warm hug.