Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Grand Adventure

Papa and Griffin-
Off on their GRAND ADVENTURE.
Now- before you get all excited.....
I have to tell you a bit 
about how we use this term in our house.
It usually doesn't involve a plane ticket,
or fancy clothes (see above)
or even an itinerary.
It more than likely is rather
 low-key by most standards.
But, perhaps the possibility arises of
 seeing things with new eyes-
with a little friend.
I have to make this part up
 because the Grand Adventure-
to the Creek, 
was always something John did with his girls.
I suppose I was invited,
 but the risk of poison ivy 
to a highly allergic gal-
 just didn't seem worth the risk.
SO- I always stayed home for these outings.
 Some of my recollections
 are from 25 years ago.
Now, Papa is in his heyday
with another whole generation.
 Right now he is at a count
 of 4 Grandsons 
to thrill with this hike into the yonder.
I know it involves a creek- 
so my guess after the heavy rains
 this past week, the water was "up".
The rest of us went thrifting 
at the Thrift stores.
But, upon our return- 
there was excited stories about 
BIG FISH and tadpoles and worms, and 
building a BRIDGE.
It was a secret mission.
But, there were a few photos.
They came out of the woods
 far from where they entered.
Tired Griffin was carried on 
Papa's shoulders most of the walk home.
The little blue rain boots were muddy.
And a washer load of clothes, already run,
 told the story.
Now the oldest grandson will await the day
 to initiate the rest of the littles-
to the GRAND ADVENTURE.
Sometimes it is not about where you go,
but who you travel with, I'd say.
So, on a sunny, mild, but humid August day,
memories were made of simple times,
laid precious.




Monday, August 14, 2017

VRSLY Update

The collection of Visual Faith photos with 
the VRSLY app.
Telling the story of the places 
and travels in my own life.
Combined with words of faith,
 hope and affirmation.




















And a reminder that our lives in
Freedom 
is truly a gift.


Friday, August 11, 2017

The Modern Priscilla


I suppose I could say that I have waited
 100 years to write this blog post.
That is when this magazine cover 
arrived in the homes of American women.
But actually, I have waited more like 25 years.  
That is about how long I think
 I have had this picture. 
It gets hung every August.
A bit of history-

Modern Priscilla 


MODERN PRISCILLA (1887-1930)
 began at Lynn, Massachusetts,
 as a sixteen-page quarto devoted to fancy work, 
dress patterns,
 china painting, and needlework in general,
 at fifty cents a year. 
In 1894 it was moved to Boston, 
and eventually it was enlarged in scope
 to cover many other aspects of women's home life.
 It absorbed EVERYDAY HOUSEKEEPING in March 1912,
 and HOME NEEDLEWORK MAGAZINE in May 1917.
 The last issue was July 1930, 
after which it apparently merged into NEEDLECRAFT.

It was reported to have a paid circulation 
of 600,000 subscriptions in 30,000 cities in 1925.
 It moved to New York City in 1930
 but folded soon, citing 
the stock market crash of 1929 
as a significant cause.
So what was happening in the world in August 1917?
 August 18-
 The  Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917 
in Greece destroys 32% of the city, 
leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
The draft had started in America.
Women did not have suffrage- the right to vote yet.
Mata Hari had been executed for spying for Germany.
Things were falling apart with Germany waging war in Europe

And this young girl went right on skiing 
on her wooden wakeboard in black tights.

And we wonder-were most of the 600,000 
living in disregard to the REAL world they lived in?
And what about us?
We are finishing up vacations, 
back to school shopping, 
and planning our fall travels.
With Korea bantering major destruction and threats.

And yet, because He holds my future-
I have to wonder what they will look back and see-
in 2117.
And what wall,
 in what home,
 this Modern Priscilla just might adorn.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.

Psalm 91:1-2

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Windowsill Gatherings

Gatherings on the window ledge this week.
Helping oldest daughter Jess 
and husband Dan and son-Jack
 move into a single family home they are renting.
About 1/2 mile from the old place.
Each box gives opportunity to evaluate:
do I still need this?
do I use this?
why am I keeping this?
where does it go?
More space means all things
 can spread out a bit more.
That feels mighty good.
And a 14 month old just runs 
and runs in circles with squeals of glee.
And that makes every box to unpack, 
and the job to find the "new home"
for all sorts of things-
well-it is just WORTH IT.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bible Marginalia- from Age to Age

Bible Marginalia Series- #257

Isaiah 60
The Lord speaking to His covenant people.
With hope and promise.
A vision of what this relationship could be.
Though you have been forsaken and hated-
v 15-
"I will make you majestic forever,
a joy from AGE to AGE."

The Lord sure does 
speak promises in grand ways.
The returned exiles faced serious problems. 
Part of the reason was that they
 had become sidetracked. 
Sin pulled them away from 
their mission as God's people.
This chapter shows the renewal 
of the promise for a new day 
for the community of faith.
He assures the people that God
 has not forgotten them and that their mission
 as a light to the world has not changed.
They can live JOY-Filled days.
Day after day after day.

Supplies:
Washi tape
Stickers
Clear Gesso
Envelope Wrap
Fine-point Sharpie marker
Colored pencil


Monday, July 31, 2017

Jackson's First Birthday

So sometimes Gigi takes
 awhile to catch up with events.
Jackson had a first birthday party back in May.
Got photos of the event in June.
And now to tell the story 
this last day of July.
How fast this year went by!
So a Wild Things party
 brought all sorts of good things!
Fun and festivities!
And cake!
And Frosting!  
Lots of love shared all around.
Momma Jess and Daddy Dan.
 Great to have friends to share such fun.
Jackson Frederick-
 the king of  the Wild Things.

 Aunts and uncles
 and Grandpa and Grandma.
Cousins and friends.
Aunt Laura and Griffin.
A wonderful day to celebrate-
OUR ONE YEAR OLD.




Sunday, July 30, 2017

Adirondack Style

You can't visit Lake Placid 
without checking out
 some of the local establishments.
A favorite was Antediluvian-
 Antiques and Curiosities.
Antediluvian
An amazing assortment of one of a kinds.
Plenty of Olympic artifacts here.
There was also the Adirondack Store 
and Gallery right next door.
adkstore
So what is Adirondack Style?
Well, there are the chairs---
namesake and everywhere-
in every color.
It is rugged, rustic, and lodge
with natural elements.
There are many stuffed animals.
Some cute and cuddly 
and some fierce and very REAL.
The architectural style is associated
 with the Great Camps 
within the Adirondack Mountain
 areas in New York.
Elements include whole, spilt, or peeled logs.
Massive fireplaces are built of cut native stone.
This was promoted to avoid the shipping costs
 of conventional building materials.
The style was influenced by 
Swiss chalet architecture
 introduced to America by Andrew Downing
 around 1850.
The style includes outstanding craftsmanship 
and birch and cedar furniture and accessories. 
 Log and twig works highlight a handmade style.
Through in buffalo checks, hand-made pottery,
and plant and animal influence.
It is a natural style. 
Plenty of spots to find in downtown 
Lake Placid.
A bit of time has stopped here.
And it is a delight 
to wander through the town.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Here and About- High Falls Gorge, NY

Adirondack Park-
The Adirondack Park 
is a part of New York's Forest Preserve 
in in Upstate New York
The park's boundary corresponds 
to the Adirondack Mountains
Unlike most preserves, about 52 percent of the land
 is privately owned inholdings heavily regulated
This area contains 102 towns and villages, 
as well as numerous farms, businesses, 
and an active timber harvesting industry. 
The year-round population is 132,000, 
with 200,000 seasonal residents. 
The inclusion of human communities 
makes the park one of the great experiments 
in conservation in the industrialized world.

The park's 6.1 million acres include more than 
10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 
and a wide variety of habitats including 
wetlands and old-growth forests.

The West branch of the Ausable River 
is one of New York State's
 most famous trout streams. 
The Ausable River journeys north
 to its exodus to the St. Lawrence Seaway.
 Canada Yew is the low growing evergreen shrub here. 
The shrub is a favorite browse food of deer and moose.
 The tan foam at the base of the falls is a natural
 by-product of decaying vegetation.
Rain collects these natural foaming agents from
 the organic residue of leaves, branches
 and trees on the forest floor.
These agents are barred to the river
 and react with the river water. 
The extreme agitation of the river rushing 
over the rocks of the falls 
forms the foam in the pools below.








A trail to hike.
Amazing fresh green colors.
 The sound of rushing water.
A cool day at the end of July.
Family and friends.
Just can't beat that for an
 outing in the Adirondacks.