Taking a break…

Hi everyone! I am just hopping on here to let you know that I won’t be posting for the next several months as I have some projects that are taking a lot of my time besides this being such a busy time of year! I hope that you have enjoyed reading as much I have enjoyed writing! While I am gone, feel free to look through the archived posts in the library on the side and comment! I love getting comments and should be able to still answer them 🙂 Until next time, have a wonderful, cozy winter season!

John Callcott Horsley (British Painter, 1817-1903)

Thankfulness

So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.
~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

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Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor.
Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light!
Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!
~Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.
~Seneca

All that we behold is full of blessings.
~William Wordsworth

Hymns in Our Hearts: What a Friend We Have in Jesus

This charming hymn was written by a Mister Joseph Medlicott Scriven. Mr. Scriven was born in Ireland in the early 18th century. He studied at Trinity College and later moved to Canada to work and tutor. He was engaged twice to be married, but unhappily both of his fiancees died before the wedding. Mr. Scriven wrote this hymn to comfort his mother who had been ill. He died in 1886 at the age of 67.

This hymn is a hymn full of questions! Its contemplative melody tends to aim at letting us think as we sing about what is holding us back from bringing all to Him Who loves us. It is a lovely hymn with sweet words of comfort and also a reproach in a way to those of us who like to take our burdens on ourselves. I hope you enjoy learning this one and that it will stand as a reminder and encouragement to you!


What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

I am thankful for…

With the coming of November comes one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving! Every year I like to take time to think about what I am thankful for and thank God for His many blessings. We all have so much to be grateful for and having a heart of gratitude makes our lives that much sweeter. Here are just a few things I am thankful for this year.

My family who is always there for me
Good friends who I have the privilege of sharing good times with
Beautiful changing leaves on the trees
Our chickens who keep me laughing with their antics 🙂
Spending time baking in a warm kitchen
Curling up with a book on a rainy day

How about you? What are some things you are grateful for this year?

Articles of History: Gloves

Most people now days when you mention gloves, think of mittens, gardening gloves or something you would wear in the wintertime to keep your hands warm. Gloves actually have a fascinating history and were once one of the most important parts of a young woman’s wardrobe.

Circa 1840 Parisian Milky White Kidskin Gauntlet Gloves with Silk Embroidered Pink Floral Embellishments.               Vintage 1950's embroidered eyelet pink gloves.                 Late 18th or early 19th century, Europe - Pair of women's gloves - Silk plain-weave with silk embroidery

Wearing gloves reaches back all the way to the time of the Romans and Greeks when people wore gloves while gardening and soldiers wore gloves during war and in battles. It was not until the Middle Ages that gloves began to be seen and worn as a fashion accessory. Like with hats and bonnets, a whole industry developed in the Middle Ages around the making of gloves and a guild was created for those who made gloves. During the Edwardian and Victorian eras, gloves became a very important article of clothing for a young woman and whole codes of etiquette and conduct were developed around when, how and what kind of gloves to wear. There were just as many styles of gloves as there were dresses in a ladies wardrobe!

Gloves have been made out of every kind of material known to man. At different times throughout history one type of material may have been popular and then fell out of fashion for another type of new material. Gloves could be knitted or crocheted out of wool, cashmere or cotton yarn. Leather gloves were and still are very popular. Linen, cotton, silk, velvet, kid, fur, suede and even lace have been used in the making of gloves. These were often decorated with embroidery, beads or even jewels. One of the most interesting trends involving gloves happened in the early 1600s. Perfumed gloves became very popular. To perfume gloves, animal fat or oil (such as almond oil) was mixed with flower essences and then the gloves were rubbed with this mixture and allowed to dry. All manner of herbs were used to scent gloves from violets to myrtle, cloves or cedar wood! Gloves could also be perfumed by dusting them with a scented powder.

Crocheted Gloves

My New Book!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to announce that I have officially published my first book! 🙂 It is a nonfiction book called Twig, Bud, Leaf and Root about medicinal herbs and plants and their uses. Herbalism and using plants for healing is one of my passions and I wanted to share that passion and some of the knowledge I have gleaned in book form. I had a great time writing this! Here is the link to the Kindle version for you all to take a look. Let me know what you think and get a copy if you can! Have a great weekend!

Twig, Bud, Leaf and Root

Sugar and Spice…

Autumn is here and I started thinking today that one of the most wonderful things I love about this season is its smells! I know that might sound a little strange, but it is amazing to me how our sense of smell can connect us to so many deep memories! I love autumn and some of my favorite memories were made in this season. Here are some of the scents of the season that bring to my mind wonderful memories.

Autumn

Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ginger and Cloves (Warm spices with delicious tastes!)
Woodsmoke and burning leaves
Snugly sweaters with that thick, heavy wool smell
Warm, fragrant hot tea or apple cider
Candles burning
Apple pie in the oven (If you want a delicious tried and true recipe try this one out! Dutch Apple Pie)
Baked goods (gingerbread, homemade bread, doughnuts 🙂 )
Damp, wet earth

This is what I like to call the Sugar and Spice time of year when the crisp air is full of glorious dead leaves falling and the scurry before cozy winter sets in. These are just a few thoughts and some things I have been loving recently. How about you? What does this changing season mean to you and what memories does it bring to your mind?Fall bounty