22 January 2015

Of Burnt Sienna Ponies, Pork Verde, Projects + Still Blooming Roses

Our Christmas rose-in-winter miracle has become our late January wonder.
There's something a little odd, but totally fabulous, about having
blooming pink roses at this time of the year!
Truly it's a blessing!
Besides admiring our roses,
I've been on a bit of a cleaning and sorting mission inside the house.

It's also been a trip down "Memory Lane"--
this tin belonged to my mom and was made in England years ago.
I bet some of you can recall the poem that goes with it:)

And this is Pokey and Gumby.
Anyone remember them?
I'll admit I have a thing for horses--
even those that are burnt sienna and don't eat hay :)

I have found there are two major obstacles in this sorting process.
First, many of these inanimate objects hold a lot of sweet memories for me...
of mom,
my grandparents,
the kids when they were young,
well a lot of things.

Can I really get rid of them?

Secondly, what if I someday need the item and it costs ten times as much or isn't available?
After all who ever saw food prices rising as much as they have in the last several years?

Sigh. Need to do this...
we just have TOO much stuff that we've accumulated.

Of course,
some items are easier then others...
as I was stuffing my huge collection of rubber stamps into drawers today,
my main thought was a LOT of these have GOT TO GO!

Hopefully I will find more items that I feel that way about--stuff I don't ever use or enjoy anymore.
Back to more pleasant thoughts---
the garden!
Teresa recently posted a photo of her budding daphne.
Of course, that made me wonder about ours which gave me an excuse to get outside for a bit.
I LOVE that the days are getting longer again and that we've had some rather sunny days!
I have been thinking a LOT about spring lately and can hardly wait for more flowers.
I've also been thinking a LOT about how much I need a walk on the beach or up in the mountains...

But there's more work to do before I can play.

As you already know the "G" room is done
and we're working on furnishing it.

My very talented Farmer Boy is working on a project for that room --
one commissioned by his always dreaming, Nordic loving wife and
one which will soon be finished because of his love for a certain Small One.
Dear Hubby has done a lot more on it since this pic was taken--
but can you guess what it is??

Of course, since we don't have a garage or shop, it did require our bed
 to be turned -- temporarily -- into a workbench. Lately it's done a lot of double duty and it may do more as I already have another project in mind:)
Recently our oldest son invited us over for yet another fabulous meal--
this time we enjoyed the most wonderful pork verde and rice ever!
And I would show you a picture but I never got a good one :(
Just close your eyes and imagine tender pork shoulder,
a mixture of peppers,
onions, garlic, tomatillos, cilantro, lime, seasonings...
YUM, there I go making myself hungry again.
While our son was cooking,
 we were entertained by his roommate who was playing one of those
modern interactive games.
All I can say is the video games we played when our kids were young --
games like Donkey Kong, Pac Man and others --
aren't a thing like the ones they have today! 
To finish this post here's the WORD for your Wednesday Thursday--
 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
For he shall be as a tree planteth by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river,
and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green;
and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit,

 Jeremiah 17:7, 8 KJV
Have a GREAT Thursday!
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