Monday, March 18, 2013

What does fresh bread out of the oven, homemade soup and A. A. Milne have in common?  I didn't really know at first.  The other evening when I was making supper a lot of memories were twirling around in my brain.
Long long ago when I was quite little my address was Graceton MN.  We went to a small, white, country church that sat right next to Highway 11.  We kept back the forest by mowing the grass all around the church.  Sometimes dad found morel mushrooms hiding in the grass.  He would pick them and bring them home to eat.  On the very edge of the grass where the trees grew we found Pink Lady Slippers.
Inside the church there was a hard wood floor.  Cloak rooms, one on each side of the entrance had hooks just right for hanging coats.  The walls of these rooms were made of pine boards . . . beautiful pine boards that slowly darkened over the years to a warm honey color.   Pine boards were used for wainscoting half way up the walls, tall windows let the sunshine in, an old fashioned clock hung on the wall.  Someone had to wind it every week.   Near the entrance there were built-in shelves that held library books.
That's where you would find me -- checking out another book.  Since there weren't a lot of books I learned the fine art of rereading until I knew them backwards and forwards.  You could say that is where I met Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin for the first time.  Not in a story book with pictures.  They were in the book The Mystifying Twins.
The story takes place in England.  Lois and Lettuce Belmont were identical twins.   Instead of going to school on the bus they moved away from home and went to a boarding school.  Where they got into all kinds of trouble . . .
When summer came they went to camp.  The counselors put together a treasure hunt for the girls. They were supposed to find the characters out of A. A. Milne's books.  I read about Tigger, Pooh, Rabbit, Kanga and all the rest with no idea of who they were.
Much later when I had moved away from home and was off on some adventure of my own I'd come back for visits.  My sisters were slipping quotes from Winnie the Pooh and friends in every conversation possible.
Like this . . . "How are you planning to get out of that predicament?"
I heard this reply, "Very carefully, so as not to hurt myself."
Someone would say, "Good morning!"
A gloomy answer, "If it is a good morning, which I doubt."

Or at the camp my family went to every summer . . . I remember a small child chattering away telling the story about heffalumps.  He was quite small and he was telling the story from memory.
That's where I finally "discovered" Winnie the Pooh and friends for myself -- in the pages of story books -- reading to my small crew at bedtime, nap time, anytime . . . to be truthful.
So pull a chair up to the fire, pour yourself a cup of tea and spread some honey on that fresh bread just-pulled-out-of-the-oven.  Eat a bowl full of homemade soup and read A. A. Milne's books to the small people in your life.  I promise - you will be making some lovely memories.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

February 20, 2013
 1.  tub
 2.  towels
 3.  tumbleweed
 4.  Tigger
 5.  tall trees
 6.  tea
 7.  teddy bears
 8.  tents
 9.  Thanksgiving
10. toboggan
February 19, 2013
 1.  soup and sandwiches
 2.  stars
 3.  sunshine
 4.  socks
 5.  stones
 6.  silver
 7.  sardonyx
 8.  sledding
 9.  skates
10. swans
11. sheets dried on the line
12. swing set
13. sweaters
14. sisters
15. sapphire
THE ENTHUSIASTIC, to those who are not, are always something of a trial.
- Alban Goodier, The School of Love, and Other Essays (Abbey)
Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway.
- Mary C. Crowley, Be Somebody . . . . . (Crescendo)
After 30, a body has a mind of its own. -- Bette Midler
I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.
-- Katharine Hepburn, quoted by Alan Ebert in Good Housekeeping

taken from June 1982  Reader's Digest

Thursday, March 7, 2013

February 18, 2013

1. roads
2. red roses
3. rag rugs
4. ruby
5. ruby throated hummingbird
6. rose-breasted grosbeak
7. Rocky Mountains
8. rock gardens
9. rummage sales
10. Rabbit
11. Roo
12. rainbows

Here is a story about rose-breasted grosbeaks. Every time one comes to
munch on sunflower seeds at our feeder I think of Grandpa Skrivseth
. . .  and God, our heavenly Father.

Years ago someone in our family interviewed Grandpa, asking about his
childhood and growing up years and young adult life. They recorded his
answers on a cassette tape. Grandpa died in October 1994.

More recently one Sunday afternoon we sat around the table in our
kitchen/dining room and listened to that recording. As Grandpa's rumbly
voice filled the room suddenly he paused and then said, "Well! look at
that. There's a rose-breasted grosbeak at our feeder."

Without thinking I turned to look out our window to our bird feeder and
there sat another rose-breasted grosbeak!

Coincidence? I don't think so. God is "the God of all comfort; who
comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them
which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are
comforted of God."
- II Corinthians 1:3-4

I was comforted that day and felt God's presence with me. I think He
delights in giving us reminders that He is with us.

February 17, 2013

1. quilts
2. quizzes
3. quarts
4. quarters
5. questions
6. quartz
7. Queen Anne's lace
8. quiche
10. quirks

February 16, 2013

1. pencils
2. purple mountains
3. pennies
4. pancakes
5. pastures
6. penguins
7. Piglet
8. Pooh
9. Paddington
10. pigtails
11. pineapple
12. pinks (flowers)
13. pink (color)
14. puppies
15. paints
16. puzzles

For those of you wondering where your names are -- I must refer you back
to Friends and Family since it seems like my friends and family are like
Hebrews 11:12 . . . "so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and
as the sand which is by the seashore innumerable." I am thankful for
each one.

February 15, 2013

1. oven
2. oatmeal - baked oatmeal, granola, in cookies, granola bars, in piecrust,
  - in fact - anyway you can fix it
3. oranges
4. onyx
5. opal
6. ocean
7. octopus
8. orangutan
9. organ - like the old pump organ we used to have
10. oxygen
11. Owl

I may have forgotten Christopher Robin and Kanga