Friday, September 30, 2016

AUTUMN HYMNS

FRIENDS,
I forgot to add the lovely background autumn music to the post I just created.
We Gather Together: 14 Thanksgiving Hymns


I have updated my post to add it, but if you only read my blog in your email, chances are you will miss out.

These lovely hymns feature the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, autoharp, penny whistles, and accordion.

Right Click: 14 Autumn Hymns for You 
and open in new window. 
Enjoy while surfing the web and sipping a cuppa. :-)

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Blessings,

POETRY and MORE

Seems my life has been so busy lately.  On this last day of September, I thought I would toss up a bunch of pictures here and see where they land... just to say HI!!!

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Today 9/30/2016 is the anniversary of the writing of Little Women in 1868, per the click here--> Louisa May Alcott Orchard House museum.  I adore this story.  
Louisa May Alcott's Green Tea Blend
I have not had this, because I do not favor plain green tea
but I think the idea is really cool! :-)
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Find Garden Dolly by clicking here
This is Marigold.  I collaborated with the artist on fabric, ribbon, hair color and choice of name.  She adventured all the way from England to me.  Isn't she darling?
Sherry at The Charm of Home blog posted this photo,
which inspired me to write the following poem.
Check out her inspiring BLOG and IG some time.
MY KIND OF FREE
*by me, Heather G. 9/3/2016
πŸπŸ‚πŸƒπŸŽ☕πŸ―πŸŽπŸ“–✒πŸ¦πŸŒ²πŸƒπŸ‚πŸ
Off to the woods, wild and free, that's where I wish that I could be. Picking an apple, dipping a toe, not caring which direction I go. Oh, for a breeze, and pine-scented trees. Ducks bobbing in ponds and birds that sing. A plaid thermos of tea I happened to bring. Perhaps a book in a secret nook, or a pad and a pen to write my thoughts in, my dreams, my prayers and doodles.  Oh to look up in wonder, content in all that surrounds, knowing He who created it, shall never fail or let me down.
πŸπŸ‚πŸƒπŸŽ☕πŸ―πŸŽπŸ“–✒πŸ¦πŸŒ²πŸƒπŸ‚πŸ




πŸƒπŸŒΌπŸ’œ A MOSSY SPOT πŸ’œπŸŒΌπŸƒ
There is nothing like a mossy spot, 
To lose yourself in quiet thought.
Contemplating on art you've seen,
Knowing you're a daughter of the King.
Contentment comes easy,
In moments like these,
Ever so softly upon the breeze.
9/10/2016 -Heather G.
My beautiful  Heather doll sent all the way from Essex by the lovely @garden.dolly on IG & @gardendollys on FB. Many of her dolls have flower names & she named this one after me :-)







We collected leaves in the park today. We discussed how they look, smell and feel. The backsides were a soft, fuzzy texture, which was really cool!


"Come little leaves", said the Wind one day, "Come to the meadows with me and play. Put on your dresses of red and gold; for summer is past, and the days grow cold." - George Cooper



From the book: Tea Party Today, Poems to Sip and Savor
My kitchen shelf decked out
for Autumn.
This is the prayer I made up, and I have taught
my daycare Littles for years :-)

"Father God,
Thank You for this food,

Thank You for this day,
Bless our food
And bless our friends,
In Jesus name we pray.
Amen."





From the book: A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Art by Tasha Tudor
I just ordered this book here and can not wait to receive it!
Orange/Cranberry
& clove muffins I made to go with our Poetry Tea Time to welcome the 1st day of 
A U T U M N
Lately it has been far too hot, but I
enjoyed some breezy Bible time last week :-)
The berries are a dark orange, but soon turn bright red.

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I started The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith last month, but paused to read a book for a book review I agreed to do.  Hoping to get back into it because it is very good. My copy is thought to be from the late 1800s and is notated in the front cover, Grace M. Marks, Nashua, Iowa, Dec. 25, 1897. Originally published in 1766, the amusing style reminds me of Jane Austen. 

Ch.2"When we had dined, to prevent the ladies leaving us, I generally ordered the table to be removed; and sometimes, with the music master's assistance, the girls would give us a very agreeable concert. Walking out, drinking tea, country dances, and forfeits, shortened the rest of the day..."

Ch.5"Here too we drank tea, which now was become an occasional banquet; and as we had it but seldom, it diffused a new joy, the preparations for it being made with no small share of bustle and ceremony. On these occasions, our two little ones always read for us, and they were regularly served after we had done."


Well, friends, I do hope you have enjoyed my ramblings and pictures.  I pray you have a very pleasant October filled with crisp air, God's grace, wonderful reading, friends and family, and lots of tea. (-smile)






Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Love's Faithful Promise Book Review

Enjoyed tea and toast while switching between
this wonderful novel & my daily Bible reading.

Love’s Faithful Promise –Courage to Dream Book #3
Susan Anne Mason

•°o•:*:•.LOVED IT.•:*:• o°•

Final installment does not disappoint. Again, extremely detailed and several characters with different points of view.
Matthew Clayborne carries heavy burdens from his past, failed marriage.  Now a widower raising a fragile young girl, he is desperate to provide for her, while not letting anyone in to break his heart again.  He splits his time between his daughter, and helping rehabilitate wounded soldiers with new physical therapy techniques.
Deirdre O’Leary, a young nurse, aspiring to one day become a pediatrician, has been sent by her father to convince the doctor to leave Canada and travel to Irish Meadows in New York, in order to help her mother who recently suffered a stroke.  She is bold and determined to persuade the stubborn doctor, or learn the techniques herself. 
There is another story that takes place between Jo, a stable hand, and Connor O’Leary set amongst the wonderful O’Leary horses.  It is a great story as well. It’s like reading two books in one. 
The relationship between the O’Leary parents and really the entire family is so endearing and enjoyable.  It’s a family you want to visit or be a part of.  There is a lot of kindness and love there.  There are also dangerous moments that send the heart rapidly beating, such as when young nephew get a little too adventurous.  And there is faith and prayer as well.  The weather is crisp and cool, until finally it snows, so I enjoyed reading this book in Autumn (-smile).
The cover of this book was another gorgeous picture that grabbed me instantly. The back shows Irish Meadows covered in snow tucked behind the leafless trees of winter.




5 STARS
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Thank you to Bethany House and the author for an advance copy to review as part of the Influencer Team. My opinion is my own, and given freely. Read: September 20/21, 2016

SERIES: Courage to Dream
Irish Meadows - Book#1 – 06/30/2015
A Worthy Heart – Book #2 – 01/05/2016
Love’s Faithful Promise – Book #3 – 09/13/2016 -388 pages
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