Outside my window...an absolutely beautiful spring day in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley with temperatures almost reaching 70. Unfortunately, the much-needed yard work was postponed until next week, but I did make a trip over to Jonathan's in-progress house today for the first time in quite a while--pictures further down in this post.
I am thinking...that Spring is my favorite season. I'm looking forward to pitching fresh mulch in my flower beds, filling the new bird feeders, and planting annuals in the watering cans down the front steps. Spring is a busy season!
I am thankful...that Sarah and baby boy are doing okay so far and are hanging in there! We traveled to GA to visit them over Easter weekend. Since Sarah was on bed rest while we were there, Hannah and I stayed busy in the kitchen:
Granny and my sister were able to travel with us to see Sarah and Eric's home for the first time and enjoyed getting to see them again. I'm sure Sarah would rather have been up and about hostessing us, but she was being a good girl and taking it easy:
We are praying: that the baby will wait quite a few more weeks (or months!) to be born! Sarah is now in the hospital on bed restfor the duration of the pregnancy.
We left Hannah in Georgia with her sister, originally to help out in the home with cooking and homemaking duties, but now she keeps Sarah company in the hospital each day.
Please pray with us that the Lord will sustain Sarah and the baby and keep them waiting patiently. Full term due date would be in August.
I am creating...a soft minky baby blanket for our little grandson. My sewing machine came out of hiding to get this finished before our trip:
Granny is creating...a custom basket for a customer. Once she began feeling better after a compressed fracture in February, she again started making baskets. I think it must help her recuperate faster to do something she enjoys so much:
In my kitchen...well, as you can imagine...once Sarah got married in November and she wasn't around to help in the kitchen, there was some adjusting for me to do!
Now...I'm adjusting even more since Hannah has been in Georgia with her sister. A very dear friend and her husband came over and brought the whole entire meal one night recently. Here we are working together in the kitchen. What a fun blessing!:
I am visiting...our local Farmers' Market this morning:
Since the season started the first weekend in April, today was the first time I'd been down to the Wharf. Hannah and Sarah's Spot 22 was looking mighty lonesome, and their two smiling faces were missing since they both retired from vending at the end of last season.
I enjoyed walking around and seeing some familiar faces. Here's Farmer Brown's booth where we've made some delicious purchases in the past:
I am hoping...to get a lot more painting done on Jonathan's cabinets this coming week. We moved six over to his house this morning, and Tom worked on installing them.
On these six cabinets I've applied the primer coats and the first coat of paint. The final coat will be painted once installation is finished. I've been busy!:
I've been promising some pictures of the house, and here's the open living area with the hardwood floors finished and the painting done. All the paints are from the Williamsburg Color Collection, and all the downstairs is painted Cornice Tan:
I think Jonathan likes his house! He's done a ton of work on weekends and long nights since construction first began in September, 2014, and we're so proud of him:
The upstairs rooms are painted a variety of colors, and this is the beautiful gender-neutral green nursery, a shade called Levingston Green:
The carpet still needs to go down once all the trim has been painted. And there are several other work projects inside that need to be completed. I'll update again in the future.
I am learning...to wait patiently on the Lord. "For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waits for him." ~ Isaiah 64:4
One of my favorite things...showing hospitality to friends. Tom's best man in our wedding and his wife stopped by last week for an overnight visit. What a very fun reunion and time of catching up. I love new entries in our guest book!:
Whew! I hope that caught you up on the happenings around the Mountain Musings homestead. I've not been very faithful in writing on the blog this spring, have I?
But stay tuned...hopefully I won't be away as long next time!
Thanks, everybody, for voting in our gender poll in the last week - wow, over a hundred votes! We had our anatomy scan yesterday, and we are excited to announce that our baby is what Mommy and Daddy were thinking. Unfortunately, it's not what MOST of you thought - he's a little BOY! Yay! So the polls were wrong, but parental intuition was correct. ;) We sure enjoyed seeing our baby boy on the ultrasound, waving his little hands and kicking his little feet. He's a cutie - although I AM a bit biased. He's also stubborn and did not want to move for the tech - she would be pressing hard with her wand, and every time he would punch at it! :) Haha!
But one thing that they saw on the scan yesterday sent me to the hospital overnight and now I am on bedrest for the foreseeable future with weekly visits to the high risk doctor. Not what I was expecting when going into our appointment yesterday! So I would appreciate your prayers that our little guy will stay put for a good long while and be able to be born full term and healthy. Thanks to all of you who have already been praying! God has been gracious to answer our prayers so far.
Hello on a snowy day-before-spring-arrives Saturday...I thought I'd pop on the blog while we await Sarah's next post that lets us all know whether the girl that most folks voted for is indeed due to arrive in August. Or whether the other guys guessed right. :)
This is National Quilting Day...and I haven't done anything quilty..only in my dreams. What about you? Did you do any quilting or visit a quilt shop? I am expecting a fabric delivery...it even could have arrived today in honor of Quilting Day, but we never made it out to the box to check.
I've mostly been occupying myself today with second priming Jonathan's first 10 cabinet doors.
Back-side prime, sand, prime, sand. Front-side prime, sand, prime...sand. Next up is the real painting job. Back-side paint, sand, paint. Front-side paint, sand, paint. Soon it will feel like we're getting somewhere. Move these out, move more in: And notice the snow outside the windows? Here's today's photo I sent Sarah in Georgia to make her a little homesick...no, not really...it was just in case she was interested, haha: And here's the photo she sent back taken from her front porch. Aaah, slightly different scenario. Which scene would you pick? The springtime one for me, please!: And here's my serenader who likes to pluck out some tunes for us some evenings: Jonathan's playing from The Shenandoah Harmony, a Four-Shape tune book, page #77 titled Collins. And here are the words for our Sunday Hymn post:
1 O hearken, sinners, we have cause To warn you of your danger,
We pray be reconciled with him Who once lay in a manger.
2 A glorious throng have gone before Who shout and sing hosannah;
They stand around the tree of life, And always gather manna.
Ho! Every one that thirsteth! Come ye to the waters:
Can you guess what this post means from the title? That's right, Eric and I are expecting our first baby! :) We're very happy and excited about this little blessing who is due in mid-August! We have decided to find out the gender, and next week's ultrasound should be able to tell us one way or the other. I have gone through a number of the old wives' tales about predicting the gender, and there have been mixed results - some saying girl, some saying boy. Now you get a chance to add your opinions...vote in the poll below and we'll see who wins! :)
"She seeks wool, and flax, and works willingly with her hands."
~ Proverbs 31:13
Last Friday my alarm went off at 4 a.m., and amazingly, I jumped up excited to get going! This was traveling day!
My friend, Chris, and I had signed up for a workshop a month earlier with Lisa Bongean who was teaching at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, and this day was the start of a quilty weekend! Our quilty itinerary:
attend the quilt show on Friday to get inspired, seeing all the wonderful quilts on display
shop the vendor booths for fabric and/or sewing supplies or kits we might need
attend the all-day wool applique table runner class on Saturday and have tons of fun!
I arrived at the Hampton Convention Center and checked in, along with hundreds of other quilt-loving ladies: Here I am with my friend, Chris, in front of a beautiful red and white quilt on display: Chris and her mom enjoyed browsing all the vendor booths for ideas and inspiration: Here's a beautiful floral quilt named Flower Garden on display using Kaffe's fabrics: This was one of our favorites below...an up-close photo of a crazy quilt with lots of handwork, including the spider's web, typically found in crazy quilts (this was new information to me...but we searched, and sure enough, there was the spider's web in one corner!): Here's another section of the quilt featuring a watering can, dragonfly, and beautiful embroidered flowers. We stood there for quite awhile oohing and aahing over every birdhouse, rake, thimble, bee, and hummingbird: A perfect display for me to pose beside:I took a picture of this quilt especially for my accountant son-in-law, Eric. It's called A Piece of Pi, complete with each number circling the quilt: Can you tell we were having a fun time? The next day we began our Wool Applique all-day class with Lisa Bongean: Chris quickly traced and cut out her pattern and was ready to start fusing the shapes to the wool:Here I am cutting out my pattern. It was so fun to take a class with a friend:At the end of class, we were able to get a picture with our very knowledgeable teacher:Here's a photo of the table mat I was working on....it's still not completely finished and needs more handwork done and the backing added: Here's Chris' mom standing beside a quilt she recently finished. We didn't even need to go to the quilt show to see beautiful quilts! She brought this one over to Chris' house for me to see: Our girlfriends' quilty weekend passed so quickly, and soon it was time for me to head back home.
We ended up not having time during the weekend to raid Chris' stash and work on an Easter wall-hanging project she had planned for us to do. But look at this....she worked on hers this week and sent me a photo.
It looks great and makes me want to get started on this one titled He Is Risen from Carried Away Quilting blog.After all the ER trips and medical appointments for Granny going on in February after she experienced another compression fracture, it was good to get away for a fun weekend. I think Granny's recuperating well, and we're very thankful for answered prayer!
I'm also hoping the quilty weekend will get me energized to start back on some quilting projects! We'll see!
The following is a description that's written on my Pinterest page, and it pretty much describes me to a T:
I love fabric and old quilts...and barn quilts, too, and old barns...bird houses, watering cans, gardens, and white picket fences...and all things country.
I promised to post about the new barn quilt I received in my stocking this past Christmas. Well...really...there was a piece of paper saying that Tom had gifted me a barn quilt and would install it wherever I wanted.This particular barn quilt is extra special to me because my quilting teacher, Barbara, over at Quilting Gal, painted it!
Here's a photo below that I took from Barbara's blog that shows some of her barn quilts. They are all beautiful. You can see more of her barn quilts on her Pinterest Barn Quilt Board.Tom secured the new barn quilt on the side of his tool shed, and it can easily be seen when we're sitting on the deck (in warmer weather!):Here's the picture of the same quilt in the snow that I posted just recently: Here's my other barn quilt below which I've had for a few years. It's installed on my garden shed....yes, his and hers sheds, and they each have their own barn quilt! I can't wait until there are beautiful flowers growing again around each of these sheds!
Both of these barn quilts are the 4x4 size. But...Tom also complimented the larger barn quilt with a smaller 2x2 size that is just perfect to greet visitors at our front door. Barbara painted this one, too. I love them both!:And for a final photo...here's Barbara, yours truly, and Barbara's mother when we met up at a local restaurant last spring. Looks like none of us have a clue where the camera is on her cell phone! Ha! But I treasure this photo because of the special time we enjoyed together: Hope you enjoyed seeing my new barn quilts! You'll have to come see them in person!
Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward. There is none to compare with You: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. ~ Psalm 40:5
We've been highlighting some special times and remembrances from 2015. Part 1 ~ Winter/Springwas posted here. And today begins Part 2 ~ Summer/Fall.
July, 2015...Georgia Visits Virginia. In July Eric and his family came to Virginia for a "courting visit." Fourth of July celebrations filled a fun weekend! Here's the gang around the picnic table: At the end of the weekend, we took a picture of both families together. Very fun times:Also in July we celebrated Granny's 87th birthday. Jonathan, Hannah, and Sarah brought in her favorite pound cake with a candle in the middle. I think turning 87 should certainly be a highlight to a year, don't you?August...Virginia Visits Georgia.
On this particular courting weekend we toured a historical home, painted a garage together, played games and more tennis, and visited an Olive Oil store. Here's Hannah tasting some flavors of vinegar: My friend, Victoria, and I visited a flower garden:There are actually so many pictures that I could post of visits from this summer between our families....but everything can't become a highlight! This is just a smattering to give you an idea.
This photo of Sarah and Eric together after church on Sunday is a nice highlight from our trip to Georgia:
In August Tom and I celebrated our 35th Anniversary in Alexandria, Virginia.We wrote last year about our anniversary trip near the end of this post, along with other happenings around that time.
We wrote about Eric and Sarah's engagement on this post back in September. These are some extra photos from that weekend.
Here are Eric and Sarah after hiking to the top of Humpback Rock: A grilled fish taco picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Labor Day finally arrived, and a fun scavenger hunt took place. Here's everyone trekking around the yard trying to find clues...Sarah was looking for "something." Look what was waiting at the end of the hunt! Highlight of all highlights!!Here are the rest of us back at the house watching and waiting for Eric and Sarah to return from the proposal site: Now that the engagement was official, a wedding was planned for November!
Looking Back at 2015...Fall.
Since the wedding to-dos kicked into high gear, posting on the blog in October was almost non-existent, although there are three newly written posts I'd like to link to.
I dated them with October dates so they will appear on the blog in the order they happened back in October, 2015:
Most bloggers write their previous year's highlights post in early January. Well...Hello, February! How did you get here?!
We're finally getting around to "looking back" at a few of the memories of 2015...some photos may not have made the blog the first time around and others you might remember. And some events/happenings we didn't take time to put on the blog. Take a look:
Winter, 2015....A big portion of the winter was spent over at Jonathan's house helping with various building chores. My main job was writing verses on the studs all over the house. We blogged about it here and here:Last February, Tom's sister came to visit...fun times! We're anticipating another visit from Aunt Toots at the end of this month and hope that she isn't greeted with lots of the white stuff again: Also in February friends from over the mountain came to visit...we had lots of fun talking and playing games: Here I am with my friend: On the week leading up to Valentine's Day each year, Sarah makes meals for our family..lots of delicious and varied meals all week long! We all just love Sarah's Cooking Week!
I wonder if she's told her new husband, Eric, that she has to leave Georgia and come home to Virginia to cook for us all next week? Somehow I doubt it since it's his birthday week. We'll miss her Cooking Week for sure this year!
Last March Hannah introduced a new product, Beard Oil, on her website and blog. Jonathan was her tester, and here they are together after Hannah gave him a sniff to check out the fragrance: Also in March, Hannah and Sarah met with their friends Anna and Abigail for a delightful picnic lunch and some girl talk. These are the girls who were such wonderful helpers for Sarah's wedding in November....but who knew back in March that she'd be getting married last year? In March we also hosted our friends from PA, Nelson and Sarah and their family, who were overnight guests: Spring, 2015...In April we made a trek to Atlanta for the Civil War History Tour with historian, Bill Potter. Lots of families were on the tour, including our Atlanta friends here: Little did we know that Eric and Sarah's first real conversation in this graveyard on the tour would lead to friendship, courtship, and marriage:
Market Saturdays beginning in April were a huge part of 2015 for both Hannah and Sarah. Here's Tom with Granny and Hannah at the Memorial Day market: In June we made a trek to Michigan to honor Micah as he graduated from his Residency program:On our route back to Virginia, we met up in Ohio with Eric and his family who were also traveling back home to Georgia from a weekend away. It was a great family lunch date and their first face-to-face meeting after their long-distance courtship started:Here we are getting better acquainted with the family: Well, that's just the first half of the year! More wonderful memories to come in the second half. What highlights will be next?
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.~ Psalm 103:2
Thank you to our Georgia poster, Sarah, for filling in on the blog with her take on the snowstorm in her area while we were "under the weather" here in Virginia.
We finally have our internet back after the transmitter experienced "catastrophic failure" last Friday from snowstorm Jonas, according to the server's phone line. I have to say I really missed being connected to the world!
The peak seen here is Elliott Knob, where our internet transmitter is located. This photo is taken from my upstairs window looking west toward the Allegheny Mountains: The snow began fast and furious last Friday morning and by Saturday afternoon had left us with 18 inches of light and fluffy snow, as all the power crews were describing it.
Tom (for new readers) works for the local power company and left home Friday packed for five days. Thankfully, he made it home on Sunday because "light and fluffy" doesn't cause as many power outages as "wet and heavy." Whew! Answered prayer, and we were all thankful!
Won't you join me on our front porch?Or...let's sit out back. The snow drifted way more here from the strong winds: Here's a sunrise picture I took Sunday morning on the back deck looking towards the Blue Ridge Mountains: Just as the sun was rising in the east out back...the moon was setting in the west out front: I quickly put on my zoom lens for a closer picture....it's quite blurry, but I loved seeing the full moon this close: And a final snow photo...my new barn quilt on the shed (which I'll post about soon): I'm sure Sarah missed all this white Virginia beauty, but I know she's glad she wasn't part of the shoveling crew around here! Snow is hard work! (But I'm only going on hearsay...I just watched from inside!)