Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Late Easter

 Dear Friends,

After a grueling week-long sewing marathon, Easter Sunday finally arrived with everyone wearing their mostly matching clothing (except for the gentlemen's ties, which I couldn't make since I bought Heat-n-Bond instead of fusible interfacing at the last minute). Of course the effort was all worth it to see everyone so sweet and cheery whilst celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

After church services we had a luncheon of flat bread, goat cheese, fish (fillets, since we forgot to buy real fish), salad with chick peas, and honeycomb to try to recreate what Jesus may have eaten in His day. It really did help to feel like we were part of something special!

Here are some of the best photos of the day. We are grateful to our neighbors, who allowed us to use their flowering quince as a back drop!


In other news, the girls have finally finished their first feature length movie, for which they have posted a trailer on YouTube. I am quite impressed with their talent, and what they have been able to accomplish being self-taught!

Here's to the hope of Life Eternal!



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Birthday Delight

Dear friends,

This Tuesday we celebrated my forty-first trip around the sun. No wonder I'm so tired! :) The day was spent being with those I love best here at home (we were going to go to a botanical garden, but it was too cold to take Hyrum outside). 

Frankie made me a paper farm, the next best thing to a real one. Evangeline made me a book commemorating our parakeet Peet, who passed away in March. Rebecca drew me "lots of little baby chicks and three foxes". Tasha gave me some service coupons, and Audrey wrote a parody of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. Oh, yes, and AnnaMarie spent the day before cleaning the kitchen and made the birthday meal!

 To top it all off, I was blessed with a Pink Full Moon, which was a lovely way to end a lovely day.

Blessings to you today,


Monday, April 7, 2014

Master Franklin Has a Birthday

 Dear Friends,

Oh my, can Frankie really be seven already? He loves African animals lately, so we made him a rhino cake with bananas for horns (so creative, I know). The ice cream topping melted quickly, so the photo doesn't look its best, but at least Frankie liked it!

Frankie wanted to go to the zoo to see the African animals, but we went to a nature center instead, since it was supposed to rain. The day after his birthday was nice and sunny, however, so he finally got to go see everything in its animal glory. I think that a person could do worse than be in love with animals!

Here are a few photos from his special day, for you to enjoy:~


Seven Times One
Jean Ingelow

THERE’S no dew left on the daisies and clover,
    There’s no rain left in heaven.
I ’ve said my “seven times” over and over,—
    Seven times one are seven.
I am old,—so old I can write a letter;
    My birthday lessons are done.
The lambs play always,—they know no better;
    They are only one times one.
O Moon! in the night I have seen you sailing
    And shining so round and low.       
You were bright—ah, bright—but your light is failing;
    You are nothing now but a bow.
You Moon! have you done something wrong in heaven,
    That God has hidden your face?
I hope, if you have, you will soon be forgiven,    
    And shine again in your place.
O velvet Bee! you ’re a dusty fellow,—
    You ’ve powdered your legs with gold.
O brave marsh Mary-buds, rich and yellow,
    Give me your money to hold!
O Columbine! open your folded wrapper,
    Where two twin turtle-doves dwell!
O Cuckoo-pint! toll me the purple clapper
    That hangs in your clear green bell!
And show me your nest with the young ones in it,— 
    I will not steal them away;
I am old! you may trust me, linnet, linnet!
    I am seven times one to-day.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Farewell to a Dear Grandmother

Dear Friends,

Yesterday marked the first anniversary of my mother-in-law's going on to her eternal reward. It was also the day that her mother joined her there, after suffering for many years. Her husband has been gone for 15 years, so I'm sure there was a wonderful reunion for their family on the other side of the veil!

The magnolias and daffodils are just starting to open their eyes around town, reminding us of the Savior's promise of new life and hope in times of loss. How grateful we are to know that there is much more than this life, and that if we hold out faithful until the end, we shall see our loved ones again and hear the words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring!

Dear Friends,

I'm sure that I am not alone in my celebration of the first day of Spring today. It has been a long, cold winter, so we all are hoping for a beautiful, warm (but not too hot) spring! Evangeline has been begging for a cat for a quite now, so we relented and got her one, whom she named "Puff" after the Dick and Jane kitten. Puff is quite the male cat already, trying to kill birds and having his first fight in the front yard. Oh, the joys of cat-parenting!

We've had a few snow days that have brought the birds in to have their portraits taken, which makes the darkness easier to handle.

We were given six Leghorn chicks that needed a home, and we're still waiting to see what sex they are. Roosters aren't allowed in town, so hopefully they're all hens.

Hyrum is enjoying his amber resin teething necklace, which seemed to be working more at first than now. Perhaps they wear out after a while? We'll have to do more research to find out!

I used my Christmas money to buy an ALICE pack to use for a bug-out (emergency prepardness) bag. It's been fun filling it with all the fun "girly" things like fire-starters, head lamps, and wind-up radios that you never know when you'll need (I still need a hatched and folding saw. . . ). I am passionate about preparing everyone in the family to handle various emergencies, so we spent lots of time watching survival programs and invest in tools and accessories to help everyone be prepared and confident in any situation.

I bought several native wildflower starts at a native plant sale recently, and have lots of pea, fava bean, and other early veg seeds to get in the ground within the next few days. Thankfully today is nice and sunny, so we can all go out and get our vitamin D while doing so!

Blessings to you and your family today~



Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Young Lady's Guide to Natural Health — Revised Edition

Dear friends,

     We have recently updated our first eBook, The Young Lady's Guide to Natural Health. We added a few sections, and clarified things that were not explained very well in the previous version. Those of you who have purchased the first edition are entitled to a free copy of the new one! We hope that this book will be an encouragement to those who are seeking a more natural approach to health. 

     All credit of the promotional video (below) goes to Audrey~

 To purchase this book, click on the link on this blog's sidebar. 

     Thank you, and to God be the glory!

~ Marqueta 

PS. To win a free copy of this eBook, leave a comment & like us on Facebook.  

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{I am linking up with A Wise Woman Builds Her Home}


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ingesting the Wild

Dear Friends,

We haven't done a wild edibles post for a while, so I thought I'd list all of the wild things we've nibbled and/or feasted on in 2013. Some of these were only a taste, while others like Lambs-quarters were daily fare for a while. The most exciting foods were paw paws, which we had never tried before, and only sampled at a wild edibles class at the local nature center.

I hope to encourage each of my friends to make it a goal this year to learn a few wild edible plants (make 100% sure you know what they are first!) and sample them in a simple receipt. A salad with a few greens or flowers is a wonderful way to start experimenting. You will be rewarded for your efforts with foods that are undefiled by modern farming practices, and thus are much more nutritional than anything you could find in the shops.

I hope to be getting a video out for you soon, once the snow has abated~ I know that a picture speaks one thousand words!

Asiatic Dayflower
Autumn Olive
Cat-briar Tendril
Curly Dock


Dryad's Saddle Mushroom

Elm Leaves/Seeds

Golden Rod
Grape Leaf/Tendril
Indian Strawberry Leaves
Maple Leaves/Seeds
Mulberry Leaf/Fruit
Paw Paw


Red and White Clover
Shaggy-Mane Mushroom
Shepherd's Purse


Wild Carrot
Winter Cress

Wood-Ear Mushroom
Wood Sorrel