Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Merry Apple-picking Party

Dear Friends,

Thank you for stopping by Merry Hearts Cottage today~ We feel very blessed by your friendship and continued support!

We thought we'd take a little break from getting ready to move and go to Aunt Nicki's house, where the Transparent apples are on. Our cousins were there at the same time, so it was a real picking party, indeed!

Enjoy the pictures that Audrey and AnnaMarie took of our day~

Here are our cousins working their side of the tree~

And AnnaMarie demonstrates yet another clever use for a stirrup hoe!

Although the apples grew out of Frankie's reach, there were plenty of windfalls for him.

Of course, it was not all work and no play. Some of us took time to enjoy the swing under the old cottonwood in the yard.

We have also been enjoying little reading breaks here and there, while nursing Rebecca, and would like to share a few gems from "Mother's Magazine", September 1879.

"A Recipe to Be Miserable- The best recipe we know, if you want to be miserable, is to think about yourself, how much you lost, how much you have not made, and the poor prospect for the future. A brave man with a soul in him gets out of such pitiful ruts and laughs at discouragements, rolls up his sleeves, whistles and sings, and makes the best of life. This earth was never intended as a paradise, and the man who rises above his discouragements and keeps his manhood, will only be the stronger and better for his adversities.

Many a noble ship has been saved by throwing overboard its valuable cargo, and many a man better and more humane after he has lost his gold."


What Can We Do?

by Kate Meriden

We can be just,

We can be true,
And this is work
We all can do;
And wrongs may right,
And sins may stay,
And souls in night
Restore to day:

And with no hope
Of like return,
Much good may do;
And grace may earn,
With naught in view
But duty done:
Be just and true
To every one.




  1. What a beautiful day spent picking apples! The photos are just lovely! So professional looking! I am truly impressed! You have some artists on your hands! :)

    Thank you for the encouraging words from the magazine! I truly needed to hear what you posted! :)


  2. Our children are picking and eating our apples as quickly as they ripen... I don't know if I will ever have enough for a pie....
    It looks like you had a wonderful day.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

  3. Such lovely pictures and gorgeous apples.

    Memories for the long days of winter. I savor those memories for the days that are dreary.


  4. beautiful pictures the apple picking looks like bushels of fun!! ~Looks like a wonderful day ~Love Heather

  5. Absolutely gorgeous pictures and love the post. Thank you for sharing some of your beautiful day! It would make a good start for a book.

  6. What memories are being made with family! The photos are just beautiful ~ and everything is so green and refreshing looking! I'm sure you all need a bit of refreshing with your preparations to move! Hope all is going well!

  7. Those apples are just delicious! :)

    It must have been a wonderful day.

    Thank you for sharing mi amiga!


  8. What wonderful pictures Marqueta, it all looks absolutely idyllic. So glad you abe to take a break now and again. Eli x

  9. WoW! A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver - and you really gave me a picture-full this time! Thanks for that quotation about how to be miserable. I can testify with all my heart that losing my money has been one of the best things that happened to me. It was as I was losing it that I learned to let it go, and really share like I had wanted to all along. Thank you! (Of course, as usual, I love that picture of Evangeline! (Not to mention Frankie))

  10. it's so wonderful to see the apple pictures! You know, I've never seen an apple tree before, but I've seen lots and lots of orange trees where I live and their blossoms have the sweetest smells, in fact Orange Blossom Honey is my favorite to make bread with!

    So glad you you all had a wonderful day out, and a break from prepartions of moving. Thank you for always coming by my blog with your sweet words and love of encouragement. Blessings & Love, Deanna

  11. What a lovely day. It makes me look forward to apple day xoxo Clarice

  12. What a fun time it looks like you all had, Marqueta! And what special memories your children will now have of this time spent together apple picking. :)

  13. Dear Mama,
    It was fun picking apples.
    I love you you and I like you.
    Love ~ tasha

  14. Dear ♥Mama♥,
    I liked picking apples, it was fun, but it also fun to take pictures, too, and go on the swing.♥
    I ♥ you and I like you!



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