finding delight in the mundane since 1936


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royal Wedding

my grandparents, Brooklyn, NY.
Even with the absence of fanfare and a wedding party this is still a "Royal" treasure to me.

original style frame for CNN's wedding coverage

I enjoyed watching the Royal Wedding immensely! Yes, I got up early (and went to work) and watched it from there. 2 Cups of coffee and lots of jokes about hats and other observations, I can say that I was truly tired but enjoyed taking in this historical event!
I remember watching William's parents get married and I was just as thrilled then.
Watching a young woman become a princess with her tiara, beautiful gown, carriage and handsome prince is the stuff fairy tales are made of. After all of the weather related tragedies and bad news on the telly it was nice to be temporarily deluded by all of the Pomp and Circumstance.

Did you watch?
Which coverage did you choose?

Loved Kate's Grace Kelly inspired dress and flowers:

Love the scripture that Kate's brother read from 
Romans 12:10-18
"Love must be sincere. 
Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 
Be devoted to one another in love. 
Honor one another above yourselves.
 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. 
Practice hospitality.
 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 
Live in harmony with one another. 
Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.
 Do not be conceited.
 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. 
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."

Friday, April 22, 2011

On the Third Day...

Let me say, I know colored eggs have little to do with the resurrection of Jesus Christ but I love this photo that my neighbor took last year. To me, it's a quiet glimpse of grace, serenity, promise, potential and life. When I reflect on exactly what Jesus's death and resurrection really mean to me, I think about the Ultimate Redemption. It's the promise of new life, potential, grace and serenity. 

Think about a momma bird, fiercely protecting her delicate eggs, waiting to love them, no matter their flaws, tenderly waiting in anticipation of these new lives...that's how I think God thinks of you and I. He suffered so much to give us a chance at new life.

Happy Easter to you and yours.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011


 Yikes! I paid $5.50 for this the other night and it's NOT helping!
You'd think and age-old brand like Johnson & Johnson would be able to make an economical solution for poison ivy that actually works and doesn't accumulate in your lungs when you spray it! I would've been better off spreading oatmeal all over my body...

(bottom lip poked out)

:- (

I always try to look on the bright side of things but after 3 sleepless nights and washing everything I own in hot water but still feeling itchy, I'm a little perturbed...
I want my mommy!

UPDATE: Benadryl Spray works like a champ, but doesn't make it go away permanently. Mom would've told me that if she were around....miss her.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Divine Solar Energy

I've been listening to a soul stirring series on life application over the past month, and with all of the challenges that have come my way lately, a little sunlight and reflection is just what I needed to put things back into perspective and recharge my batteries. Have you ever had one of those weeks? I've had two! 

Now, I'm not looking for pity by any means...I've been blessed with these challenges.
(yeah, I know, doesn't make sense, does it? Just last week I heard myself muttering.."how could Paul possibly say that he REJOICES in every circumstance? Seriously Paul, do you know how much a new timing belt cost?!)
But I have come to learn that these road bumps are actually making me stronger and stronger. Wave after wave hits, then there's some relief and then they start again, but I keep looking up, from where my hope comes. So the painful phone call that I had to make, the distraction of ongoing car troubles, stressful tax and financial issues, two weeks of itchy poison ivy scars that have spread to other parts of my body AND face, the disappointment after disappointment which may have otherwise led me to put my head under the covers and even self medicate (through food), but instead, I chose to look up and literally 'cling' to the word of God, even when lip gloss exploded in my purse and I realized that my shirt was on backwards!
Ha! I just had to laugh and wonder, "WHAT are you trying to show me, Lord? You are my source and my strength and the reason I breathe, but I just don't get it!"

What challenges will this week reveal?
By God's grace, I finally finished my taxes, gave myself a pedicure, lost 23 lbs (since February), got my car back today (it's moving great for an old gal), AND my camera is working again!! So any challenge will pail in comparison to those. As for the other things, I'm trying to think like David when he faced Goliath:
Sun in my face, wind in my hair, I'm packing my sling-shot and stones (and my lip gloss), bravely facing the giants before me, because I know God fights for me!

Looking forward to Easter because my Redeemer LIVES!


In case you missed it, click here for Andy Stanley's Life Apps series.
It's a treat!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Controlled Chaos

I don't have a lawn...I have a mixture of clover, dandelion, grub, chickweed, pollen and green onion!
I managed to tidy it up a bit, trim it and contemplated torching it for a moment!
Then I decided to dream about a new walkway, painting my trim, a rose garden arbor, and a good-looking gardener! 
Back to reality: I think I may have touched some poison ivy...

 right after a fresh mowing of clover and dandelions. 90% weeds, 10% grass

view from front window

over the last 75 years one of my home's previous owners had a love affair with Pink azaleas! There's an orange bush out back but it hasn't bloomed yet.

then there are the two white 'encore' bushes I brought over from my moms house. She planted them in honor of my grandmother and then I re-planted them in honor of her.

'Mr. blue bird on my shoulder...'
winter pansies are still hanging in there

a friend planted a few iris plants around the base of my huge pine tree many years ago...I'm surprised they came back.

I still have to sweep up those clumps of leaves and pollen and put them on the curb, but it's Day 3 without a car and I've decided that I really don't care if my driveway is clean and beautiful.

 photo on the right posted by cooperbailey on garden web

btw, wouldn't an arbor of climbing roses be nice near the screened porch? that way I could admire them from behind the protection of a SCREEN! (no bees allowed)

I want you to know, I fished this blue gin bottle out of the neighborhood recycling bin and made it into a vase because I loved the color so!
I mean...isn't that what Martha Stewart would do?!

flowers in the neighborhood

some of grandmas roses

Friday, April 8, 2011

Is the sky falling?

I took this shot with my blackberry camera phone but it doesn't compare to the real thing that looked like a huge orange light at the end of the street!

As I walked home from work this afternoon, my attention was diverted from the long list of things I need to do (and surrender: including more car & financial woes), and as I passed the local library, train station, post office and city hall, I started to wonder what it would be like if the government actually shut down? Would we go outside and watch a sun set, listen to birds sing, think twice about using a credit card (racking up our own personal debt), make dinner at home, use less energy, walk to a neighbors house to say hello, appreciate the things we take for granted? Better yet, would the 'government' learn a lesson?!

just asking...

UPDATE: they came to an agreement, so no gov't shut down, and perhaps no lessons learned either...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Houndstooth Obsession!

my love for bold graphic patterns has turned into an obsession over the years. Seems like I've gravitated  to the same things over and over again! Now I need to integrate my bold pattern love into the house somewhere...

Looks like I'm not the only one with an obsession for the houndstooth:

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Happy 1 yr Anniversary Glorious Pile!

Hey little blog, I've neglected you. And even though this has been a climatic year for me, you have given me the opportunity to vent, rejoice, reminisce, dream and count my blessings. You may not be the prettiest, most popular or wealthiest of blogs, but you're a direct reflection of what's in my heart: to Give God praise and to appreciate every detail of the life I've been given. Hey Glorious, Happy 1 year anniversary, let's do something fun together!

From a year ago!


might need to take some blogging workshops this year: