Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Friday, November 27, 2015

The History of Mr. Polly...

This movie reminds me of the last line of Northanger Abbey, where Jane Austen poses this conundrum: "I leave it to be settled, by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience."

Somewhere I came across a reference to this movie (The History of Mr. Polly) and thought it sounded interesting. My assignment, if you should choose to accept it, is to watch the movie and tell me what you think of it. :)

The description of the movie pegs him as a daydreamer. Now, I hate to talk down about daydreamers, being one myself, but this man is a totally irresponsible and lazy individual. I like a movie where the characters get their just desserts in the end. This one seems to reward Mr. Polly's self-centered and infantile behavior. The moral of the story seems to be, if your marriage stinks, get out any way you can, even though your own foolish choices got you into trouble in the first place. Anyway, you get my drift. This has been a Lisa Movie Review. I think it would be fun to see what others think.

In other news, I'm enjoying lots of Thanksgiving leftovers! I hope you are as well...if you like that sort of thing.

That's all I have for now. Enjoy your weekend(s)! :)


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Hoping you have a wonderful day of thankfulness with family and friends!
I am thankful for my wonderful family and my friends!
Shalom to all. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bon Voyage, Badger!

Our favorite Badger has resumed his world wide tour! He is now in the capable hands of the U.S. Postal Service (we hope and pray). The colder weather has definitely put him in sleeping mode and I think his cozy, padded envelope, with snazzy blue stripes, will be a warm place to take a long nap on the way to Heather's house in Indiana.
I was very remiss during Badger's visit. I forgot that he likes to have a red cotton handkerchief to put over his face while he naps. Maybe Heather can find one for him? (These two illustrations are from my own treasured copy of The Wind in the Willows.)

I actually did a little more knitting on my baby afghan squares yesterday. I now have 6-1/2 of the 9 squares I need. Adele may be a teenager before I finish this project. 
I just wanted to post this quickly so everyone would be aware that Badger is on the move again. Maybe he'll arrive at Heather's in time for Thanksgiving! Have fun with him! :)
Shalom and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A YouTube kind of day...

Once in a great while I actually watch videos on my "Favorites" list on YouTube. On this cold, snowy day it seemed like a good idea. I came across this and thought I'd share it here. I just love Itzhak Perlman!

I also watched this almost "real-time" video about knitting socks. I've always been fascinated by the idea of using double-pointed needles. (I just watched National Velvet yesterday. My favorite scene is where the mom is sitting by the fire knitting a sock!) It was kind of confusing in spots, but I imagine it's something I am capable of learning...someday.

I watched son Jordan's church service this morning and they  played this video during the offering. These pups (The Newsboys) are getting older, but they can still sing, (and play those drums!) and I'm blessed every time I listen to this! :)

Several hours have passed since I started this post and the snow is coming down pretty thickly. I hope the roads aren't too bad in the morning.

Have a blessed Sunday! Shalom.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

On the Road Again...

Well, Mr. Badger has had quite a relaxing time of reading, knitting, drawing and indulging in hours of quiet introspection while sipping mugs of tea in the northwoods. It seemed that fall would go on forever with moderate temperatures (for Minnesota) and drizzly rain. But then...
 we awoke to this! Gusty winds and snow...
 The sudden wintry weather seems to have had a soporific effect on Mr. Badger. He's growing groggy and longs to curl up in a warm spot...perhaps a nice padded mailing envelope?
 I will miss his quiet companionship. He's almost like a member of the family!
 But we both agree it's time for him to resume his travels. He's snuggled up to a nice cup of hot chocolate which will fortify him for the next leg of his journey. Thank you for the visit, Badger! You know the true meaning of hygge and I will endeavor to continue living that lifestyle. :)
 I hope to get Badger's things organized and his traveling envelope packed and ready to go in the next day or two. He will take off for the magical land of Indiana to visit Heather at Blackberry Ramblings for the holidays. I look forward to reading of his adventures there. Have fun, Heather! :)

We've had so much rain lately that we haven't seen much of the sun. Here's a pretty sunrise from a few days ago.
It looks like winter's finally making its appearance. Take care out there if you have snow and ice. Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Friday, November 13, 2015

Teeny tiny adventure books...

Any Bronte fans out there? I recently found a link to an article about these tiny little homemade books, created by the Bronte siblings when they were very young. Fun to look at.
They inspire me to make handmade books for the grands!
Son Josh just called to wish me a happy birthday and to let me know they're sending me a "care package" containing  a set of flannel sheets! (100% cotton) They had seen me whining on Facebook about my hives and thought the sheets might help. Now that's a wonderful and practical way of helping. Bless their little hearts.

Hope you're all being blessed today as much as I am. :)


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Various afflictions...

Ha! Poor me! It seems I'm being ganged up on by those evil twins, Chest Cold and Hives. Quite the combination! My, no wait, THE cold (I don't want to take ownership of it) seems to be running it's course and is getting better. Other than the freaky coughing fits I had at work today.

I'm still trying to pin down the culprit that's causing the hives. I think my polyester bed sheets are numero uno. I've had hives for about 3 days, and they were worse this morning. I just started sleeping on these sheets a few days ago, hence my suspicions. The hives had pretty much cleared up by the time I got off work, but I'm getting some itching again since returning home. Polyester in my clothing? I'm going to try wearing more cotton. This is a new allergy to me. (And the bed sheets are "going away", obviously.)

We're having strong winds and occasional light snow flurries. A good day to be at home reading and doing art. Badger has been practicing his pen and ink skills. He did two renditions of the Wild Wood. The shrieking wind and snow outside reminded him of a special visit he had with Mole and Ratty in his cozy burrow.

Did I mention that my son Jordan is coming for a visit? He'll be flying up our way on November 30 and will stay until the following Friday. I'm going to play hooky from work and spend lots of time with him. We (daughter Micah and myself) are very excited! We will take her van full of us and the grand girls and pick him up in Minneapolis. It's quite a drive, but she's much braver than me.

I think I will make this short and sweet. Off to cook up some soup for our supper. Stay warm and cozy everyone! Hygge's the word! :)


Monday, November 2, 2015


Another fairly gloomy November day...but a day off! 
Badger and I decided to do some organizing of the stuff that travels with him in his envelope spaceship. The postcard collection was in disarray, so we got them in order. The next hostess in line can easily add her postcard to the end of the queue, as they say in the UK. :) 
The nosey neighbors watched through the window.

Badger visited while I did a little doodling in the traveling book.

He admired his portrait...

I think it's finished, but you never know about these things.

Random! I found this on Pinterest. Now I could live in this!

Very snug (except for the gas can?)!

After much plopping down and rearranging Micah got this shot of the three girls. Audrey's smile had gotten a little frozen by then. lol. Still a good shot of the three of them.

And some new shots of Starry...

...and Nathan! :)

Here we have Adele the pink poodle, Hazel the Spiderman and Audrey the Batman-with-a-braid. Someone congratulated Micah for being so open-minded as to let her girls wear "boy" costumes. Heck, she just thought the padded muscle shirts would keep them warmer! You can fit lots of layers under there. This is Minnesota, folks! :)
Micah is sporting a cowl that I arm-knitted. Yay! One project I actually finished!

There has been some discussion about why some of us bloggers are "no-reply comment" bloggers. I had no idea why I was, so I went searching for answers. I came across this conversation on the Forums. It was written 3 years ago, but seems to be an answer of sorts. So, if you're interested in this topic, please check it out comment blogger

I couldn't help sharing this brief video. My son, Jordan, is not only the worship leader at Open Door Church in Burleson, Texas, but is also recruited to do some fun videos like this one. Deacon J...that's my Jordan! Enjoy! :)

And now, off to do some reading and enjoying the rest of my evening. Hygge to everyone!

And shalom.