From our Gentlemen's Farm in bucolic Bucks County, PA to a home nestled in the Piney Woods of The Lone Star State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . This is our journey and these are our musings as we homeschool, play and pray our way through a wonderful life.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Our Valentine's Day Door

Our February has been given us some bitterly cold weather with random days of reprieve. I love those glorious previews of Spring.

We have spent our February enjoying homeschool, creating rosaries, and making our Valentine's Day wreath.

This wreath started as a simple concept that, of course,  presented a few glitches requiring a bit of re-thinking and tedious patching. All in all, it was fun to make!  This year we rode the learning curve . . . . next year it will be a breeze to make.  :-)

Our bird cage was empty until yesterday.  Now it has some very pretty yellow daffodils in it.  And what says, "Welcome to Spring," better than daffodils?

Little by little and week by week our door, home and land will reflect the coming Spring. I love to see the changes and I enjoy reflecting that change in our home.

So, what's on our February list(s)?

* The nights are dark and cool.
* The weather is unpredictable. Be happy for warm and cold!
* The ground needs preparation for Spring - which is very close.
* The February Moon will be full on Friday the 18th. It is called the Snow Moon or the Budding Moon.


* Heart Wreath on front door! <3
* Time to scrub all the windows, sills, screens and sashes ~
* Time for carpet cleaning
* Garage goal . . . make ready for wall frame
* Set up candle making supplies
* Deep Clean Kitchen (especially counter tops) with herbal (Melaleuca) cleansers.
* Ceiling fans cleaned
* Bring hums back home
* Back deck painted and backyard deck power washed/treated
* Upstairs hall painted and 4 new pictures hung
* Boys making Blanket Chests  :-)

* Family Rosaries
* Tuesdays - Latin Mass :-)
* MODA prayer class planned to begin in March
* KinderMusik class planned - to begin in March
* First Friday (4 - changed to 10th) √
* New Beginnings Homeschool Group (11 - changed to 17th)
* CCs Brunch (12) √
* Minute2WinIt Party (12) √
* CCs Steak Dinner (13) √
* Family Dinner Celebration for CC -  (14) √
* J & V to Game Night - date still to be chosen
* Family Game Night - date still to be chosen
* Father to lunch - date still to be chosen

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Pennsylvania Girl in Texas

I enjoy finding extraordinary beauty in nature. I am drawn to woods and fields, to bucolic countryside and the surprises hiding around each turn of a path.  I feel a rush of love for God's earth in many places.
Sometimes it is in the nooks and crannies of the countryside. Sometimes it envelopes me because it seems to go on for acres and acres and miles and miles. Sometimes it is a garden nestled next to the  fence line of a suburban home that almost touches its neighbor.

From the rolling, lush hills of one of Pennsylvania's most beautiful counties to the green drenched landscape of east Texas I have developed a passion for the sheer perfection that I have gratefully found in both places. Many of my Pennsylvania friends are very surprised to find that Texas, in my neck of the woods, is as exuberantly green as their beloved east coast landscape.
I would, in fact, bet that most would find it difficult to differentiate between PA and TX in the photos on the left sidebar.  :-)

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost