Took a little walk around the grounds today with my walker and a big dishpan. Went to gather some things to make up a pan full of natural potpourri from my woods and there about. Thought I might offer some at our upcoming church Christmas Bazaar.
|Lots of woodsy goodness in there :)|
Now,I will bring it inside,add more as I go,and then let it cure for a couple of weeks before the Bazaar. It's already smelling wonderful to me.
You know,I was thinking about myself today....really I haven't changed much from whom I have always been. The things I have always held most dear to me,God,family,friends,church...those are still the things closest to my heart today. I still find pleasure in the most simple things...always have. It is nothing new for me to gather from my yard something to decorate my home with....a present for a loved one...could be something I created from things I already had on hand,or maybe a poem for my heart. I remember as a small girl making dolls from old socks,or toothpicks(body) and acorns(heads). Ever done that?
See this picture below.....this was around 1988 or close there by. The centerpiece on the coffee table are things I gathered from our then woods....cedar,pine,pine cones,Autumn leaves, etc. That was our family Thanksgiving day! We lived in the country,no phone,no hot water heater,no gas,no washer,no dryer.
We heated our home with a wood stove,heated our bath water on that same stove...I washed our laundry by hand or went to the laundry mat. My kiddos ran up and down our little lazy country road and rode tall skinny pine trees up and down for fun. They played in the creek,played house and made forts....my girls wore dresses,no pants and were very modest. We went to church three times a week,and never begrudge it. We loved it...it was the center part of our lives. We had bible study in the mornings and said our prayers each night...along with bedtime stories.
I love how I raised my children...not everything was wonderful,nor perfect,but life was basically good for us.
I have so much to thank God for.......now,and then!