Monday, January 10, 2011

Plain and Simple

Early morning tranquility

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama
Art appreciation for today Norman Rockwell's Freedom of Speech painting. Inspired by President Roosevelt's Four Freedoms Speech on Jan 6, 1941 also the State of the Union Address.

We are using Picturing America Kit- from the National Endowment for the Humanities with nice size laminated pictures and a teachers book with a description, history, and questions for each print. When we are done with the kit we are going to use the pictures for decoration and rotate them around.

Back porch covered in little birds Chipping Sparrows, Pine Siskens, Cardinals, Gold Finches, Junco's, a pair of Ring Neck Doves, and lots of enjoy for us.
And Lucky thats the cat's name.... We call this the cat tv they just sit and watch the birds and drool.
A new oil lamp from a friend.

'Just living is not enough,' said the butterfly, 'one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.'
-Hans Christian Anderson
Making yogurt
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

- Richard Bach
And homemade brown sugar
My Red Raspberry came in I'm very happy.

Hope your day is as simple as mine..

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.

                                                             - Rabindranath Tagore


  1. Dear Erika,

    I see you've had fun bird-watching, too! :)The candles look very romantic, and how nice to have a new oil lamp~ I have to replace our lamps we had to give away before moving.



  2. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that we love red raspberry leaves here, too! So good for feminine support.

  3. A very enjoyable post.Thanks for showing us alittle bit of your world.
    I'm new to your site and have enjoyed going through your other post also.


  4. Oh Erika,

    I really like that oil lamp...very cozy...

    And look at all your birds - don't you just seeing them feed?



  5. Dear friend,

    I am sending off a letter to you today or tomorrow! :) I am so sorry it has taken me forever to write. I have been catching up on your blog and seeing all the wonderful things you are up to. I love the oil lamp! And I love raspberry tea as well. Have a lovely day! Love, Emily

  6. Your candles are pretty, makes me want to light some of my own.


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