As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this nearly six-acre tract of land, this farmhouse, this domain—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Country Living Sideboard

It was in 1982 that the December issue of Country Living arrived in our mailbox. As I did each month, I pored over the magazine, looking for house-y inspiration. We had lived in The Farmhouse for a year and a half, and we had a long way to go towards repairs and sprucing it up and making it pretty. A l-o-n-g way indeed. Kristin was two and Ryan was just a baby. We had little time and even less money. But we were making a home and we were always on the lookout for cheap affordable solutions. 

So on the cover of this issue, there was a fabulous sideboard! 

With a  closer look, we learned that the sideboard was designed by Adam Peck for Country Living and that we could order the plans! Ron could build it and we could have that sideboard!

We ordered the plans. Ron built it. I painted and finished it. And we have loved it all these many years!

Photo by my dear friend Frances, taken in 2013

2011 ~

2012 ~

Here is the sideboard last December. We didn't know it then, but it would be the last year that we would celebrate Christmas in The Farmhouse.

And now, here we are celebrating our first Christmas at Pineapple House!  This is the look of the sideboard this year, here in the new dining room.

Thirty-four years...and still in love with our Country Living sideboard!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

♩ ♫  Come, ye thankful people, come  ♫ 

♩ ♫  Raise the song of harvest home  ♫ 

♩ ♫  All is safely gathered in  ♫ 

♩ ♫  Ere the winter storms begin  ♫ 

♩ ♫  God our Maker doth provide  ♫ 

♩ ♫  For our wants to be supplied  ♫ 

♩ ♫  Come to God's own temple, come  ♫ 

♩ ♫  Raise the song of harvest home.  ♫ 

 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, 
and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, 
and Your faithfulness every night.
Psalm 92: 1, 2

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Morning Meanderings {In Which I Talk Thanksgiving and Kitchen Updates and Sunday Snapshots)

So here we are, on Monday of Thanksgiving week (!!), and I am wondering how in the world it could be that time again. Is it me, or is November really the shortest month of the year? Once Kati's birthday arrives (November 2nd)'s Christmas! How does that happen? 

This will be our first Thanksgiving celebrated at Pineapple House and I'm so excited! You may recall that at The Farmhouse, we rearranged entire rooms for Thanksgiving. The dining room table came into the big farmhouse kitchen and the love seat and school desk went into the small dining room. Last year, we brought in a folding table too, and we actually had three big tables in our kitchen to accommodate our group of 24. We loved having everyone in one room and it was worth all of the trouble. 

Last year's three tables

But Pineapple House has the dining room/living room that flow together (one of the things that drew us to this house!) and we are planning on having one looooong table.

Last night, we had a planning session/dress rehearsal. What tables? Tablecloths? Do we have enough cloth napkins? Do we have enough chairs? Who will sit where? Which dishes? How to decorate the tables?

We are thinking about the Grandmother Dishes with creamy white and green accessories, and we haven't "ironed" out all of the details yet (and, yes, some true ironing is needed!), but the real adornments will be the beautiful and thankful faces around the table!

A few weeks ago, I told you about our plans for the kitchen.  Well, we have been working on it a little bit at a time. Ron has not had days off, but we have been taking available evenings and parts of Saturdays to remove the wallpaper, prep the walls, and paint. Over the weekend, we finished painting the entry/island area of the kitchen, as well as the wall that flows into the hallway. (Painting the cabinets will come later, perhaps this winter.) This completes all of the painting that we will do until after the holidays.

The color is a grey-green-tan. There is a long story behind it (isn't there always a paint color story?!), and it is not exactly what I thought I chose. But, in the end, I decided to embrace it, and now I love it!

I am hoping that Ron will get the new shutters made soon! (With the old ones down, I feel like I am living in a fish bowl!) And we are still hunting for the right chandelier to replace the stained glass one. But I am very pleased with our progress. Having that one section of the kitchen "quieted" makes the whole room feel fresher.

Here are a few pictures of the newly painted space, but I have to say that it looks much better in person. The amount of light that is streaming in through those windows makes it difficult to read the true colors. (I'll try again once Ron gets those shutters made; they should diffuse some of that light.)

And now, a few of my favorite shots from yesterday's family gathering...

Please excuse the tilted view, but I was scrambling to capture the moment as Paul was waving to Papa who was sitting at the opposite end of the table. "Hi, Papa!" 

Cranberry upside-down cake with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Macie was fascinated with the sea turtle that Aunt Kati was putting on her head. :)

Kati and Alaine modeling their "camera" t-shirts while Owen is being a ten-year-old boy! ~grin~

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 

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