Thursday, September 19, 2019

Cozy Porch

A perk of the hurricane coming near us is that we took every single thing off the front porch and I was careful in putting it back doing some rearranging and fluffing!

Pillow covers were a nice inexpensive find on Amazon!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Slow Day: Hurricane Watching and Waiting

As we sheltered in place for the hurricane, we spent the day preparing just in case and getting some school work done! I made the 0.84 box of mix into waffles and we took them over to our neighbors for a meal we both contributed to and played Bingo and Scattergories! We collected the nature goodies on our walk just before the rain started. David got the sunset photo for me while he was at work, I could see the purple through the trees! And then Rachel and Samuel made pallets in our room for the stormy night {note: the clock is not set - that is the amount of time since the power flickered off!} and poor Scout had a very restless two nights as he was completely terrified of the storm.

The verse from my quiet time that morning was:

Hebrews 13:5, "Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'"

Grateful that we were spared from any damage and praying for all of those affected by the storm.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Autumn in Avonlea Tradition

Continuing our Fall tradition of watching Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea when the beauty berry bush in the back yard bears its fruit over the Labor Day weekend. This year it has proved to be a welcome distraction as our home county is currently {early September} under a mandatory evacuation order but we've heard this before and it isn't always necessary so we were in watch and wait mode for days on end it seemed.

We watched it over three days, the first was nothing photogenic - our dark family room wrapping us in cozy just by being together. I made scones for tween/teen enjoyment and adding delight to the memory.

The next night, David had to work {see hurricane watch and wait above} so we had a tea party for dinner with homemade chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese and a sliced apple. Dim lighting and yes, a few beauty berries that Rachel braved the rain to clip adorned our table.

It isn't how beautiful our evening is that is important yet making something beautiful is not wrong when it is life-giving. This adds depth to the memory of our time together. When we can't really leave home unless we're ready to leave the county - it has been a treat to have this fun tradition to help us having something to look forward to in the restless days of watching hurricane predictions, changes and local law enforcement press conferences.

Do you have a fun tradition that you carry on each year in your home?