"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Saturday, February 6, 2016

On the Threshold

Recently I saw beautifully wintery Mt. Hood as I was looking toward Spring Water Trail  High School in Gresham, OR.
Then later in the week I admired Mt. Hood standing out against the backdrop of wintery blue-gray clouds as I looked from a vantage point on Civic Drive in Gresham, OR.
As we drive in and out of our driveway we often see Mr. and Mrs. Mallard on the front pond and are expecting them to be nesting and then hatching a new little family of ducklings this Spring as the frogs sing a louder and louder celebratory chorus in the evenings.
 Mr. Salamander visited and we supposed he was trying to stay warm near our threshold! We admired him but did not invite him in.
 Our latest puzzle, a Thomas Kinkade print was completed this week after even more puzzling effort than our last puzzle.
 My folding vision board is now trimmed in washi tape.
 I bought the washi tape last February around Valentine's Day.
 The dark red trim says "love" repeatedly.
 The red and white tape has repeated xo's for hugs and kisses.
 I'm still crocheting the edging on this knit preemie blanket...and enjoying doing so and have been knitting more rows on my blue merino blanket...glad for its warmth on my lap.
 I bought a branch on sale at a craft store and planted it in my hug basket to display some of the hearts I have made or have been made and given to me.  The white hearts with roses were made by my dear mom who is no longer physically with us on earth, but the crafts she made and the gifts she gave are precious reminders of her.
When I got up one morning recently the sky was a prettier pink than this photo shows. My photos don't always reveal the ups and downs of my life.  As I type this, my friend, my oldest SIL's mom who is part of our household is in surgery to repair a painful tear in a muscle.  We are praying for a swift and complete healing.  We are also thanking God that my great nephew in Nebraska is home from the hospital where he was treated for meningitis this past week.

Some of our family were encouraged as we read Psalm 30:1-12 together this morning..."weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning..."

May you know much joy in your life, no matter what life challenges cross the threshold of your life.



  1. Oh Gracie may all who need enjoy a healing hug from me ♥ I do so love that jigsaw puzzle and certainly enjoyed all you beautiful photo's, thank you for sharing and my love and peace be with you all xoxo

  2. Gracie I always stop whatever I'm doing and read your posts as soon as I see them because they are ALWAYS a balm to my soul. Praying for the needs in your family. What a wonderful scripture to share together in love. Great photos as usual. I sure hope spring is on the way. 💜 Thomas Kinkaide is a favorite of Dennis' and mine so I particularly enjoyed your puzzle tonight. Have a blessed Sunday Gracie.

  3. Mt Hood has been visible here as well. Your folding vision board is interesting.

  4. I agree with what Betsy said. Your posts are always a joy to read. You live in such a beautiful area and are so fortunate to have such magnificent mountain views. Lots of lovey wildlife to entertain you, the comforts of a cozy home and crafts to keep you busy. Healing thoughts and warm wishes, Tammy

  5. The little hearts tree is a real delight and I loved the print used for the puzzle. Know that you are in my prayers and sending you a hug.

  6. My youngest was a preemie and I KNOW that blanket will be very appreciated by the family! So hoping to catch a glimpse of your beautiful mountain under blue skies this coming week.
    Blessings + thank you,

  7. As usual you have been busy Gracie :) I too am a jigsaw fan, I love the picture of the one you've just done. And your little heart tree is so cute :)
    Sending healing prayers for your SIL's Mum, and for your great-nephew, that must have been a very worrying time for you all.

  8. Gracie, you always show us the beauty in life no matter what is going on. I will say a prayer for all of those in need and a special one for you to.

  9. Hello my friend! It's always nice to see your blog pop to the top of my list, I also enjoy reading your writings as you have such a kind and gentle soul that it brings peace to your readers. Your project board is a fun and bright project.. I look forward to see how you use it. Your salamander is just like the one we had here! I look forward to seeing you in the pool tomorrow. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Dear Gracie, Hope your SIL mom, and nephew are both recovering well. It was so good to see so many delightful things in your blog including Mt Hood and vision board. Sarah x

  11. Neat to see the salamander! You have so many great projects here! I enjoyed looking at them all. The puzzle is beautiful, and you did a nice job on your vision board.

  12. Gracie, your Mt Hood, (and Teresa's) is such a stunning thing to see. I shall never tire of your photos!! I love the new puzzle! And for your friend and nephew...I am so hoping that all will be well with them. Your faith is so inspiring!
    xo Kris

  13. Hello Gracie - have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Beautiful makes - I too have a 'heart tree' Have various hearts on it including two wooden ones that my mum and aunt gave us on our Ruby Wedding. Love the jigsaw scene and views of Mt Hood. Hugs Anne x

  14. I am always calmed and thankful after I have read one of your posts Gracie. God Bless. Jo x


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