I am SO lovin this snow.  Ferreal snow.  Not Wussy Snow like what I lamented about last year about this time.



Come Over!

I know you've been cooped up for a couple of days, so I thought you'd want to come over. My husband - he has a green thumb - and I love that we keep the Poinsettias going well into Spring, and that it's the first thing you see when you enter our foyer.

Come on in.  Oh, yes, the shelves. Everyone comments on them.  They're really not as high as you'd think - it's a bit of an optical illusion.

Up there? That's my mom from her college days. I look more like my dad but I certainly have her features, too.

Do you need the rest room? Sure.  It's right down the hall here. We hardly touched this room except for the new mirror and the framed pieces. We like it in that retro way:

I thought you might want to see our family room while we're here.  We put in a new opening from the kitchen so we have sort of a suite.  This is our "put up your feet room."  The quilt? It's from Dave's Mennonite side of the family.  Isn't it gorgeous?   Oh, I love that lamp, too!  I think it is one of my best yard sale finds!

Come on out and let's sit in the living room.
Yes, that's Boo as a baby. Pictures of our families.  Except the Modigliani of course! The set of prints in the dining room - we got in Korea.  We love it:  a country village, a court procession, a landscape.

Yes, the carpet is like a Klimt painting. We love his work. Even though everyone knows him for his figures - who hasn't seen The Kiss, right? - but what we we really like are his landscapes. They are amazing.

I'd show you the kitchen but it's a mess.  You can see it another time, OK?  We'll just keep those pocket doors tightly closed!!

Why don't we sit awhile?
Thanks for visiting!  Let's get together again, soon?  OK?  Hope the next storm won't be too bad!


There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

1 John 4:18-20 (English Standard Version)


In All Fairness

Do you think the world is fair?  I bet you've told your kids once or twice 'the world isn't fair,' in one form or another.  But do you think in the depth of your existence that the world is fair?

Do you believe in sin?  Do you believe that sin pervades entire humanity?  Do you ever think about why Adam and Eve saw they were naked and were ashamed?  I think it tells us that even at the deepest and most intimate part of our own being and our relationship to others, sin is there.  Sitting.  Lurking.

I put 2 and 2 together and realize that I am here despite unfairness.  Sin.  In myself.  In my husband.  In my parents.  In the government.  Even, in my pastor.  I sit in comfort, at a computer, saying what I please, knowing I will get a hot shower soon and go for a latte, not because I worked hard or my husband worked hard or we're better people.  Because really?  I'm not such a hard worker.  Did I help create Communism??  Did I choose to have grandparents that had to leave North Korea?  Did I choose to have a brilliant father?  That came to the US to study?  That gave me the intelligence and drive to succeed?  That I actually succeeded?

Of course the answer is "No." 

I am here completely, thoroughly by The Grace of God.

Then how am I to think about the rest of the world?  Can I turn around and assume that the world is fair and that those less fortunate should just work harder? 

No.  I can't do that.  I must understand that the world is unfair.  From the moment the Serpent tricked Eve.  And in one generation, had a brother kill his brother.  Oh it was a slippery slope.

Sitting here at the top, I want my heart to be soft, to reach out, to sympathize.  How about you?

The Whole Story - Sort Of

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Door bell rings. Door opens."Mommy! Can you print out a picture of an igloo? Daddy and I want to build one but we need to see how they're designed!"


My Try

My effort on the left, Lancome arteest on the right.
I think I did a pretty good job with the eyes in general despite not having all those gorgeous brushes. I didn't have the right eyebrow pencil, so I used what I usually use, but tried to make my eyebrows thicker and longer.  I might have to buy theirs.  Can you believe he used Taupe?? I didn't buy the lip color so I used the closest that I had, which I think is a tad too dark.  The Lancome color was a mauve with a hint of gold that made it a neutral with a twist.  My attempt isn't bad, but I think it's that fine balance - the slightly lighter lips and the darker eyebrows that really give the impact of what the arteest did for me.

I'll be posting the whole story on Chic Critique one day soon so keep an eye out for the link!

Made Up

Right two picture, before.  Left two pictures, after.   What do you think?