Thursday, April 29, 2010


 Sorrow like a stream loses itself in many channels - while joy, like a ray of the sun, reflects with great ardor and quickness when it rebounds from the heart of a friend.
 ~ Anonymous


Although you cannot see it, it is snowing on this robin.

We only got a momentarily heavy dusting yesterday. The white snow on the lush green grass was very, very beautiful. It made me think of Willy Wonka's sugar grass. It was so lovely that I hoarded the experience for my own and didn't take any photos.

The rest of the day was like living in a snow globe. It snowed and snowed but didn't accumulate. It was and has been very crisp and chilly. Today the wind howled!

It was the perfect weather to remain indoors and continue on with my homemaking projects. At the moment, I have been rearranging closets and drawers. Actually, it's more like arranging them for the first time for real since we moved.


 Setting up my dining room is something that I've been absolutely longing to do for two whole years now. Truthfully, before, it was just stuffed and cobbled together.

Ladies, is not the thought of a well organized and stocked china cabinet and linen chest an idea that brings a warm thrill to your heart?

Once again,

I find that I am so happy, happy, happy! 

This dresser used to be in the boys' nursery. The drawers are too shallow for their clothes now. I've pulled up the silly drawer liner and put in something more gracious and subtle.

No more pink lambs! 


 There was a tremendous ice storm the first winter that we were here. We lost power for around 70 hours. With a strange twist of irony, I couldn't find a single candle.

I unpacked them, finally, today.

Er, I didn't realize how many I had.


I need to stock up on ivory but aren't they pretty?

It was a bit of a puzzle at first. I had to figure out how much I had and where it would fit.

Plan C is working out beautifully.

Actually, better than I had envisioned!

In a spirit of make do and mend (which is very often the exciting story of my life) I decided to line the drawers in the china cabinet with some Pierre Deux wallpaper samples that I had bought.

I thought that I would be covering it up and was not prepared for the pretty surprise I got. 


 I have a bit more fussing to do. Showing you what I've done with this room will be a huge reward.

Please "ooh and ahh" accordingly when the appropriate time comes!

Something else has happened!

The color of the "ink" that I am using should be a huge hint.

you'll never guess so I'll just tell you!

Catherine, at Kids and Capers has passed on the sunshine award to me!

I must say, I think that I'm pretty deserving, 
considering ....

(you know, .... I dwell in a Sunny Spot - just in case you're not getting the joke.)

This brings up a subject that has been on my mind a lot, lately.

I just want to say "thank you" to all of you who have come on board to give a kindly listen to my goings on. Some of you, I know, are anonymous and some of you have become lovely pen pals.

Really, words fail me! Six months ago, I had no idea that Blogdom existed. Now, I find myself in a very pleasant land, indeed! It's full of beauty, encouragement, exhortation and mental stimulation.

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Whether we've corresponded or not, you have been peering through the window of my eyes and mind and heart. This makes you a form of friend and I want to say that I appreciate you all!  The fact that you visit here encourages me to the skies!

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I believe the situation demands that I leave you with a poem.

(Ooo! By the way, after you take a look at the next photo, you really should zoom in closely on this Streptocarpus!)


How wondrously blessed I will always be,
That the likes of you likes the likes of me!

Propped against the pillows with a late night cup of tea,
I'm thinking of you and wondering ...
By any chance are you awake, thinking too, of me?

~Fay Angus


With thoughts and best wishes,

Katy Noelle xo



  1. Dear Katy Noelle,

    Such sweet poems.! The first sentence of the last poem made me laugh! I am very happy to have met you too, at a time when I was very busy and had stopped blogging ;-). Your kind words and being just you, made me continue
    :-)! So Katy, thank you too!!!

    The story about the candles made me LOL too.....I can imagine the five of you searching in the darkness for candles!! I thought I had a lot of candles, but you have three times as much as I have!!

    The drawers you lined with that 'country' wallpaper look beautiful! You know/feel how to make things look pretty!

    Well, I am off now to celebrate our Queens birthday!

    Enjoy your day! Lieve groet,


  2. Hello Katy. I am slowly catching up with everyone and am honestly not ignoring your questions about the camera!! Off out right now, but will pop back later today with the info on it as I ccan't think what it is without the booklet. Oh for a memory. Will also have a lovely read through the blogs I have missed. xx

  3. Katy, I am smiling as I look upon your drawer full of candles. We found an old Swedish chest a few years ago and sweet husband painted it with a lovely distressed finish. I placed it in the living room, adjacent to our dining room to be used as a buffet. My husband, to this day, cannot get over how happy it makes me to have an entire drawer devoted to holding my candles, tea lights and mercury glass votives. A smile comes across my face every time I open that drawer!

  4. Do you think you may have a bit of a candle problem? . . . . . . . There seems to be a lot there . . . . . . . . . . . Still there are worse things in the world . . . . . . . you could have a cushion problem like me!! Lovely post! . . . . love Helen x

  5. Wonderful violets and china tea set.

  6. Snow!? (at least it's not sticking ;) perfect weather to do exactly what you're doing. Can't wait to see the end results of your dining room! Love the candles and chuckled at the fact that you could not find "any" when you needed them, that's always the way (sigh) True what you say about Blogging, I never would have thought it'd be such fun and I'd meet such wonderful people. Now, a confession, remember the bunny photos you posted sometime ago? well, my daughter fell in love with them and we are using the one where the bunny is belly-up as our computer's desktop. Hope you don't mind. Our mornings are so much brighter just by looking at those cute lovely whiskers! Thank you for writing such inspiring thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend XX

  7. Oh- as always- wonderful and lovely pictures!

    I love the the roly-poly bird under the bush :-))

    You take my heart with these colours! Rooms to feel well :-) I love it! And your china is unbelievable- great colours!

    Yes- I like good weather- but if you can´t go out- we find all the time things to do. And your ideas with the drawers- sooooo beautiful!

    I wish you a wonderful and refreshing weekend- I hope, you feel good :-)

    Thank you for your comment- you know- I leave always an answer for everybody...

    Love and hugs from Ines

  8. I would love to come over and have a cup of tea together with you, fresh poured out of that gorgeous teapot! The poem is wonderful.

    Hope you're having a great weekend, Katy Noelle! xx

  9. Dear Katy

    Thank you for sharing the lovely sentiments in this poem. Blogging becomes very addictive - and so quickly! And then you are rewarded with all these wonderful new pen friends!

    Oh my, your drawers look so pretty with the lining paper. It feels nice to be busy with nesting doesn't it!

    Hope the snow has gone and the sun has made an appearance again for you.


    PS I do have another apple tree, which is a cooker ('Katy' is an eater) - I don't know its name off the top off my head - but I think it may be called 'Bountiful' - I will look through my garden notes and get back to you.
    Your idea for the bothy sounds wonderful!


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