Monday, November 27, 2017

Rilla and Sweden

Rilla and Sweden @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Aren’t they getting big?

And one more of Sweden from our after Thanksgiving dinner walk:

Sweden @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Green Friday Fishing

Green Friday Fishing @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

After a few hours of sunshine at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, we wandered over to Timber Linn park where my husband was fishing. [I do not know what has possessed him, but he is fishing-obsessed at the moment.] It was such a gorgeous day, and this particular spot is exceedingly convenient. The pond has recently been stocked with huge rainbow trout, and Russ has been catching consistently this past week.

Shannon took advantage of the fact that Russ had all the equipment out, and she brought Rilla and Sweden to catch their first fish. It isn’t a deep pond. Two lifeguards were present. No mud. Extra adults to watch children. The girls were already dirty. Sweden took a nap in the car. Sunshine. Parking right at the pond (which is only a few miles from our house). A guy willing to gut the fish. Easy peasy.

They may be a little spoiled because we ended up with eleven gorgeous trout. As Russ said, “Girls, this isn’t called fishing. It’s called catching.”

Green Friday Fishing with Sweden @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Green Friday Fishing Crew @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Greatness of Small Things ~ Green Friday

Green Friday @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Hours and hours of sunshine for our traditional Green Friday!

Holly, Ilex, and Ivy
Shannon, Rilla, and Sweden
Heidi, Levi, Luke, Leif, and Lola

I was thrilled that Ilex was able to take a break from her studies and join us.

Green Friday Crew @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

“A man can do worse than be poor. He can miss altogether the sight of the greatness of small things.” [Supper of the Lamb]

Green Friday Kids @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

"Life is so much more than occasions, and its grand ordinariness must never go unsavored.”

Green Friday Rest @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

“Only miracle is plain; it is the ordinary that groans with the unutterable weight of glory.”

Green Friday Rose Hips @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

“Come then; leap upon these mountains, skip upon these hills and heights of earth. The road to Heaven does not run from the world but through it.”

 Green Friday Off Road @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

“[The world] is a gorgeous old place, full of clownish graces and beautiful drolleries, and it has enough textures, tastes, and smells to keep us intrigued for more time than we have.”

Green Friday Ivy and Sweden @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

“Man’s real work is to look at the things of the world and to love them for what they are. That is, after all, what God does, and man was not made in God’s image for nothing.”

Green Friday Lola Drama @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

“For leisure is a receptive attitude of mind, a contemplative attitude, and it is not only the occasion but also the capacity for steeping oneself in the whole of creation.” [Leisure: The Basis of Culture]

Green Friday Walk @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Friday, November 24, 2017

Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks

Thanksgiving @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

“You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. What you must do is this:
Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks.
I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.”

~Wendell Berry, Hannah Coulter