This Week... We have a special family occasion to go to this weekend! It'll be a nice opportunity to wear my Norwegian traditional costume, a bunad (pronounced boo-naad, with a long a). Some of you who've been on the journey with me a while, you might remember this costume. Mine is a Gudbrandsdalens Festbunad, which basically means the party dress representing Gudbrandsdalen, the area where my father-in-law comes from. You can see more photos of the dress and accessories here. It is worn with a long-sleeved white cotton blouse and special silver jewelry. I did a lot of the embroidery, along with much help from my mother-in-law, who also sewed it all up for me. Wearing this does make me feel a bit like a princess for a day!
In the Roman Catholic Church-- A relatively quiet week in the Church... but tomorrow is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima! And this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of this amazing Apparition of Our Lady with a message from God to three young children in Fatima, Portugal. Read here for the story and message.
At Home-- A lot more at home time, and not as much out & about, as it's been very chilly, grey and sometimes rainy. That taste of summer we had last week disappeared fast, and winter came back to visit... Garden view from our living room window. No time in the garden this week.
On the Menu-- Soup weather this week, so I made this delicious Carrot & Fennel Soup, and paired it with some simple bread I baked, topped with Jarlsberg cheese before I placed it in the oven... mmm... ;)
Thankful-- For some quiet time this week to write in my journal, revise some plans for the spring/summer days ahead, make notes for creative projects, and write some cards to send and give. I do so much on my laptop, sends emails, read on my iPad... so much is digital. It's always a special pleasure to take time offline to write--with paper and pen!
Happy-- A little bit of love shows up in all kinds of places--the kitchen included!
Reading-- I have a big weakness for Amish fiction! Largely because the stories are just good, gentle reading from a Christian point of view, but also in that many books are set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania--just a stone's throw from where I'm from back home in America. So reading them is often like a little taste of home. I've just downloaded for my Kindle a new series by author Suzanne Woods Fisher, Anna's Crossing, and its follow-up, The Newcomer...
Listening-- Discovering a "new to me" Catholic blog and podcast-- Discerning Hearts!
Watching-- If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home, a 4-part BBC TV series that explores four main rooms of the home through 800 years. Fascinating stuff! You can watch this via YouTube--here's a link to the first episode.
Creating-- Ah, but no...this isn't a bikini bottom! It's going to be a poncho! I'm crocheting this (for moi-self) from the neckline down, so just getting started. This is a VERY different color palette for me. Duck Egg Blue, Denim Blue, Tangerine, Violet Purple... Learning about and trying some different ways with color. Stretching beyond my color comfort zones, which usually contain my favorites pink or aqua blue. Harvest Song Granny Stripe Poncho, I'm calling it. The tangerine and purple make me think of things late summer--like flowers and berries, last days at the beach... Hoping my Raverly Projects Page is now working...
Inspiration-- This is a view of the back of the bodice of my costume/bunad. It inspires me to want to do some embroidery again...
How was your week? Wishing you all a LOVE-ly weekend now! :)))