Great Recipes and Congratulations!

Hello friends,

Taking a stroll today to visit a very talented woman and blogger, Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries and wishing her Congratulations on her little crazy quilt publication. 

And while your there, you may want to check out this scrumptious Lord Baltimore Cake recipe from Fannie Farmer.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Winds of Change

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Well, it seems it’s time for me to make a residential move.  At least that’s what’s been hinted to me.  My apartment complex has been doing renovations, but they won’t renovate an apartment that’s occupied.  And I didn’t know that it was mandatory.  So to give me a little push out of the nest, they decided to raise my rent all they way up to market value.

On the bright side, one of my elderly neighbors who lives in the next building over, left for Tennessee to be near her son and his new wife.  Having a friend leave is not the bright side, but her apartment is now renovated and almost ready for leasing.  It’s a much better location than the other few available apartments, so I applied for it.  Yes, I had to fill out another application to transfer apartments.  And I’d rather live in hers if I have to make this kind of change.  So hopefully I can transfer there.

This all happened very suddenly on Thursday.  So I’m taking one step at a time in the process as not to overwhelm myself.  I’m trying not to think too far ahead of the game (wow, that’s really hard), but rather stay in faith that God is with me, and all will be well.

I’m looking at it as somewhat of a new beginning, and keeping positive about the whole thing.  That’s really the only choice I have in this circumstance, and it seems like a good idea.  I must admit, though, that I’m not consistent with it as much as I’d like to be, but I’m doing the best I can.  Truth be told, the apartments really did need renovating.  I just wish they had chosen some bright and cheery colors instead of the depressing burnt umber (basically almost black) color for the floors and cabinets. I’m just not into this modern Urban style.  But no one consulted my expertise ;) before the renovations occurred, so I get what I get.  However, I’ve decided to make it my own little cottage in spite of that…in fact, I may even give it a name, like real cottages have. Or I may just leave everything packed in boxes until my next move.  I haven’t decided yet.  I’ll keep you posted.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note:  The above image was taken from https://www.pinterest.com/debbyrose66/cottage/

Silver Threading a Creative Life

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Hello friends, and welcome!

It’s an absolute delight for me to feature Colleen Chesebro, and her blog, Silver Threading, here on Leisure Lane.  Colleen is silver threading her way to a creative life as a writer, book reviewer, artist, what I like to call, lifestyle coach, and so much more.  Her blog is filled with a bounty of inspirational adventures, and I’m sure one of them, if not all, will surely catch your fancy.

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Her fresh and dynamic alter ego, Silver, is happy to give you a tour of Silver Threading.  It’s always a lively experience to see where she’ll take us along the journey.

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Though I’ve met Colleen only within the last month or so, I feel like I’ve known her for years.  Her Mindful Monday posts caught my attention, and I was hooked!  Here Colleen shares the wisdom she’s gained over the years, and encourages others to do the same.  She’s more than happy to feature your mindful discernment and experiences on Mindful Monday, so don’t be shy.

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Her Writer’s Quote Wednesday is always fun and inviting.  I’m looking forward to engaging in this insightful weekly venture.  She tells you how you can be a part of this linkup every Wednesday, so just link over and enjoy!

RecipesShe loves to share her recipes so make sure you check them out.

Here is one that really caught my eye.  What can I say…YUM!!  I definitely have to try this one.  Apples, cranberries, cinnamon, streusel…what’s not to love!  It’s another wonderful cooler days thought.

There is so much to see and encourage you on Silver Threading.  Colleen writes poetry, gives writing tips, takes photography challenges, crochets, gardens, and so much more.  At the moment she is in the process of writing her first book, Swamp Fairy, the first in a series.

Like a diamond, amazing people have many facets.  Each facet sparkles on its own, but when together they make a person of true distinction really shine.  Colleen is one of these amazing people.  She is warm, friendly, highly creative, and always looking for ways to help others along on their journey.  This post cannot truly do her justice.  I encourage you to visit Silver Threading.  I am convinced that you will find something there that will make you want to return.  I do.

May your day be filled with sunshine and cool breezes.  And…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Cool Down with Colors and Thoughts of Autumn

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Hi, everyone….I hope you are all doing well today.

I know we should remain in the moment, and it’s nice to revel in summer aromas and the warm sun.  But with temperatures soaring and heat indexes hitting 109+, I can’t help but think of cooler autumn days.  So rummaging through my yarn piles I found this pretty deep blue that reminded me of autumn, and immediately set out to knit something…anything…I think it’s going to be an ear-warmer headband similar to one I saw on…yes…Pinterest ;)

So if it’s just too darn hot where you live, and thinking of that sensational upcoming season cools you down a bit, then go for it…colored leaves, crisp cool breezes, knitting or crocheting beckoning to be played with, a good book beckoning to be read, or the taste of apple crisp…any thought that can do the trick to keep you cooler and more comfortable.  And I will add being grateful for air conditioning helps too.  It’s something I don’t ever take for granted.

I’m not really a knitter, but I like to do simple things on occasion.  It comforts me.  As for you real knitters out there – well, you’re amazing!  So keep inspiring us.  How about you?  Have you been thinking of the cooler autumn and feeling like knitting or crocheting lately?  I’d love to hear about it.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Her Purple Life

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I’d like to say, “Welcome”, to my new followers.  I hope your strolls by Leisure Lane are always leisurely and pleasant.

My sister has always loved purple.  Since childhood, purple was her favorite color, and that hasn’t changed over the years.  All shades and hues of the color delight her.  Unfortunately, when she was a young girl, purple was not the choice of color given to her when it came to gifts and the like – leaving her to feel a bit undertoned.  When she got older, she treated herself to purple pleasures, and feels one can never have too much purple…her husband disagrees ;)

Lately I’d been sending her all sorts of beautiful purple pics I’d see on Pinterest…so much so, that I decided to create boards just for her and her purple loving life.  Denise’s Favorites, The Garden of Her Purple Life, and Clothes That Get Her Purple On.  If you love purple, too, you’ll love these boards.

So when it came time to collect fun things for her birthday this July, I knew I wanted to give her the purple she’s always desired, and I was blessed to find so many purple sensations to please her fancy.

IMG_2223These beautiful boxes were found at the dollar store, and when I saw them it was love at first sight.  I texted her photos of them, and she said ‘YES’!  Not only were they purple, but she loves birds, too.  It was a lot of fun to make a collection of as many pretty things I could find. (I bought a couple for me, too ;)  )

IMG_2224I filled this box with matching gift bag, and smaller boxes, and pretty ribbon.  My sister is a most giving person, and she’ll find use for these items, I’m sure.

IMG_2222A few lovely journals (one that matches the boxes, lovely napkins of the same design, perfectly happy and decorative kitchen towels I found at Tuesday Morning all wrapped up with a pretty lavender bow are sure to make her smile.

IMG_2207The last gift, which took a bit longer for me to accomplish is this fillet crocheted square doily. The picot edging is pretty on its own, but I decided to add beading.

IMG_2219IMG_2220I folded it neatly and put it inside of the birdhouse box along with a couple of other goodies.  Now to pack it all up and off to the post office.  Her gift is a bit late, but she celebrates birthday month nowadays, so though I missed her early July birthday, I’m still good. I’m so excited about her receiving it, you’d think it was my birthday!

Well, that’s my happy post for the day.  I hope you enjoyed it.  And I hope you surround yourself with your favorite colors, aromas, and sounds.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

The Presence of Friends

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Friends are sometimes like a bellows on dying embers, recharging us with encouraging words, or a hug and a smile. They are often the only ones available to stand in the gap, or on rare occasions to pray big and move mountains.  But I am prone to wonder of the more meaningful…

                                  Presence of Friends                                                                    

    Because of friends… our mail boxes are more cheerful, our birthdays are happier, and our hearts more likely to shine on a rainy day.
    Because of friends…our tears don’t fall alone, our laughter is heartier, and our days have more purpose.
    Because of friends…a movie is more interesting, an outing more exciting, and a caffè latte more flavorful.
    Because of friends…the moon seems bigger, the stars twinkle more, and a sunset is more glorious.
    Because of friends…we have more memories, we smile more often, and our lives are more colorful.

Friends, no matter how many or how few, how far or how near, are treasures worth cherishing.

Thank you, my friends, for joining me today.  I hope you are having a joyous day.  If this made you think of a friend, drop him a note, or give her a call.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note:  Prose by Marianne Coyne ©2012.  Above illustration by Maud Humphrey.

Pinterest Update: Happy Pins Make a Happy Pinner

All Good WishesHello and welcome, friends!

On July 9th I did a post about my discontent with Pinterest’s promoted pins and how they were clogging up my Pinterest main feed page.  It was called, Pinterest:  Not So Leisurely Anymore.  If you would like to read it, you can click here.  Well, today I’d like to give you a very happy update. :) :) :) :) I’m all smiles because…

The day after posting the  above mentioned article I logged onto my Pinterest account.  As I scrolled down my main page I saw nary a promoted pin – all the way down to the bottom! No new promoted pins in sight.  I was thrilled and pleasantly surprised.  The next day my main feed page was still clean of unwanted pins.  I have received two, on separate days, since the article, but dealt with them accordingly, and all was well again in Pinterest land.

So, I’m thinking perhaps I only needed to make my voice heard in an honest, yet congenial way to the Power that be, and the situation cleared up.  Or perhaps Pinterest has finally caught up to my feedback.  Either way, and I’d like to think it’s both ways, I am happy to proclaim that my Pinterest experience has returned to its Pincation status

Well, that’s my update.  I’m so happy you decided to stroll by and visit today.  I hope all is well in your neck of the woods, and as the above image suggests, I truly do send you all good wishes.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

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