In lieu of trying to belong to any number of societies: Chesterton, Sherlock Holmes, the Inklings, and so on: I propose and establish one of my own. Don your intelligence cap at the door; dust off your logic and imagination; did you bring your inspiration and encouragement? We are shapers, my friends; lit lamps; light-bringers. Bring quotes*; poetry should be uplifting and thoughtful, or witty and clever, (or both). Humor is encouraged; laughter is invited back. Pull up a chair. Anyone for tea?



*May 29th*

 A very special day at our house.  That's the day God gave us Katie, twenty-three years ago . . . such a blessing, that sister.  For many years a constant companion and confidante; I learned so much from her.  She has always been a beautifier, and countless lessons have I had from her in that, as from Mother; and always we have loved to do it together, we three.  But Katie, as a chief force in the operations, is often busy with others, and I wanted to make something especially for her this year. . . a special celebration since we live nearby again!  It was such a delight to plan for . . .


~open on the coffee-table

 And Then There Was Food:
For which I cannot take credit:  Mother was the Cook, I merely the sous chef.

Everything you need for Gyros!

Salad, Tahini-dressing, and Tzatziki


The gyro--oh yum!

 Almond-flour chocolate cake and lovely Sis

Present time!

A lot of pictures?  I know. . . but there happen to be 23, which is the perfect number for the day.  In honor of such, I am going to share 23 random things I am thankful for (about her and otherwise) for:
"Gratitude bestows reverence,
allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies
--those transcendent moments of awe
that change forever how we experience
life and the world." ~John Milton

1. Poetry (especially Milton just now)
2. Brothers and sisters in Christ
3. Particularly, sharing my love for Christ with my sister
4. My family, and all their endearing peculiarities
5. Open windows
6. Lily-of-the-valley
7. Pasta salad and cabbage salad for lunch
8. When the wax-drips are longer than the candle
9. Skirts from Katie
10. Gyros, with all the fixings
11. Beegie Adair Pandora
12. Cooking side-by-side with Mama
13. Singing with my niece
14. Josiah's grin
15. Sweet-pepper dipped in hummus
16. Decorating for a party
17. Giving someone old book-favorites
18. Laughing hysterically around the table
19. Chocolate cake and ice-cream
20. Christa Wells during kitchen clean-up
21. Reading again about Legolas and Gimli
22. Brilliant Authors
23. Twinkle lights


Fred & Leon said...

Beautiful pictures Livi!

Happy Birthday to Katie!!! We love you bunches <3


Kat said...

Thank you so much for my lovely, lovely party! It was the best birthday yet. <3
I so agree with your list of 23 things!

Nikki said...

How beautiful and special!!

Jodi said...

I am so inspired by those illuminated name tags. Also, we have the same blue dinner plates. Why am I not surprised? :) And one more thing, please tell me, what is a Woodwold pie? It sounds intriguing to a pie-loving Hobbit like me.

Olivia said...

Hullo Jodi, I love it when you comment! No, I'm not surprised at all to find we own the same dishes and things. . . we seem to be that sort of people. And how wonderful to know another pie-loving Hobbit! I am very much a hobbit myself (mushrooms are the best).

'Woodwold' is the name of an enormous house--nearly a castle--in Spindle's End by Robin McKinley (a delightful retelling of Sleeping Beauty). The Woodwold pie has wild roses 'growing' out of the lattice-work like the enchanted roses that grow over Woodwold to protect it.


Jodi said...

We do seem to be that sort of people. :) Thank you for the explaination. I'm enchanted now. Oh, and I have a recipe for a mushroom pie that a lady from England gave me. I'll email it to your mom's facebook, 'cause I've been wanting to write to her, anyway.