Somewhat Worse for Wear

Here is another photograph that fits with Carmi‘s theme this week at Thematic Photographic.

Part of the wall in the south side of our church sanctuary

We recently found a church home* after spending a long time trying to find “a good fit” for our family. (Okay, mostly for me… the family isn’t as picky.)  We didn’t chose it because it is the newest or prettiest or wealthiest congregation — I think this photograph makes that pretty obvious! — but I do feel at home there. The building is big and old, the membership is small and varied in age, and everyone is encouraged to pitch in and participate in making things happen.

I actually didn’t take this picture specifically for the meme — my husband needed some photos of the damage for repair purposes. This picture is a bit blurry, since I snapped it quickly in the darkened room after choir rehearsal on Tuesday evening. I might have to re-take photos for him, but they definitely show an older building a bit worse for wear.

What it doesn’t show is the great love of a small congregation living out their faith.

*Sorry, that’s a bit of religious-speak…
“Church home” is a phrase often used to describe a congregation of believers where a person feels at home.  And yes, I feel at home there, although I won’t be there tomorrow — I’m still at my quilting retreat.  I’m sure it will take me most of next week to catch up with you all.

Back to work for me now!  

Grammatically speaking…

Somewhat worse for wear…

Stop, Listen, Deposit Coins


There but for the grace of God go I.

Grammatically, this line looks and feels odd, so I looked it up.
Oh, Internet, how I adore you sometimes! 

You can find a helpful explanation here.


I’m also playing along with Carmi‘s Thematic Photographic meme this week. Click on over to see what else is “Somewhat Worse for Wear.”


I owe SnakeMaster (my 13yo son) a treat. He found the the perfect place for our umbrella-style clothesline dryer: the metal-capped “hole” for the cylindrical post. It was under the portable fireplace.  (Apparently, we prefer to allow the portable fireplace to rust in place.)

Yes, we have lived here for more than a year. I’ve managed to get the summer laundry dry by spacing out the loads and using a single clothesline stretched across the backyard. It’s actually my preferred method for drying most of our laundry, but there are some unmentionables that I’d prefer to not have on display for the man next door. Hanging them on the inner lines of the umbrella-style clothesline, surrounded by t-shirts or pillowcases on the outer lines, makes me feel like I am a little less on display. It’s all about how I choose to air my dirty clean laundry.  😉
So I’m grateful for clotheslines that we installed and clotheslines (and a certain hole in the ground) that came with the house and the boy who found that “hole.”

Today I am playing along with Thematic Photographic, a photo meme hosted by Carmi. This week’s  theme is GROUNDED.

There’s plenty to be thankful for in this season of transition. Sometimes you don’t have to look any further than your own backyard — especially if you have a husband who gardens. (I’m lucky that way.♥)

Butternut Squash

The end of summer means the end of fresh rhubarb. I think I can get one more pie out of these pink beauties.

the chopping block

Autumn around here means that the chopping block has seen a lot of action. The ground is covered with wood chips and the shed is filling up with logs that have been cut to fit the wood stove. I’m thankful for my husband; he has made sure that we will be warm this winter.

I’m also thankful for Janet, who suggested that I get down on the ground for T.P. inspiration this week! My knees are nearly dry now.   🙂

North Window Silhouette

Silhouette of my boys in "North Window" at Arches National Park

I haven’t counted all the pictures taken with my camera at Arches National Park, but there are probably close to 100 of them. It will be another week before I have time to post a selection of my favorites. I hope the wait will be worth it!

In the meantime, this picture taken on the morning of Friday, April 6th, goes along nicely with this week’s Thematic Photographic: Silhouette.

Shades of Gray

Over at Written, Inc., Carmi has continued his Thematic Photographic challenges each week. This week the things we were challenged to photograph and post are “Greyish.”

I’m resisting the sad urge to photograph my hair.

Instead, I took a picture of a sidewalk.

Tuesday’s drive to the gym was definitely “Greyish.”

I had to look harder to find any gray today…


I still can’t quite wrap my head around the knowledge that it is December already.

November, with your subtle colors and dreamy days, how I miss you!

SuperDad & I took a winter hike yesterday, bundled in hats and coats and gloves. The sky was a beautifully clear blue.

Most of the views while ascending the hill are of trees or vistas of the city below.  At the highest point — “Beacon Hill” — was a collection of power towers.
This one caught my eye.

In the distance you can see the local ski area.
We need more snow!

Carmi at Written, Inc., posts a photographic challenge each week called Thematic Photographic – this week’s theme is “A FLASH OF COLOR.”