of memes and debts of honour

I feel like Amy in Little Women with her pickled limes…

Tell me all about it. Are limes the fashion now? It used to be pickling bits of rubber to make balls’; and
Meg tried to keep her countenance, Amy looked so grave and important.

`Why, you see, the girls are always buying them, and unless you want to be thought mean, you must do
it too. It’s nothing but limes now, for everyone is sucking them in their desks in school-time, and trading
them off for pencils, bead-rings, paper dolls, or something else at recess. If one girl likes another she
gives her a lime; if she’s mad with her she eats one before her face, and don’t offer even a suck. They
treat by turns; and I’ve had ever so many, but haven’t returned them; and I ought, for they are debts of
honour, you know.’

I’m still laughing over Amy’s line: “If one girl likes another she
gives her a lime; if she’s mad with her she eats one before her face, and don’t offer even a suck.”

Here’s my debt of honour – paid!


I was tagged way back by Eija and Jeanne
to do a β€œSix Things”  meme.

In Eija’s meme I’m supposed to list six things that
definitely do not differentiate me from my fellow human beings. Here we go.

  • I have blue eyes and brown hair – very common, at least in Canada.
  • I am 5 ft 4.5 – which is average height for a woman even though my best friend who is 5ft 8 doesn’t really believe me…
  • I wear blue jeans almost every day.
  • I drink coffee for breakfast every day
  • I eat cereal for breakfast every day
  • I like peanut butter ~ a lot. which in North America, is fairly common. 

OK I’m not only not different – I’m boring

Let’s try to spice it up a bit with Jeanne’s meme in which I am to list 6 random things about myself.

I looked up the meaning of random – Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

  • and that’s my first random thing – I love to look up the meaning of words.
  • I love to read children’s books – fiction – usually more than adult fiction. I know that you already know that about me but did you know the second part? that I actually like kids’ books better than adults?
  • except old fiction – classic fiction – like Dickens and Austen.
  • I have yet to find a modern “Christian fiction” book that I would say I loved as some of my favourites. Isn’t that a shame? Please introduce me to one. One exception –  Christy – I  love that book. And that isn’t really a modern book.
  • I love hot milk in my coffee. I have it every morning.
  • I adore babies – yes it almost comes close to idol worship – I LOVE them   – I could “eat them up” as my MIL says – my daughter is the same way. A very strong maternal streak.


Not really spicy, is it?

OK, since I’m on a roll, I think I’ll take a crack at Suzanne’s Friday’s Fave 5

1.  It’s the end of Sept and I still have beautiful blooms!

2. These antique tractors on display during the 70 Mile Yardsale – if I had a pocket full of $, I’d buy one for my beloved.

3. These colours – the frothy whitecaps, the sapphire sea , the tawny horse with the creamy mane.

4. Watching the progress of the  “Sophie Project”

5. weather still warm enough for bare feet

Well, I can hear the thump of wood along with some sweet whistling outside.

My beloved gets the same satisfaction stacking rows of dry winter wood in the shed as I do with my rows of mustard pickles on the basement shelves.

He has an added incentive to get the woodpile under cover today.

It sounds as if  Kyle may come to visit us this weekend.

I better go and admire his work  – take the camera – plan a blog post around woodpiles πŸ™‚

Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends!


25 thoughts on “of memes and debts of honour

  1. Willow – I love Elizabeth Enright too – I wanted to be Randy (minus the curly hair – which I have and don’t like πŸ™‚ And I would love to have a Cuffy in our house wouldn’t you? *grin*


  2. I have read and reread the Bodie Thoene books zion Covenant and Zion Chronicles. They aer the only adult Christian books I’ve really gotten in to in years.I second your opinion on children’s lit. I have an incredibly large collection on children’s book and a life goal is to own and read all the Newberry Award winners.. Elizabeth Enright is one author whose words simply make me drunk to read them, they are so rich.


  3. Fun post with lovely photos! Esp. the flowers. I love children’s books, too, but I do know a Christian fiction I bet you would like! It’s called "Chataine’s Guardian" by Robin Hardy, and it is just wonderful! It’s actually a trilogy, and all three are good, but the first one is the best and can stand alone. I just finished reading Nicholas Nickleby. I love Dickens! And before that I read Sense and Sensibility again.


  4. I could have written the answers to those first two memes! So similar to me… πŸ™‚ And, wow, those flowers! Except for some very frost-resistant ones, ours went out with our first 20 degree morning. Pretty!Susan


  5. I could have written the answers to those first two memes! So similar to me… πŸ™‚ And, wow, those flowers! Except for some very frost-resistant ones, ours went out with our first 20 degree morning. Pretty!Susan


  6. I enjoyed all these comments. And….I’m another one who has not been all that happy with modern Christian fiction. I did enjoy The Mark of the Lion trilogy quite a lot a few years ago; I felt like I had come to know the characters personally almost. But Francine Rivers is not Elizabeth Goudge! Yes, Madeleine L’Engle’s works are full of beauty and wisdom, and I prefer her non-fiction quite a lot more than her fiction. I like all the Jan Karon books and have read them a couple times…they are like good "down home" stories, encouraging and fun to read, but still not EG. I am, however, somewhat eagerly awaiting the new Father Tim novel….I think it’s due in 2009. You have commented before how close our reading tastes are and I totally agree! It’s nice to know I’m not the only oddball out there who doesn’t care much for modern fiction, and particularly romances and suspense. It’s good to have company πŸ˜‰


  7. Bev K says:

    It’s been a little while since I last read your blog. I feel now like I’ve had a breath of that sweet fresh Island air. Love the photos – Thank you.Like you I got a wedding quilt – made by my grandmother and alongside it in the cupboard are several made by my mom. They are all very precious to me. I’m another disillusioned "Christian novel" reader. The writing is often so poor. I’d much rather read good writing – by Christian and non-Christian authors. Some of my favourites – Dorothy Sayers, Ellis Peters and Madeline L’Engle (now there is a Childrens’ book author) – I’m re-reading her Crosswicks (nonfiction) trilogy right now and recently read "The Rock that is Higher". She has so much wisdom. It is a gorgeous. warm, sunny fall day here and all is well. So glad to hear that Kyle blew himself out before arriving at your doorstep. All the best, Bev


  8. Islandsparrow says:

    Lovely comments girls – thanks!Now about books . . . Jill I think we have talked about Patricia St John – I like her writing. In fact, I owe a debt of gratitude to her. I was reading Treasures of The Snow (my favourite) to my 2 oldest when they were about 7 and 5. In the part where Danny gives his heart to the Lord, my little 5 yr old looked at me all of a sudden and said "I want to do that." So I prayed with him right there. My 7 yr old was jumping up and down he was so happy that his little brother dedicated his life to Jesus. Now I know that hearts can wander, and this boy of mine is still wandering, and I can’t begin to tell you how often the Lord has brought that blessed memory back to me – to encourage me in my prayers for my son and to remind me of the incredible faithfulness of our God.A few of you have mentioned Francine Rivers – I need to try the Mark of The Lion series – My oldest boy really enjoyed it.I have enjoyed a few of the Amish fiction books – and I like Ted Dekker especially the Black Red White trilogy. I also liked the Mitford books.But they don’t grab my heart or captivate me in the way children’s literature does. When I finish a children’s book or a classic or a Elizabeth Goudge book that I love, I will hold the book to my heart and breathe a deep, contented sigh.How I would love for a modern Christian writer to draw the same response from me. I’m looking for it to happen.The vast turn out of modern Christian fiction hasn’t captivated me in the way classic or children’s literature has. I don’t really like "romance" as the main theme of the book. I like romance as a thread that’s woven into the story. Not the culminating theme of the book. I don’t really like suspense either. So my disinterest in modern Christian lit probably has as much to do with reading tastes as it has to do with writing style. I’m always happy to try a new book so I appreciate your recommendations.For those of you wondering about Kyle, he hasn’t hit us yet. But tonight we’re in for some blustery weather. The woodpile is covered and the deck chairs will be stowed away this afternoon after church.Hope you have a blessed Sunday.


  9. How about Francine Rivers? she and Stephen Lawhead are my favorite historical Christian fiction. Her book Redeeming Love about the story of Hosea is beautiful. But my favorite is her Mark of the Lion Trilogy. Absolutely incredible and I love the glimpse, albeit sometimes decadent, into the Roman culture after Christ. Those are books I even reread because there are so many characters and plot lines. Speaking of plot lines, Brook and Bodie Thoene are amazing Christian historical fiction. Yikes. How could I forget them. And I always feel like I’m learning something from that time period. Blessings,Susan T


  10. Hey, I sure hope Kyle keeps away from you…your flowers are too lovely to give over to a hurricane thrashing. Our neighborhood still doesn’t have power after Ike, and even though it was only a Cat 2, it ruined so much of the Houston area, and caused 8 million people to loose power for days, all the way up to Canda. I’ll be watching and hoping it will just be good kite flying weather!


  11. Oh, so glad to read ALL your "things"!The first six all describe me, too!–except that I don’t eat cereal daily, and I am 5′ 4.75". I was just measured again the other day, and that 3/4 of an inch is still exactly that!And I was somewhat gratified to read that you haven’t met a modern Christian fiction that you love as much as some of your other favorites, because that has pretty much always been true for me too, though I don’t know if I’d have dared to bring it up! But since you did…. πŸ™‚ The one exception, I think, is Gilead, and it’s almost more like nonfiction.Love your photos, especially the one of the horse!Stay safe this weekend–Jeanne


  12. Oh I love your post. So neat. Especially the toes. And the dog and kitty and of course the equine. I just love all animals. I joined the Friday fav’s too just found. A cool meme. Have a Blessed Weekend.Sherry


  13. LOL. So much to comment on, where do I begin? Okay first, that picture of the horse is absolutely stunning. You should enter it somewhere! Second, I can’t believe you have so many gorgeous blooms out. Third, that was a fun not different meme. Fourth, have you ever read "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers?


  14. I enjoyed this post! I think we talked about this once before, but have you read any of Patricia St. John’s books? Treasures of the Snow, Rainbow Garden and The Tanglewood’s Secret? Wonderful books. I’ve read them all out loud to Victor recently while he played. And I first read them more than 20 years ago.XO


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