October 17, 2014

On a Friday in October

Things here are in a normal state of affairs for a Friday morning at our house ...

Stack of books in disarray, a guitar tuner left where someone last used it, a knitting project left on the magazine, next to the pumpkin which belongs elsewhere, a candle which also has another home ... and something silver and shiny ... a pen case, I believe; all strewed in front of a very dusty fireplace that won't be put in use for some weeks now.  None of this bothers the cat, who is not an inside pet, though he begs to differ ...

And honestly, none of it bothers me.  Signs of a well-used, well-loved, lived-in home are OK with me.  Though I do wish someone would dust the fireplace ...

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~Jane Austen

What's happening in your home today?
After the fireplace is dusted, I'll be baking some things for the Fall Festival tomorrow... bake sale items to raise funds for 2 of my loved ones to go to Sri Lanka next summer.

Have a blessed weekend friends.

Catherine Ann

October 14, 2014

Autumn Musings

Thinking today about the changing seasons ... leaves are slowly getting their fall color, cool weather herbs and garden greens are popping up after much needed rains, squirrels are busy- tag teaming to gather pecans from the tree in the backyard while the dog pretends to not notice them (lazy creature).

And I am feeling that slightly off kilter feeling that a change of seasons seems to bring.  I love Autumn- baking muffins, breads, scones and pies; spicy scents of simmer cider or potpourri, soups and stews bubbling on the stove top, pumpkins, dried gourds and corn to decorate the doorway ...
so much to love about this time of year.

Yet, there is still that feeling that I can't explain- maybe my soul needs to acclimate to the changing weather, the change of pace as we see the calendar filling already with holiday events, the shortening of days and lengthening of night.  Darkness comes early and I find myself curling up with a book or a sewing project, waiting for bedtime.  Settling in.

This morning I baked up a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones.  I used this recipe and tweaked it with added pumpkin pie spice, chocolate chips and a topping of milk wash with a sprinkle of vanilla sugar.  Tasty way to start the day!

Does the change of seasons affect you?
What are you baking these days?



September 22, 2014

My Ever-Changing Plans

In regard to my last posts about the new site, Love, Catherine Ann- it is still there, and I have been working away trying to make it HOME. Sadly, it just  hasn't happened yet, and I find myself coming back here, for a photo, to snip a bit of a blog post or a recipe.
Because it feels right in this season, I am going to continue to post here.
Who knows ... maybe one day Love, Catherine Ann will feel comfortable and natural like this space, or not.
Perhaps it is the change of seasons, the trees sending showers of leaves to the ground, the promise of cool nights and sweater weather that has me longing for a slower pace, a return to the simple rhythms that have been pushed aside by the noise and necessity of ministry and an over-full schedule.  I know my own frame, my limits, and I've reached them, exceeded them in a couple of areas, and need to listen to my own soul and its quiet call to simplify, slow down, savor the season.

If you have visited me at Love, Catherine Ann- Thank You.  If not, I hope you will check in there now and again; things are still very rough as I've been learning my way around Squarespace.
But, honestly I think this space is HOME, and I look forward to visiting with you here again.



July 10, 2014

Popping In

Just popping in to ask you to join me at Love, Catherine Ann, where I am doing most of my writing these days.  I've been writing about my favorite Summer Brew, Rest, and Summer Blossoms.
Please stop by and share what's blooming in your world these days!


April 26, 2014

A New Space

Hello Friends,

Just a quick note to let you know that I have created a new blog here:

Love, Catherine Ann

After 5 years in this space, I feel that it is time for a change.  
I'll still be posting about living simply and loving much, as well as what is on my heart at the moment.  
These days that would be things like:
healthy, simple meals
a thousand and one Pinterest ideas
Sri Lanka 

 I hope you will also join me at Love, Catherine Ann and tell me what is on your heart this season.


April 22, 2014



earth day

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for He founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.  Psalm 24:1-2

February 24, 2014

Monday Musing

Signs of spring popping up:

I am so thankful for these little surprises popping up here and there- signs that spring is indeed coming after what seems like a long, cold, hard winter.  

Good Things found on my visits around the web this past week:

Simple Chicken Noodle Soup making this soon!

Lemon Pudding with Raspberry Sauce  and this one, especially since I seem to have an abundance of lemons hanging out in the fruit bin.

READ THIS Oh how He blesses when we give all to Him!

The Impact We Have  yes.

What Brings You Joy  lovely, encouragement here friends.

As we bring this month to a close, I pray you find great joy in the journey, and that the God of Hope brings you peace.  

Grace and Peace to You my Friends,


January 23, 2014

Embracing Old Paths

As I EMBRACE my life this year, I find myself returning to old paths-
life-giving practices that nurture heart and soul.

Steeping myself in the WORD, reading and meditating on one chapter a week from the book of Mark. Loving this app for reading and listening on my iphone.

Memorizing scriptures from the book of John- #TheJesusProject.

Rising early for silence and solitude.

Journaling gratitude. 1000 gifts

Daily Morning Pages- 3 pages scribbled into a composition book which clears the air for creativity to speak.

Studying the Classics- Mentoring in the Classics (continuing education for mom)

Herbcraft for the  Home- a daily practice for many years

What paths are you walking this season?

December 31, 2013

Word for 2014- EMBRACE

1. To take, clasp or enclose in the arms; to press to the bosom, in token of affection.
2. To seize eagerly; to lay hold on; to receive or take with willingness that which is offered
3. To comprehend; to include or take in
4. To comprise; to enclose; to encompass; to contain; to encircle.
5. To receive; to admit.
6. To find; to take; to accept.

(from Webster’s 1828 dictionary) 

As I've pondered and prayed for a word for the coming year,
this one embraced me.
Kind of snuck up and grabbed me, you know,
like one of those hugs that you aren't expecting,
but are thankful for once the initial shock is over?  

And as I sat with this word- embrace ... it fits.
It is time to embrace this life; this simple,
mama life that I live.  
The life that is messy and often loud,
crowded with people and projects that all vie for my attention,
sometimes all at the same time.
And also the life that calls me to slip away for solitude and silence,
time alone with my Lord and my pen and the page.

It is the year to EMBRACE who I am,
even if I have heard "You are something else"
too often for comfort lately ...
something else, well maybe I am, and I'm OK with that ...
especially since I'm not even sure what the comparison is ;) .  

So, here's to 2014- the year to EMBRACE
the something else that I am,
the journey I am on, the life I've been given,
my work in this world,
and the beautiful souls I am blessed to share it with.  

What are you embracing this year?

Do you have a word for 2014?  If so, I'd love to know what it is!

Prayers for many blessings this year my friends,


December 13, 2013


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
Isaiah 9:5-7

Hoping you find PEACE in the Advent waiting ... 

In this busy season, take time for seeking peace, slip away for a few quiet moments, 
have a cup of tea, read a few lines of a favorite book, go for a walk and take in the beauty of nature, listen for that still small voice that whispers 'My Peace I give to you'.

Where do you find peace this season?