Friday, November 17, 2017

Sabbath Music - Sabbath Prayer


Can you believe it? My azalea bush is blooming in mid-November.  I guess it thinks it's spring.

The song for today is Sabbath Prayer, sung by Marty Goetz.  We sing this song every Friday evening as we bless the children who stand under the tallit.  It's a special time of joy for all of us.  Enjoy!
The song came from the play/ movie, Fiddler on the Roof.  Here's the clip for your enjoyment, too.  The song starts at 4:20.

Here's a photo of one of our blessing times with the children:


I hope your Sabbath rest is sweet, Gail-Friends.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Vacation - Fall Beauty & the Biltmore Estate


I've been promising to post about the beautiful fall foliage we saw on our vacation.  It was mid-October, and the color was just beginning.  Ordinarily, this is the peak time for color.  Still, we really enjoyed the beauty.  The house above is on the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC.  The grounds and gardens of the estate cover 8,000 acres.  Here are a few photos:






This pretty creek meandered from a waterfall.  Such an inviting spot that provokes serenity.  The grounds and gardens were developed by landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. 

To me, these parts of the estate are worth more than the house, furnishings, and decorations put together.  Give me a body of water with trees, flowers, and birds, and I feel like a millionaire.

The photo below is taken from the front lawn of the Biltmore House.  The photo above is taken on the loggia (which I call a back porch) with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.

The house was built by George and Edith Vanderbilt in the late 1800's.  It took six years of construction and was officially opened on Christmas Eve, 1895.  This family wasn't just rich . . . they were filthy rich.  More about that in a later post. 

The first floor was used for entertaining and includes a winter garden, a library, a breakfast room and a banquet hall with an organ loft, music room, a salon (a French style sitting room), a tapestry gallery, the loggia, and even an elevator.



When you walk into the entry hall of the house, the Winter Garden is on the right.  I can imagine having my morning coffee and meditation here on cold days.  It's spacious, bright, and lovely.



Directly behind the garden room is a beautiful sitting room, done in shades of blue.  I love this.


I love this fabric, don't you?


I was intrigued by this old chest:


That's all for today.  Next time, I'll share a bit more of the first floor and the second-floor family rooms.  You'll love Mrs. Vanderbilt's bedroom.

Blessings to you, Gail-Friends. 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Sabbath Music - Gadol Elohai


I love this quote by one of my favorite authors.  We are surely kindred spirits, she and I.  I often get too busy.  This is common to all, and that's why Adonai has commanded us to observe the Sabbath.  He knows we need rest, both physically and mentally.

I'm thankful for the Sabbath.  The Word says He hallowed it, which means He set it apart as holy.  It is special, this seventh day of the week.  It is what we call Saturday.  It is not Sunday, as I was taught growing up in the Baptist church.  Research it for yourself.  It is one of the Ten Commandments.   If we don't observe it, we miss a blessing, and if we disobey it, we reap the consequences.

I pray you'll receive this truth, and have a good Shabbos, dear Gail-Friends.

Here's a wonderful song for your Sabbath.  You might know this song already, but hearing it in Hebrew is a blessing.  I hope you enjoy it.

P.S. Sorry for not posting this week. I've been sick for three days, and am grateful to back among the living.  I'll be back next week with more of my photos from our vacation.  I want to share the beautiful leaves and trees we saw in the mountains, as well as our visit to Biltmore Castle.

I'll also be sharing photos from a tablescape event I attended.  If you love linens, china, crystal, silver, and flowers, you will love seeing all of these lovely creations.

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Spiritual Sundays     GRAND Social      Modest Mom Monday Link-up      The Art of Homemaking Mondays
   BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS LINK PARTYTitus 2 Tuesday       TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS    Share Your Cup Wednesday Wordless Wednesdays    Classical Homemaking Link-Up        Favorite Things Home and Garden Thursday at Delightsome Life  Paula's Weekend No Rules Blog Party Friendship Friday