Bedding, Bible Studies and Whatnot

July 3, 2019 | My Jottings

Every summer for the past many years, I have hosted a Bible study in my home and invited about a dozen dear women to come gather around God’s Word with me. We have done Beth Moore studies, studies by Priscilla Shirer, Margaret Feinberg and Mary Kassian, and even one based on the book The Hiding Place about the life of Corrie ten Boom. I say this each year, but the several Tuesdays we spend together end up being the highlight of my summer. We are crammed into my living room almost elbow to elbow, and the three friends with the smallest behinds are cozy on the couch while the rest of us plop ourselves down on the various upholstered or folding chairs. We have coffee and treats, we pray for each other during the week, we go through questions and share our hearts, and we laugh and learn and wipe tears as we watch the DVD for the week.

This summer we’re going through a seven week study by Lisa Harper, called Job – A Story of Unlikely Joy, and I think we all love it already. If you know of anyone trying to make sense of why God permits His children to endure pain and heartache (hello, all human beings who ever lived), I would recommend this study. You can google Lisa Harper and Job and find a little trailer about it online.

Anyone who is acquainted with me knows how much I love plaid. I could have plaid in every room and not get tired of it. Oh wait. I have plaid in every room and am not tired of it. Not really. I don’t (yet) have plaid in my bathrooms, but given the right wallpaper, it could happen.

I also love toile, and my poor toile quilt is now 16 years old and wearing out. I can’t bear to send it down the road yet, but it did get me to thinking about how I need to buy another one for my bedroom, and I decided on deep red and black buffalo plaid. I found it at Kohl’s and knew I would layer it with the old quilt and a thin coverlet I use on my bed.

First, though, here is Mildred the Schnauzer, now 13 years old, taking a morning nap on my bed. She knows how important it is for one to make sure one’s lower jaw and neck are perfectly parallel to the folded edge of the toile quilt which is placed on the new buffalo plaid quilt. See how carefully she lined up her little beard there?

I love the layered, textured look in decorating, so I decided to experiment with that in my room. You can click to enlarge these if you like. I kept my black and cream dust ruffle. The first layer is a cream colored coverlet with pretty swirly stitching. On top of that is the new buffalo plaid quilt. On top of that is my threadbare-in-places black and cream toile quilt. Add in nine pillows and I’m semi-pleased with the initial experiment. I may change things up, but right now this is how I’m configuring everything.

Here’s a closeup of the stitching on all three. I like how they don’t really match, but how that’s sort of okay. I sometimes do the same mismatched style when I set my table. If you would like to see that, click here.

I have some errands to run today — a deposit to make at the credit union, a few groceries to buy, and a drive up to the cemetery to see how all the baby ducks and goslings are doing.

Lloyd and I have been watching the mini-series John Adams starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney. It’s over 10 years old and I saw it years ago, but watching it again is a treat. It’s one of the best I’ve ever seen — have any of you watched it?

A friend was just commenting to me recently that she isn’t loving Netflix like she used to because she has such a hard time finding something worth watching. I agreed that we need some good recommendations. What are some series or movies you’ve watched and enjoyed on Netflix?

That’s all for now — have a great week!


  1. Pen Wilcock says:

    Queer Eye For A Straight Guy always makes me happy on Netflix. Those men are so kind and gracious and loving and understanding, while managing to be very firm with the people they are helping.
    I love what you’ve done with your bed. That black-and-red intervention raises it to new heights of gloriousness.
    I really wish I was coming to your Bible study. I was explaining to God only yesterday that what my life seriously lacks is a friend and prayer partner. A fellowship group (that I didn’t run) would be even better. There are two or three people I wish I could suck in from cyber-space like a vacuum cleaner so we’d all be in one place, and you would be one. In fact — you could lead the group! Ha!

  2. Just Julie says:

    I have never seen Queer Eye…thank you for your recommendation, Ember. And my new plaid quilt being described as a “black and red intervention that raises my bed to new heights of gloriousness”….do you have any idea how what you said can now make me lie down in said bed and go off to my reward? 🙂 LOL. I think you should come to my Bible study, and I think the group you’re thinking of should do what we can to Hoover ourselves to St. Leonard’s on a monthly basis. xoxo 🙂

  3. Nancy says:

    I watch the outlander series although I also like searching for different shows. Yesterday I watched Tea with the Dames (Maggie Smith, Judy Dench and 2 other British actresses talking about their careers. Love your combination of toile and plaid. It definitely works for me.

  4. Just Julie says:

    My daughters like Outlander but I haven’t seen it yet. I did see Tea with the Dames and thought it was fascinating. I like all of those actresses so much. Have a good week, dear Nancy!

  5. Nancy says:

    You too. Looks like a heatwave this weekend. Even Alaska has 80s and 90s recently. Unbelievable.

  6. Pat says:

    I love your bed combination and I especially love the picture of Mildred on it! The way her little chin is and that front leg is so darn cute. A bed always looks cuter with a pet on it (I know lots of people wouldn’t agree with that, like a certain SAG!).

  7. Just Julie says:

    I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly, Pat! And I know that SAG too. 🙂 We’ll forgive her for it though. Love you… )

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