Salt & Light

As a Christian, I am called to be salt and light to the world, but it isn’t always easy.  I just found a really cool lamp that might help me with my meditations and keep my mind better focused on that end.   It is a lamp made of salt!  Get it, salt and light!

Himalayan Salt Lamps are made from natural deposits of rock salt mined in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. The natural salt crystals come in many colors from dark red to pink to white and even translucent. They also come in a variety of sizes.  The larger crystals are hollowed out for use with a candle or light bulb.

There are all kinds of legends and superstitions that surround the use of these lamps and claims of miracles healing powers and enhancement of health and well-being.  My scientist says there is no rational basis to those legends.  To me that doesn’t matter.  I would like one of these lamps for my meditation table as a symbol of what I am supposed to be: salt and light.  Jesus told his disciples:

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16 [MSG]

My Cozy Office

A few posts back I mentioned purchasing a new desk and chair with my blogging money. I thought you might like to see them. I spend much of my time at my computer and I wanted to be comfortable. The desk is wonderful. Look at all that space! And the end you can’t see has a built in bookcase.  The two shelves you can see house my Avon stuff.

desk & chair

When I started looking for my office furniture I wasn’t even certain I could buy computer desk chairs online. I knew I wanted a sturdy, well-padded, high back chair. Comfort and quality were my two top issues.

When I saw this chair I couldn’t believe it. It was close-out sale priced at $65.00 and had four 5 star rating reviews going for it. It is great for writing in and for sleeping in. When I lean back to think and doze off, it supports my head wonderfully.

The desk is a dream, too. I had to put it together myself but that was surprisingly easy. It keeps everything I need at my fingertips, yet out of my way so I can work.

We decided to put my office in what is supposed to be the TV room in the house. I am right off the kitchen which is great because I can move between my desk and my cooking with speed and ease. Plus the room houses my desk and chair, several book cases, an arm chair (also purchased with blogging money), and my sewing table. Better still, it has pocket doors so if I’m crafting and a bit messy, I can just swing the doors closed when company comes.

Patio Furniture

Baseball season is upon us and local teams will be forming soon.  The ball field is literally yards from our house.  Amoeba’s co-workers field a team.  Amoeba and I are looking forward to outdoor entertaining after some of these games.  We have this beautiful house with the big lawns and two roomy decks, plus the firepit. It needs to be put to good use.  With that thought in mind we have started researching outdoor furniture.

Amoeba, of course, wants metal. He thinks it is sturdier and will better handle the wear and tear of party use.  I want wicker outdoor furniture. I like the grace and style of wicker. It also won’t rust. And wicker is easy to update.  All one has to do is buy new cushions for a fresh look.

Whatever we get, we’ve agreed we’d like both decks to match. I want a table grouping for the covered barbecue deck and a conversational grouping for the sun deck, so I’m thinking along the lines of outdoor furniture sets. We also investigated the plastic sets, but we aren’t certain how sturdy they are.

Do you have outdoor furniture?  If so, what is your preference, plastic, metal or wicker?  How long have you had it? How do you take care of it? Make a recommendation, please.

Ridgeway Becket Curio Grandfather Clock

I’ve fallen in love! Our wonderful new home has a grand foyer and it needs an accessory that will make a grand statement. I began by looking at desks and shelves, and then I found this incredible Grandfather Clock.

I have always loved curio cabinets and I have always loved Grandfather Clocks.  How perfect that the two of them have been wed in this gorgeous timepiece.  You know what else is perfect?  I found this blog post, Housewarming Gifts And Home Warming Presents, that explained to me exactly how I was going to go about getting this clock.

You are all cordially invited to a party in our new home.  BYOB and a couple dollar bills to attach to the money tree.  (Five, ten, twenty, fifty and even hundred dollar bills are also acceptable.)

I have a passion for clocks.  I find the rhythmic tick-tock-ticking very soothing.  I especially love the chimes on grandfather clocks.  This one has Westminster Chimes, which means it plays a bit of music, and then counts the hour in gongs.  It also has the feature where one can silence the chimes during their sleeping hours — and a volume control on how loudly the chimes play.

Note that the case of this clock is wrought iron and not wood.  It will fit in well with the contemporary country design of our home. So, what do you say? Can you make it to the house warming?

Light Up My Life

Lamps.  I have been thinking about lamps a lot lately.  We don’t have any and we have just moved into a home with very high ceilings and recessed lighting. The ambiance of the recessed lighting is nice, but when I am reading or sewing or doing other close work, I actually like to see what I am looking at.

We have absolutely great exterior light fixtures. I guess I could go sit on the front porch to do me reading, but even though Spring has arrived, it is still a bit chilly out there in the evening! Both of the back decks have brilliant lighting, too, but once again, they are outside. I want great lighting inside. Has anybody priced lamps lately? Yeow!

I suppose I could do all my work in the kitchen. I have under-the-cupboard lighting all the way around and can make it bright as day in there. plus I have acres of counter space — but it is all for standing. I much prefer sitting when I do my bead work and embroidery. As for reading, the bathroom lights are quite bright. I will just read in the sauna tub.