Thursday, August 31, 2006
The chicken coop is now finished other than just a little bit of cleanup. They finished putting up the fencing for the run today. There a doorway that was cut in the front wall of the shed so that the chickens will be able to go in and out of the she. The door is currently closed but you can just make it out near the ground under the window. You can see the nest boxes inside the coop...just need to clean them off from all the wood shavings. The wire shelving you see on the floor is to help keep the chickens up off the floor a little. There's a perch for them along that far wall. But where are the chickens?? The people we are getting the eggs from will start gathering them for us...they've been on vacation and we'll get the incubator tomorrow so we'll be all ready for when the eggs arrive. I'll be sure to take a pic when we get our eggies. :)
Mom and dad stopped by tonight to show off the new car that mom got for her birthday. She got a Chrysler 300 in Cool Vanilla. Very pretty car and is so quiet when you are traveling in it. We are supposed to get together to celebrate mom's b'day and my bil's birthday next Sunday.
Andy's mom has been sick lately and is still in the hospital...she went in last Sunday where they found that she has an electrolite imbalance. They've been working on correcting that imbalance but as of yet have been unable to do so. And they are now monitoring her for seizures. Hopefully they will be able to get things under control soon.
I have the feeling that tomorrow will not be a fun day for traveling to and from work if the map is any indication of what the weather is going to be like. We are projected to get all the rain from Ernesto tomorrow into Saturday. I'm thinking tomorrow would be a good day just to stay home in bed all day. ;)
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
How do you share your finished pieces with others? Do you frame them, scan and/or photograph them, or do you have another method that you would like to share?I always scan my finished pieces and post them in my Webshots album. It's my one central place where I can keep track of everything I've stitched over the years.
There are three main ways that I share my work:
- I'm a member of a great cross stitch board, CrossStitchCrazy , where I will post my finished projects (along with my wip's) for my friends there to see. We are a great source of encouragement to each other.
- I post update pics here in my blog.
- I will take projects to my friends and familys house, as well as work, so that they may see in person what I've accomplished...sometimes pictures just don't do the pieces justice.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The other comment I'll get after being asked one of the other ones is whether this is my first child. To say people are taken aback when I tell them it's my 7th would be putting things mildly. For the most part I get varying responses to that answer...from That's wonderful...how blessed you are! to Oh my, are you crazy?!? I don't take the crazy comments to heart. ;) I took a class last week with one of my coworkers and got asked this question to which my coworker started laughing before I could answer. Needless to say the expressions on everyone elses face in the class was quite entertaining when I explained why she was laughing. Guess they knew then why I was taking a Time Management class. LOL
|Your Learning Style: Competent and Cooperative|
You have a great head for facts and figures. You can remember and use any fact you've read.
You Should Study:
I think this pegged me pretty well since I've always loved math...even those dreaded word problems in algebra. ;) I was a math major in college and have been working with facts and figures ever since I started my job 17 yrs ago.
"I thought about the whole notion of "reproduction," and what it really means to replicate yourself. Is it merely about the passing on of eyes and chins and hair color? Or is it, rather, the replication of the heart? Do we leave a bigger mark by passing on our genes, or our thoughts?"
~ Shannon Woodward, author of
Inconceivable: Finding Peace
in the Midst of Infertility ~
But then if you take a look at it from the other angle…while my first thought here was that I only have a finite possibility of passing on my genes…I mean how many kids can one person have?…that possibility is actually bigger than I first thought. After all, my kids will hopefully have kids…and their kids will have kids…and there kids will have kids and so on and so on. And every one of those kids will have my genes in them. And all the generations that came before me…I have their genes in me. And, at the same time that my genes are being passed on, hopefully my thoughts are being passed on as well as we all hope that our values are passed down through the generations. So the possibilities here seem pretty endless as well.
I know that doesn't answer the question but where I first thought it was clear cut, now I'm having a hard time deciding. I'll be interested in reading others take on this.
Monday, August 28, 2006
I took a walk with Alex and Bekah down to the river tonight while everyone else was up at the soccer field for the twins practice. What a wonderful breeze there was. We sat on the bulkhead and threw sticks in to the river for awhile. I did some stitching when we got back and I've made it back to the point where the frog got me yesterday. Looks like everything is lined up this time so I'm good. Still hoping to post a finished Part 4 pic in the next day or so.
I just got read the sweetest story of Green Eggs and Ham by my beginning 1st grader. Taylor just loves to read and has gotten quite good a reading the Dr Seuss books. It's amazing to think that this time last year he couldn't read at all and now he's reading whole books. And all the credit has to go to my DH. He's done such a great job of teaching all the kids although I know it can be trying at times.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
The official building of the chicken coop has begun. The pic shows what it looked like as of yesterday. This is inside our existing shed. To the left of the framing will be were the chickens will reside, to the right will be normal shed usage. The runs for the chickens have also been plotted out, you can just barely make out the string outline in the pic. There are currently two different runs plotted out but we will probably start with just one for the winter and add to it next spring.
I didn't get as much accomplished yesterday as I wanted to. Was hoping to get to Kenzie's and Alex/Connor's room but only made it as far as straightening out the 2 linen closets. You'd have to have seen the state they were in to understand why it took so long. ;) Then I did a number of loads of laundry and hung them on the line outside. There's something quite therapeutic about hanging clothes on a line...I think it's something we should have started doing a long time ago. I know that I could do it in the middle of winter though. I felt like a total country bumpkin at one point, though. Bekah was outside playing and didn't want to come in once I got the dry clothes in the basket and the wet ones hung up so I sat on a tree stump and folded clothes. What a sight that must have been. LOL Late in the afternoon, we went to some friends and hung out for the evening. They are always fun to get together with and the kids get along great with their son so they can entertain themselves which leaves the adults to sit around and chat. Always a nice change. I wasn't able to get any stitching done yesterday but I'm hoping to get some done today as our plans for the day have changed. We were supposed to go to my parents house to celebrate my bil's birthday but they weren't able to make it. So that means we have a free day. Yay! =)
Saturday, August 26, 2006
This picture of the quilt does a good job of representing where I live...the blue Chesapeake Bay and Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs. :)
I also remembered that we have a pic of a real Blue Crab that my DH and kids caught recently while out fishing. The crab is pictured with our youngest daughter Rebekah. I don't think she quite knows what to make of it. LOL
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Friday, August 25, 2006
I've finally done a little bit of stitching over the last couple of days. I've finished with all the light green on the Mother's Bliss dress. Now I'm going to switch over to the Quaker Mystery Sampler until the next mini rr piece makes it my way.
I've also finished up a couple of books over the last few days...A Good Yarn and Round Robin.
A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber: Lydia Hoffman owns the shop on Blossom Street. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived -- and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad's ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness. Three women join Lydia's newest class. Elisa Beaumont, retired and bitterly divorced, learns that her onetime husband is reentering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. And Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager, whose grandmother's idea of helping her is to drag her to seniors' swim sessions -- and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.
Round Robin by Jennifer Chiaverini: Round Robin reunites readers with the Elm Creek Quilters in this poignant and heartwarming follow-up to The Quilter's Apprentice, Jennifer Chiaverini's acclaimed debut novel. The Elm Creek Quilters have begun a round robin ... a quilt created by sewing concentric patchwork to a central block as it is passed around a circle of friends. Led by Sarah McClure, who came to Waterford, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Matt, a few years ago, the project is to be their gift to their beloved fellow quilter Sylvia Compson. But like the most delicate cross-stitch, their lives are held together by the most tenuous threads of happiness ... and they can unravel. As each woman confronts a personal crisis, a painful truth, or a life-changing choice, the quilt serves as a symbol of the complex and enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. In weaving together the harmonious, disparate pieces of their crazy-quilt lives, the Elm Creek Quilters come to realize that friendship is one of the most precious gifts we can give each other, and that love can strengthen understanding, lead to new beginnings, and illuminate our lives.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
And speaking of the baby, I'm starting to get really uncomfortable. She feels incredibly heavy lately so it's making it hard to walk. And she must have changed her position because now it's just uncomfortable in general. She must be all spread out in there because it doesn't matter what position I'm in, it still feels like something is poking me. She's also getting stronger so every now and then it really hurts when she stretches out and moves around. And she gets tons of hiccups too. Wonder what she's drinking in there? ;-)
This weeks SBQ question is:
What do you keep your WIPs and other stitching supplies in when traveling?
I have multiple tote bags in varying sizes that I put my WIP's in when traveling. I have the WIP's usually in a zippered project bag or a zip lock bag as the pic shows (along with some type of book to read). My stitching supplies can usually be found in smaller project bags or right in the same project bag as the WIP...it just depends on how big the project is. I have one tote bag in the car all the time (that's the Noah's Ark bag in pic) so that I'm always assured of having something to work on if I get hung up somewhere unexpectedly. The other totes I'll grab depending on whether it's a long trip or a short trip. I also have a zippered mesh bag that I use quite frequently if I know I won't be walking around much.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I wonder what's in store for me to find next..
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
"Salt, when dissolved in water, may disappear, but it does not cease to exist.
We can be sure of its presence by tasting the water. Likewise, the indwelling Christ, though unseen, will be made evident
to others from the love which
He imparts to us."
~Sadhu Sundar Singh~
The first thing I thought of upon reading this quote was the old saying "Just because you can't see something, doesn't mean it isn't there". There are those who question how you can believe in something...someone...that you can't see, feel, touch. I believe you can, just not in the normal sense of those words. Those questioning this are the ones that don't know Him, after all, if they did, they wouldn't be questioning this. They would know that He is always with you, that you can always feel His presence with you no matter where you are or what you might be doing. You can almost always tell someone who does know Him because of the way they act...or sometimes they don't have to be doing anything...they just seem to have a "presence" about them. They do something because they want to, because they have an urge to do it and sometimes they don't even understand why they are doing it but they know that He is the one leading them and they know that He will never lead them astray. These people aren't looking for any recognition for anything they've done. They don't need any outside recognition, they get all the reward they need from inside themselves by knowing that they are following His will and living their life the way He would want them to. They try to pass on His message to those questioning ones so that they may know what it's like to have Him living in them as well. They know that in the end, no amount of recognition, money, power, prestige, etc will get them anywhere. They know that He will always be here for them...because He is always with them. Sure they can't "see" him but they can feel him. And they know that even in their darkest times, in their times of greatest needs, that he walks with them.
by Mary Stevenson, 1936
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:
"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me."
The LORD replied:
"My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."
Monday, August 21, 2006
Andy and the kids then went over to spend the day with his parents after her appt. It's nice that they are close enough that they can do that and still be back in time for soccer practice in the afternoon. Andy's mom isn't thrilled with our name choice for the baby but he was the one that came up with it many years ago. She also isn't thrilled about us having chickens but he's sure that we can win her over once she takes the first egg. LOL ;-)
Sunday, August 20, 2006
That's the way the evening ended. The day began with us pulling into the church parking lot for 9am service and seeing the doors propped open. That's never a good sign...means the air conditioning is broken and boy does it get hot in there. We survived although Bekah was especially grumpy.
The chicken coop building process has begun. Or in this case, the remodeling process as the plan is to convert part of our existing shed into the chicken coop. Andy and the kids were able to get the shed cleaned out today and the one side is now empty. The plan is to put a wire wall inside the shed as a divider and to cut a hole in the side wall to allow the chickens access to an outside run. We've got some old wire shelving that we'll put on the floor to keep the chickens up out of their mess and some old broom handles to use as perches. We're trying to be as economical as we can with this. Not sure what we are going to use as nesting boxes but we'll probably have 2-4 of those depending on how many chickens we end up with.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Not much else going on. Alex took a referee class for soccer today. Connor wasn't feeling today so he missed his soccer practice. And the twins had off today as their team was used for a coachs skills demonstration last night..
I was able to get some stitching done today. Finished up the mini rr that I was working on and also finished what I wanted to do on the Finishers Too piece that I have. Now I'm either going to work on Mother's Bliss or Quaker Mystery Sampler although I do have a quilt square that I have to get done by the end of the month.
A Gathering Place by Thomas Kinkaid & Katherine Spencer. With the Cape Light election over, Mayor Emily Warwick can finally focus more on her dear adopted daughter Sara and her deep regret about their long estrangement. For counsel, she turns to Reverend Ben, but the good-hearted minister seems distracted, troubled by turmoil within his own family. Sara's longing for a second chance is partially satisfied by her new relationship with newspaper publisher Dan Forbes. But does Dan really want to start a second family? A touching faith-based novel co-authored by the Painter of Light.
The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. There's a little yarn shop on Blossom Street in Seattle. It's owned by Lydia Hoffman, and it represents her dream of a new life free from cancer. A life that offers a chance at love . . .
Lydia teaches knitting to beginners, and the first class is "How to Make a Baby Blanket." Three women join. Jacqueline Donovan wants to knit something for her grandchild as a gesture of reconciliation with her daughter-in-law. Carol Girard feels that the baby blanket is a message of hope as she makes a final attempt to conceive. And Alix Townsend is knitting her blanket for a court-ordered community service project. These four very different women, brought together by an age-old craft, make unexpected discoveries — about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and more . . .
I went to the library today and checked out a number of books including some of the Elm Street Quilters books that has been talked about on the cross stitch board recently. I'd forgotten how much I used to enjoy going to the library to get books out to read. I guess that tends to be one of those things that falls by the wayside when you start having kids and are so involved with their activities. I'm glad I've rediscovered it but I do wish that our library had more choices of books to check out.
Book info from BarnesandNoble.com
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
On a different note, I talked to the drs office today about the results of my glucose test and found out that I passed. Yay! So maybe that means I'll only have a little 9 pounder this time. LOL I'm not sure what I've done but I've been in a lot of pain today. Been having a hard time walking as my left hip is hurting and I also got a pain around my left shoulder blade. Feels like something is getting pinched as my left arms keeps going numb or gets that falling asleep feeling so I have to keep moving it around. I'm hoping I just slept in a weird position as things feel really tight and I'm hoping things will work themselves out overnight. That is assuming that I can get to sleep. I haven't been sleeping well the past couple of nights. *sigh* On a good note from work...I finally finished the ugly reports that I've been making revisions to since April. Emailed the last of the changes today so I'm hoping that we might be ready to release them. Of course, it's now time to update them through the current year so I'm not going to get a break from them at all. :(
Do you have an organizational system for your fabric? If so, what isI have all my fabric in the bottom drawer of a cabinet that my DH finished for me (the rest of the cabinet plus another one is devoted to the rest of my stitching supplies). The fabric is arranged by size then by color name. Most reside in the original packaging that I bought the fabric in. I don't think you are supposed to leave them in the plastic bags but I'm not sure how I'd identify their size, count, color name otherwise. I have my aida and opalescents as separate sections but I don't make any distinction between the different types of evenweaves and linen...they all get mixed together according to their size and color.
it? If not, what do you store your fabric in?
How do people store their fabric, especially those small but
potentially usable pieces? Do they sort by count? How do they label it
or otherwise know what each piece is?
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Hopefully I'm doing this right as this is my first time participating...
I've always been told that nothing worth having comes easy and I truly believe that. If something is handed to you, you have little appreciation for it but if you had to struggle to get it, you understand what value it has and it is precious to you. Like the child that is handed the shiny sports car for his sixteenth birthday or the child that has scraped and saved his money from his part-time job to buy a used car. Which one do you think is the more appreciated vehicle?
There are many different paths that one can follow when faced with a difficult situation...whether it be an illness, job loss, difficulty in school, etc...and the path you decide to follow shapes your future. You can either wallow in self pity that this difficulty is happening to you or you can look at it as an opportunity to grow in a way you couldn't have imagined previously knowing that He will there by your side.
He never gives you more than you can handle...something else I truly believe...but He also doesn't make it easy for you. Most often there will be many trials that you will have to go through but if you are able to persevere through, you have the opportunity to be that much closer to Him than you were before and what a wonderful opportunity that is.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
I guess all the cleaning I did yesterday has gotten me thinking of this. Then on top of that, they got invited to go boating today but we had to call back and say they couldn't go because they were fighting with each other when they were told they had to get some of their chores done before they left. How in the world to do we temper this or should we just resign ourselves to the fact that this is the way it's going to be...a constant tug of war to get them to do their chores until they get older and have kids of their own...at which point they will finally understand what we have been saying all this time.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
This is what I got accomplished:
- cleaned our bathroom (still need to mop)
- straightened and vacuumed tv room
- straightened up my desk and kids computer desk
- decluttered Bekah's room, changed sheets and vacuumed it
- decluttered the baby's room (now please explain to me how this room gets cluttered when there's no one in this room yet) and vacuumed it
- decluttered the twins room, changed sheets and vacuumed it
- cleaned all the gunk off the front door
- vacuumed the family room
- vacuumed our bedroom
- vacuumed hallway
- vacuumed the laundry room
- swept steps
I cleaned for so long that I completely lost track of time. Poor Bekah fell asleep on Tay's bed while waiting for me to feed her lunch. Boy, don't I feel like a bad mommy.
I still need to:
- declutter Kenzie's room
- declutter Alex & Connor's room
- straighten linen closet
- straighten hall closet
but those will be left for another day.
So is this what you would consider nesting? If so, it's going to be a long 10 wks. LOL
In the afternoon, I decided no more cleaning (I think I overdid it as my back and legs are really hurting) and pulled out the Robin's single theme rr that I have. I was able to finish my entire siggie in a few hours. Yay! I haven't felt much like stitching lately but it actually felt good to put needle to fabric today. Now I'm going to move on to the mini rr I have to work on and see what I can accomplish there.
Mom called this afternoon to say that she had to take Dad to the ER this morning. He fell yesterday at one of the schools and his RA flared up over night. They gave him a bunch of meds and then let him go home. Needless to say he was feeling pretty good at the time she called. Guess I would be too with all those meds floating around in my system. ;) Seriously though, it's times like these when you realize how quickly a situation can go from to good to bad. Even though this wasn't serious, who knows when something will happen that will be. This was a good wake up call to remember not to take your time with anyone for granted because you have no idea how long you will have with them.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Alex had his drs appt today to get his collarbone rechecked. He got a clean bill of health and was released back into all activities. He was very excited about that. While the bone is still jagged looking on top because new bone hasn't formed there yet, underneath you can definitely see where the new bone is and that it is now hardened at this point. It was very interesting to see his xray from a month ago compared to this one. Dr said his broken collarbone is just as strong now as his nonbroken one and that he has an equal chance of breaking either one at this point. Let's pray that he doesn't do that again anytime soon.
I got a call from Kenzie while at work today asking if I wanted to go the 4-H county fair with them tonight. Andy and the kids were going to go in the early afternoon but those plans got messed up by a truck catching fire on the Kent Narrows bridge on the side that they had to travel on to get to the fair. Traffic was backed up across the Island for hours. So after I sat in traffic (unrelated to the truck fire) to get home from work, I hopped in the van and road up to the 4-H park with them. It was mobbed! There were cars and people everywhere. We had fun wandering around looking at all the animals...horses (there was a tiny pony that was just too cute), pigs, cows, sheep, goats, bunnies, hens, roosters and ducks. One of the roosters cage had caution tape draped around it. Upon peaking inside, you could see the rooster along with an egg. I'm guessing any rooster that lays an egg is in need of having caution tape wrapped around his cage. ROFL There was a whole cage full of eggs and the kids got a kick out all the different sizes and colors of them. Bekah was fascinated with the piglets that were trying to eat from their mama. I'm glad babies don't pull and squirm and wiggle as much as though little piglets were. Made me hurt for the poor mama. All in all, it was a nice evening...couldn't have asked for better weather.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
On a different note, wish me luck in the morning...I have to go for my glucose screening test. Let's hope I pass. And then Friday morning, I take Alex back to the dr to get his collarbone checked out for hopefully the last time. We're hoping that he will be released back into his regular activities then.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
I finished reading Cape Light by Thomas Kinkaid and Katherine Spencer. The book is about a woman, Jessica, who takes a leave of absence to return to her childhood town of Cape Light to help her sister, the mayor, take care of their domineering mother while she is recuperating from a stroke. It shows Jessica's struggles of being stuck in a small town while she craves the bustle of the city and her wish to be pursueing the new romance she left there but could there be romance for her in this small town? It shows that the mayor has her own secret and will it be brought out when a young college age student arrives in town for the summer? Also takes you into a ministers life where things aren't always as perfect as we think their lives are. All it all, I enjoyed reading it although I was a little disappointed that one of the threads wasn't tied up as neatly as I would have liked at the end.
I stopped by the library on the way home from work today and picked up some more books and also ran into a friend, Janice. She was Alex's kindergarten teacher and just adores him to no end. She is currently pregnant with her 4th child, due later this month. She looked wonderful although she's very tired of being pregnant right now, especially since she's developed gestastional diabetes with this pregnancy. Let's hope I don't end up with it this time...I get to take the test Thursday morning.
And it's finally not so hot here. We actually have the a/c off and the windows open and there is the loveliest breeze blowing through the house. It feels delightful.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
Bekah, Alex, Tay and I walked down to the river to fish for a bit while everyone else went over to the field for soccer stuff. The heat finally appears to have let up some as there was a wonderful breeze coming off the water. Alex had the honor of getting the most unique catch of the night which was a piece of wood. Upon closer inspection of the wood, we found that it contained a tiny crab...the one pictured at the right. I've never seen such a small crab before and it was extremely difficult trying to get a pic of it because of it's small size.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Anyway, on to the unrealistic expectations. I'm a little frustrated with work today mainly because my boss made a comment to me that his boss had made to him about he couldn't understand why I didn't a report done yet that he had assigned to me on Tuesday. This report has 4 parts to it...I gave him a draft of one part yesterday to make sure that I was on the right track...which I was :)...and I've been working on the other parts since then. It's not easy to pull our data together the way he is looking for and I think he tends to forget that. Plus he wants everything to tie back to our corporate report and it takes time to track down discrencies. And I do have other work that I'm supposed to be doing besides the reports he's assigned me. Makes me want to pull my hair out sometimes. I don't think the comment would have bothered me as much if he hadn't made a similar comment about another report a week or so ago. It's making me start to think that he doesn't feel I'm doing my job. Now this other report has been done for months and he's the hold up because he keeps changing things with it. He's a very detailed person (which is unusual for a VP) and loves to get into the details but he tends to forget that not everyone wants to be down in the nitty gritty so his reports tend to be a bit over kill. I don't normally mind working on them but when you've been rehashing them for 4 months...and the next update is due now and you still haven't released the prior update...it gets a bit old.
Okay, enough complaining from me...I'm off to bed with hopes that tomorrow will be a brighter day. I think I might take a long lunch tomorrow and take a look at a couple of farmettes that we've been looking at online...I'm curious to see what they look like in person.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Kenzie had to turn in her paperwork for travel soccer this evening. She was bummed that she couldn't participate in the practice but even if she wasn't still recovering from her broken collarbone we wouldn't have let her anyway with as hot as it was. Those coaches are nuts having kids running around in this kind of heat. So, while DH took Kenzie to the field, the rest of us went for a nice refreshing dip in the pool. NOT! The pool was so incredibly hot that is was actually unbearable after awhile. Bekah had a good time playing in her boat, though.
Because I haven't felt much like stitching lately, I've finished a couple of books over the past week. Between Friends by Debbie Macomber was written in an interesting style...told the story through letters, diary entries, announcements, invitations, etc. I wasn't sure that I was going to like it when I first started reading it but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was about two girls that became fast friends and told about the trials and tribulations they went through as they grew up and became adults. I also finished The Redemption of Sarah Cain by Beverly Lewis. I just love this author. I love being able to step into Amish society and experience their world which is so vastly different from my own. This book was about 5 children who had recently been orphaned and left in the care of their Englisher aunt who didn't know a thing about Amish ways and didn't want anything to do them...at the beginning.
I did actually pull out Mother's Bliss and work on her a little tonight. I've gotten all the / of light green done in her dress. Now I just need to go back and \ them all.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
On a different note...how do you resist a little munchkin that looks up at you with big blue eyes as she's thrusting a book in your lap. You don't. =) But in this case her older sister offered to read to her, at which point she turned those adoring blues over to Kenzie and followed her down the hall to her room so she could get her story read. Ah, sisterly love...too bad it doesn't last for more than about 10 minutes. LOL
I was able to get a little bit of stitching done last night. Pulled out Mother's Bliss for the first time in months. Was fun working on her again. Had planned on working on her again tonight but I'm just not in the mood. I'm tired, cranky and just basically out of sorts. Sure hope this funk passes soon as it's getting kind of old at this point.