Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Mushroom Mania

Most of you know how much it has been raining here in the Northeast. Not just regular rains - we're talking massive torrential downpours accompanied by great flashes of lightening and claps of thunder so loud they shake the house. The kinds of rain that create flash floods and washout roads. One of nature's by-products of excessive moisture is the annoyingly squishy mushroom. We have those in spades! Once beautiful lawns are now dotted with large clusters of ugly, bulbous, and slimy mushrooms. Today, however, I have changed my view of some mushrooms from "pretty gross" to "rather lovely and interesting." Here, take a look at these extreme closeups:

Granted they are still mushrooms, but aren't they nicer than the spongy mess that dot our lawns? I guess mother nature tells the delicate 'shrooms to stick close to trees and bushes where it is still damp but has better drainage!

The Harlequin baby blanket is still trucking along and the hubby sweater still languishes in its bag...

The wild man had a great day yesterday despite the moist weather. It let up enough for the sun to come out and dry things up a bit. So he and his cousin played outside for a while. Then when hubby got home we got busy moving furniture - again. This time it was living room furniture and we were trying to get our HUGE sectional couch into a little bitty area. Of course we got 2 of the 3 pieces in with no trouble and got stuck on the 3rd piece. There was no way, short of tearing out the doorway, sills and trim, we were getting that sucker inside. So it went back out into the garage to await its fate while its 2 siblings stayed in the living room. It actually looks quite nice and comfortable and creates a LOT more room for the wild man to maneuver. I can't express how much better it looks than those 2 UGLY recliners we removed. BTW, does anybody have a need for 2 well used recliners that are less than 2 yrs old? Ha ha ha...I don't think I'd give them away! Really, they are quite horrendous. Though I hear that the Salvation Army takes furniture and repairs them to give to people who've lost through fire or flood...maybe I'll check it out! I am, after all, supposed to be recycling!!!

Another good day for the wild man today! We intended to get out and go to church this morning but we couldn't seem to get out of our own way. So instead of going and showing up very late, we detoured to my father-in-law's and spent the morning with him at the nursing home. He loved seeing the wild man and we ended up sitting outside in their lovely fenced in garden. They have really beautiful outdoor furniture and swings. So the little man and I played while hubby bonded with his dad. The weather again proved to be beautiful with huge puffy clouds and a lovely breeze. Wild man tuckered himself out then we took him to the mall to look at TV's...a blog posting deserving of it's own time. Now we are home, the wild man is napping, hubby is resting his sore back and I'm catching up on the weekends posts and emails!

I'm off to work on the Harlequin...have a wonderful day and happy knitting!

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Books on Tap for 2011

  • Knit Together - Debbie Macomber
  • Captured by Grace - Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Murder Most Foul - A Collection of Great Crime Stories
  • Fireproof - Eric Wilson
  • There's Something About Christmas - Debbie Macomber
  • Questioning Evangelism - Randy Newman
  • Murder Uncorked - Michele Scott
  • A Sacred Sorrow - Michael Card
  • Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? - Philip Yancey
  • Get Out of That Pit - Beth Moore

Books Read in 2011

  • What a Sista Should Do - Tiffany L. Warren
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper
  • Forgotten God - Francis Chan
  • The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
  • Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
  • Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
  • Stealing Home - Sherryl Woods
  • Bound for Murder - Laura Childs
  • Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Under Her Skin - Susan Mallery
  • The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
  • No Wonder They Call Him Saviour - Max Lucado
  • I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flagg
  • I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
  • The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
  • Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
  • A Thread So Thin - Marie Bostwick
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
  • The Search - Nora Roberts
  • The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
  • Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
  • The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
  • Awakened - PC & Kristen Cast
  • The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Photo Finished - Larua Childs
  • Keepsake Crimes - Laura Childs
  • Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich
  • The Icing on the Cupcake - Jennifer Ross
  • Fleece Navidad - Maggie Sefton
  • Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree - Susan Wittig Albert
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning

Books Read in 2010

  • The Yada Yado Prayer Group - Netta Jackson
  • Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
  • The Hole in Our Gospel - Richard Stearns
  • A Winter Marriage - Kerry Hardie
  • So Long, Insecurity - Beth Moore
  • Knit the Season - Kate Jacobs
  • Dead and Berried - Karen MacInerney
  • Murder on the Rocks - Karen MacInerney
  • where do i go - Netta Jackson
  • be sweet - diane hunt
  • The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  • Raven - Allison Van Deipen
  • Push (Precious) - sapphire
  • Faces of the Gone - Brad Parks
  • The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
  • Burning Lamp - Amanda Quick
  • Fired Up - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
  • Matters Arising - Sarah Harrison
  • The Sheen on the Silk - Anne Perry
  • I Saw the Lord - Anne Graham Lotz
  • The Dangerous Protector - Janet Chapman
  • The Seduction of His Wife - Janet Chapman
  • Re-reading all the Tintin graphic novels - Herge
  • The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
  • the last time i saw you - Elizabeth Berg
  • Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
  • Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris
  • Crawl Space - Sarah Graves
  • The Honey Thief - Elizabeth Graver
  • The Otherworldlies - Jennifer Anne Kogler
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
  • A Face at the Window - Sarah Graves
  • Draycott Eternal - Christina Skye
  • Shelter Mountain - Robin Carr
  • Virgin River - Robyn Carr
  • Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum
  • An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris