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

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My Sister's Very Short Visit, Tomatoes and Procrastination

My lovely and gorgeous sister was home for a short visit. In fact, she flies out tomorrow to go back to Atlanta for classes on Thursday. This sucks because she only has one day of classes before Labor Day weekend and would have been able to stay for a longer visit if her school decided to start after the long weekend. Grrr... She drove her car from Atlanta, left Friday morning and arrived here in Springvale very late Sunday night. We've had a wonderful time, too! Yesterday we drove into Kennebunkport so she could get a lobster souvenir for a co-worker and friend back at school. The wild man went with us, of course. He was such a good boy! No fussing or crying or freaking out like he usually does when he's with just me or his daddy. Anyway, Auntie bought him his lunch (and mine) and we walked around for a little while. After that we spent a rather quiet afternoon at the house. She watched the wild man for a little while when I went to pick up hubby from work. Then after dinner hubby told us we should take in a movie! Did I mention how much I adore this man??!! Anyway, we saw Mamma Mia! and it was so much fun! We laughed a lot!

Today she spent visiting with our Dad. He treated us to a wonderful seafood dinner that he and R drove all over York County to find! They all had lobsters and I had some deliciously fresh haddock. Yeah, I know, born and raised in the great State of Maine and I don't like lobster. I guess it's just not my thing! Again, she watched the wild man while I fetched hubby from work. Right now she's laughing her ass off watching Funniest International Commercials! Her train to MA leaves Wells at 1:30pm so at least I'll be able to see her again in the morning before she leaves. So sad... :(

This afternoon I put our ripe garden tomatoes to work. I deseeded and diced them and threw them into a pot with fresh garlic, sea salt, fresh ground pepper and extra virgin olive oil. When the mixture was hot enough, I measured it into 4 pint jars and stuck them into a pot of boiling water to process for 30 minutes. The end result looks fabulous!! I can't wait to tackle the grapes that are riping on the vines out back! When I do, I'll make some sugar free jelly that will taste absolutely divine!

I've been picking away at the hubby sweater adding an inch or two here and there. It is such a boring pattern that I can do it in my sleep! Or in the turns out that I don't get car sick when I knit! Yahoo!! If I try doing anything else to keep myself occupied on long drives I get instantly car sick. What a wonderful relief at finding I could knit for several hours on our drive this weekend. No more wasted time! Unfortunately I got so bored that I'm taking another unscheduled break from knitting. At current time, I've got almost a dozen rows done on the first of two panels for a market tote I decided to crochet. I'm using Bernat's Handicrafter Colonial themed cotton in Mayflower. I love this colorway! I also love the fact that I'm knitting with 100% cotton from a company that is decidedly moving in the eco-friendly yarn direction. I can't wait to try their Cot'n Corn yarn.

Which leads me to the store idea. I'm definately still in idea mode and I'm filling sheets of paper with yarns and ideas and notions and STUFF in general. I think I'm going to start polling everyone I meet, asking them if a new yarn store opened up in town what kinds of yarn would they like to see offered.

In addition to all the research on the store, I'm trying to get back into creative writing. I've started several novels and never got very far. My confidence level is practically nil since all I can think about is how boring my life has been! I should write from experience??? HA! Not unless people want to hear about a happy childhood, a happy marriage, bankruptcy, the loss of a child, the birth of another (and what a miracle it was that I got pregnant in the first place), the loss of our home (which we built with our own two hands), having to move back into my childhood home again with a cantankerous aging father whose wife left him several months after we moved in... Oh, wait. Maybe I do have some fodder for a novel!!!

Photos of the market bag will be posted shortly! Happy knitting (or crocheting) all!

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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