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

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Ahoy, maties! Avast ye lowly landlubbers...arg! Wild man is dressing up as a pirate for tonight's excursion out Trick or Treat-ing. He looks so darn cute with that foam pirate's hat and foam sword! He has somehow figured out how to slash and jab with no regard to his surroundings - namely me. I've been poked and jabbed and slashed at with the appropriate sound bites and to tell you the truth - it's all I can do to keep from laughing my head off! He's just so darned cute! favorite holiday. When else can we dress up in silly or scary costumes, dye our hair outrageous colors, wear piercings and tattoos and appear perfectly nor..mal..huh... Ok, when else can a perfectly straight laced person dress up in a silly or scary costume, dye their his or her hair an outrageous color, wear fake piercings and tattoos and fit right in! LOL!! Those of us on the fringes LOVE this time of year! I can't wait until the wild man is old enough for Halloween parties. I'm going to have so much fun catering and decorating and stressing out for those events! I'm making harvest cupcakes with cream cheese frosting sometime today or tomorrow. I'll decorate each cake with luscious swirls of frosting and sugary leaf sprinkles, mmmmmm!

Briefly, the FIL situation is growing worse. He's still in the hospital and the dementia seems to be taking over. It's making him act crazy and behave like a nut. It's enhancing his naturally mean and manipulative state to the point where I just don't want to expose my family to him. Yet I can't very well tell my husband he can't see his sick father or prevent my son from seeing his Grumpy. Fortunately the FIL is not mean and nasty around my son. If he were...well that's another story. We are all just waiting to see what this weekend brings then he may get discharged and admitted to another nursing facility. The fun never ends. Neither do the tears or empathy for what my MIL and IL's are being put through. Hubby says he doesn't care anymore but I think he does and what my FIL is doing is really hurting hubby. I can't make it better for him but I can love him and support him when he goes to visit and comes home thoroughly disgusted and unhappy.

On the knitting front, I only have another inch or so of stockinette for the body of the never ending hubby sweater. Then several inches of K1, P1 ribbing and I can start on the sleeves...YIPPEE!! We're getting there, folks! It's painfully slow but I am definately making progress! I'm about to cast on for my dad's felted moccasins. I think I've got the right needles so I feel ready to start. I also still have my SIL's socks to finish. I'm hoping by Thanksgiving her socks will be done, the moccasins should be mostly done and the hubby sweater should be done as well. If that's the case, I'll be celebrating Christmas early! No, I'll probably just move on to some easy hats and scarves.

No real cooking or baking has happened lately other than another batch of supurb Donut Muffins. I've got the temp and timing down for melt in your mouth tastiness! Next up should be the Harvest Cupcakes then on to cookies, cookies and more cookies! Between the knitting and the baking (and preserving) I should be able to whip up several baskets of goodies for Christmas presents.

I'm still reading up a storm. I'm now onto Dee Henderson's series, the O'Malley's . Very very good. I think if I can find more authors like her I'll really be able to enjoy Christian themed genres more often. I've read the first 3, I'm now on the 4th and I have 2 more to go to finish the series. Then it's off to the 4th installment of the Temperence Brennen series by Kathy Reichs. I also have The Last Lecture to go through as well. In addition, I've been trying to get more Bible reading under my belt. It's heavy stuff and I can't always sit down with such a weighty tome. My Bible study class is helping. It's not heavy duty, in fact, it's geared to the beginner so to speak. Which it turns out is exactly where I want to be right now.

Well, it's off to watch the rest of Eleventh Hour before the wild man wakes up!

Have a safe and wonderfully Happy Halloween!

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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

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  • 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
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