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

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Woot! I'm back!

Hey everybody! How are you! I've missed you so much. Been spending way too much time on facebook catching up with everyone I can think of. It's just too much fun for! It seems now that I'm knocking on the door of 40 I shouldn't be so caught up in what has been the 20 and under social networking site. However, as surprising as it is, those of us pushing 40 and even into our 50's are finding it a lot of fun. I'm a YoVillian, I play Mafia Wars, Dragon Wars and even dabble with the "gifting" apps. It appeals to the gaming geek within! Since I no longer have the time to devote to true gaming, nor am I likely to be staying up to all hours of the morning on a quest, the small games on fb are just the ticket for a geek at heart like me. Besides, I've talked with people I haven't seen or spoken to in over 20 years and it's a lot of fun catching up with what everyone else is doing. I toyed with the idea of tweeting but I can "tweet" all I want on fb to the people that matter to me! In any case, it's proven to be a slight *snort* obsession on my part.

In matters of knitting, I'm progressing nicely on the cardigan sweater vest I started for my MIL. I'm using Peace Fleece in Krushchev Corn on size 8 circs and it's a very lovely design. I'm hoping to have it done by Mother's Day. I'm almost to the underarm bind off and I feel it'll be clear sailing after that. I just need to find the perfect buttons! I've also started yet another pair of socks. One can never (NEVER) have too many pairs of handmade socks! These are for hubby to appease him as the never ending hubby sweater still languishes under the lamp table in the living room. I've also completed several spa cloths and made a soap sack that turned into a camera sack instead! It's been a little slow in the knitting department for the last month or so. I've been doing a ton of reading and I've joined a local women's Bible study.

The Bible study is remarkable. We're doing a Beth Moore study she produced in 2004 called The Fruits of the Spirit. Of course the relevent scripture is Galatians. I've truly enjoyed both sessions so far and we have 8 more weeks to go. Next week is my turn in the nursery...yikes!

The wild man is doing great! He's growing like a weed and challenging me at every turn. These days his favorite word is "NO!" and he can't say anything without whining. Some days it gets to me but most of the time I simply take him outside and let him run it off! Probem with that is it tuckers me out too! We've really been enjoying the warmer weather lately and taking every advantage to get outside and get some things done.

This is us at Memere's on Easter Sunday!

As much as I'd love to continue this update, I need to go check on my men outside. My hubby has a NASTY case of poison ivy from yanking the vines out during clean up week. He's a hurting unit and still has about another week to go. We're calling him Mr. Itchy!

The wild man back on the tricycle!

Having fun at a friends house and loving her slide!

Until next time, which I hope will be sooner rather than later, take care everyone!

Happy knitting!

Friday, April 3, 2009

What's Happening?

For some reason I have been seriously neglecting my blog. It's not that I don't love it...I do. I think it's that I needed (maybe still need) some space from it. There's certainly been a lot happening in my life that I could blog about but haven't. There's pictures I could post but haven't. There's even knitting stuff I could talk about and haven't. I think it's this, winter is so long and dull in these parts that by the time the snow begins to melt I've turned into a blob. The need for something other than these same walls and this same schedule is nearly overpowering. Big time cabin fever! So when we do have a nice day, like yesterday, when it's sunny and 62 and beautiful, we spend nearly all of it outside. Soaking up the warmth like batteries recharging. I figure I need a few more days like that before I can come back to this blog, my beautiful blog that I truly do love. The spark of creativity that pushes me to write and take pictures, even to knit and bake and do all the things I do, is slowly - ever so slowly coming back to life. My batteries need some more recharging. So don't dispair, I will be coming back...most likely with a vengeance and a mile long posting, updating you and journal-ing for myself all my Springtime adventures! In the meantime, I leave you with this sure sign of Spring, my son on a tractor during Maple Sugar weekend:

And just because I can, one of "His Cuteness":

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