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, June 25, 2010

I Felt the Need...

I just have to comment on today - it's so tremendously lovely out!  If you can find a shady spot, it's so worth it - there's a beautiful breeze and clear skies.  So beautiful only God could have painted it this way.  We had a lovely morning together, the wild man and I.  We met some other moms at a park here in town and all the kids played themselves silly!  Our town offers free lunches to all the kiddos at the local parks, so we picked up our lunch boxes from the wonderful serving ladies and found ourselves a little patch of shade to eat in.  Wild man was so anxious for play he only ate his apple and drank his milk :)  I had his broccoli and dip and his yogurt and we shared his grilled cheese with an teen boy who is clearly growing like a weed!  The food was great, the company even better.  It's so nice to be able to sit with other moms who have a Christian nature and just be able to chat freely, without the judgmental looks one tends to get when expressing religious standing.  We talked books and families and jobs and other normal stuff, all with a bent toward God.  Very sweet and soul refreshing.

I've been reading so much lately.  My crochet and knitting has suffered for it!  I go through these phases, though.  I'll read until I feel the need to get back into the yarn work.  I just finished an incredible book by Anne Perry, The Sheen on the Silk.  So well written and researched - I couldn't put it down!  And it's over 500 pgs!  It only took me four days to finish, what with all the running around the wild man has me doing :)  If you love court, international or religious intrigue, murder, greed, betrayal, love, deception and vivid descriptions of a dying empire, you will adore this novel.  Set in the 1200's, it's an intense portrayal of the after effects of the fourth crusade's invasion of Constantinople and the Roman empire's increasing reach into the old empire of Byzantium.  Kings, popes, doges, royalty, commoners, courtesans and eunuchs are featured, interacting with each other in intricate relationships.  Rich colors and lush scenes, combined with complex and enjoyable characters, this novel was a true literary joy.  I hope you take the time to read it and savor the complexity!

Watched the finale of Saving Grace last night and was fairly disappointed.  They can never get series' completions right, can they!  I knew she was going to die I just didn't know how they were going to get there.  And I was sincerely hoping she would have earned her own set of wings and become a Last Chance angel along with Earl.  She could certainly relate to the people she'd minister to!  Oh, well.  I'll have to live with the disappointment of an excellent show's demise.  I hope to be seeing Holly Hunter in another kick butt series very soon - she's a great actress!

Here's some pictures of what's been going on lately:

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Photo Tuesday :)

Some completed crochet goodness :)

Cross My Heart 12" square
The Manly Square 12"
Baby Checks 4" squares
Versailles 12" square

My child in the role of foreman :)

Farmland goodness :)

6 week old chickens
2 week old turkeys

Dad's new tractor (it's truly awesome!):

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

"If you stop to think about it, every meal you eat, you eat time -
the weeks it takes to ripen a tomato, the years to grow a fig tree.
And every meal you cook is time out of your day..." 

The School of Essential Ingredients
Erica Bauermeister

This is the current book I'm reading and I'm L O V I N G it!  Beautifully written with such descriptive language it causes one to immerse the senses in the various foods, almost as if each food is a color one can't get enough of.  Not sure if I can relate the experience accurately.  There are also very likable and relate-able characters and the book has a lovely interesting premise :)  One simply can't beat a good book!  Unfortunately, I've read a few stinkers lately but this is not one of them.  I can't wait to see how it ends! much going on lately.  I experienced/witnessed some major drama in the last week and can't say it was enjoyable, not even a little.  Quite frankly I haven't seen that kind of drama in over 20 years - not pretty, very upsetting, sad, and extremely disappointing.  :( 
On to happier themes, I've been crocheting like mad lately.  I miss knitting but it does take a lot longer than crochet.  I did several 12" afghan blocks for a blanket my ladies Bible study group is making for a soldier we are sponsoring.  We have enough to put the afghan together and some left over to do something nice for the wife.  I'm also still working on the blocks for the Baby Checks afghan I'm trying to do for a friend who just delivered her second child.  Hopefully I'll have the blanket done before the babe is too big for it!!!  I miss knitting, too.  I have so many projects lined up.  I also have a friend who is about 3 months along and I'm not sure what I'm going to do for her little one, her 3rd.  If she's having a girl, I have this great knit outfit that wouldn't take too long to whip up but I have to wait a little while longer before she will know what she's having :)  I also want to make my MIL a nice lapghan for Christmas using some of the 12" pattern blocks I've researched.  Not to mention all the other projects I have waiting on me!  So many projects, so little time :)

I cleaned and organized my little buns off this weekend, starting with a battle against our recent mouse invasion.  I'd been putting up with it because we live in an old house and there's just no way to prevent them from getting in.  However, they've been attacking my baking cupboard and as a result I had to throw away some perfectly good ingredients that they got their nasty little claws into.  Not to mention the poop and debris they left lying over everything...GROSS!  The newspaper liner was FILTHY!  I tore everything out, cleaned up what I could and tossed the rest.  Then I vacuumed and Lysol-ed the cupboard, placed several layers of aluminum tape over the mouse hole and proceeded to slap two coats of white high gloss enamel over the entire inside.  Once dry, I covered the two shelves with some pretty contact paper and reloaded the cabinet.  I'm pleased as punch with the end result!  And my cupboard is sanitary again!  I do have to sigh when I see the bank of cupboards I have left to do...since they aren't food cupboards they will have to wait for a while!

After all that, I did 8 loads of laundry, changed the bed, washed the linens, did 4 loads of dishes (1 in the dishwasher), filled 3 huge totes with stuff for the attic, cleaned, rearranged and reorganized the downstairs bedroom, vacuumed the whole house, cleaned the downstairs bath, and spot cleaned the living room carpet.  I have NO idea where all the excess energy came from!

I do know one thing, I read somewhere recently that people who suffer from anxiety and such, are sometimes affected by their environment.  I mean, I did have a clue that my panic attacks were coming from the mess and clutter we've been dealing with since the beginning of May.  I can't take looking at disorder when I don't know what to do with the clutter I'm looking at.  We started clearing out stuff from the barn loft and garage attic for a massive yard sale Memorial weekend.  That was all fine and dandy but I had to live with all the disorganized clutter while we waited for the sale and then all the debris left over from it.  I know we did a good thing but during this whole last month, I had several of the worst panic attacks I've ever had.  I now attribute them to the horrific conditions I've been living in.  Now that the worst is dealt with and the rest is minor stuff hubby will sort through, I feel MUCH better.  Hopefully I'll have a lessening of symptoms and I can ease off the meds again.  I hadn't suffered an attack since last October!  I've had more than 5 since the beginning of May.  UGH!!!

I've become more involved in our church's women's Bible Study as a table leader and I'll be attending a Beth Moore study this summer discussing Esther.  I'm very excited about it!  I think doing the study this summer will better prepare me as a table leader for the Fall session when the whole ladies group does Esther.  I felt totally unprepared and awkward during this last session.   I've said this before and I'm sure I'll say it again: I need full immersion.  If I don't do something that encourages me to open my Bible or discuss my faith then I tend to slide right back into old habits.  And my old habits ain't pretty!

I'm also involved in a new mom's group that is being sponsored by our church.  We've taken the remnants of an old group and reformed under the church and we will be an official ministry!!  Yay!  I'm VERY excited about the possibilities we have to help moms with young children in our community :)  Heart skippy happy!

I'm also journaling the traditional way...with paper and pen.  I find it helps me concentrate better than sitting down and typing.  My thoughts are better organized and I'm using that journal to put down thoughts on my faith and my journey as well as things that happen in my day to day life.  I'm trying to do an entry a day to keep in practice.  I find it therapeutic plus I like being able to take it anywhere.  Since I don't own a laptop I feel it's as mobile as I can get! :)

I think that's about all - oh, wild man's fourth birthday is coming up very quickly and I have nothing planned.  Not sure what I want to do for him and I'm having issues with present-giving.  He's got so much stuff now he doesn't need anything new.  So I'm tempted to take the things he hasn't played with in the last 8 weeks and pass them on to someone who will play with them.  *sigh* He's becoming a child of excess and I'm afraid I can't stop it. But seriously, he has toys he hasn't touched in months!  Maybe I should just take them out of rotation - that way he'll have something "new" in a couple months ;)

Last thing, in one week it will be a very bittersweet Father's Day.  It marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of my little boy, Owen.  My dear hubby will also be missing his Dad and I suspect he will have a difficult day - yet I want to celebrate it.  He is my precious husband and I love him more with each passing year.  He deserves to be celebrated.

Cheers, my darlings - hope you have pleasant dreams this evening!  Stay safe and happy knitting!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Some pics...

I've made progress on my hexie!  Then I ran out of yarn and needed to place an order and some of the colors were back ordered so it's taken nearly a month for the rest of the yarn to come in :)

These little lovelies were hatched over a month ago and are now busily exploring their new outdoor pen.  Pics of that to come as soon as my new battery charger arrives and I can charge up my camera battery!

This is the wild man's early birthday present!  We thought giving him his bike in July would cut his riding time down - so he got this beautiful red "Rocket" bike in May :)

Wild man and his daddy having a pow-wow about behavior - still they look so cute together!

Recent trip to Wells beach when we had that burst of hot weather in May.  He was so excited to wear his big boy swim trunks with NO pull ups!!  Such a big boy now!  He chased sea gulls and splashed all around the tidal pools!

Last but certainly not least, his brand new big boy "buzzy buzzy" hair cut!  We did this on Saturday and he was so good!  He looks so handsome now that we can see his beautiful little face :)

Friday, June 4, 2010


It's official - I'm over the hill!  Help!  Where's my hair dye!  Find me a treadmill!  

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