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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yarn Along

A finished sock; Holy Week reading & National Poetry Month Reading #yarnalong

I finished a sock this past weekend!!! It is so bright and cheery. I love it! I have only partially cast on the second sock though.

As for reading I'm reading the Passion in the Gospel of John for Holy Week. I also started reading The Poetry Home Repair Manual last night & it is really good so far. My grand plans to do a big poetry study for April has pretty much gone by the wayside. Getting a cold at the beginning of the month meant I didn't do much of anything, much less anything with poetry.

So for now I have been reading a little bit here and there. I actually have journaled a few poems following along with the Write ALM prompts. I was feeling bad about not following through with the plans I had until I realized poetry doesn't have to just be in April! 

Hopefully next week I will be able to share more progress on that second sock!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekending

Weekending

This weekend has been beautiful!

I woke up Saturday for the first time in over a week and a half with some energy. A spring time cold sapped everything I had for a long time. It's amazing how free you feel once you are able to breath through your nose again.

I opened the windows for fresh air (which then let in all the allergens) did loads of laundry, and began my spring cleaning. 
There was time for long conversations with the husband
running errands alone with the car windows down
the first iced coffee of the year
finishing up that sock
some reading
getting outside for a bit
the first meal on the grill
a feeling of lightness
peace
joy

and now that I am feeling better hopefully I will be back to my poor neglected blog regularly!

Linking up with Amanda!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Books for March 8::52

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At the beginning of the year I found Laura's blog and her "Year in Books" series. She set a challenge to read at least one book a month for 2014. Even though I haven't blogged it, I have managed at least one book for the three months.

In March I far surpassed that goal. It is so easy to pick up a book when a baby falls asleep on you!
My book list for March:

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Slow Motion by Dani Shapiro
My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell
The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
Shirt of Flame by Heather King

They all were good. Life after Life was different. But I couldn't put it down. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Slow Motion was a little slow for me at times. I enjoyed her "Still Writing" that I read in February a lot more. The Bookstore was good as well. Again I couldn't really put it down. Although I wanted to smack the main character more then once. The guy was a Jerk. After the third time of him saying he was leaving her because she was too "boring" she finally got it. Although by that time she was already 8 months pregnant.

My Sisters the Saints & Shirt of Flame are both great. I've been using them as part of my morning prayer. I'm not quite finished with Shirt of Flame. It's about my favorite saint, Saint Therese so I am soaking up her words again. I haven't visited with her in awhile. I was long over due!

Tuesday I will be back here with my April choices. Lots of poetry!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kitchen Sink

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The view outside my sorta kitchen sink window. My sink is in the corner of the counter looking at the backsplash!

Most days I spend a lot of time at my kitchen sink. Before leaving the house I always make sure the morning dishes are clean. Depending on what I bake or cook throughout the day, there are more dishes to be done in the afternoon. And then of course those after supper dishes.

I have a dish washer. I have only ever used it twice. The act of doing dishes--running the water to hot, filling the sink with hot water & soap suds, the act of taking the dirty dishes, scrubbing them clean and placing them to dry--I find very soothing. Many time as I go through the familiar motions my mind wanders. I think of my to-do list. Or what to cook next. Or the worries I have. I find I often pray while I am doing the dishes. And then there are other times I don't think of much at all. 

I find the act of washing dishes to be a symbol of the service I do for my family. Because there are dirty dishes--I have cooked food for them. They have eaten that food. I am now washing the plates & silverware & glasses & pan that held the food I prepared to nourish those I love. Thanks to the dirty dishes they have full bellies. Doing the dishes reminds me that I am taking care of my family in the most fundamental way--by providing food.  

And when they are all clean, piled sparkling on the dish dryer, more times then not I get a feeling of deep satisfaction. Another meal has been prepared, cooked, consumed and cleaned up.

Weaving words with the Write ALM prompts for March.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Yarn Along

Waves of prayer

Wow it's already Wednesday!! Life has been a whirlwind lately. The days go swooshing by. I had a weekending post all ready to go. It just needed to get from my head to the blog. But that didn't happen! And now, to be honest, I can't really remember much of what happened over the weekend!

I do know that I spent time with this prayer shawl. I got a text early Saturday (or late Friday?) from my mom. She said the prayer shawl ministry at her church was out of shawls. I just happened to have this sitting in the bottom of one of my baskets. I began it in December of 2012! So I picked it back up, worked feverishly much of Saturday and almost all of Sunday to finish it up late in the afternoon. (So I suppose that is pretty much what happened here over the weekend!)

Monday morning I dropped it off at my moms all ready to be gifted when someone is in need of the comfort of a warm prayer shawl.

I know how much these mean. This past November, V was gifted with one while she was in the NICU. That blanket never left her the whole time she was there. It was very comforting to me to know that someone had knit it for a little one, and my baby was covered with prayers. I hope this brings comfort to the unknown person who will receive it.

Aside from this, and a pair of socks that I began last week (that haven't gotten very far) I haven't been knitting too much. My "me time" has been dedicated to reading and writing. Right now I am in the middle of reading "Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux". I am enjoying it so far. This is one of, I think six, books that I have read so far in March. Stay tuned for the full list on Friday!

What is on your needles & what are you reading these days?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcome Spring!

Even though today dawned overcast, we were still excited that it is the first day of Spring! Ree & I headed outside to see what signs of Spring we could find!

Welcome Spring! Welcome Spring! Welcome Spring! Welcome Spring! Welcome Spring! Welcome Spring!

By the time the wind got the better of us, the sun had come out. We spent a fun 45 minutes basking up the fresh air, loving seeing the green of future flowers popping up and finally seeing the brilliant blue sky. Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Some randomness

Before we get to some random things floating around my head today, make sure you check out my giveaway for Amy's newest issue of {Art Together} Printmaking!

Outside my window the snow has ended. Now it's just cold. But the sun has been peaking through the clouds this afternoon!

I am thinking about that I need to start ignoring my lizard brain. And just write. 

I am thankful for a husband who supports all the creative ideas I come up with. ANY idea I come up with

In the kitchen I should be putting together a meal plan. I have good intentions to. And I need to write a grocery list. We don't have much food in the house!

I am wearing yoga pants, sweater & warm hand knit socks. I am cold! 

I am creating a poetry project. I made some good progress this week on it! I'll be sharing more here soon!

I am going to begin supper soon & get some laundry done. The baby has been fussy all day. 

I am wondering where spring is! Although I have been seeing signs of it the past few days. Just waiting for it to come to stay

I am reading some poetry "how-to" books; Slow Motion by Dani Shapiro

I am hoping to see flowers popping up soon

I am looking forward to my husband coming home to take over bouncing around the house with a fussy baby duty

I am learning lessons in habit. When I stick with something it works. If I let a few days go by of not doing it, it is hard to get back to it. Oh the excuses! 

Around the house I am putting together a "spring cleaning" list. Not as intensive as the one from last year. Really just an airing out, cleaning the floors & washing some curtains. Need to wait for a string of warmer days though

I am pondering "Do you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?

One of my favorite things quiet mornings. Watching the sun come up as I read from the Bible, journal & enjoy that first cup of coffee. Packages in the mail "just because". I love happy mail!

A few plans for the rest of the week the week is almost done. This weekend it is celebrate St. Patrick's Day all weekend. Ree has plans to do some St. Patrick's art. We should start working on that

A peek into my day This has started to be our new routine in the morning. After she wakes up by watching one show, we put music on & sit at the table to do our "work". Mine is usually making to-do lists or grocery lists or some other kind of list. Ree works on art or her version of "school". Her new favorite activity is to "go to school" and learn her letters. 

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