~ Proverbs 14:30
Do you give books as gifts?
I do give books as gifts.
To everyone? Or only to select people?
Each of my seven grandchildren receive books on birthdays and at Christmas in addition to other gifts. One DGS gets 2-3 Hardy Boys books for each celebration. I give books to others when I find something that I know a particular person will enjoy. This year, my 85-year-old MIL is getting two Marie Bostwick novels, "On Wings of the Morning" and "A Single Thread". She's an avid reader who says she doesn't need more "stuff" at her age, so books are the perfect gift! She shares the books with her friends when she finishes reading them. Our older DS is getting a book of stories about Ohio State since he is an alum and enjoys that topic. I sent a book to a friend this Christmas, too. DH gets a book or two and/or audio books.
How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?
My attitude is the same about both. Receiving a book that the giver knows I will enjoy is very special. I only feel comfortable giving books if I know the recipient wants it or when I know something about that persons interests and preferences.
1. My stomach roils and churns with excitement.
2. Baby carrots is what I ate the most of on Thursday.
3. The yard ought to be covered with snow. Its not.
4. On a beach is where I'd rather be at any given time.
5. The smell of freshly baked Italian bread reminds me of my Nonna.
6. Energy is what I need right now!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to dinner with DH, tomorrow my plans include knitting and reading, and Sunday, I want to spend time at church in worship and fellowship!
~ Psalm 31:24
Lailah's new BFF is this cute St. Bernard that she's been carrying around the house with her. She has not, however, learned how to share and hoards a rawhide bone in there too.Max ponders a lunge for the rawhide bone as Lailah is distracted by outside activities. Two rawhide bones and Lailah always wants to take Max's. Always.
Max and Lailah are sporting their new "muddy paws" collars from Pet Expectations www.petexpectations.com
The narration of daily life in mid-to-late 1700's opens a world of hard work, war, teeth-rattling travel, unchecked disease, and family relationships that speaks to us through time. Their love and devotion to one another cascades to others in caring acts of kindness and consideration. What a marvelous couple! They complemented each other and built a solid life for Martha's children from her first marriage and a soothing home for George's weary returns from battles.
The story covers Martha's grief at the loss of her first husband, her courtship and marriage to George, and their lives as people of strength and courage. I feel I have at least some notion of this incredible woman who has been lost in the mists of time for far too long.
After finishing the AbFab throw http://yarnknitreadlit.blogspot.com/search?q=AbFab (Don't they all have clever names?) to give to teen DGD at Christmas, I started this for DH and I. Deciding to use stash yarn, I am now knitting with size 19 needles using Skacel "Poker", Trendsetter "Pinot", and Plymouth Encore Colorspun. No, they're not setting atop yarns gone wild! That's the piled-up version of the knitted throw!
I think of the colors as strawberries and French vanilla with a hint of chocolate which will carry through a variety of stash yarns for this throw. Its especially fun to use the Pinot and Poker, souvenir yarns from our travels in Nashville, TN, last summer after our Delta Queen cruise.
3. Did you LIKE everything? Yes, these are formulaic cozy mysteries, so I basically know what the form will be. I do enjoy each one for its light, relaxing reading.
4. How about a least favorite author? While I dislike particular genres, I cannot think of a particular author who is least favorite.
5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t? David Balducci because of the violence and graphic scenes in his stories. I've heard people talk about his enormous talent, however there are aspects of the content that are outside of my comfort and enjoyment level.
6. Question: Having deeply enjoyed a book by a particular author, are you often disappointed in other titles by the same author?
O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
~ Psalm 62:8
Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our Recent History by Kati Marton opens with Woodrow and Edith Wilson, their abiding love, and the impact of their marriage on his presidency and on the nation. This is familiar territory that is made even more interesting by the author's narrative and deep research. The same keen eye is directed toward Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry and Bess Truman, John and Jackie Kennedy, Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, Richard and Pat Nixon, Jerry and Betty Ford, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, George H. W. and Barbara Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. and Laura Bush. Did you notice the absence of the Eisenhowers? The author excluded them because their marriage did not strongly effect the nation. Her choice makes quite a statement in itself.
This appealing book reads like a novel and steeps the reader in history. I could not put this book down.
1. Started my own blog.
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightening at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant
Wow! I hadn't read the entire list before hand and am surprised at the number of items that apply to me. I wonder...what is the correlation between age and the number of experiences that apply?? Jest wundrin'.
2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is a hearty meal and watching the Macy's Parade.
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is a year-round project, so it never ends!
4. Thoughts of lounging on a tropical beach fill my head.
5. I wish I could wear a swimming suit!
6. Bagpipes screech shrilly.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to darkness, tomorrow my plans include daylight and Sunday, I want to be in the twilight zone!
~ Proverbs 18:13
- Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment.
- Turn to page 56.
- Write out the fifth sentence, as well as two to five sentences following there.
- Then pass this lovely little award on to five other people.
From The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
They did not even know what horse was in Italian. It was contemptible to be so ignorant. In their anxiety, for the road twisted round great jutting rocks, and on their left was only a low wall to keep them out of the sea should anything happen, they too began to gesticulate, waving their hands at Beppo, pointing ahead.
Please consider yourself tagged. Do let me know about your posting so I can read it too!
They do pause in their play for a quick pic, then bound off across the yard to discover new adventures.
~ Proverbs 15:1
~ Proverbs 13:12
Interested in a readers' swap for Christmas? I am!! I just emailed to join this one. Nothing complicated. Simple and sweet. Last sign-up day is November 20. Get the details at
~ Proverbs 13:12
For knit lovers--
inspiring visual beautiful
If you're interested in Michelle Obama's clothing, this is a fab site.
I saw the Cute Monster Test along with some other funsies at http://kellygirlknits.blogspot.com/
|What Your Cute Monster Says About You|
You are a simply happy person. You still view the world with a childlike innocence.
You have an easy going attitude, and you value harmony. You love freely and inspire others to love.
You inner demon is frailty. You are easily beaten down by life.
People think you're cute because you are optimistic. Your outlook on life is charming.
Zanziba #31 Heather
Did I mention luscious? This pattern is "Scallops", an easy 56-row repeat on size 11 needles. OK! I have the urge to pick it up and knit!
DH is recuperating after hip replacement surgery. Everything proceded according to plan. He has been quite comfortable throughout. The surgical techniques and pain control are nothing short of amazing! Thanks for your kind wishes!
~ Psalm 42:11
Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy. ~ Psalm 33:2-3
I've decided that I don't really care for Cascade Bollicine Revolution yarn. I bought three balls of it on sale at a LYS while DH and I were traveling in June. Although it is 90% merino and 10% polyamid, it does not have a pleasant hand. I am using it to make a One Row Scarf http://yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/10/12/one_row_handspun_scarf.html
See the wooden mini-crochet hook? Oh! Guess the hook isn't showing very well! It is the most useful tool for finishing! It really helps with working the yarn through the stitches for a good, smooth look. Someone sent it to me in a swap and I continue to thank her in my heart.
Monkey Head is made of 2 strands of brown Butterfly Mercerized Cotton, beige Berroco Comfort, bits of black cotton, and an F crochet hook. I already had these yarns to use with the free online monkey pattern so it fit together nicely! The pattern is available at http://quesera.ojaru.jp/
Now, to crochet the body! Onward!