I am so so close to those decreases though! And then it is pretty smooth sailing from there. Plus, I have a niece who has a birthday a couple days before Emma, and she needs another handmade from auntie :-)
I think the fact that we have been having the most beautiful spring (summer) weather ever has something to do with it. Yesterday, I brought my knitting outside while the kids played. I did half a row and then had to go look at my garlic, which is growing beautifully right now. And then I meandered over to where our main garden is, and started turning some more soil. All of a sudden it was time for lunch and we were back inside and I was busy again!
As far as books go, last week I saw both of these books on other yarn alongs. And they definitely did not disappoint! The top book, The Forgotten Crafts, is awesome! It amazes me how innovative we used to be. What happened? I mean, I understand it is easier to go to the local store and buy whatever you need, but to see what was used in the past is so fascinating to me! It isn't a how to guide, but it does give a general outline of each task. You should pick it up just to look at all the pictures! The second book is Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening, which was also great. I don't have a huge amount of space to garden, so I try to cram as much as possible in as small of a place as possible. This book has some good tips to accomplish that! I am also still reading Depletion and Abundance, which I think everyone should read, especially if you don't really follow climate change and peak oil.
The other books I am going to be reading over the next couple of weeks are part of the Simplify Your Family Life e-book sale. I wasn't sure I would like e-books, because I love real books - flipping through the pages, feeling the weight in my hands. But, I do love them. I especially love the books that are written as e-books. They tend to be short and easy to get through, but packed with a lot of information and personal story - which I love. I don't get anything for recommending this to you, but for $29 you get 35 e-books plus some other features, and to me, that is definitely worth it!
I am joining up with Ginny and her yarn along again this week!