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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

knitting and reading



I am still working on the dark blue shawl and also this purple tank top (which does not look like a tank top - yet!), and will be for the foreseeable future I believe.  I am still juggling being outside and the work that needs to be done outside with my knitting time.  I really like the way this tank top is coming out though.  The detail is so pretty!

As for my reading, I recently received these in my latest Amazon purchase...I do visit them quite frequently!  First up is Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios.  It is quite good.  I have to say that I have been thinking of preparedness for quite a while now.  Not necessarily Doomsday Preppers (ok, sometimes Doomsday Preppers), but everyday preparedness for whatever might happen.  Whether it is an ice storm, or breaking down on the side of the road, or needing to cut way back on the grocery budget for a month, there are a lot of reasons to try and be somewhat prepared.  This book is a great so far.  It isn't scaring me to death, but it is making me say "why am I not already doing this?"  And the steps that the author has to follow are relatively easy, and I like easy!

The other book that I bought was The Encyclopedia of Country Living.  This is a book that I often request from the library, and have to wait several weeks to actually get.  I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to make the purchase, but I have now.  It isn't really a read cover-to-cover kind of book.  Although, if I were going to be sitting on a beach, uninterrupted for several days, I might attempt it :-)  Great reference book for homesteaders, whether they be urban or on 200 acres.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on today!  Happy Wednesday all!

Linking up with Tami, Nicole, and Ginny

14 comments:

  1. I want to get both of these books, such great reads! I especially like the Survival book! Btw....I love that tank top'. Beautiful!!!!

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  2. I'm also not sure what I want to do: gardening or knitting. Whenever the sun comes out (which it seldom does these days), I shoud be outside and get the garden ready, but I DON'T want to. Who is the sun to dictate what I do during vacation? ;-)

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  3. I like your details on Rhee tank top. Almost looks like mini fur-de-lises. Beautiful work so far.

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  4. I've never thought much about doomsday until my electricity was taken away for almost four days and my house is 100% electric...made me think. lovely knitting!!

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  5. That Emery book is such a great resource. I've gone back to it so many times. I too am struggling with the shift to outside chores. Seems we wait and wait for the seasons to change then it takes us by surprise every time.

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  6. Hi Heather,
    I must look into that book - hubby and I have started a journey to become more self-sufficient and preparedness so it looks like it would be a good resource. You can read about our journey HERE if you are interested.
    I love the Tank Top, the colour is great!
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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  7. The "encyclopedia" is a wonderful resource; I've yet to get my hands on a copy of the survival mom's book, but I think you've talked me into it. :) Happy knitting!

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  8. the details of the top look wonderful and i love the color. i am so fond of purples. the book sounds really interesting, might have to check that out.

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  9. Those books sound very interesting, I'm going to put them on hold at my library right away. We just moved out into the country and lost our power for a couple of hours yesterday, so I really do need to preparedness minded. Plus, the knitting looks wonderful :)

    Nancy

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  10. I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your posts. I always feel good after I read them. You seem so content. Linda

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  11. That encyclopedia of country living looks like something I'd enjoy! Best of luck on the knitting projects :)

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  12. I love Carla Emery's book and have used it so many times in figuring out how to live in the country over the past year and a half! It has been invaluable and was one of the best (and definitely most used) birthday presents I have ever gotten! I'm intrigued by the Survival Mom and will have to see if I can get it from the library before deciding if it's something I would find useful to have on hand!

    The detail and color of your tank top are beautiful!

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  13. My mom bought one of the original editions of Carla Emory's book when I was a kid. When we moved to Guatemala when I was a teenager I actually did read it cover to cover! But I was in a situation where at the time I didn't read Spanish very well, and we only had about 20 books with us total for over a year!! So I had plenty of time! :-) All that reading has served me well though since moving back to the USA and starting homesteading with my husband!

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