Wednesday, February 10, 2016

knitting and reading

Another week has come and it is time for the next yarn along.  We are coming out of another week of being sick.  It seems like one child gets sick, then a few days later the next child and so on until it goes through the whole family ending with me.  I don't know how I manage to always be the last to get sick.  Maybe I let my guard down once the kids are all well, and then I get it.  



Regardless, there has been a lot of reading the past week, and a little bit of knitting.  I finished the first skein of yarn for my scarf.  I was definitely excited about that.  Knitting a scarf, for me, is kind of a long process.  I do a few rows here and there, but since I want the scarf to be long it does take me quite a while to actually finish it.  

I am still going strong with my goal of two projects a month.  I would like to see this scarf finished this month, so that I can actually wear it during the winter that I had originally planned, instead of next winter!  My other project is still yet to be determined, but I was thinking perhaps of sewing up some give/save/spend "envelopes" for my kids.  We have all jumped on the Dave Ramsey bandwagon, and I think they would like it a little more if they had pretty cloth envelopes instead of the little plastic ones we have now.

As far as reading goes, I just got The Life Giving Home on my kindle, and I can't wait to start it!  Last year I read Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson, and I loved it.  It was instrumental in my own self-care journey last year.  When I saw this book on a few other reading lists last week, I realized that I needed to have it.  She is an incredibly encouraging author to me, and has written some amazing books that I like to go back to.  The other one that comes to mind right now is Mission of Motherhood.

I just finished reading On the Shores of Silver Lake with the kids, and we have started The Long Winter.  Emma was excited to find out that Laura and Almanzo were actually going to meet in this book.  We are three chapters in and the kids are really enjoying it.

In the complete opposite spectrum of book reading, I just finished up The Jakarta Pandemic which was on my recommendation list on Kindle Unlimited.  It is the story of a neighborhood in Maine and how they respond and survive a world-wide flu pandemic.  Yeah, it pretty much scared the crap out of me.  I guess I tend to have that more pessimistic attitude on what might happen if there were some type of issue like that.  Perhaps because I have heard so much about the Zika virus in the news.  Or perhaps because I know where in Maine the story takes place.  It was quite good, although I don't recommend reading it before bed!

And on that positive note!  I would love to see what you are working on this week!

Are you knitting something, working on a craft, painting your house?  Reading anything new?  What is your favorite book genre?

30 comments:

  1. No crafting going on here at the moment, but I was thinking about taking a trip to Michael's this weekend to get some stuff to make Valentine's Day crafts with the kids this weekend.

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  2. Very pretty yarn you have chosen for your scarf, I love the colour

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  3. I hope you feel better soon! This yarn is definitely a great cold remedy - what a color!

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  4. The Life Giving Home looks like a wonderful book. I have The Mission of Motherhood waiting for me on my shelf... another I've been thinking about to add to my Lenten reading list, as if I need more! I love the color of your scarf. So cheerful for dreary winter days.

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  5. I just finished up making a bucket filler chart to go along with my kids favorite book, How Full Is Your Bucket. I think it's enough crafting for awhile. lol

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  6. I do hope all are healing Heather. I have been dealing with a cold here and I hope since today is the worse I have felt, that this is a turning point, fingers crossed.
    I love Sally Clarkson, she is amazing.

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  7. Love the color of your scarf! I'm usually into fantasy & sci-fi books, but might check one of the titles from your list for a change :)

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  8. Knitting is so relaxing. I love the scarf color. I need to get a kindle, don't have one. They look great.

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  9. As soon as you said flu pandemic, from that book, and being pessimistic, my first thought was "yes, that Zika thing has shown up in China now!" and then you mention it! Viruses like that are crazy and ridiculous, and do not help in my quest to want to get out of the house more (there are no strange people in my house, and I've never had the flu and do not intend to get it...so I'm mostly safe here, right? Hint, the answer is no, ha).
    My mom was always last to get sick when I was growing up as well. I would bring something home, and it would hit my dad next, if at all, but almost always get my mom. She's never been too fond of that!

    Your scarf is coming along beautifully! The problem with scarves, though, as you've noted, is they do take so long. But it is nice to have a pattern that you're familiar with and can pick up whenever to knit a few rows and set down, with no worries of trying to remember where you are!
    I started reading Outlander the other day, and have a feeling I will be wanting to read all the books in the series. Then I did some Googling, only to find out there is going to be a 9th book with no idea of a release date. I like book series, but I cannot stand when I get to them and they are not done (I grew up with Harry Potter, waiting for those books, and was so frustrated with the waiting that I kind of fell out of love with it by the time I was done with the fifth - and I only finished them all out of an obligation, not a love of the story).

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  10. oh My daughter would love the pandemic book. Thanks

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  11. The color of that scarf is divine! Would make a great nail color. I'm hoping to read Bossypants by Tina Fey soon- I've had it on my bookshelf for over a year now.

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  12. I have never k before but I have heard that it is therapeautic maybe I should go ahead and try it out.

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  13. The scarf is beautiful! We loved the Little House books except by the time we got to The Long Winter it totally gave away Santa. She was old enough, probably past time but it will be a memory always connected to that book for us.

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  14. I absolutely love that color. I need to teach myself how to knit! Amber N

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  15. I have always wanted to read the Little House series to my kiddos. Right now we are reading Harry Potter.

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  16. I am working this week. Not knitting anything.

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  17. I've always wanted to learn how to knit, but I never got the chance. I do needlecraft, though.

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  18. you make the book sound really interesting, I'll have to look it up! lovely knitting as always :)

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  19. I've been dealing with a sick kid all week but today I'm taking her out since she's feeling better and I'm tired of being cooped up indoors. We're hoping to have fun! I haven't read anything new on my Kindle in forever but I LOVE romance novels.

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  20. I haven't read a good book in about a month. Got way too busy with vacation and then this stupid root canal. I'll check these out.

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  21. My mom tried to teach me to knit when I was younger, but I never really figured it out. She's right handed and I'm left so it seemed all backwards to me. LOL. I have a couple of books I want to read this month, including The Ramblers and Big Magic.

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  22. Right now I'm on the search of a good book! It has been a while since i read something that really inspires me. I'll check these out and see if I'm lucky

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  23. fav book genre is fantasy/scifi. as for projects getting ready for vacation. THe countdown is on and so far we've done nothing to prep.

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  24. My scarf knitting takes ages too, although it's nice to pick up a familiar pattern now and then. Love the colour of yours! :)

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  25. Congrats on 5 years!! This will be 5 years for me too!!! Cool on your knitting too!!!

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  26. We've had a rotten winter for sick children too, maybe because it has been mild? Or because my oldest started school? I hope you are all well soon!

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  27. Knitting is one thing I have always wanted to learn how to do. I recently just moved and have had no time to get any crafting done at all. About a week ago, I finally just got my last box unpacked.

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  28. Knitting is such a talent - the patience alone is a virtue!

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  29. Hope your feeling better. I remember when my kids got sick, but they never seem to get me sick. Hope your having a better week.

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