Wednesday, February 24, 2016

not knitting but a lot of reading

It is almost the end of February, and I haven't finished one knit project this month as of yet.  And I haven't made any progress on the two scarves I am knitting either.  Well, some progress, but not enough for it to make much of a difference.  That means that I am going to have to put some of my reading aside this week to finish something before the end of the month, otherwise, my knitting goal for February will not be met, and it wasn't even an ambitious goal!


What I have been doing if I am not knitting?  Well, you can check out my Day in the Life video that I posted yesterday, and that can give you an idea!  

I have been spending a lot of time reading.  And I haven't quite figured out how to hold my knitting and read a book at the same time.

I finished up the Perseid Collapse series.  I flew through those 4 books pretty quickly.  I wanted to make sure that the post-apocalyptic society would turn out OK.  

Once that series was done, I started reading The Lifegiving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson.  I saw that a lot of you were reading that last week, and I was anxious to start it.  I really enjoyed the book!  I usually do enjoy Sally Clarkson's books.  They seem to speak to my mama heart.  I really enjoyed how they went through every month of the year, and the traditions and activities that they do during that month.  I also had the overwhelming desire to get rid of technology in my home again - I think that happens to me every year.  

Technology is such a struggle for me.  We homeschool, and a lot of information and support is found online, the kids don't watch exorbitant amounts of television, but, in the winter especially, we turn to PBS Kids and YouTube videos to round out some of our learning.  The kids have kindles and will play Minecraft as much as possible.  They absolutely love making videos, and in turn have the desire to sit at the computer and edit them with Matt.  

Then on the other hand, I want to turn it all off and just knit and read books and play outside.  I guess it is all about balance!

What are you working on this week?  What part does technology play in your home?

26 comments:

  1. Sometimes I wish I could turn everything off and just do something I love, too! I think we all wish for that sometimes.

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  2. it is a hard balance! Beautiful colour of yarn! Nice to have books that speak to one! I wonder if part of the 'more screen time' happens in winter when it can be harder to get out. It's a battle for me at least to get out, cold and rainy today!

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  3. I just ordered The Lifegiving Home as well. Your yarn is glorious:) Oh! I'm going to watch your video!!

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  4. I'm sure you'll get back into your knitting eventually. I've found that technology isn't such a huge problem for me and have taken off the social media apps off my phone to help in that aspect. I've been also reading a lot myself and will check out those books.

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  5. This yarn is so beautiful! I also can't get how people manage to knit and read at the same time, never worked for me. I hope you will be able to meet your February project goal! Technology is pretty non-existent in our house. We don't have TV, no tablet and we have one phone :) The computers are the most important technology in my house.

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  6. Winter can be so rough. We struggle with screen time too, even for our adult selves. Your knitting will come back to your fingers soon, I just know it!

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  7. It sounds like you have a good, balanced winter! We watch more movies this time of year and I'm starting to get downright giddy about spring! ☀️

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  8. There's nothing wrong with spending time reading! And it is so good for your kids to see you read. I hear so many parents complain that their children don't read -- but then, the parents don't read either!

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  9. I struggle with figuring out screen time too! We also don't use that much of it either but more than I like in the winter. Outdoors is the best antidote for it here! Your knitting will go again soon!

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  10. Every once in a while I want to get rid of technology as well - the spying is real, and it freaks me out. Then again, I remember that, really, there isn't anything I do on the Internet to get myself into trouble, but still..the nagging feeling that...yeah, every few months, I want it all gone. But then I remember that Amazon is a great resource, as is YouTube, and I need at least text messaging to keep in contact with my friends and family, so tech doesn't go xD
    I am supposed to be knitting on a shawl. I think, however, I shall be frogging said shawl. I like it in theory, but I know I will never wear it. *sigh* And I was supposed to be reading Outlander. Instead, I've been reading "Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen" and while it's not as exciting as watching "The Tudors", after finishing the show (again) recently, it's still fun to read. :)

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  11. I've been working on some workspace re-organization. Trying to keep my blog items and work stuff together but separate. I use technology everyday, and thanks to having all Mac items and a lot of the apps, sites, etc are integrated together.

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  12. Too much to the tune of 4 iPhones, 1 iPad, 4 TVs, and 3 laptops for a family of 4. But with 2 soon to be in college, it is what it is. Without the tech I would not be as involved in my knitting, so that's a plus there.

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  13. Always about the balance! This time of year I really do want to just snuggle up and read a good book!

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  14. It is about balance but I have found I use technology way more when I started blogging as before I only had Facebook. It has been an uphill climb and technology definitely helps. Then again I love to read too.

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  15. I finished two books this week and they were both so amazing! Crown of Fives was by far my favorite!

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  16. We limit what the kids watch and how much. I am up early and to bed late, so I feel like I never get to watch TV anymore. I wish I had more time to read books!

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  17. We home educate as well and we have a couple of online classes every week. Plus, we write papers and keep in touch with our academy teachers via an online site. We are growing seedling and ecosystems for science right now

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  18. Technology plays a big part in our home. But, I think, most of the time, we have achieved a healthy balance.

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  19. I wish I could knit, but I'm not that talented lol. Your scarves look like they're turning out well. I love the colors.

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  20. I still haven't learn to knit but will one of these days. SO what do you think you will make with that gorgeous yarn?

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  21. reading is oh so good, and your knitting will always be there. Sounds like you have the perfect balance of technology to me :)

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  22. Ah, balance is important, but it's also good to follow an urge if it isn't harmful, such as to read rather than knit.

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  23. Technology definitely plays a big role in my life. I've been wanting to get into reading more but really have to work on finding that balance.

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  24. I hope it is not too personal to ask why have you decided to do homeschooling?
    I see so many parents refusing from attending schools so I'd really like to know the reasons that are behind a decision like this

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  25. My 2 daughters ages 11 and 12 will choose to play Minecraft whenever they are on their "devices". And they love to make videos as well! At least making videos is creative, and often gets them outside. I know what you mean about knitting and reading- I need to DO both like I need to breathe air. And sometimes I sacrifice one for the other. I love your blog and am now following you on Pinterest. :)

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