Wednesday, March 8, 2017

knitting and reading

If you saw my Day in the Life post on Monday, you will know that two things are going on right now - my kids are all sick and have had high fevers (me included) and we brought home our new puppy on Saturday.


Yes, it was a perfect time to bring home a new puppy...when everyone was sick...but it was when we had planned to get her, so no backing out!

All that to say, I have made very little progress on my cowl this week.  But, it is coming along nicely.  I really like how the pattern is coming out with the yarn color.  I wasn't sure what would highlight the variance in color between the cream and the tan color, it is so beautiful in the skein, but I think this pattern is working out quite well!


As far as my reading goes, I have been reading a lot - a lot of time laying down with the kids seems to allow that.  I have been reading Justin Morgan Had a Horse to the kids, and so far they are enjoying it.  

I also just received in the mail the majority of our new books for the next school year.  Yes, it may seem quite early, but because we school year round our current books are just about done, and we are looking for some new reading material.  It works out nicely to move right along, especially since March is usually such a long and dreary month here in Maine.


My reading is also going quite well.  If you have read here any length of time you will know my love of all things Jane Austen - and my favorite book is Pride & Prejudice.  I absolutely love the story, and the movies, and re-tellings; whether modern or otherwise.  I recently came across a series told from Darcy's point of view.  It is called Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman

It is a three book series that follows the same story, but fills in a lot of the time gaps when Darcy is away from Elizabeth.  The second book concentrates on the entire time from when Darcy and Bingley leave Netherfield to right before Darcy heads to Rosings with his cousin.  

I just started the third book, and I am really excited to see how the author wraps up the series.  And honestly, it has been a while since I have found a really good series to read - I think maybe this is my favorite since the All Souls Trilogy.

We have been taking an unexpected break from school this week due to being sick, and it has been nice to sit back and try and recuperate without the added stress of school hanging over us.  


What are you working on this week?  Is this the winter that never ends in your household as well?  Any cute puppy pictures you want to share? 

32 comments:

  1. I actually took a crochet class on Monday night. I tried watching some YouTube videos, but I didn't think I was holding my hands right and it turns out - I wasn't.

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    1. I love that you are trying to learn crochet! I can make a chain...and that is about as far as it goes for me. I have tried to pick up the stitches, but for some reason it always comes out a mess. Maybe I should try the YouTube videos!

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  2. Your yarn looks almost as soft as that puppy. What a cutie!

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  3. we have had a really mild winter here at the jersey shore - but snow is in the forecast for friday (what!!) your cowl is lovely, the yarn is really beautiful!!

    i want a puppy so much but can't seem to pull the trigger!! wishing you health, and quickly, i'm sure you need it!!

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    1. Oh no! If you are expecting snow at the Jersey Shore that means it is coming my way too (we are in Maine) - I am just ready to get into the garden!

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  4. Oh my - your puppy is just so so adorable! I just want to squeeze it!!! Get well soon!

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    1. She really has been an absolute dream - which is incredibly helpful since we have all been sick :-)

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  5. Aw puppy! No fur babies here, but we have a little 3 month old boy, so plenty of baby cuddles! Restricts the knitting time though.

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    1. Oh yes, the littles definitely do that! I seemed to do so much better when I only had one babe! Lots of reading time though :-)

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  6. Oh MY!!!!! That puppy is the CUTEST little ball of fur...EVER!!! Bound to boost everyone's sick/blah spirits, although hoping by now the worst is behind you all. (Sickness always found me after everyone had recouped....and all the sympathy in the house was used up.....stay well!!!!!)

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  7. Oh my gosh, your puppy is ADORABLE! I can't imagine the thrill of a new puppy while the whole family is sick though. Best of luck to you all. We all had that high fever flu/worse than a cold/wishing for death thing a few weeks ago. Ugh! My temperature was 104.7 one day then dropped to 95.2 the next. Crazy! Hope you're all feeling better soon.

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  8. I hope you guys feel better very soon, I love reading with my kids as well and congrats for the new puppy :D

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  9. Jane Austen is my all-time favorite, with Pride and Prejudice being my fav too! I need to find this series...like yesterday! Hope it gets you through these sick kid days.

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  10. What a sweet puppy! What breed is it? Pride & Prejudice is one of my favorite books. Did you read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies? I thought that was a really hilarious and well-done adaptation of a classic favorite.

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  11. I hope everyone gets feeling better! I will say, you new puppy is adorable! There is never a bad time for a new puppy.

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  12. Oh. That looks like a Pyrennean puppy, or Pyrenees. I grew up with them. We had blaireau ones. I'm sure the pup cheered everyone up while they were feeling unwell.Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favourites. Your yarn looks lovely and squidgy.

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  13. Cutest puppy ever! Hope your family is on the mend now. So many people sick this year. I am loving your review on the Darcy book. Got to seek it out.

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  14. I am so excited to hear about this series that explores the story from Darcy's point of view. I love all things Pride and Prejudice as well, and I am definitely going to get this series!

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  15. Oh my word! Congrats on your new puppy! He's a doll....and probably a handful. Hopefully every feels better soon! Our flu season has peaked in Colorado so hopefully where you are it has as well! :)

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  16. If I had the time I would try to learn to knit or crochet. I guess the best way to stay in the rhythm is to read a book to keep the momentum going.

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  17. This week I am working on catching up with household chores. A donation truck is coming next week and I need to set aside the stuff that we do not need and make sure it gets picked up.

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  18. Oh my, if I could learn how to knit, that would be amazing! Would be great to do in my spare time.

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  19. Such a cute puppy. Now that we live in South Florida I am lucky to never really feel like there was a winter :)

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  20. What a cute pup! This week I'm working on content. Much needed content. I am going away the first week of April so I'm trying to get some things ready for when I go! - Jeanine

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  21. What a beautiful puppy! This week I'm trying to get ready for spring break travel in just a couple of days!

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  22. Oh my, your puppy is seriously cute! I really want a dog at the moment. Sounds like you've been busy recently, hope you're all feeling better.

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  23. Oh wow that's such a crazy time to bring home a new puppy! Hope everyone starts feeling better!

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  24. Oh my goodness! What a sweet new addition to your family! I hope everyone is on the mend - and you have someone adorable to snuggle up with while you're resting!

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  25. Being homeschooled, me and my parents are always on the hunt for new curriculum/books around March. I feel you! And your puppy is so cute

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  26. Oh my gosh! What a little cutie. I want to get a new puppy so badly, but it just isn't the right time. Congratulations on your new family member.

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  27. This pup is so cute! I am so sorry that you all were not feeling well but at least this sweet face probably made things a little better.

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