Saturday, October 30, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

endings & beginnings

finished The Good Earth (finally)

started knitting a blue hat (am smitten with it)

that's all for now

Monday, October 18, 2010

this, that, whatever

I am reading The Good Earth.  It is quite depressing.  I'm not sure why I got it into my head to read it, but now I'm too far invested to NOT finish it.  I'm in the last 100 pages.  It's brutal.  I keep falling asleep.

I got it into my head that I need to knit myself a new hat to match my Harry Potter scarf for the new movie coming out next month.  I keep trolling around the internet looking for patterns.  I think I may have it narrowed down to two or three.  Soon, the obsessing over yarn will begin.  I like this part of a project just as much as I like the knitting part.  Maybe more.

I love the cold weather this week.  I've been making lots of soup.  My kids' current favorite is tomato.  I almost always boil over the tomato soup.  I have no idea why that is, and it makes me mad every time.

I am still thinking about the three Hunger Games books that I read this month.  They were so good.  I wish I could find some more books that were great like those were great.  Maybe I'll read them again.

I'm still not eating most meat, but I'm now trying to add back in fish.  It's slow going.  I keep forgetting to eat it.

I am reading Where the Red Fern Grows out loud to the kids.  I have a special fondness for this book.  My fifth grade teacher read it to my class, and I can still hear her voice when I read it.  My kids are loving it.  I really wish I could find my fifth grade teacher and tell her how this book has stayed with me, how it is being passed on to my kids.  To all teachers out there who read to your classes - they will remember your voice and that book for years to come.  Thank you for reading to your students!

I wish I didn't need to sleep so many hours every night.

I tried the blueberry coffee from 7-11 today.  (I hardly ever get coffee from 7-11.)  It was surprisingly good.  It smelled like blueberries, tasted like coffee, and somehow the two worked.

My garage is pretty clean right now.  It won't last.

I hope it rains again tonight.  I sleep really great when it rains.

If I could get to the place where I had Romans 8 in my heart and mind all the time, well, wow.  I can't even imagine what life would be like.  I think Romans is the book of the Bible that speaks the loudest to me.  I'm also quite fond of John.  And Proverbs.

There are only 74 days left in 2010.

read these books

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Fall is finally here.  I'm able to wear long pants with warm socks and a sweater.  We're in the middle of a rainstorm, and I always sleep so good when it rains.  Our dog has been in the house.  I'm keeping him in the rooms that don't have carpet - just in case - and Sally keeps making him little beds with her blankets.  Today he has a purple pillow and a blanket with pink hearts on it.  Part of me should be mad at her, that she's using her "good" blankets for the dog.  The other part of me is so in love with her, that she's using the "good" blankets to make a bed for our old dog.  It's so sweet, so tender.  I hope this dog appreciates how good he has it, that Sally loves him.

I've been reading alot.  I've made myself a new goal for this year.  I was looking at my book lists (yes, I keep track of what I read.  see below.  i'm starting to forget things if i don't write them down) and I realized that last year I read 42 books. (42 - hear that, Douglas Adams fans?)  I had never read more than 40 books in a year before last year.  (My actual best before last year was 34 books.)  42 books.  That's a lot of books.  But this year, I want to read more than 45.  I'm pretty sure I can do it, too.  I'm on book #40 already.

I need to download pictures and post some.  I need to write down my recipe for Chicken & Dumplings for a friend on facebook.  And I need to go to the grocery because we are almost out of bread.  I also have a whole mess of knitting stuff to blog about.  That's going to have to wait for next week, because I have a book to read.

Happy fall!  Don't forget to make a batch of pumpkin muffins or grab a pumpkin spiced latte.  And wear a scarf!