Yarn Along ~ Jan 6

Good evening dear blog readers. Thought I’d do a little Yarn Along post. {Really, I’m just trying to jump start blogging a little more regularly again, and the everyday ordinary stuff that I’m doing seems to be what’s gonna work best for the moment}

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I guess it’s a little tiny bit hard to make out much detail, but I’m currently reading:

The Count of Monte Cristo (can’t quite tell from this picture, but I’m only at 9% and book club discussions are happening NOW!!!!)
So, just as soon as I finish up Cress, which is getting done – just hard to read when you’re interrupted every other paragraph to answer questions/comments like “mommy, does 4+4+10 equal 13?” {side note: I admire my 5yo for thinking through math questions, the majority of the time he gets them right, but multiple times for this one was just not helping this AM}… anyway, just as soon as I finish that book I’ll be able to focus a little more exclusively on Count.

You know how I said in my reading post a few weeks back that I was only going to try and read the twelve books for the bookclub, plus just a few more? For the year? Yeah, so I have already added two more to the reading list for this month alone. And I can foresee this becoming a problem in future months. Maybe I should make some sort of a plan….

Alright onto my crochet project.

I am attempting to make a baby blanket for the new arrival. The blanket is supposed to be rectangle I promise, just that first chain row somehow has ended up tighter than the following rows so it seems to be turning… Details of the project, I’m using leftover yarn make this. Maybe it seems a little “cheap” to not go and buy new yarn for a new baby, but in all honesty I have SOOOOOOO MUCH YARN, like I’m not even kidding. So I found {hopefully} enough of three colors and am going to try and start using up some of my stash!

Anyways, this is my first ever baby blanket. Totally isn’t hard. It’s not even so repetitive that it’s boring. So all of those are wins!

I started it this early (with just about 11-12 weeks to go) so that I can hopefully bring it with to the hospital for him. 🙂

Anyways, enough rambling for this evening. Joining in with Ginny’s weekly post 

 

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Yarn Along #4?

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I heard a friend of mine say once “it must be getting cooler, I’m getting the urge to knit something”. And while I don’t knit, I definitely know the feeling when it comes to crochet. Something about sitting around with a pile of yarn and some crochet hooks with a blanket on my lap… just about right.

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Although, come to think of it, I don’t usually just sit nice and cozy under a blanket. Recently most of my “yarning” {as Karl likes to call it} happens while I’m doing something else… like school work…

Katherine has requested a stuffed animal hanger like this one I made ages ago for the boys room:

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And I’ve been promising her one *forever*.. The other day I was upstairs and spotted the yarn so decided to just pull it out and see what I had. Conveniently she was there too so she picked the colors….

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I *think* she was aiming for a totally pink one, but then saw the sparkly red yarn and wanted that…… so…. red and pink match, right? Hopefully well enough for her.

Trying not to get too ahead of myself and start another project while I’m working on this one. This is great motivation to finish because I have a few other things I want to put together before Christmas.

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Currently Reading:

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Delancy: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage by Molly Wizenberg. I read her first book A Homemade Life a few months back and really enjoyed it. This is a continuation of her and her husband’s story and their adventures in opening their restaurant.

Oh, I just love me some memoirs (I have two others lined up for right after this, and they’re library books so you know they’ll get read!)

~Ruth Anne

Small Thing Yarn Along 

What I Read: June 2015 (and my most recent crochet project)

Starting off with the crochet project, because I’d just like to show that I finally completed the doily I was making for Katherine:

Kats doily-2I decided to just go with the four petals, since that’s how the picture in the book shows it, and K. was making a big deal of it looking like that picture. I did realize that I forgot to put in the last row of the outer loop (oops). Totally not on purpose, but I figure that it’s not really noticeable and there’s a lot of lacy stuff there, so one row won’t matter.

I’m not sure how she’ll actually put anything on it since it’s a bit more 3D than some of the others we have, but… it’s flowers, it’s pink and it’s hers, so I’m sure she’ll be thrilled.

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This is the last crochet project I’m working on for the next few weeks. {Linking over at Saint Affairs for this upcoming Sunday’s Summer Stash Buster post}

Onto the reading….

Well….

Let’s just say I did not get to all the things I wanted to read this past month. Which is fine, my goals were probably too high. 🙂

I know people love the whole “summer reading” thing, but for me it seems like I do tons less reading in the summer. Maybe because we spend so much time indoors in the winter, that in the small amount of warm weather I just want to get outside and do stuff (that we otherwise couldn’t do). So, then I don’t end up doing as much reading? I don’t know. I just feel like I don’t get as much reading done in the summer.

That said though, here’s what I did finish last month:

Gaudy Night
by Dorothy Sayers

I actually liked this one a lot. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s one of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. And while it is technically a mystery, it felt like the mystery was more of the “background” for the story. Like something that happened on the side, and not really the main point. Well, I mean, it was the main point, because that’s what they “did”, but it was so much more than that.

I almost felt a little sad when I was done. For a few days (at least) I kept wanting to go curl up on the couch and go back to Oxford (where the book is set) and keep reading about the characters and their lives….

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Little Beach Street Bakery
by Jenny Colgan

I felt a bit “meh” about this. I mean, it wasn’t bad, and the story was entertaining, but definitely fell into the light and fluffy chic-lit category.

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Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

I pushed myself and made it through. And, I’m so, so, SO glad I did.

But how to do this book justice in a nutshell? I don’t think it’s possible because there are obviously so many messages and things to ponder.

But I think one thing that really struck me was how “normal” St Therese was as a child. She talks about being upset when things don’t go her way to the point of crying and tantrum-ing (when she is very little) and it was very comforting. Like: if this girl can grow up to become a saint, I guess there’s hope for everyone :).

I did find it a little tedious to go through all the daily life details at the beginning, but it was all  special to read.

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End note: I wrote the majority of this post before we left on our trip, never got it finished and have just finalized it tonight. I know there are probably people looking for trip updates, and I’m working on getting a brief few weeks in review (in photos) up on Saturday. For now though, we’ve arrived safely in GA and we’re enjoying being with the family. Yes, it’s hot, and it must have been a while since I’ve been down south in the summer because: Mosquitos. Oh. My. I’ve totally forgotten about the mosquitos…

Love to all~

Answer Me This {summer #2}

Answer Me This summer

1. What’s the best thing about your dad?

His love of music, and artistic ability. The fact that he’s willing to sit there and take late night phone calls when I have a need to have a question answered RIGHTTHISVERYSECOND!!

Pretty much, I know if there is anything that I ever need, I just have to call him and he’ll be there to fix it.

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2. If you’ve got kids, what’s the best thing about THEIR dad? (If you don’t, feel free to substitute your grandfather or another father figure.)

That he can walk into a meltdown home situation and take care of it without loosing his cool. Especially when mine is gone. 🙂

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This is the best we got this year. It was approximately 1329% humidity and no one had taken a nap, so we were all a bit on the grouchy.

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3. What’s the best advice your dad ever gave you?

That my baby was a happy thing, and NOT the mistake (story of our pre-marriage pregnancy here).

He also taught me how to manage money, which {probably unintentionally} turned me into a money nazi…

4. What’s something you have in common with your dad?

This is something I’ve only come to figure out in the last few months, but we both really enjoy reading biographies and memoirs (of different types of people I’d say, but still in the same book genre)

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My dad, with my baby (eating cake before he’s one year, but I guess that’s a 4th child perk)
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5. What’s the manliest thing you know how to do?

Um…. Nothing? Like I can’t change a tire, or mow the grass.
I can hang pictures and curtain rods… does that count?
Oh, I know, I can set up cribs and toddler beds, and move furniture around. 🙂

Or, there’s always the old standby:  I can manage money till you’re sick of me

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6. Who is your favorite fictional dad?

I’ll be honest I’ve never really thought about a fiction dads. I’m usually paying attention to things from a mothers perspective… Since it’s super late for this post (Monday evening), and I’m having a hard time thinking up something right now, I’ll think on it this week and if I come up with something I’ll post real quick in next week’s answers.

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Going to squeeze in my: summerstitchingsaintaffairs6

Post as well. I haven’t made tons of progress on things since my last update two weeks ago.

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I did manage to make the inner flower and the petals…

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This is how they’ll look once I get them on. I’m contemplating making another petal (even though it’s not part of the pattern) because it just doesn’t look quite right…. but I haven’t sewed it yet so I have until I get there to make that decision.

I also didn’t get the inner ruffle done (which will go around the “open” part and is a repeat of the outer ruffle). I had been hoping that maybe Katherine would like it without that ruffle (because there were so many stitches to put in that particular sequence), but nope. She said she wanted it to “look like the picture”…

Anyways, while I was getting around to asking her if she wanted that inner ruffle I started making a snowflake (on the same white thread). So I finished that up last night and will start in on the ruffle…. soon….

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Linking with Kendra @ Catholic All Year and Erica @ Saint Affairs for the Stitching blast

little bits and pieces

I suppose I could label this a “Daybook” post, but greatly modified. Because those always have a lot of headings, and take me a lot of time because I feel bound to do EVERY SINGLE ITEM…

So this week, just a few things I wanted to join in on, but didn’t want to jam everybody’s inbox/newsfeed with lots of separate posts.

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~Black and White Capture of the Week~

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Matt and Zachary. Love their hands together
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(I shared the color version of this yesterday for the weekly 365 Project)

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~Feast of Corpus Christi~

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Today turned into one of those Sunday’s where “just showing up” took all the effort. One kiddo ended up sounding so much worse with his hacking cough once we got to church. One fell off a kneeler and was totally embarrassed (and started bawling). Baby was OK as far as babies go, but he’s 7 months, so…. needing to eat, and deciding not to sit with others, and pulling off veils and such (all normal).

Anyway, I can’t remember any of the details of father’s homily, but he focused on “sacrifice” – the Sacrifice that Jesus gives to us every week on the altar. I know that my {very} small scale sacrifice of just being at Mass this morning was nothing compared to Jesus’ sacrifice for us, but it did help me to have a slightly tangible grasp on the enormity of what Jesus went through for us.

WIWS over at Fine Linen and Purple

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~Currently Crocheting and other projects~

Just one last thing on the afghan and then I won’t mention it again (until I get it hung up 😉 ) I wrote up a little bit on things I pondered about marriage while working on it ~ right here if you’d like to look.

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I did a little bit more work on the doily. I have about one-quarter of this round left then, I have to make the inner ruffle and inner flower in the center.

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Need some good listening recommendations while I work on this, so please feel free to leave suggestions (podcasts, radio shows, etc..)

I also picked up a few mending projects this week.

Mom requested a hem for two pairs of work-jeans. She said she would have been charged $12/pair if she took them in somewhere. I figure since she watches my kids pretty often and I don’t pay her, its a fair trade 🙂mending

I also ran a seam through a pair of Katherine’s jammies.

I honestly don’t know why I leave things laying around as long as I do. It literally took me less than a minute to run the seam (actual time to do the project was more like ten minutes though because I had some company who was into things he shouldn’t have been and I had to rethread the needle a few times because my sewing machine is finicky like that, and I had to get up for a few other things… such is life with kiddos)

Also on the mending pile:
~ stuffed bear that Johnny is really attached to
~ converting a bib to a wash cloth
~ a one inch hole on one of my shirts (on a seam so definitely an easy fix)
~ a button for one of Katherine’s sweaters

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If you have a stash of sewing/needle/textile projects waiting to be finished, consider joining the fun! Leave a comment here (or over at Saint Affairs) with what you’ve finished recently or are planning to soon. Or if you blog, write up a short post and add it to the link-up!

Link to the link-up in the image! (Over at SaintAffairs)

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~Reading~

I’m *only* reading:

Story of a Soul (still)
Gaudy Night – by Dorothy L Sayers

I have great plans this week to write up what I read in May and also share a few fun children’s books we’ve run across in the past few weeks. We shall see folks. We shall see.