Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What I Have Accomplished

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I really wanted to post these pictures of an afternoon last week when the sun was filling every corner of my house.  It glowed.

And right now I find I have not much to say to match...I feel kind of....wintered out.  So instead of indulging in complaining about 8 year old boys and 6 year old girls, I will review a few things I feel like I have accomplished since the new year.

I wanted to read to my kids for 30 days straight...and I did it!

* Sword In The Tree
*Wizard of oz
* My Side of The Mountain

I wanted to get into the habit of reading more myself...I have been doing it....

*Anne of Green Gables
*The Light Between The Oceans
*Hannah Coulter
*The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
*All The Light We Can Not See
* Aviator's Wife

(All read, not listened to. That is another list)


I wanted to start a reading journal...and I have been doing that!

I wanted to blog more...I have not really done that.

And now we are at lent.  And if you don't mind me saying I'm in a dry spot in my spiritual life right now.  I've given myself every excuse as to why I have not done much to get out of this dry spot.  I feel like with lent upon me..maybe I should STOP giving myself outs.

What do you do when you are in a dry spell?  So far I have just continued to say I am in a dry spell..and shockingly I have not been able to get out of it.

I'm hoping for some grace with ashes tomorrow.....

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tinker of Many

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A few month ago Pete taught me how to use a saw.  Then I proceeded to become obsessed with cutting wood and making things out of wood that I cut.

I stopped cutting wood only to become annoyed with myself that I had lived 39 years without knowing how to use a saw.

Like anything I do I like it to be quick and easy.  Making these "frames" and picture hangers were just about the quickest and easiest projects I could complete with Drew assisting my every move.

I made the Alaska and Florida wood signs too...

I have big plans for the Spring.  I want to make a bench for the fire pit in our rock pit yard.  It is just to cold to work in the garage right now...plus I am obsessed with reading right now so I can only handle one craze at a time.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Grass And Sunshine

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I choose to come back here.  Granted, the Coast Guard gives you choices that seem already decided before the asking.  But I do have to remind myself on a regular basis that I said "Yes!"...not just OK.

I said yes because this little jewel of an island gives you more than it takes from you....


This place gives you a chance to truly be grateful for simple things.  When the sun is shining it really feels like a gift.  It is not taken for granted around here.  My kids actually know the gift of light.  It is not an expectation, it is an exception.

Unlike sunshine, we have lots of rock. Sitka is overflowing with rock, gravel, and more rock....so when you see a patch of green grass it seems luxurious.  To play on grass, or picnic on grass, is a real treat.

I love that.  It does not take much to be grateful.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Knitting

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I wanted to do a yarn along post and catch up all the knitting things I have accomplished over the last 6 months...but I kind of don't feel like it.  My knitting is not a showcase part of my day anymore.  I love the time I do knit but it has found its place among the many things I like to do and sometimes it needs to wait its turn.

But I will say that Priscilla is my most knitted for child.  She loves knitted things.  She wears a knitted hat each day to school and it just about excuses any sassiness I received that morning.  She likes the ear flap kind with tassels ...I have made 3 of them for her and the latest with Madeline Tosh DK held double.

And Lucy is wearing my favorite cowl this year.  I started knitting it as a scarf ...it is a quince pattern that I cast on for right after Drew was born.  But I fell out of love with the color and stopped.  I picked it up the other month and decided it could be seamed up as a cowl and then it would no longer be attatched to the needles I needed for something else.  I love the cowl..not the color.  But I do wear it ALL the time.

I guess I talked about knitting anyway....which makes me want to knit....

Joining Ginny for her Yarn Along..it has been awhile.

I'm reading All The Light We Can Not See!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Audiobooks Equals Many Miles

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And these pictures have NOTHING to do with audiobooks, but it was sunny yesterday and kind of freezing.  I really wanted everyone outside for a bit of fresh air so it's pretty handy that my Jack is a master fire builder...we were close to being warm..then the sun went down and we went in.  But not before we breathed in fire smells and fresh sunshine air....


About audiobooks, I love them.  I listen to them all the time.  Over at Modern Mrs. Darcy today she tells you the different ways to listen so I thought I would put out my favorite listens over the last few months.  And to tell you how I do audiobooks.

 I RUN with them.  I fold laundry with them.  I knit with them. I cook with them.  I walk with them....but mostly I run with them.  I run about 40-50 minutes 6 days a weeks at 5:00 in the morning and it takes a lot for me to get out of bed EVERYDAY...especially when it is so very dark, cold and rainy lots of those days. When I have a good story going during my run I don't mind (as much).  When I was training for my marathon I listened to an epic book that got me through several long runs.  I feel like those stories were very much part of my marathon experience.

Here is a list of the books I have really loved...some I have listened to twice.




Praise God and Thank Him Led by Faith  Left to Tell  Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles  Kisses from Katie  Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers  The Distant Hours


Dad Is Fat  Among the Hidden  Loving Frank  Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald  Into Thin Air  The Mockingbird Next Door  Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier  Out of My Mind Net of Jewels The Storyteller  Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]  War and Remembrance 

The Winds of War  Defending Jacob: A Novel  The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane  The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel  Moloka’i  The Forgotten Garden  Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel 

 
Fever: A Novel  Wonder  The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics The Husband's Secret  Me Before You: A Novel  Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Another list I should share are the books that I bought, tried and was not able to get through.  I sometimes think that books need to find you at the right time in your life and some of the ones that did not make the cut may one day be exactly what I need.

The Winds of War and War and Remembrance were my marathon books.  World War II will always make me think of running 26.2 miles in D.C.

Molokai was SO very good.

I went through a Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald fascination stage and loved Zelda.  I read The Paris Wife and loved it.

I use audible and love it.


 If I had to pick my favorite book from that list that I know I would NEVER have picked up and read was Boys in the Boat.


Among the Hidden  was very good and fast.  It was a book Molly had to read for school and I thought it sounded interesting.

I am always out for the next good listen.  Right now I am listening to   The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  and love it.  Thanks to Mrs. Darcy!!







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