Posts Tagged ‘family’

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Traveling With Pomegranates

March 4, 2010

I went to the library to get The Endurance on CD.  It is a book my dad had recommended about an expedition to the South Pole which turns into a story of how the ship’s crew survived disaster.  I have been totally consumed with wanting to read and discuss survival stories since I finished “reading” Deep Survival.  I was disappointed to find that the library had lost the CDs.  So, I picked out the next best thing that I could find and checked it out begrudgingly.  I needed something to listen to in the car.  The CD I chose was Traveling With Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Anne Kidd Taylor.  I had read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd a couple of years ago and remembered thinking I liked her style.  Traveling With Pomegranates is the story of mother and daughter traveling through, Greece and France together.  During their travels they both struggle with different aspects of their lives.  They alternate chapters back and forth.  I was so grateful to have gotten it on CD instead of in book form.  It was read by the authors themselves!  I was inspired by the struggles that each woman was experiencing and how they were able to cope through each other and their own inner therapists.  They have caused me to look a little deeper into my life.  I hadn’t realized that I was living without contemplation.

I’ve asked both my mom and my sister to read the book.  Amber wants the book version because she carpools to and from work and would not want to force her carpool partner to “read” anything.  So, I ordered it online and can’t wait for it to arrive.  I feel like I want to write something inside the front cover for her.  I don’t know what yet.

I’m going to the library tonight to renew the CD version and I’ll take that to my mom. 

I really hope they will enjoy the book as much as I did.  I know there is the chance that they will both not finish the book and wonder what in the world I thought they would like about it.  We are all such different girls with different tastes. 

Of course, right after I had pulled out of the library parking lot and headed down the road towards home the librarian called me to say that she had found the misplaced CD of The Endurance.  I almost turned around to trade back Traveling With Pomegranates.  How lucky that I was lazy and ended up “reading” such a wonderful book!

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What’s new?

August 19, 2009

Ok , so I understand that no one wants to visit my blog and just see “Peepers” anymore.  Robert and I recently moved out of our condo and into my parent’s house.  Everything we own is in boxes in the basement.  That includes my camera.  I generally like to post on the blog when I’ve finished a new project and post the pictures.  However, in this case I will just write  a quick summary so that I don’t forget what to post photos of once my camera is unpacked. 

I’ve made two more hats very similar to the ones I made for myself and for my mom with the big flower on the side.  I think they’ll be Christmas gifts…In fact, one was made for Cindy in particular.

I made my first pair of booties (Grandma Rosie Style).  It was not easy.  I first made them with the ridges.  Meaning one set of three doubles on the front posts and one set of three doubles on the  back posts all the way around.  But, that looked really funny with the fluffy yarn I was using so, I tore them up and started over.  Then, I made them WAY too long so, I tore them up and started over.  So, when the pictures are posted they will really be of the third pair of booties I made with that same yarn.

I made a couple of little birds too.  The pattern came from a magazine and they turned out really cute.  The first one(Blue) I made every stitch like the pattern suggested and he did turn out cute but, I wanted the next one to be a bit fatter.   The second one (Red) I added a few rounds with increases right around the belly to give him more chub.  The red one is definitely my favorite.  I think they’ll be Christmas gifts too.  I already have the right people in mind!

I’m currently working on my most challenging project yet.  A Monkey.  The monkey will be about 18″ tall when she’s finished.  I’ve completed the face, the arms and the ears so far.  Head, body and legs to go….  I foresee the assembly to be the most difficult part.

In the meantime, Aunt Cheryl has been so kind as to agree to help Robert and I find a house.  So far so good.  We have an agreement on one house that will be a contract by tomorrow.  The house is in Henry County which is very close to Aunt Cheryl, Grandma, Amber, and my parents.  It will also be closer to Robert’s parents too!  The house sits on a corner lot and is almost two acres.  There is a white fence all of the way around the front yard so it looks like a place where you might see horses or goats roaming.  I’ve already started telling my friends that they are welcome to start calling me Little Joe and the part for Hop Sing is still open.  Any volunteers?  In the back yard, which is also fenced in, there is a pool!  We know we can not afford to maintain a pool now but, in the future that is something we do want so, we’ll have it covered for a while.  There is also a detached two car garage on the property, a huge front porch and brick grill area!  The house itself is a three bedroom 2.5bathroom with an eat in kitchen, separate dining room, and fireplace.  Originally the house had an attached two car garage but, the previous owners converted it to bonus space in the house.  I think that is where Robert will have his weight room, bike workshop, and “man room”.  As a foreclosure, the house does have some items on the to do list.  We’ve noticed a place in the roof that looks like storm damage, the downstairs A/C unit doesn’t seem to be working and the kitchen will need some painting.  We will have to find some great deals because the list of things to buy for the house is huge and growing all the time.  Currently, we’re at:

Pool cover, riding lawn mower and push lawn mower, refridgerater, washing machine and dryer, new locks for the doors, and probably an A/C unit.

Thankfully, the house had already gotten brand new carpet, paint, stove, and dishwasher!

That was a lot of information.  Please keep your fingers crossed for us that all goes well with this house.

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A Bit Late

March 24, 2009

Photos from Valentine’s Day!!!

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Chester

February 19, 2009

Look at my cute dog!!  He was all curled up in my spot on the bed last night.

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My room

February 12, 2009

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Grandma,

This is a picture of the other side of my room.  The person taking the picture is standing next to the dresser that is being redone.  As you can see, it’s a blank slate.  The walls and carpet are neutral and the other dresser is very light yellow with a sage green boarder around each drawer front.  It has the distressed look.  The bedding is like a cocoa color but I change it often.  In fact, right now it is a cream colored duvet with a dark olive green throw and pillow. 

I think that means I can do whatever I want to the dresser.  Then I can decorate the rest of my room around it.  All the colors I’m drawn to are bright and cheery.  I like aqua or spa blue and spring green.  I think I may paint it one of those colors and then do some kind of designed stencil in white.  I think the look I like is cottage/shabby chic.  I am open to suggestions.

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New Projects

January 21, 2009

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These are pictures of my two latest projects.  The hat I made with HomeSpun so it feels great.  I think I’m going to give it to my mom.  That blue color really looks good on her.  The little bear, Bearnard, was my first attempt at making a toy.  I think he turned out ok.  However, I have to keep him for myself because I just love him so much!!  I plan to try another one soon.  I have one project lined up ahead of my next toy.  A hat for my dad!

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Kitty Toys

January 5, 2009

I’m having so much fun making these kitty toys!!  They are really easy and the cats just love them!

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These are for Sugar and Merrick.

Here is a picture of me and my “kids”!

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And a bonus picture of Chester!  He is so weird.  This is him sleeping on the top couch cushion sliding on to the seat part.

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