Wednesday, August 29, 2007

six and a half years later

I finished my quilt. I started it in February 2001 at a Strawberry Patches when I lived in Bakersfield. I got one block done a month, finishing the blocks a year later. Then I kept the blocks and collected fabric to finish it. It was part of my summer goal to get this done. I like it and will use it on my bed. I love blue and yellow.

I like the back a lot. And it is probably the best I have ever done on quilting. Amanda and I taped the back to the floor and then we layered it and used bent safety pins to baste it. What fun to be all done.

Monday, August 27, 2007

summer is over

Summer is over for me. Not weather wise, but I went back to work today. Not a bad day-it was a lot of sitting, but it was also good to see some of my coworkers.
So I had 10 goals for this summer...I accomplished 6 of them.
The ones that I met are...
  • Make 2 or more sets of cards for the card exchange I am part of-I got three sets done.
  • Finish the blue and yellow quilt. I have been working on it for a long time.
  • Go somewhere new. I have been lots of places I have not been, including Jamaica, and a bunch of towns in northern Minnesota.
  • Memorize a chapter from the Bible. I memorized Psalm 121. If you see me in the near future, ask me to say it for will help me keep it in my head.
  • Clean out all 7 of my closets. I still have to find my other pair of scissors and my handheld solitaire game.
  • Read less than 20 books. Here is a list of the 17 books that I did read.
    1. Tristan's Gap by Nancy Rue
    2. The Recital by Robert Elmer
    3. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
    4. The Sound of My Voice by Jo Kadlecek
    5. Tisha by Robert Specht
    6. Feeling for Bones by Bethany Pierce
    7. Adelaide Piper by Beth Webb Hart
    8. These Boots Weren't Made for Walking by Melody Carlson
    9. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    10. tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
    11. The Preacher's Daughter by Beverly Lewis
    12. The Englisher by Beverly Lewis
    13. The Brethren by Beverly Lewis
    14. The Penny by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford
    15. fair game by Elizabeth White
    16. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
    17. The Last Juror by John Grisham
All the books were good-some were sad-Tristan's Gap, Adelaide Piper, Feeling for Bones, tuesdays with Morrie, The Poisonwood Bible, and The Recital. The funniest one was fair game. And the most suspenseful was The Last Juror.
Has anyone read/liked any of the above books?

The goals I didn't make were three craft related projects and learning more Spanish.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Fair Game

Fair Game by Elizabeth White is a book about hunters and animal rights people. Jana moves back to where she grew up to be closer to her grandpa. She is a veterinarian that hopes to do some research on wild animals. Life gets complicated because she runs into someone from her growing up years that is also an avid hunter.

Monday, August 13, 2007

The OK Book

The OK book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is one of the books that I got at the library last week with my nephews and niece. I like it because the pictures are clever-OK is the character on each page doing a different activity. The sentences are simple, so it would be fun for a beginning reader. Having read another Rosenthal book, Little Pea, I am curious to see what her other children's books are like. I think that even older kids would enjoy the book despite it's simplicity.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Tuesdays with Morrie

tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is what my book club is reading for August. It is a quick read and it should give our group plenty to talk about. The topics covered include loving, living, and dying.