Tuesday, December 30, 2008
My favorite books of 2008 are...
When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin
Blue Heart Blessed by Susan Meissner
Whispers of the Bayou by Mindy Starns Clark
The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter
The Healer's Heart by Diane M. Komp
A Minute before Friday by Jo Kadlecek
Revelations of a Single Woman by Connally Gilliam
Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston
French by Heart by Rebecca S. Ramsey
The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner
This is the second time I read Revelations of a Single Woman and I have read Flabbergasted at least twice already... What are some great books that you read this year?
Saturday, December 27, 2008
1. Chaperone teenagers on a trip overseas (to Jamaica)
2. Been to a Buddhist monastery in Mongolia (with my sister)
3. Driven halfway across the country alone (Minnesota to California and back several times)
4. Travelled overseas alone (to England)
5. Read more than 70 books (for adults) in one year
6. Learned how to quilt
7. Made a bridesmaid dress and wore it (for my brother's wedding)
8. Walked on the Great Wall of China (with my sister)
9. Started a book club
10. Read through the entire Bible
What about you?
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
The good thing is that the jobs I have had for the past eleven years have allowed me to do some of this, but I don't get paid to just read books.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The second book is Hooray for Minnesota Winters by Paul Lowrie and Bret Nicholaus. This book is written in rhyme and finds something about Minnesota winters that starts with each letter of the alphabet. On the bottom of each page are weather facts about Minnesota winters. This book is for adults as much as for children, as children would probably be uninterested in all those facts. If you grew up in Minnesota, it will make you smile at the positive and negative aspects of the winter here.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
While I was reading, it made me think that maybe I would like to live overseas for a while. Or at least visit France even though I know no French.
And for Amanda, yes, I did like the book. In fact, it might be one of the choices that I bring for book club when it is my turn to bring books. I think that Ramsey is working on a book that tells how life for their family was when they returned to the States.
Monday, September 22, 2008
If you are a relative, you may be getting a note in the mail shortly with my new address (if you haven't already). My phone number has not changed.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
My new purse. It didn't take long to sew and the fabric is leftover from my heart quilt I made this spring.
A simple pillowcase.
A zipper pouch that I made with the help of my sister.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
- Skid by Rene Gutteridge
- Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner
- Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin
- Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn
- The Five Love Languages for Singles by Gary Chapman
- Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury
- A Mile in My Flip-Flops by Melody Carlson
- Coming Unglued by Rebecca Seitz
- A Minute Before Friday by Jo Kadlecek
- Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck
- Revelations of a Single Woman by Connally Gilliam
- The Shack by William P. Young
- Where the River Ends by Charles Martin
- Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston
- A Delirious Summer by Ray Blackston
- Lost in Rooville by Ray Blackston
My overall favorites were A Minute Before Friday, and Revelations of a Single Woman and the Ray Blackston books.
Has anyone read any of these books? What did you read this summer?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Has anyone else seen any of these books?
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I was telling my friend a little bit about the book and she asked if love languages are different for single people, but I said no, that the book and the examples in it are geared toward singles. Other books on the five love languages are The Five Love Languages (for married couples), The Five Love Languages of Children, The Five Love Languages of Teenagers, and The Love Languages of God, all by Gary Chapman. Click here to learn more about any of these books.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
- the summer house and garden
- the great outdoors
- games, indoors and out
- the summer table
- for kids
- how to fix or cure just about anything
Looking through this book makes me wish that I could spend the summer at the ocean or at a lake cabin with a bunch of friends.
Coming soon-my 100th post and a giveaway.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
It is the first week of my summer vacation and it is supposed to rain off and on at least through Friday. It is not all bad, since we haven't gotten a ton of rain this spring. But I can't go on a long bike ride without wondering if I will get wet. I just got a new bike yesterday-it's blue and the first brand new bike I have ever owned.
I was at dad's yesterday and got a bunch of rhubarb. I am going to make rhubarb jam using a recipe that came from home-don't know the origin. It is my kind of recipe (only four ingredients and short instructions).
5 cups cut up rhubarb
1/2 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 3-ounce strawberry jello
Cook rhubarb, sugar and water til rhubarb is done. Add jello and stir well.
I am going to make a double batch of this later today.
I found a fun website (compliments of Susan Meissner's blog) that lets you test your word knowledge and donate rice to the UN World Food Program at the same time. You can find it at www.freerice.com.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Thanks to Cathy for taking a picture of the quilt so I could put it on my blog. Also to Amanda for drawing the heart shapes for my pattern and Anita for helping choose the backing.
Monday, March 31, 2008
I went to Alexandria to pick up a few things and then went to visit my friend Jenny. Her son was excited to show me many of his library books about cars. After the kids went to bed we watched the movie Nacho Libre. The movie is a bit quirky, but if you like the Napoleon Dynamite movie, you might like this one.Part 2-Lots of Hearts
On Saturday, I sewed 120 hearts onto the blocks that I am making for my next quilt. I sewed 70 red hearts on white six and a half inch unfinished squares. Then I sewed 50 more smaller pink hearts on top of the red hearts, too. I did the last 20 on Sunday night, so now I have 70 blocks to put together to make the top.
Part 3-Beauty Shop
My friend and coworker called on Saturday night and invited me to visit. So I drove up to see her. I had the priviledge of getting my hair done by a three and half year old and seeing part of her favorite movie, Annie.
Part 4-How to Not Be Found at Church
I decided to sit on the opposite side in church on Sunday-I also happened to have a dress on and my hair put up in a clip. Anyway, on Sunday night I was talking to my friend on the phone. She asked me where I was on Sunday morning. I told her I was there, and she didn't believe me. I proceeded to tell her who I sat by and more details from the service. I realized that you can actually hide in church if you change just a few things-location being the primary factor.
Part 5-Birthday Party
We had chocolate cake and chocolate chip ice cream at the farm on Sunday afternoon for Wayne's birthday. After we were done eating Mark asked that we play Scrabble. He is only six, but he stuck with the whole game, despite the long time it takes for us to play a game.
I went to visit my grandma on the way home. She thinks that the quilt (click here to see some pictures) Amanda made for her is beautiful.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
- The End of the Spear by Steve Saint
- Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury
- One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
- Angry Housewives Eating BonBons by Lorna Landvik
- At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
- Scrap Everything by Leslie Gould
- In An Instant by Lee and Bob Woodruff
- A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
- Hamilton Heir by Valerie Hansen
- Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy
The two books that I like the best are The End of the Spear and Like Dandelion Dust. As you can see by the titles, the book have been a mix of fiction and nonfiction. I think in May it will be my turn to bring the books. Does anyone have a recommendation for a book that would be good for a book club? Has anyone read any of the books that our book club has read?
Friday, February 29, 2008
Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy is the book our book club is reading for our March meeting. Although I am not into football, I had heard some about Tony Dungy and even watched part of the Super Bowl when the Colts played in it in 2007. The book talks a lot about his coaching, but that is natural since it has been such a large part of his life. Reading this book can give you something to think about regarding how you want to live your life. It would be interesting to people that are interested in football, but also to people who are leaders in any type of job.
For the giveaway, elyse and Amanda are the winners. I will be getting the cards to you soon-I may have to make a couple so I have enough to give away.
Friday, February 22, 2008
It is the story of Colin Scott set in the present day, primarily Chicago. He is an agent in the publishing world, and his world seems to be slowly crumbling. It doesn't continue to just crumble, though, but fall apart and he doesn't deal well with the difficulties. I would recommend it and I think that because of the unpredictable nature of the book a book club might have fun discussing it.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
- Stipple a quilt. For those who are not quilters, this is a kind of quilting that requires meandering. My quilting has been limited to straight lines.
- Play the piano. I think this is something I would like to do...but I have never had any music lessons and don't know how it would go.
- Play tennis. Maybe because this guy that liked me in college did. My friend Sarah plays, too, but she lives in California and is too far away to give me lessons.
- Be content. That may take the rest of my life.
- Swing dance. My dad might not be impressed with that one, but my friend knows how and loves it. It would be good exercise too.
- Speak Spanish well. So I could have a conversation with native Spanish speakers. It would help me in my job, as all my students' parents are Spanish speaking.
What would you like to learn to do?
edit: I forgot to add to my list that I would like to learn how to swim. Yes, I live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. My students find it difficult to believe that their teacher cannot swim.
Friday, February 1, 2008
So now I have a challenge for you. Read 10 pages a day from any book. If you do that, you would be able to finish a medium length book in the month of February. The second challenge is for those of you with children. Read to them each day for 10 minutes.
My personal challenge is to read at least one children's book in Spanish each day. It is one thing I do to improve my reading skills in Spanish each year while I am encouraging my students to improve their reading skills in English.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
At first this book reminded me in part of the movie A Walk to Remember. Maybe because of the southern setting as much as anything else. It was a good book, though sad at times, and thankfully somewhat unpredictable. I like Martin's writing because of the way he tells the story, uses quotes from well known authors, and how he reveals only part of the story at a time. The story jumps from present to the past, but not in a way that is confusing to the reader, and he makes you wonder for awhile instead of giving all the information at one time.
When I first finished reading it, I wasn't sure that I liked it as well as I thought I might, but I would recommend it to others.
One thing that might bog people down is the medical terminology that is a part of the story, but it does add credibility and understanding to the story.
This book was worth reading and would be a good book for a book club because of the depth of the story. I liked it but still find that my favorite book by Martin that I have read so far is Chasing Fireflies.