Wild Friday Night

I don’t know what you are doing to kick off the weekend, but I’m pretty sure you will be jealous of my night.

I have a mug of tea and a brand new game. I just need to wait for John to finish playing Lego and put Audrey to bed and then we can start the game.

November Reads and December Book Goals

Big News: I read actual grown up books this month. Good ones. Books that I’m not embarrassed to tell you about. I guess the weather is finally cold enough to get me out of my extended beach reads mood. I read five books this week, four of which were actual books (I usually read more on my Kindle).

What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand. This is the second book in the Winter in Paradise series. It was engaging and kept me reading. If you read the first book in this series you should read this book. If you haven’t read the first book you should wait until the third book comes out and devour all three at once. This book ends with one heck of a cliff hanger. I can’t wait to read the third book. I give this book four out of five stars.

The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education by Ainsley Arment. I was very excited to read this book, as it is all about my style of homeschool (Play is important. Get outside a lot. Follow your passions.). The first few chapters I was very into this book, but after that I was annoyed with her overuse of quotations. It was like she wrote the book with an open copy of Bartlett’s Book of Quotations next to her. She also lost me when she said that everyone could homeschool if they want to enough. I understand that being able to stay home with my kids and homeschool is a privilege many people don’t have. I have a wonderful support system which allows me to attempt homeschooling (we’re trying it next year. The kids will go to public school at some point in elementary school). I give this book two out of five stars.

Playing House by Ruby Lang. I remember very little about this book, but I preordered the next book in the series as soon as I was done, so I must have enjoyed it. I gave it two out of five stars.

The Shepard’s Life by James Rebanks. This book was calming and interesting. I loved hearing about sheep farming in the Lakes District of the UK. It is easy to read the stories Rebanks writes in this book, like a modern James Herriot. If you love sheep this book is even better. I give this book four out of five stars.

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory. This is a romance novel that starts when a woman declines a jumbotron proposal and is rescued from the paparazzi by a handsome man and his sister. You know how this book will end. This book was good but not great. If you are in to romance novels, or your brain needs a break, this is one for you. I give this book two out of five stars.

I’ve got a big stack of books I’m looking forward to reading on my nightstand. I’m not sure how many I’ll finish this month, but I hope I enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed the books I read this month.

What is in your to read pile?

WIP Wednesday

Oh my goodness, this week has been crazy. I am surprised that I’m writing this on Wednesday, because I’m so discombobulated I would have assumed I would write it a day late.

I’ve had lots of knitting time this week, but almost all of it has been in social situations. Because of that, my Farmhouse Cardigan didn’t get as much love this week. The more I knit on this the more I love it. I really hope that I’ll join the sleeves to the body this week. I only have about three inches to go until that happens.

I’m loving the Darwinian Evolution scarf even more with every stitch. This is the coolest yarn I’ve ever worked with.

The project I’ve worked on the most this week is the Sockhead Cowl. This was the perfect project for both of our Thanksgivings, a birthday party, a coffee date and a knit night. I’m back to ribbing, and really hope to have this done soon. I’m not casting on socks until I’m done with this.

I should start mittens for my sister, Kathleen, soon. She requested them for Christmas, I have the yarn, and I am excited to knit the pattern. Maybe I’ll make myself do that before I cast on another pair of socks. We shall see.

Have a great week!

Thankful Sunday

I forgot to write my Thankful Saturday post yesterday, so I’m going to catch up today. We had a busy day yesterday, and I’m thankful for that.

I’m thankful for sisters who take family photos for us. Mary-Claire makes it possible for us to send out New Years cards.

I’m thankful for having two Thanksgiving celebrations filled with families that are caring and drama free. I’m also thankful that I can drink wine and knit at both Thanksgivings.

I’m thankful for friends who come over to knit on dreary nights. I’m thankful for the support and advice they give.

I’m thankful for kids who get very excited about new Christmas pajamas, even when they are hand me downs.

I’m thankful for a husband who gets so excited about turkey salad he comes home from our second Thanksgiving and prepares enough for the kids to eat for days.

I’m thankful for all of you. I’m thankful for this season of thankfulness.

November Blanket Progress

The blanket keeps getting bigger. I think I’ll be finished with it in February, but that estimate could be wrong.

I highly recommend finding a project you can work on a little at a time. Starting each morning with some knitting meditation helps me stay the day in a relaxed mood.