Wednesday, July 30, 2014
tending my yarn garden...
We spent Tuesday at the river. Just a short five minute drive away from home is this beautiful place perfect for HOT afternoons. The kids explored and swam while I enjoyed the tranquility of a trickling waterfall and the shade. The perfect opportunity to read a bit and to finish a copycat washcloth for an upcoming baby shower. There are, I think, 6 or 8 (or more) women in our church who are with child (including my daughter-in-law!!), so I'm going to be busy with baby gifts at least through February. I need to make up a batch of oatmeal soap to gift with the washcloths! Maybe that's what I should do when I wake in the middle of the night. Hmmmm. Maybe not since the stick blender might wake the rest of the house from their peaceful slumber. :) I'll be nice. By the way, thanks for the sweet comments and prayers for my insomnia... I've slept through the night for two nights in a row. Of course, I'm typing this on Tuesday, so who knows how tonight will go. Thankfully, I've got a couple of good books going!
I'm working on a couple secret knits that I just can't share here, yet. One for my swap partner (!!) and a couple others that will be Christmas gifts (!!). It is July, you know, and that means there's only five months (it's the 29th, so less than five months) to go 'til the big day. It sounds like a lot of time, but it never turns out that way. At least for me; I'm usually rushing to finish in December, but then, I guess that's just part of the fun. :)
Current reading includes Pacific Northwest Foraging. Have you ever foraged for food? Of course you have. Blackberries are a fruit not typically grown in cultivated settings (if you do or know of someone who does, please share!). According to this book, picking them where you find them is foraging, and that means that most of us have officially foraged for food. My Daniel told me he thinks it's an interesting book, but he hopes I won't be going off finding dinner in the woods. I told him I think it would be a cool idea to see what we can find growing right here on our small acreage and then do a forage-tasting. Sort of like a wine tasting only different. :) I know for fact that we have hazelnuts, blackberries, huckleberries, Oregon grapes, skunk cabbage, and a variety of other edibles according to the pictures. Will post an update on this adventure... I honestly can't imagine putting a piece of skunk cabbage in my mouth.
With the current turmoil between Israel and Hamas, I decided to pick up yet another WWII book: The Hiding Place. Have you read it? It deeply saddens me to hear any people in this country or any other, for that matter, calling for the complete destruction of another. May God have mercy. Sorry for getting political, but this stuff is serious and scary. Praying and thankful that God is sovereign over the affairs of men.
So, my friends, what have you been reading? What's on your needles?
*edit* Don't know if Ginny will be hosting today due to the loss of her friend. Add Eric and family to your prayer list...such a sad and tragic story.
PS: My friend, Sarah, has a giveaway going this week -- check it out here. :)
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