We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls. --Mother Teresa

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Projects. Reading. And More......

Back in March, some Sweet Sisters were born into our 'family'.  They were tiny, delicate little things and spent about 2 months in the NICU.  Oh my.  They were the epitome of mini-but-mighty and made sure everybody knew they were in charge.  College Girl has spent the summer being their nanny. Suffice it to say she's in love with them--

--and their brother. They are silly together and he is an amazing almost 5 year-old.  At the City fireworks display, he said, "Guys.  No phones during the show."  Every night she comes home with a funny story from her day with the kids.  She is in heaven because the Mom has let her dress The Sisters each day.  For a girl who spent HOURS and HOURS playing with Barbies, these real live barbies are the best gift.  She sends each of us The Sisters outfit-of-the-day picture.  It's a highlight for sure!

So now that they have been home for 2 months, I am getting around to making their blankets.  Frack helped out with one and I made the other.  My girls picked out the fabric for these blankets.  I don't love sewing on that minky stuff.  It's so soft and cuddly and makes the nicest blankets but, boy it's a bearcat to sew on.  It's stretchy and slick.  My grandma would be gritching about that fabric. 

One thing my grandma would not be gritching about is this:  


Frack learning to sew.  And I have raised my girls right.  My grandma would be so proud.  We cannot pass a fabric store without going in and most likely, purchasing something.  Last week, flannel was on sale.  The Sisters got two more blankets made with love by Frack.  I simply supervised, occasionally wound some thread on the bobbin and just watched with great pride knowing my grandma was also watching. 

Later in the month, I am hosting my annual Ladies Function.  It requires a Hostess Gift.  I refuse to buy anything that has to be dusted, so I decided that everyone can use hot pads and tea towels.  Mainly I think that because I can always use them.  I have about a 5 inch stack of material cut into potholders, just waiting to be sewn.  So I made a couple of potholders and then just cut 2 squares and sewed them onto the tea towel.  Nothing fancy, nothing difficult, nothing real expensive.  Just useful and pretty darn cute.  I probably will add some kitchen utensil to the gift and I am done.  Easy peasy.  Now if only my house was clean!

I finished another book, The Lincoln Lawyer, by Michael Connelly.  It's a good book.  A very good book.  It may seem familiar to you because it's a movie with Matthew McConaughey as the main character, Michael Haller.  He does keep his clothes on in this movie, so it might be easier to concentrate.  On the movie.  You know the plot, etc. 

Anyway, I highly recommend this book.  I also found that Micheal Connelly has a bunch of books with Michael Haller as the main character and another series that have a character named Hieronymus Bosch as the main character.  Those books look really interesting. 

I also was able to score the new Jeffrey Archer book, The Sins of the Father, at the public library.  I am pretty excited about this book for I really do enjoy Jeffrey Archer.  One of my favorite books is his As the Crow FliesThe Sins of the Father is part of a series that he has started, called The Clifton Chronicles.  The first book, Only Time Will Tell, takes place in England but it seems this book migrates across the ocean to be set in the United States. 

So many books, so little time. 

After school lets out in May, I take a nap every day.  No lie.  Every day in June I take a nap.  This June was no exception--I took a nap every day.  Unfortunately, its now July.  No naps.  Today, I seriously wanted a nap.  I did not take one.  I did not. 

I did not.  Just sayin'.


Mrs. E said...

I love your gift idea. (You know me and the nothing to dust idea!) Those matching potholders and tea towels are adorable! I'm going to be looking into a couple of new books now. Must.get.something.done.besides.reading!

Kim said...

I think the "desire to sew" gene passed me and went directly to the sister you know. I know how: I just prefer not to. Your handiwork is mighty cute though. I appreciate sewing: I just prefer to do that from afar.

I'm a fan of both Michael Connelly and Jeffrey Archer. I'm ready for the final one in the Clifton series. Hopefully, I won't forget all the action from the first two before the third one is out. That can sometimes be a problem.

Happy sewing, happy reading and happy summer!

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel. -Proverbs 11: 17