Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

Carole's Ten on Tuesday list is 10 Books on Your Summer Reading List. Seeing as how I joined the group I better post my list, although it may not be ten long. I don't seem to get much reading done lately. The list:
  1. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for four years and this year is the year to read it.
  2. Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle. I have checked this book out of the library, but recently received it from Interweave's Hurt Book sale. It's time to reread it and make the Wool Peddler's shawl.
  3. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I started this a couple of years ago, but it got put down for some reason. Time to get it read.
  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. I've read the first three and really enjoyed them. I need to read this one and The Last Olympian (as soon as it comes out in paperback).
  5. It's All too Much by Peter Walsh. There is too much stuff in my house and I'm hoping this book will help me get organized.
  6. The Book of Mormon. I have taken the challenge to have this read by the time the kids start school in the Fall.
The rest of my Summer reading will probably be magazines. There is a time issue, work issue, knitting issue, and spinning issue which contribute to how much time I spend reading.

I used to love to read, so I am looking forward to some of the suggestions on this weeks list. Maybe they will motivate me to read some more. What's on your reading list??

Thursday, June 24, 2010

TUT Notes

I like to see what the message for the day will be and once in a while it really hits home. Kind of like today's note:

One of life's great ironies, Laura, is that very often the "stuff" you're trying to avoid right now is the same "stuff" you're going to miss most once you move on.

Ha, ha... Oh, my -
The Universe

Thoughts become things... choose the good ones! ®
© www.tut.com ®

You know, Laura, like challenges, responsibilities, and boredom. True.

I guess this hits because yesterday morning and this morning we were up wayyyy too early getting one boy off to see his grandma and the other boy off to Youth Conference. Both of the nights before all of us were up wayyyy too late. I know eventually I will miss this hurried 'get you out the door' moments, but for right now I have a headache and it isn't even 8 a.m. yet!

I have spinning progress and even some knitting, but not much. Off to get ready for work. Happy knitting and spinning.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

It has been hard to come up with a topic to write about here, when my spinning and knitting has slowed down. I am still knitting and I just finished plying two different fibers, but haven't taken pictures yet. So I thought I would join the Ten on Tuesday group. At least, that would motivate me to post on Tuesdays.

Today's topic is: Ten ways to Entertain a Child. Taking into account that my baby will be nineteen this year, some of these ideas may not work so well in present day. Also take into account that I only had boys in my house.........

  1. Lego's, these would keep the boys entertained for hours and they played with them even into their later teen years. Every once in a while they still play with them even as adults and as fathers.
  2. Bubbles, especially when they were younger. The boys would chase them for as long as someone would blow them.
  3. Puppies/kittens. Boys and animals chasing around the yard, enough said.
  4. Dirt. Enough area in the yard that the boys could dig and get as dirty as they wanted. Also a wonderful area to play with........
  5. Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars. These went with us everywhere, because it would keep the boys entertained while we were out of the house. A very versatile toy which showed up in their Christmas stockings every year. To go along with the Hot Wheels......
  6. A Fabric Town Mat. Ours was made by my mother with customized names for the lakes and schools. It's still around here somewhere just waiting for the grand kids to come visit.
  7. Fisher Price towns. We had the school, the A-frame house, the two story house and the barn. The boys would set these up and play for hours. I still have a couple of the buildings and most of the people, animals and cars tucked away waiting for young children to visit our house.
  8. Coloring books. This worked very well at Church and they usually stayed quiet during the meetings.
  9. Bikes. My kids rode all over town and loved to be on their bikes.
  10. Paper Airplanes. It's amazing what kind of airplanes the boys would come up with, but you could always count on paper airplane contests to get the boys in a better, more cooperative mood.
It will be interesting to see what else people come up with.

Next time there will be some spinning pictures, until then - Happy knitting and spinning.