Monday, September 23, 2013

Finished: One Prayer Shawl


Just a short post, prepared ahead, to share a few snaps of a prayer shawl I've been knitting for far too long a time (or shall I say not knitting)! It's now been received by my s-i-l, so I can hit "Publish"! It was a basic, easy pattern; I simply was not diligent. But lots of prayer and love went into it!


My photos don't show the true colors, but the  last skein had a funny gold/coral section (that ran to the end of the skein) that neither of the other two skeins had! I had to steal from yarn I was saving for fringe to not use any more than necessary of the odd color and to tie the shawl back in with the prior colors.


Happy 60th Birthday, Dear One! 


... clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ ...
Romans 13:14

Wishing everyone a cozy Autumn!
Bess

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bogged Down

Sometimes I just don't know how a photo turned out until it's too late!

With my reading, that is! I'm once again trying to read too many books over the same period, and what with work being more physical than I've been used to, I'm often too tired in the evenings to get much reading done. Don't want to postpone anything because it's all enjoyable, but it's slowgoing for now. You might not see a change to the list on my sidebar for awhile.

Along with the above, I try to study the Bible as often as time and temperament allow. Below are the materials next to my bed. The handbooks are older, but I like them. And I dug out The Children's Bible once again because the Samuel/King David/King Solomon stories are fun to reread from that volume (illustrations, too):


I'm managing to read the devotionals New Day, New You every morning, and Trusting God Day by Day every evening. I had splurged on the two new-to-me Joyce Meyer devotionals in May or June of this year, but didn't start in on them immediately.

When I realized toward the end of June that I was just thirteen months away from applying for my SS, I decided to begin both devotionals with July 1, reading mid-year 2013 to mid-year 2014. So far it's been a very nice way to mark time, both spiritually and visually (via bookmarks moving through the books; I would miss that on a Kindle).

Below is the version of Lark Rise to Candleford that I'm reading (A Nonpareil Book, David R. Godine, Publisher). I highly recommend this version, but then I have nothing to compare it to. It is illustrated with lovely old-time-looking wood-engravings. (See another lovely version recommended by Brenda here.)

Can you believe I haven't watched any of the series yet?! But from what I've read, the book is historical background (which is exactly what it reads like) and the series creators fabricate plot (of which the book has next to none) for the characters. I think I'll be glad I'm reading the book first. Almost ready to start Candleford Green, but not quite. Then I can visit my public library, which I swore off until I finished a few books from my stash!


And finally, just for the sake of sharing more trivia, two additional stacks of books kept in my bedroom. The first is also beside my bed, supporting my alarm clock:


The second sits on a footstool:


I may have shared these stacks of books before. The top book in the photo is A Room of Her Own by Chris Casson Madden. If I were well-organized, I'd put all my ME books together, but ...

Well, thanks for putting up with another post about books. I could almost make this a book blog, but then just as happened with sharing my pretties, I will eventually come to the end of the books I can share ... unless I donate some so that I can buy more! :O) In fact, the latest Joyce Meyer book will be donated to my library as soon as I'm through reading it. I decided some time back that it was a very small ministry I could have, i.e., buying her books as released, gently reading them, then passing them on to be read by others who enjoy her books. (I've kept her earliest books and any devotionals I get.) I know some might not think it's intellectual to read/watch Joyce, but in my humble opinion, God has greatly anointed her.

And so I'll close with a quote from the Kitty Calendar:

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."
Ovid

Reading can be such a lovely way to rest! Blessings on you and yours,
Bess
PS: I'm not entirely out of pretties to share, and of course, I'd like to share many again. Hope to do much more of that when I no longer work fulltime!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Serene Sunday




It's fairly early yet, but I'm hoping for a serene Sunday. I'm sitting up in bed with my laptop, having just consumed the last piece of pizza, checking a few blogs, listening to the whistle of the train going by a mile west (leaving palpable peace and quiet after it passes), glancing at two of the four kitties snoozing away, a gentle breeze floating in through the window  ... and I felt a little guilty about not getting up a new post.

I'm much too entrenched to get up and get out my camera, so we have the photo above that didn't make my Autumn Tribute post (which I actually first posted in 2011, then reposted last year).

I do need to grocery shop, do one more laundry load, and wash my hair, but there's no hurry. (Was in need of a "slow" morning, so am having church at home today.) As for leisure, I hope to finish adding fringe to a soft and cozy prayer shawl, play the piano a bit, and of course, read and read some more.

Welcome to my new followers and new visitors and a big thanks to all my regulars for your loyalty and patience!


Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12

I hope you'll have a serene Sunday yourselves,
Bess


Friday, September 6, 2013

When I Retire I'll ...



Happy Friday Evening to All!

I thought I'd share a couple of my very primitive sketches based on two sweet bears from Three O'clock Bears. Have you visited Jenny's site? Her handcrafted bears are amazing and adorable. She does bunnies and such as well.

My sketches don't begin to do the original bears justice. (And they scan on the light side.) I'm not even sure I could find the photos of the bears I chose to sketch one day in June 2012. But please stop by and peruse her site. Her work is amazing!


From my Retirement Journal:

"I want to do more sketching and watercoloring (for fun and to improve). They need longer blocks of time to do, I think. One can 'pick up' knitting or needlepoint or even writing, but for me anyway, I usually do my sketches in one sitting."

And this:

Movies I want to watch - either before or after I retire:

- Julie and Julia (have now seen it on tv)
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Miss Potter (again)
- Enchanted April (again)
- Mrs. Winterbourne (again)
- Amelie (again)
- Tea with Mussolini (again)
- Midnight in Paris (I've forgotten what this one is!)
- Quartet (with Maggie Smith)

Those are the movies I've written down so far on my list in my Retirement Journal. I don't own any of them, but when I retire I plan to cancel cable and get Netflix or just occasionally splurge on renting a flick from Amazon. What movies would be on your list?

Now devote your heart and soul
to seeking the Lord your God.
1 Chronicles 22:19

Think I'll surf a little, then get comfy and read until I'm sleepy ... which I don't think will take long!

Hope you enjoy your weekend! 
Bess