Saturday, November 14, 2015

Still Taking It Easy

Well, as easy as possible. I've been reading, of course. I find myself rotating through books by my favorite authors: Rosamunde Pilcher, D E Stevenson, Angela Thirkell, Grace Livingston Hill, L M Montgomery, Miss Read, and possibly Muriel Spark might become a favorite. I also want to read more from Maud Hart Lovelace, having finished the complete Betsy-Tacy series a few years ago. Occasionally I sneak in a different author. As for non-fiction, I read Joyce Meyer (I want to reread some of her old works that I haven't donated to the library; my name is down for The Mind Connection, but apparently so are a lot of other people's), and other inspirational authors as the Spirit moves me.

These last couple of months I've enjoyed an increase in my Bible study time. Maybe 2-3 times a week I read a NT chapter (NIV), highlighting whatever speaks to me during that reading, and if something really speaks loudly to me, I write that passage in my Bible journal (I'm not illustrating it, just writing out verses). In the same study session I read 1-2 chapters of the OT in the NIV, depending on length. Then I read about the chapters from two handbooks (Halley's and Unger's), and finish up by reading the same chapter(s) in the Amplified. Again, if a passage seems extra meaningful to me, I write it in my journal. I don't own any commentaries, but once in awhile I do get on BibleGateway and do a more thorough study. Most days, however, the two Bibles and two handbooks are satisfactory.

Let's see. Haven't been overly creative, but I am knitting a "skinny" scarf. It's slow going due to an old shoulder injury, but I work just a little at a time because I still dearly love to knit. I do have the urge to learn to knit socks, which I have never done before. 

I finally finished my little, old Betsey Clark coloring book from the 1970s. Coloring is finally the "in" thing to do! I've started another page in my Dover floral book, and a friend of the family gave me a lovely book by Millie Marotta entitled Animal Kingdom. It's quite intricate, but will be beautiful if I ever get much filled in. I also hope to purchase Valerie Sjodin's coloring book Colorful Blessings, when it comes out. Looks like it will be lovely. 

I spend a little time on Pinterest enjoying beautiful art, cozy rooms, and gardens. And I do look back at what I've pinned when I need a dose of loveliness. I used to be able to scroll through it all at one time, but now I can only partake in a portion at a time. Watercoloring is very much on my mind, but good light and commitment have been lacking. Maybe soon. 

And then there's still (!) the Christmas cross-stitch pillow that has no end. If I could just complete the white, then maybe the remaining bits would fly by. And speaking of Christmas, my carols are at my piano for enjoying throughout the season. I played some selections the other evening, but not since. Where do the days go?!

I have watched a few movies on Netflix. My two favorites have been Quartet (with Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey) and Haute Cuisine. Very low key but excellent, especially for those of us of a certain age. I've also begun the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. I wasn't too impressed with the pilot, but have watched a couple more episodes and liked them. One has to become invested in the characters, I suppose. On TV I watched the Masterpiece series Home Fires on PBS, which was right up my alley.

In other news, I was gifted with a new range after nine months without. Nothing to be alarmed over; microwave, crockpot, and electric skillet allowed for ample variety. But it's been fun to use an oven again! Alas, there's been a slight learning curve because I boiled over water/macaroni the first time I cooked on the stove-top. I hope to be well-acquainted with things by the time I prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this year.

Otherwise, things remain the same, which is a good thing. My household is doing well, and I hope yours is, too. I first posted five years ago today, and I will still try to post from time to time, but for now that's the most I'm shooting for.

Many blessings to you and yours,
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