Happy Wednesday everyone! It is snowing in Pittsburgh this morning and my little birdhouse votive candle holders on the Pergola are getting a dusting of snow! Light, fluffy flakes are falling and it is quite lovely outside!
However, if you are not in the midst of holiday making, perhaps you can come over to my house to help me with a few things I foolishly imagine I am going to get done between now and Christmas! Haha!
The Carseat Poncho is almost competed… almost. The hood is giving me some challenges. To line, or not to line… that is the questions! And I think I have them figured out… hopefully the solution in my brain is easy to translate to some fleece!
I also cut out 100 Acts of Sewing Dress No. 2 yesterday. And, I have the body together, complete with in-seam pockets! Once that hood is done, I will get the sleeves in and make some flannel bias tape!
I even managed to knit a few rows on my ADVENTurer shawl yesterday as well as some rounds of Peace Knitting!
In the reading department…
I finished the very emotional We Were the Lucky Ones. I simply loved it – it is beautifully written story of the Kurc family that survived the holocaust. They are Polish, and the story is fascinating. This was easily a 5-star book and I highly recommend it!
I also finished The Folded Clock: A Diary and it gets 4-stars. This is a curious read… the writer reads her decades of diaries she finds from her childhood and she is disappointed at how lacking she finds them to be. And, so she decides to begin chronicling her daily life as an adult to see if she can’t improve on the mendacity of daily life. It is a lovely collection of mediations – especially the E.B. White chapter! Oh, and the chapter on rearranging furniture! Her way of writing about “today I” is simple, but brilliant.
And, I re-read Warlight. I listened to the book this time and my love for this book has deepened. I know Bonny shared some of her recent favorites, and I agree with her – it is early to make best book of the year decisions… but Warlight is perhaps my favorite this year! It is a story that lingers in your mind. And, the writing…spectacular!
That is all I have for today… what about you? What are you making and reading this week?
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I can’t believe it but we had a dusting of light snow yesterday here in TN, perhaps for only 2 minutes, but it was the first of the season.
I’m also knitting some holiday gifts, a few have been unraveled and restarted like hats, but slow and sure. I am doing less this year – it’s the off year for family gatherings so it makes the season light and slower.
Books, I have a “plethora” of ones to read. (don’t you just love that word?) I did get ‘There There’ on audio to reread as I read some reviews that said it was different and more real than just reading.
No snow here but very cold mornings. I cast on my Peace cowl last night. Now I’m off to check on a new audio book so thanks for the suggestions.
The Folded Clock sounds intriguing (and it has a beautiful cover)! My SiL and I are reading John’s grandmother’s diaries and they are a real window into Mom-Mom’s life. Entries consist of daily temperature, weather, jobs, chores, and all the things she had to do on a 500-acre farm, along with some truly awful things she endured. Not much poetry and daydreaming, but simply recounting what was. Since The Folded Clock has an E.B. White chapter, I think it might be my next read!
The Folded Clock keeps popping into my life, you, Mary, other friends so I’m moving it up in the “q-ue-ue,” next on my list after I finish two other print titles and/or Becoming…Surprised to see your lovely snow; none here but low 30s. Doubt cold enough to snow, tho’.
Congrats on your progress yesterday with all your projects. Carry on!
I’m going to have to read The Folded Clock, I think. I just finished Tomorrow Will Be Different, I’m listening to Becoming and I just started The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window.
The snow on your little birdhouses is just charming! 🙂
I’ve just finished reading Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” — and since that one is a bit on the heavy side, I’m looking forward to starting “The Widows of Malabar Hill” — which I just picked up from my library.
Love the shot of the bird houses! Finishing up Less via Audible, trying to read the Widows of Malabar Hill, completely ignoring a book I was asked to read by an author on Goodreads (feeling kind of bad about that) and reading a total piece of trash one chapter at a time upstairs at night! I’m going to get confused soon! 🙂
I must read Warlight. And Folded Clock sounds intriguing. And then there’s We Were The Lucky Ones… good lord, how can there be so many great books?
I am finishing an Alexander McCall Book before I tackle Louise Penny’s latest-can’t wait. I made cookies today-ahead of schedule [for the win!]
The snow on the birdhouses is a lovely photo. The Folded Clock and Warlight. Warlight is somewhere on my library hold list. Good reading ideas. Enjoy your dusting of snow. I know it has to be scooped or broomed but I prefer the magic to cold rain in December.
What a pretty picture – and I’m so glad it’s your yard and not mine! I LOVE Dress No. 2 in flannel – great choice! good luck with that hood … and all the other things you have in the works. (It’s hard to believe Christmas is less than three weeks away, isn’t it?!?)
I liked We Were the Lucky Ones too.
We had the tiniest sprinkling of snow today. Nothing to show on the ground, but walking in it was fun.
The snow we had was the kind of snow I like — the kind that’s pretty and sticks to the grass but doesn’t cause major driving issues!
I am still chugging away on the sweater for my husband. I know it’s smart to knit both sleeves at the same time, but it makes it that much slower to make progress.
I wish we had even a little of that snow. We need it to keep coming! Sadly, we are in an inversion for the foreseeable future! waaa I finished my Christmas hat and I’m working on finishing my sweater that is taking TOO long. You’re such a creator! I admire your always working hands and mind!
I wish I had some snow but not the foot of snow I had last month! I lost my electricity from that storm. Love your birdhouses, I thought they were real ones.