Friday, April 29, 2016

Praises for the week



It's time for Friday Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story. As I'm typing this, I'm looking out the window at a cute little robin hopping about in the snow and sleet. He looks a bit puzzled, as am I, that these April showers are so frosty.

 1. My mother-in-law had some pretty serious surgery this week. We are all thankful for a successful outcome, and for the amazing surgeon and his skill and knowledge. 

 2. I had an awesome birthday celebration this week, that carried on for days! I am so thankful for my amazing family and friends that bless me every.single.day. 

 3. My daughter. She has taught me so much about life and about myself. About hope and faith. About love.  

 4. Spring's persistence. I want to tell that little robin out there, to keep the faith. Between the snow and rain, Spring keeps pushing through, and each time the grass is a bit greener and each day more lovely. 

 5. Facetime! Luke and Miranda have relocated to Wisconsin. I am missing them both, AND my sweet grandchildren. But, thanks to Facetime, I get to talk to Siefer and see little Sawyer's precious grin.  I just ignore that little video of me up in the corner of the picture!

How was your week?




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Five Minutes for Books

Today, I'm joining the folks at 5 Minutes For Books for What’s On Your Nightstand? It's a monthly meme, held the last Tuesday of each month. The idea is to share the books we've read, are reading and/or plan to read.

I'll start with the last few books I read -- some are listed over there on my sidebar.

1.  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald.   I gave this book 3 stars, meaning that I wasn't sorry I read it, but it wasn't a book that I'd highly recommend to someone.  In all fairness to the book, I think I was expecting it to be like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which someone had compared it to and is one of my favorite books. This story was very different, not very uplifting, and the town of Broken Wheel was never fully developed, which might be because the author is from Sweden.  But, now, weeks later, I think of some of the characters and feel a genuine fondness for the story.  So maybe it just needed some time to 'simmer' for me.

2.   The Edge of Lost, by Kristina McMorris.  I enjoyed this book, it's one of those epic stories that begins in Ireland, goes through Ellis Island and Brooklyn, then onto the San Francisco.  It's a story about family members and growth and change.  A book you can settle into for a while.

3.  Olive Kitteredge by Elizabeth Strout.  I only read the first three chapters and had to put it down, it was so dang depressing, and I wasn't in the mood to deal with a sad story.  Perhaps, I'll try again at some point. This was the April choice for my book club and the overall opinion was not favorable, however I think it is a book worth finishing.

Books I'm currently reading:

1.  Standing in the Rainbow, by Fannie Flagg.  This is the book I picked up in place of Olive K.  I can always count on Fannie Flagg for an enjoyable read with laugh-out-loud passages.

Books on my TBR (to be read) pile:



What are you reading these days?

    

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Week in Photos

When I sat down to write my Friday Fave Five post, my mind went blank. I decided to take a look at my phone and see what I captured on camera this week.

 At the beginning of the week, we were still covered in snow, but hopeful for Spring.


 Sure enough, the snow melted revealing a lawn that is lush and green.  The shrubs in our front yard are filling out nicely.  This is a daphne bush.  I am particularly fond of it, because our street is named after this.  So often when I tell someone our address, I get a very puzzled look.  Few people know what it is.


I finished a small afghan for a friend who is expecting a baby girl in a few months.  This is a nice size for a car seat cover.  The colors remind me of Neapolitan ice cream:)


Face timing with this jolly little grandson of mine.  Oh my gosh!  


And this little grandson is one month old already!  He is so content when his grandpa is holding him.  They are watching a Rockies game together in this photo.


All in all, it was a very good week!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Baking it all better

It's a gray day outside today. The snow is melting quickly, revealing lush green lawns. But it's too early to plant, a bit too chilly and muddy to even work in the garden. I just know that if I could get out and dig around a bit, I would feel better.  Frankly, my mood has been as somber as the day looks.


 After a few hours at work, I came home to a very quiet house. I put on some music and decided to bake something. Using what I had on hand, I made a batch of orange scones.



I think I'll make bacon and eggs for supper, and these will go nicely along with a nice hot cup of tea. Sounds comforting, don't you think? Sometimes, breakfast for supper makes the day all better.



I hope it's sunny wherever you happen to be,


   

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Outside my window. . .


Here we go again.  Springtime in Colorado.  The snow started on Friday night and it is now noon on Sunday and still snowing.  It's that heavy, soggy wet stuff that weighs down tree limbs and is a bear to shovel.  Not that I would know anything about that.  Dan is out there now with the snow blower and shovel.

Yesterday, was nice and cozy.  I didn't leave the house all day, but stayed in and got caught up on laundry, photo albums and a blanket I'm crocheting.  Emily and Marcus came over with the babies and I made chicken Marsala, mashed potatoes and steamed veggies for supper.  

I managed to finish Brooklynn's little photo book.  When I started the Little Book project a little over a year ago, I had one grandchild.  Now, there are four.  These kids are killin' me! Only half joking, of course.

I'm not a 'real scrapbooker' by any means.  These are little 8x8 photo albums that I buy, just the right size for little hands, and I fill them with pictures of the baby and family members.
 


Two albums down, two more to go for the boys! I will start collecting photos for their albums and save them in envelopes until it's time to put their albums together. 
 
How about you, is it Springtime in your neck of the woods?


Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Favorites

Friday Fave Five was made for weeks such as this one.

1.  The highlight of my week has been having my friend Pamela here. I have a label over there on my sidebar devoted to her, she is that special to me, haha! From the English tea that we attended last Saturday, to sitting in our pajamas and sipping coffee in my living room, our time together is always special. I'm convinced that God has a way of sending her my way when I really need her. And I thank Him for that and for her.

 2.   I always have the best intentions when I start new projects, but to be honest there are more unfinished projects laying around my house and in my craft area than completed ones. One such thing was a little photo album I started for my granddaughter Siefer. It's an 8x8" album and I've been collecting pictures of everyone in the family and special pictures of her to include, so that she'll have her own personal book. Well, it was my goal to have it for her first birthday, and she is now 2. Last night, I had her on my lap and we sat at my desk. She was pointing at the pictures on my bulletin board and naming all the people she knew. So, I got out the mostly finished album and together we put stickers in it and finished it up! Project done! And I have this lovely memory of holding her while I did it, not to mention the scratch marks of red Sharpie on my desk as a result of her artwork!

3.  After a week of gathering quotes and bids, I found someone to paint the house:)

4.  Pizza.  That's all.

5.  These four precious miracles.  Bentley, Brooklynn, Siefer and Sawyer.  Always a favorite, on Fridays and everyday.


 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Since my last post

Dear Blog,
 
In the words of Willie Nelson, You're Always On My Mind, as evidenced by all the photos I take, thinking that they'll be good blog fodder.  Here's a small glimpse of what's been going on for the past two weeks, since my last post.
 
The day after our grandson was born, we were hit with a blizzard that dumped two feet of snow in our town.  This is what it looked like at The Backyard Fence.
 
 




And then it was Easter Sunday, which proved to be a much sunnier day.  All the little girls looked so cute in their Easter dresses.





We've had fun comparing baby pictures. . . Sawyer on the left.  His daddy, Luke, on the right.



Bacon in the oven.  400 degrees for 13 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave it in for 3 more minutes.  Best bacon ever.  I'll never cook it any other way. 



And the snow melted and the world is green and beautiful!


Big sister with baby brother.



And "big" sister had her First Birthday!!



And Grandma is still working on her birthday present. . . her very own "book" about all the people who love her:)



Happy Spring!