Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
(Yes, the wall is black. Thank goodness the rest of the walls in the bedroom are not. One of the areas that's on the to-be-painted list.) The Shack by William P. Young - I just finished this and it's a wonderful book. Not necessarily life-changing as some have proclaimed (at least not for me), but definitely thought provoking and even though I finished it a few days ago, it has stayed with me and I continue to mull it over, which is a definite requirement for my "great books" list. I was asked to review The Santa Letters by Stacy Gooch-Anderson, for a virtual blog tour. Stay tuned! I will be posting it tomorrow! The Invisible Wall; A Love Story That Broke Barriers by Harry Bernstein - This is the selection for my book club next month. I haven't started it yet. The book jacket tells the story takes place on the eve of World War I, in a small English mill town. The story centers around a young Jewish boy, Harry Bernstein, whose sister falls in love with a Christian boy. Harry is the only one in the family who knows of the affair and he must decide what to do, torn between the morals he's been raised with and what he feels in his heart. The last book on my stack is a story from World War II, called Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum. My stepmom, Carol, passed this on to me, and it's the story of a woman and her 3-year-old daughter, imprisoned in a concentration camp in Germany. They are liberated by an American soldier and go with him to live in Minnesota. The daughter, now a grown woman and professor of history, is telling the story. This sounds like a good story! Oh, and over there on the right, underneath my journal, is another book I'm reading. It's one of those that I read a bit here and there, take some notes, put it down for a while. It's called What Women Want; The Life You Crave and How God Satisfies. I read this with a friend over the summer and it provided lots of good discussion and some soul searching. Other than a box of Kleenex, two pairs of reading glasses and a stray Tums, that's what's on my nightstand this month!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I spent this afternoon coloring the walls with it. I'm starting in the loft, but I'm sure I won't stop there. It just makes me happy and calm and at peace. When I open the can, it looks like egg nog. Rich, thick, creamy egg nog. But when it's rolled on the walls, it warms up and becomes a soft, golden light. Like the color of wheat when it's ready to be harvested or the light in a Rembrandt painting. And then as it dries, it turns all buttery and soft. It's the color of sunlight in autumn or highlights in a baby's hair. It reminds me of my mother's kitchen, not because her kitchen was that color, but because it gives me comfort, just like sharing a pot of tea at her kitchen table.
If I could find my camera, I would take a picture of this color. But it probably wouldn't come out the same. Because on a computer screen you wouldn't get the warmth that comes from this color as it lies on a textured wall, touched by the sun. Just take my word for it. This color is heaven in a can of paint.
Monday, September 1, 2008
I am thinking... of the residents of New Orleans. Ironically, just this morning, my husband and I watched a This Old House epsiode about a house being rebuilt down there. I hope and pray that the efforts of the past three years won't be destroyed by Gustav.
From the kitchen...is the smell of blueberry pancakes, made by my daughter. She's only 11, but what a cook!
I am thankful for... my new home.
I am wearing...capri sweatpants and a tank top. Yes, I look lovely:)
I am reading... The Virgin of Small Plains, by Nancy Pickard
I am creating... "idea boards" with colors and fabric swatches to help me decide what colors to paint the rooms in my house
I am hearing... Hubs cleaning up the kitchen, the Today Show in the other room, my dog snoring softly at my feet
Around the house... we made lots of progress in the basement this weekend, getting things unpacked and put away!
One of my favorite things... doing the crossword puzzle in the newspaper every day. It's a good reason to sit down and relax for a few minutes.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week... going to the Rockies game this afternoon, getting my hair cut tomorrow, Back-to-School night for my son, soccer practice for my daughter.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...