Sunday, May 24, 2015

Book bingo

Books on the Nightstand

I was looking for a podcast to listen to while I did some cleaning and remembered listening to this one last winter (it seemed like a good choice since my current project is decluttering my bookshelves).  The most recent podcast is about the Summer Book Bingo challenge.  I am in the middle of  The Boys in the Boat and I am beginning to think about summer reading so the timing is great.  Each Bingo card has 25 cards.  When you go to the bingo card site, you click the refresh button and get a randomly chosen set of book ideas.  Twenty five books is a reach for my summer reading (or annual reading) since I am not a fast reader but it might be fun to use the card to find some new titles.
What are you planning to read this summer?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

thanks mom

I finally made my lovely tunic dress and I cannot wait to make another.  I found this beautiful print fabric, a cotton lawn that is light and floaty.  And it looks great with my skinny jeans and orange shoes. I think this will be a well worn garment.  I am so thankful for a mom who took the time to teach me how to sew.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

the stories we don't tell

I learned something last month about my mom - something that I might have known but didn't remember.  When mom was 51 years old, she ran in the Bay to Breakers.  I know the Bay to Breakers because my husband ran it a few times.  And I remember that my dad ran the race.  But I seriously do not recall my mom running - in a race or at all!  But there she is, right in the center, red shorts and white t-shirt. 
I know there are many things we don't know about our parents, things our kids don't know about us. I imagine asking mom about this story and hearing her say it was not a big deal. 
I will miss you mom.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

celebrating life

It was a wild week.  Lots of suprises and bumps in the road.  But today is my birthday.  I am celebrating my 60th year and there is much good to celebrate.
Today I celebrate:
  • a husband who loves me and makes me laugh
  • daughters who come quietly alongside
  • running (and my running buddy)
  • a sister who has been by my side 
  • a father who loves my mom so dearly and isn't afraid to be vulnerable in front of us
  • a mom, who in the midst of a very confusing day, looked at me with a hint of recognition and love
  • friends who lift us up in prayer
  • and an evening that promises good food and drinks!

Saturday, April 18, 2015


I did not do a good job of protecting my schedule on the first week back from spring break - it was a wild ride!  But the weekend is here and the calendar is not very full.  Last night I did a bit of knitting and blog reading.  Lori, Karen, Cathy, Nancy, and LuAnn (three new to me quilters) are working on Ohio quilts samplers.  My husband's family lived in the Miami Valley of Ohio and I have had this book on my shelf for year.  I pulled it out last night to play along (vicariously?).  I am not making any commitments but I do believe I might dip my toe in this project.
But first, today is my first double digit run in over a year so I better get going.