Thursday, April 30, 2009
3. Henbit (thanks Esther!)
5. Marsh Marigold
6. Blue Violet
7. Dutchman's Breeches
11. Red Bud Tree
I'm having trouble finding the names of the others -- I'll have to keep looking. We're having rain, rain, and more rain. A good day for staying inside, sipping tea and reading books (not to mention keeping the kleenex handy for the cold).
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I had no idea we had such a place around here. Lilacs were everywhere:
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Andrew made this wonderful sign for us. When people saw our "small" sale they asked if this was the sale connected with the sign at the corner. Yes, it was. :)
I found enough to have somewhat of a decent size sale. It felt great to get things cleared out and to make $30 in doing so! The leftovers went to Salvation Army.
Friday, April 24, 2009
This book tells the story of two young Irish children during the time of the Viking raids on Ireland. The book describes the preparations Irish families made for Viking raids and what happened when the Vikings came.
Bree, and her brother Devin, are the heroes of the story. Both are captured by the Vikings and taken on board the Viking ship, which is headed back to Norway. Can they escape and get back to their family, or will they end up in Norway?
The book has a strong Christian message. From a historical perspective, I feel as though the application of Christianity is a bit modern (not in keeping with the Christianity of the Viking era). However, this is just something I, as an adult history-lover/theology-lover notice.
The next book is on order at the library -- the kids can't wait!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
In between school today I dived into the mammoth task of changing out the seasons. My motivation: our neighborhood is having a garage sale this weekend and I think I might just try to host one. Why we were never alerted about this event until the signs went up on Wednesday outside our subdivision, I don't know! Advance warning would have helped.
Oh well, the work's all done now -- every one has their summer clothes in their drawers and the closets are all so organized! Cookies for a cookie table are baked and tomorrow we'll see how the garage sale goes.
Many thanks to my friend Ruth for awarding me the Uber Amazing Blog Award! Ruth lives in Ireland and I have enjoyed her blog for many months now. I do dream of meeting Ruth in person some day -- I think it is a dream that very well could turn into reality -- we'll have to see.
The week has been lighter than most -- just soccer and ballet to attend to, along with school and keeping the house running.
Our weather is picking up and we are scheduled to have 80-degree weather all weekend! Yay! I'm thinking hard about our garden -- how big we should make it, what to plant, etc.
I've been trying out a new pilates dvd and a bodyring -- to complement my exercise bike routine. It's nice to have a friend in the neighborhood who has expertise in this area. I guess we'll all know the results in a few months. :)
I'm reading Alison Weir's newest book on Katherine Swynford -- I do love Alison Weir!
The little boys are in the bath after an escapade with sidewalk chalk (I have an aversion to that stuff) and I'm feeling like I need to watch an episode of Monarch of the Glen.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
He insisted on sitting close to Grandma to enjoy his lunch:
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I just finished reading Lenten Lands by Douglas H. Gresham (step-son of C S Lewis). I was surprised at how captivated I was by this book, to the neglect of everything else I am reading.
Douglas tells the story of his early years in America, his parent's difficult marriage and subsequent divorce, his mother's aquaintance with C. S. Lewis and the eventual move to England which he made with his mother.
The book goes on to describe Douglas' and his mother's relationship with C. S. Lewis and how it unfolded over the years. It continues on through Douglas' mother's terrible illness, her death, and eventually the deaths of C. S. Lewis and his brother Warnie. All the while it tells the story of Douglas' life and how it was affected by all this.
Why was I captivated by this book? There was nothing really spectacular about it on the surface. I think it was the realism it portrayed. Douglas did not hide the ugly or the sad and I found it strangely comforting that someone so well known as C. S. Lewis and his family went through such a normal life with normal griefs and trials.
The book had an unexpected ending in the Afterward which made all the hardships of Douglas' life worthwhile. I won't spoil it for you.....
Monday, April 20, 2009
I tried to collect as many yellows as possible on our trip to the Art Museum Gardens last Friday.