I think we are quite settled in now, but somehow I feel like I'm walking through thick molasses. UGH! I don't seem to be interested in doing much so I don't have many projects going. I did manage to pick up the crochet project I had planned to work on in Scotland: these cute Christmas tree ornaments.
I do need to work on my current shawl but I think I messed up and I need some non-existent brain energy to go back and figure out what I did!
As for books, I have my nose in a few:
You Never Knew Her as I Did! by Mollie Hunter is a book about Mary Queen of Scot's imprisonment at Loch Leven. It just happens that we are studying Mary Queen of Scots in our current history rotation, and its even better that we just happened to have visited Loch Leven three weeks ago! There is nothing better than reading history about places you have actually been to. I think the book is keeping the kids' attention because of this. The book doesn't seem to be available here in the US but you can find it on Amazon.co.uk.
THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS by O. Douglas is the latest novel I have started. One of the "gentle writers" I picked up in Scotland (more on this at some point), and it seemed perfect October reading. Check out the opening sentence: "Mrs. Heggie had a cold which, she felt, might easily go into bronchitis if she were not careful, and the day was wet, one of those dripping October days when it is really too close for a fire, but miserably cheerless without one, a day when polished furniture looks smeared, and everything feels sticky to the touch." The book is set in Fife, one of the regions of Scotland, probably mid-twentieth century or a decade or two earlier. Once again, this book can be found on amazon.co.uk.
The Organized Heart: A Woman's Guide to Conquering Chaos by Staci Eastin is a great little book on some of the root causes of disorganization. Disorganization is not my biggest fault but some of heart issues Eastin addresses certainly are! She focuses on perfectionism, busyness, possessions, and leisure time. Very helpful and thought-provoking. I also appreciate that Eastin adds a chapter about special circumstances like chronic illness and single parenting which make home organization much more difficult. Definitely recommend this book!!!
And now I must be off to cook dinner!
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