I am pleased to report that the wrist braces are helping (I think!). I wear them at night and I seem to have more tolerance for handwork. I'm sure I'll still need to be careful and not overdo.
I finished another tea cozy this week.
And I tried out one of my wool knitting cases with a new idea of using leather at the base. This was a birthday gift for my sister.
The inside was lined with fabric from a vintage sheet. It seemed perfect for April.
A few flowers went into the mail this past week as well. They looked quite festive for spring!
As for reading..... these first two books will be all-time favorites for this year I am sure.
Martha's Vineyard - Isle of Dreams by Susan Branch. I've waited so long for this book and I think it just might be my favorite of Susan's books. This book tells the story of Susan starting a new life on Martha's Vineyard after a painful divorce -- how she found her adorable house, made it a home, and along the way figured out how to turn her artwork into a published book. I loved all the drawings and photos and quotes and everything that makes Susan's books so enjoyable. I also found her story of becoming published very inspiring. I highly recommend this book.
The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World by Melissa Kruger. As for non-fiction books, this just might top my chart for this year. This book is clear, concise, and filled with very applicable instruction on what envy is, how it shows up in our life (yikes! it seems to appear everywhere), how it harms us and others, how we must repent, and how we can foster contentment, generosity, and faith. Highly, highly recommend this.
The Trenches: Billy Stevens, The Western Front 1914-1918 by Jim Eldridge was read with the children as part of our World War 1 studies. I find the "My Story" series to be engaging and informative and this was no exception.
The Middle Window by Elizabeth Goudge. All my fellow Goudge fans out there take notice that I have enjoyed this book this month. :) It's divided into two parts - the first part takes place in "modern" times (maybe 1930's?) in the Scottish highlands and I did find it a bit dragging and ethereal in a way: not very interesting. However, the second part, which explains the first part, takes place during the Jacobite uprising of 1745 and certainly gives one a picture of the hardship this conflict caused for those living in the highlands. If you are a Goudge fan, of course you will want to read it at some point.
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty was read by one of the boys after we visited the Biltmore and I am including it here for reference. This and the book following were both found to be enjoyable. I did not read it myself.
The Mystery of Biltmore House (Real Kids, Real Places) (Real Kids! Real Places! (Paperback)) by Carole Marsh is the other "Biltmore book" that one of the boys read.
Nature's Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton-porter by Barbara Morrow was a good choice for reading with the children. It was fascinating to learn about the life of one of Indiana's most famous (and best-selling) authors.
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